Welcome Back Knowledge...


I once saw a comedian at a CAB event at the University of West Florida. He was making a joke about how lame his high school mascot had been. They were the bees. He was going on about how most schools have fierce mascots like the gators, or the tigers, or the bulldogs. He again emphasized that his mascot was a measly bee. He then asked the audience what UWF’s mascot is. Someone from the crowd yelled to him, “The Argonauts.”


A blank stare crossed his face and he realized that the joke had been ruined. Apparently you can have a mascot that is lamer than a bee... an Argonaut. At least people know what bees are. Most students wouldn’t even be able to begin to explain what an Argonaut is. I’m here to help with that:

According to Greek Mythology, an Argonaut  is one who sailed with Jason on the Argo in search of the Golden Fleece. The word Argonaut can also be used to describe a person who is engaged in a dangerous but rewarding quest; an adventurer.

It’s as simple as that. Like my dear friend Maryanne Vaughn would always say, now you know and knowing is half the battle.

For all of you heading back to school, I hope you have a great first day!! Enjoy!

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It's a Sand Dune...

T-minus 3 days before the fall semester begins. Most students moan and complain about returning to the routine of classes, cramming, and exit exams, but not I. I’ve always been a bit of a nerd and have thoroughly enjoyed my experience with higher education. I'm ready to get back into a more consistent schedule and  am especially looking forward to being a Graduate Assistant this year and taking on the responsibility of teaching two labs. I figure that I will either love it or hate it. Let’s hope for the first.

To help get back into the mindset of school I have posted a short (but awesome... and corny, but still awesome) educational video that some friends and I put together last semester. I laugh a little each time I view it. We tried our best to make Geomorphology fun, but at the end of the day it’s still just Geomorphology...

Also, I hope to see you out at The Bridge Bar in Gulf Breeze tonight from 8:00-11:00. I’ll be  there playing some tunes.

It’s Friday! Enjoy!


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Operation Box of Sunshine...


Anyone that knows me knows that I love to bake cookies. They know that not only do I love baking cookies, but I love sending my freshly baked cookies to someone I love in hopes of brightening up their day. I dotingly call the package of cookies sent a Box of Sunshine.

I start Graduate School on Monday. Monday.  Ahh!!  I feel so prepared, yet so unprepared. When I start to think about it it’s a little overwhelming. But I’ve decided to take my mind off of what lies ahead and to soak up the last few drops of summer. To relax. To enjoy. To bake.

I used to bake a batch of cookies each week and send them off, however for the last two months this has not been the case. To remedy my cookie baking void I have decided to pull out the apron and head into the kitchen. I figure that I can send some freshly baked goodies to a different friend each week. I’m calling this venture: Operation Box of Sunshine.

If I posted this link on your Facebook wall, then chances are a Box of Sunshine may arrive in your mailbox sometime soon. (Note: make sure that I have your current address so that the cookies arrive in the correct location).

Now, I can’t talk about baking without posting a recipe or two, so I have posted below the recipe for my Super Soft Chocolate Chip Cookies (just in case you can’t wait and want to try it on your own):


2  cups all-purpose flour, 1 teaspoon baking soda ,1/2 teaspoon salt, 1 cup (2 sticks) Land O’Lakes softened butter, 3/4 cup granulated sugar, 3/4 cup packed brown sugar, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, 2 large eggs, 1 1/2 cups (12-oz. pkg.) Chocolate Chips


1) PREHEAT oven to 375° F.

2) COMBINE flour, baking soda and salt in small bowl. Beat butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar and vanilla extract in large mixer bowl until creamy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Gradually beat in flour mixture. Stir in morsels. Drop by rounded tablespoon onto ungreased baking sheets.

3) BAKE for 8 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on baking sheets for 5 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely. 


I think that this will be a fabulous way to keep up with my friends and family who are scattered about the country. 

Also I have uploaded a video of my music (here)!  

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Silver Lining...

Sometimes things don’t go as planned. We hope for life to go right and it takes a sharp left turn. We wish for one thing and it never shows up. We hope to set sail on our dreams and our boat subsides. It’s seems that this week has been filled with these moments. Not the most pleasant of feelings. It’s arduous and tiring. The flame of hope dwindles down to a flicker.

I was thinking about this on my drive home this evening and it reminded me of an email I sent some time ago to someone I love. I wrote about how I sometimes feel like a ballerina in a jewelry box just spinning around in the daytime until the music stops and the box is closed and I sleep until some unseen hand opens it again and the light shines in the next morning. 

It was a long email. I love long emails. Anyhow, it went on to say:

“I was driving to the library this afternoon admiring the thousand different shades of gray that filled the sky when I finally saw the silver lining. I mean I actually saw it! It really wasn’t silver; it was more of a gold-ish/white glow. I had to stop looking at it. I had to stop because, for one, I was driving and caught myself swerving into the other lane (which luckily no one was occupying), and two the light was blinding me. It’s funny now because as I stare out the window of the 3rd floor at UWF’s library, I no longer see it. The darkness of night has crept in and swallowed the sun for the day. Perhaps tomorrow the sun will reappear and the skies will be blue, if so I may not see my silver lining again for days, perhaps weeks. It was nice to see it peeking through though. It made me smile. It made me think of a time when I was little playing hide-and-seek or just on mornings when I was really tired and didn’t want to get out of bed, I’d have the cover over my head and my dad would peak under and let the light from the ceiling fan fill my eyes underneath. That’s what it reminded me of; my Father taking a peak under the blanket of clouds just to check in and see how I was doing and to finally wake me up for the day. He was opening my box so that I could spin around for the sunlight hours, before the music stops and my box is closed for bedtime.”

So though life may be hectic at times and things may not go your way, there’s still hope in the silver lining. It may not come around for some time, but it will shine again...

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Florida to Texas...

I love road trips. I’m pretty sure I was born to travel; to explore, to see, to overcome. A good road trip always reinforces this notion. This past weekend I embarked on a magnificent road trip with two of my favorite people. Florida to Texas. 1,481 miles. All to say congratulations on receiving that shiny pair of silver wings to one of the greatest airmen I know.  Nicole did the math and I believe that we spent nearly 24 hours traveling for 43 hours of hanging out and spending time in Texas. It was worth every mile. Congrats, Garrett!

I hope you had a wonderful weekend. Enjoy!



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