July 17th, 2011 → 7:22 am

    “This royal infant (heaven still move about her)
    Though in her cradle, yet now promises
    Upon this land a thousand blessngs,
    Which time shall bring to ripeness…” – Henry VIII

Shakespeare wrote this about Elizabeth I, but I hold the same sentiment for my baby, whose first birthday party is today. Happy First Birthday Party Vincent!  I hope all the decorations, people, laughter and noise aren’t too much for you.  Mummy loves you…

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July 15th, 2011 → 6:43 am

“Now stand you on the top of happy hours.” – Sonnet

My friend from out of town is here, my baby’s first birthday party is this weekend, there are dinners planned and parties to attend.  As I’ve been telling my husband, now begins the Weekend of Fun!

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July 14th, 2011 → 6:54 am

“Small cheer and great welcome makes a merry feast.” – Comedy of Errors

An old friend of mine from my Michigan days is flying in today for a visit.  Yeah to old friends, great welcomes, and merry feasts all weekend long!!

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July 9th, 2011 → 9:07 am

“But soft, methinks I scent the morning air.” – Hamlet

A little late for me this morning, but it does seem like its going to be a sweet, fresh-smelling day…

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Patience…and Success

July 7th, 2011 → 6:57 am

“Though patience be a tired mare, yet she will plod.” – King Henry V

A former student of mine from the Economics Department at UMSL has been unemployed for over a year.  But he kept trying, kept himself busy, kept up his contacts with his former professors at UMSL, and yesterday he got a job!  And a good job too, at the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis.  I was really happy to put in a good word for him at the Fed and now I feel so proud of him for getting the job!  Like I felt when another former student of mine got a top job with the Hillary Clinton campaign (when that was still a viable campaign), and when a couple of my former students got into excellent Ph.D. programs around the country.  One of the best things about my day job is the personal satisfaction I get seeing my little kiddos do so well.  🙂

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June 27th, 2011 → 6:31 am

“Alas the day, what shall I do with my doublet and hose?” – As You Like It

A camera crew from HEC-TV is showing up at my house in a few hours to interview me about my day job as an environmental economist (  I’ve done radio and paper interviews before, and brief TV clips, but never an in-depth interview at my house!  What shall I wear??

(P.S. The show will air sometime in July.  Stay tuned for more details on exactly when…)

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