Saturday, July 23, 2011

fourth of july

I am late posting this, but I wanted to report that I got to enjoy the Fourth of July with my family.  Chris didn't get to come. Unfortunately, he had to work. The pool was looking pretty green at my parent's house that day, but my stepmother assured me the chemical levels were fine and that I wouldn't come out with green hair.

Saturday, July 16, 2011


1.)The tomato and basil garden is blooming very well. We are running over with basil, and we already have some red maters ready to be picked!

2.)Chris is still looking for full-time employment, but plans to sub for Warren County Schools again once school starts if he doesn't find anything else before then.  He's currently stocking/cashiering part-time at Save-A-Lot thanks to the manager who goes to our church. I am glad he has something to do this summer and that he's able to work a little.

3.)Penelope is growing and growing. I took her to the vet for the last of her puppy shots on Tuesday. She weighed in at 7.1 pounds! She's still not housebroken.  We're working really hard with her on it, and it seems that if we constantly watch her and take her out every one to two hours, she has very few accidents inside.  I'd say when we're diligent about taking her out, her accidents aren't accidents. They are punishment for us not paying enough attention. Meaning not giving her constant attention. I am trying to break her of being so needy for attention.

4.)Last weekend I got to hang out with lots of friends from Bowling Green and Louisville. The get-together  reminded me so much of my college days. My friend's grandparents let us use their rather large farmhouse in Cane Valley, KY.  We got to hang out, play cards, swim in the lake, eat too much and shoot bb guns.  I had a good time, but it was bittersweet since I know it's probably one of the last times I will get to see Joanna before she leaves for Africa for two years.  I'm really going to miss her. After all, she is one of my best friends.

Saturday, July 2, 2011

visiting D.C.

Last night I got back from the College Media Conference in Washington, D.C.  It was a really great trip, and  I am very thankful that WKU sent me as a participant. I got to learn so much about media relations and how competitive it is to get your university's news picked up by the national media. I guess the only exception to that rule is if something terrible happens at your university.  That's when the calls flood in.

The part of the conference that pertained the most to me was the preconference. I heard from a couple speakers who talked a lot about how to effectively use social media tools to market your university. WKU does a lot of that already, but we're always looking for ways to improve our efforts by engaging people more on social media.  That's certainly an area were we have room to grow.

While in D.C., I was amazed at the city life, people driving down very narrow streets, taking cabs everywhere you go, buildings so tall you cannot imagine being at the top of them. It's so different than the life I know.  It was nice to visit there again (I went once when I was younger), but I couldn't help but think about how I would never really want to live there. I got to see the National Press Club, which was really interesting. I saw the White House from a distance.

One evening, my coworker and I had time to walk around and see most of the monuments. We had time to get to all of them except the Washington Monument, but we could see that from a distance. The next day we were thankful that we had missed that one. We heard in the news that the elevator had stalled and people were stuck inside for while.  It was getting dark during our walk, so we got to see many of them all lit up. Unfortunately, I forgot my camera in my room, so I have no pictures of them.  My coworker snapped a photo of me standing in front of the Lincoln Memorial, so that may eventually surface as proof that I was actually there.

I did take a picture of my hotel room. The bed in my room was massive and all for me. What can I say? I am a nerd. Having my own hotel room made me feel like a business professional and very gown up. I probably shouldn't attend conferences too frequently. I might develop an undeserved feeling of importance.