Teaching a different crowd

»  mark    27 Sep 2005 @ 21:24    

I suppose it is okay to mention here that after 16 months teaching in our ward primary, I have been called to help teach the adult gospel doctrine class. There are a few other teachers for that class, so I won’t teach every week any more, but the audience sure seems intimidating. The responsibility is humbling and I hope I won’t be too nervous.

But I think it will be an exciting opportunity. I had a great time teaching the sunbeams (3-4 yr olds) and then the CTR B class (7-9 yr olds). I hope I can take those lessons and build on them in my new calling.

Revisions to blog style

»  mark    25 Sep 2005 @ 22:42    

I’ve just completed some updates to the style and display of the blog. Please tell me if you experience anything funky in the browser you are using and I’ll try to fix it. Most notably, I’ve made the following changes:

  • Trimmed the overall width of the blog to help those using 800×600 resolution
  • Moved the home page link from the sidebar to the top left of page
  • Testing photo captions. Move your mouse over the picture of Olya’s grandfather watching TV to see what this does
  • Updated gallery view page, moved navigation, changed colors, etc
  • Testing captions on gallery view page. See photo mentioned above
  • Added better navigation to return from gallery view page
  • Added image borders to gallery images and thumbnails

Again, feedback is appreciated and welcome.

Chilling out with USU football

»  mark    24 Sep 2005 @ 22:53    

Thanks to a couple of freebie tickets from my dad (he runs the 25 second clock for USU home football games), Lisa and I traveled to Logan Saturday to watch the Aggies’ first home game. Except for a couple of bonehead plays where we were penalized for things such as roughing the passer, pass interference, 12 men on the field (some of which my dad contests were poor calls by the referees), the Aggies played pretty well.

They hung onto a 7 point lead through two late UNLV drives in the 4th quarter eventually shutting down the Rebels’ hopes when 4 end-zone attempts in the last 30 seconds failed. Despite the bonehead plays/missed referee calls, it seems the team is more disciplined than past teams. We did not turn over the ball and moved it pretty consistantly.

Our freshman quarterback Leon Jackson is fun to watch. Something of a Michael Vick, he is quick, versatile, with a decent arm and good scrambling ability. He was one of the top rushers in the Utah game. He should be a big help to the team.

Mom, Lisa, and Denise left the game early to watch the General Women’s Broadcast, but Phil and I toughed out the frigid night with the aid of three blankets and cushioned seats. Sure beats the icy cement in General Admission! The end of the game was quite suspenseful and fortunately did not require overtime.

A visit from Ribnitsa

»  mark    23 Sep 2005 @ 10:54    

Olya sent these pictures of her uncle Seryozha, aunt Alla (Olya’s mother’s sister), cousin Nadya, and her grandfather who are visiting from Ribnitsa, a city in the far northeast end of Moldova. They came to visit for a few days.

Maya jammin’ in Moldova

»  mark    21 Sep 2005 @ 22:13    

Olya sent some pictures of Maya really getting into things in Moldova. My detective eye spots plum preserves, pancakes, and raspberries.

Hike to Donut Falls

»  mark    5 Sep 2005 @ 21:23    

On Labor Day, rather than hunt for a spot to pitch a tent, we joined George and Barbie Miranda on a hike to Donut Falls in Big Cottonwood Canyon, east of Salt Lake. There were many people on the trail, but it was enjoyable all the same. The hike is quite short and easy, and though we didn’t climb the cliff to see the actual donut-shaped rock from which the falls get their name, we sat down at the foot of the falls and had a nice picnic lunch.

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