Web 2.0

June 6th, 2007

For what seems like forever, Kevin has been telling me of the joy that is Web 2.0. He’ll tell me all about the cool stuff and what it can do and how it works and who it connects you with and….and….and….and….and….and I usually respond with “uh-huh. that’s cool. i guess.” Basically, I wasn’t interested. I don’t use Facebook, I can’t stand MySpace and the other stuff Kevin has described (but I can’t even remember what it is – that’s how not interested I was – sorry Kev.) didn’t really seem useful to me. Until now.

I am totally addicted to Geni.com.

Kevin has always been interested in family trees and family history – his grandparents have kept really good records – and has wanted to find a way to put it all together. Geni does that. It lets you create a family tree with parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, stepkids, ex’s, in-laws, pretty much anyone you could ever be possibly related to in any way. It’s really easy to use and you can invite other people from your family to use it so they can add their side of the family as well.

We’ve only been on the site for a couple of days and I think we are over 300 family members although that does include in-laws and their families as well.

I can’t wait to get my hands on my grandma’s geneology book. That should add another 200-300 people.

And the answer is…

December 12th, 2006

Since Kevin gave out the answers to his quiz questions, I figured I should give out the answer to my questions.

1. What 3 countries have I traveled to?

Answer: El Salvador, Mexico & England. El Salvador and Mexico were mission’s trip and I went to England during the J-term in college.

2. How many times have I been to Mexico.

Okay, this was interesting. When I made the quiz, I actually checked the wrong box, but the wrong answer I gave as the correct answer was the one every one picked – so technically, all of you got one more wrong. According to the quiz, I’ve only been there twice, but in reality, I’ve been there 3 times. I went during spring break sophomore, junior & senior year of highschool.

3. In highschool, I worked at which store?

Answer: Shopko. I was hired my sophomore year of highschool and finally quit the summer after my freshman year of college. I worked in every single department (except the service desk), had 8 different assistant managers (1 of whom I made cry), and when I finally quit, I think I had 58 points on my record. (Shopko gave you “points” every time you screwed up – late for work, took too long of a break, etc – when you hit 15 points you were supposed to get fired.)

4. Not including college, how many times have I moved?

Answer: 7. Moved into 44th St., 44th St. to 53rd St., 53rd St. to 48th St., 48th St. to Dakota St., Dakota St. to Somerset Dr., Somerset Dr. to Minnehaha, Minnehaha to Seminary. Or Milwaukee to New Berlin, New Berlin to Green Bay, Green Bay to St. Paul.

5. Where was a born?

Answer: Milwaukee, WI

6. How many dogs have I owned?

Answer: 3. Cinder – a black lab/springer spaniel mix, Speak – pekingese/poodle mix, Mazie – rat terrier/corgi mix.

7. In highschool I did my homework…

Answer: During passing time. I think the only time I brought my books home was the first night of school when your assignment is to cover your books, and the night before a test to cram as much info as I could onto the assigned notecard, but even then I would usually just wing it. I do remember one year setting the low end of the curve in my A.P. History class. I scored a total of 4. Lexi better pick up her dad’s study habits.

8. When is my birthday?

Answer: September 22.

9. How far is my commute to work?

Answer: 5 minutes – if I hit all the red lights.

10. In highschool which of these things should I have gotten in trouble for but never did?

Answer: All of the above. We hid from the cops for 3 hours because we decided to rearrange those orange construction cones late one night. They were originally running down the center of the rode. We moved them so they went across the rode – curb to curb. Someone in a nearby house must have called the police because the first car to come crashing through was the sherrif’s car.

We did TP the band teacher’s house but at our school having your house TP’ed at homecoming was a good thing. This particular teacher was a well loved and respected teacher who had just retired and we all missed him.

Skipping 8th hour for a year – it’s not as bad as it sounds – I had a permanent pass out of study hall so I spent that hour sleeping in the yearbook room or the choir room.

11. Which dances did I attend in highschool?

Answer: I only missed homecoming my freshman year. For this one, people picked that either I went only to prom or that I didn’t go to danaces. Nope, sorry – I loved the dances in highschool. Not only did I go, but I had a date for all of them (except Senior Ball) and I even went to homecoming 3 times at a different school.

12. What’s my part-time job?

Answer: Dog-training. I currently train the Level II class at AllBreed Obedience. It’s one of the best part time jobs I’ve ever had.

So, those are the answers. Probably more about me than you really wanted to know, but oh well.

A New Look

August 11th, 2006

It’s opinion time.

Kevin gave me a couple of links to easily change the look of my blog. It involves no “techy” work at all, which is good, because I don’t really care that much about the tech part of the site. I don’t like dealing with the code and programming and all that (every time I link to something I make Kevin tell me the code for it). All I really want to do is have a place to ramble.

So here’s the deal. I’ve been looking through some of the skins that people have created. Some of them are sort of fun looking (all though I am sure that the graphic designers of the world are sheilding their eyes, but whatever), some of them are cutesy looking and some I can’t decide if they are so ugly they are cool, or if they are just plain ugly. I’ll probably switch the look of my blog several times before I decide on one, so if you have any input on the look, now is the time to speak up. I won’t be offended if you can’t stand it since I didn’t design it. So, tell me what you think.

A Vacation without leaving home

July 11th, 2006

In August, Kevin, Lexi and I were supposed to go to L.A. Kevin needed to go for a business trip and Lexi and I were going to go with for a little mini vacation but then I found out that teacher-training starts the same week of the trip so now Lexi and I are staying home.

I’m disappointed that we can’t go to L.A. but things are working out pretty well for me too. My mom is coming to take care of Lexi while I have to work and then staying for the weekend. It will be fun to hang out with just her. I can’t really remember the last time I got to hang out with only my mom. The last 2 times she has come here there have been a ton of other people here and when we go back to Green Bay for a visit it is usually for some event so there’s always a house-full of people around. I do like hanging out with the big groups of people and seeing friends and family and all that, but it’s rare that it’s just me and my mom for an extended period of time. So, even though I can’t go to L.A. I’m still looking forward to the mini-vacation at home with Mom.

Dumbest. Movie. Ever.

June 6th, 2006

I hate flying and I am terrified of snakes, which makes Snakes on a Plane number 2,783,468 on my list of must-see movies. Not only does the movie contain two of my least favorite things, it wins in the award in the following categories: Most Uncreative Title and Lamest Plot. Although, it did pick up the awards for Best Reason to Change A Movie Rating From PG-13 to R (Rumor has it the rating got upped so that Sammy J. could tell everyone (and I quote) “I want these motherfucking snakes off this motherfucking plane.” Don’t we all Sammy, don’t we all.) and Best New Phrase That I Really Hope Catches On And Is Used On A Regular Basis: “Meh, snakes on a plane”. To be used when something does not happen in your favor.
For example,
“I’d like to buy a ticket to see the new Samuel L. Jackson movie, please.”
“I’m sorry, Ma’am, we’re all sold out.”
“Damn, well, snakes on a plane.”

Kevin blogged about this clip, but so far, this is my favorite link related to the movie, listen to the clip of the show starting at 2:30.

And if you don’t like the links, oh well, snakes on a plane.

New Year’s Resolutions

January 2nd, 2006

This year, we celebrated New Year’s by spending the day/night at home. Kevin cleaned out his office and rearranged it and I made a big long “to do” list and got all but 4 things done on the list. We finished everything around 11:30 at night, watched a couple of episodes of The Simpsons and went to bed. I figured that this year I would make another resolution that probably would not be kept so this year I made it easy on myself. My resolution was to not make anymore resolutions. So far, I’ve been doing a pretty good job at keeping it.

October 27th, 2005

Now that the baby is the size of something other than food (the books are all labeling her size in inches instead of produce, although one book did make a comment about her being the size of a pot-roast) she’s started to kick more. A lot more. Some nights she wakes me up because she is kicking so hard and so often. Sometimes, I can sit on the couch and watch my stomach move when she kicks. Sometimes I’ll have one of the toddlers at work sitting on my lap and she’ll kick. The toddler will usually turn around and look very puzzled at my stomach. I like to be able to feel her kicking and stretching in there. It makes it all seem very real. I also like that Kevin can feel the baby kick now, it’s not just me trying to explain what it feels like. Last weekend, Kevin was gone from Friday – Sunday and when he came home on Sunday and started talking the baby kicked more than she had all weekend. Then on Monday, I was gone until about 9 at night and when I came home and Kevin said hi, she started to kick really hard again. I’ve always heard that babies respond to familiar voices, but this was really cool – she apparently really likes to be around her dad.

Here’s the not so fun part of finally having a big belly – everyone wants to touch it. Okay people, here’s the deal, after the baby is born you can hold her all you want, but for right now, BACK OFF. It’s very wierd to have people coming up and wanting to rub your belly. I know that some moms-to-be love the belly pats, but me? Not so much.

We need names

July 15th, 2005

Kevin and I have a list of names that are still in the “possibilities” category, but we haven’t hit on any that both of us really like yet, so what do you think we should name the baby? I’m not saying we will use your suggestion, or even like it, but if we do use a name you’ve suggested you are allowed full bragging rights to let everyone know that you got to name the baby.

But if you suggest we name it Jimi, you are not funny and not cool. That joke is reserved for the guys in the youth group and that’s it.

The Video Store

July 15th, 2005

I ran to the video store tonight to get a really girly movie because Kevin went to Sonshine and won’t be back until Saturday so I can watch whatever I want. For all those interested I picked out the Princess Diaries 2. It fit all my requirements of movie watching without Kevin. 1. Absolutely nothing in it is scary (well some of the writing was a little scary, but I won’t lie awake thinking about it) 2. Kevin would never, ever, ever even think about renting it. 3. Extremely simple plot line so if I watch it on the laptop in bed and fall asleep 30 minutes from the end I can guess what happens without having to re-watch anything.

Okay, but that wasn’t the point of this post. While I was at the store, the place was packed. I think people were just hanging out there because Hollywood video keeps the temperature at about 42 degrees no matter what month of the year it is. While I was scanning the new release wall, there was a woman looking through the bin of videos for sale. And she had this horrible cough. Not the “I’m really sick” cough, but the “I really should cut back from 5 packs a day to 1 pack so when I cough my lungs don’t end up on the floor” cough. You could hear her from one end of the store to the other, and if you were close enough (which I was while waiting in line to check out) you could see little bits of spit and possibly lung flying through the air because every freakin’ time she coughed SHE NEVER COVERED HER MOUTH. She was holding all these videos, hacking up a lung, then would decide she didn’t want them, mix them back into the bin, pick up a bunch more, cough on them and repeat the process. Now I am not an extremely anil person about germs and all that, but seriously, if you are over 6 years old, you should learn to cover your mouth when you cough, at least in public.

The Race is On

January 20th, 2005

I’m sick of short hair. It was fun for a while but now I’m bored with it. So I’ve decided to let it grow out again. The fun part is, Kevin’s motivation for writing a second novel is growing a pony tail. So now we get to see who can grow the longest pony tail.