Sunday, August 28, 2011

doodles for the office

Well, I don't really have anything for ya. We've been doing a lot of cleaning this weekend and last night we went out. I did make some doodles yesterday for my office. Now I'm off to a bbq for a friend's birthday..a bbq on the hottest day of the entire year. I don't know if you can sense my excitement or not.

(We ended up skipping out on the picnic yesterday because of the heat.)

Friday, August 26, 2011

Happy Friday!

Happy Friday! Tomorrow Austin is having an SEC picnic in Zilker Park. Me, Meg and Sean will be reppin the University of Florida and I'm hoping that Eric will tag along too. The picnic should be fun/funny.

I promise to post something on the blog this weekend!

Friday, August 19, 2011

happy friday!

Happy Friday!

Am I ready for classes to begin Monday? Why no, no I am not. I'm trying to quickly put together my syllabi and all that. My office is a disaster because I got approved to move into a much bigger office, so I quit cleaning up my office because I knew I was moving...

I just feel like laying around all day reading instead of getting all of my  stuff together for Monday's classes. I'm reading two books right now: The Death and Life of the Great American School System by Diane Ravitch and A Spot of Bother by Mark Haddon. Diane Ravitch is a really remarkable education historian and educational policy analyst. I've been oblivious to most things happening in education because of how far removed I am from what's happening in the K-12 system. I went to a good high school and never spent any time in any K-12 after I finished high school. Then I began teaching college in South Carolina where most students came from good high schools. My new position here in Austin faces some students who have come from weaker high schools and I also have made good friends with a colleague that taught high school for many years. She really got me thinking about the state of education and recommended this book.

Haddon's book is an easy fiction read. He is the author of The Curious Dog in the Night-Time, which is an adorable book. You could finish it within a few hours. I love that book. I remember one of the exact spots I used to sit on the University of Florida campus reading the book and laughing out loud.

Two of my friends want to start a book club next month. I'm excited. The rules are so far are: (1) you read the book before the get-together at the end of the month (2) the get-together must have wine (3) there must be food inspired by something in the book.

Have a good weekend. I need to go work on my syllabi...

Thursday, August 18, 2011

wine & cheese dinners

We've been doing this frequently. I am so in love with aged goudas and stilton blue cheese. After a full belly of tasty bites and wine, we usually go out downtown. Last Friday night one of the friends came back to our apartment around 2am and ate the leftover cheese by the grabful. I laughed so hard when I woke up the next day and heard that story.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

back in town.

I'm home. San Diego and South Carolina visits were lovely. Above is Riley, the daughter of my good friends Danielle and Ty. She is the happiest baby I have ever seen.

I haven't made anything since I've been out of town. Hopefully this week..if I can pull myself away from my recent Mad Men marathons (it's available for streaming on Netflix now.) This is the last week before classes begin, eek. Lots of meetings and such. :/