without a doubt, the best graduation present i received is a handmade creation from my aunt - my godmother - the one who inspired my interest to travel - the woman i've looked up to my entire life. the week before my ohio graduation party, we talked on the phone for a couple hours and she told me she was making me a present, but i had no idea how awesome it would be!! just look for yourself...
she painted the galaxy and the background, then attached everything else. the tent flaps are attached with velcro and open to reveal a detailed backpack! interactive art! she gave me this present at the party, where i felt completely amazed and thrilled!
there's a strand of beads dangling from the top that reads:
"dr amanda bauer phd astrophysiology"
i said... huh? what? oh, no! haha!!!
see, my aunt is a wonderful writer and an english teacher, and we've always laughed and teased each other about the imperfections of our lives.
she looked surprised and asked "what, i didnt spell it wrong, did i? i looked it up in the dictionary!"
i asked, "what did it say astrophysiology means??"
"oh, i don't know, i didn't read that far!"
hilarious! the english teacher. an instant joke forever and ever! if anyone can give me a good definition of astrophysiology that doesnt already exist under some other common title, please let me know, i'm interested.
many, many people erroneously call me an astrologer... a mistake i happily correct, remembering the day long ago when i made myself remember, "astronomy is the science. astrology is not."
sometimes clever people jokingly ask me about the progress of my cosmetology degree. i recommend this humorous post at deepastronomy.com on cosmology for cosmetologists, if you have the time.
during that conversation on the phone with my aunt, she referred to my "astrophysics" degree twice, and then near the end she mentioned my study of "astrophysiology." i was quietly amused because no one had ever called me that before! i just let it slide thinking, "she got it right twice, she knows what she's talking about!"
silly doctor. assumptions are for amateurs.
this painting will definitely be hanging in my office at my new job! i love it.