is David Allen Mitchell. I stole this photo from Ned & Mary Beth's blog, but they are too sleep deprived to demand photo credit. (Photo by Ned Mitchell, proud papa). We had our quiet time eventually, but he did protest me holding him other than just like the position shown here and also my attempts at the baby burrito. Once he fell asleep, I swaddled him and held him with one hand so I could finish my glass of Post Partum Pale Ale and watch football. I think he still won the battle, but I am far from giving in. I look forward to many more evenings with Baby David in 2010. Great work Team Mitchell!!
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Middle Tennessee got a big bowl win against Southern Miss in the Big Easy on Sunday! Even the Vicksburg Post covered it. I was down there Friday and Saturday nights for the Cowboys-Saints game, and it was great to see so many Blue Raider fans walking around. I was not able to stay for the game, due to some early obligations on Monday morning at work, but I left some good vibes in section 103.
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
While on travel in Charleston, I have considered just staying behind and making this my home. The area is beautiful, the people are so nice, and the food...wow, the food. Tonight was another great meal at FIG, a restaurant near the hotel. I had a salad with Benton's bacon for that Tennessee connection and braised pork shoulder for dinner. Outstanding.
Sunday, December 6, 2009
This is an older picture, from October, but I just got it from Sara (shown on right) and Philip. We were hanging out downtown from the Fall Festival, and Manu got a little fussy, so I tried to lay him back and he put his hands behind his head and just laid there, relaxed. Glad I could help. Nathan (middle) was on an important phone call. Tomorrow is Manu's first birthday! Happy Early Birthday to one of my favorite Vicksburg babies.
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
Friday, October 30, 2009
Monday, October 26, 2009
Friday, September 11, 2009
We had a few new players this month, Philip & Sara--imports from Boston--and Glenn--back from 2 yrs in Iraq. We set our course for an unknown destination, Posecai's, in charming Greenville, MS. Some were skeptical about this place, since the website indicated it was sushi night (NOTE sushi is never to be ordered in the Delta), but we wanted to impress upon the rookies that the evening is mostly about the drive through the Delta, rather than the chow at the other end. We lucked out on both. There was a water issue, so we drank bottled water with imported ice, and coffee was out of the question. Our waiter, unnamed to my memory, was very gracious with our group. Although he denied me coffee.My dinner was this delicious Eggplant "boat" filled with shrimp and lump crab meat. And a side of spinach.
Monday, August 31, 2009
Loyal followers may remember her first day at work back in May and it is my pleasure to announce that Xandi is officially a car owner. She worked as a server at the Ware House this summer: making countless trips up and down the stairs, smiling through even the toughest customers, and now you can tell by the look on her face: IT WAS WORTH IT!! She is to be commended for setting a goal, working hard and following through. Definitely more than I did at her age, as I had summer jobs from age 15 on, made money, but never managed the follow-through until I was 19 (summer of '97).
Thursday, August 27, 2009
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Our lab is getting a new building, and we had the groundbreaking ceremony this week. It was exciting to see the plans and to be involved in the ceremony. Along with several others, I was asked to speak one line, for those of you who couldn't be there, this is what I said: "Our research on the operational impacts of climate change will guide management decisions on the Corps' water resource projects." Somehow, I managed not to screw it up. Read about us in the Vicksburg Post here.
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Seems like I should have been posting more about the intern this summer, but since she is an official member of the working class, we have had fewer photo ops. I had to travel last week, leaving the very capable intern to fend for herself here in Vicksburg. She did very well, save a couple of casualities, of which I am not seeking replacement, rather offering to those out there as a lesson learned.
Pre-heated oven containing pizza stone (it lives in the oven) + frozen lasagna=broken pizza stone
Lesson: As miraculous as my pizza stone is, it just can't deal with the thermal differential described above.
Need for measuring cup (I suspect for Kool-Aid, though unconfirmed) + proximity of Granny's china+ butter fingers=broken cream dispenser
I glued and will repurpose as a decorative container for something non-liquid. Lesson here involves looking more thoroughly for proper measuring vessel, or just estimate the measurement. It's just Kool-Aid, not nitroglycerine.
Monday, July 13, 2009
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Xandi made the paper back in the Boro--scroll to picture 12 of 13.
Monday, June 29, 2009
I have heard it said that cooking is 80% confidence, and I always admit that failure is an option. It is tougher to contend with when you overpromise your capabilities to your guests who are anticipating a yummy product. Case in point is this cake from last Thursday. I showed off some skills with my fancy microwave cake pan, yet we wanted more. I thought I could pull off a caramel glaze, and I called Mom to get her ideas. Readers, please know I am not trying to blame my mother for this dismal failure, I think she would have done things very differently. The caramel was beautiful while cooking, but toward the end it, well, burned. And then it hardened about as fast as we poured it over the perfectly good cake. We had to pry the hard shell off and I spent about 20 minutes trying to clean the plate it was on. The wooden spoon was sacrificed. But I pick myself up, dust myself off...
Sunday, June 21, 2009
Thursday, June 11, 2009
It is so nice to have active neighbors who take the attention away from you and your lack of progress on most initiatives. Check out this publicity op on the Ware House: http://www.vicksburgpost.com/articles/2009/06/11/news/doc4a2fe433e06b0511795162.txt
Thursday, June 4, 2009
Friday, May 29, 2009
On Monday morning, I let the cats out on the balcony while the coffee brewed. I heard some strange noises and went to investigate. It took me a while to understand their issues (note that coffee was still brewing and yet to be consumed). Then I looked up. Millie and Annie were dreaming of city squab for breakfast, rather than kibble. It was reeked of Sylvester and Tweety. No animals were harmed in the filming of this scene.
Thursday, May 28, 2009
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Yet another signature short & sweet parade down Washington Street. It was great to see people out on the streets supporting soldiers and veterans on this important day. Rob and Twitch, aka Lobby Cat, watched from the window, wishing they had a balcony. She wanted to jump, for sure. I would, too, if I lived with that emotionally unstable Dog.