Wednesday, February 15, 2017

The End is here!

I think the time has come... the end is here. And I don't mean because Trump was elected President and who know where we'll be in 6 months.... But, after 7 years of documenting the Hyzyhouse Happenings, I think it's time to throw in the towel, mainly because with the kids not living at home anymore, it just seems a little pointless.  John and I don't lead very exciting lives, work, sleep, eat and try to find a little time to play.  I spend most of my time rowing, coaching rowing, talking about rowing and as my family points out repeatedly - no one wants to hear any more about rowing. So,  I really don't have much of interest to relate here.

It's not near as funny or interesting when everyone is doing great and making us proud, which the kids do on a daily basis!  Zack is killing it at UVa and Brenna is almost finished with her masters and actually had 3 job offers.... actually 3 companies out there looking for Bat Ecologists... who the hell knew!!  Looks like she may be heading to the real world out in Minnesota with a job in her actual field of study.  The world is an amazing place.

It's been a great run... Hyzy's Out!

Sunday, December 11, 2016

It's starting to feel a bit like Christmas...

I drove down today and picked up our boy.  He actually finished his two finals last week, so he doesn't even need to stay for finals week.  He has two essay's he needs to write, including an Anthropology essay on Phone Sex!   Ultimate frisbee class and final essay on Phone Sex... our tuition dollars at work.   Luckily he can submit the essays online, so he can just as easily do them at home as at school Yeah for us!  Brenna should be home next weekend, then we will be ready to celebrate!

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Never doubt my girl

Brenna had her Master's proposal meeting today.  Of course it went very well, they all were very impressed with her and all that she's done.  Of course, she also got the sympathy vote, what with her advisor being fired for sleeping with undergraduates and drinking too much!  She seems to be right on track, although they were a little worried that she wouldn't be able to finish by May because apparently graduate students are not supposed to teach or take any classes their last semester, they are supposed to just work on their thesis, but her Advisor did not set her up that way.  She's taking one class and teaching 2...but she seems to think she'll be okay.  She may see if they'll let her drop her teaching responsibilities.  But besides all that, they offered her a job through the summer that apparently pays a pretty penny.
But here's where it gets exciting...
She's also sent a resume into a company in Indiana that is looking for a bat biologist.  The job requirements read like a summary of her resume!  Everything they are looking for she has done!
But then.... it gets even better....
Robin, one of her advisors... has a connection at a big time consulting firm, Western Ecosystems Technology, that is looking for a Northern Long-Eared Bat Ecologist!  WTF?!?!?  Are you seriously kidding me?  There is actually a job out there specifically for the bat that Brenna specializes in???  She has a phone interview with them next week.  We don't know any details at all, but....
I've spent the last 5 years secretly, doubting, wondering what the heck she was going to do with a biology degree, specializing in bats, don't get me wrong, I'd love nothing more that to have her move back home, live with us forever and be my bestie, but I recognize that's not appropriate. :o) So here we are with 3 different job opportunities on the horizon.  Never doubt....

Monday, August 15, 2016

Let the PANICKING begin....

T-2 hours and Brenna Hyzy arrives home for 2 weeks!!!  I can't wait to see her... but at the same time T-4 days and we drop Zack off at UVa and I am really not ready for it.   I honestly thought I'd be okay by now.  I know he's going to be fine, I know he's going to have a great time, I know that I will eventually be fine, but right now when I think about it I feel physically sick to my stomach and legitimately feel like I'm having a heart attack.  I know that once we're actually doing it, I will have plenty to keep me busy.  Brenna will be here for another week after he's there, I have work starting on Monday, we're gearing up for Fall Crew, coaching in the Fall Camp, so plenty going on.  But, it's the thinking about it... the imagining going back to school and him not being there, not popping in to say Hi and raid the candy basket... going to practice and not having him to talk to about it and ask advice of.  No one to keep me posted on the team gossip... it's going to be hard.  And bottom line... I'm not ready to let my baby boy go.

Sunday, July 10, 2016

First Regatta of MY season - Occoquan Memorial Sprints

Well, I survived!  My first regatta of the season.  It wasn't great, but it wasn't horrible.  I was so nervous and felt so much pressure, especially being in the "fast 4."  It would be so much less pressure if I was just in the Women's 8 and the Mixed 8.  So I was torn, excited to be in the fast boat, but oh the pressure.  Those ladies are so gracious and have been so kind about having me in the 4.  I know they keep telling me, that they wanted me in the boat and that I belong there, but they self-doubt is high!  Anyway,  I didn't want to let them down.

The 4's race was first.  Wouldn't you know that just as we were launching...the wind picked up... oh how the wind picked up!  It was pretty brutal.  So, bad that they weren't using the start platform and we weren't even supposed to get close to it, because it was so dangerous, so that made the start truly wonky.  They tried to line us up... but that was pretty futile, so as soon as it was even close they started us... with very little prep...crazy!

We raced hard, but the wind was just crazy.  Ended up coming in 3rd out of 4th.  So not..DFL!

The 8 went pretty much the same way.  The wind was still crazy, but it didn't throw us off as much in
the 8, but I think the set was a little worse.  Hard to get real traction in the water.  We were 4th out of 5.  Again...not DFL!
John and Zack paddled out to watch my race!

I would say we were all happy, but not satisfied.  Hopefully, we'll get a chance to practice more and the next one will be even better.  I'd really love to get some bling!

Saturday, July 9, 2016

UVa Preview

We set out for 2 days of all things UVa orientation.  It was a little bit overwhelming and I really didn't stop to thing too much about it.  Decided to just live in the moment and not reflect on the fact that in just about 6 weeks we'll be LEAVING HIM THERE!!!

We got his roommate and dorm room assignment.  He's going to be rooming with a young man named Emry that he got in contact with though the UVa Roommate application... kind of like but for roommates.  Zack requested him and he requested Zack back.  Since then they haven't had any contact, but I'm sure it will be fine.  His room is in Page Hall, which is one of the old dorms, but he seems to be fine with that.  It's closer to the academic buildings, but not air conditioned.  He'll survive, unfortunately we didn't get to see the rooms because his registration session ran very late.  Again, Zack is so easy going, I'm really not too worried about him.

He got preliminarily registered for 4 classes, Calculus I, Statistics of some kind, Language and Culture (Anthropology) and .....Ultimate Frisbee!!!  Glad we're paying prime $$ for Ultimate Frisbee lessons! :o)   His appointment was so late in the day that most of the classes he's was looking at were closed.
They will have a chance to register and change to other classes in August.

He's really pumped and excited about going, I think he'd leave tomorrow if he could. :o(  I did make him promise that he's text me at least once a day, just so I would know that he wasn't sitting in his room crying because he didn't have any friends.  Just once a day...  But, then he suggested... we do a Snapchat Streak.  I didn't even know what that was, but apparently you just send a snapchat picture to the person and then they send one back and Snapchat keeps track so you can monitor how long your streak is.  We're going to practice over the summer!  I'm also starting a steak with Brenna and John!

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Date Night - Journey

John and I went on an extremely rare date night!  I got us tickets to see Journey and the Doobie Bros!  I've been so excited!!  I love, love, love Journey!
We had a fun time, but the concert did not live up to my hopes.  They sounded okay, the new lead singer is good, but I found it very disconcerting to be listening to Journey, but when you look at the band, there's a skinny Asian guy jumping around the stage.  Weird, just weird.  Plus, it really ended up being more like the Neil Schon show.  The sound was cranked to that mainly it was the electric guitar show and it was hard to hear the voices.  Plus the guitar, piano and drum solos just went on for freaking ever.  Maybe that's a sign that I'm getting too old.

I did get to see my Bow Bestie - Jay was there with her new "man friend," so I got to scope him out briefly.

Everything's bigger at concerts... beer and margarita's... they better be since they cost $15 freaking dollars!!!  Add some Buffalo Chicken Tots and what's not to be happy about!