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Saturday, February 19, 2011

Internships, Dissertations, and Toomer's

What a week the Haney's have had! It started with submitting internship applications, Lance got some unexpected data that made an amazing element to his dissertation, then came the uproar over the Toomer's oaks, and we both concluded with week with Saturday runs in this BEAUTIFUL weather! 

Yes, my internships are completed and submitted and I am oh so happy. Now, everything is out of my control, in God's hands, and hopefully the internship committee is in tune with God's will ;) Our prayer now is that when the matches are revealed, we will have some insight on a job for Lance so we will know whether to reapply to a program with open spaces if not accepted, or accept/deny depending on where we will be in the fall.

Great news for Lance this week! He got some lab data back with results he didn't expect to gain, however these results were a huge plus for his dissertation! With this new data, he has a lot more to put into his dissertation and "earn" his PhD! Thank the Lord, Lance needed this huge break. He has worked so hard, and now he is just winding down with school. The job search continues....

Our week of celebration has been saddened with the news of the Toomer's catastrophe. Are we sad? Devastated. Initially, I was angry just to know that someone so idiotic is in this world, but I knew eventually we would lose the oaks. Then, as I began to process the news, I wanted to cry. If you aren't part of the Auburn family, you don't understand and it's not worth trying. However, on that note, I am VERY impressed with the outpouring support from UA-the educated bammers (unlike "Al")who have banded together and raised funds plus just sent support to Auburn over the incident. As I began to realize what this meant, all the memories that have taken place around that big tree for so many, I was very sad. We are a 3 generation (and branching) family- my grandad, dad, and myself as well as husband and potentially brother are Auburn alums and future alums. I rolled the same Toomer's tree that my granddad and dad celebrated around, and I assumed my children would do the same. What will Toomer's be without the beautiful trees? I don't want to know, but in case we do have to deal with an empty corner, the memories of Toomer's will always live on in our family as well as the Auburn family at large. I've been looking at Toomer's prints to purchase so we can explain the tradition to our family one day. Harvey/Al/whatever he likes to be called, can never take away the Auburn spirit or defeat the Auburn family. When things like this happen, you only make us stronger. You need help, man. War Eagle :) Check out this video, perfect.

Lance and I both ended this week with a nice run. We didn't run together, Lance was running very far, and I wasn't. He met a friend and ran trails, and I despise trails. I took off this morning expecting a 6-7 miler, I just wanted to run through this beautiful town and take a route down College St. to see our precious oaks :) It was such a beautiful day, once I began I knew I had to take advantage of this weather. I ended up with 9.5 and felt wonderful. That is always an encouragement to end a run feeling so well. Lance got in around 18. After running, I finished the morning workout with pump and teaching RPM, then Lance and I got the leaves raked, house cleaned, and pups bathed. Successful Saturday, if I do say so myself! Now to enjoy the next two days, state holiday Monday :) YES!

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