Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Ray's home

Ray is on his way home now. Hopefully no major problems this way! He promised to call when he got home. Mom, Grandma and I are off to Anchorage tomorrow.

Sunday, March 25, 2007

Our Trip

We're in Alaska now. It took us THIRTY SIX HOURS!! Weather in Chicago sucked and we were three hours late leaving Cleveland. So we of course missed our connecting flight to Anchorage. Then because it was very busy and everyone was missing flights, it took them hours to sort out a new flight (they were at first saying we wouldn't get there until like WEDNESDAY), by then we couldn't leave until the next afternoon and had to get a hotel room. We finally got there about 1 AM (Chicago time) and got some sleep. So get up the next day and go back to O'Hare to wait and wait for our 3 PM flight. Really suck! Then of course we still have 4 hours to Seattle. Then we had to run to make our connection (because of course we were late in) and then argue with over Ray's ticket and then finally we got on the last flight. And so after 3 more hours in the air, we finally made it in. Our luggage beat us by about a day - how depressing!

Thursday, March 22, 2007

Lincoln House

Have you ever heard of the Lincoln House? It was built by the McNultys in the 1960s and was really cool looking! There are some awesome pictures in the December 5, 1965 edition of Life Magazine (I was reading them for work - I wasn't just readnig it for no reason). Unfortunately the house was torn down in 2001 by some idiot. Anyway, the house was all concrete and had no true separate rooms.

Another cool "odd" house was the Dymaxion House, created by Buckminister Fuller. This was a round, metal-looking house that would have been very cheap to make and had a lot of great aspects, but instead the "Levittown" houses were built - the cookie cutter houses we all live in. There was only a few Dymaxion Houses ever built and the one remaining on is on display at the Henry Ford Musuem.

What I think is so cool about these houses (and others like them) is that housing really hasn't changed in CENTURIES. We are creatures of habits - while we might have added things like indoor plumbing or made them bigger, we still build houses in the exact same fashion they have been for years. Steel houses are big right now, but we'll see if they stick around. Just something to think about.

Flooding in Mantua


Ray and I were out driving last weekend and they are flooding in some places!

Tamara in Kent

From a few weeks ago

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

My Life

We are off to my parents' on Friday. That's the biggest thing on our radar.

Let's see Bones tonight made me crazy. I REALLY want Bones and Booth to get together - they are so perfect. And Seeley Booth is just plain perfect. Anyway, Bones almost ran off with another agent tonight. Next week something might happen from the trailer - PLEASE let something GOOD happen!! See isn't he dreamy?

I have to spend tomorrow reformatting my new laptop - Ray has it all working. While I'm excited about that, I hate the process - it is so tedious!

I got my course evals for 109. Most of them were good. One student didn't like me - thought the class was boring, yadada. I'm trying not to take it personally as the student was probably one of the slackers, but still....I hate it when students (or people in general) don't like me. I'll get it over it eventually, I guess.

Let's see...my internship is going well. I can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel with the collection I'm working on. Made me happy today. New exhibit going up soon - white house china! Classes are going very boringly (yes, I know that's not a word), but I'm just going to continue to think almost done, almost done! That's my mantra. Well, off to do homework.

Sunday, March 18, 2007

What's Up?

The only two big things to report from here: we got a new laptop and we are off to see my parents next week.

Other comment: Ohio SUCKS when it comes to taxes. They have the most convoluted forms and they absolutely are evil about taxes. No wonder big business is leaving the state - they are making them with their stupid laws! On a good note, though, New Hampshire doesn't have income taxes! [This matters because I technically work in NH for one of my online teaching jobs.]

Saturday, March 17, 2007

A Wedding with the Bare Necessities

As part of my work at my internship, I copy all newspaper articles onto bonded paper - because newsprint has no lifespan (its meant to be discarded the next day). Anyway, I have to scan the pages to make sure I get all the parts of the paper. Well, this Miss Manners column from November 16, 1988 jumped out at me: "A Wedding with the Bare Necessities." Intrigued I read it...it was from a woman whose daughter was having a nude wedding. The bride, groom and all the attendents would be nude! The woman was horrified at the prospect, but the daughter was determined so she was writing to figure out how to word the wedding invitations as the guests were supposed to be dressed, but she wanted to warn the people that the bridal party wouldn't be! Miss Manners actually started her response like this: "My, my. Miss Manners hesitates to give out any prizes for Worst Original Idea, but no, she has not been confronted with this one before." She went to say this was a the most informal of all weddings! People are strange...

Friday, March 16, 2007

Rosalie Elizabeth Hippler

Christine and Allen had their baby! Born on the 15th at 6:50 AM. She was 7 lbs, 15 oz and 20 inches long. She is just adorable from the pictures they put on their site.

Dog's Diary vs. Cat's Diary

EXCERPTS FROM A DOG'S DIARY

Day number 180
8:00 am - OH BOY! DOG FOOD! MY FAVORITE!
9:30 am - OH BOY! A CAR RIDE! MY FAVORITE!
9:40 am - OH BOY! A WALK! MY FAVORITE!
10:30 am - OH BOY! A CAR RIDE! MY FAVORITE!
11:30 am - OH BOY! DOG FOOD! MY FAVORITE!
12:00 noon - OH BOY! THE KIDS! MY FAVORITE!
1:00 pm OH BOY! THE YARD! MY FAVORITE!
4:00 pm - OH BOY! THE KIDS! MY FAVORITE!
5:00 PM - OH BOY! DOG FOOD! MY FAVORITE!
5:30 PM - OH BOY! MOM! MY FAVORITE!

Day number 181
8:00 am - OH BOY! DOG FOOD! MY FAVORITE!
9:30 am - OH BOY! A CAR RIDE! MY FAVORITE!
9:40 am - OH BOY! A WALK! MY FAVORITE!
10:30 am - OH BOY! A CAR RIDE! MY FAVORITE!
11:30 am - OH BOY! DOG FOOD! MY FAVORITE!
12:00 noon - OH BOY! THE KIDS! MY FAVORITE!
1:00 pm OH BOY! THE YARD! MY FAVORITE!
4:00 pm - OH BOY! THE KIDS! MY FAVORITE!
5:00 PM - OH BOY! DOG FOOD! MY FAVORITE!
5:30 PM - OH BOY! MOM! MY FAVORITE!

Day number 182
8:00 am - OH BOY! DOG FOOD! MY FAVORITE!
9:30 am - OH BOY! A CAR RIDE! MY FAVORITE!
9:40 am - OH BOY! A WALK! MY FAVORITE!
10:30 am - OH BOY! A CAR RIDE! MY FAVORITE!
11:30 am - OH BOY! DOG FOOD! MY FAVORITE!
12:00 noon - OH BOY! THE KIDS! MY FAVORITE!
1:00 pm OH BOY! THE YARD! MY FAVORITE!
1:30 pm - ooooooo. bath. bummer.
4:00 pm - OH BOY! THE KIDS! MY FAVORITE!
5:00 PM - OH BOY! DOG FOOD! MY FAVORITE!
5:30 PM - OH BOY! MOM! MY FAVORITE

EXCERPTS FROM A CAT'S DIARY

DAY 752 - My captors continue to taunt me with bizarre little dangling objects. They dine lavishly on fresh meat, while I am forced to eat dry cereal. The only thing that keeps me going is the hope of escape, and the mild satisfaction I get from ruining the occasional piece of furniture...Tomorrow I may eat another houseplant.

DAY 761 - Today my attempt to kill my captors by weaving around their feet while they were walking almost succeeded, must try this at the top of the stairs. In an attempt to disgust and repulse these vile oppressors,I once again induced myself to vomit on their favorite chair...must try this On their bed.

DAY 765 - Decapitated a mouse and brought them the headless body in attempt to make them aware of what I am capable of, and to try to strike fear into their hearts. They only cooed and condescended about what a good little cat I was... Not working according to plan.

DAY 768 - I am finally aware of how sadistic they are. For no good reason I was chosen for the water torture. This time however it included a burning foamy chemical called "shampoo." What sick minds could invent such a liquid. My only consolation is the piece of thumb still LODGED between my teeth.

DAY 771 - There was some sort of gathering of their accomplices. I was placed in solitary throughout the event, however, I could hear the noise and smell the foul odor of the glass tubes they call "beer." More importantly I overheard that my confinement was due to MY power of "allergies." Must learn what this is and how to use it to my advantage.

DAY 774 - I am convinced the other captives are flunkies and maybe snitches. The dog is routinely released and seems more than happy to return. He is obviously a half-wit. The bird on the other hand has got to be an informant, and he speaks with them regularly. I am certain he reports my activities. Due to his current placement in the metal room his safety is assured. But I can wait, it is only a matter of time...

Thursday, March 15, 2007

A Challenge

Bored? Try to figure out who is in the picture I posted at the APB.

Update

Okay, so it RAINED all day yesterday and SNOWED last night. Yes, I woke up to snow this morning - after it being in the 70s! Ohio is strange!

History Carnival 50 is now up at Early Modern Notes.

Top 10 are into Nome if you want to see the results plus some stories about the winner.

I really don't have much else to say except that I REALLY want this semester over!

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Iditarod

For those of you not from AK, you probably don't care, but the Iditarod is currently going on. Lance Mackey won tonight - pulling into Nome just after 8 PM AST.

On the same topic - Susan Butcher's ashes were scattered on the Iditarod trial last week. If you don't know who Susan Butcher is, then you really should learn....

Weather Today

It was in the SEVENTIES today! Pretty cool although they are predicting snow again over the weekend. I usually don't like to see winter end, but this year, spring means graduation so it makes me very HAPPY!

Sunday, March 11, 2007

Bald Eagle



Dad took this last weekend in Valdez

Hannah at 4 months



Isn't she getting big?

Friday, March 09, 2007

Trade Secrets

Did you hear about the secretary who tried to sell Coke's secret formula to Pepsi? We actually talked about this in my Sci/Tech Info sources class - we were talking about trade secrets.
http://www.usatoday.com/money/industries/food/2006-07-05-coke-info_x.htm

So what are the big trade secrets? According to our class the big trade secrets are the Coke recipe and WD-40. I don't know about you, but I wouldn't have thought of the WD-40 formula, but I guess it is a big mystery.

Numb3rs

I would just like to scream a little! So first Numb3rs sends Larry off into space for 6 months and now it looks like Megan is getting transferred! I really like those two characters! NO FAIR!!!

Wikipedia

Just another reason why I'm always on students about the problems of Wikipedia!
http://world-history-blog.blogspot.com/2007/03/fake-professor-at-wikipedia.html

Wednesday, March 07, 2007

White House China

So what have we been up to? Nothing much - just work, work, work! I just finished one of the classes I'm teaching. I was supposed to be starting a new one, but it got cancelled. Normally that would be a bad thing, but this semster it is a good thing - I need time to sleep! Ray's been just as busy.

Well, my fun day was WHITE HOUSE CHINA!! The First Ladies Library is getting a new exhibit April 1st on White House China. Since I'm interning there, I got to help with condition notes today as we got in some of the china we are borrowing! It is so gorgeous! I've never been a china fanatic, but I'm totally in love with the Harrison china. And then Hayes china is just SO COOL!! Anyway, I found some pictures on various websites of similar china (most of this is actually reproduction china that you can buy from various presidential gift shops) so you can see what I'm so excited about.

Hayes China - isn't this wild? They are SO INTRICATE. They are works of art and Theodore Davis (the designer) took it to the next level and designed the plate itself as well as the design on it. It is just amazing! You should see the stuff we are displaying...no, I'm not going to tell you - you have to come see it!

Johnson china - see the wildflowers on the rim? Mrs. Johnson was big in beautification (as you should all know!), so this makes the perfect plates for her. These are so detailed they are just beautiful. The teacups are amazing - again, I'm not telling - you have to come see!

Harrison china - this is the stuff I'm in love with. But this picture totally DOES NOT do it justice. See the rim - that gold etching you are seeing is corn stalks. It is exquisitely done - and the blue is so rich - but you need to see it in person! Caroline Harrison was an artist - she painted china (and if you come to our display you'll see that as well!) and did a marvelous job of the design for these plates. The cup and saucer for this set is wonderful as well - very surprising!

Did I tantalize you enough? I'm just really exciting - this is going to be a great exhibit. It will be up for a year so you have plenty of time to come for a visit! And hey, then you can see me as Sarah Polk when you tour the Saxton House!

Friday, March 02, 2007

2200 Year Old Statue Found

History news: http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070301/ap_on_sc/greece_statue

Pretty cool - archeologists have found a statue of Hera that early Chrsitians used as wall filling!