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      Friday, August 01, 2014

09:24 AM - 08/01/2014

The topic: Movie review: Noah

We watched Noah last night. What the hell was all that about? Seriously.  Good thing we watched it at home, otherwise I'd be pretty upset that I lost two and a half hours of my life that I'd never get back.

I like all of the actors in it, but this movie didn't hold my interest at all. It was a dark movie, it was a mean movie and besides that, it was a stupid movie. It didn't hold my attention at all (feed the kitties, find DaNiece, oh there she is,  on the chair in the bedroom, play a few games of Candy Crush Saga on my iPad, start to doze off....) which is why I'm glad we saw it here at home. 

After it was over, Brian looks at me and asked "this is what some Christians got upset over?" Because the movie was joke. Honestly, I can only see the bad buzz and hoopla over the bastardization of a much beloved bible story as a publicity ploy. "Well, I want to see how bad it is for myself, here's my fifteen bucks..." 

Brian wondered where I'd place it on the movies we've seen in the past year. I replied "a step above the Purge". 

 It's all about the CGI and shouting at God and killing all the people in the world and blah, blah, blah. 

I can't even say I'd want it on as background noise. I didn't like it that much.

I don't recommend this movie at all. For anyone.

      Monday, August 04, 2014

08:15 AM - 08/04/2014

The topic: I’ve been busy

I finally started working on getting those Disney meet videos up on a private website. I ended up using shadowbox-js after trying four or five other programs.  This one allows me to have "galleries", which is just a list, but I can have links to all the individual parts of all of the movies on one page and when you click on any of the links, it brings up that gallery. If you start in the middle, it brings up the middle episode. 

What's time consuming for me, where I'm doing the work (not the waiting for the sections to be converted from AVI to MOV)  is getting the table formatted properly and the links working. I ended up using Microsoft Word to do the table and am using winmerge to find the differences in the Word document and copy those over to my actual page that is up on the internet. I tried doing the links (which have special characters in them because of the shadowbox call) and they were all screwed up. I'm having to insert them each manually.

I'd previously copied all of the disks that I've made onto my hard drive and they're all mostly just one file. And that needs to be split. Another round of testing various programs (I've collected so many over the years and I have no recollection of what many of them do) and I ended up using my AVS4YOU remaker software. Does a great job as long as you pay attention during the split. The splits aren't right on between chapters because of the transitions I'd done on the movie. I tried redoing the ones I did yesterday (there were twenty splits in one video - some of these movies are long, those meets where I was taking lots of video and others were taking lots of photos) and I still wasn't real happy with it, but unless I started over from scratch, it's never going to be perfect and truth be told, I don't think anyone watching will really care all that much. The perfection thing is on me. 

After they're split I have to convert them to something that most people will have so I went with Quicktime format (MOV). Of course, the original was saved as AVI (it gets complicated) so they all need to be converted. And, once again, I'm going with AVS4YOU software, their converter (if you do any of this stuff on a fairly regular basis, check out their website; they have trial versions and if you like the software you can buy a lifetime license that includes everything they offer (including lifetime upgrades)  for $59.00.  That's a great deal. 

So, volume 5 just finished converting, time to get back to work. I need to upload the video to my server and I need to get the links into the index table.  I have three more volumes of meets to do (2010, 2011 and 2012). Then I'll probably start to work on the final meet video from last year. I'm actually kind of sad watching the past years and realizing that the annual meets are over. Just a little meloncholy.

But it is fun to see how much we've changed through the years.

      Tuesday, August 05, 2014

09:41 PM - 08/05/2014

The topic: For the second night in a row

The cats are being fed late. Why? Because we went to movies both nights. Last night it was "Into the Storm", tonight it was "The Hundred Foot Journey". I'll be posting reviews for both tomorrow.

I've only got one year of Disney video to put up left. I still haven't put together last year's video, but all in good time.

Well, going to shut down and feed the kitty cats. Time to get back on a some sort of schedule. 

      Wednesday, August 06, 2014

09:11 AM - 08/06/2014

The topic: Advanced screening “Into the Storm”

Spoiler alert.

It's about a big ass tornado system. It's about the relationship between two boys and their father. It's about a boy in love with a girl who doesn't even know he exists. It's about a storm chaser who's had an incredible amount of bad luck finding storms to chase. It's about a couple of drunk rednecks.

But mostly it's about a big ass tornado system.

On the way out of the theater, a fellow attendee described it perfectly.  "The weather was great, the acting was awful."  Yep, that was the movie in a nutshell.

I checked my way cool movie watch after watching this tornado for what seemed like forever. An hour and five minutes. I didn't know how much more I could take. Not that the storm wasn't a powerful image, but it just got old. It got boring. The storylines weren't all that great. More of the movie was spent on the development of the storm than the characters. 

The theater we sat is was specially equipped with special speakers and before the film began we were forewarned about how it might seem as if the seats were moving. He pointed out the special speakers in the back of the room. Afterwards, when Brian mentioned the big build up for the sound system, I said "yeah, it was much ado about nothing". 

Should you see it at the theater? Well, the special effects are pretty impressive. Especially where the bodies get pulled into the tornados and you get to follow them up. But there's no way I'd pay full price for it. 


10:20 AM - 08/06/2014

The topic: Advance screening: The Hundred Foot Journey

Oh, yeah. I liked this movie. I liked this movie a lot. It's at the top of our list of the movies we've seen over the past year. 

No special effects, no sex, very little violence, no swearing, just an amazing job of telling a very touching story.

Hassan had a talent and it was obvious from his early days helping his mother do the shopping at the market. The family had a restaurant, but due to events following an election, they were forced to move to another country. They moved to England, but left because it was cold and the vegetables had no flavor. They ended up in France. Beautiful scenery. Lovely country. And the vegetables were perfect. 

And that's where this story unfolds. And a wonderful tale it is. I'd like to say more but everything I want to say I'd consider a spoiler. So, I just won't say anything. (I really have to figure out a way around this obstacle.)

If you get the chance to see this, do it. You won't be disappointed. I promise.


      Thursday, August 07, 2014

02:34 PM - 08/07/2014

The topic: Do you ever get in weird moods

Where you can't really define exactly what's wrong or how to fix it? 

Monday I was in the worst mood. I think it was because of those Disney meet videos I was putting up. I'd been pressuring myself to get it done for a while now, it's just been hanging over my head since last November when I figured it would be a great idea to upload them to a domain I'd had forever and had a place I could run it that wouldn't cost me any more money (it's an addon at lvdesigns) and once I get started on something like this, I won't relax until I'm done.

We had the movie to go to, we were running late, and I was back in here correcting coding until we were walking out the door. I was more concerned about that than the movie. 

And I started to feel sorry for myself. I hate it when I do that. Watching the videos started me feeling melancholy, nostalgic and sad for all the fun we used to have back at the beginning, hell, even just a few years ago. We'd have our meals together, we'd go on rides as this big group both days we were there. For some reason, that started changing the past few years. 

We decided back in September of 2012 that we'd do two more. That would give us fifteen years of meets and I'd be sixty. But working with these videos, I started to question that (not hard, but it was there). Seeing the video from the last couple of meets, though,  there's no question that bringing these to a close was a good thing. For the past two years, there was only one day when we were a group at the parks all day, into the evening. It was no longer a "meet", it was more like a family reunion (and family reunions do not happen every year). *lol*  We're getting older, we're getting tired and it's just too much. Age, health problems, the economy, life circumstances, all change over time. I love all of my Disney peeps and there's a strong chance I'll never see some of them again.

Looking back over the past year, I think we can do day trips throughout the year nicely. No pressure. We just let folks know we'll be there and if anyone can make it, fine. If not, fine. No pressure.

In July of last year I got this deal thing from a local television thing where we can get three nights at a hotel for $79.00. I paid the $49 when I bought the voucher. It's good until December of this year. I contacted the website to see if I can get a refund. Because chances are slim that we'd ever make it up there for one night, let alone three. Can't afford the sitter and Brian's just too darned busy.  

I got the last completed video sections uploaded this morning and it was as if this huge weight was lifted off of my shoulders. Sure, I'll probably be the only one to ever visit it, but it was on my "to do" list and now it's done.

And that weird mood has passed.

03:14 PM - 08/07/2014

The topic: Well, one big project done

I think I might start making some Christmas cards. SVGCuts has some amazing designs for the holiday season and I've got a bunch of Christmas paper in my stash.

Yeah, I think I might start making some Christmas cards in the coming weeks. I'm actually getting excited about it.

06:36 PM - 08/07/2014

The topic: The people behind us have a little dog

And like many little dogs, this little dog is a yappy thing. Cute as a button.

This little dog will yap when he hears anything on our side of the fence by the pool. He'll yap if he sees a cat sitting on top of the pool pump. There's chain link at the end of the fence by our next door neighbor's property and he can see up into their yard between our fence and the garage. And he yaps at what he sees.

I heard one of his owner's shouting at him to be quiet. And I told Brian 'I know that little dog's name. It's Scooter."  Let it be known that I think that's a perfect name for a little adorable yappy dog. Scooter.

So, I start talking to Scooter, now that I know his name. And Scooter yaps at me. And I tell him what a good boy he is.

Last week, he was yapping at the neighbor and one of his owners came outside to tell him to be quiet. And he yelled out "Peter, be quiet!"

Peter? That's his name? Peter? moonA Tell me it ain't so! 

I come inside and tell Brian. He said "no, his name is 'Scooter' and that's what we'll call him."

I wonder if the neighbors behind us think we have a new pet named Scooter.

      Friday, August 08, 2014

08:42 AM - 08/08/2014

The topic: We had roast for dinner last night

With mashed potatoes, gravy and peas. I set the table and yell out to Brian "dishing up""

He comes in and starts to wonder what he should do, where he should sit. "I'll stand up and eat", "I'll eat at the counter" he says. 


Rocky was sitting in his regular chair. Don't want to disturb the kitties, yanno?

He sat at the other end of the table and Rocky didn't move.

      Sunday, August 10, 2014

03:03 PM - 08/10/2014

The topic: For review: Winter’s Tale

Okay, the reviews on this sucked. They just aren't good at all. But you know what? I liked it. I really did.

I wanted to see it when it was first released, but didn't get invited and I didn't think it would grab Brian as much as it grabbed me so I just added it to my Netflix queue. It got here yesterday and we watched it last night. 

It's a love story. It's a magical story. It's a story of good versus evil. It has a flying horse! With gossamer wings! It has snow! And ice skating! 

Russell Crowe is delightfully hateful as evil. And I've always liked Colin Farrell and he did well (in my opinion) as the unknowingly good guy in this. (One of these days I'll get used to the idea of using the "but wait, there's more" option in this blog to get deeper into a review that includes spoilers, but not just yet.)

Yeah, I'll watch it again. And so will Brian. He liked it, too.


      Monday, August 11, 2014

10:53 AM - 08/11/2014

The topic: Last week I was watching

The Real McCoys on one of those local cable stations that play oldies. 

I wasn't paying much attention to it, but at one point I looked up and I swear, that face looked familiar. I was telling Brian about it last night when he was trying to go to sleep (I'm bad at that) and I just now remembered to look it up. 

Amy Adams is the spitting image of Katlheen Nolan.




Do you see it? The resemblence?

      Tuesday, August 12, 2014

mrs. crankypants
05:20 PM - 08/12/2014

The topic: Cleaning litterboxes last weekend

And adding litter from the  #32 containers, I messed up my right arm (I started with four full containers, only have one half full container left). I twisted it somehow at the shoulder.

Now, I can't raise it above elbow height without it hurting. It's hurting to type right now.

I have to be careful of how I lay down or it hurts.

This sucks. 

      Friday, August 15, 2014

08:07 AM - 08/15/2014

The topic: Hi!

Well, if you've been wondering where I am, I am not in the office. It's stinky hot here (again) and I'm staying out of this part of the house as much as possible so I'm not tempted to run the air conditioner and run up the electric bill (we just got another rate increase, screw the customers, shareholders need their money). 

But today I will be back here because I need to get some paperwork done and the extended weather isn't showing any let up on the heat. 

Today, I will turn on the a/c.

I actually considered writing a letter to President Obama and complain to him about the weather we've been having. After all, from what I've read on the interwebs, he's responsible for everything unpleasant everywhere. And this weather is certainly unpleasant.

Just kidding. I know it's not his fault, it's the Koch brothers. (Now, that I could believe.)

10:31 AM - 08/15/2014

The topic: Where did they all come from?

Okay, it's hot, I think I've established that fact. So, in the early morning, we've been opening up all the screen doors because we get a better airflow. And the garage door is open to help with airflow there. As the day heats up, I close the doors.

I don't know what was going on yesterday, but we had a buttload of flies. I'm serious. Flies all over the kitchen and laundry room. A few in the rest of the house, a more plentiful spillover into the dining room, but nothing like in those two rooms. 

So, I got out my handy dandy electric fly swatter and went to work. I must have killed over fifty flies in the space of an hour. Their dead carcasses were just laying there until I swept them into a paper towel and into the trash.

I can't remember ever having this many flies in the house. It was weird and creepy. I understand the ants, but the flies? 

No clue. 

This morning was much better than yesterday.

      Saturday, August 16, 2014

10:37 AM - 08/16/2014

The topic: Still stinking hot here

I set the A/C two degrees lower than usual and the house was sooooo nice yesterday, although I still got nothing done. I'm stuck in quagmire of inertia, I'm telling you, I just can't get motivated to do ANYthing. I hate this. I know that once I get started, I'll be okay, but damned if I can get started. Too many voices in my head, "do this", "do that"....aaaah, shaddup! All of you! 

So, yesterday we went to CostCo. Brian said the night before let's go early, I'll get this done, then we'll get it done and get it over with...didn't happen, I snapped at him when he wanted to know if I'd taken care of the liability insurance thing. I'd been waiting since nine for him to be ready to go and here it was afternoon. I told him "I do not want to get started on paperwork, stop to go shopping, then start again when we get home".  When it comes to paperwork, I want to work right through it. 

We get home from CostCo (much needed trip, out of eggs, no fruit, and he had no juice to take his pills with) and he'd gotten another message from the insurance company.  "Your policy laps today, the 16th, you need to take action on this!" The thing here is we're a small company, the insurance is over four thousand dollars. They have the option to pay almost fifteen hundred down, then finance the rest, which is what we'll do. But fifteen hundred bucks is hard for us to come up with on a moment's notice, especially with a two thousand dollar house payment due on Monday. And "today" wasn't the sixteenth, "today" was the fifteenth, you dolt. We got the first notice late Monday afternoon and the cover email didn't say anything about when it was due, there was an attached PDF file, which neither of us opened up. When I finally did yesterday, someone had the quote done on the fifth, but it wasn't forwarded to us until the eleventh. 

Anyway, I print out the file, hand it to Brian, he initials and signs all of the places he's supposed to initial and sign and I get the check ready and we're done with that. At that point I didn't want to do anymore paperwork, so it built up just a little more.

Well, hell, let's just let it get real high and then make it worth my while, right?

10:57 AM - 08/16/2014

The topic: A head’s up for paper crafters

Die Cuts With a View (DCWV) is having a half price sale on its paper stacks. Go check out Joann.com or Amazon.com.  All of them at Joann's are on sale, not all at Amazon, so you'll have to pay attention.

I like these sales and I usually get more than one of the paper stack because I eff up when I'm cutting and I don't want to have to get rid of everything I've made. I got the Die Cuts With a View  Stardust paper on Amazon and I'm thinking a few of the papers would make an awesome hot air balloon. (To see the lower pricing, check the "Prime" button on the left.)

And since we're Prime members, I get free two day shipping and it's destined to be here today. Yay!

Like I don't already have a full buffet (a plate isn't big enough).

      Wednesday, August 20, 2014

07:47 AM - 08/20/2014

The topic: Woohoo!

The hot streak is over! Yesterday was actually nice enough I made dinner and COOKED IT IN THE OVEN! Nice!

And now I'll be more likely to hang in the office and get caught up with stuff here. Yay!

We might have some rain and thunderstorms today, that would be nice. We badly need the rain. We had a small amount of precipitation earlier this month, but it was tropical and monsoonal and all it did was raise the humidity. Right now we're getting cooler air from the north mixing with the warmer air from down Mexico way, which makes the atmosphere unstable, which could bring nice rain, not monsoonal rain.

I'm ready, I'm really really ready.

07:53 AM - 08/20/2014

The topic: We’ve (he’s) created a monster!

Miss Elizabeth gets fed in my bathroom. Miss Elizabeth has the raspiest meow I've ever heard. And it's LOUD.

Miss Elizabeth has decided she wants to eat between the hours of 1:00am and 10:00am.  She continues to do this because Brian gets up and feeds her when she starts to cry.  He closes the bathroom door behind him, leaving her in there with the bowl of food.  When the food he has prepared so early in the morning has been smooshed down by her nose, she will once again start to scream. He will get out of bed, go into the bathroom, reposition her food with his fingers, wash his fingers, then come back to bed. This is repeated multiple times a night. 

Fortunately, I've been able to block out her screams. When it was so unbearably warm and I wasn't sleeping well, I would wake up and take care of her.

She's been spending more time in the bathroom than on the bed.

Now, remember, I made dinner last night IN THE OVEN! It was a chicken dumpling casserole, made with bisquick and other stuff. And chicken. I boiled chicken breasts and reserved the leftover stock and mixed the cats' dinner last night with the stock instead of water. They loved it (lots of loose stool this morning...). And so did Miss E. I poured what was left of the stock into a jar and it's in the frig to be mixed with her food. 

And she ate well last night and actually came back to bed at one point after being fed in the wee hours of the morning (because sometimes I hear her crying, get out of bed, open the bathroom door to see her just laying on the counter. I cover the food and leave the door open) she came back to bed. When we woke up this morning, she was between us. 

She's an old lady. She was six months old when Lisa was born, so we figure October or November 1993. And she's going strong. Her back legs are a little weak, she gets fluids twice a week to help her kidneys function. She has bad teeth, but because of her kidneys, dentals are a tough call. I think she's going a little deaf as well as a little senile, but that's okay, we'll deal with it.  So, she's getting soft food and we love the heck out of her. 

I just wish she wouldn't scream. There's nothing wrong with OUR hearing.

      Thursday, August 21, 2014

mrs. crankypants
12:28 PM - 08/21/2014

The topic: Webcam problem

It would appear that the occasional cam is causing my computer to crash. I came back in from washing the family room floor to see that my system had recovered from a horrendous error! So, I rebooted, started up the camera and within minutes it was down again.

Rebooted and didn't start the camera and I'm still up and running.

Great. Just great. It will be offline until I can take the time to figure out what the problem is. Most likely one of the connectors has gone bad, but I've got company stuff to do. 

      Friday, August 22, 2014

11:34 AM - 08/22/2014

The topic: I am SO excited!

I still have a foot high stack of business paperwork to catch up on, but to hell with that! Here's something WAY more exciting and fun! (And if it's not fun, well, you know...)

You know how much I love working with the SVGCuts files. Well, Mary and Leo have outdone themselves this time and made the cutest little carousel in their latest kit. It's a cupcake holder, complete with horses.

Well, I'm not a fan of heat right now and that old admonishment "if you can't stand the heat, stay out of the kitchen" is something I'll gladly adhere to right now.  So, no cupcakes for me, but I'm sure it will be easy enough to make the bottom of the carousel a flat surface. This is going to be so cool, I found a small wrapped stirring straw earlier this week when looking for a black Sharpie. And I'm thinking "okay, this would be the perfect size for the poles, instead of what you'd use if you had cupcakes. I printed out the picture of the carousel and Brian (who's a genius at this type of thing) helped me figure out if a seven inch straw would work (the carousel itself is eleven inches both diameter and height). And it will! Then I started to seriously look for stirrer straws and found some on clearance at Amazon.com. Less than five dollars for a thousand of them (talk about going stir crazy....).

I asked Brian how hard it would be to paint these gold and he said it wouldn't be too hard. Then, I'd gone into the garage for something and found some 3/16" gold holographic curling ribbon that I'd meant to put into my ribbon box. I'd had this for years and I've slowly been moving things from the extra room to my crafting supplies in the garage. I'd never put it away and it was just sitting on top of some other stuff. I picked it up, brought it into the house and found my stirrer straw (the one I don't know how or when it came to live in my office), got a little piece of tape and started wrapping. Awesomeness! A gold pole for the horses on the carousel! 

There's not much of this ribbon here, though, not enough for eight poles so I checked out Amazon, then eBay. I went with ribbon on eBay (taking those surveys for three bucks adds up when you just let it sit in your paypal account). Since it takes me so long to make up my mind on paper, this should be here by the time I'm ready to start assembly.

Now, besides this awesome carousel, SVGCuts also has a file for a ferris wheel. And a hot air balloon. And a little train...can you see where I'm going with this? 

Color me excited!!

      Saturday, August 23, 2014

07:13 AM - 08/23/2014

The topic: Oh, my gosh!

This paper is gorgeous! 




It isn't really heavy, so I don't think it would do well as a base, but for highlights and bling? It's so freaking shiny!  I think even just one of these stacks would be a great addition to your paper stash. I seriously do. Shiny is always good and as I was told after making one of my cards "you can never have too much glitter".  



07:34 AM - 08/23/2014

The topic: In your dreams

So, yesterday Brian was doing some reorganization in his shop and he made a table top that he set on sawhorses outside to give him more work space (it's not like we have a ton of rain here or anything). 

Last night, I had a dream that I'd somehow made more room in the garage for my crafting supplies and he came out into the garage, looked around and was all excited.

"I can move my welder and do my welding in here!" 

In my dream I told him if he did that, I'd leave him. I was dead serious. He just smiled and nodded his head and kept checking out where he'd put his stuff. In my dream I got really angry with him. mona

I told him about my dream this morning and he laughed.

      Tuesday, August 26, 2014

12:56 PM - 08/26/2014

The topic: Fun, fun morning!

Not really. 

Last month I ran out of Xanax and Brian was getting low. Our doctor does not do automatic refills, so I had to call him. And he wouldn't refill until we made appointments. Brian suggested making appointments for the same day and we'd fast the night before (bloodwork protocol) and just take our turns. 

So, no food last night after eight (I can't eat late anyway) and nothing this morning, just our blood pressure meds and water.

We don't walk this morning, Brian showers, then I shower. Our appointments were for 9:00 and 9:30, so we figured go in early, get our blood taken, then we should be good for the appointments.

Well, they didn't want to take blood before, they wanted us to have it taken after the visit. Great, it's only a little after eight, we get to wait. But we didn't! We went right in.

On the way back the nurse asked if we wanted separate rooms. Oh, yeah, for sure. Our weight was taken, our height was noted and in we went. The doc saw Brian first, then it was my turn. 

Pretty routine actually, no pap smear today, the doc said they only need to be taken every three to five years (I guess I'm at that age now). He talked me into a tetanus/pertussis combo shot (talked me into it, hell, he railroaded me). I was informed that pertussis can be very serious and you can get really sick from it. I said "well, if you get really sick, then you'd lose weight, right? There ya go, there's an upside to everything". He said something about another shot that's for shingles and people over sixty can get it. Then he told me that one in three people suffer from shingles. I thought about it for a minute and said "then I don't need to take it since Brian's already had shingles". The doc looked at me puzzled. I said "one in three, right? I should be safe". I didn't get the shot. Yet.

I do have a small mole on my back he wants to remove. He doesn't like the way the edges look. He'll excise it and send it to a pathology lab for testing. Okay. *sigh* Another appointment, besides the mammogram (btw, he said my breasts were good, no hard spots just lumpy...yeah, that's me all right; nothing hard, lots of smooshy lumps). 

And then he asks when the last time I had a colonoscopy was. I looked at him, scrunched my face up like I was thinking about it and I said "um, never". He shook his head and I swear, he was like a happy, excited kid "you've gotta get one!" he told me with his eyes all big. I just bust out laughing. It was really funny. And that's another appointment to be made, luckily now they're doing it at a closer facility than where Brian's was done. No freeway driving on this one, so next time Brian gets his, I won't be white knuckling it on the freeway.

So, after I got dressed and got the tetanus/pertussis shot, made my mammo appointment, and  had my blood drawn (Brian was already done) we came home.

      Thursday, August 28, 2014

09:33 AM - 08/28/2014

The topic: And my blood test results are back.

My cholesterol isn't any better without drugs. And a prescription for something has been called in.

My blood sugar was a little high, they want to retest that. I figure I'll do that when I go in to have that mole on my back removed.

I read up on blood sugar and what will help bring it down is exercise, which is hard to do when it's so MISERABALLY hot.  It's not alarmingly high, it's at the pre-diabetic stage, but I don't want diabetes.  And I know I've been slacking off on normal everyday chores that would keep me moving. I hate this heat, it's been hot all summer long. 

Not horrible awful news, but not great news.

And my arm hurts from that shot. The pertussis/tetanus shot. It also had a vaccine in it for diptheria. From Wiki-pedia:

"Historically quite common, diphtheria has largely been eradicated in developed nations through widespread vaccination. In the United States, for example, there were 53 reported cases of diphtheria between 1980 and 2000,[6] but in the 21st century only two cases of diphtheria have been reported, the last of which was in 2012."

And we wondered if maybe this was just leftover vaccine? Seriously, it doesn't look like we're at big risk for getting this.

My arm hurts.

      Friday, August 29, 2014

mrs. crankypants
09:31 AM - 08/29/2014

The topic: You know that shot I got on Tuesday?

The tetanus/diptheria/pertussis shot? The one I could hardly feel being administered?

I can hardly raise my arm now, I can hardly do anything that I have to put stress on it. That sucker HURTS!!!

Waaaah! Waaaaah! <----me whining

First world problems, right?

But spit, it hurts.

10:01 AM - 08/29/2014

The topic: My brain! My brain!

She's not working right!

The past week I've set up my laptop in the other (way cooler) room. And I removed some programs, defragged the hard drive, updated other software...you know, all of that stuff you do when you're majorly procrastinating.

Why do I procrastinate? Because I want to make that carousel! But I am not going to make it with the cupcake holes, I want holes for poles! And I need to redo about four pieces of the cardstock and my brain just keeps shutting down. And if it's not my brain, it's my Silhouette software that freezes (it's an old laptop). I really need to reinstall the Silhouette software, hopefully that will take care of a couple of the issues.

But it won't help how slow that thing is. I click on a program to start it, put on my shoes, go run a couple of miles up and down the neighborhood, come home and the program is still loading up. Well, I don't really put on my shoes and I don't really run anywhere, but it really does take a long time for this thing to load.

And by then I've lost my scathingly brilliant idea.

Waaaah!! Waaaah! <-----me whining again

First world problems, right?

      Saturday, August 30, 2014

mrs. crankypants
09:50 AM - 08/30/2014

The topic: I think there’s something wrong with me

I'm in a good mood. 11baby

I think it may have a lot to do with the fact that last night we were able to open up the house and turn off the A/C and all of the fans and get a decent night's sleep.

And then this morning? Fog! Lots of fog! Nice, cool fog! 

It's burned off now, but I'm in the office and continuing paperwork. And I'll work on it until it gets too hot in here. I think I'll probably make a fair amount of progress before then, though.

A good mood. Wow. 


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lisaviolet is sixty something, married with no kids, takes care of lots of cats, likes taking photographs, loves Southern California weather and spends altogether too much time avoiding her responsibilities.

In her spare time, she makes pretty things to sell in her store.

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