Monday, November 27, 2006


Auntie Sue finally sent some good pictures of my new little counsin - Hannah.
A happy Hannah!

Hannah with her Aunt Emily and great-grandmother

Saturday, November 25, 2006

My new costume

My new costume for the First Ladies Library tours - I'm going to be Sarah Polk. I still have to work on my hair, but here is the finished dress.


Shoes to match

Me and my seamstresses!

Hemming the Dress


Pat and Dave brought my costume for the First Ladies library, but we had some alterations that were needed so we spent time on that this weekend.
Pat and Jennie
Pat and Dave
Pat, Dave and Ray (we were making Ray cut out lids for our gifts in the jar...which we did get done this weekend!)

Olga and the new furniture

Olga checking out the new piece of furniture. I'll have pics of them up once I get Ray to help with a few last things in my set up and reorganization project:)


What we did when we weren't eating this weekend!


I hope you can read says "Caution - Risk of Fire." Dave decided to wear it!

Light Fixture

So we got a new light fixture for the bedroom in is Ray and his dad putting it up this weekend. Took Ray just a little awhile to get this to this....


We went to the COSI in Columbus a weekend or so ago. Pictures from that.

Ray and Tamara playing with water
Balancing a ball on a water geyser - Ray got this one to stay. He was good at getting them to last.

Ray pulling me up on the pulley system.

Moose Commute

One of my aunts sent me this. What to join this commute in Anchorage? I couldn't resist this picture!

Gettysburg in Peril

A group in PA is trying to get permission to put a casino at Gettysburg. While I personally detest gambling, I don't mind casinos for some people. BUT not at Gettysburg! Come on - that's a major American historical site! Anyway, you can sign a petition against it at the National Trust's site. I signed it - and I'm a member of the National Trust, which I recommend you all to contribute to.

Carnival Time

Some carnivals that are up and have me in them!

The Carnival of Bad History (no, it doesn't accuse me of bad history!)

The Carnival of Hijacked Holidays

Friday, November 24, 2006

The day after...

We have a great Thanksgiving and an excellent weekend. Ray's parents are going home tomorrow, but we had a great visit. We got a lot done and had a lot of fun. My costume for the National First Ladies library is now done (pictures coming) and Pat and I got our jars finished for Christmas. We also played a ton of cards and games, which we all love. Ray and Dave even managed to hang the new fan for the bedroom that Ray bought in JULY. Ray has also promised he will finally fix my living room blinds before the new year. Everyone else has gone to bed - I was just answering a few student questions that were posted online today.

My plans for the rest of the weekend:
  • Pat and Dave leave in the morning and we are all going out to breakfast and then Ray is going to fly. I'm coming home and rearranging as the rest of my furniture came with Pat and Dave this weekend! We just couldn't fit it in our car and so had to wait for them to come this way. I can't wait!:)
  • I plan to put up Christmas decorations on Sunday. Now that we've enjoyed Thanksgiving, I'm more than willing to talk about Christmas! Ray should have time on Sunday to help me out as I hate putting together our little fake tree.
  • My government docs assignment has to get done.
  • Catch up on paperwork/housework in general
  • I really need to get moving on next term's syllabuses and class shells. I'm hoping to at least get the schedules worked out - that will get me lined up one what I need to change/updated.

Well, it is definitely time to go to sleep as I have to get up in the morning for breakfast. Enjoy those leftovers - I know I am!

Thursday, November 23, 2006

Happy Thanksgiving

Hope you all have a happy and safe Turkey Day! Our turkey is in the oven now. Ray even says hi! His parents are here and we are going to play lots of cards. The kitty is confused.

Tuesday, November 21, 2006


What's up in our lives? Well, I'm all excited about Turkey Day - my first holiday in my own house! My in-laws are due in tomorrow. Gotta cook all day - but that's fun. Been cleaning most of today. Just finished my bookwork - gotta balance that checkbook. Such fun....NOT.

We went to Columbus last Saturday and met Tamara there. We went through the science museum - it was a ton of fun. We were also out of town BEFORE the Buckeyes game ended so we missed the traffic that I'm sure was crazy. The Buckeyes did win. Big news in Ohio.

I just put a new recipe up on my website - Oatmeal Dinner Rolls. Ray definitely liked them - I think the boy ate a full dozen and a half of them. I know he ate at least a dozen. Ray and his bread!

Ray had to go back to work late last night because something happened with one of his dispatchers. Poor boy. Then today he forgets the video he needs tomorrow morning so I end up going back to the airport for him at 9 at night.

Gilmore Girls update - Chris and Lorelai really did get married. I wasn't so sure, but they are just so cute together I'm getting converted the idea. And although I loved the IDEA of Luke and Lorelai they never really meshed properly like Chris and Lorelai do. Logan is moving to NY from London - this is a good thing. I like Rory and Logan as a couple.

Well, I want to go to bed because I really didn't get much sleep last night. Have a good night.

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Gilmore Girls

AAAGGGGHHHHH!!!!!! I just finished watching Gilmore Girls!! Chris and Lorelai got MARRIED!!! I'm really not sure what to think. Chris is just so sweet....but what about Luke???? And Rory is all confused...she needs to start applying for jobs...maybe call Logan and a get a job with his paper!!!

Saturday, November 11, 2006

Veteran's Day

Remember to thank a veteran today!

World War I ended on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month - hence why we celebrate today. President Eisenhower changed the name from Armistice Day to Veteran's Day and the day now honors all veterans.

Ray found a use for our garage

I thought a garage for storing your car...Ray has found another use of it...spraying painting little men. Once the snow flies, we'll have to re-discuss this!

Table in Use

Ray had to put some of his little men on the table to "test" it.

REAL approval

The cat checking out the new piece of furniture. She was very annoyed at first because Ray wouldn't let her downstairs while he was building it. He didn't want her around power tools...makes sense, but doesn't make a kitty happy. When she did get down there, she had to check everything out.
Ultimate approval - kitty approved for sleeping!
Cat checking it out in construction

Clean Up

Ray making sure he cleaned up the sawdust and stuff - I was very specific!


Ray put two colors of felt on the table so it is reversable. The top comes off and can be flipped. He also made it slightly lower, so there is a lip. Mainly so the cat can't just knock things off it - she'll have to work at it!

Ray getting the white felt ready.

Ray stapling the green felt down.

I even helped a little at this stage - I helped to trim the felt at the end.

Construction of Table

Ray did most of the cutting at Tim's (one of his co-workers) house. Although he did get home and found out that it was slightly too big and had to do a little cutting here as well. Here is the table during construction at our house - he brought it back in pre-cut pieces.

Ray working on it

Ray using power tools

Once he got it mostly together he moved it into his area to finish - at this point, he could still stand in the middle of it.

Ray's weekend project

Ray spent this weekend working on a gaming table. That was his "fun" project for the long weekend. He had a lot of fun working on something completely not "work"-related. It turned out very nice, if very large!

Friday, November 10, 2006

Pea Soup Mess

I've been trying new soups - you all probably remember my pumpkin soup mess. Well, I tried to make split pea soup in my crock pot. It was going pretty well until the very end. So I put the soup (in two parts....I didn't stick it all in at once either!) in the blender to puree it. I put on the lid (so I thought) and started it. And the lid pops up and soups sprays a little. So I clean it up, make sure the lid is on really good...start it again...and off comes the lid AGAIN. This time it makes an even bigger mess! Ugh! The worst part? The soup wasn't even that good! It was too bland. A very annoying food night.

I'm trying potato soup next week...wish me luck....

Thursday, November 09, 2006

David's Wedding

Jennie, Eric, Emily, Owen
Stefanie and David
All the cousins at David's wedding - this was Labor Day weekend.
It is only the first week of November and my Halloween decorations are put away!

Wednesday, November 08, 2006


Congrats to Governor-elect Sarah Palin of Alaska - the first woman to be governor of Alaska! And a former mayor of Wasilla!

The Ohio elections went as expected - almost all Democrat. Yick, but it was expected. And our current governor is a complete goober - I'll just blame him.

North Dakota looks like it stayed much the same - Conrad and Pomeroy both kept their seats. I'm so shocked.....j/k.

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Saddam sentenced

Saddem Hussein was sentenced to hang.

Ohio Voting

Here is a comic about Ohio and voting this year:


I've been the polls today - have you?

Okay, off my soapbox, it is story time! Ray and I have been watching Season 3 of Wings, which we just purchased. Yes, we really like our TV on DVD. Anyway, Ray is so CUTE. First off, did you know the landing in the opening jingle is a bad one? Well, last night, we were watching an episode where they were having weather issues and Joe called the tower for a weather report. Oh, you should have heard Ray go off on how WRONG the tower was in what they said. Then there was the explanation of a transponder, which they also got wrong (they described it as an ELT), which also made Ray crazy. Such the life an aviation professor.

Monday, November 06, 2006

Election Day

Tomorrow is election day - make sure you GO VOTE!! If you don't vote, you have absolutely NO RIGHT to complain about ANYTHING the government does because you didn't use your right to vote. So GO VOTE!! It is painless, I promise - I've done it every election since I turned 18! Remember how many people DIED to give you that RIGHT!! Think about our military men and women today serving throughout the world to defend your rights and the rights of others. Don't shame their sacrifices by not bothering to VOTE!! Think about how many people don't have that right - and how many would give anything to have the RIGHT to VOTE. Don't toss yours in the dumpster because you are too lazy to exercise it.

Sunday, November 05, 2006

Home Again

I got back from Columbus last night. Good roads, but I was certainly glad to be done. There were a lot of trucks on the road - not bad, as they tend at least be GOOD drivers, but I always feel very tiny next to them on the road.

My head felt very flat after two days of straight workshop on government documents. Seriously our government is sadistic about their organizational systems. GPO Access is simply the most ANNOYING database I have ever had the displeasure of working with. NARA and the LOC are pretty decent to work with, but the GPO is crazy mad. I think I amost prefer the paper system. At least it is just a matter of cataloguing, not Boolean logic. I'm actually pretty good at Boolean logic, but most of that class was completely lost. And GPO Access is ALL Boolean - there are no shortcuts, like are in most "public" databases anymore. I did discover something really cool - did you know you can set Google to use "Elmer Fudd" as its language? Try it - it will make you laugh!

The amount of information is staggering in itself as well. And they are finding they are putting a little TOO much info out there. I guess there was just a big mess over a bunch of nuclear documents that pretty much explained how to make a nuclear bomb. They had to take down a bunch of stuff to reevaluate. Oh, and we found US "countermeasures" for terrorist attacks online as well yesterday. Aren't countermeasures a little futile if the bad guys know what they will be? I'm all for government disclosure about things like where they spend the budget (by the way, did you know you can access the President's yearly tax forms online? He doesn't have to release them, but both Clinton and Bush did), but not about how they are going to fight terroists as I'd like them to win!

Well, I'm boycotting work today (except office hours later tonight, which I really can't). I just finished Gunpowder Plot by Carola Dunn - a very good murder mystery. I think I'm off to find another book.

Friday, November 03, 2006


I'm in Columbus for a workshop, so this is just a quick post. This morning my car was covered in SNOW!!

Thursday, November 02, 2006

Stonehenge Misrepresented

This is from Mother Goose & Grimm.

Now I know it is a comic strip and all, but it is ANNOYING. [I actually like this comic strip, but am annoyed with this particular one.]

Stonehenge is NOT some giant sundial! It was never used to tell time!! Besides the fact, that Daylight Savings Time is a modern construct! Heck, time zones are a construct! Historians aren't sure what it was used for...they have a lot of theories of which NONE of them are about telling time!

And what really galls me, is this is the stuff the average person will remember not the lecture I give in History 101!

Anyway, to rectify the problem a little here are some sites to check out:
Encyclopedia Britannia on Stonehenge
Stonehenge Guide

Car Story

So it is 7:30 yesterday morning and I have an 8 AM meeting. So I go out to the car to start it (frost on the winshield). I get in and start it and go to shut the door...and it won't shut. So I think it is the lock, as we've had problems, but that doesn't do anything. So I stare at it for awhile and then realize that I have no idea what I'm looking at so I decide to open the other door and compare. I get it open...and then IT won't shut either! So now I'm really stumped, Ray isn't home and I obvsiouly can't drive anywhere with the door open. But luckily my neighbor was still home and he came over to rescue me. Something in the door latchie thing was stuck down. He showed me how to move it back into place. So I went to my meeting with a screwdriver in my pocket in case it happened again. But it never did...I have no idea why it did yesterday morning, but it seems to be happy now. My strange car.....

Cartoon Character

Everyone has a personality of a cartoon character. Have you ever asked yourself what cartoon character do you most resemble? A group of investigators got together and analyzed the personalities of well known and modern cartoon characters. The information that was gathered was made into this test:

Answer all the questions with what describes you best, add up all your points (which are next to the answer that you choose) at the end and look for your results. Do not cheat by looking at the end of the post before you are done.

1. Which one of the following describes the perfect date?
A) Candlelight dinner (4 pts.)
B) Fun/Theme Park (2 pts.)
C) Painting in the park (5 pts.)
D) Rock concert (1 pt. )
E) Going to the movies (3 pts.)

2. What is your favorite type of music?
A) Rock and Roll (2 pts.)
B) Alternative (1 pt.)
C) Soft Rock (4 pts.)
D) Country (5 pts.)
E) Pop (3 pts.)

3. What type of movies do you prefer?
A) Comedy (2 pts.)
B) Horror (1 pt.)
C) Musical (3 pts.)
D) Romance (4 pts.)
E) Documentary (5 pts.)

4. Which one of these occupations would you choose if you only could choose one of these?
A) Waiter (4 pts.)
B) Professional Sports Player (5 pts.)
C) Teacher (3 pts.)
D) Police (2 pts.)
E) Cashier (1 pt)

5. What do you do with your spare time?
A) Exercise (5 pts.)
B) Read (4 pts.)
C) Watch television (2 pts.)
D) Listen to music (1 pt.)
E) Sleep (3 pts.)

6. Which one of the following colors do you like best?
A) Yellow (1 pt.)
B) White (5 pts.)
C) Sky Blue (3 pts.)
D) Dark Blue (2 pts.)
E) Red (4 pts.)

7. What do you prefer to eat right now?
A) Snow (3 pts.)
B) Pizza (2 pts.)C
) Sushi (1 pt.)
D) Pasta (4 pts.)
E) Salad (5 pts.)

8. What is your favorite holiday?
A) Halloween (1 pt.)
B) Christmas (3 pts.)
C) New Year (2 pts.)
D) Valentine?s Day (4 pts.)
E) Thanksgiving (5 pts.)

9. If you could go to one of these places which one would it be?
A) Paris (4 pts)B
) Spain (5 pts.)
C) Las Vegas (1 pt.)
D) Hawaii (4 pts.)
E) Hollywood (3 pts)

10. With which of the following would you prefer to spend time with?
A) Someone Smart (5 pts.)
B) Someone attractive (2 pts.)
C) Someone who likes to Party (1 pt.)
D) Someone who always has fun (3 pts.)
E) Someone very sentimental (4 pts.)

Now add up your points and find out the answer you have been waiting for! Very interesting to see "who" you, your friends and family are!

(10-16 points) You are Garfield: You are very comfortable, easy going, and you definitely know how to have fun but sometimes you take it to an extreme. You always know what you are doing and you are always in control of your life. Others may not see things as you do, but that doesn't mean that you always have to do what is right. Try to remember your happy spirit may hurt you or others.

(17-23 points) You are Snoopy: You are fun, you are very cool and popular. You always know what's in and you never are out of style. You are good at knowing how to satisfy everyone else. You have probably disappeared for a few days more than once but you always come home with the family values that you learned. Being married and having children are important to you, but only after you have had your share of fun times.

(24-28 points) You are Elmo: You have lots of friends and you are also popular, always willing to give advice and help out a person in need. You are very optimistic and you always see the bright side of things. Some good advice: try not to be too much of a dreamer, if not you will have many
conflicts with life

(29-35 points) You are Sponge Bob Square Pants: You are the classic person that everyone loves. You are the best friend that anyone could ever have and never want to lose. You never cause harm to anyone and they would never not understand your feelings. Life is a journey, it's funny and calm for the most part. Stay away from traitors and jealous people, then you will be stress free

(36-43 points) You are Charlie Brown: You are tender, you fall in love quickly but you are also very serious about all relationships you are a family person. You call your mom every Sunday. You have many friends and may occasionally forget a few Birthdays. Don't let your passion confuse you with reality

(44-50 points) You are Dexter: You are smart and definitely a thinker. Every situation is fronted with a plan. You have a brilliant mind. You demonstrate very strong family principles maintain a stable routine but never ignore a bad situation when it comes.

Our results:
I was Charlie Brown and Ray was Sponge Bob. Who are you like?