Saturday, August 25, 2012

Comfort Zone

I start teaching a freshmen seminar class in less than a week. The class is part of a larger program, so the reading and assignments are already set. I've had some realizations as I prepare for the class. I find my self relating to the reading and the class material even though I was a college freshmen fifteen years ago. The main instructor has talked about pushing our students outside of the comfort zone so that they can grow. I have been pushed outside of my comfort zone over the past seven months as we settle in to a new place, and I am finally feeling the growth.

I've already pinned a couple of videos to possibly share with the class. For time management, I think that it is important to examine our priorities:

My husband was watching a video about "Is College Worth It?" recently, so of course I paid attention:

I still have some reading and prep work to do for the first class, but I am excited.

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Anniversary Card

Last month was our wedding anniversary, so I made a card for John. He always looks for something on the inside of my cards, so I made sure to save the greeting for the inside of the card. I had fun coloring the critters and trees from some Lawn Fawn stamps with Copic markers.

For our anniversary date, we went to Henry V at Memorial Park. The evenings are cool enough in the Bay Area that we needed to wear jackets and jeans. Uncle Matt came over to baby-sit Alex for the first time. Alex was sad to wake up in the morning to find out that Uncle Matt had gone back home to the East Bay.

Some Photos

I have been getting some photos off my phone. Here is what we have been up to lately:

We found a nice dog park in Los Gatos. Paddy enjoyed socializing with the people just as much as the dogs there.

My brother came to visit last weekend. On Friday, we had lunch at Apple and then went to Ortega Park for a while. Alex had his final swim lesson of the summer that evening.

Alex wanted to go with me on Saturday morning to walk the dogs. He ended up with a quite an outfit: pajamas, jacket, sandals, and his construction hat.

We made two trips into San Francisco during Brendan's visit. We went into the city on Saturday evening. The temperature dropped about 20 degrees as we headed North on 280 into the city. Once we go there, we experienced San Francisco fog! The next afternoon, the weather was perfect for the Giant's game. It was our first Giant's game and Alex's first Major League Baseball game. We enjoyed taking the Caltrain and the Giants won.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Managing Assumptions

Last week, I gave the general education presentation to some transfer students at orientation. My director put together the presentation, and I had given it once before at the beginning of June. After eight weeks of "frosh" (freshmen) orientation, this presentation seemed easier. The policies and procedures covered in the presentation are becoming more familiar to me as I settle into my new job.

One thing jumped out at me as I gave the presentation. We tell the transfer students to "manage their assumptions" since they are coming from another college or university. Things will be different at this university. I finally realized that I need to manage my assumptions after advising at another university for over five years. I incorrectly assumed that frosh orientation would be similar to my last job. As we go into the fall semester, this was a good thing for me to hear (again).

I did not realize that my presentation was being observed by some of my colleagues for a specific reason. At the end of last week, I was asked to teach an activity section for our freshmen seminar. I am a little overwhelmed but excited. I am preparing to teach my first class on August 31. I co-taught a freshmen seminar in fall 2010, but I now know to expect this to be a different experience. I am looking forward to working with the other instructors, a peer advisor, and twenty-five new students. Between working my full-time job, teaching a class, and having an active three year old, it will be a busy fall!

On another note, my craft supplies made a "guest appearance" on Scrapworthy Lives today.

Monday, August 6, 2012

Week in the Life (Part 1)

Ali Edwards has been doing an annual project called Week in the Life for several years. I participated for the first time in July 2011, but missed the project in April 2012. I decided to try it again from July 16-22 to be able to compare our lives over two years and in two different cities. I did not take as many pictures as I originally intended, but I was still able to document parts of our everyday life.

Alex started swimming lessons on Monday after school. It worked out well that the city offers swim lessons very close to his daycare/preschool. This is Alex's first formal activity, and it was difficult for me to sit back on the bleachers the first evening. I wanted to be a "helicopter mom" and hover over him. Alex enjoyed the first session, so we signed him up for another session for a total of four weeks. The only downside is that outdoor pools can be chilly in the Bay Area. Some days it is in the low 70's at 6 P.M.

Here are some shots from my office. On Tuesday, I was preparing for orientation, including a presentation to about 90 undeclared students. The dry erase board made it from Texas to my new office. We did not have a good spot for it in our apartment, so I brought it to work. I still remember John writing out the details of his new job and our move on this board last fall. My bookshelf includes some old and new items.

On Friday at lunch time, I walked around to explore more of campus and the surrounding area. I have been on a frozen yogurt kick lately, so I stopped for dessert before walking back to my office.

On Saturday, we met one of John's co-workers and his family at the beach in Santa Cruz. The peace sign greeted us as we entered the beach. It was a beautiful day, so there was traffic. We just turned on some tunes and enjoyed the scenery.

Some of my photos from that week did not make it from my old computer to my new one just yet. I may be back with another Week in the Life post after we work out the kinks.

Sunday, August 5, 2012

July Craft Spending

I did not buy any craft supplies in July! This was for a few reasons. I received some as gifts for my birthday at the end of June, so I have been using those. Also, I only did a little crafting in July due to the busy period at work, Alex's swim lessons, and the lack of a craft desk. Work is still busy, Alex has another week of swim lessons, but I have a craft desk again. We reorganized our living room and bought new computer desks (yay for Ikea!), so I ended up with an extra desk. I am setting up a craft corner in our bedroom. I have already spent a little in August. I am taking "Composition for Collage," an online class at Big Picture Classes. I am learning about design and am looking forward to trying some new things.