1. A recent photo:
|It's starting to feel less and less like winter with trees and shrubs blooming like this gorgeous azaelea.|
3. Current obsession: Homemade ice cream with recipes exclusively from Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams.
|Homemade vanilla bean and chocolate ice creams, with homemade whipped cream and homemade salted caramel sauce. It's no wonder my pants are perpetually tight. If you're an at-home ice cream maker, buy Jeni's book, stat.|
|Learn more about the World Record 50-Ship formation over NASCAR at Phoenix International Raceway. So cool.|
6. Immediate to-dos: A pile of grading (what fun it is to teach a writing class) and several conference deadlines at the end of the month. My biggest annual academic convention--The National Communication Association--is celebrating it's 100th anniversary this year. Must get a few items polished and submitted so I can visit Chicago!
7. Cool writing achievements: Last month I had my third post featured on the homepage of www.BlogHer.com.
|Pictured is my review of The Circle. My post on blogging for 20 years and a plea to "Stop Bright-siding Me" were also featured within the last couple months. So cool!|
9. An exciting project: I've been working with Above the Fray, a (soon-to-be) nonprofit organization that is developing curriculum and tools to teach teens, parents and educators about safe and responsible social media use. We've just finished week three of focus groups with teens and I'm marveling at what the kids have shared. More on that soon!
|We've asked our teen participants to choose nicknames, which we had them write on namecards. I love how the art has progressed week to week.|
|Japanese maple is starting to bloom! I've been out with round up and will be getting lots of bark soon.|
|Mr. T's flying club traded the Stearman for a Cessna 190. Le sigh.|
|Garden boxes, prepare to be filled up soon!|
|Nothing sweeter than a happy sleeping baby.|
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