Sunday, January 29, 2006


Thought this was cool. Stole it from Kelly's blog :)

54 years 1 month younger than Andy Griffith, age 79
50 years 7 months younger than Dick Clark, age 76
49 years 3 months younger than Leonard Nimoy, age 74
47 years 2 months younger than Carol Burnett, age 72
44 years 5 months younger than Alan Alda, age 70
42 years 11 months younger than Bill Cosby, age 68
37 years 7 months younger than Linda Evans, age 63
35 years 5 months younger than Tom Selleck, age 61
32 years 6 months younger than Ted Danson, age 58
30 years 2 months younger than Jay Leno, age 55
26 years 5 months younger than Oprah Winfrey, age 52
25 years 4 months younger than Kelsey Grammer, age 50
22 years 1 month younger than Drew Carey, age 47
19 years 0 months younger than Michael J. Fox, age 44
15 years 7 months younger than Calista Flockhart, age 41
11 years 4 months younger than Jennifer Aniston, age 36
7 years 6 months younger than Alyssa Milano, age 33
2 years 7 months younger than Colin Hanks, age 28
3 years 2 months older than Mila Kunis, age 22
11 years 0 months older than Madylin Sweeten, age 14

and that you were:

2 years old at the time the first Cheers episode was televised
6 years old when L.A. Law was first aired on TV
6 years old at the time the series Married with Children began
9 years old when Seinfeld was first televised
11 years old in the month Home Improvement began
14 years old at the time the TV series Friends began
16 years old when Everybody Loves Raymond first aired
19 years old when Who Wants To Be A Millionaire began in the US

The River Walk

The pictures below are from our trip to the River Walk. It is basically a bike path that runs between two rivers (Broad River, and the Congaree) before they eventually come together. It is pretty cool to be walking with the banks of two rivers twenty feet to either side.

Emily had a great time. Scott had class, so I thought that it would be nice to get out of the house for awhile. I took Emily and Dakota by myself ( i was feeling brave) and all went well. We took snacks, and all together ended up walking about five miles. We saw geese (and heard them too) and turtles sunning themselves on the rocks within the rivers. Emily had fun waving to those who passed by. It was cute.

Broad River on the left side

Broad River on the left side
Originally uploaded by puzzleco.

Emily eating gold fish

Emily eating gold fish
Originally uploaded by puzzleco.

Emily taking a break

Emily taking a break
Originally uploaded by puzzleco.

Congaree on the right side

Congaree on the right side
Originally uploaded by puzzleco.

Wednesday, January 25, 2006

A Great Thing About Teaching at the University Level

I was just cleaning out my back when I pulled out two professional book catalogs. Before when I had received such catalogs I would throw them away or recycle them depending on what recepticle was closer or if my laziness was kicking in. When I grabbed the catalogs, I didn’t throw them away - I used my highlighter. Why? Because I can order any book I want . . . for FREE! If I want to view a book I can go to the a publishers website, choose the book, and order it as long as I use my work address.

(I do use the system honestly!!!)


Saturday, January 14, 2006

Another Post

When I checked my blog I hadn’t realized it had been so long since I posted. Time goes by quick without reflecting on past events. It’s 1:30 am on Saturday and I’m finishing class work. I think I’m going to enjoy teaching this methods class. There is a lot of work that needs to be put into the class but I think I have taken care of logistics. From this point it’s a matter of planning for each week. What’s nice is I basically know what I’ll be covering each week. Since you are all interested I’ll be covering Cambourne’s Conditions for Learning, creating a literate environment, and Smith’s “Joining the Literacy Club.” If you need to low down on what I’m teaching I can send you my syllabus ; )

I met with the professor who gave me an incomplete. She went over my paper. For writing my first doctoral research paper, I consider what she said to be “nice.” There were several compliments and several “do this next time.” What I really appreciated was the time she spent with me. Though she’s on sabbatical, we met at Banes and Noble. She proceeded to give me a pep-talk reminding me that I needed to ask more questions in class. She said never leave class not fully understanding. I agree this is one of my faults because I have to put up a facade as if I comprehend everything. Then I leave stressing about the class!

Anyway she was extremely proud that I took a chance researching language. Language can be difficult to observe since it’s not tangible like looking at reading, writing, or spelling. Language involves lots of listening and hoping you don’t miss something. I think I’m going to continue researching language or follow in the footsteps of Ralph Peterson and research the importance of community.

To make a long story short she gave me an “A” which means I received straight “A’s” my first semester of school. I didn’t think it was possible but I guess I can give myself a little pat on the back. I guess it’s time to get to bed since I have class tomorrow from 9 - 4 pm. Goodnight!

Thursday, January 05, 2006

Obviously We're Not in CA anymore

Now that Malisa and I are back in the crazy town of Irmo, we had to face reality. Malisa is back and work and I have spent a few days sleeping. It’s hard planning for class, getting correct dates for papers due, establishing relationships with the school I’m working at, buying textbooks through Amazon, stressing about statistics and do I have the right calculator, and reading.

I begin a new semester on Tuesday. I’m teaching a reading methods class at Lake Murray Elementary School 5 hours each Tuesday. Students are in the class observing and working with students and I’m responsible for the other 4 hours. I thought it would be difficult planning that many hours but I’m already pressed for time on the first day of class. On Wednesday I take my second of two Advanced Language Acquisitions courses and Thursday is the dreaded Educational Statistics. On Saturday I take my second of four Language & Lit courses. I’m looking forward to this class because I’m reading all books by authors I know nothing about. I know my thinking will be pushed dramatically.

So once again it’s another jam-packed semester in which I’ll constantly be on the go driving all over Columbia getting from one place to the next. Thankfully the coursework will not be as difficult as it was last semester. And no more food court research!