Monday, September 28, 2009


Once again, I have reached what I like to call "grading nirvana," meaning the period when all grading is over with.  Forever.  Or, until tomorrow morning.  Seriously, I am going a little crazy with the FOUR PREPS AND TWO HUNDRED AND FORTY STUDENTS that I have.  I found out today that there was a study that showed that classes are much more effective when they are small.  Duh.  Even though I reached nirvana a tad late (I was supposed to do it Friday, but there was NO WAY!), I feel really good reaching it!  Oh, I just remembered that I have a stack of tests to grade.  Sigh . . .

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Weekly Roar

I (Chris) have a new goal. My goal is to post at least once every week to our blog. It shall hence forth be named the weekly roar. It will be more or less an account of the interesting and not so interesting things we have done during the past week, or so, depending on how I am feeling what I feel like writing about, so here goes.

Well, the weather is changing here in Provo. It is the middle of September and for the first time in months I got out a jacket. We were heading out the door for the Ryan Shupe and the Rubber Band concert in Orem when Tina wondered out loud if she needed a jacket. She decided she did and I decided to grab one as well. I wasn't sure if I needed it but was glad I decided to follow my wife's lead because it did get a little chilly. Not blisteringly cold mind you, but cold enough to be glad you had a good sweater with you.

The change in weather also makes me happy because it means that it won't be much longer until I will be able to break out the sweaters Tina's father gave me at Thanksgiving. Over the years he had amassed an impressive collection of sweaters that he can no longer wear. So, at Thanksgiving he gave them away. I cam away with a lot of them and Tina can attest to the fact that I love them and am excited for the weather to turn cold so I can wear them again.

Tina and I have been pretty busy with work. While my job is pretty intense while the kids are at school, Tina has the tougher job. This year she has four preps for four different classes. She is teaching two regular history classes and two gifted history classes with all that comes along with that. I saw the number of papers she had to go through and grade this weekend and could not help but feel for her because there was nothing I could do to help. So, I folded the laundry. I guess in a round about way that helps.

Our families are doing well all things considered. I have not yet convinced my parents to come out this fall to visit. I would really like to see them before Christmas, but based on the way that my dad's travel schedule is looking I am not so optimistic. I guess I can live with waiting a little over three months to see my family. Thankfully Tina's family is nearby and we will see them frequently as Carter and Colby are in school at the BY academy, Matt and Nathan are close by, and we are going to make some trips home to Idaho Falls as we feel the need to scratch our itch to get out of town.

Yesterday and today were stake conference. I like stake conference. Partly it is because instead of three hours of meetings come Sunday we only have to endure two hours. It is a nice break. Also, we were blessed to have a general authority come to our conference. I liked him. Anyone who frequently references Truman Madsen is okay by me. In all seriousness he was very good. Some of the things he said really caught my attention but I will not go into those here.

Well, that is about it. Tina and I are looking forward to Monday and Friday nights respectively. Tomorrow night (Monday) we are going to have dinner and family home evening with Taylor and Katie up in Lehi. On Friday night we are going out with some other couples in the ward to celebrate a birthday. Speaking of friends, I am really excited that my old friend Ryan and his wife Liesl will be moving to somewhere in the Provo/Orem area. I don't know where they are going to move, but once they come down here it will be so much easier to see them. I am excited because now I will have someone who will be excited to go with me to the comic book store.

So there you have it. All the goings on of the Rusches from my perspective.

Until Next Week.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Ah, the joys of home ownership

So for the last little while, our tub has completely grossed me out.  The caulk has been what I call gross-o.  I have explained to Chris that there is a difference between "gross," which just means that it looks nasty, and "gross-o," which mean that it completely makes me want to gag.  Our tub was gross-o.  We went to Home Depot and got the supplies needed.  Then we took off the gross-o caulk, and replaced it with good caulk.  It now makes it so that I can shower without gagging, which is always a good thing!  The best part is that we had a gift card to get the supplies, so we did not even need to spend money on the venture!