Sunday, April 24, 2011

Easter Mass

I found myself almost in tears today at church. Easter is pretty much as holy of holy days as you get in the Catholic Church. The renewing of your baptismal vows are pretty remarkable and its not every day that this happens. Yes, I am thankful that everyone finds their way back to the church on special days. Of course I hope that this one mass reminds them of what they are missing and they want to return each week. And yes, of course it is nice to see all the kids dressed in the Easter finest. However, I draw the line when parents cannot control their kids and ruin the entire mass for everyone else around them. If your 3 children are talking, screaming and playing so loudly that I can hear them over the music, and you are doing nothing about it, I have a problem.

Once Mass was over I asked my parents if I was ever that bad in church. Of course the answer was not the overwhelming "no, of course not, you were a perfect angel" that I had hoped for, but I did get the "well, maybe not that bad..." wow. Thanks parents. Anyways, I did have to apologize to my parents if I caused a ruckus in church because that was just down right embarrassing.

You will all be happy to know the father FINALLY took the youngest boy out of mass after the homily. Too late, but much appreciated. My dad cheered and waved goodbye. I do have to say the little boy was definitely provoked and the middle child (a girl) was by far the worst!

So, I just have one favor to the wonderful world of parenting, please do not make Easter Mass your child's first ever mass. They are not learning anything and you are ruining it for the rest of the people around them. And please, do not let your children behave that way, and then go to communion like nothing happened. The entire world of church goers thank you!

John 20: 1-9

[1] And on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalen cometh early, when it was yet dark, unto the sepulchre; and she saw the stone taken away from the sepulchre. [2] She ran, therefore, and cometh to Simon Peter, and to the other disciple whom Jesus loved, and saith to them: They have taken away the Lord out of the sepulchre, and we know not where they have laid him. [3] Peter therefore went out, and that other disciple, and they came to the sepulchre. [4] And they both ran together, and that other disciple did outrun Peter, and came first to the sepulchre. [5] And when he stooped down, he saw the linen cloths lying; but yet he went not in. [6] Then cometh Simon Peter, following him, and went into the sepulchre, and saw the linen cloths lying, [7] And the napkin that had been about his head, not lying with the linen cloths, but apart, wrapped up into one place. [8] Then that other disciple also went in, who came first to the sepulchre: and he saw, and believed. [9] For as yet they knew not the scripture, that he must rise again from the dead

Friday, April 22, 2011

Peep Sushi!

Love This! Found this from Serious Eats and just love the idea!! Find it here:

As someone without kids, I think this would be super fun to do with kids...however, I know this is probably a project one would have to be super mom to pull this off with kids!! but who doesn't love rice krispy treats and peeps!!

6 Peeps per roll, 1 Peep per handroll, 1 Peep per nigiri
1 box of Rice Krispies Treats
1 box of Fruit by the Foot

Step 1: Slice off six 3/16th inch slices lengthwise from a Rice Krispies Treat (Please don't kill yourself trying to get exactly 3/16 inches. There are more important things to worry about, like beheading Peeps!).

Step 2: This may be hard for several reasons! But, execute six Peeps of your color choice by decapitation. Cut off more neck than you think is appropriate. If necessary, you can trim off more later.

Step 3: Portion out a length of Fruit by the Foot slightly longer than the Rice Krispies Treat slice.

Step 4: Flatten and elongate the Rice Krispies Treat slice slightly and shape it into a hollow circle. It's okay if it breaks, just mold it back together again.

Step 5: Take a Peep head and tuck it into the top of the hollow Rice Krispies treat cylinder. Use a toothpick or tip of the a knife to help get it snug.

Step 6: Wrap the Fruit by the Foot strip around your roll. Some folding and nipping may be necessary to get the cleanest look.

Step 7: Serve at room temperature.

Happy Easter!!

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

apples employees

yes apple employees! it does get better.

Higher Ed Live

Watching Higher Ed Live for the first time LIVE! Usually I catch the re-runs. Got me thinking about Live Tweet Stream, Live You Tube feed and using twitter as a chat!

Excited to incorporate that into my Orientation Course!

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Obama at NOVA!

Barack Obama
Participating in a town hall in Annandale, VA, to discuss bringing down the deficit. Watch live:

Shared Responsibility and Shared Prosperity Town Hall
President Obama participates in a town hall to discuss his vision for bringing down our deficit. Northern Virginia Community College, Annandale, Virginia

Here is the video link!!

Monday, April 18, 2011

Condo Shopping

...and I thought Apartment Hunting was hard. I have no idea what is in store for me! I have been looking on line but I think that is the easy part. Anyone can make anything look nice with a camera. It's when you see it in person that is the true test. Can't wait to start shopping!

All I want is a cute little condo, with good neighbors...too much to ask?

Thursday, April 7, 2011

It Gets Better

Hope, Unscripted: North Carolina State University

This was a video from NC State. Pretty amazing how students are supporting each other, and providing each other with strenght and courage.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011


So, a benefit to getting a new job is the massive amount of research you have the opportunity to do. It's kind of amazing how much technology has changed over the last 20 years. Students are so willing to get on their computer and watch a youtube clip of a campus tour and tweet their questions/thoughts to the world, but would they really want to come to campus, take that same tour and ask those same questions? Well, if my mom was with them, the question would be asked..but still!

I really do believe that online education is going to be the norm in a few years. Students are so used to doing things at their own pace and if they are ready to move on and the rest of the class isn't, they are done. Or if they are still stuck on a problem, but the class moves on, they can stick with it and continue at that pace throughout the semester. There are so many online tools to help students learn at their pace and with their learning style. We really have raised a national of students who want things their way. Which, in some ways isn't a bad thing. At SU, I tired to bring technology to our department but struggled with the higher ups in getting the video content on the website. So, it just seemed easier to just do the same old thing, day after day, and not have to worry about working with other people to get things done. Well, I think I have an opportunity to really get some cool stuff out to the world through technology. And I am going to start with this blog!

I need to learn from the best. There are so many blogs to read about technology in higher education. Keeping up with the time is key! Expect this blog to be updated more often! (hopefully!)