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Battling bad books, bad yarn, the US Postal Service, and other absurdities



Last Build Date: Tue, 19 Sep 2017 15:11:12 +0000

 



Work ethic

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 15:11:12 +0000

I grew up in a low income household.  While many in America would have people believe that this dooms a person to poverty, my father had a different idea. “Give an honest day’s work for an honest day’s pay.” “Don’t take public assistance if you aren’t doing everything you can to earn your own money.” […]



I’m here because I have to be

Wed, 05 Apr 2017 15:52:53 +0000

One of my “other duties as assigned” is to maintain my school’s web site.  It’s not something that I’ve ever minded doing because I have had experience with developing web applications.   When I started, we used good old fashioned HTML.  After a few years, we moved to DotNetNuke. In the near future, the district wants […]



Don’t tell me that I’m doing it wrong!

Sat, 31 Jan 2015 23:14:12 +0000

I’m not perfect.  I know that.  But please… If I’m doing something wrong, don’t tell me! I’d much rather hear, “Let me show / tell / explain how to do that better!”  Do me the favor of telling me sometime early in the process rather than watch me do something the wrong way for hours […]



Absolute absurdity

Thu, 15 Jan 2015 13:25:01 +0000

I’ve started a new category.  This one covers things that I read that are so absurd that I can’t NOT comment. This one covers a news headline that made the morning news.  I don’t follow the NFL on a regular basis, but in a world of spoiled, overpaid athletes, even this article left me ranting […]



A new year

Thu, 15 Jan 2015 05:00:52 +0000

I started off the year by joining the school district’s new scheme to save the employees money on health insurance (so instead of paying half of my paycheck, I can pay half minus twenty bucks).  It’s not much, but when money is short, one does what one must to save any dollars possible. Before I […]



Ravelruckus

Thu, 21 Jun 2012 15:52:09 +0000

Almost exactly five years ago, I joined a wonderful site called Ravelry, a community site focused on knitting and crochet. Back then, the site was small… only a few thousand members at most. The site was marked “Beta”, though everything worked better than many of the commercial community sites at the time. Since then, the […]



This is the way my week has gone

Sat, 26 May 2012 00:37:51 +0000

This week has been… Well…more than a bit absurd. When the week started, there were eight days left in the school year, and I had a laundry list a mile long of things that I needed to do. Then… Bummer… I was summoned for jury duty. That duty lasted all week long. To make sure […]



Summer is coming!

Mon, 14 May 2012 21:16:43 +0000

Where did the year go? It seems like just yesterday, I’d started the year, and then… Zoom! It’s over! School has been insane this year. It’s amazing what losing one Guidance Tech, three teachers’ aides, and one Special Ed teacher will do to muck up the day-to-day workings of the school. I have found that […]



Watermarked

Thu, 09 Feb 2012 12:32:32 +0000

I’ve been crazy busy for the past few months. When I had time off, I found that I would rather be stitching than working on the computer. (Occupational hazard?). I figured that it would take something to rile me to get me off my butt to blog again. Well… Happy day…something happened. In preparation for […]



Thank God for weekends!

Mon, 24 Oct 2011 02:02:36 +0000

Last week was a packed week! I received a surprise call at school on Tuesday to see if we could accept a big hardware delivery on Thursday. It took quite a bit of work, but we made it. By Friday, I was exhausted and ready for the weekend. I went in to school yesterday morning, […]