My ultra-boring life

Friday, November 24, 2006


OK, I'm going to join the throngs talking about the latest game system and talk about our new Wii. We're not the kind of gamers with cash to throw around on consoles or video cards or games, so we thought about it pretty long and hard before we decided to commit all of our Christmas money to this. I am pleased to report that we haven't been disappointed.

Getting the system was the first step, and it was actually pretty fun. Living in Idaho, the lines weren't all that long, especially at the sneaky little furniture store we lined up at on the 20th. Hurrah for lack of advertising and everyone forgetting that this store also sold electronics! So I waited just over an hour and was in and out of the store with extra controllers and a system before you could say Super Mario Brothers. Then I whisked off to Wal-Mart for a copy of Marvel Ultimate Alliance and I was done!

Setting up the system was a breeze. The main controller was already synchronized and synching the 2nd wasn't hard (though I DID have to glance at instructions for that part, darn it all). I was a little disappointed at the poor selection of online games and the fact that the forecast and news channels weren't yet functional, but considering that it's a game console I guess I can do without the weather for a bit. Sigh.

Wii Sports is actually pretty cool, considering it just seems to be a vehicle for showing off the new controllers. After a day of playing with it, both my husband's and my geeky arms were sore and I reaffirmed the fact that I suck at bowling. I was a little frustrated with the responsiveness in the boxing module -- I can't tell if I'm moving too quickly or too slowly for the controllers -- but everything else seemed to work like a charm. I really like the fact that it identifies players with the Mii characters and I love the fitness age test, if for no other reason than to make me feel less guilty for playing video games. :) Look, doc, I'm exercising! Sort of!

Marvel Ultimate Alliance is fun, but that's no surprise coming from a Gauntlet-loving button-masher such as myself. I love cooperative games where you just have to go through and bash things, and indeed I am not disappointed in this one. I like the different power ups and uniforms available to the characters and the contrived dialogue is so extreme that I just laugh out loud. Easy mode really is easy, which offers me hope to finish the game, and the gestures are much easier to use than the old Y-Y-B-up-down-Z-X-touch-your-nose crap we always used to get. As a coordinationally-challenged person those old games made me feel very discriminated against. ;b And I shall faithfully overlook things like the Human Torch being vulnerable to fire and being able to bash through iron portcullises while not being able to open simple doors.

So overall, we're pleased. I'm looking forward to the possibility of playing online games with family members and the acquisition of other cool games like Zelda and Mario Galaxy. Being long-time Nintendo fans in our family, we're glad that Nintendo seems to have done a good job with this console and hope to see them get back some market share!

Monday, October 30, 2006

Just a status update

Since I've been so silent lately, I thought I would give everyone a status update.
1. Looking for work in the Boise area. If you know about any support or administrative -type computer work in the Boise area, please let me know!
2. Still lazy around the house. Please don't let this affect item #1. :)
3. Setup a PHPbb for a friend of mine this weekend. Man, that is some NICE stuff! Very easy to setup and pretty feature-rich. Now I want to setup forums for everything. :)
4. Wondering if I am going to be sending out Christmas cards this year. With a letter and everything. Don't know what I'd say. See item #2. :)
5. Am planning 2 family reunions for the next 2 summers. Lots of work but lots of fun. Makes me wonder if I should go into planning these types of things professionally.

Anyway, love yas, don't forget to write, and I'll see everyone around eventually!

Sunday, October 01, 2006

Scooting along

My super cute nephew Ammon at the Mill City Museum in Minnesota

Monday, June 05, 2006

My Super Cool Aunt

OK, sometimes I just have to brag. I have some pretty darned cool relatives. Does it count as bragging when you know that you yourself ain't worth much, but you're just pleased as punch to have relatives as cool as this? I hope that link holds out for a while, because that's just so ding-dang cool. My aunt is the coolest school librarian EVAR!!! Though how much that honors her to shout that in grammatically incorrect net-speak, I don't know. ;)

Sunday, May 21, 2006

Today's Fox Trot comic

I'm a long time reader of the Fox Trot comic. I like it lots. But today was stinking annoying, giving us a secret message in Morse code! Well I was stubborn and found a morse code translator on the web and tranlated it! It says "Someday I will rule you all." Take that Bill Amend! :b

Monday, May 15, 2006


We have a large box elder tree in our new backyard. I have to admit I'm a bit of an arbor-phile so it was a good selling point when we bought the house in December. However, as spring has sprung we have discovered that the tree is nearly half dead. So we've watered it and fertilized it and de-bugged it at no small expense and have had a couple of arborists out to take a look at it. One said it wasn't worth saving and that we should take it out, the other says we can probably baby it along for another 10 years, which in my book is worth it. However, we definitely need to at least prune the dead from the tree. The going price for that job is $600, which is a lot since I am no longer bringing in an income. So this has brought up a subject of no small debate amoung our friends and family: do we hire an arborist to get it done, or do we do the job ourselves? The tree is only 9 feet from the house and hangs over both our fence and our roof, so there is property damage potential. It's about 30-35 feet high and full of dead branches, so there is personal injury potential. Then there's the fact that we are not arborists so we don't completely know what we're doing and the tree really needs the best care to last. But six hundred bucks? That's a lot of moolah! So I'm asking all youse guys out there: what should we do? Cheap and dangerous or expensive and safe?

Wednesday, May 03, 2006


I have decided that my family is big. I have over 60 first cousins. On just my Mom's side. That is with no divorces and no 2nd marriages so no step-cousins or half-cousins or anything else to make it confusing. If you want to get confusing, my Grandma on that side remarried after my Grandpa died, and I could add in a couple dozen step cousins but I don't know any of them so I ain't countin' 'em! On my Dad's side, it's a little more tame...I think I only have 16 cousins on that side (again, no divorces or things like that). So my first question to you is: can you top 76 first cousins without counting any step cousins? My second question is: how weird is it that there are no divorces out of 13 aunts and uncles and only 1 divorce out of 76 first cousins? WEIRD I tell you!

And people wonder why I can't keep all their dang names straight. grumble mumble......

Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Intellectual Inbreeding

While viewing my blog stats (who is this Google Robot guy? He must LOVE me! ;b) I saw my post re: inbreeding which reminded me of an old theory I've had that I just need to share.

Basically, I think that too much school leads to what I call intellectual inbreeding. That is, after many 'generations' of scholars being taught by scholars who only learn from scholars, the knowledge becomes 'mutated' and no longer is an accurate reflection of reality. Now, don't get me wrong, because I LOVE school and I can't recommend it enough. And there are certain realms of pure scientific research which can only be studied from a scholastic perspective, which can only be tainted in terms of perceived relevance and importance of the work. But certain realms, such as psychology, literature, political science, etc., become tainted and mutated with the inbreeding and other mutations caused by opinions taught (either by affecting which information is taught, how information is taught, or even affecting the information itself) by influential, respected, or a conglomorate of professors. For instance, I like good books. I have my opinions on which books I like best, and I know that there are certain rules that help make a book better. But when series of professors start changing the list of 'good' books according to new rules, or, more perniciously, according to some sort of political agenda, it mutates the perceptions of 'good' and 'bad' according to the beliefs of the professor rather than the actual rules. Some professors are really extreme about this, but most just have tiny tainting opinions slipping in that become magnified mutations over the years. Because, after all, when it comes to things like literature, how can you even really define a line where objective parameters for quality become subjective opinions? Thus most mutations are subtly and slowly pernicious as they draw the subject matter far from the unwashed proletariat masses, becoming less and less relevant. Now, no matter how uneducated or even stupid the proletariat may be, they are the body of the people and that from which basic understanding must spring. There must be SOME level of practicality or relevance in that which we study, or else it becomes nothing but pompous self-aggrandizement, wherein we train our worshippers to value us and our ideas rather than the relevant value of knowledge itself.
The only idea for anything approaching a practical solution is grants or scholarships for students returning to any of these areas of study after a number of years in the 'real world'. This wouldn't change the entire makeup, but hopefully it would add enough conflicting opinion and real information that we can limit the mutations.

And no, I'm not just saying this because I want money to go back to grad school. :b

Monday, April 17, 2006

Genealogy, I am doing it

And as proof, I submit this . If you have trouble reading it, it's probably because I just uploaded the files and haven't cleaned it up yet, or that the background image is too dark (in which case, highlight the text and you can read it better).
Genealogy is addictive and frustrating. I have about 60,000 names in my file, which I have received from various relatives and linked up, but only about 9,000 names in the file I have uploaded. Why, you ask? Well as near as I can figure, most of the names in my file are just...there. Sitting. Not connected to my actual ancestral line. Don't ask me why. I have spent the last few months trying to clean up my file, but the best I've gotten done is merging a few hundred duplicates and updating some ordinance information so far. So if you want to know where I found the information on so-and-so, I'll tell you what I tell everyone else that e-mails me: I don't know. I haven't gotten to the verification stage yet, and none of my relatives have been kind enough to include source data on what they have given me.
Otherwise, if you have information on any of the names I just uploaded, PLEASE post a comment on it! I would love to get some verification information on any of this! Thanks!

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

oh farfignewton.

Yes, that's a made-up swear word. Do you like it?

At any rate, more re: that last post. 1) The book is a type of fantasy with religious themes, set in a place not unlike 18th century England. 2) I actually know quite a lot about copyright law as well, and I know that as soon as I post my story online, preferably with a 'copyright Dyany Munson 2006', that it is mine by right. However, I also know that it is easy to steal ideas and skirt around copyright law, particularly online for someone as small-time and slow to write as I am, so I am hesitant to post online. It is said amongst writers that is generally a good idea to not even allow other writers to read your work before it is published, so I shall remain my careful self.

So, how many made-up swear words have YOU used lately?

Wheeee I'm so lazy!

OK so I quit at the library. I hate being bipolar. Yes, those are directly related. My meds just make me too sleepy to function well at a full-time job and part-time just wasn't feasible. Now I have to self-motivate better again, while being soooo sleepy all the time. BLEAH!

Otherwise, things are going pretty well. Pampered Chef is very fun and so is my barbershop quartet group. My writing is coming along slowly but surely and we are planning on putting some raised beds in the yard for our garden this year.

So, here's an idea. I am on chapter 5 of my book. Kind of stuck. Always looking for ideas on how to get from point A to point B. Would you like to read it? I won't post it online...that's dangerous, methinks...but I would be happy to send a chapter or 2 to see if you would like it. Post a comment and let me know!

Thursday, January 26, 2006

Mad Props for the Anxious Life

More and more changes are upon us! Last week on a whim I applied for a job at the local library. It's walking distance, I LOVE libraries, and I wouldn't mind a little extra spending money. Yesterday I interviewed with them and surprised myself by saying that the biggest asset I will bring to the library is my 'stunning good looks.' When I told my dad about that he was mortally embarrassed. :) At any rate, they called my references this morning and then offered me the job! I'm so excited and scared that I can hardly contain myself! I start tomorrow as an information clerk, so if you're in Kuna and want to really bother me, then come by and ask questions such as the air speed velocity of an unladen swallow. Because that's what I'm there for.

And speaking of the haps (okay okay I'll stop trying to speak all modern already), we sold our old house! We accepted an offer on it yesterday from a young couple that I assume is very nice and we close at the end of February. We were getting 3 showings a day there at the end, which just makes me happy. I'll miss many things about the old place, including my roses and my drip irrigation system and the fact that it's in a cul-de-sac, but I love our new place too.

Sunday, January 08, 2006

Fambly reunion

Note who looks happy in this photo.

This is my nephew Isaac flying a kite.

We played games till the wee hours of the morning....

My niece Allison is such a great tea hostess!

3 kites! Can you see them all?

Another game. Please note, we didn't pose. These are actual photos of how my family really acts.

We had a family reunion in Oklahoma for the holidays. It was a lot of fun, though my family is a little...ahem....WEIRD.

This is my nephew Ammon. I have decided that he is one of the cutest babies EVAR. He is being held by my sister Brittany.