This is what I do when I’m not at work.

Got My Christmas Wish

Posted: December 25th, 2007 | Author: | Filed under: life | Tags: | 2 Comments »

Well, it wasn’t until 7:00 PM tonight, but it finally started snowing! It has been coming down for the last hour or so and since the temps are below 30 it should stick around for a while. Now if it would just snow hard for the next 24 to 48 hours, then I can go sledding on campus. Woo-Hoo!!

Please Let It Snow For Christmas

Posted: December 21st, 2007 | Author: | Filed under: life | No Comments »

…if only in my dreams!

Actually, we have four solid days of snow predicted, so I hope at least a few flakes fall. I am ready to see more Winter Wonderland.

Merry Christmas, all!

Happy Holidays!

Posted: December 15th, 2007 | Author: | Filed under: generic | No Comments »

Goodness gracious, another year gone by! I hope everyone is keeping warm and getting ready for a few days off. I know I am! 🙂


My new neighbors brought over these delicious cupcakes and other goodies for Alva and me. The true message of the holiday bag was lost on me until days later when I realized what it said. “Ho! Ho! Ho!” indeed!! Merry Christmas, y’all!

Planning A Big Move?

Posted: December 9th, 2007 | Author: | Filed under: life, travel | 3 Comments »

Are you thinking about making a large scale move? Something like moving the contents of a three bedroom house all the way across the country? If so, you need to be prepared. However, RELAX. No amount of planning and worrying can prepare you for all that could go wrong. To assist with this process, I have prepared a list of my “Top Tips for Moving.”

  1. Don’t have a lot of stuff. The more you have, the more you suffer.
  2. Don’t be too emotionally attached to your stuff. Items will disappear and things will get broken. If you think the label “Fragile” means anything to your movers, then you are completely insane.
  3. Let the moving company pack EVERYTHING (since they assume NO liability for whatever you pack). As you stand there holding your broken items with a pained expression on your face, their favorite thing to do is ask “Did you pack that?” It is like an instant Get Out of Stupid card for them.
  4. See Rule #1. My advice? Burn it all.
  5. Always retain original boxes for delicate/valuable items (such as your computer, stereo, TV, etc). Failing to do so is like asking for your valuable item to get broken. That form-fitting styrofoam is there for a reason.
  6. Your most valuable items and those things you consider irreplaceable are best moved by you personally. This means that you pack it, you load it in your vehicle, you secure it and you carry it into your new home. Failing to do so guarantees your future unhappiness.
  7. Be prepared for LOTS of wasted paper resources. Watching professional packers or unpacking their parcels is enough to make even the most casual environmentalist cry. I think they killed 25 redwoods just to pack this one lamp I got at a thrift store.
  8. Remember that persnickety box description – “Misc.” Everything you are looking for is in that box. Maybe you should open this box first to prevent yourself from buying a lot of stuff that you already own.
  9. Don’t have a lot of stuff. A good rule is worth repeating twice. A perfect rule is worth repeating thrice.

If you can follow the above instructions, then your large scale move should go fairly well. If you don’t follow the above instructions, then you should just take a sledgehammer to your belongings right now. Oh yeah, and drive down the highway and dump a bunch of your favorite things out the window at 60 MPH. This should simulate the average cross country move with great accuracy.