Harley is so funny. He doesn't "talk" like most dogs - in other words, he doesn't bark. Sometimes he just blows air through his nose to "speak" but in the mornings when he is feeling talkative, he makes the strangest noises. I get a kick out of listening to him. Enjoy the video below, and please ignore my high-pitched voice. It really does help to get him to talk.
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Friday, November 21, 2008
You know Dasher and Dancer and Prancer and Vixen, Comet and Cupid and Donder and Blitzen... But do you recall the most adorable reindeer of all?
Posted by Barb at 2:45 PM
When I walked into the office today, my friend and fellow Bama grad said "you're looking very Roll Tide-ish today. you need to have somebody take a picture of you." So after lunch I brought back my camera and she did just that. I was actually pleased with one of the pictures. My eyes are open, though barely. Man, my big cheeks just get in the way of a big open smile! Oh well, it's actually decent. Here are a couple of my Bama-esque photos, and one of Emily, my photographer and Bama buddy.
Posted by Barb at 1:49 PM
Friday, November 14, 2008
This week has not exactly been the most pleasant I've ever experienced. I'm sleep-deprived, brain-dead, and my stomach is not liking much of what I put in it. But at least comps are over and now all I have to do is wait on the results (hopefully I'll know something sometime next week - I'm trying to butter Dr. Wolfe up by bringing him milkshakes!).
Posted by Barb at 1:16 PM
Friday, November 7, 2008
Next week I take my comprehensive exams. These exams could be over ANYTHING related to my major (New Testament) and my minor (New Testament Theology), and I have to pass in order to move forward and write my dissertation. They are written exams, 4 hours Tuesday (major) and 4 hours Wednesday (minor). I have been madly trying to study for the exams, and the more I study, the less I know. All the information is a big jumble in my head, and I'm struggling to keep it straight. It doesn't help that I don't know what is going to be asked! My task over this weekend is to create a question related to each area that I know will be covered and sit down and write an essay to answer the question - this should help to compartmentalize the information, and it's good practice. I did one essay yesterday - it's 6 pages long, single-spaced, and took longer than I will have on a single day. STRESS!!!
In the meantime, I've been putting off anything that is not absolutely urgent until after comps. Which means that I now have a LONG list of things to do after comps, and I've already started forgetting some of them. So for the sake of my mental health, I'm going to make a list here of all the "to do's" for after comps.
- Clean my apartment. It's a disaster!
- Get the oil changed in my car.
- Edit Ingo's dissertation.
- Send CV's out to colleges for possible teaching jobs.
- Prepare for the children's choir Christmas concert.
- Take photos for various families.
- Start Weight Watchers with Genny.
- Introduce Courtney to Sam Moon and the stores around it.
- Finish (and START) Christmas shopping.
- Create this year's installment of the Barb's Favorite Christmas Songs cd's.
- Finish the scrapbook of my family's trip to Scotland/England before I go home for Christmas.
- Catch up on all the tasks in the office that I've been neglecting - like filing...
- Put together my prospectus for my dissertation (assuming I pass comps).
- Put up my Christmas tree (admittedly this can wait a bit).
Oh my! So much to do, so little time! Please pray for me as I go through this final crunch time before the exams. Pray that my mind will be clear, that my anxiety will ease, that I will be able to recall the information that I have studied, and that I will be able to articulate it well. I can't WAIT till 5:00 on Wednesday, Nov. 12! Anyone up for a celebration?
Posted by Barb at 3:25 PM
Sunday, November 2, 2008
It's the time of year when I have Christmas music in every cd player I own - both in the house and in the car. So I thought I'd take a moment to share with you my top ten favorite Christmas cd's from across the years. Out of the ten, it's hard to rank them, because they're all so different and so good. And every year I end up with a new favorite. But these are the ones that have stood the test of time. (I really wish Blogger had a way to post mp3 files so you could hear some of the best songs on each... I did link the titles to amazon.com so you can preview the tracks if you're interested.)
One of my favorites growing up, it still gets me when I hear Reba's countryfied version of "O Holy Night." And I love telling her story, "The Christmas Guest," along with her. I can mimic every inflection and pause. It makes my mom laugh every time she hears me do it.
I picked this one up on a whim, not really knowing Erin O'Donnell's voice or style. But her jazzy arrangements of classic Christmas songs make this cd a ton a fun to listen to. A favorite is "Frosty the Snowman/Winter Wonderland."
Posted by Barb at 3:14 PM
Saturday, November 1, 2008
For Halloween Genny's youngest, Abigial, and her friend Claire asked me to paint their faces white for their costumes. I did Abigail's face a couple of years ago when she was a clown, calling upon my experience of turning myself into a mime during my college days. I was quite happy to oblige, so I went over to Genny's after work last night and promptly set to work on Abigail's face, then did Claire's when she got there. They were so cute in their costumes, Thing 1 and Thing 2!
All in all, it was a fun though unusual Halloween for me. No Fall Festival, no witch's brew, and no candy! But I got to hang out with one of my favorite families, so it was all good.
Posted by Barb at 7:51 PM