Friday, February 29, 2008
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Ok, so I will copy the idea of Friday Flashback...I have a doosey to post later today, but right now I am off to do my civic duty. Yep, you guessed 'er, chester! I have jury duty. Yikes. Pray for me. Usually, my fridays are a day of leisure...but today I am participating in our judicial process. Yeah, right. Happy Friday, all!
Posted by Sam at 10:08 AM
Sunday, February 24, 2008
Tagged by Beck awhile back...
Best thing you cooked last week?
Crock pot BEEF roast. Moist and delicious. Love the crockpot!
If money, time, and babysitting were no object, where would you go and with who?
To Australia, with my girlie Kerri. Or to Iceland with JBird.
When was the last time you cried?
Last night. Watching a soap. Seriously.
Five things you were doing ten years ago-1998
1. These are hard for me...I was a different person then. Working hard and paying bills to get ready for parenthood.
2. Working at EOU
3. Having foot surgery, I think.
4. Playing volleyball
5. Probably enjoying the quiet
Five things you were doing five years ago-2003
1. Taking care of a three and one year old
2. Working at EOU
3. No idea what else
Five things you were doing one year ago-2007-
1. Being da Mom
2. Working on finishing touches of our addition
3. Not much else. Told you I SUCK at the memory stuff
Seven of your favorite hobbies:
2. Lunching with friends (this counts, right?)
7. Outdoor stuff. Hunting, fishing, camping, hiking
Five favorite foods:
2. Lettuce wraps
3. Not pork roast
5. crab cakes
Five places you've been:
1. Lawen, Oregon
2. Ottawa, Canada
4. Chicago (ok, well, I was at O'Hare)
Five favorite memories:
1. Spring time in John Day valley. Dad burning dead grass (it's his hobby when the weather gets warm)
2. Camping at East Eagle
3. Bo and Ila's ranch - Becky and pitchfork meets Sam and Sam's wrist
4. State Basketball tourney
5. All school reunion at MVHS and my graduation from there in 1991
If your maiden name began with Mc...yer it.
Posted by Sam at 4:35 PM
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Wednesday, February 20, 2008
Ok, so we have a new mascot at my University. It's now time to name him. Here's a link to the contest. http://chinook.eou.edu/eouforms/mascot.cfm
Here's a pic of him...
I don't think any of the choices do him justice. I am thinking something like:
- Constipated Carl
- Frustrated Fred
- Irritated Irv
What do you think????
Too funny. Actually, he's kinda cute. He's growing on me. (In fact, that is the look Jason has on his face most of the time!!) Kidding. :)
Posted by Sam at 9:42 AM
Sunday, February 17, 2008
Posted by Sam at 9:46 AM
Friday, February 8, 2008
Tagged by Becky!
10 Random Facts About Me:
1. When I get tired, I get scared really easily. Like, irrational scared. So, I spend alot of time lying in bed worried that I may not see the morning light. Not sure why. Once I finally figured it out, I now exercise positive self-talk. "Go to sleep, Sam. Yes, the closet door WAS closed when you laid down to go to sleep. You're tired. You will not be killed by a crazed madman. You will not be killed by a crazed madman." SO, it goes to show that I DO NOT read mystery/thriller novels before bed.
2. I like to cook, and I must say I am a pretty good chef. Two of my closest colleagues and friends have decided we will someday own and operate a women's retreat at Wallowa Lake, and I have officially been assigned chef duties. I have been mentally accumulating recipes to use for our venture. On one of our trips up to the lake, I served salmon cakes, and Peach Sangrias. Also, when I eat at a new restaurant, and if I eat something I LOVE, I have a hard time enjoying the meal, because I am dissecting it within an inch of it's life trying to figure out the ingredients and method of preparation. (I figured out an amazing pasta and prawn dish from Bugatti's and the Chicken Lettuce Wraps from PF Changs.) Yay me!
3. I love roller derby. I loved it when I was a child and I used to dream of doing it. I even remember a movie I was totally obsessed with when I was a kid. Can't for the life of me remember the name of it. I think I will do it someday before I am old and fragile. I have been accumulating some padding for quite awhile in preparation for my debut.
4. When I need to pee, my feet get really cold.
5. I love volkswagen beetles. I owned a aqua green one when I was in college, and I totally loved it. I love it still. I still see it from time to time around the streets of my town. My amazing cousin bought it, painted it, and then delivered it to me, and I had not even seen it. Thanks, JR. He is the shizzle.
6. I would LOVE to go to an icehotel. I love arctic culture, especially Icelandic life. I have done a good bit of research on the country, and it's absolutely fascinating to me.
7. I want to go into the woods and see how long I can survive...ala Survivorman. I think he'd be a dern good person to invite up to Jack Creek with us, or to Spring Creek.
8. I accidently sprayed deodorant in my mouth when I was little. I thought it smelled good, and I thought it may taste good, too. I then read the label, and was convinced I would die, like by the next day. I was so distraught I didn't know what to do, I remember thinking at the dinner table that night that it would be the last time I would have dinner with my family. I think I even worked a sort of "goodbye" speech in at some point.
9. I loved Ronald Regan. I sent him jelly beans in a snowman jar when he was shot. He then sent a thank you, and I became his little pen pal. I wrote back and forth with him a number of times.
10. I am fascinated by hovercraft technology. My Uncle Elmer says my Great Uncle Joe has a "flymo" - which is a hovercraft lawnmower. I plan to come over this summer to convince Elmer that we should get it running. (Expect a post about a flymo mowing my toes off in July or August.)
Posted by Sam at 7:49 PM
No, not the fruit, but the voice in your soul that speaks out when you find something that you love. One of my favorite aspects of working in a University environment is witnessing, and assisting with, students experiencing that light bulb moment. The moment when they declare a major, or discover the path for the rest of their lives. It may sound cornball, but I am telling you...it's amazing. You meet these students when they are scared, lost and intimidated freshmen, and over their career you witness the metamorphosis into knowledgeable, informed citizens of the world. Pretty powerful. Really. During the middle of winter term (where we are now), the flow of students into my office has slowed, so it gives me an opportunity to read, research and develop new ideas for assisting exploring (or undeclared) students. I ran across a website that discusses "college and character" - there was some really good reading in there. I believe most of the material was aimed at religious institutions, but I was quite inspired by some of the posts from students.
(Reader says to self…Ooookayyyyy, Sam, bring on the point!!!!!!) So, on to my point...is it possible to have your passion be to inspire others to find theirs? Could be. It seems most of the time God gets my train of thought, and puts things in my environment that totally supports my line of thinking. Take Donny Deutsch (http://www.thebigidea.com)/ First, he's totally adorable. Second, ok...maybe he's a bit too much capitalist for me, but I think I am his soulmate. That's what he does. He inspires people. He has them reach for their passion, and follow their dreams and their hearts. Hey, he even had Matthew McConaughey on this week, and that dude's deep too. http://www.matthewmcconaughey.com/ His mantra: Just keep livin. I dig you, brotha, I dig you. (Sidebar...ok, Matthew McConaughey is bathwater-drinking adorable, but has a soul, and isn't afraid to use it! Plus...he loves GOOD ice! Me too, hey…maybe he's my soulmate too! He has a special icemaker in his house that dispenses crushed ice, because he is really an ice connoisseur. Weird. So nice to know you aren't alone in the world.) Anyway, quite noble work, if you ask me. Isn't that what we, as parents, are supposed to do as well? Teach your children to reach for the stars, and do everything in your power to build a ladder for them. I think another reason I am drawn to Donny Deutsch is because I am an inventor, and a designer way down deep. I am always jotting down ideas for new inventions, and am fascinated by that creative process. I even encouraged Emma to start her own invention book. It’s our little thing we share…pretty sweet.
Posted by Sam at 9:25 AM
Tuesday, February 5, 2008
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