itinerary

June 22nd, 2011

Just an observation…of the few words I have great difficulty spelling from memory…the word “itinerary” is one of them.  I think it comes from my utter lack previously in having to write it out, or even use the word  ;0)

Arnold Schwarzenegger

June 9th, 2011

Just an observation…  it is easier to type (or text) “the governor of California” rather than type (or text) Arnold Schwarzenegger. 

Also…  for some reason, no matter what he says, I can’t help but agree with Arnold, at least at the time I hear it.  Love that guy  ;0)

Baby’s first tooth!

June 9th, 2011

At nine month’s old, Baby’s first tooth is coming through!  And boy is it SHARP!  You won’t find me letting him chew on my fingers any longer!  For some days now he has been exploring with his lips and tongue–making some of his funniest faces yet.

We praised his “success” and told him “good job” and all that *winks*, but I think these milestones are more for we parents than for the babies.  It took a lot to get him here, and we went through a lot along the way–more than our fair share, let me tell you!  So each new advance in his life is like a trophy for us.

Little Baby Boy, we are so happy to see you grow and develop.  Now I need to get off of the computer and let your Mommy type on her own blog  ;0) 

We love you!

-Papa+

If tomorrow the internet is extra slow…

June 7th, 2011

“Online,” “internet,” “world wide web,” “web 2.0″…  whatever you call it, tomorrow there is a big test scheduled by some major sites concerning IP (Internet Protocol) numbers…basically addresses for all websites that get masked by the URL.  For the full story (at least from where I first became aware of the switch) go here:

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=will-the-internet-stop-on-june-8

The Whole Armor of God

June 6th, 2011

Just a quick note on Ephesians 6:

It is so important to note that all of the equipment of a Christian’s armor is DEFENSIVE except for the Sword of the Spirit (the Word of God).  Why, then, are we so often caught unawares?  It is because we have not put on the full Armor of God.

My First College Graduation as a Full-Time Professor

May 19th, 2011

Tuesday evening I experienced my very first graduation here at the College (and, more importantly, my first graduation as a full-time instructor).  I found myself surrounded by joyful peers of all age groups and backgrounds, excited students (also wonderfully diverse), and a feeling of glee that I didn’t expect to experience.  At times I couldn’t help but laugh–it was such an enjoyable feeling.  I finally felt the “I’ve made it” jubilation of being a teacher in my dream job.  I was surrounded by some old friends, and some new ones, and many others whom I’ve not really gotten to know yet but who all seem to share the same sense of happiness that they work in a great place, are able to enjoy themselves as professionals and colleagues, and share also a feeling of family.

Today we held our Employee Recognition day (at the upstate campus).  Once again, I saw the cohesiveness of my new professional family.  Of all the places a person could choose to work, I’m very happy to be part of this group.  I feel that I can help accomplish great things working alongside of and with them.

[Note:  For this and future blog posts, I am not going to specifically name the College in my posts.  It’s of course obvious where I work, but since I try to be as non-specific about PEOPLE I may as well carry that over to PLACES, too].

Wildlife

May 3rd, 2011

On campus so far I have come across a number of creatures.  The first was a baby painted turtle (who is now making her home with us).  She was crawling along the concrete floor of the building in which is my current office.  Then I saw a small copper head snake out on the gravel road.  I’ve also seen a blue-striped salamander (or some such lizard), a number of fish, more painted turtles (one of which bit another’s head), and even a rather large snapping turtle (which looked like something out of a dinosaur film).

I wonder what other creatures I will come across as I traverse the campus.

My First Week as a Full-Time College Professor

April 29th, 2011

Well, “Instructor,” I suppose, but Professor does have a nice ring to it  ;0)

This is the end of my very first week as a full time instructor here at the College.  I have spent the time getting to know the campus (even better than before), meeting my new College Family, hacking out some Physics problems, preparing for advisorial duties, learning the ins-and-outs of the system, and many other duties (and paperwork). 

I am surprised at how soon I have come to “fit in,” here.  It has been an almost seamless transition.  Part of that probably has to do with the fact that I was a student here years ago…and that I already know a number of people here…and that I have been adjuncting for 3 years prior to this.  Another part of it is the friendly atmosphere, the chance to start work over what would normally be Spring Break, and my helpful Teammates. 

My current office will be moved out of anywhere from next month to possibly September.  I am preparing for the close of my current Spring class, and the start of my Summer course.  I have a lot of preparation-time lined up for the equipment (labs to write!), and there are a number of Energy projects going on around the campus.  Just this Wednesday a colleague and I installed a set of solar panels on the roof of one of the large sheds on campus.  This was the first of many projects I will no doubt be active with. 

This is an exciting time.  Many things have changed, and I am still mentally catching up with my new schedule and surroundings.  One thing is certain, though:  I am happy.  This is a job where my skills and background will be fully utilized, and where I can grow continually.  Those around me both teach me AND learn from me, daily.  I love that give-and-take dynamic.

My Last Day as a High School Teacher

April 21st, 2011

These blog posts are difficult to categorize.  Do they belong in Educational or Personal commentary? 

Today is my last day as a high school instructor.  I don’t know if I will ever really get time to reflect on the change with the depth it deserves, but I will say that I will miss my students (and of course my wonderful peers).  I’m more emotionally self-aware today than usual.  This is the day when you hug people you didn’t even have the opportunity to shake hands with before, and when you pay much closer attention to the small details.  Everyone has been wishing me well in their own ways.  The very first friend I ever made in the school district got me a cake with a large Sun on it (in honor of my solar energy pursuits at the College!)  She is sending me a picture of it, and I will post it online at some point.  :0)  It was very touching, and I appreciated the opportunity to say goodbye to some of my closest Science Department friends.

No doubt when I get the chance to “stop and catch my breath” (does that ever actually happen?) I will wax nostalgic again.

If you don’t have anything nice to say…

April 18th, 2011

…don’t say anything at all!

It’s a good thing that I have plenty of good things to say  :0)

I heard something interesting yesterday:  “People who tend to complain a lot rarely have much time to encourage…and people who are encouraging rarely have time to complain.”  That really resonated with me.