Monday, December 7, 2009
Here is one woman one who is working hard to expand the career choices before girls and young women. Engineering (if done right) can help bring clean drinking water, life saving medical equipment and many other things that impact lives every day.
Friday, December 4, 2009
I had trouble narrowing this one down. I remember so many songs that I played over and over and over and over..... I am going to try to pick one from my first two albums (When I entered Junior High, I became too mature to buy 45's) - John Denver Greatest Hits and Elton John Greatest Hits.
When I looked through the list of songs online the one that resonated with my 12 year old heart was Follow Me by John Denver. Oh the angst that I went through wondering if I would ever meet my soul mate, my one true love, my all-that. sigh
Does any one out there remember it?
I can't decide if it is wildly romantic or just a bit creepy.
It's by far the hardest thing I've ever done
To be so in love with you and so alone
(Do you hear that - He loves ME!!)
Follow me where I go, what I do and who I know
Make it part of you to be a part of me
Follow me up and down, all the way and all around
Take my hand and say you'll follow me
(If you love me so much, why don't you follow me?)
It's long been on my mind, you know it's been a long, long time
I'll try to find the way that I can make you understand
The way I feel about you and just how much I need you
To be there where I can talk to you when there's no one else around
(Now you are talking, remember you NEED ME!!)
You see, I'd like to share my life with you and show you things I've seen
Places that I'm going to, places where I've been
To have you there beside me and never be alone
And all the time that you're with me, we will be at home
(Yes, yes, YES, let's travel and see the world together.)
Follow me where I go, what I do and who I know
Make it part of you to be a part of me
Follow me up and down, all the way
Take my hand and I will follow you
(Do you see why I love this song? He will follow me, just as it should be.)
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
An ER Visit...
I teach safety for a living and I like to use real life examples as illustrations what to do and even better-- what not to do. To be fair I tell a few stories about myself.
One summer night Mr. Geek and I were cooking a great dinner -- Steaks on the grill, asparagus with cheese sauce. yum. I was multitasking, checking the steaks out on the patio and making the cheese sauce in the kitchen. I started melting the butter in a pan, added some flour and was ready to slowly add milk. When I open the refrigerator, the milk carton was empty. I grabbed the new gallon of milk and went to untwist the cap, but the stupid safety ring wouldn't give.
This was where I usually go get a fork and pry off the plastic ring, but I looked down and there was a butter knife right there on the counter. How perfect, I thought, I will use the knife to pry off the plastic ring. It will work just like a fork and I will have one less utensil to clean. Who was I fooling, I was not worried about cleaning up I was more thinking about convenience - I was hungry and I was in a hurry. I did not want the steaks or sauce to burn and I WAS HUNGRY. (Did I mention that?)
I took the knife with my right hand and put it into the plastic ring in order to to then pry it off when with out warning, the plastic ring broke. The momentum that I had carried the knife down to where my left hand was holding the gallon of milk. The knife cut into my left pointer finger (Can you picture this?) It was then that I found out that you can indeed cut yourself with a butter knife.
I saw blood. I turned off the stove. I grabbed several papertowels and put pressure on the cut. I held the finger above my heart. Then I thought, I think I should sit down.
Along came Mr. Geek. concern about .... the burning steaks. He was hungry too.
"I cut myself"
"Well get a band aid."
(Can you feel the concern?)
"I think I might need stitches"
At this point, Mr. Geek finally actually looked at me. He stopped rushing around and said, "Let me see it."
Yes, it was going to need stitches. We were able to call a neighbor girl over to watch the kids (the little geeks were still toddlers) and we went to the ER.
We finally ate our steaks at 10:00 that night.
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
A Thanksgiving to be remembered...
(inspired via Twitter by @knitmyrhino from Crafting With Rhinos)
I can not remember any on particular Thanksgiving but for some reason there is one Thanksgiving scene that is vivid in my memory. Why with all of the memories in my head this one scene stick out? Was it tragic? Was it touching? Wait for it....
First I have to set the scene.
We always had Thanksgiving dinner at my Grandma's house. My Grandma's house was not very big, maybe 900 square foot with a galley kitchen. My Grandfather at some point had added an extra room of the kitchen that we called the Breezeway (yes with a capital B). This was before such inconveniences as Building Codes and Regulations.
The grownup all sat in the Dining Room (also with a capitol D). The point at which you moved from the kid's table in the Breezeway to the grownup table in the Dining room was a decision loaded with controversy. You see it depended on much more than just your age. It really depended more on how much room there was at the adult table. After counting heads and comparing that number to the amount of room at the table, my Grandma then looked for a natural break in age. For example, my two older sisters are 18 months apart, so they would always be seated together. This had some logic behind it but as you can expect it was met with some arguments like - How come Linda got to sit at the grownup table at 14 and I had to wait until I was 16?
Me? I was always content to sit at the kids table. I fell in the middle of a pack of cousins, all two years apart. My cousin Lisa was two years younger than me and my playmate for most of my life. Her brother Mark was two years older and lots of fun when he wasn't teasing me until I cried. Then there was my brother, whom at this point in my life, I tolerated.
The adults were talking and laughing and completely oblivious to anything that was going on just several feet away in the Breezeway. Left to ourselves we came up with our own entertainment.
And the one memory I hold after all these years? Are you ready for it? My cousins and I spent time learning to swallow peas and corn whole. And the stakes got higher eat round. Could you swallow one peas and two kernels of corn? For the record, I was not the best at it because I had a pretty big fear of choking. If I remember correctly (and I doubt very much that I do) the boys ruled this challenge and my cousin Lisa and I claimed moral superiority such like - "What kind of idiot would want to swallow their food without chewing it?"
What do you remember about Thanksgiving?
Monday, November 16, 2009
1. Your favorite beverage: Coffee, Coffee, Coffee. When planning my trip to Haiti, I first packed coffee.
2. Your hometown:
3. Your favorite television show: The Amazing Race
Yes, that is the host Phil Keoghan with Mr. Geek.
4. Your occupation/you are in school for:
5. Your first car: The first car that I drove was my Dad's Chevy Monza.
The First car that I owned was a 1984 Plymouth Colt.
6. Your favorite dish: Any thing made on Top Chef. (Hey I can dream, can't I?)
7. Celebrity you've been told you resemble: Leelee Sobieski - but only when she has a geeky role like the one in Never Been Kissed.
8. Celebrity on your "to do" list: Chef Robert Irvine I was so happy that the Food Network hired him back for Dinner Impossible.
9. Your favorite childhood toy: Stuffed Animals. I owned lots and lots. Each one had a name, a birthday, and a personality. I had them all enrolled in school where I was the one-room schoolhouse teacher.
10. Any random picture
Friday, November 13, 2009
1. Soccer, Soccer, Soccer. Most of the games were rained out (field too soggy) in October so the weekends in November are packed. Also indoor soccer has started, oh my.
Here is the Middle Geek attempting a trick shot.
2. Lance - the Dog Geek. The little Geeks LOVE playing fetch and soccer with Lance. The do not mind feeding him and giving him water. The walking and cleaning up poop? Not so much.
3. Safety Training - I have been continuing my tour of Missouri in my quest to bring safety education to every county. Only 100 more to go.
4. I have spent too much time searching the web for the perfect obnoxious T-shirt for the College Geeks birthday present.
Please someone, put this on a coffee mug for me!
5. Expanding Your Horizons (EYH) This is an event for 7th and 8th grade girls to meet women with nontraditional careers (for women) and to be encouraged to stay in math and science. Every year my friends and I travel to our Alma mater and put on a workshop. Usually we bring the bridge kit and explain why engineers are the MOST important people in the world.
Unfortunately I missed it this year due to #3 reason. (sob)
6. Making Charcoal Briquettes from Peanut Shells - I am still involved with Engineers Without Borders. Several projects that we started in Haiti are ongoing.
We have successfully carbonized peanut shells. Look at that burning in the picture. We were able to FILL the chimney with shells and with one match the entire contents caught fire.
While that may not sound amazing at first, you have to know that peanut shells pack pretty densely and it is difficult to get enough air for the fire to burn without being smothered. We modified a Weber Chimney Charcoal Starter (Somebody from Weber Grill contact me, we love your design.) Next step is to build a larger model.
7. I was so lucky to be able to fit in one more mission trip this year. Hugs to Mr. Geek who picks up the slack at the home front while I am away.
This mission trip was close to home (just one county over). The constant October rain drove us inside where we completely made over the Sanctuary of a small church. The average age of the members is over seventy and the church had not been painted since probably the 70's.
When we were done it looked like a beautiful country chapel that would be perfect for a wedding. We hope we were also able to bring some hope and joy to those worshiping there.
Thursday, October 15, 2009
I am proud to present the newest member - Lance. (No geek nickname yet, suggestions?)
He is nine months old and an Australian Cattle Dog. We adopted him from the local Humane Society so he already had a name.
The Littlest Geek loved his name because he thinks he is named after a character in Pokemon.
Mr. Geek loves his name because he thinks he is named after a different Lance.
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
The rules are simple - Post a picture with red in it.
I live in St. Louis and Red can only mean one thing this time of year----
Here are some pictures of the Middle Geek at Busch Stadium with his school band playing God Bless America!!Are you having trouble finding him? Here, I will zoom in. Hint: He is the one in a red shirt.
Monday, September 28, 2009
Anyway I am going to stop procrastinating and attempting to craft the perfect sentence (as if) and continue on with the directions. Here are the rules:
1. Thank the person who gave this to you! (check)
2. Copy the logo and place it in your blog! (see below)
3. Link the person who nominated you! (check, woohoo this is easy)
4. Name 7 things about yourself that no one would really know. (Seriously?)
5. Nominate 7 Kreativ Bloggers. (Where are you?)
6. Post links to the 7 blogs you nominate. (uhhhh)
7. Leave a comment on each of the blogs letting them know you nominated them! (Can I do this by thinking about it really intently?)
2. I love jackets, they are the one article of clothing that I will splurge on. I own two jackets that were my Dad's that I still wear occasionally.
I finally decided, "I don't enjoy eating breakfast so I am NOT going to." It was very empowering. It still drives my mom crazy. I don't miss it at all.
There. I am going to post this quick before that editor inside of me wakes up and deletes it. (She is just now getting her second cup of coffee, shhhh)
Saturday, September 19, 2009
We spent one day just relaxing on the beach. I love the beach!! (I often state that God put me smack dab in the Midwest, because if I was too close to the beach I would just sit there all day.... staring at the waves..... listening to the surf....feeling the warm sand....well, you get the picture.)
The drive home was just as long - imagine that. Imagine our delight (okay it was my delight, but everyone was delighted that I was delighted) when one on the Rest Areas that we pulled into for lunch was named -- Safety Rest Area!!
Yes I did have to take a picture.
Spending two days in a van makes exercise sound like fun!
To sum up, I am very glad that I went on this trip. I met some very interesting people. I also was able to challenge myself physically and was proud of my ability to keep going. I cannot wait until I can get back into the field. I am already ready for another trip!!
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
We did have fun all week teaching Julian, American expressions and jokes. The favorite - and funniest- was the "that's what she said" jokes.
I am not sure if you know this - but concrete blocks and mortar is heavy. It really heavy. The other thing you should know about building a house with concrete block is this - Early in the morning when it is the coolest and you are your freshest, the block have to be lifted a foot or two to be placed. At the end of the day, when the temperature and increased to something approaching a warm oven, the blocks must be lifted up higher- several feet higher. Some engineer should look into this problem and figure out how to build a house from the top down.
The second day we began working with wood. While the rafters were going up, I was put on paint duty. Compared to concrete block, give me a paint brush any day. We set up workstations and began to get a rhythm in which we TURNED OUT some painted wood. The quality of the wood used for the houses was variable and we tried to pick out the best pieces for the doors. The rest of the wood we tried to cover up with as paint as well as possible.
Sunday, August 9, 2009
Saturday, August 8, 2009
And built two house for two families.
Friday, July 24, 2009
Thursday, July 23, 2009
Can you guess where she is going?
It will take us two days by van.
The humidity and heat are even worse than St. Louis in July (so I have been told.)
I hope to see a beach at least once.
More hints later.....
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
This is the recipe I started with....
Was the recipe easy to follow?
It was as easy as any cookie recipe. Making the dry ingredients ahead of time made the mixing quicker.
It was so VERY VERY good. Oh my!
Definitely we will make this again. I think next time I might try a bit less sugar and then roll the cookies in powdered sugar.
Friday, July 10, 2009
Thursday, July 9, 2009
Saturday, July 4, 2009
I have also discovered Angel Food Ministries . This is an awesome way to make your food budget go further. I love their Allergen Free Box. For the first time in a long time, I can go to my freezer for an easy meal of Chicken Nuggets for the little geeks. They are very happy too.
They have several choices of food to purchase and the last few months I have bought the "Latin Flavors" produce. It contains a little different variety each month and has key limes, jalapenos, pineapples, mangos and lots of other stuff.
This month it contained Yucca Root. I have seen these in the grocery store but I had no clue how are what you could use it. So I went (of course) to google.
I found a great possibility at this blog
First I peeled the Yucca root (also know as Cassava and Manioc and probably other names). I was afraid that was going to be difficult but I used a vegetable peeler and it was easy.
1 can coconut milk
This cake/ pie was delicious. It has a texture like Pecan Pie or Chess Pie, very smooth and slightly gooey. Fabulous!!
This is also my first entry for Whip It Up 2009