Friday, January 15, 2010

Qualifying Exams

As most of you know, I'm the eternal student...I'm pursuing my doctorate at the moment, and while I only have 5 courses left (yippeee!) I still have many other obligations before I make you all call me "Dr. Nuckolls"... :)

One of these obligations is my qualifying exams...which begin today. It's basically two research proposals on the same topic, one done qualitatively and the other quantitatively. It's pretty huge, and I'm even taking off work half days next week to spend time working on it. It's due back to my department Feb. 1, so from now until then, I'll be out of pocket a bit.

This is one of those obstacles that I always knew would eventually get here, but always seemed so far away to even think about realistically. I'm almost done with my third year, if (I mean WHEN...) I pass quals, I'll finish up this spring semester, I take a course in May, I begin my proposal for my disseration, I defend that proposal, I take a course in the summer, I begin collecting data for my dissertation, I write said dissertation...and then I'll have a doctorate in educational leadership with an emphasis in mass communications...whew, one day one day!!

Thursday, January 7, 2010

My seester's baby bump pics...

I have absolutely fallen in love with Angel Porch of Art and Soul Photography in Oklahoma City...

So much so that I have had her do my sister's baby bump pics, and I also had her shoot baby Harper's newborn pics.

I made the signs Kristin's holding, and I gave them to her at her shower...


And here are the results...










Once Harper's newborn pictures are ready, I'll post those, as well.

I highly highly highly recommend Angel, as she did my bridals and engagement pics. She's really amazing with babies and kids, so if you're in the OKC area and looking for a great photographer, look no further than Art and Soul Photography.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Drain: v., drained, drain·ing, drains. v.tr. 1. To draw off (a liquid) by a gradual process


Oh look.

It's a strainer.

Most often used to drain water from pasta.

Or grease from cooked ground meat.

AFTER it's been cooked of course.

For the Cotton Bowl game (which I will not discuss further than this post...), my brother, sister in law and baby niece came over to watch it with us.

David wanted to make queso. I always put spicy sausage in it, and he wanted to do this for the game.

So I made everything I wanted out for it, and I left David to do the sausage and finish off the queso. (He requested to do this).

Before heading upstairs to finish getting ready, I said, "Don't forget, you need to drain the sausage before you put it in the rest of the cheese."

Okay, he replied. "Gah, I know what I'm doing," he muttered to himself as I walked away.

Oh do ya, buddy??

After a few minutes, I came back downstairs to the kitchen and he was cooking away on the stove (*I have another "David moment" regarding the stove in a sec...).

I also noticed the strainer in the sink.

It had bits of pink raw meat in it.

Slapping my hand to my forehead, I asked him if he had already "drained" the meat...

"Yeah, but nothing came off of it, so it's still okay, right?" he asked as I almost fell to the floor laughing.

*On a completely separate occasion, I had a pot of boiling water on the stove when David wanted to put a pizza in the oven. He asked me if "the top and bottom can work at the same time."

And this is why he's not allowed in my kitchen any longer.