Friday, February 17, 2012

Friday Fragments - v15

What a big week this was personally.  On Wednesday, I received the official notice that my sabbatical was approved, got the report that I passed the third level of my tenure evaluation with unanimous support and most important to me, I got to have a date night with my wife.

Thanks to my in-laws. Taking the kids overnight was the best possible gift I could ask for.  Date night could not ave happened without you.  BTW you can check out my mother-in-laws new blog here.  The family that blogs together...

Speaking of date nights, I love The Boardwalk Inn at Wild Dunes Resort.  High quality service, beautiful surroundings and a first class experience.  I highly recommend the resort for your vacation needs.  Thanks to Frank and Kristie for helping me out on that.  Sending up the chocolate covered strawberries with a beautiful wine along with some yummy cheese and crackers was the perfect romance enhancer.

The view from our room...

Also related to date night.  We had a great meal at an Isle of Palms restaurant called Huck's Lowcountry Table.  Too bad the server was mediocre.  She completely mailed it in, (ignored me multiple times, and then  had audacity to auto-tip us.  The funny part is that she auto-tipped it at 18% when I normally tip a minimum of 20.  She cost herself money.  Well at least I have a interesting service quality story to tell my students for the next few terms (especially when juxtaposed next to the level of service we received at the resort).

My wife is one cool woman.  I am kind of fond of her.  Also, congratulations are in order for my wife's blog  She apparently now has a Google page rank of four.  Also, she is hosting a new blog hop called Meet Me on Mondays.  I am going to try it out for the first time this week, I encourage you to do the same.

Had a very interesting conversation this week about the carrot and the stick.  I argue that people will work harder if they are rewarded than work hard to avoid being punished.  What do you think?   I know I work better for praise.

I am now all fragged out.  Go visit our gracious host Mrs. 4444's and the other fascinating fraggers by clicking the button below.

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  1. I was on your wife's blog earlier. I am definitely going tot ry to remember to stop by for her Monday's! While I knew somewhere in my head you were married to each other, I was reading your post going, hey, someone else who went away for Valentines. hmm, wait a minute...

    Yeah, not enough coffee in the world to cure my short term memory issues!

    I've read that people who praise twice as much as they punish end up with better behaved kids. I'm really working hard to do that for my kids.

    1. We have two totally different types of blogs. Mine is purely for fun and is an afterthought most of the time. Heather is very serious about her blog and does some amazing work on it.

  2. praise is always good!! Yep, I think we'd all work hard for praise than work hard to avoid being punished. good thought.

    Your date night sounds absolutely heavenly!!!

  3. blogging together spouses in-laws - totally different than my situation. My family seldom visits my blog. Any online family stuff happens in FB. Congrats on the sabbatical. Just wondering since they approve it do they expect a report at the end?

    1. I have to produce a series of research articles at the end. Sabbatical is more about changing your job duties for awhile rather than time off.

  4. That is so nice that you two got to have that date night, server issues aside, it sounds like it was nice.

    I tend to agree with you that praise gets more out of people than punishment. I see that with my children - a little bit of praise goes a long way.

  5. Oh my goodness, I've visited BOTH your blogs, but never connected that YOU were connected! Hehehehe

    Most days I only HOPE my hubby is rather fond of me - - - -

  6. Praise definitely gets better results than punishment. But did you know that the possibility of losing something you have is more motivating that getting something?