Monday, October 27, 2014

Sleepy Monday

I didn't have much of a weekend this past weekend.  I spent it at a workshop for college credit.  It actually wasn't too awful, but I missed getting to sleep in, spending time with the chi's, and just getting to relax at home a bit.  Four more days, then I'm off for three - with a TON of homework.  It's always something, and it never seems to end, does it?  lol
Took this from here.

1.  Do you wake up to a CD, a radio, or a buzzer?

I wake up to a very rude sounding buzzer.  Typically, I press the snooze button several times before forcing myself to crawl out of bed and face the morning.

2.  What household chore is your favorite?

I don't have a favorite.  I don't mind doing laundry or vacuuming though.  Those would be the two chores that I dislike the least.  Now if I could only find the time to do them more often...  :(

3.    Describe your day yesterday in detail.

I woke up to the aforementioned rude sounding buzzer, crawled out of bed, let the chi's in and out, gave them their treats, then jumped in the shower.  When I climbed out, I blow dried my hair, put on makeup, got dressed, and finished fixing my hair.  Grabbed my breakfast and lunch out of the fridge, kissed the boys goodbye and told them I loved them, then got in the car and drove away.  I stopped at a convenience store just around the corner and bought myself a cappuccino, which I sipped as I devoured my breakfast on the drive in.  I drove about 45 miles in the rain to the workshop, parked in a parking garage, walked about a block down the street and into the workshop.  

We started by talking a little bit about the two movies we watched on Saturday, then watched a third movie yesterday.  We had a little over an hour for lunch, so I used the time to look up various political candidates and marked them on my absentee ballot.  
Murphy and Stanley will be excited to know I voted for them!

Lunch went quick, and before I knew it we were back to the workshop again.  The lecturer discussed the themes running throughout all three movies, then we talked about the upcoming paper we'll have to write.  He gave us time to think a bit on what we wanted to write about, then we went around the room and everyone gave their topic.  We were dismissed a bit early, so I walked back to the parking garage and drove home in the rain.  I spent not quite two hours with the chi's, relaxing and giving them loves.  

A little bit later, I drove to my mom's house for Sunday dinner.  We ate pork chops, mashed potatoes, and apple sauce.  Later, we had a slice of cake for dessert.  We talked some, but mostly did stuff on our computers when we weren't eating.  The TV was on, but I wasn't paying any attention most of the time.  Then I came home and got stuff ready for today as much as I could, before climbing back into bed to sleep.

What did you do?

4.  Show and tell.  What comes to mind first when you see this picture?  Or tell a story if it reminds you of one.
It's titled "nasa-space."  It reminds me of when the weatherman is showing what the weather will be like in the coming week.  

Monday, October 20, 2014

What I've Learned This Semester

I make a point every semester to share my wealth of knowledge with you, my lovely readers!  I'm saving you a BUNDLE in college tuition by doing so, so you should be thanking me! 

POLS 200 - Introduction to Politics

This is just an elective.  It's an OK class --  kinda boring, with lots and lots of homework.  I've actually learned this fact before, but had forgotten it. 

Aristotle was a student of Plato, Plato was a student of Socrates.

POLS 398 - Advanced Political Science Methods

This is an advanced stats class, and I *HATE* it with every fiber of my being!  I don't feel like I've learned a damn thing from this class, it's so far over my head!  Luckily I have a friend taking it with me, and he's been extremely generous in helping.  Otherwise there is no way I could possibly pass that class.
This is a multiple regression equation that we used recently. 

POLS 407 - American Policy Process

This has been one of my favorite classes in my entire college career.  It's a fun class, and I think it'll be valuable for the career that I hope to get into. 

Policy Design Tools
Authority tools
Govts use their authority to urge or require people to behave in a certain way.  The use of such tools, not always effective or democratic, depends on the perceived legitimacy of govt.  These tools may be particularly effective during times of crisis, when favorable responses by the govt are more likely.
Inducements and sanctions
Govts provide incentives or penalties to appeal to individuals’ rational pursuit of their self-interest.  Inducements encourage people to act in a certain way because they will gain from doing so.  Sanctions are negative incentives or penalties that are thought to discourage behavior that is inconsistent with policy goals.
Capacity-building tools
Govts make available training, education, information, and technical assistance, and they can aim to inform or enlighten and thus empower people, either those in the target population or policy agents.
Hortatory tools
Govts invoke images and values through speeches, proclamations, and other communication to exhort people to behave a certain way.
Learning tools
Govts can encourage policy agents and target populations to participate and learn, for example, through citizen advisory panels and collaborative processes.

Monday, October 13, 2014 Review

So yesterday was my birthday.  It was an OK day -- didn't do anything to celebrate other than doing homework with the chi's.  It was a shockingly light homework weekend, which means there will be double the homework next weekend.  :(  The best part of the day really was getting to sleep in.  :)

Sadly, I didn't get the four day weekend I'd hoped for.  It's OK though, at least I still got a three day weekend.
The boys have plenty of treats at the moment, so this month we decided to choose something different to review.   We chose the Tropiclean Fresh Breath water additive. 
It's super easy to use.  You just pour in a teaspoon (about a capful) into a fresh bowl of water.  That's it!  If you pour it into the bowl first before adding the water, the water bubbles up.   
I wondered if Shiver or Chico would be bothered by it, but they didn't even seem to notice.  The bubbles fade quickly , so no need to worry if your dog or cat doesn't like it.  Yes, that's right -- your dog and cat can use this!
Shiver has had this annoying habit lately in that he wants to get right up in my face and breathe all over me.  So I can honestly say that this has helped him enormously!  It lasts for up to 12 hours, so he can drink some in the morning and still have fresh breath when I come home in the evening.  It's not minty fresh like he just brushed his teeth, but it does help considerably!  I've noticed a definite improvement in Chico too!
I've been using this every day and the boys have been drinking the water like normal, so they seem to like it. 
**They both got super camera shy once they realized I was trying to take their picture when they were drinking the water.
Other reasons to use this product? 
  • Removes plaque and tartar 
  • Soothes irritated gums 
  • Safe for both cats and dogs 
  • All products are eco-friendly, all natural, and made in the USA

In the past, all of our orders took exactly one week to the day from order to delivery.  This one only took a matter of days to arrive!  Sydney from Chewy says that they just added another shipping location, which means some places will get their orders even quicker now. 

The chi's give this product 8 paws up - four paws each!

Monday, October 6, 2014

Funday Munday

My first three day weekend this semester was over before I knew it.  It's like I blinked and it was gone.  How does 4 days of work, school, internship, and homework drag on so so long, yet a day off is over so quickly?

My birthday is this coming Sunday, and I have a FOUR day weekend!!!  Sooooooooo excited, I can't even tell you!  It's gonna be filled with homework, as usual, but I hope to fit some fun things in there too.
Took this from here.

1.  When was the last time you gave yourself a pat on the back?  

Last week.  One professor gives us random quizzes.  I didn't remember most of the material the quiz covered since I'd read it several days earlier.  I got 7 out of 10 points, so I was telling a classmate that I did better than I thought I did.  My professor said, "Don't strain yourself too hard trying to pat yourself on the back there!  I graded these very lightly."  Still, I was happy that I got a decent grade.

2.  In public restrooms, do you hover or sit?

Thankfully, most public restrooms these days have those toilet seat covers, so I sit.  I'm sure those covers really don't do much to protect you, but it makes me feel better.  

Without the cover, sometimes I'll sit and sometimes I'll hover.  It mostly depends on how clean the restroom looks overall.  If the seat is wet, I hover for sure.

 3.  If you could take back something you did to someone, what would it be?

I used to work with this chick who took personal calls all day long and they never seemed to last any less than 20 minutes -- in fact, most seemed to last considerably longer!  I don't know how she managed to get any work done.  I was still pretty new there, so I didn't say anything for awhile.  Then I had my first evaluation.  The boss kept asking me repeatedly what I liked/didn't like about the job.  I kept telling her that I really liked the job, but she wouldn't let up.

I finally told her that there was a certain coworker who was on the phone all.the.time with personal calls.  My boss didn't say much.  The coworker found out that I'd told on her, and suddenly we weren't as friendly anymore.  

This coworker then became pregnant.  She often came in late and left early.  She took extra long breaks, fell asleep at her desk, and still continued with the personal phone calls daily.  I hadn't said anything to my boss about it, but knew that she was aware as other coworkers had complained repeatedly.  I'm not sure if my boss let it slide because the girl was pregnant, or maybe she just didn't know what to do about it.  This went on for a couple of months and I grew fed up.  

So I called the 1-800# for HR and left an anonymous complaint.  Nothing happened and this coworker did not change her behavior.  I finally told a different coworker that I'd complained to HR.  This particular coworker told everyone and anyone who would listen that I was a snitch and that everyone should watch their backs around me.  This completely shocked me, since she complained the loudest about the pregnant coworker!  I got lots of flack for it from everyone, and it severed the relationship with the pregnant girl for a long while.  

I would take back turning her into HR because I do think there were other/better ways to have handled the situation.  My boss quit shortly after and we got a new boss who was extremely unpleasant, so a lot of her behavior was stopped thereafter.  Not all of it, but a lot of it.

4.  Show and tell.  What comes to mind first when you see this picture?  Or tell a story if it reminds you of one.
I thought maybe it was a dirty window during a rainstorm, but it's labeled concrete.  So it's dirty concrete.

My dad had a very good friend who used to lay concrete down for sidewalks.  For whatever reason, he asked me to come work for him one day.  I did, and I hated every second of it.  It was hard work!  Luckily, it was only a one day job.  That's what this picture reminds me of.  

Monday, September 29, 2014

Moanday Monday

Guess what I won?  Jenny had a contest on her blog, and I am now the proud recipient of this cool drool book!  I don't know when or if I'll ever get to go back there again, but if I ever do, I'll be fully up on all of the dog-friendly locales!  If you haven't checked out Jenny's blog yet, you are truly missing out.  She gets to travel all over, and shares lots of her adventures.  
I tried to visit some of you over the weekend.  My time was very limited due to that dratted homework, so I didn't get to very many of you.  Luckily, my birthday is coming up and I'll have a glorious 4-DAY WEEKEND!!!  (It's Oct. 12th, for any of you who wanted to rush out to buy me a gift and get it in the mail, because I'm sure you all want to.  j/k.)  My plan is to take one whole day off and to use a good portion of it catching up on everyone's blogs.  My plans have a funny way of not always working out sometimes, so we shall see...
Took this from here.

1.  Do you think it is necessary to have alcohol at a party in order to have a good time?

Depends on the party, lol!  Sometimes a really dull party can be helped by adding a little alcohol.  In all seriousness though, I don't really think so.  One of my friends insists she doesn't drink (she does, just not publicly), and I've been to many of her parties where alcohol is not included.  I've also had mostly positive experiences there without it.

What is your opinion?

2.  Who is the one person you hope isn't reading your blog?  Why?

I've commented several times about how incredibly lazy most of my coworkers are, so I would say all of them.  To my knowledge, none of them are aware of this blog's existence.

3.  If you had to, what part of your body - currently hole-free - would you get pierced?

When I was younger, I desperately wanted to pierce my nose.  My mom told me that if I did, I would have to move out.  I wasn't able to support myself back then, so I never did do it.  By the time I did move out, I was at a job that would not allow for a nose-piercing.  Now that I'm in college, I could get away with it.  But I'm year from graduation, and I don't want it to hold me back from getting a job.

4.  Show and tell.  What comes to mind first when you see this picture?  Or tell a story if it reminds you of one.
It kind of reminds me of when you go take a long drive out in the country and see a dilapidated home with a junky backyard.  Because they're so far out in the country, they don't have any close neighbors to complain about the mess.

Friday, September 26, 2014

FFHT - Fractured Fryday Hairy Tails

We're pawticipating in Murphy and Stanley's FFHT!
So I'm Chico, an itty bitty chihuahua.  And this is my story!

I was born in a puppy mill in Oregon.  I spent the whole first year of my life there, stuck in a cage.  The only time I was let out was to do my business or to make babies.  I didn't get the opportunity to truly be a puppy, or to know the love of a human.  It was a horrible life.  Just when I thought things couldn't get worse...  The state stepped in and closed the puppy mill down.  All of the animals there were taken to another state and auctioned off.

I ended up with a family who had a young son.  I stayed there for a year or so, and life wasn't so bad.  Then the family had another baby.  I was no longer welcome in the house and lived mostly in the garage and the back yard.  That's no life for a dog!  Just when I thought things couldn't get worse...  The family decided they wanted a bigger dog, so they got rid of me.
That's how I ended up with my mama.  She came to the house and pretty much immediately fell in love with me.  Shiver is a big chi and she had always wanted a little one, which she found in me.  Plus, I'm so cute that it's impossible to resist me!  Mama took me to the vet for a checkup a few days later.  My shots weren't up to date, even though the family said they were (the shot records they gave her was proof of this), and my nails were waaaaaaaay too long.  I have luxating patellas, but got an otherwise clean bill of health.

I live inside now, have lots of toys, and lots of love.  I sleep in a warm bed with my mom and Shiver at night instead of a cold garage.  We cuddle throughout the day, and I feel very safe and secure.  I had a rough start, but now I have a wonderful life.  I only wish all doggies and kittehs could be as lucky as me.
Don't furget to vote fur Murphy and Stanley fur Blogville Mayors!

Monday, September 22, 2014

Monday Meme

Last week was really busy and stressful.  This week looks to be about the same...  Soooooooo much going on and so little time to get it all done.  Next week, I'll start my 3-day weekends again.  Yay!

Has anyone else gotten an email from Andrew at Chewy to do a review this month?  I didn't get one, so I'm just wondering if it's just me or not.
Don't furget that today is the Great Debate!  My boys are voting for Murphy and Stanley.
Took this from here.  

1.  If I were the teacher, I would...

Remember that most students actually have more than one class, and that means they have a ton of homework each week.  Because of this, I would try to go light on the homework for my students.

2.  If the world worked on a barter system, how would you fare?  Would you have services to barter?  Would you successful, or would you struggle?

Once upon a time, about 87 years ago, I used to do hair for a living.  So I would attempt to barter that, because it's the only real skill I have.  It's been awhile since I've done it, so I'd need to brush up on my skills a bit.  I'd like to think I'd be successful.

3.  What is one thing you constantly think (not worry) about?  

I try to make a point to remember my father each and every day.  Some days I do better than others.  I don't have to worry about him anymore, since he's passed on.  

I also think about my chi's a lot.  Most of the time I don't have to worry about them.  Sometimes I miss them when I'm really busy and don't get to spend quality time with them like I like to do.

How about you?  Do you have any services to barter, and if so, what are they?

4.  Show and tell.  What comes to mind first when you see this picture?  Or tell a story if it reminds you of one.
There's a state park in a nearby town that has several big sand dunes.  I don't go very often, but it's kind of a fun place.  There's an observatory there to observe the stars at night.  In the daytime, you can go swimming, and have a picnic there.  You can also climb the dunes.  That's what this picture reminds me of - the sand dunes look kinda like that up close.

Monday, September 15, 2014

That's so random...

Source for all pix:  Google Images
My new shoes.  They came with both pink and white laces.  I *love* them!!!  I've gotten lots of compliments on them!  They're very comfy too.
One day recently, I heard a commotion in the back yard.  I ran to my bedroom window to check it out and discovered a cop chasing some guy through the yard!  Kinda scaryish.
I think I may have figured out a way to have a 3-day weekend again, which would be wonderful!  Right now, I am working/attending school/doing the internship thing 5 days a week.  Going only 4 days would actually be a HUGE savings in gas!
My first exam of the semester is this week.  It's for stats class, and I can't think of any of exams that I've ever been so freaked out over.  Stats is just a jumble of numbers that don't really mean anything to me.  I have to pass this class this semester, because I've only got one more semester left, and I'm already having to take a full load then without having to repeat a class on top of it.

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