Wednesday, August 08, 2007

Frying Pan & Fire

Now that we’ve climbed out of the water bucket we’re staggering over to the sweltering oven where it looks like we’ll be baking, boiling, roasting and fricasseeing for some weeks to come. I just checked the Weather Channel’s ten-day forecast and it’s Triple Digit City for Okieland this week. Today portends to be a balmy 101 degrees followed by four days (count ‘em, FOUR) of blistering 103s. And that doesn’t even reflect the heat index will should easily put us above 110. Oh joy! I’m really grateful that I slather on moisture-proof makeup each day as otherwise it would all be sweated off by 6 pm.

Chaos College upgrades to Office 2007 this semester and training is scheduled today in the computer lab. I’m still debating whether I want to hit the morning or afternoon session. But the truly ecstatic news to wind up our workweek is that our illustrious honchos are having a two-day slumber party at the lake as they “brainstorm” and pretty much waste valuable time that could be used to prepare for the nail-biting onset of our biggest, most chaotic of all times, *drumroll please* fall semester! Oh well. Guess the peons will do what we always do, keep on keeping on. And we do a stellar job of that I might add. ;)

To my undisguised pleasure, a friendly missive from a Ms Melanie Flowers arrived in my mailbox this week. Here is a replica of her delightful missive:

Hello! I am tired today. I am nice girl that would like to chat with you. Email me at only, because I am writing not from my personal email. Would you mind me showing some nice pictures of me?

I was terribly sorry to learn of this lovely child’s fatigue and yet greatly moved knowing she was willing to surmount that daunting obstacle and expend her time and what little energy she still possessed in offering photos of herself to an unworthy recipient such as me. Does that not just warm the cockles of your heart? While I’m still debating the efficacy of her offer, I’m more than happy to share her generosity with my fellow bloggers and urge all of you to help her feel wanted by writing back in the affirmative to her charitable proposition.

Tuesday, August 07, 2007

Today is My Friday

I will miss you all while I am on vacation! *hugs*

I hope to come back with tons of great pictures to share! I will be frolicking around on a sandy white beach wearing my two piece thong with my little basketball belly smeared with 30 SPF sunscreen. I can't wait! My baby girl will be tan when she's born, fer shur! ;)

One of our fellow bloggers is a new daddy! Congrats Egan! Anna is a beautiful baby!

Monday, August 06, 2007

Adios Adjunct!

The most cantankerous, complaining, difficult, (bewhiskered) adjunct instructor in the world quit last week. Woot! I wrote about her pissy ways, demanding attitude, and insistence on immediate resolution to any snag she encountered back in March when she first came on board. Several factors refuted her self-proclaimed special status and I shall enumerate them now.
1. She was here on a grant. 2. She was not a mainstream instructor but rather came under the heading community service. And C. She was adjunct for godssakes! For those of you not familiar with the educational system, let me provide a helpful definition. (crucial words bolded by moi):

ad·junct /ˈædʒŋkt/ Pronunciation Key - [aj-uhngkt] –noun


something added to another thing but not essential to it.


a person associated with lesser status, rank, authority, etc., in some duty or service; assistant.


a person working at an institution, as a college or university, without having full or permanent status: My lawyer works two nights a week as an adjunct, teaching business law at the college.


Grammar. a modifying form, word, or phrase depending on some other form, word, or phrase, esp. an element of clause structure with adverbial function.



joined or associated, esp. in an auxiliary or subordinate relationship.


attached or belonging without full or permanent status: an adjunct surgeon on the hospital staff.

[Origin: 1580–90; <>adjunctus joined to (ptp. of adjungere), equiv. to ad- ad- + jung- (nasal var. of jug- yoke1) + -tus ptp. suffix]

As you can see, Mz. Pain-in-the Arse had no reason in the world to throw her pseudo weight around and assume long-term staff would instantly jump at her bossy commands. Nosireebob! Here’s the scoop. Apparently she was informed her grant was not renewed for this upcoming semester and though she could have continued on a part-time basis, she threw a colossal hissy fit, loudly demanding to be made full time. When told this was not possible, she immediately quit. Arriving in our area toting her school loaner laptop, she cryptically proclaimed she had “had it” and she wouldn’t “be fooled anymore,” (whatever that means), handed it back, ordered the erasure of its hard drive, blew kisses to GFR and flounced out the door. We got off easy. We later heard threw the college grapevine that she inflicted her displeasure on the finance office by refusing to turn over her keys, insisting her office first be inspected and when a higher up acquiesced, proclaimed they were not to enter her inner sanctum under after work hours. Who is running the show here??? At any rate, those of us whiling away the last few minutes of the workday in my reception area last Tuesday discussed the days events while a blizzard of confetti rained from the ceiling, party hats and noisemakers magically appeared, and celebratory bubbly flowed from stashed, clandestine bottles in joyful observance of the surprise departure of the Adjunct Bitch from Hell. (Remember gang, she possessed the fitting extension of 666. Really.) Lady, hope the door didn’t hit yer ass on the way out. Good riddance to bad rubbish!

Sunday, August 05, 2007

Straight From Arkansas

I realize this is their business and their decision....

but really. Isn't enough enough!?!?

LITTLE ROCK — An Arkansas couple had a baby daughter Thursday — their 17th child and seventh girl — and the pair say they're still not ready to give it a rest.

Jennifer Danielle was born at 10:01 a.m. at a hospital in Rogers, Arkansas, Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar said in an interview.

"We'd love to have more," Michelle said, referring to baby girls. "We love the ruffles and lace."

Jennifer joins the fast-growing Duggar brood, who live in a 7,000-square-foot home in Tontitown. All the children — whose names start with the letter J — are taught at home.

The oldest is 19 and the youngest, before Jennifer, is almost 2 years old.

"We are just so grateful to God for another gift from him," said Jim Bob Duggar, a former state representative. "We are just so thankful to him that everything went just very well."

Jennifer joins siblings: Joshua, 19; John David, 17; Janna, 17; Jill, 16; Jessa, 14; Jinger, 13; Joseph, 12; Josiah, 11; Joy-Anna, 9; Jedidiah, 8; Jeremiah, 8; Jason 7; James 6; Justin, 4; Jackson, 3; Johannah, almost 2.

Read it here.
They also have their own website and there is another special on next month about their family. I watched the special before they had the 16th baby... it was crazy!! I really thank God that he understands i'm not cut out for a couple of baseball teams!

Will the doctors ever tell her "ok... you're done"!?!?!?