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Updated: 2018-01-23T07:00:13.904-05:00

 



Tuesday

2018-01-23T07:00:13.912-05:00


Monday night on our walk Rocket met four other dogs on our walk and they were all nice. They were also all cute, so it was a double win. We walked past a bar and this older man was there  sitting in the outside seating with his wife and daughter and her very nice, very brave dachshund and the older man gave us one of the treats he had bought for the tiny dog. The dachshund was very patient with his treat being given away and the man being nice to the very big dog. Later we met a pair of  tiny yappy dogs and they yapped but didn't bite and after that we met a shepherd mix that also didn't bite. It was a good day.


Todays lunch time errand was to pay my Sam's bill, tomorrows errand will be to drop my unneeded and unasked for Spectrum modem off at the Fedex place and send it on its way. They told me if I didn't get it back in two weeks they would charge me for it, I'm pretty sure I'm getting back in time but even if the weather set my schedule off, screw them anyway, I didn't ask for it, I never had their service and they can charge middle finger for it. Its going back and they can have it.

I didn't give a play-by-play for the SAGs last night because frankly, I didn't care that much and I didn't think ya'll did either. They do get points for running the trains on time though, it was supposed to run two hours and damned if it didn't. They did an entire awards show in almost exactly the time allotted! Who knew? Of course, they do only award actors and that does speed it up. No surprises in the winners, same as the Globes. Tomorrow, is the Oscar Noms and that will be exciting, probably, not too surprising, but exciting non-the-less.




Woman's March 2018 Raleigh

2018-01-22T07:00:23.515-05:00

I saw a lady who clearly wants it to snow again right away. The woman has no respect for Mother Nature at all. She was in the Wally parking lot in a part of jean shorts and a sleeveless top. There is snow on the ground still! True, it was 62 degrees, but I was wearing a wool sweater, mostly out of habit at this point, but, damn it! Shorts and a sleeveless top? Its January for Gawds sake! I don't know who this woman was but I was very disappointed with her,Saturday, I along with thousands of other women across America and worldwide - Other cities in NC had better turn outs than Raleigh, Asheville did very,very well. Raleigh got a few thousand, significantly less than last year, but this year there were rallies in more cities closer to Raleigh and so that leeched off the attendees that would have come to Raleigh. It was very nice though, I got pictures.Everyone else there was in heavy snowboots or duck shoes or some other protective footwear and she was in five inch red glitter heals.[...]



Friday Cats Blogging

2018-01-19T14:30:39.430-05:00






Friday

2018-01-19T07:00:34.074-05:00


Thursday I was the only one in my unit to show up to work and I was one of two people in the entire building to come to the office. Me and the housekeeper. We could have used the time to change DHHS policy but we just didn't have the right passwords. Pity.

Anyway. I came, I did all my work and I left at 2pm, because I could. Tomorrow is going to suck because the streets will be clear and everyone will be back and I will have to be at work all day. Yuck. You know what also sucks? MY front yard is almost completely free of snow! Everyone else is still living in a winter wonderland and my yard is all melted, its not fair. It also makes me worry that my house is bleeding heat, the back yard is still very snowy and wonderland-y, also more shady and less direct sunny. However, the front of my house isn't any different and in fact has a tree thus more shade than any other house on the street sun-wise so why is all my snow gone and everyone else still all Christmas card ready? I don't get it.

Anyway, Yay Friday!



Snow Day

2018-01-18T07:00:00.175-05:00

I came home early from work and discovered I had no TV, then I learned I can nap during the day. I have also learned to use the streaming utility offered by my satellite service since because it is snowing, I have no satellite service because there is snow on my satellite.[...]



Wednesday

2018-01-17T07:00:09.096-05:00


So, tomorrow morning its supposed to start snowing. Hopefully it will wait until after I get to work. It won't, its supposed to start very early, like as I am waking up. I get to work really yearly so its not like I'm asking a lot. I am, I am asking a lot. I can get to work, get my really busy morning stuff out of the way and then get as much of the later in the day work done as possible. And possibly leave, just go home and not be there. My dog needs me and so do the cats.

In a perfect world, the rest of the world will assume that we are closed. Thus far all they are saying is that its going to snow and snow is not a problem, snow is easy. I can do snow. There is also supposed to be rain later and the temperature is allegedly going to crash, which means ice, which means most of not all of my co-workers will not be in. However, the high for Thursday is 47 degrees, so none of it is going to last at all. No reason to sweat any of it. I see no reason I should not bring my cats to work.

Its the ongoing issue. Why can't I bring my cats to work or at the very least, a cat? My cats are very nice and  very low maintenance and I think it would make everyone happy and it would certainly help my morale  if I could have a kitty with me to take the edge off.

I could make a tiny scarf so which ever kitty I bring with me could be warm in my cold office. And it would be so cute! I feel better all ready, just thinking about bringing a kitty to the office with me, of course, I would have to get a tiny yellow vest too. My  boss would demand the paperwork, so I would need to score that too.  This is stressing me out, where do people get the paperwork they use for just bringing their pets with them? My boss would be a giant cow about it, I would need very real looking paper to back it up. Okay, this is stressing me out already. Maybe I could make my cat look like a scarf? I think that could work. My office is very cold...





Cooking

2018-01-16T07:00:09.804-05:00



I'm sitting here watching Kids Baking Championship and they are doing the most amazing things, I was completely impressed with myself earlier because I dumped a bunch of frozen vegetables "good for stir fry", not this time! and some chopped meat into a slow cooker with some genuine slow cooker sauce - only half the bag because I am a rebel, and left it to simmer all day and called it dinner.

That took some talent.

These children and they are children, are making  fabulously decoratedlayer cakes from scratch under a clock. I made a merely  frosted layer cake from  a box and  it took me hours of stress  and I wanted a medal. I deserved one too. These kids make me feel very bad at baking. It's a good thing I only bake dog cookies, I would kick those kids ass at dog cookies. They would grossly over think it.

I am assuming, they seem to be the type.

They know what "genosh" is, I'm not exactly sure, it's some sort of frosting item. These kids know what it is and how to correctly spell it. Today they are making dessert pizzas. They are not making the lamo dessert pizzas from Cici's or the frosted cookies from the mall either, these are fabulous and absolutely from scratch and without a cookbook - We might come up with some of these, if  we had hours, a wonderful cupboard, great cookbooks and some inspiration. They have the cupboard, a couple of hours, but no cookbooks, and they are are are Eight years old .We are not being judged by Duff Goldman and Valerie Bertinelli either.

I  did feel bad for one of them, Duff made a Harry Potter reference, and the kid did not get it! How does a kid not get a Harry Potter reference? It tells you how much time the kid spends in the kitchen and how little time the kid spends being a kid. I think its more important that the kids gets a Potter reference than can give you six uses for genosh.



Friday Cats Blogging

2018-01-12T14:30:50.882-05:00






TGIF

2018-01-12T07:00:36.966-05:00




I was a very bad dog owner today. I prioritized getting my toilet fixed above walking my dog. Bad dog mom.

It was even very warm today - legitimately, sixty-one degrees! But, it was misting and damp and kind of gross and while I did see other people out walking their dogs, I am guessing they did not have yards for their dogs. I have a yard and I took advantage of it.

My toilet works now and I am going to pay my plumber and the city. I am now praying that my dog insurance pays off faster than it did the last time, because I am paying a lot of people and I need them to pay me kind of like more now than later.

But. I have a three day weekend coming up and it's going to be warm or at least not as cold as it was, so I'm going to collect up all my Christmas clothes and decos and get them stowed away and heft the tree upstairs and into the attic and get the one string of lights I have up , down, and back into the box and get that upstairs. And maybe if I have time, go look for new fabric for my curtains, just looking no buying, just see what's out there.

And walk the dog. Lots of walking the dog.



Wednesday

2018-01-11T07:01:05.542-05:00



Yesterday I crashed and didn't write an entry. Sorry. I came home, walked the dog made dinner and sat in front of the TV and caught up with the shows I missed the night before because I fell asleep then too.

I kept myself away tonight though. The cold made me lazy, allowed me to give into my most slothful urges, bad, bad urges to just not do things. Anything.  Come home, change into my slippers and become one with the couch. The dog didn't even want to do anything more advanced than to quickly relieve himself and then run back inside and curl up on the couch under a blanket. The cats even curled up with me while I was awake! They never do that! I'm not supposed to ever see them being cuddly, its some sort of union thing with them I think. I know now why some  people in Michigan get big, I would be too if it was that cold all the time all winter. I would just become one with my couch and I wouldn't move all winter. I probably wouldn't move once it got warm either, it was just going to get cold again soon and why burn energy I'm going to need to stay warm?

I didn't even take the dog for a walk in the really cold mornings mornings! Too. Cold., Not safe for the dog or I. Finally, it warmed up-  Tuesday morning it wasn't even all that cold and I still didn't walk the dog because I had gotten used to not walking and I liked it. I prefered not walking in the cold and dark to walking in the cold and dark. Who would have thought staying in my nice warm house would be preferable? I told myself that it was safer to avoid it, its a bad idea, really putting a target on my back. Because there are so many people out at that hour ( between few and none) and I am so not armed with a huge, easily started in the dark dog. He really is, he is on a hair trigger in the dark. He's not at all like that on our walks in the daylight, very easy going and chill, not in the dark. No chill at all. I like that about him.  And in the dark he looks like a Doberman. I also like that about him.

Had to break that cycle though. Walked the dog in the dark and colder then Tuesday this morning! Back to work for me. Today was colder all day than it was Yesterday when it was almost springlike and was such a nice change from the deep freeze. Actually, I couldn't tell you what the temp was or if it was actually really "spring like", it was probably not over fifty, which isn't really nice or spring like but it is about forty degrees warmer than it has been so it was a shock to my system and it read as really warm and spring like .

I was just happy to be outside and nothing hurt after a few minutes. Despsite the warm up my hands are totally like sandpaper though, I blame the heater at work, ( because at home, I don't have such problems and my hands aren't red like a lobster when there) my hands are dry  and my mouth and eyes are like the sahara. I blame the "heat" but  the building is an ice box. Such fun. 



Monday!

2018-01-09T07:01:00.421-05:00

Wow, so much has happened since I saw you last! I woke up Thursday morning with no internet, Thursday after work, I still had no internet so  I tried to install my new modem, I found out that I didn't need my new modem because it was for a provider I don't actually have, I wiped out my internet connection and my phone service in the process, I yelled at a lot of people at two different multinationals, I uninstalled my new modem, I moved a thousand pound dresser around more than I would have prefered, I got my phone service back and my internet turned back on. I also turned off the other provider that had someone turned itself on and sent me a modem I did not ask for.A lot of people got yelled at, if I, the consumer, is going to move a thousand pound dresser around, there is going to be blowback. And if it ended up that I didn't need to move that dresser the first time much less the second time and this was YOUR mistake? Expect hissing.I knew I didn't need to be dealing with installing the modem when I opened the box and took one look at the instructions and the mess of cables and there was a lot of instructions and a mess of cables!  and said "Nope". "Above my payscale. I am uncomfortable doing this job myself. This looks like a skilled job to me". And then I have to end up doing it any way and then when I am through I lose my landline and my internet, and I call the people responsible for making me lose them and the response is "We can send out a guy soon" and "Soon" is  in a "few days" and then we start talking further about why there is no place for my phone cord and  the person I am talking to gets flustered and says they don't "do" phones and doesn't know what I am talking about.And then I call my service and we have a talk and it turns out they didn't send me a modem and they don't have any idea why I lost service in the morning but to plug my cables back in to their box - more moving around of the thousand pound dresser, and magicly my phone works again and once the right cables are plugged back in, I have internet again.Friday, after work  went to a friends art exhibit and ( the dog was in the car, in a thick sweater, don't worry about him) we left the thing and and then went to the store and bought random things because I was bored. Because through all of this it was bitter, bitter cold and I haven't left the house except to go to work and then it actually hurt to do so. So I was happy to be out and about, even though it did hurt to go outside.Anyway. I have been eating raisins at work. So I bought some to snack on while I sat around the house watching TV and being cold all weekend.I honestly can not remember what else I bought. We came home, I unloaded the car and the dog and started to put stuff away. I then remembered that the city had changed the trash day to Saturday and so I put the garbage out.I came back in the house and found my raisins on the floor.The dog and I went to the Animal ER.  Long story short. If you have dogs and cats in your house, treat raisins and grapes like toxic cleaners and keep them locked up. They are very, very bad for your pets. If I hadn't gotten back into the house quickly or if he had actually liked them more, he could have been very, very ill. Kidney failure ill, some dogs die ill. As it was he only ingested 29 raisins and it still required that he be made to vomit, eat a lot of activated charcoal and have three blood tests over two days to measure his kidney functions and they kind of wanted me to have him stay there for the weekend but I said no dice, I would bring him back to the hospital for the required blood draws.Fortunately, his initial tests were completely normal and they stayed that way all weekend. We got very lucky. I am also lucky to have insurance, hopefully they [...]



Golden Globe Winners 2017

2018-01-07T23:07:32.728-05:00



Best Actress in a Limited Series or  TV Movie - Nicole Kidman,  Big Little Lies

Best Supporting Actor Film - Sam Rockwell, 3 Bill Boards outside Ebbing, MO

Best Actress in a TV Series Comedy  Musical or Whatever -  Rachel Brasahan, The Marvelous Ms. Monahan

Best Actress TV Series Drama -  Elizabeth Moss, Handmaids Tale

Best Actor in a TV Series Drama - Sterling K. Brown, This Is Us

Best TV Series Drama - The Handmaids Tale

Best Supporting Actor Limited Series Drama TV - Alexander Skarsgar, Big Little Lies

Best Score -  The Shape of Water

Best Original Song - "This is Me", The Greatest Showman

Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy Film - James Franco, The Disaster Artist

Best Supporting Actress Drama TV - Laura Dern, Big Little Lies

Best Animated Feature - Coco

Best Supporting Actress in a Film - Alison Jayne, I, Tanya

Best Screenplay - 3 Billboards outside Ebbing, MO

Best Foreign Language Film - In The Fade, Germany, France

Best Actor in a Made for TV Movie - Ewan McGregor, Fargo

Best TV Series Musical or Comedy - The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Best Actor TV Series Musical Comedy - Aiziz Ansari, Master of None

Best  Director Film - Guillermo Del Toro, The Shape of Water

Best Limited Series TV Series -  Big Little Lies

Best Actress in  A Motion Picture Musical or Comedy - Saoirse Rowan,  Lady Bird

Best Motion Picture Musical or Comedy - Lady Bird

Best Actor in a Motion Picture Drama - Gary Oldman, Darkest Hour

Best Actress in a Motion Picture Drama - Frances McDormand, 3 Billboards Outside Ebbing, MO

Best  Motion Picture Drama - Billboards Outside Ebbing, MO



Friday Cats Blogging

2018-01-05T14:00:23.986-05:00






Thursday

2018-01-05T07:00:17.345-05:00

Today I found a hulahoop while I was walking the dog in the dark this morning. We haven't walked in the morning in several days but it was a toasty 23 degrees! so we braved the the snow. The dark and the snow. I haven't had a hulahoop in a while. Unless I've had one and I'm forgetting it. I might have had one for the dog? Maybe I do have one for the dog? I had him jump through something thing. But I've certainly never found one abandoned by the side of the road. That's a first, I mean, I would have had to bring it home if I had a hulahoop farm.Well, now I have a new one. It felt kind of weird plodding through the snow in my boots and coat in with the dog in one hand clutching a hula hoopin the other in the dark. If I had seen me, I would have taken my picture, fortunately, there wasn't a me to take my picture. There were cars though, so I knew I could make it to work. Snow but no ice!The snow is gone now but the schools remain closed, because its cold? I don't know.Here is the store, front page story, about my family friend who died yesterday. I stole it from the Mining Journal Phil Pearce Dies After Cancer BattleMARQUETTE — The tributes are already flowing on the Facebook page of Phil’s 550 Store, and it’s easy to understand why.Its owner, Phil Pearce, died Wednesday at his home in Marquette.The general store, located along Marquette County Road 550 in Marquette Township, was a popular local fixture, not necessarily for what was sold there but for the sign with funny quotes outside the business — and the man behind the operation.According to the crowd-funding site YouCaring, Pearce, 64, had been diagnosed with brain cancer.A post dated today read: “Phil passed away yesterday — peacefully, at home. Many, many thanks for the outpouring of care and support shown in so many ways throughout the past year.” His reign as the proprietor of Phil’s 550 Store made him a well-known figure locally and around the globe, read his obituary from the Swanson-Lundquist Funeral Home.“He was a very giving person — always ready to provide assistance to anyone in need,” it read. “Much of Phil’s charm stemmed from his honest outlook on life and his unique candor. Phil was naturally kind without ulterior motives.”Even if people didn’t stop in the store, they probably got a chuckle or two from what was put on the “Philville” sign throughout the years.That sign carried quips like “Ever imagine a world without hypotheticals,” “Never do anything you dont (sic) want to explain to paramedics” and “There once was a man from here famous for T-shirts & beer.”Pearce was the subject of a lengthy Detroit Free Press article published in February.“He could be welding something, someplace, since he’s a lifelong welder,” wrote John Carlisle. “He could be notarizing documents for someone, since he’s a notary public. He could be performing a wedding, since he’s an ordained minister. He could be draining the chemicals from a junked refrigerator, another side job. He could be plowing snow, because he does that, too.“Like a lot of Yoopers, he works several jobs to get by. But Phil’s main job is simply being Phil.”A story on the website Only In Your State called his store “The Quirky Store In Michigan’s Upper Peninsula That You Simply Must Visit.”Decades ago, the story said, Pearce’s face was printed on a T-shirt. The shirt’s popularity spread among Northern Michigan University students and eventually Phil fans across the world.There were plenty of photos accompanying the article of Pearce, his employees and the unique store.“The store’s rustic yet welcoming style make[...]



Wednesday

2018-01-04T07:00:51.937-05:00


What happened today?

I walked in the door after work and kicked over the dogs full bowl of water - Decided to not throw a fit and used the opportunity - Huge puddle of water all over my floor, spreading rapidly in all directions, as an chance to mop my dirty floor! ( trying to clean it up with paper towels failed miserably and was a dumb idea.) The mop was a better choice  Whee! Don't get too excited, I only moped what was wet, the corners are still kind of gross.

My father successfully went through his second knee replacement, he is now is a veteran of two knees and a shoulder replacement. He is is own Iron Man.  He is recovering well.

They told us that the storm was supposed to be a Bad Thing for us, was going to get here earlier in the day and fuck up our trips home - it hasn't arrived yet, and while its colder than a witches tit outside, it is not storming either. I am feeling positive about our chances.

On the less positive. A family friend that had been fighting and winning his battle with an inoperable brain tumor, died this afternoon. He was a really good guy. He owned a landmark store that employed half the undergrads in the town and saved many of us unnecessary trips further into town for single items, I saw his card once and it had to be continued on the other side. Did you need someone to tow your car? He's your guy, and he'll tell you who can fix it,  if you need that tree taken out of your yard? He's your guy, Do you have a lot of crap on your porch and you need it hauled to the lot? He has a truck! Do you need a well dug? He knows a guy, Do you need someone to officiate your wedding? He's your guy. He married a couple less than a month ago. He was my elf every Christmas too, I left him an ornament and he put it somewhere on MIP where it could be seen. RIP Phil Pearce.



Howdy

2018-01-03T07:00:19.164-05:00


I was totally going to be back today but then it came to my attention that to do so would cause me to have to get up and walk across the room and to have to uproot myself the warmth of my electric blanket, and comfy chair and unwrap myself from my blanket and dog and bother the cat... and suddenly I just decided that I just wasn't going to do it tonight. Its just too cold. I need to stay where I am. Warm, wrapped up in my blanket and my pets.

Earlier, I did walk the dog. This is what I had to do to the dog to make it safe for him to go outside long enough for him to go for a walk. It was so cold, he didn't even try to get that hat off.







Friday Cats Blogging

2017-12-22T07:00:15.389-05:00







Colors

2017-12-21T07:00:22.512-05:00


Yesterday I inadvertently traumatized myself by wearing brown shoes with gray pants. I thought that the pants were brown - they looked brown under the available light and I went with that they were brown, they were most sincerely not brown.

I looked like a People of Walmart all day. Not a good look, and then later, I sneezed all over myself and discoved hat my nose was bleeding! I doscovered this on a red sweater so that was marginally better than discovering it on a white shirt, but only marginally because it was a bright red sweater and not  a blood red sweater. It wasn't, it is now.

Such a super awesome day. For today, I checked that my pants were absolutely the color that I thought they were, absolutely gray and that they matched my shoes, it is important. The day was better from the start.

 I need to be more careful when I go pants shopping that I don't buy in the inbetween family of shades, I think that was the problem. I think the pants were kind of both brownish and grayish in the wrong light and that is fine when you are trying to match a printed sweater it is not fine when you are wearing the wrong shoes. You think I am over reacting here, but I'm not! You spend the day in brown pants and gray shoes and you tell me how you feel about yourself by the end of the day? It is not going to be good, I can tell you that.

Being a walking Fashion Don't is embarrassing even if a grand total of no one sees you and fewer that than that even register that you have made this mistake - because you notice for them and that is almost worse! I went to Wally dressed like that but nobody noticed because half of them were talking to themselves and the other half were wearing pajamas - No joke at all. A lot of people talk to themselves at Wally and a bunch of people feel comfortable wearing their pajamas to go shopping at the Wal-Mart.  I haven't noticed it at my Wally, but that the Garner Wally, a lot of the clients are pajama clad  and bonkers. For real. The Knightdale Wally the clientele are poor but proud, wearing street clothes and keeping their mouths shut. Whatever their psychosis is, they keep it to themselves.

I think I also go to Wal-Mart too frequently.




Did List

2017-12-19T07:03:31.872-05:00

Still to do :
-one more cookies batch
-cookies distributed into bags
-cookie ingredient stickers made three tries to get the spelling right!
-dog to Santa Petco and Petsmart, Petco the card contest this year
-dog cards made cute!
-boxes purchased
-cookies boxed, with dog cards and Christmas cards
card labels to be inputted from hard copy to computer and then printed out
-  corrected cards to envelopes and labeled and stamped
cookies labeled
-cards, cookies mailed two trips!
- gifts wrapped


Done. So now I'm watching Pitch Perfect 2 on regular TV and being really glad I didn't watch it on Netflix because I am not enjoying it as much as I thought I would. I thought I would be more into it than I am. I am just not that into a capella girl groups or a capella. I thought I would be, but I'm not, I don't get it. Its not that interesting. Maybe I should have seen PP1. It just seems a lot of sound and fury about contemporary choir music. Its essentially about a  girl group singing covers of pop songs.

Is it supposed to be making fun of the High School Musical/Glee/That other movie series - because I would be down with that, I hated those and that would be really fun. However, they take themselves entirely too seriously for that. They are entirely up their own asses in a very not humorous way.

I really like the cast members though, here and there. Not all of them. Some of them, and when you get tired of the principles its kind of a game of "spot the guest star", and while that is fun, you shouldn't be spending the whole movie doing that, its not nice. I will not seeing Pitch Perfect 3.



Got Done List

2017-12-18T21:31:16.687-05:00




Still to do :
-one more cookies batch
-cookies distributed into bags
-cookie ingredient stickers made three tries to get the spelling right!
-dog to Santa Petco and Petsmart, Petco the card contest this year
-dog cards made cute!
-boxes purchased
-cookies boxed, with dog cards and Christmas cards
- card labels to be inputted from hard copy to computer and then printed out
corrected cards to envelopes and labeled and stamped
- cookies labeled
-cards, cookies mailed two trips!
- gifts wrapped

I got so much done! ( and some yet to do) I thought I had it all done right up until I was getting the last couple of bags ready for my last two cookie people and it came to my attention that I had two more people who were without cookies. I kind of knew about one of the parties but I had forgotten about the other. I had really hoped to be done with cookies. I'm not done with cookies.

These at least do not have to be mailed, they are in town cookies and they are going to be just one variety - probably cheese because it is the easiest to work with and to get my hands on. The recipe makes two trays of cookies, one tray for one dog, one tray for the other. I hope it will be adequate.

I still have to mail rando cards to the vet and a couple of people on FB that I don't have addresses for yet, but I'm going to ask for - but I'm mostly done. Its down to gift wrapping and a couple of gift cards. I even got the people at work taken care of and that wasn't even on my To Do list, water bottles, .88 a pop, too good to pass up. Now I just have to clean the house and get the upstairs ready for new windows.



Friday Cats Blogging

2017-12-08T14:00:00.496-05:00





Better get Done List.

2017-12-13T20:03:04.296-05:00



Hello!

I checked my list and what was not on there was "edit cards", well, I did that. I sat there and cut a hundred pieces of black tape into tiny little pieces and covered a mistake on my cards. So fun. But that's done now. I also finished putting my card list onto the computer, back where it belongs and then put it onto a thumb drive. I now of course have thought up a couple of more people I want to send cards to who are not on my list. I will waste state resources on them.

Then cards and labels have to become as one. Then stamped. Then mailed. I would like to do this at the same time I mail off the cookies. Are the cookies ready to be mailed? No. Am I finished baking the cookies? No. Should I be? Yes. How many more do I need to get done? One.

Do I have boxes yet? No. Do I have enough stamps yet? No. Do I have bags in which to put the cookies? No.

Now I have to find my labels from last year and go to a Kinkos, preferably not one near a college campus - are there such animals? and print out my labels. But. There is still the dogs cards that have to be taken care of, that means at least one trip to Santa for the dog. Have I done that yet? No.

Then a trip to a CVS or Walgreens and a card, then . Have I already decided that I am going to do all of the above THIS WEEKEND. Yes.





To-Do list

2017-12-13T20:03:30.809-05:00



I'm back. Sorry. SO much to get done. The holidays literally snuck up on me and now I have four things to get done simultaneously and I am not good at multitasking .

What I am good at as it turns out, is napping with the pets. This evening for example I took a nap with the Big kitty, at first I was doing off watching him also napping across the room and I was thinking just how pretty he is, how smooth and round and even he is. I was thinking how much like a Japanese ink drawing he looks... and I fell asleep completely.

I woke up, an hour later - so wrong, with the same cat curled up in my arms! This is not a cat that just curls up in arms! It was so nice. I felt very special and I am pretty much the only person in his life, its hard to be more special than that, and it still made me feel like I won the lottery.

Eventually, he remembered that he had other places to be and I saw that the dog seemed very lonley on the couch and I was still a little tired - what it was only 8:30, and I went to go see him. He was very open to a joint nap.

I didn't just nap the evening away, I also decorated the tree. as much as it is getting decorated. I put my yarn ball garland on the tree and it looks lovely. So Pinterest it hurts, but lovely.

It is showing its age a little, yarn does not age well in the raw, but it still looks nice,

Before
 After


Today at lunch I mailed my elf his ornement . Next summer I am absolutely going to remember to do the hand off while I am still there. It was very spendy to send a .99 ornament in a .50 box to the great white north. Wow. The box felt like it was full of air and I felt like they charged me for at least three pounds of dog food.

Still to do :
-one more cookies batch
-cookies distributed into bags
-cookie ingredient stickers made
-dog to Santa
-dog cards made
-boxes purchased
-cookies boxed, with dog cards and Chrsitmas cards
- card labels to be inputted from hard copy to computer and then printed out
-  corrected cards to envelopes and labeled and stamped
- cookies labeled
-cards, cookies mailed
- gifts wrapped

Jeebus. Posting will be sporadic.





Friday Cats Blogging

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Freezing

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Instead of rushing home and walking the dog, first time this week! I rushed home yesterday to... go and buy a new freezer! Dramatic and sexy no?

First I went to "Discount Appliances R We" and they didn't have any. Lots of used stoves and refrigerators, I had wondered what they had in there, but no used box freezers. NEXT

Then I went to Best Buy. I bought my washer and dryer there and got a good deal and thought lightning might strike twice, they didn't have any in the store but offered to look online to see what they had on their site. Super I said, lets do that. They had exactly hat I wanted for $99! Exactly what I wanted for exactly what I wanted to pay! What could be better? Well. It would be better if they actually had the freezer they reeled me in with.

Other than the ideal freezer, that they did NOT have, anywhere in the state, they had a smaller one - the one I want is a 5 foot. This is smaller than it sounds, it is very small. It is about as small as you would want a freezer to be before you are dealing with a lunch bag. The next freezer they had was more expensive and essentially, a lunch bag .

I was annoyed and I left.

Onto Lowes. They, of course, had exactly what I wanted. But not for what I wanted I pay. Here it was $129 - not the worst news ever, however, if you wanted them to deliver, they tack an additional $79 on to the total. That does make it too much. If I lived in a newer house and it wasn't going into the basement I would try to heft the 79 pound beast myself, however, I don't and it does.

They charge for everything now! They are like the airlines! You buy the product, you pay for delivery and then you pay for installation! The nerve! I would totally think very hard about buying  a major appliance from them in the future. That's just entirely to many add-ons to the purchase. Why is the consumer paying for these services? hose should be just part of the service that they provide.

I don't know what has happened in the last few years but whatever it is  complete bull shit. The last place I bought that sort of thing was Best Buy and it might have to be my first stop from now on. Even with the bait and switch freezer bullshit.