Wednesday, June 30, 2004

This Day in History...

1859...Charles Blondin crossed Niagara Falls on a tightrope.
1921...The Radio Corporation of America (RCA) was formed.
1934...Adolf Hitler purged the Nazi Party by destroying the SA and bringing to power the SS in the "Night of the Long Knives."
1936...Margaret Mitchell’s book, "Gone with the Wind," was published in New York City.
1950...U.S. President Harry Truman ordered U.S. troops into Korea and authorizes the draft.
1952...CBS-TV debuted "The Guiding Light."
1953...The first Corvette rolled off the Chevrolet assembly line in Flint, MI. It sold for $3,250.
1958...The U.S. Congress passed a law authorizing the admission of Alaska as the 49th state in the Union.
1970...The Cincinnati Reds moved to their new home at Riverfront Stadium.
1971...The 26th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified when Ohio became the 38th state to approve it. The amendment lowered the minimum voting age to 18.
1986...The U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that states could outlaw homosexual acts between consenting adults.
2000...U.S. President Clinton signed the E-Signature bill to give the same legal validity to an electronic signature as a signature in pen and ink.
1917...Lena Horne was born.
1966...Mike Tyson was born.
1977...I was born.

Sunday, June 27, 2004

A Quiet Day in the Neighborhood

Peace at last. This is the way all Sundays should be. I got up this morning with C. After he went to work, I cleaned the kitchen, did some homework, went to WalMart ::shivers:: and watched movies the rest of the day. WalMart was actually a funny experience. I had to do this experiment for my Bio Lab class where I invade random people's personal space and see what their reactions were. People at the WalMart now think I'm a scary, weirdo lady, lmao.

But, that's my Sunday. Doing nothing, made it a good day.

So, Tip of the Day:

Take time to relax and have some "me" time.

Saturday, June 26, 2004

Tip of the Day

Buckle up. I just makes good sense.

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Friday, June 25, 2004

Tip of the Day

Honesty is the best policy. Don't ask me a question or ask for my opinion if you're not sure that you want to hear the truth.

If I Could Trouble You....

To keep my great aunt Brenda in your thoughts. She's been struggling with ovarian cancer since September and at this point, from what I found out from other family, it's just a waiting game. She was always a neat lady and one of my favorites in my family.

Thursday, June 24, 2004

A Typical Day at Our House

This day started out really hectic, and at 7 pm, is finally slowing down. In anticipation of our guests this weekend, I've begun cleaning the house. This included cleaning the girls room...AAAgain. I hauled out three bags of trash from their rooms. It's just disgusting. I can't imagine if they were boys, lol.

I also have a Humanities paper due tonight that I've barely had the chance to start. Just in case anyone's interested, it's about the Reconstruction Era after the Civil War. Fun, fun.

The washer repair dude finally came today...2 hours late, but oh well. It turns out that I have to have these rod deals replaced. They're not too expensive, $20 for a pair, and we need 2 pairs. So, in addition to the service charge, it's gonna be about $110 altogether. Coulda been a lot worse. The guy said it's a typical problem with our kind of washer, so if you're in the market for one, don't get a GE.

Well, this is going to be a short entry cuz I'm exhausted and I still have to write my paper. Maybe after I'm done, I'll be inspired to write more, lol.

Wednesday, June 23, 2004

Tip of the Day

Did you know that in addition to it's excellent search feature, that you can use Google as a calculator as well? Not just simple 2+2 functions either. Try it out.

Tuesday, June 22, 2004

Recipe of the Week

My mother-in-law (Hi Vickie!!) wanted this recipe, so I thought I'd share it with everyone.

Pan-Fried Bass

1 tbsp flour
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1 tbsp water
1 large egg white
1/4 c seasoned bread crumbs
2 tbsps cornmeal
4 (6oz) bass fillets skinned
2 tsp vegetable oil
1 tsp butter
4 lemon wedges

1.)Heat large, non-stick skillet over medium heat.
2.)Combine flour, salt, and pepper in large zip-lock bag. Combine water and egg white in a shallow dish and stir with a whisk. Combine breadcrumbs and cornmeal in another shallow dish.
3.)Working with one fillet at a time, place fish in bag and shake to coat. Dip in egg white mixture, then dredge in breadcrumb mixture. Repeat procedure with remaining fillets.
4.)Add oil and butter to skillet and melt. Add fillets to pan, and cook 5 minutes on each side or until fish flakes easily when tested with fork. Serve with lemon wedges.

These are my own tips with this recipe. I quadruple the flour, salt, and pepper, cuz those amounts just aren't enough. Either that, or I use really large fillets. I also use a little more cornmeal and breadcrumbs too. I always run out. I use slightly more oil and butter too. But not a lot. The whole point of this recipe is to NOT deep-fry the fish. But I use enough oil that each fillet gets a golden brown. One last thing, bass isn't a requirement. We use Haddock and it works just as well. The girls come back for seconds and thirds. They just love this recipe.

Tip of the Day

Use spellcheck. Is it really that hard to click a button?? Posted by Hello

It's Raining! It's Pouring!

The girls and I didn't do that much today. The girls took a bath, and we hit the grocery store. Chloe's expen also arrived so we changed out her area. Messing with Chloe's things is always an adventure. She lunges at you and growls, lol. Very funny. And, as you can tell from today's title, it's rained all day. The temp barely made it into the 60's, but at least it's not snowing

So far our blog has served it's purpose, and it's only been one day. I've heard from a lot of our friends that I haven't heard from in months. It was truly great hearing from everyone that called or emailed. We miss our friends in California like crazy. Vermont's pretty lonely with only having four un-scary families living on our street.

One more item of interest. If you would like to leave a comment to any of our posts, make sure and sign your name to it, or I won't know who you are unless you have your own Blogger account.

Monday, June 21, 2004

Chloe Bunny

This is a picture of Chloe that I got from her previous owner. I'm going to take my own pictures of her soon. Posted by Hello

Barre, Vermont

This is Barre, Vermont. I have no idea what that statue is, heheh. Posted by Hello

Turning a New Leaf

I'm thinking that I might try updating on a regular basis again. It's a good way for people to keep tabs on us, without actually having to talk to everyone, lmao. Just joking. I don't know how steady I'll be at this with my school work and life and stuff, but I'll try.

I guess I should start out by playing catch up...

We've been in Vermont for 5 months and 21 days now. It's been an adventure to say the least. Vermont winters are harsh and none us enjoy them, not even the kids. It's the first day of summer, and it got down to 46 last night, and 35 the night before. That's just craziness if you ask me. And it actually snowed on our anniversary this year, May 3rd. ACK!! But, Vermont is beautiful and we have a huge yard, bears for neighbors, and the kids are going to a great school. Take the good with the bad.

C's job is nutso, and that's an understatement. Some of you already know what he goes through, but it's too much to go into on here. If there are any Marine families reading this, AVOID RECRUITING DUTY AS IF YOUR LIFE DEPENDED ON IT!! No matter how bad that you've heard it is, it's ten times worse. On a good note though, C's in the zone for promotion to Staff Sergeant. We'll find out later this year if he actually gets the promotion. And he's also planning on re-enlisting for his third contract in October. Yay re-enlistment bonus!!

The kids are doing great. They've made friends with the neighbors next door, and are thriving here. Although, M complains regularly that Vermont sucks and she wants to move back to Cali, but oh well. Because of moving in the middle of the school year, as well as other factors, C and I decided to have M repeat the second grade. It's one of the hardest decisions that we've had to make as parents, but feel it's for the best.

I've started taking some college courses online. So far, I'm taking Biology, Biology Lab, American Adventure (A humanities course), Anthropology and Archaeology, and a computer class. It keeps me so entirely busy, that I don't have time for anything else including being upset that C's never home. It's a positive thing for me even though I feel overwhelmed a lot of the time.

We recently got a bunny. Her name is Chloe and she's a 16 month old English Lop. She runs around the house 24/7 since she doesn't need to be caged. She's 100% litter box trained and doesn't chew cords and things. She's awesome and we really love having her. I'll post a picture of her shortly.

On a sad note, we no longer have rats. They died and the kids said that they were tired of having rats die all the time and don't want them anymore.

-The kids will not be going to Ohio this year to visit. Nuff said.
-We have no idea when we'll be going to Ohio at all. It'll be at the VERY least June 2005 before C's allowed to take leave. I have no desire at all to go to Ohio by myself, so that's that. And stop asking.
-We are not made out of money. Keep this in mind.
-Check back regularly if you're interested. I'm nobody's keeper and am not going to keep on everyone to check for updates. Bookmark our blog to your favorite places, bookmarks, or whatever it is that your browser calls it.

And lastly, food for thought...

Do you think that a scientist, who studies evolution, can also believe that God played a role in our creation?