Thursday, May 31, 2007

New Recipes

I just put up two new recipes on my website. I haven't been trying much new because my last semester was so hectic. But now that summer is here and I'm DONE, I can do a little experimentation.

The first recipe I put up is spiced pork tenderloin, which I made for Ray, who is a big pork fan. I tried it quite awhile ago, but the rub really was very good.

The second recipe is turkey risotto, which we just had tonight. This is my first try at risotto and I think we'll like it, but I'm not sure I got this recipe quite right yet. I liked it, but the rice seemed a little underdone - didn't have enough liquid, although I added all of the most amount of liquid listed in the recipe. I think I just need to finesse it a bit. I'm going to try another risotto recipe in a week or so. I bought the rice, so why not? I really like the idea - a creamy rice dish with no cream. Even good for me!

I also updated one other recipe - grilled chicken pitas. The marinade had mayo in it and both Ray and I though it tasted funny, so we left it out and just did more of the other two ingredients and it was much better. Ray really liked the extra marinade for on the sandwich with just the honey and mustard.

Summer's really here

How can I tell? Well, we had to turn on the AC last night. Ray complained it was too hot to sleep.

I finished spring cleaning in the basement - now I move upstairs. I started before we left for ND, but I just didn't have the energy or want because of the nasty semester. But now I'm much more into it. I want a nice CLEAN house!

Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

World History Blog: Star Wars - 30 Years Later

World History Blog: Star Wars - 30 Years Later

Ray and I started watching Stars War IV last night in honor of this!

ND Trip

I got my pictures posted last night, but figured I'd update you all today. We were in ND about a week visiting friends. We drove all day Saturday to get to ND by Sunday so we could go to Aiden's baptism in Devils Lake (you can see pictures on April's Blog). He was such a cute and happy baby through it all! On Monday, we then visited professors at UND. Ray drug me all over CAS, so then I drug him through the law library and Merrifield Hall. UND is building like crazy - finally remodelling some of the student housing! Ray played a bunch of games with his friends over the next few days and we visited some more old friends. On Thursday I drove down to Fargo to try to find Joy. She was at work though so Ray and I drove back on Friday and met her after she watched Pirates of Caribbean 3 - she was very excited about it, but said it wasn't too good. We then went back to Grand Forks where we met our friends at Paradisos - had to go there before we left. We tried out the Golden Corral for breakfast before leaving for Michigan on Saturday. We actually made pretty good time, but had to collapse in bed by the time we hit Ray's parents. We visited his grandmother the next day and then had dinner with his parents before heading home. Olga was very glad to see when we got home though - she'd been lonely. She's currently asleep beside me. Such a cute little furball. Well, that's our report. Ray had to go to the airport today, my summer class starts today and I need to finish spring cleaning.

Monday, May 28, 2007

Finger Links and SAT scores

A recent article reported that finger length corresponds to SAT performance - what a bunch of rot!

Burning Books as a Protest

A man in Missouri is burning books as a sign of protest to Americans lack of respect from books:
Tom Wayne has amassed thousands of books in a warehouse during the 10 years he has run his used book store, Prospero's Books.

His collection ranges from best sellers, such as Tom Clancy's "The Hunt for Red October" and Tom Wolfe's "Bonfire of the Vanities," to obscure titles, like a bound report from the Fourth Pan-American Conference held in Buenos Aires in 1910. But when he wanted to thin out the collection, he found he couldn't even give away books to libraries or thrift shops; they said they were full.

The owner cites national studies as well as his own experience that Americans are reading less:
Wayne said he has seen fewer customers in recent years as people more often get their information from television or the Internet. He pointed to a 2002 study by the National Endowment for the Arts, that found that less than half of adult respondents reported reading for pleasure, down from almost 57 percent in 1982.

So what do you think of burning books as a protest? One man in the article agreed with Wayne:
"I think, given the fact it is a protest of people not reading books, it's the best way to do it," Bechtel said. "(Wayne has) made the point that not reading a book is as good as burning it."

While I'm horrified at the thought of burning books, I also agree that people don't read enough. Reading is my absolute favorite way to spend a day!

Red River

Gramma Weber's

Ray's grandfather (Clarence) died last week, so we stopped to see his grandmother on our way home.
Mom and Gramma Weber
Ray, Dad Weber, and Uncle Wilf

Gaming in ND

Doug and Ray
Jennie and Jason (I only played Munchkin)
Ray and Jason


Bad picture but great billboard!

UND Apartments

UND is doing a lot of remodelling and building! They even redid the student apartments. Ray and I lived in this one and now they've added AC as well as fixed them all up!

Billy John

Doesn't this remind you of Billy?

Gram Stannard and Hannah

Hannah and her great grandmother!

Thursday, May 17, 2007

Oldest Wooden Anchor

The oldest wooden anchor was discovered in the Aegean Sea, off the ancient Turkish port of Urla. It dates from the end of the 7th century BC:
Part of the port slid into the sea during a natural disaster soon thereafter, the researchers said, burying the anchor in 5 feet of sediment.

Just some of the original anchor remains, but this is still a great find. It goes with many great finds from this area:
Underwater ruins found at Urla in the past few years-including "a large sunken area that shows human habitation," said Artzy-revealed that the undocumented disaster sunk part of Klazomenai sometime in the 6th century B.C.

"On the sea floor, we found a layer of what we call Poseidon grass [like seaweed], and beneath that it was covered with ceramics with goat motifs from that time," she told LiveScience. "It is all preserved in a layer, and you can see that the anchor is part of that period too."

At this same, site you can check out the top 10 Ancient capitals. Rome won, but I think Constantinople should have it (it was 3rd - behind Athens). I mean look at the Hagia Sophia - it is just magnificent! One of my life goals is to actually see this building.

The world's oldest ship was found off Egypt:
Excavations at an ancient Egyptian shipyard have unearthed remains of the world's oldest seafaring ships.

The 4,000-year-old timbers were found alongside equally ancient cargo boxes, anchors, coils of rope and other naval materials just as old, at what archaeologists are calling a kind of ancient military administration site.

While older boats have been found, this is oldest sea-faring vessel. It also gives us important information on Egypt:
According to Ward, it was widely thought that while ancient Egyptians often traveled along the Nile in smaller river boats, they did not have the technological ability to voyage long distances. Evidence at Wadi Gawasis seems to suggest that they were, in fact, prolific sea-goers like later civilizations in Greece and Rome.

The mere presence of shipworm damage, accrued usually during voyages of at least several months, suggests that ancient Egyptians actually spent a lot of time at sea.

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Want to be a Librarian?

This video from 1947 is hilarous! Watch to see if YOU want to be a librarian!

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Dark Matter Exists

NASA has reported that it has found some proof that dark matter exists:
Astronomers using the Hubble Space Telescope spotted a ring of dark matter in a galaxy cluster some five billion light-years away from Earth, which measured some 2.6 million light-years across.
"This is the first time we have detected dark matter as having a unique structure that is different from the gas and galaxies in the cluster," said James Jee, a member of NASA's team of astronomers.

Ray mowing the lawn

Sarah Polk

I finally found a hoop skirt (its the one I wore under my wedding dress actually) for under this - doesn't it look better? Although, it is harder to walk in now!


Totally done!

Thursday, May 10, 2007

My finished project

I have been processing a collection all semester as my practicum project. While I was "officially" done about two weeks ago, I still had some clean up (labelling, etc) that I had promised my supervisor, so I finally finished EVERYTHING today!! I even took picture to commenorate it.:)
One of the boxes - I had to sort all the papers into order, itemize them...believe me a lot of work!

The entire collection (22 boxes, 10 linear feet) on the shelf.

Ray's Classroom

Looks a little impressive!

Wednesday, May 09, 2007

No Man's Land

This is funny! I personally agree - I hate being called "Ms." I'm married and proud of it - if you are going to insist on using some time of term of "respect" use "Mrs.". Ms. is a just a cop out.

Tuesday, May 08, 2007

Harding Home

We went to the Harding Home on the way back from Columbus. Review my review of this visit at the APB.

Sunday, May 06, 2007

Ohio Statehouse

Veterans' Memorial

These are my Jewels statue - the woman is Cornelia and the men are various Civil War heros from Ohio.
Peace statue - very pretty!

This the exterior of the Statehouse - there are actually a lot of statues, I've picked a few of my favorites!

Old Fire House

Isn't this a cool old fire house? I really hope they are restoring this, not tearing it down!

German Village

This is a church in the German village. The German village in Columbus is a quaint neighborhood. We went to a really fun restaurant (live polka music, authentic German music and all in a restored stable) and found an awesome bookstore!

My Columbus Trip

I was in Columbus over the last few days for a conference (Midwest Archives Conference) and did a little sightseeing while I was there. Some cool things that I saw that I don't have pictures of: the Ohio Statehouse (just amazing!) and the Riffe Gallery (went and saw the new exhibit on quiliting - just wonderful!).

Isn't this great - this is ALL done with stitching and different colored cloth! It is just AMAZING.

Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Gilmore Girls Update

I'm going crazy!! So they ended this week with Logan asking Lorelai for permission to ask Rory to marry him....and then just ended it!! No answer or anything! But the trailer for next week is him asking her, but from the stuff on the Internet, she doesn't answer him next week!! I swear, they are going to drive me to drink!!! Logan and Rory HAVE to get engaged - I didn't like Logan at first, but now I really like him!!! He's moving to San Franisco as of now...and that's okay because they aren't sure if they are doing another end with them getting engaged and moving to the West Coast. I love GG, but not sure if they need another season - they are running long now and if they go too long, it always ends up sucking. (Case in point - X-Files).

New Blog

I found a cool new blog (well actually Michael at APB for it for me) from the LOC! Yesterday's post was commemorating the first day lights were on in the Empire State Building. Pretty cool stuff.

Tuesday, May 01, 2007


Isn't she darling? Hannah in Auntie Sue's sink.

Gram's new place

Gram Stannard in her new place! Isn't it gorgeous?

Billy's Land

Billy working on clearing his land!

Billy's Land

Billy working on clearing his land!

Lawnmower Story

I got this in my inbox this week and couldn't resist!

When our lawn mower broke and wouldn't run, my wife kept hinting to me that I should get it fixed. But, somehow I always had something else to take care of first, the truck, the car, and golf -- always something more important to me.Finally she thought of a clever way to make her point. When I arrived home one day, I found her seated in the tall grass, busily snipping away with a tiny pair of sewing scissors.

I watched silently for a short time and then went into the house. I was gone only a few minutes. When I came out again I handed her a toothbrush.I said, "When you finish cutting the grass, you might as well sweep the driveway."

The doctors say I will walk again, but I will always have a limp.

Moral to the story: Marriage is a relationship in which one person is always right, and the other is the husband.