Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
I'm still kinda goin' on that one.
What made you laugh today?
Monday, December 7, 2009
So, I rounded up a little wood, vacuumed about an inch of dust (no joke) out of the firebox and built a toasty little fire. So far so good. I even remembered to open the flue so we don't fill the house with smoke.
Then I switched on the blower. Talk about ROAR. What noisy fan! I guess we'll be doing without the blower for now.
Now it remains to be seen if this actually reduces the amount of time the furnace is on.
Sunday, December 6, 2009
Me? I got no such good excuses. I'm just lame.
So... there you have it. Lameness vs. productivity and intellectual rigor.
On the bright side... I didn't kill any of my children this month (nor last), and I got the tree up on Dec 1 (a record at our house).
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
Saturday, November 21, 2009
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Hey all. You know, I think, that once school is in session it is a rare day that I actually do anything with the ole bloggerino. I do regret that. Really.
Saturday, September 12, 2009
Thursday, September 10, 2009
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
"More than 8,300 students are enrolled at the College of Southern Idaho this semester marking the first time the college has ever reached the 8,000 figure and its highest one-year increase ever."
It is something of a maxim in higher education that economic hard times are generally a good thing for enrollment. People out of work tend to want to improve their job skills or change careers entirely. CSI has had continual growth throughout it's 40+ year history and this year, as you saw above, continues the trend-- in a big way.
In practical terms this means that I have full classes and they are staying full. In other, leaner years I often start the semester with full classes, but once they get a gander at my syllabus and/or hear me talk, some certain number of them scamper off to another section (or, perhaps they drop college entirely-- who knows). This year, however, if they want to go for that AA or AS, there is no other section of 101 or 102 for them to go to. EVERY class is full. We even opened a bunch of new sections (once of which is an overload class for me). Hurray for higher education.
The flip side, of course, is that we're being asked to do more for more students with less money. When the economy is in the tank, people come back to college but they don't buy big screen TVs or wave runners (and thus sales tax and other state revenues are down).
You know, though (I hope), that I love what I do. It's work, but I love it. . .
. . . most days.
Saturday, September 5, 2009
Thursday, September 3, 2009
Monday, August 31, 2009
I had some real fun at the temple with Nick and Lindsay. They were married in Ohio (at the Columbus temple), but since Nick is from Twin, they had an open house here. Their open house was at the stake center adjacent to the Twin Falls temple, so we took some pictures there. Here are some o' my favorites....
Saturday, August 29, 2009
Friday, August 21, 2009
Saturday, August 15, 2009
I just finished a photo shoot at the Twin Falls temple. Paula Weeks, a friend from church and the neighborhood, invited me to shoot this weddding with her. She's a very talented photographer but hadn't done a wedding before and wanted to do a couple with someone else before tackling one on her own. I haven't seen her shots yet, but she set up some excellent angles, etc. for today, so I'm confident we have a great set of proofs for the bride and groom (and their families).
Thursday, August 13, 2009
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
My brothers and sisters (and I) have taken to calling our annual camping-trip reunion "Draney Camp." The concept may sound boring and lacking in imagination to some, but getting together in the same campground on the same week of the year (basically) every year is a wonderful tradition that our family looks forward to every year.
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
Monday, August 3, 2009
I'm stealing time from housework and packing to scribble this little blog note. We're off to "Draney Camp" tomorrow and may or may not be in Internet range in the meantime. So, to keep the grass a little bit green, here's a tiny little posting...
Saturday, August 1, 2009
Sunday, July 26, 2009
Thursday, July 23, 2009
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
- Shade (awnings, umbrellas, tarps)
- A cot
- Extra socks and shoes
- One rain poncho (for Jacob)
- Word games (for fire side)
- Reading material (work and leisure)
- Something to repel no-see-ums (they were legion last year!)
- Another rain poncho (for me)
- A small mirror
- LONG, warm socks
- Antihistamine lotion (a la Caladryl)
- After-bite stick
- more than 3 pairs of pants
- Short, short haircut
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Monday, July 13, 2009
Sunday, July 12, 2009
Robert McCloskey's 1941 children's book Make Way for Ducklings is set in Boston's Public Garden which happens to be across the street from the hotel where I stayed. This bronze statue was erected in 1987 in honor of the famous story. It's just about impossible to take a picture of this statue without a child or children in the shot (and a parent or parents standing by with camera in hand).
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
Monday, July 6, 2009
Sunday, July 5, 2009
Saturday, July 4, 2009
If I felt more energetic and/or creative, I'd post something witty about the relationship between family and the 4th of July... about how the one is the meaning of the other and that freedom to worship as we please, and to raise our families how we please, is an essential and important right. I'm sure those things are true, but I don't have pithy or eloquent words for the idea tonight.
Thursday, July 2, 2009
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
When we were at the falls the other evening, the boys found a pond and creek that had lots of frogs. They were dying to go back to see if they could catch any, so we went there again today. The water was too slimey and deep in get into really, so we ended up taking a bunch of pictures. That's just as well because I know Keri would not be interested in having a bunch of frogs around the house. ;-)