Friday, December 7, 2012

Thanksgiving Vacation

While the vacation was absolutely wonderful Glenn and I got to experience a bit of an adventure before we left for Utah. We hooked little Holmes up to a line so he could play in Glenn's parents yard while we went down to the basement to gather some things. When we went back to the yard we discovered that the little guy had escaped. For about three hours we all scoured the neighborhood. What I couldn't figure out was how he escaped his harness but his collar was nowhere to be found. Thanks to my wonderful mother-in-law who kept telling people about his yellow eyes, the little guy was found (also thanks to my father-in-law continually shaking Holmes' favorite toy). He was flushed out by a German Shepherd and the owner would not have seen Holmes if she hadn't known about his yellow eyes, for those were the only things she could see in the bushes. The oddest part about the whole scenario was that he kept his collar on...that NEVER happens. I have seen him remove that thing in about 30 seconds.

With that pleasant little story out of the way, Glenn and I had a wonderful visit. I planned to show him all the places I used to go when I was little but there was hardly a moment during the daylight hours. It was so much fun to play with our nieces and nephews and to hear Arwen speak Spanish, mi  sobrina preciosa.

Also, Glenn and I had fun  going through my childhood possessions. Thanksgiving dinner was a work of art. After trying the turkey and dressing Glenn turned to me and said "I understand." This was after I had been extolling the virtues of barbecued turkey since I met Glenn.

The best night was when Mike decided to show off his guitar skills and the kids started dancing.   I will post the edited videos after finals.

Sunday, September 9, 2012

So it is my first full semester back from my enforced "relaxation" which was exactly what I needed. The ulcer is completely gone. I tested this by eating at my favorite Indian restaurant. Right now I am studying Spanish Phonetics and compositions. I am very excited for this semester because I also have a class teaching me about how to teach, classroom management, a technology course (required), multicultural education, and a class about teaching children with special needs.

I just spent my first week observing an actual classroom. We have to observe at a charter school, an elementary school, a middle school, and a high school. My first week was at Karl G. Maeser Preparatory Academy. I observed 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th grade. Mrs. Richardson was one of the teachers and she was amazing. She let me get involved with the class even to the point of giving out discipline.

Glenn is doing well at work. He finally has a schedule where we can see each other which is a change from other semesters. He is getting into great shape (Glenn: I was in shape before! Round is a shape!) thanks to working out after he is done with work and while I am still in class.

Glenn and I were woken up last week at 5 AM by thunder that rattled our windows. At 7 AM we were treated to the above view. It reminded me of home...during perfect weather. Our cat Holmes started freaking out and tried to wake me and Glenn to lead us to "safety." He also does that when I cook with chili oil and the pan is too hot. (Toxic smoke...not pleasant.)

Anyway, that is life right now.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Pets and Homework

Hello again. A brief update on life before I get back to homework. Glenn and I have found a better apartment within our budget with the added bonus of a fireplace. In addition to our three parakeets we now have a black cat named Sherlock Holmes. He is quite the character and lately has taken to hiding his toy mice in Glenn's shoes. Also he has an interesting habit of scooting his water bowl around the kitchen. Glenn is enjoying the little animal; Sherlock is the first cat he has ever been able to have because he is allergic. However Glenn has yet to have any reaction to him and we have had him since early March. We adopted the little guy from a shelter. I didn't even expect to get a cat, I just wanted to look a cute animals and when I was about to put him back into his cage he wrapped his front paws around my neck, no claws. Glenn pet the little guy and rubbed his allergy test. An hour later there was still no reaction and we brought the little guy home. Since I have been trying to get off my medication I got prescribed a companion animal. That with regular exercise and I shouldn't have to be on medication for the foreseeable future.

The new apartment is 3.5 miles away from campus so part of my workout routine will consist of walking to and from next term. Some other news: I have been given a great opportunity to do mentored study with a professor in my field. I will be studying Inca micro-climate experimentation and the effects it had on Andean agricultural production. I am debating on whether or not to start studying Quechua. Unlike Nahautl there will be no glyphs and no new numerical systems to memorize. Only the Quipu which still mystify historians. Anyway, if all goes well I may produce a publishable paper. Hopefully I will be able to contribute to my professor's research and be acknowledged in his current work, either way getting my name out into the academic world.

Glenn's work at Utah State Hospital is going well. He keeps applying for permanent positions but nothing so far. So right now he is making a name for himself as a hardworking employee who is somehow able to reach even the most difficult of patients. He hopes to get a permanent position in the Boy's Youth Ward (where he has been given the nickname "The Awesome") or the Children's' unit. Most people see these units like tending a bunch of toddlers who are high on sugar and who have all been given fireworks but Glenn has a calming effect on the kids. The people in the Forensics Units seem to manage better when Glenn works those units.

Anyway, we have yet to get internet set up at the new place so right now I only have BYU's internet. We are slowly gathering furniture, mostly looking around KSL and DI for a couch. I have a lead on a workbench for Glenn. I have a project in the works but I will have to go on more walks to gather the appropriate materials. I'm thinking of making a bookshelf with the supports made from natural wood...branches and the like, with dark stained shelves. Just something to help out with stress, positive though it may be.

I'm in the market for a punching bag so if anyone can recommend a type or brand let me know. Also, I am looking for wall free mounts. So, back to the world of homework I go.