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Air Horn Orchestra Last Concert #loud #airhornorchestra

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 04:00:27 PST

We had our last concert and our first official parade and a real band![...]


Wed, 07 Dec 2016 04:00:03 PST

I was woken up this morning by my cat not so gently exfolitateting my face. My doctors office just began to offer this same service for  I am sure a small fortune. It was very nice of him to do voluntarily with the same thing he licks himself with. My skin is now very smooth though. I know that there is a market for the 100% all natural, totally pure exfoliation though.

There are those out there what would be thrilled to pay out the ass for my cat, or really any cat, to hold them immobile and sit on their chests and aggressively lick their faces! It would hurt a little,  cats do have cat breath - which isn't sweet BTW - however, it would leave them with a totally clean and completely exfoliated face, or at least an exfoliated portion of face. My cat likes to groom a section at a time and is pretty dedicated to area. If he's really feeling it, and he feels that I have lapsed in my personal grooming regime,  he may "do" one whole hemisphere including my ear!  But that is unusual. Maybe two cats per client?  I'm not sure they would cooperate like that. And there is the issue that not all cats are into grooming humans, Tiny has never gone there and I don't remember Tex being interested in the field. There are details to work out but I think this could be a money making plan.

I know there is a market for the chemical free chemical peel.

This morning before I brushed my teeth, for about two seconds I thought it was Wednesday. It was actually Tuesday. I was happy about it be Wednesday until I  remembered that it was in fact, Tuesday and I settled into that.  I was further disappointed when  I wasn't able to take my phone with me when I walked the dog,  and that was an issue - it was upgrading itself and it didn't want to be separated from its wi-fi.

So I took a whole walk without my steps being counted on one of my step counters and the workout didn't get counted officially, I can log it to Map My Walk and get it logged in, but it doesn't  count in the official count of anything. So it was a wasted walk. And? I was out in the dark with nothing but a 70+ pound dog to protect me! Which is fine but a phone is like having a light saber! No one has ever messed with me, see 70 +  pound dog listed above, but the phone offers a certain level of instant protection that I like to have at hand. To be honest, I've never need any protection at that hour everyone is thoroughly startled when they see another person,  The code word for  "I am harmless is: "Good Morning".


Tue, 06 Dec 2016 04:00:27 PST

I said I would be back "after Thanksgiving".I'm not sure if I thought it would be this far after, but this is when I'm back. I needed time to heal and calm down and be angry. I went to protests. I protested. I protest still. I needed to watch Netflix ( I would have watched more Netflix but they don't have as much as they say they do to stream!) they lie about their catalogue of titles. I wanted to watch Legally Blond,  but they didn't have it! They had reams of titles "like" LB but they didn't have It and I really, really wanted to watch IT. I was like HAVEN'T I BEEN DISAPPOINTED ENOUGH! ARE YOU GOING TO DENY ME AS WELL? . I watched something else with the animals, but it wasn't the same. I've been watching a lot of holiday bake offs and Chopped. A lot of Chopped and Flip or Flop. I did get to watch Zootopia on Netflix and that was a pleasant surprise. I had wanted to watch The Secret Life of Pets but of course, IT wasn't available, but they had a zillion LIKE IT. I was also physically sick,  literally, I was sick, I was sick before the election but the results and the resultant lose of sleep, appetite and general steep decline in general didn't help my pre-existing condition - I should have gone to my doctor much sooner than I did, I ended up with a really good narcotic cough suppressant, that while the pharmacist gave me really dirty look and studied my ID long enough to make me worry about identity theft. I'm still coughing, not as much as before, but  still coughing, but now I just don't care about it as much. However, it persists and I can not by law get a refill of my cough syrup and I'm going to have to have a chat with my doctor.I did more than watch movies with the pets while I was on my sabbatical .-  I made  four varieties of dog cookies ( cheese, peanut butter, turkey gravy, and mint/parsley)  for a total of 1800 cookies (not distributed as yet)- created this years Christmas card (not received back from maker, not mailed out)-moved my bedroom/life from downstairs to upstairs-finished my Christmas shopping-put my tree up-did the outside lights-winterized the exterior of the houseI haven't finished the interior Christmas decorating, but I will. Its not going to be Christmas explosion it sometimes is because my theme for the coming year or until the Orange Menace is Impeached is : I do what I want, as much as I want, for as long as I want. I'm going to be more casual in my approach to things. I don't have to do anything. The only expectations I am going to live up to are mine. So if things don't get done, they don't get done. There is enough stress in my life, I am not going to add to it by forcing myself to do extra tasks that do not absolutely need to be done. I might bring the Santas down, I might not. I might bring some of them down but not all of them down. It will depend on how I am feeling about having to deal with rehoming my snowglobes.So. In the interest of not adding to my stress, I looked to ways of saving time and energy in the exterior Christmas decor. I love this part! However, this part is stressful!  I slap lights everywhere! I have nets! I have strings! I have balls, I have little balls! I have nets that are narrow! My airblown that I bought last year that I was so in love with (briefly) , ended the season with a tear along a seam. Not easy to fix. Seams are highly stressed and my go-to airblown fix is to slap some tape on it and move on, you really can't do that with a seam.Christmas of 2016, I am going with a no airblown Christmas, this is the first no airblown Christmas is over a decade! Its an adjustment . My neighbors were disappointed, my neighbors can go buy their own. I hung a single string of lights.I bought thisYes. As Seen On TV.  And It Is Awesome! It Works! Its Ammmaaazzziinnngggg! It does what it says its going to do and I looovvveeee it! You have to go out and get yours right now!What is not to love? I mean really?  It is freaking awesome! I love it! It splashes dozens of[...]

Friday Cats Blogging

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 11:00:21 PST

Friday Cats Blogging

Fri, 18 Nov 2016 11:00:05 PST

Checking In

Fri, 18 Nov 2016 04:00:06 PST

I'm not actually "back". I'm just checking in to let you know that I will be back after Thanksgiving. I'm feeling better and I'm useing my time off wisely.  I spent a lot of time wanting to crawl under my bed and sob.  Last week I felt awful and shaky all week, I didn't get any kind of appetite back until Sunday night and I still not really interested in eating other than I know I need to eat.

I went to a  anti-Trump rally last week that was, um lame? but at least, anti-Trump. I at the very least felt like I got to express my unhappiness. On a much less lame note, I also left the house to go to the Air Horn Orchestras dinner and it was nice to see folks in a non-orchestra setting, I also scored a very nice air horn inspired christmas ornament  so now I don't have to figure out how to tastefully hang an actual air horn on my tree.

When I was not out socializing with other unhappy liberals, I spent my time trying to be busy ( when I wasn't busy I was paralyzed in front of the TV, depression and anxiety does not make me want to go out and be useful) .  I worried about myself though and eventually I forced myself to get up and do  what I needed to do : I moved my life up  stairs to my winter quarters, and made eight hundred dog cookies!  I also stated the work on my Christmas card.

and through all of this I also only misappropriated one of my dogs prozacs!

I will be back

Thu, 10 Nov 2016 04:28:00 PST

I need to recover and grieve. I'm also sick with a chest cold and all I want to do is sleep. I know that I'm acutely depressed and sleeping seems to be a great solution to all my current problems.

I also really need to start on dog cookies and maybe that will keep me busy and thinking of other things.

 I also just about punched a co-worker for suggesting that the people protesting in the streets were all felons, so I need to maybe take a nap right now-  hard to do because I am at work.

Vote for Hillary Clinton for President and all the dem candidates down ballot .

Tue, 08 Nov 2016 04:00:00 PST

The phone has rung four times from various GOTV groups asking if  I have already voted and if I am going to vote and if I have a plan to vote, and if I am going to vote for Her...

No, I haven't voted yet,  why? I am a precinct officer and I think it would be bad form to not vote at my actual precinct. Yes, I am going to vote. Yes, I have a "plan": at 6:30 tomorrow morning, or a little before, I am going to wear white ( or as much white as I can wear, I am a complete disaster  and will ruin a white anything by 9am) so  I will be wearing white blouse and a black skirt, I am going to  drive the two blocks to my voting place and I am going to bring my slate card with me, and I  am going to vote for HER and all the down ticket Dems. Then I am going to go to work and spend the day worrying.

And then the doorbell rang I was sure it was some super earnest canvassers  and I was going to answer their questions and turn off my porch light as to not encourage more of them, and it instead it was instead my precinct chair! Who knew?! We chatted for a bit and  we agreed to visit more tomorrow at the polling place and we agreed it was too stressful.

I just sat with my voters registration card and my slate card and a highlighter and marked the candidates that are representing me, because its good to be prepared and I know I'm going to be all flustered when I go in tomorrow morning, I'm going to be under a lot of pressure trying to save the world, but I'm up to it because I am a NASTY WOMAN and if it was physically possible for me to VOTE WITH MY VAGINA I would.  I will give you Hill. Damn it.

The Annual Holiday To-Do List

Mon, 07 Nov 2016 04:00:21 PST

I have two things I need to be working on now and I am not actively working on either. I have started some early work on the dog cookies - in that I ordered a sexy new dog paw  embossed rolling pin that will put dog paws on the dough! I saw them last year and really, really wanted to get one, but couldn't bring myself to pull the trigger, this year I'm looking at it as an investment in my cookies.  and I also ordered, but do not have yet, a  cookie cutter that will cut sixteen cookies at a go.  If this works it will be a Gawd send, as it is now, I cut each cookie by hand, 1200+ cookies, by hand, one by one by painful one. This is time consuming and very unergonomic and not the most fun.

The cookies will be smaller than I usually go with, but I have noted that most of the dogs I send cookies to are smallish dogs so it will be alright. Also? on a selfish level, the smaller the cookies, the more cookies get made the fewer overall I have to make. Ta da!

The other job that needs starting is the Christmas Card picture. I have the picture, I have hundreds of pictures, of two different trees - that part is done. The rest of the job is not done. I haven't picked The Picture, I haven't compulsively edited the picture, I haven't stressed about the picture. There is a lot to be done. Then I have to  figure out where to get the card made and  then have the card made, get it ordered and wait for for it to arrive and hope I don't hate it.

I have hated cards once I see them in real life and had to send them back and start over. If I don't get started on this soon I'm not going to have time to start over and do it all over again.

And? I now have a cold. Yay! I had a killer sore throat that has thankfully passed, now I just have fun coughing, stuffed up nose and sneezing. I blame the lovely ladies at work who don't wash their hands. Thanks Ladies!

Friday Cats Blogging

Fri, 04 Nov 2016 11:00:07 PDT


Fri, 04 Nov 2016 04:00:06 PDT

I took the dog for an early walk - a warm up for the really early walks that are going to be the new normal once the time changes, and came home to make a really nice dinner for myself as a bribe to make myself sit down and Dial for Democrats.

Well. I was going to make cheese sauce for my riced cauliflower and it was going to be really good and dinner was a going to be stunning. I was going to be so ready to make calls. Well. to make  cheese sauce you need butter, I got all the other ingredients  but not butter. I had but butter, but that was before I had to throw everything in the refrigerator out, and I guess I forgot about that. I just assumed  that since I had a refrigerator of course I had butter in it. So disappointing.

I sat down to make to make calls without being bribed into doing it. And I couldn't make the calls. I checked the email I got from my coordinator and she said she had me all set up to go and here I was ready to go and no-go. Thwarted again.

 I  think I'll do another load of laundry just because I can,  and then I'm going to put my pajamas on early and watch Project Runway.

Air horn Orchestra week 31 #airhornorchestra #loud

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 04:00:38 PDT

Our last performance. We went out with a record breaking screech.  350 of us, newbies, tourists, and old hands showed up and showed off  and line the street and do our thing one more time before the Guinness Book of Worlds Records and of course, Pat McCrory.The standing record  for greatest number of air horn blown at the same time is a mere 150 air horns, piffle, we had 350 people with at least that many horns.  Air horns aren't for amateurs or people who haven't picked one up in seven months :I forgot gloves! Fortunately, the wee little one I brought hardly lasted enough to burn my hand, also it kind of blew up in my hands as I hit the button -  It did last the needed 10 seconds though, so it did its job.Next week we are meeting at a vegan restaurant to congratulate ourselves . I will eat before I go, I wonder if they make vegan desserts that are palatable to a dedicated carnivore ? Gawd. What am I going to do with my Wednesday nights now?[...]

Day at the Halloween House

Wed, 02 Nov 2016 04:00:00 PDT

I went back to the Halloween house to get  a better look at the details I missed in the dark and when it was surrounded by a thousand people. The family does a spectacular job and the work they do is amazing.[...]

Halloween House 2016

Tue, 01 Nov 2016 04:00:23 PDT

I went at night, I need to go back when its light because a lot of  its is designed to be enjoyed during the day light. my pictures aren't very good, because I didn't want to use the flash because it was really crowded because it would be rude as hell to the performers and the crowd. So I did what I could with the available settings.  Everything moved or jumped or shook. There were real people salted among the animatronics and that made all of it a little scarier than it would have been had they just relied on mannequins, good direction there. because you never knew when that figure was going to talk to you or move out of turn. They always put on a good show.[...]


Mon, 31 Oct 2016 04:00:04 PDT

This weekend. I started off seeing a friend I hadn't seen in a very long time and we celebrated by going to an art installation of air blown rabbits. Trippy, psychedelic, three story white rabbits. They played  irritating electronica rave music and sold blinky flashing club kid  jewelry. It was marketed as a family friendly night on the museum grounds: It was a baby rave,My friend and I are enjoyed the contact high we got, but we're really too old for the blinky flashy crap electronica and the beards, so many hipster beards! Kiddos, please. Move on already with the beards.On Saturday I got up easrly to prepare for my washer and dryer to be delivered. I was told that I would get a call one half hour before the delivery guys wpould arrive. I got a call ten minutes before they arrived.  Lovely. This was not a good start.It did not get better. The guy came down the stairs and took one look at my washing machine and delared that they could not install the machine. I told him that Home Depot installed the machine he was looking at, so I was pretty sure he could install the new machine. He again repeated that it was not possible. He was not apologetic about this stance.I was aghast.  I told him he would be installing my machines because hat was what he was there to do and what I wanted him to do. Again, he refused. He sited his insurance. I told him my insurance would handle it. Apparently not.We went back and forth and I told him to get the hell out. More or less. He took my washer and dryer and left. I called Home Depot and complained about the installers and their rudeness and the lack of customer service and how I absolutly expected that Home Depot would be sending my W&D back to my house post haste and  they would be installing them and how it would NOT be the team they sent this morning. They informed me that the installers were a 3rd party vender and they did not work for Home Depot  and they could not force them to do anything and what they would do would be reschedule them for next week and the team would deliver the W&D and remove the old machines but they would NOT install the machines. I would be on the hook to find someone to install them myself.I said Fine.I went to Broskey and Alphagals for some puppy therapy and to introduce Tiny to Esme. Neither was too impressed with the other. I was very impressed with young Esme, who has grown since I saw her lastSaturday night I was still mad  as hell and insulted. I made a few phone calls and had some conversations and had some thoughts and went shopping. I bought new a new washer and dryer at one of their competitors Saturday evening and went back to  Home Depot Sunday morning and canceled my order, making it clear that I was more than pleased with the woman who sold them to me, because she was great, They lost the sale because the 3rd party installers  they use instead of using their own employees to do the job, were rude, poorly trained, had zero customer service skills and their behavior reflected badly on Home Depot. During my monologue to the appliance manager, listing my multiple reasons I was canceling my order I refrained from mentioning I know the owner of Home Depot is a Trump supporter and that does not make me think that I should forgive the company for this transgression. And then I walked out, possibly forever.Later on Sunday afternoon, And then I went to a Doggy Halloween Costume Contest where I learned that My costume game is very, very sad and I am not in the game at all. If I want to win, I need to go all in. I need to wear a couples costume with my dog if I want to be competitive. This year , I wore a skort and a tee shirt. I[...]

Friday Cats Blogging

Fri, 28 Oct 2016 11:30:23 PDT


Fri, 28 Oct 2016 04:00:23 PDT

Okay. WHy there isn't an actual entry for today. I didn't have to do anything so I didn't do anything. I didn't have to go shopping for any major appliances, I didn't have to go protest any injustices, I didn't have to go grocery shopping, There was nothing pressing on TV early ( I am trying to enjoy Midsomer Murders but it is boring as hell) I didn't have to do anything but walk the dog and chat on the phone with a friend so that's pretty much all I did until I realized my friend was going to be in my house and OH SHIT SOMEONE IS GOING TO BE IN MY HOUSE AND IT LOOKS LIKE IT DOES!!

And so I hurried up and vacuumed the downstairs and tomorrow I will properly clean the bathroom and that will be that and hopefully she won't get a close look at the rest of it. I will heave Tiny into her arms and she will be charmed by is almost painful level of cuteness and she will be blinded to my level  of housekeeping FAIL.

I also worked really hard to get proper cat blogging pictures. Its really hard to get decent pictures, and Ace in particular is being a huge Diva for some reason and is not interested in cooperating. I really miss Tex a lot some days, he was a cat who enjoyed being photographed and  oddly, enjoyed cooperating.

Most cats are not actually as easy to photograph as the internet or Tex leads you ( me) to believe. They do not pose. They do not actually enjoy flash photography and they are not easy to work with. Just so you know.

Air Horn Orchestra Week 31

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 04:00:11 PDT


Dr. Dog

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 04:00:28 PDT

I took Rocket to see his doggy psychiatrist for his yearly check in and sit down and he was quite excited to see her and visit the  vet school and be on the grounds and be in such an interesting building and be around furniture that so many other animals and people have been on before him... and she was appalled  . It was a great visit.

Apparently, she had been hoping that he would be slightly less excited by the prospect of seeing her again. It wasn't like he was agitated,  I would say he was "curious" and wanted to "explore".  I think its just about how you frame the behavior, true, he was a little excited but I really didn't see what she was seeing.

She was frankly, appalled. I don't know what she was hoping to see but he's a weim not a basset hound, I would have liked it if he could have been a little more obedient - but its not as if he was climbing the walls and barking uncontrollably, peeing in corners and destroying the furniture for gawds sake! He was wandering and exploring the rather large room and his behavior I have to admit, was very distracting  for me - it did make it hard to speak with the doctor.

I spoke more with her at more length than I have with my own doctor! We talked about his behavior, his quirks, his good days and his bad days, She was shocked that he does so well in crowds and in public and that he is a star of his daycare. She found it hard to fathom that this nervous wreck  in her office is such a good natured animal under most circumstances. The only time he is not a good natured guy and charming as hell is when he is the only guy in the room and there is no one there for him to charm. He has good days and bad days and Monday was not a good day, he was wound up all day.

We did talk about upping his doggy prozac to four pills a day from three pills in the morning to three pills in the morning and one in the evening in addition to what he's getting now in the evening weening him off one of his other meds that is getting expensive and causing me to become agitated - with the caveat that if he starts to show signs of having problems with going off the med, that I put him back on post haste. She also thinks that as he has reached full on adult malehood and gained weight that he may be ready to up his doses to keep up with his growth. It will be interesting to see if we can calm him down and even him out again. Right now he's sleeping in a well managed, medicated  dog ball.

Baby Steps II

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 04:00:15 PDT

Saturay Broskey brought his power washer over and I got to the task of  mitigating my water damage for substantially less then the insurance company's' choice. I think I did a good enough job, I did a beter job on the front part than the back part because the front part is better lit and the back part is darker and closer to the pilot light of the water heater. I would prefer to not bother the pilot light in any way, and since the area is dark,   I just decided it was better to not bother.

I will bother after the new and improved tankless electric water heater is in place.

Here is what the space looks like now, it is still a work in progress.

Saturday my new washer and dryer are being delivered.

Hillary Clinton at St. Augs October 23, 2016

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 04:00:17 PDT


Friday Cats Blogging

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 11:00:29 PDT

Ch,Ch.Ch, Changes

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 04:00:01 PDT

 I bought my washer and dryer. It is not the washer and dryer I thought I was going to buy, I had a vision of what I was going to end up with and I was certain that I was going to end with a version of it.I was going to get a fancy new thoroughly 2016 top loader washer and dryer and the washer was going to have a glass lid and they were going to be fabulous and super efficient because that is what I  really want when I get down to it, I am seeking energy efficiency and the more efficant the better .Well. I ended up with Samsung  front loaders. They don't have to stack, they are just staged that way.I didn't want front loaders, I didn't research front loaders and I had pretty much decided that I was not even going to look at front loaders because 1) Ew, so last whatever, I mean, so over them and 2) They are more expensive, 3) The new top loaders are so now, so new so sexxxyyy!They are however, very deep and my washer and dryer are lifted up about six inches and I would probably have to have a step stool always parked in front of the machines  so I could load and unload and that could become kind of a pain after a while. The front loaders are better in the long run and are a more sensible choice, even if they aren't what I thought I wanted. They do a lot of the same sexxxyyy things the top loaders do and have many  of the same bells and whistles that I  probably won't use on these machines either.Well. My front loader washer is very efficant!  Moren efficant than any of the top loaders I had been lusting over. I was really, really happy to learn this! I mean I was giddy. (Consumer Reports approves of my choice as well) I went with it initially because it was available on a schedule that worked for me, I can have it next Saturday and that is just fine with me -  and they were  also nominally on sale and I don't want to spend any more time on this. I need to be working on tankless water heaters.[...]

Air Horn Orchestra Week 28 #loud

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 04:00:17 PDT


Lows. #loweshardwaresucks

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 04:00:08 PDT

Well that was a let down. I went to Lowes to buy my Brand New Washer and Dryer and came back with a head ache

It turns out if I wanted my BNWaD I would have to be willing to wait for a month to take delivery! I am not exactly ready to take possession right now, but I do not want to be running back and forth to the laundromat for a month. That is not okay.

They hadn't mentioned when I went window shopping that there was a chance that the model they showed me had availability problems. It was a great deal. It was too good a deal and I was roped in by it.

I came back on the last day of the sale and told the clerk that I wanted to buy this set. Ta da.

We went to a computer and he punched in the code and nada. Not a single Lowes in our area has it, Oh, sure I could drive an hour to go buy it in person - I don't have a real Lowes card yet, I used to, but I stopped carrying it after my purse got stolen and I decided to travel lighter and to stop casually carrying cards I rarely use, they now spend their time safely tucked away in my freezer until I need them; I so rarely used my Lowes card, they canceled it. So now I have a temporary card - not useable online, so no trip out of town for a washer and dryer.

I don't think I should have to travel for this anyway. Why can't the W&D come to me? That would be good customer service. You know what was bad customer service? Trying to upsell me on the next more expensive version.

No sale. I even tried to work with them.  I gave them choices : 1) "I would buy this other better model for the same price as the lesser model that you are making me wait on, because you made a bad faith mistake and you now owe me and you would do well to make me happy, 2) I will buy this available nicer model you are forcing on me, but at a discount because you care practicing bad customer service and there are laws againts bate and switch and that is what happened here. 3) Or I take my money and my good will and begin to draft my letter  of complaint to your corporate customer service department  before I clear the Lighting section

They should have called their manager and let he or she cut me a deal, because I'm sure it was within that person's authority to do that kind of thing.  They could have sold the product and kept the sale at their store and made a customer happy instead the floor staff decided that they didn't want any of these things and they let me and my money and my good will walk out the door.

Dear Sir or Madam...