January 28, 2009

Snow Day!

Posted in Uncategorized at 11:45 am by bethmillett

Okay, it’s not really a full-blown snow day, since I am actually working at home, but we got about nine inches of snow overnight. I shoveled the driveway this morning, but the snow was still falling and I need to go take another crack at it (plus the snow plow came by and blocked the end of the driveway again). Here is the view out my back door.

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January 27, 2009

Progress in the Bathroom

Posted in Home Improvement, Uncategorized at 5:13 am by bethmillett

So, the work on the master bath is a little slower than expected, but I’m moving at lightning pace compared to the previous year and a half. I started tiling this past weekend and hope to be finished by Saturday. Here are some update photos:

The tub alcove before I got started.

The tub alcove before I got started.

The new framing and the tub installed, about March 2008

The new framing and the tub installed, about March 2008

The cement backerboard almost completely installed, about November 2008.

The cement backerboard almost completely installed, about November 2008.

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Most of the tile dry-fitted and ready for actual installation.

On Sunday night after the last photo, I did install the upper half of the two short walls, and last night after work I did the lower half of one wall, and the row of bullnose tile that follows the edge of the ledges. Hopefully tonight after work I can muster up the energy to finish the installation. Then I can grout on Saturday morning and use the shower on Sunday!

January 26, 2009

25 Random Facts About Beth

Posted in Uncategorized at 9:25 pm by bethmillett

For those of you not on Facebook, here’s the latest viral wave — 25 random things about me.

25. I am one-eighth African American.

24. I dance like no one is looking, even when they are. Perhaps especially when they are.

23. I own a table saw, reciprocating saw, circular saw and jigsaw. Oh, and a hand saw.

22. I have been a redhead longer than I have had my natural hair color (which I now no longer remember).

21. My favorite apple is a Fuji, cold and sliced into wedges, with peanut butter.

20. I’ve lost 35 pounds in the last 12 months.

19. I spent 10 days kayaking between the uninhabited islands of the Costa Rican Nicoya Peninsula.

18. I ran the Chicago Marathon in 1999 and 2000.

17. I am an advanced open water diver and have been down to 108 feet.

16. As a child, I wanted to be an orangutan.

15. I have an addiction to the satin binding on blankets. I have a hard time falling asleep if I can’t run it between my fingers or toes.

14. My favorite color is purple.

13. I was propositioned by Lenny Dystrka when the Mets were in Pittsburgh for a three-game series in 1987. I was 17. Imagine my life if I had said yes. Probably just the same, except with an STD.

12. I watch far too much television.

11. With the exception of my two most recent cats (who were gifts from friends and are named in their honor), I have named all my pets after geographic locations. (In college, I had six fish named after the then-newly formed Russian states.)

10. I almost always have sunglasses on top of my head.

9. I jack-hammered up part of my kitchen floor.

8. I have kissed the Blarney Stone. Twice.

7. I never sing in public. Seriously, I lip synch “Happy Birthday.”

6. My one goal in life yet achieved is to be a mother.

5. One of my favorite past-time is embarrassing Robyn. I have met her in the airport in a bright pink wig and a princess hat, and I love solving the movie “fun facts” by shouting the answers at the screen. Joe Pesci! She has the best laugh!

4. I have never broken a bone or been in a car accident.

3. I am a biological aunt to one child, but have many more children and animals who call me Aunt Beth.

2. In addition to my full-time job,  I time and score running events like triathlons, 5Ks and other events.

1. I love Facebook, but I hate these things, and all the pokes, drinks, flying shoes, scavenger hunts and other nonsense. I ignore all invitations for that stuff.

January 22, 2009

A Nice End to a Long Project

Posted in Borshoff, Uncategorized at 1:55 pm by bethmillett

For most of the summer and fall, I devoted much of my work week to implmenting the new logo we designed for Indianapolis Power & Light Company. This meant finding everything that the old logo was on and ensuring that it was properly updated with the new logo. There are still some things that the client is handling internally, and we’ve just gotten the go-ahead on the interior and exterior signage for their six locations, but for the most part, my work is done. I got to learn a lot about coal-burning power plants, visit their massive Petersburg facility and spent a lot of time checking the smallest details of the application of the new logo and graphics to their fleet.

They have more than 400 vehicles, from heavy duty trucks like digger derricks and material handlers that actually install, repair and maintain the power lines around the city, to your average sedan. My colleague Josh and I spent many an early morning or late night checking over the work done by the vendor and ensuring that it was all done properly.

Today, we had lunch with the vendor and a couple of our client contacts to celebrate the completion of the project. The vendor gave me my very own IPL truck, complete with all the decal work! It was a nice ending to many months of work!

The truck even came with its own safety cones!

The truck even came with its own safety cones!

January 17, 2009

Fun for all ages

Posted in Funny, Uncategorized at 10:42 am by bethmillett

Jen and Matt have a fantastic new house with fabulous wood floors throughout the main level. A game the kids and I love to play (well, they love to play; eventually old Aunt Beth gets hurt or tired) is to pull them around on the floor on their blankets. Jen loves the added benefit that this cleans the floors ever so slightly.

There’s usually lots of spinning and giggling until I collapse and beg for mercy.

Last time I visited, George and his friend Eli returned the favor. As for the tiara, well, I can only say that margaritas were involved.

George and Eli take me for a spin.

George and Eli take me for a spin.

January 12, 2009

Road to Nowhere?

Posted in Funny, Uncategorized at 8:16 am by bethmillett

I found this photo from Christmas when cleaning out my iPhone photo collection. My mom’s car has a navigation system and as Julie and I were driving home from downtown Wilmington, I noticed this screen:

Are we lost?

Are we lost?

Don’t worry, Julie took the picture while I was driving. But it was pretty funny to see absolutely nothing on the GPS screen.

(I know, the reason is that the GPS file hasn’t been updated since the bypass we were traveling on was built. Kinda like the street I live on doesn’t show up as a dead end in Mapquest, foiling all the drive-by stalkers.)

January 9, 2009

2008 in Review: ANSWERS

Posted in Uncategorized at 3:59 pm by bethmillett

Hope you enjoyed stretching your memory a little bit. Here are the answers to the quiz, with links on a few.

  1. Name the person who made medical history when they announced their pregnancy. Thomas Beatie, the pregnant “man.”
  2. Name the Yankee suspected of contributing to Madonna’s break-up. A-Rod
  3. Name three Republican party presidential nominee candidates.  John McCain, Mike Huckabee, Mitt Romney, Rudy Giuliani, Fred Thompson, Ron Paul, Duncan Hunter
  4. What was the “Milli Vanilli” controversy surrounding the Olympic opening ceremonies? And why? The Chinese government switched the actual singer who was not thought to be cute enough for a girl who then lip synched the song during the ceremonies.
  5. What pit-bull’s “puppy” just had her own “litter”? Sarah Palin
  6. Who was forced to resign due to a call-girl scandal? Elliott Spitzer
  7. Name the Aussie rumored to be in the running for a posthumous Oscar nomination. Heath Ledger
  8. Whose blue eyes closed for the last time this year? Paul Newman
  9. Who tried to make a profit from a Senate vacancy? Rod Blagojevich
  10. Who will be House-breaking a new puppy this year? The Obama family (though you could argue that the staff or Secret Service may end up doing the dirty work).
  11. This year it wasn’t about what you drink, but what you drink it from. What is the full name of the latest no-no chemical? Bisphenol-A
  12. Where did Shiba Inus Autumn, Ayumi, Amaya, Aki, Akoni and Ando become famous? Puppy-cam
  13. What South American hostage was finally released this summer? Ingrid Betancourt
  14. What blood-sucking book generated the latest teen movie craze? Twilight
  15. What TV star returned to her roots with an up-do and expensive suits? Tina Fey
  16. Buffalo re-named a street in memory of which native son? Tim Russert
  17. Many used to be fishermen before their waters were overfished by foreigners. What is their livelihood now? Somali pirates
  18. What country’s unemployment rate shot up to 85%? Zimbabwe
  19. What aviator’s mysterious disappearance was solved? Steve Fossett
  20. Name the athletic couple, each famous for their swings, who tied the knot this year. Greg Norman and Chris Evert

And, the tiebreaker:

Take the number of Brangelina children (6)

TIMES

Oprah’s recently published weight (“more than” this number) (200)

TIMES

The minimum age of the Chinese women’s gymnastics team (or so claimed) (16)

DIVIDED BY

The number of private jets flown to Washington, D.C. by auto executives for initial auto bailout talks (3)

DIVIDED BY

The number of Phelps Gold medals (8)

EQUALS what? (800)

January 4, 2009

2008 in Review

Posted in Uncategorized at 9:35 pm by bethmillett

This year, my parents hosted a New Year’s Eve party and asked my sister and me to create a quiz for the guests. We reviewed a lot of lists of the biggest and best things that happened in 2008 and built this quiz. Some questions are really hard and some are really easy. Mom says the highest score was 17 and that everyone had a ton of fun. So, I think our mission was accomplished!

Feel free to post your responses.  I’ll come back toward the end of the week with answers to anything that stumped you. And no Googling to find the answers!

  1. Name the person who made medical history when they announced their pregnancy.
  2. Name the Yankee suspected of contributing to Madonna’s break-up.
  3. Name three Republican party presidential nominee candidates.
  4. What was the “Milli Vanilli” controversy surrounding the Olympic opening ceremonies? And why?
  5. What pit-bull’s “puppy” just had her own “litter”?
  6. Who was forced to resign due to a call-girl scandal?
  7. Name the Aussie rumored to be in the running for a posthumous Oscar nomination.
  8. Whose blue eyes closed for the last time this year?
  9. Who tried to make a profit from a Senate vacancy?
  10. Who will be House-breaking a new puppy this year?
  11. This year it wasn’t about what you drink, but what you drink it from. What is the full name of the latest no-no chemical?
  12. Where did Shiba Inus Autumn, Ayumi, Amaya, Aki, Akoni and Ando become famous?
  13. What South American hostage was finally released this summer?
  14. What blood-sucking book generated the latest teen movie craze?
  15. What TV star returned to her roots with an up-do and expensive suits?
  16. Buffalo re-named a street in memory of which native son?
  17. Many used to be fishermen before their waters were overfished by foreigners. What is their livelihood now?
  18. What country’s unemployment rate shot up to 85%?
  19. What aviator’s mysterious disappearance was solved?
  20. Name the athletic couple, each famous for their swings, who tied the knot this year.

And, the tiebreaker:

Take the number of Brangelina children

TIMES

Oprah’s recently published weight (“more than” this number)

TIMES

The minimum age of the Chinese women’s gymnastics team (or so claimed)

DIVIDED BY

The number of private jets flown to Washington, D.C. by auto executives for initial auto bailout talks

DIVIDED BY

The number of Phelps Gold medals

EQUALS what?

The revelers, late in the night.

The revelers, late in the night.

Instead of his tux pants, Dad celebrated the new year in his Bermuda shorts.

Instead of his tux pants, Dad celebrated the new year in his Bermuda shorts.

Christmas photos and update

Posted in Uncategorized at 9:26 pm by bethmillett

I’m way behind in posts (I still owe a report on my company’s early November retreat!) but here are some photos and reports on Christmas in Wilmington, North Carolina. My niece Katelin is now 16 months and Christmas was lots more fun that last year, when she was just kinda sitting in her chair. I gave her the pop-up toy and car in the photos, and she loved them both. It was so fun to watch her explore and experience. I expect Christmas 2009 will be even more exciting as she gets the hang of things!

We had a great visit, with nice weather, great food and lots of fun and laughs. I tried Wii bowling for the first time, at our neighbors the Boyers, and had a lot of fun. I even got three strikes in the tenth frame of one of our games.

Katelin gets excited each time an animal pops up!

Katelin gets excited each time an animal pops up!

This car had all kinds of great music and buttons to push -- plus a hidden compartment under the seat. Katelin loved to hide her sippy cups in there.

This car had all kinds of great music and buttons to push -- plus a hidden compartment under the seat. Katelin loved to hide her sippy cups in there.

Just before I left for the airport.

Just before I left for the airport. Katelin is clearly devastated by my impending departure.

The rib roast was done so late, Katelin had already been put to bed. But here's everyone else!

The rib roast was done so late, Katelin had already been put to bed. But here's everyone else!

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