Five Things… I Like About My Neighborhood

  1. Steady influx of juvenile squirrels, always needing to be shown that I’m not going to eat them and am, in fact, going to provide them with a little box full of corn and sunflower seeds (despite what it does to my flower bed).
  2. Almost-decipherable echoes of high school games rolling from the stadium all the way to our front yard.
  3. Trees that remind me that some of these “student rentals” were standing, much more isolated, decades before I was born.
  4. Neighbors who put out food for scraggly cats so that they can get back on their feet.
  5. Accessibility – by bike, foot, etc. – to Greenbelt, Library!, parks, shopping, campus…

In Which We March Again

Today I’m at the 20th Anniversary Reunion of the Blue Thunder Marching Band in conjunction with Boise State’s 75 Year Anniversary and Homecoming. That’s a lot of capital letters. Reunions are generally pretty depressing affairs, if you ask me, but this is being kind of fun if only because I really know relatively few people. Twenty years worth of alumni is a lot of people to not know. 🙂

Plus, I get to wear comfortable shoes and – gasp – blue jeans! – which is nice.

There are a lot of cute band babies.

Hopefully today’s game will be more fun than last week’s. 🙂

It’s fun to play again, though. Ryan and I are skipping the homecoming parade but we’ll be marching pregame. Hopefully we’ll get some good photos….

For the win! Someone got to my blog by Googling “kappa kappa psi AEA meaning.” Hey, guess what? You’re not going to find it here. 🙂 Sorry!(Psst: it’s “American Emu Association.”)

In Which It’s Now September

My laptop finally arrived! Thoughts:

  • I hate Dell. I really do.
  • I love my computer, though.
  • Even though it isn’t anywhere near as brown as I was led to believe.
  • But it’s this really gorgeous copper-brown subtle color.
  • The inside? With the keys and stuff? SO pretty. Everything’s silver, no black.
  • I’m a real keyboard snob, and this keyboard is AWESOME. The touchpad mouse is actually usable, too! I can get by on this without a wireless mouse for quite a while, I think.
  • Can’t quite figure out how to make the webcam work.
  • Vista is weird, but I think I like it.
  • Office 2007 is REALLY weird. But I think I’m (going to) like it.
  • Oh, man, it is SO nice to have a laptop again. I feel like I might actually catch up on my e-Life again. You know how long it’s been since I posted on this blog, but did you know how long it’s been since I read any of my sites/comics/etc. or caught up on email? Ye gourds.
  • Dell didn’t send my laptop case, but it should be here Monday. That’ll be nice; the bag I’m using right now is not designed for a computer, and really hurts my shoulders.
  • Note to self: check out the speakers.
  • Came with nice headphones.
  • Still hate Dell.

I’m working at the high school as an “intern teacher” and have been steadily getting more integrated into the classroom. I’ve had the chance to lead the class a little, and I’ve had a few amazing adventures in other peoples’ classes that you can read on my teaching journal. (If you’re reading this, and don’t know where my teaching journal is, contact me…)

The football season is off and running. I have no comment on the Washington game, except BLAH. However, this does mean that my job at the band office is also off and running, and that’s its usual mixed bag. I LOVE working with the kids, but there are other aspects that are rather challenging for me. I think that the good things will continue to outweigh the bad for the short semester ahead of me, and then I’ll have another set of problems when I can’t work at all! Hooray.

Ooo! I got my hair cut. Feels GREAT.

This is so stupid – I never intended for this to be a newsletter blog. I’m going to make a really earnest attempt to write decent posts for this site again – in fact, I may go to my “private” journal and see what I’ve written recently (not much) that might could be recycled. I haven’t had time to write ANYTHING lately, but I can do better.

In Which I Update! Eek!

Wow, I can’t believe that I haven’t posted on this blog for twenty days. I guess that’s just a sign of how crazy busy my life has seemed to be in the past few weeks. It’s hard leaving, starting, and getting used to jobs. Band camp is hard, too. So, as it turns out, is “intern teaching” – whatever that’s supposed to mean.

The worst thing is, I have very little to say…

I have the most awful blisters. Yesterday I tried to wear some cute new shoes to school – little orange leather slide-mules. Unfortunately, they made my feet sweat like nobody’s business, and I quickly found I couldn’t walk without stopping every few hundred yards to mop out the inside of the shoes with a paper towel. (Ew.) I guess that probably loosened up my skin just in time for me to put on heels for pregame; half an hour later, I was hurting pretty bad, and knew that blisters were starting. I wasn’t sure what to do, because I knew the orange shoes wouldn’t do much good, either. That’s about the point when I discovered Meredith’s flipflops under my desk and decided that they’d be an improvement. They were, too – all except for the tighter-than-anticipated toe strap, which rubbed oozing bleeding blisters between my toes. By the time I got home, I had silver-dollar-sized, teardrop-shaped blisters on the balls of each foot, and open sores between the big and second toes of each foot to boot. Today, I’m limping around in my plush slippers that – fortunately – actually look like normal shoes at first glance. I’m supposed to go camping tomorrow, and I’m really not sure what I’m going to be able to do other than sit in a camp  and whine. I definitely have to get some better shoes – there’s just no getting around it. No more Payless shoes for me.

You’d think I would have already learned that.

Yesterday was our season opener against Weber State. I’m afraid we beat them pretty badly, and broke one of their players in the process. Well, broke his leg, anyway, which isn’t as bad as it could have been. Unfortunately, the broken-legged football player was apparently scheduled to get married today, so that’s got to really suck. The band looked really good – and really big. Hooray, big band!


I’m not getting any reading, writing, crafting, cleaning, or anything else done.

That’s all for now. Got to go back to work. Smooches!

In Which I Stop and Look Around

Well, today is Tuesday, and Friday is my last day at MotivePower.

Earlier today I got tired of typing out procedures, so I decided to take down photos and posters from my cubicle walls. That, as it turns out, was a mistake. Now I’m sitting here in a depressing gray box, and it makes me feel sad and unwanted – even though I did it to myself. I’m tempted to print out a bunch of pictures of the workplace and put them up, if only to break up the grayness.

On Monday I go back to the band to serve as one of its graduate assistants for one last season. I’m happy and excited, even though I know it won’t be all rainbows and lollipops. (Rainbows and lollipops?! What the heck is that supposed to mean?) I really loved working for the band, and it will be fun to have one more season – particularly when it’s going to be as awesome a season as this one is shaping up to be. The band is going to be enormous, the team is going to kick butt, and – yeah. I’m excited.

(Also excited because my laptop ought to arrive sometime that week! Hurray!)

The following Monday is band camp, and I’m sure that will be an exhausting five days. They’re extending into the evenings two nights – looong days.

And the Monday after that, school starts. I’ll be working at the band office 20 hours a week, observing/student teaching at Capital High School, and taking nine graduate credits: English Teaching: Writing, Literature, and Language (T/Th 4:40-5:55); Teaching Secondary Students with Exceptional Needs (Th 6-9, yikes – Thursdays are going to be rough); and Content Literacy in Secondary School (Mon 6-9). Ryan will be in the Exceptional Needs class with me, which should be a lot of fun, I think.

Come January, I’ll be a full-fledged student teacher, and come May, I’ll be a certified teacher….

Well, I think I’m going to go home now. I’ve got some laundry to hang up (oooh, my aching wrists) and, hopefully, some pointless reading to do.

Statesman Article

Bowl win boosts BSU’s profile
Admissions inquiries spike in January

Interest in Boise State University’s academic programs has jumped sharply in the aftermath of the BSU Broncos’ dramatic Fiesta Bowl win.
Online inquiries to the admissions office have increased 135 percent since the Broncos won the bowl game in overtime Jan. 1, BSU President Bob Kustra told faculty and staff Wednesday in his annual spring speech.

The graduate school has been getting 10 times as many applications as it normally does in the first week of January, Kustra added. The applications are coming from all around the country.

“There’s only one reason for this, obviously, and that would be the Fiesta Bowl and the national attention that has been focused on Boise State,” Kustra said.

The Broncos, who finished the season with a 13-0 record, have long been popular in the Boise area. But since their win last week grabbed national attention, Kustra has received hundreds of congratulatory e-mails from associates and strangers around the country and the world.

“We are going to benefit immensely from this experience in terms of media exposure coast to coast,” Kustra said. “Without question, the success of this football program has elevated Boise State to the national stage.”

Kustra’s spring speech is an annual event presented in advance of the spring semester, which starts Tuesday.

Long before the Fiesta Bowl win, BSU was adding academic programs, planning new construction and mapping out a strategy for becoming what Kustra likes to call a “metropolitan research university of distinction.”

It’s obvious to those who work on campus that things at BSU are changing, said Leslie McFarlane, business manager for university housing. Among other things, student housing is full, with another residence planned.

“We have all new management in my department, and we’re creating new mission statements,” McFarlane said. The Fiesta Bowl win might take this growth to new levels. On Wednesday, Kustra said the image of the team, the nature of its strategic win and the attention the drama garnered would help university officials reach their goals.

This year is BSU’s 75th anniversary, and officials are gearing up for a fundraising campaign aimed at raising $200 million to $300 million.

The public campaign will not get under way for months, but Kustra already is raising money.

The university will announce on Jan. 19 details of the largest donation BSU has ever received — a donation that was in the works before the Fiesta Bowl victory, Kustra said.

Now “there is significant potential to engage donors beyond what we thought prior to this grand win,” he said.

Kustra talked about the university’s plans for its interactive learning center, a $14 million high-tech teaching building scheduled to open this summer. It is one of many new projects planned for the campus, including a stadium expansion that will hold BSU’s first faculty club.

But most of his speech was devoted to the rewards Boise State expects to garner from the Broncos’ performance. With more applicants, BSU will be able to be more selective in choosing students — and subsequently to increase the quality of academic programs, he said.

Kustra added that many of the people who sent congratulations also commented on the humility and civility of the BSU football players and coaches.

“I … saw an amazing team never give up,” Kustra quoted from a former Oklahoma fan’s letter. “If college football means anything in an academic context, what more can we teach?”

An Ohio State fan wrote: “If you could just bottle up what your university hasn’t distributed, we could use it out here in the rest of the USA. What will these young ladies and gentlemen that you are teaching become? I can’t wait to see.”