Wednesday, October 31, 2007
No need to worry about Fin. His new friend Rocket and Rocket's mom and dad are coming back to visit all weekend so he is set!
Happy Halloween everyone!
Monday, October 29, 2007
Sunday, October 28, 2007
Tara and I
Sir Big Spur, our live mascot
Well, we did it. Nick, Tara (my co-grad assistant), two other volunteers, and I made the trip up to Knoxville, TN yesterday to watch the Gamecocks battle the Volunteers. As a part of my graduate assistantship, I was in charge of 2 charter-busses full of USC students who had each bought a ticket on the Convoy.
It was pretty nerve-wracking, but we made it there and back with no major problems: no alcohol poisoning, no illness, no missing students, no fights, no problems. Well, no problems with the students anyway. We did have a bit of trouble with the bus drivers, but that's a long and ultimately boring story. And we did lose the game in overtime. However, suffice it to say that I feel very relieved today.
Nick and I are both exhausted - we got in at 6:30 a.m. - but we have had a great day being home with Fin, who missed us very much. Tonight we will be carving jack-o-lanterns!
We hope everyone else had a great weekend and is enjoying the fall-like weather. Until next time...
Friday, October 26, 2007
We promise to report back with plenty of pictures soon.
Oh, and don't worry about Finlay. He's making a new friend - Rocket - who, along with his mom, will be hanging out with Finlay while we are away at the game.
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
Most of you who read this are in Waco so you probably saw this article today, but for those who didn't or who don't want to read the whole thing now, it's an article in the Waco Tribune Herald about how a group of University High School students are speaking out against teen pregnancy and trying to educate their peers.
I spent a year working in a high school with a similar student-body make-up to University, both socio-economically and in racial and ethnic diversity. I noticed similar attitudes toward teen sex and pregnancy as discussed in this article. At the time I felt absolutely hopeless for those students. When there is at least one pregnant girl or daddy in each class you teach, I think it's easy to be discouraged.
That's why I feel so encouraged by this article today. I applaud the Waco ISD school board for promoting an abstinence-based, but not abstinence-only, sex-ed curriculum. They are ahead of the schools here in South Carolina who refuse to take a common-sense approach to sex-ed, clinging to the false ideal of abstinence-only education. I salute the students who are behind this movement, and I hope and pray that they are able to make a real difference for their peers.
As a side-note, I got my hair cut yesterday...Picture to come.
Monday, October 22, 2007
Thus ends another day at the Hall house.
Sunday, October 21, 2007
That's all the news for today - we have temporarily suspended the church search due to the fact that we will be unable to attend for the next two weeks. We spent the day baking, doing chores, and reading. Yes, yes, exciting times at the Halls.
Stay tuned for more exciting news this week.
Saturday, October 20, 2007
This about sums up the day.
Well, this morning started out nicely, with Finlay attending his first tailgate. You can enjoy some pictures below.
Finlay was not a fan of the train that was passing by the tg sight.
Then the bottom dropped out. First our Gamecocks lost to Vandy...TO VANDY!!! We only saw the game on gametracker, but it looked ugly, even on there. Good-bye #6 ranking.
Then the BaylorBears suffered a sickening loss to Texas. It was sickening of course, because for a while it looked like we were hanging in there. But after that, we know what happened. Same song, different verse. We have taken some pictures to commemorate our feelings about the football games today. Please enjoy these as well.
Perhaps we will have a more positive blog tomorrow.
Friday, October 19, 2007
Tomorrow Nick and I will be taking "Big Red" (aka my car) to the SPA tailgate again. It will be another early tailgate, but it should still be pretty fun! We will bring back a report.
Happy Friday everyone, and happy parents weekend to Mike, Edith, Lauri, and Jay!
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
Nick's team played a game tonight, and Fin and I were there to cheer them on. Nick played excellent defense, contributing to the AIS victory!
Fin had a lot of fun before the game, making new friends with some young kids who were also at the game. I am so00 grateful to his breeders, who taught him to be so great with kids before he even came to live with us! He is so patient and longsuffering - they can tug and yank on him and "pat" him as much as they want, but he just sits there, smiling and calm, never snapping or misbehaving.
Unfortunately, Fin is not the best game-watcher. He really wants to play in the game so he runs up and down the field (at least as far as his leash will go) and barks during each play. It's really annoying, but we can't very well leave him at home when we are gone until 10 p.m.
We're off to sleep now...Enjoy the pictures from the game.
Sunday, October 14, 2007
Saturday, October 13, 2007
Sunday, October 7, 2007
Saturday, October 6, 2007
On another note, a new colonel has come to Nick's squadron. Nick spent the past two weeks working as his executive officer, and yesterday they discovered their Waco connection! As you all know, Nick married a Waco girl (that's me), and as it turns out, this guy grew up in Hewitt and graduated form Midway High, the same as I did. Although he escaped being in school with any member of the Reitmeier or Colvin families, it's still a pretty cool coincidence. I can't wait to meet him to find out what Midway High was like when he was there and if he misses good old Waco as much as I do.
Today Nick plans to make some AKC agility obstacles for Finlay. He's been excited about that ever since we moved to our new house with the big backyard. We'll see how that goes...
We hope you all have a great Saturday!
P.S. We are posting in green today in honor of the Baylor Bears as they prepare to taken on Colorado!!! Sic' Em!
Wednesday, October 3, 2007
Tuesday, October 2, 2007
Today my co-instructor Steve, was at the beach (nice, huh?) so I had the class to myself. He asked me to address cheating. Now, I am admittedly no expert in the matter because, and I swear to you that this is true, I never once cheated on anything in high school or college. I have never considered that to be any great feat...that is until today, when I had the cheating discussion with my class.
I began by addressing my class, which is exclusively composed of business students, with a question: "How many of you have ever cheated on a school assignment?" I am not exaggerating when I say that every single hand in the room shot up unreluctantly. The I asked how many had cheated on a test. Once again, every single hand was in the air. The hands only started to go down when I brought up plagiarism, which to my class, is "a much bigger deal." Only about sixty percent kept their hands up for that one.
We went on to discuss the many forms of cheating, according to our university issued Transitions book, and let me tell you...my kids had cheated in ways that the book didn't even mention. And that's in addition to covering every cheating avenue that the book did address. They talked about cheating with calculators, the best ways to create and conceal a cheat sheet ( one creative student had sewn hers into her private-school uniform), strategies for copying from a friend without being caught, and of course the relative merits and difficulties of cheating using one's cell phone. Cell phones, by the way, although feared by professors, are not widely appreciated among the the student population as a means of cheating. Oh, the things I learn from my students.
Now, those same kids adamantly asserted that they would never, not ever, consider cheating during college, but the scary thing is that upwards of 50% of all MBA candidates cheat. One can only assume that the undergrad statistic is comparable if not higher.
So, I left class wondering, will we ever be able to stop students from cheating? And if we can't, what then?
Monday, October 1, 2007
Yesterday we made our first church visit since moving to Columbia. Both in San Angelo and in Sumter we attended United Methodist churches so that's what we started out with this time. We visited Shandon United Methodist Church, a big umc here in Columbia. It's very convenient - about five minutes from our house. I've included a picture here. Unfortunately I had to shoot it as we were driving by in order to avoid embarassing Nicholas. Hence, it's at kind of a weird angle:
You can also check out the church's website at www.shandon-umc.org. We enjoyed our visit. Our staples were there: good choir, sang hymns, liturgical service. We'll have to visit a few more times, though, to get a better feel of how it suits us.
Now, for those of you who were confused by the allusions to "Here's a health Carolina" in my previous blog. That's a line in the USC alma mater, which is sung before each game. When that line is sung, we all raise our hands as if we are holding a glass to toast Carolina. Which is why I thought it was an appropriate title for yesterday's blog. The more you know! (and please tell me that some of you get that one).
Have a great day, and we'll meet again soon!