Friday, January 28, 2011

BellyWatch3 | 8 Weeks

I guess they don't call it Labor Day for nothing. Come September, we'll be a family of five. Welcome to BellyWatch3.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Promotion Process

What ever happened to just submitting a resume?

Last week I submitted my portfolio for promotion and tenure... which, yes, included a resume... but also included 3 binders of who-knows-what detailing "everything" I've done at the university over the past 7 years [I can't believe I've been there SEVEN years... I guess this is how life gets away from you, as they say]. Putting that binder together was a beast of a task; only soothed by the fact that I've got the world's greatest proofreader under the same roof with me. Needless to say that not much sleep was had last week. But the application has officially been submitted.

And now... the waiting game begins.

Principal's Office

So here's the progression:
  • Church announces the annual consecration period
  • Announcement is made that the sanctuary will be open for prayer
  • Email goes out with the scheduled times for corporate prayer
  • My name is on the list (to my surprise, no less)
  • I send an email to have my name removed
  • Word travels (no pun intended)
  • Pastor calls me the next day to ask about it
  • 20 minute conversation ensues
  • The fam is invited to his house to fellowship and (of course) continue the conversation [we had a great time, by the way]
And now? ....I'm scheduled for one-on-one meetings with Pastor [once a month for a year] to help me sort through my "agnostic slant" on religion. My first reading assignment: "I Don't Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist," by Geisler & Turek. This should be interesting.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Monday, January 10, 2011

Woody & Buzz

If you haven't seen Toy Story 3 at least 26 times, and can't quote at least 8 lines from the movie; then you're no friend of Justin's. It's so much fun to watch him grow through his stages. Elmo is so last year. Check your chinese calendar: This is clearly the year of the Toy Story. Toy Story action figures, legos, stickers, towel, DVD, .... how someone can watch the same movie so many doggone times is still simply amazing to me. Anyhow, when mommy saw this dress-up box for boys at a post-Christmas discount, there was no way we could pass it up. We thought about saving it for his birthday, but the truth is; there's not telling what he'll be into 6 months from now (The Cat in the Hat is quickly rising up the popularity chart these days... in truth, Toy Story has had some stiff competition this week). But who's complaining... the quiet time is magnificent. At some point we'll tell him that there's also a Toy Story 1 and 2... but for now we're milking our Toy Story 3 DVD for all it's worth: twice its weight in gold!

Monday, January 3, 2011

Daddy's Day

I celebrated a birthday yesterday; and in doing so, V and I decided to go old school and close out the club! The problem is, we let the kids choose the club. So Chuck E Cheese it was. We had a great time. We were indeed the last ones to leave, but I'm pretty sure I was more worn out than either of our little ones (Justin had a blast making his rounds, while Jasmine babysat the same coin car [with no coins] for about 2 hours). Nevertheless, it was a great close to my winter break (back to work alas). Family is love. Here's to the first 3 dozen years of my life, and the hope of many more to come.