Tuesday, December 25, 2007
"A scientist said, making a plea for exchange scholarships between nations, 'The very best way to send an idea is to wrap it up in a person.' That was what happened at Christmas. The idea of divine love was wrapped up in a Person."
-- Halford E. Luccock
We are inspired this Christmas season to practice love, to give and receive it regularly, and to keep practicing it until we become pros. The problem we have with this task is that our idea of love is so tainted - most love is conditional and contractual, at least in our experience. How can we love in a manner that is "agape" or "divine"? That is our quest, and we hope you are inspired to join us on this journey as well.
We hope you have had a wonderful Christmas Day and holiday break. It has been an odd one for us on this end, but we managed to make it fun and memorable. We (Brent, Jonathan, and Jess) actually just returned from watching a movie - that might be our new tradition - and now are all huddled around computers doing some research on history and conspiracy theories, as inspired by the 2nd National Treasure installment. There are so many good movies coming out soon - the next Chronicles of Narnia installment, the next Batman sequel, the next Indiana Jones - all very exciting for movie buffs like ourselves.
Anyway...sorry about that tangent...Merry Christmas! We will write again soon.
Love - Jess and Brent
Monday, December 17, 2007
I cannot convey with words the experience that was comps. I could convey it to you by naming the physical experiences of muscle tension, migraines, eye strain, sleep deprivation, tears, spending the night at school with golf club in hand for protection, and a constant fear in the pit of my stomach, but I don't know that I have, or even want to find, the words.
I turned in my written exams, knowing there were errors and mistakes. I then had to continue working in the clinic and preparing for my fall class while trying to make the corrections in preparation for my oral exam and also while trying to sell the house, find a house for rent, and move. The day of my oral exam was 2 days after we moved - Brent and I cannot thank Colby, Jason, Jonathan, Larry, Susan, and Mom enough for getting us through that crazy time - We COULD NOT have done it without you!!!The day of my oral exams finally arrived. All you need to know is that I passed - thank you committee. You do not need to know that I got so frustrated that I cried during the exam, or that I've never felt so stupid in my entire life, but now you do...apparently both are a rite of passage. Dr. G put it in perspective for me - he said (I'm paraphrasing) that we are always supposed to realize that there are gaps in our knowledge - that is how we know what to research next - and that if I had walked in and out of there thinking I knew everything, that they would be concerned b/c that would mean that I had not learned anything at all!
The picture above is of the post-oral comps dinner at, of course, On the Border. I don't have any pics of the post-written comps dinner...I think my mom does, and I'm told that I look a hot mess. I had been awake for several days straight, was incredibly exhausted, had a headache, and was drinking a margarita and eating cheese dip (no, not at On the Border, actually at La Fiesta) and I think a picture exists of me looking quite...disoriented.
Jason, I mean, Dr. J
Jason and Robin
Jason and his work-wives
Jason and Brent
Our gracious hostess, Dr. B. Her girls put on a wonderful princess ballerina concert for us during the party
My bro, hanging out with the old folks (yes, Jason, I'm talking about you :)
My mom's thunder was stolen this day. Jason's graduation and our celebration was on Mom's birthday. She was a good sport about it, though, and all was forgiven when I presented her with her AWESOME caramel cake from Cecilia's.
I know - truly truly selfish and mean. I mean, shouldn't I want the best for others???? So, I guess what you want, but just think about it...do we really need another trivia show, or do we need smart sports talk? I say the latter...
And while we are on the sports talk, I must announce that the wifey in this household (that's me - Newbie) has beat out the husband (that's B - Mighty DRs) in our fantasy football league. I am now in the title game against Brent's old friend from Davis Monthan, Keith (aka #1 Stunna's). So, I'll be sure to let you know when I WIN OUR LEAGUE!!! (Though I must say that last time I talked smack to Keith, I lost very badly to him, so I guess I better tone it down a bit.)
Later - Jess
Sunday, December 02, 2007
As most of you know, I am in the dissertation stage of my doctoral program. I am currently in the process of designing my study and writing my prospectus, and also continue to teach. This semester I have been teaching the Communication Neuroscience course, and it has been really interesting - incredibly fast-paced for sure, but also a completely different experience b/c I am teaching mostly graduate students for a change - wow, what a difference. Definitely less of an expectation on the part of my students for spoon-feeding the information to them.
The project that is currently getting the majority of my attention for the next several weeks is the second phase of my pilot study. This is to gather additional data for my poster (Richardson & Marshall) that is to be presented in Hawaii in February at the International Neuropsychological Society (INS) convention, and also to set the stage for my experiment for my dissertation. It is very exciting, but very time-consuming and stressful because it is an intensive treatment study, and it is definitely taxing my personnel management skills! But I am learning alot, and the participants are really enjoying the intervention process, and that is the whole point!
So, some of you may have noticed, but I have dropped off of the face of the earth again - not as drastically as during comps, but definitely lost in Aderhold for the time being. I hope to see many of you over the holidays. I know I am due up for a Griffin trip for a birthday party soon to see my other family (the Stewarts), and get to have a fun road trip w/ Kobs on the way there. My church is also putting on several Christmas concerts that I will be either attending or participating in, and you guys are definitely invited to those - I would love to see you there. Next Sunday eve is the youth group Christmas play called "Code Red", and the following Sunday eve is the Christmas Concert of Praise put on by our choir. After that Brent and I will be heading up to a Grizzlies-Spurs game and visit with Colby. Then it will be Christmas with the families, with a few birthdays thrown in for good measure, maybe a trip to New York, and LOTS of dissertation work. So, hopefully, I will see a lot of you during these opportunities.
Love - Jess
Saturday, November 17, 2007
Sorry for getting carried away. I think I bonked my head and got a KNOt on my heard or something, but whatever, this kid would be a leading candidate if he had started from day one. I think he has a legitimate shot of winning the Heisman in the next couple of years. As you can tell from the picture, he hasn't fully gotten the pose down yet. In fact, he is stiff-arming with the wrong arm. KNO big deal, the truth is, you can't KNOck his game. Remember to stay tuned for upcoming seasons as he perfects this pose.
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
Me and Robin
Brent, Jess, Robin, Marcus, and Will
Brent and his t-shirt that everyone loved! I actually bought this for him as one of his "miss you" gifts while he was in Korea
The team after warm-ups, getting their "trickeration" on...I've heard that only the seniors knew that they were definitely wearing black jerseys, that after warm-ups, they went to the locker room for their quiet time, which involves turning off the lights apparently, and when the lights came back on, the black jerseys were there!
The ARCH by the Redcoats
Watch out world! A future DAWG coming your way!!!
My sweet Chas showing his UGA spirit. He is wearing these to create some good luck for the GA-Auburn game, and also in anticipation of his upcoming football season.
Saturday, November 03, 2007
It is too bad Kno(limit)shon didn't start from game 1. He is only 600 yards away from Herschel's freshman record. Just imagine if he had more carries during those first 3 to 4 games. He still has an outside shot, but he will have to average over 200 a game for the next 3. Due up: Auburn, Kentucky and the Techies. I believe we can win out and have a possible shot at another SEC Title. It will be tough, but I think we can do it.
Georgia finally came out and showed some heart. I wasn't sure if they had this type of performance in them. I told Jess I expected to squeak out a win or to get worked like a part time job in a blowout. I hope you all enjoyed watching this great game as much as I did.
Take in some of the pictures that were taken during and following the game. Truly awesome!
Monday, October 22, 2007
Sunday, October 14, 2007
Anyway, Knowshon pretty much carried (no pun intended) our team to victory. This cat needs to carry the rock 25+ times a game.
Just my 2 cents.
Quotin' my boy Cube
"Today was a good day."
I love it when Florida loses. Get ready for that 3 game losing streak.
Three keys to why I believe the Dawgs will finally get another victory in Jacksonville:
1. The Dawgs can never seem to win this game when we are obvioulsy the better team. Now that we are mediocre to average, there should be low expectations. The Dawgs should win because no one will give them a chance.
2. We usually win when we have a bye week before this game.
C. I'm tired of losing to these Jort wearing punks.
Cool points for those that laughed when they saw the letter C instead of the number 3.
Anyway, I'm out.
Anyway, I suspect that this year will end up much like last season. We just lack that killer instinct that is needed to be a dominant team. I believe this starts with our coaches. Namely, Martinez and Bobo. I think Bobo's play calling is alright sometimes, but how many times are we going to run that same draw play? It is a good thing Moreno is a beast. That cat seems to always make something out of nothing.
On defense, I don't understand how Willie can continuously run some version of a zone defense. How many times does a team have to pick us apart before a light turns on and we try something else?
Anyway, these are just my thoughts on the Dawgs. I will post the Vandy pic soon and some thoughts on that game. Hope everyone is doing well.
Wednesday, October 03, 2007
During this crazy crazy summer, one of the exciting events was when Brent landed his new job. So, in the midst of moving and getting ready for my comps, we decided to celebrate. Jonathan got one of B's old vending shirts and ripped it to shreds as you can tell. I encouraged him to wear it out to eat with us to Outback, and believe me, we got some stares. But how awesome it was to rip it up and be DONE with that job.
As you can see, Napoleon got a little supercat cape from the celebratory shirt ripping as well.
Napoleon quite enjoyed the packing part of the move. There were bags, boxes, and suitcases galore to crawl into and hide, one of his fave things to do. There were also plenty of doors open that were usually closed, as in this laundry room closet door. Nap took this opportunity to crawl into a cozy spot.
I was hanging out over at Kobs, watching "Girlfriends", and we had unexpected company - Javad and Tiffany stopped by with their puppy. She and Cash were instant friends and played so hard the whole time, so much so that we finally had to separate them for fear of waking up the downstairs neighbors.