I think it's fair to say that the semester it getting to that familiar point when a lot of things are due. Gina and I have both been working fervently on papers, literature reviews and studying for tests. In addition to that, the assignments for the classes I teach are coming in. We are a couple of busy bees these days, but we are doing well and looking forward to a chance to relax, as well as see family and friends, in Dallas over Thanksgiving.

We discovered a very nice perk of being UVA students this week. One of the libraries has a video collection with many movies for students to check out for free at any time. Since we both like movies, we took advantage of this opportunity and watched "The Color Purple" on Friday. Neither of us had ever seen this film, and I'm not sure why it took us so long. What a great story! I know this probably doesn't seem like that big of a deal, but we were pretty excited. I guess we are just too easily amused.

On Saturday we had another couple over for dinner. Diallo is an Instructional Technology student with me at the Curry School, and his wife Chalarra is a school social worker for Charlottesville City Schools. We had a nice time of fellowship and food, and Sydney got to make her appearance as usual. It has been nice getting to know new people from a different part of the country.

That's about all there is to report this week. I survived my first big test (I think ... I haven't actually gotten it back), and Gina has one on Tuesday. Keep us in your prayers as we tackle some pretty difficult classes. Take care, and write us when you get a chance.