Archive for August, 2006

Back to the World…

Tuesday, August 29th, 2006

I haven’t had internet access at home for over a week and I am finally online at home. I haven’t been able to blog from work (been busy…plus it’s not my personal time anyway!).

School has been great so far. The kids are great and the school is as well. The school is literally one of the smallest, if not the smallest, in the whole state, and I am responsible for teaching religion for grades 7-12. Despite our smallness (and being in a fairly small town), enrollment is up somewhere around 22% this year, and the students, faculty, and parents all have pride in our school.

Anyway, I am glad to be back online. I hope to see you soon!

Waiting for the Fall

Wednesday, August 16th, 2006

Jennifer kicking fall leavesYes, I am ready for autumn. It invaribly happens around late August. I am ready for summer’s end. Most people think I am crazy, since all the good pop musicians sing of summer, and summer is the time when people take their vacations and do all sorts of things they can’t do any other time. In fairness to summer, it’s not just summer that I am in a hurry to get rid of. I am usually ready for the next season around the end of the current one. However, the Fall is my favorite season, for a variety of reasons.

Hocking Hills in the FallI have had enough of the heat, and while I like the color green, I am ready for a change of color. I have always had very positive memories of the Fall. I think it is for a number of reasons. I like cooler weather, and prefer adding on layers as opposed to wearing less. Halloween and Thanksgiving fall within Autumn, as do the customs associated with them. Advent and the secular time leading up to Christmas are in the Fall too. My favorite sport, football, is for all intents and purposes, a fall sport. I like fall foods, like pumpkin pie, apples, hot cider, and so forth. Plus, the early Fall is very colorful, and it is fun to hike in the fall weather. I have posted a few photos from last fall. I will likely have new ones to post later, but since we are still in the middle of the summer heat, these photos will have to do.

The first photo is of Jennifer kicking up some leaves. We took this while walking near my parent’s house.

The second photo is some trees near the Hocking Hills are of Southern Ohio.

The Last Signs of Summer

Sunday, August 13th, 2006

Well, I know summer is coming to end. Why?

Blackberries Football season is starting! I am excited about watching some Ohio State and Cleveland Browns games, and some high school games as well. The high schools where I have taught/graduated from/will be teaching have all performed very well recently, so they provide some interesting games.

School is starting Is it that time already? Sheesh!

Halloween and Christmas items are out Yes, to the department stores, it is already Halloween (and even for some, Christmas). I actually don’t object too much to getting decorations out early. I am a big anticipator, and I am ready for autumn.

Blackberry Picking Jennifer and I picked some fresh blackberries yesterday at a local farm. It was a fun experience, because I love getting out with Jennifer and I love eating blackberries! We must have eaten 20 each on the way home from the farm. That’s ok: they are loaded with good phytochemicals.

The Feast of the Assumption

Friday, August 11th, 2006

The Feast of the Assumption is coming up on August 15th. The feast, celebrating Mary’s being assumed into heaven at the end of her life, is called the Dormition of the Mother of God in the Eastern Churches. This feast also marks the two-year anniversary of my becoming Catholic. It’s hard to believe its almost been 2 years!

This year the feast is a Holy Day of Obligation because it falls on a Tuesday, so be sure to check out local Mass times.

Back from Vacation

Friday, August 4th, 2006

I just got back from vacation. Jonathan, Jennifer, and I went to Sandusky, OH, the home of Cedar Point, which has some of the highest and fastest rollercoasters on the planet. We visited Cedar Point the last day of our vacation, and went to their water park during the day, and then in the evening to the regular park. Thanks to some anonymous girls who offered us their buy-one-get-one-free coupon, we got in for a really great price. God bless you girls, whoever you may be.

The first two days of our vacation, we went to Toft’s Dairy, the Sandusky Fish Company, Firelands Winery, Mon Ami Winery, Sorrowful Mother Shrine, among other interesting places. I am not always into “touristy” stuff, and prefer a more low-key vacation where I can just chill out and enjoy myself, and this vacation was perfect in this regard. I ended up buying a wi-fi card for my laptop and had fun surfing the net at the hotel. I was supposed to get work done, but I am sure you know how much that usually happens!

It is good to be back though. The cats and my parents were waiting for me, as well as some vitamins and a replacement cord for my laptop I desparately needed. Now it’s time to get down to the real world: moving, setting up a classroom, etc.