November Spotlight Awards

Ah, November.  The weather is cooling, the leaves are falling, writers are furiously typing novels for NaNoWrimo, and stores everywhere are pretending it’s already Christmas.  What better way to celebrate such an awesome month than to spotlight some blogs! Continue reading

Happy Autumn + NFL Music Poll Update

Happy autumn everyone!  In case you didn’t know, today, September 22, is the first official day of fall.  Despite the lingering warm weather, many of us have already been chowing down on fall flavored goodies and pulling out our light sweaters and other autumn gear for a few weeks.  Here in Phoenix we still have another week of 100 degree weather but by next weekend, the temps will be down to the low 90s. Woo hoo!

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Photo Friday: An Afternoon at Cabrillo Redux

Hi there!  Hope most of you are enjoying this transition from summer to fall.  For this week’s Photo Friday, I’ve opted to update a post from last summer.  The photos below are from my visits to the Cabrillo National Monument back in October 2009 and March 2010.

Cabrillo National Monument is located at the very tip of the Point Loma Peninsula in California.  This national park, which is very affordable at $5.00 per car (2010 prices – do check current prices if you decide to go), provides breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean. To see the exhibits at the Visitor Center and walk the path around the lighthouse takes approximately an hour.

From the top of Cabrillo National Monument, you can actually see the San Diego Bay and part of downtown.

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Ten Tips for Surviving the First Semester of College

Ten Tips for Surviving the First Semester of College

Last week, I accompanied my cousin through the expansive campus of my alma mater, Arizona State University, to navigate him through his class schedule.  Together we methodically mapped out the easiest routes (i.e. routes with most shade) to get from one class to the other.

Pointing out landmarks and other tidbits (like which buildings have the best air-conditioning and which have the best ambience to study between classes) gave me the idea that I might actually have some words of wisdom for college students getting ready to set foot into their first college class over the next few weeks.

The hallowed halls of academia can be intimidating.  Take it from someone that has been there and done that.  Continue reading