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04:01 PM - 08/08/2013

The topic: I’m making this tonight


Crispy Cheddar Chicken

2 lbs chicken tenders or 4 large chicken breasts
2 sleeves Ritz crackers
1/4 teaspoons salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
1/2 cup whole milk
3 cups cheddar cheese, grated
1 teaspoon dried parsley

1 10 ounce can cream of chicken soup
2 tablespoon sour cream
2 tablespoon butter

Crush crackers. If using chicken breasts and not tenders, cut each chicken breast into 3 large pieces. Pour the milk, cheese and cracker crumbs into 3 separate small pans. Toss the salt and pepper into the cracker crumbs and stir the mixture around to combine. Dip each piece of chicken into the milk and then the cheese. Press the cheese into the chicken with your fingers. Then press the cheesy coated chicken into the cracker crumbs and press it in.

Spray a 9×13 pan with cooking spray and lay the chicken inside the pan. Sprinkle the dried parsley over the chicken. Cover the pan with tin foil and bake at 400 degrees for 35 minutes. Remove the tin foil, bake for an additional 10-15 minutes, or until the edges of the chicken are golden brown and crispy.

In a medium sized sauce pan combine the cream of chicken soup, sour cream and butter with a whisk. Stir it over medium high heat until the sauce is nice and hot. Serve over the chicken.

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02:58 PM - 08/08/2013

The topic: MagicJack


I know I've mentioned having a MagicJack here at the house. Started with the lvdesigns phone number. Then last year we got the Plus for the new company. That worked so well that we got a Plus for the home phone number. And with his old company closing, we got one for that, why pay $50 a month? There were two phone numbers on the bill for the old company. The office line and the FAX line. Well, when I had the office number ported over, our phone company also shut down the FAX line. I didn't notice for a couple of weeks. When I did, it took many phone calls to rectify it. Not getting that line back in service, but getting the bill taken care of. We had a grandfathered bundle discount and they charged us for early termination, blah, blah, blah.

But the annoying thing was I couldn't contact the landline phone company from the MagicJack. Same area code, right? It seems that some exchanges MJ has to pay extra for (at least that's their story) and you need to buy prepaid minutes for that. Brian had this problem calling a small city in Alaska. He ended up using his cell phone. I did buy ten bucks of minutes for the new office line, but we haven't had to use them yet.

During one of my bored internet searches I found a work around using Google Voice.

Get yourself a Google Voice number. Have that number forwarded to your MagicJack number. Then, when you need to make a call that MJ pukes on, go into your GV account, and connect to that number via GV. Your MJ phone will ring, you answer it, it's ringing the other party. And connects.

Voila! Phone call made with no extra charges.


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02:34 PM - 08/08/2013

The topic: Yeah, so you’ve got my email address and my password….


So what? You think you're gonna go over and login to my WalMart account and buy some Boost phone minutes with a totally new credit card that you've input and change my street address and phone number? A street address in Georgia and a phone number in central California? Ya think? And ya think you're gonna do that two days in a row, thinking I won't notice, that WalMart won't let me know how to pick up my minutes for my phone? Seriously?

Well, that's what happened. The first notification I got I thought "well, that's gotta be a scam thing" and I just deleted it. Then I got a second one the next day. Okay, now I'm concerned. I check my WalMart account, when I found what had been done. It was too late to contact WalMart, they quit taking calls after eight, so I called first thing the next morning. I'd already changed my password.

I explained the situation to the CSR and he said "well, I'll contact the proper department and those minutes will be canceled, thank you for letting us know".

Then I set up a new email account and changed my WalMart account to the brand new email account.

That next week I was checking out my Netflix queue (we get one video at a time) and I was asked "how did you like this movie?" I never saw that movie, I didn't know why I was being asked this. I go into my account information and check the streaming videos I've "watched". Oh, look at this. A whole week's worth of hours each day of watching streaming Netflix. Great. I change my password and email address.

I call Netflix. Tell them the situation. The rep looks at my account. "Do you have an XBox 360??"  Nope. "I'll go ahead and remove that device. You'll have to re-activate your Roku".

At least I wasn't out any money. But I'm seriously considering having a seperate email account and password for every place I login. And if something gets hacked, I'll know exactly which account was hacked.


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01:09 PM - 08/08/2013

The topic: Cats


Sagwa and Richie have pretty much recuperated from their dentals last month. I call Richie "Toofless" now. Well, not all of the time. I'm pretty sure he's feeling lots better because he's way more affectionate, crawling on us and purring and drooling.

Sagwa's back to being an asshole. Chased Mario under the bed this morning. Mario's getting fat.

Mario sleeps on a towel on Brian's side of the desk. He'll hit Brian up for attention and when Brian stops, Mario bites. Brian yells. Brian will start typing and Mario decides to sit on the keyboard. Brian yells. Mario won't move. Brian tries to move Mario and Mario bites. It's lots of fun. For me. Not Brian. Sometimes when I'm feeling big hearted I'll call Mario over to me so Brian can finish what he's typing. But I don't do that very often. I'd rather listen to Brian yell at a cat who just sits there and stares at him.

I've had Opie on metronidazole for a couple of weeks now, I'm hoping an extended course of it takes care of his diarrhea. I know it works short term. One of the articles I read online says that using it for a full course will help get rid of the problem (if it's something that metronidazole is for). So, fingers crossed. Opie's putting on a little weight now.

Jackie is slowing down, he's the only cat who hasn't been neutered, he's fourteen and matted and looks really bad. He's had runny stool for years, he has no teeth. And I know when we're able to actually touch him and hold him, it will be time to say goodbye, because he'll be on his last legs at that point. He's never lost the feralness that he had when he came to us as an older kitten. We'd never be able to medicate him, he'd rip us up. It's sad, but at least he's had a better life here than he would have out on the street. And he's got his wives and there's no competition for their affections.

(Damned Sagwa just went after Mario again, I was loading the washer and heard some growling, Mario was just sleeping in his normal spot, Sagwa was up on the desk and being a jerk, I yelled at Sagwa in the garage where I'd chased him, he talked back to me, I swear from the look in his eyes he was telling me to "bring it", don't know where he is now....asshole.)

What else, what else...

Oh, yeah, the fleas are back. Usually we have a couple of months before they're back after everyone's dosed with Advantage, but not this last time. Not even five weeks and I need to do them again. I still get the big dog size and split it up, the six pack and the vet's office slips in a couple of extra, which helps out. So, that's on the "to do" calendar. Seventy-five bucks it is now. Send donations to nuttybuddy at catler.org. Seriously. Send money. Stamp out cathouse fleas.

Hey, Sunday there was a knock at the front door, the lady across the street had this absolutely gorgeous cat in her arms "is he yours? He's been hanging around the house for weeks". I said "no, but wait a minute". I go tell Brian, he said "okay" and I told her that we'd take him. Great, awesome cat, lots of hissing and growling, real PITA new cat stuff. I kept checking Craigslist, but no new posts for a lost cat. We started calling him "Duke", Monday morning I called the vet's office and made an appointment for Tuesday morning (8:45).




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So, the first night he yowls and I end up putting him in the crate so we can sleep. Monday he was a lot better at not growling and hissing, spent time with Brian in the shop (the last three photos above this), just being cool. He didn't have a problem with the cat door, we figure he should be fine within a week's time. All settled in. The other cats were not happy, but what can you do?

So, Tuesday we opened the front door for our walk and he wanted out front. Nope, I ended up putting him on the patio (the cat door was available) so that we'd be able to go out front without him under feet. Get up to the street and I see a big neon green sign. Brian said "garage sale". On a Tuesday? He said "check it out on the way to the vet's office". I walked up to read it. I look back at him. "Lost cat" with a description of Duke. And a phone number. I call. Turns out the cat lives in the house behind the house where he was hanging around. Company let him out. (So why did the woman across the street say that he'd been at her house for "weeks"?) Whatev, he followed us to our house, came inside, got Duke (who's name is Fi (Fee)). Later that afternoon when the woman across the street got home I told her where the cat lives. And she rolled her eyes and you could tell it wasn't what she wanted to hear.

When I came back home, I asked Brian for his cell and got the phone number I'd called that morning. I called the cat's owner up and told him that if this woman got Fi again, there's a very strong chance she'd find someway else to get rid of him, not bring him to us (although we'd gladly keep him). He told me that they have four ferals who live at their garage, two domestic kitties and a rescued dog. They're animal lovers. Well, this lady ain't, even though she's got a cat of her own (that lives outside, go figure, but they do put her in the garage at night). He'd checked out our fence when he was over here, so there's a good chance he'll go that way so Fi doesn't have to stay inside.



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