Thursday, October 31, 2013


I just lost my mind.  
Listening to family Halloween on Pandora and low and behold Monster Mash comes on for the millionth time. 

I giggle to myself thinking someone is doing a great imitation of President Obama.  The song goes on and near the end the line is "Tell them Boris sent ya". 

I about peed my pants when I heard the chuckle and laugh of Goofy.  
He said the line, " Tell them Goofy sent you!"

Ah ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha....

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Mish Mash

Happy Halloween

Probably one of my favorite holidays of the year, and I haven't done a darn thing to celebrate.   Other than eat caramel cake a few times. (yum)

I've spent the last few weeks dealing with crazy online class content.  "Hello, tech support..."
AND health insurance weirdness,  "Hello BCBS".

Neither of these things were any fun.  I was very nice and pleasant every time I talked to someone from either place.  I managed to not bite anyone's head off and I also TOOK care of business.

The thoughts wiggling around the back of my brain really only consist of - I really hope the students realize that I have nothing to do with the problems we are having with the software.  I have no way to check and make sure the stupid stuff works from their end.  I have shared this particular thought with the associate professor at my school and the tech people at the company.

I keep telling myself - just be glad you are not afraid of the technology.  Imagine what someone with out your skills would be doing and feeling.......    This helps a bit.

The health insurance crap, well that could send anyone over the edge.  I understand that Doctors are not going to understand ALL the stupid ways that the insurance company can make life more difficult for all of us, but this was more annoying than usual. I believe it started with the FREE stuff that manufacturers of Medical stuff and drugs like the give to doctors.

The doctor gives you something saying, "Look, it's Free!"  And yet, the prescription you are given to get the items to use with it then cost an Arm and a Leg because it's not really a prescription - it's a medical device.  That has to be billed in a very different way and goes against the amount of your deductible for the year.

After several days of 12 or more phone calls, I managed to find a place that billed correctly and had the items. (yea)  The problem is - they did not take any money, they are going to bill the insurance and then send me a bill for the amount the insurance did not pay.  AND this is how people wind up in debtors prison --- I can't decide if prison would be preferable than the actual going bankrupt we have today........

Happy Halloween.   Eat some candy for me. 

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Green River Over Night.

This was my very first Over Night on any river.  We had to haul EVERYTHING with us and it was rough camping.  Thank goodness for Michael's tent and air roll, my ability to pack crap and the help of another camper, I survived - wet but well!!
Here is my Poor Boat with too much stuff in it.
 Here is the Tuna Barge that John drove, he already offered to carry some of my stuff, before we even got on the river.

Here we are loading the boats to take off down the river.

Here is a couple and his son who brought the MOST stuff with them. They brought most of the cooking gear and 2 tents, and 3 sleeping bags and everything else that you could imagine. They had it...

Some falls.  Really cool- they are very striking in the spring when all the water is running.

This is lunch time the first day right after we packed the Tuna Barge with all my stuff and my deflated boat. I fit right there near the front and even have stuff between my legs.  I am sooo happy John helped me.

This is Sunday Morning as we were packing up to get on the river. Breakfast was almost made and it started raining.  I had my tent down and was packing it as the rain started.  I got my rain gear on quickly and managed to get ready to go.

This is what The Tuna Barge looked like right before we left.  John was packing up all his stuff and mine on the boat. We had to readjust some stuff at lunch, but overall it was impressive. We had to fight the current a bit and the rain was an interesting part of the day.  We got back to the cars before noon, and after we sent people to pick up the trailer that had the boats on it, we left after 1 pm.  It is a bit of a drive between the put in and the take out.  I wanted to make sure I did my share of hauling stuff.  I wasn't the oldest person on the trip by far, but I guess I looked like I was having the hardest time.
Several people offered to let me borrow a boat the next time we go out.  I think that would be a great idea. I can try out a few different ones and next summer get some thing I can get a bit more use out of . :~)

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Fall Break

           A new experience has been added to my life.
This thing called Fall Break.  
Most of you who are from the land of Michigan or slightly more northerly climes surely think  this is weird.  "School just started, why would you need a whole week off in October."

           Well, that is where the whole premise breaks down.  School, did not just start here.  School started for most children right before or after August 1st.  I felt so very queasy when I was presented with this truth.
Then the Community College I work at started on August 17th or so. And that felt a bit early for me too.
Then Western Kentucky University then started a week later.  So, almost everyone here has been in classes for 8 or more weeks of school. 

          I've asked people over and over, "why in the world do you start so early?"  Their answer always has something to do with the likely number of snow days we shall have over the winter.  I've been told that it ranges anywhere from 10 to 25 days off from class.  If there is a big enough ice storm, power being knocked out becomes one of the biggest problems.

           The community College even has a system on the website ready to go for those days when you should not come in to work.  Come January, I'll be working Monday / Wednesdays.  How likely am I to get days off??  

         What have I done for Fall break, you ask?  It started with appointment for Cody to the doctor and myself later in the week.  I tried to figure out how to get my GOOD microphone hooked up to work with my computer for voice over/ audio book situation.  (Found that the fans in the big desktop are so loud that it vibrates everything and I'm better off using the microphone on my headphones to my phone, records a clearer sound.  Plus if you hide in the closet the clothes soak up all the bouncing sound.)

       I found that shower heads are REALLY cheap now and had to replace the one in the spare bathroom already.  It cracked and started spraying water everywhere. STUPID- I barely use that bathroom and really need the shower head on a hose for dog washing. :::Groan:::: 

      I'm also having a guest come stay Sunday night. I'm thrilled to be a stop over for a friend driving from Memphis to Chicago.  We have known each other a couple years now, but as we live so far apart anyway, we only see each other maybe once a year.  Facebook has been rather cool in keeping up with people you have known forever, or have just recently met.
Yes, I have started cleaning. I have plenty more to do.

      Okay.  I'll get to the other post I should have done a couple weeks ago...  Overnight trip on the river.  It was great...

Here are random photos from this year....
Brando at the pool.  So much fun!!!  Love Bowling Green Humane Society. Pony Baby.  There are at least 8 of them out there.  I really need to get better shots of them.

Tom with me on a Paddle.  Poor boats just not built for what I wind up doing. LOL