Monday, October 12, 2009

Sweet Picture

This past weekend some of the guys Nick is working with ran into an IED. Once again, Nick was supposed to have been on the mission, but sent a guy he's been working with instead at the last minute. No one was killed, but there were some who were injured. I hate hearing about these incidents and constantly worrying about them happening, but I continue to have faith that Nick was called to be on this deployment and that he will be protected while he's there. It also helps to remember exactly who Nick is over there helping. This sweet girl is harvesting corn all by herself - quite a feat!

Saturday, October 10, 2009

A Tale of Two Trips

Okay, okay, it's been more than a week since I last posted, but it's been a busy week or so! I traveled to the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA) Annual Conference in San Antonio last week. While I was there I got to see my friend Susan who is now working at UT in Austin. Mom also came down to stay with me on Thursday and Friday nights. I learned about some new ways to be a better advisor, spent some time with people I love, and ate some great Mexican food! What could be better?

Suze and me at dinner Friday night
Harriett, a fellow USC advisor, and me at The Alamo
Mom and me having margaritas on the Riverwalk Thursday night.

Meanwhile, Nick made a trip to the COP (Combat Outpost). In light of recent events in Nuristan province (next to Laghman province, Nick's province) I have cleared all of these pictures with him as okay for the blog.
Nick also has some big news - he was named CGO (company grade officer) of the month for September. Take a minute to send him a congratulatory e-mail when you get a chance.
Santana, the COP puppy
Nick's a big fan of the lamb and rice they ate. Really.
Playing golf at the COP. At least he got a little downtime!
Coach, the COP dog, says "come to the shura!"
Nick practicing with a sniper rifle. This one is actually a souped-up version of the Remington 308 Nick has at home. He was 5 for 5 at 500 meters!