Thursday, March 29, 2007

Dianne Feinstein busted...it's about time.

It's about time the story about the corrupt Dianne Feinstein resigning from the Senate Military Construction Appropriations Subcommittee after a report shows she voted in favor of construction contracts which directly benefitted her husband's multi-billion dollar coporations. Of course I haven't seen or heard ANYTHING about it on the news. The first I heard was on Michael Savage's radio broadcast earlier this week. And so afterwards I searched for the story on the major news sites and and couldn't find a damn thing about it, except for the main article on Metroactive.com which first broke the story. Now days later, it seems to have garnered the attention of WorldNetDaily.

A lot of people have speculated for a long time about the possibility that she's voted in favor of things that have benefitted her husband's companies, which also do a lot of business in China.

But still a lot of high ranking politicians know but nobody's calling for her resignation. I mean for pete's sake, the woman is the chair of the Senate Rules Committee which regulates the ethical behavior of her colleagues. The woman heads a committee which investigates ethical behavior and yet she herself indulges in it.

And nobody's calling for her to step down?

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

The saga continues

Ok so professor #2 has been moved into the classroom that another professor was willing to give up for him. He's not happy about it. It's not the room he wants but the more important thing here is that the two required courses don't conflict anymore. Isn't that the objective here?

Sometimes I wonder...at an educational institution which prides itself in the students being the first priority, why does being able to teach in one's preferred classroom take precedence over the quality education of the students? Sure it sucks not to have the best classroom but at the same time the more important goal here is to make sure the two required courses don't conflict. The more important goal here is the educational well-being of the student.

Or so I thought.

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Inflexibility sucks...

Two graduate courses in the same program were inadvertently scheduled at the same time. One of them has to be moved.

Professor #1's conflicting course is one day per week three periods in a row.

Professor #2's conflicting course is two periods per day, two days per week.

Professor #1 is teaching a total of five courses that term, making it nearly impossible to find him a time/day which won't cause a conflict with the other courses his students are taking.

Professor #2 is teaching only the one course that term. He has the opportunity to have his class moved to two other days but with the same time and a different classroom--a classroom in the building he wants to teach in. In fact to get that classroom, another faculty member in his department was willing to switch to make it happen! However, because #2 hates that classroom for whatever reason (it's really not a bad room), #2 won't teach in it. The only other thing that can be done is to put him in a room outside the building he wants to teach in but he refuses. But what makes things worse is it's hard as hell to find him a time/date he would like other than what was already found.

So here we have a dilemma...two required courses need to be taken by the same group of students are offered at the same time. One can't be moved, the other can, only the professor refuses to teach outside the building he prefers. But then you get the guy into the building he wants and he doesn't like the classroom.

So now what?

Monday, March 26, 2007

St. Hugo of the Hills Catholic School has no business banning myspace accounts at home...

This story out of Grand Rapids Michigan is about a Catholic school which has banned their students from having personal myspace accounts----at home! The school claims the reason is to keep the children safe and prevent students from competing for the number of people who link to their page. The school has threatened to suspend any student who does not comply.

The story reports that no parents have challenged it yet.

Just because no parent has challenged it doesn't make it right. What we have here is yet more parents giving up their parenting decisions to some other entity. It makes it easier for them, they don't have to be the bad guy, they don't have to enforce the rules. What a perfect situation!

Does this violate the Constitution? No. The Catholic School is not a government entity. However.....this just isn't right. The parents who go along with this are stupid, I mean for pete's sake---allowing this school to govern the child's life at home?

Unbelievable!

Friday, March 23, 2007

John Edwards making a huge mistake...

Shame on John Edwards. During this rough time when his wife is battling terminal cancer, he decided that he will continue to run for President.

"We know from our previous experience that when this happens you have a choice, you can go cower in the corner and hide, or you can be tough and go out there and stand up for what you believe in."


To imply that putting his family first and taking care of his wife during her battle with cancer is cowering and hiding is an insult to every person who has battled cancer. This has nothing to do with cowering and hiding, it has to do with putting what's important first. His family and his wife's well-being should be MORE important than running for office. This illness and its treatment takes an immense amount of time, energy and patience, not just from the patient but from the caregivers. And considering that he has three living children, one who just graduated from college and two others who are 8 and 6, WHO is going to take care of Elizabeth? Who will be there to shuttle her back and forth from her doctor's appointments and chemotherapy? Who will be there to cook her dinner and take care of the home because she will be too tired and worn out to do it herself? Who will be there to help her dress when she is in too much pain to do it herself? Who will administer her pain meds when she is too exhausted to do it herself? Who will be there to console her when she cries because she knows she is going to die? Who will be there when the pain is just too much, when she can't handle the chemo anymore?

I had a friend whose mother battled breast cancer and won, but during that time it was physically and mentally exhausting for the entire family......it isn't just the patient dealing with the cancer, it's the entire family. Without her daughter, and especially her husband, who was her rock through the entire thing, her outcome may have been quite different.

Sure Elizabeth was at her husband's side when he made the announcement, sure she said she would continue the fight with him, but it seems very wrong indeed for him not to take advantage of every precious moment he has with his wife before she dies from this terrible disease.

This has nothing to do with politics, I just think John Edwards is wrong.

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

If you want to stop the war, go to the source...

About 500 students walked out of class yesterday at 1 pm on a peace march across campus and down a very crowded thoroughfare, but not first without a detour to the University President's office to demand he speak out against the war and cease any research at UF which benefits the war. Then they decided to take the mass march on to the local National Guard office but they weren't allowed in there, so they were forced to take to the street outside, dodging in and out of traffic, making a mess of things.

I saw them march through the plaza outside my office window, it's great that they are taking advantage of their freedom of speech, but I wonder how many of them know who their senators or representatives are, that would be an interesting question wouldn't it? As some peacenik is shouting "death to Bush" maybe we could ask him who his state senator is....I expect to hear a "uh...uhh" yep.

Marching on the National Guard office....now what good does that do? Except anger the men and women who serve this country. If you want to make a difference, take a bus to Tallahassee or better yet to Washington DC, with about 10,000 students and march on the Capitol. Those are the people you want to harass, not our military men and women.

I'm all for marches, free speech, and all that good stuff, that's what America is all about. But doing it smart, doing it the right way, gets positive results.

My first college scholarship...

You'd think a student as good in academics as I am would receive scholarships but the problem is that I just don't fit the criteria for them. Many of them are for those just out of high school and students who live in Alachua or Bradford counties, art, science and math majors, disabled students, veterans disabled in action, children of disabled veterans, single mothers, etc. I don't fit the profile of any of them. No scholarships for the out of county, non-traditional age student, 37 year old career woman studying history, married, no kids, and a 3.4 GPA.

What's a gal to do?

Well I applied for student loans to see if I would qualify and I did but I declined them. I'm not going to take advantage of those low interest federal loans until I absolutely need them. But I did find out today that I received two $300 scholarships, one for fall 06, one for spring 07. The check's already in the mail!

I have found some scholarships on Fastweb I think I will apply for, mostly to help with books and supplies as I get a tuition waiver from my employer.

But still it was so cool to find out I actually qualified for a scholarship! Imagine that!!

Monday, March 19, 2007

Beware the finger-pointing government employee...

Miss "X" is an employee at a government institution and she hasn't done her job in years. Her past supervisors knew she was incompetent but they kept her on anyway for fear of being sued if they let her go (or so that's what was rumored). Eventually Miss "X" went a bit too far, got a little dishonest and got busted. Instead of admitting the obvious, she attempts to cover up her dishonest acts and then points the finger at everyone else shouting conspiracy.

All I can say is what goes around comes around. I really despise people who screw up and just to take the heat off themselves, they attempt to point the finger of wrongdoing in the direction of innocent people. If you break the law, if you violate the code, if you bend the rules for your own personal gain, and you get busted, do the responsible thing----own up to it and admit your guilt. Don't whine and bitch about so and so doing this or that, so and so didn't get busted, YOU did!

Had Miss "X" been employed at a private company I have no doubt she would have been fired years before it ever got to this point.

Friday, March 16, 2007

The dilemma of fathers and sons...

Family dynamics can be a tough thing. There's no manual telling you how to handle this problem or that, how to react to this situation or that, you just do what you think is right and hope you don't screw up.

In a perfect world, parents and children would always get along. Parents would never nag their kids and obsess about their well-being and play the guilt card and children would call and visit more often, respect their parents even when they disagree, and never throw their shortcomings or parental mistakes in their face during an argument.

Ahh..if only it were a perfect world.

But alas, it isn't.

I don't know which is a tougher relationship--mothers and daughters or fathers and sons. I think it's fathers and sons. Temperamental, stubborn fathers and temperamental even more stubborn sons can be a handful to deal with in any family. When they don't get along, the mothers, the sisters, the wives, the grandmothers, they all throw their hands up and say "OY VEY!" because really what more can be said?

You cannot force two people to like each other even if they are in the same family, even if they are father and son. You hope in your heart that before one of them dies someday, before the world comes to an abrupt end, they will make amends and forget the past. But alas, some men just can't do it. It's not necessarily because they don't want to either, it's because sometimes admitting one's faults can appear a sign of weakness, at least to them. I don't know any normal person who considers being human a weakness!

Life is too damn short to be hateful, cruel, and disrespectful to the people you care about most. Yes, pride is a great thing but sometimes forgiveness is even greater. Families have all kinds of rifts, some can be mended, some cannot. But perhaps the world would be a better place if children and parents respected each other and forgave each other's mistakes. Sons who throw their father's past mistakes and weaknesses as a parent back in their face should be ashamed.....that is not the type of respect God intended from child to parent. And equally wrong is the father who instead of forgiving his son for his past mistakes and poor choices (forgetting that he himself made them often in his youth) continues to hold his son's past actions against him.

Forgiveness generally isn't about the other person being forgiven, it's really for the person doing the forgiving. But ultimately it can benefit both parties in wonderful ways. I think if more people tried to forgive, and really meant it, I think the world would be a better place.

There are a lot of fathers and sons in this world who don't get along, don't respect each other, and don't talk. And it's a shame, a real shame, because usually they don't "get it" until one of them is dead.

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

It's a nasty virus topped with an ear infection...

Ok the verdict is in...

Took DH to the doctor yesterday, he has a virus and an ear infection. He was so out of it he didn't even remember the trip up to the doc's office. She gave us some Z-pack antibiotics for his ear infection and something for his cough but other than that you have to let a virus run its course. I hope he'll be feeling better soon. Apparently a lot of people have this virus and have been very sick.

You know, this is a transient town, the way people come in and out of here, especially from foreign nations, it doesn't surprise me the shit that goes around!

Wish us luck!

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

I'm beginning to worry about the President...

...when one of the greatest experiences of his Presidency is packing lettuce in Guatemala.

Ladies and gentlemen, I think the President has officially "left the building" if you know what I mean.

Don't ask don't tell policy a sham!

Let's just get this whole "don't ask don't tell" thing out of the way here. You've got some homophobic higher-ups in the military insisting that gay men and women in the military will compromise the mission and integrity of the Armed Forces.

What a line of bullshit!

The don't ask don't tell" is a dumbass policy created by----surprise!---a bunch of homophobe men in uniform in the highest ranks of our military and backed by and I hate to say this---ignorant Commander in Chiefs. It's a bullshit policy that discriminates against potentially outstanding soldiers and sailors.

The "big lie" is that in the field during combat, a guy who has a thing for another guy will compromise the ability to accomplish the objective. The government and the military chiefs attempt to make the American people believe that the security of this great nation will be at risk of gays serve openly in the military.

Really?

First off, sexual harassment is sexual harassment regardless of whether it involves opposite or same gendered individuals. Your average gay man or woman isn't any more or less likely to sexually harass a member of the same gender any more than your average non-gay man or woman is likely to harass someone of the opposite gender.

I have an easy solution for it....ENFORCE THE UCMJ! Any person in uniform who violates the code of conduct should be punished accordingly.

What really compromises the mission is NOT the gay men and women but the homophobes who serve with them. And yes, it's usually the men in the military who have the biggest problem with a person being gay. Men who can't handle a "threat" to their masculinity would likely be the ones to compromise the mission by not looking at their fellow soldier as a soldier, instead looking at him as a "fag" and treating him differently, possibly causing harm to come to him and to other soldiers in the unit. And in this situation, if you have a unit in which a gay soldier or sailor serves and he or she is being harassed and harmed by others, then all those who commit the harassment and harm should be punished accordingly.

What the military is attempting to do is just nip this in the bud by keeping the gays out or silenced.

Reminds me of the loner on the playground, the kid who minds his own business but gets picked on because he's different. The bullies beat on him daily and finally instead of the principal punishing the bullies, he just suggests to the parents of the victim that it would be in their child's best interest to just move to another school.

Yeah that's solving the problem....punish the victim instead of the perps.

In this country, where our Armed Forces are taxed so heavily in regards to manpower, we should not be turning away highly qualified men and women from the Armed Forces simply because they seek the intimate companionship of someone of the same gender. So long as they do their duty and serve in a professional manner (as we would ask of a heterosexual soldier or sailor), then they should be afforded the opportunity to serve and defend their country.

The "don't ask don't tell policy" is a sham and what makes it worse is our government is OK with it. Clinton thought it was ok, so does Bush. It's not. Gay people are PEOPLE first, their sexuality (like yours and mine) is secondary. Being gay does not mean you don't have patriotism, can't fire a weapon, can't defend your nation against hostility, and can't work together with your fellow soldiers and sailors to accomplish the mission.

Let me tell you a little something. Those of you who think gays shouldn't serve because it somehow compromises the mission and that what you call "immorality" has no place in the military, have no clue, not a single clue as to some of the "real immorality" that goes on.

The men-on-women sexual harassment statistics would startle you (or maybe not). I and my fellow female crew were subject to sexual harassment on a DAILY basis. Not once did I see any same gender harassment (and there were people who served who were gay), all I saw, heard and experienced was opposite gender harassment.

So tell me, who are the immoral ones now?

Pissin' me off...

There's a couple of things bugging me today:

First, I heard on ABC news radio yesterday a report about an estimated two million homeowners will likely lose their homes because they can't afford the mortgages. These people received mortgages as a result of financial institutions lowering requirements for lending. Then I heard a woman comment that the US government must bail these two million homeowners out because they a responsibility.

Huh? The government does not have the responsibility to bail the citizens out of bad decisions.

I would love to see everyone who wants to be in a home, be in one. However, not at the risk of bending the rules so they can get a mortgage they can't afford under terms (usually interest only) they don't understand. In the end, these people wind up on the street and someone else, usually the taxpayer winds up bailing them out.

Second, who in America does not have a social security number?

Bank of America stands by its statement that this new no-requirement of a social security number to be issued a credit card has a lot of people irate. I can't seem to find BA's official press release on it, however I did find this statement:

Bank of America CEO Ken Lewis says they are issuing the card "to help Bank of America customers build a credit history." He also states the card requires customers to have an account in good standing for at least three months prior to the issuing of the card.

Now let's think about this. What adult wouldn't have a social security number? And how many of these folks would be banking at a financial institution?

Not many. Which leads me to believe that Bank of America is indeed offering this program because they want the business of illegal aliens. Come on, you can't tell me a big business like BA doesn't want to capitalize on the billions of dollars earned by illegals in America every year.

Third, the Patriot Act allows financial institutions to accept official ID issued by foreign governments, which includes the Matricula consular card issued by Mexican consulates and ITIN's which are Individual taxpayer ID numbers issued by the IRS to non-citizens who live outside the US but have American bank accounts and pay taxes in America.

Now, I work with international students who are on research assistantships and they are required to have social security or ITINs. And because they are paid, they need to have bank accounts. They have official business in this country, they are here legally. When our students open their bank accounts here, the institution requires proof of legal status.

ALL banks should REQUIRE proof that the person is here legally. Our students have official documentation showing they are here legally, in the form of an I-20 for one. This document shows they are here for the purpose of education and it shows the start and expiration date.

The damn government wants to regulate everything else, why not mandate the banks do this?

It's simple--the politicians want the illegal votes, they are also in bed with the bankers who want the money from the illegals.


Fourth...allowing illegal aliens to pay in-state tuition at US Universities and Colleges.

I can't even tell you how sick that makes me.


So let's see sum this up....I could never qualify for a home loan when I was single because I didn't make enough. Now I am married and although DH and I make good money for DINKS (dual income no kids) and our credit history is nothing short of excellent, with ratings over 750, however WE cannot qualify for a home loan. That's because we owe some debt, no problem, we're paying it off.

Then you have Joe Smith and family down the street who because they are poor, and have shitty or no credit, qualify for a home loan immediately. Five years later they are whining because they can't keep up with the adjusted interest rate which has just gone up and they find out the interest only thing is killing them.

Fast forward now to the fact I can't SPIT on the sidewalk unless I provide my SS first. Now mind you, I don't give my social to ANYONE even if they say they require it, unless it's for official business in which it is truly required. Not at the grocery store, not at the video rental place, not even at the doc's office. In fact, I crusaded against AvMed till they FINALLY sent us new ID cards without our socials on it! I refuse to give it.

But yet the government REQUIRED me to submit one when I joined my credit union. They require it for me to get a credit card.

And now a bank is allowed to offer credit cards to people who cannot be traced? Face it, the social tracks us anywhere we go. We hate it but that's the way it is.

And about that college thing? That just sucks!

Monday, March 12, 2007

DH still sick...

Well as it stands, DH's temperature went from 99.8 to 101.3 to 100.9 during the night. Today it went from 101.2 to 99.4 to 98.9 to 99.2, 99, 98.6, 97.7 and then 99.8 later on. He's experienced everything from body aches, headaches, stiff back, lethargy, spaced out feeling, belching, gas, loose stool, chills, and a dry cough just to name a few. Not all symptoms at once either, they come and go. I fed him advil and nyquil gelcaps last night it helped him sleep. Did the same for him tonight.

We have a doc appt for him at 9:30 tomorrow. Man it sucks to be sick and it's hard caring for someone who is because while you know it will get better eventually it's hard for them to believe it. So wish him well won't you?

I'll keep you posted on how he's doing!

Too many usernames and passwords, so little memory...

I was trying to log in to my class WebCT site tonight and couldn't figure out why I couldn't log in.

Three attempts later I was like "DUH" because it hit me that I was using the wrong username and password. I was in fact, trying to use my UF webmail username and password instead of my college ID number and password. Not long ago I tried to log in to my bank account online using my hotmail username and password. No, it didn't work!

In the beginning of the internet era, it was a few usernames and passwords. Now the list DH and I maintain for usernames/passwords to all kinds of sites, numbers over 50.

There's a reason they call the old days, the "good old days". Yes, when paper was king!

Saturday, March 10, 2007

Peanut butter recall goes back to '04...

Huh?

A little late don't ya think?

Oh wait. I remember now, sometime back in 2005 I had a terrible stomach ache.

Can I sue?

Friday, March 09, 2007

If one more person...

in my class emails the group asking "can anyone give me the answers to the study guide for exam #___" I am going to throttle them!

I'm so sick of this shit. I work my ass off reading chapters, taking notes and searching for the answers to the review questions and these lazy bastards expect me (or anyone else they emailed) to just GIVE them the answers it took us hours to find?

Oh no f'in way. I emailed the professor and told her how I felt about it hoping she will do something.

Ahh but it's just another great reminder of the "me me me" generation!

Thursday, March 08, 2007

Family drama never ceases to amaze me...

Hmm.... this is new... a cat in a yarmulke...














Alrighty then...


In my family there's no shortage of drama. Nary a week goes by that someone doesn't do something to piss off someone else. In my younger days I worried about it, now, like my dad and my sister, both of whom are cut from the exact same piece of cloth, I just don't give a damn.

The most recent family drama, well it isn't a full blown drama, it's sort of an almost-drama was started by yours truly when a few days ago I got it into my head to throw grams a surprise 90th birthday party. You see grams turns 90 on May 29th and since that's a workday for most of us, I thought the 26th, a Saturday would be perfect to get together and have a little fun. So I sent an email to my mom and dad and my mom's sister and her husband and my brother and sister and a couple of my cousins. I mentioned how neat it would be to have a barbecue for grams and invite a few of her closest friends.

I thought it was a great idea but apparently some others didn't feel the same way. Not twenty minutes later I get an email from my aunt telling me that she had already checked with her kids (isn't it amazing how she made five phone calls to her five kids that quickly LOL--) and they couldn't be here so she asked them to send grams flowers. Then she said that she and my uncle and grams three closest friends were taking my grandmother to a special surprise lunch on her birthday. She said she had told my parents about it. And then she said if I wanted to do anything please do it the week after so as not to ruin what she had already planned.

Say WHAT?

I sat there reading the email, which was, by the way, cause it was all in caps..and speaking of WHY do literate people have to write in ALL CAPS? I mean what is the point? There's a key on the computer you can press to unlock the caps, uh hello?

Anyway, I fumed a little over the email because I didn't like the tone. Oh my aunt's a great lady, don't get me wrong but there was just something about the email I didn't like. It was like she was telling me that her thing was more important than mine. All this time the only thing I was trying to do was bring the family together, celebrate grams birthday and move on with as little family crisis as possible (which is NOT altogether easy in this family).

I sent my parents a copy of the email and like clockwork, the instigator calls me soon after. That would be dad...the man who takes shit from nobody, the man who gives the orders and takes none (well except from my mother). The instigator suggested I do the barbecue anyway and then me, being the placater and the one who at this stage in life, still tries not to ruffle feathers, sent another email to my parents, sister, brother and included my aunt again and said that we would have something on May 26th or June 2nd, email me and let me know.

And sure enough while I'm typing the email I'm on the phone with dad and he's egging me on, saying "don't you let people walk all over you" and then after I sent it he says "I can't believe you sent that email!"

INSTIGATOR I TELL YOU, THAT IS WHAT HE IS LOL! And he LOVES being that way!

Then my mother emails me and tells me she would rather we just take grams out for a nice lunch, just the immediate family and I throw my hands up in the air and shout Oy Vey! cause I know when I am defeated. Dad told me, he WARNED me earlier "this could get complicated" and sure as hell it was getting that way. And I say "ok fine, I'm done with it" and I wasn't being mean about it, I was serious, see I think I've learned when to just back off and not push because it makes things so complicated in regards to family stuff. And it workd. The plan is now that mom and dad are taking grams to lunch a few days before her birthday and grams knows all about it but she doesn't know about her surprise lunch with my aunt.

And she won't know because you see she doesn't read my blog, well only when my mom finds something so hilariously insane she prints it out and shows it to her LOL. But see mom won't want to spoil the birthday surprise!

Now of course all hell could break loose if somehow my aunt finds out her sister is taking their mother to lunch (OH GOD FORBID!!) before her birthday because then it'll suck the fun right out of the surprise thing right? I mean I can hear it now. They go to lunch on the 25th and then they get home and grams calls up my aunt and tells her what a WONDERFUL time she had with mom and dad at her birthday lunch.

And then it will begin.....more family drama, and then things will be normal again because really now, all this getting along has been going on way too long now, it's been what--months since we've had any kind of major family crisis? And personally that's just months too long for me...

Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Foot pain is the worst...

I've been suffering from plantar fasciitis for over two years now. First it started with my arch hurting, then the heel and then I did some research, talked to my doc and I was told what to do but haven't been doing it regularly. And as such there isn't a day that goes by my right foot doesn't hurt and at times it moves up to my ankle and my ankle will be in pain! I have started icing my feet again and stretching and that is supposed to help over time. Shame on me! You know how I go it? Wearing my favorite loafers! They are awesome but no real support. I wear my Asic athletic shoes EVERY day now, even to work. And recently I started wearing the arch inserts I got at Sports Authority last year. With the last pair of shoes the support didn't feel right but it does with my newest pair.

When you have foot pain, everything suffers. It causes back pain, headaches and leg pain because your gait changes to compensate for the pain. Your feet are the most important part of you, if they don't work right nothing will. So if you suffer from foot pain, GET HELP, do something NOW!

I'll keep you all posted, I am determined to bounce back from this.

Just when you thought you'd heard enough idiocy...

Monday, March 05, 2007

In the meantime...somewhere in America...a village is still searching...


"I was going to have a few comments on the other Democratic presidential candidate, John Edwards, but it turns out that you have to go into rehab if you use the word 'faggot,' so I'm - so, kind of at an impasse, can't really talk about Edwards, so I think I'll just conclude here and take your questions," said Coulter, whose comment was followed by applause.
I don't know who is more of an idiot here, the idiot or the idiot who applauds her.


Sunday, March 04, 2007

Floors don't clean themselves...

I'm not anal retentive about too many things except I can't relax till my house is clean. The one thing besides kitchen and bathroom that I am funny about is the floor. I just like the tile floors free from dirt and I like the carpets vacuumed. So why is it men don't feel the same way? Is it fair they can be anal retentive about their tools, their CD's and DVD's being put away, and garden hoses being rolled up but they don't it when it comes to a clean house.

I think men must think the house cleans itself. Maybe they think if they walk over the spots where they dragged dirt in enough times, the spots will just will themselves to disappear. Perhaps the carpet fairy will spread a little magic fairy dust that sticks to the dust like a magnet and carry it away. Perhaps little mice will come out with brooms and sweep the tile floor clean and then scurry back into hiding until needed again.

Perhaps...

Perhaps a big fat sign will magically appear stating the cleaning fairy is on strike and is going on vacation with the cooking fairy, the lunch-making fairy, the computer fixing fairy, the bed-making fairy, the laundry-putting-away fairy, and the rest of the magic fairies that live in this house.

Saturday, March 03, 2007

A sordid bunch...

Late this afternoon DH and I traveled to a local tavern to have a few beers. We had figured we'd just go in, sit at the bar, have a few beers, maybe play some pool. Instead we were treated to an assorted cast of characters one could only find in a Stephen King novel.

There was a local poker tournament going on so we stayed at the bar watching. What a bunch! Among them were the middle aged bikers and their tough looking wife-babes, young bald guys in biker outfits and tattoos with most of their teeth missing, young local girls with low cut tee shirts and beer guts bigger than most guys I've known, the drunk at the end of the bar who has probably been sitting in the same spot since my parents used to go there back in the 80's, and oh yes, the loud female, the one really LOUD female who has to be heard above everyone and everything. She's the one who is probably 37, but looks years older than she is, her teeth are stained from smoking, she's got a bad dye job, a cigarette hanging out of her mouth--you know that classy 40's look LOL, and she's flirting with all the guys there. I'd say this one definitely had her best days behind her. The rest of the crowd was an assorted mix of local cornfed boys, middle aged working men and the like. A couple of dogs...no, real dogs, not ugly women...ran through there. DH was laughing because it was his first time in a bar where dogs were free to roam the place...they were cute, a pit bull mix and a black something or other...

But it's a bar, who is going to notice?

And so we stayed there about an hour, had a couple of beers and went on our merry way. Yes, I felt somehow when we left there, we had just a little more class and culture than when we entered :)

Friday, March 02, 2007

Too much schoolwork, not enough time...

This is getting more difficult......working full-time, taking care of a household, fixing the meals, six hours per semester, lots of studying, homework, term papers, quizzes, tests, how much more can I do?

Yes DH does stuff like laundry and other things but this is about me and my time management. And I am not doing a very good job of it these days. I've got two midterms coming up, one on the 7th and one on the 11th. I am not ready for them, well I am but I'm not.

I was thinking of skipping summer so I could have a break but if I do I will not graduate until Spring 2009. If I keep on track now with six hours per semester except one where I'll have to do nine hours, I can graduate by December 2008 and move on to the next step.

If...

My grand auntie Nina is funny, she asks her younger sister---my grandmother :

"Is Jess a career student? What does she want to do with her life?"

Oy!

A deadly mouse---computer mouse that is...

What on earth could be so deadly in a computer mouse that requires a warning tag?
Warning: This product contains chemicals, including lead, known to the State of California, to cause birth defects or other reproductive harm. Wash hands after handling.

Oops!

Why would ANY company use lead in a product, esp. a product that comes into daily contact with skin?

Thursday, March 01, 2007

Florida isn't all sunshine and rainbows...

Holy shit, the weather is going downhill fast here...tornado watches, heavy thunderstorms, and low hanging really dark massive gray/black clouds.....