Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Thanksgiving Complete

The run for Christmas is on... Birthday week was fun even if it was more low-key than other years. I got all my preparations for Thanksgiving done earlier in the week so that come Wednesday, I was able to watch England versus Croatia. I paid $24.95 for the Match on Pay-Per-View. While it was an epic battle, the Motherland went down and now I am finding myself in my new navy style overcoat (New York City- $129 at H&M) with my new grey scarf ($7.25 at Kenneth Cole Wrentham Outlets) hoping that the "Special One" himself, Jose Mourinho, is hired by England to wear his similar special garb for the homeland. Parents arrived the next morning and a mild Thanksgiving afternoon was spent on the dock. A great day with the Turkey going to be consumed until I go home for Christmas. Friday, we watch the game's second star score his second goal of the season in Lowell as Mark Flood and the Albany River Rats came to town. With Mark playing like that, I only hope that when the time comes that the Hurricanes are playing close enough for me to watch for his first big game at the highest level. Rest of weekend was spent shopping and putting on my new Christmas lights at the dock.

Exams in 10 days, final papers to grade, and another revision to my dissertation to submit. Plane ticket is bought for December 18th. Time is flying...

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Birthday Week is Here!

Fresh from Dr. Nathan Martin's visit, tired but quite pleased to say it was not a bad time hitting Providence, Worcester, Boston, and New York- four nights in a row. Pictures are from Worcester where we were going to incorporate a pinky theme in all of our pictures for the weekend (it didn't seem to catch on... thank goodness for that!) Before hitting the Sam Adams Brewery tour, we let a speech pathologist from Western Michigan take our picture in front of Sam Adams himself. We then hit New York City reuniting with Dr. Major Mark Clifford while staying at the New York Athletic Club. What a city. Nuff said!

I taught for two days... and now it's Thanksgiving Break! Birthdays have been a bit of a "gong show" over the last few years. This week my parents arrive on Thursday for Thanksgiving. I picked up the turkey that was pre-ordered along with plenty of wine this afternoon. I have the PPV ordered for England's football match against Croatia tomorrow. Pictures from Birthday Week to come later...

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Mixing Business with Pleasure

Busy week... Tuesday was spent in New York City where I got the chance to visit with the Rangers, Knicks, and the MSG Entertainment. Wednesday featured my first role as a "celebrity judge" at a slam dunk contest. Last night I visited the hartford Civic Center where I visited with the AHL Hartford Wolfpack and discussed future internships for our students. Then I got to watch my next door neighbor, Mark Flood (#4), play. As much as I like to think my putting a hockey stick in his hands at the age of 6 months, "It was all you, Mark!"... a night of getting chills up my spine watching a pre-game warm-up.