Thursday, June 29, 2006

Better mood

I'm in a better mood now...I took a short nap when I finally got home from class. And then Ray and I went out to dinner, which was nice. Now I just need to balance my checkbook....YICK...


AHHHH!!! I’m going literally insane. It’s been a terribly long week, I don’t have enough sleep and my professor can’t stay on subject. While I don’t mind learning about cataloguing (I actually think its pretty cool), my teacher is going to drive me bonkers. He is one of the most disorganized lecturers I have ever listened to. And he’s on Dewey….so all these numbers are going straight over my head. I could do examples…if he’d stop rambling! This is only going to stick if we do some examples…talking about random numbers IS NOT going to help. Did you know that 771 represents Ohio in Dewey? But you have to put one of the 10 classes in front of it…and maybe more. It gets very confusing, very fast! And Dewey is only 4 volumes. Library of Congress (the letters in most college libraries) is THIRTY-THREE volumes long. Sheesh.

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

A'Grading I will go, A'Grading...

SNHU's term 5 ends Sunday...which means I'm buried in grading. Plus we are trying to prime the entire house this weekend...and I have a midterm on can see my life is rather crazy at the moment.

But the 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 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

House Cleaning

So you can see just how gross the walls where...can you see where Ray quit washing in the second picture?

30th Anniversary

Dave and Pat's 30th was on the 19th. We didn't go down for the big celebration dinner they had (we were cleaning house), but here are a few pictures.

Monday, June 19, 2006

The rest of the story....

I'm almost have caught up with sorting my pictures! One step at a time, right? I finished my reading for this week and now its time to do the work I actually get paid for. Such fun. The class I'm teaching for Southern New Hampshire ends this week, so tons of grading. I have almost no turnaround time for my finals so I will have to do a LOT of work this week. My students also have a paper due this week, so its going to be really busy. Other items of interest in our life:
  • 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 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.

Idaho Pictures

Pictures from Idaho during BJ's graduation...yes, I finally got them up....

Billy with Moscow behind him
Mom and Auntie Sue packing BJ - he hadn't even started!
Mom and Dad at the hotel...Mom on the phone...very normal!
Dad and Auntie Sue staring a bird up in the tree
Jennie with Coeur d'Alene Lake behind her

Billy - annoyed with me for taking pictures


I'm reading about mold outbreaks. Isn't that fun? I'm doing my reading for my preservation management class...which right is now is all about emergency and diaster reponses. So fire, water damage, mold, etc. Such fun. And it repeats A LOT. I get it.....major anyway decided to post a few more pictures between mold outbreaks. Oh and Olga just jumped up...she says hi.

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:

Sunday, June 18, 2006

House Pictures

Some pictures of the house after the last owner got all her junk out of it, but before we started cleaning.
Jennie with the SOLD sign.
Living Room
Kitchen (main floor)
Dining Room
Master Bedroom

Our Sunday

We spent most of the day at the new house - more cleaning. I just can't believe how flithy everything is. Its not like garbage, but just general disgustingness. How can you never clean anything? I would go crazy. Anyway, I spent the entire time scrubbing the kitchens. Then I lined all the drawers with contact paper. I didn't line all the cupboards - I'm just going to do the ones I'm putting dishes in once I start moving in. I swear the only thing she used her kitchen for was cat and dog food. Ugh.

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!

Quotes on Marriage

Grandma just sent me some quotes on marriage and I thought I'd share a few funny ones.

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.
-Jack Benny

The divorce rate would be lower if instead of marrying for better or worse people would marry for good.
-Ruby Dee

Marriage has no guarantees. If that's what you're looking for, go live with a car battery.
-Erma Bombeck

Love; a temporary insanity, curable by marriage.
-Ambrose Bierce

Try praising your wife, even if it does frighten her at first.
-Billy Sunday

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.

Rocky Mountains (Idaho and Montana)

So I went a little crazy...I missed pretty mountains. Anyway this is only a small portion of ALL the pictures I took so be thankful!:)

Butte, Montana
ID/MT border (about) - we were going up and up and finally found a pull off to take pictures at.

MT/ID border

And one more from the border

Our Lady of the Rockies

First of all - this isn't my picture. My picture turned out terrible. The picture came from:

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).

Glendive, Montana

For those of you who don't know, my great-grandmother was born here so we stopped on the way through. We actually ate lunch in town (it was pretty good too).



Main street Glendive More metal sculptures...we found these when we were searching for the freeway entrance ramp. Why do they hide those?

North Dakota pictures

This is a giant metal sculpture. There is a entire 30 mile road you can take and see like a dozen of them (the Enchanted Highway or something cutsy like that). This one was one the freeway, so we stoppted to see it. Isn't it cool? And you can see it for MILES.

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!


Me hopping the fence...I was trying to see down to the bottom so I jumped it.



Grand Forks

We were disappointingly barely in Grand Forks. We hit it mid-afternoon, I got all my forms signed (I just got my ND license in the mail...I'm good for two more years!) and Grandpa was itching to go. He was terrified we were going to be late to Idaho for some reason. But a few pictures.
So they are finally going to building a parking garage on campus! They wait until I leave and finally make a decision and break ground. They've been fighting for what, like 10 years? So so it seems.

Grandma and I in front of the Union. I had to get things signed here (you know, find people who will recommend you for 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!

La Crosse, Wisconsin

This is where the duck pictures from earlier were from as well.

Jennie and Grandma on the river

Grandma and Grandpa loading the suburban. They definitely have the entire thing down to a science because they road trip it so much:)


So I'm finally getting around to getting my road trip pictures from LAST MONTH on the blog. It just takes time...which I never seem to have any of. We spent five hours today cleaning the new house...pretty much until the chemicals were making Ray sick and so we had to leave. We will be back at it tomorrow. The person before us was a HUGE SLOB. Its disgusting. I mean really...if I get really motivated I have pictures...maybe tomorrow...goal for today is get road trip pictures up!
Grandma and Grandpa - we stopped and there was a monument to Charles Lindbergh and his Minnesota roots.

Friday, June 16, 2006

PIctures from Iraq

I rather like these pictures! I got them in email.

More from Billy's Graduation

More pictures from BJ's graduation...yes, I finally got back to this. And then Blogger was giving me static...and it goes on...
Dad getting the steaks ready for cooking

Grandma and Grandpa on the bus over to the statium for the ceremony.

Billy and Auntie Sue after graduation

Billy with my parents

Future of the airlines

Ding! It's $10 to move about the cabin
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?
Passenger: Sure.

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.
Passenger: What?

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

History Carnival

The newest edition of the History Carnival is out at the APB:

And it was edited by none other than me!

Sunday, June 11, 2006

Strange....although probably true for me...

Your Political Profile:
Overall: 75% Conservative, 25% Liberal
Social Issues: 100% Conservative, 0% Liberal
Personal Responsibility: 75% Conservative, 25% Liberal
Fiscal Issues: 50% Conservative, 50% Liberal
Ethics: 50% Conservative, 50% Liberal
Defense and Crime: 100% Conservative, 0% Liberal

Wednesday, June 07, 2006

Fair FAA

I don't understand all of this, but its important for all our ATC friends. Since I like my planes to land, go check this out and write your congressman!

Wisconsin Ducks

So why do I have a picture of these ducks? Well, they were nesting up against a gas station!

Billy's Graduation in Idaho

Billy and our parents
Billy and I

The entire gang (but Billy...who was still you can see Mom's on the phone trying to find him) after graduation ceremonies

This time with Billy

Stannard family

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.