Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Michelangelo had a room at St. Peter's

Who says history doesn't have interesting new news stories! Researchers at St. Peter's Basilica in Rome just found a receipt that proves that Michelangelo kept a room at St. Peter's while he was on the Pope's staff here (doing restoration).

Saturday, February 24, 2007


So you can see I finally got around to uploading pictures from our big snowstorm, among other things. It has been nuts here - between work and school, I barely have to time to sleep. Ray DOESN'T have to time to sleep with just work! That boy is going a little crazy. We are just praying for summer - I'm done with this degree and Ray gets a break - he's just teaching this summer which means NO AIRPORT. This is good because the airport is all admin stuff he can't stand.

Well, I need to go to bed. Have a great week!

Our Big Snow

Ray and the Snow

Me and Snow

My Snow Angel

Nicole and I

Picture from last weekend when we got to see Nicole in Michigan.


McDuff as a kitten - I just foudn this - isn't he a cutie?

Dad and BJ Snowmaching

Pretty cool picture, huh?

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Up North

I got this in my email - isn't it funny?

Wednesday, February 14, 2007


We got totally snowed in! Pretty much everything is closed/cancelled except for emergency services. Who I'm sure were busy with the crazies who did get on the roads. We probably got about a foot of snow here and I'm sure Cleveland (right on the lake) got more. It took Ray and I two hours and the neighbor's snow blower to finally dig ourselves out to the point we could get the car in/out if we needed to. We aren't planning to move today, though. Ray did get woken up at 6 AM to tell him that school was closed and then he had to call his dispatchers to let them know. But hey, he got a day off.

So what are we doing? Mainly homework and grading (me) and reformatting computers (Ray). With being off work unexpectedly today and yesterday, I'm really getting caught up - what a nice feeling! We got a virus on the computers last week so we needed to reformat, just hadn't had time (and it has been a year since we did it and computers need that periodic refreshing), so today works for that. I'm going to make cookies later I think - we owe our neighbor something!

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Dollar Coin vs. Dollar Bill

I would just like to say that the American public is STUPID. So the news story today...Americans want to keep the dollar bill. The dollar bill is a WASTE OF MONEY!! They wear out too quickly, they are battered on horribly, they are germ pits and they are unnecessary. In essence because the US mint has to reissues them so often, they are costing us MONEY that could be better spent on things like...oh, I don't know...health care for the poor! GO TO ALL DOLLAR COINS!! If the federal government would just QUIT making dollar bills, they'd all get used to it - look at Canada! Can you tell what my opinion is?


We are getting POUNDED. They've called just about everything - including Kent classes! I didn't have to go to work today (my internship). So instead I'm grading math exams and papers on The Jungle, but hey, it is still hooky! And I did get to sleep in:)

Ray is still at work - they called classes midday (so he had to teach), but they didn't close offices so Ray is stuck at the airport. But I talked to him and he's getting a lot done since NO ONE is there. Plus classes are called for the morning so he will get to SLEEP IN. He definitely needs it! Well, back to grading for me!

Monday, February 12, 2007

World's Worst Dictator

Parade Magazine ranked the world's worst dictators in yesterday's edition. And the winner?

Omar al-Bashir of Sudan (who also won last year as well)

Runners up:
2. Kim Jong-il of North Korea
3. Sayyid Ali Khamenei (Ayatollah) or Iran
4. Hu Jintao of China
5. King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia

The name that popped out at me was #20 - Vladimir Putin of Russia. He has been holding "free" elections...we know all about those....he's coming up the list as he wasn't ranked last year.

You can check out the article for little bios and the full list.

Saturday, February 10, 2007

Government Credit Cards

Okay, this is also cracked me up - it is from 1984 (Grand Rapids Press) and is about the government starting to use credit cards! I don't know if you can read it, but is all about the government's big decision to issue credit cards...so much has changed, now credit cards are EVERYWHERE. By the way, if you can't tell - the picture is of then VP George Bush, Sr.

Want a new stereo?

This is from the same article, different ad....

Best TV?

So I was at work last week copying an article on the 1976 presidential election and I happened across this ad for what was then the "best" TV - it had AUTOMATIC color....anyways, this just cracked me up especially with all the HD stuff coming out now. I love the color quote!

My cute professor husband

I went and watched Ray teach part of his FIRC this weekend. He did such a GREAT job. Plus he was really cute, but that might have just been me....seriously he was very professional and did a really great job - his students are very lucky!

Thursday, February 08, 2007

Gorgeous Day

When I was out this afternoon, it was perfect winter weather - cold, crisp and totally clear. Just awesome! Too bad I had to go to class....

What Science Fiction Writer Are You

I am:
Frank Herbert
His style is often stilted, but he created what some consider the greatest SF novel of all time.

I found this at World History Blog, but must admit that most of the questions didn't have answers I would actually agree with!

Which science fiction writer are you?

Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Travelling Salesmen

Did you know there were still travelling salesmen? I didn't think they existed anymore....but we had one here tonight! Seriously - a vacuum salesman!

Long story short, I was working away on Friday and the phone rings. I'm really not paying attention so actually answer it (I tend to avoid my phone like the plague because it is all telemarketers) and then because I'm working, I'm really not listening to the voice on the other end. Talking about a free gift or something...so I keep listening....they ask some questions, but nothing really big and I don't mind surveys, so I just keep bopping along and not paying attention. And then they say they are coming out with said free gift and to show us a "product." While I'm totally confused at this point, but rather than just hang up (what I should have done), I somehow agree to let them come. So tonight, we get a vacuum salesman on our doorstop! We did get a free gift - a free hotel stay or something...no idea if it will be even be usable or not. This is what you get for not listening! The salesman was really nice and the product cool, but WAY too expensive. Seriously - it is a cool vacuum, but probably worth more than my CAR. So we didn't buy anything, but listened to his HOUR AND HALF spiel....oh, yes....

So anyway, the sum total of what I learned tonight:
  1. A tri-star vacuum is really cool, but way too expensive.
  2. Don't answer your telephone.
  3. If you do, listen to them and promptly hang up....Ray was cackling over that one.

Monday, February 05, 2007


This state is full of wimps! It is in the single digits...certainly not tropical, but really not that bad. It is ABOVE zero after all. Windchill is maybe -5...that's nothing! But you should see the list of school closings! And they already have the schools closed for TOMORROW...it is so RIDICULOUS considering that I got sent to school at -40 or in feet of snow. Kupchella wouldn't cancel classes at -40/-50 (and then add some wind - it is ND after all)!

Now that said, of course I had class tonight - Kent State didn't call classes. And I'll probably have to go to work tomorrow as well, although all the hoodlums get a freebie day for no reason. Anyway, just had to make fun of the wimpy schools in our area.

Friday, February 02, 2007

Bookends by Liz Curtis Higgs

This is an awesome book! I was not sure if I would like it, but one of the main characters was a historian...that of course got me interested.

Emilie is coming to research church history in her hometown. She meets Jonathan, who is a developer - very into modern things, not historical searchs. It is an interesting combination of a historical search, a romance and a Christian awakening. Emilie has always been Christian - but more of the rote kind. I do it, but it doesn't mean anything. It is very interesting and really makes you consider your own daily prayer.

Twice Baked Potato Casserole

New recipe is up at my website:

We made it over Christmas - it was very yummy and MUCH easier than actual twice baked potatoes - and really it tastes exactly the same!

Ray and Olga

Aren't they cute relaxing together?


My brother sent me this!

HP Date

The final Harry Potter will be out July 21st!


So excited!

Some cool web links

Here are some cool links to try out!

Student Excuses

GA found their official copy of the Declaration of Independence

Food to make you sleep

Lee's 200th

History Carnival

The newest history carnival is up at Progressive Historians. A post I did at APB is mentioned.