Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Happy Halloween!

Have a spooky fun Halloween! I'm going to do homework all day...isn't that scary enough?

Monday, October 30, 2006

What's up?

We had a pretty quiet weekend - which was good for us!

We got a fair number of trick-or-treaters - YAH! Ray took the leftover candy to his classes today. I'm sure they will appreciate it.

The weather was really nice on Sunday. Cool, but clear and sunny.

Let's see - I froze the leftover pork into sandwich size portions - I think it will be very good for lunches:)

Ray was on duty this weekend. He got his stuff for the FIRCH (Flight Instructor Refresher Course) that he is teaching all in order.

I'm spending next weekend in Columbus for a workshop on government documents. Hopefully it will be interesting! I leave Friday morning at like 5 AM and will be back Saturday night, late.

Librarians as TSA Agents?

“Librarians are Uniquely Qualified to Become Airport Screeners”
By Leslie R. Morris
Journal of Interlibrary Loan, Document Delivery & Information Supply, Vol. 13(4) (2003), p. 5-6

The author looked through the TSA (Transportation Security Administration) website and the list of jobs as well as the questions from their online application and some other resources. She concluded that librarians would make good airport screeners. Here are a few of the questions and her answers:

Q: Do you have experience with a walk-through metal detector?
A: Here the librarians have lots of experience. If you have a 3M or Knogo book theft detector, you are well qualified.

Q: Do you have experience with hand held metal detectors?
A: If your library has a wand to wave over people that set off the alarm, you have experience.

Q: Do you have experience with calibration or maintenance position on security equipment?
A: Has your 3M system ever had a problem? Did you troubleshoot the problem with 3M over the phone? Have you ever called for service?

Q: Do you have experience performing physical inspections of property such as bags, briefcases, cargo, etc?
A: Have you ever looked through a patron’s briefcase after they set off the alarm?

Q: Do you have experience managing security incidents as they occurred, e.g., attempted security breaches, interference with screening personnel, or actual security threat incidents?
A: Have you ever read a memo about what to do if there was a bomb threat? Have you ever received a bomb threat? Have you ever written a memo about what to do in case of a bomb thread? Have you ever instructed library staff about what to do in case of a bomb thread?

As you can see, Morris well proves her point that librarians should become airport screeners and get those “civil service and health care benefits.”

Sunday, October 29, 2006

Time Change

Don't forgot to push your clocks back one hour today!

Saturday, October 28, 2006

Hail

It was hailing today (well, according to the weather prof - Ray, it was just ice pellets, not hail, but whatever). And joy and joy it didn't start until I was parked at KSU getting ready to walk to the library. OF COURSE! It was cold and icky here. I want SNOW!

Screwy Halloween

So what happened to actually trick-or-treating on Halloween? There is a big long list in the Beacon-Journal of what times you can go in each city...how paranoid are we? The kids in our town have to go between 3-5 PM tomorrow....not Tuesday. Halloween as a holiday really seems to be pointless anymore - yes, kids still dress up, but only to go to parties and at special times. No more door to door knocking and enjoyment. I know there are bad people in the world, but the point of Halloween is that it is a fun holiday for kids. It should not be so regimented and picky. A 2 hour window? AGGHHH!!! You even have to make sure you give away the correct kind of candy. If I wanted to give away homemade treats I couldn't - no one would let their kids eat for fear I poisoned it. We used to get homemade snacks from one of my aunts each year - she made up a special baggie of candy for each kid in the family.

Honestly, I have no idea what trick-or-treating was like when I was a kid - we lived in the middle of nowhere and got usually 1 set a year (our neighbors). And my parents would put us in the car and we could go see all the relatives for candy because we only had one neighbor so walking was out of the question.

I am hoping to actually get some trick-or-treaters - we didn't get any last year, but we were in an apartment building. This year we are in a house and there are some kids around us so hopefully they will at least come by.

Friday, October 27, 2006

Hannah

I have a new cousin! Owen and Leanne's baby was born yesterday - a girl, Hannah, 6 lbs 3 oz. Now I get to go shopping for cute stuff! I'll put up a picture once someone sends me some....

Thursday, October 26, 2006

Fall Leaves

Pictures for our trip to Berlin, OH - aren't the leaves pretty?


See what you can do with old corn stalks? Pretty cool!

Pumpkin Soup...NOT GOOD

Well, I like pumpkin flavored stuff, so I thought pumpkin soup would be good. NOT!!! It was good pumpkin soup, but Ray and I DO NOT like pumpkin soup we discovered tonight. YICK! Anyway, I just updated my recipes on my website (I did NOT include the pumpkin soup recipe):
  • Pulled Pork (really good!)
  • Mushroom Stuffing
  • Grilled Chicken Club Pitas (Ray LOVED these)
  • Double Chocolate Cherry Cookies

Have fun!

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Neighbors

Our neighbors all seem really nice (I'm just prefacing this with that). BUT here's a story...so we took some apple cake to one of our neighbors (he blew off the leaves on our front lawn when he did his own) and got some good gossip. We really are gone a LOT and tend not to notice things so this was all new to us. I guess the guy in one of the houses across from us (we'd never met him, hence I can be silly about this) tried to commit suicide. So this sounds bad, but he was a real idiot about it (as if trying to commit suicide isn't idoitic enough). He used a .22 and shot himself in the stomach...and it came out his butt so he had to be pointing to downwards. Not a smart way to try to kill yourself (if there is a such thing).

Car Story

Well, Ray wanted his oil changed. Which meant I had to do it because I have time during the day. I first cleaned out his car....I just can't stand TRASH in the car...he's not that bad, just leaves stuff like empty water bottles in the car to build up. By the way, you want to see really messy cars? Go rate the cars at the messiest car contest! It is rather fun! Well, I get to Midas and they tell me it'll be about an hour - I had thought ahead and brought a book so that was okay. It ended up taking two hours and I finally got it done. Then when they bring back the keys and the paperwork I asked if a turn signal was out because Ray wanted it changed - it was and they MISSED it! So they had to do that...but I did get $10 off for it. What a long mess, but Ray's car is cleaner and the oil is good. I need to vaccuum out both cars....need to get to that. Anyway, that's my story.

Oddball Facts

I got these in a email...I didn't bother to check them, so hold me responsible for their veracity - I just thought they were cool:

  • Many years ago in Scotland , a new game was invented. It was ruled "Gentlemen Only...Ladies Forbidden"...and thus the word GOLF entered into the English language.
  • Coca-Cola was originally green.
  • The State with the highest percentage of people who walk to work: Alaska
  • It is impossible to lick your elbow. [It then went on to say at the end that 75% of people reading this will try...I did....can't do it.]
  • The percentage of Africa that is wilderness: 28% (now get this...) The percentage of North America that is wilderness: 38%
  • Intelligent people have more zinc and copper in their hair. [Explains my hair!]
  • Each king in a deck of playing cards represents a great king from history: Spades - King David, Hearts - Charlemagne, Clubs -Alexander, the Great, Diamonds - Julius Caesar
  • Q. Half of all Americans live within 50 miles of what? A. Their birthplace
  • In English pubs, ale is ordered by pints and quarts... So in old England, when customers got unruly, the bartender would yell at them "Mind your pints and quarts, and settle down." It's where we get the phrase "mind your P's and Q's"

Weren't they fun?

Monday, October 23, 2006

Early Day!

I'm so excited because I got out of research (with the most boring teacher on earth in charge) EARLY because it was SPSS lab day and I was able to get mine done quickly (the joys of already having used SPSS).

It was snowing a little when I came home - that made me really happy!

Oddball News

Cream Puff Wedding Dress - WHY?

A new list of the 7 wonders of the world is in the works. You can even go vote for them yourself. I already did - I was quite pleased to see that the Hagia Sophia was the on the list. But I still like the old list - I don't care if they aren't still standing or not!

More foodie clothes - my earlier comment stands!

Sunday, October 22, 2006

Weekend

We spent the Friday and Saturday in Michigan. The big news from the trip? RAY got pulled over on the way down. Why? Not for speeding, but because he was weaving and the trooper thought he was drunk! He was just tired (big shock, right?) and so we switched places and the trooper let us go, but I have to annoy Ray about it some more!

The kitty was glad to see us when we got home. We brought home some mason jars home and put them on floor and didn't really think anything about it as they were in a box. But the cat decided she just HAD to see what was in the box and sent them flying across the room! Of course, several broke and we had a big mess to clean up!

Sunday, October 15, 2006

New Saints

The Holy Father just named four new saints.

Pray for us, St. Theodore Guerin
Pray for us, St. Rafael Guizar Valencia
Pray for us, St. Filippo Smaldone
Pray for us, St. Rosa Venerini

Pray for an end to the culture of death.

Jupiter

Here's an interesting story about Jupiter. You can read about storms on other planets intstead of just this one!

But my favorite quote from this article:
"We found that Jupiter tends to do interesting things behind the sun and we can't see it," Simon-Miller said.

That just cracks me up....kind of like saying Jupiter plans this just to annoy them, like a teenager does to their parents!

Gas Prices

This is what we paid per gallon in Massilion yesterday! Isn't it nice to see?

Saturday, October 14, 2006

Campaign Ads

This is so true and it is SO depressing! This is Ray's philsophy by the way - he just votes against the incumbent as he says the government stinks so he wants all new! He's only ever voted for one incumbent (a ND governor at that).

Snow


This is from Friday, our "snowy" day. It is hard to see, but I swear it was snowing! I guess MI got a LOT for this time of year - like enough to stick for a little bit. And there was something the news about NY.

Friday, October 13, 2006

Windy

It was so windy here today I thought I was back in ND!! I was walking up the library and the wind was trying to move me around. Been like this for the last few days - very gusty! My garbage can even had to be rescued from the street!

Cat on the Loose

So I was sitting at my computer, catching up on email and stuff and I hear this crashing. And since I'm the only person home, I know this means that cat did something crazy. So I start looking around trying to find out what she knocked over. I can't find anything anywhere - or teh cat...who I at first thought was hiding from me. I finally find her in the closet under the stairs. She must have squeezed herself through the hole between the stairs and that area and then FELL into the closet (hence the crashing). When I opened the door she just looked at me like, "well, I didn't do anything..." Such a weirdo, she is.

Thursday, October 12, 2006

Update

I just finished grading website reviews and have a little time so I thought I'd update here. After next week, I should have a little more time as one of the classes I'm teaching and one I'm taking will end. That always helps.

Ray and I are planning to go to Berlin, OH this Saturday. I need fabric for my First Ladies costume and we want to go leaf-sightseeing. So that's our big plans. Which means tomorrow I have to be really productive and get all my errands and stuff done. But that's the price I pay for wanting to have some fun.

Let's see...well, this week I took a midterm in Research. Majorly annoying! Really long and tedious, but hopefully I did all right. I'm working on a group project for Rare Books, which is due next week, plus I have an assignment due in that class as well. I also have one more paper to finish for Access (the class that is ending), plus studying for the final exam. I signed up for classes for next semester (and should graduate!). That was FUN...because I went in to see when I register and found I had a hold. Why did I have a hold? Because the health service people wanted my shot record! So I call them up on Monday to find out what they need...luckily it was a shot I had (MMR) and I had a copy of my shot record from when UND required it eons ago. But its in my maiden name. So I tell them that and they say fine, fax it over and it should be gone that day. Okay, so I do that. I check that night...still there...well, I think they are busy and sometimes the system takes overnight to process. So I check again on Tuesday night...still there...Wednesday morning, the same...so Wednesday I go over and personally hand them the paperwork and they finally input it and it instantly fixes itself. So obviously they ignored my fax. Idiots. Well, I go home to finally register and find out that I can't because I was supposed to on Monday and if I didn't then I have to wait until Thursday. So finally this morning before class, I was able to register. UGH! I hate paperwork.

We've had pretty crummy weather all week, but it meant the airport was pretty slow and gave Ray some time to catch up, which made him happy. He really needed a little downtime.

Bones isn't on for awhile because of the dratted World Series...I'm so sad!

Well, I think I'm going to go to bed. Have a great day!

Flakes!

Ray just called to report that it was snowing at the airport! Little flakes, but it's SNOW!!! And you can see little tiny flakes here at the house as well!!!

Sunday, October 08, 2006

Olga's new position


This looks SO uncomfortable, but she's always in it now!

Hard at work

Ray getting ready for classes
My piles of junk

Busy Week...no strike that...busy fall!

It has continued to be a crazy fall in the Weber household. Between work, school and normal life issues, we've barely had a minute to do anything else. I keep almost getting caught up and then something else happens to throw my plans off! But one of the classes I'm teaching and one I'm taking end soon, which will really help to lighten my load. So maybe the end of the month will be better than the beginning! And we aren't sick anymore...that's always a plus!
I did get my Halloween and fall decorations up!