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Hot air balloon


Over the house one morning.

Mule Deer on the Way Home

I spotted this herd of mule deer two days in a row, while taking the scenic route home from work.  There were about 40 mule deer (look at the first image and try to count all of them).  I might put more up later, but click on the pictures to see bigger images.

City of Frisco and Sheep

Emily and I were headed back to Denver from Breckenridge yesterday.  We stopped in Frisco to snap some pictures of the beautiful aspen trees.  Then, we found a herd of bighorn sheep on the side of the interstate, and I had to turn around and snap some pictures.

All the pictures are here.

Graduated from KU

This is a little bit late, but I wanted to write on here anyways (especially since I blogged my acceptance into the program and the first day of classes).  Also, I can write this now, as the official commencement at KU was yesterday.

I’ve finished the Edwin O. Stene Master’s Program in Public Administration (MPA degree) at the University of Kansas, and I recently was hooded.

Here are a couple of pictures from the graduation banquet:

Graduation Group

Graduation Hooding

I started this program 2 years ago, having never been to campus before I accepted and having never lived outside of the State of Georgia.  I applied on the recommendation of a mentor and professor at the University of Georgia, and I was accepted to the program (just barely).

I’ve moved to Kansas, been to Richmond and Montreal for ICMA conferences, made many new friends (who I already miss), worked in new places (the Unified Government and Jefferson County), found a job in and moved to Colorado, and become engaged (and getting married in a month).  These have been a grueling, but refreshing, two years for this fresh-out-of-undergrad guy from Georgia.  And I can’t believe it is already over (but really, the journey has just begun).

It still seems like just yesterday when I was sitting in that classroom in Blake Hall, listening to Professor John Nalbandian (pictured above, hooding me) as the tornado sirens went off outside on that first day.  Wow.

Other updates will be forthcoming (I have a job!).

The Blueberry Lemonade

I shared this on Flickr earlier, and I thought I would do the same here.

Here’s a great drink, a blueberry lemonade:

  • 1 or 2 parts Blueberry vodka
  • 3 parts Lemonade (I use Simply Lemonade)
  • Frozen blueberries

Mix in a highball, and add cracked ice. Drink quickly.

This is a great summer drink.

Incredible Historical National Archives Photostream

I saw this on the White House Twitter: the National Archives photostream on Flickr.  The National Archives has uploaded some really interesting and incredible material to Flickr.  I am a history nerd, but look at all the finds:

And the best part is that most (if not all) of these documents are in the public domain, meaning you can reproduce them with no worry of copyright infringement.

… And 3.5 Inches of Snow Today

And today Lawrence got the snow. 3.5 inches to be sure. If I had finished my last final by dark, I would’ve been playing in the snow.

3.5 Inches of Snow Today

I’m finished with finals now! Fall semester at KU is finished, and I’m heading home for Christmas in the morning.

3 Degrees

3 Degrees

Seriously, 3 degrees is way too cold. This picture was taken very early this morning (don’t ask, it is finals week).

First Kansas Snow

This is the first snowfall I’ve experienced since I’ve moved to Kansas (there was snow on the ground when I got back from Thanksgiving). The storm report says we received 0.7 inches of snow, and there were 54 reported accidents in Douglas County with 5 minor injuries. The driving wasn’t bad (for me), but there was a bit of ice this evening in my parking lot and on some walkways. Now, surviving the rest of the winter will likely be much more difficult.

Rainbow Over Lawrence

I snapped this Saturday night off of my porch, just after the rain stopped.  And after my crazy Friday evening spent avoiding a tornado at Cabela’s (that’s an experience).

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