Happy Holidays!

Christmas cards go "high tech" for 2012!

After years of sending traditional seasons greeting cards, I decided to try something different this year by creating this holiday Tackk website.  Think of it as sort of like a cross between a touchy-feely card and one of those "here's-what-I've-been-up-to-all-year" letters.  Hope you enjoy!

This year has been one of many adventures for me, from traveling to taking on a new administrative position in my school district to celebrating a milestone birthday.  It feels like much of my year has been spent in a state of transition.  I have definitely enjoyed the challenges and had a great deal of fun along the way.

Our trip to Hawaii was really spectacular.  We spent all of our time on the Big Island (as the locals call Hawaii) and explored it from top to bottom, literally.  From visiting the 13,000 foot summit of Mauna Kea at sunset to surveying a shipwreck from a submarine, Hawaii has something for everyone.  Our time in Florida was mostly spent walking on the beach, reading, and relaxing.  Tough work, I know, but somebody has to do it...  We did stop in Apalachicola for some sight-seeing, and I definitely enjoyed visiting with Mom, Aunt Shirley, and Uncle James since we were all in Panama City at the same time.

Some of  you may be wondering what I meant by new job...I am now the science coordinator for Liberty Public Schools.  It has been a terrific experience for me, though moving from a really large classroom to a relatively small office took more skill than I might have imagined.  (Think of crossing an episode of Clean Sweep with an episode of Hoarders and you pretty well have the picture.)  Thankfully, I own a truck and have several patient and gracious friends who were willing to assist.  Connecting with students and teachers at all grade levels has been really terrific, and I am learning a lot about how science education works at both the elementary and middle school levels.

As for turning 40 this year, well...what can I say?  It has been great thus far!  Mom and Victoria pulled off a terrific surprise party for me.  I had no idea until I pulled into the driveway and saw all of the cars.  Of course, they say that the powers of deduction are the first to go...

That pretty much covers all that is new for me in 2012.  What's new with you?  Hope to hear from you soon.
Take Care,

Wishing you and your family the very best this season...