OH Sweet Heavens Google +

I may or may not have just joined Google+ and might be experiencing a data overload! It is like a mashup of all things that interest Brandi. I like it! Anyone else on Google+? How do you like it?


Clair’s Reflection on Google Apps

One Thought from a Cluttered Mind

We celebrated the Salmon!

One of the things I love about KPC is that work-life balance is not just something we talk about – it’s encouraged!

Thanks to that cultural attitude, I was privileged to chaperone (without guilt) my daughter’s second grade class to  Johnson Lake for the annual Salmon Celebration (if you haven’t been, find a 7 -11 year old and go!)!  Great day – no rain and lots of fishy business. 😉

Road trippin' with second graders!

Road trippin’ with second graders!


Fishing on dry land….hmmmmmmmm


The fish was named fliptail – hopefully his (her) release to Johnson lake wasn’t too traumatic! :-0

Now a way to share processes and procedures……


After learning how to integrate One Drive and the Office Programs into a common space for sharing and exchange between each other I’m excited!

I’d sure like to get a place set up with One Drive or Google Drive where each Business Office within the UAA Community can post their procedures for doing common tasks.   If we each shared our process and procedure guideline documents then maybe another campus can find a better way to do it better.   Also I would hope that a processes that another campus currently uses could help me improve the way that I do things.

There are so many ways out there to improve the process and share IDEAS, we just need to start using them……..

Thanks Sara and James for the Great Week so far and looking forward to the next two days……

If you’re overwhelmed with all the intake… There’s always the “Plop Plop Fizz Fizz”

After all the knowledge and input from the sessions this week you may be feeling a little overwhelmed.

Don’t worry, it will all settle in once you test and use the tools provided after the training.

(I just keep telling myself that Sarah and James are still gonna be here and are only a phone call or jog down the hall away………)

A New Day…. More Learning…. Tools for a Common Place to Share and Collaborate with Others

IMG_1204The Sun is out….  It’s a new day… Refreshed and ready to learn more.  It’s been a great week for finding new tools and ways to share and exchange ideas and stuff….  It’s amazing to know that there are so many tools out there that can be used but never are…    The door has now been opened…

5 (or so) Blog-writing Nuggets of Wisdom

beaver typing

Comic from Jamie Smith of Ink and Snow (Fairbanks, Alaska). http://inksnow.blogspot.com

I want to pass on some tips I received when I first started blogging. I was in a class that relied heavily on blog posts, reflections, and meta-thinking, and was not feeling stellar about my writing or my purpose. I am (was) so used to writing with the aim of conveying instruction sets, that I was (still am) finding it challenging to imagine who my audience was and what they would find interesting.

I was lucky enough to get great advice and wanted to pass on some nuggets of wisdom.

From Alan Levine (@cogdog)- A Rockstar ed tech blogger (I’ve paraphrased a bit):

…My advice, free to discard, is *#^! the audience. Stop trying to project how people will read into your work…Write for yourself as audience first. If you cannot interest yourself in your writing, how can you expect anyone else to glom on?…

(1) I do not start until I have a clever title. DO not write boring titles. The title should not explain the content, it should hint at it. The title is the grab you have if you do want attention, but my titles are my way of telling jokes to myself, or puns, or plays on pop culture.

(2) I do not write until I have a visual or media metaphor– I see you are doing that already, but once that funny title is in place, I go looking for images.

(3) Do not forget hyperlinks. If yo mention anything that refers to a place, a thing, a person, a named concept, find a link. It’s not just to think of readers, when I am out looking for links, I am always finding other relevant things that I often bring in; I find accidental stuff.

(4) In my own style, maybe 5? years ago I stopped writing long paragraphs. I play with mixing the rhythm. I like tossing in one line, sometimes one word paragraphs. Break grammar rules. Stomp commas. Dangle modifiers (put) (weird) (things) (in) parentheses. Try all kinds of rules, then break them all.

(5) I aim for a close. But I can tell you a lot of times I start writing about one thing, and end up going elsewhere. Sometimes I have an end in mind, sometimes it finds it as I write. But close strong. Some people like to end with questions (The Chronicle does this ad nauseum, “what about you?” I find that tiring).

(6) I ran out of ideas. Or forgot them.

Now go write.

For more on this, here is my original post on my blog, “Time to Myself” with more super comments on blog writing from some (of my) super hero bloggers, Adam and Chris Lott from UAF.

Our group blog here is perhaps a little more lightweight but I am still stoked to see you all posting, commenting, and branching out in these online spaces as we get to know each other in and out of session!

We are a great group for it because we already have such a close-knit working community- way to engage KPC!

It’s great to put in a good work day and then let out the steam afterwards

Leave the office, hop on the bike and take a cruise around the Kenai / Soldotna loop….    Out for a ride

Just Ride!


After class break.

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