Dr. Man and I were “on the market” this year, which is just academic-speak for looking for jobs. This arduous, 6-month-long process typically culminates in February, but we somehow managed to draw it out a bit longer this year. We finalized our search two weeks ago, and I’m happy to say that Dr. Man, Professor Puppy, and I will be moving our home to Memphis, TN in May.

 

Memphis

 

As some of you already know, Dr. Man has accepted a tenure-track position at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, I will be teaching at Rhodes College, and our darling fur-baby will be begging for hush-puppies in the land of the delta blues . Although it will be difficult for us to say goodbye to the lovely city of Pittsburgh and all the wonderful friends that we’ve been so blessed to make, we’re excited to begin a new chapter in our lives.

In the midst of this nerve-racking yet exciting process, our family also faced the very difficult task of saying goodbye to our mother, grandmother, matriarch, and friend – Gladys Teupel. Although not unexpected, the loss was difficult nonetheless.

 

 

grandma

 

 

My most cherished memories of my grandmother revolve around food – making chokecherry jam from berries that we harvested in Black Hills National Forest, eating coffee flavored ice cream and (of course) feeding some to Sugar the dog because it was her favorite, kicking my sister out of the kitchen because she won’t stop eating the flour, and planning big holiday meals because holidays, after all, really are all about food.  Gladys passed down to me not only a love for cooking, but  a veritable treasure trove of family recipes as well. You’ve seen some of them already (pasties, sauerkraut, and my most favorite of all – pie), but there are many, many more to come.

So just know that I haven’t abandoned you – my internet friends. I simply paused in mid-Feburary to catch my breath, and low-and-behold, here we are – rapidly approaching the end of March. But I guess that’s life.

 

One Response to And… We’re Back

  1. Cathie says:

    I’m glad you are back!! I’ve been missing you and so have some of my friends!

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