I’ve Got the Flu in Texas

February 27, 2006

Sounds like a country-western song, doesn’t it? Actually I’m almost over the flu, and also almost out of Texas. It’s been an eventful week of sickness and travel since the last long-ago post, but in ten hours I’ll be home (a fact that elicits mixed feelings, given that it’s already almost six pm in Dallas). I’m sure I’ll have more to say after I’ve slept some. Stay tuned.


WoW Guild Update

February 16, 2006

We now have 3 characters, that I know of, on Runetotem (Alliance side), ready to join the guild when it forms. There are lowbies in Goldshire and in Teldrassil, so come level up with us! Let me know if you’re there and I don’t know about it!

My toon, Ninmah, hit level six last night. Woo hoo! She’s well on her way to raising that 10g guild fee, too — I think she’s got more than two silver pieces! Oh yeah! So if you haven’t got your toon started yet, get in there and level up!

P.S. This slayed me. (Warning: Sluggy Freelance is addictive)

And Now a Normal Day

February 16, 2006

I get to do a lot of really cool stuff for my job. Yesterday, in addition to finishing a paper (see previous post), I accepted a very persuasive invitation from Gardner Campbell to attend his next big party, the 2006 University of Mary Washington Faculty Academy on Instructional Technologies. I will be following in the footsteps of Those Called Br*an (the one with the y and the one with the i both presented last year). It looks like an awesome event and I’m really looking forward to going.

I also had two business meetings in Second Life. No, really. My boss, who is a digital immigrant (don’t get the reference? Here’s the PDF) with all the right stamps on his passport, gave me a tour. The role-reversal was a little surreal, but I’m looking forward to working more in Second Life.

Today, on the other hand, is a perfectly normal day. . . so far . . .

Campus Impact

February 14, 2006

I’m editing this post. My husband, who does not yet keep a blog but who actively reads them, came home yesterday and said “Your post on Campus Impact might be a little vague, dahling.” (Okay, he didn’t say “dahling,” but the rest is more or less true.) His English upbringing results in a certain delicacy of expression; translated to modern-day conversational American English, what he meant was, “I’m pretty sure that people who haven’t heard you talk about this particular project day in and day out for the past I-don’t-know-how-many-weeks won’t have a clue what it’s about from the little bit you chose to say about it.” So I’m editing this post, which he assures me is a perfectly acceptable thing to do in the world of blogging, so long as I’m up front about it.

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1001 Texas Miles / Home Again

February 14, 2006

I’m safe at home once again. During the ride from the airport Friday evening, the North Bay delivered on its promise of being a welcome sight after a day of travel. It was the dark-and-foggy version, one of my favorites.

As Larry pulled into his driveway Thursday evening at the offical end of the road trip, his trip odometer read 1001.4 miles. He drove to Dallas to meet me and Peter, so we only get credit for 750 of those miles. It was still an awful lot of Texas.

Now I’m wading through email, so if you sent me any over the past 10 days or so, please be patient. I’m getting there :-)

The Adventure Continues

February 8, 2006

We drove from New Braunfels to Houston today. On the way we passed through Seguin (pronounced “Seh-GEEN”), self-proclaimed home of the world’s largest pecan. There is, however, another contender for the title. Interestingly, it does not appear that a pecan has to be an actual pecan (i.e., the natural nut of a pecan tree) to compete. In the interest of full disclosure I offer this information and allow you, gentle reader, to draw your own conclusions.

We also passed the young man in this picture, who (rather unfairly I thought) exclaimed in astonishment when I poked my head up out of the sunroof to take his picture. How exactly am I the weird one here?

Tomorrow, Austin. Remember: love the journey! I sure am.

Dr. Pepper Museum, Waco, TX

February 8, 2006
Dr. Pepper Museum, Waco, TXDr. Pepper Museum, Waco, TX,
originally uploaded by Rachel Smith.

One of those photos I mentioned… More soon. This is the Dr. Pepper Museum in Waco, Texas, where we frittered away a delightful and nostalgic 45 minutes or so. For more Waco pix, browse my Flickr entries. I’m new at that, too, so most of them are from this trip :-)