Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Monday, November 24, 2008
This is the forecast for my trip to North Carolina. Mom seems to think I am going to freeze to death in the tiny cabin and has wrangled extra blankets from my aunt that lives in Wilmington. Yeah 31° is cold, but I am very hot natured. Mom is cold natured so I guess she is thinking I will be as cold as she would be. I will not. I'm not even taking a coat. I have a few sweaters and sweatshirts and some little tops to wear under them and that's all I need. I've always been jealous of women with artfully layered tops because the very thought of wearing two tops at once makes me sweat. I had meant to go shopping for some new winter tops but never got around to it so I will be wearing my same ol' old stuff. I hate shopping. I will have access to a washer and dryer so I will do my usual thing of taking about 3 outfits and washing and wearing them again. That's me, the ol' wash and wear.
Speaking of screen captures, (what? No?) have you ever been scrolling down a page and ran different parts of sentences together in your brain? I did that with this page:
I thought I had read "Dinosaur tracks found on Mars."
Friday, November 21, 2008
Mom's birthday was yesterday and she turned the big SEVEN-O. I can't wait to see her. Although we talk on the phone A LOT, I haven't seen her since June. We have no plans for Thanksgiving because Mom, like me, is a Thanksgiving Rebel. We may have seafood or pork barbecue. I also have no plans for Wednesday, but I may see my old friend from 4th grade if she drives down from Goldsboro. I'm looking forward to seeing the beach in winter, seeing Mom and Lolo and having no particular plans. I think I need that.
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
When I woke up on Tuesday I called the vet and took him in. They said it was a bite and had abscessed. They explained that an underskin had pulled way down and it had to be pulled up and stitched. And they would also put in drainage tubes. I left him there and drove down to Chili's to eat some lunch and drink some beers and wait for their call. I waited there until they called and then went to pick him up. He was all droopy and pathetic. I left him in his carrier and then grabbed his doghouse and dried it and put it in the garage with a giant clean towel inside. I set up his food and water and a litter box and let him out. He was all druggy and woozy and running into stuff with his "bonnet."
Monday, November 17, 2008
Here are six of my sleeping quirks (and I had to really narrow this down):
1. I use two zip-up pillow covers between my pillow and pillow case. It's a hassle every Monday when I wash the sheets, but I feel like my face needs to be that far away from the pillow to thwart the dust mites.
2. When it's chilly, I make a "hat" around my head with the beadspread (pictured above - the bedspread is light green, the other part is a quilt my grandmother made for me in 1984).
3. I have to start out on my right side (also pictured above).
4. I have to have a glass of water, a tube of Carmex, and a box of Kleenex next to me.
5. At home I only sleep in panties. If it is really really cold, I add socks.
6. If someone calls and wakes me up and asks me if they woke me up, I always say, "Yes, but it's okay, I'll go right back to sleep." And I do.
Saturday, November 15, 2008
Thursday, November 13, 2008
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
I didn't take a picture of the broken tile, but this is after I pried the broken pieces out:
(That's just a junk rug in the garage that I got out of Mom's garage, so don't judge me by it.) I thought I had a tile I could stick in the thing because we have some leftover floor tiles in the garage, but the ones I tried didn't fit. So I went to Home Depot and bought these two border trim strips:I laid them out in the table and finally found a pattern that fit and then I glued them in:
Sunday, November 09, 2008
Saturday, November 08, 2008
This next piece is one of the rarer pieces and I call it the Chinese Star because it reminds me of those Ninja throwing stars:
This is the second of the rare pieces and I call it Four Points:
Wednesday, November 05, 2008
Well these old things are no good so I told her I would replace it with the new kind which I did not know the name of until just now whan I googled "ball cock." The new kind is called "floating cup." I bought a Fluidmaster replacement kit yesterday and headed over there this afternoon after I voted. I figured it would take me about 30 minutes to do this. Ha ha ha ha. 30 minutes my eye. What happened was, when I pulled out the old plastic thingie, there was this stupid little metal tube sticking up into the tank.
Instead of just threads, there was this round ball-shaped thing (see above). All I did was find the guy again and tell him the thing was too small. The lady at the register was confused about how to make the exchange between a $3.99 piece and a $4.49 piece and said she would like to just charge me the difference and began to walk away. Man I thought I was bad about doing math in my head! I said, "It's fifty cents!" So she came back and I gave her fifty cents. Then halfway back I somehow remembered that weird ball-shaped thing. I pulled over and looked at my new piece and realized that it would not work. Then went back for my THIRD time. The guy knew what I was talking about but the connecting piece was designed for the original $3.99 flex pipe. So I went back to the poor lady at the register who still had that piece that I had bought the first time and told her I needed to change back to that and get this attachment and I had grabbed a diet Pepsi out of the case there. She tried to charge me $7 and some change and I said, "No that's not right. How much is the attachment and the Pepsi and now you owe me fifty cents." She was very flustered and said, "Okay, how about you give me $4.32 and we call it a day?" I said, "Okay, that's seems okay and I promise I will not come back." We both laughed. I went back and everything fit fine and I was done. So what I thought would take about 30 or 40 minutes took almost 3 hours. My MOW lady had the elections on the TV the whole time and said, "I will always remember this night with the elections and you coming and going and coming and going."
Monday, November 03, 2008
That thing on the right is a death angel thing I've had for years: