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Phase 1 of Travel Complete

Phase 1 of our move to Sterling, Nebraska, is complete. We have loaded the pick-up truck and it was driven to NE over the Labor Day weekend. Here is what I wrote about my plan (although I never published it before:

The Ford truck will be driven to Nebraska one of these weekends by Gina’s dad, Dale, and I. We are planning to take two days to cover the distance, and I plan to load the truck up with some bulky items that would take up alot of room in the ABF truck but don’t need so much protection from the elements. Some definite items for the truck bed include: the gas grill, chicken plucker, garden cart, wheelbarrow, possibly garden tools (sledge, shovels, etc), patio furniture, kids outdoor toys, and possibly Caleb’s punching bags (at least the bases). I will want to cover these with a tarp and tie them down with ratcheting tie-downs. I can also put other tools into the toolbox, and fill the cab of the truck with other sensitive items (perhaps two of our long arms that I don’t have any ammunition for and some of the photo albums).

Here is a picture of what finally made it onto the truck (1380 pounds worth):


I didn’t quite make it to my planned capacity. I wasn’t able to load all of the patio furniture, nor did either of Caleb’s punching bags make it onto the truck.

On Monday I drove out to the farm and I talked to our tenant and it looks like he will be out of the house at about the same time that we get there.  Almost there!

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Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Me

Yesterday, Caleb & my beloved wife Gina were talking about how well they knew me.  As a part of this discussion, Caleb listed things he knew about me:

  • dramatic
  • strong
  • uses excuses to get his way
  • a little weird
  • likes to play with me
  • lets me do stuff
  • gives advice
  • does stuff with me

Meagan, not to be outdone, decided to make her own list of what she knows about Daddy:

  • loves me
  • he’s my Daddy
  • plays with me
  • plays house
  • he’s handsome
  • wants to play Settlers of Catan
  • he loves Mama

There you have it — the most complete description of me by two wonderful people who claim to know me pretty well.  Maybe I could include this information on my résumé;  I’m sure I wouldn’t have a problem finding a job if the prospective employer knew all that about me.

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Ordering Chicks

Before we leave Arizona, I want to order our day-old baby chicks, so they can arrive at our farm shortly after we do. Gina really wants some rainbow egg layers (Araucanas I think), because she likes the look of the easter eggs. I really want some New Hampshire Reds, because I am worried about our ability to protect these chicks through their and our first Nebraska winter, so some rapid-maturing, and rapid full feathering is what I want/need.


We should be arriving at our farm on a Sunday afternoon. We will be painting on Monday and Tuesday (although Gina has a medical appointment on Tuesday afternoon). We will continue painting on Wednesday, when the truck will be delivered. Thursday and Friday we should complete the painting and start unloading some of the items off our truck. Saturday we will get alot of assistance in unloading the truck, and that is when we should finally get a refrigerator. My guess is that I won’t want those chicks delivered until after the truck is unloaded, the house is painted, and my wife is generally happy.

I am thinking that during the move-in/painting week, there should be some time for me to put together a brooder for the chicks to live in and go into town to pick up some feed and a feeder and waterer. So I am thinking that the Monday after move-in/painting week is when I want the chicks delivered.


I had talked to Gina about the possibility of getting the Reds for the Winter, so they will be ready to lay eggs in the Spring, and then ordering some easter egg chicks in the Spring, so they will have an easier time of maturing, but she isn’t digging it. So, my current thought is to order 25 straight run (male & female) NH Reds and 11-12 Araucanas. We’ll see what Gina thinks of that when she wakes up.


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Meagan’s Memory

Gina and I decided we wanted both of the kids to have a year-long memory project — something they could memorize and be really proud of. In just three weeks of school, Meagan has already conquered hers:

A wife of noble character who can find?
She is worth far more than rubies.

Her husband has full confidence in her
and lacks nothing of value.

She brings him good, not harm,
all the days of her life.

She selects wool and flax
and works with eager hands.

She is like the merchant ships,
bringing food from afar.

She gets up while it is still dark;
she provides food for her family
and portions for her servant girls.

She considers a field and buys it;
out of her earnings she plants a vineyard.

She sets about her work vigorously;
her arms are strong for her tasks.

She sees that her trading is profitable,
and her lamp does not go out at night.

In her hand she holds the distaff
and grasps the spindle with her fingers.

She opens her arms to the poor
and extends her hands to the needy.

When it snows, she has no fear for her household;
for all of them are clothed in scarlet.

She makes coverings for her bed;
she is clothed in fine linen and purple.

Her husband is respected at the city gate,
where he takes his seat among the elders of the land.

She makes linen garments and sells them,
and supplies the merchants with sashes.

She is clothed with strength and dignity;
she can laugh at the days to come.

She speaks with wisdom,
and faithful instruction is on her tongue.

She watches over the affairs of her household
and does not eat the bread of idleness.

Her children arise and call her blessed;
her husband also, and he praises her:

“Many women do noble things,
but you surpass them all.”

Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting;
but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.

Give her the reward she has earned,
and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.


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Job Search Blues

I had applied to Kaplan for a part-time job, but yesterday I got a letter saying they don’t have a position for me. I can’t explain to you how much of a blow this was to me. Kaplan is a test preparation service — the help students prepare for standardized tests, such as the SAT, ACT, GRE, LSAT, MCAT, GMAT, etc. I applied for the job thinking that since I don’t have a real job yet, I could combine this tutoring/teaching job with my reserve time and at least keep the mortgage paid while I try to build a client list.

On Saturday I had an audition, where I gave a short 5-minute speech. I was under the impression that I just had to prove that I could stand in front of a classroom and engage students for 5 minutes. I KNOW I can do this — I have done it at the undergraduate and graduate levels already. After the audition, there is supposed to be an interview, and I am supposed to undergo a mock exam where I prove I can score in the 90th percentile or better. I thought I had this job locked up.

But then yesterday I got a letter in the mail stating there is no position for me. Now, I am in an awkward position since I applied for a job in Nebraska and am auditioning here. But the folks at the HQ in NYC thought this would work. So I did the audition here at there advice; they wanted me to try to complete the application process so I could start training as soon as I got to Nebraska. Today I will try to figure out what happened — did I fail the audition? Or did the guy who sent the letter not understand that I was applying for a job elsewhere?

Also, I had started applying to Edward D. Jones a few weeks ago and they have really been attempting to contact me over the last couple weeks. I had started applying, but then I had some conversations with other folks and started to think that maybe I don’t want to work for a company where I would be trying to sell financial products that might not be in the client’s best interests.

I don’t feel led to recontacting Edward D. Jones right now; I did feel good about the Kaplan opportunity. What now?

Oh, only 29 more days!


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Job Search Resources

So now, just 8 months into my fruitless job search, I become aware of the resources available to me to assist in my job search:  the career services office of my law school.  I didn’t even think about them.  How can a career services office at a law school in Dallas help me get a job in Lincoln or Omaha?  Well, for starters, they may have national listings in their on-line job bank.  Also, they can request reciprocity with Creighton University and the University of Nebraska, which would mean that those universities may allow me to use their services as long as SMU agrees to allow grads from Nebraska to use SMU services. 

Anyway, new job listings abound, as well as additional outlets for me to get my resume into the hands of potential employers.  I am really beginning to think alot about the prospects of working from home.

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