The Life of Erin

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Dragon Boat: Give me your money! September 29, 2009

This is my last obnoxious push to get donations for Fox Chase Cancer Center. My Dragon Boat Team will be racing this Saturday on the Schuylkill River and our goal is $5000. Right now we have $4570. And we are in third place for fundraising! Thanks so much to all of you who donated already.

If you would like to donate please click here.

If you don’t want to donate but want to come to the race, great! It’s a crazy day (from what I’ve heard). You can find directions, parking, and Race Day info. here.

Thank you for your support!


Cut. It. Out! September 21, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — erinp @ 9:27 pm

Matt and I were talking today about being so busy that we need to cut some things out of our days. I’m trying to figure out how to do that so I started calculating how I spent my time from Saturday morning through Sunday night (or about 38 hours):

Grading papers: 10 hours
House project (right now we are in the demo and patching stage): 3 hours
Sleep (or attempting sleep): 8 hours (I am just counting Sat. night)
Laundry: 2 hours
Eating: 1 hour
Gardening: 2 hours
Walking with my mom: 3 hours
Talking with Matt: 2 hours
Cooking: 2 hours
Watching Househusbands of Hollywood on hulu: 44 minutes
Getting supplies at the paint store: 1 hour
Internet: 2 hours
Thinking, showering, escaping bees, talking to neighbors, etc.: 1 hour

Is that 38 hours?

Now, I won’t have to spend 10 hours grading papers every weekend, but there will be three more, and they will keep getting longer. Obviously, I should cut out Househusbands (Grant looks just like Christian Bale, though!) and my internet usage. What else? I did watch the Emmy’s, but I was grading papers at the same time so I didn’t count that. Ideas, please?

I did hand the papers back today (very strategically at the end of class) and no one cried (in my presence). A couple walked out in a huff after they read their comments. Now I have individual conferences all week and I am pretty worried about those. I have a panic button in my office, just in case!


I didn’t know we bought a fixer-upper! September 13, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — erinp @ 7:16 pm

Obviously, there has been a lot of shoddy work done in our 90-year-old house in the past, well, 90 years. We’re trying to fix stuff. We’re hiring people to help us fix stuff. We’re learning as we go and boy, is it the toughest class I have ever taken (besides Dr. Trayes’ Editing class, but that’s a completely different story).

Our most recent project has resulted in an entire new list of Things To Do! Our floors are 90% finished, an d that 90% is great. The other 10% is a long story, and their quality remains to be seen. Because our floors look so nice, (and because most of our stuff is already boxed up in other rooms) we are taking this opportunity to fix some of the sloppy paint, chair rails, and other work done in the main areas.

So, long story short, please don’t expect any parties or invitations to come over any time soon! Unless you want to come help.

Floors before:
floors before




Floors (almost) after:




Matt’s dream come true:


And now we want to fix the chair rail that has been very inventively attached into the walls: