Wednesday, September 30, 2009


Growing Old is Getting Old
I was sitting in graduate Bible study last night sipping water from my coffee mug and doing some thinking. I thought about how aged our group seemed to be. We are comprised of graduate students and a few young professionals, but more than that we look older than college aged kids. Okay, so maybe I don't. It got me thinking about what Amber said and then what my Dad responded to it. Amber said she did not feel old at 22, she felt like her age. My Dad replied to this with, "Drew, you always feel your age and you never think that is old, but your peers do start to look older." I guess the same is true now.

P.S. Thank you Katie for your response to my last post. I am still a bit weary of rubrics, but I do see their purpose and place.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009


In class last night we spent quite some time talking about rubrics. It made me think about my experiences with rubrics. I never liked rubrics because they made me include things in papers or assignments that I found needless. I thought doing a holistic approach would allow for students to have more freedom. Actually, it makes me look lazy and it gives students a chance to find loopholes. I guess we can't have trust in our students or work a little harder by letting students have some creativity. Give a rubric instead and make all the good Chemistry students hand in the exact same cookie cutter paper...year after year.

Monday, September 28, 2009


Just on a whim I decided today would be a good day to search for a website to find a verse for the day. Something to knead on. Here is what I found: It is interesting that the verse for today is a Psalm when Bils was just talking about a Psalm of his own. Todays message seems to be a hopeful thought for the rest of the week to stay on the path of righteousness. The chapter of the Bible that this verse references brings to my mind the image of a dog tired and weary asking for mercy and guidance. This week will be a good one for me to focus on running with guided footsteps.

Sunday, September 27, 2009


My roommate has been playing quite a bit of diverse music these days. I'm not sure if I like the tunes every time, but I do enjoy a little music in my life. The Mermalair has been blasting the beats every night as well. This influx of variety in my life has made me want/need to find new music. Right now Phoenix is on my mind. Smooth sound with a spicy lead singer.

A note about my living situation. Pence and I are not really roommates. We have two separate rooms with an opening between us. Before Johnny moved in it was wide open, but now there are some bookcases between us. They are not enough to keep us apart and definitely not enough to stop the music from flowing.

Saturday, September 26, 2009


Coffee is turning into my drink of choice in most situations. I am so addicted these days that I have some in the morning usually and then again before I run. Dark coffee is where it's at. Before I leave Williamsburg, I will have had a cup in every coffeehouse, restaurant, and dinning hall. Also, a goal of mine in life is to build a small wall in the forest somewhere just for fun. I guess this is a primitive thing, but it sounds fun.

Thursday, September 24, 2009


Time Is On My Side.
I was talking with Tyson a couple days ago about stressing. We have a race coming up and he expressed his stress for wanting to run well. I realized that I hadn't even thought about it yet. Thinking a bit about it know, I really don't care how this race goes. I've had bad races this time of year and done well by the end and I've had good races this time of year and done poorly by the end. My only worry is that Skeet's Mom brings the sweet corn pudding to the picnic.


I have been searching for a reason to blog, or at least a reasonable blog theme. Unfortunately, I am neither interesting or creative. Usually in that order.

Here is my thought on the matter: Blog everyday before noon and make it short and sweet/sour/savory/insertfooddescriptor.

Western Missouri is a place for athletic disappointment, so I want to savor this moment from my parents' high school. Way to Go Maryville High School Spoofhounds and Congratulations Benton High School Star Matt Ziesel!