Friday, May 30, 2008
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
It contains the difference between a nerd and a geek (you knew there was one right?)
"A geek possesses a certain passion for specialized knowledge but also a high degree of cultural awareness and poise that a nerd lacks."
And, " If Holden Caulfield was the sensitive loner from the age of nerd oppression then Harry Potter was the magical leader in the age of GEEK EMPOWERMENT."*
And here's another quote, "They've [geeks, of course] have created a new definition of what it means to be cool, a definition that leaves out the talents of the jocks and the MBA types."*
*No offense to the jocks and MBA types, but you've had your day.
People find my blog searching for geeks all the time. Okay the actual search is "disco era geek", "geek birthday cake" (?), "geeky laugh", "geek mother present" etc. and they don't stick around too long, but that is because they are overcome with the amount of coolness they find here.
Somebody needs to go find those girls that wouldn't me eat lunch with me in the school cafeteria in seventh grade and tell them ... hmmmm.. What would a cool kid say? Oh yeah, NOTHING, they don't even exist in my cool cool world.*
*Please let me have my delusions, they are all I've got.
Friday, May 23, 2008
Look above the cylinder. Yes that sign says EXIT. Emergency exits are for use in emergencies (I know, you would think that was obvious).
So picture this, a fire occurs in the building and the employees rush to evacuate. But FIRST, let move the large cylinder blocking the FIRE DOOR!
Many times Safety is just common sense!
Thursday, May 22, 2008
Last night - I had jello, homemade jello with sour cherry juice. yum (Okay, my mom took me out for a huge lunch and I ate so much I wasn't hungry until nine o'clock.)
Tuesday - A big ice cream sundae with butterscotch, hot fudge, whipped cream, cashews and a Cherry on top. Shut up it was my birthday. The family had beefy stew.
Monday - Enchilada Casserole con Crock Cooker
Sunday - (oh man this could be embarrassing, it was just me and my youngest at home all weekend do I really want to admit how much junk I ate.) Okay honesty it is. I was cutting up some steak for a freezer meal for later this week and kept some out. I fried it up and ate it with some cream cheese wontons I "accidentally" bought in the grocery store. The steak was yummy, the wontons were icky.
Saturday - I was a bit better. I took some lettuce from my garden and made a chef salad with left over cooked chicken etc.
Friday - Pizza. I bought some premade dough at Trader Joes. The youngest had his GFCF pizza.
Thursday - Dijon Chicken
Wednesday - Beefy Bean Burritos
Tuesday - Chicken Pollo Loco
Monday - Pepper Steak
Sunday - Mother's Day! I had pork steaks (a St. Louis tradition) and all the fixin's, yummy.
Saturday...... I think grilled chicken?
Friday.... Pizza and chicken wing night for the boys, and I ate ....
I guess I might as well admit it - I am old. (((((sob)))))
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
2. Bavarian Chocolate Coffee - This is my newest addiction, I would take a picture but I am currently out of it and shortly leaving to buy more.
Monday, May 19, 2008
She has published a book of her poetry .
Esther worked in the same department as I did when I began my first job as an engineer. The fact that Esther was working in an engineering department might not seem unusual until you remember the times. At this time, women were just beginning to enter this field. Although there were several female engineers that were hired the same year I was, the oldest female engineer in the department was only four year older. Esther was an Engineering Technician and a role model for us although I know she would never think of herself as one. I think she just thought of herself as mother who worked to support her children. Esther demonstrated that you could be professional, intelligent -- and female. This was not easy in the male dominated aerospace industry in the Eighties. oh I could write a book!
She embraced her role of mother in the office also. We happily let her adopt us and she would peel apples and slice them for us, and kept her bottom drawer full of snacks and peanut butter and crackers. Her mother made beautiful quilts and I was lucky (and greatful) to receive one as a gift. My son now uses that quilt on his bed. Esther's family was strong in their faith and sometime it gives great pleasure in thinking that maybe as her mother stitched this quilt, maybe she was praying, and perhaps those prayers now surround my son as he sleeps.
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
1. I read very fast.
2. I can multitask and concentrate on many things at one time, watch TV, play sudoku…
3. I can hyperfocus. This worked well for me when I was an engineering student, I could immerse myself into a problem set and emerge hours later. I can still find that zone sometimes. Once I was working on a new lecture series so I went to the office for some quiet. Mr. Geek called to check on me, I am doing fine and getting a lot done so I said I probably will work for another hour so the family should eat dinner without me. I hung up the phone, continued my work when the phone rang. (How does he expect me to get any work done if he keeps calling me, I thought) “What?!” I asked exasperated. “Are you coming home tonight?” he asked. "What?! What time is it?" Four hours had passed. Whoa.
4. I like to tell real world examples of engineering principles. I swear this can be a good thing, especially when I am teaching.
Now in the world of food and cooking:
5. I am not afraid to try new and different recipes. I tried a new recipe for Mother’s Day that even I thought was a bit out there. People went back for seconds, it was yummy.
6. I am not afraid to eat new foods. My favorite part of Grad school was the Christmas parties in which everyone brought food to share. Most of the grad students were from China or India and there were several from the MidEast and Southeast Asia (Vietnam and Thailand). It was a huge international buffet. At first everyone hung back a bit afraid of the unfamiliar food and not wanting to offend anyone, but before long everyone was just asking, “What is this?” and jumping in. There are dishes I have eaten there that I am still trying to duplicate.
7. I enjoy making a dinner out of leftovers and things in the house. I may not be as good as these guys:
8. Per my son, I make the best brownies and hamburger pie.
9. I rock at American Idol on the Wii. I got 100% on My Heart Will Go On on EXPERT! I expect a call from Simon, Randy and Paula any day now.
Wow this is tough. In a desperate bid for attention and positive reinforcement (and leaving myself wide open for criticism) I am going to leave the last one open for now for discussion in the comments. Come on, you know you want to say something.
Ten On Tuesday
Monday, May 12, 2008
Friday, May 9, 2008
Dried Mud on My Fingers - If I am working in the mud and mud gets on my hands it's no big, but if that mud dries and then I accidentally rub my fingers together, EEEEWWW! I get chills just thinking about it.
During the scene in Ghost where Demi Moore and Patrick Swazi are making the clay pot together and then they begin rubbing there hands all other each other, without washing the mud off. And you know by the time they are done at least some of that mud will be dried and then he might touch her again and the sound of dried mud scraping against dried mud. (Silent GASP) Can you feel my horror!??
The Sound of Styrofoam rubbing on Styrofoam - If you have ever bought a cheap Styrofoam cooler, there is a squeak when you place the lid on tightly. (squirming just imagining it.)
The Smell of Wintergreen - It is everywhere, Ben-Gay and worse Wint-O- Green Lifesavers. The smell reminds me of the smell of Pepto-Bismal. My mom believed Pepto-Bismal cured everything, so if we were feeling sick she gave us a spoonful of that pink smelly stuff. At which point I would usually upchuck it, almost immediately, once in the kitchen sink (I know TMI). To this day that smell brings about an involuntary gag reflex.
Sunday at church they were giving Wint-O-Green Lifesavers to all the children (attached to a card that probably said something profound, how do I know I ran from them) and I spent the morning moving to pockets of fresh air as I could find them.
Okay now your turn, I know you all have some weird and unusual things that gross you out--Fess Up!!
Thursday, May 8, 2008
The ThursdayThirteen subject today is GROSS. I can’t think of anything more gross and disgusting than an industrial accident that could have be prevented. At the end of each semester that I teach, I require the students to choose an accident to write a paper on and present in class. There is always much wailing and gnashing of teeth when I announce this, but after the presentations most of the students realize that it was the best part of the semester (and then they throw roses and cash at my feet.)
Here are thirteen of the presentations this semester.
Minamata – It is difficult to call this an accident. This is a case of a corporation dumping untreated chemical waste(knowingly and mostly legal) that was loaded with heavy metals most notably mercury into the Minamata Bay. The company continued this dumping for decades and only stopped when the chemical process no longer required mercury. The result was the mercury poisoning of generations of Japanese fishermen and their families.
Mexico City Explosion – In 1985, horribly large LPG (propane and butane) explosions incinerated hundreds of nearby residents in their sleep.
Texas City Disaster - This is the Granddaddy of all US disasters. It happened just after WWII when a large ship containing ammonium nitrate (used in the OK City bombing) exploded killing the crew, the firefighters and several hundred onlookers
BP America Refinery Explosion - A much more recent explosion in Texas City in 2005, that proves that the need for safety education is needed more than ever. The list of things that had to go wrong for this accident to occur is astounding and yet it happened.
Boston Molasses Flood – Although this incident that happened nearly 90 years ago, there are some scary similarities to recent accidents. It starts off sounding like a joke, what is slower than molasses in January. Well this molasses wave traveled 35 miles per hour and was responsible for 21 deaths and hundreds of injuries.
Ixtoc Oil Spill – The largest (no scratch that) second largest oil spill in the world after the Gulf War release, it lasted months.
Mayak Nuclear Disaster – The world’s second largest nuclear disaster after Chernobyl, it occurred during the cold war and information is only now being released.
Three Mile Island – This accident is considered to have stopped the nuclear power industry in the US.
Tuesday, May 6, 2008
Sweet Basil - Ocimum basilicum
Provence Lavender - lavandula intermedia
Fernleaf dill - Anethum graveolens
Rosemary - Rosmarinus officinalis
Chamomile - Chamaemelum nobile
Tomato - Beefsteak
Pepper - Sweet Bell (Red)
Squash - Burpee's hybrid zucchini I planted these as seeds within the lettuce bed. My goal is that as the lettuce crop ends, (Lettuce grown in the hot summer is yucky.) the zucchini will be mature enough to cover the garden. I just have to get the timing right. Then next September, I can pull out the zucchini and plant another crop of lettuce.
Marigold - Happy Day Mix I love marigolds because they flower all summer long, reseed themselves, are virtually indestructible and best yet -- repel rabbits. Yippee.
Dianthus "Neon Star" - Clavelina
Monday, May 5, 2008
(Hush I don't get out much.)
Just days later this arrives.
A book just for me!
And even a personal note from Kim.
I can't wait to start reading.
Must. grade. papers. before. starting. new. book.
I'll review it as soon as I can.
Friday, May 2, 2008
Twenty minutes a day, exactly the amount of time I wanted to spend!!
Thursday, May 1, 2008
This is what I plan to grow.
1. Oregano - This is a hardy perennial that I don't think I could kill if I tried. (My kind of plant!)
2. Sage - This also came back this year. It doesn't always and with all the snow this winter it was a nice surprise.
3. Basil - My favorite herb of all time. Trust me once you have eaten fresh basil you will crave it in your pasta sauce, on your pizza, in a salad. yum
4. Rosemary - My second favorite herb. In the summer I love to cook a whole chicken with rosemary on the grill. MMmmm, add some grilled new potatoes and asparagus, maybe corn on the cob and .... I just need a moment....
5. Thyme - Good in the baked chicken and soups.
6. Marjoram - We have GREAT pasta sauce all summer.
7. Thai Basil - All basil is not the same. I grew this for the first time last summer and enjoyed this in curry.
8. Cilantro - A controversial herb in the Geek house. I love it, Mr Geek hates it.
9. Chamomile - Not only does this make good tea, but it have pretty white flowers
10. Lavender - Sometime I grow plants just because I like to. I have never used lavender for anything, but I like having the option.
11. Parsley - Two reason - First I love fresh parsley, but even better Swallowtail butterfly caterpillars love parsley. Each year we try to capture one of these caterpillars and watch it turn into a butterfly right in out kitchen. (I'll take pictures.)
That leaves two opening for impulse buys at the store. I will fill them in when I decide.