vanillafluffy: (Playing cards)
Had a great time playing cards at Mb's. J didn't have much trouble getting up the steps, which was a relief. (Getting back down was a wee bit trickier--especially considering it was 3AM!) Since it's happened once, I'm hoping that means it'll happen again.

anyway, she and I got there and we all had a nosh and schmoozed. Started playing canasta eightish and schmoozed some more...only played one round because we kept having conversational diversions. It's been many months since we last got together at length and without interruptions, so there was quite a bit of catching up to do.

I ended up staying the weekend. Saturday was spent keeping an eye on Jazz the Wonder Akita, as Mb had been kidnapped for a post-birthday adventure. I got to commandeer the remot6e and get caught up on things. OMG, Justified!

I stayed Saturday as well and skipped church Sunday. Quiet day spent lounging around Maison Mb, home this morning. Still yawning from the time change....

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vanillafluffy: (Wee giftie)
Getting up so early Monday totally buggered my sleep schedule...I'm at the point where I'm so tired I feel like my IQ has dropped 20 points. gah.

On the other hand, work is going swimmingly. Doing something different this week, namely sending emails to people who are already signed with us, asking them to refer their friends and offering free time if their friends sign up. Nice change from browsing websites.

This afternoon, I got a text from J, asking if I'd like to be kidnapped for a quick drink. Since the walls have been closing in, I agreed with alacrity. While I was changing into something less disreputable, Mb called and proposed kidnapping me over the weekend. I agreed to that just as fast---now that Bozo is gone (long damn story that I haven't gone into, but the fool needs killing), Casa Mb is a happy place to be again.

The walls are closing in here; I am not good with trusting the Universe; this may be what I'm supposed to be learning here, but I'm struggling with NEED/WANT/MUST GET. I'm not going to starve, FFS---I just really crave things I don't have on hand, woe is me.

Mb *did* suggest that I might like to do some baking up at her place while I'm there, which is actually quite a good idea; I have some chicken in the freezer that I'd love to get baked---I don't mind if that means I'm finding creative uses for pre-cooked chicken all next week. It beats living on eggs, tinned beans, soup and ramen, which is largely the alternative.

Yesterday's mail brought a lovely card from [livejournal.com profile] pwcorgigirl as well as a belated Valentine parcel from [livejournal.com profile] kukkurkurat. (It's hard to time these things intercontinentally.) Three very inspirational jewelry crafting 'zines---I haven't had any new 'zines in months (aside from my BHG supscription)---and a terrific leopard print wristlet. The wristlet I've been using has prongs that snag on everything and the zipper splits if you're not careful with it, so this is really freakin' timely! (Also a coin for luck and a sweet little dragonfly ring!) So I make be isolated by circumstances, but I still feel the love---thanks, gals!

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vanillafluffy: (Porsche cabriolet)
It started out as a perfectly ordinary Sunday morning. I got up, dressed for church, grabbed a cold beverage on the way out the door, and headed on down the road.

I got to the end of the road, turned onto the main drag, got less than a hundred yards when, as I was shifting into third gear, there was an ominous "clunk" from my drivetrain and my engine died. Wouldn't let me pop the clutch to restart it, no--it died. The engine stalled, the power steering died with it, and I just barely managed to wrestle it halfway across the nearest driveway before it quit altogether. And wouldn't restart.

Oh, it's trying to start: I'm getting noises that tells me the battery is trying to crank it. There's half a tank of gas; that isn't the problem. I'm guessing something in the drivetrain has gone poof, based on how it conked out, and two other facts: My car has upwards of a quarter of a million miles on it, and two, my extensive (and expensive!) experience with imported cars.

On the whole, I've found my Honda and my previous Subaru to be reliable in the extreme, but they tend to be somewhat over-engineered. One, they overrode things so that you *can't* start it up and limp home with it, and two, it's *never* just a part that needs to be replaced, no, it's a unit. Like, instead of a $20 speedometer cable, it needs a a $200 "sensor bundle". Still, considering I've had this beast for something like ten years now, and it's a 1990---I've had remarkably few problems.

It remains to be seen if this is going to be the killer. If it's going to cost more than a couple hundred dollars to fix it, I may end up looking for a replacement vehicle. And either way, it's going to be a few more weeks before I can do anything, even get it diagnosed.

I got J to come and get me and use her AAA to tow the beast to my house (less than a mile). Of course, she was at church with her phone off, so I spent two hours sitting there awaiting a call back. It was okay, though. It wasn't horribly warm, I had the aforementioned chilled beverage with me (diet Sunkist orange, yummy!) and a steno pad, so I whiled away the time scribbling.

I'm surprising my self with how calmly I've taken this development. If it had happened three months ago, I would've had a total meltdown and walked into oncoming traffic. Since I have a job---a work from home job!---I'm not massively screwed. Yes, it's an inconvenience; I'm going to have to figure out the fine points of the local public transportation to get to my meetings at the library this week---and to do any shopping until I can get back on the road---but I don't feel like the sky is falling. And that's huge.

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vanillafluffy: (Liberty Mod)
I'd planned to visit J this evening, but she's got a migraine, so that didn't happen. She has a dog event tomorrow, which I may go to in lieu of church---they're holding the county-wide UU picnic in SatBch, instead of South Rockledge as last year; no way am I burning $10 worth of gas for that!

Was miserably depressed last night, one of those "hide the steak knives" spisodes...I can't think too hard about how precarious *everything* is right now. If I do, my brain short-circuits and I go down the rabbit-hole of self-loathing and doubt. After J canceled, I spent four hours online reading about how miserable things are right now in my hometown: Staten Island. That was heart-breaking, but I feel less wretched about my own situation.

I'm glad the time change is about to kick in; I'm over it being dark at 7AM. Likewise, I will be very glad when the election is over; they're killing trees to send me bullshit mailers, trying to get me to vote for an asshole I'd just as soon ship offshore. In a shipping container. On a slow boat to China.

Also, I've had an earworm for three solid days: Istanbul (Not Constantinopele), which is ferociously peppy and has started to mash itself up with Puttin' On the Ritz. I keep trying to distract my brain with other tunes, but it keeps circling back...

I'm in the unusual position of having to foce myself to stay awake, because the last couple mornings, I've been up before the ass-crack of dawn, and I am *yawn* over it.



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vanillafluffy: (Florida oranges)
Okay, so the rest of the world probably thinks I'm crazy. But a week ago, we were smugly congratulating ourselves that summer was ebbing, with temps in the low 80s and overnight lows in the 70s---and now it's mid-morning and it's 65 degrees!!! That's in my office. The National Weather Center has the outside temp as 54 with a high of 68! Honestly, this is the coldest it's been since late March.

J is back in town after an eventful trip to see her dad in Maryland---her traveling companion, TRT, needed emergency gall bladder surgery in Tennessee. However, they did eventually make it to her dad's and a good time was had. I'm going over there Friday or Saturday evening to catch up---hopefully my jury stipend will have arrived by then; I need gas money.

I'm going to spend the rest of the day doing laundry. A couple clean blankets would be nice, because I don't really want to shut the windows. Although it might tone down the hellhounds by a few decibels....

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vanillafluffy: (Default)
Argh, drama. Way too much drama, and no internet to dump it on*. It's been hell. but My god, I've missed youse guys. I'm back, and that's a funny story in itself. Let me see if I can catch you all up with everything.

Spent time at Mb's the week before last, got home and cable/net was disconected. I, being obsessive and resourceful, managed to get my converter box hooked up to my portable TV in time for Person of Interest. I get two channels: CBS and Retro. Route 66 reruns, anyone?

BrightHouse was even nice enough to send someone out to pick up the box, remote and modem...I know it'll be a long time til I can afford it again, but it saves me a drive out to the nearest cable office---which, with the cost of gas, is a Good Thing.

Right now, what gas I *do* have is being hoarded for jury duty, a week from Monday. I'm looking forward to it, and hoping that I'm needed for multiple days, just for the stipend. I haven't had a full tank of gas in months; at the moment, I have a couple gallons, and I'm wondering nervously if I have enough cans to make a recycling run worthwhile.

In the midst of my turmoil and strife, I got a belated birthday gift from Estonia: [livejournal.com profile] kukkurkurat sent me a fabulous handbag. It's a soft blue-grey silk brocade, woven with shimmery pastel dragonflies. Definitely not an everyday bag! Am trying to decide what to wear with it to church...possibly the dark grey silk top GK sent me, although it's probably still to warm for that.

Speaking of GK, she's been a busy bee: she's moved across town from where they were, gotten a new part-time job, *and* she's putting together another CARE package; she found a couple tops while she was out and about. (I'd told her that I've discovered that a lot of mine are too big, so I need replacements. She's sending two.)

God bless Mb for helping me stay caffeinated; I know, I've tried to decaffeinate, but after a couple days, I'm so wretched I want to die. No joke, I spent the first half of the week with a thundering headache, moving in slow-mo, wondering how long it would take for my body to be found if I took a Cutco steak knife to my wrists.

Mb rescued me Tuesday evening and took me up to her place. Gave me two 2-liters of diet Coke and the remote so I could watch Sons of Anarchy. What an amazing episode. Holy shit! )

I actually did some serious cooking last week, because that was what circumstances called for. Last Sunday, I did a turkey sausage and rice mingle that fed me for three days; the third day I raided my pantry for a can of chili beans and called it red beans and rice. For Wednesday and Thursday, I took the ground beef I got from the food bank and made stroganoff. Nothing fancy, but filling.

Yesterday, my food stamp benefits were loaded for the month. I was out the door bright and early, because I was out of bread and some vital condiments. Came home, and as I was getting out of my car, was approached by the gal from next door asking when I was going to cut my yard. (Last done 4/25. The back yard is literally up to the window sills.) Told her it's not that I like it like that; I just flat-out don't have money to hire anyone. Was open about how incredibly tight things are, basically I'm hocking heirlooms to keep the lights on...a little while later, her friend came over and whacked my front yard down to size. Huge difference! The back would still feed a brontosaurus for a week, but at least now it doesn't look like the abandoned houses on the block.

I went over to thank them profusely, and mentioned that BrightHouse has cut off everything, and she then proceded to give me the passwoord to her wireless. So I'm online, in my office, and after everything I've said and thought about the neighbors from Hell, I'm willing to admit I might be wrong. Yes, their six kids and IDEK how many dogs are freakin' loud, but she's a nice, helpful person. If there *is* anything hinky going on, I don't care (as long as it stays over there!).

I've got laundry going---I'm going to put it in the dryer when I'm finished with this---and I'm contemplating a lebanon bologna sandwich when I've done that.

Tomorrow after church, I plan to shop at Save-a-Lot, where I don't usually go. But I got a flyer advertizing some great 10 for $10 deals, and who knows, maybe they've overhauled the place and it's less squicky. (It's in the oldest shopping center around here, and last few times I was in there, it smelled...off.)

J is away on vacation for a couple weeks...I just hope everything goes okay. Her car is a little younger than mine, but not by much.


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* Actually, it's only my drama secondhand, so I'm not at liberty to dump it, but geez. I've never before been in the position of loathing the person one of my friends was seeing---in the case of GK's other half, it took exposure to him as a husband---but I really want to punch this individual in the face. Repeatedly.

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vanillafluffy: (Default)
Argh, drama. Way too much drama, and no internet to dump it on*. It's been hell. but My god, I've missed youse guys. I'm back, and that's a funny story in itself. Let me see if I can catch you all up with everything.

Spent time at Mb's the week before last, got home and cable/net was disconected. I, being obsessive and resourceful, managed to get my converter box hooked up to my portable TV in time for Person of Interest. I get two channels: CBS and Retro. Route 66 reruns, anyone?

BrightHouse was even nice enough to send someone out to pick up the box, remote and modem...I know it'll be a long time til I can afford it again, but it saves me a drive out to the nearest cable office---which, with the cost of gas, is a Good Thing.

Right now, what gas I *do* have is being hoarded for jury duty, a week from Monday. I'm looking forward to it, and hoping that I'm needed for multiple days, just for the stipend. I haven't had a full tank of gas in months; at the moment, I have a couple gallons, and I'm wondering nervously if I have enough cans to make a recycling run worthwhile.

In the midst of my turmoil and strife, I got a belated birthday gift from Estonia: [livejournal.com profile] kukkurkurat sent me a fabulous handbag. It's a soft blue-grey silk brocade, woven with shimmery pastel dragonflies. Definitely not an everyday bag! Am trying to decide what to wear with it to church...possibly the dark grey silk top GK sent me, although it's probably still to warm for that.

Speaking of GK, she's been a busy bee: she's moved across town from where they were, gotten a new part-time job, *and* she's putting together another CARE package; she found a couple tops while she was out and about. (I'd told her that I've discovered that a lot of mine are too big, so I need replacements. She's sending two.)

God bless Mb for helping me stay caffeinated; I know, I've tried to decaffeinate, but after a couple days, I'm so wretched I want to die. No joke, I spent the first half of the week with a thundering headache, moving in slow-mo, wondering how long it would take for my body to be found if I took a Cutco steak knife to my wrists.

Mb rescued me Tuesday evening and took me up to her place. Gave me two 2-liters of diet Coke and the remote so I could watch Sons of Anarchy. What an amazing episode. Holy shit! )

I actually did some serious cooking last week, because that was what circumstances called for. Last Sunday, I did a turkey sausage and rice mingle that fed me for three days; the third day I raided my pantry for a can of chili beans and called it red beans and rice. For Wednesday and Thursday, I took the ground beef I got from the food bank and made stroganoff. Nothing fancy, but filling.

Yesterday, my food stamp benefits were loaded for the month. I was out the door bright and early, because I was out of bread and some vital condiments. Came home, and as I was getting out of my car, was approached by the gal from next door asking when I was going to cut my yard. (Last done 4/25. The back yard is literally up to the window sills.) Told her it's not that I like it like that; I just flat-out don't have money to hire anyone. Was open about how incredibly tight things are, basically I'm hocking heirlooms to keep the lights on...a little while later, her friend came over and whacked my front yard down to size. Huge difference! The back would still feed a brontosaurus for a week, but at least now it doesn't look like the abandoned houses on the block.

I went over to thank them profusely, and mentioned that BrightHouse has cut off everything, and she then proceded to give me the passwoord to her wireless. So I'm online, in my office, and after everything I've said and thought about the neighbors from Hell, I'm willing to admit I might be wrong. Yes, their six kids and IDEK how many dogs are freakin' loud, but she's a nice, helpful person. If there *is* anything hinky going on, I don't care (as long as it stays over there!).

I've got laundry going---I'm going to put it in the dryer when I'm finished with this---and I'm contemplating a lebanon bologna sandwich when I've done that.

Tomorrow after church, I plan to shop at Save-a-Lot, where I don't usually go. But I got a flyer advertizing some great 10 for $10 deals, and who knows, maybe they've overhauled the place and it's less squicky. (It's in the oldest shopping center around here, and last few times I was in there, it smelled...off.)

J is away on vacation for a couple weeks...I just hope everything goes okay. Her car is a little younger than mine, but not by much.


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* Actually, it's only my drama secondhand, so I'm not at liberty to dump it, but geez. I've never before been in the position of loathing the person one of my friends was seeing---in the case of GK's other half, it took exposure to him as a husband---but I really want to punch this individual in the face. Repeatedly.

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vanillafluffy: (Jeff Big Bird)
Canasta night did NOT go as planned. I got over to J's, and she was all, "Oh, I forgot you guys were coming over. TRT is going to be here in a little while."

TRT is one of my least favorite people on the planet, at least of the people I've personally met. J thinks the sun shines out her arsehole, but I don't like her and never will. I'm civil, because I *am* fond of J (although not so much at the moment), but shit like this---!

Mind you, TRT called maybe five minutes later, and did J say, "My bad, I forgot, I made plans for tonight with Fluffy and Mb."? No. She didn't.

Mb got there a few minutes after I did, and TRT showed up a few minutes after that, along with her significant other and yappy little dog and generally crashed the party.

J didn't say anything, because hey, it's not my place. They took over the kitchen and made meatloaf, which they didn't offer to Mb and I, although J got a big plateful.

We played one short hand, then J cried off. Mb and I both left, pissed.

I haven't had dinner---we didn't break into the munchies we'd brought---and I'm hungry and evil-tempered. And I got caught by every single fucking traffic light on the way home. Grrr!

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vanillafluffy: (Jeff Big Bird)
Canasta night did NOT go as planned. I got over to J's, and she was all, "Oh, I forgot you guys were coming over. TRT is going to be here in a little while."

TRT is one of my least favorite people on the planet, at least of the people I've personally met. J thinks the sun shines out her arsehole, but I don't like her and never will. I'm civil, because I *am* fond of J (although not so much at the moment), but shit like this---!

Mind you, TRT called maybe five minutes later, and did J say, "My bad, I forgot, I made plans for tonight with Fluffy and Mb."? No. She didn't.

Mb got there a few minutes after I did, and TRT showed up a few minutes after that, along with her significant other and yappy little dog and generally crashed the party.

J didn't say anything, because hey, it's not my place. They took over the kitchen and made meatloaf, which they didn't offer to Mb and I, although J got a big plateful.

We played one short hand, then J cried off. Mb and I both left, pissed.

I haven't had dinner---we didn't break into the munchies we'd brought---and I'm hungry and evil-tempered. And I got caught by every single fucking traffic light on the way home. Grrr!

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vanillafluffy: (Details)
I went over to Mb's Wednesday afternoon and just got back. Am amazed I still have 'net, all the most so because BrightHouse left a pay-or-die tag on my door while I was gone, so I'm taking the opportunity to post while I can.

Sold some jewelery for enough to cover the car tag, although I am somewhat miffed. A charm bracelet I had high hopes for---confirmation present from my rich Aunt Ruth*---turned out to be silver-plated. Frackin worthless!

Had a good time with Mb, although I killed my left little toe on the side of a door frame, and am a mass of mosquito bites from the knees down on both legs. I hope I can find that Benedryl lotion!

We watched the Sons of Anarchyseason premiere together, and are in agreement that it's going to be a helluva ride!

J called me needing something printed. Told her where I was, and Mb oblieged her, although she says it'll cost J---she wants a landslide victory at canasta. (Yeah, good luck with that, I couldn't even win for my birthday!)

Thankfully, I made sure to wash all the dishes in the sink before I left, so fixing dinner won't be a chore. Talk atcha later, I hope....

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* No, really: Rich. She was the only one in the family who was well-heeled: House near a golf course, Franciscanware Dessert Rose china with completer pieces, tons of Hummels, and layers of hand-knotted rugs everywhere in the house. A few European vacations that I know of, and probably other stuff that didn't register on me as a child. Silver-plate? How tacky!

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vanillafluffy: (Details)
I went over to Mb's Wednesday afternoon and just got back. Am amazed I still have 'net, all the most so because BrightHouse left a pay-or-die tag on my door while I was gone, so I'm taking the opportunity to post while I can.

Sold some jewelery for enough to cover the car tag, although I am somewhat miffed. A charm bracelet I had high hopes for---confirmation present from my rich Aunt Ruth*---turned out to be silver-plated. Frackin worthless!

Had a good time with Mb, although I killed my left little toe on the side of a door frame, and am a mass of mosquito bites from the knees down on both legs. I hope I can find that Benedryl lotion!

We watched the Sons of Anarchyseason premiere together, and are in agreement that it's going to be a helluva ride!

J called me needing something printed. Told her where I was, and Mb oblieged her, although she says it'll cost J---she wants a landslide victory at canasta. (Yeah, good luck with that, I couldn't even win for my birthday!)

Thankfully, I made sure to wash all the dishes in the sink before I left, so fixing dinner won't be a chore. Talk atcha later, I hope....

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* No, really: Rich. She was the only one in the family who was well-heeled: House near a golf course, Franciscanware Dessert Rose china with completer pieces, tons of Hummels, and layers of hand-knotted rugs everywhere in the house. A few European vacations that I know of, and probably other stuff that didn't register on me as a child. Silver-plate? How tacky!

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A good time

Sep. 8th, 2012 12:25 pm
vanillafluffy: (WNTW)
Yesterday was a blast. The weather looked threatening, so I boogied over to the Island early, despite J's injunctions not to show up before 7PM.

Publix has wifi. I sat in the foyer and fiddle-futzed around on my phone for a while. Went in and snagged a few things while phone was loading My Horse updates. Have been craving Lebanon Bologna for weeks, and was finally able to indulge in that and a loaf on onion rye. (Which was what I had for breakfast, yum!)

Back out in the lobby, because it was still only 6:30, when I checked out, and who should stroll in but Mb. I told her I didn't recognize her without the Akita! And as she was going in, who should come through the out door but J! I was highly amused by the convergence.

Mb made her all-day spaghetti sauce, and J procured cake and ice cream. It was nommy.

Although it's early (cos technically, my b-day is tomorrow), I got pressies! Mb got me some lime-scented soap that smells good enough to eat, on a great little soapdish. J granted me a free month of phone service. And GK's box, which I'd had her send to J's for security reasons, had arrived and brought much squee.

Best ensemble: A black pencil skirt, size 26, that fits divinely, paired with a fantastic print jacket. Mb and J both gasped and said how professional the combo looked. Myself, I think the jacket is a trifle boxy, but I have scads of things I can wear under it; it has colors that my wardrobe already features. The skirt is a smidge long, but I'm still staggered that I can fit into ANY pencil skirt, much less one that's a size 26. It's not THAT long. I'd shorten it a couple inches, but *I* think it comes off as conservative rather than frumpy.

Likewike the black skirt with a splashy dot print in red-pink-orange is versatile and fun---I have all of the above in tops. There's a pair of microfiber black pants of a style I've had before and worn to death. Can't go wrong with that. A cute little necklace made from buttons is a fun accessory that I'll probably layer with a similar necklace I have in black.

The less than amazing items are a sundress with an elasticized bodice---it's totally a mailbox dress, as in, good to schlep around the house in, but I wouldn't wear it past the mailbox. There's an awesome NWT croc belt, too tight, but in 15-20 pounds, it won't be. And finally, a khaki skirt, which I DO like, but Mb and J both gave it thumbs-down. It's pleated, you see, which might not be so bad, but it's slightly loose at the waist so it rides low, which does my hips no favors. (Still, it's khaki, which I've wanted for ages. I wound up wearing it for the rest of the evening with the top I started the evening in, and it's quite comfortable.)

Got skunked by J both games. Just wasn't quite getting the cards I needed, and she went out both times. *sigh* Still, it was fun. Those two always are.

Happy shout-out to [livejournal.com profile] pwcorgigirl and [livejournal.com profile] thru_the_blinds for their sweet birthday greetings, also [livejournal.com profile] kukkurkurat---great to hear from you, hon. Hope your job interview goes great! Early birthday kudos to birthday twin [livejournal.com profile] ruric---have a wonderful b-day and a terrific year. Best wishes on the new job, and let's hope it's contagious!

Have a lovely weekend, y'all!




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A good time

Sep. 8th, 2012 12:25 pm
vanillafluffy: (WNTW)
Yesterday was a blast. The weather looked threatening, so I boogied over to the Island early, despite J's injunctions not to show up before 7PM.

Publix has wifi. I sat in the foyer and fiddle-futzed around on my phone for a while. Went in and snagged a few things while phone was loading My Horse updates. Have been craving Lebanon Bologna for weeks, and was finally able to indulge in that and a loaf on onion rye. (Which was what I had for breakfast, yum!)

Back out in the lobby, because it was still only 6:30, when I checked out, and who should stroll in but Mb. I told her I didn't recognize her without the Akita! And as she was going in, who should come through the out door but J! I was highly amused by the convergence.

Mb made her all-day spaghetti sauce, and J procured cake and ice cream. It was nommy.

Although it's early (cos technically, my b-day is tomorrow), I got pressies! Mb got me some lime-scented soap that smells good enough to eat, on a great little soapdish. J granted me a free month of phone service. And GK's box, which I'd had her send to J's for security reasons, had arrived and brought much squee.

Best ensemble: A black pencil skirt, size 26, that fits divinely, paired with a fantastic print jacket. Mb and J both gasped and said how professional the combo looked. Myself, I think the jacket is a trifle boxy, but I have scads of things I can wear under it; it has colors that my wardrobe already features. The skirt is a smidge long, but I'm still staggered that I can fit into ANY pencil skirt, much less one that's a size 26. It's not THAT long. I'd shorten it a couple inches, but *I* think it comes off as conservative rather than frumpy.

Likewike the black skirt with a splashy dot print in red-pink-orange is versatile and fun---I have all of the above in tops. There's a pair of microfiber black pants of a style I've had before and worn to death. Can't go wrong with that. A cute little necklace made from buttons is a fun accessory that I'll probably layer with a similar necklace I have in black.

The less than amazing items are a sundress with an elasticized bodice---it's totally a mailbox dress, as in, good to schlep around the house in, but I wouldn't wear it past the mailbox. There's an awesome NWT croc belt, too tight, but in 15-20 pounds, it won't be. And finally, a khaki skirt, which I DO like, but Mb and J both gave it thumbs-down. It's pleated, you see, which might not be so bad, but it's slightly loose at the waist so it rides low, which does my hips no favors. (Still, it's khaki, which I've wanted for ages. I wound up wearing it for the rest of the evening with the top I started the evening in, and it's quite comfortable.)

Got skunked by J both games. Just wasn't quite getting the cards I needed, and she went out both times. *sigh* Still, it was fun. Those two always are.

Happy shout-out to [livejournal.com profile] pwcorgigirl and [livejournal.com profile] thru_the_blinds for their sweet birthday greetings, also [livejournal.com profile] kukkurkurat---great to hear from you, hon. Hope your job interview goes great! Early birthday kudos to birthday twin [livejournal.com profile] ruric---have a wonderful b-day and a terrific year. Best wishes on the new job, and let's hope it's contagious!

Have a lovely weekend, y'all!




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vanillafluffy: (Fan)
I've been up at Mb's the last few nights---she picked me up Sunday evening, and I've been basking in her a/c. Downside: Her wireless is OOO and although I could look at my emails, she refuses to let me access LJ on her computer because she's convinced it's the sole cause of some problems she's had. (I don't accept that, but whatever.)

Home for a little while, then out and about with J and back up to Mb's. Between the quiet neighborhood, the a/c and the home cooking, I'm willing to overlook the lack of wireless. (We had collards and chicken last night with buttery Italian bread. It was fabu.)

I'll answer all emails soon---cross my heart!

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vanillafluffy: (Fan)
I've been up at Mb's the last few nights---she picked me up Sunday evening, and I've been basking in her a/c. Downside: Her wireless is OOO and although I could look at my emails, she refuses to let me access LJ on her computer because she's convinced it's the sole cause of some problems she's had. (I don't accept that, but whatever.)

Home for a little while, then out and about with J and back up to Mb's. Between the quiet neighborhood, the a/c and the home cooking, I'm willing to overlook the lack of wireless. (We had collards and chicken last night with buttery Italian bread. It was fabu.)

I'll answer all emails soon---cross my heart!

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Mid-weekend

Jun. 3rd, 2012 07:30 am
vanillafluffy: (all about fluff)
Spent last evening at J's. Was introduced to Whipped Cream vodka (by Pinnacle), which is like a high-test root beer float when mixed with A&W. (Don't knock it til you've tried it!) Also meat-lover's pizza. Followed by a hand of canasta, followed by me going OH SHIT when I realized my dishes were still in the carton in my trunk.

I brought them in, soaked them for a short while, then got busy scouring while J took a shower. I ended up pitching a few things---plastic tumblers that weren't worth scrubbing, cheap flatware that was eaten by rust---I refuse to be one of those people who ha to save everything. Any of the items I tossed wasn't worth my time and soap.

Fulled up my tank while I was out---$3.31 a gallon, w00t!---and dropped off my library books.

Go, me!

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Mid-weekend

Jun. 3rd, 2012 07:30 am
vanillafluffy: (all about fluff)
Spent last evening at J's. Was introduced to Whipped Cream vodka (by Pinnacle), which is like a high-test root beer float when mixed with A&W. (Don't knock it til you've tried it!) Also meat-lover's pizza. Followed by a hand of canasta, followed by me going OH SHIT when I realized my dishes were still in the carton in my trunk.

I brought them in, soaked them for a short while, then got busy scouring while J took a shower. I ended up pitching a few things---plastic tumblers that weren't worth scrubbing, cheap flatware that was eaten by rust---I refuse to be one of those people who ha to save everything. Any of the items I tossed wasn't worth my time and soap.

Fulled up my tank while I was out---$3.31 a gallon, w00t!---and dropped off my library books.

Go, me!

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vanillafluffy: (Sheep woman)
I'm over at J's after a few days at Mb's...I'm looking forward to spending the night in my own bed, sans cats.

I'm also looking forward to LOST, and I'm really glad that the frackin basketball playoffs are almost over. I don't care for basketball to begin with, and even less when it messes up my viewing habits.

More soon.

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vanillafluffy: (Sheep woman)
I'm over at J's after a few days at Mb's...I'm looking forward to spending the night in my own bed, sans cats.

I'm also looking forward to LOST, and I'm really glad that the frackin basketball playoffs are almost over. I don't care for basketball to begin with, and even less when it messes up my viewing habits.

More soon.

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vanillafluffy: (Horseshoe)
The regular intake of things green has been a Good Thing, as has walking with Mb. I've been there and back, because, aside from her cats, it's so peaceful over there. I can sit on her porch contentedly staring into space for hours; she's got NORMAL neighbors....

Also, I won't be teasing her about her online games...she's been an afficianado of Farmville and Diner Dash and the like, and I've rolled my eyes more than once. But that was before J got me hooked on an iPhone app called "My Horse". As an Adult Horse Crazy Kid, I am having way too much fun with with my pixilated pony, "Hamilton". (Named for one of my childhood Breyer horsies.)

She has also gotten me hooked on LOST. I was over there Saturday evening, and after watching several eps, she called it a night in the middle of a cliffhanger. Aaargh! It's going to be a long week. We're midway through season 1; there's a lot of suspenseful goodness yet to come....

I bit the bullet and got a new mouse, since the old one really was old---this is the third computer it's been used with---and it had gotten very sporadic about left-clicking and highlighting tp copy-paste.

Btw, as of the morning of Sunday the 18th of March, I'm at 289.5. This blows me away---I'm still not completely used to a number beginning with "2"!

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vanillafluffy: (Horseshoe)
The regular intake of things green has been a Good Thing, as has walking with Mb. I've been there and back, because, aside from her cats, it's so peaceful over there. I can sit on her porch contentedly staring into space for hours; she's got NORMAL neighbors....

Also, I won't be teasing her about her online games...she's been an afficianado of Farmbille and Diner Dash and the like, and I've rolled my eyes more than once. But that was before J got me hooked on an iPhone app called "My Horse". As ab Adult Horse Crazy Kid, I am having way too much fun with with my pixilated pony, "Hamilton". (Named for one of my childhood Breyer horsies.)

She has also gotten me hooked on LOST. I was over there Saturday evening, and after watching several eps, she called it a night in the middle of a cliffhanger. Aaargh! It's going to be a long week. We're midway through season 1; there's a lot of suspenseful goodness yet to come....

I bit the bullet and got a new mouse, since the old one really was old---this is the third computer it's been used with---and it had gotten very sporadic about left-clicking and highlighting tp copy-paste.

Btw, as of the morning of Sunday the 18th of March, I'm at 289.5. This blows me away---I'm still not completely used to a number beginning with "2"!

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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: (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: (Winter wonderland)
A lot of people are getting edible gifts this year---but not everyone,, which is what would've happened if my ship hadn't come in when it did.

Friday, Mb and I ran around and mostly Christmas shopped in Melbourne. It was fun.

Saturday, I had lunch and a movie scheduled with Big Red...we were supposed to meet at Panera at noon. I called her at five til and said, "I'm in the dressing room at Lane Bryant, everything in the store is half off today!" And she said, "I'll be right there!"

I got measured while I was there, and I'm now a 46DD, down from 50DD sixteen months ago. I've stayed under 300 for about a month now (slightly aided by some kind of intestinal disturbance Sunday night), so unless I start massibely retaining water, it looks like 2012 will be the year I finally kick off the year with a weight beginning with the number "2".

In stead of Panera, which was a total zoo, we ended up at Five Guys Burgers, which was sublime. The burger is thick and meaty, my kind of burger. Their fries are cracktastically delicious. Not cheap, but real value for the money.

Then we enjoyed Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, which didn't particularly trouble to hide its slashiness. Victorian eye candy galore, and RDjr in extremely well-fitted long underwear. Big Red was quite thrilled.

A hand of canasta at J's, with her and [livejournal.com profile] sbjb and her plus one. Not a very satisfying hand, alas---plus one was unfamiliar with the game, which was an uphill battle to fill anything. It was nice to get together, though. I think that's only about the third time I've seen Sbjb this year, and one of those was Susie's funeral!

Sunday, church and a quiet afternoon at home. Started to work in the kitchen, gathered up a bag of stuff to toss, went in to my room to rest for a few minutes, and spent the next three hours getting my coupons in order.

Spent Monday quietly beccause of the intestinal disturbance overnight. Tuesday...yesterday? Yes. Mb and I went to the local big box club, and got memberships. 14 months for $20 apiece. They really do have the best gas prices, and other deals as well. Went back to her place afterward, where we discovered to our chagrin, that XSO had taken the wireless router with him when he collected his computer, so I couldn't get online on my laptop. (Thanks a lot, fucknugget.)

Came home and discoverd that my mailbox is missing. It's been propped atop the post for about a year...sometimes it would fall off during a high wind, but it's not like it was flimsy enough to blow away. It's flat-out NOT THERE. Gone. I have no way to prove the assholes next door are responsible, but, but it was a quiet wnough neighborhood before THEY showed up.

At the moment, I'm at J's, where there is wi-fi and it's (comparitively) quiet. I'm not looking forward to going home,, but am looking forward to tomorrow afternoon, when I've got a haircut scheduled.

Cool Yule, y'all!

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vanillafluffy: (Winter wonderland)
A lot of people are getting edible gifts this year---but not everyone,, which is what would've happened if my ship hadn't come in when it did.

Friday, Mb and I ran around and mostly Christmas shopped in Melbourne. It was fun.

Saturday, I had lunch and a movie scheduled with Big Red...we were supposed to meet at Panera at noon. I called her at five til and said, "I'm in the dressing room at Lane Bryant, everything in the store is half off today!" And she said, "I'll be right there!"

I got measured while I was there, and I'm now a 46DD, down from 50DD sixteen months ago. I've stayed under 300 for about a month now (slightly aided by some kind of intestinal disturbance Sunday night), so unless I start massibely retaining water, it looks like 2012 will be the year I finally kick off the year with a weight beginning with the number "2".

In stead of Panera, which was a total zoo, we ended up at Five Guys Burgers, which was sublime. The burger is thick and meaty, my kind of burger. Their fries are cracktastically delicious. Not cheap, but real value for the money.

Then we enjoyed Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, which didn't particularly trouble to hide its slashiness. Victorian eye candy galore, and RDjr in extremely well-fitted long underwear. Big Red was quite thrilled.

A hand of canasta at J's, with her and [livejournal.com profile] sbjb and her plus one. Not a very satisfying hand, alas---plus one was unfamiliar with the game, which was an uphill battle to fill anything. It was nice to get together, though. I think that's only about the third time I've seen Sbjb this year, and one of those was Susie's funeral!

Sunday, church and a quiet afternoon at home. Started to work in the kitchen, gathered up a bag of stuff to toss, went in to my room to rest for a few minutes, and spent the next three hours getting my coupons in order.

Spent Monday quietly beccause of the intestinal disturbance overnight. Tuesday...yesterday? Yes. Mb and I went to the local big box club, and got memberships. 14 months for $20 apiece. They really do have the best gas prices, and other deals as well. Went back to her place afterward, where we discovered to our chagrin, that XSO had taken the wireless router with him when he collected his computer, so I couldn't get online on my laptop. (Thanks a lot, fucknugget.)

Came home and discoverd that my mailbox is missing. It's been propped atop the post for about a year...sometimes it would fall off during a high wind, but it's not like it was flimsy enough to blow away. It's flat-out NOT THERE. Gone. I have no way to prove the assholes next door are responsible, but, but it was a quiet wnough neighborhood before THEY showed up.

At the moment, I'm at J's, where there is wi-fi and it's (comparitively) quiet. I'm not looking forward to going home,, but am looking forward to tomorrow afternoon, when I've got a haircut scheduled.

Cool Yule, y'all!

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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: (Ruby slippers)
This afternoon, J treated me to a performance of "The Wizard of Oz" at the local playhouse. It was absolutely spendous! The 12-year old who played Dorothy was brilliant---what a set of pipes!---the rest of the cast was also very, very good, and I was completely amazed by the projected backdrops and the f/x. It was a sold-out show, and with good reason! Wow. Definitely the highlight of my week!

I'm on the fence about doing [livejournal.com profile] yuletide. I haven't done much writing since LAST Yuletide, but I teld to write well to prompts. OTOH, The Kia Hamstas didn't get picked up as a nomination, and I don't know what else I want to read THAT much. I'll have to scan the list again....

I probably will do [livejournal.com profile] wish_list. Hey, there's nothing wrong with giving The Universe a heads-up!

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vanillafluffy: (Ruby slippers)
This afternoon, J treated me to a performance of "The Wizard of Oz" at the local playhouse. It was absolutely spendous! The 12-year old who played Dorothy was brilliant---what a set of pipes!---the rest of the cast was also very, very good, and I was completely amazed by the projected backdrops and the f/x. It was a sold-out show, and with good reason! Wow. Definitely the highlight of my week!

I'm on the fence about doing [livejournal.com profile] yuletide. I haven't done much writing since LAST Yuletide, but I teld to write well to prompts. OTOH, The Kia Hamstas didn't get picked up as a nomination, and I don't know what else I want to read THAT much. I'll have to scan the list again....

I probably will do [livejournal.com profile] wish_list. Hey, there's nothing wrong with giving The Universe a heads-up!

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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: (Blue letters)
I'm on my way over to J's to pick up some stuff she's been keeping in her freezer for me. Yesterday, I cleared all the frost-bitten stuff out of my own freezer to make room. The fridge is still a hazard, though. Stuff has been jammed in there, most of it since before my summer soujourn. Ah, well. Tomorrow is trash day, and I plan to be home early enough to get still more stuff to the curb. (In addition to the freezer stuff.)

I'm also hoping J can decode the mysteries of Safari on my iPod...it's stuck on a default page, and I'm trying to get it to where I can use it at places that offer free wi-fi. It would make checking email a little easier. Meanwhile, it's been helping save my sanity: I can peck little entries in the "Notes" function, which helps me vent during my isolation. Another thing I hope I can do at J's is download a free game ap or two.

The unspeakable digital converter box is giving me fits. I get CBS, if I'm lucky. If there are two clouds between here and Orlando, no dice. Fortunately, that gives me most of what I watch network TV for. No CW, so no SPN, damn it. Just when it's starting to engage me again!

I need to snag something to read over the weekend. TTFN....

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vanillafluffy: (Blue letters)
I'm on my way over to J's to pick up some stuff she's been keeping in her freezer for me. Yesterday, I cleared all the frost-bitten stuff out of my own freezer to make room. The fridge is still a hazard, though. Stuff has been jammed in there, most of it since before my summer soujourn. Ah, well. Tomorrow is trash day, and I plan to be home early enough to get still more stuff to the curb. (In addition to the freezer stuff.)

I'm also hoping J can decode the mysteries of Safari on my iPod...it's stuck on a default page, and I'm trying to get it to where I can use it at places that offer free wi-fi. It would make checking email a little easier. Meanwhile, it's been helping save my sanity: I can peck little entries in the "Notes" function, which helps me vent during my isolation. Another thing I hope I can do at J's is download a free game ap or two.

The unspeakable digital converter box is giving me fits. I get CBS, if I'm lucky. If there are two clouds between here and Orlando, no dice. Fortunately, that gives me most of what I watch network TV for. No CW, so no SPN, damn it. Just when it's starting to engage me again!

I need to snag something to read over the weekend. TTFN....

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vanillafluffy: (Stained-glass spiral)
J took me over to where my car is sitting forlornly so I could post a note saying "Not abandoned! Please do not tow!" Tomorrow, she's going to call AAA on my behalf and get them to put the donut on for me.

My check *should* be here on Tuesday, so I can go cash that and get a proper tire. (I hope my fav used tire place has the size I need, under $30 a plus.)

The amount of time I've been spending with J in recent months has been enlightening. I've found out things about her that I never suspected, and that goes both ways, because I'll say something and she'll be all "Really? I didn't know you liked that!"

So far, she's remarked that she never would've guessed I love classical music. I like pretty much everything except rap---just because I flaunted a taste for metal back in the 80s doesn't mean that's ALL I like. Or Harry Potter: I'd read the books before the movies started coming out. I adore salmon---I was talking about the best meal I ever ate---and how salmon is probably my favorite protein. Today she commented that she didn't know I had a thing for Clint Eastwood. Dad and I sat through his westerns, especially The Outlaw Josey Wales zillions of times, and For a Few Dollars More was one of the first DVDs I ever got, before I even had a DVD player of my own. And I watch football on TV, which astonished her.

She loves Roger Moore as Bond, while he's my least favorite (We watched Casino Royale and had a spirited discussion about Bonds.) I don't count George Lazenby or Peter Sellers. Dalton ranks just above Moore for me, while she detests him and ranks him last. When I pointed out that we'd seen Daniel Craig recently in The Golden Compass, she declared that she liked him better bearded. Wait til she sees him in chaps! At some point, I *AM* going to show her Cowboys and Aliens.

Things like that. It's been interesting; for the last couple decades, she was my friend's daughter, and now she's definitely a friend in her own right. And while there's a 10-year gap in our ages, she's the same age as Mb. It's not THAT much of a stretch.

Speaking of her mother, the other day, I made it home to snag a few things. Included in that was my favorite dressy dress, which I'd snagged the last time I wore it. A nasty half-inch snag on a nearly new dress (only worn 3-4 times)---but I recollected the trick Susie showed me to fix things like that. I rummaged in my sewing box and grabbed my needle-threader. From the back of the skirt, I found the snag and gently pushed the wire loop through the fabric at the center of the snag. I tucked the snag into the wire loop of the needle-threader, and carefully tugged it through to the back. Voila! The dress was fixed, has been laundered and is ready to wear.

I'm hoping for clear but not broiling weather for Monday so I can clean out my car. At some point this week, I need to take my cans in to recycle if I want any discretionary fund at all for next weekend. Coz I swear, I *am* going to see Contagion.

TTFN....

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vanillafluffy: (Stained-glass spiral)
J took me over to where my car is sitting forlornly so I could post a note saying "Not abandoned! Please do not tow!" Tomorrow, she's going to call AAA on my behalf and get them to put the donut on for me.

My check *should* be here on Tuesday, so I can go cash that and get a proper tire. (I hope my fav used tire place has the size I need, under $30 a plus.)

The amount of time I've been spending with J in recent months has been enlightening. I've found out things about her that I never suspected, and that goes both ways, because I'll say something and she'll be all "Really? I didn't know you liked that!"

So far, she's remarked that she never would've guessed I love classical music. I like pretty much everything except rap---just because I flaunted a taste for metal back in the 80s doesn't mean that's ALL I like. Or Harry Potter: I'd read the books before the movies started coming out. I adore salmon---I was talking about the best meal I ever ate---and how salmon is probably my favorite protein. Today she commented that she didn't know I had a thing for Clint Eastwood. Dad and I sat through his westerns, especially The Outlaw Josey Wales zillions of times, and For a Few Dollars More was one of the first DVDs I ever got, before I even had a DVD player of my own. And I watch football on TV, which astonished her.

She loves Roger Moore as Bond, while he's my least favorite (We watched Casino Royale and had a spirited discussion about Bonds.) I don't count George Lazenby or Peter Sellers. Dalton ranks just above Moore for me, while she detests him and ranks him last. When I pointed out that we'd seen Daniel Craig recently in The Golden Compass, she declared that she liked him better bearded. Wait til she sees him in chaps! At some point, I *AM* going to show her Cowboys and Aliens.

Things like that. It's been interesting; for the last couple decades, she was my friend's daughter, and now she's definitely a friend in her own right. And while there's a 10-year gap in our ages, she's the same age as Mb. It's not THAT much of a stretch.

Speaking of her mother, the other day, I made it home to snag a few things. Included in that was my favorite dressy dress, which I'd snagged the last time I wore it. A nasty half-inch snag on a nearly new dress (only worn 3-4 times)---but I recollected the trick Susie showed me to fix things like that. I rummaged in my sewing box and grabbed my needle-threader. From the back of the skirt, I found the snag and gently pushed the wire loop through the fabric at the center of the snag. I tucked the snag into the wire loop of the needle-threader, and carefully tugged it through to the back. Voila! The dress was fixed, has been laundered and is ready to wear.

I'm hoping for clear but not broiling weather for Monday so I can clean out my car. At some point this week, I need to take my cans in to recycle if I want any discretionary fund at all for next weekend. Coz I swear, I *am* going to see Contagion.

TTFN....

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