Thursday, June 29, 2006
Oh and today is my wedding anniversary…and I really don’t want to be here right now! I’ve already been to Chesterton (Cleveland area) and back this morning for a tour of a book bindery for my preservation class. I just want this day to end………..which just means then I get to start over again tomorrow…but hopefully with some more sleep!
Saturday, June 24, 2006
But the grading...so I was on quite a role last night, grading papers on Dante...planning on just staying up until they were finished BUT Blackboard decided that it didn't want to cooperate and wouldn't let me log in! And of course I hadn't downloaded all the papers yet....so I finally had to give up and go to bed. And so I'm back at it today. Such fun. The papers aren't that bad, its just that I have to have all my grades in by Tuesday of next week...including the final exam, which is due on Sunday so I have to get this paper done immediately...why are grade deadlines so fast? Its ridiculous! I'd just like a little time to actually get things graded without feeling like a machine!
As to the paper...I'm quite proud of my assignment. They had to read Dante's Inferno and then pick 5 historical people from our class and decide where they belonged in Dante's Hell. It makes for interesting reading as well. Some student definitely made some interesting choices!
Hey, if you want to see where you'd end up, take this test (remember its just fun!):
Ray and I both made Purgatory.
Wednesday, June 21, 2006
Monday, June 19, 2006
- Ray finally went to the doctor (he's been sick for a month) and has a double ear infection and a sinus infection, plus he punctured an ear drum. Such fun. He's grounded for two weeks. So just teaching for him. Hopefully he'll get some sleep and be less grumpy.
- The house is mostly clean...pictures hopefully tomorrow or the next day to show how dirty it was. I'm going to finish cleaning as Ray start priming. We are going to buy paint on Wednesday. We were going today, but, well car trouble...
- So car trouble...Ray ended up walking home today. The Oldsmobile told him low coolant, so he went to put in coolant and the cap broke in two! And none of the auto stores have the right part so he'll have to find a dealer tomorrow.
- It was SO hot here today, but finally cooled off when the T-storms hit. The temp then dropped a lot and I sure hope it stays there! I could use a few days of cooler temperatures! Especially with all the cleaning we've been doing - we aren't turning on the AC in the new house, we're never there and it doesn't get that hot, but it adds up when you are working hard.
Well I think that's all my news for the day. Off to do work.
Trees from U of Idaho. Billy took us to see them. They are very rare and are done by splicing on cuttings at strange angles. Pictures didn't come out so good, but you can see the interesting conenctions.
If you want to see more: http://www.webs.uidaho.edu/vtour/vtourpan.asp?TNO=12
Sunday, June 18, 2006
We met with a guy about redoing our bathroom on Friday. I can live with a lot of things - a disgusting shower is not one of them. We are going to redo just enough of our main bathroom this year to live with it. The bathtub is fine (well, its pink, but I can ignore that), so we are going to put in a shower with it and completely pull out the old shower (they were separate, which I see as a colassal waste of space) and leave it blank for now. Eventually it will be a closet. Then next year, we will replace the tub. It will be useable after that - although they are saying 4-6 weeks before they can do anything, but the guy was going to try to get us in as fast as he could since we didn't need a tub, which is what takes so long. The company is pretty cool - its all acrylic and the shower wall stuff is all one piece.
Ray has a window guy coming on Tuesday - we'll see what he says. We'd like new windows on the main floor this year, but it depends on the cost they quote us. The biggest problem is that most of the windows are cracked, painted stuff, or just strange. Plus good windows would mean smaller energy bills...and a tax credit. So we'll see.
Right now I'm in my "office" and trying to get all my school reading for next week done. The book I'm reading (The Organization of Information) is very BORING. My other class is more interesting - Prservation Management. But I have to do both readings so off I go. Enough procrastinating. I'm going to try to get some pictures up today, but well...we'll see....
Saturday, June 17, 2006
This is so Ray! He won't wear shorts to save his life!
My wife, Mary, and I have been married for 47 years and not once have we had an argument serious enough to consider divorce; murder, yes, but divorce, never.
The divorce rate would be lower if instead of marrying for better or worse people would marry for good.
Marriage has no guarantees. If that's what you're looking for, go live with a car battery.
Love; a temporary insanity, curable by marriage.
Try praising your wife, even if it does frighten her at first.
I have come to the conclusion never agani to think of marrying, for this reason: I can never be satisifed with anyone who would be blockhead enough to have me.
-Abraham Lincoln (altough he did get married - this quote is from 1838 and he married Mary Todd in 1842...although she certainly was crazy)
And an interesting factoid that should make us midwesterners smile (we knew we were better than everyone else right?):
According to a Roper Reports May 2005 survey, 61 percent of Midwesterners say they are completely satisifed with their marriage or romantic relationship. This is the highest of any region.
ID/MT border (about) - we were going up and up and finally found a pull off to take pictures at.
This is really cool and in Butte, Montana. We stayed there one night. Anyway, it is a HUGE statue (you can look at the stats with that website) and you can see it from just about anywhere in town. It was built in 6 years with all donations and is completely nondenominational. It is dedicated to all women (especially mothers). It is just awesome to see! Definitely a reason to go to Butte (the only one I can think of).
Just to prove ND has an industry besides wheat...see they are drilling for oil out of the Willston Basin.
ND fields...yes, I sort of miss them! Just wait until you see the hordes of mountain pictures I took once we hit the Rockies! Ohio is not the same!
Grandma and I in front of the Union. I had to get things signed here (you know, find people who will recommend you for renewnal...my old bosses signed it...they figure it means I might eventually come back).
By the way, the registrar is still a jerk. I didn't the transcripts I hoped to get because I didn't give them 48 hours notice...just hit print you moron!
Grandma and Grandpa - we stopped and there was a monument to Charles Lindbergh and his Minnesota roots.
Friday, June 16, 2006
Billy with my parents
News item: Northwest Airlines proposal to charge extra for aisle seats, and analysts warn that airlines will nickel-and-dime passengers more often to make up for rising fuel costs.
Attendant: Welcome aboard Ala Carte Air, sir. May I see your ticket?
Attendant: You're in seat 12B. That will be $5, please!
Passenger: What for?
Attendant: For telling you where to sit.
Passenger: But I already knew where to sit.
Attendant: Nevertheless, we are now charging a seat-locator fee of $5. It's the airline's new policy.
Passenger: That's the craziest thing I ever heard. I won't pay it.
Attendant: Sir, do you want a seat on this flight, or not?
Passenger: Yes, yes. All right, I'll pay. But the airline is going to hear about this.
A ttendant: Thank you. My goodness, your carry-on bag looks heavy. Would you like me to stow it in the overhead compartment for you?
Passenger: That would be swell, thanks.
Attendant: No problem (grunts). Up we go, and done! That will be $10, please.
Attendant: The airline now charges a $10 carry-on assistance fee.
Passenger: This is extortion. I won't stand for it.
Attendant: Actually, you're right - you can't stand. You need to sit, and fasten your seat belt. We're about to push back from the gate. But first I need that $10.
Passenger: No way.
Attendant: Sir, if! you don 't comply, I will be forced to call the air marshal. And you really don't want me to do that.
Passenger: Why not? Is he going to shoot me?
Attendant: ! No, but there's a $50 air-marshal hailing fee.
Passenger: Oh, all right, here ! - take the $10. I can't believe this.
Attendant: Thank you for your cooperation, sir. Is there anything else I can do for you? Passenger: Yes. It's stuffy in here, and my overhead fan doesn't seem to work. Can you fix it?
Attendant: Your overhead fan is not broken, sir. Just insert two quarters into the overhead coin slot for the first five minutes.
Passenger: The airline is charging me for cabin air?
Attendant: Of course not, sir. Stagnant cabin air is provided free of charge. It's the circulating air that costs 50 cents.
Passenger: I don't have any quarters. Can you make change for a dollar?
Attendant: Certainly, sir! Here you go!
Passenger: But you've given me only three quarters for my dollar.
Attendant: Yes, there's a change-making fee of 25 cents.
Passenger: For cryin' out loud. All I have left is a lousy quarter? What ever will! I do w ith it?
Attendant: Hang onto it. You'll need it later for the lavatory
Thursday, June 15, 2006
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Sunday, June 11, 2006
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Wednesday, June 07, 2006
Billy and I
The entire gang (but Billy...who was still lost...as you can see Mom's on the phone trying to find him) after graduation ceremonies
This time with Billy
Billy cooking after graduation...we made steaks
Billy cooking (and yelling at me for taking pictures)
Notice my brother did not bother to shave...his graduation and still has to look all unkempt and shaggy.