Thursday, July 21, 2011


My new summer hobby is to go to the lake and go wakeboarding. My first try I was able to stand up and ride for a little bit. My second lake trip I was already jumping the wake so I have made fast improvement! Wakeboarding is so much fun so my advice is get out there and try it if you haven't. Maybe this video will inspire you!

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Top 10 Universities in the U.S.

1. Harvard University is a private institution in Cambridge, Mass., just outside of Boston. This Ivy League school is the oldest higher education institution in the country and has the largest endowment of any school in the world.

2. The ivy-covered campus of Princeton University, a private institution, is located in the quiet town of Princeton, N.J. Princeton was the first university to offer a “no loan” policy to financially needy students, giving grants instead of loans to accepted students who need help paying tuition.

3. Yale University, located in New Haven, Conn., offers a small college life with the resources of a major research institution. Yale students are divided into 12 residential colleges that foster a supportive environment for living, learning, and socializing.

4. Columbia University has three undergraduate schools: Columbia College, The Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS), and the School of General Studies. This Ivy League, private school guarantees students housing for all four years on campus in Manhattan’s Morningside Heights neighborhood in New York City.

5. The sunny campus of Stanford University is located in California’s Bay Area, about 30 miles from San Francisco. The private institution stresses a multidisciplinary combination of teaching, learning, and research, and students have many opportunities to get involved in research projects.

6. Founded by Benjamin Franklin, the University of Pennsylvania is a private institution in the University City neighborhood of Philadelphia, Pa., near Drexel University. Undergraduates can study in four academic departments: Arts and Sciences, Nursing, Engineering and Applied Sciences, and Wharton.

7. The California Institute of Technology focuses on science and engineering education and has a low student-to-faculty ratio of 3:1. This private institution in Pasadena, Calif. is actively involved in research projects with grants from NASA, the National Science Foundation, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

8. Though the Massachusetts Institute of Technology may be best known for its math, science, and engineering education, this private research university also offers architecture, humanities, management, and social science programs. The school is located in Cambridge, Mass., just across the Charles River from downtown Boston.

9. Dartmouth College, a private institution in Hanover, N.H., uses quarters, not semesters, to divide the school year. Among more than 300 student organizations at Dartmouth is the Outing Club, the nation’s oldest and largest collegiate club of its kind, which offers outdoor activities, expeditions, gear rentals, and courses.

10.Located in Durham, N.C., Duke University is a private institution that has liberal arts and engineering programs for undergraduates. The Duke Blue Devils sports teams have a fierce rivalry with the University of North Carolina—Chapel Hill Tar Heels and are best known for their outstanding men's basketball program.

Monday, July 11, 2011

MLB All Star Game

The 2011 All Star Game for major league baseball is taking place in Arizona at Chase Field on Tuesday, July 12th. Starting lineups for Tuesday's All-Star Game, announced by managers Ron Washington of the American League and Bruce Bochy of the National League on Monday:

Curtis Granderson, Yankees, CF
Asdrubal Cabrera, Indians, SS
Adrian Gonzalez, Red Sox, 1B
Jose Bautista, Blue Jays, RF
Josh Hamilton, Rangers, LF
Adrian Beltre, Rangers, 3B
David Ortiz, Red Sox, DH
Robinson Cano, Yankees, 2B
Alex Avila, Tigers, C

Jered Weaver, Angels, P

NATIONAL LEAGUE Rickie Weeks, Brewers, 2B
Carlos Beltran, Mets, DH
Matt Kemp, Dodgers, CF
Prince Fielder, Brewers, 1B
Brian McCann, Braves, C
Lance Berkman, Cardinals, RF
Matt Holliday, Cardinals, LF
Troy Tulowitzki, Rockies, SS
Scott Rolen, Reds, 3B

Roy Halladay, Phillies, P

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Derek Jeter Joins the 3000 Hit Club

Derek Jeter got his 3,000th career hit Saturday, July 9th with a home run against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium. The team captain, 37, became the first Yankee to reach the milestone and the 28th to do so in major league baseball. Jeter went 5 for 5 in the game that day, including the game winning single in the 8th. The Yankees won the game 5-4 to make the celebration even better. Jeter was greeted at home plate with hugs and high-fives from Yankees teammates, who were joined by teammates from the bullpen. The celebration lasted nearly five minutes, and even Rays players stepped onto the field to clap and show their appreciation of Jeter's accomplishment. Jeter is joined by one other player, Wade Boggs, to reach the accomplishment with a HR. Derek was the first Yankee to reach 3000 hits. Derek Jeter made history on July 9th and he got to do it in his home stadium with all his biggest fans watching.

Friday, July 8, 2011

"Haboob" in Phoenix, Arizona

A Haboob is a word that explains a very intense sand storm. They have been observed in the Sahara desert (typically Sudan), as well as across the Arabian Peninsula, throughout Kuwait, and in the most arid regions of Iraq.  African haboobs result from the northward summer shift of the inter-tropical front into North Africa. A Haboob was present in Phoenix, Arizona for the first time in awhile. It happened on Tuesday July 5th, around 7 p.m. It delayed many flights and caused problems for people who were driving. The dust storm was reported to be around 5,000 feet when it arrived in Phoenix. Radar reports claimed that it reached 8,000 to 10,000 feet in height prior to arriving in Phoenix. It was reported to be 50 miles wide in some areas. The storm was formed in Tucson as a result of the monsoon season currently happening. Many pictures that were taken can't even describe what it was like to see it in person. A memory that most people who experienced it won't ever forget!

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Costa Rica

Well I will be leaving for Costa Rica early tomorrow morning. I can't wait. Lots of plans and I don't know where to begin. I can't wait to dive into the beaches, the culture, the food. All of it is so exciting to me. I took four years of Spanish in highschool and we are going to put my abilities to the test. I have talked to 'mexicans' before but we'll see how I do against Costa Ricans. Well anyway, I have to finish packing. I will post pictures when I get back from my trip.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

moving on

I made it through school. Kindergarten all the way tthrough high school. Its been fun. I'm looking forward to moving on with life though. Meet new people and do a whole lot more things. I will be starting a community college here in the fall, playing softball.

Never been much of a write unless its a short facebook status update. so I will leave it at that for now.

Keep coming back to my blog and looking for more!