Previously, I raved about the five iPhone apps I simply can’t imagine my life without. Since then, I’ve expanded my horizons and tried out some new apps that have made my life infinitely easier, more fun, and more educational. Continue reading
Registering for gifts is a really fun activity that you get to do only a few times in your life, so you may as well do it with class!
As a child, I hated beginnings. So much was unknown: What would the teacher be like, the other students? What would we learn? I always longed for October, when routines had firmly taken hold. But now I prefer those beginnings because they are so full of hope.
I have so much cool stuff to tell y’all about this week! I’m totally geeking out about some cool volcanoes, new species, dinosaur poop, and Neil deGrasse Tyson’s new segment on The Daily Show. Come geek out with me! There’s an iceberg gif! Continue reading
Happy Wednesday, everybody! Lots of good news this week, from asteroids that aren’t going to kill us all to several awesome new species (and babies of everyone’s favorite new species of the year). Also, updates on the supposed global wine shortage and early puberty epidemic. On the terrible end of the spectrum, though, there’s Haiyan. Continue reading
Last year, I got together with a few friends and spent most Friday nights in November and December crafting. What started as just another idea turned into the most fun I had had in a while, with impressive results and a lot of handmade presents. There were decorated wooden blocks, crocheted Christmas puddings, papercrafts, and enough plum and fig jam to last some of us all year! Continue reading
My crowd funding experience began in May of 2012 when a friend and her three children were threatened with eviction from their home after months of inability to pay the rent. I told her that I had seen several people raise money on Tumblr and Facebook by posting their stories with a PayPal link. With her permission, I posted a link to her PayPal account with a short explanation of her situation: she and her children, having escaped an abusive household situation with her ex-husband, unable to find jobs, and receiving little or no child support, needed money to pay their rent lest they go homeless. Continue reading
Having spent my undergraduate years at a school that takes Halloween very seriously, I’m no stranger to pulling together clever last minute costumes. Continue reading
It’s mostly fun stuff in this edition of science news! We’ve got good news regarding a possible asteroid hitting Earth, takedowns of some really dumb science, and cool videos of Mars, the Moon, and a rebuttal to climate change deniers. Plus, a special Halloween treat if you read all the way to the end! Continue reading
Okay, perhaps I engage in a smidge of hyperbole when I say that I cannot live without these apps. Surely, I would somehow pick up the pieces of my life and go on if I no longer had access to my iPhone. But, they have made my life a lot easier. Continue reading
I love the idea of dressing up for Halloween. I get these grand elaborate plans going in my head and then, due to various delays and inexcusable procrastination, I end up doing something totally mundane. Continue reading
No, I didn’t go see Gravity. I watched the actual International Space Station fly by my house; it’s become part of my daughter’s bedtime routine over the last couple of weeks. And it’s awesome! I tried to spot it a few times over the summer, but the long daylight hours limited my opportunities to see it (and there was no way I was keeping her up that late). Now that it’s getting dark earlier, it’s in a position for us to watch it almost every evening before the kiddo goes to bed. She’s a little bit obsessed with saying goodnight to the astronauts, and I love it. “Mommy, it’s a freakin’ space station!” Yes it is, kiddo. Continue reading
I should emphasize something: I rarely swear in my classes. Sure, I often teach Anne Lamott’s “Shitty First Drafts” during the first week of my composition courses, and plenty of the readings I assign have their share of “bad words.” As a lecturer, though, I rarely utter anything worse than crap, hell, or piss. I teach at a Christian university; swearing in the classroom isn’t forbidden or anything, but it’s not the norm. Continue reading
I’m still trapped in an extended stay hotel for another week, so I want to touch on what it’s like trying to be prepared while on the other side of the country from my home. I was legit nervous about the government shutdown, unpaid airtraffic workers, and the prospect of me being stuck here until the shutdown ended. Continue reading
Oh, unicorns, what I do for you. Join me on this exciting tutorial for galaxy nails, and maybe learn a lesson along the way.