Monday, July 31, 2006
Let's see...I spent most of last weekend in Columbus at a workshop on genealogy in libraries. It was really interesting, just bad timing. I now have the post class assignmetn for that class as well...I really need to return those library books...or renew them....can't forget!
The cat is having fun...she loves climbing in, on and through the new house. Today she was trying to get in the ceiling! Now she's climbing all over my desk. Silly kitty.
Well, I really need to get back to work so have fun everyone!
Saturday, July 22, 2006
Monday, July 17, 2006
All are welcome to come over and help move boxes of books! Many of you have in the past...such fun, isn't it?
Mom and Grandma will be here soon so I'm off to try to do some work around here first.
Grandma working on the trim.
Me and Mom in the bedroom on the trim
Grandma's feet...we got just a little messy?
Ray fixing cracks in the wall...it actually didn't rain yesterday and so hopefully it will be dry long enough for the sealer to actually SEAL.
Sunday, July 16, 2006
Saturday, July 15, 2006
Mom and Grandma with my new washer and dryer, which were delivered today! YAH!
|You Are 40% Control Freak|
You have achieved the perfect balance of control and letting go.
You tend to roll with whatever life brings, but you never get complacent.
Friday, July 14, 2006
Thursday, July 13, 2006
Wednesday, July 12, 2006
Some ideas from the site:
- Avoid tight fitting clothes: definitely! Thinking about my body NEVER makes me happy
- Pet a cat or dog: Olga will like this one!
- Read something: Now here is one after my own heart! Reading always makes me feel better!
- Buy some crayons and color: Maybe I'll take a coloring book with me my final with me....that always worked for me as an undergrad! I love to color:)
- Take a walk: Now if I can just get Ray to go with me....
Other notes from me:
My mother and grandmother get here on Friday. I SO want them to get here...they are major house help! Grandma even LIKES to paint. And then packing....can't think about that now....
So I get home today and Ray asks me what's different about the cat. So I stare at Olga...and figure it out. She's missing her collar. Well, not only did she manage to extricate herself from her collar, but we can't find it! She hid it on us! So we are calling her the "Collarless One" for now. We'll have to find it or get another before we start moving...I don't want to risk her escaping during the move without a collar on. The pound once in her life is definitely enough!
Well, I have to go to bed...I'm completely exhausted and there is that final tomorrow...so good night everyone!
Tuesday, July 11, 2006
On another note, I finished the book noted earlier. It was great! Definitely will be reading more. Light and funny, perfect summer reading. I even managed to figure out "whodonit" before the end - a major coup for me!
“I’m afraid not,” Richard said. “As a doctor, I’ll have to insist that you get some rest. Laura and I are quite capable of delivering a ham.”
Aunt Nora open her mouth as if to protest, shut it again, and then said, “Well, if you’re sure you don’t mind.”
“We’re sure,” I said, as I untied her apron, took it from her, and pushed toward the stairs.
“All right,” she said, “but, Richard, since when does being a doctor of literature give you the say-so to tell people when to go to sleep?”
He drew himself up haughtily. “Madame, men and women of my profession have put thousands of students to sleep over the years. I consider myself admirably qualified.”
She was still chucking as we carried the ham out to the car.
Pg. 94, Down Home Murder by Toni L.P. Kelner
Monday, July 10, 2006
Sunday, July 09, 2006
Yes this is a new picture - I took a better one today (7/10). You can really see the difference Pat's handiwork made on this light fixtures. I honestly don't think the previous owner ever cleaned ANYTHING in 17 years. The house is going to be so bright when I get the CLEAN light fixtures back up.
Ray getting ready to nail in the drywall.
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Ray volunteered to take this, but then I had to hogtie him to get it posted. I did it, but I had to endure tickle torture for it!
Saturday, July 08, 2006
Maybe all those summers at the bank are showing, but this sooo starts me on a tangent. Obsolete, annoying money. The penny (and maybe the nickel) both could probably be discontinued and it wouldn't affect us. Inflation has changed what is "valuable" to the point that most people don't use either of these. Now that doesn't mean I don't personally keep and then roll all my change, including pennies, because I do, but it would save the government a lot of money making those coins!
Okay, here's my beef with dollar bills. They have almost no lifespan (the average life span is 18 months and some last a LOT less). The average lifespan of a coin is THIRTY YEARS. So why do we print dollar bills? They have to be constantly replaced (the BEP reports that 45% of what it prints are dollar bills). So its actually a waste of governmental money to use the dollar bill - and since no one likes to pay taxes, this seems smart. Now people being the idiots they usually are tended to horde and not use dollar coins when they were produced making them pretty useless. But if the BEP stopped making dollar bills people would have to get used of it and start using them. Another complaint was that vending machines don't make dollar coins, but that's changing as well (look at the vending machine next time you are there, most will take dollar coins now). So there is no VALID reason to have a dollar bill in currency. So the government needs to get smart and quit making them. People will just have to get used to dollar coins and the world will be a better place. And Jennie will be happy.
Plus on the fun side, dollar coins are just cool. I love Canadian currency for this exact reason. The loonies and twoonies are so great and easy to use.
Thursday, July 06, 2006
So you will notice that my car has new plates (yes, I finally had to get Ohio plates). My ND plates would expire July 31st so last week I decided I better get moving on this issue. Ohio requires emissions checks in 7 counties, including mine. I knew this from when we registered the Oldsmobile…so I decided the end of last week to go and get the e-check so that if for some reason the car failed I could get it fixed. So I went to the BMV website and surfed around until I found the list of e-check stations and addresses (Ohio BMV really needs to work on the user-friendly function of their website). So I looked at their map, it looked easy and I knew I had seen a few little signs pointing towards one, so I just copied down the general directions and went off. BIG MISTAKE. So I couldn’t find the street they had used…and I went up and down the street like 4 times. So then I decided just to follow the little signs and turned on Fish Creek. But there was no sign on Fish Creek anywhere to turn again (and since I knew the exact address, I knew I had to turn). So I finally give and head back home to use MapQuest. But then I see another little sign in Kent and I remembered from the map that 43 was on there as well, so I decided to take a chance and try that way. And I was rewarded and finally found the right street…and even a sign when I turned around (I missed the street because it is at a strange angle the first time). So I finally found the right street (and I went out the other way and found that the reason I couldn’t find it off Fish Creek is that Graham BECOMES Fairchild (the street I needed) and there really was no sign)). So I finally get there and get in line, pull up and find out that I can’t get an e-check until I have Ohio registration or a title! Which is why I was there in the first place! So I go to the BMV office in Kent to find out what I’m supposed to do…well, it turns out that I have to change my title first (which I can only do in Ravenna), then go do the e-check and THEN I can get plates. What a mess. And the only thing I can do that day is get the vehicle inspection I need for my title change because the Ravenna office is already closed.
So Monday morning I get up and decide to go change the title. Seems simple enough – I drive to Ravenna and go find the Title Office. Not hard…I get in line and hand them my ND title and vehicle inspection to change over and find that I can’t do it unless Ray is actually present since his name is also on the title. So I have to go back and get Ray (and I was lucky that he was home) and go back to Ravenna and then go back and try again. This time they actually do it and we get an Ohio title for the car. So I finally (after two days of effort) have the FIRST step done. So I’m feeling pretty good and decide to go do the e-check. That went smoothly (I knew where it was now!).
So I have one step left – go the BMV office in Kent and get my new plates. So I decide that I might as well do it. So I go get in and line, hand them my e-check pass sheet and my new title. BUT they won’t do it…why this time? Well, because I don’t have my social security card! I don’t carry it anymore…most agencies are getting away from asking for it and with identity theft and whatnot, I just don't carry it (I have it memorized so what's the point?). So I have to go home and come back and then they finally give me my new plates and registration.
So I won…but it took DAYS. It was VERY frustrating and annoying. I really hate Ohio when it comes to bureaucracy. They are also anal about out-of-state anything…drives me BONKERS! I still haven’t gotten any word about my OH teaching license…we’ll see if that goes through…I had to submit fingerprints to two different agencies to make sure I’m not a child molester or anything. I did tell the Kent office what I thought of their website and process and I emailed from the site…so hopefully they’ll get the picture. I still have to change my driver’s license…but that’s next month’s battle.
Ray's dad changed the plates for me
Wednesday, July 05, 2006
Monday, July 03, 2006
We are planning on visiting Grand Forks after all this is done...as of now, we will be in town from August 7th to the 15th and hopefully we can see everyone!