May to September

WOW! The summer definitely went very quickly and now I find myself in the middle of September! So much has happened since I last wrote anything on here. On May 17th I graduated from Kansas State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Family Life and Community Service. It feels so great to be finished with college! On that very same day Erica Traffas also graduated from Medicine Lodge High School. Erica has since decided to attend K-STATE, her major is kinesiology. It is nice having Erica in Manhattan and getting to know her and spend time with her. In June Megan and Andrew got married! It was an absolutely beautiful wedding for two wonderful people. I was just thrilled to be apart of it. I have posted a few pictures from the wedding in the gallery, you can also find the picture taken by the professional photographer at . It was truly a beautiful wedding. Once Megan and Andrew were married off they moved to St. Louis where they will both be pursuing Doctoral degrees. Megan is attending Washington University and studying physical therapy while Andrew is attending University of Missouri at St. Louis and studying Optometry. I wish them both well in their studies. Aaron and I both greatly miss having them just across town.

In July Aaron, Megan, Andrew and myself all took a trip to Nashville, TN for the National Auctioneer Association Conference and Show. I think we all had a great time, although I must say that I did enjoy the sunshine of San Diego (host city of the 2007 NAA C &S) a little more than the honky tonks of Nashville.

With August came long days and not much else. I started my job at KVC Behavioral HealthCare in May. I am a Quality Assurance Specialist, which is a fancy way of saying that I keep our records in order. KVC is a foster care agency, so we have a lot of files which must be kept current. I don’t mind the position, but I just do not think it is the right place for me. I have been thinking about what I really would like to do for the rest of my life and QA at KVC does not rank very high. So I have been looking at master’s programs at KSU as well as just exploring other employment opportunities.

With September comes K-STATE FOOTBALL SEASON! I have always enjoyed college football. The cats are off to a good season so far with a record of 2-0, but they have a couple of tough match-up in the coming weeks. I look forward to seeing how the season will progress. I think part of the reason that I enjoy football season so much is that I get to see my family so often. Dave and Chris (my brother and his wife) as well as Craig (other brother) and my Dad have season tickets so they manage to make it to most of the games.

I have tried to convince Aaron to come to the K-State games with me before, but he doesn’t have too much interest in that as he sees Saturdays as his free day to do what he wants to do. He has been keeping himself very busy lately with the usual Purple Wave auctions and playing music across Kansas. Recently Aaron decided to add one more thing to is overflowing plate. He started a website which blend two of his passions technology and being an auctioneer. The website is One of the best feature of this site is that Aaron has also launched a podcast that covers the stories on The podcast can be downloaded from the website or it is also avaliable on itunes. I guess I can understand why he wouldn’t want to go to the game with me. : ) I may be a little biased but have the knowlege that I do of the auction industry I believe that Aaron is truly doing great things with his new website, he is educating and helping to connect the network of auctioneers across the country. I am proud of his website and his work.

I think that is all I have for now. I will try to keep the updates a little more frequent. Remember to check out the gallery for picture from the wedding and Nashville. Until next time…