Campus Installments: The time this poor college student asked me to go to Kyle Field Day

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It has been eight years since I graduated from Texas A&M. I have over 10 years of professional experience in my field. Yet, everyone, and I mean everyone, still thinks I am a college student. I guess I should take this as a compliment, but it also can get annoying. Take for instance the very nice college student who, just the other day, stopped me as I was coming back from a meeting dressed in business casual to ask if I was going to attend Kyle Field Day. “No,” I kindly replied to him. “I’m old.” “What?” he asked. “Let me guess. You’re 22.” My reply: “Wrong. I’m over 30 with a husband and a kid. I just work here.” “Oh,” he says as I assume he’s thinking how damn good I look for my age. And I’m thinking how I must give my mother credit for how well I … Read More

A good week for news

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A story written by my office on the impact of an assessment tool designed by Dr. Carl Gabbard in the Department of Health and Kinesiology to gage infant motor development was picked up by quite a few media outlets this week, including a national online research news outlet called Futurity. And it just so happens that the featured image used to accompany the story is a little baby that I know personally. And for one week, this story appeared as one of the four main features on the Texas A&M University main site. Check out a few other places this story appeared, including CNET and TAMUTimes.

You Know You’re An Aggie If…

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…your bed wears maroon. Thank you Mom and Grandma for my Fightin’ Texas Aggie quilt. Whoop! Mom, even though it took you seven years since I graduated from college, you’re still awesome. And, this helps me to not feel so guilty about buying all those unnecessary T-shirts as a college student. Whoop for buying 200 T-shirts. And whoop for spending my rent and grocery money on them. And whoop for my bed getting to wear those T-shirts years later. It. was. so. worth. it. 84 words.

Name That Musician Contest!

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So, I found these old pictures of some Texas Country musicians that we went to see one night at good ole’ Hurricane Harry’s. Before they were mainstream. Before anybody else knew about them. Before they charged for their concerts (this concert was free if I remember correctly). These pictures are like eight years old! I know, now I feel old myself. But they remind me of a time when all I had to worry about was what to do on a Thursday night in Aggieland. Or if I wanted Whataburger or Taco C at 2:00 in the morning (I hope you don’t even have to think twice on this one). So, I thought I’d post for everyone’s enjoyment. And, now I have a challenge for you. First person to comment and name each musician correctly will win a prize. What kind of prize, you ask? Bragging rights. And the sheer … Read More

Blackmail From the Old School Vault: Vol. 2

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This picture was taken in 2006 at Miss Katelyn’s graduation party. Whoop! What is wrong with this picture? Absolutely nothing. It is priceless. And reminds me of college. And Mexico. And the Corona Club. Oh, how I miss all these girls. And Acuña. And, Anna, don’t worry. It is not Katelyn’s mom behind the camera. It is Brady. That is why you look so excited to see him. 68 words.

FOMO

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My husband has FOMO. My brother-in-law has FOMO. My nephew has FOMO. Most of the men in my life have FOMO. Why? Because boys never grow up, and they always have this Fear Of Missing Out. This was apparent to me once again this past weekend when the Aggies BTHO Nebraska. At Kyle Field. With a record crowd. It was awesome to say the least. We were only able to be a part of the game from afar, listening to it on the radio. And when the final seconds ticked away, a sea of maroon took the field, joined arms and yelled the Aggie War Hymn. And Brady looks at me and says, “Back in my day, students didn’t rush the field.” And I say, “I know babe, but times have changed. And at least we did it respectfully.” Then Brady makes an old man gruff. And then Ray’s cell … Read More

Blackmail From the Old School Vault: Vol. 1

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These old school pictures are from 2002. I spent the majority of my summer studying abroad in Mexico with eight of my closest classmates. How we survived I’ll never know. I did a lot of stupid things in Mexico. These pictures prove it. How I know these pics are old. They were taken with a throw-away camera. Poor millennial generation. You don’t even know what a throw-away camera is. You’ve always used digital cameras, or better yet, a phone that has a camera squeezed right inside of it. Well, earlier this century, we didn’t have those luxuries. We had to use throw-away cameras if we went on vacation and then walk five miles in the snow uphill and barefoot to take the film to Wal-Mart to get developed. Gasp. We did not get to enjoy the pictures instantly. And, I still had to spend an entire afternoon scanning each picture … Read More

Friday Ku-Tip: Just another day in Aggieland

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Yesterday some weird events happened on campus. Luckily, everything turned out okay. And while I’m not saying that this abnormal activity is anything to laugh about, I can’t help but share some of the humerous events that happened because of the drama on campus. I invented a new word. Spreadshit. Spreadshit? Spreadshit is what happens when you’re thinking of the words spreadsheet and list. Spreadshit is what happens when you’re on lock down in your office thinking about the armed suspect on campus and trying to multitask and have a conversation at the same time. Spreadshit. Add it to your vocabulary. It’s kinda fun to say. Spreadshit. I had to ask permission to go to the bathroom. I haven’t asked permission to go to the bathroom in a million years. It was awkward. But I had to go. Thank goodness they let me. My immediate family did not call, text, … Read More

Friday Ku-Tip: Let me direct you

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About five days ago my office phone started ringing. A lot. A lot more than usual. And with some of the most random questions. “Yes, I’d like to make an appointment to spay my cat.” Nope, not for me. “I’d like to verify employment for {insert name other than people who actually work in the CEHD}.” Never heard of them. “I’d like to order a transcript.” I don’t handle transcripts. “Yeah, uh, I need to book a racquetball court.” This is not the Rec Center. “Do you know when Texas A&M’s homecoming is this fall?” We have homecoming? I could go on and on, but I won’t, because this post would never end. I finally had enough gumption to ask one of the callers how they found my number. Random Caller: “I Googled it.” “You Googled it?” I asked. Random Caller: “Yes, when I Google Texas A&M University, this number … Read More