Saturday, July 21, 2012

Star Wars...

...Where Science Meets Imagination

I meant to make this post well over a month ago, but better late than never huh?
Early in June the Hubby and I celebrated our 1 year wedding anniversary. How did we do so? Well, we took a trip to Exploration Place to see the traveling exhibit, Star Wars: Where Science Meets Imagination. The exhibit opened Memorial Weekend in May and will be there until Labor Day Weekend in September. The exhibit hosts over 80 props from all six movies and includes many displays showing the development of robotic technology developed from the imagined technologies of the movies.

It is a wonderful exhibit and if you are anywhere near Wichita, KS I recommend going to see it. If you are not near here, well, I'm sorry, you might check to see if it will be coming to a city near you. It will be traveling the world.

And I don't want to disappoint, what would a blog post be with out some pictures?

The Hubby

Yours Truely

Yoda!





Saturday, May 26, 2012

Back to Work!

Time for an update! I am finally once again a part of the workforce! I've officially been back to work for 3 and a half weeks now. I'm an Executive Secretary for the County Manager's Office and I'm really enjoying it. I'm making a bit less money than I did at my previous job, but considering we pay less in rent here it makes up for it. I have to dress and look a lot nicer for this job, but that isn't such a bad habit to get into. Though that means I have to actually spend money on clothes and makeup. And shoes...oh how I loath shoes. Never anything cute in the big foot section, at least not at the stores I go to. I refuse to pay more than $30 for a pair of shoes that are just going to wear out in 6 months anyways. Only time I've spent more was in high school/college when I'd buy Doc Martins. $100 for a pair of shoes seems silly, but I'd wear a pair of those for 3 years, and I'm talking every day!

Bah, but enough about shoes. I think I need to get my hair cut again. It's nearly back to the length it was last year before I donated it. It would make drying it go a lot faster in the mornings. But I think I need some style to it. Nothing to complicated though. Needs to be something still about medium length that will look ok just blown out on a regular basis but not be this just plain straight cut that I have. I don't have time every morning to curl it. I also don't want to spend a fortune to get it cut. My $12 hair cuts, while effective, just are not as elegant. But I don't want to spend $50+ either just to have nice looking hair.

Sigh...

I'm full of complaints today huh? All I really wanted to do was share my good news, which I've now done. Maybe next time I'll have something more interesting to share.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

My Daughter the Economist

Contribution by Paula Gonzales
 
My daughter is taking an economics class in college and, while home one weekend, spent a good portion of a Saturday searching the internet. She had to present a comparative report on television and internet services and city infrastructure within three major cities across the United States. The first place she looked washttp://www.tvbydirect.com/. It sounds like a boring report to me but she really gets into economics and statistics and she had a great time compiling the information she gathered. She wants to be an economist and I can see her working in Washington or at the state or federal level elsewhere, solving issues in education, health and the environment. Or she might be hired by a large corporation, research firm, or think tank, so to speak. She definitely enjoys analyzing data, conducting surveys, and preparing reports and charts. What sounds boring to some of us is quite exciting to those who love to analyze and solve problems. I am happy there are those people and I am happy that I am not one of them!

Sunday, March 25, 2012

What a week

So this last week was spring break. That  being said it obviously rained most of the week. But that isn't what made this week interesting for us.

On Monday we noticed that the carpet in the short hallway of our apartment. Now being that we are on the first floor of a two story building we knew it wasn't from the rain. We called in maintenance on Tuesday morning and they showed up quickly. Right away it was decided that our hot water heater had a leak in the bottom. So they spent a good part of the day taking the old one out and bringing in a new one. They left behind a fan to dry out the floor and since they tore out some of the padding under the carpet we were told to expect a visit from some people to come and replace it.

They showed up on Thursday to replace the padding. Went quick and they were out of here in no time. We thought that would be the end of it. We were wrong. That night on the way to bed I decided to check to make sure that it was dry since the carpet in the hall was still a bit wet when they replaced the padding. It still wasn't dry, in fact it felt wetter than it was that morning and the whole area leading back to the water heater. So once again the next morning I called maintenance. They came in again confused as to where the water could be coming from. They checked the apartment above and behind us to make sure there was no water leaking there and didn't find anything. Then they punched through the dry wall beside our water heater. The pipes there were wet and the one guy decided that it must be condensation. I didn't believe a bit of condensation would produce that much water in just a few hours over the course of an afternoon. They ended up pulling out our washing machine since it sits behind the water heater in another small room. They punched through the dry wall there too to find that the wall was soaked behind it. Now it wasn't coming from our machine or hook ups so the task came to finding out where it was coming from. After a while of searching they discovered that it was coming from the apartment above the one that's behind us. Turns out that its empty now but when the people moved out they left the washer connections on causing water to flow down through the wall into our apartment. So they turned that off and came back to let us know. Then the rest of the afternoon we had a guy in and out to replace the drywall and a fan going again to dry out the carpet. The carpet is still pulled up, but its dry now and hopefully tomorrow the carpet people will be back to stretch it back into place. Then maybe our apartment can get back to normal.

Monday, March 12, 2012

EVERY LITTLE BIT COUNTS

Posted by Arden Wallace

After eating dinner at our neighbor’s house the other day, we decided to compare cable companies. The reason I decided to look into it was because the neighbor’s told us how much they were paying for their service. It was a lot less expensive than our television price. After doing the comparison, I found a way to upgrade our service and actually save money by switching companies. So with the amount of money that I save every month now, I have started to put it away. I put it into a special account that I save money for Christmas gifts. It is not a ton of money every month, but each little bit adds up. I always find myself around the Christmas holidays with no money. I end up putting stuff on the credit card and end up taking almost an entire year to pay off. By the time Christmas rolls around this year, hopefully I will have a little chunk of changeand I will not have to put everything on the credit card this year!

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Such a Slacker

I've been a horrible slacker with posting here. Though really it probably has more to do with the fact that there really isn't much going on in my neck of the woods. Sadly I'm still unemployed though looking. I must say that I've been in a terrible funk. I don't have much to do each day other than fill out job applications. The games I play haven't been holding a lot of interest and I find myself sleeping quite a bit more than usual. I should try to get back into exercising but the problem is I don't find that fun or enjoyable either. My mind has a way of avoiding any activity that I find to be "boring".

That being said, I really don't have much else to say. Well, if you hear of any great paying jobs that don't require a lot of talent/experience, please let me know! Personally I'd love a work from home job, but I'm not holding my breath.

And just so that this post isn't completely dull and down here is a cute image for you. Enjoy!


Monday, February 13, 2012

Men Beware

Tomorrow is Valentines Day. Men, make sure you get your significant other something nice or this might happen...


Star Wars! ...in legos!


Sunday Afternoons with My Dad

Written by my friend Betty Walls

My father and I enjoy watching golf together on Sunday afternoons. He can no longer play golf but he knows the game well and enjoys following the professionals from one tournament to the next. The great thing about expertsatellite is the many options for sports viewing. My dad and I talk about our favorite player, Phil Mickelson, and his family, as if we know him. A sports figure who comes into your home regularly through your television, just like any television show actor, becomes family to you. I feel as if I know Kathie Lee Gifford because she has been a part of my morning television viewing for years and years, first when she was on with Regis Philbin and now as the co-anchor with Hoda Kotbe on the fourth hour of the Today Show. Dad and I have a connection when we sit together and watch golf. I listen to him fuss about Tiger Woods and cheer on the underdog, even though his true loyalty lies with Phil. But the greatest result from those Sunday afternoon visits with my father is that we are spending time together. He likes to explain a new golf ruling to me or point out the new driver that one of the pros is using. He is teaching and I am learning!