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Back Home to do… Laundry

Tuesday, December 14th, 2010

Before I begin this post I want to say one thing, to make it very clear from the outset. I hate doing laundry. It is the most tedious and aggravating job I have ever done. Possibly what I hate most about it is that it never ends. One you think you have everything washed and put away; the process of organizing, washing, folding and putting away begins again. So when I return home for Winter Break and my Dad tells me to do the laundry it is as if I have been sentenced to Purgatory. However, I really have no choice in the matter and have to spend the day doing the laundry for my entire family. So here is a post about what a typical day doing laundry is like.

9 AM: Now we don’t have a small family, there are 5 of us. As it happens, my 2 brother go through a ridiculous amount of clothing. (No wonder my mother is sick of doing their laundry) There have been repeated attempts to get them to do their own laundry in the past, but to no avail. This is actually another reason why I can’t stand doing my families laundry, BECAUSE I ALREADY DO MY OWN LAUNDRY! So really, I find it unfair that I have to do their laundry too. But yes. Middle-sized family actually amounts to lots of clothes.

9:30 AM: I do attempt to organize the clothes ahead of time, (Dark, Colors, and Light) to make it easier on myself. However I still feel swamped by the sheer amount of clothing that can be fit into that tiny room. Also my dog doesn’t make organizing any easier because she seems to be on a mission to undo everything that I have done. Why? Because of her blasted Tennis Ball. I am sure it appeared in many photos.

11:45 AM: I am 3 loads in and still have yet to see anything of my own laundry. Because of this I am doing everything I can to speed up the process. I just put a load of sweaters in; technically I should change the setting to Heavy. However that takes 58 minutes to wash. So instead I change it to Normal. Now we are at a reasonable 48 minutes.

12:00 PM: So many socks! Now when I am folding things, I admit I do have some problem differentiating clothes between my brothers and father. However, I usually take style into consideration and that does most of the sorting for me. Except for the one area where it really doesn’t apply… that would be socks. More often than not, I am left confused wondering which pair belongs to whom. Because they are all the same style, and size. Most of the time I just guess. Nobody has complained so far.

1:00 PM: Also, my dog seems to think that running in circles around me and messing up the laundry will make me play with her. She doesn’t realize I just get angry, because I have to refold all of those clothes.

2:00 PM: There comes that point while doing laundry that you realize that you are over halfway done! This is happening to me now. However, I also just realized that I spent the last 4 ½ hours doing laundry, so I am not as happy as I could be.

2:15 PM: Next load isn’t done for another 30 Minutes… that means nap time….

2:45 PM: After I fold this load I declare myself done. I can get to the other 2 loads another day…. I am exhausted.

I don’t really know what the point is, to be ranting about laundry. But I am sure that there are other fellow laundry haters like me out there too. So you can relate. It is obviously a necessity, but sometimes I feel like it can be made a bit easier on people. Really the only reason why I agree to do laundry when I come home for the holidays is because I know that it is normally my Mom doing all the laundry. I am sure she gets sick of it to, so to make it easier on her I consent to do laundry. And if anyone actually enjoys doing laundry, kudos to them! Care to do mine?

Featured Content Gallery

Friday, December 3rd, 2010

As you can tell I picked out a new theme. It is a big difference from my old theme, but I kinda like it. It is actually more customizable beyond what I have done, but that can be saved for later. Right now I am actually getting ahead of myself (I am really excited about this theme you see), what I really want to tell you about is the Featured Content Gallery. Yeah it’s the nifty thing at the top of the page where I can feature certain posts. This is actually the reason why I chose this theme. Ok. From the beginning.

Since it is the end of DS106 (so sad!) and because I want to use this blog to continue blogging about my research, I needed something that would work better for me. So after hours of theme shopping, I found this theme. It is called eDegree and I chose it because it said it would work with the Featured Content Gallery plugin. Now when I uploaded it I followed these on screen instructions to get the content gallery to work. Well when I was done, it didn’t. So I found this video, to see if it would enlighten me further. Unfortunately the video didn’t enlighten me further, though it did provide clearer instructions for setting it up. I still had the problem where the box wouldn’t appear. So after a lot of googling I concluded it was some kind of jquery issue.

I am still fuzzy as to what that means, but luckily I found this feed which kind of explained what the problem was. And they gave “some” instructions on how to fix it. Here come the part where I felt like I had no idea what I was doing, but it somehow worked. So going off of this:

1) Using the WordPress’s theme editor or directly through FTP, uncomment the 2nd line on this file (edegree/js/functions.js) like this:

//jQuery.noConflict();

I went into the file manager in my c-panel. And here is the route I took to find the file I needed: /public_html/digitalme/wp-content/themes/edegree/js. Now digitalme is the folder for this particular site. In the js folder I clicked on functions.js and downloaded to my computer.  From there I opened it with Notepad (somehow it seemed like the right thing to do) and edited the code. It was the second line, it made things easy. ;) From there I saved the new code to my desktop and went back to the file manager. Here I uploaded this “new” functions.js code into the js folder. A question will come up asking you to over write it, click yes. And then I went back to my blog and lo and behold I had the featured content gallery! I was immensely excited about this, and still am, mostly because I feel like i accomplished something. Even if it was a very little thing.

So in case any of you want to use the Featured Content Gallery in your blogs I hope this proves to be useful! :D

Thanksgiving

Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010

So while cleaning out my external hard drive I found this little piece I wrote, about my thoughts on cooking the turkey for last year’s Thanksgiving dinner. I figured since Thanksgiving was fast approaching I would share it, so that you can chuckle quietly amongst yourself.

Also if anyone is interested Google has Thanksgiving Recipes… I only just noticed this….

Lessons Learned From Cooking Thanksgiving Dinner

26 November 2009

This year was the first year I had ever been in the Kitchen for Thanksgiving. The reason? My mom wanted me to learn how to prepare a proper traditional Thanksgiving meal. She said it would eventually be part of my duties when I become a mother, something I am not planning on doing for a while. However, I was quite interested in what takes place when my mother kicks us all out of the kitchen and prepares her magical feast. From this experience I learned many lessons about how cooking in the kitchen works, so I will type them here so that many some other poor soul can learn from them.

  • If you want to eat Dinner at a reasonable hour, you have to wake up early.
    • A normal size turkey on Thanksgiving, without any sort of stuffing, usually takes about 6-7 hours to cook. With stuffing, you could be looking at 8-9 hours.
      • There is hope for those who don’t know anything! Most Turkeys have a handy chart telling you how long it should take to cook the turkey depending on the size.
    • There are innards that have to be removed
      • It blew my mind. Stuff inside the turkey? Yes, they are removed and used for other parts of the meal, such as stuffing and gravy.
      • Don’t forget the paper bag! For some reason all companies decided to put the Turkey’s frozen vitals inside a paper bag, which is also inside the Turkey.
      • We washed the turkey and give it a massage
        • The gunk has to be washed off and herbs need to be rubbed on. They usually have special “Turkey Rub” seasoning in grocery stores, or you can make your own.
        • Basically you have to massage these herbs into the turkey so that its flavor is released, don’t forget about the inside of the Turkey!
        • You put the Turkey into the oven at 325 degrees and don’t forget to cover it up– because you don’t want it to burn!
        • We used aluminum foil…. We also put an Apple Bourbon Pie 1 in.
  • You take a break…. Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade starts….
    • We forgot about the pie…. Midlife crisis
      • The pie ended up being ok (everyone can breathe)
        • Lesson learned
    • We decided to go to the grocery store to pick up a newspaper- for the ads
      • Grocery stores are crowded on Thanksgiving- people forget things
        • Egg Nog is expensive
      • Newspapers lose about 20 lbs when you remove Black Friday ads
  • Time to make the Stuffing
    • Still have awhile to go till dinner
      • The little brothers get excited and begin setting the table- I now understand why we were always kicked out of the kitchen
      • We heat a pan for stuffing – the innards in the paper bag are cut up and used, along with other various stuffing ingredients
      • The turkey broth made from heating the other parts found in the turkey in water is also used
        • Though not all- some has to remain for the gravy
    • Veggies have to be cut-
      • I found that a cheese grater is a perfectly acceptable tool to use to peel carrots
        • Until my mom finds out- no longer reasonable
      • I also found out that carrot chunks fly everywhere when you cut them
        • And my dog likes to eat them
    • Little brothers are willing to peel potatoes because they think they are helping
      • This is useful- they are out of the way and doing a very boring, meticulous and agonizing chore. I will use this when I have kids
  • Another break- football begins and everyone mysteriously disappears into the living room
    • Everyone is playing the waiting game
      • Ads are interesting….
      • ….. it would be the perfect time to do homework…. But I don’t have any, so I began writing this instead
  • Final Hour!
    • Begin to make the gravy….
      • With flour! Which needs to burns somewhat to give gravy a nice brown color
    • The smell of food is everywhere in the house
      • Everyone comes to the source, asking if dinner is done. Endlessly.
    • More waiting… checking email
      • With dial-up this takes at least 40 minutes
  • And My First Ever Turkey is done!
    • I wouldn’t have known, but this is the truth according to Mom and this is after all her Realm
      • She knows best
  • And so the Dinner Begins! 2

My Puppy!

  1. There is a story about this pie later ^_^
  2. As for the Bourbon Pie, it was to be saved for desert. However our dog had other ideas at the time. While we weren’t paying attention she ate THE ENTIRE PIE! Needless to say, that is quite a lot of alcohol for a pup and well yes… she was quite drunk afterwards.

Fan Fiction: Harry Potter Addition

Thursday, November 18th, 2010

Well as you might have noticed from my mash up I am a fan of Harry Potter, however I am more so a fan of the books rather than the movies. I think this video also serves as a proper introduction…

The books for me represented something constant between my moving around all over the world. I found that it was easier for me to relate to Harry as he discovered and was introduced to a completely different world. I felt the same way every time I was switched to a different school. I am sure other people in the class are doing Harry Potter because it is a story which spans our entire childhood. For me, each book upon its release represented a different phase in my own personal life. Not only that but I can proudly say that I hold copies of books released in 3 different countries, and 3 different states. Pretty awesome, right? So I decided for this post I will go through all 7 books and talk about where I got them, how I got them, and what I remember about me first reading that book…

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

Looking back on this book, I keep thinking how it is strange you remember things so vividly. Things such as a book which you are very soon about to become obsessed with. I was in fifth grade and still in Ft. Drum, NY when I first picked this book up, it was being sold in the middle school library. They were having some sort of Scholastic Book Fair… I don’t remember those details. But I do remember other kids from my class talking about this book that they read. I had noticed the book there during school and I really wanted to take a copy of my own. However, being the fifth grader I was, I lacked the money required to make such a purchase. However I had a plan. That day my mom was picking me up early from school, I think I had a dentist appointment… When the office called me down to be picked up I absolutely insisted my mom come look at the library real quick.

Now I am pretty positive my mom knew I had found another book 1 that I had to have, but she played along and came with. Thats when I showed her the Harry Potter books. They were sitting on their own table, spread out in a circle so that one could casually walk by and pick it up. I cared for nothing else at that book fare, except that I had to have that book. I showed it to my mom and I told her that I had to have it. She then looked at me and did the, “Are you sure you will read this?” as moms are apparently supposed to do. 2 I remember responding, “Yes mom! I will!” So she caved and bought the book.

The entire ride to whatever appointment I had, I did not open the book. Not once. Not even to take a peak. I wanted to savor the beginning of the story in one sitting, with out any interruptions. My mom thought this was childish of me, but she just rolled her eyes. When we finally came home, I dropped everything and ran to the living room to the comfiest chair we had and began to read, “Mr. and Mrs. Dursley, of number four, Privet Drive, were proud to say that they were perfectly normal, thank you very much. They were the last people you’d expect to be involved in anything strange or mysterious, because they just didn’t hold with such nonsense.

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets and Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Now I was hooked. There was only one problem. The next copy wasn’t available, and wouldn’t be available till that summer. However, something came up that prevented me from buying the next book and I actually didn’t get the second book until my 11th birthday. January 10, 2000. One of my mom’s friends bought it for me. And quite honestly, it is the only gift I remember receiving that year. Soon after my birthday, like legitimately 10-15 days, we began to pack up. It was time to move. We were going to live in Germany! However there was some sort of complications, where paerwork was lost and we were still going to be kicked out of the Housing we had in Ft. Drum. I remember this presented a new set of problems, because we had no where to go. So our Aunt took us in. She lived down in Florida and she said that we could stay there until the military found our paperwork saying we could go overseas.

Now my dad was already in Germany, and he had found us a place to stay. The problem was more the military wasn’t recognizing that his family was supposed to be there to. So for 3 months, it was my mom, me and my 2 brothers living with my Aunt, Uncle and my Grandfather in Florida. My grandpa was a teacher so we were still home schooled at this time, but we didn’t really follow any guidelines. And soon boredom set in. To compensate for this my Aunt took me out and asked if I wanted to get a book. Well, of course I did, the third Harry Potter book was out! So she bought me that and we headed back to her home. The third book soon proved to be my favorite that I had read so far, and for the most part still is. 3

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire and Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix and Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

Now these I will run through briefly, as I am sure you have realized by now I am obsessed. And honestly, it is kind of strange to look at your life through the publication of a book series. But that was what most of my child hood was.

Now that first summer we were in Germany the fourth Harry potter book came out. And honestly, I am grateful it did. Because it was a long summer. I didn’t have that many friends, and those I did briefly meet in the 2 1/2 months at school I wasn’t really close to. So I spent most of my summer looking forward to the day that the fourth Harry Potter book came out. What I remember about this book, was that it was the first book where they had “midnight release.” The base made a really big deal about it. But I didn’t see the point, because I would have any friends there. So the next morning after it’s release I went and used my savings to buy the book. Needless to say, after finishing the book I was quite upset the next one hadn’t come out yet.

And it’s release 3 years later coincided with my families summer trip to Italy. We had decided as a gift to my Oma to take her to Naples, because she had always wanted to go but never had the chance. Now the book was released during our trip to Italy. Not to fear however! Because there was a base nearby where we were staying. And my mom promised that when we went to stock up on supplies I could by the book. So two days after it’s release, I owned a copy. The rest of my trip was spent me reading and re-reading that book. Along with participating in other various touristy activities of course.

The next two years I became obsessed. I became the definition of a Harry Potter Fan. I stalked fan sites such as Mugglenet and the Leaky Cauldron.  I wanted, and needed to know how it ended. I began formulating my own theories about relationships, what everything meant, how it would end and so on. So by the time we had packed up and moved to Massachusetts in 2005, I was thoroughly immersed in the Harry Potter culture. That summer I moved, was the summer when the 6th book came out. Like the previous time I moved, I didn’t have any friends. I hadn’t even gone to school yet! So buying the book in the BX proved to be reasonable distraction for the summer.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

As for the final book, it was released in another summer which I moved. The summer after my graduation from High School. Soon after I graduated my Dad finally retired and we packed up and moved down here to beautiful Virginia. It being summer (again) I didn’t have much to do because I didn’t know anyone. And by this time I was looking forward to the release of the final book, I wanted questions I had been agonizing over for the past 3 years or so answered. Also I wanted to find out whether or not Snape was good or evil. 4 So when I heard that the Borders here in Fredericksburg was having a midnight release party, I had to go. I hadn’t been to one yet and I convinced my mom to go because the book would be $5 cheaper if we went. And of course, my little brother, Nicki, had to come to. 5 But yes, I acquired the final book and spent the next day reading the entire book while sitting by a lake. Honestly, that memory of the sun warming my back and the breeze blowing every once in a while is almost a perfect ending to this obsession. I was 18, it was time for this chapter of the last 7 or 8 years of my life to close, and it closed in an almost dreamlike manner. However, the stories and the lessons I learned from Harry Potter will stay with me for the rest of my life.

  1. I was book-obsessed as a child, and still am
  2. Like I said earlier, I was obsessed with books, of course I was going to read it!
  3. Not including the 7th ;)
  4. I was right by the way!!!!!
  5. He grew up with the movies, and is also a big fan of the series. He is actually reading the series now! I am such a proud sister.

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Forrest Gump: A True American Story?

Monday, November 1st, 2010

Well… it is done. Here is the website I have been working on for what seems like ages. It isn’t technically due until tomorrow at 9:30, so I am going to take a break and come back to it tonight to finish it. Mainly, because I am struggling on how to approach the section about the Soldiers in Vietnam. And yes, the full URL is necessary for this monumental achievement:

http://runforrestrun.umwblogs.org/

I guess if you have any advice, or notice any grammatical errors (my enemy) just post a comment. Enjoy!

Test

Tuesday, September 28th, 2010

I want to see if the footnotes work…. 1

  1. it apparently does :)

Zombie Preparedness 101

Sunday, September 12th, 2010

Ok so I am actually going to back track away from the Mafia thing for a bit, because right now I am still gathering information. However I still wanted to write a somewhat entertaining post so I decided to write about Zombies! It seems to be the popular thing to do nowadays, provide instruction manuals, psychoanalyze what would really happen, and even worry about the Twinkie supply. Well this mission that was undertaken today was actually planned out this summer by my boyfriend, Kelley, and I. We had watched a zombie movie (I believe it was the one about the twinkies) and began to think about what we would do if a Zombie Apocalypse really occurred. Well, both of us decided that using Ikea as a Zombie Shelter would be the best solution. S0 today we decided to go to Ikea and begin to plan out how we would implement it as a shelter.

Most Definitely Prepared

5 Reasons why Ikea is the perfect Zombie Shelter

  1. Location Location! – It really is the in the perfect location, right smack dab next to Potomac Mills and in the hustle bustle of Northern Virginia. I knowwhat you are all thinking, if there really is a Zombie Apocalypse being near civilization would be the worst place to be just because there are so many people for Zombies to feed on. I admit, this was a concern of mine too but we realized that the pros out way the cons. First off it would be really easy to turn Ikea into some sort of bunker, just because of the way its designed. However, the reason why this is an invaluable piece of real estate is because it is near so many stores! There is a Dick’s Sporting goods less than half a mile away (armory??) and even a Costco right across the street! Along with Potomac Mills itself, so really supplies should be readily available. The trick is stocking up enough before the Zombie actually do take over.
  2. Mode of Transportation- If anyone has ever been to Potomac Mills one would know about the overabundance of parking lots in the area. In the event of a Zombie Apocalypse this could prove to be beneficial, because one could just hot wire a car and use vehicles to escape (hopefully not) any hordes of Zombies you might run into. And in this vast ocean of a parking lot one could theoretically find not just a BMW, but also a hummer if need be, or a hybrid (if you feel that is still important).

    Entertaining ourselves in Ikea…

  3. Entertainment- The problem with post apocalyptic survival is the tendency to become bored. However Ikea once again has solved this problem for us in a variety of ways! By including TVs, random books and even board games!
  4. Food- Well For this all I have to say is Swedish Meatballs. If anyone has ever had these you know that these are the best meatballs that can probably be found in the post-apocalyptic world! Plus because of the restaurant located inside Ikea a full-running kitchen is readily available for us to use to nourish ourselves. Also, I am sure that Ikea does have a back-up generator in case of potential power failure so having lighting, electricity, and heat or A/C shouldn’t a problem. And if that fails, once again Costco is across the street, along with Home Depot and Lowes….
  5. Are they prepared?- of course they are! Other wise why would they include so many maps letting us know how to find out way throughout the vast department furniture store?

Naturally this is all hypothetical and the only way to make this work would be to make it there at the first sign of Zombies, so that way there is time to fortify and stock up before the Zombies arrive in D.C. However if all of this seems like to much work there are other solutions! One of which is to go raid a camping and fishing store (I recommend Bass Pro) and drive off to the Chesapeake and steal a yacht, then drive that yacht out into the middle of the Atlantic and ride out the worst of the Apocalypse. Because lets face it, half decomposed corpses and salt water probably won’t mix well.

Hello world!

Wednesday, September 1st, 2010

For the first post maybe I should add in something entertaining….

… well it is kind of interesting, and since I am a history major I suppose it is appropriate