Sunday, February 21, 2010


Berne's World has moved!!

Find me at my new home on WordPress:

Nothing new up yet, just imported posts, but new content coming VERY soon (Like Today)

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving!

This year, I am thankful to be making it in graduate school, and for the support of family and wonderful friends.

To all who still read this now seldom-updated blog, enjoy your turkey dinner!

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Life is Busy

I'm now midway through my first semester of graduate school. I am finding it to be both fun and challenging, and all the things I'm doing certainly keep me busy. From classes to studying to interning to work, I'm always doing something.

But as I said many times during my undergrad days, I would not have it any other way. I certainly miss having a regular sleep and meal routine, but I am making everything work and managing pretty well.

And I'm really trying to relax a little from time to time so I don't go crazy. Have some great friends I have been spending time with which makes for a nice break from all the activity.

Monday, September 07, 2009

Five Years??

While posting around here has slowed down a bit, it is still worth noting that this blog has now passed FIVE YEARS was "born" September 3, 2004.


New Mac and Snow Leopard

For about the last 6 months, I have been debating when and if to get a new laptop. See, my laptop is a huge tool for me...I am on it at least a couple of hours daily, usually more, surfing the web, writing email, reading news, chatting, and all kinds of other things. And I will be back in class this week, which means more papers, web assisted discussions and the like.

The week before last, I had to take a cab home from CSP one afternoon, and I decided to detour to the mall because I needed some pants. While I was there, I decided to pop in the Apple Store for the second time in a month to look at new MacBook Pros...and I finally caved. The combination of a free iPod Touch and interest free financing got me and I walked out with a new 13 inch, 2.53 Ghz MB Pro...and I love it.

My one complaint though, has been with Snow Leopard. I was sent an upgrade for $10 through their "Up to Date" program, and while there are some improvements, there are also flaws:

1. I spent over 45 minutes on the phone with AppleCare on Friday to solve a problem with my screen going black and the computer becoming unresponsive during installation. Turns out the install disc is designed to run with factory presets, and because I had dimmed my screen slightly it didn't properly respond.

2. My HP DeskJet will not work with the new OS. HP claims the model is supported, but Apple doesn't have the drivers available yet and rumor is it could be weeks or months before they are. Completely maddening, stupid, and may make it necessary for me to buy a new printer because I refuse to be without for that long.

So...verdict is:

MacBook Pro rules, but if your machine is not preloaded with Snow Leopard it may be to one's benefit to wait a month or two to upgrade...let them get the bugs out.

Wednesday, September 02, 2009

Where Did Summer Go?

Apparently, I have not blogged since July 11th. It has become a pattern that I just do not have as much time or desire to update this as I once did. Although as I enter the next stage of my personal, academic and professional life I can't bring myself to pull the plug entirely.

The last couple months have been good and things have begun to fall into place. I have been busy preparing for my first semester in the Leadership in Student Affairs Program at the University of St Thomas, and recently began an internship in Student Services at Concordia University in St. Paul. It is a challenging, fun and exciting time as I begin this new journey.

Many people have asked me recently if I am ready to be back in school. The answer to that question is really a multi-faceted one. Yes, I am ready to learn, to be taking steps to move forward on my chosen path, and to be back in the higher education environment I love. I know, however, that the rigorous schedule of work, internship, classes, studying, and attempting to maintain a personal life will take some time to get used to again. But I am ready and I embrace it.

Wish me luck!

Saturday, July 11, 2009

As Expected...

Talk about expected news...

After Decades in Politics, a Speedy Rise, and Fall, for Burris

The guy was doomed from day one. As if the Blago taint wasn't enough, he was caught lying, or at least not telling the whole story about it, more than once. Retirement is the best decision he could have made.

When you've only raised $800 some dollars in a quarter, it's time to face facts.

Friday, July 03, 2009

Gearing Up for 2012?

Palin Resigning as Alaska Governor...

Only time will tell if this was a good move for her, or incredibly dumb. It certainly will not help her cause with those who believe she lacks experience for her to have only completed a little more than half her term as Governor.

Perhaps she sensed what has been reported as growing disapproval over her spending so much time away from AK keeping her national profile up?

Tuesday, June 30, 2009


After 8 months, Minnesota finally has two senators.

Franken Wins Senate Battle

It's about damn time this one got settled. Who wants to bet Coleman announces for Governor within a matter of weeks?

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

It's Been a While...

A colleague of mine sent an email last night about a new blog project, and I was reminded I have been away from here for quite a while. I do enjoy having this space to write about my personal and professional interests, and life in general, but I have found in the past few months that I have not had a great deal of "compelling" things to chronicle.

When I last wrote, I had returned from my "grad school tour." I did make a choice, although a different one than I had anticipated. That said, I am looking forward to it with the same excitement and think I made a good decision.

I had a birthday last week. Does 25 feel different than 24? Nope.

I need to go through my sidebar and take out/add a few things. Watch for changes.

Monday, March 23, 2009

If You Are Flying to Chicago From MSP...

I urge you to try Southwest Airlines. I thought I would check out their new service on the trip discussed in the previous post, and I was not disappointed.

1. There are NO BAGGAGE FEES!
2. You can sit where you want on the plane.
3. Their "home" at MSP is the smaller, easier to navigate HHH Terminal.
4. Their "home" in Chicago, Midway, is easier to navigate than O'Hare, at least I have been told so by many.
5. They don't look at you funny for requesting preboarding as if to say "How disabled are you, really?" (I've had that happen if traveling without a chair or the scooter)
6. Flight crews and gate agents are cheerful and flight attendant sang to us and offered to take me to baggage claim and ground transportation himself when my requested wheelchair escort was nowhere to be seen upon arrival in Mpls.

"Spring Break" In the Land of Lincoln

Ok, I'm not currently a student, so it wasn't really spring break, but I did spend the past week in Illinois visiting two potential graduate schools, the Windy City, and friends. It was a busy week, but a good one. I think I got a good feel for both the campuses and programs, and was able to interview for a bunch of GA positions.

Also did a visit to a Wisconsin school last week, that went well.

Now, two things lie ahead:
1. The waiting game to find out what if any GAs will be offered
2. The ultimate decision

I should have all the information I need to make my choices within a couple of weeks, maybe sooner.

Monday, February 16, 2009

Grad School Update

Reached a milestone the other day by submitting the last piece of required paperwork for admission to a graduate program. It's quite the process and if anyone says it's a piece of cake, they are wrong.

For the record, I have applied to five schools in four different states. I won't say where on this blog until I have been accepted and decided where I want to go, at least not for now. I am of course hoping for multiple acceptances so I can have a choice where I end up...and even with the initial application process done, there is still follow up, assistantships to be applied for and the like. Definitely a marathon as opposed to a sprint.

So here's where I stand today...
Submitted Applications: Five
Acceptances: One
Rejections: One
Waiting to hear: Three