Monday, January 28, 2013

Destressing..... from "PMS"

Hi All,
Was just wondering how all of you destress from "PMS", Putting up with Men's S**T"?
I am always surrounded by men. I have a husband and 3 sons. No girls at home. I am a Welding Instructor and very rarely have female students.
Last week I was so stressed out by the men in my class, both of my eyes were twitching! When my left one twitches means Im a little stressed. When my right one twitches means Im almost at my boiling point. When both start to twitch! Watch out- the B*tch is coming!!!
So, I used to eat chocolate and drink a can of coke, that worked. Almost too well if you could see how wide my ass is now! LOL
So, seriously had to find something else. Recently I have been sitting alone in our hot tub for 20-30 minutes.  A hot tub that was bought for my son, (a senior in high school) and his football buddies. Now don't go thinking "Miss Rich Pants here". We got the hot tub for 100.00 added some money to it to get it to work properly. But, now that football is over, that hot tub has become my salvation!
So, what do you do to destress from "PMS"?
 Until next time!
Happy Welding,
Von Miller

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Finals Week & Happy Holidays!

Hi All!
Well this is finals week in the Welding Lab. Almost the final to the end of the year. Looking back on my January blog on my to do list, some got done, most did not. Things really didn't change much, dishes and laundry getting done stayed the same! LOL.
As for my classes, I hope most students can say they learned alot and will come back to take some more classes so that we can have more welders in the world.
I have promised a couple of readers on our Womens Welding facebook page I would tell about being pregnant and being a welder. I promise I will get to it, along with other tips and trials of being a female welder.
But for now, just want to say Happy Holidays, to all my followers!!
May you have a happy and blessed New Year!!
Happy Welding!
Von Miller

Thursday, March 29, 2012

My Aha Moment.....

Well, I wanted to tell you about "My Aha Moment" I had the other day. In welding lab for the past several years, I have explained to students about how to tell if their travel speed in SMAW is too fast or too slow.
Too slow and the weld will be humped up, (I call them "Humpy Welds"), convex welds. To fast and the weld would be flatten, concave and the ripples will have a bullet-nose-shaped appearance. Then I tell them, "that means that the ripples of the weld are "pointy". Then I tell them, "I not really sure why they call them bullet-nose-shape".
Then, the other day was going through the same scenario and right after I said "I'm not sure why they call them that", I told him "hum... maybe it's because the end is shaped like a bullet!" And that's when it hit me... My Aha Moment....
Now mind you, I've been welding about 23 years and It just now hit me why its called that!!!! that sure was a LOL moment. Of course I laughed, and laughed...the student of course thought I was nuts, which sometimes I am.
So, What kind of "Aha Moment" have you had, pertaining to welding?
Until next time...
Happy Welding, Von Miller

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Oops! Made an error....

Well, Students are now heading into the booths, Time to get dirty!
So, it was time to get out my "New Women's Welding Gear".... Very exciting!
Everything fits great! Gloves actually end at my finger tips, Tig gloves fit nice and snug. Jackets fit nicely around the waist and room in the chest! Perfect!
My "Oops" is: In my last post I said I got some new welding clothes called "Spitfire"- They are actually called "Angel Fire" by, BSX gear. You can Look at and order these items at 
Just wanted to clear that up!
So, we are 1/2 way through the semester, some students are looking good...others not so much! More practice will do them some good. Some students have not been here since week #1?!
Goals at home are coming along also, slow but sure... Practice there will do some good also! ha.
Well gotta run...or should I say "gotta weld".
Happy Welding..... Von Miller

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

New Year, New Goals!

So, A new year has begun. New Goals to set.
Many people set "Resolutions", I set goals. Goals for my family, Goals for my house, Goals for myself, and Goals for my work.
Goals for my family includes, keeping them healthy, well fed, well groomed, (important when you live with all men!), and Happy! Which is a goal in itself.
Goals for my house includes, Keeping up with dishes-not an easy task, keeping a clean counter and tables-also not an easy task! and Laundry, Laundry, Laundry!!!-need I say more about that? Umm NO.
Goals for myself, As always mom comes last on that list. But I am still on that list. I am turning the Big 4-0 this year. Time to take better care of myself and do more of the things I love. Such as, Reading, going to Movies, collecting baseball cards! yep, that's right I collect baseball cards! I also love taking photos and Scrap booking.
Lastly, Goals for my work! This could be a long list, that's why it's last.
My goal is to be a better employee, a better boss, a better Instructor, Leader, and Dresser (a salute to Alice's Fashion and Welding Blog ) @ I did purchase a new welding jacket and gloves from the "spitfire collection". Have not wore them yet, but will as soon as students hit the booths. Will keep you posted on that.
Will also keep you posted on my goals and goals of future Welders!
Happy Welding!
Von Miller

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Summertime Welding...Hot, Hot!!!

Hey, to all who is reading this blog!
I know not many so far, that's ok. I'll be found sooner or later.
Just wanted to update the blog sheet.
Summertime Welding.... Can it get any hotter? This is summer in Ohio that I am talking about. I know in other states it can get alot hotter! The thing about welding is that you always have to be covered. Can't take off your clothes and weld! ha. Although I have to say the college I work for is air conditioned, But it still gets hot from time to time.
Has anyone ever welded with a fan blowing on them? I worked in a factory for years before coming to an air conditioned classroom and lab. We would put a on a fan, (Basically to move hot air around), then some guys would wonder "why they were getting porosity?" I would just laugh.
Well, I hope everyone is enjoying their summer!
Happy Welding....Von Miller