Sunday, April 30, 2006

History Is Elementary: Television

History Is Elementary: Television

This has a really cool poem by Roald Dahl on it!

Blondie on Blogging

http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/fun/blondie.asp?date=20060424
This is really funny!

Trying Again

Well, we're trying again...let's hope it goes better this time! We just put an offer (full price actually) on a different house. This time it looks really well taken care...there wasn't anything we'd actually change in the house before moving in. They had an open house today so we figured we'd better get our offer in pronto if we were serious about the house. There was actually one other house we would consider that we saw, but this one was definitely better. It had a finished basement with a SECOND kitchen...they had rented it out in the past. I actually like that kitchen better - its more open has a dishwasher (we'd probably replace it..its quite old, but still). There is a washer/dryer down there. The yard is decent size and fenced in...very private. There is a one car garage. The major things - furnance, etc are in good shape and look fairly new. THe roof is in good condition, the gutters are even really nice, so we'll see what she says...depends on if anyone else offered as high as we did and if they wanted less than we did, etc, so hopefuly this will go through and be much better than the last house!

Friday, April 28, 2006

Ah, Freedom.....

We are officially out of the Peck St house agreement...what a relief. More and more stuff wrong with it just kept piling up, really stressing Ray out so we decided to get out and we just got word that the seller signed off on our "out" agreement, so we are done. Now we get to start all over again! Ugh!!

Oh and this morning, I get up to no Internet. The DSL is on the fritz. So I run all my errands, come home, still not working. So I go campus to use theirs to at least check my work account. I get home...viola, Internet is working. How did it know I had just circumvented it? Anyway, very annoying.

I'm working on getting an OH teaching license as well as renewing my ND one...what a mess. I need all these things from ND people...who of course never seem to get back to me. So I get to call them all on Monday...such fun. I hate the rigamorle (can't spell that) associated with this...once I have one, unless I really screw up why do I have to continually go through this? I did pass all my Praxis II that Ohio requires on the first try...a minor miracle, if I do say so myself.

Well, I need to go finish up the last week's materials for my western civ class. My life just can't get any funner.....

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

House problems

Well, we are working on getting out of the house deal. There were issues on the home inspection and Ray was already getting a little worried, but the seller was fixing the electrical work....BUT then it pours this weekend. So Ray decides to go look at how the water is around the house. While the water had washed away a bunch of dirt around the house and the foundation was visible - and it was crumbling. So we had the home inspector come back out and write it up - he thinks that the seller was trying to hide the foundation, which worked until all the rain came. Anyway, our realtor is really being annoying and seems to be more on the seller's side than ours. I think we will be getting a new one once we get our original deposit back on this house. We won't get the price of the home inspection, of course, but that's better than getting stuck with a house with lots of problems. Then we have to start looking again...ugh!

More on the plane crash from the ADN:
http://www.adn.com/news/alaska/aviation/story/7662172p-7573764c.html
http://www.adn.com/news/alaska/aviation/story/7656663p-7571320c.html
http://www.adn.com/news/alaska/aviation/story/7656663p-7568239c.html

I found a fun new author: Kate Borden. Its a murder mystery series set in New England. Its very cute - nothing too thought-provoking, just fun.

I'm working like a crazy person trying to finish up my course shell for Western Civ - I start teaching that class next Monday. I spent yesterday grading homework for the class I'm teaching right now - Math 102.

Grandma and Grandpa were here this weekend and that was fun. They will be back in about two weeks and I'm going with them over to Idaho for BJ's graduation.

Monday, April 24, 2006

Accomplished Pilots

Some more information on the Hayflats plane crash

(from the ADN)

That is my father's 6X wtih the body bags, but its Paul Nunley driving, not my father.

5 killed as small planes collide above Hay Flats

(From the ADN)

I was talking to my parents yesterday and my father was getting stuff together to go out to this crash site to see if he could help (they thought there might be survivors at first, but once they saw the wreck that was obviously not the case). This was really close to our house. Adam, who is quoted in the article, is our next door neighbor's son for those of you who don't know. There is also a picture of Ben Parker, who is one of my brother's best friends. If you look through the pictures, I think one of the six wheelers might be my father's - he was helping ferry law enforcement out there and then he left it for them to use until they were done. But look at the wreckage - not a pretty sight for those us who fly/have spouses who fly those little planes. They just crumbled.

Full Story: http://www.adn.com/news/alaska/aviation/story/7659784p-7571422c.html

My father's pictures from the crash site:

(from the top of the bluff)


(from the top of the bluff)




Saturday, April 22, 2006

Ten Thoughts to Ponder for 2006

I got these in my email from Ray's Aunt Mary and they were just too funny not to post!

Ten Thoughts to Ponder for 2006

Number 10 - Life is sexually transmitted.

Number 9 - Good health is merely the slowest possible rate at which one can die.

Number 8 - Men have two emotions: Hungry and Horny. If you see him without an erection, make him a sandwich.

Number 7 - Give a person a fish and you feed them for a day; teach a person to use the Internet and they won't bother you for weeks.

Number 6 - Some people are like a Slinky.....not really good for anything, but you still can't help but smile when you shove them down the stairs.

Number 5 - Health nuts are going to feel stupid someday, lying in hospitals dying of nothing.

Number 4 - All of us could take a lesson from the weather. It pays no attention to criticism .

Number 3 - Why does a slight tax increase cost you two hundred dollars and a substantial tax cut saves you thirty cents?

Number 2 - In the 60's, people took acid to make the world weird. Now the world is weird and people take Prozac to make it normal.

AND THE NUMBER 1 THOUGHT FOR 2006

We know exactly where one cow with mad-cow-disease is located among the millions and millions of cows in America but we haven't got a clue as to where thousands of illegal immigrants and terrorists are located. Maybe we should put the Department of Agriculture in charge of immigration

Life

Well, I'm feeling better...thanks for everyone's comments. They helped:) The week is over and hopefully next week will be better. Plus my grandparents will be here tonight for a quick visit. Then they will be back to pick me up in a few weeks to drive over to see Billy graduate (yes, he finally made it!).

The scoop from here:

Classes:
Well, I'm getting there on my course shell for western civ 1. I have half of it done - I just finished writing my midterm. I've already read and made notes for the week 5, so then I just really have to type it all up and my lecture (which I think I already have written from another class). My students in Math 102 are doing okay - I finally got all their homework caught up and graded. If they read my comments, its all worth it.

Kent Classes:
I'm signed up for summer and fall classes. I think I can graduate by next spring with my library degree. I have to order books once Ray gets paid at the end of the month - so much fun.

House:
Well, the home inspection brought up some serious problems. The water proofing in the basement is leaking and the electrical box has water in it (which we all know means fire hazard). So we said the seller had to fix it...he said no...so we said then we don't want the house...and he changed his mind and is fixing it. He also found the warranty on the water-proofing - we haven't read it yet, but hopefully that will fix the water issue for good. We still have two (or maybe three) more inspections to go. I've given up feeling connected to the house...it upsets me too much when something goes wrong. And I don't want to have to start looking all over again, but we might have to. Ray is really worried that the other inspections won't go well and if they don't, he just wants out. So we'll see what happens. Ugh...this sucks.

Author Event:
On Wednesday I drove to Warren, Ohio to see an author I read the books of. I wasn' t sure I was going to go - worried about the time it takes and all, but Ray told me to go. I'm glad I went - I got my copy of her latest book signed and all. Plus she was pretty interesting to listen to. Here's an interesting fact - did you know that Carolyn Keene is a made-up person who has been like 100s of women? The author of the Hardy Boys is the same. I guess a publisher decided that he wanted an adventure story for girls - Nancy Drew is born. So he creates Carolyn Keene and then looks for someone to be her. The author I went to see writes adult mysteries now (Susan Wittig Albert), but she wrote Nancy Drews for awhile. Something I didn't know that is kind of cool. She doesn't do it anymore because as Carolyn Keene you have no control over the character - Nancy never changes. While they had to do a little updating for modern reasons that's it. Anyway, I thought that was really cool.

Fund-raisers:
I finally did get my donations found and turned in. I hate soliciting donations - why do I get talked into this stuff? I'm also going to volunteer once a month at the Kent Historical Society to give tours. I need to call the National First ladies library - I volunteered to help there, but they never got back to me. I haven't been out to MAPS in awhile - I think I might take a break. There seems to be some bad politics going on there that I would like to avoid. We'll wait and volunteer to hep with the Air Show in June. Plus there is just too other stuff to do!

Well, I think that's it at the moment.

Oh, I did put up the ham puff recipe...and one for protein bars.

Easter Pictures

Ray and Pat
Jennie and Pat

Pat
Getting ready to play cards
Pat and Dave at the Peck Road house

Olga

Olga really wants that palm frond from Palm Sunday!

Ray and Olga
More Ray and Olga
My mom sent us something for Easter - you can see what Olga liked best - the box!

Thursday, April 20, 2006

This week really sucks!

This has been a horrible week! Which might explain why I'm writing this as 2 AM. It has been busy and I have a ton of stuff to do...which I never seem to have time to do. Ugh!

Let's see...well, the world history class I'm teaching at SNHU starts on May 1st....and I'm desparately trying to get all my materials together. I had a ton of homework turned in that I had to grade today....and that's just the tip of the iceberg.

Oh and yesterday...we thought the house deal was going to fall through...the home inspection brought out bad electrical stuff. So we said it had to be fixed or we didn't want it...well, the seller said no, and so we said then we're moving on. That changed his mind...he is going to do the work, but we thought last night that we were starting over again.

I also spent all day running around - first I really wanted to go see this author - I had planned on doing it for months, but the week comes and life is a mess. But Ray says I should go. So I do, but I was up late the night before (doing work for my course) and it was an hour drive each way. So I get back and then I have to run to Aurora to pick up stuff for a fundraiser on Saturday. And of course that took forever. So I'm dead tired and get home to house problems.

On top of it, Ray has been having a bad week and has been in a horrible mood all week. He's tired and grouchy and now all worried about the house and keeps second guessing himself. Even with the electrical work getting done he's all worried we are buying a white elephant....

God doesn't give more than we can take? Right? I sure hope so....right now, I just want to cry...well, back to work on my course work. Early Christianity and the Roman Republic...such fun.

World History Blog: The Dominion of British West Florida and Tips for Creating an American Separatist Cause

World History Blog: The Dominion of British West Florida and Tips for Creating an American Separatist Cause

This is simply hilarous! The second part (about how to start your own separatist movement) is what I'm referring to, by the way. We should all start our own country:) After, ND might still be the third biggest nuclear power....AK would have all that oil...

Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Laundry and Life

Today is my laundry day. So I got up intending to clean the bathroom and start laundry. But first I had to run some errands (the fun of the post office and the bank among other things). So I do that and get back...but it took me longer than I anticipated so by the time I got back, I had to eat lunch, answer student questions...and then there was dinner (by the way, I made ham puffs, which is a fun way to use up leftover ham and mashed potatoes...it was pretty good...it will be up on my website soon...I think I might try a different flavoring than the powdered garlic...not sure I liked how it flavored it). So I thought, well, I'll do it after dinner. So Ray gets home, I feed him...but then I still had to finish one more student question. So I finish that and then I got distracted by the lecture I'm writing for Western Civ. And before I knew Ray was back from class and I still hadn't started the laundry. So I talk to Ray a little bit and finally get around to cleaning the bathroom and starting laundry. Hence its 12:30 at night and I just finished my last load. Ugh. I just keep thinking...soon this won't matter - I will have my own machine!

Sunday, April 16, 2006

Easter dishes

What is about holiday dishes that are so depressing and overwhelming? Ray and I tackled ours...what a mess! We had a wonderful meal and a great day, but oh, the dishes! And then we're about halfway into it and the drain starts backing up...we've had a lot of trouble with our drains. Anyway, so we let it drain out and gave it a break and it did seem to be over its temper tantrum, but that was not a fun little interlude. We've had to use draino on that kitchen sink like four times in the short time we've lived here. And I'm pretty darned careful about keeping stuff out of the pipes. It seems to me (and I'm no plumber) that it is just a messy job all around on the piping. All the repair jobs that have been done in our apartment (from the culking in the bathroom) is just messy.

I swear I had more to say....but I can't remember, so oh, well.

Saturday, April 15, 2006

Happy Easter!

We went to Easter Vigil tonight, so as far as I'm concerned its Easter. It was about an hour and 45 minutes, but you could tell Father was trying to hurry up the others. You could also see him hurrying them in along in his face. Father likes short and concise...the Deacon doesn't seem to get it...maybe that's why Father hardly ever uses the Deacon. But it was a nice Mass and we all enjoyed it. Ray's parents are here - we had the house inpsection this morning and played cards, ate dinner, went to Mass, played more cards...

I have a ham for tomorrow and then we'll probably play some more cards! Us women won tonight so the guys will want revenge. Ray's parents are planning on going to back to Michigan tomorrow evening.

The house inspection went alright - a few things we didn't know. We have some questions for the seller and we'll see how it all goes. The electrical box has water damage...not a good thing at all. And we need to find out if there is life time warranty on the basement waterproofing...otherwise, that might be a large problem. Anyway, its just a waiting game to see what all plays out.

Hope everyone has a blessed Easter!

Friday, April 14, 2006

Easter and other stuff

Well, yesterday just kept getting worse. I spent all day doing work and then running around. I finally get home and I have a splitting headache. I did make it to church - and actually the priest here is surprisingly short (which endears him to Ray...we might stay with this parish after we move to Ravenna just because of this if the priest in Ravenna doesn't do anything for Ray). I made services today as well. Mass yesterday was only an hour...and today 45 minutes if you wanted. I stayed an extra 15 minutes to wait to venerate the Cross, but even that meant I was still done in an hour. The real test is tomorrow - Easter Vigil. Got some stuff done today, but still have a lot to do. My in-laws get in tonight...so hopefully this will be a good weekend. Ray is on call though so hopefully the airport can manage to run inself. Our home inspection is Saturday morning - wish us luck!

Thursday, April 13, 2006

My morning so far....

Well, Ray leaves for work this morning. I go back to sleep (Ray goes to bed at 11ish and then I stay up to at least 1 doing more class work...what can I say? I've never outgrown the night owl phase. Anyway, I was up until 2:30 last...got into getting problems done for class and just kept going). Then Ray calls at like 8:30 (so pretty much as soon as he gets to work) and says another professor has to have some CDs from desk - and that they have to be delivered ASAP. So I get up and do this (not happily, but I do it). Then I come home (campus is pretty close) and decide to lay down for a little bit. But the stupid telemarketers kept calling! Thanks to caller ID I hardly ever actually have to talk to them, but still the ringing is rather annoying and then you have to check that its no one important. And we've told them that not to call us and all that, but they STILL seem to call continually. That's the one thing I detest about working at home - all those telemarketers that I'm now home for.

Now today, after I do the dishes (which are pretty gross from last night's pork chop incident...which I will get to), I get to go try to find donations for a prolife auction and dinner (which is on my list of horrible things to do). Fun! Then its back to work on course shells...as summer semester starts before I know it.

But last night...the pork chops. I made a new recipe (it was actually good...I put it up on my website) for pork chops. I've been trying to broaden out from just chicken or beef. I've never been in love with pork chops, but I'm learning as Ray likes them. So I was making ginger glazed pork chops - which sounded good to me as I ADORE anything with ginger in it. So I get the potoates going, the corn set out to start later and the recipe book out. While it says to broil them...okay, I don't do much broiling, but I'm willing to try. But I don't know if I'm supposed to cover or not...and I usually cover things, so I do. I'm thinking this was the wrong decision as the appointed 10 minutes go by...and the chops weren't done (the glaze was going along fine, if somewhat messy). So I put it back in and take off the tin foil and hopes that helps. Well, a few more minutes...I check it...the juices on the bottom have blackened since the tin foil was off...and the smoke detector goes off! So I get that to shut up (you wave a broom under it...my father used to set off the smoke detector every time he cooked bacon so I know the drill) and put the chops back in...and finally the first one gets done. But I check the second one...not even close (it was thicker). While Ray has to go back to class, so I give him the one that's done and go back to trying to finish mine. I finally did get done, but Ray pretty much was gone by then. Not a good night for cooking. Just glad dinner tasted decent or it would have been really not worth it. Well, off to face the dishes. Yick...one day...a dishwasher...

Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Easter's Coming

Well, I'm going shopping for Easter dinner today. I want to get it done before the crowds...I am totally freaked by overcrowded stores. My in-laws are coming in on Friday and it should be a lot of fun. I'm making ham and other yummy stuff.

In preparation for Holy Week, I went to confession on Monday. Now I know confession is supposed to make me feel better....but I never get that feeling. I just dread it and have to force myself to go every time. I usually just feel relief when I get out that I'm done. I've never had a bad priest during confession - you know someone who will yell at you or make you feel bad, I just can't seem to get what I'm supposed out of it. I keep praying it will get better and I will admit it is slightly better. I don't come out feeling worse than when I went in anymore (I think that may have had to do with a certain priest who will remain nameless and his sermons on the subject), but I just don't feel that much better. I will admit this was the best time ever...so maybe all that praying is working. I can but hope.

I'm so excited for Sunday though - I get to eat chocolate again! While I miss certain things a lot, overall this year wasn't that difficult - I may have to think of something harder next year. I usually also make a promise to go to daily Mass once a week during Lent - but the only daily Mass here is so early in the morning....may have make myself do that next year. Why are the daily Masses always so early? Why can't they be in the evening? Maybe I'm the only night owl around here instead of an early bird.

Well, I have a list of house-related errands to run, so I better get moving.

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Presidential Tax Returns

I don't know if you any of you look at the other site I contribute to (American Presidents Blog), but this post that Michael just put up is hilarous.

http://american-presidents.blogspot.com/2006/04/presidential-tax-returns.html

Did you know that you can view recent President's tax returns online? Its kind of funny...at least it made me giggle. I went over and looked at Bush's 2004 tax return...no idea why, just cause I can. So anyway, if you want to how much the Presidents make in their various ventures you can go see and compare Presidential wealth.

Sunday, April 09, 2006

New Recipes

I just posted a few new recipes on my website (www.geocities.com/queenamidala9999):

Gingerbread Pancakes (a great breakfast treat!)
Lentil Chili
Beer Bread

I haven't been trying new recipes as much as I like lately - it seems to go in spurts. I love trying new things, but if one goes bad...well, it takes some time to recover (or at least convince Ray...) and try again.

Ray and Olga

Ray and Olga relaxing! Aren't they cute?



Friday, April 07, 2006

House

Well, you can see the basic outline of what our house looks like...minus all the stuff. The stuff isn't ours and will be gone before we move in. We keep the appliances, but that's it. The house was built in 1960 and is in pretty good shape...we'll find out for sure a week from Saturday...that's when our home inspection is scheduled. Three bedrooms and one bath. We are happy...its got 0.55 acres which is good for around here. The neighborhood seems pretty quiet and I think our neighbors are putting up a fence...I hope so..good fences make good neighbors:) The garage is stacked full of stuff but has room from one car. We close officially in June and first project is the roof. Ray and friends are going to do it...so anyone who wants to come help is welcome!

Oh, the front of the house is down aways...I put on the blog awhile ago. So as of June we will be living out on Peck Road in Ravenna, Ohio.

Master Bedroom

Master bedroom...there are really nice built-in closets opposite this.
Living room...you can see the fireplace in the back. The front door is opposite this as well as a big window.

Kitchen

Kitchen - there is a few more cabinets on the other side...as well as a closet and there is also a skylight.

Front Yard

Front yard, looking toward the road.

Front Bedroom

This is the smallest bedroom. Perfect for a nursery one day.....

Dining Room

Dining room...right off the kitchen, lineolem on the floor (can't spell that).

Bathroom

Bathromo is decent sized with full bath/shower.

Basement

The picture didn't turn out good, but you can see that this is a huge basement!

Back Yard

Back yard - we even have a small garden already marked, a shed and a picnic table (at least I think the picnic table will stay).

Back of House

Back of house

Back Bedroom


This is the medium sized bedroom.

Back of Basement

This is where the washer and dryer is and will be good for storage. Also all the big mechancial stuff is here...water heater, etc. This is separated by a wall from the rest of the basement.

Thursday, April 06, 2006

Homeowners

We are now homeowners! We settled on a price as of this morning!

Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Are you evil?

You Are 14% Evil

You are good. So good, that you make evil people squirm.
Just remember, you may need to turn to the dark side to get what you want!
Just something to lose a few minutes at!

"Drop Everything and Read" (D.E.A.R.) Day

This is an announcment I got from a listserv I'm on and thought I would save with everyone!

April 12, 2006, the 90th birthday of beloved children?s book author Beverly Cleary, has been declared National "Drop Everything and Read" (D.E.A.R.) Day! National PTA has partnered with the National Education Association (NEA); the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association; Reading Rockets; and HarperCollins Children's Books to establish D.E.A.R. as a nationwide initiative to encourage families to make time for reading together. Beverly Cleary's most popular character, Ramona Quimby, is the program's official spokesperson.Participating in D.E.A.R. Day is a wonderful way to encourage your children to read more. Here are a few suggestions for your celebration:

  • Participate in D.E.A.R. events at your school
  • At home, read to your children or having your children read to you. Invite family and friends to join you.
  • Visit a local library, a bookstore, or a community center for a storytelling or poetry events.
  • Donate books to a book drive, a child care center, a community center, or a hospital.

Target, a Proud Sponsor of PTA, is offering a free, year-round Ready.Sit.Read site with a special area for parents that is filled with ideas to help encourage children to read, plus coupons for dollars off children's books.

For more information, check out this website: http://www.dropeverythingandread.com/index.html

Monday, April 03, 2006

Breast Cancer

You can help support breast cancer research by buying Yoplait yogurt and mailing in the lids. I just started an envelope again. All lids have be received by 7/31/06.

Sunday, April 02, 2006

Helpful Olga

Maybe she's trying to tell me not to do my paperwork? Or that I should quit using my computer? She likes to do this every time I work at my computer desk...just flump down in the middle of all my papers.

Pictures

Well, I've been getting complains so here are some pictures.

Me in front of the Saxton House in Canton. We were there on Wednesday to tour the National First Ladies Library and Museum. I even signed up to volunteer there.

Me from awhile ago. I drug this out because I am using it to post on in information page in my online classes.

Easter centerpiece. I made this last week - isn't it cute?


Snowmachining trip - December 2005 - Talkeetna Alaska

Ray and Jennie - October 2005


And because there is no such thing as too many kitty pictures. Olga earlier today - doing what she does best - sleeping!

We are making an offer on this house tomorrow. Then its wait and see if the owner accepts it, rejects it or makes a counter offer.