Wednesday, December 30, 2009
If I've learned anything in graduate school it's to never take seriously a media report of a scientific study because they never get the details or the conclusions right. But this did provide a small bit of optimism that my exercise efforts might not actually result in me needing double knee replacements by the age of 50. Just to be safe, though, I'm still going to keep getting the cushioning running shoes...
Monday, December 28, 2009
http://www.centre.edu/web/danville/ - This is more information about the town and community.
http://www.centre.edu/web/admission/tvspots.html - Here are some TV commercials that Centre puts on in the Kentucky media markets. I like the "Personal Education 1" ad - that professor was on the search committee that interviewed me and is teaching Hebrew to her student while exercising on a treadmill. Clever.
http://www.centre.edu/photo_essay/2009/caroling09/index.html - It's a tradition that some of the faculty and staff sing Christmas carols to students every year. Maybe Katie and I will go join them next December...? (Katie thinks that's funny because I've never voluntarily gone caroling so far in my life...)
http://www.centre.edu/web/admission/publications/centreterm.pdf - Centre College has a three-week January term called the "CentreTerm" where the professors are encouraged to offer very specialized and creative courses. I'm already putting together an outline for a course on "The Politics of Film" where we'd watch movies and TV programs (Star Trek, Batman, etc.) and discuss the implications for political philosophy. Wouldn't that be fun?
http://www.centre.edu/web/news/2009/forbes_value.html - This has some information about where Centre is ranked in comparison with other national colleges and universities.
Sunday, December 27, 2009
|Favorite gift. From Daddy. Fabulous surprise.|
There is a 14 minute video of her playing with all the Little People for the first time. She doesn't do anything spectacular in them, it just shows what she is like right now and how she likes to play. This may help my Utah family prepare for my visit (by hiding anything and everything that they hold dear).
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
#1: They provide a venue for people to dispose of items that they no longer need so that they go to some one who will use them instead of ending up in a landfill.
#2: People give away stuff. for free. You just have to pick it up.
#3: You can post on there for something you want and some one just might give it to you. for free. You just have to pick it up.
Reasons Ben doesn't like freecycle.org:
#1: You sometimes have to drive long distances (30-40 minutes) to pick up items someone has offered you.
#2: His wife accepts too much free stuff and is filling up their house faster than ever.
#3: We now have to pack and move all of that extra stuff.
Recently I posted asking for Little People toys and I was overwhelmed by people's generosity. Wow. Ben said that I am never allowed to buy Abigail toys again. I promise that I won't ever buy Little People toys. :) If you look closely you will see: three farm sets, a castle set, a village set, a bus, a Noah's ark set, a fireman/ambulance set, and a rollercoaster, airplane ride and two ferris wheels. Abigail hasn't seen these yet, and now I feel silly having bought her a kitchen set at a garage sale this summer. I was going to give it to her for Christmas, but now she has so many toys that I don't know if I should.
Sunday, December 20, 2009
Home Maintenance Efforts
This month we tackled a big one. It took most of our strength, required more patience than we possessed, required lots of physical labor, required lots of mental figuring and engineering, and was more difficult than we had expected.
We decided to replace the counter top and sink in our master bathroom as we prepared our house to sell. The master had this ugly, weird shaped sink and an outdated counter top. We ordered a replacement counter top from Lowe's that ended up being a hair to long. We had to sand down both sides (manually) to get it to fit. The previous counter top had been caulked to the wall and removing it also proved a challenge. We then had to repair the damage to the wall before we could install the new counter top.
We were pleased with the outcome and impressed that it finally worked out. However, we now know a lot more about the work involved in this type of project.
Anybody in need of a pink hexagonal sink?
Thursday, December 17, 2009
And that's not all.
Blankets people have made for Abigail:
|Given to us by grandma Wight and made by one of her friends. It is soft and has the words "I am a child of God" embroidered on the front.|
|Not handmade, but super soft and even has a small bee on it.|
|From the Cropper baby shower. I can't remember who made it.|
|From Aunt Christine. Includes matching burp cloths. She hand sewed the border along all of the edges.|
|From Aunt Linda. I love the rainbow pattern.|
|This amazing quilt was pieced together by Jenny. She had the guests at my baby shower each draw on a square. Then she created this beautiful, colorful, and bright baby blanket.|
|Here's the back. She placed the square I created as the center for the back. Abigail still sleeps with this blanket.|
|This blanket was not homemade but was super soft and elegant.|
|The Jorgensen's crocheted this blanket for us and it just happened to match our glider perfectly.|
|Grandma crocheted this beautiful blanket for Abigail's doll.|
|This fun and colorful blanket was made by my friend Samantha. I love it. Everything about it is so cute.|
|This blanket was a gift from my dear friend Rachel. It was the perfect size for swaddling and is well used and now faded. She embroidered a 'K' into it for Knoll because we had not decided on a name by the time of my shower.|
|This blanket was a gift from a friend in the Iowa City ward. I remember her face, where she lived, her kids, etc., but I can't remember her name for the life of me. I apologize. I am so bad with names.|
|As I have made one of these swedish weave blankets for all of my nieces and nephews, I had to make one for my own daugther. I chose purples and pinks and liked how it turned out.|
Monday, December 14, 2009
This is an editorial by Garrison Keillor. I thought it was an amusing, and suprisingly accurate, insight into Midwestern culture, especially the last two paragraphs. I must say, I love Midwestern culture but I have not quite converted to his philosophy regarding snow shovels.