Sunday, November 27, 2005

I'm Back

I wanted to let everyone know I’m back. I was in Pittsburgh a few days attending a conference. After the conference, our friends Jean, Debbie, and Pat flew down to Columbia to have Thanksgiving with us. It was nice not to be alone. I will be hard at work this week as 2 of my 3 classes ends this week. That means projects due in each class. Wednesday I have two projects due which I’m 90% finished. Thursday I have a 20 minute presentation on my findings from the food court, and Friday I have to turn in a rough draft of my research project and self-evaluation of my grades. I have those!!!

Saturday, November 12, 2005


Does anyone know what an interrobang is? I do? What do you think it might be?

Friday, November 11, 2005

O'Reilly loves San Francisco

Everyone's best friend Bill O'Reilly doesn't like San Francisco for passing a measure which urges public high schools and colleges to prohibit on campus military recruiting.

O'Reilly to San Francisco: "[I]f Al Qaeda comes ... [Media Matters]

Sunday, November 06, 2005

Do it right, or just don't do it!

I guess it was almost two years ago that Scott and I enlisted in Adam's help in painting our bedroom. We spent a long time properly painting that room, so that when it was done, the result was marvelous. Or at least we thought so. Then again when it was time to do the nursery before Emily's coming, we enlisted in Adam's help again. Scott and Adam spent the entire Christmas break in that room, and the time that Scott spent on the touch-ups was extreme. The room was more perfect than I could have ever imagined. Well, now we are in this house, and I guess maybe it will be Adam again who will feel my pain, since he is the one who taught me to be so meticulous like him. (Just as his blog implies.)

The previous owners did such a crappy job it is unbelievable. There is nothing worse than sitting on the toilet and looking up at the wall and noticing that the wallpaper (not my choice of course of paper) doesn't go all the way up to the top of the wall. It is as if the roll was up and rather than finishing it up nicely with a new roll, they said, "oh the hell with it."

Now if this was the only place where one would notice an imperfection, that would be one thing. But this is merely an example of what is to be found throughout the entire house. They didn't cut in around door frames, fireplaces, or light fixtures very well, and in rooms with darker colors, like Emily's lavender, they didn't use two coats so there is minimal coverage. There are many places in that room where the white wall is seen through the wall texture.

You may think, "oh... well maybe they ran out of money, and paint is expensive, so they just used what they had." NOPE. There are still multiple rolls of the yucky wallpaper in the garage, along with the unused paint. Much of the paint is full, or had never been opened. Why spend the money if that is they type of job you are going to do?

There are many things that I would do differently if I was purchasing a house again. The biggest thing that I think that I would do is pay more close attention to the details of paint and wallpaper. We love the colors in the home of paint, and I guess that is all we saw. Now it doesn't really matter if we like the color or not, because we are going to end up painting the entire house again, one room at a time. A boring white house would have served us better... at least we wouldn't have to paint over some other color. Oh well. Live and learn. I guess that is a small price to pay when finding a house in a couple of days. :) That doesn't mean that in the meantime I don't go crazy looking at the unmatched, crappy looking wallpaper and paint.


Friday, November 04, 2005


When I came across this I didn't know if it was real or not. It's a website that will pre-arrange and accident for you in order to feel like a survivor. You decide.

By Accident