Saturday, August 23, 2008

I'm now finished with my first (partial) week of school. I had field on Wednesday and Friday and one class on Thursday. I have two more classes on Tuesday so the first day for them will be this coming week. My field placement is working with a prof at UT on a research project she's doing in Chattanooga called the Environmental Health and Justice Collaborative. I spend my time in Knoxville on campus working on whatever they want me to work on. Yesterday I did a lot of data entry. Basically, between field, my job, and class, I live in the social work building. Oh, and my field instructor is the professor for two of my classes so we'll be seeing a lot of each other.

I'm still not sure how this semester will be yet since I haven't had two of my classes. I don't think it should be too bad though. I'm kinda looking forward to it. It will be nice to have stuff to do again, since I've been bored out of my mind this past month and a half with nothing to do.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

I just love the Olympics. I'm not sure why, I just do. Maybe because it's the only time I really get a chance to watch events like platform diving and rhythmic gymnastics. The winter Olympics are great too because, well, curling is an Olympic sport and who DOESN'T like watching curling? I guess it's just nice to watch sports that aren't football or basketball.

Another reason to love the Olympics: last night we went to watch my friend's husband's band play at a bar downtown. When else but during the Olympics will you see a bunch of guys around the TV at a bar excited about a swimming race? They were going nuts. It cracked me up.

I'm pleasantly surprised at how many of the top men's tennis players are playing in Beijing. Usually most snub the Olympics. I just hope, like I usually do, that Federer doesn't win.

Saturday, August 02, 2008

So by now the church shooting that happened here in Knoxville last Sunday is pretty much old news. It's been all over the media. It is weird to read the Washington Post and see articles about Knoxville. I knew some people who go to the church it happened at, but they were not there Sunday, luckily. Sad that it takes something as atrocious as this to bring the different faith communities of Knoxville together, but there has been much support for TVUUC since the shooting and that is nice to see.

Also weird to read about the U.P. being in the news for killings. I suppose they technically happened across the river in Wisconsin, or at least some of them, but the guy was from da U.P., in fact, only about an hour from where I lived. We used to play Norway, Kingsford, and Iron Mountain in tennis. Things like that just don't happen up there. Or at least, they didn't while I lived there.