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A couple of weekends ago, I presented my poster project to the Georgia Association of Historians in Savannah. The original assignment was to select a topic and analyze the historical economic affect on Gwinnett County (the county in which I live). I choose urban sprawl. More accurately, I choose housing and it morphed into urban sprawl.

So, I wrote the paper and was the first selection to attend the convention. But being an undergrad, we (the students) were not to present the papers but a visual representation of our original research.

It went very well.

Now I may be earning a PhD in architectural history with a slant to urban planning from...Georgia Tech.  Go Yellow Jackets.
20 January 2011 @ 05:55 pm
Sad news from the SCA front, a friend to many has passed away. She was a wonderful, gracious lady who touched people only to make them better.

I am sorry to my hurting friends.
29 January 2010 @ 02:24 pm

Happy Birthday to a poet, musician, teacher, mentor, that I am proud to call friend.

Enjoy your day.
Current Mood: cheerfulcheerful
31 December 2009 @ 06:21 pm
I am hoping that 2010 is gentle for everyone and all find happiness.
Current Mood: determined
30 December 2009 @ 07:51 pm
Insurance companies just plain suck. They change the rules, lie and deny claims. I know, because I spent about two hours yelling (yes, I really do mean yelling) at the insurance company THAT HAS OUR MONEY! The flex plan sounds really great, until you realize that they will not release it without approval and receipts in an approved format. Their language was carefully scripted and they tried to snow me with crap.

And I love the statement, "faxes are safer than email because too many people can see a website. We cannot secure the correspondence."


"Ma'am, that is what they told us."

"That is crap! Do you think that banks would ever say that"?

GOOD GRIEF! And no, that was not the language that I resorted to by the end of the third conversation. Besides, do you not think that a fax can be *ahem* adjusted?

Alright, a cup of Samurai Chai Tea, a book (My Time in France, Julia Child) and maybe a cat and I will be fine. Well, that and some very patient office managers at the Dentist's office helping me deal with these idiots to prove that I did not simply walk into their office and give them money. The company is saying that just because I faxed them the proof of the payment along with the list of procedures and names, that it is not proof that the charges were medical!

My voice is recovering.
Current Mood: frustratedfrustrated
27 December 2009 @ 06:19 pm
No, this is not a nod to anything soul searching. I simply made tomato soup.

For Christmas, I was given an electric pressure cooker and a 14 cup food processor. (I used to have a 2 cup processor). After Christmas dinner, I used the cooker to make some of the richest turkey broth that I've made, and it took only about an hour & a half. So, with that homemade broth and fresh vegetables and herbs, I made my own tomato soup. OMG...it is wonderful! Who knew that flavor of tomato soup did not need to resemble warmed-over tin?

And the calorie count is only 105 per cup. Yep, I am eating two cups! (Wouldn't fresh, roasted corn go great with the soup? or roasted peppers?)

Yep, there will tomatoes grown this year. I received the Burpee catalog in the mail, and there are some amazing heirlooms that I want to try (along with the standards).

Yes, this was a good couple of presents this year. (The hubbie said that he did not know what he would do when the-one-who-will-take-over-the-world moves out of the house in three years...she pays attention to what I want). :)
Current Mood: accomplished
19 December 2009 @ 10:38 am
In the last few weeks (when I could peek my head out of the books) we started the college investigation for Vicki. A friend mentioned, on her facebook, that she loved the Beelzebubs. Huh? I was talking to Vicki at the time that I saw the post and we decided to Google it. We discovered that they are the A Cappella, all-male group from Tufts. Huh! Way Cool!

"Oh, yeah, Tufts, that's the college that sent me an email last night. They want me to go there."

"WHAT!?! For...?"


"That has to be a consequence of your art piece going to National". (see below)

"Nah, they just got my name. They have an awesome art program, but they are not too academic."

"Uh, that would be incorrect."

"Where is the college?"

"Let me explain 'Tufts' to you." I did...:)

So, now we begin the dance of college(s), money (gee!) and determining an interest in a major.

Title: City Madness
27 November 2009 @ 06:07 pm
Ok, follow the bouncing ball:

I have to take History II - 2112 (I am presently taking History I - 2111) which takes us from the Reconstruction through to the present. This is fine, I am looking forward to taking the class. No problem.

On a lark, I checked the registration for classes (I've already registered three weeks ago). Actually, I am trying to replace a class since one is not really a great fit for me and my family's schedule.

So, I find that a (required) class on Medieval Life Religion/Thought is available at a time far better for me.

Oh, but I have to take the History II class first because it is the sequence.

Um, why? What on earth does anything that happened 700 years after have to do with learning about the Medieval time? (Ok, maybe I may have a head start on this, but it's the logic).

Besides, does it really count as history if i lived through 1/3 of the period?

Rant off. Thank you
Current Mood: frustratedfrustrated
17 November 2009 @ 09:42 pm
Legends, November 7, 2009

Yes, the apple did not fall far from the tree. This is James' first time in armour, and is playing. His quote, "oh, there are pictures of me being fly-swatted by Syr Rodgrr.

I see "little Dan", just a bit thinner. (Yes, his waist is 29" and no, I do not know where he stores his internal organs).

The knight is Syr Rodgrr fan Morvil. He is 6'-6"...

Current Mood: pleasedpleased
08 November 2009 @ 08:43 pm
I wanted to see the new userpic that I down/up loaded.  Pretty cool, even if my team really does suck this year.  Well, what do you expect with new coach, quarterback and stupid throwback uniforms.  (Good God, that one week with the orange and brown with vertical striped socks...gaque!)

Now if the Eagles would please defeat them Cowgirls... :)

And working on either going to bed, working on a paper, and knowing that I have to be at work by 6:45am.  A day of Language Arts/Yearbook.  A day of DVD of silly movie of the Odyssey.  (Not my choice to do that it, but classes were promised on Friday that they would watch it).

Not good being a sub with DVD day...kids think that they can screw off during it.  I need an idea to have them pay attention.
Current Mood: determined