vanillafluffy: (2012)
Church today was fun---our aspiring minister (henceforth AM) presented music associated with winter festivals of different faiths. (Several of which I'd never heard of.) She was wearing a *very* familiair-looking top---apparently most of the stuff in last week's box worked, hurray!

I had on my faux-wrap leopard print dress with a wide black belt. It's one of those decorative belts that has a hole pattern all the way around, so in theory you can take it in indefinitely. You can tell I've had it for a while, because at this point, I have about ten inches coming out on the far side of the buckle. Thankfully, the dress has a ways to go before it can be considered "too big", which is good, because I really like it.

From there I went to Publix to check my e-mail and update my apps, which has become a Sunday ritual. Went to Aldi afterward and used a GC to stock up on a few things food stamps won't buy, plus some treats for New Years. The thing about their gift certs is, you have to spend them all at once, so I was judicious in balancing needs and wants with the eventual total. It came to $25.23, so once I got the deposit back on my cart, I about broke even. Now I have light bulbs and paper plates and frozen pizza and cheese and cashews and have some nommies to look forward to tomorrow. (Hell no, I'm not going anywhere. Even if I did voluntarily drive after dark, I sure as hell wouldn't do it when all the idjits are out and about.)

My paid LJ account and icons are fixing to expire next month. Le sigh! That's so far down the priority list---! Somewhere between my next tank of gas and getting the backyard mowed....

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vanillafluffy: (Success failure)
I'd signed up ages ago to be the speaker at church today. I had a plan, even: I'd downloaded a 35-minute talk by Mike Dooley, of TUT.com. DL had been on my desktop for even more ages; I hadn't actually opened it, but I figured since it was a combo of positive-thinking and visualization, that it would be just the thing for a Sunday morning.

Cut to late Friday, when I realized the damn thing was an MP3, not a video as I'd thought. Major OH SHIT moment, as I imagined averyone sitting there for 35 minutes staring into space.

Okay, I decided. I'll put together a slideshow to run in the background and give 'em something to look at.

I tried. I really did. Went through my picture folders trying to find images that weren't offensive or too weird (200 assorted images of shoes might be a bit much). Hit on the notion of doing a Google image search for wallpapers: Scenery, wildlife, nature, animals, stuff like that.

I was congratulating myself on snagging a broad variety of pretties, when I tried to run it as a slide show. Disaster! In my stressed-out frenzy, I made a rookie mistake---I'd grabbed the icons, not the images. Damn things were the size of postage stamps and would NOT have showed up on the screen.

That was at 10:10 this morning, and there *was* no Plan B.

I loaded up my computer and headed out the door, feeling like a total fuck-up. Was zooming toward church, trying to distract myself by planning what I wanted to talk about during Joys and Concerns. There was no service last week because of the picnic, so I wanted to say something about Staten Island.

That was when it hit me. Regardless of whether the presentation went well or poorly, in two hours, it would be over and done with. It wasn't life or death, and while I might be disappointed by my attempt at a slide show, people make mistakes, and this one wasn't going to drastically affect my existance.

I calmed down.

The presentation was mostly well-received. There was one woman, not a regular, who had some criticism to make; apparently she used to go to a church that had practiced positive thinking and gambled its way to insolvency. Other than that, Mrs. Lincoln, it went pretty well.

Tomorrow, Mb's invited me to come over and watch TV, so she can get some of it off her DVR. She's been busy elsewhere for the last few weeks, so I'm looking forward to it.

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vanillafluffy: (Ruby slippers)
leopard_detail_brooch


Here is a slightly larger-than-life-sized detail of the brooch pinning the neckline of the leopard print wrap dress I wore to church today. I'd post a pic of me *in* the dress, but for some fucked-up reason, LJ is only presenting that pic tilted so I'm horizontal. Very annoying.

It's a cute dress, but honestly, it's still too hot for long-sleeved chiffon. I'll wait another 10-15 degress before I try it again.

No one said anything about the hair. Like I said, subtle.

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vanillafluffy: (Ruby slippers)
leopard_detail_brooch


Here is a slightly larger-than-life-sized detail of the brooch pinning the neckline of the leopard print wrap dress I wore to church today. I'd post a pic of me *in* the dress, but for some fucked-up reason, LJ is only presenting that pic tilted so I'm horizontal. Very annoying.

It's a cute dress, but honestly, it's still too hot for long-sleeved chiffon. I'll wait another 10-15 degress before I try it again.

No one said anything about the hair. Like I said, subtle.

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Sunday

Sep. 17th, 2012 03:40 am
vanillafluffy: (Nibble)
Got a modest loan from GK and got some generic Claratin (recommended by the pharmacist), a tube of hydrocortisone lotion, and a bottle of Listerine (recommended as an itch-fighter by AI), and AI was right, it smells a bit medicinal, but I'm definitely less itchy.

I ended up wearing the black pants GK sent me, with an orange top under the print jacket I posted a pic of last week. Ended up taking the jacket off---it's still a little too warm for that. I got told how terrific I'm looking by Ranger'sGrrl, to which I modestly said "Thank you". Really? Wasn't feeling it---that wasn't my definition of all dressed up---but it's still good to hear.

I'm gleed to see a couple new KIA Soul hamsta commercials are running. The "Night at the Opera" is...interesting, and the neon-light-space-hamstas really makes me grin like a fiend, since I proposed Soul-as-TARDIS ages ago. Although, there are definitely just three of them. so I think insteead of St. John, Orlando, Umberto and Leery, they're Kevin, Ivan and Arlo.... If I thought I'd be doing Yuletide, that's definitely something I'd be requesting.

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Sunday

Sep. 17th, 2012 03:40 am
vanillafluffy: (Nibble)
Got a modest loan from GK and got some generic Claratin (recommended by the pharmacist), a tube of hydrocortisone lotion, and a bottle of Listerine (recommended as an itch-fighter by AI), and AI was right, it smells a bit medicinal, but I'm definitely less itchy.

I ended up wearing the black pants GK sent me, with an orange top under the print jacket I posted a pic of last week. Ended up taking the jacket off---it's still a little too warm for that. I got told how terrific I'm looking by Ranger'sGrrl, to which I modestly said "Thank you". Really? Wasn't feeling it---that wasn't my definition of all dressed up---but it's still good to hear.

I'm gleed to see a couple new KIA Soul hamsta commercials are running. The "Night at the Opera" is...interesting, and the neon-light-space-hamstas really makes me grin like a fiend, since I proposed Soul-as-TARDIS ages ago. Although, there are definitely just three of them. so I think insteead of St. John, Orlando, Umberto and Leery, they're Kevin, Ivan and Arlo.... If I thought I'd be doing Yuletide, that's definitely something I'd be requesting.

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vanillafluffy: (Veggie basket)
Mb invited me for Chinese food on Tuesday. We discovered when we got to Melbourne that her favorite Chinese Buffet has closed. Oh dear...we ended up at Cici's Pizza, which is AYCE. Mediocre pizza, but the price is right. Also, I discovered they have free wifi for the win.

Wednesday, J and I had a dog. It's a myth that you can't teach an old dog new tricks. You certainly can---IF you know how to go about it. However, teaching an old owner? Forget about it. This one was boohooing about not wanting to be "mean" to the dog. *eyeroll and gnashing of teeth* Having rules and letting the dog know what they are is NOTNOTNOT being mean. So we doubt we'll hear back from this one. It's the dog I feel sorry for.

Got confirmation about house-sitting next weekend, oh yay! I said YES quite smartly. I know they're having work done on the house, but I'll deal with that. I need the money AND the change of scene and air, glorious air! I'm also looking forward to a nice, flat driveway so I can clean out my car, which is a hot mess, literally. I'm also hoping I can scrape together a few nickels and see The Expendables 2, which is my kind of movie.

More running around with J on Thursday, including her comping me lunch at Five Guys Burgers, which was fabulous. I honestly couldn't remember the last time I had beef. They were really sweet. When I said that the fries weren't very fresh, the counterperson immediately made us a fresh batch. Mmmm! I'd go there a couple times a month, if I could afford it.

Friday, I was kinda fatiqued from all the running around of previous days. I did some laundry, not much else.

Yesterday was canasta at J's, and it was a hoot. The first hand we played, I was getting skunked. J, her BFF and I were playing cut-throat, which is every player for herself. We got down to the bottom of the deck, and BFF got the last card in the pile. In the variation we play, the next player, which was me, can take another turn if they're able to pick up the pack of discards. I lamented that unless BFF discarted something I could use, I was screwed. BFF waved around the cards she had left; the highed value card she had was an 8. "They make lovely discards," I said breezily...and she promptly discarded it. I pounced. BFF couldn't believe it. J was laughing her ass off. I just smiled and completed a wild-card canasta from the pack. It was an awesome moment. I didn't win, but it put me in second place.

The second hand, the deck was getting low, not more than two or three turns left, and I just wasn't getting the cards I needed to complete sequences. I sorted things and realized I could go out if I didn't draw anything too unfortunate on my next turn. Sure enough, I got cards that would work with what I had, and proceeded to go out. There was some fussin' and cussin' for sure! I won that hand neatly.

When I got home, around 1AM, an odd thing happened. I walked into my living room, and it felt a little cleaner than I expected. Nothing had been moved, the elves hadn't magically come in and tidied up for me, it just seemed less dingy, more welcoming. I have a long way to go, but I could tell that there's been progress.

Today was church. The speaker was someone who's new, and she gave an interesting talk about the erosion of civil rights. Hospitality was plentiful; there was a Buddist retreat at the church this week, and there were plentiful leftovers. Enough that we all ate, and most of us got more to take home. I have a bag of salad greens, a bag of cooked brown rice, two onions, some grape tomatoes and two hard-boiled eggs. Woohoo, I'm set for the week!

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vanillafluffy: (Veggie basket)
Mb invited me for Chinese food on Tuesday. We discovered when we got to Melbourne that her favorite Chinese Buffet has closed. Oh dear...we ended up at Cici's Pizza, which is AYCE. Mediocre pizza, but the price is right. Also, I discovered they have free wifi for the win.

Wednesday, J and I had a dog. It's a myth that you can't teach an old dog new tricks. You certainly can---IF you know how to go about it. However, teaching an old owner? Forget about it. This one was boohooing about not wanting to be "mean" to the dog. *eyeroll and gnashing of teeth* Having rules and letting the dog know what they are is NOTNOTNOT being mean. So we doubt we'll hear back from this one. It's the dog I feel sorry for.

Got confirmation about house-sitting next weekend, oh yay! I said YES quite smartly. I know they're having work done on the house, but I'll deal with that. I need the money AND the change of scene and air, glorious air! I'm also looking forward to a nice, flat driveway so I can clean out my car, which is a hot mess, literally. I'm also hoping I can scrape together a few nickels and see The Expendables 2, which is my kind of movie.

More running around with J on Thursday, including her comping me lunch at Five Guys Burgers, which was fabulous. I honestly couldn't remember the last time I had beef. They were really sweet. When I said that the fries weren't very fresh, the counterperson immediately made us a fresh batch. Mmmm! I'd go there a couple times a month, if I could afford it.

Friday, I was kinda fatiqued from all the running around of previous days. I did some laundry, not much else.

Yesterday was canasta at J's, and it was a hoot. The first hand we played, I was getting skunked. J, her BFF and I were playing cut-throat, which is every player for herself. We got down to the bottom of the deck, and BFF got the last card in the pile. In the variation we play, the next player, which was me, can take another turn if they're able to pick up the pack of discards. I lamented that unless BFF discarted something I could use, I was screwed. BFF waved around the cards she had left; the highed value card she had was an 8. "They make lovely discards," I said breezily...and she promptly discarded it. I pounced. BFF couldn't believe it. J was laughing her ass off. I just smiled and completed a wild-card canasta from the pack. It was an awesome moment. I didn't win, but it put me in second place.

The second hand, the deck was getting low, not more than two or three turns left, and I just wasn't getting the cards I needed to complete sequences. I sorted things and realized I could go out if I didn't draw anything too unfortunate on my next turn. Sure enough, I got cards that would work with what I had, and proceeded to go out. There was some fussin' and cussin' for sure! I won that hand neatly.

When I got home, around 1AM, an odd thing happened. I walked into my living room, and it felt a little cleaner than I expected. Nothing had been moved, the elves hadn't magically come in and tidied up for me, it just seemed less dingy, more welcoming. I have a long way to go, but I could tell that there's been progress.

Today was church. The speaker was someone who's new, and she gave an interesting talk about the erosion of civil rights. Hospitality was plentiful; there was a Buddist retreat at the church this week, and there were plentiful leftovers. Enough that we all ate, and most of us got more to take home. I have a bag of salad greens, a bag of cooked brown rice, two onions, some grape tomatoes and two hard-boiled eggs. Woohoo, I'm set for the week!

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Cool

Jul. 29th, 2012 06:05 pm
vanillafluffy: (Stained-glass spiral)
Made it to church today, and was rewarded with a bag of cans, which is nice. Showed my Nook off to AI and discussed the merits of Calibre. (I'm for it, and she's going to be looking into it, because apparently Adobe is not getting the job done.)

Cross your fingers, the C's are going away for a weekend soon, which hopefully will get me into a/c for the duration.

On the strength of my expectations, I went by Publix after church and got bread (on BOGO) as well as Pasta Roni White Cheddar and Shells and some Ghirardelli brownie mix (ditto and ditto).

I'm struggling to stay awake, but otherwise, I'm feeling good.

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Cool

Jul. 29th, 2012 06:05 pm
vanillafluffy: (Stained-glass spiral)
Made it to church today, and was rewarded with a bag of cans, which is nice. Showed my Nook off to AI and discussed the merits of Calibre. (I'm for it, and she's going to be looking into it, because apparently Adobe is not getting the job done.)

Cross your fingers, the C's are going away for a weekend soon, which hopefully will get me into a/c for the duration.

On the strength of my expectations, I went by Publix after church and got bread (on BOGO) as well as Pasta Roni White Cheddar and Shells and some Ghirardelli brownie mix (ditto and ditto).

I'm struggling to stay awake, but otherwise, I'm feeling good.

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vanillafluffy: (Rose keyboard)
The presentation on service dogs went pretty well this morning, despite the fact that I overslept. Snoozed right through my alarm, woke, caught sight of the clock, thought it said 10:43 (Church starts at 11) screamed, virtually levitated out of bed, looked again, saw that it was actually "only" 10:13, and calmed down, but did not slow down.

I made it from bed to church in a scant 35 minutes, by virtue of knowing what I was going to wear and having it ready beforehand. (Zebra suit with cranberry red shell and shoes, shell and coral necklace.) I did not, however, have any notes, which made it challenging.

I'm told it was a good talk; I meant to discuss service dog etiquette, but didn't. Was going to differentiate between service dogs and theraphy dogs, didn't. I've run across several stories about service dogs in the news recently and touched on all of them, so it didn't go too terribly.

I'm taking a breather from my room; there's been a Hoarding: Buried Alive marathon most of the evening, and there but for the grace of God...saw a news story yesterday about a guy in California who lost it when city officials showed up on his doorstep. He shot one of them and held them off for a while before surrendering. Yikes. At times like this, I feel like a model of mental health (other times, I'm not so sure).

Got an email from GK that made me squee gleefully: She's got a new Nook Touch for me by way of some overpriveleged kid she knows who got it as a graduation present and didn't want it. Woohoo, he may not care for it, but I'm just thrilled! She says she'll get it registered for me and load a few books onto it. I suggested she scope out my Amazon wish list, which I should probably go update.

A pretty good day, all things condidered!

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vanillafluffy: (Rose keyboard)
The presentation on service dogs went pretty well this morning, despite the fact that I overslept. Snoozed right through my alarm, woke, caught sight of the clock, thought it said 10:43 (Church starts at 11) screamed, virtually levitated out of bed, looked again, saw that it was actually "only" 10:13, and calmed down, but did not slow down.

I made it from bed to church in a scant 35 minutes, by virtue of knowing what I was going to wear and having it ready beforehand. (Zebra suit with cranberry red shell and shoes, shell and coral necklace.) I did not, however, have any notes, which made it challenging.

I'm told it was a good talk; I meant to discuss service dog etiquette, but didn't. Was going to differentiate between service dogs and theraphy dogs, didn't. I've run across several stories about service dogs in the news recently and touched on all of them, so it didn't go too terribly.

I'm taking a breather from my room; there's been a Hoarding: Buried Alive marathon most of the evening, and there but for the grace of God...saw a news story yesterday about a guy in California who lost it when city officials showed up on his doorstep. He shot one of them and held them off for a while before surrendering. Yikes. At times like this, I feel like a model of mental health (other times, I'm not so sure).

Got an email from GK that made me squee gleefully: She's got a new Nook Touch for me by way of some overpriveleged kid she knows who got it as a graduation present and didn't want it. Woohoo, he may not care for it, but I'm just thrilled! She says she'll get it registered for me and load a few books onto it. I suggested she scope out my Amazon wish list, which I should probably go update.

A pretty good day, all things condidered!

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vanillafluffy: (Success failure)
Tossed and turned and moaned and groaned trying to get comfy in bed. Left Hip hurt abominably. Ibuprophen is my friend. Note to self, do NOT try to sleep at J's again until she has a new couch, which is alledgedly going to happen in the next couple of weeks. Although I have noticed, it seem to only be here at home that I hurt....

OTOH, she's STILL going round and round about the grant that was supposed to get the dog training company official premises since November. And it's been longer than that since I saw a nickel out of the biz. Speaking of dogs, I signed up to give a presentation about service animals at church this Sunday, which means I need to get my ass in gear and actually write something.

I should also gear up and start doing laundry---unearthed a lot of bedding while excavating my bedroom, and I've been climbing over piles of it for a week now. Fortunately, that's not ultra time-consuming, so I can run back and forth from my desk to the garage.

Although, come to think of it, I'm getting peckish. And I've got an arse-load of stuff on my DVR that needs to be viewed and cleared. Ah, well---thanks to my mid-day nap, I'm sure to be up all night!

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vanillafluffy: (Success failure)
Tossed and turned and moaned and groaned trying to get comfy in bed. Left Hip hurt abominably. Ibuprophen is my friend. Note to self, do NOT try to sleep at J's again until she has a new couch, which is alledgedly going to happen in the next couple of weeks. Although I have noticed, it seem to only be here at home that I hurt....

OTOH, she's STILL going round and round about the grant that was supposed to get the dog training company official premises since November. And it's been longer than that since I saw a nickel out of the biz. Speaking of dogs, I signed up to give a presentation about service animals at church this Sunday, which means I need to get my ass in gear and actually write something.

I should also gear up and start doing laundry---unearthed a lot of bedding while excavating my bedroom, and I've been climbing over piles of it for a week now. Fortunately, that's not ultra time-consuming, so I can run back and forth from my desk to the garage.

Although, come to think of it, I'm getting peckish. And I've got an arse-load of stuff on my DVR that needs to be viewed and cleared. Ah, well---thanks to my mid-day nap, I'm sure to be up all night!

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vanillafluffy: (Stained-glass spiral)
Thanks to my thoroughly buggered sleep schedule, I haven't been to church the last few weeks because I've slept through my alarm. I think I've been once in the last two months, which is dreadful. Ordinarily, I *might* miss once in two months.

This morning, though, by the simple expedience of not going to bed, I was showered and dressed and ready to go. Then I went out and my car wouldn't start. Again. It was 10:45---service begins at 11---so I said sod it and went in, took my clothes off and went to sleep.

I really don't want to pop $60 on a new battery. Now, it may just be that it wasn't fully charged after last Monday, and if I stick it on the charger for a few hours and do some running around town, then maybe I can nurse it along. Hopefully.

Now to figure out what's for dinner....

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vanillafluffy: (Stained-glass spiral)
Thanks to my thoroughly buggered sleep schedule, I haven't been to church the last few weeks because I've slept through my alarm. I think I've been once in the last two months, which is dreadful. Ordinarily, I *might* miss once in two months.

This morning, though, by the simple expedience of not going to bed, I was showered and dressed and ready to go. Then I went out and my car wouldn't start. Again. It was 10:45---service begins at 11---so I said sod it and went in, took my clothes off and went to sleep.

I really don't want to pop $60 on a new battery. Now, it may just be that it wasn't fully charged after last Monday, and if I stick it on the charger for a few hours and do some running around town, then maybe I can nurse it along. Hopefully.

Now to figure out what's for dinner....

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vanillafluffy: (Film fest)
Haircut is NOT what I asked for and I'm extremely unhappy about that. IDC if AI says she thinks it's cute and that it shows how much weight I've lost. It reminds me of the style my mom wore for my entire memory of her, and it looked better on her than it does on me. Grrr.

Dark Shadows: Meh. It was over the top camp. It would take itself seriously for a couple minutes, then go veering off into la-la-land. I expected a little tongue-in-cheek, which I would've been fine with, and I'm sure the cast had a great time making it, but I was massively underwhelmed. Tim Burton can do creepy---what happened?!

Which was why, afterward, I wandered into "The Raven". That was moody and dark, more like what I would've wanted DS to be. It reminded me of the RDJ Sherlock Holmes movies, aided by John Cusack. He's all broody and angsty as Poe, searching for his lost love, who's been kidnapped by a maniacal fan. The fan is committing murders out of Poe's stories with little touches of his own, and demanding new stories from Poe in return for the next clue. Not scary-scary, but nicely suspenseful.

Discovered to my extreme joy that I can now wear size 26 pants. Wept for joy in the changing room at Fashion Bug! Tried some 28s, which looked like I was off to ride my little pony, there was so much fabric flapping at the thighs. Woohoo! I remember being highly upset when I was stretching out size 32s and couldn't find 34s anywhere. And these aren't stretch pants, either---they're woven and have a button-and-zip waistband. Go, me!

Very small crowd at church yesterday---seven people!---but we all knew each other, so it was cozy. PJ gave each of the ladies present a red rose---mine is residing in a glass in my bathroom where I'll see it every time I go in there.

Was up til OMG!AM reading Locked In, the new Tom Clancy. Thankfully, he's gotten away from quoting tech manuals on the hardware at length, as in earlier books. Alas, now he's introducing eight thousand characters to keep track of, complete with backstories and subplots and so on. Me complaining about backstories?! You know it must be serious. Still, I enjoy following his recurring charactrs, which was why I was up til OMG---there was a hostage/torture situation with one of the RC's, and I was freaking out. Arrgh! Vry intense! Now I'm on pins and needles for the next one.

Otherwise, same stuff, different week. TTFN.

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vanillafluffy: (Film fest)
Haircut is NOT what I asked for and I'm extremely unhappy about that. IDC if AI says she thinks it's cute and that it shows how much weight I've lost. It reminds me of the style my mom wore for my entire memory of her, and it looked better on her than it does on me. Grrr.

Dark Shadows: Meh. It was over the top camp. It would take itself seriously for a couple minutes, then go veering off into la-la-land. I expected a little tongue-in-cheek, which I would've been fine with, and I'm sure the cast had a great time making it, but I was massively underwhelmed. Tim Burton can do creepy---what happened?!

Which was why, afterward, I wandered into "The Raven". That was moody and dark, more like what I would've wanted DS to be. It reminded me of the RDJ Sherlock Holmes movies, aided by John Cusack. He's all broody and angsty as Poe, searching for his lost love, who's been kidnapped by a maniacal fan. The fan is committing murders out of Poe's stories with little touches of his own, and demanding new stories from Poe in return for the next clue. Not scary-scary, but nicely suspenseful.

Discovered to my extreme joy that I can now wear size 26 pants. Wept for joy in the changing room at Fashion Bug! Tried some 28s, which looked like I was off to ride my little pony, there was so much fabric flapping at the thighs. Woohoo! I remember being highly upset when I was stretching out size 32s and couldn't find 34s anywhere. And these aren't stretch pants, either---they're woven and have a button-and-zip waistband. Go, me!

Very small crowd at church yesterday---seven people!---but we all knew each other, so it was cozy. PJ gave each of the ladies present a red rose---mine is residing in a glass in my bathroom where I'll see it every time I go in there.

Was up til OMG!AM reading Locked In, the new Tom Clancy. Thankfully, he's gotten away from quoting tech manuals on the hardware at length, as in earlier books. Alas, now he's introducing eight thousand characters to keep track of, complete with backstories and subplots and so on. Me complaining about backstories?! You know it must be serious. Still, I enjoy following his recurring charactrs, which was why I was up til OMG---there was a hostage/torture situation with one of the RC's, and I was freaking out. Arrgh! Vry intense! Now I'm on pins and needles for the next one.

Otherwise, same stuff, different week. TTFN.

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vanillafluffy: (Kojak)
I just got in from church, after not going for three weeks in a row---it's been YEARS since that last happened---and it was very nice.

When she was down last spring, GK gave me a sleeveless solid black dress, microfiber/chiffon. I hadn't worn it, thinking it was a bit dressy for church: I had to pin up the neckline, for one thing! but finally bit the bullet, otherwise I'd never have worn it before I outgrew it. It would benefit from a little taking in, but I thought it looked nice with a blue shrug and blue shoes for a color-block effect.

We had a guest speaker, the Reverend Ann Fuller, who is an actual Unitarian Universalist minister, as opposed to our usual Speaker Potluck. Her talk was "Antidote for Idolatry", defining "idolatry" as anything that comes between us and God, the Universe and Everything.

There was definitely food for thought there. By that definition, I suppose my clutter could be considered idolatry. Or my wardrobe---and I really have to go through that again; I *know* a lot of it---especially tops---is too big for me.

She also referenced "Whitethorn Woods", a novel by Maeve Binchy, which I own but haven't actually read yet. I'll be rectifying that soon, as I know where it is. It was nice to have someone to author-squee with! I recommended "Scarlett Feather" as my favorite of Binchy's---she's never read it, and I hope she does so we can squee some more next time she comes.

Sadly, we're going to be losing the Happy family. RHappy has gotten a job offer in Tampa that pays $20K a year better than what he's doing here, so they'll be departing soon. It's good that they have such a teriffic opportunity, but they were the young blood of the congregation, and it'll be hard to see them go.

I went to WalMart afterward, as is my wont. Got several packs of bug foggers (almost typed "bug floggers"---yikes!); I figure I'll bomb the whole house, give it a week to allow for any potential hatchings, then bomb it again. KILL ALL THE (evil) SPIDERS!!!

And maybe do some more laundry. I got a load done last week, so I've got basics, but I need to do bedding and towels and darks, so---laundry ahoy!

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vanillafluffy: (Kojak)
I just got in from church, after not going for three weeks in a row---it's been YEARS since that last happened---and it was very nice.

When she was down last spring, GK gave me a sleeveless solid black dress, microfiber/chiffon. I hadn't worn it, thinking it was a bit dressy for church: I had to pin up the neckline, for one thing! but finally bit the bullet, otherwise I'd never have worn it before I outgrew it. It would benefit from a little taking in, but I thought it looked nice with a blue shrug and blue shoes for a color-block effect.

We had a guest speaker, the Reverend Ann Fuller, who is an actual Unitarian Universalist minister, as opposed to our usual Speaker Potluck. Her talk was "Antidote for Idolatry", defining "idolatry" as anything that comes between us and God, the Universe and Everything.

There was definitely food for thought there. By that definition, I suppose my clutter could be considered idolatry. Or my wardrobe---and I really have to go through that again; I *know* a lot of it---especially tops---is too big for me.

She also referenced "Whitethorn Woods", a novel by Maeve Binchy, which I own but haven't actually read yet. I'll be rectifying that soon, as I know where it is. It was nice to have someone to author-squee with! I recommended "Scarlett Feather" as my favorite of Binchy's---she's never read it, and I hope she does so we can squee some more next time she comes.

Sadly, we're going to be losing the Happy family. RHappy has gotten a job offer in Tampa that pays $20K a year better than what he's doing here, so they'll be departing soon. It's good that they have such a teriffic opportunity, but they were the young blood of the congregation, and it'll be hard to see them go.

I went to WalMart afterward, as is my wont. Got several packs of bug foggers (almost typed "bug floggers"---yikes!); I figure I'll bomb the whole house, give it a week to allow for any potential hatchings, then bomb it again. KILL ALL THE (evil) SPIDERS!!!

And maybe do some more laundry. I got a load done last week, so I've got basics, but I need to do bedding and towels and darks, so---laundry ahoy!

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vanillafluffy: (Dean cuss)
Talk about being all dressed up and nowhere to go. Here I am, nicely garbed and ready to head to WalMart (because I discovered last night that I'm supposed to do hospitality today---I've *got* to stop signing up for this shit!), and lo and behold---my battery is ded. Defunct. Terminal, no pun intended.

I've called the church and left a message, inwardly cringing, because this was NOT what I had in mind. Granted, I was just going to grab some chicken and salad, but I had every intention of coming through with what I promised.

God damn it, WHY? If it's not one thing, it's five things! And they're all back-to-frackin-back!

iefalheihfiofejhaoiegfyeivhfdv!!!!!
vanillafluffy: (Dean cuss)
Talk about being all dressed up and nowhere to go. Here I am, nicely garbed and ready to head to WalMart (because I discovered last night that I'm supposed to do hospitality today---I've *got* to stop signing up for this shit!), and lo and behold---my battery is ded. Defunct. Terminal, no pun intended.

I've called the church and left a message, inwardly cringing, because this was NOT what I had in mind. Granted, I was just going to grab some chicken and salad, but I had every intention of coming through with what I promised.

God damn it, WHY? If it's not one thing, it's five things! And they're all back-to-frackin-back!

iefalheihfiofejhaoiegfyeivhfdv!!!!!
vanillafluffy: (Rainy day)
Had a pleasant (albeit WET) weekend. Friday night, LOST with J, first three eps, Okay, I'm hooked. It's well written enough that I'm not sitting there yawning, wondering if it's almost over, it's more like, Huh? Over already?!

It rained fish Saturday noon. Mb and I were a little late getting going because we waiting for it to let up, then had a fine time. She wanted to visit Ruby Tuesday, which I was good with; I like RT. I tried their meatloaf for the first time. Verdict: The BBQ sauce they serve it with is strong and *much* too sweet. Next time, get it on the side. There *will* be a next time---the meatloaf itself was very tasty.

They comped us a piece of the Italian creme cake, which was absolutly divine. OMG, nomnomnom! Refrained from ordering a slice of my own, because I'm trying to rein in my intake, but oh, tempting! So was the waiter....

Made it to TJ Maxx to return things, including the hat...I've got lots of hats, I didn't NEED that one. Did get a pair of pillowcases for $7.99...two of the ones my new pillows were encased in have split. They're old, so I'm not surprised, but the new ones, 400-thread count, should be good for a long time to come.

Mb dropped me off at J's for more LOST. We all shot the breeze for a while, then Mb took off and J's BFF came by with her kid and we watched Puss in Boots, which was cute. I can happily spend two hours listening to Antonio Banderas, cat or no.

We watched some more LOST, then as J was getting ready to run me home, it started pouring again. I ended up staying there til about 12:30, by which time the weather had calmed down somewhat. What the heck, we can use the rain, and I figure the capillary action will set the powdered concrete my mailbox is planted in.

Yesterday's speaker gave a fascinating talk about an archaeological dig she participated in. It was a local excavation---the Windover Archaeological Site---and I'm sorry I wasn't aware of the goings-on at the time.

Next week after service is the annual congregational meeting---electing people to do the heavy lifting---and the speaker's topic is "Fiction-based Reality", which sounds intriguing. (It was supposed to be "Pirates of the Atlantic", but apparently he changed his mind after signing up.)

I must be doing something right---two dresses that I've had for a while are looser. They still fit, they just fit better. One is the paisley that I got after Christmas a year ago. I actually had to pin the wrap neckline, because it was loose enough to droop down and show my bra. It's looser at the waist, too. The other dress is a rosy coral floral print that I got at the Melbourne Goodwill for Easter about five years ago. It was always tight through the bust on the few occasions I wore it, but now it's just right. I plan to wear it as often as appropriate this spring and summer to get some use out of it.

TTFN.

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vanillafluffy: (Rainy day)
Had a pleasant (albeit WET) weekend. Friday night, LOST with J, first three eps, Okay, I'm hooked. It's well written enough that I'm not sitting there yawning, wondering if it's almost over, it's more like, Huh? Over already?!

It rained fish Saturday noon. Mb and I were a little late getting going because we waiting for it to let up, then had a fine time. She wanted to visit Ruby Tuesday, which I was good with; I like RT. I tried their meatloaf for the first time. Verdict: The BBQ sauce they serve it with is strong and *much* too sweet. Next time, get it on the side. There *will* be a next time---the meatloaf itself was very tasty.

They comped us a piece of the Italian creme cake, which was absolutly divine. OMG, nomnomnom! Refrained from ordering a slice of my own, because I'm trying to rein in my intake, but oh, tempting! So was the waiter....

Made it to TJ Maxx to return things, including the hat...I've got lots of hats, I didn't NEED that one. Did get a pair of pillowcases for $7.99...two of the ones my new pillows were encased in have split. They're old, so I'm not surprised, but the new ones, 400-thread count, should be good for a long time to come.

Mb dropped me off at J's for more LOST. We all shot the breeze for a while, then Mb took off and J's BFF came by with her kid and we watched Puss in Boots, which was cute. I can happily spend two hours listening to Antonio Banderas, cat or no.

We watched some more LOST, then as J was getting ready to run me home, it started pouring again. I ended up staying there til about 12:30, by which time the weather had calmed down somewhat. What the heck, we can use the rain, and I figure the capillary action will set the powdered concrete my mailbox is planted in.

Yesterday's speaker gave a fascinating talk about an archaeological dig she participated in. It was a local excavation---the Windover Archaeological Site---and I'm sorry I wasn't aware of the goings-on at the time.

Next week after service is the annual congregational meeting---electing people to do the heavy lifting---and the speaker's topic is "Fiction-based Reality", which sounds intriguing. (It was supposed to be "Pirates of the Atlantic", but apparently he changed his mind after signing up.)

I must be doing something right---two dresses that I've had for a while are looser. They still fit, they just fit better. One is the paisley that I got after Christmas a year ago. I actually had to pin the wrap neckline, because it was loose enough to droop down and show my bra. It's looser at the waist, too. The other dress is a rosy coral floral print that I got at the Melbourne Goodwill for Easter about five years ago. It was always tight through the bust on the few occasions I wore it, but now it's just right. I plan to wear it as often as appropriate this spring and summer to get some use out of it.

TTFN.

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vanillafluffy: (Scenic)
Yesterday, I ran around with Mb. Long day! Lunch, the ASPCA thrift store, Home Depot, followed by Target, WalMart (where Mb was looking for a new coffeepot---one of her cats killed her glass carafe) and Aldi. Then back to her place, and I hit my WalMart on my way home.

The ASPCA thrift is one I've been wanting to visit for quite a while. Being a Saturday, it was fairly busy, but I liked it and will go again. I got a great piece of fabric, 3 yards of a sturdy cotton with a classic red and white Hawaiian hibiscus print. Not sure what I'm gonna DO with it, but I'll think of something! Also got a couple bits of bling---two brooches and a bracelet. One pin was a leaping gazelle or impala, the other is an abstract thing that looks like Liberace's boomerang. The bracelet is plain chain and destined to be an extender for a necklace that's much too short. (I don't do choakers, but I got one with a pretty charm for Christmas.)

At Home Depot, I made my first investments from the card [livejournal.com profile] pwcorgigirl gifted me with for Xmas: I got a box of Mr Clean Magic Erasers, a tube of Super Glue, and a bag of concrete. Had a bear of a time with the bag---60 pounds of concrete is surprisingly dense and heavier that it seems.

I think what I'm going to end up doing is digging out the old mailbox, getting the hole to a size where it will accomodate the new one, putting it in there and shoveling the concrete powder into the hole a little at a time and wetting it down. Because frankly, I can't lift the damn thing out of my trunk, so that's the only way I can think of to do it.

It did get frosty last night, but I managed to stay comfy. Wore the ensemble I'd planned to church, and got some bad news: There's been a rash of thefts among area churches, and somebody pilfered our heating and a/c unit. We're insured, but it's still going to be a major pain, although as AI pointed out, "That's going to earn somebody some butt-ugly kharma."

Our guest speaker didn't show up---we figure he must've gotten his weeks mixed up---so a couple of the Buddhists pinch hit. Which was very nice of them...although one gal drove me to distraction---if I had ten cents for every time she said, "You know", I could've gone out for a steak dinner. It was a persistant verbal tic. Sometimes, she'd say it two or three times in a row. Arrrgh!

Movie night is next Friday. I'm really looking forward to it, partly because we haven't had movie night in a few months, partly because it's a Bogart classic, We're No Angels. Ah, Bogie!

Next month's discussion topic for CUUPs is suppossedly going to be "Dead Mothers", which wasn't what I expected when it was brought up. I *thought* they meant IRL, since most of the group is 50+ and is of an age to have lost a parent or two. They were talking about TV moms...okay, I can do that, too.

Now I'm home. And it's a funny thing; since I spent a few months having to make special trips to check my email/look things up/etcetera, I thought I'd be online contantly making up for lost time. Instead, I'm NOT checking my email every fifteen minutes. In fact, yesterday, I didn't turn my computer on at all! But it's so nice to have the option.

Glory be, I'm writing! I finally jumped in and started work on the idea I've had for Person of Interest fic. It's around the thousand-word mark and just getting started. Heaven knows how long it'll wind up---but I'm just happy that I have a plot taking root.

Have a good week, y'all! (I know I'm going to! Alcatraz debut Monday, Justified season premiere Tuesday, Royal Pains, White Collar and fresh PoI on Thursday. Yay!)

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vanillafluffy: (Scenic)
Yesterday, I ran around with Mb. Long day! Lunch, the ASPCA thrift store, Home Depot, followed by Target, WalMart (where Mb was looking for a new coffeepot---one of her cats killed her glass carafe) and Aldi. Then back to her place, and I hit my WalMart on my way home.

The ASPCA thrift is one I've been wanting to visit for quite a while. Being a Saturday, it was fairly busy, but I liked it and will go again. I got a great piece of fabric, 3 yards of a sturdy cotton with a classic red and white Hawaiian hibiscus print. Not sure what I'm gonna DO with it, but I'll think of something! Also got a couple bits of bling---two brooches and a bracelet. One pin was a leaping gazelle or impala, the other is an abstract thing that looks like Liberace's boomerang. The bracelet is plain chain and destined to be an extender for a necklace that's much too short. (I don't do choakers, but I got one with a pretty charm for Christmas.)

At Home Depot, I made my first investments from the card [livejournal.com profile] pwcorgigirl gifted me with for Xmas: I got a box of Mr Clean Magic Erasers, a tube of Super Glue, and a bag of concrete. Had a bear of a time with the bag---60 pounds of concrete is surprisingly dense and heavier that it seems.

I think what I'm going to end up doing is digging out the old mailbox, getting the hole to a size where it will accomodate the new one, putting it in there and shoveling the concrete powder into the hole a little at a time and wetting it down. Because frankly, I can't lift the damn thing out of my trunk, so that's the only way I can think of to do it.

It did get frosty last night, but I managed to stay comfy. Wore the ensemble I'd planned to church, and got some bad news: There's been a rash of thefts among area churches, and somebody pilfered our heating and a/c unit. We're insured, but it's still going to be a major pain, although as AI pointed out, "That's going to earn somebody some butt-ugly kharma."

Our guest speaker didn't show up---we figure he must've gotten his weeks mixed up---so a couple of the Buddhists pinch hit. Which was very nice of them...although one gal drove me to distraction---if I had ten cents for every time she said, "You know", I could've gone out for a steak dinner. It was a persistant verbal tic. Sometimes, she'd say it two or three times in a row. Arrrgh!

Movie night is next Friday. I'm really looking forward to it, partly because we haven't had movie night in a few months, partly because it's a Bogart classic, We're No Angels. Ah, Bogie!

Next month's discussion topic for CUUPs is suppossedly going to be "Dead Mothers", which wasn't what I expected when it was brought up. I *thought* they meant IRL, since most of the group is 50+ and is of an age to have lost a parent or two. They were talking about TV moms...okay, I can do that, too.

Now I'm home. And it's a funny thing; since I spent a few months having to make special trips to check my email/look things up/etcetera, I thought I'd be online contantly making up for lost time. Instead, I'm NOT checking my email every fifteen minutes. In fact, yesterday, I didn't turn my computer on at all! But it's so nice to have the option.

Glory be, I'm writing! I finally jumped in and started work on the idea I've had for Person of Interest fic. It's around the thousand-word mark and just getting started. Heaven knows how long it'll wind up---but I'm just happy that I have a plot taking root.

Have a good week, y'all! (I know I'm going to! Alcatraz debut Monday, Justified season premiere Tuesday, Royal Pains, White Collar and fresh PoI on Thursday. Yay!)

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vanillafluffy: (Scenic)
I had a fairly quiet weekend. Mb, who is an aficianado of Black Friday, left to shop around 9:30 PM Thursday, leaving me with the leftovers, yum.

We were supposed to go play canasta with J on Friday evening, but Mb had a crisis and couldn't go: She discovered part of the floor in her bedroom had rotten through (the whole thing is going to have to be replaced), so she was stuck while her dad came by and replaced the worst of it.

J and I played two hands ofcutthroat; I went out both times, which irked her, but that's why they call it cutthroat, IMO.

Since I'd signed up to give the talk at church on Sunday, I should've spent the day before working on that, but my sinuses were massively clogged and my concentration was shot. I ended up winging it, and got compliments from several folks. (Topic: How to Survive Disney World (Especially If You're Fat and Over 50). Basically, wear the most comfortable shoes you have, drink lots of water, pace yourself---and go to the Kissimmee WalMart for Disney-licensed souvenirs, 'cause they're a third of what they cost at the parks.

Major freak-out Saturday night---I was laying in bed, playing on my iPod, when it crashed. The icons were displayed, but nothing came up if you tapped them. Called J and she said she'd have to look at it. I took it over there this morning---I also had to make some doggy-related calls---and she fixed it PDQ. She'd told me to turn it off, then back on, and I said I had---but it turns out that what I was calling "off" was actually "stand-by" mode. Okey-dokey. Now I know.

We have another dog on Wednesday, then on Thursday, I go to court with Mb. She has a temp restraining order against SO, after the events that ended our Disney trip. (I haven't gone into all that, because it was an ugly business, but let's just say I'm really glad I was there for her.) Thursday, the RO will be heard by the judge and modified as needed, but she says he's NOT coming back here. For which I absolutely don't blame her.

The laundry marathon has showed up on my electric bill---ouch! It's about double what it usually is, but I supposed that's to be expected when you go from about three loads in a month to nine in a single week.... It's good, though. I can see what I've got, although I still need to do serious organizing and cull some more. And there's winter bedding to do; in addition to what's in the garage, I stripped my bed, which had a couple of comforters serving as mattress toppers. It's never done....

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vanillafluffy: (Scenic)
I had a fairly quiet weekend. Mb, who is an aficianado of Black Friday, left to shop around 9:30 PM Thursday, leaving me with the leftovers, yum.

We were supposed to go play canasta with J on Friday evening, but Mb had a crisis and couldn't go: She discovered part of the floor in her bedroom had rotten through (the whole thing is going to have to be replaced), so she was stuck while her dad came by and replaced the worst of it.

J and I played two hands ofcutthroat; I went out both times, which irked her, but that's why they call it cutthroat, IMO.

Since I'd signed up to give the talk at church on Sunday, I should've spent the day before working on that, but my sinuses were massively clogged and my concentration was shot. I ended up winging it, and got compliments from several folks. (Topic: How to Survive Disney World (Especially If You're Fat and Over 50). Basically, wear the most comfortable shoes you have, drink lots of water, pace yourself---and go to the Kissimmee WalMart for Disney-licensed souvenirs, 'cause they're a third of what they cost at the parks.

Major freak-out Saturday night---I was laying in bed, playing on my iPod, when it crashed. The icons were displayed, but nothing came up if you tapped them. Called J and she said she'd have to look at it. I took it over there this morning---I also had to make some doggy-related calls---and she fixed it PDQ. She'd told me to turn it off, then back on, and I said I had---but it turns out that what I was calling "off" was actually "stand-by" mode. Okey-dokey. Now I know.

We have another dog on Wednesday, then on Thursday, I go to court with Mb. She has a temp restraining order against SO, after the events that ended our Disney trip. (I haven't gone into all that, because it was an ugly business, but let's just say I'm really glad I was there for her.) Thursday, the RO will be heard by the judge and modified as needed, but she says he's NOT coming back here. For which I absolutely don't blame her.

The laundry marathon has showed up on my electric bill---ouch! It's about double what it usually is, but I supposed that's to be expected when you go from about three loads in a month to nine in a single week.... It's good, though. I can see what I've got, although I still need to do serious organizing and cull some more. And there's winter bedding to do; in addition to what's in the garage, I stripped my bed, which had a couple of comforters serving as mattress toppers. It's never done....

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vanillafluffy: (Ribbons curled)
First of all, the UU picnic went well. I almost weaseled out because the weather looked like crap, but it cleared up. The park it was held at is lovely; the pavillion where the event was held was situated so that all the views were good---whether of the river, the woods or the coast. I may not have met Mr Right, but I'd happily hold the wedding there!

Thurday's dog and her very satisfied owner showed up at an event J did over the weekend. Owner is thrilled by the change so far, and has referred us to a friend. Yay, another client!

In other great news, J's business is about to radically expand. She's been writing a grant proposal for the last few months, and she just got word that she's going to "get" a building. (Actually subsidized rent and utilities for up to a year.) This will get us out of J's living room, for starters, and enable us to give classes and seminars and clinics and stuff like that. Oh boy! I look forward to a parking space of my own, unlike her current sitch, where my bumper is hanging out in traffic. I'm also really excited by the prospect of A Chair of My Own, because J has the most godawful uncomfortable seating ever.

And in the biggest and best news, Mb is giving me an early Christmas, courtesy of Jazz the Wonder Akita: *Next week*, we are spending five days at Disney! Details are being worked out, but the idea is that they'll need someone to hold her leash while they're on non-dog friendly rides, like coasters. I'm thrilled to pieces! I haven't been on a real vaction in ages. My last so-called vacation was going up to NY after my brother died. Before that...1991. A weekend at a tattoo convention in Pittsburgh, of all places. (I *do not* count house-sitting as a vacation!)

Mb is lining up a budget motel, something with a continental breakfast and a pool. Lunch and dinner are included in Jazz's "gift", I'm going to get to see a couple of the parks I haven't been to at all (MGM and Animal Kingdom), I went to Epcot right after it first opened---almost none of the international exhibits were open, I'm dying to see Norway!---and all the other countries, but especially the land of my ancestors. I've been to the Magic Kingdom, but that was more than 20 years ago, with Peter. I really want to see the new and improved Pirates of the Caribbean ride!

I dug out my camera last night, and I'm a little concerned it's on its last frames---I'm hoping it's just the battery. It doesn't want to turn on and stay on, and I'll be very vexed if I can't take pix! Mosat get fresh batteries and pray....

Things are going good for a change. Let's all hope they stay that way.

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vanillafluffy: (Ribbons curled)
First of all, the UU picnic went well. I almost weaseled out because the weather looked like crap, but it cleared up. The park it was held at is lovely; the pavillion where the event was held was situated so that all the views were good---whether of the river, the woods or the coast. I may not have met Mr Right, but I'd happily hold the wedding there!

Thurday's dog and her very satisfied owner showed up at an event J did over the weekend. Owner is thrilled by the change so far, and has referred us to a friend. Yay, another client!

In other great news, J's business is about to radically expand. She's been writing a grant proposal for the last few months, and she just got word that she's going to "get" a building. (Actually subsidized rent and utilities for up to a year.) This will get us out of J's living room, for starters, and enable us to give classes and seminars and clinics and stuff like that. Oh boy! I look forward to a parking space of my own, unlike her current sitch, where my bumper is hanging out in traffic. I'm also really excited by the prospect of A Chair of My Own, because J has the most godawful uncomfortable seating ever.

And in the biggest and best news, Mb is giving me an early Christmas, courtesy of Jazz the Wonder Akita: *Next week*, we are spending five days at Disney! Details are being worked out, but the idea is that they'll need someone to hold her leash while they're on non-dog friendly rides, like coasters. I'm thrilled to pieces! I haven't been on a real vaction in ages. My last so-called vacation was going up to NY after my brother died. Before that...1991. A weekend at a tattoo convention in Pittsburgh, of all places. (I *do not* count house-sitting as a vacation!)

Mb is lining up a budget motel, something with a continental breakfast and a pool. Lunch and dinner are included in Jazz's "gift", I'm going to get to see a couple of the parks I haven't been to at all (MGM and Animal Kingdom), I went to Epcot right after it first opened---almost none of the international exhibits were open, I'm dying to see Norway!---and all the other countries, but especially the land of my ancestors. I've been to the Magic Kingdom, but that was more than 20 years ago, with Peter. I really want to see the new and improved Pirates of the Caribbean ride!

I dug out my camera last night, and I'm a little concerned it's on its last frames---I'm hoping it's just the battery. It doesn't want to turn on and stay on, and I'll be very vexed if I can't take pix! Mosat get fresh batteries and pray....

Things are going good for a change. Let's all hope they stay that way.

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vanillafluffy: (Puppy)
Yesterday's dog was a little shih tzu/poodle mix with a barking problem, the result of deep-rooted insecurity. Her owner seems to be the take-charge type 9former teacher(, so I think they'll do well. It was great to go out on a call again, it's been ages. J says the company is about to expand---she's been filling out endless paperwork for a grant---and I'm hoping that means I'll have an actual income capable of paying the bills soon.

Mb is out of town with SO, and I miss her something awful. I look forward to hanging out with her and catching up on the stuff she's DVRed for me---I'm anxious to see what's going on with Sons of Anarchy.

Haven't gotten any more laundry done, although when I went out into the garage this afternoon to find something to wear, the relative order (compared to a couple weeks ago) was a pleasant shock.

Sunday is the All UU picnic, where all the congregations in the county get together. This will be the first time I've gone, since in prior years it was held waaay out in the south beaches. This year, it's in mid-county, so I'm going to give it a look. Who knows, maybe I'll meet the love of my life.

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vanillafluffy: (Puppy)
Yesterday's dog was a little shih tzu/poodle mix with a barking problem, the result of deep-rooted insecurity. Her owner seems to be the take-charge type 9former teacher(, so I think they'll do well. It was great to go out on a call again, it's been ages. J says the company is about to expand---she's been filling out endless paperwork for a grant---and I'm hoping that means I'll have an actual income capable of paying the bills soon.

Mb is out of town with SO, and I miss her something awful. I look forward to hanging out with her and catching up on the stuff she's DVRed for me---I'm anxious to see what's going on with Sons of Anarchy.

Haven't gotten any more laundry done, although when I went out into the garage this afternoon to find something to wear, the relative order (compared to a couple weeks ago) was a pleasant shock.

Sunday is the All UU picnic, where all the congregations in the county get together. This will be the first time I've gone, since in prior years it was held waaay out in the south beaches. This year, it's in mid-county, so I'm going to give it a look. Who knows, maybe I'll meet the love of my life.

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vanillafluffy: (Scenic)
I'm at Mb's, by way of the recycler's, where I planned to drop off the four full bags of cans I've got squashed into my trunk and backseat. Alas, at some point in the last year or so, they discontinued their Saturday hours. (And they're not open Mondays, so I hope I don't need my trunk.) I've purged the expired coupons from my binder, and we've been to Walgreens and Publix.

Mb, bless her heart, is contributing to my hospitality with some rolls and a container of bbq beef, so I can make mini-sliders to go with the bean-corn salad. I've also got a bag of corn chips for scooping. Sara Lee products are on 50% off sale at Publix AND I had a coupon, so that'll work for dessert. I think I'm set!

Today is as pretty as my icon. I woke to the balmy temp of 82F in my room, which was delightful. I'm wearing a shirt with 3/4 sleeves, and I'm not roasting. Hooray! Fall is here!

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vanillafluffy: (Scenic)
I'm at Mb's, by way of the recycler's, where I planned to drop off the four full bags of cans I've got squashed into my trunk and backseat. Alas, at some point in the last year or so, they discontinued their Saturday hours. (And they're not open Mondays, so I hope I don't need my trunk.) I've purged the expired coupons from my binder, and we've been to Walgreens and Publix.

Mb, bless her heart, is contributing to my hospitality with some rolls and a container of bbq beef, so I can make mini-sliders to go with the bean-corn salad. I've also got a bag of corn chips for scooping. Sara Lee products are on 50% off sale at Publix AND I had a coupon, so that'll work for dessert. I think I'm set!

Today is as pretty as my icon. I woke to the balmy temp of 82F in my room, which was delightful. I'm wearing a shirt with 3/4 sleeves, and I'm not roasting. Hooray! Fall is here!

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Friday was My Day Out With the Girls, namely Mb and 'Bunny. Started with breakfast at Denny's. I had the Grand Slam of double bacon, an English muffin and hash browns. They didn't even ask for my ID, which was great, but they were the exception: Ruby Tuesday, Tropical Smoothie nad Steak 'n' Shake ALL demanded some mythical coupon that I'd've had to sign up for online---which the birthday site I'd toured didn't mention THAT.

We toured a pawnshop, where Ifound season 2 of Jericho, Barnes and Noble (good for a blank sketchbook marked way, way down), Bath and Body Works---which is NOT the same as Bed, Bath and Beyond, and does not honor their coupons. Tried some lotion but didn't buy anything.

Checked my mailbox at home, nothing interesting. From there, we went to Viera, where 'Bunny picked up the tab for lunch at S'n'S...their Cherry Limeade is quite tasty, and I've never gone wrong with a butter pecan shake. Mb had the caramel-apple shake and raved about it. I tried a spoonful and yeah, it's good. So was the portobello-swiss burger I had with cheese fries.

World Market was next on the trek; I snagged the last roll of violet mints, a dark chocolate bar with crystalized ginger (not enough ginger, IMO) and some iced tea-flavored hard candies.

While all this was going on, my car was in the shop. It was 4pm when we left World Market---I called the garage and found that my car was ready and the shop wasn't open on Saturday. We back-tracked to "Bunny's and dropped off Mb while 'Bunny took me to the garage so I could get my car and take it back to the C's and park it. It workedd out, because Mb knew where J lives but 'Bunny didn't.

One thing I noticed after driving AI's car for a couple of days: I could really use a brake job!

We played the first hand of canasta as a throw-away, "doesn't really count" hand, because Bunny and J's BFF don't know how to play our version of canasta. My team won handily, and I got surprised by a lovely little pink and white cake. The good kind, from Publix---WalMart tends to have a heavy hand with the nasty, vividly colored dyes.

Mb and Bunny bth bailed after the first hand; J promised to take me home, and we had a three-way game of cut-throat (No partners, every player for herself.). Woohoo, I won.

Saturday, I was slothful. Went over to J's in the evening for one-on-one cut-throat, wherein I got skunked, 2 hands to one.

Sunday, church. We had a moving service wherein we lit candles in memory of 9/11. (I will always wonder what happened to the people my brother worked with before his retirement.) I haven't watched any of the TV coverage, just quietly said prayers for all the victims, dead and alive.

I went to the library on the way back to the C's...paid my fines---*did* find the two missing books in my car, under some mail on my front seat. (I've been tearing the house apart for a week, looking for them!)

Mb has signed me up for a 30-day weight-loss challenge---when I agreed to it, I was NOT expecting anything so formal!---which starts tomorrow. Since I was planning to start making changes tomorrow anyway, I'm trying to convince myself that it's all good.

Food bank in the morning, early....

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