Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Monday Quiz

Welcome to Monday Quiz About Me - hosted by Acting Balanced and Touristic.

Here are FOUR QUESTIONS that everyone can answer and then you have the option to add a fifth question of your own for those who are visiting your blog to answer in the comment section, along with commenting on the four standard questions you answered! Grab the badge for your post if you like:

Our Questions:

1. July is National Ice Cream month - are you celebrating?
2. What is your favorite rainy day activity?
3. What is the one book from High School that you remember reading most? Why?
4. Have you ever visited Charleston, SC?

My Answers:

1. July is National Ice Cream month - are you celebrating?

I am not a big fan of ice cream however, I may have some triple chocolate at some point.

2. What is your favorite rainy day activity?

Any excuse to read a book works for me and rainy days are great ones.

3. What is the one book from High School that you remember reading most? Why?

I really dislike Margaret Atwood but I really liked A Handmaid's Tail.  Combine that novel with 1984 and Animal House and it is easy to see why I see conspiracies everywhere...:-)

4. Have you ever visited Charleston, SC?


Since I live here... I certainly have.  I must say however, that crossing the bridge onto the peninsula still gives me goosebumps even seven years later.

5th question -  Where is the weirdest place you ever found yourself on vacation?

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Friday, July 12, 2013

Weekend Memes

First to the Six Word Saturday...


When did you last rediscover something? 



Now onto the Unknown Mami and Sundays in my City...



Unknown Mami



Friday Notes

First to the Unknown Mami and the FF.
    Unknown Mami
  • Back in the office this week and life is going 100 miles an hour.  While it is good to get away (even for work) there is always extra payment when one returns.  It is just the trade you have to make.
  • On a related note:  One would ask why I am not considering going back again to China next year for three weeks.  It is because the experience helps you grow and develop.  Being outside one's comfort zone is a good way to discover who and what we really are.
  • Our boys are not good sleepers.  That seems to make life as a parent that much more challenging.  The worse part is that they are not consistent.  One night you may get four hours and another you will actually get eight.  There seems to be no rhyme or reason to it.  
  • On a related note: Heather and I didn't even get a date night while in Canada.  At some point we have to carve out time together.  It may have to be a 2:00 AM soiree.
  • This weekend I will be collecting data.  I have couples coming into my lab to plan a weekend getaway.  We will be examining their negotiation patterns as part of the process.  I think it is a very cool study and I have really been looking forward to doing it.
  • On a related note: If you are in the Charleston area and are part of a couple and want to help me out, please send me a note at smithww@cofc.edu.  The incentive is pretty good, a free nights stay at Wild Dunes Resort.
Now it is time for Hilary and the Friday Fill Ins.

This week’s statements:
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1. I never have enough alone time with my wife.
2. Small talk is hard for me
3. My favorite place is Toronto to vacation in the summer because between grandparents and the cooler weather, it is actually sort of relaxing.
4. The best concert I’ve seen was Pink Floyd in the early 90s because they are just awesome.

My favorite song of all time...





Monday, July 8, 2013

Pictures of the Week - China...

Hi all,

These are photos from my recent trip to China.  These are of my favorite place which was call ecology park.










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Sunday, July 7, 2013

Monday Listicles...Happy Word Edition

Thanks to Stasha for hosting listicles - this week's topic is...

A list of words that makes me smile?


10. Paradox - it is a great word and describes my existence nicely.

9. Quandary - the result of the above.

8. Tenure - that has been such a nice word...

7. Oxymoron - tenure makes you think you have something, until you realize you don't - yet you still realize how good life is.

6. Payday - nuff said. Also buoyed by the fact that tenure ensures that payday will be forthcoming for the foreseeable future.


5. Troglodyte - my favorite insult. 


4. Sarcasm - I'm what I y'am


3. Canada - see above & below...


2. Ironic - don't cha think?


1. Listicle - just thought I would kiss butt a little this week...it is nice to be back and blogging after all that travel. I missed my weekly dose of listicle fun.


On an aside...


Heather and I have some big changes coming up for the blogs (Touristic & Acting Balanced) and I think they will be very cool. I will have more for info for everyone on the changes over the next few weeks...

Monday Quiz

Welcome to Monday Quiz About Me - hosted by Acting Balanced and Touristic.

Here are FOUR QUESTIONS that everyone can answer and then you have the option to add a fifth question of your own for those who are visiting your blog to answer in the comment section, along with commenting on the four standard questions you answered! Grab the badge for your post if you like:

Our Questions:

1. What is your favorite summer activity?
2. Do you have a honey-do list? or a to-do-list of your own?
3. Would you go for a massage? Facial? Spa treatment?
4. What was the last song you danced to?

My Answers:

1. What is your favorite summer activities?

Research and writing.  I am working on five papers this summer for publication.   Two are already out and another is about to go.  Here is hoping the last two go smoothly...

2. Do you have a honey-do list? or a to-do-list of your own?

I have mental lists that I constantly work through.  I tend not to write down things though perhaps I should.

3. Would you go for a massage? Facial? Spa treatment?

I have a phobia about people touching me.  I do not like even hand shaking and I dread hugs and kisses from people.  My wife okay, my kids okay - anyone else - I do it because of social convention.  I do not like to be touched.  It creeps me out - yet I do it constantly.  The things I do for you people.

4. What was the last song you danced to?

I was bopping to AC/DC Back in Black in the car the other day.


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Friday, July 5, 2013

Six Word Saturday


Roses are red, violets are blue
My brain currently is not functioning
I don't know what to do.

Six words are tough to write
when one's thoughts are quite askew
So here's a silly poem...adieu!

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Friday Fragments

  • We are now back in Charleston South Carolina after travelling to China and Canada.  It is nice to be back in our home.  It is amazing how you miss little things such as a shower and a bed.
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    • On a related note: We did the drive from Toronto to Charleston leaving at 7:00 PM and driving basically straight through to 10:30 AM.  The kids slept through about 75% of the drive making it tolerable for everyone.  Well maybe except for the person that drove from 10:30 PM until home to make it happen but that person's happiness does not count.
  • Long drives are good for starting conversations and getting creative. Both Heather and I feel like we would like to change up our blogs.  Come September we are going to do a major shake-up.  We figure since we share a house, a family and a life - we can also share a blog.  Acting balanced will have a whole new meaning come the fall. More on this topic to come...
    • On a related note:I go away for awhile and see that the Unknown Mami has taken over Fragments for the summer?  At the rate she is going she will take over the inter-web thingy in just a matter of days.
  • Celebrating Canada Day and Independence Day in the same week.  It is nice having two such great places to call home. The two countries share not just a continent but an ideal; that people need to be free to make choices and live their lives according to their beliefs and values.
    • On a related note:  The kids kind like parades and fireworks twice in a week too.
 

Friday Meme's

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Time for Hilary's Four Fill In Friday...

This week’s statements:

1. I don’t like Mondays.

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2. I have a difficult time using my time unwisely.

3. I love comic book movies because I love the characters...


4. I prefer to read historical fiction because I often wonder what could have gone through a person's time at a critical time in history.


Pondering With A Purpose - Fire

Well since today is the 4th of July, it is appropriate that we start with some ponderings.  This week's topic brought to us by Brenda is:

Fire...

Well if you play with fire, you might get burnt
Even if you have a fiery personality
Though you may get along like a house on fire
It is important to remember that to fight fire with fire
especially when one's fat in in the fire.

For if you have several irons in the fire
They need to have a baptism of fire
because fire makes an excellent servant but a poor master.
Those irons had to go from the frying pan into the fire
to be ready to go out on the firing line.

You can then use those irons to fire a shot across the bow
but you will then be sure to draw fire
Others will then hold your feel to the fire
to make sure you are just not firing blanks 
but rather shooting Great Balls of Fire.




Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Pictures of the Week...Window of the World Shenzhen, China


These are from a theme park called Window of the World in Shenzhen, China. At this theme park, you can see all of the wonders of the world in one place...









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