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My terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day...

To tell the truth, this statement is a lie or at the very least an exaggeration. It definitely could have been a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day, but instead a would-be bad experience wasn't that bad.

It is 10:20 p.m., I just got home and here is my story...

Tonight is not a teaching night for me. However, one of the heads of the departments that I teach for asked me to come down to Rock Hill, SC to discuss creating some online courses for students. Over dinner, we discussed the needs and how I could be of use. Things went really well and while I am going to take a break from actually teaching for the summer, I am going to develop the online courses and then pick up teaching again later. So that is good news.

The trouble started when I got in my car to come home. I called Daniel to let him know that I was on my way and tell him about dinner. While stopped at a light, I noticed the car start to sputter. I turned it off to try to conserve energy (dumb idea). Th…

Three More Nights

After tonight, I only have three nights left of teaching for this semester. I am planning on taking the summer off from teaching in order to have a break from the craziness that I currently call my life.

Why we are not backpacking this weekend.

I don't know what it is, but there are times that Daniel and I seem to have terrible luck. This weekend is one of those times.

In the past year, there have been several occasions when we have tried to make plans to go backpacking with some of our friends and for various reasons, the trips have not worked out for us.

The first time we were going to go, Daniel cut his leg open with a chainsaw.

The second time we tried to go, Daniel cut his thumb on a table saw.

Tonight, the reason we are not going backpacking (thankfully has nothing to do with flesh wounds), but as we were leaving downtown, our car overheated. We then realized there was a crack in the top of the radiator and it was half empty - we finally were able to pour some water into it after waiting for close to an hour for the car to cool down.

So now, instead of enjoying awesome weather and backpacking (which we have not been able to do in well over a year), we are at home and Daniel is in the garage replacing a rad…

Chicago and Many Modes of Transportation

This past weekend I was in Chicago for work. I thought I would share the plethora of different transportation that I ended up using during the weekend.

1) We flew by airplane to Chicago (US Airways to be exact - this caused me some confusion as we normally fly American Airlines and I did not read my email regarding flight information clearly enough. I ended up trying to check in with 3 different airlines before finding the proper one.

2) We landed at O'hare in Chicago and proceeded to get on the Metra - the commuter rail train that took us from the airport to downtown Chicago.

3) We got off of the Metra at Lake and Clark and proceeded to walk at least 3 city blocks with all of our luggage to 505 Michigan Avenue. This was an interesting way to see the city. However the day was warm and the blocks were long. I was thankful to be carrying a backpack instead of a suitcase. Our hotel was the InterContinental - extremely nice and I had a great view from my room.

4) After che…

Teaching

It is hard to believe that it is already close to the end of the semester. I have 2 more weeks and then finals. I have really enjoyed the experience. Several of my students have wanted to know if I will be teaching any of the summer courses...

I guess this means one of two things: 1) They really like me as a teacher (and are hopefully learning lots from me) or 2) I am way too easy...

Hopefully it is the former and not the latter. I am thinking I will take the summer off to recoup, but I would really like to continue teaching in the future and may even return to school at some point to pursue my masters...

Alternative Continuing Education

Since Daniel and I have been married, there have been several occasions in which we have chosen to take classes together for fun that involve learning new things. Here is a list of the classes we have done together:

This weekend we took a Handgun Safety Course.

About a year ago, we took a Tiling Class - this has come in very handy for various renovations around our house.

About 3 years ago, we were able to get our SCUBA certification in Madang, Papua New Guinea. This was lots of fun and I overcame a fear of "breathing" under water.

Four years ago was an outdoor rock climbing course at Fall Creek Falls State Park. This was a blast. We already were in the habit of taken friends and family rappelling... maybe some day we will add top roping...

Prior to that was a Motorcycle Safety Course (Daniel took this one before me and then we decided I should take it so that I could operate our motorcycle if I needed). This allowed me to get my motor cycle license.

All of these e…

up in the night...

Daniel woke me up around 2:30 this morning because he wasn't feeling so great. Turned out he had a fever. We are not sure what is up with him. He took some Tylenol and the fever came down. He stayed home today and slept all day. Hopefully this is just a quick bug. If he isn't feeling better by tomorrow we will probably run him to the doc.

Meanwhile neither of us slept that much and I am struggling to stay awake for my evening job...

Home on the range...

Maybe not what you are thinking, but yesterday Daniel and I spent the day with some friends at an indoor shooting range in Greensboro, NC.
We tried a variety of guns and by the end of the day my shooting had gone from very inconsistent to a very consistent. I shot 45 rounds and every single one of them was in the 9 range (this is the first circle outside of the center x circle). I would say 80% were in the x circle and the ones that were outside were from when I was getting tired or to the end of a clip.

I learned a lot and am actually a good shot with the right sized gun for my hand. The thing that surprised me most was the loudness of gun fire - especially from the booths on either side of us. Thankfully I had double ear protection.I shot 45 rounds that all were inside of the 9 circle - most were inside the X.

Hills, hills and more hills...

Tonight, Daniel and I biked to dinner. The weather is still cool and everything is very green, so it was a nice ride. Coming back, I think Daniel took us on a route that involved riding up EVERY big hill in our neighborhood. I was ready to kill him. My choices were to turn around and figure out my own, longer route home or just suck it up and endure the pain inducing hills - which is what I ended up doing. So now we are home, full from eating pizza and tired from the biking. I should sleep well tonight.