I like to blog and I like to read other people's blogs but I just haven't gotten to do a whole lot of either lately. Second year into my job and my advisee numbers have gone from 19 to 45...and counting. I just got another student today who came to my office and asked if I would be his advisor when he switched from Ag Business to Animal Science.
Then the Dean of the College came in, shut the door, and talked to me about dairy goats and the future of a research center in Platteville. I get to be a faculty champion...whatever that is.
I am trying to convince some people to raise funds for a dairy products lab. That might include me becoming a licensed cheesemaker! Cool :-)
I had to put together information to convince the faculty to keep me around another year. I was ranked above normal in all categories and have passed the first round of "should we keep her". I am not worried :-)
I have put together a grant to get a cowbrush installed at our dairy facility. When we get it, I'll post pictures and video so you know what I am talking about :-)
I presented a talk about year round lactation at a goat conference held on campus and the next day went to support the club I advise, Pioneer Dairy Club, with their annual cow sale. It was fun, but hectic.
This weekend I get to go spend some time with my sisters and my mom in our new annual tradition. Get to see Hairspray and eat some really good food and go shopping! Woo hoo!
Ankica had a rough week two weeks ago when she had a slew of doctor's appointment, general anesthesia and an MRI to tell us that she is fine neurologically and just needs some physical therapy to get her leg muscles stretched out well. A blessing for sure.
My girls are wonderful and sweet and I cherish every day with them. Julia was here for a week in September and is coming in less than two weeks for an extended weekend. Then we get her at Christmas. She is doing so well in school! Yay!
So, I'm busy, but rather in love with my life currently. I am still here...still reading about your life...still wanting to tell you about mine :-) I'll try to do better, but no promises!