Thursday, December 18, 2008

Website launch

Hi everyone,

I just wanted to let everyone know that the website that my hubby's been working on for a while has launched. So please check out for your movie recommendations and critic recommendations. It's really cool and will tell you which movies in theaters that you should go see and also ones that are on dvd or unbox. Send comments too - since the site is still undergoing revisons.

And now, back to grading...

Monday, December 8, 2008

Last week of the semester

too much to do, too little time, too little motivation


I want vacation now!

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Joshoween and Election Insanity

So, I've been busy with the semester but wanted to post a quick hello.

Joshoween was on Friday and it was a great sucess with lots of fun and candy. We had the annual donut eating contest, the pumpkin carving contest, and apple bobbing. Pictures will be posted soon.

As for the election insanity - my class on Tuesday night has been canceled in anticipation of the rally on Tuesday night. Woot! I guess... I'm still not sure how I'm going to deal with the lost week but I'll figure it out.

Time to finish the annual report corrections that are due tomorrow.

Monday, September 8, 2008

One week down, fourteen to go

So I finished my first week of teaching and coordinating and so far so good. I've gotten up over my head in service and am trying to get a handle on that with everything else. But, week one is over, week two is about to start (at least for my teaching) and I think I'm ready to go for tomorrow. Later in the week is another story right now.

Gavin is about 130 lbs and is starting to mellow at least on some days.

My real issue right now is motivating myself to get enough done quickly. sigh.

Time to finish an abstract for SICB in Boston in Jan.

fun stuff

Sunday, August 3, 2008

Book review: A Midwife's Tale

I just finished A Midwife's Tale: The Life of Martha Ballard, Based on Her Diary, 1785-1812 - it was a "good for me" book - i.e. not a fantasy book or directly related to biology book. And it was really interesting. It's about Martha Ballard, who was a midwife in Maine in the later 1700's and early 1800's based on her diary from 1785 - 1812. It wasn't really a page-turner (go figure) but it had a a neat perspective on the role of women and the role of a midwife in colonial society.

Summer is ending... :-(

So I've been hiding from my blog for the last few weeks. I've mostly been writing (I'm working on manuscript two of the summer) and just got my first one out of the year last week. Woohoo! It's a short note and I hope that it will be accepted but it's submitted. I'm currently working on re-writing and re-analyzing one of the chapters of my dissertation. I'm guessing that the models are going to be totally re-done with the new data that I'm currently finding. But it's painful. I feel like this is a paper that will never end - it's been so close for so long. However, since I last looked, more museums have locality data digitally available so I should be able to add some more data points before we run the models again.

On the non-research front, things are going well. I'm not ready for the school year to start up. I've got three preps for the fall and need to get my supply orders in. I have managed to get a custom lab manual for my marine biology course together which should make life easier. But I'm still getting all my studd figured out for my new zoology course. ack!

As far as life goes - things are also going well. Gavin is now a "dog" well at least he's no longer capable of reproduction although he's still mentally a puppy. He's asleep on the couch behind me looking very cute. I'll try to get some more pictures of that soon. My hubby is doing well. We went to the RenFaire here last weekend and it was lots of fun. We're hoping to go back next weekend. Other than that, we've been playing WoW together and having fun with WiiFit. We really should play that more often than we do but life just seems to get busy.

I'm totally not ready for my summer to be over. I want more time to play, to relax, to be outside, and see my friends. sigh. I guess it's good that classes don't start until September. :-)

Thursday, July 3, 2008

teaching is over and so is the meeting

So I just got back from the American Malacological Society meeting in Carbondale, IL. A wonderful city to spend my anniversary and my hubby got to be the only guest of the 100 people registered at the meeting. Woohoo! I'm done teaching my summer class but not done grading...

I just gave Gavin a bath so I'll report more later once I've recovered from the trip.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Summer Teaching and Snails Sorting

So, I've been hiding and teaching and sorting. A fun summer activity, on Mondays and Wednesdays I sit in my office for my two hours of office hours (I should be grading currently) and then eat lunch and teach for 4.5 hours. This means my class is 3x faster than normal.... ACK!!! Lots of grading and material and 4.5 hours is LONG. I've been doing one or two breaks but the attention span of everyone is difficult, not to mention switching topics or doing two labs a class....

Oh and the sorting - so when I signed up for the conference at the end of June I thought I'd have plenty of time to work. It was in March - I still hadn't really started the sorting but it was March. Fast-forward to the end of May - still not started.... I've now logged more hours sorting in the past week than is healthy for my wrist, back, eyes, life, etc but am almost done. And then I get to ID the little buggers.... I'll post some pictures when I get to that stage I think. But back to grading and sorting.

btw - WiiFit is Awesome!

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Puppy Pictures

So we got Gavin in August a few weeks after our last Great Dane passed away. Gavin is an undercolored harlequin meaning that he doesn't look like a BIG dalmation but a very white and pink dane.

(above) This is Gavin when he was about 25 lbs and although it's a little blurry. It's one of our favorities of the little puppy. You can't see his spot but you can see his pink nose and big paws.

Gavin has lots more energy than our last dane and is very smart. He watches when you put something away and will try to get it back hours later. I think that more submissive puppies would be easier to deal with at times. But more cute pictures coming up.
(left) This is Gavin at about 40 lbs. There's a maglite in the back for scale.

Gavin got very sick around the holidays - he had an elbow hygroma which got infected. But after surgery and recovery - he's doing much better now and doesn't seem to have any lasting issues.

Here's a picture of a sick Gavin from near Thanksgiving - he has his snoopy toy near him and post-its and grading for scale. Oh and you can see his spot in this one.

Last but not least - here's a picture from last week or so of Gavin and my sweetie. He's gotten much bigger now.


Year three is done!

So I'm currently awake and tired because a certain puppy decided that 7 hours of sleep was enough for him. Or more accurately that he needed to go out and then run around so he's tired again and I'm tired and awake.... grrr.... (pictures of puppy will be posted soon - he's now about 140 lbs of muscle but is still growing)

But this week marks the end of my third year of teaching. And I have exactly 8 days until the summer semester starts. I'll let you know at the end of the 5 weeks if I'll be doing this again. The money and incentive to get me to my office seemed like a good plan. But I'm not so sure right now since I really want a little bit of time to myself.

Well, the puppy is lying down - I wonder if I can sneak back into bed for a few minutes. My plan was to get up at 9 am and return to the grading of final projects. I'm off to see if the puppy will return to bed...

Wednesday, March 26, 2008


This is my first post to my blog. I've realized that I check my friend's blogs hoping that they'll post but that I don't actually post enough on the knitting blog or on others blogs. So this will hopefully get me posting about my adventures (however small they sometimes are) and give me an outlet for life when I need it.

My current addiction is knighthood on facebook - this is an evil application that is drawing me away from other game pursuits at the moment. I think this is because it constantly changes so people can steal my vassels at any point it it just changes everything. But it's a large waste of time and I really shouldn't be playing it as much as I do. sigh.

It's currently my spring break and I've been helping my hubby do work and neither getting mine done or really having fun. Tonight we had friend's over to game which was lots of fun but my goals of playing video games, reading books, and generally relaxing are falling a bit short. But I still have time to get those two tasks done before Monday.

Off to bed I go...