Wednesday, October 07, 2015

I'll admit, I'm surprised, but a quick email back to the office and I was able to quickly and easily change out the rental car over lunch yesterday.  It's so much nicer to run for grub now and my anxiety over the return drive has melted away.

I'm pretty much out of places that interest me for a meal around here, so I'm ready to go home.  *sigh* how wrong is that.  On a related note, I did go work out for a while both last evening and tonight.  Around 4am today I woke to a completely seized up calf.  Must get back in gear on the regular.

I've made a couple of Amazon purchases to really get the Christmas shopping into progress.  The one big gift idea I am excited to give this year also got under way, but yes, it's a secret, so no one gets more information than that.  Christmas will be here way too soon after all.

Monday, October 05, 2015

I traveled for work on Sunday and ended up with a rental car that stunk of cigarette smoke. 3 1/2 hours of a drive later I could feel the headache blooming. By bed it was what I'd classify as a migraine. I was in and out of a light sleep until around 3:30 in the morning when I couldn't take it anymore and went to the hotel lobby to buy something, anything, to try and take the edge off of the headache. Fortunately ibuprofen knocked it back to manageable and I was able to fall asleep soundly for a few hours. Today my head remains a bit wonky, my neck slightly stiff, and my head feels incredibly heavy.

Please tell me how and why people still smoke? I understand older people who have smoked their whole lives. You know, the ones that got started when it was not understood a). how incredibly unhealthy it was and b). how incredibly addictive it is. But seriously, if you're 35 or younger and you smoke, you're a complete retard and deserve the butt whooping I'd love to put on whomever trashed that vehicle.

Saturday, October 03, 2015

Today my sister and I took what is very likely our very last trip down to Mom's place.  I can't help but feel like I'm forgetting things, and have the burning need to go back and recheck every drawer and shelf.

We also took the very last apple pie with us to Aunt Linda and Uncle Ronnie's.

Now I just need to tame my brain.

Thursday, October 01, 2015

Here it is, October and the 40 degree weather is slated to start in the next couple of days.  Hence, I had to do something with the tomato and pepper plants. The ones on the back porch that were at work for the longest while are just getting tomatoes.  So they, and the pepper plants, are now safely in the house.  This means that the front window has the curtains fully parted in an attempt to get enough light in to keep them going and my kitchen table has two big ol' pepper plants taking up space.

The ones that have been on the front porch all summer are still producing, albeit at a slower pace.  I'd really rather see them ripen on the vine.  I haven't brought them in because I simply do not have enough space much less windows.  I am guessing I will need to pull the tomatoes and set them out to ripen (somewhere).  I need to weed/gather up more plants outside.

Why aren't our summers long enough to get our full harvest?
I spent way too much time today fighting with SharePoint.  If I have permissions to ADD the column, why would I not have permission to DELETE the column?  I curse you Microsoft.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

It makes me weepy to watch our humble arena on TV with the Penguins and Lightning zipping back and forth across the ice.  It's been a few years now since the Chiefs left.  As such I'm no longer a season ticket holder, so my chances of getting to go were virtually nil, but I'm still proud.

I wish we had the nice new boards and glass when our boys were still here.  I truly miss that time.

Monday, September 28, 2015

What I wish I could post on facebook and allow those that choose to unfriend me sort things out for 'themselves'...

If ya'll could stop posting the following that would be super (and yes, some of these bullet points make me think specifically about one or two people who regularly clog my feed):
  • Dumb things that are simply not true - look crap up on snopes first.  No you won't get $100 from Microsoft and Facebook won't respect your privacy because you post some cut and paste blurb.
  • Your completely unrelated items to groups to which we both belong.  I will report you every time and then explain to you what the word "spam" means.  Yay your friend's band is playing at Jack and George's - what does that have to do with Roosevelt Jr High?
  • Links to vote for your ugly-ass kid.  Enough said.
  • Requesting prayers.  Yeah, yeah, we all need a prayer from time to time, I don't mean you - I mean the one that posts because everything is about them and is so much bigger because it's happening to them 5x a day.
  • Anything about Paris Hilton, Kim Kardashian, Bruce Jenner, or any other no-talent ass clown.  Ok, Bruce Jenner was an olympic athlete, so I guess I can't call him no-talent.  But you get my point.
  • The person who constantly complains about their pain.  It sucks that you have _insert disease here_, I am sorry, but surely there is something more to you than that?
  • That your kids are throwing up or have a fever (again).  At some point you really should be embarrassed that they are _constantly_ ill.  You're clearly doing something wrong.
  • Links to fund raise for some schmuck who should maybe go get a frelling job and pay for their own _whatever_.  Again, there are some cases I sympathize with (tragic accident etc), but when that person posts saying they're going out for drinks with friends one night and then posting asking for money to pay their rent the next?  Hells to the no.
  • Your opinions.  I have them too, oh believe me I do.  But I know that if I reply to you in calm, rational disagreement you're going to lash out at me.  If you can't handle an intellectual rebuttal don't post it and stomp your feet like a three year old having a tissy when I reply.
  • While we're on the subject of opinions:  listings for animals for sale.  Note I didn't say adoption, I'm talking about the a-holes who keep breeding their pets.  Stop. It.  Spay/Neuter.  How's that for an opinion?
  • Worse than opinions?  Agendas!  If you are the type of person who votes based on one topic you're so passionate about that you are blinded to all other things, this is you. I don't care if it's a Second Amendment agenda, a Pro-Life agenda, or a Gay-Rights agenda, etc, etc.
  • Now, while we're on the topic of voting - do you really think any of those idiots are different from any of the other idiots in or running for office?  You're crazy if you do.
  • How freaking happy you are.  I know what's up there is mostly crap and that's the issue I have a problem with.  Who are you trying to convince that your relationship is so spectacular?  I've known plenty of relationships that are beyond rocky that feel the need to post like crazy in this manner.  So, even if I don't know what your relationship is like offline, guess what I'm going to place my money on.
  • Slight variation - how in love you are.  With the person you met two weeks ago, like a week after the last one dumped you and you spent a week posting how life means nothing and he/she will never understand what they meant to you.  This 2-3 month cycle is tedious and sad when you're 16, it's just ridiculous if you're of an age when you should be paying your own bills.
  • An obscene number of photos.  This takes multiple forms.  First, I love my dogs, but I don't post photos every day.  Why?  Because no one wants to see photos of them _every day_.  Nor do they want to see photos of your kids every day (and no, they're not as cute as you think they are either - see bullet number 3).  The first day of school photo?  Awesome.  The second, third, fourth, fifth... *sigh*  Now, I'm not heartless - If I like you, I most likely enjoy a periodic picture or antidote about your kid.  Second, of every piece of food you put in your mouth.  You're killing me.  I blame you for the last 5 lbs.
  • Comments (especially by my family members) that are racist, homophobic, misogynistic, etc.  You're an ass and I'm ashamed of you.
  • Anything you "seen".  SAW - you SAW it.  I wouldn't call myself a grammar nazi, ok, sometimes, but I have my own phrases I misuse, I know this.  This one just tweaks me.
  • To complain about your parents or children.  Screw you.  Wanna trade?
  • The people who "like" a sad post (I'm talking like "someone died").  You're a friggin psychopath.
To the few friends I would have left after the above post I would then say - if you plan on celebrating a birthday in the next year have a very happy one.  I really don't have the patience to check in and wish everyone a happy birthday on an individual basis.  Fact is - if facebook didn't tell me today was your birthday, would I have known?  Out of my 300 friends, I'd say I could probably nail 20 or so.  Other than that... sorry.
I finally caught up on the Walking Dead last night (since season 5 is now on Netflix and my honey added me to his account). I watched the next to last episode too so I was reminded of where we were. I won't give away any spoilers, so keep reading. All I really have to say is 1). It sure didn't feel like a season ender and 2). that was enough to give me zombie survival dreams which was kind of fun. It probably didn't help that I was looking at prepper type sites looking for gift ideas last night.

My weekend was pretty lame, as I intended it. It feels like every weekend into the new year is going to be busy, so I took advantage and did next to nothing. Ok, the laundry and dishes still got crossed off, but that's about it. I did attempt to Christmas shop with minimal results, and finished a Shutterfly photobook too. I also slept in, which seems very necessary to keep the crud away.

I have also continued walking each day, which is a big achievement for me again. Yesterday I took Dani as Saffy has a minor limp happening again. I'm in the watch and wait phase after inspecting her feet carefully and making sure her limbs have full flexibility. I love my (not so) little girls. Please say a prayer for her. I can't believe how old they are. You figure, I had to say goodbye to Satin before she turned 10. Danika is older than that now and Saffy is closing in on it.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

I had a dream with Mom in it this morning. Of course, so was my great aunt who lived with us when I was a teenager. We were busy in the kitchen and I eventually convinced my great aunt who looked exhausted to sit down and I'd get her a drink. I asked coffee or water and Mom answered coffee (that's my girl). When I went to make it, my aunt started as she use to do - saying things you shouldn't say - and told me I was average. In her defense, when my aunt lived with us she had a pretty good decline into dementia going on, but everything is a little more amplified when you're a teenager.

So yeah, that's it. All that is what I struggled so hard to achieve last night. It's not often I have issues sleeping, but the past few nights have been difficult. I'm laying in bed for hours before I find sleep and waking a good bit. I'm not getting up in the morning as tired as I probably should be for the limited time I suspect I actually get in some stage of sleep, but it will catch up, guaranteed.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

It looks like a post from yesterday evaporated into the mist, so I'll try to quickly recap my weekend. My Favorite Egg was in and we had a good visit. I needed to run to Altoona to take a key to the realtor, so it was nice that he found an auction down that way making the trip a little more purposeful, even if he only bought one item.

I was a bit peeved when I arrived and found the house locked up as it was the last time (meaning I could not have gotten in if I hadn't found my Mother's full set of keys to take with such that I could get in the front door). Worse still finding the alarm off and a message on the panel making it clear it hasn't been set in over a month. Am I being that much of an a**hole for making a request to ensure that the house isn't vulnerable to copper thieves? Rest assured I left the house with the alarm on.

We also went to see the Scorch Trials since I had a BOGO coupon that expired at the end of September that I refused to allow to expire unused. I guess there was a movie before this one and I was a bit lost at the beginning. It was okay, but I would have rather caught The Visit.

The girls were also very excited as we all got to go for a walk together on Sunday. I'm pretty sure that was the last of the warm days. It's time to bring down a couple of sweaters so I can survive my workday.

Friday, September 18, 2015

If I didn't know better, I'd swear the guy across the hallway is constantly on hold. I like my music too so I don't mind overhearing his, but it's literally elevator music.

On other news, I met someone having their very first Sheetz experience this morning when I stopped for some coffee. I get it - their latest coffee station can be overwhelming the first time you're there until you realize how things are set up.

Thursday, September 17, 2015

"Random" on wmplayer is all about Janet Jackson and The Beatles today. It too is becoming agitating. Maybe I'm allergic to one of them?!
Dear world, I'm not typically encouraging of anything going extinct, but if we could maybe eradicate those evil yellow blooms of ragweed that would be super. So stuffed, so runny, so sneezy. I love fall, but it hurts.