Today is my first day as a full time instructor in the Graphics & Imaging Technologies department at PSU. You could say I'm on an emotional roller coaster. . .nervous, excited, overwhelmed, thankful. . . . I've had access to my office all summer and it's taken all summer to get it to this point of disarray. I'm sure it will evolve, but for now it is what it is. I love the view. I'm located in the Kansas Technology Center and have a direct view of the courtyard.
I'm teaching three classes this semester, including the Web Site design class I've been teaching adjunct for the past 3 semesters.
I also have my guys looking on while I prepare for my classes!
Most all of the faculty offices in KTC are "slices" long and narrow with one full wall of shelves, which I had no problems filling! I didn't try to sugar coat it, all of the clutter and unpacked boxes are in plain view!
This is a creation I made just for my new space. I've been on a letter collecting spree for another project at home and used some of my duplicates to make this. The 'd' and the 'g' were plain letters that I covered with scrapbook paper. I painted the 'n' and wire wrapped both it and the 'i'. The 's' and 'e' were not manipulated at all. Some of the letters hang and some prop up against the wall.
Here's that wall of shelves I mentioned. I've filled it with pretties and necessities, old goodies and new! Both Braden and Mason have made trips up here over the summer to help me get it all settled.
Picture me sitting here slaving away on my daily presentations that will hopefully enthrall and enrich the minds of my students! Whew, that's a stretch!
Car pool is over, and now we walk home from school everyday. Recycling Mason: Here's a booger, Momma, put it in recycling.
Frozen Custard Please Last night Braden and I attended the Playground Party hosted by The Center. On our way I promised Braden we could get some "concrete" from Freddy's (local ice cream/burger joint) which is frozen custard. Even though it was 30 minutes past his bedtime when we left the party, he had not forgotten: Braden: Mom, can I have a brick? I mean a sidewalk? Mom:What? Braden: You know, you said after the party..... Mom:(cracking up) Oh, you mean concrete? From Freddy's?
Salad in the Water Last night for dinner I fixed a refreshing pitcher of ice water with mint and lemon balm from our garden. Mason pointed to it from his high chair and declared: Mason: Salad in the water! Dollar Vacation During Braden's Birthday Lunch on the porch I asked River if she was getting excited about their family trip to Branson. River:Oh Yeah! We even get to go to Silver Dollar City! Braden: Oh Yeah, my Mom takes me to Dollar Tree! Obviously Braden has no idea what SDC is or that the Dollar Tree doesn't quite compare, but as long as it's a big deal to him. . . .we will keep going!
The Substitooth When I picked Braden up on Friday, his teacher wasn't there, but he had a substitute. This happened one other time, when Ms. Vacca had a toothache. I asked Braden who is substitute was, and he said "Nothing" Me:Was Ms. Vacca here, today? Braden: No, we had 3 different teachers. Me: Who was that man? Was he your substitute? Braden: No, Ms. Vacca was sick today, so he helped us do our work. Me: I know, Braden, that is called a substitute teacher. Braden: I thought it was a substitooth, like Ms. Vacca had before.
Hello to all! We are going to attempt to provide you with an endless source of pictures, video and stories to ooh and aaah at until your heart is content. As Braden reminds Blake every morning as he leaves for work "don't be boring" we will try not to be boring! We thought life was interesting with Braden, now that we've added Mason to the mix we've learned new levels of parenthood!