Tuesday, December 30, 2008
If my sweet Sarah is reading this blog, please go check out Emily's blog - she has a really cute post about YOU.
I have to start doing some HARD-CORE reading tomorrow night. Do or die. It's time to kick into speed reading gear because the current speed isn't going to get me there in time.
Friday, December 19, 2008
Friday, December 12, 2008
She did pretty well with them at first. I kept her doped up on Motrin for the first few days, even woke her up in the night to give her Motrin. I learned from Sarah's experience. Sarah was fine the first day and then woke up the first morning after in agony when the Motrin had worn off. The dentist thinks she will have these more than 2 years...there's work to be done.
It's Christmas almost and I haven't started shopping yet. The girls want new cell phones for their birthday so that I can do without much trouble. Emily helped me put up the tree tonight and we have lights on it. Tomorrow, we'll add garland, and wait until Erin gets home tomorrow night and let them both have at decorating the thing. It's nice to have somebody else do this chore. I like Christmas but it's a lot of work. Sarah said she might come home tomorrow. I am looking forward to seeing her. She doesn't come home much...she's a busy girl.
Saturday, November 15, 2008
My tweens will very soon be teens...they are growing up SO fast. Too fast in some ways, but they are blossoming. I best not list details because they both know the qualities I admire about them. My first daughter knows what I admire about her as well. She is the only one who ever reads my blog anymore I am sure.
Tonight I was AGAIN inspired about what to do my disertation on. Each time I get inspired, it's even more exciting to me. GOD, I must be turning into a total nerd......isn't this a hazard of the profession?? I got two inspirations tonight!!! I am going to learn 2 things: MC9090 handhelds and I want to learn Share Point. If I can master these two things, I have a PLAN.........well, not right this instant. I have a vision...but no plan yet. A strategy though - YES!!!
I took my strange little cup to the office today. It makes me SO HAPPY!!! My Sarah made it for my birthday. It is nice and shiney except for it's strange little teeth and it's funny little feet. OHHHH I love that phrase...funny little feet. Double letters in each word :-) What I like most of all about it (besides the fact that it was fruition of Sarah's creative spirit) is the tail sort of handle on it. It reminds me of a rat's tail. If she had put big rat ears on it -it would be a perfect rat. I don't like rats much. They are nervous creatures. I will need to take a photo of my earless rat cup. I will have my friend Terry take the photo with his extra special newest lens. From what he says, with this new lens he could take a photo of my mug in the moonlight. Coo-L! I put treasures in my cup today - I went for a walk at lunch. I found some beautiful litte Japanese maple leaves - scarlet, and I got some twigs of yellow hickory leaves. I also found some pink ginkgo...but I can't find the tree! Everytime I walk through that section I look for it....every fall it's leaves are in the same place...but I can't find the tree. Illusive tree...with the cloak of invisibility. I picked up some persimmon seeds and beechnut seeds. So in my cup right now, I have that plus a couple of tiny oak leaves. They only have 3 fingers or prongs or whatever you call those extensions on a leaf. I have a couple of little feathers in it too. Happy stuff in my happy cup.
I am going to practice karate! I am in the mood for that. I need to review some stuff and work on my new form...I can't spell it but it sounds like this...Pin Yon Show Don. And all the Pin Yon forms are FORMAL. You have to ask for permission to try: Attention, Announce te form and say "Permission to begin!", Bow. You get permission..you attention, June Be (not spelled right), then announce the form name ...then begin. I am now an orange belt, working toward a blue I think. Oddly enough, I can see value in this stuff. I was in Findlay with Cheryl on a business trip. Long story short, one morning when Cheryl was driving she started to turn just as a pedestrian stepped into the street. She hit the brake and told the guy she was sorry - I didn't see him either, we were both watching oncoming traffic while she was trying to make a left turn across 3 lanes. Anyway, the irate guy chased us down two blocks into the parking lot and ran up behind Cheryl. I saw him first and I immediately/instinctively put down what I hand in my hands and got almost in a fighting position. I thought he might hit her - he got up within a foot behind her. I immediately said "Uh oh! Cheryl!!" She turned and the guy was immediately in her face, "What's the matter with you! You blind? Sorry isn't good enough!!!", etc. As soon as I advanced he backed off. He was very rude, but stalked off pretty quickly.
WELL...enough of that. I am practicing karate and then playing some piano, and then....going to bed. I need to write a post tomorrow and work EXTENSIVELY on my team paper. I would love to complete that by Sunday afternoon if at all possible. I'm going to Morehead tomorrow night to listen to my almost teens play in a concert. Erin on the viola and Emily on the cello...and Sarah on the fiddle somewhere not where I am.
I could have taken him...I think.
Sunday, November 9, 2008
I have been hard at work on work for my class. I'm pretty disappointed in at least one of my team-mates. I am hoping he pulls through for us tonight..if not, me and the other lady will have to cough up another 500 words each. Plus, I haven't run the thing through the plagiarism checker yet..that sometimes yields interesting results. The thing is due tomorrow night and I am always BUSY BUSY on Mondays.
I have another idea for my dissertation. I had thought about something to do with info systems used in the orchard industry...but Now....I'm thinking about IT's influence on reducing carbon footprint....I stumbled across some articles last night that were quite intrigueing.
We are going to Hawaii...believe it or not. I have to make another payment this month. The payments are not fun, but I intend to have fun in Hawaii when I go...a few days in paradise. The girls are going there for orchestra and the old man and I will go along to chaperone our kids and "what not".
Two more weeks of this class then it's time to get serious about cleaning, painting, and fixing up some stuff. I need to call and get some estimates. Never a free moment these days.
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
All those peppers came from our garden. We limed this year and our green peppers are HUGE. I think those are red hot chilis in the front. I love their look! Those suckers are hot! I made a huge pot of goulash with a couple of them and it was almost too hot to eat.
Our apple trees are prolific this year and the apples big and red. They are usually knobby and green with little stripes of red until they rot on the tree with a million worm holes in each one. I think I will have an orchard one day. So what if the necterines will bear 1 in 13 years statistically. Maybe I'll get lucky. I believe I would plant some chestnut trees, and apple, pear, and plum trees. Blueberries, pumpkins, Indian Corn, and sunflowers for sure. Oops...I breached the orchard boundaries.
Sunday, June 15, 2008
Molly was checking out the cherries, probably seeing if she wanted to eat them. The cat will eat anything that's not nailed down pretty much.
Yesterday, Jerry and I ran did a 5K - Run by the River in Russell. The race has been run over 30 years so it was very well organized. Rain was predicted and it was very cloudy and breezy, but no rain and a great day for running. My goal is always to finish in under 30 minutes, but I was hoping to beat 27:45. Sadly, I did not. The time keeper at the one mile mark called out 9:02 as I past him. At the 2 mile mark, I heard 9:14 after I past him. The last quarter mile about did me in. I was heaving and cold. My hands were cold and numb and I thought I might not make it to the finish line...which is really disheartening when you can SEE the finish line and worry that you won't get there. I did finish though and the guy who tore off my number had concerns that I was going to puke on him. After a minute or two after finishing I was fine though. My time was 29:30 something. I was disappointed with that. I thought I would have at least been 28 something. I did take the first place trophy in my category - women 50-54. Jerry got third place in his category, and he ran an excellent race - 23 minutes and some seconds. I guess I just need to run more and get into better shape. Maybe I need to lose another 2o pounds or so and that would help my time.
The deer ate nearly all the impatiens I planted around the mailbox. A whole flat of flowers gone in a single night. I love deer but I wish they'd eat somebody else's flowers. We are going to work on the fence around our garden today. My flower seeds are up and I am excited. I can see zinnias and cosmos because I know what the leaves look like. The poppies, I don't know. I see some little seedlings but I can't tell if they are poppies or weeds.
We went swimming at Grayson Lake last week. The girls each invited a friend. They had fun but were paranoid about the dead cicadas in the water. We only went for a few hours but they insisted on packing a picnic lunch for themselves. That was fine because they did all the work. I thought it was odd that they made a thermos of hot soup to enjoy in the 98 degree sun that day. Here are shots from the day. The picture in the water, they are either looking at the little bluegills or dead cicadas...I don't remember.
Monday, May 26, 2008
Here are a couple of old pictures of the girls..these are a couple I like.
The time is late and I have much to do tonight. I will write more later.
Sunday, May 4, 2008
The university is big and has lots of international students. There were lots of people vacationing there from other countries as well - I heard all sorts of different languages on the streets. People aren't allowed to smoke in any buildings anywhere in Ireland. Also, not on buses or trains. Here's a no smoking sign:
This post is getting too long and I need to do other things. I will post this one and do another later on. We visited the Cliffs of Moher and our tour guide was awesome! He gave us some great history about one of the castles and about Ireland in general. He was very entertaining and certainly an unexpected and delightful enhancement to the tour. We had perfect weather for visiting the cliffs. I was more interested in the Burren, the region we went through before we got to the cliffs. I will write more about it later.
Friday, May 2, 2008
Friday, April 18, 2008
Today, I played my first 9 holes for 2008. I would have preferred to spend the evening at a driving range, but none around was open so the old man and I headed for Sandy Creek. The place wasn't too crowded at all. I teed off with limited confidence but smacked my best drive of the day out to to 150 yard marker in the middle of the fairway. From there, it went ugly. I did make 3 pars today - #2 (par 3), #4 (par 4), and #8 (par 3). I'd say I hit at least one decent shot on every hole, but I lost 3 balls in 9 holes, and visited a few rough knolls and bunkers. I got opportunities to practice uphill, downhill, and sidehill lies. I got to practice the knock down shot under trees. Gee - it was a learning day for me. This year, I'm getting a new putter. It's time.
I will be landing in Ireland in less than a week and I am excited about that. Worried too about how everything will go here at home and work with me away. I still have a ton of loose ends to wrap up before I can hit the road. I've been making lots of lists lately. I am very much looking forward to seeing Sarah in person again. We tried Skyping a few times at first but it was just too frustrating - Sarah's internet connection sucks - and the connection kept dropping every time.
Erin is now a UFAF 2nd degree black belt. We are planning to take a vacation to Vegas and attend the convention so Erin can meet Mr. Norris and have a photo made with him. I was in Vegas when I was18 - it seemed like a strange place to locate a city - out in the middle of nowhere. I imagine land was very cheap in the beginning.
That is all for awhile. The next time I blog, it'll be after I get back.
Saturday, March 22, 2008
Soon I must get on line and look for my ticket to Ireland. The hardest part is committing to a time. It's so hard to get away without missing anything. I have tickets to Evita and I hate to miss it, but I might have to just miss and let the girls or Jerry invite somebody to use my ticket. Also, I don't want to miss Erin's test (for 2nd degree UFAF black belt). I'm pretty sure I'll be missing the spring orchestra recital..but I will survive it. My favorite part of that is seeing the kids all spiffied up in suits and dresses, more so than the music they produce. I miss Sarah though, and I'll be happy to see her even if it's only for a few days. We will spend a night in an enchanted (or perhaps haunted) castle, look for mermaids, ride bikes, sip tea in the afternoon, explore, and I hope I'll hear my sweet songbird sing. I suppose I'll take my crappy little camera and trust Sarah to take the good pictures and send them to me. Maybe I'll buy a memory card for her camera as a bribe.
That's all I can think of for now.
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
was doing dishes the other night, and cleaned some pots and then noticed they looked like something....very commercial.
I shouldn't have to tell ANYONE what this looks like. Don't you just love shiney metal? I do. My girls pretty much eat all the time and it seems like by the end of the day, any knife in the house is dirty.
Chewy is my night-time running buddy. We make one or two laps, sprinting, jogging, and walking. We have so much fun! There is a big black lab in the neighborhood that "gets" to run loose at night sometimes. He is scary! There is also a mutt that is part pit-bull that is still running loose at times. That dog scares everyone. Fortunately, tonight, we saw no other dogs loose at all and there were no cats or other critters.
Sarah has forsaken her blog and she rarely emails me, but from what I've heard so far, she is having the time of her life. I'm looking forward to visiting her and actually seeing another country (besides Canada and Mexico). I hope she is happy, but not so happy that she never comes home. I miss her SO MUCH!!
March will be a busy month. I get to spend a weekend in Lexington with Emily for a dance competition, and a weekend in Lousville with Erin for Governor's Cup. I am looking forward to Louisville - we will stay at the Galt House and we'll get to visit Akiko and Ron and hopefully Miki and her family. Erin and I had a very nice time last year. Erin is studying debt in developing countries for the competition.
Saturday, January 12, 2008
Friday, January 4, 2008
Sarah is leaving soon and I will miss her tremendously. She bought a beautiful new banjo with an awesome sound. It sounds tinny like her dad's banjo, but with a strangely hollow sound that I really like. Maybe it's the skin head on it. The workmanship on it is impressive. A man in Ironton made it.
It's Friday and my van is getting new tires today. My front tires are bald and the rear tires aren't much better. With this last snow storm, I can't ignore the lack of traction any more. I'm hoping it's ready to pick up by noon so I can find somebody to give me a ride over to the garage. It's only a couple of miles to walk, but it's COLD today, and I'm a puss about the cold.
A week from tomorrow is karate testing. I will test for my advanced yellow. I am pretty confident I will pass. The hard part will be reciting the code of ethics because my memory sucks. It won't be too bad - there are 7 people testing in my group and it's a 45 minute test. I've had all my tips for several weeks now.
I haven't been running much thanks to the ice and snow. I've been trying to stay in shape at the gym, but I miss my early morning runs. It's supposed to warm back up Sunday so I will defintely be getting out there again.