Sunday, November 4, 2012

Amazing Listicles

Thanks to Stasha for hosting Listicles...

I know I am usually quite jockular with my listicles. For this week however,  I am going to play it straight and give you some insight into the recent history of the guy writing this blog...

10 Amazing Memories from a Not So Distant Past

10. I earned tenure this year.  I love what I do for a living and am honored by the being allowed the privilege to share my knowledge with the next generation, the community and others.  Getting the official letter in my office was the nicest end to a ten year journey that once could ask for.  

9. I have recently lost over 20 lbs.  This entailed me basically changing my entire diet.  The only green I used to eat came in the form of M&M's - now I eat broccoli for snacks.  Seriously, this is an upgrade.  No, I am not kidding.  Really.  Getting on the scale and seeing 209 when it started at 232 is a nice accomplishment in just over two months of effort.  Now only 20 more to go...

P.S. I recommend to others not to skip the part when one has to have heart issues before changing the lifestyle.  It is not a pleasant experience.  

8. Two years ago I was part of the team that won the Goeldner Award for the Top Research Article in the Journal of Travel Research.  The article was entitled, "Online Information Search and Image Formation: Insights from a Mixed Method Study."

7. Over the past five years, I have published 20 refereed journal articles.  Of special note, four have been with undergraduate students as co-authors.  Nothing feels better than getting a student's name in print for the first time.

6. Seeing my Canadian friends in the summer.  We live thousands of miles apart but when we chat it is like we hung out yesterday even though it was months ago in reality.  It reminds me of this song...

5. This one time at band camp...(just seeing if you are paying attention to my old cliched jokes - I couldn't play the whole thing straight).

4. Two years ago, Erik was born...I am not a religious person but if I believed in reincarnation, Erik is the rebirth of my sister.  The two are uncanny in their similarities.


3. Three years ago, Liam was diagnosed with Autism.  While at first seemed like a cruel sentence has turned our lives into a more loving, open minded environment to which we all benefit.

2.  Four years ago, we officially adopted Robyn...she had lived with just six years and was our daughter from day one but US immigration insisted on the paperwork.  She is one smart kid and I am very proud of her.

1.  Heather and I have been married 14 years...though it still seems like yesterday.


  1. Some stellar accomplishments listed this week. Children are such a joy and many congrats on the 14 years with your wife! Cheers to an amazing 14 more!

  2. Despite the usual irony, you are a romantic at heart... I knew it!

  3. Aww, that was so sweet. I loved your #7. I never thought about the teacher being happy for an undergrad's name on an article. I'm partial to #2 also. We have three adopted children ourselves.

  4. This was SO great Wayne!!! Loved it!

  5. What a great list of wonderful memories! I swear my son is a reincarnation of my grandpa also!

  6. Congratulations on all the greatness! I love a straight list although we never seem to play it straight ourselves . . .


  7. I knew you were great. (I mean Heather is crazy about you so.) This list just proves it. What instrument did you play at camp? Just kidding...