A Life Well Lived

Today I listened to friends, students, staff, and faculty describe a person I met about 19 years ago. She was an incredible, remarkable woman; full of life, compassion, and empathy. She was genuine. Truly genuine. And she was seemingly filled to the brim with all of the qualities that make a person an amazing mentor,…

Tip Of The Day: Wednesday Is Not Friday

For whatever reason I woke up today thinking it was Friday. You’ll understand when I say that I was rather sad when I learned that it was, in fact, only Wednesday. My sadness grew when I glanced at my calendar. One look and I knew that I had to head to campus. Don’t get me…

Better Than Grass Stained Knees

Wow, today was packed! My morning started bright and early so that I could prep for a meeting with several colleagues to discuss and plan for the upcoming fall semester1. This was followed by a meeting with my undergraduate research assistant Stephen to review a needs assessment report that he has drafted2. And because I love…

Stupid Head

Since I’m a wild and crazy man, you might imagine that I’ve got crazy epic awesome plans for tonight, especially considering that it is Friday – the day to cut loose and party down1. Truth be told I just woke up from a nap about an hour ago. But not just any nap, a most…

How Quickly They Grow Up

If not for the fact that I put almost everything into my calendar, I’d forget even the simplest of things. Like eating, wearing pants, and breathing. Okay, that’s a bit of a stretch – I wouldn’t forget to wear pants, I’d just opt not to. Regardless, I’m betting that if breathing weren’t an autonomic response,…

No Friend To Suck-Baggery

What a difference a day makes. Yesterday I was a giant bag of smashed hammers. Today, not so much. Let me be clear – it’s not that today I was a huge ball of energy, but in comparison to yesterday I was a freaking supernova. My day started at 5am because that’s when all the…

Fridays With Elliot

Well it’s Friday. Again. It seems that the weeks are just flying by. I put the blame squarely on the two courses that I’m teaching. But this isn’t a bad thing. Not even slightly. In fact, I think time is flying because I’m having so much fun. Don’t get me wrong, I’m also exhausted. But…

Happy 10000 To Me!

Yesterday was a rather monumental day for me. Okay, maybe not as monumental as finishing my PhD, starting my position as Ass. Prof., or finishing my first marathon, but still awesome in its own way. And why was yesterday monumental? Well, it just so happens that yesterday was the day I posted my 10000th tweet….

Just Keep Swimming

For the past several days – weeks maybe – perhaps months – I don’t remember really – point is, for a while I’ve been working on grant applications. It’s sadly a necessary evil for my job. It’s also a large slice of catch-22. You see, one needs funding to pay for graduate students to help produce…

The Silence Of The Ducks

As I mentioned previously, I celebrated my 1st Ph.D.-versary on April 8.  To celebrate, I ventured over to Gerarda & Alan’s along with Steph, who had travelled into Guelph for the occasion.  It was, in essence, a gathering of The Doctors.   You probably imagine that with this much nerdery in one room, the conversation…

Trust Me, I’m A Doctor

So today I celebrate the 1st Ph.D.-versary of my dissertation.  That’s right folks, today marks the day when I brought my Ph.D. home from the university, after a very lengthy gestation period.  I can’t believe my little Ph.D. is officially 1-year-old.  For those of you that might not be aware or perhaps have forgotten, my…