Friday, January 31, 2014

Fun in the Snow.


The Wake County schools will be closed again on Friday, further proof that education is Job 27 in NC.

The snow is a little bit of an issue when it comes to successful dog walking though. The dog comes with all weather, four paw drive as well as built in snow shoes. I do not and the frozen slush is not easy to walk on with street shoes. We couldn't take our normal walk to downtown because while the streets are clear and passable, the side walks are not, for old times sake,  we took Daisy's' old route though my neighborhood.

No sidewalks to navigate but the snow is deep and I wasn't wearing my boots. We managed. I took Rocket to the baseball field as it is full of lovely snow and Rocket as we have learned, loves the snow. He ran around for a bit and then we were visited by two little boys.

They needed a little direction on how safely share space in a field with a large, unleashed, snow-drunk Rocket - but they caught on. One of the kids tapped out early and watched from the other side of the fence, while the other kid found  throwing sticks buried in the snow and threw them over and over for Rocket with his surprisingly strong arm . Rocket was beside himself with dog joy but was shockingly well behaved and well mannered throughout .I was very proud, yet wondered where my dog was. If I had been the one throwing the sticks I would have nipped fingers and torn sleeves. The child, Thank You Jesus! was entirely unscathed and  thanked me for letting him play with my dog.

I said you're welcome, but I thought to myself but this was not my dog, my actual dog is somewhere else being naughty. This dog was far, far too well behaved and practicing a degree of self discipline and self control that my dog has never displayed for me. This was a dog from a You Tube video.

This is Fluffy! Watch him play with a little kid he doesn't even know! Watch the little kid stay on his feet! Watch Fluffy keep a respectful distance! Watch Fluffy control his energy and excitement and keep his teeth to himself! Watch the kid follow instructions from some random woman on how to play safely with the dog! Watch the kid and the dog have a great time!

All this and I didn't have to get my feet wet. I stayed high and dry in a patch of grass.

Friday Cat Blogging


Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

If you don't like it, wait till it changes.


So, today the high was sixty. It was lovely! I wore a mere jacketto work in the morning and left with out a scarf or gloves. I began to think about irrigation.

I came home, took the naked dog for a walk . He looks great

Tuesday he high is going to be 30.And its going snow.They don't really know how much but we're going to get more over night. Wednesday, we're look at a low in the single digits, However, by the weekend we'll be back up to the sixties again and it will be time to plant my potatoes.

I'm hoping that Wednesday isn't too ugly because that is our, or really my first agility class!  I still haven't given up finding a trick for Rocket to perform at the bar, but its not easy to find one that doesn't require I teach him skill sets  that I'm not sure I want him to know.

But. Instead I want to think about all the things he's going to learn that I do want him to know! Rocket already enjoys playing on agility toys, but there is a lot that he hasn't grasped yet and I have yet to see him do any of he tasks without me directing him and making sure he doesn't go run around instead. I am hoping that Introduction to Agility will help him to learn some focus. And to jump through hoops. He likes to jump on, he will jump over if really motivated, but he's not that into jumping through as yet. There is work to do.

Monday, January 27, 2014

Garden 2014 1


Since the temperatures here now range between 19 and 61, I decided to take advantage of it being one of the 61 degree days ( actually, mid 50s) and get some outdoor chores taken care of. I tilled up all the garden spaces and applied more of my alfalfa pellets.  Note to self: Get More. The stuff works like a charm and is cheap. My garden was so much happier last season than it was in prior years, I harvested a lot more last year than I did the year before.

I did all of this because I went shopping and picked up my 2014 spuds! So many more for so much less! I love my seed catalogs but their products, while really high quality, are so expensive. I'm going to order some tomato plants and corn seeds and possibly some leaks, but I'm going to make it a Buy Local garden more than in prior years.


I'm only planting the two varieties this year because I really likes these two and there isn't any reason to plant multiple varieties to just to plant more. I am going to plant more of them in the ground this year because my experiment last year was so successful. I'm still going to plant in the containers, but there will be a much larger spud population in the ground than last year.

I spread most of my alfalfa in the area that my corn is going to be planted, corn is a "heavy" feeder and I want my crop to be as fat and happy as possibly. I'm probably going to put most of my compost there as well. I also amended the main garden, but its going to need more dirt this year so the new dirt will be stronger and need less help.

While I was out in the yard I pulled up the flowering shrubs I planted last spring, they  came with a warning that they don't like the cold and no surprise, they did not make it through the winter. This year I am going to put in Knock Out roses and those will hopefully, be there for along time. They are very tough plants.

Friday, January 24, 2014

Friday Cat Blogging

TGIF


We didn't win anything in the Paws for Claws raffle this month, but we did win Cutest Dog Without a Tear Jerking Back Story. So we are happy. The actual winner was a positive pitbull named Jolene who was the most adorable dog ever and she very much deserved to win. We are also happy because Jolene is a sizable dog and not some little rat dog. Not that we're bitter. Or hate losing. Or hate rat dogs. Or hate losing to rat dogs. We are happy to show off our wonderful disposition and happy outlook. And pretty eyes and velvet ears.

We won the judges so yay us!

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Fun in the kitchen


I had to make more peanut butter cookies - Just to get the peanut butter out of my house! SInce I've had peanut butter in my house I have had peanut butter cookies in my house and this is not helping my goal of not having things like peanut butter cookies in my house.

For my finaldry ingredients
as well as eggs and butter and sugar.  I had been focusing on easy, three ingredient or less recipes because well, three ingredients or less is easy and fast and I am all about immediate gratification.
This time I went with : Classic Peanut Butter Cookie recipe. It includes butter and baking soda and baking powder and flour, additionally, salt, brown sugar,peanut butter and vanilla.


Not quite as immediate with the gratification, but still pretty damn gratifying They have more body than the others and they didn't spread out like the other batches and while they are really good, there is a light flour-y after  taste to them that the other batches made without flour did not have. They may be a little less pure but they bake at a higher temperature so they warmed up the kitchen a lot more. Score!

I'm not just sitting around  glomming down cookies, I am also spending quality time with apples too. I started to think that I would apples more frequently if they were less messy and if I didn't have to then deal with the core. Shiver.

Enter the apple slicer





not totally even, these apples are larger than the last variety I bought, the slicer works better with smaller apples.
 There is still a  core, but its much smaller


Nummy.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Boom.


I was at work when I over heard one of my co-workers talking about how it was going to get cold and then snow. I told th co-worker to think happy thoughts and stop being all doom and gloom and scaring the chilrin.

That person was talking crazy because you could see it was bright outside and not cold enough and it was balmy over the weekend and they were being crazy.

That was then.It was 49 degrees when I left work and when I came home from walking the dog just after 5pm it was all ready falling. I understood it was going to get worse - my workmates might be giant panic merchants but my phone does not lie. I decided that post walk I would run to Sams and pay my bill,  pick up the dogs meds and then bring a nice frozen lasagna home and stick it in the oven and spend  the next few days rolling around in it.

Lasagna is freaking expensive. I could get two family sized lasagnas for  the same price as bag of boneless skinless. I had to weigh this : Eat a few lasagna meals or eat like many, many chicken meals for a lot longer. Gone are the days where I would say "Hey,I think I'll just get them both!"  and then have to eat the lasagna immediately because I had no room to store it.The sad thing is, I have the room now! I didn't used to have the room for frozen foods! Now I do and I can't afford to! Its so "Gift of the Magi".

I also bought some Galla apples because they are very good and they don't sell them at my Walmart. Speaking of Walmart, the assistant manager of my Walmart, Marie, called me today to formally apologize for the store stealing my food. She promised that the staff will be in-serviced and  retrained to put the bags into the carts and that the front of store managers will be watching much closer to make sure that they are in fact doing this,so doesn't happen as often as it happens now.She also promised that the next time I'm in the store I get free donuts.

I'm not done with them yet. I'm still going to call the area manager to talk to him because it is a problem greater then my store and it is the culture of the stores to do this. Someone has to inculturate the staff and that person has to be trained to teach them the corporate culture when they get hired, and it goes further than the little assistant manager at my store. If Food Lion can manage to not let people leave behind their purchases, Walmart can get with he program too.

Friday, January 17, 2014

Friday Cat Blogging

And the nominations went to...


2014 Oscar (tm) nominations

In which I lose interest quickly.

Best motion picture of the year - Saw not a single one of these.
  • American Hustle
  • Captain Phillips
  • Dallas Buyers Club
  • Gravity
  • Her
  • Nebraska
  • Philomena
  • 12 Years a Slave
  • The Wolf of Wall Street
Performance by an actor in a leading role - I think DiCaprio is a douche bag. Its nice they nominated Ojiofor, but he has much a chance winning this category as I do. I vote for McConaughy. 
  • Christian Bale, American Hustle
  • Bruce Dern, Nebraska
  • Leonardo DiCaprio, The Wolf of Wall Street
  • Matthew McConaughy, Dallas Buyers Club
  • Chiwetel Ojiofor, 12 Years a Slave
Performance by an actress in a leading role. Any of these ladies would be fine, but I like Judi Dench.
  • Amy Adams, American Hustle
  • Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine
  • Sandra Bullock, Gravity
  • Judi Dench, Philomena
  • Meryl Streep, August: Osage County
Performance by an actor in a supporting role. They'll give it to Cooper because they didn't for his last one.
  • Barkhad Abdi, Captain Phillips
  • Bradley Cooper, American Hustle
  • Michael Fassbender, 12 Years a Slave
  • Jonah Hill, The Wolf of Wall Street
  • Jared Leto, Dallas Buyers Club
Performance by an actress in a supporting role -  Either Nyong'o or Squibb, this catagory likes to award  back story or cuteness or a cute back story or hot and bangable.
  • Sally Hawkins, Blue Jasmine
  • Jennifer Lawrence, American Hustle
  • Lupita Nyong'o, 12 Years a Slave
  • Julia Roberts, August: Osage County
  • June Squibb, Nebraska
Achievement in directing -  It will depend on how the other catagories pan out. I see sweepiness.
  • Alfonso Cuaron, Gravity
  • Steve McQueen, 12 Years a Slave
  • Alexander Payne, Nebraska
  • David O. Russell, American Hustle
  • Martin Scorsese, The Wolf of Wall Street
Best animated feature film of the year.  So freaking tired of Dinsey and their princess.I don't care if they do kickass. I want a disney cartoon about a boy.
  • The Croods
  • Despicable Me 2
  • Ernest & Celestine
  • Frozen
  • The Wind Rises
Achievement in cinematography
  • The Grandmaster Philippe Le Sourd
  • Gravity Emmanuel Lubezki
  • Inside Llewyn Davis Bruno Delbonnel
  • Nebraska Phedon Papamichael
  • Prisoners Roger A. Deakins
Achievement in costume design -  The Great Gatsby.
  • American Hustle Michael Wilkinson
  • The Grandmaster William Chang Suk Ping
  • The Great Gatsby Catherine Martin
  • The Invisible Woman Michael O'Connor
  • 12 Years a Slave Patricia Norris
Best documentary feature -Which on is about WW2?
  • The Act of Killing Joshua Oppenheimer and Signe Byrge Sørensen
  • Cutie and the Boxer Zachary Heinzerling and Lydia Dean Pilcher
  • Dirty Wars Richard Rowley and Jeremy Scahill
  • The Square Jehane Noujaim and Karim Amer
  • 20 Feet from Stardom Nominees to be determined
Best documentary short subject
  • CaveDigger Jeffrey Karoff
  • Facing Fear Jason Cohen
  • Karama Has No Walls Sara Ishaq
  • The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life Malcolm Clarke and Nicholas Reed
  • Prison Terminal: The Last Days of Private Jack Hall Edgar Barens
Achievement in film editing
  • American Hustle Jay Cassidy, Crispin Struthers and Alan Baumgarten
  • Captain Phillips Christopher Rouse
  • Dallas Buyers Club John Mac McMurphy and Martin Pensa
  • Gravity Alfonso Cuarón and Mark Sanger
  • 12 Years a Slave Joe Walker
Best foreign language film of the year
  • The Broken Circle Breakdown, Belgium
  • The Great Beauty, Italy
  • The Hunt, Denmark
  • The Missing Picture, Cambodia
  • Omar, Palestine
Achievement in makeup and hairstyling
  • Dallas Buyers Club Adruitha Lee and Robin Mathews
  • Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa Stephen Prouty
  • The Lone Ranger Joel Harlow and Gloria Pasqua-Casny
Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original score)
  • The Book Thief John Williams
  • Gravity Steven Price
  • Her William Butler and Owen Pallett
  • Philomena Alexandre Desplat
  • Saving Mr. Banks Thomas Newman
Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original song)
  • "Alone Yet Not Alone" from Alone Yet Not Alone, Music by Bruce Broughton; Lyric by Dennis Spiegel
  • "Happy" from Despicable Me 2, Music and Lyric by Pharrell Williams
  • "Let It Go" from Frozen, Music and Lyric by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez
  • "The Moon Song" from Her, Music by Karen O; Lyric by Karen O and Spike Jonze
  • "Ordinary Love" from Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, Music by Paul Hewson, Dave Evans, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen; Lyric by Paul Hewson
Achievement in production design
  • American Hustle Production Design: Judy Becker; Set Decoration: Heather Loeffler
  • Gravity Production Design: Andy Nicholson; Set Decoration: Rosie Goodwin and Joanne Woollard
  • The Great Gatsby Production Design: Catherine Martin; Set Decoration: Beverley Dunn
  • Her Production Design: K.K. Barrett; Set Decoration: Gene Serdena
  • 12 Years a Slave Production Design: Adam Stockhausen; Set Decoration: Alice Baker
Best animated short film
  • Feral Daniel Sousa and Dan Golden
  • Get a Horse! Lauren MacMullan and Dorothy McKim
  • Mr. Hublot Laurent Witz and Alexandre Espigares
  • Possessions Shuhei Morita
  • Room on the Broom Max Lang and Jan Lachauer
Best live action short film
  • Aquel No Era Yo (That Wasn't Me) Esteban Crespo
  • Avant Que De Tout Perdre (Just before Losing Everything) Xavier Legrand and Alexandre Gavras
  • Helium Anders Walter and Kim Magnusson
  • Pitääkö Mun Kaikki Hoitaa? (Do I Have to Take Care of Everything?) Selma Vilhunen and Kirsikka Saari
  • The Voorman Problem Mark Gill and Baldwin Li
Achievement in sound editing
  • All Is Lost Steve Boeddeker and Richard Hymns
  • Captain Phillips Oliver Tarney
  • Gravity Glenn Freemantle
  • The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Brent Burge
  • Lone Survivor Wylie Stateman
Achievement in sound mixing
  • Captain Phillips Chris Burdon, Mark Taylor, Mike Prestwood Smith and Chris Munro
  • Gravity Skip Lievsay, Niv Adiri, Christopher Benstead and Chris Munro
  • The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Christopher Boyes, Michael Hedges, Michael Semanick and Tony Johnson
  • Inside Llewyn Davis Skip Lievsay, Greg Orloff and Peter F. Kurland
  • Lone Survivor Andy Koyama, Beau Borders and David Brownlow
Achievement in visual effects
  • Gravity Tim Webber, Chris Lawrence, Dave Shirk and Neil Corbould
  • The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Joe Letteri, Eric Saindon, David Clayton and Eric Reynolds
  • Iron Man 3 Christopher Townsend, Guy Williams, Erik Nash and Dan Sudick
  • The Lone Ranger Tim Alexander, Gary Brozenich, Edson Williams and John Frazier
  • Star Trek Into Darkness Roger Guyett, Patrick Tubach, Ben Grossmann and Burt Dalton
Adapted screenplay
  • Before Midnight Written by Richard Linklater, Julie Delpy, Ethan Hawke
  • Captain Phillips Screenplay by Billy Ray
  • Philomena Screenplay by Steve Coogan and Jeff Pope
  • 12 Years a Slave Screenplay by John Ridley
  • The Wolf of Wall Street Screenplay by Terence Winter
Original screenplay
  • American Hustle Written by Eric Warren Singer and David O. Russell
  • Blue Jasmine Written by Woody Allen
  • Dallas Buyers Club Written by Craig Borten & Melisa Wallack
  • Her Written by Spike Jonze
  • Nebraska Written by Bob Nelson

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Animals


I have not yet heard back from Wal-Mart customer service.

I just upgraded to HD. My HD TV is beside itself with joy! Finally it is working in its field! Fulfillment is its!

I am learning that while everything looks better in HC. everyone does not. Its a little off-putting. I have dealt with the shock/horror by limiting my viewing to gorgeous nature shows on National Geographic. So far I have toured Africa, Siberia and the oceans of the world.  Animals are shocking beautiful in HD. Whales, Russian bears, mole rats, ravens,  reindeer - Did you know there are indigenous peoples in Siberia that ride reindeer like horses?  Or that they have talked the Masai warriors out of killing lions? By the way, the Masai are unbelievably gorgeous in HD. The people on E!, not so much.

What you learn when you get HD. I remember going to the Texas State Fair years upon years ago and standing in a long  line for the privilege of walking past a HD TV airing footage of  fruit spinning on a plate. When I was with Barney, people were having meetings in our conference room on how to use this new technology. Not for Barney, but for how to get the technology into TVs for home use. Ta da!

I have been coming home for lunch the past few days, I take Rocket out to pee, eat my lunch and go back to work. Rocket is dry when I come home. There has also knock wood been no new destruction during this time. I stopped coming home because it seemed like me coming home and then leaving again was very unsettleing for him and he was acting out by tearing things up and peeing on the floor.

I stopped coming home and while the destruction, apart from a single episode of him tearing down the blinds and cutting his mouth - it was less frequent. He was still either peeing in his box and bedding or peeing on the floor.Actually it went from peeing on the floor to peeing in the box on the bedding to removing the bedding from the box and either 1) peeing on the floor and covering it with the bedding or 2) removing the bedding from the box and peeing on it.  There is still a lot of pee getting on my hardwoods.

Coming home means less peeing in he room which would be a win for me, but it also seems like a step back to me and it also makes it feels like he won somehow and I don't like that.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

I still write letters.


Dear Walmart,


On 1.11.14 I shopped Store 5292 at 20:46 :38


 My order was rung up and my goods were put into bags, I took my bags home. I got home and noticed that AGAIN I did not make it home with all my purchases because your clerk didn't give me all my bags. This happens al the time across every Walmart I shop at and I shop at a lot of Walmarts.

I believe it’s a way for the staff to add to their meager pay. I also see it as theft. I bought the products and I want them back. I am tired of Walmart stealing from me.


 I called the office at the time and was told that "Talking to these people is like talking to air" and that "A lot of management is friends with the staff" and that is why complaints go unanswered. It was suggested I speak with corporate.

The next time I come home with less then I should, I'm going to the police, because it is theft: I paid for goods and those goods were not given to me, so, theft. This might get attention to the problem. I will call the police and send them to your store and I will charge the clerk and the the manger who failed to train the clerk as the thieves.  And I’ll call the papers and go on the internet - Fun Fact : a lot of people hate Walmart and will love to hear about my idea. It could become a “thing”, like flashmobs. You can look forward to flash mobs and police calls. How fun for you. There will be a lot of police calls to your stores.


It will work better than calling the store. The police the know how to communicate with “air”.


 Also, I bought 5 items, I took home four bags. I did not need this many bags, you must train your clerks for bagging, I am not asking to train them better I am asking you to train them AT ALL.  Grocery stores manage to train half wits to bag groceries and you can't manage the same with your staff? Walmart constantly disappoints, thank you for lowering the bar yet again.


 Get rid of the bag turn style and teach your clerks to bag properly and you might solve this very real issue for your stores.




Diana 


This was emailed to both Walmart customer service complaints and Walmart Global Ethics complaints.


Global Ethics got back to me. Still waiting for customer service. Will be calling Mr. Market Manager.

Hello Diana,

Thank you for contacting the Global Ethics Office. One of our objectives is to provide guidance for ethical dilemmas and to ensure formal review for behavior that may be inconsistent with the Walmart Statement of Ethics, which can be found at www.walmartethics.com. 

As described, your concerns do not require a review from our office; however, a review of your concern may still be necessary.  Please feel free to contact the Market Manager over this Market, NAME by calling 919-XXX-XXXX

Thank you and feel free to contact us in the future regarding the Statement of Ethics. 

Kindest Regards,
Tim
Global Ethics Office

I wrote back.

Dear Tim,

Thank you so much for getting back with me so quickly. I thought this was an ethical problem that could be address by your office. I am however very grateful for the contact you provided. Thank you for taking the time to address my complaint.

Sincerely,

Diana 

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Before and After


I knew going in I was going to take the Christmas decoration boxes upstairs and I was prepared for the unfun of going up and down the stairs eighteen times to get the job done -you know you have made that slog one time too many when even the weim doesn't think you need the supervision this time around.

After our walk and dinners, the dog and I were letting our dinners settle and I had started to plan getting the boxes upstairs - which needed to go up first, where they needed to go and it came to me that why I really needed to do was to make peanut butter cookies! Of Course! What a great idea! I needed to go to the store to get peanut butter and eggs, but I could make the cookies and then while they were cooking, take the boxes up stairs! Super! I made a bazillion trips up and down the stairs, my body neededthem by the time they were ready.I earned those cookies.


Then


Now

Those of you wondering where peanut butter cookies fall in the "Apples and Carrots" school of not eating more crap than I have to : I used fake eggs and low fat peanut butter and half the sugar the recipe called for. These cookies are almost healthy


Sunday, January 12, 2014

Golden Globe Results 2014



8:00 - Curtain Up

Chatter, chatter,jokes, roll call. Chatter.

8:10 -Best Supporting Actress in a Movie - Jennifer Lawrence, American Hustle

8:13 - Best Supporting Actress in a  Mini-Series, TV Movie etc.. - Jacqueline Bisset. Wouldn't get off the stage .

8:22 - Best Mini Series or TV Movie - Behind the Candelabra

8:24 - Best Actress Mini Series or TV Movie - Elizabeth Moss, Above the Lake

8:32- Speech from president of  HFP.

8:36 - Best Actor TV Drama - Brian Cranston, Breaking Bad

8:38 - Best TV Drama - Breaking Bad

8:54 - Best Score Motion Picture - Alex Ebert All is Lost

8:56 Best Original Song Motion Picture - U2, "Ordinary Love", Mandela, The Long Walk Home

9:02 - Best Supporting Actor TV Drama - John Voigt, Ray Donavan

9:05 - Best Actress Movie Comedy - Amy Adams, American Hustle

9:14 -Best Actress TV Drama - Robin Wright, House of Cards

9:20 - Best Supporting Actor Movie - Jared Leto, Dallas Buyers Club

9:23 - Best Screenplay - Spike Jones, Her

9:29 - Best Actor TV Comedy - Andy Sandburg, Brooklyn 99

9:41 - Best Foreign Film - Italy, The Great Beauty

9:44 - Best Actor Mini Series - Michael Douglas, Behind the Candelabra

9:53 - Best Animated Feature Film - Frozen

9:56 - Best Actress TV Comedy - Amy Pollar, Parks and Recreation

Best Director Movie -Alphonzo Cuaron, Gravity

Best TV Comedy - Brooklyn 99

Best Actor Comedy Film  - Leo DiCaprio , The Wolf of Wall Street

Best Comedy Film - American Hustle

Best Actress  Drama Film - Cate Blanchett. Blue Jasmine

Best Actor Drama Film - Mathew McCaughenay, Dallas Buyers Club

10:56 Best Film Drama - 12 Years A Slave

Friday, January 10, 2014

Friday Cat Blogging


Waiting for the weekend


And I survived  working a full five day work week. I didn't think I was going to be able to hack it but somehow I toughed it out. The weather also got warmer and for the first time this week I was able to wear inside clothes inside and outside clothes outside! Its a big deal when you wore ski pants and a down vest inside and was still cold.If the weather keeps up the good work, it may almost reach room temperature inside over the weekend!  Very exciting stuff.

Another positive? I can almost  feel my hands!

I got a call from Direct TV trying to sell me something I didn't want and so I took the opertunity to scream like banshee at the operator! Because DirecTV is his fault.But this turned out well for me, instead of getting me to sign up for HBO he forwarded (unloaded) me on customer service - whom I also screamed at , all of this on my cell while I was walking the dog. It turned out the CS girl was also not the right person to scream at about DirecTV and my displeasure with it. She sent me on to yet another guy who as it turns out,was the right person for me to scream at about my dysfunctional remotes, ancient hardware, ridiculous monthly bill and pathetic lack of HD.

He droppedmy bill by $20, gave me three new remotes - for free and hooked me up with HD, for an extra $10 a month, and new recievers - for free! I am now getting more service for less than I was paying for broken remotes, bad hardware and no HD. Whee! I actually get to experience HD on my HD TV. Double Wheee!

The remotes are due to three days, the guy is coming to hook up my new toys on Saturday, at the same time the guys are here to bring me my new freezer. Wheee!

Thursday, January 9, 2014

I would like to invite global warming to come to my house.


Even though I know that the reason it is so cold is because somewhere it is too warm and something somewhere did not freeze over like it was supposed to and that's why all this cold air was available to come here and make us all sad. Upside? No wasps!

We had two whole days in a row with no peeing on the floor!... Because the dog was in daycare all day. But, still two days in a row!

Honestly, that is all I have. Its been very cold outside and thus inside and I really don't like it and I think the cold is why my hands have been tingling all day because it was so cold last night - I could have worn gloves but I could have worn a hat too and then where do you draw the line? I could have worn ski pants as well. I mean just because you can doesn't mean you should.

I should have sucked it up ( Noo I don't want to wear gloves! What if the kitty wants to be pet? I can't feel him if I am wearing gloves!) and worn the pink and fuzzy gloves, since I did not, my hands were pink and fizzy all day.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Dog with a Big Brain and a very Small Bladder.


I couldn't live in another part of the country. I can't be this cold for a protracted period of time and be happy about it. I'm cold because your average heat pump needs there to be a certain amount of heat in the environment to produce heat. When the outside temperature is this cold, turning on the heat is a waste of energy because the pump can't find enough to warm the house.

The system can artificially heat itself up but this is a costly activity and it is better to add layers until the cold snap exhausts itself. Also if I lived in a colder part of the country I would have a real furnace and I would probably still be wearing many layers.

I would be wearing even more more layers but I saw the wisdom of letting my dog on the ( covered, protected) furniture and so I have my own portable furnace.  I learned something about my little portable  furnace today. I have been coming home after work and finding the bedding removed from his crate, peed on, and in front of the window. I thought he was doing it to cover up the pee - Could he finally understand that peeing on the floor is upsetting to me? Could he actually be learning something? No, he doesn't care about my unhappiness with the floor wetting.

I came home for lunch today and took him out to pee, after work he had not peed. I can't come every day!

What he does care about is that he likes to sleep in the sun under the window, he can get a little of the sun  if he sleeps on the futon but he can capture all  of the  sun if he sleeps front of the window. Under the window there is hard floor. Doggy doesn't like hard floor, it's uncomfortable. He decided  that the crate is an unacceptable place to sleep, but it is comfortable. The math isn't hard from there out. He just removes the bedding from the crate and places it under the window where the sun is. Smart, smart dog.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Court Hockey


I walked Rocket yesterday and on our way back I saw a herd of hipsters camped out at some tennis courts - for a, um, "transitional" neighborhood, we have a lot of tennis courts - and they were doing something. A herd of them.On bikes.

Anyway, they were arranged in a clutch in the court and they had set up some 2x4s in the corners and they were on bikes, very, very expensive bikes, outfitted with wheels that cost more than my mortgage (I know this, I watched a show about the making of grotesquely over priced bike wheels). Someone shouted "MARCO POLO" and they seemed to be moving a puck-thing around the court with hockey sticks. I was like "if you were black kids screwing around on bikes and damaging the surface of the court with hockey sticks, the cops would be here now." But you're way too adorable  for that! Hipster trash.

I don't like hipsters. I find their smugness off putting and  I don't think the beards are clever, they look like fake TV Amish or fallen away Hasidim. The girls look fat in their baby doll dresses, and their ironic tea towels, clever crocheted vibe covers, and tacky tats are equally off putting. Did you know they invented gardens and they are the first generation to knit? I didn't know that either. They have made organic into a curse word and suddenly "local", "sourced" "non-GM" and "artisanal" are very triggering for me.  Also  the over use of "organic" makes me very angry. Not as angry as"Gluten Free", but pretty ticked. I am of the mind that all that babble and arbitrary yard sticks applied to food is just creating eating disorders.

I hate these children but at the same time, I need them to continue to multiply and have even more of them pay obscene amounts for tiny frame houses.  These children will buy anything anywhere no matter how sketchy, as long as its billed as "close to downtown", because that helps my bottom line. Spend, children! Spend!  Maybe someday they will put back our grocery stores and gives us  real restaurants that sell things that aren't fried.

Monday, January 6, 2014

Back to the grind.

I enjoyed my Staycation. I feel rested, ready and in shape for the next year!

Bull shit. I did learn that  I really enjoy going to work for a couple of days, having a couple of days off and then working for a day then following that up with a weekend, and I could work weeks like that indefinitely. Its going to suck to have to work five days in a row.

My niece dog perforated my boy nephew so my niece dog is gone. My nephew is healing well and will be fine, but it was a very scary moment. She may be gone like "gone",  the sheriff took her and she's in solitary at the local SPCA that is known for putting animals down quickly and without warning.I don't want to know more, it makes me angry and very sad.  I'm praying for her.  My nasty judgmental self feels that the family shouldn't have more pets ever, they aren't suited for it. My whole self  hopes whatever her outcome she will finally be truly loved, at peace and be free. I would take her if I possibly could.

I spent my time off cooking. I made a fabulous chicken potpie with home grown peppers, tomatoes and green beans and then this weekend, I made a wonderful smoked turkey noodle soup with the same. I added some onions, green and white, peas, celery and lots of garlic. It didn't wind up making as much as I thought it would, but I think I can make it work. I'm pretty sure that I had a cold before I had my first bowl of this soup, now? I have been cured! This stuff is awesome.





I filled the soup with all the meat it could hold and still had loads left over. I'm going to make a turkey pot pie and maybe mix in some BBQ sauce and make some sandwiches. I also got the outdoor decos down and stowed in the back bedroom until I get the tree down. I like the tree and I'm going to take it down at my leisure.

Rocket starts agility classes at the end of the month and that it going to be exciting for the both of us.