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      Tuesday, November 15, 2005

04:31 PM - 11/15/2005

The topic: We’re here!


We’re alive and kicking!

I’m still fighting the cold I brought home last month.  My throat still bugs me.  I’d say I’m about 90% of normal.  Tired, though.

And, like Brian said last Sunday, it’s harder and harder for us to get back into some sort of normal schedule.  I know our colds certainly didn’t help much this year.

Yesterday, I dusted and vacuumed for the first time since before we left in October.  I got a new vacuum a couple of weeks ago.  One that’s supposed to be great on tile and hardwood floors.  It’s a Eureka and I have to say I do like it, although the tools aren’t as good as the old one. Which is gone now, Brian took it to the shop.

I finished “The Black House” this afternoon.

We went to the chiropractor’s yesterday afternoon, had a nice Mexican dinner (way too much food, I couldn’t finish and I had my plate taken away so I didn’t sit there and pick at it), then went to CostCo.

It’s hot today, this morning we were warned by the local weatherwoman that we might have record highs.  I had to go to the bank and I did the temperature gauge in the car and it was 91? in the drive through line.  I was glad I’d vacuumed and dusted yesterday.

I’ve done a bunch of laundry, but haven’t put it away.  Right now, the pile is about to my chest (I’ve got the basket in the exercise room).  And the machines are still going.  I’ve probably got two more loads and then I’ll be caught up actually washing, but then I have to fold and put away.  As well as iron Brian’s flannel shirts.  It’s that time of the year again.

Last Friday, Brian took me with him on his trip up to Inglewood to pick up metal.  And he dropped me off at Disneyland.  For the first time in my life, I did a theme park alone.  He did join me later after he’d gotten his work done and he was pretty crabby.  He hadn’t eaten since breakfast and at one point, over in DCA waiting for food, I found myself thinking I was having a better time without him there.  But once he got something in his belly (he had the vegetarian chili), he was in a much better mood.  He didn’t get to go on any rides, I got to go on three.  He kind of didn’t want to leave when the sun went down, but I only gave DeeJay a third of his fluids before we left. And the cats were still outside.  I wanted to get them in. Maybe if they’d been in, I might have been more open to staying later. 

But the place was so crowded.  They actually stopped letting people into Disneyland at one point (Brian couldn’t get in when he first got there).  I guess after he got in, they stopped letting people in a couple of more times.  One reason it was busy on a weekday was it was a holiday. Veteran’s Day.

And I’ve been spending way too much money online.  I’m in the process of replacing all of my small kitchen appliances.  I got rid of my food processor earlier this year (I got rid of a lot of things that I’d stored in the pantry; there was some sort of canned food explosion at one point, a big can of tomato stuff and many of the appliances got oxidized pretty badly, to the point there was no way I’d use them, imagining little flakes of rust and metal in my batter and dough and what have you) and I decided I wanted to replace that, then I got a new mixmaster, then I got a new food saver (that after seeing some round steak we bought back in September all freezer burned after just two months in the freezer), a new ice cream maker, some new blades for the food processor.  I’m really excited about the new stuff and I wish it weren’t so darned hot.  The kitchen is a miserable place in the heat.

I also found some nice threader earrings over on eBay and looked at them and figured “hey, I can make those!”  Yeah, if I had the right stuff, so I found the right stuff.  I’m waiting for the final delivery, then I’ll start making some of my own designs (as well as copying the ones I saw there). 

I’m also going to start selling buttons over on lvdesigns.  The kind of buttons with snarky sayings on them.  I’ve already got some in mind.  The “no whining” ones I made for the October Disney trip were pretty fun, so I think I’ll go with stuff along those lines.  Now, if I can only make myself get busy and do it.

I’ve been having some computer issues, too.  Mostly with the Gateway, the computer that runs the cameras.  I did a bunch of cleaning out of old files and stuff (check out ccleaner.com...I got rid of over 191MB of garbage on the Dell…and it’s free!).  And I found a software that you can set to have your computer automatically shut down.  I thought “what a good idea for when I’m not home”.  I’ve always hated having the camera computer running when it’s dark and nothing shows up.  I got that set up, then configured my cuteftp to automatically upload the “camera offline” images and now I don’t have to worry about doing manually.  That’s nice.

There are still a few problems with it, like the computer freezing for no obvious reason (what am I saying, the reason is obvious, the reason is my virus scanner, it always freezes that computer, if I disable it upon start up, I rarely have problems).

Anyway, that’s it for now.  I have more laundry to do.

I’m curious, where is the vegetarian chili Brian got at DCA?

Posted by Melanee @ Wednesday, November 16, 2005 - 3:31:07 PM

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He got it at the Pacific Wharf Cafe.  I had the broccoli cheddar soup.  They were both pretty good.  Yummy.

Posted by lisaviolet @ Wednesday, November 16, 2005 - 3:52:07 PM

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