Friday, October 31, 2008

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Home...

I never stop...seriously...and I'm getting tired....very tired...and I need to be home. I love adventure and travel, you know that. But at some point it becomes tiring to not have a break from being gone constantly. It is in times like these that I simply want to hunker down in my house and be among my things and my life. I just don't want to go anywhere!

This weekend I have a field trip for my photography class to Cades Cove and although I really, really want to go, a bigger part of me wants it to be canceled for rain (and it might) so that I can stay at home Saturday and Sunday.

I just need some "me" time....don't we all?

Sunday, October 19, 2008

He said "Nay, Nay"

Last night was the John Pinette show in Nashville. I had a great time!! My seat was right next to the stage...how cool was that!?!? I only got one photo taken before the security guard told me "no pictures" even though the tickets said "no flash photography"...and I wasn't using my flash! JINKIES! At least it came out good.

The drive was long...I didn't get home until 3:15am! But totally worth it....TOTALLY!

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Monday, October 13, 2008

Just a couple of images taken for my photography class



Top: Honor
Middle: The Sunsphere in Downtown Knoxville
Bottom: The smallest headstone I could find in the cemetary

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Race for the Cure

Good Morning! Today Honor and I walked in the Knoxville Race for the Cure. It was a 5K walk and we did well. Honor was great! She even wore a pink ribbon around her neck!! The picture above was taken before the race began. And, our official walk time was..........


It was a great experience and I highly recommend it! To find out if a race is coming your way simply click HERE. Honor and I will be doing this again next year for sure!

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Engage...

It's been a very fruitful week at the GSA convention in Houston. I have given my very first talk at this meeting and I must say that it went exceptionally well. I am so pleased and I truly believe that Colin (my advisor) is pleased as well. That makes me a very happy girl. My poster, yesterday afternoon, also went smashingly well. Many people visited and asked for my card so that they could get a copy of the file to use the project outline/questions in their work. I am humbled by the response I've gotten.

I have met some very, very important people in my field. I finally met Bertrand Lefebvre. I am certain I have not mentioned this before today (so now you're in on the secret) but he has asked me to write a chapter in an upcoming book/memoir on the biogeography of Ordovician edrioasteroids (the stuff I work on). Seriously, how amazing is it that I (yes, little ole me) am writing a chapter in a forthcoming book?!?! The book chapter will reflect the talk that I gave two days ago. This research will also culminate in my first paper AKA the first chapter (of three) in my dissertation. Life, for me, is good...

I have also been asked to be a committee member for a scholarship that I won a couple of years ago. That will be great fun. Lastly, I've been asked to help coordinate technical sessions for the GSA meeting being held in Tampa in March.

I had a wonderful lunch with Tricia (my advisor from UNCW) and Christy (a PhD student from UNCW that I adore) the other day. It is so good to catch up with colleagues and see how life is progressing. Have I mentioned how truly lucky I am to have such amazing friends???

Today I am volunteering to recoup the $90 for the conference registration. I am working in the speaker ready room helping others upload their talks. It is quite fun and you should see the "graveyard of thumb drives" that rests in front of my computer. It cracks me up.

Leaving for home tomorrow afternoon. Will miss the free breakfast, chips and salsa at 5:30, and milk & cookies at 8pm at the hotel. But, it will be nice to get home. Resting on Friday...walking for Race for the Cure on Saturday. Back to school on Monday.

Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Ali's Challenge

I love this photo I took tonight of Honor and me. Following directions on Ali Edwards' blog, I set the camera to timer and got down on the ground with Honor. She was goofing off...I was more serious...silly puppy! Just thought it came out cute and wanted to share.

I hope you're doing the "Week in the Life" challenge like I am!!