Thursday, February 28, 2008
You know what this means.......increasing pressure for Sondra or Stephanie or maybe even Stacy or Melissa to start blogging. And believe me, those would have some interesting stories.
I just wanted to let everyone know we survived the night without using the internet, checking email, and writing on the blog. I don't think I'm going to try to two nights in a row though.
Monday, February 25, 2008
Sunday, February 24, 2008
Friday night as I was beginning to fall asleep, I thought of a great topic that I wanted to include in the blog. However, I was not going to get out of my warm cocoon of blankets and pillows to grab to the laptop and put my thoughts down. I really should have. I can't for the life of me remember what I wanted to blog about. What I do remember is what I wanted to title the blog - "Things Change" - and the overall sense of my thoughts was comparing things of when I was younger to what they are now. I was hoping that over the course of the weekend, my line of thinking would return or there would be that certain item or word that would trigger my memory. I must be losing my mind. It feels awful that I can't remember what I was thinking about. You will have to keep your eyes out for a future post in case I ever remember. I laugh to myself, because I was so happy that I was finally going to get out of my blogging rut and share something besides photos. Oh well, there's always tomorrow.Will I get out of bed next time and type it all out? Probably not. Its so warm and cozy in bed, and I do so cherish my sleep.
Saturday, February 23, 2008
Wednesday, February 20, 2008
For those of you that don't know what I do, I'm a research scientist at the Illinois Natural History Survey. My official title is the state survey coordinator of the Illinois Cooperative Agriculture Pest Survey Program. In simpler terms, I coordinate surveys for invasive and exotic insects, weeds, and plant pathogens. I work the Illinois Department of Agriculture and USDA-APHIS-PPQ to identify pests that are a threat to be introduced to the state of Illinois and could have a detrimental affect on our agriculture, forests, and urban areas (just to give a few examples). Then, once they are identified, I have to go look for them. We've been working on getting a website up and running and part of that also includes my other blog Pest Alerts and Updates from the Illinois Cooperative Agriculture Pest Survey Program. This blog is mostly used to pass relevant news, fact sheets, and resources on to the public. The website has a ways to go, but feel free to check out the blog to keep up to date with invasives in Illinois. My annual CAPS report is due soon, so I'm busy summarizing everything I've done in the past year for surveys as well as data entry. One bonus of this is that I won't have to redo too much when it come time to turn in my annual report for the Survey.
Anyway, back to my original venting...I'm currently one of the co-chairs of the annual meeting of the North Central branch of the Entomological Society (think people who study insects). Yesterday we had 2 symposia drop out and almost a third today. But instead, with the help of my former advisor, we will be taking over lining up speakers and talks. I won't bore you with all the details, but let's just say we're running out of time and the deadline was last week. So, I've been on the phone all morning begging for assistance. And it looks like this will be most of my afternoon as well.
The good news today....we get to pick up our wedding proofs and digital images this afternoon after work. We've been able to see the images online for awhile now, but I'm very excited to have them in my hands and start choosing photos for our album. I LOVE our photos. I can't wait to share some of them with you! We're also heading to church tonight for bible study. Sometime I'm going to share some of what we're covering, but that's another post. Which reminds me, I better get some reading done before I start making those phone calls again.
Monday, February 18, 2008
We also spent time this weekend running errands around town, paying bills, and overall getting caught up on some things with been drastically behind on. Barb has been in the hospital since Wednesday afternoon and its looking very good that she will be able to go home today. Hopefully the doctors have figured out what has been making her sick and unable to keep food down.
I'm putting cleaning the kitchen on my to-do list as well as getting some of our wedding stuff organized and boxed up. I'd love to be able to get our spare room in order, but that may just be a little too ambitious for today.
Saturday, February 16, 2008
Friday, February 15, 2008
Thursday, February 14, 2008
Wow...its that one day a year when love is filling the air. Chocolate candy, red roses, and mushy cards. I hate to disappoint my loyal blog followers, but Ron and I are not celebrating Valentines Day this year. What!?! you may ask, are you thinking? You're newlyweds! We are in fact celebrating a holiday today, but in our house, its Valentimes Day (corny, I know). What is different about this holiday you wonder? Well, no mushy cards for one - And its not that I don't like those mushy cards (Ron will tell you, I've kept all the cards he's every given me). In fact, the very first Valentines Day card he gave me had 2 turtles on it and has something to the effect of "breaking out of ones shell", I can't remember the specifics. What I do remember about that very first Valentines Day is that he got me a pair of brown gloves with a number "3" on them (from the gas station) as a joke.....well the joke is on him, I still have those too. Anyway, back on task. We've been so busy lately that neither of us have had time to pick up a card for the other. I did however order him a gift off of the internet (that still hasn't shown up yet). We're going out to dinner tonight or sometime this weekend to celebrate our first Valentine's Day together, so you hopeless romantics out there shouldn't be worried!
Sunday, February 10, 2008
When Ron got home on Saturday morning, we went out for breakfast and then to run errands. We ran into one of Ron's friends from SIU when we stopped at Barnes & Noble. It was great to catch up with Hannah and also meet her son. Unfortunately Barb has been feeling a little sick the past couple of days. We took her to the hospital later in the day, but good news, she's feeling better and its looks like a trip to the doctor may have done the trick.
Sunday morning was spent at church, and this afternoon we spent working on projects. Ron finished up a poster for the Illinois Soybean Association meeting and I worked on Madison's birthday present. Still a long way to go for me, but I good start I think. This reminds me that I'll have to post a picture of my latest project I finished later this week.
This week is starting as busy as last week ended but I'll have lots to share!
Wednesday, February 6, 2008
The almost 50 degree weather then melted most of that wonderful white stuff I love so much over the course of 2 days. Besides turning everything into a soggy mess, dense fog resulted from our little heat wave.
But, our wacky weather doesn't end there. Thunderstorms and heavy rain made their way into central Illinois yesterday and our already saturated ground, refuses to take anymore water. Flooding is common everywhere you look and sump pumps are running ragged around town.
Did I mention that later today the rain is supposed to change to snow again?
**This just in....it's snowing wildly outside my office this morning and it's already starting to accumulate. What's next?
Friday, February 1, 2008
This, in addition to today being the "go red for women day" that kicks off Heart Disease Awareness month, made me realize that there's a lot of causes that are designated to this second month of the year. I did a little google search and here are just a FEW that I found:
American History Month
Black History Month
Body Awareness Month
Canned Food Month
Electrical Safety Awareness Month
International Twit Award Month
Library Lovers Month
National Cancer Prevention Awareness Month
National Children's Dental Health Month
National Grape Fruit Month
National Parent Leadership Month
National Snack Food Month
Pet Dental Health Month
Responsible Pet Owners Month
Return Carts to Supermarket Month
Sinus Pain Awareness Month
Termite Awareness Month
What are you celebrating this February?