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Sep. 25th, 2017 10:03 am
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Finn's second grade class is learning civics and what it means to be a citizen in the U.S.

In other news, this morning Finn declared that he is a free person and that no one is the boss of him and that he's not boarding the school bus today.

I can report that he did indeed board the bus in the end and that minimal tea was spilled during the course of this brief rebellion.



So I am actively looking for a new job now. I don't feel a little guilty about doing so. I really like working with the library staff we have here. The library itself is probably the least dysfunctional library I've ever worked for. The last place I worked at, for those of you that weren't following me then or just don't remember, was a HR nightmare, complete with death threats and meetings that devolved into screaming fits.

But, the situation isn't good here. I was about to offer a library position to a candidate we interviewed but was told to stop because they were instituting a hiring freeze. Benefits have decreased, pay is stagnant, there's little to no professional development funds. And I'm just not feeling very fulfilled.

So, I'm keeping an eye out. There were a couple of really good positions that opened out recently outside of driving range and I'm not willing to move at this point. On the bright side though, there are a number of libraries in the area and I
am not in the position that I need to find something immediately, so I'll find something. It's only a matter of time.




My grandfather needs open heart surgery.  They're scheduling it for sometime this week or next.  I'm hoping to see him this upcoming weekend.  He's 80 and not in the best of health to begin with, but the doctors feel like he strong enough for it and are pretty confident he'll do well.

Roy

Sep. 24th, 2017 01:27 pm
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Roy

The problem with the "plan" I have on weekends to do most of my chores and projects on Saturdays and finish things up on Sundays is that I reallllllly cannot find motivation to do anything on Sundays. Whoops.

Best vending machine ever?

Sep. 24th, 2017 01:44 pm
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There's been some controversy over Silicon Valley startups putting vending machines in apartments to replace bodegas and mom-and-pop stores. My niece found the best vending machine anywhere and shared it:

"In late August, I visited my friend from school in Germany. She’s a winemaker and her fiancé is a butcher, because Europe is really like that. He is a sixth generation butcher, and soon will be taking over the family business.

"As you might imagine, on the train there I was picturing a quaint rural butcher shop, like with a timbered front, copper pans, and cobblestones. Maybe everyone has a moustache. It is that, but 10 times bigger and with a lot more stainless steel. As we toured the place he pointed out the dozens of varieties of house-made sausage, liverwurst, wieners, and meat salads, in addition to the regular chops and cuts. It is Willy Wonka's Butcher Shop.

"He told me they sell between 2200-4500 pounds of meat per day, and they don't sell to restaurants or anything-- that's just catering and foot traffic to the store. They butcher all of the animals on the premises (Mondays and Thursday). The first time we met, back in Bordeaux, he had to go back early on Sunday. It was the Monday before Easter and someone had to take care of the lambs.

"His recent addition to the shop is an automated, 24-hour vending machine. He’s super proud of his machine, which is cutting-edge butcher shop technology and my favorite thing in the world. The machine sells vacuum-sealed cuts of meat, sausages, salads, and beer. There's a separate bucket of bread that works on an honor system.

"It gets traffic during the day, but the peak times are at night. His best customers come on Friday and Saturdays, after 2 am. Carloads of drunk people drive up, buy packets of wieners from the vending machine, and go to town in the parking lot.

"The best seller among his late night customers is a salad of sliced ham, chopped pickles, and mayonnaise. He sells a knife and fork set for 40 cents, but the drunk visitors do not bother. He has a security system and reviews the footage the next day. So most mornings he gets to work and watches footage of drunk people shoving fistfuls of ham and mayonnaise into their mouths.

"Then, it’s time to kill the lambs."

I'd end up a vegetarian after a few months of that.

Just a Number

Sep. 23rd, 2017 01:44 pm
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Just a Number

Why are fragrance advertisements so bizarrely ridiculous?


Watching Miami Vice right now. While I understand why it was groundbreaking, the acting is dreadful. Some of the worst I have ever seen. Don Johnson and Philip Michael Thomas got pretty lucky being cast, considering their thespian skills are cringeworthy at the kindest. Also, if MV is responsible for current music being used for cues I'm not sure I appreciate the influence. LOL. I've reached an age where I get annoyed when the music is so loud I can't hear dialogue.

*wanders off looking for a cane to shake at someone young*

ETA: Surprisingly, though, I'm not finding the fashion particularly objectionable, more specifically the women's fashion.

Hank (the Dog)

Sep. 22nd, 2017 07:12 pm
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Hank
"What do you mean you forgot the cookies?"

Oh, this pooch. He is another one of those instant loves - he is calm when anyone comes in, just looks at everyone with that soulful gaze and wags his tail. He's a dream to walk, always checks in with you, and loves to run and play. I love him. Plus, he's drop dead gorgeous. It's always a treat when I get to take him out, and here's hoping he goes fast.

Red Dragon(fly)

Sep. 21st, 2017 07:49 pm
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Red Dragon(fly)

I finally captured this dragonfly. It's been zooming around the building for a while and either wouldn't stop, or stopped when all I had on me was my cell phone. Not the best backdrop, but beggars can't be choosers.

Also, today I realized how grateful I should be that I have a moderate level of smarts. I have no idea how the person I saw managed to make it to adulthood. No diagnosed developmental delays, just old fashioned "duh, what?"

Actual Succulent

Sep. 20th, 2017 07:04 pm
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Actual Succulent

Yesterday, someone brought in a three month old pit bull puppy. He is the cutest baby, I'm not even exaggerating. White with a black patch over one eye and a nearly perfectly circular black spot on his rump. The reason? "He pees."

Yes, folks, someone brought a puppy in for peeing. Grrrr.

And today a sweet 9 month old pup got returned because she was too high energy for the people. It's so easy to fall in love with a dog at the shelter but get in way over your head in reality. I totally know how that goes. "My" little pup has moved out of my neighborhood, so I don't get to see her anymore. :(

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Sep. 20th, 2017 01:51 pm
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L'Shana Tovah to all my friends celebrating. May the year be joyful!

Tiny Arachnid

Sep. 19th, 2017 06:29 pm
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Tiny Arachnid

What a day. It's boot weather, suddenly, so I was rooting around in my shoe closet (don't judge me, it's not like that, really). I've intended to get an actual boot rack for my boots, but haven't ever got motivated enough and so have them kind of stuffed into a large plastic storage bin, without the lid on. As I was looking for the left boot for one pair this morning, I started sniffing. I bought these little shoe freshener balls that I shift around from shoe to shoe. I don't like the smell of those things, actually, but this wasn't that. It was ...

Cat. Pee.

Apparently someone liked my shoe closet as a hideyhole when terrified and peed. All over my boot collection. This was probably months ago, so the smell is good and set in. *bangs head on wall* I suspect Abe, as when Pickle was peeing outside of the box a while back it was a direct commentary on the lack of suitable box options for her and no one else is a peer.

Then I came home to a giant puddle of puke under my kitchen table. THAT was Pickle, who hates getting brushed like whoa, then constantly barfs up hairballs. *bangs head on wall*

I love them, though, the little peeing and puking menaces.

Acronicta Hesperida

Sep. 18th, 2017 07:17 pm
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Acronicta Hesperida

We had a tornado warning today. People were in a tizzy for a short while, including my boss who gathered us all together in the midst of it ... in the corner-situated conference room, which has two exteriors walls made entirely of windows. LOL. Me: I don't think this is where we should actually BE...

But nothing came of it. It's not common for tornadoes, though last year a small town down the coast got hit - they come up off of the ocean.

Jaffa Cake

Sep. 17th, 2017 03:33 pm
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Jaffa Cake

About four and a half years ago, maybe longer (holy crow, where does time go?) I tackled homemade Jaffa Cakes but substituted orange curd in place of the jelly. They were delicious and I think they won the monthly contest on the now-defunct Bake,Bake,Bake community. This time, I went for the jelly but despite the apparent health qualities of gelatin, it just grosses me out to think on. So, I used agar powder.

IMG_3834

Innit pretty? Texturally, a bit grainier than gelatin, but it tastes fine. I do wonder if the orange will come through the chocolate. I had a heck of a time getting these covered. The jelly disks didn't want to stick to the cakes and the chocolate didn't want to stick to the jelly disks. They're a little sloppy, too, and I am 99% sure I over folded the flour into the sponge, but these are just for work folks. They'll get eaten. Hah.

Recipe here.

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Sep. 16th, 2017 07:20 pm
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Finn had a birthday party today. Finn wanted science experiments, so I led 8 6-7 year olds in making a volcano, making oil-water glitter bottles, making slime (also with glitter) doing the coke + mentos thing, and exploding a plastic bag (using vinegar and baking soda). It went surprisinlg well. The kids all got lab goggles ($10 for 10 on amazon and they were the real deal) and got to take home the slime and oil-water bottles instead of traditional handouts.

I am exhausted!

We picked a puffball to eat yesterday and had it breaded and fried. I am using some of the remains in stuffed patty pan squash tonight (yes, I am actually cooking for once!)

Succulent?

Sep. 16th, 2017 04:04 pm
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Succulent?

Not sure what kind of plant this is. I liked the leaf pattern.

Walked to the tile store today to scope out shower tiles. I'm still not convinced I can do this project by myself and I've about reached my limit with the white small-tiled bathroom floor as well. White floor + long dark hair = a big, ugly pain! I can't go in the bathroom without shedding at least one hair. The shower is a must, the floor is a want. I will send photos to see if I can get an estimate, then maybe that will motivate me to be able to do it myself. Sticker shock is a great motivator for me.

Duck on Pond

Sep. 15th, 2017 07:09 pm

Be back in 10

Sep. 14th, 2017 03:33 pm

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Sep. 14th, 2017 12:03 pm
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Courtesy of a friend who couldn't use the tickets, I went to the Nationals baseball game last night with [personal profile] sara_merry99 and her husband Patrick. It was great fun to see them again. The weather was perfect. Just as the game started, some vintage planes flew overhead on their way to Andrews AFB to a weekend air show. That was pretty special. The Nationals lost but it was a great evening.

Just a couple of photos with the view from our seats.



West Coast Lady II

Sep. 13th, 2017 07:40 pm
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West Coast Lady II

Can we please stop with pumpkin spice? Oh my gosh, there is no need for pumpkin spice cheerios. Or yogurt. Or licorice. Or waffles. Or wheat thins. Or, or, or...

Drove to "the city" for a dental appointment today. Shopped a bit at Target (meh), DSW (meh) and Trader Joe's. The latter used to be a fun stop when I first moved to the boonies. It was a chance to stock up on treats - I've never really liked TJ's for practical things: their produce is overpackaged and anemic-looking, I'm not a big fancy cheese or meat person, etc. Today, TJ's was also kinda meh. I must have rednecked the city girl all the way out of me.

Nothing I purchased was pumpkin spiced.

I'M NOT SHOUTING

Sep. 12th, 2017 07:13 pm
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I'M NOT SHOUTING

No bifocals. I probably could have ordered new contact lenses, but when I found out they increased by $30 per eye, I decided I can make my current pair work for a bit longer. Eye doc said I'm likely to see a bit of fluctuating from here on out, but no bifocals yet. Whew!

You know, Hank has been with me almost a year and to be honest - I had hoped that the others would have accepted him. I was looking at photos for the last three months of last year, when Pickle was so sick. Before she just couldn't shake the yuck, she and Hank played well. After? She changed. I halfway wonder if she associates him with her illness. You know, like when you were a kid and you vomited soon after eating, say, peanut butter and for a long, long time after you cannot think of peanut butter without getting queasy. I think I am going to try to cordon off three of the downstairs rooms and kind of keep them separated for a bit, reintroduce Hank again. Hmmmm.

Red, Gold and Green

Sep. 11th, 2017 07:11 pm
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Red, Gold and Green

Karma, karma, karma, karma, karma chameleon.

What a day. Was on the go for most of it, busy, busy. I don't mind busy, but now I'm super tired.

I ordered new pillow covers for my throw pillows on Saturday. They arrived today and the pillows look so much better. Funny how they seem less flat and lumpy since I stuffed them into new attire. I got four in a pack, thinking I could use some salvaged foam from a bed topper that got peed on. I don't know why I thought that would work. I think I'll have to get some batting to get the foam into better shape.

Going to the eye doc tomorrow. Sigh. I fear it will not be news I want to hear...but I suppose it's better to hear it, deal with it and adjust to old eyes. Grrr.

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