Monday, December 26, 2005
I tried to put the dvd rack together, but I need another pair of hands. So, I emailed Mom and I think Dad's going to stop by and help me put it together.
I think I saved about $41.00 or so by getting stuff 50% off. That's pretty good.
Sunday, December 25, 2005
Saturday, December 24, 2005
Mom and Dad came up about 10am or so. They brought coffee for them since I don't have coffee in my house, and they brought toll house pan cookies, peanut butter fudge and peanut clusters.
Before dinner, we dug into the stockings. Fritz got a couple of squeaky toys and some raw hides. Steffi got some doggy treats and some raw hides. Her raw hides will have to be soaked in water though. She can't chew them normally. Mom got an air freshener, a box of thin mints candy, and a wall hanging cloth calender for the kitchen. Dad got an extension cord, a deck of cards in case their computers crash, and a bag of candy.
I made the rest of the Christmas dinner (yams, green beans, mashed potatoes, the noodles, and gravy) and we sat down to dinner about 12:30 or so. Everything was good. After we were done with round one of dinner, I put the leftovers away into gladware for Mom to take home and for me for later. Mom did a nice thing and washed my dishes. Dad took Fritz for a couple of walks out in the woods.
We let dinner settle for a while. Mom and I tried to take a nap on the couch and Dad played some solitaire on the computer. Then Dad woke us up by asking if Mom was ready to leave. It wasn't even 2pm. So, we opened presents. I got a Fannie Farmer cookbook and a greatest hits cd of country music singer Mark Collie. Dad got a mini flash light that is tied around your head, a couple of pairs of gloves, and an amplifier for the receiver of their phone. Mom got a Randy Travis gospel music cd and a desk lamp. Mom and Dad's joint gift was a small floor rug that almost matches the color of their living room carpet. My sister and brother in law's gifts for us are in transit. In fact I did get my gifts from them just a few minutes ago. The mail carrier misdelivered them to the neighbor. My sister and brother in law and niece and nephew got me two books: Alias-Vigilance and Andromeda - The Attitude of Silence.
So, it was a very good Christmas for us. Hopefully, Mom and Dad will get their presents from my sister and her family and they will love their gifts as much as I love mine.
I'm still stuffed from dinner at noon but hopefully, I will find room for some of those cookies later tonight.
Tuesday, December 20, 2005
Monday, December 19, 2005
I was planning to upgrade to the 180 channel package on my satellite dish after the first of the year, but I think I will do it Friday so Dad will have something to watch Saturday when they come up for dinner. And I will have four days to watch all the new channels.
It looks like the weather may cooperate on Saturday and we won't have any snow or ice. I hope that is still the case on Saturday. The evil weathergirl just said there might be snow in the forcast. Blah, blah, blah. They all call for snow around Christmas time. What is the deal with snow on Christmas Day??? Don't they know Jesus was really born in the spring and there wasn't any snow???
Saturday, December 17, 2005
Thursday, December 15, 2005
I did work out this morning, but as usual, I haven't posted my stats. My stats are in the bedroom with the treadmill and I never can remember to bring them in here to the computer. I don't think the workout matters that much - I ate no bake cookies and candy today at work.
Monday, December 12, 2005
Move over, Miss Piggy. Step aside, Porky. It's time to share the swine spotlight with real pigs.
The contributions of an animal that has been reviled, mocked and dined upon for centuries are being recognized in a Xavier University class highlighting American pig history.
"As I was doing research, I found pigs popping up in rather significant settings," said assistant history professor Karim Tiro, who teaches the class.
Few realize that swine sailed to the New World with Columbus, sparked wars between colonists and American Indians and helped pioneer the assembly line, he said.
He covers those and other topics in "A History of the Pig in America with Especial Reference to the City of Cincinnati Otherwise Known as Porkopolis."
The last part of the quirky title refers to a city that has had a love-hate relationship with pigs since its heyday as the center of the U.S. pork-packing industry.
Easy access to river transportation and farmland helped turn Cincinnati into the pork processing capital of the world by the 1840s — and the target of international jokes about its "Porkopolis" image.
Appalled at the sight of pigs being herded or roaming wild through Cincinnati streets in the late 1820s, British author Frances Trollope wrote that she would have liked the city better if the people "had not dealt so very largely with hogs."
"Cincinnati's connection with pigs has always been seen both as a serious economic issue and a point of humor or ridicule," said Dan Hurley, assistant vice president for history for the Cincinnati Museum Center.
The Xavier students say they have learned how pigs and the development of the pork industry reflect broader trends in history. They also have learned to overlook the grins and giggles that often erupt at the mention of their class.
"But when I tell people what we have learned, they don't laugh as much, and they usually think it sounds interesting," said Tara Cleveland, 21.
Virginia DeJohn Anderson, a history professor at the University of Colorado at Boulder, taught a class looking at the history of human and animal relationships from antiquity to the present. But she's not aware of any history classes highlighting one animal.
"I don't think many historians in the past have taken animals seriously as historical subjects. That prejudice may be shifting as we are coming to understand how animals have shaped not just the landscape, but also relations among people," Anderson said.
Sunday, December 11, 2005
Dad came up today. Mom stayed home. She had a bout of sinus today. Dad changed the oil in their car and fixed my table. He just tightened up all the bolts and stuff. He liked my furniture. I gave him the candy and he took the soda he and mom left behind when they moved out. It was full calorie soda so I'm glad it's gone.
I wrapped their Christmas presents today. I still have to buy Mom something else to make things even, but she won't cooperate and give me hints. I got a present from Mom and Dad in the mail yesterday. It came gift wrapped from walmart.com. Walmart is pretty handy for things like that.
Bo Bice's cd comes out Tuesday. I plan to buy it. I hope it's good. You never know how those things turn out.
Saturday, December 10, 2005
Friday, December 09, 2005
I'm supposed to get my furniture delivered tomorrow between 3 and 6 pm. I can't wait for it to get here. I have some cleaning to do tomorrow.
I'm glad the weekend is here. I have serious day off-itis. It will last until February or March.
I have many, many pets now on the Petz game. My dog had three puppies, and my cat had four kittens not too long ago. I now have 16 pets.
Wednesday, December 07, 2005
Tuesday, December 06, 2005
I made Nestle Toll House Pan Cookies tonight. I had two eggs I needed to use before they expired. I think I'll have to take a few to work and freeze much of the rest of them.
I saw INXS on tv tonight. They were on VH1. I think JD was nervous. The cd is good. I'm hoping I'll like more of the songs the more times I play the cd. Right now, I'm watching the Randy Travis concert on the local PBS station. They are having a fund drive.
Monday, December 05, 2005
The car finally got finished at 4:45pm. I had to spend the whole afternoon at my parents' house waiting for it. But I did take a nap or two so the day wasn't a total loss.
Sunday, December 04, 2005
I'm watching the local news right now. They are reporting on the controversy of calling a Christmas Tree a Christmas Tree rather than a Holiday Tree. They interviewed one customer buying a Christmas tree and she said "We're turning into a country of pacifists. We're trying to pacify everybody." Heaven forbid we have peace at Christmas. Sometimes you just can't make these things up.
Tomorrow, if we don't get any snow accumulation, Mom and I may go back to P-Burg for the dining room table and chairs. Dad has to take my car to the mechanic to get my back brakes fixed and Mom has to get her prescriptions taken care of first. I hope I can find a table and chairs I like on this trip and actually buy them. I'm taking my checkbook with me just in case.
Saturday, December 03, 2005
After shopping with Mom, I went to the grocery store and Walmart. At walmart I found another Christmas gift for Mom and Dad. They had a sale on chocolate chips at Krogers - a dollar a bag. I stocked up.
Dad was saying today that he needed to start working out. I hope he does. He needs to get healthier.
I got the electric bill today for the first cold month I've had in the house without Dad here burning the wood stove for heat. Using electric only, the bill is $110.00. That's about 35.00 more than what Dad would pay if he was burning the wood stove for heat. So, I don't think it's too bad. I know some people pay a lot more in electric.
Friday, December 02, 2005
I'm back down to 125 pounds after a two week feeding frenzy. I seriously went off the diet and exercise program there for a while. Hopefully I can get back on track and stay there. I think it's going to help to work out before work in the mornings.
I bought the dvd "Mr. and Mrs. Smith" the other night. I've only managed to watch the trailers and deleted scenes so far. But I think it's going to be good. I don't know when I'll watch it. I have a bad habit of not watching things I record and even though I bought the Van Helsing movie, I haven't watched it. I did see it at the theater. The ending wasn't the greatest for a person who reads romance novels.
Jennifer Garner had her baby. She had a little girl and reports say Garner has named her Violet. The kid will be one of the most beautiful people on earth with those two parents she's got. Hopefully, Violet will get plenty of WV hospitality and down-home sensibility as she grows up.
Thursday, December 01, 2005
I have changed my routine and I now work out right when I get out of bed in the mornings on work days. I am working the 8:30 to 4:30 hours now and I decided to keep getting up at the same time and just do the treadmill in the mornings. I think it's going to work out well. I will have plenty of time to work out for a full episode of Alias (about 43 minutes).