Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Thursday, December 25, 2008
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
Hope everyone has a joyous time surrounded by loved one!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Love you! xoxoxo
Thursday, December 18, 2008
Also around 55 million light-years distant, we see here the colliding Antennae Galaxies (NGC 4038/NGC 4039) - a pair of interacting galaxies that lie in the constellation Corvus. The two spiral galaxies started to fuse together a few hundred million years ago making the Antenna galaxies the nearest and youngest example of a pair of colliding galaxies. Nearly half of the faint objects in the Antennae are young clusters containing tens of thousands of stars. (NASA, ESA, and the Hubble Heritage Team)
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Monday, December 15, 2008
Just wanted to share our pretty tree with everyone. Just got it today. Isn't it great?! Jazzy especially liked it. And, of course, I had to play with our camera and take lots of pics. Annnddd.... we actually have gifts under the tree this year. I mean, none of them are for either of us, but they're still gifts. Merry Christmas to everyone!!
Love, Sque and CopperWolf
Sunday, December 14, 2008
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
Hello hello everyone!!!! As I am slowly getting ready for the big move I am just trying to get myself organized. To do this I will need some help :) Would you please be soooooooo kind as to please send me all the important dates that you know in relation to the family, such as: birthdays, anniversaries, special occasions, etc. No worries if I get the same date several times from others just as long as I have them. It would be great to get this info by the end of the week if possible.
Hope all is well and looking forward to your responses!
Lots of love,
Sunday, December 7, 2008
"Liberty has never come from the government. Liberty has always come from the subjects of it."
"The new thing -- the thing which we had not known -- the thing we have learned now and should never forget, is this: that a society of self-governing men is more powerful, more enduring, more creative than any other kind of society, however disciplined, however centralized."
Harry S. Truman, August 9, 1945
May we never forget and never surrender to those who would take our liberty from us.
Thursday, December 4, 2008
Biomathematics Seminar December 4th 2008
Biomath Graduate Student
North Carolina State University
Since its introduction into the United States in 1999, West Nile virus (WNV) has spread rapidly across the country, resulting in a large number of equine infections and deaths. An equine vaccine for WNV has been developed, but the efficacy of this control measure has not been analyzed. This work is an attempt to formulate and analyze a mathematical model for the transmission of WNV infection among vector (mosquito), avian, and equine populations with the inclusion of this control measure...
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
Monday, December 1, 2008
Thursday, November 27, 2008
Thursday, November 20, 2008
AS the world celebrates World Toilet Day today, sanitation experts have called for the end of the flushing dunny to save water and provide fertilizer for crops.
Leading health advocates have called for the use of "dry" toilets which separate urine from faeces and remove the need to flush.
Mr Sims said a culture where people flushed their loos but disregarded the thousands of litres of wasted drinking water each year was one of sanitation's greatest challenges.
"This 'flush and forget' attitude creates a new problem which we have to revisit," he said.
Personally, I prefer the 'flush and forget' attitude.... Can you believe this... umm... mess? :-D
Monday, November 17, 2008
Sunday, November 16, 2008
I know Vic would love the vases of crackle glass. Davy has a surprise for you.
Friday, November 14, 2008
CopperWolf has night firearms on my birthday (so sad), so he gave me my birthday present early. He made me a saddle stand. Isn't it beautiful??? He said his dad got him the plans, but he did it all himself.
He's going to put a bridle hook on the front so I can hang my bridle on it. :)
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
So, CopperWolf and I have spent some time straightening out the house. Here is a pic of my degree from SBC. It's finally framed. Here is a shot of the office. Like my new corner desk? :)
Oh, and the towel rack in our bathroom was falling off the wall, so we replaced it with this huge cabinet/shelf thing. Got it from Habitat Restore in Raleigh. Some sanding and a few coats of paint later, and check it out. Doesn't it look great? (By the way, it's not built into the wall. We painted the back walls the same green as the bathroom wall to make it look like it is.)
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Thank you again! Hope everyone is having a great week! xoxoxox
(ps: Meant to post this yesterday, but the Alligator wouldn't let me)
Monday, November 10, 2008
The Background: CopperWolf was telling me about how his uncle was saying his horses are more like dogs since he never rides them. He told CopperWolf he could have his saddle, since it wasn't getting used. Well, I wanted to know about the saddle, but CopperWolf didn't know much. He said the saddle probably came with one of the horses as a package deal. Maybe his uncle bought the horse from someone who wasn't planning on ever owning horses again, so they sold their saddle with the horse
So, here's the conversation:
CopperWolf: "The guy who sold the horse didn't have any others. He must have figured there was no reason to own a saddle if he didn't own a horse."
Sque (with look of total disbelief on face): "That may seem logical to you, but I can assure you in my family, an argument like that doesn't make any sense. You can always use a saddle."
CopperWolf: "Yeah, but I think your dad has horse blood in him... just a small amount."
Sque: "You knew horses were in my blood from the beginning."
CopperWolf: "No, I mean real horse blood. I figure he had an accident when he was really little and needed a transfusion. The only blood available to the country doctor was either horse blood or cow blood. Now, aren't you glad they realized the horse would get there quicker?"
Sque (laughing head off): "I can't wait to tell my daddy you think that."
CopperWolf: "Well, it's probably true. You should ask him about it. But he may have been so young he doesn't remember."
CopperWolf is crazy. I know. But I married him anyways. Hope y'all got as much of a laugh as I did out of that.
Thursday, November 6, 2008
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
One should never say "never" in politics. However, Barack Obama's victory almost certainly means that neither Hillary Clinton nor Al Gore will ever be president of the United States.
I'd say that's worth celebrating...
Bad Economy + Extremely Unpopular Republican President + Entire Media in the Tank for Candidate + $700 Million Dollars = Victory for Liberals!
Also, from John Hawkins at RightWingNews, some really good news:
And now, what I found myself having to be reminded of last night when it became obvious we knew who the president-elect now is:
In 2004, George Bush beat John Kerry 51% to 48%.
Today, the Democrats are as fired up as they have ever been, conservatives are completely demoralized, the Republican Party has done an awful job, George Bush is less popular than Nixon after Watergate, McCain was widely disliked by conservatives, and Barack Obama/DNC had a war chest at least 200 million dollars bigger than the McCain campaign/RNC -- and as a result, Obama won 52% to 47%.
In other words, despite the staggering advantages the Democrats had in this election, including a candidate who undoubtedly drew in millions of black voters who wanted to pull the lever for the first black President and millions of other voters gripped by white guilt, it only led to a shift of about 4% of the American public from the Republicans to the Democrats. That's what a "landslide" amounts to, folks -- 1% more of the vote than George Bush received in the 2004 election.
Does this election prove that the country has shifted to the left? No, it proves that with almost every factor in their favor, the Democrats can win big -- but, the same could be said of the GOP.
Our Father, who art in heaven,And, lastly, congratulations Senator Obama.
hallowed be thy name.
Thy Kingdom come,
thy will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom, the power and the glory, for ever and ever.
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Saturday, November 1, 2008
(Metropolitan Statistical Area*)
Estimated Population: 105,000
Watch your step in West Palm Beach--falls are frequently permanent. Florida leads the nation in the total number of accidental deaths caused by falling, and West Palm Beach leads Florida, edging out two other state locales, Fort Lauderdale and Daytona Beach.
*West Palm Beach-Boca Raton-Boynton Beach, Fla.
Road to Victory Rally in Raleigh, NC
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 01, 2008
4:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Address: The North Carolina State Fairgrounds: 1025 Blue Ridge Road
Raleigh, NC 27607
Governor Sarah Palin
for a Road to Victory Rally
in Raleigh, NC
Saturday November 1st
1025 Blue Ridge Blvd
Raleigh, NC 27607
Doors Open at 4:00 p.m.
Guests Must Arrive by 6:00 p.m.
Friday, October 31, 2008
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Salt Lake City (SLC) (Mormon Capital of the World)
0430: up, shower, say goodbye to Vala :(, to the airport.
0700: on the plane to Atlanta, of course my gate is at the VERY END of the terminal
0840: Arrive in Atlanta, bumpy landing, tram to the complete other side to the airport(luckily I had about two hours), find breakfast and coffee (Starbucks!!!), pee
1130: finally on the plane to SLC after a 40 min delay for rain???, sat next to a cute old man in a 3 piece suit! (you never see those anymore), my seat was near the back of the plane (potty) and someone(s) had a sick tummy (very stinky, in waves) and since it was a long flight (almost 4 hrs) they had alcohol for purchase and a man somewhere behind me kept getting louder and louder.....
1340 MDT: Finally at SLC. My checked bag actually made it! It was SOAKED from the rain in Atlanta. Find the driver, I was hoping for a limo, no such luck. They finally gather the other 2 passengers and off we go. The sky is so big there. The Mountains are really beautiful, but they are just rock, no trees.
1430: Arrive at the HILTON in downtown, check in at the welcome desk and then check in. pretty nice room (I was hoping for a jacuzzi and a complementary bathrobe, no such luck). A view of the office building next door.... try to find a little snack, settled for the $2 yogurt (4oz!) unpacked a little and took a nap. then took a nice long hot shower!!!
1830: Off to one of the ballrooms for dinner; salad, little chicken nuggets, texas barbecue brisket, fresh fruit (the blackberries were huge and so sweet), and cheesecake.
2100: Finally able to slip away and off for another shower and bed!
0630: After killing the alarm and going back to sleep I finally got up and to the shower, I had to Iron (YUCK) my clothes.....
0730: down for breakfast: scrambled eggs, bacon, fresh fruit, OJ
0800-1630: Session, informative and boring at the same time. Lunch at 1200: salad with mandarin oranges, jicama, and grapefruit vinagarette (very yummy), marinated veggies, refried beans with cheese and cilantro, chicken enchiladas, fresh fruit and a puffy cinnamon sugar pastry.
1630-1830: small walk (about 4 blocks total-didn't want to get lost!) and then a nap.
1830-2130: dinner with the group at the Naked Fish, a Japanesse restaurant (not like arigatos or the cheaper ones in strip malls), We sat in the back of the restuarant at tables on the floor and had to take our shoes off before stepping on the platform to the tables. Menu: Appetizers:California roll, Spicy Scallop roll, Pork dumplings, Edamame (steamed soy beans, you eat the beans on the inside, not the husk), another roll that was good, I just can't remember the name, Entree choices: Japanesse noodles with veggies or beef, chicken teriyaki, salmon, Dessert: strawberry, vanilla or green tea ice cream. The appetizers were absolutely awesome. My table ate 2 plates of the pork dumplings--We were full before the entrees, so no one really ate much at that point.
2200: I think I took another shower and off to sleep while watching a stupid movie on the Hallmark channel, I think I only saw 10-20 minutes of it.
0700: I hit the alarm too many times, but was so tired I didn't care if I ate breakfast or not. Shower, Iron again, breakfast: eggs bennedict, bacon, fresh fruit and a bagel
0800-1000: Session. Thankfully we ended earlier than planned, I went back to the room and rested for a bit (headache, lack of sleep and sinuses), changed clothes
1100-1500: Off in Downtown, saw the Mormon temple and temple square. Walked All OVER. went to the Gateway (like friendly) walked it twice and then back through downtown looking for somewhere to eat dinner (everyone else had a plane to catch Sunday pm).
1500-1730: a nap, I was supper tired after the morning session and my walk (it had to be about 10 or so miles).
1730-1930: tried to find this one restaurant (italian) but couldn't find it, so I actually stumbled on another one, VERY GOOD, Cafe Molise. I ordered dessert to go, Tiramisu, fabulous, but I couldn't finish it (kinda bloated from all the salt the night before).
1930-2200: packed and then repacked, shower and off to bed.
0530-0630: Kinda slept through my alarm, up, showered, final packing and down to checkout and catch shuttle to the airport.
0715: HOLY MOLEY! The place was packed, people everywhere. I was finally able to check in and check my bag. I put my laptop in the checked bag and it was over weight and they wanted $96! I just took the laptop out and lugged it with me. My ticket said "seat not assigned" and I geared up for a fight!
0800: at the gate, the lady at the desk told me they would call me up later, departure time at 0840. I was starting to fume... The announcement kept saying that the plane was severely overbooked and needed people to switch.... (The big plane needed maintenance or something and the switched to a smaller plane at last minute, so there were about 30 people with no seats)
My name flashed on the screen with a seat assignment (38E). Lucky, lucky me, the absolute last row, next to the potty, supposed to be a window, but I didn't have one, and right on top of the engine, but at least I had a seat. No drunk guys this time, but the potty was super busy!!! In and out, in and out. A lady across the aisle told the flight attendant that she was feeling very ill (before take off), luckily she didn't barf! 3 hours of people going to the potty! I must have a super bladder or something. I wanted to scream "Can't you people hold it?????"
1400(EST): Cincinnati. Overcast and cold. Next flight at 1515. Had to hop on a bus to go to the other side of the airport. I found my gate around 1420. I didn't get a boarding pass for Greensboro flight in SLC, so I asked for one at the gate, luckily they had me down in a seat. Unfortunately, this was smaller "regional" plane and it was almost full. I was still close to the back, but thankfully not next to the potty. There was a family with a 4yr little girl and 14mo twin boys. The little girl talked not stop, but she wasn't loud (thank goodness). The two boys were absolutely adorable, one in green and one in blue. About 20-30 minutes from Greensboro, the one closest to me pooped! I thought I was going to die in that small little plane! Just regular ol baby poo, but with no ventilation......And then we landed!!!!! We were at the very end of the terminal (as always for me). My legs were so shaky, I wasn't sure I was going to make it to baggage claim! Just super tired. My bag actually made it back to Greensboro and mom took me home!
1730: Vala went bananas! She was so happy to see me! She's such a sweetie! After the crazy puppy time in the back yard, we cuddled on the couch (and she chewed my stinking airport feet!)
2030: An absolutely wonderful HOT shower and off to bed!!!!!
SLC is doing major reconstruction of downtown. There weren't a lot of downtown shops, there were alot of homeless people though. The air has NO MOISTURE at all, my sinuses have been killing me since Friday and my nose has been bleeding a little. Ok trip, nice to see somewhere new, nice to actually have time to see the area a little. Hate flying coach and absolutely would prefer to go somewhere and not have a conference to attend all day and go with family/friends. Somebody turned on the air conditioner on the east coast! It's freezing! It was about 60-65 during the day in SLC and it is so much colder here! I finally broke down and turned the heat on last night!
Staying in research at least through next semester. I'm not happy about it, but it will give the boss time to find someone else, though I am getting a raise out of it. School is ok, I need to spend more time on it, I'm just not doing so good at managing my time. I'm going to have to get better at it......Oh, SICK and TIRED of POLITICIANS, POLITICS, and the ELECTION. It's all a bunch of huey from old stinky rich people anyway. I don't think any single person in politics has any integrity or mean what they say. And the freaking commercials!!!! Give me a break! Sorry your birthday is on Election day Mom! I guess you can say that your birthday is really and truly a national day!
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Anyways I hope all is well with everyone! Nothing too exciting to report from me except that I will be at two college fairs this week representing Sweet Briar, woohoo Go Pink & Green! They won't know what hit them, hehehe.
Lots of love!!!!
Monday, October 20, 2008
Friday, October 17, 2008
Thursday, October 16, 2008
Monday, October 13, 2008
As you can see, there is no clear consensus from these results. Taken altogether, the 50 states project an Obama lead of 0.99 points right now. When the range of skewing is considered, the range could be anywhere nationally from Obama by 3.05 to McCain by 4.71 points.
Once again, the indications from the math are that the race is both close and fluid.
Whew... great news, isn't it? Here's the whole article.
His answer:“It’s not that I want to punish your success, I just want to make sure that everybody that is behind you, that they have a chance for success too. I think that when you spread the wealth around, it’s good for everybody.”
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
Monday, October 6, 2008
On Friday M.S. Pat and I had a fun catching up conversation. She sounded very happy and is as fabulous as ever! She and Mr. Tom are home. Mr. Tom is going to cardiac rehabilitation and at first wasn't too thrilled about it, but now really likes it and is trying to out do himself. It is working so well that he is fishing again and of course going without M.S. Pat who if she did go would break out the parasole and portable DVD player :) The funny thing is that we could all definately picture that! They have also bought an eliptical machine for their home so that they can keep up their svelt figures. Next thing we know they will be running circles around us! M.S. Pat was also telling me that one of her grandsons just spent the summer in Japan and loved it! So that was fun to hear and who knows as he liked it so much we may be coming for a visit
So that is all the fun news I have. The France wedding is taking shape. It has been working out so smoothly! Just continualy looking for a wedding dress, but as it will be a little chilly in April it is hard to find something that will be warm enough as most dresses sold now are all strapless. Though I will suffer through and just have to try every dress out there :)
Hope all is well and that you have a great week! xoxo
Thursday, October 2, 2008
Sunday, September 28, 2008
UPDATE: Bailout vote fails in the House
Under Clinton, the entire federal government put massive pressure on banks to grant more mortgages to the poor and minorities. Clinton's secretary of Housing and Urban Development, Andrew Cuomo, investigated Fannie Mae for racial discrimination and proposed that 50 percent of Fannie Mae's and Freddie Mac's portfolio be made up of loans to low- to moderate-income borrowers by the year 2001.
Instead of looking at "outdated criteria," such as the mortgage applicant's credit history and ability to make a down payment, banks were encouraged to consider nontraditional measures of credit-worthiness, such as having a good jump shot or having a missing child named "Caylee."
Threatening lawsuits, Clinton's Federal Reserve demanded that banks treat welfare payments and unemployment benefits as valid income sources to qualify for a mortgage. That isn't a joke -- it's a fact.
As predicted, it was the Democrats...
Go to Ann Coulter's site and read the whole thing. She makes some very good points...
Saturday, September 27, 2008
.Just get me a head count bring whoever... Love MM
Friday, September 26, 2008
Thursday, September 25, 2008
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Thursday, September 18, 2008
The Jazzy Ro was a very good girl for her surgery yesterday. Here she is on the couch. She's not sure she's going to be very good at this rest and relaxation thing, but she's going to give it her best shot. But, she knows she's much happier now as an 'it', rather than a 'she'. :)