Just some random stuff today

Have been up, for the most part, since 2 AM. Why? Hubby got what Youngest and I had. It wasn’t too pretty. At least he’s not throwing up anymore and is able to actually rest. And I’m thankful this is happening while he’s on Spring Break. Boss wasn’t too happy about me calling out today and tried to get me to come in and open only. I finally had to tell him I wasn’t coming in and that was that. It may piss him off, and I imagine I might see a decrease in my hours over the next few weeks, but what else am I supposed to do? Let my 10 yr. old watch my thirtysomething, diabetic Hubby that could end up needing to go to the ER for a serious drop in blood sugar due to lack of being able to keep ANYTHING in his stomach? Yeah, thought so. Oh well. I will often sacrifice a lot of my family time and what not for my job. If I have a way to still work, I normally will without much complaint. And I think that was my downfall this morning. But this was one of those times where the family needed me more than the job did. Seriously, they do need to start training others to do the jobs I do and do them at the same skill level. Of course most people there don’t have the same job ethic I do, so that could be a problem. Oh well. I’m home, and Hubby has been resting most of the day, which is just what he needed. It did get a little upsetting earlier, but thankfully we didn’t have to rush off to the ER.

Before lunch, Youngest and I took the dogs out for a walk in our yard. With Hubby not doing well, I didn’t want to go far away. Anywho, as we made it to the backyard, a couple of stray dogs decided they would come and visit. One was an obvious Shepard mix and the other was a huge black dog that had (or thought it had) an Alpha personality. I calmly took Cujo from Youngset and told her to slowly walk to the house. She gets scared easy around dogs she doesn’t know, and I didn’t want her to set these guys off. The black one started growling at Vader, which Cujo took as his cue to bark his little head off. I stomped my foot to get its attention and calm Cujo down and stared at it. It didn’t like it. I refused to break eye contact, and kept the boys still. That did the trick. It finally gave up and it and it’s buddy went along their way. I had to coax Bob (Zombie’s brother) back up on the porch, since I’ve seen the black one chasing cats before. I stayed out there with him (sans dogs) to make sure the stray dogs wouldn’t come back and mess with him. Yes, I felt a little bad ass ;). Maybe not the smartest thing, but I wasn’t going to let some stupid strays start something and hurt one of my babies.

Though if the strays had shown up a little later, that would have been nice. We had two morons from the Baptist Church up the road from us show up while we were eating. Now, this church is one I do not like. It’s not because they are christian. Far from it really. Check out the Open Door Baptist Church’s website to see why I don’t like them. They’ve done their little protest’s all over our town and frankly they are rude and very mean people. Which is why I was shocked when I told them “No, thank you. Have a nice day.” and shut the door on them, that they didn’t continue knocking. Oh well. I just didn’t feel up to it. Had it been the Mormons or Jehovah’s Witnesses, I wouldn’t have minded so much. That church though, it gives me the wiggins.

Vader has decided he doesn’t like any of us being sick. The cats and Cujo are of a different mind. Vader doesn’t get to play like he wants, which is his problem. Cujo and the cats can curl up with us with no problem and sleep away.

I conscripted the Youngest into helping with the housework today. She didn’t much care for it (which kids do?!), but she helped. There is still some more to do, but after we ate, we got a lot done. Having all of us under the weather this weekend left the house in bad shape. It’s looking much better now! 

We’re going to visit the Oldest this weekend. It’s been a while, mainly due to money and other things going on. We may take in a movie. I think we’d like to go for Clash of the Titans, but I don’t know if the movie times are going to work with getting us back here in time to take care of the dogs. We have a few days to decide and we may want to see what she wants to see too, instead of us just picking one out. It’ll be nice to see her again.

A co-worker just called me to see what I was up to and if I could help her with something. She reminded me of the meeting at work this afternoon, that a few of us were to be at, but after this morning and Hubby still not feeling good, I’m not going. I’m still exhausted after being up so early, and I want to get more stuff done around here before going back in tomorrow. If this is the same bug, then I have no doubt he’ll be feeling better tomorrow morning. At least well enough that I can leave and go back to work.

This just more or less reaffirms that I need to step up my getting my arse in gear for the writing. I need to get myself published and I need to get it going soon. Like I’ve said before, I’ve got a few ideas for the how already in thought, just not discussing them in detail here. Perhaps once I get things going, I will. The desk is almost 100 %, and the work on the house is still going. Not so well on the work out front though. I think what I may do, is in the mornings, is I will take Vader out (w/o Cujo) for longer walks. I won’t take Cujo, because he’s getting up there in age and the longer walks take more out of him and his hind legs can’t handle that. Vader, however, will love it and come home with much more energy than I will. I will come home exhausted and wanting to go back to bed. But I need to get back in shape and loose this weight. Not only for the writing, but for my legs as well. Sound mind and body are a great way to make yourself stay healthy and motivated to do things. And I imagine if I shed a few pounds, the legs may not hurt so bad.

Played Mass Effect 2 for a while this morning, in an attempt to keep myself awake to watch over Hubby. Still my second play through, but I did take a break from it for Sims 3 and for Dragon Age: Awakenings. This is my Male!Shepard character, and unlike my female who was loyal to Kaiden in the romance department, I’m totally going for Miranda in this one! And what stinks, is I’ve actually gotten more dialogue out of the Jacob character in this one than with my female one, who I was trying to get her together with him. Go figure. Almost done with the loyalty missions and then going after the Reaper IFF so I can get Legion and do his loyalty mission, then BAM! Endgame where I save everybody, a second time :D! Also have been racking up my Paragon point this time around. I need them so when I do Jack’s loyalty mission, I can convince her to remain loyal to me, even though I tell her to leave Miranda alone after finding out some not so nice things Miranda’s bosses did to her as a child. Very tense in-game moment.

Well, I’m an hour into this journal (had to stop a few times for certain things), and Hubby is starting to become more active. I’m taking that as a positive sign. I think he’s getting ready to rest some more, and watch a movie in the bedroom.

And I will take my leave. More later this week. Later all!

The Zombie Horde! We have Momma Zombie with (l to r) Smoker, Ghost and Tank.

A bit of a problem

As most of you know we’ve had one of our official outdoor kitties inside with us, due to her having given birth to kittens almost two weeks ago. It had been working out ok, with the others either accepting or ignoring her. The dogs adore Zombie (yes, her real name). Her sister Tux is the light of Hubby’s eye and so Tux has enjoyed having her litter mate inside. Needless to say Youngest has loved the fact that Zombie and her Horde are inside.

Well, over the past few days we’ve been seeing the tension raising in ALL the cats. And the sad part is that Zombie is the main instigator. She’s been going after the others, except for Trouble, who in the house is the undisputed Queen of the animals. Trouble on the other hand had enough of her BS and went after her today. Zombie has been jumping the others left and right it seems and I’ve been wracking my brain as to why. Is she thinking she’s a permanent inside kitty? If she is, I hate informing her that shortly after the kitties are gone (we’ve found a definite home for one and tentative for the other two) she’s back out the door. We’ll still keep an eye on her, etc, but this is too much even for us. If we had the space and she didn’t feel the need to go after the others, we might let her stay inside. Sadly, I don’t think this will end well for her. Zombie is used to the way things are in the outside world, and she’s one of the top kitties there. In here, she’s the underdog, and therefor she feels the need to assert herself.

Hubby and I both are torn up about it. We love this little Zombie, and are getting attached to her and the Horde. I really hate giving the babies up, but it will be better for the house as a whole. I can’t wait till the kittens are old enough to leave her.

In other news, I’ve been sick the past two days, thanks to Youngest. Thursday night she was hit by a stomach bug and was kind enough to share it with me. That was so sweet of her. It sucked. I didn’t have it as bad as her, but it sure felt that way. We laid down together last night watching the Strangerhood. That was nice.

Oh, I almost forgot! The names of the kittens! We have Smoker, Tank and Ghost. We figured since momma’s name is Zombie it was only fitting. The first two come from the Zombie video game Left 4 Dead and the Youngest wanted to name the third Ghost. It was going to be called Hunter, from the game as well.

We watched Up today. I had a hard time with it. It wasn’t a bad movie, but the old man in it was what made it so difficult to watch. Him and that house. Reminded me too much of my Dad. Yes, there were tears shed, and it soured the movie for me, but it was still good. Have to agree with Hubby though, Best Picture material? No. Not by a long shot.

Well, I guess it’s time to start getting ready for dinner and then the week. Hubby and Youngest are on Spring Break this week. Mine starts in about three weeks. Cannot wait. I will need that break in a huge way. Wish it was now, but… Too much is going on at work right now. Ok, I’m off.

Holy Fuck

That doesn’t even come close to how I feel right this moment. Nope, it does not.

A warning before you all go any further. This will be one of those rare politically driven posts, that I try to avoid. Why do I avoid them? Because in the mainstream my political views are not widely acceptable or “in”. I am a registered Republican, but as of late I’ve been wanting to give ALL political parties the finger. I have been very upset with them all in how they have handled this country we’ve given them permission to run for us. Frankly, I wish the elections were now and not in November. None of them would have a job in DC. Not a single one. I don’t care if every last Republican in the House voted no, I am pissed at them all.

Yes, this is about the healthcare ‘reform’ bill that was passed through yesterday and is on its way to the Senate and then to President Obama’s office. It’s as good as law right now. I don’t see him vetoing his pet project that has me very concerned for the future of this country. If you don’t know what it’s all about, then shame on you! You need to start reading up now on what this bill contains and how it will affect every last American, most in a very negative way. Here are some links to help you out, and no, they are not all FOX news related:

Our local NBC affiliate: A Look At The Health Care Overhaul Bill

From Charleston’s WCSC: Obama achieves health law success that eluded past

Fox News: Health Care Reform Fight Shifts From Congress to the Courts

Yahoo! News: Analysis: Political lift of health bill uncertain

And that is just the tip of the iceberg.

I wholeheartedly agree that something must be done to our healthcare system. And soon. But much of what this bill contains scares me. One in particular is the fact that if by a certain time in, I believe, 2014, you don’t have insurance, you will be fined by the federal government, is bullshit. And I can see not many being able to afford it then, just as many cannot afford it now. Do you really think this Bill will help our economy? Not only will our own personal taxes be raised to pay for this tripe, but business will have to pay higher fees and taxes just to give into the demands of the government to make sure they cover all their employees. Thus forcing them to cut jobs. And honestly, Medicaid was a nice idea, but it went down hill quick. Do we really need to add more money to a program that people cheat and swindle to get it, when they really don’t qualify for it, yet the ones who are honest about their info are denied? I don’t know if this doctor really did write this letter, or if he is imaginary, or whatever, but this e-mail I received recently struck a nerve with me:

“Pictured below is a young physician by the name of Dr.. Starner Jones. His short two-paragraph letter to   the White House accurately puts the blame on a   “Culture  Crisis” instead of a “Health Care Crisis”.  It’s worth a   quick read:
    {Picture taken out}
                            
        Dear Mr. President:
         During my shift in the Emergency Room last night, I had   the   pleasure of evaluating a patient whose smile revealed an expensive shiny gold tooth, whose body was adorned with a wide assortment of elaborate and costly tattoos, who wore a very expensive brand of tennis shoes and who chatted on a new cellular telephone equipped with a popular R&B ringtone.
        While glancing over her patient chart, I happened to notice that   her payer status was listed as “Medicaid”! During my examination of her, the patient informed me that she smokes more than one costly pack of cigarettes every day and somehow still has money to buy pretzels and beer.
        And, you and our Congress expect  me to pay for this woman’s health care?  I contend that our nation’s “health care crisis” is  not the result of a shortage of quality hospitals, doctors or  nurses. Rather, it is the result of a “crisis   of culture”,  a culture in which it is perfectly acceptable to spend money on  luxuries and vices while refusing to take care of one’s self or, heaven forbid, purchase health insurance.  It is a culture based in the irresponsible credo that “I can do whatever I want to because someone else will always take care of me”.
        Once you fix this  “culture crisis” that rewards irresponsibility and dependency, you’ll be amazed at how quickly our nation’s health care difficulties will disappear.
        Respectfully,
        STARNER JONES,  MD”

I agree fully. We need a change culturally before we can change our government so it can do what it was always meant to do, and that is serve us, the people. If we could get people to realise that there are more important things than having tatoo sleeves, cigarettes and what not (and much, much more), then they could spend that money on improving their lives, making it so they can do better, so that they don’t have to DEPEND on the government to do every little thing for them. We don’t need more mindless sheep in the pastures right now, we need more sheep dogs who are willing to fight against the wolves and make a stand to bring about REAL CHANGE AND REFORM. No more head nodders. No more not wanting to vote because you believe yours does not count. That is all BULLSHIT and a lame excuse for laziness. Votes really do count. If you knew the first thing about your own government, then you know it does. That your vote could be the one vote that does bring about change, bring about something our country needs.

Yes, I am quite upset. I posted on Twitter this morning at how upset I am culturally and politically. This is just a small portion of how I feel right now. Not only am I upset at our government, but I am upset at my country. I honestly would like to know what happened to the people that used to defend this country. And I am not talking military either. In fact this rant has nothing at all to do with them. Read the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. Read the other major documents that helped to found this nation. The people that helped to put that in place, and the ones who followed to make sure it would stay that way. For the People, By the People. Where are these people nowadays?

I see them peek out every now and then. Jon Stewart of the Daily Show is one that comes to mind. I may not always see eye to eye with him, but he knows how to search for the truth and rip politicians and journalists a new one when needed. I don’t care if he is a comic. He knows his shit and I respect him for that! The Tea Party protests. For the most part I agree with and like these guys. I have a few friends that partake on a regular basis, and I applaud them for it. Though, I am not happy about the ones that reportedly shouted racists remarks to several of our black Congressmen. That was not needed and makes it hard for anyone to take them seriously if they digress to such behavior. There are a few more, but they are so far and few between that it is scary.

I love this country. It is my home and I will always love and support it. But, as in any relationship, there come a time when things become strained. And right now, it’s the government AND my fellow citizens I feel this strain with. It should not be that way. We should all be working together to further this country, not set it back a couple hundred years, or turn it into something it was never meant to be. I do not want to see more socialist programs out there. I do not want to see the government gain more control. And I do want to see BIG corporations take a hit and bring their business back from over seas. I do want to see this country to go back to being what we really are: AMERICANS. I just don’t see us being capable of doing so anymore.

There is MUCH more involved in the problems with our healthcare, than just the government and needing a cultural kick in the ass. We have the pharmaceutical companies that push their new drugs on doctors who then to get more money and benefits push it on their patients. I think a lot of those in the healthcare profession have lost sight of their duty and the oath that many of them took. If memory serves right, once you are made a doctor, you have to swear to abide by the Hippocratic Oath. Not so much anymore. There are so many out there that are dealing with malpractice suits for genuine reasons, all because of the money. There are a lot out there that only became a doctor for the money. Many don’t really care about their patients, and the ones that do become so over worked that they can’t handle the workload and either retire too early, or are forced to hire help that isn’t up to snuff.

Another big problem are the patients themselves. Ever wonder why it costs big bucks to go see the doctor for a runny nose? Just ask the dumbass down the street that sued a doctor for a quick thousand or more over something not even real. Doctors, etc have to pay for malpractice insurance, lawyers, etc. Those costs go up each year on their own or because they lost a suit against them, sometimes ones that are not real. You can do a Google search for the details. It’s scary, really.

Basically we all need to get up off our asses, and stop being so mindless. We need to look at ourselves first and see where we need to make the changes in us so we can then go and make the changes in things like Healthcare. What is it that you really want for yourself? For your family? Your community? Your country? And if you really don’t care about it, then you know what? I have no use for you. You can stay, as is your right protected by the government, but I will have no use for you. You will become a waste of space and I will fight to make sure my hard-earned money does NOT make its way into your hands. You are undeserving of it. If you take a stand and fight for what you believe in, even if I don’t agree, then I have no problem in sharing. I don’t much care for lazy asses who wont do anything to help themselves and expect the rest of us to do it for them. You are the problem with this country and why we have complete idiots running the country. “Oh my vote doesn’t count!” Fuck you.

I better stop before I digress into full on bitch mode. But you all see my point right? I am just very upset and frustrated with this whole thing. I just hope that come November the people who are now angry over all of this don’t forget and go to the polls to make some people who deserve to be unemployed be so. Then maybe they can see how the rest of us live and why we don’t like what they did.

There are things I should be doing…

But I just don’t have the heart to do them right now. Like the dishes. I have a huge pile over by the sink and I cannot bring myself to do them. Maybe because I have to do so many at work, all the time, regardless of what position I run. Then I usually end up washing them here, even if Hubby does come to help dry and put away. I hate dishes. When I win the lottery, I will buy a dishwasher. That will be the first thing. Won’t be able to use it until the house is built to go along with it, but I will have one!

Anywho, some exciting news! And it’s not always easy to get excited about a SciFi (still not doing it!) original movie. The channel just has a hard time with these things, and I think it’s because of budget, and lack of a decent creative team. The vast majority of these movies are worse than an Uwe Boll movie (which is no easy feat!). But, I find myself getting excited for “Red” which will air sometime next year. Part of the reason is it stars Felicia Day. She’s like one of my favorite’s right now, between The Guild and her many other projects. Girl keeps herself busy. Then I discovered who her co-star is in this flick and I was done in. There is no hope for me when it comes to this guy:

Kavan Smith

I just get all weak kneed and keep saying “Buy me that!” over and over ;). He’s been on Supernatural, Blade the Series, Smallville, and more notable, he’s Major Lorne from Stargate Atlantis. *sigh* Buy me that! Here’s a shot with him, Felicia and two other dudes from the set of “Red”:

Dude 1, Dude 2, Felicia Day, Kavan Smith

 

The story behind the movie “Red”, if memory serves, is Miss Day and her family are descended from Little Red Riding Hood of the Big Bad Wolf fame, and they hunt werewolves. Well, Red there brings home the fiance to introduce him to the family and the family business (which he didn’t know about) only to be turned into a werewolf. Honestly, I don’t care how bad it is. I could watch Kavan all day recite form the phone book and I’d be happy! The movie is slated to air sometime next year and is in production now. Felicia, honey, should you read this, you are a very lucky woman right now. Cheerish these moments ;).

In other news, I’ve been writing a bit more. Not all of it stuff that will help me quit my current job, but hey, it’s all practice and you have to go where the creative juices are. Yesterday I wrote five pages, long hand, in a few hours. Yes, hours. I was researching at the same time for that project and one other. I’m proud of me. I haven’t written that much in a few months. Think I may have to dig up a few widgets that would help me keep track of the progress I make, plus help t0 encourage me by seeing what I’ve already done, and can I surpass it. Will be working more in the writing department as I get closer to having my desk and kitchen back in order. Also, need to work on the exercising front. I need to keep the body going if I expect my legs and hands to cooperate with me on long writing marathons. Which are different from gaming ones. Gaming ones I actually get up and move around once in a while. Since the computer has all but eliminated my need for a library or a bunch of books to sort through, I wont be moving around a lot, unless I have said book in my possession and it has exactly what I am looking for. So, yes, a workout schedule is needed. And it looks as though I am back on a more regular work schedule, which will help tremendously. I just need to get myself motivated. Getting there, but its slow.

I think it may be time for me to do another “Eiquette for the Drive Thru” or “How to act like a human being” post. People in the Drive Thu are being especially stupid right now, and I cannot stand it. Here is the entry I did before called Shameless Plug where, after whoring out for Rooster Teeth, I went into some details about what to and what not to do in a Drive Thru. I may expand on that, since the customers lately are really wanting to get their Darwin Awards, and I’m not ashamed to admit I want to help them get it. In the meantime, read over and review that one, and one little additional reminder that my Twitter followers should be familiar with- If it is raining, and you are in a Drive Thru, turn off your wipers. Most people are cool and do, but there are the few, the lovely few, who leave them on, and have them on high, so water is flung at us at full speed. This is not a fun activity. I promise you it is not. We had one girl once, during a real bad rain storm refuse to ope the window and take care of the customer who had their wipers on full blast and refused to turn them off. Common Courtsey. Yes, she was reprimanded for it, but even the manager said that they hated doing it because the customer was a jerk about the whole thing. We don’t like getting wet any more than you do. I promise you.

Ok, I’ve putzed around long enough. I may stare at Kavan Smith some more, or take my Atlantis DVDs to the bedroom and watch them before bed. I don’t know. Just tired and wishing it was vacation time already.

Oh yeah, it was five years ago today I was hired at my job. It was a job that was to have been temporary and it ended up being five years. Partly happy about that, and partly upset by it. Oh well. It has had its good moments, but let’s hope that I can get the writing in gear so I don’t have to worry about another five years. And I got to pick out of catalog what I get for being there for five years. It had a lot of nice stuff. I’ve gotten a mag lite, a bag, a travel cup and a few other things, but nothing like in the catalog. It was nice! I picked out a two piece luggage set. I knew it was safe to get as it is the same set that our District Manager has and uses to cart his portable office around to the various stores. It’s a very nice set and I can’t wait to get it. I’ve never had new luggage before. Kind of excited. Will need to get out and travel more now.

All right, off to bed now! Night all! Dishes will still be there tomorrow. On a day where we have the Girl Scouts, Dragon Age Awakenings and work. Maybe I can sneak out a little early. I know I shouldn’t want to, but Tuesdays have been real slow lately and I want to play my game! And get my dishes done, maybe. Ok, night! Fo real this time ;).

A few bits of good news for a change :).

Nothing huge and not even family life related either. They did however help to make me feel better.

First we have the return of Stargate Universe! April 2nd! 9PM! Yes! I will have Colonel Telford back! It’s about time! Missed him and the rest of the cast. Even if I have been stalkingfollowing them on Twitter ;). My have to rewatch the first ten episodes and then write more of my fanfic in celebration of this. It’s been months and months since we’ve seen SGU. Very keen on what happens with Rush with what Young did to him. And of course, does Telford actually make his way to the Destiny or is he doomed to be stuck on Earth and watch from a far? And just because it makes me feel good, here’s a bit of our Col. Telford…

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Col. Telford, courtesy of Gateworld.net

So, yeah, can’t wait.

The Sims 3 Ambitions Expansion was announced today. I’m gonna make a tattoo artist Sim once I get my hands on that thing! Heehee. I’ve been waiting, like many others I know have, for the chance to be able to FREELY tattoo our Sims, without having to go through the skinning process, etc. And you can become a ghost hunter, an architect and many more new jobs. Apparently there will be many more new skills and adventures we can take our sims on. Seriously cannot wait for this. Back with the tax money, I went ahead (due to rumors) and bought a GameStop gift card so I wouldn’t have to worry about not being to afford this. I’ve been doing well so far in keeping up with Sims 3, unlike the first two games, and I’m happy to keep that up. Now if they would just include some more of the Sims 2 things, like pets (sorry, fish don’t cut it), home businesses, and the weather, then we’d have the perfect game on our hands! I miss the weather from Sims 2 Seasons. That was the best. We have most of the gardening and farming options from that expansion in Sims 3, but no snow, rain or heat! Hopefully Electronic Arts will be adding those sometime in the future. Now, just need to find a Col. Telford Sim to download ;).

And for those interested, here is the trailer they JUST released for the new expansion, on Gamespot. Now I really can’t wait!

I will be doing a more in depth Part 2 of my Mass Effect 2 review soon, I just need to rant about this little bit again. I picked the game back up again today, and though I’ve missed the characters and the exploring and what not… How many times do I have to die on NORMAL before I throw the controller through the TV? I LOVE THIS GAME. Do not get me wrong. It’s frustrating as all hell when I cannot go long without dying from too many bullets to the back side. That’s too much. I don’t like shooters and I’m beginning to resent he fact that they made this game into more of a shooter. I know it’s what a lot of the fan boys wanted. Well, this fan girl hates it, and I know I’m not a lone. So, BioWare, in the off chance that you are reading this, if Mass Effect 3 has a lot of shooter qualities to it, I may not bother with it at all. It has been ruining the game for me.

Left work early today. I didn’t sleep well at all last night, due to my stomach having a problem with me. But I went into work anyway, even went in early. I already warned the manager on duty that I wasn’t feeling good at all, but I wanted to try and last as long as I could. After we finished with the opening, she told me to wait till everybody showed up and she was going to let me go. About that time I could have hugged her. My very tiny lunch (a few crackers and a very plain hamburger) was threatening to revisit, so I was grateful. I came home to happy dogs, happy cats and a welcoming couch. Vader helped me struggle through my second play through of ME2, where we were reunited with Chief Ashley Williams. Yeah, that went well… Anyway, feeling a little better this afternoon, and am hoping this is just one of those 24 or so hour bugs that will be out of my system by morning. I may go in early tomorrow as well, just to make up some of the missed time this week. I don’t go in until 10, but I’m sure they wont mind me showing up at 8.

Not a lot of progress on the kitchen floor since the other day, but I haven’t been feeling well enough to do it. I figure by Sunday though I’ll have it done, and hope to have the kitchen back in working order the following weekend. Maybe. That part includes having my desk put back together and organized. That may require a lot more time, unless I can really discipline myself and get it done. Will need to make sure I have plenty of trash bags for this venture too. My desk often ends up the dropping ground for papers and mail and what not, so a lot of things get lost in the shuffle and hang around that don’t really need to.

feb2010 265Last week, Vader helped Hubby with the Garlic Bread for dinner, hoping to get some of it!

 

Think that’s it for now. I may play some Sims in preparation for the upcoming expansion. Or pester GameStop about it :). 

Snow Puppy is on the loose!

 Yes he is. We have snow right now and Vader is happy, and not wanting to come inside. Granted it’s only about an inch, but still, he’s happy. I think the weatherman said we’d get about 2-4 inches. Schools got out early too. I know, I know. I’m from the North so this is still new to me to have them closing everything down, etc. But, when you keep in mind that the county we live in is pretty large in size (not population) and has back roads that many of the small roads I grew up with look like a joy ride, AND they have one or two trucks to cover the entire county with… well you begin to understand. Snow is not a big thing here in the South, until it happens. They don’t budget a lot to prepare for it, because frankly, until this year, our area has only seen any significant snow or Winter type weather once in almost five years. So, it’s a bit cheaper to close things down than to have a bunch of trucks that just sit there and get rusty (plus you have to maintain them, etc.). Different story when it comes to Hurricanes and Tornadoes. Those we got plenty of things set up for. Then again, we see more of them around here. The Northerner in me though makes sure we are prepared for the Wintery weather. I have my little gas heater, camping stove and plenty of gas for both, and Hubby is great about keeping up with the big grill. I have my salt, and things to help clear the ice and snow. No shovel. No real need for one when one of the rakes has been doing fine with what little we see. Oh, and we have Hot Chocolate and the most important thing- ANIMAL FOOD! Can’t have Snow Puppy and his buddies go hungry, now can we ;)? We can starve, but Gods have mercy on all of us should they be without food!

See, it is snowing :).

I started on my kitchen floor yesterday. Yup. Now before you all get all happy and excited and ask me to come over and do yours, all I am doing to it is this: We already have a huge sheet of vinyl on as our floor. BUT, over the years it has been beat up and needs to be replaced. Since we discovered it’d be cheaper to use the vinyl tiles instead of a sheet (and easier to repair) we are laying those down. Part of the reason we are just laying them down on the old floor, is we’ve had a lot of problems with the plumbing in this place in general and the kitchen in particular. They’ve had to replace pieces of the floor at odd times thanks to that. So, we were thinking, what if they need to get under the flooring again? We can’t just remove all those tiles once they’ve been laid. So, we place the new on top of the old and problem solved. The floor can be pulled up when need be, and we’ll have enough tiles left over for repair work if we need them. SO far I have about a quarter of it done. The hard part is when I get to the area where my desk and some storage shelves are. That is going to take a while. Lots of stuff to move and all that.

Before
In between
After

But at least all of this work coincides with what I’ve been wanting to get done anyway. This will force me to clean and organize my desk. So that’s two things that will be done soon on my list of things to do to get ready to write. Happy about that. Now I just to get myself motivated to work on the rest.

Got a wedding announcement yesterday in the mail from one of my nephews and his fiancée. Honestly I didn’t expect this one to settle down. But from the sounds of it, he found a lovely woman who is just right for him. And my mom likes her :). I’m hoping to be able to go, but considering everytime I plan on these things, something happens to muck it up, I don’t know. Think I’ll go ahead and set aside a few dollars each check in hopes. Maybe even spend a week up North with the family. Trying not to get myself too excited. But I really want to go, especially since I missed my niece’s wedding in October. Then again we didn’t expect me to get sick and all that either. Still.

Just heard word from Hubby. He’s heading home early. He had a midterm today in his Cooking Class, but the teacher decided to get the practical part out of the way and just work the rest in later on. I agree, it’s easier to work in a speech or written exam than it is those practicals. That and I think that was the part Hubby was more nervous about, even though he shouldn’t be. He’s awesome when it comes to the food, and is a little too critical of himself. Then again, I’m the same way about certain things ;). But I know he did well.

I guess I will spend the rest of the day working on the floor, and getting a few other things done. Am tired though. That’s due to the legs. They’ve been bothering me worse than normal since yesterday due to this weather. Might break out a cranergy or two and see if that helps. If not I’m parking it and playing Sims.