Have been experimenting with the new Twitter fad — http://twitter.com/kathyt923
So far it’s better than facebook
Posted in Everday Life in Rural America, Host Family Adventures, tagged emanuel county, host family, Host Family Adventures, host family experiences, Swainsboro, Swainsboro Ga on January 8, 2009| 1 Comment »
There has been some sort of “Super Bug” living in my house the past few months. Herman began getting sick just before Thanksgiving and after many weeks of being he merely had a virus a dose of antibiotics fixed his issues. Kat came down with the same thing just after Christmas and a round of antibiotics was all it took for her to get better. I on the other hand have now taken 3 rounds of antibiotics since Thanksgiving. I have gone through an upper respiratory infection, a sinus infections and now I am battling bronchitis. Here’s hoping that attacking everything in the house with Lysol, Clorox wipes, and straight up bleach will kill it.
Posted in Everday Life in Rural America, tagged Dublin Fightin' Irish, Dublin Ga, high school football, real Simple, Real Simple magazine, Swainsboro, Swainsboro Ga, Swainsboro High School, Swainsboro Tigers, The Learning Channel, TLC on October 17, 2008| Leave a Comment »
Posted in Everday Life in Rural America, knowledge is POWER !!, new experiences, tagged CEMA, Charleston SC, Chatham County, Chatham County Annex; 295 Police Memorial Drive, Chatham County Emergency Management Agency, critical weather, damaging winds, Doppler radar, Dustin Hetzel, flooding rainfall, funnel clouds, Ga, hail, Mitch English, National Weather Service, National Weather Service Office, NOAA, Savannah, Savannah Georgia, Spotter Training Class, Swainsboro, Swainsboro Ga, tornadoes, Weather, weather enthusiast, weather guy, Weather Spotter Training on October 8, 2008| Leave a Comment »
This is something I would be interested in if it weren’t on a weeknight. Too much goes on during the week for me to drive to Savannah. 😦
The National Weather Service Office in Charleston, SC, in conjunction with the
Chatham County Emergency Management Agency, will be offering a Weather
Spotter Training Class on November 6, 2009. The cost of the training is
FREE , but space is limited. If you are a weather enthusiast, and are interested in this
great opportunity to serve your community, be sure to reserve your spot by
th, 2008. Weather spotters have served as the “eyes” of the National Weather Service for
more than 60 years, assisting in the process to warn their communities of
potentially hazardous weather. Although the National Weather Service utilizes
the cutting edge technology, such as: Doppler Radar and hi-resolution satellite
imagery, nothing has proven more effective than the human eye to observe and
report adverse weather.
This training session will last approximately 90 minutes, and will focus on
preparing individuals to report severe weather, including: funnel clouds,
tornadoes, hail, damaging wind and flooding rainfall. In addition, the importance
of weather safety when observing and reporting critical weather will be
We look forward to seeing you on November 6th.
Chatham County Annex; 295 Police Memorial Drive, Savannah, GA
Dustin Hetzel @ (912) 201-4500 or DJHetzel@chathamcounty.org to
Posted in Everday Life in Rural America, Host Family Adventures, new experiences, tagged cross country, disney, Disney world, Epcot, exchange program, Exchange student, exchange student program, Ga, garenfest, Georgia Renaissance Festival, German exchange Student, Helen, Helen Ga, host family, Host Family Adventures, Jekyll Island, jekyll island Georgia, renfest, SHS, SHS cross country, Swainsboro, Swainsboro Ga, Swainsboro High School on September 11, 2008| Leave a Comment »
Holly has decided officially to stay on through May. She signed up for just one semester, in case she got tooo homesick, or just didn’t like the reality of America. last night she told us all that she wants to stay here. She has to of course go through all the channels and get her visa extended and all that paperwork.
Holly staying gives us more time to take her to all the places we want to go. I think we’ll go to Helen in the spring. We’ll also try to take her to the Renaissance Festival. Of course, we’ll also go to Disney and Epcot maybe during spring break. Maybe we can also go to Jekyll Island, Ga. and wherever else Holly might want to see around the state.
We must be doing something right. Herman, Katie and I have done a lot to make her feel at home. I think it helps that she has made several friends and is involved in activities at school. She has her first Cross Country meet this afternoon. Katie and I are going to watch. It is lucky that band and flag practice was cancelled because we have a no football game this week. Katie’s boyfriend, Cameron is also coming to watch the meet.
I’m not sure if Herman will get to be there. He has quite a bit going on at work this month. He leaves for Vegas for a week and then he goes to Boston for 3 days. Even when he is in town, we haven’t been seeing a lot of him lately. But I keep reminding myself that it always something big this time of year in the computer business. So many businesses are updating things or moving things/data/equipment around during the 4th quarter each year. Of course, during April and May nothing much is going on, so we get to travel and have fun then.
Posted in Uncategorized, tagged exchange program, Exchange student, exchange student program, German exchange Student, host family, Host Family Adventures, Swainsboro, Swainsboro Ga, Swainsboro High School, Swainsboro Tigers on September 9, 2008| Leave a Comment »
Holly has now been at our house for a little over a month. It feels like she has been here longer, but in a good way. We seem to be trying to pack as much as possible into every day lately. Things are going very well I think. She is fitting in nicely both at home and at school. This week, she will run in her first Cross Country meet. We are very excited about it. I think she will do very well. She is always one of the top 4 or 5 girls that finish when they run races during practice. At the football games of course, she’s like every other teenager and doesn’t want to sit with us in the reserved section, which might as well be called the grown-up section. She has made quite a few close friends on her own and goes off with them frequently on the weekends. She now has a cell phone, so I don’t worry about her as much.
We found her a small TV for her room, so she can explore the wonders of American television. She often joins us in the living room during the afternoon and evenings to watch things, but this way, she can watch or listen to all that MTV has to offer while she does homework. Just like every other American teenager, I suppose.
Posted in Everday Life in Rural America, Host Family Adventures, new experiences, Uncategorized, tagged Abercrombie, Abercrombie & Fitch, Bleckley County High School Royals, Bleckley High School, Cochran, Cochran Ga, Converse, cross country, danceline, exchange program, Exchange student, exchange student program, German exchange Student, high school, high school fun, mall, Royals, rural georgia, scrimmage game, SHS cross country, SHS danceline, small town life, Swainsboro, Swainsboro Ga, Swainsboro High School, Swainsboro High School Band of Gold, Swainsboro High School danceline, Westside on September 1, 2008| Leave a Comment »
It has been an exciting week this week. I had to miss last week’s scrimmage game with Westside, but we won. I’ll have to find out the exact score, but I think it was like 32-7.
Katie had her first danceline performance of the season Friday night . It’s our first away game at Bleckley High Schoolin Cochran. Katie travelled with the band to the game and probably ride back on the bus as well. Holly and I made the trek on our own. It was a good game, everyone was pumped about the win. Swainsboro beat the Royals 27 to nothing.
Holly decided last week that she wanted to go out for the high school’s cross country team. So I took her to get her physical Monday and at tryouts, she was the second place girl. She wasn’t even feeling well that day either. I’ll try and take some more pics at the meet. She is quite a runner. The coach is very happy that she came out for the team. It seems that there aren’t many girls who like to do long distance running at the school.
Both girls are doing well in their classes. Holly struggles from time to time with the language barrier, but it’s getting easier and easier every day. We went to the mall on Saturday to hunt for shoes and other neccessities ( an Abercromie t-shirt, a hoodie, etc. ) . As of today, we are still hunting for a new pair of Converse for Holly. She knows what she wants, we just can’t find them in a store yet. Sometimes that’s the drawback of living in a small town.