Monthly Archives: February 2009

Meet Marvin & Halloween 2008


Since I didn’t write a Christmas letter for 2008, I feel this is a good outlet for things I didn’t share with family and friends.


One of the things that Bill wanted to do for a long time was own a classic Austin Mini (an old Mini Cooper).  His first experience with this car was when we went on a mission trip in 1995.  He fell in love with the car.  His gift to himself for completing his PhD in 2005 was to get a Mini.  His dream finally came true in Aug. 2008.  He purchased his Mini in Aug. 2008 off of ebay from a police officer in England.  The previous owner called the Mini, Marvin.  So the name has kind of stuck.  Arranging shipping was a little challenging, Marvin finally arrived in Savannah, GA the first part of Oct.  Marvin was supposed to arrive in Galveston, TX the week that hurricane Ike went through, so the next available port was Savannah.


Bill and Will flew to Jacksonville, FL during fall break, then rented a car and drove to Savannah.  The drove back to OK in three days.  They took it slower than normal, since they didn’t know how the car would react.  They had a great father/son bonding time.


Bill drives Marvin to school and anytime he doesn’t have to take the whole family, since we can’t all fit in it.  He already has several plans for fixing the car up.


Now the part about Halloween.  Bill has nagged me for years to make him a Dr. Evil costume, so it finally seemed the right time to make his costume.  I also made one for Mini Me.  Halloween 2008, Bill and Justin went as Dr. Evil and Mini Me and yes I made both costumes.  With this costume and Justin, Bill has won the costume contest at North High School for the third year in a row.  Someday I will post other pictures of his winning costumes.

Bye-Bye Coaching Hello College Life.

Since the completion of my degree in 2005 I have phased out of coaching and into teaching at the college level as an Adjunct Prof.  I have realized that this is what I really would like to do full time.  I enjoy not only the students at this level but also the challenge of higher levels of Math. 


I do think however that I would be perfectly content teaching as I am at both levels.  Some of my most memorable moments at the college level has been having ex-students of mine from the high school and even the middle  school that I have taught before in my college courses.  The most encouraging thing is that not only do they want to be in my class again and actually look for my name but they are usually some of the best students in the class.  At the high school I currently teach at I feel that at times I do not get the credit I deserve from my colleagues or building principals but when students want to be in your class again because they actually learned something it means a lot. 


I would love to teach full time at OC in the future.  OC is where I received my Bachelors degree in 1991.  As of now there are no openings but at the university level it is all timing.  For now I am teaching adjunct at UCO, here in Edmond also, and where I received my Masters in 1998.

It’s Targets fault


Since Jemma posted about our new dog, I thought I would share how we got Pablo.


The end of July 2008, I was in need of some mop pads, because we had company coming and I needed to mop the floors.  We stopped at Target and they didn’t have any, so we went across the street to Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market.  Someone was giving away Chihuahua puppies.  Bill and Jemma snuck over to look at them.  Then the boys had to see the puppies.  The next thing I know I had 4 people looking at me with begging eyes.  I caved.  He’s been part of our family ever since.  He even had to go to WI for Christmas, since my normal dogsitters couldn’t watch him.  He was less than impressed with the -17 degrees F for temps and snow.


I know, some of you that know our Sheltie Butler are wondering how I could get another dog since Butler is perfect.  I guess I was hoping that Butler would rub off on a new dog.  Since Chihuahua’s are very possessive he will never be as great of  a dog as Butler.


So, in the mean time I have to put up with puppy behaviors, accidents in the house and chewing.