Archive for June, 2006

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Lost and Found

June 28, 2006

About two years ago, I received a notice in the mail that I had a package that was too large to be delivered to my mailbox. I rode my bike with much interest to the Cheney post office to see what I had received. It was my diploma from EWU. Well it was during the summer and I was in the process of moving to Seattle. Boxes everywhere, trash scattered in piles only discernable to me – to put it mildly, my apartment was a mess.

When I served on the EWU board of trustees, the president of the University gave me this nice diploma frame as a gift for my service. And when I looked for my diploma to put it in the frame, it was no where to be found. I search everywhere and the only conclusion I could come up with was that I must have thrown it out in the process of moving.

Everyone assured me that it would turn up and when I got to Seattle, I looked through every box I brought and no luck. I lost my diploma. Time passes and I look at the EWU website and I found that I can reorder my diploma for the low cost of $20. I even called my friend Justin to see what date they printed on the diploma to reorder it. But I procrastinate ordering it because I figure that I will get my degree from UW and will have my masters degree diploma.

A few days ago, I look at my schedule and I see that I have an appointment with my dentist Vicki Fidler. Her practice, (and I swear this is the truth) is called Fidler on the Tooth. Her appointment reminder cards are tickets to see the Fidler – admit one only. And like always, a week before my dentist appointment, I become the model of dental hygiene. I floss twice a day, I brush meticulously, I use mouthwash and I wear my retainer like I did back in the fifth grade – every night. But there is one problem, I cannot find my retainer. I look everywhere – behind the TV, in between the mattresses, under the toilet and I even look in all my bookshelves. I am defeated.

I head back to my room to stack my menagerie of file folders on my desk. I do this in hopes that if I get organized, I will find my retainer by accident. I carelessly open the desk drawer and the files spill all over my bedroom floor. But I suddenly do not care, for there is my retainer stuck between some pens and notepads. I smile with great joy. I then lean over to pick up my files – files that I have not looked at in years – and I see the white folder containing my diploma. After two years it randomly appears. So I can sleep soundly tonight knowing that my undergraduate diploma is safe and sound, in the frame given to me as a gift and my teeth will be flossed and straight for my appointment with the Fidler on the Tooth.

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Summer of Nick

June 25, 2006

The summer of Nick has officially begun. After graduation, my friends Paul, Kelli, Mirah, Ben, Katie, Ryan and I headed to Roslyn, WA to a cabin we won at an auction. It was great. Not only was it the most relax I have been in two years; I spent it in the company of good friends – who are also good cooks. We ate very well on the trip. Here are some photos from the trip.

Photo Nick Peyton on a large rock outside of Roslyn, WA on June 16, 2006. Photo courtesy of Nick Peyton.

Photo Nick Peyton on a large rock outside of Roslyn, WA on June 16, 2006. Photo courtesy of Nick Peyton.

 Photo of a small patch of flowers in Roslyn, WA on June 16, 2006. Photo by Nick Peyton.

Photo of a small patch of flowers in Roslyn, WA on June 16, 2006. Photo by Nick Peyton.

Photo of Nick Peyton on Cooper Lake about 30 miles away from Roslyn, WA on June 17, 2006. Photo courtesy of Nick Peyton.

Photo of Nick Peyton on Cooper Lake about 30 miles away from Roslyn, WA on June 17, 2006. Photo courtesy of Nick Peyton.

 Photo of Cooper Lake about 30 miles away from Roslyn, WA on June 17, 2006. Photo by Nick Peyton.

Photo of Cooper Lake about 30 miles away from Roslyn, WA on June 17, 2006. Photo by Nick Peyton.

In addition to finding a job and planning the national NAGPS conference, I have sketched out some activities for the summer.

  • Read – my list includes: Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris, The End of Poverty by Jeffery Sachs, How Soccer Explains the World by Franklin Foer and The Plot Against America by Philip Roth.
  • Play X-Box – I just got X-Box live and it has been great.
  • Workout five days a week – I started the summer off good but I have slacked off some.
  • Keep my apartment tidy – no excuses
  • Cook a new meal each week
  • Finish Brian and Traci’s Wedding Video
  • Head down to the Washington Coast

Keep on checking this blog. I will keep you all posted on the summer activities.

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Photos from Graduation

June 13, 2006

Wow, I can’t believe it is over. Two years of hard work over. It feels like I just got here at the UW. Well as promised I will include some pictures from graduation. Enjoy!

Photo Mirah, Kelli, Katie, Me and Dan at Graduation on June 9, 2006. Photo courtesy of Nick Peyton.

Photo Mirah, Kelli, Katie, Me and Dan at Graduation on June 9, 2006. Photo courtesy of Nick Peyton.

 Photo of the graduation speaker, Governor Chris Gregoire at Graduation on June 9, 2006. Photo by Nick Peyton.

Photo of the graduation speaker, Governor Chris Gregoire at Graduation on June 9, 2006. Photo by Nick Peyton.

Photo Katie, Kelli and I during the reception after graduation on June 9, 2006. Photo courtesy of Nick Peyton.

Photo Katie, Kelli and I during the reception after graduation on June 9, 2006. Photo courtesy of Nick Peyton.

Photo of my family overlooking the UW campus at Graduation on June 9, 2006. Photo courtesy of Nick Peyton.

Photo of my family overlooking the UW campus at Graduation on June 9, 2006. Photo courtesy of Nick Peyton.

 The MPA Music Factorys final performance on June 9, 2006. Photo courtesy of Nick Peyton.

The MPA Music Factory's final performance on June 9, 2006. Photo courtesy of Nick Peyton.

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Finished!

June 8, 2006

I turned in my degree project today. The children of Vashon Island are safe. And tomorrow I will have my master’s degree. Weird? I plan on taking a million pictures tomorrow. And during my summer break, I promise I will write a ton. So check back often. It will be the summer of Nick.