Sunday, March 29, 2009
Friday, March 20, 2009
Some of my favorites are my nephew Shawn holding his puppy, Denali rocking Abigail to sleep, Grandma reading to Abigail, Jenny holding Abigail, Great-Grandpa and Grandma, Katelyn mauling Abigail, and Abby in the Bumbo seat. Thanks everyone for a wonderful trip! We were well taken care of and enjoyed every minute.
Monday, March 16, 2009
Insidehighered.com predicted a 2009 tournament bracket where the sole criteria for victory is the academic performance of the members of the basketball team. In their words: "To select the winners, we used the NCAA’s Academic Progress Rate -- a nationally comparable score that gives points to teams whose athletes stay in good standing academically and stay enrolled from semester to semester." Based on this criteria, BYU would make it all the way to the championship game, only to lose to North Carolina. Bummer.
You all should also especially appreciate the fact that both Utah and Utah St. would lose their first round games.
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
In a nutshell, I'm leaning how to do the same kind of stuff -- trying to figure out the effect of particular variables (like ideology, partisanship, social context, gender, religion) on various other variables (like voter turn-out, vote choice, attitudes toward social groups, political policy preferences, etc.) by turning it into a math equation of some kind. Now don't you all just want to go to graduate school???
Incidentally, I would make several more blog posts like the example featured above, but somehow I think the demand is somewhat less than for those featuring pictures of our adorable baby and the frequency of her various bodily functions...
Monday, March 9, 2009
Today is her three month anniversary, she was born Dec. 9. She is no longer considered a newborn, but will now be referred to as an infant. CRAZY!
Here she looks so grown up in her overalls. Here she is all bundled up and almost asleep. Here she is five minutes later. And last but not least, a picture with dad. I came home on Thursday after a meeting with a classmate about a group project to find dad and Abby sound asleep (it was only 9:00 p.m.) They looked so peaceful that I had to snap a picture. She has him wrapped around her little finger, I rarely let her sleep in the bed. Oh yeah, and only TWO MORE DAYS until we board a plane to UTAH!!!! Woo hoo!
Thursday, March 5, 2009
These are some pictures that we took last month. She looks great sporting her purple sweat suits from Aunt Jenny. She looks tough in her Harley Davidson gear; including dew rag and gear bag. She just looks so cute in the Kangaroo carry that we had to take a picture by a Kangaroo statue (Ben's idea.)
Monday, March 2, 2009
Peanut Butter Coffee Cake -- this is high in sugar but delicious. http://bakingdesserts.suite101.com/article.cfm/peanutbuttercoffeecake
Spanakopita triangles -- these are like the Mediterranean version of South American empanadas. I added black olives and basil leaves to the recipe and it turned out great. The hardest part is finding filo dough at the grocery store. http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Spanakopita-II/Detail.aspx
And since living in Iowa City has really converted me to Mediterranean cooking, I also tried improvising a recipe for a Greek pasta dish. It turned out really good - Katie even liked it! It's even vegetarian for all my fellow liberal commies out there. Basically, toss all the following things together:
- Cooked penne pasta noodles
- Olive oil
- Feta cheese
- Spinach - cut up into small pieces
- Diced tomatoes
- Diced black olives
- Basil (either fresh basil leaves or the spice rack stuff works, too)
- Cooked artichoke hearts (if it's worth the effort/hassle to you, it wasn't to me...)
- Parmesan cheese as a topper once it's all mixed