Sunday, May 29, 2011

SVU

Sarah and I drove to Southern Virginia this weekend to visit the campus of SVU (Southern Virginia Universtiy).  It is in Buena Vista (pronounced byoona), right next to Lexington.  It was GORGEOUS!  The campus is very old and full of character.  Sarah fell in love with it.  It is small, and rural, which she prefers.  But best of all, it is LDS!  Like an east coast BYU.  This is the main hall, perched on the top of this picturesque hill.  The boys dorms are in the top two floors.


 This is the view from our hotel overlooking the valley and hills and mist.  So beautiful.
 More views from our hotel.

We met with most of the administration and staff at the open house.  They have a fantastic Art department and everyone was so friendly and encouraging.  Now...we just have to earn the scholarships...cuz it is a private school with a BIG tuition.  They require all their students under the age of 21 to live on campus (more money), but everything is within walking distance, and it is only 5 hours away from us.  (So much closer than Dallin and Emily).  The classes are small (total enrollment is 1,500) and they strongly encourage travel study for their students and provide fairly inexpensive trips every year.   Needless to say, Sarah really wants to attend SVU...we will all have to work hard to make that dream come true.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

What's Up!

We have had quite of few "happenings" that were photo-worthy this last week, so I am sharing a quick monologue....and pictures.  So, first, Darrin made this yummy creme brulee (he even bought a torch).
 In order to watch any television here, you have to have an antennae, and we seem to have to hold it in a certain spot for it to work.  Sarah is taking her turn.
 This is Sarah's syrup pitcher.  It is a pitcher plant...it turned out really well.  She loves art!
 We are starting a small construction project on Monday (24th) and had to cut down 4 trees before we get started.  So, since native Arizonans don't really know anything about trees, we had to ask around.  We found a father/son business that cuts the trees from the top down...while climbing.  It was crazy!

 Tree #1..about 100 feet tall.  Yikes
 That is the edge of my very high roof with the tree guy in the top of the big tree.
Here is the new empty space full of firewood.
video

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Gordon is new BPW general manager - Cape Gazette Article

LEWES — The Lewes Board of Public Works has hired Darrin Gordon as general manager of the utility provider.
Gordon has been BPW assistant general manager for two years. He moves into the position previously filled by Ken Mecham, who retires July 31.
C. Wendell Alfred, BPW vice president, said Gordon was the panel’s unanimous choice.
“We’re excited about having Darrin as general manager. When he was hired, the board’s goal was that he would move up into the position when Ken retired. He did, and we’re pleased,” Alfred said.
Alfred said Gordon started in the position May 1.
He said Mecham, who has been general manager since August 2005, would remain with the BPW as special projects manager and to facilitate Gordon’s transition.
“I’ve worked in the municipal utility business for over 15 years, having worked my way from a laborer in the water, wastewater and natural gas utilities, into the management side of the business,” Gordon said.
Gordon earned a Bachelor of Science degree in natural resource management from Arizona State University, and a master’s degree in administration from Northern Arizona University.
“The BPW is a wonderful organization, and I look forward to helping it go forward to be the best utility provider in Delaware,” he said.
Gordon, 46, came to Delaware two years ago with his wife of 23 years, Marcie.
The couple has four children. They lived in Arizona the majority of their lives, and Gordon said they enjoy Delaware’s diversity. The family lives in the Millsboro area.

Gordon is new BPW general manager - Henry J. Evans Jr. - CapeGazette.com - Covering Delaware's Cape Region - Inland Bays, Atlantic Ocean, Rehoboth Beach, Lewes, Milton, Dewey Beach, USA

...physically and mentally!