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The Mini-Time Machine of Miniatures

My sister had the day off from work today and I am off from school, so I surprised her with a trip to The Mini-Time Machine of Miniatures Museum which opened up here in town on October 3, 2009. As I am sure you can gather the museum contains hundreds of miniature dollhouses, furniture, and figurines. It was incredible and the only one in the United States to exist. I hope to someday have enough time to build something so amazing! Unfortunately indoor photography was not allowed, so if you want to see it, you'll have to come visit!

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Our First Gingerbread House

Tree came over yesterday to help finish decorating my house and to make our very first gingerbread house. I must admit that I got the easy end of the deal. Tree stayed up late and got up early to make gingerbread and frosting from scratch and I simply played assistant as she displayed her creative genius. It was a fun process and we enjoyed making it, although next time we will probably scale down the size of the house and allow it to set-up for far longer.


I had my last final today and although the semester was rough, it was much better than last. I feel confident in three of my four classes, the last one being Ochem, is a lost cause. I worked my tail off and studied very hard, but I am not optimistic.

My heart goes out to my good friend and study-buddy Becky, who needs ONLY 2nd semester Ochem to graduate. I am keeping my fingers crossed and sending out good thoughts for her!

The Lord Giveth and the Lord Taketh Away

A couple weeks back I was listening to a science fiction podcast. The guest and his hosts were discussing the new J.J. Abrams version of Star Trek and the subsequent release on Blu Ray. They were raving about how fantastic it looked and all the special features that were included with this version.

That same day I told hubby that I thought it was time to invest in a Blu Ray player and that if we happened to buy Star Trek, that would be cool.

Approximately a week later, hubby surprised me with both the Blu Ray player and Star Trek movie. I was so happy that I put my homework to the side and spent a nice, quiet evening snuggled next to hubby on the couch watching the new movie.

The very next day my iPod either got stolen or dropped out of my backpack at school.

This just goes to show that for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction!

I checked the lost and found, put my name on every list, even filed a police report with UAPD, but so far, nothing. I had initially held out ho…

Oktoberfest 2009

I just realized that I forgot to post these pictures from Oktoberfest at Mount Lemmon. T & T and Hubby and myself had a great time, ate some German food and drank some German beer.

iTunes 9.0.2 Stinks!!

This is a post for my computer buddies out there to let you know that I despise the new iTunes update and it has pretty much crippled my computer whilst still allowing it to be functional.

My problems include:
Deletes sound drivers every time I launch iTunes
Deletes wireless card drivers every time I launch iTunes and
my DVDR/CDR drive has ceased functioning

After only a few moments of research on the internet, the consensus is that this update is a dog and what makes the situation worse is that Apple hasn't formally commented on how horrible the situation is.

I have found a link for the the older version (8.2.1) and hopefully will be able to get some functionality back when I uninstall/reinstall this weekend.

Have any of you guys experienced any troubles?

Puppy Costumes 2009

Anyone who knows me knows that I am so cheap that I squeak. Prior to Halloween I refused to spend $10 per costume for the dogs, however, when they were 90% off, I reconsidered. I picked up these costumes, Lily is a rooster and Trudy is a ladybug, at Target for 99 cents each. An excellent deal and uncontrollable belly laughs...can't get much better!

When "Mom" gets Sick the Animals Lose It

Yesterday I came home from school feeling a tad under the weather. Nothing severe...runny nose, congestion, and achy. I took some Nyquil and went to sleep early in the spare room so as to not get Hubby sick. This morning he told me that Lily discovered kitty poop for the first time, Trudy drank the soda out of my cup that I had left on the coffee table and he found Piper sitting in my lunch bag which was on the counter in the kitchen. What happened to my animals? I am out of commission for one night and they decide its going to be pure, unadulterated anarchy?!

Censorship at the UA

I am taking an anthropology course this semester which I was extremely excited to take. I had thought that we would focus on other cultures and socities from around the world.

I was half right. We have focused almost exclusively on the United States and Latin America. From my perspective this is for two reasons. #1, my professor does her research in Latin America, and therefore believes it is the most interesting place on Earth. #2, my professor is a crazy left-wing radical liberal who has an agenda and plans to implement it.

(Unlike my professor) I have proof to back up my argument. This class requires that we read an assigned book and write a 4 page critical review about said book. In my first critical review I discussed the correlations between the book and current day congresspeople. It is safe to say that my position was rather unkind. I got a 70%. My second critical review blew the book's assertions right out of the water with solid facts about the welfare system. M…

The End is Coming...

Since I am technically a senior now, I get the opportunity to register for classes before everyone else at the UA. This past Sunday, I registered for spring semester 2010 and what a pleasant surprise! I consulted the ridiculous amounts of paperwork regarding how many classes I have left and it appears I only have a total of 3 semesters left. After Spring 2010 I only need 3 more anthropology classes, 1 more biology class, and 2 sign language classes. That's it! Sometimes I actually feel like it might be over soon...

Next Semester's Schedule:

Cultural Astronomy - Cultural astronomy is an interdisciplinary field bridging anthropology, astronomy, and history. In this course we will focus on the astronomy of various people within their cultural context. We will explore some of the many ways that astronomy arises within cultures in comparison to our own culture. We will consider definitions of science and astronomy, and issues of efficacy, accuracy, and functionality. This course…

Have Things Really Gotten This Nuts?

About two weeks ago, during a class discussion in my Cultural Anthropology class, we were told that for the purposes of that class we were no longer allowed to use the term "illegal immigrant" and must use "person without papers". I have been stewing on this for weeks, trying to comprehend where my professor was coming from and why such a requirement has been issued. I have failed to see the logic...

The definition of illegal is:
prohibited by law or by official or accepted rules
The definition of immigrant is:
a person who comes to a country where they were not born in order to settle there

The term illegal immigrant is not only valid, it is also factual. It appears my professor has not only lost her objectivity, she also ceases to have a firm grasp of the English language.

Have our schools gone so nuts that we cannot even use the accurate terms to identify individuals? Has political correctness finally gone too far? Should professors be expected to remain neutral…

Kitten/Insurance Update

The four kittens that were residing at T & T's house have been placed with a foster family associated with the Hermitage No Kill Cat Shelter. It was very sad to see them go, but was for the best since they needed so much attention and round the clock feeding. The foster family was extremely excited to get them as it has been a long time since a whole litter has been rescued. I am relieved that the kittens are safe and healthy, now we just have to deal with getting mama kitty spayed so we don't have this issue again.

Also, I heard from the insurance company and they have sent a formal letter to the reporting agency that Hubby was not at fault for the accident and that they should update their system to show this. It looks like it was a clerical error and not a law suit. What a relief! I should get more information on this in the coming week.

Little, Tiny, Baby Kittens

I had the opportunity to go over and meet the kittens at T & T's house this evening. Here are some photos to entice some of you to consider adopting one of these adorable babies...they really need good, loving homes! We are willing to drive them to you, no where is too far....

Black = Queen Latifah
Black w/white markings = Touchdown

Princess Leia

Princess Leia

Princess Leia

Little Jerry Seinfeld

Princess Leia

Princess Leia

Little Jerry Seinfeld

It would appear that the gray and white kittens are my favorite based on the amount of photos I have of them, but they were simply easier to work with. Queen Latifah had a bit of attitude and Touchdown is very squirmy.

Random Updates

Most of the time there is absolutely nothing going on in my life, or at least not enough to warrant a post. Enough smaller things have happened now that perhaps a small update is possible:

1. Shadow (Teresa and Tim's dog) has Pancreatitus. Teresa and I took her to the vet on Wednesday, apparently she ate something that didn't agree with her. It is our guess that someone threw something over the fence since their backyard is barren of dangerous items. She is on anti-nausea medication, antibiotics, and a special diet.

2. Teresa and Tim have four baby kittens at their house. Apparently a feral mama cat gave birth approximately 5 weeks ago at Tim's work. No one at the job site wants the cats around and were threatening to euthanize them, also the Humane Society won't take them at this time (but they are on the waiting list), in the meantime they reside at T & T's until someone can take them. If you know anyone who wants a cute baby kitten, let me know...

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You Can't Turn Your Back on People in Need

If I have learned just one thing from my husband in the 4+ years we have been married, it is that you can't turn your back on people in need. It may be inconvenient at times, but helping someone when they need it most is what makes you a better human being.

Today I was driving home from school and noticed a homeless man, lying on the ground at a bus stop. There were two people with him but they seemed at a loss as to what to do, so I turned around and offered my assistance. Of the two men who were helping one was, himself, homeless (also a friend of the injured man), the other a concerned employee from across the street. 911 had been called twice, but there was no ambulance in sight. I immediately went to the truck, got as many napkins as I could find and my water bottle and gave them to the friend who wet them down and applied them to the injured man's forehead, arms and neck. We had no idea what was wrong with him, he was in and out of consciousness, when he was asked …

V.E.T.O Campaign

As I mentioned in my previous post, Wayne Allyn Root was the originator of the V.E.T.O campaign which I supported at the Gabby Giffords town hall meeting.

I send Mr. Root an email, letting him know about some of the comments and support I received at the meeting (along with a picture of the sign) and amazingly he responded.

His quick email said:

Thanks Kristi. I appreciate your kind words. Nice to know my idea is spreading.

I choose to believe that since his message was so short and not from the original email address I sent it to that maaaayyybbeee it was actually from him. None the less, someone responded to my email which is more than I can say for the John McCain presidential team last year.

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As I have mentioned a number of times here on my blog, I have been listening to radio talk show host Jerry Doyle whose views are typically independent of political affiliation. To be more specific, it matters not if you are a Democrat or Republican, if you are in public office and do something stupid or illegal he is going to call you out on it. I appreciate and support this point of view.

As a bi-product of listening to his show I am much more up to speed on what is happening in our country and specifically what our government is up to. I have to admit that much of it is startling. This new found knowledge has driven me to want to speak out. So, with supportive Hubby in tow we went to Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords' town hall meeting this past Tuesday evening. Sadly, we were unable to get in to actually see or speak to her, however, we were able to stand outside with our signs and talk to other supporters as well as opponents. Save for a few crazies who yelled at us, ever…

To Blog or Not to Blog, That is the Question?

I am certain there comes a day in every blogger's life where they contemplate whether blogging is something they really want to continue to do. I have had such thoughts running through my mind of late. Coincidentally, last semester I had an anthropology professor make a comment that continues to resonate with me. He said that blogging is "extraordinarily arrogant and self serving because frankly no one really cares what you are doing or thinking." That made me think, is it narcissistic? Is it arrogant? Does anyone really care what I have to say?

I originally started this blog and the website that preceded it because I thought it was important to my grandmother. Maybe I am wrong, but I hope that she enjoys catching up with me and seeing pictures of my various adventures. I suppose the day she tells me this blog sucks is the day that I stop blogging. : )

As I thought more about it, however, I realized that whether or not people are reading my ramblings and whether or…

School Starts on Monday

School starts on Monday and boy did the summer go by fast. I think summer school really made the summer feel shorter since it fell right in the middle. Unlike other summer breaks, however, I felt I really savored every moment. I kept a to-do list over the break and made sure that I didn't waste it away watching TV or playing video games (although I did plenty of that too). Overall, I am sad to see the summer end and am terrified of the coming school year. Is it over yet?

This semesters classes:

Ecology 302
Organic Chemistry Lecture 241 (again)
The Nature of Language (Anthropology 276)
Cultural Anthropology 200

Dinner at Pinnacle Peak

My sister and Tim surprised us on Monday night and invited us out to dinner at Pinnacle Peak and ice cream at Dairy Queen. The pictures below were unplanned as I had accidentally left the camera in my purse from our Kingman trip. I am so happy that I did, because it was so much fun running around Trail Dust Town doing silly things just to make the other three laugh! As you can see my sister and I are the goofiest, the boys mostly stood by and cracked jokes, avoiding the camera.