The Cast of Characters:
Liz ~ me, a late-30s mother of twin boys and stepmom to two awesome older boys. Currently living in Houston.
I once was an art professor, but for some reason thought it a good idea to give up a secure academic job and go get myself a PhD. (In the U.S. an MFA is a “terminal degree” for most art professors, art historians aside). Anyway, in pursuit of this I have moved all around the U.S., gaining a second master’s degree and a lot of debt in the process.
Finished my PhD in 2015 (anthropology), but despite some awesome job interviews, I really want to stay in Houston. So I’m still looking for an academic job opp, and working as a UX researcher in the meantime.
In 2012 I moved to Japan to conduct my dissertation research, and, although I am back in the U.S. at the moment, I go back and forth from Japan to here for my research often.
M: my husband, the handsome, caring man of my dreams. He’s as silly as me, as anxious and neurotic as me, and an amazing artist. He’s a graphic designer by training, but he really can make anything look good. And he makes amazing weekend breakfasts.
A: my oldest stepson (12)- super smart, super sweet. A much better kid than I was. Always beats me at Mario Kart. Has more science in one hand than I’ve ever had in my whole brain. Memorable moment while I was explaining to him how part of my breast pump works: “And look at this cool thingy!” Him: “You mean, the valve?”
C: my youngest stepson (10)- equally smart, loves storytelling and mixing together great food and drink combos. He calls it like he sees it, and he’s usually right. Memorable quote: “If you didn’t go to Starbucks so often, you wouldn’t be broke.”
F: the older twin. By like, two minutes because.. C-section. Spends most of his time VERY VERY WIDE AWAKE.
C2: the younger twin. Very gassy. He’s kind of a marshmallow who farts, but he also giggles and laughs like crazy.
Rarely mentioned these days:
J: my ex-husband, devout Orthodox Christian, software engineer…
T: I met T, aka Japanese ex-boyfriendo (also 40, owns a men’s clothing shop in Tokyo) at the worst possible time, when I was going through the divorce. He is a great person, and has a wife and little boy of his own now!