The View From My Window

The world as seen from my window and through my eyes

Making sure our reader is adequately noticed August 29, 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — auntlelo @ 5:03 pm

I received a comment from an anonymous reader again today who had something to say and opined that I would probably just delete the comment. I suspect the reference meant to draw notice to the fact that I did indeed delete a previous comment that basically said they didn’t think I did anything at my job except read email and write in blogs. My apologies for not allowing you the opportunity to flame me on my blog. I didn’t realize you were that sensitive.

So as not to cause you continued offense, I didn’t want to take the risk that someone might have to actually open the comments link and see what you had to say about the post of this morning. By all means, your comment is certainly deserving of being read. After all, you’re obviously not seeing the intended humor in my random musings posts. I suspect if one were to take those seriously they may sound a bit strange.

And please note, anonymous reader, that I don’t mind at all when people disagree with me or don’t think I’m right. I only mind when they do it anonymously. I’ve never deleted a comment from anyone whose name was given. You might want to bear that in mind while you’re anonymously lurking, reading, judging and commenting.

For your reading pleasure, here is the oh so important comment. And I hope you have a lovely weekend. I certainly will.

reader |

uh, you should actually read up on how they name storms before you post about how stupid the names are. they are actually agreed upon by the international community which would explain why “gustav” was chosen.

i’m sure you’ll just delete this comment anyway because it appears you don’t ever like to be wrong.

From Random musings about hurricanes, 2008/08/29 at 1:46 PM


Random musings about hurricanes

Filed under: Uncategorized — auntlelo @ 6:56 am

I’m sitting here watching the morning news and weather and, of course, had some random thoughts hit with regard to hurricanes.

  • Who names these stupid things anyway? Gustav? GUSTAV? Come on!
  • There is so much hype about these tropical storms before they hit land that I swear the hurricanes go ahead and hit out of sheer guilt so they don’t make the weathermen look bad.
  • Based on the speculation that Gustav MIGHT become a hurricane and MIGHT hit land and MIGHT hit land in Louisianna in areas where we have oil refineries, gas prices immediately increased 10-20 cents. How come the gas prices never fall that quickly?
  • I think weatherman really enjoy the excitement of hurricane season. They get almost giddy when they’re reporting about things like “high winds and mass destruction.”
  • There have been so many massive natural disasters in the past few years that I worry we’ve gotten almost desensitized to the normal stuff. So much so that people aren’t as quick to offer aid and assistance. Makes me feel bad.
  • Is the rain we had last night related to the hurricane? Appears not. That particular rain was imported compliments of our friends to the north in Canada.
  • I think the next hurricane should be called Hercules. At least that sounds like something that should be applied to a really heavy hitting storm. Calling a storm Fay or Gustav just sounds wimpy.

Today I’m cleaning off my desk August 26, 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — auntlelo @ 7:09 am

I’ll admit it. I’m a messy desk person. I go to meetings and come back with handouts, notes and such and they fall on my desk until I need them. Today I’m going to take some time beginning right after this post and restore order to my work area.

I’ve also been thinking about making some changes in my office. It’s looked exactly the same since I moved in it. Because of the size of the desk I can’t really move it around much, although I really like what others in the department have done by moving theirs around a bit. I feel like I need some spots of color here and there. I’d love to sneak in on a weekend and paint my office some really exciting color, but, I think that’s sort of against the rules here.

So, I have some ideas about how I might improve my office space and breathe new life into it. Anyone want to share some of their best office redecorating ideas?


I love Saturdays! August 23, 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — auntlelo @ 9:10 am

It’s nice to be able to sleep in for a bit. Seven o’clock is pretty late for me, but, it sure felt good. For some reason I had trouble getting out of bed every morning this past week. Maybe I’ll feel a little more energetic today!

I need to bake a chocolate sheet cake and get things mixed up to make ice cream later on tonight. We’re going to celebrate my son-in-law’s birthday (it was actually last week) and he’s requested fried chicken, mashed “taters” and corn on the cob. I’ll sneak a green vegetable in there somehow…

It was a good week, but, a really busy one. We had two new writers start working for us and they seemed to settle in to the fun and mayhem of our department very quickly. We’re busy with lots of projects and the coming two months will have everyone nose to the grindstone. It’ll be a good way for them to quickly become immersed in the office routine and get to know everyone on the team right away.

On the schedule today: cleaning, shopping and frying lots of chicken. 🙂


Random thoughts about the start of classes August 22, 2008

Filed under: Random Musings,Uncategorized — auntlelo @ 7:29 am

This past week marked the beginning of classes for my teenage son, my granddaughter who started kindergarten, and my daughter who began her career as a teacher. It was a strange experience for me as I had such different feelings about each one of those events.

  • You really start to feel old when you have both a child and a grandchild starting school in the same week. All I know is that I heaved a big sigh of relief that my child was a sophomore and not starting kindergarten!
  • The teenage boy returning to high school doesn’t have the same level of excitement attached as the little girls going to grade school. There was no agonizing over what to wear (Allen usually wears cargo shorts and an American Eagle tee shirt).
  • When your child starts the first day of school as the teacher, you get a whole different set of jitters. “Will the kids like her? Will she have any problem children? Am I going to be mad when a parent yells at her?” I guess she’s ready. She’s a pretty good teacher if I do say so myself!
  • Do you remember the days when choosing a backpack or tennis shoes or a lunchbox for school was exciting? I remember having a pink Barbie lunchbox one year and it was cool. My husband still has his very first lunchbox from first grade. Bozo the Clown. You know you’re getting old when you see your lunchbox on eBay selling for a nice price as a collectible!
  • Our granddaughter told us last night that she cried at school because she missed her Mom. Wonder if she’d be surprised to know how good it probably made her Mom feel that she was missed? Especially since she ran to get on the school bus and never looked back!
  • Since we’re talking about classes starting, I can’t neglect the effect this will have on my work day. I love the excitement of things getting busy on campus again, but, I’m not looking forward to traffic and parking congestion and having to stand in long lines at Chipotle again.

What do you have to report about the first day of school?


Random musings about choir August 21, 2008

Filed under: Random Musings,Uncategorized — auntlelo @ 7:19 am

Last night’s choir practice was interesting. Made me thing about the generational differences in the choir and where I fit.

  • You know you’ve reached another generation when someone refers to a song from the 70’s as an “old hymn.”
  • You know you have some really elderly people in the choir when they have to leave early because they’re afraid it’s going to get foggy outside.
  • You can still think of yourself as a “younger” member of the choir when someone else refers to an old favorite that was a standard song from a hymnal you can’t remember using during your lifetime.
  • You know choir practice is going to be interesting when you sit on the piano bench and it’s wet. Why when a church roof leaks does it ALWAYS have to be right over the piano?
  • You have to remember when you’re in church and someone suggests lighting candles during a song that you shouldn’t suggest using a BIC lighter because it’s easier (you know, like you do when you go to see the Rocky Horror Picture Show). Somehow I don’t think that would go over well…
  • You know a woman has been a smoker most of her life when she decides to join the choir and chooses to sit in the bass section. 🙂

Everyone is running! August 19, 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — auntlelo @ 7:06 am

As the students slowly return to campus, I notice many things changing. Certainly the phones are ringing more often as students try to find information online. Then, of course, there are little things like Marching Mizzou practicing. This morning I noticed that everyone around me seemed to be running.

It’s usually pretty quiet in the mornings when I arrive at the office. There aren’t normally too many people around yet at 6:30 or 6:45 a.m. However, it seemed this morning there were joggers everywhere. Alone, in pairs, in a small group—lots of them! This must be the time of day for the truly dedicated athlete to go out and do their thing. I counted at least 8 different people just from Providence Rd. until I pulled into my parking lot just a block or so away. Amazing!

What was more amazing was the choice of attire. I must say, some of these folks are pretty brave to wear the things they do out in public. Ah well, when you’re physically fit I guess you want the whole world to notice it, right? 🙂


Drums beating into my brain… August 18, 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — auntlelo @ 2:07 pm

Don’t get me wrong, I’m a band geek from WAY back. I love a good marching band and think that Marching Mizzou is the coolest. But…


Yes, I was screaming when I typed that line. It’s the only way to be heard. You see, the drum line is practicing on the south and east sides of my building (not altogether, mind you, but in small groups all playing something different at the same time)and they’re mowing the grass just outside the window on the north side. Somebody, please, just shoot me!

When I finally caved in and called the band office begging for mercy, I was given short shrift by the student answering the phone who was obviously offending by my innocent little question “How much longer will the drummers be drumming today?” He informed me they would be out in force until at least 4 p.m. Then, of course, there’s the rest of the week to look forward to.

If anyone wants me, I’ll be at the funny farm with the rest of the asylum inmates. The drums are finally pushing me over the edge!


Out of the mouths of children August 16, 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — auntlelo @ 8:07 am

Last night my granddaughter Aidan and I were playing with Barbie dolls. We’d just given her new Barbie bedroom furniture and clothes for her 5th birthday. As she was playing with the new accessories, she was explaining to me that she had a lot of “hookers” at her house.

“Excuse me?”, I said. “You have WHAT at your house?”

“Hookers, Grammy. They’re in my closet!”

She held up a tiny, Barbie doll sized hanger and said, “See? Hookers!”

“Oh! You mean hangers!”

Well, that was a relief. I was getting a little concerned about what might have been going on at her house up north! 🙂


Oh my gosh, she really DID do it! August 15, 2008

Filed under: The Adventures of "Fat Chick" — auntlelo @ 10:40 am

Henrietta: “Oh dear, oh dear!”

Fat Chick: “Get a grip, Henrietta, it’s just a hat.”

Henrietta: “Oh, but, it’s a dreadful hat. It looks…DEAD!”

Fat Chick: “You didn’t expect her to wear a live chicken on her head, did you?”

Henrietta: “I don’t think she should be wearing ANY chickens on her head. It’s just disrespectful, that’s what it is. What in the world would her Mama say?”

Fat Chick: “From what I understand, her Mama thought it was a hoot. In fact, her Mama’s the one who passed along the genetics that made her prone to wearing a chicken on her head. You won’t get any sympathy there, Hen.”

“Henrietta: “Well, I’m drawing the line here. It’s, it’s…TOUCHING ME!”

Fat Chick: “And you’re going to do what? File a poultry harassment suit?”

Photo courtesy of Tina Hay

Photo courtesy of Tina Hay