Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
Friday, October 16, 2009
Today is Boss's Day around the country...a hallmark holiday...but a holiday none the less to remind us to appreciate those who we work with. Today I had a great day because my group of fabulous students took a minute out of their busy schedules to remember me. I adore Allison, Tracie, Jace and Krystavel and truly am so lucky to work with them. They make my job so easy because they are so great at what they do. I didn't have a moment to get them all together for a picture but here are the BEAUTIFUL flowers they gave me that are making my office smell so great!
Of course I posted my surprise on facebook! To my surprise this prompted an even better day as some of my past students wrote little notes remembering me being their boss years ago. I have been so lucky to work with such fabulous people over the course of my career. They are all so special to me and are never forgotten. Thanks to everyone for a great day!
Sunday, October 4, 2009
This weekend Dave had a bike race in Lufkin, Texas. Now there isn't much in Lufkin, TX especially at 6:30am, but once the sun came up and Dave was on his way out on his bike I was able to explore. My first priority was breakfast. I was starving! Usually I just find the nearest McDonald's but Saturday morning I felt like something a bit more. I eventually found an I-Hop and decided to eat there. At first I was hesitant because it is a sit down restaurant and I was by myself. It felt a little weird but I ventured in anyway.
Once I was in of course I wanted pancakes. I LOVE PANCAKES. I don't know what it is but they are delicious! They are fluffy, warm, soft and just heavenly. I always ask Dave to make me pancakes but I am glad he says 'no' so that I can enjoy them as a special treat. I only like traditional buttermilk or whole wheat pancakes, no butter and syrup on the side where I can dip each bite (soggy pancakes are just gross). As I was looking at the menu some of the pancake options were just ridiculous. Some of the pancakes come with so much stuff it is like a dessert! Whip cream, strawberries, chocolate chips, bananas, nuts, the list goes on and on. I just can't do it. I need to taste the pancake!
I realized that I ate my pancakes quickly (even though Dave wouldn't be done for like 5 more hours) but I don't think it was because they were so yummy. I think subconsciously I didn't like sitting in the restaurant by myself-I know it is strange since I am an introvert. After a while I realized it wasn't that bad and wish I would have eaten slower or brought my book in to read so I could waste a little time. Next bike race, I think I will find another place to hang out...maybe even go to a movie...by myself.
So I won't leave you hanging in suspense...there really isn't much in Lufkin. I went to Target (shocking I know) and found a deal on a couple of lamps, went to the mall (terrible...I was only there 5 minutes) and then decided to go back to the race. It was a beautiful day so I pulled out the lawn chair and read a book until Dave finished. It was a great day hanging by myself but I was pretty happy when he was done...with or without the stink that goes with 6 hours on a bike...I kinda like him.
Sunday, August 16, 2009
So, in preparation for this year’s LiveStrong Challenge, I thought it would be nice to incorporate a new physical activity, to keep my mind and body engaged. It is pretty much a no-brainer that someone who has had four knee surgeries should probably stay away from running, which left swimming as my best bet…great on the joints, full body workout, easy access to a great natatorium on campus. There was only one problem: I don’t know how to swim. Yeah, I know, I know.
But I am committed to this, so I signed up last week for an Adult Learn to Swim class on campus. For some reason in my mind I thought that learning to swim would be easy – you know after a week I would be jumping off the high dive and swimming laps leisurely up and down the pool lanes. I am here to tell you that learning to swim as an adult is no picnic. I call it 60 minutes of controlled panic. Trying to remember all the things you have to do is proving a challenge – stretch the arms, flat back, head straight down, rotate shoulders, kicking legs, breathe out, head to the side, breathe in, etc. The thing that I find so troubling is that quite literally every instinct you have in the water is wrong. When you panic and start moving faster, you sink. When you want to tilt your head so you can see where you are going, your legs sink. When you are about to crap your pants in fear, you have to relax (which actually seems like a good play regardless of where you are).
So in my class I have had some small victories as well as some humble pie. The same night that I was finally able to breathe and swim at the same time (a little bit), I had a four year old jump into the pool (something I still can’t do) and literally swim rings around me. I thought I was decently athletic until that night.
In order to really get the hang of this, I was told that we’d need to continue to practice for a couple more weeks before we can even get into the lap pool. Needless to say, this was a let down. But, Jenny has agreed to come to the pool with me to help me practice…or maybe just for a good laugh. The best part about this whole ordeal is that my knees have never felt better. That whole thing about water exercise being a good for the joints isn’t a giant steaming pile of crap after all. Man, I wish I’d done this years ago…for a variety of reasons.
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
The day after the game we went to the beach (La Jolla and Ocean Beach) as well as to my new favorite restaurant: Hodads. Ryan found this place, that claims to have a bacon-patty on their bacon cheeseburger. Needless to say it did not disappoint. If you are in San Diego and don’t mind waiting like 15 minutes to get into a restaurant, I highly recommend it. Here is a picture of Jenny and Ryan as we waited for our angioplasty following the bacon cheeseburgers.
We also went to the world famous San Diego Zoo, which is really pretty awesome, as far as zoos go. Here is a pic of me and the Little One. Two things of note: 1. My head looks even more freakishly big next to Jenny’s regular sized head. 2. Letting my hair grow long was a bad idea. I won’t try it again unless I’m losing my hair and trying to rock the comb-over.
Tuesday, June 2, 2009
Monday, May 11, 2009
I am new to the blogging world so I feel the need to bring everyone up to date on what has been going on in the past year so that I can begin a more up to date blog that captures events as they happen. So here we go...it's a long one!
October 2007: Dave and Jenny buy their first house
Jenny was finally able to move to Bryan/College Station in June 2007 starting her new job in Aggie Access. We started out living in the two room apartment that Dave was currently in as we waited for the house to open that we would be living in. To say the least it was a tight fit but after 2 months we were ready to move to the new house. Please note this would be the 2nd move in 2 months for Jenny. Then after Jenny finished unpacking the last box, a great house fell into our laps. We quickly made a decision to purchase the house and we were moving again! Moving stinks but we have a beautiful, historic house that we love.
March 2008: London, England
Each year Jenny has a great perk of getting to take a group of students abroad for her job. Dave has been lucky enough to go along at a student rate. You can't beat traveling to Europe for the price of one! Our first trip was to London, England which was fabulous. We did so much including the Tower of London, soccer game, Westminster Abbey, Parliment, Big Ben, saw Wicked, Harrods, and so much more. We had true Fish and Chips which was what Jenny ate most of the time. Dave ate anything!
May 2008: Dave & Jenny get married!
The best day of our lives so far. We were married in Bloomington, IN on May 31, 2008. It was a great day filled with family and friends. Jenny's mom made the dress, our dear friend Glenn officiated our ceremony, the day was sunny and beautiful, and it was just perfect.
June 2008: A surprise honeymoon in Mexico
Dave and Jenny had agreed that they would not do an extravagant honeymoon and just go away for a weekend once they were back home in Texas. Dave of course had other plans and surprised Jenny with a trip to Acapulco, Mexico. Dave's boss, Becky gave a week in her timeshare to us for our wedding and Dave used that gift to plan the trip. Dave conspired with Jenny's boss Laura to make it seem she would have some pretty busy days when she returned. It was pretty exciting and we had a great time. Jenny unfortunately ate or drank something she should not have and ended up pretty sick for a portion of the trip. We did spend some time exploring Acapulco and just relaxing in the beach. We were able to see the famous cliff divers and visit a silver mine in the mountains of Mexico.
October 2008: Dave raises $5300 for the Lance Armstrong Foundation by riding his bike 90 miles
Dave had been searching for a way to enhance his workout regime and decided on biking. But he didn't want to start off easy so he decided to train for a charity bike ride raising money for cancer research. Dave trained by riding between 70-80 miles a weekend in order to prepare. This equals about 4-5 hours on bike in case you were wondering. Dave raised a ton of money thanks to our family and friends. He completed the ride 5.5 hours. Pretty impressive! Lance only beat him by a little. :)
February 2009: Dave is ABD!
In February Dave completed his comprehensive exams and defended his dissertation proposal. This is such an awesome accomplishment as he has been working so hard. ABD stands for All But Dissertation so once he finishes his dissertation he will be Dr. David McIntosh! I know he can't wait as I think he may be a little tired of being a student.
March 2009: Paris, France
In March we once again ventured to Europe with about 80 students. It was a fantastic trip to Paris. The weather was gorgeous. We were able to see so much including Versailles, Mona Lisa at the Lourve, Monet's Waterlillies, wonderful gyros, tastey crepes, and so much more. The pictures help tell the story of our trip.
Well I hope that you enjoyed catching up with the McIntosh's. Thanks for reading everything and we promise the next post will be much shorter!
Sunday, March 29, 2009
So everyone I know is blogging. They are somehow able to find things they do in their life everyday to write about so who knows maybe I do too! I doubt it will be as entertaining as some that I have been keeping up with but who knows perhaps I have an inner blogger trying to get out! I have tried to keep a journal and that didn't turn out so well so hopefully the online version will work a little better, however I doubt that my most private thoughts will be written here. It is afterall on the internet! I will do my best to keep everyone up to date about what is going on in the newly formed McIntosh family. Who knows maybe Dave will get on here every now and then to try it out too! So there is my first attempt and now I will attempt to load a random photo to see how it goes! Wish me luck!