May 2006

Family25 May 2006 01:01 pm

It’s another one of those unscheduled trips to Oregon, we leave tomorrow. My Grandma passed away earlier this week so we’re going to be out there from Friday until next Wednesday.

A quick trip, I wish we could make it longer but my wife got a new job as an RN and she starts right after we get back. I need to tell you the story about that, don’t I.

Anyway, we leave tomorrow at 6 (six) a.m.! From Indianapolis, no less. And I’ve got a lot to do before then.

Family22 May 2006 11:08 am

A few weeks ago, my nephew Tyler Troyer‘s old high school baseball team named their new clubhouse in his honor. The local newspaper has an online photo gallery from the dedication ceremony.

Family20 May 2006 09:49 am

I recently wrote about my wife graduating from college (she put up more pictures from that weekend on her blog). Last Monday was one last hurdle on the road to licensure as an RN.

We got up very early, met one of her friends, and drove down to Indianapolis (pronounced Indiana-PO-liss) so they could take the NCLEX state nursing license test.

These tests are known for being extremely difficult. The number of questions varies from test to test, it could be anywhere from 75 to 265 or something like that.

After only an hour, Jewel came out of the testing center. She had only gotten 75 questions, and said she didn’t know a single one of them. Her friend came out saying the exact same thing!

The results aren’t available for several days, so it’s a test of patience and nerves.

If you fail the test, you can take it again after a waiting period (and another payout of the hefty fees), but that’s something you certainly hope to avoid.

Jewel’s Mom tried to reassure her that everyone who takes the test feels the exact same way! It’s just a very difficult test.

Wednesday morning we got online and looked to see if the results were in. Yep. . .

She passed!

My wife is one smart nurse.

Tech16 May 2006 04:41 pm

It’s no secret that Interent Explorer handles Cascading Style Sheet code in a less-than-ideal manner. The CSS gurus have been harping on Microsoft for years to please make IE play according to more standardized rules. I’m not up on IE 7, so maybe that’s an exception (doubtful), but MS has been less than acquiescing to the guru’s pleas.

Here’s an example of some ridiculous IE behavior. When rendering a list, IE stupidly renders the space in the code as space in the layout. Give me a break. You have to run the html code together (no line breaks) to get rid of it.

That’s not necessarily a CSS issue per se, but they’re usually of a similar vein. As I recall from previous research, IE just doesn’t get the CSS box model right. And that’s foundational. Why would they do that?

So please everybody let’s just use Firefox.

Personal12 May 2006 07:46 pm

It’s easy to trust God when everything is going ok. It’s a different story sometimes when you’ve just been sucker-punched in the gut and the bottom has fallen out from under you.

It’s one thing to intellectually understand that God can see the whole picture while we can only see a part of it. It can be quite another to grasp that emotionally. I’m finding it somewhat difficult to choose to trust God when it feels like He’s really just set us up for a fall and let us down.

Now don’t worry, I’m not falling off the bandwagon of faith. Sometimes it’s just really easy to wonder “why.”

That’s the measure of faith, I guess, does it survive the difficult times. And when it does emerge from the other side, it’s that much stronger.

Hoosierville06 May 2006 05:58 pm

. . .during these frigid Hoosierville winters.

I had told my wife that now since I’m old and married I figured I needed some slippers. We looked in Wal-Mart and I found some I liked but there were none in my size. I was sore displeased.

Then for Christmas she gave me a pair of the exact ones I wanted! Somehow she found a bigger size later.

Financial&Misc&The Den of Iniquity02 May 2006 10:06 pm

Oh my. Nothing shakes your confidence in an official organization like a few well-placed typos. Speaking of which, nearly every time someone writes about grammar or mispelling issues, they commit an error themselves. I wonder what I’ll do in this post.

There are a lot of signs posted in the Den of Iniquity like “Keep Isle’s Clear” and “All Employee’s Must Use Safety Knives.” I’d wager that more than half of such signs posted on the factory floor boast such an egregious error.

I was applying for an online savings account recently, and the Rates Policy mentioned a penalty for early “withdrawl.” That particular account must be the Redneck Special.