Tuesday, January 30, 2007


So what's up in Jennie's life? Crazy stuff, that's what. We've been getting lots of snow...which is great, but means there are lots of stupid people on the roads. Coming back from class last night (in Cleveland) was really bad. I hate driving at night!

I've had lots of "extra" stuff in my schedule that has kept me constantly behind. I just need to CATCH up...I keep trying.

But this week all our shows are back from their holiday hiatuses though! A new Gilmore Girls...a new Bones...and new Numb3rs...life is better. Ray has been watching a new series - Dresden Files. Its not bad at all and Ray is very happy so far.

Classes are crazy...my students don't seem to have the "settle" into them. Maybe its just cause I'm so crazy, but I think it is going to be a long semester between work and classes and my internship.

Life is just one irritation after another this year. I can't wait for summer....

Saturday, January 27, 2007


So we did get some snow...we had some great fun conditions for awhile. But now it is pretty warm and melting. YICK.
We did lose a branch in the front yard...Ray has since cut it down properly.

McKinley Museum

We went to the McKinley musuem a few weeks ago. Honestly, it was a disappointment. It is a great kids museum...that's about all I can say good. Very little history for the so called "McKinley" Musuem. That big round thing is where the McKinleys are buried.


Grandma sent me this around Christmas - isn't it huge now?

My Internship Lair

Gas Prices

Okay, so I get that stuff affects gas prices, yadada. But, why would gas move 17 cents within an 8 hour period? They aren't getting that many shipments! So, it just has to be they are screwing with us...I tell you the oil companies are EVIL.

All these mergers...we need Taft back in office. You figure out that historical reference.

The Dewey Rap

Okay, this is just funny!

The Dewey Rap
By Joan McElfresh

It's the Dewey Rap!
Hit it, Mrs. Mac.


Oh, Oh, Oh to Oh ninety nine.

Please, lend and ear 'cause I'm here to say I can help you find your books in the Dewey way. If it's facts you need, then it's facts you get When you check in our encyclepedia set. Like, who was he: And when was she born? Or, does Iowa really grow that much corn? And the library, how should it be run? And those lists in books about prizes won. It's the Oh, Oh, Ohs. It'll be a snap. Just remember this -- it's the Dewey Rap


One, Oh, Oh to one ninety-nine.

Are you scared of ghosts? What do witches do? Are you feeling good? Are you feeling blue? Is your future here in the palm of you hand? Do the stars on high have you life all planned? It's one, Oh, Oh to one ninety-nine. You're getting it now, folks. You're doing fine. Mr. Dewey said, "It's the place to look When what you want is a Philosophy book


Two, Oh, Oh to two ninety-none.

Better bow your head. Better say amen. It's time to read the "good books" again. we've got the testaments, both the Old and New, And the books of faith for all the others, too. And oh, those gods and goddesses from Greece and Rome! It seems thay often strayed from their mountain home. And they're in two, Oh, Oh to two ninety-nine. Our Religion books could make your halo shine


Three, Oh, Oh to three ninety-nine

The books we come to next, now here's a big surprise. There are so many kinds, you won't believe your eyes. We'be got the government and the romance of trains. We've got all kinds of school where pupils use their brains. We've got the Army, Navy and Marines. We've got the Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts wearing greens. We've got those Fairy Tales from both far and near. We've got those holidays that people hold so dear. We've got old Mother Goose and all her Nursery Rhymes. We've got what people wore in other lands and times. They're all in three, Oh, Oh to three ninety-nine. The Social Sciences would need a big, big sign.


Four, Oh, Oh to four ninety-nine.

What is a mountebank? What makes it cordon blue? And does aufweidersen mean I'll be seeing you? Now when I'm leaving Juan, should I say adios? And when I see finis, does it mean that's all folks? The things in four, Oh, Oh to four ninety-nine Are called the Language books as we move down the line.


Five, Oh, Oh to five ninety-nine.

When Mr. Dewey said, "I like the birds and bees. I like to see the moon. I like to feel the breeze. I'll use my telescope to help me see the stars And even planets, too. I think that one is Mars. A storm is coming in. It might be snow or rain. Oh, look! It's over now. Here come the sun again. I'll sit here on this stone and count the butterflies. The Natural Sciences have made my spirits rise. I'll give them five, Oh, Oh to five ninety-nine. I hope the people like this new idea of mine"


Six, Oh, Oh to six ninety-nine.

Then Mr. Dewey said, "I've got a problem here. I've got some science left. What shall I do? Oh, dear! The things that people sew or build or make or cook Go on a different shelf. They are a different book. For people use machines, their eyes, their brains, their hands. Like when they're making glass by melting grains of sand. Or when they heal the sick. Or build an aeroplane. Or farmers grow their crops that need both sun and rain. Yes! I think you'll agree. It cannot be denied. These are the Sciences that you would call Applied. And they're in six, Oh, Oh to six ninety-nine. Yes, that takes care of that. I think it will be fine."


Seven, Oh, Oh to seven ninety-nine.

It's time to take a break from all the work we've done. The Recreation books will help us have some fun. They'll show us how to paint and all the otes to sing. There is a carousel with houses in a ring. They have the rules for games and how to catch a fish. They have the plans to make most any craft you'd wish. They're here to bring us joy. No time to mope or pine. And they're in seven, Oh, Oh to seven ninety-nine.


Eight, Oh, Oh to eight ninety-nine

When words come from the heart, as words from poets do. Like Mr. Langston Hughes and Miss Giovanni, too. When Mr. Whitman wrote about life's joy and pain And Mr. Longfellow brought Hiawatha fame. When William Shakespeare todl about great love and hate, And Mr. Simon showed us that our laughter's great. Or when your teacher needs a play for holidays And every actor claims the world is just a stage, We look in eight, Oh, Oh to eight ninety-nine. We call that Literature. And it's the greatest kind.


Nine, Oh, Oh to nine ninety-nine.

We've really done a lot. We've come a long, long way, But there's another group we need to learn today. And its a big one, too. We'll go both far and wide. We'll stop in Timbuktu. We'll meet Prince Charles's bride. We'll see the pyramids. We'll ride with Paul Revere. We'll meet the pros in sports. They're very popular here. We'll hunt for buffalo with Indians in the West. We'll learn how Doctor King and others stood the test. We'll see where coffee grows. We might meet Juan Valdez. We'll look in atlasses and try to find Inez. We'll sail with Pilgrims brave across a stormy sea. We'll go to Gettysburg with Generals Meade and Lee. We'll see a Hula dance and wear a wreath of flowers. We'll visit abbeys where the monks would pray for hours. We'll ride in caravans across the deserts bare. We'll meet Elizabeth, the queen with gifts so rare. And what to call these groups? Let's start with History- Events from days gone by when life was hard, you see. And next Geography-How people live and where. And then Biography- The folks who bravely dare. They fit in nin, Oh, Oh to nine ninety-nine. And that's the Dewey Rap. His plan was reall fine.

Just do the Dewey Rap as you go home today. And you will learn a lot, but it will seem like play. You've got the secret now. It's like a golden key. And where to find your book is not a mystery. Just stop and think a while. Then you'll know where to look, As Mr. Dewey helps you find your favorite book.

Thursday, January 25, 2007


We are getting POUNDED!!! Hope it stays this time! Of course, I have class in Akron tonight, but luckily I'm used to driving in snow.....

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Ray's Tooth

Well, last night Ray was worrying over a tooth he thought had lost a filling. So I said that I would call the dentist on Thursday to get him in. Well, this morning he completely broke the tooth eating a BAGEL. Thought soft things were safe....

So anyway, he wakes me up to find the dentist's number, then calls them, but they don't open until noon. This makes sense looking back as we usually go late at night to them. He finally gets ahold of them, but they can't see him until tomorrow. So he hasn't been feeling that great and is having trouble eating. But hopefully, they'll fix it tomorrow for the boy. He is not a happy camper.

Its been snowing here...not a lot, but fairly constantly. Light stuff...hopefully a blizzard will come soon....I like snowstorms!

Sunday, January 21, 2007

This semester is going to suck....

I can just tell. I'm already feeling completely overwhelmed and it has just begun. UGH! It isn't helping that I seem to have a lot of students with problems - not that they are problems, just that they are having issues. When you add them all up, it just makes for a LONG semester. And the bookstore at one of my institutions is about to drive me batty. Well, off to make a key...pray for me please.

Saturday, January 20, 2007

Carnival of Hijacked Holidays

Check out this carnival for some laughs!

There is someone else out there who also rants about lawn ornaments!

Friday, January 19, 2007

I Take It You Already Know...

Of tough and bough and cough and dough.
Others may stumble, but not you,
On hiccough, thorough, laugh and through.
Well done! And now you wish, perhaps,
To learn of less familiar traps.
Beware of heard, a dreadful word
That looks like beard and sounds like bird.
And dead - it's said like bed, not bead.
For goodness sake, don't call it deed!
Watch out for meat and great and threat.
They rhyme with suite and straight and debt.
A moth is not a moth in mother,
Nor both in bother, broth in brother,
And here is not a match for there,
Nor dear and fear for pear and bear.
And then there's dose and rose and loose -
Just look them up - and goose and choose.
And cork and work and card and ward.
And font and front and word and sword.
And do and go, then thwart and cart.
Come, come, I've hardly made a start.
A dreadful language? Man alive.
I'd mastered it when I was five!
Just to go with my Indo-European Post.

DC Trip

My trip log for DC is now complete at the American Presidents' Blog.

Indo-European Languages

Source: http://www.public.iastate.edu/~cfford/Indoeuropean%20language%20family%20tree.jpg (good to go to if you want a bigger picture)

We got a little off topic in discussion this week in one of my history classes about Indo-European languages. I find this subject fascinating! I love this visual of the tree that starts with Proto-Indo-European and branches out into all the languages ending with the modern version. You can see how languages are related and find some interesting relationships as well as see that some you expect are missing.

Like the fact that Norwegian and Swedish are close aren't a surprise, but we always lump Scandnavian countries together, but where is Finnish? Finnish is actually a Uralic language and isn't an Indo-European language at all! And look at English - a Germanic language. Not even close to the Celtic languages that were idigneous to the British Isles. Anyway, I just wanted to share.

Textile Museum

A place I didn't get to in DC that I really want to see next time is the Textile Museum. It just looked really neat - just thought I'd toss this out there so you all can think about it as well!

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

My Week So Far....

Isn't so great.

Well, let's see. I spent Monday at home doing stuff...going pretty good. Got up Tuesday to go to work. Well, it snowed Monday night (a great thing as far as I'm concerned) so I had to clear off the car and stuff. But the car doors were stuck shut, so I had to jiggle them until one open. Well, I didn't know but one of the others I jiggled was a little open....so anyway about half way there I realize that one of the doors isn't shut. So I pull over to shut it properly. Then for whatever reason I decide that I should lock the doors while I'm reshutting the door BUT the keys? In the ignition! So I locked my keys in the car with it running! So I went into the restaurant where I had stopped and they helped me call the local cops to open the door for me. They got there pretty fast (and was really nice), and finally got it open. So then I proved it was actually my car to them and got back on the road to work. So I ended up about a 1/2 hour late to work. Then I worked all day, then I finally left and had a long Portage County Right to Life meeting to stuff newsletter. So I finally get home and do some real work (the stuff I get paid for) and then go to bed. Well, I overslept this morning, but didn't lock my keys in the car so managed to get to work on time. Now I'm home and need to grade math homework. Wish me luck....

Monday, January 15, 2007

New History Carnival

The newest history carnival is up at Investigations of a Dog. This is a huge carnival as there hasn't been a new one since before Christmas (an entire MONTH...what did we do with our time?) so have fun! The APB made it twice, so you really have to go look now!

Dr. History: Excuses for Missing Class

Dr. History: Excuses for Missing Class

This is just priceless! Make sure to follow the link for the original story. Students are just funny!

Update on Me

We been home a lot this vacation, but also gone a lot. It seems that I spend more time unpacking and catching up than anything! Classes at Kent State start tomorrow and I'm trying to make sure everything in order before they start. I'm working on the last of my laundry and just need to balance my checkbook. Icky.

The classes I'm teaching started last week so of course I now have papers to grade. Such fun is my life.

Amazon is driving Ray nuts. He really wants this Star Wars ship game thing. While he ordered but they keep changing the dates on it and he's never yet got it. We canceled the order and tried again through Borders...we'll see if that works. But Borders online is actually run by Amazon. Have you ever noticed the increasing number of conglomerates in the US? Make you think about things like Carnegie Steel and the railroads. Maybe we need another Teddy and Taft....just something to think about. Now they just are owned together, but have different names to confuse us. Same thing, though. But are they really any better than the railroad tycoons?

To top it off, it has been raining here. Actually raining...and it is like 50 degrees...in JANUARY. This is so wrong! To top it off rain means water on my laundry room floor because Ray can't fix the holes until spring. He needs warm, dry weather. I'm SO sick of rain.

I went to the McKinley Museum yesterday - a little disappointing. It is mainly dinosaurs and space stuff, not historical things. And the history stuff is mainly all Canton, not McKinley. I did get to see where the McKinleys are buried. Pictures up later in the week, I promise. It is a great musuem for kids - just don't go expecting McKinley information!

5 Things About Me

I was tagged by Michael at The Information Literacy Land of Confusion and decided why not play. This is an activity going round where bloggers give 5 things that people are not likely to know about them.

Let's see, what can I say about myself:

  1. One of my secret reading vices is Nora Roberts. For the most part I read mysteries and Christian fiction, but I have to admit I just adore Nora Roberts. I've outgrown reading most romance authors, but in the past I have even read Danielle Steel...yes, horrible, I know.
  2. Michael admitted to lettering in high school football...I lettered in cross country running and cross country skiing. I also spent a fair bit of my childhood in figure skating lessons. While I never was very good (comparatively speaking), I did manage to start working on doubles before I got distracted by high school. I still love to skate, when I can manage to find time. We'll stand up for athletic librarians!
  3. I have recently become addicted to the game Munchkin. It is a game that makes fun of role playing. Ray loves role playing and I don't like any of that, but I do love Munckin...so it is a game that he actually likes as well.
  4. I wrote my master's thesis on the Christianization of Russia and named my cat after the first royal to be baptized - Olga. My poor cat! My undergraduate honors thesis was on 4 First Ladies: Abigail Adams, Sarah Polk, Julia Grant and Helen Taft. When I get around to it, I'll probably write my doctoral dissertation on teaching history online. After I finish this master's, though, I plan on avoiding school for awhile!
  5. Okay, I'm having trouble thinking of anything good for this last one. So here's a random fact: my grandfather is a volunteer firefighter and I used to ride in the fire truck with him in summer parades to help give out candy when I was little (you know, before they outlawed that because kids looking for candy could get hit in the streets).

Now I get to name 5 other bloggers to try this out (although I must admit most of these people probably already knew most of these facts about me - well, maybe they'll be better at coming up with things to talk about than I was):

  1. Andrea
  2. April
  3. Liz
  4. Nicole
  5. Christine

Saturday, January 13, 2007

My DC Trip

If you are interested in the rest of my DC trip, check out my posts at the APB. Part I: Montpelier is now available.

Battlefields of Manassas

I spent last Tuesday at Manassas (Bull Run to some of you). It was an awesome experience – there is so much to see and you can really feel that you are there. It is run by the National Parks Service and is only $3.

The land is very open and quiet, but if you stand still you can imagine how noisy it must have been in July of 1861 and August of 1862. The first battle of Manassas was the first major battle of the Civil War. Both sides thought it would be a lark and the war would be over in one battle. They came in innocent and cocky. Both sides would leave disillusioned. While a technical Confederate victory, it claimed many men on both sides.

You can start with a video at the visitor’s center that is very well done (this costs an extra $3). Then you have a lot of choices – there are several walking tours (from 1 mile to 6 miles) and then driving tours. I did the 1 mile tour and then did part of the driving tour. Both battles were spread out, which means that you will probably want to drive part of the way. It is a very nice drive – you even get dirt road for awhile!

There are cannon everywhere – actually it is like the symbol of Civil War battles because I noticed them at all the sites – Chancellorsville and the Wilderness both had them.

These cannon are behind the visitor’s center. According to the marker, the officer in charge should have turned them, but for some reason didn’t and so all the men on the cannons were killed by Confederates and helped turn the tide for the Confederates. Since this was the first major battle, both sides were untrained and green. Neither really had any idea of what they were getting into – most of the men were new recruits signed up for only 90 days. There was mass confusion on both sides – this being just one mistake of many. Added to this the “blue” and “grey” were not sorted out yet. Both sides had a huge variety of uniforms and it was very hard to tell who was who on the battlefield.

This gives you an idea of the scope of the battlefield and how it was just farmland. Much of it was completely open – which makes you realize how easy it was to shoot each other. There is also forest around there where troops hid at various times. There was even an unfinished railroad track that they used to shoot from then to line up the dead bodies.

Henry Hill was one of the major sites of the first battle. This house was the home of an old woman. No one knew the battle would come here and after it did, her son (who was visiting) tried to move her, but she wouldn’t go. She was killed when cannon fire hit the house. She is buried in the cemetery you see.

This is the battle where General Jackson got his nickname of “Stonewall.” You can see this statue from all over the 1 mile hike around Henry Hill. It is awesome to look at!

This stone house – I took this picture from Henry Hill – was turned into a hospital during both battles.

This is a Confederate cemetery. Notice that there are no markers. With so many dead, mass graves were dug and all just tossed in. There are only two identified bodies in this entire cemetery. Instead there are just markers for the states the soldiers came from. Sad, huh? And a little spooky – a graveyard without any gravestones.

New Cousin

Chris and Jeannie adopted a little girl from China - Jenna Lee. Here aer some pictures.

My mother with Jenna

Thursday, January 11, 2007

History Is Elementary: An Internet Challenge...Your Help Is Needed

History Is Elementary: An Internet Challenge...Your Help Is Needed

Want an Internet challenge? EHT has challenged everyone to look for this painting that has been lost since 1976.

Our DC Trip

We are back from DC - it was fun, but traffic SUCKED! I detest the beltway! I was planning on taking the Metro into DC and doing monuments, but after driving around in circles to park in Arlington to get on the Metro I gave up...I did stuff out in the countryside instead! Much better driving!! I went to the Battle of Manssas on Tuesday and did Monticello on Wednesday. I will have complete stories with pictures up this weekend!

Monday, January 08, 2007

Lost and Found...Kent State

While I remember being totally lost the first week or so at UND, I never remember the constant feeling of being lost that I feel at Kent State. Granted as a grad student I never go to much more than one or two buildings, but still....

This campus is in CIRCLES that go UP as it is very hill. So sidewalks just stop and disappear. It is very annoying! I had to find a new building today to apply to graduate - very annoying! UND is at least mostly squares!

I really need to learn this campus!

Sunday, January 07, 2007

Historians Gone Wild

What do historians get arrested for?

I'm serious!


Isn't Hannah gorgeous - and so big! That's Auntie Sue holding her.

Saturday, January 06, 2007

Toilet Story

We needed a new toilet upstairs - ours liked to flush itself. Anyway, it was supposed to be a 15 minutes job - easy at any rate. So we go out and pick one out, then Ray comes back and starts measuring and fiddling with it. And finds out that it isn't sealed properly. So he pulls out it. To find this:
Not good! Mold, wood root, rust, etc. Icky. So he is going to have to some replacing of the floor boards (luckily the subfloor was fine). So he starts sawing, but then realizes that the water thingie is leaking. So he has to call a plumber to fix that. And one actually comes - shocking, huh? So he goes out to buy the toilet and get plywood for the floor, leaving me to wait for the plumber. The plumber fix it and does some other things to get Ray set up. And so then Ray starts work on replacing the floor:
And after a lot of cutting and measuring, gets it to fit (he did have to go borrow a certain type of saw):
And finally the toilet goes on:
But then he figures out that teh line thingie you can see on the left side is the wrong size. So he has to run to Wal-Mart (because Home Depot is already closed) to get a different one. And finally, comes back and NINE hours later, we have a toilet:
Then of course we had to do a bunch of cleaning to get it to look like that.

The cat was finally happy though - in the door, she is. Doesn't want that door shut ANYMORE, she says! Well, that was Ray' s day - how was yours?

Living Room Remodel

I took down my Christmas decorations today and decided to move around my living room. I'm so SICK of not having enough light. So I put the end table between the couch and the chair - makes it hard to get to the DVDs behind it, but I just don't care at this point. And I brought up a stand lamp from the basement. I will have light!

Friday, January 05, 2007

New Furniture

Our parents gave us some new furniture - with a new house, that's what we always need! House stuff!
File Cabinet for Jennie from her parents - very exciting! We had a wooden one (from like Wal-Mart) in ND, but it was falling apart so we didn't move it. I'd been keeping all my documents in a box - not ideal.
Ray's parents got us new nightstands. Aren't they prett?
Olga decided they were for her!
Now, the two drawer thingies - those are what we were using for nightstands. Ray gets them in his room now...so he put a board over them to make a make-shift tables...and see who wanted them?

Christmas Presents

Ray gave me this rose - isn't it gorgeous? It says "I Love You Always." He said he got it because I don't like flowers - they just die - I'd rather have potted plants - so that it wouldn't die on me. Isn't he sweet?
Ray got me this blanket - see who took it over?
Ray got tools from most everybody - it was his tool Christmas!

Ray...hard at work!

Ray cleaning the rafters!

Strange Cats

Cotton hates Ray and I - always has for some reason. But I have brought my gifts in the box my canning jars come in (for gifts in a jar) for the last couple of years. Cotton LOVES those boxes. It is my Christmas present to her, it seems. Why she likes that and still hates me, I will never know!

Olga decided that lying on the desk shelf wasn't enough - she needed to get BEHIND the shelf - see where that paw is?

Christmas Ornaments

My cross stitch Christmas ornament of this year.
Ray painted an ornament for our tree

Which Modern US President are you most Like?

You Are Most Like George H. W. Bush
You're considered boring by people that don't know you well. But like Bush senior, you do crazy things. Maybe you'll end up banning broccoli in your house, or puking on the Prime Minster of Japan!
See the American Presidents' Blog for my comments on the problems of this test.

Thursday, January 04, 2007

Christmas Pictures

We had a great time with Ray's family for Christmas - here are some of the pictures
Pat and her stocking
Us all playing cards (the guys just kept WINNING and WINNING...very annoying!)
Pat and Jennie - see all the walking Pat is doing?
Jennie and Dave
Ray and Jennie - Pat and Dave got Jennie that blanket to keep there because she's always so cold!
The Weber House
Ray handing out presents
Brian and his girlfriend, Brittany and then Ray

My Day

So we had dentist appointments today. I'm not big on the dentist by ours is okay. He's an old Slavic man (strong Slavic accent) and very quick. Anyway, we had to be there by 7, so I told Ray we'd meet there because the place is is Akron. Well, I printed off directions last night...but left them at home. So I get in my car and think, I PRETTY much know where I'm going....I can get there. Not really!

So I'm starting in Canton - which is construction city, and so I end up on a REALLY long detour just to get to the freeway (77 N). I think I'm lost and almost turn around, but finally find it. Okay, so know I know I need 76 W to get the exit I need. So off I go....while I see a sign that says use 277 to get to 76 W. Well, I never take 76 W - I always go 76 E, because I'm going home, so I figure it is right and follow it. And I end up on 76 W....the thing that I don't know is that it dumped me on it WEST of the exit I need. So I'm going to the wrong way. So I figure this out after about 10 miles - I obviously don't need to be in Copley. So I take an exit to turn around, BUT said exit dumps me on 21 N...which has no exits for like 5 miles (and it is a divided highway so no U-turns)! So I finally find a place to turn around and get back on 76 E. And then I find the exit to Kenmore (where my dentist is). Now I know that we usually go a different way, but I know the address, so I figure I can just drive up Kenmore until I find. I had to drive up and down Kenmore like 5 times and just found it by luck because the sign isn't lit in any way. Needless to say I was a little late (actually not to bad because I was originally going to be early). But hey, no cavities! So that's something, I guess.

My internship is going really well, so that's good news. More on that this weekend.

Wednesday, January 03, 2007


I started my practicum today! I had a good day and even got to start my project - organizing and setting up a finding aid for a large collection. Wish me luck!

Tuesday, January 02, 2007

I'm ready!

I just finished the last of my course shells and I'm ready for the new semester! I still have some math notes to update, but I'll do them as they come up. I ended up with a LOT more to update that I orginally thought. I changed my primary source assignment (I love the idea, the actual mechanics are giving me fits) which meant I suddenly needed a LOT more primary source discussions. Oh, well, they are done now!

Dr. History: War Debts

Dr. History: War Debts

You have to read this! This is awesome!

Saddem Executed

Saddem Hussein was excuted last week. I really don't think Allah or virigins (the Koran promises virgins to attend men in the afterlife) met him - I think he met someone else altogether. While I am not a fan of the death penalty, I really can't say that I'm sorry to see him go. I'm much sorrier for the Iraqi people.

Toni Kelner Con't

I posted about a book was I reading earlier - a mystery series about Laura Fleming by Toni L.P. Kelner. I actually got a comment from the author, so thought I'd post a quick follow up! I really had been unsure of the book, but as I had noted earlier, it was simply hilarous! The ending was well worth it as well! It kept me guessing, but made sense when you got to it. A perfect mystery plot.

I just finished Country Comes to Town over Christmas. That one is set is Boston, rather than in North Carolina, where most of the series takes place. I enjoyed the story, but I missed both Laura's Southern family and her husband, Richard (who was in England). The Burnette's (Laura's family) really make this series - they are just wonderful! I love mystery series for their characters and this group definitely takes the cake! I think my favorite scene is at the end of the book when Richard is talking to Laura on the phone and they are discussing revenge motives and Richards says "Revenge is a dish best served cold." While Richard always quotes Shakespeare, but this is actually from Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, which cracks Laura up in the book (and of course me!).

I read Trouble Looking for a Place to Happen a few months ago. I was SO proud of myself - I actually figured out the ending way before Laura did! I really liked the entire plot and of course, the family was wonderful!

Tight as a Tick is fun because it deals with Laura's Aunt Maggie's flea market friends, which gives us a whole slew of new characters, but we still get to see all our old friends. I'm currently reading Wed and Buried, which also centers around Aunt Maggie.

It has been slow going in this series for me because finding the books is difficult as they are all out of print. But hey, it gives me something to look for at all those used bookstores I'm addicted to!

Goodbye, Mr. Ford

Just for anyone who has been uninformed - Gerald Ford died last week. There are some really great posts on the American Presidents' Blog if you want to learn a few things about his life.


Welcome to 2007! We had a nice time at Ray's parents. But it is TOO warm here! Ray is threatening to have to MOW the LAWN!! This is so WRONG! Anyway, I've been working like crazy to get my classes ready for spring. I start my internship tomorrow - wish me luck.