My Fingerprinting Saga

So in order to work with children the state requires everyone be fingerprinted. Which, in my case, is easier said than done.


Not my fingerprint

I first went to get fingerprinted on October 18, 2007. Remember my post “Do All Old Sears Buildings Look Alike?” That was my first attempt at fingerprinting. My second attempt was on October 19th. The lady smashed my fingers into the ink pad and smashed them onto the paper, and what did I know? She sent them in and the big black blobs got rejected.

So I went back to the Sears building and someone else did them. And I waited a month. And I called the man who did them. And he said he didn’t remember me and they must have gotten lost. Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr.

So I went to the local police station near where I work. And got a third set of black blobs done, sent in, and three weeks later, rejected. By this time I’ve had it. I’m done. Forget it.

But I was out with my friend Josie and she was driving and after we had done what we were out for she told me she was taking me back to the police station. I went kicking and screaming. I told her NO! But we went anyway. And I told the man, this is my fourth attempt and I don’t think I have any fingerprints since they always turn out as black blobs. He looked at my hands closely and said “do you use your hands a lot?” Uh, yeah, all of the time ever since I was very young. He said I have worm my fingerprint pads down to almost nothing. OMG. I’m not that old! What are they going to be like when I’m 90? But he being a policeman knew exactly what to do (I hope). He used a special ink pad and took my prints very gently and they actually may go through this time. If not, I AM so done trying.

What a Waste of Time

So I’ve spent the last hour searching and racking my brain as to the whereabouts of my birth certificate. I have a place for such important papers and it wasn’t there. Which made me mean. As I’m flinging things in my office looking for it for an hour, it hit me that I needed it to get a new SS card before I started working at Kirtas. Which was right before my Dad passed. And I had put all of my papers into a book bag to take to the SS office, and given the events since said papers never got removed from said book bag, and there it was! Yay! So now I can go waste more time at a local PO next week and pay through the nose to get a passport so I can flit about England & Scotland and also Canada in the future. Woo Hoo!


I sure hope I’m not the only one who does stuff like this which drives me crazy.

I also spent four hours at my local service station yesterday to get a NYS inspection wherein they told me I needed new front brakes and what was supposed to be all of a half hour app’t turned into an extremely boring four hour wait. I read three magazines and by that time the waiting room cleared and I switched the TV to PBS and watched ‘This Old House,’ Norm’s show (can’t think of the name of it) and ‘Ciao Italia.’

And then today I spent an hour today at the Verizon Wireless booth at BJ’s because my cell phone contract finally expired – yay! – and was figuring out the whole ‘prepaid, pay as you go’ phone thing because I am sick of the high cell phone bills when I barely use the thing.

So my weekend felt like a complete waste of time doing stupid, boring things. Can we start it over, please?

Me a Loner? Uh huh!

I saw this on Jayne’s blog, and tried it out for my birthday, and was totally amazed at how close they got to me, especially with being a loner and despising authority!  Try it out for yourself!

Your Birthdate: November 7

You are an island. You don’t need anyone else to make you happy.

And though you see yourself as a loner, people are drawn to you.

Deep and sensitive, you tend to impress others with your insights.

You also tend to be psychic – so listen to that inner voice!Your strength: Your self sufficiency

Your weakness: You despise authority

Your power color: Maroon

Your power symbol: Hammer

Your power month: July

What Does Your Birth Date Mean?

Huge Christmas Decorations

While I was in one of our cool gardening stores yesterday, I saw these humongous Christmas decorations and just had to photograph them!


I like the way the decorations reflect off of each other!

These are cool, too!


Seven Random Facts Meme

I’ve been tagged by my friend Jennifer, Winterwoman at A Passion for Nature, who is happy that the weatherman is predicting 20 plus inches of snow to fall this weekend. I’m glad I ordered and received my new snowshoes this week! Anyway, the meme is to list seven random things. Let’s see what I can come up with this time.

The rules:

1. Link to the person who tagged you and post the rules on your blog.

2. Share 7 random or weird things about yourself.

3. Tag 7 people at the end of your post, and include links to their blogs.

4. Let each person know they have been tagged by leaving a comment on their blog.

Seven random facts:

1. I think I’m too nice to be a director of a daycare and deal with parents that don’t think they owe the weekly rate and other stupid things like that, i.e., I have a hard time being mean when I need to be. Example, I left a late due notice for a few parents the other day and one came screaming at me “What is this?” My response to her, said calmly even, “It’s your bill and it’s past due.” DUH.

Another view of the lights at work. My office window is hiding
behind the American flag. And it’s a window that I have open
all day long, even this time of year. Mmmmm, fresh air!

2. I would totally love working at Onondaga Historical Association for pay and totally know that I wouldn’t care what hours I worked there. Because I love history. And the people there are fun to work with.  Maybe I should look to work at a local historical society and/or museum, though.

3. I am expected to be at work this morning (Saturday) for no pay and I’m not going (see reason number 5 below). Update: I missed my favorite little guy being the bestest and cutest little guy ever. Wah! They took photos for me, though!

4. But I think I would work seven days a week at Onondaga Historical Association if I could.

5. I’ve had a bad cough and laryngitis since two weeks after I started working at the germ factory. I’m getting really tired of coughing my lungs out. And this is one reason why I’m not going to work today. It’s hard enough going to work five days a week with this as it is.

6. Because of #5 and my stupid work hours, I haven’t been able to enjoy nature like I really like to.

7. Even though I am complaining about my job today, I still love seeing the children, especially my favorite little guy.

Now I have to tag seven people. I apologize if you’ve already been tagged!

Jayne from Journey through Grace

Mary from Mary’s View

Lynne from Hasty Brook

Liza from The Egret’s Nest

Sandy at Gardenpath

Ruth at Body, Soul and Spirit

Linda at Erie’s Argonaut

Article I Wrote: Deerskin coat given to Harvey Baldwin by the Oneida Indians

You may want to check out this interesting article (ha! You like that? I think it’s interesting anyway!) I wrote for the Onondaga Historical Association last year and finally published it on their website: Deerskin coat given to Harvey Baldwin by the Oneida Indians as a gift for helping them survive the cold year of 1816. The coat is beautifully beaded, and the cold year has something to do with a volcano. Check it out!

Detail of beading on the bottom of the Deerskin coat

Please let me know what you think about it when you’re done reading it! I hope you enjoy it!

What Holiday Food Am I?

Since I have off of work for employee appreciation and I am trying to recover from an upper respiratory thing, I don’t have anything exciting to blog about right now, so here’s another quiz I found on Liza’s blog, the result of which I thought was really funny!

You Are a Gingerbread House

A little spicy and a little sweet, anyone would like to be lost in the woods with you.

What Holiday Food Are You?

The It’s Its There Their They’re Quiz

I saw this on Liza’s blog and just had to take this test!  Try it for yourself.

You Scored an A

You got 10/10 questions correct.
It’s pretty obvious that you don’t make basic grammatical errors.If anything, you’re annoyed when people make simple mistakes on their blogs.As far as people with bad grammar go, you know they’re only human.

And it’s humanity and its current condition that truly disturb you sometimes.

The It’s Its There Their They’re Quiz

What Kind of Yarn Am I?

I saw this on my friend Liza’s blog, and as I like to knit, I thought I would see what kind of yarn I am. I am LOL at the result! I do like to be comfy, but I don’t know about the rest of this!  After all, isn’t wool scratchy?  LOL!


What kind of yarn are you?


You are Merino Wool.You are very easygoing and sweet. People like to keep you close because you are so softhearted. You love to be comfortable and warm from your head to your toes.
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Eastman Theatre – No Photos Please!

Mom and I went to the RPO again this past Sunday, and as I promised in a previous post, I started taking photos of the gorgeous interior so I could share it with you. I started snapping and over walked this woman handing out pamphlets who told me I wasn’t allowed to take photos. HUH? I asked her why. She said because it is part of the Eastman School of Music. Well, that really wasn’t a good enough answer for me, but my Mother was sitting there, and she is always telling me that I am confrontational and I didn’t want to get a lecture about it later. I did anyway. She asked me why can’t I just say okay to people when they tell me not to do something and just drop it. I said because it was illogical. I can take photos at the Eastman House, but not the Eastman Theatre? I wasn’t taking photos of the people in the RPO, just the theatre. Then I said to her, I wonder what George Eastman would think of my not being allowed to photograph the interior of his theatre. And this is a free country and nobody can tell me where I can and cannot take photos unless it is going to compromise the safety of the country.

So because I don’t get it, I’m still posting one of the three photos, even though it is yucky because I was just warming up to what I needed to do to frame a good photo. This is one of the views from the Mezzanine.


Even so, the RPO’s Casual Sunday Matinee 2: Honor: An American Salute in honor of Veteran’s Day was awesome. Even when they did the Armed Forces Salute and asked the veterans to stand when their song was being played. When they got to the Navy, both Mom and I lost it right on the spot.

I never did get to blog about the first matinee on October 21. They did The Birth of Jazz, and that was awesome, too.

Have you ever been told not to take photos of something you’re really enjoying?

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