Thursday, July 31, 2008

Copper Roofs

One of the most ironic things I face everyday when I go to work are these copper roofs. I grew up in a classic German family where the family motto is all about thrift and savings. My dad always used to say, "We can live off of what other people waste." I'm not saying that we dug through trash looking for food, but my family focused on living on as little as we could. We certainly weren't poverty stricken, but we were not materialistic by any means.

And now I work in a place where all of the roofs are covered with pure copper just for aesthetic reasons. Just because fancy places on the east cost are ivy covered, we try to be "fancy" by layering everything with copper. Even the parking garages have woven copper siding. I love the picture above because the copper was just installed on the building in the background, and the sun is flashing off of the newness. The building in the front has a copper roof as well, but it's weathered to a mellow greenish brown. We're fancy!

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

1930's Marital Test


As a 1930s wife, I am

Take the test!

ha ha ha! I knew it! Removing all doubts that I had, I took a certified test and was guaranteed that I am indeed a superior wife! Although I'll admit that the first time I took the test, scoring it by hand I received a 38, (ish, I could be wrong) a my final score was that I was a POOR WIFE! ahh! But when I took the test online, at this link, I scored a 60... I'm a SUPERIOR WIFE!

The Chef, by the way, is a VERY SUPERIOR husband, like there was any question there!

Here is the paper version where I scored a 38 (ish) I think the online version has different scoring methods. But anyway, it opened up an interesting discussion between The Chef and I. I think it was positive! But the main thing is that we love each other, and since we've been only married 26 months... we're still working on things.

Marital Rating Scale
Wife's Chart
George W. Crane, Ph. D., M.D.
(Copyright 1939)
In computing the score, check the various items under DEMERITS which fit the wife, and add the total. Each item counts one point unless specifically weighted as in the parentheses. Then check the items under MERITS which apply; now subtract the DEMERIT score from the MERIT score. The result is the wife's raw score. Interpret it according to this table:
Raw Scores Interpretation
0-24...............Very Poor
76 and up..........Very Superior

1. Slow in coming to bed -- delays till husband is almost asleep.
2. Doesn't like children. (5)
3. Fails to sew on buttons or darn socks regularly.
4. Wears soiled or ragged dresses and aprons around the house.
5. Wears red nail polish.
6. Often late for appointments. (5)
7. Seams in hose often crooked.
8. Goes to bed with curlers on her hair or much face cream.
9. Puts her cold feet on husband at night to warm them.
10. Is a backseat driver.
11. Flirts with other men at parties or restaurants. (5)
12. Is suspicious and jealous. (5)
13. Uses slang or profanity. (5)
14. Smokes, drinks, gambles, or uses dope. (5)
15. Talks about former boy friends or first husband.
16. Squeezes tooth paste at the top.
17. Reminds husband it is her money they are living on. (5)
18. Tells family affairs to casual acquaintances, too talkative.
19. A chronic borrower--doesn't keep stocked up.
20. Slows up card game with chatter and gossip.
21. Opens husband's personal mail.
22. Frequently exceeds her allowance or family budget. (5)
23. Eats onions, radishes, or garlic before a date or going to bed.
24. Tells risque or vulgar stories. (5)
25. Wears pajamas while cooking.
26. Talks during movie, play or concert.
27. Is more than 15 pounds overweight.
28. Often whining or complaining.
29. Discourteous to sales clerks and hired help.
30. Shoulder straps hang over arms or slip is uneven and shows.
31. Fails to wash top of milk bottle before opening it.
32. Corrects husband's speech or actions before others. (5)
33. Saves punishment of children for father at night. (5)
34. Serves dinner but fails to sit down till meal is half over--then wants husband to wait for her.
35. Wears pajamas instead of nightgown.
36. Fails to bathe or brush teeth often enough. (5)
37. Puts stockings to soak in wash basin.
38. Serves too much from tin cans or the delicatessen store.
39. Visits mother too often--a spoiled child.
40. Is snobbish or too much concerned in "keeping up with the Jones."
41. Dislikes husband's hobbies as fishing, baseball, etc.
42. Tells lies--not dependable. (5)
43. Doesn't want to get up to prepare breakfast.
44. Insists on driving the car when husband is along.
45. Smokes in bed or has cigarette stained fingers.
46. Cries, sulks or pouts too much.
47. Makes evening engagements without consulting her husband.
48. Talks too long on the phone.
49. Is a gossip.
50. Walks around house in stocking feet.

1. A good hostess--even to unexpected guests.
2. Has meals on time.
3. Can carry on an interesting conversation.
4. Can play a musical instrument, as piano, violin, etc.
5. Dresses for breakfast.
6. Neat housekeeper--tidy and clean.
7. Personally puts children to bed.
8. Never goes to bed angry, always makes up first. (5)
9. Asks husband's opinions regarding important decisions and purchases.
10. Good sense of humor--jolly and gay.
11. Religious--sends children to church or Sunday school and goes herself.
12. Lets husband sleep late on Sunday and holidays.
13. Encourages thrifty--economical. (5)
14. Laughs at husband's jokes and his clowning.
15. Ambitious for her family--urges higher attainment.
16. Belongs to parent-teacher club, or child study group.
17. A good cook--serves balanced meals. (5)
18. Tries to become acquainted with husband's business or trade.
19. Greets husband at night with a smile.
20. Has a pleasant disposition in the morning--not crabby.
21. Keeps snacks in refrigerator for late eating.
22. Likes educational and cultural things.
23. Reacts with pleasure and delight to marital congress. (10)
24. Faithful and true to husband. (10)
25. Has pleasant voice--not strident.
26. Has spunk--will defend her ideals and religion.
27. Praises husband in public.
28. Writes often and lovingly when away from husband.
29. Writes to husband's parents regularly.
30. Willing to assist husband at office or shop.
31. Sympathetic--likes children and unfortunates. (5)
32. Keeps hair neatly combed or shampooed and waved.
33. Often comments on husband's strength and masculinity.
34. Good seamstress--can make her own clothes or the children's clothes.
35. Gives husband shampoo or manicure.
36. Keeps husband's clothes clean and presses.
37. Bravely carries on during financial depression.
38. Healthy or courageous and uncomplaining.
39. Keeps self dainty, perfumed and feminine.
40. Is of same religion as her husband. (5)
41. Has minor children to care for. (5 points per child)
42. On friendly terms with neighbors.
43. Fair and just in settling the children's quarrels with others.
44. Likes to vacation with husband.
45. An active member of some women's organization.
46. Often tells husband she loves him. (5)
47. Polite and mannerly even when alone with husband.
48. Willing to get a job to help support the home.
49. Praises marriage before young women contemplating it.
50. Is unselfish and kind-hearted.

This test represents the composite opinions of 600 husbands who were asked to list chief merits and demerits of their wives. They talked frankly. I have summarized the most frequently voiced flaws and virtues and have weighted those items which, in my judgment as a psychologist and physician, are especially important in marriage. I commend this test to the attention of all intelligent women who aspire to make their marriages both permanent and happy. Young women contemplating matrimony might very profitably use this test as a practical guide.
Dr George W. Crane

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Shifu's wife

It is certainly always a surprise to consider that several short years ago I was simply a cowgirl from a ranch out west. My life revolved around cattle, my Quarter Horses, and the wide Owyhee high desert vistas. Little did I know that now, in 2008 I’d be living in the middle of a huge city and be happily married to a Kung Fu Shifu (Chinese term for master or teacher). As far away from my white bread imagination could take me back then, now I glow with pride whenever I see my husband’s Kung Fu school perform.

Like I’ve shared before in a previous post, every summer, Denver hosts the Dragon Boat festival, and since it’s started the kung fu school has performed. This year was extra special because The Chef's dad, the Ta Shifu of the school came for the first time from New York to see it. It was so great to see the kids perform, the lion dances were amazing, and I wish I had a better camera and flash to show you more of the extraordinary performance. They did great!

Here's hubby following the dragon, drumming so everyone can keep time.

Here's a lift, where the "tail" of the lion plants his feet and squats a bit, lifting the "head" up into a lift. One of the head's feet is braced on his upper leg, and as you can see the other is out in a kick. The blue "teaser" or "buddha" below is about 5'10 is, so you can see how high the apparatus is. Cool right?

Oh, and to clarify for all of you non-kung fu aficionados. The DRAGON is in the first pictures, performed by between 9-12 people. The LION is a two man dance. So you’ll see two lions on the apparatus, with four people total.

The Chef can’t wait until we have kids and he can teach them to lion dance. He wants his own lion dance team, which is at least six people! So unless he wants 6 children, we’ll have to recruit!

Monday, July 21, 2008

Kalia's Baby Quilt

Somewhere in my crazy summer days, I was able to finish another baby quilt for my dear friend Mikla and her baby Kalia. It's the same pattern that I've been using before, simple log cabin pattern.

I realize that I need an new sewing machine. My mom's Viking is wonderful, but she bought it in the late '70's and it's not up to quilting so much anymore.

I see that because the foot and tension is getting old, that I have some pulls and wrinkles in the quilt, but over all, I think it all turned out ok.

And judging from Kalia's expression, she seems to like the quilt just fine! What do you guys think?


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