Snow Day (Again) with Easy Cheater’s Chili

Well, thankfully, last night the U of A called off classes. So glad! I didn’t have to worry about whether or not I was going to have to get out in the weather. Tyler stayed home too becuase the roads in our area were quite icy by the time we woke up.

It was a nice snow day. We had breakfast (pancakes and eggs), watched a few movies (The Experiement=A- (had a weird ending), GI Joe=B (good action and Channing Tatum, but a lame story), and The Bounty Hunter=A ), had lunch (buffalo chicken tenders and grilled veggies…mmm!), made us a bowl of snow cream to share (Tyler had never had it before!), did some cleaning, I did a little workout, and had dinner. I HAVE to share this dinner with you. It was super easy!

I wanted chili because its cold and it sounded so good to me. Well, I didn’t really have chili ingredients on hand. But I made what might be the best chili ever using what I did have…and it was so easy!

I am calling this Cheater’s Chili because its cheating to use these ingredients. It served 2 for hearty dinners. Would be a few lunches or lighter dinners if you had a side dish or added beans.

Cheater’s Chili:
-1 lb. ground beef
-chili powder, garlic powder, crushed red pepper, cumin
-1 can Progresso Hearty Tomato soup

Brown the ground beef. Drain. Add seasonings to taste to the ground beef…and add in the soup. Heat until warm. I let mine simmer for a bit too long (Tyler helped our neighbor clear off his car and such) so I had to add in a little bit of chicken broth to loosen it back up. It was so good.

Tyler said this might be the best chili he’s ever had. I think I might make chili this way from now on! ha!

They have canceled class again tomorrow. This bums me out because I was going to begin working on analyzing my thesis data. I’m hoping this clears out so I can do that this week. But I will cherish another snow day with my love! Stay warm!


So my first semester at grad school, I was in a Gender communication class. For our final paper/project three of us worked on a paper for another professor. I didn’t really fully understand it at the time, but the professor kept calling the paper a “chapter.” Whatever. So I did my research and wrote my part. Got an A in the class. Good to go.
Fast forward….the “chapter” we worked on was edited, added to, and turned into a chapter for a book! The book is a really in-depth communication book (so really, none of you are going to be racing to the bookstore to buy it)…but here it is. My name in print as an author! I’m published! (Unfortunately, the manuscript was submitted before I got married, so its in my maiden name, Selvidge. Oh well. Its still me.)
It is super exciting to see something I worked on in print. And hold the book. I feel proud of this. Grad school is pretty cool!
The front of the book… (Computer-Mediated Communication in Personal Relationships)
Table of contents…we are Chapter 16.
And our chapter!

Full Swing

So the semester started back.
Which might explain why its been several days without blogging….
I had to get ready for the first day of classes. Putting finishing touches and edits on syllabuses (syllabi? syllabusi? who cares.), creating my class calendar, creating the first week’s powerpoints and notes and assignments. Oh man, how I WON’T miss teaching after May.
Don’t get me wrong, I really like teaching. But its a lot of work. At least the fast-paced nature of this course. (For those who have joined me along the way….I teach Public Speaking at U of A for my grad assistantship. I have two classes that I am the full instructor for). It is dandy most of the time. I like seeing students overcome their fears of public speaking. I like doing fun classroom activities with them. But I don’t like grading speech after speech after speech. We do 5 in a semester…and between two classes of 25 each….that is 250 speeches every semester! I won’t miss the rude college students or the stupid frat boys who text in my class even though I get on to them. Stupid frat boys in their North faces and Sperrys. I try not to judge on appearance, especially on the first day…but its hard. I think I spotted 2 or 3 fratastic boys in my class. Hope they don’t give me trouble.
To top it off, I am taking my own class, and working on my thesis…and working part-time three days a week in another city! ha!
But I’m not complaining, I am totally blessed. But man, life got busy fast!
They are calling for snow/ice tomorrow….and I’m dreading it. See, it is supposed to start early morning…and go all day. Well, I’m on campus from 10-4 tomorrow….and if it gets bad while I’m there, I don’t want to freak out getting home. They said by noon we could have 2-4 inches of snow/ice accumulation! WHAT!? I didn’t ask for all this white weather. And on top of all that….Friday we have to come to Fort Smith to close on our property (woohoo!) so I hope the weather doesn’t interfere with that either.
So let’s pray if its going to do any major winter weather that they close school before I get there and it gets bad. And that we can make it for the closing Friday. And that I can juggle all this stuff without going crazy!

Blessed…so blessed.


I have no words. When I started thinking about this research and contacting Kelly to make plans for recruiting research participants…I knew I needed at least 100 people to complete the survey.

I really wanted 500 (more people makes for stronger research).

I NEVER dreamed that almost 900 people (so far…its still up and collecting) would have taken my survey. I can not believe it.

I am so blessed to have the sorority connection with Kelly (we actually call them social clubs at OBU…and we were both Tri Chis) so that she would do this for me. I told her she has a sort of “Oprah Effect” (the “Kelly Effect” if you will) that she just has the power to influence so many others, and she does great things with that influence. One of those things being helping a little grad student do really cool research.

Also, because of her blog, I know several more people have started reading mine, and I want to welcome you all! I blog mostly about my life, a few random ramblings, and you will be seeing research updates (because I know a few of you want to keep up with the research).

For now, the survey is still running…and I wouldn’t be surprised if we hit 1000 at some point.

We are nearing finals, so I won’t get a chance to really play with my data until after Christmas. But that’s ok…I could use a good break.

PS. WORK UPDATE At work today, I was taking pictures of employees for the website…and I needed one of myself. At the point I was working on this project, everyone around me was either out or busy…so I had to set up the self-timer and take the picture of myself. Now, this wouldn’t be too strange, except you can see into my office from the service waiting area (I do Digital Marketing for a car dealership). So like three old men waiting on oil changes saw me stand up and smile and take pictures of myself.
I’m sure they thought I was neurotic and not very productive. ha!

Here is my lovely website headshot! ha!

And I also got to do some videos last week for our preferred owner programs. It was fun to do some video work. I am mostly putting the link here so my mom can watch it! (here you go Mom)