Thursday, August 31, 2006


I had my first law class last night (wed.). I think I am really going to enjoy the class. I like learning new things especially when it has to do with education. Even though I realize that common sense and having high ethical standards will keep you out of trouble, studying the law and know what is going on is well just smart. I am looking forward to the topics and the laws and interesting facts I learn. What I am not looking forward to is all the reading that goes along with the class. Hopefully it will not be too bad and I will be able to keep my focus.

Tuesday, August 29, 2006


What lessons we can learn.

Penn and Teller : Putting


Monday, August 28, 2006

Random Verse Night

I just closed my eyes, opened my Bible, and put my finger down. Let’s see what was under my finger.

2 Peter 3:6 “By these waters also the world of that time was deluged and destroyed.”

Kind of strange since a storm is about to hit Florida, it's almost scary

Saturday, August 26, 2006

Sunrise Surprise

You Are Sunrise

You enjoy living a slow, fulfilling life. You enjoy living every moment, no matter how ordinary.
You are a person of reflection and meditation. You start and end every day by looking inward.
Caring and giving, you enjoy making people happy. You're often cooking for friends or buying them gifts.
All in all, you know how to love life for what it is - not for how it should be.

Thank You

I would just like to say THANK YOU to my Heather. We just spent 4 ½ hours up at my school and she helped me grade papers. I have not had the time to grade anything because of my August-Mini class I was taking, but today’s work got me caught up and I was able to get my lesson plans done for the next week. Heather helped out greatly, without her help I would still be at work. So, thanks again for all that you do my wonderful wife.

"All paid jobs absorb and degrade the mind." Aristotle

Friday, August 25, 2006

Friday August 25, 2006

I am really tired today. The first couple of weeks of school are always hard for me. I guess it just takes my body that long to adjust to the schedule. This year I had the added bonus of taking an August-Mini class that met every night from 5 to 9. It is now over and I believe I made an A in the class, and yes I did learn a few things as well.

I almost had tickets to the Cowboys game tomorrow night. Heather’s boss Neil had two tickets, but yet again we already made plans for tomorrow night…….so close yet so far away from my beloved football. I did go out to practice today, just to see how things are going. I should have stayed away. First of all it was hot and I was in black dress pants and a dark shirt. Second, it just made me miss coaching that much more. It was really hard not to jump in there and take over a drill. I know it will get easier, but for know it kind of sucks.

I think I am going to go to bed. What an exciting life I have. 8:30 on a Friday night and all I want to do is sleep. Hope your day was good and your weekend is great.

“Rule13: When placed in command, take charge” General Norman Schwarzof

“T.O. Sucks!!!....Go Cowboys!!!” Kevin Lawson


Your Summer Ride is a Moped

While it's not the quickest (or sexiest) ride in town
It's perfect for getting you around the back roads of Rome or Paris

Monday, August 21, 2006

Your Theme Song is Beautiful Day by U2

"Sky falls, you feel like
It's a beautiful day
Don't let it get away"

You see the beauty in life, especially in ordinary everyday moments.
And if you're feeling down, even that seems a little beautiful too.

Sunday, August 20, 2006


I just finished reading a book about greatness and how to be great and all that jazz. What is greatness? That was my first question when I picked up this book. Well according to the author greatness is what ever you define it as being. Kind of a sneaky tactic by the author by making greatness what ever I define it as he does not have to define greatness and that takes a lot of pressure of him. Anyway, he goes on to describe some different “reflective moments” that one could do to help get them to greatness, what ever their idea of greatness is. It was not a bad book even though most of the topics I have read about before and it is never a bad idea to take a moment and reflect of some of the topics list in this book. If you would like to know more about the book or its title or author let me know and I can get that information to you.

“We can do no great things - only small things with great love.”
Mother Theresa

Saturday, August 19, 2006

Your Aura is Blue

Spiritual and calm, you tend to live a quiet but enriching life.
You are very giving of yourself. And it's hard for you to let go of relationships.

The purpose of your life: showing love to other people

Famous blues include: Angelina Jolie, the Dali Lama, Oprah

Careers for you to try: Psychic, Peace Corps Volunteer, Counselor

Friday, August 18, 2006

Heather Helped With This One

You Are Animal

A complete lunatic, you're operating on 100% animal instincts.
You thrive on uncontrolled energy, and you're downright scary.
But you sure can beat a good drum.
"Kill! Kill!"

I like doing these little test :)

Your Power Level is: 79%

You're a very powerful person, and you know that all of your power comes from within.
Keep on doing what you're doing, and you'll reach your goals.

I think this is me.

Who Should Paint You: Alfred Gockel

All American yet funky, you inspire an artist's imagination
And while not everyone will understand your portrait, you will!

Thursday, August 17, 2006

IQ Results & First Week of School

Heather scored 137 on her IQ test. I guess I should let you know my score. The first time I took an on-line IQ test was in graduate school at Texas Tech. We took an on-line test and a much longer written test. I score a 136 on the on-line test and a 145 on the written. This time around I scored a 137. It is almost Twilight Zone scary me and my wife.

The first week of school has almost come and gone and I am still alive. Most importantly my kids are still alive as well. Have two GT classes which I love. I have always had the kids, but they were always mixed with the regular studnets. My other three classes are pretty good. I will have one "difficult" class, but I always do.

It has been a very busy week. I have had class everynight this week (except tonight) for an August Mini class that will meet every night for two weeks from five to nine. Last night was also the first meeting of my intern class. I missed the first part of my graduate class. After the intern meeting was over at 7 I went to my graduate class. I am going to have much to do for my intern class, but I will be well prepared for administration. Hopefully you guys have had a wonderful week full of happiness and cute furry things.

"My grandfather once told me that there were two kinds of people: those who do the work and those who take the credit. He told me to try to be in the first group; there was much less competition." Indira Ghandi

Saturday, August 12, 2006

IQ Test

If you go the this website you can take an IQ test and see how you stack up. I would post my score, but I don't want to make you feel sad. Or my score was so low that I don't want you knowing what my score was. Enjoy!!!!!

Wonderful Mess

I was going through some boxes from when I was in college at Texas Tech. Mostly there are old binders and notes from my classes. As I was going through these boxes I did run across a test I had taken in one of my classes. Now, I did make a 100 on the test but the grade was not what caught my attention the comment from my professor did catch my attention. The comment was:

“Great Job…..Your such a Wonderful Mess”

Now I will save my thoughts on the comment for a later post. I would like to see what you have to say about this comment. How would you react or think if someone made this comment to you? For those of you who know me do you think it is an accurate comment?

“The smallest good deed is better than the grandest good intention” Duguet

American Cities That Best Fit You::
55% Austin
55% Seattle
50% Chicago
50% Denver
50% Miami

Friday, August 11, 2006

It has been a very busy summer very busy indeed. Let’s start in June. I taught summer school (7:30-11:30 every morning) and took 6 hours of graduate classes. So that was pretty much my June. And yes I know that is not much but I still have a month and a half to write about.

July started off with a bang, me and in-laws loaded up and went to Germany. What can I say it was like being in another country. We spent 8 days in Germany. Got to meet some more in-laws and drove just over 1,000 miles in southern Germany. Had a great time and of course time really flies when your in another country (their 7 hours ahead of us, no wonder time went faster). I would write more about it, and if you really want to get into what we did and where we went I can e-mail the book my mother-in-law wrote about the trip.

The rest of July I spent around the house doing husband house stuff. I did redo the landscaping in our front yard and rested my eyes a lot and tried to help out my wonderful wife as much as I could.

August started of okay, but last Sunday Heather’s (my beautiful wife) grandmother died she was 91. This last week (and the weeks to come) have been hard for Heather and the family. Last week a good friend of mine Kevin Lawson lost his grandfather 86 years old. Heather’s grandparents were married 66 years and Kevin’s grandparents were married for 65 years. I have been married 1 year and 2 months…….now I thought that was impressive and to some degree making it through your first year of marriage still married and liking your spouse is impressive, but I have to tell you being married for over 60 years is of the most impressive things I have ever heard of. What a great testimony for the rest of us.

I also went back to work this week. We get kids next Tuesday the 15th and I do believe I am ready. Of course it does not matter if I am ready or not kids will be staring at me on Tuesday either way, but I am ready. Oh, I almost forgot I am not coaching this year. I am finishing up my graduate classes and I will not be coaching. The hardest part about not coaching is figuring out what to call myself. Coach Ratliff doesn't seem right yet it sounds so good. Just something more to ponder. Well I have better get to bed. Oso looks tired.

Hope your summer has gone well.

“Whenever I play with him, I usually try to make it a foursome – Ford, me, a paramedic, and a faith healer.” Bob Hope on golfing with former President Gerald Ford