I’m stealing this directly off the website of Working Silver, a silversmith who offer silversmithing supplies, classes, and silver jewelry for sale. They are having a Christmas shopping night that is paired with beer drinking, which is also a fundraiser for the Arts Council of New Westminster, a nonprofit organization of which I’m on the board of directors. You should check it out!
BEER & BLING Christmas Shopping Night!
Dec 10th 5-10pm
Sample Craft Beer made by our friends at Steel & Oak and do your Christmas Shopping at the same time! Hand made sterling silver jewellery by local artisans, Jewellery making Classes, and Gift Certificates make wonderful Christmas gifts!!
At the Workingsilver store and teaching studio, we are all about hand made sterling silver jewellery and supporting local artisans. Partial proceeds from the Beer Tasting will go to the New Westminster Arts Council.
Workingsilver: 131 E Columbia Street, New Westminster
- Driving: 5 minutes from Hwy 1. FREE off street parking available behind the building for this event
- Walking: 5 minute walk from the Sapperton SkyTrain Station
- Free Parking available behind building after 6pm
So, it’s December tomorrow. How, exactly, did that happen? Wasn’t it January just like 5 minutes ago? Looking at my calendar for the next month, I see that December will also be flying by, because I have an insane amount of things in my calendar, including:
Plus a variety of other meet ups with people I haven’t seen in ages and, you know, Christmas and New Year’s! Let the festivities begin!
While I was searching Flickr for an image to go with yesterday’s blog posting, I saw a whole bunch of cool photos, so I decided to use today’s blog posting to share some of them!
Image Credits (all have Creative Commons licenses):
- Posted by Agnes on Flickr.
- Posted by negojsa mladjensovic on Flickr.
- Posted by Felipe Morin on Flickr.
- Posted by Jonathan Emmanuel Flores Tarello on Flickr.
- Posted by Alessandro Pautasso on Flickr.
- Posted by Robert Couse-Baker on Flickr.
Last night I had a dream that I was running a half marathon on the Simon Fraser University campus. A spectator yelled that I was doing great and I looked at my running watch and saw that I’d been running for 1 hr and 45 mins and I was only at 12 kilometres… “Doing great?” I thought, “That’s terrible! I’m so slow!” But then I realized that my watch was showing my distance in miles, not kilometres. 12 miles. I only had 1 mile to go and as long as I could run it in less than 15 minutes, I would achieve my elusive goal of running a sub-2 hour half marathon! I finished that last mile and felt triumphant as I crossed the finish line… only to look down and see that I had no race bib and no timing chip. I wasn’t registered for this race and so there would be no official record of my sub-2 hour half marathon. So deflating!
I take this dream to mean:
Image Credit: Posted by Nicole Pierce on Flickr with a Creative Commons license.
Happy birthday to my niece! I’m glad you enjoyed your crazy sleepover party on Saturday and that you had delicious cake and got some cool presents today. Love you!
Madeline and I after our respective races at the Montreal marathon in Sept 2015. Yes, she is nearly as tall as me!
Today was the Canadian Evaluation Society BC and Yukon (CESBCY) chapter’s conference. Now, I may be biased given that I was the conference Program Chair, but I think we had an outstanding program of presentations this year! Now, before you think I’m being too arrogant, I will state for the record that the outstanding program was 100% due to the fantastic presenters – my job as program chair was easy given that incredible proposal we received from evaluators and non-profit organizations from around the region.
I decided to take on the role of Program Chair for this conference because I’m also a Program Co-Chair for the 2017 CES National conference, which is being held in Vancouver, and I thought that gaining some experience on the provincial conference would be a good idea before leaping into the national one. I quite enjoyed working on the program for this conference – the whole conference committee was fantastic and we had a lot of fun while also putting on a great conference, if I do say so myself. In fact, I’m already starting to think about what we are going to do for next year’s conference. As well, I’m really enjoying working with the 2017 National Conference committee – we’ve already been meeting for several months, as pulling off a national conference requires *a lot* of planning!
And apparently I’m really enjoying being engaged with the evaluation community, because at the CESBCY Annual General Meeting that was held after the conference this evening, I got myself elected to the Executive Council as a member-at-large! Now, I realize that I do have a tendency to do all the things, which I’ve been attempting to moderate to “do most of the things”, but I made a wise and considered decision to accept the nomination of my colleague for this position, because this is my professional organization and so it’s a totes good career move. Also, did I mention how much fun these people are?
Now, if you’ll excuse me, they just announced the call for workshop and presentation proposals for the 2016 CES National conference in St. John’s and I need to start brainstorming some presentation ideas!
In class today, I was demonstrating a method of data collection formally called “Dotmocracy” (but now being referred to as “Idea Ratings Sheets”). The basic premise is that you are looking to get a group to rate ideas and you have them write their ideas on a sheet and then everyone in the group can rate it from “strongly agree” to “strongly disagree” – and they can also add comments about strengths or weaknesses of the idea. For this demo, the class decided that the topic would be “What is the best thing to do over the Christmas holidays?” and some of the ideas were things like “Spend time with family”, “Eat delicious foods”, “Catch up on TV”, etc.
After everyone did the rating, we checked out the results. And by far the best comment was on this one, where the idea of the best thing to do over the Christmas holidays is “Binge watching Netflix”:
And the comment that one student wrote on it:
“You forgot the “chill””.
And that explains why tonight I said a phrase that I never anticipated saying as a university professor in response to a student’s question about what a concept means: “You’ll have to Google “Netflix and chill””.
For the uninitiated: Netflix and chill.
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That is what Watson typed by sitting on the keyboard while I had WordPress opened to “Add a New Post.”