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About lilgallowsmama

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    Crafting and ninja raising extraordinaire
  • Birthday July 19

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  1. KSU has been the third largest University in the state since either 2007 or 2008. It is third to UGA and, believe it or not, Georgia State. They've been ahead of Georgia Tech for several years. Georgia State has almost 25,000 students, KSU has 24,000 students, and Georgia Tech has 21,500 students. KSU isn't far behind Georgia State and, with the merge, will become the second largest university in the state. I'm a former employee and student at KSU - on campus several times a week. I also have a lot of family who have engineering degrees from SPSU. I understand both sides. Some of the negatives being listed are so, so inaccurate, though. For instance, I keep hearing concerns about class size - I don't have a single class right now with more than thirty students. One has only eight. I have no idea how this came as such a shock to so many people, though. When the budget cuts of 2008 or 2009 were going on in the university system, school mergers were mention repeatedly if universities couldn't make it under budget. Southern Poly was one of the mergers mentioned, though I don't remember it being mentioned with whom they were merging. Who else, though? It doesn't really bother me, either way. Jobs will be lost, just as mine was in 2009, and the SPSU students will have to deal with a lot of change, and the KSU students will have to deal with it as well. But, in reality, the choices are either to merge schools are start shutting smaller schools down - the University System, despite going about it horribly from a PR standpoint, is just trying to keep some of the best and brightest programs while they can. It's been five years since the talks started - this wasn't their first resort. I'm just happy they were able to save the program, even if they had to merge it with something else in order for that to happen.
  2. I do something called 'More Love Letters'. Google it, it's kind of awesome - you leave love letters in strange places like gas pumps and library books for other people to find and brighten their day. So, I buy more cards than any one person could ever possibly need. You can get packs of them, without writing, for $1 at Michaels. Target often has packs of them marked down to $3-4. I currently have about thirty different sets of cards, with anywhere from 8-50 cards in each set, and I didn't spend anymore than $40. Unfortunately, these won't last long. I use them for birthdays and whatnot, too, though.
  3. Your eldest and I graduated with him. I haven't talked to him in a few years, but super, super sad news.
  4. Ooooh, that sounds like fun!! I've never been to the NE, but am going to both Maine and Canada in October. Can't wait!
  5. I had the amazing opportunity to sit and chat with his son for about an hour and a half a few weeks ago! On the way home, I stopped by a vintage shop and one of the only four books there was a copy of The Grapes of Wrath. I took it as a sign and bought it. LOVE Steinbeck's books. The Jungle was a great book, but I didn't read it until I was an adult. I named my son after Huckleberry Finn and will name the next (if I lose my mind and have one) after Tom Sawyer. ....I've never read Gone With the Wind.
  6. I know, without a doubt, that a storm is coming because my knee will hurt like hell. Not really an old wives tale, but I do make a most excellent barometer. Just earlier today I looked at DH and said 'Have you checked the weather?' and he said 'Does your knee hurt?'
  7. Ooooh, reading was all I did in school! I also hated Lord of the Flies. I actually hated pretty much everything we read in British Lit, including the story about the man who was being hunted, and Frankenstein. My favorites: The Giver Fahrenheit 451 Catch 22 1984 (sidenote: I can't stand Animal Farm, but I think that's because I watched the movie before trying to read the book.) Cold Sassy Tree Angela's Ashes (and the sequel, Tis, though it wasn't required) A Separate Peace <-- one of my absolute favorites The Teachings of Don Juan The Tao Te Ching The Giver actually has sequels that I really want to read, but haven't had the chance.
  8. My first reaction to this was 'I love this! Where were idols like him when I was a kid?!' And then I remembered: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RHLd1j21bAI I do still love the message, though.
  9. I personally use LiveMocha, because the courses are similar to Rosetta Stone and it's a community. But, DuoLingo is great, too
  10. Have I mentioned how much I'm going to love not being the only sober one at gatherings, finally?
  11. False!! I had a Jack and Coke at a beach bar in Santa Barbara last week. I had about a half a vodka and soda, as well, but that was beyond gross - the soda, not the vodka. I I think, at least in my experience, that the majority of my generation quit drinking beer because of mainstream beers like Coors, Budlight, and other nastiness we've dubbed 'Skunk urine'. The only beers I've ever liked, other than Guinness and Killians, are random beers my dad and I have picked up at Total Wine. We get the six pack and just try six different types. I discovered Lazy Brown Southern Pecan and Rogue that way. That being said, I actually don't drink often. I can count on my hands how many times I've had an alcoholic drink in the past year, and all but maybe one of those I was hanging out with my parents for the specific purpose of trying new drinks.
  12. Thanks for the links! They seem a little New Age-ish, I think, for my personal tastes, but I bet I have a couple of friends that would love to take a trip out there with me.
  13. So, August 6th and 9th are the anniversaries of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. One of the stories that came from the bombings is the story of little Sadako Sasaki. Here's a shortened artsy piece on her story, if you're interested: Every year, thousands of people across the world fold peace cranes and hang them, not only in her memory, but in honor of the victims of the bombings. There are memorial statues and gardens, also placed in her honor, across the world. One of those was created by the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, and is located at in Santa Barbara, California, and I had the opportunity to spend a great deal of time in it last weekend. The picture doesn't even do it justice - there's a giant fountain, and it is absolutely littered with beautiful strings of peace cranes. While we were there, a bunch of us decided to create peace cranes together, and string them up in the garden since we won't be there for the 19th Annual Sadako Peace Day on August 6th. (NC - that's Father Jino from Uganda up front, learning to fold a peace crane! ) SO, here's my request: There's a Seeds of Peace memorial next Friday in Atlanta, if anyone is interested in attending. For those who aren't interested or just have busy schedules, here's a fun tutorial on how to create a peace crane. So, create a peace crane (it really is fun!), and remember the victims of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Tell the story to your kiddos! I know Mini-Me loves origami and was absolutely fascinated by this story - there's a children's book about her, as well!
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