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Too long! [Jan. 13th, 2017|03:32 pm]
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It's really been over a year? Good gosh! Don't know who is still around here, but I hope you had a great Christmas and that the New Year is so far treating you right.
I came here because I have had a couple dreams with Nick Lea in it. The first was a few weeks ago and my brain is so fried I can't remember if he was Krycek in it! The second was this morning. Mom called me in the middle of it. It was memorable only because Krycek and Scully were fighting, physically, and every time Krycek would try to get in a punch, or grab her, whatever, she'd sock him one! Weird. Wish I knew how that turned out.
Nothing new in my neck of the woods. Still taking care of mom. Getting harder and harder. Still have no help. Sometimes takes two tries to lift her for transfers. PT says a lift would not be able to be used in our house unless we put moms bed in the living room, because the hall is too narrow and it wouldn't be able to make the turn. The living room is really, really small. So I guess I'm still stuck. There is a smaller lift out there which is super expensive compared to Hoyer lifts, but no way we could swing that. She had a valvuloplasty to temporarily improve her heart function. But she had to be immobile for so long during recovery it exacerbated her arthritis in her neck, and she was unable to participate in PT for several weeks. She lost every bit of strength she'd gained. She's supposed to be getting stronger so she can have a TAVR (transcatheter aortic valve replacement). She's currently considered too fragile.
I'm exhausted. Never get more than 2 hours of sleep at night anymore, so spend all my waking hours trying to sleep. Usually unsuccessfully. I don't work with the public at work, but have actually been stopped by customer while heading to/from bathroom break asking what are they making me do in that kitchen to make me so exhausted. My eyes are so red from fatigue. But I will keep on until I can't do it anymore.
Cats are good. They adore both of us and come join us for diaper changing sessions. They are also excellent shield bug hunters. They point them out. I kill 'em! And speaking od shield bugs (also known as stink bugs), we've had them since late fall of 2013, yet this is the first year they have been 'stinking' when disturbed. pu.
What else? Not reading much. Barely one page and I fall asleep and drop book/tablet onto my face. Ouch. Watching DVDs since I don't have tv service at this end of the house. Trying DirecTV Now. Signed up for their now expired deal of their 3-tier package for $35/month. In the trial period right now. Not sure yet. Channel line up is fantastic, but have had a tidy bit of buffering. Yet at other times none at all. Plus they keep making me sign in every couple hours. Maybe that's just during the trial. Dunno. Really want to cut down on moms cable package to the bare minimum. They raised rates yet again. She can't really afford it anymore.
Rewatching the new X-Files series. Enjoying it much more than the first viewing.
Well, I guess that's all the drivel I can think of. Take care everyone! I sure do miss you all. And the old days.
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Happy Thanksgiving! [Nov. 25th, 2015|07:35 pm]
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Happy Thanksgiving everyone! As much as I moan and bitch, I DO have much to be thankful for. As usual, I have to work tomorrow, so will be having the pig-out on Friday instead. Or should I say, the mini pig-out, since I'm the one that has to cook now... :D
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Meanderings [Aug. 23rd, 2015|06:58 pm]
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[mood |sleepysleepy]

I really thought it was going to happen. I really did. I thought I was going to get part 1 of Book 4 of The Rat Series posted yesterday! Then I kept falling asleep... It was already half done, so thought it would be a piece of cake to get it done.

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It's only a few days away inlaterdays ! [Jul. 31st, 2015|10:27 pm]
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[mood |bouncybouncy]

Just in case I don't get back on anytime soon...

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I hope you have a smashing fun day!
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Could it be? [Jun. 27th, 2015|08:47 pm]
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[mood |excitedexcited]

Was surfing around last night searching for Nick Lea news, and saw that he is listed as being in the new X-Files series. This would be way too awesome, if true.

Still loving my Fire. The freedom of internet surfing wherever I am; e-books; posting to LJ; what's not to love? Unfortunately, it also means super easy access to the list of Amazon deals. One of whose daily deals was the complete series of Burn Notice at a super awesome bargain price. Yep, I bought it even though I had no business doing so. I loved that show, but totally missed the final season. BTW, the Fire does indeed have an asterisk. I downloaded a free copy of Black Beauty as my copy was falling apart and now I can pitch it. Must say it's nice to have a bookmark that can't fall out!

Glad that Under the Dome and The Last Ship are back on. Finally, something to watch on tv.

Well I'd better finish watching my movie. Am watching Hatari! with John Wayne and Red Buttons. Then need to wash my uniform for tomorrow.

Later.
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(no subject) [Jun. 19th, 2015|12:27 am]
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[Current Location |living room]
[mood |contemplativecontemplative]

I was going through some of my old emails that I hadn't read. It used to be that people would send me a lot of Forwards, and I just didn't have time to read them in those days. Plus, most of them weren't worth reading. A few people were pretty good about sending me those that really had meaning or were the type of humor they knew I liked so I never deleted the ones I got from them, intending to read them later. I came upon one that really got me thinking about the list of things that was in it. The first item on this list was: I've learned... the best classroom in the world is at the feet of an elderly person.

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HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY!!! [Feb. 14th, 2015|08:49 pm]
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[mood |ecstaticecstatic]
[music |Suzie Orman in the background]

Happy Valentine's Day everyone! I'd been away for so long, that I can't remember the name of any of the sights to get greetings to post. They were all bookmarked on my now defunct desktop. We are having a mini winter storm, so didn't go get mom one of her favorite, usually forbidden fast-food meals to celebrate. Instead picked up a rotisserie chicken and some mashed potatoes so we could have 'Sunday Dinner' instead. When I was growing up, practically every Sunday we would have fried chicken, mashed potatoes with chicken gravy made with cream of chicken soup, and corn.

When I got home from work, what did I find stuffed behind the storm door? A surprise gift of The Philadelphia Experiment from morganslady! A huge THANK YOU m'dear! You made my day! I know what I will be doing tomorrow after work! I would have watched it tonight, but mom and I were trying to finish Season 2 of Millennium. We accomplished that, but now mom is all bummed over how it ended...

I already received my Jell-O substitute. They even threw in samples of two other flavors. I made some for us immediately, and it was delicious. I'm so glad I now can enjoy gelatin desserts again.

Well, I need to check mom's email. There are probably Valentine's greeting to her from my siblings. So until next time...
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(no subject) [Feb. 10th, 2015|11:23 pm]
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[mood |tiredtired]

Yep, I'm still here! So, so tired. Don't get much sleep anyway, but the past few nights have gotten no more than 1-1/2 hours per night. Last night, maybe an hour if I'm being generous. Doing mom's laundry right now, or else I'd be in bed. I think I could sleep, as I had just fallen asleep while watching a DVD when she called to say she was ready for bed. But now that I'm on the computer, I'll probably be wide awake all night from viewing the screen.

Not really a big Jell-O eater, but since I can't have it because of the gelatin, I've had a hankerin' for it. So I searched for a gelatin dessert that either uses plant-based gelatin or beef-based. Found a vegetarian option with good reviews so ordered some at Amazon. Also bought some Buffalo Wild Wings salt & vinegar seasoning powder so I can make my own wings. I also searched nick related stuff. You all probably already know this, but just in case you didn't, I found out The Philadelphia Experiment (the one with Nick obviously) is out on DVD! (The real whole reason for this post in the first place!) Can't wait to be able to afford it. Not that it's expensive, but right now I don't have two pennies to rub together. Then I zipped over to eBay to check out external floppy drives as I really need to replace my broken one.

Need to get my taxes done. Went to the library to pick up the forms only to find the government has decided to NOT provide the federal instruction booklet anymore to the libraries. WTF?! Trying to find out where the place is that low-income peeps like me can get them done for free. Had just seen where in a newspaper I'd snatched from the trash at work, but didn't make note since I do my own. Hah! Little did I know...

Well, the washer just stopped, so will go toss the stuff in the dryer and get Mom's meds and breakfast set up for tomorrow. Have to go after work tomorrow to get her insulin syringes and a few groceries and some stamps. Then home to feed her and get her into the shower. Then I think it will be bed again for me. I wish I could get more sleep. The house needs a good straightening up/cleaning. I've been neglecting it what with the fatigue and my pain levels being high.

Hope you are all doing well!
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(no subject) [Jan. 22nd, 2015|11:29 pm]
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[mood |contemplativecontemplative]

Okay, obviously I'm so excited that I can actually POST again, that I'm posting tons of drivel. Sorry. Sort of.

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Yee Haw!! [Jan. 19th, 2015|11:08 pm]
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[mood |accomplishedaccomplished]

In a mere 3 days it will be a whole year since mom left the hospital and went into the nursing home for her 100 day useless stay. IT HAS BEEN A YEAR SINCE SHE HAS BEEN ADMITTED TO A HOSPITAL!!!!!! For the past 3 years, she's been admitted on average 3x/yr. And each stay averaged nearly two weeks. Just saw the doctor today and again he's said she is doing great (other than the mobility issues), and to keep on doing whatever we're doing. I may be depressed with my no-life resulting from having to care for her, but I am THRILLED.

Weather has been decent the past few days. Most of the snow has melted. Though there was some snow plow mound left which I had to kick down to get mom's wheelchair into the side yard and down the bank. We never did put in a proper front walkway. The relatives were doing so much already, that we decided to save the expense since even with the walkway to the road, I'd still have to bring her back via the side road and across the yard, because of the curb out front.

I keep beating my head against the brick wall by continually trying to get my laptop to function. IE goes nuts, Chrome crashes, and it doesn't have Firefox installed. I keep wondering if it would work properly with Firefox. What browser do you all use? Just curious.

You ever have those days when you look back at everything you've written and find out you used the wrong word for things in practically everything? You know, like using write for right as I did in my recent post ::headdesk:: . I mean, it's not like I don't know the difference. It's weird how the brain can know what one is saying, but the fingers type whatever the hell they want.

I think I forgot to mention Tiny House Nation as something mom and I are watching. I think I could easily live in a tiny house if it weren't for my books. How about you?

Must be off to bed. For once I don't have any laundry to do. Though there are dishes ... but they can wait, can't they?
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Yada yada [Jan. 15th, 2015|11:09 pm]
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[mood |curiouscurious]

Trying to plan my year a bit, but don't know if I'll have the energy.
Now, let's see if this cut works!

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Th-th-th-that's all folks!
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Official update [Jan. 14th, 2015|11:51 pm]
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[mood |tiredtired]

Okay, I wrote a book of a post, but I'll have to make this short. My cuts aren't working. The last official update was while Mom was still in the nursing home. In a nutshell ...

She went in to gain her strength back and get back on her feet using her walker. She came out unable to stand, walk, dress herself, or transfer herself. Her upper extremity range of motion is extremely limited. She has to duck her head a bit to feed herself. She is totally incontinent. There is just me to take care of her. Bathe, dress, change, transfer, cook for, dole out meds, give insulin injections, and be the usual chauffeur.

I broke my ankle, but since I could weight-bear had to continue working to pay bills, plus I still had to take care of her. Neck pain is back, as is the back, and now hips.

Lousy 10 cent raise at work, but somehow I managed to streamline my work so that I actually get done earlier, so my paychecks are actually LESS than before the raise. Crap.

Computer issues all around. My desktop (XP) won't boot up Windows anymore. My laptop (Vista) does something I can't even describe when I try unsuccessfully to log in to LJ. Mom's notebook (XP) works, but it really lags. I've cleaned up and defragged and eliminated as much extraneous stuff as I could, but no improvement. But at least with the hi-speed internet, I can zoom around the net without waiting a half hour for a page to fully load! Have discovered I hate IE, HATE Chrome, love love Firefox. The version of Firefox on mom's notebook is outdated, but I don't know if it can handle an upgrade.

Miss our cats. Want to get another one or two, but need to rip up the carpet first. But I have too much on my plate to do that right now.

Now that I can POST again (YAY!!), hopefully I'll get back to writing again.

That's all for now. Take care all.
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Hi-speed internet! [Jan. 12th, 2015|12:20 pm]
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[Current Location |home]
[mood |jubilantjubilant]

Woo-hoo! We are no longer in the dinosaur age! Well, not quite. I can actually log on and post. Mom's notebook is a bit slow. Also am using Firefox instead of IE. And Wi-Fi! Whee! Can do stuff from my room! Or the kitchen! Or the bathroom... not. Not going to post much write now. Was basically just testing if everything was working okay. Am so excited to be back!
Hope everyone had a fantastic Christmas and that the New Year brings you all good health and happiness. Talk to you again soon. Maybe even later today!
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I'm HEEEERE!!! [Mar. 24th, 2014|10:32 am]
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[Current Location |library]
[mood |annoyed with lj]

Whoopdee-do, right? Sorry for my absenteeism, folks, but it appears LJ has upgraded itself right out of my ability to post entries. Need Internet Explorer 8 or better, and of our four computers, not one has IE 8 or better. Have dl'd it, but get told that the operating system doesn't support it. So must wait for my computer guy (my brother in-law) to come from Nevada to see what he can do since I am completely clueless. Anyhoo, I am at the public library posting this, and then updating my other two journals so that LJ doesn't go and delete any if I don't get back here anytime soon. I do log on once a month to check my friends page. At least it lets me READ stuff... just can't write stuff.

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Fic: Consanguinity 3/? [Jul. 14th, 2013|01:31 pm]
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[Current Location |hospital ICU waiting room]
[mood |frustratedfrustrated]

(yawn)(don't be alarmed at the location. Just using the wi-fi.)

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Star Trek (no spoilers), etc. [May. 18th, 2013|12:08 pm]
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[Current Location |McD's]
[mood |happy though in pain]

-My memory is gone, I swear! I knew I wanted to go see the new ST movie if I could scrape up the dough, but hadn't seen the first one. Fortunately, they were showing the 2009 movie on TV, so had the opportunity to see it. Sat down, the movie started, and lo and behold, I HAD seen it! But still don't remember seeing it, if you know what I mean. Whatever. I went to see the new movie (isn't that what credit cards are for?), and loved it. I've always been a die-hard Trekker, so was totally surprised at how in love I am with the new Kirk, Spock etc. (Though Chekov's Russian accent still makes me cringe.)
-Slightly more than several years ago, I had one of my molars begin to crumble. Finally, the pain was unbearable and I was forced to go to the dentist to have it pulled. However, he said a portion of the tooth could be saved, so they did a root canal and then rebuilt my tooth. Well, it started aching really bad a couple of days ago. I can feel a sharp edge with my tongue. I think the remaining portion of my actual tooth is crumbling. I just paid for an eye exam and new glasses so that I could pass the DL renewal eye exam (did so with flying colors). Rather, the credit card company paid for it. I CANNOT charge any more on it right now. I just can't! I have to pay off another card before I dare. $600 worth. So I am pumping myself full of way more than the recommended dosage of Tylenol trying to keep the pain at bay. Pray that I can folks!
-Believe it or not, I am almost finished (finally) with the story I had begun for the holiday zine dedicated to Ursula. I hope the Muse's visit wasn't a short one and is still around.
-Enjoying the peace and quiet at home with mom gone. 5 more days after today, she will be returning. Got together with my friend Nancy, and we finally got my big tack trunk and other stuff home from my former work place. Still have tons more to bring home, but at least formerboss knows I have not abandoned it.
-Must get back to work in my garden. The broccoli is doing okay, but I still need to get my romaine and cucumbers in. Bought a few marigolds to plant around the raspberries, so need to do that as soon as I get home (I'm at McD's eating my e-meal, so I can use the Wi-Fi). Guess I'll get this posted.
Later!
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Fic: Destiny, and some drivel [May. 8th, 2013|07:58 pm]
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[mood |d. all of the above]

Okay, so this is really bad, but it was more or less finished, so what the heck. I was desperately trying to kick-start my Muse a while back (it didn't work obviously) and this was the result that day.

In other news, I got my broccoli planted; mom leaves for Vegas tomorrow which means two whole weeks of peace(!!!); I was late to work today for the first time in the year and 4 and whatever months I've been there, due to a watch malfunction; I got my TAX REFUND which means paying off more debt (YAY!) and maybe a wee bit of splurging; and got my new glasses, which refuse to stay up on my nose where they belong. But I can see! 'Nuff said... on to the fic.

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Rainy April drivel [Apr. 18th, 2013|11:14 pm]
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[mood |all over the map]

-Rain, rain, go away. I'm trying to get my garden ready. Got the ground prepared, dug up a few Egyptian Walking onions (yum) that were trying to escape by tunneling under the raised bed frame and had encroached on the yard, then it started to rain and brought it all to a halt. Planning on cukes, romaine lettuce and broccoli this year in addition to the walking onions which never go away. We'll see if it actually gets done.
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Sad [Feb. 13th, 2013|08:38 pm]
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[mood |sadsad]

Today i had to have my precious Dunkin' euthanized. She was 'fine' earlier in the day. And when I came home from work, was demanding to be fed, as usual. I was lounging in bed watching a Highlander episode and she jumped up on the bed and curled up by my feet. Awhile later I felt her moving around... didn't think anything of it... figured she was changing position. Then she settled down, but a few minutes later I felt her moving around again. Being the couch potato that she is, this sudden activity finally made me sit up and look at her. She was struggling to get up on her feet, but couldn't. I put her up on her feet, and her back end immediately went over again, but she managed to pull her body up toward me. She looked so scared and miserable. I picked her up and cuddled her for a bit, singing 'her' special song to her, then let mom hold her to say her good-byes while I phoned our nearest local vet to see if I could bring her in. It was where I had taken her and Tessa for their initial shots and spaying when I first got them. Twenty years later, they hadn't been back, as anytime I needed anything done I would just take them to the barn when the barn vet was coming. The vet said I could bring her in right away. they actually still had her card! He said they didn't often see twenty year old cats. I stayed with her until the end. They offered to keep her body until I could see whether I could get a grave dug in our semi-frozen ground. The vet was doubtful that I would be able to, but God bless my edger. It not only did the job, it worked much better than the shovel did when I dug Tessa's grave in the summertime! So now I just have to pick her up after work tomorrow so I can bury her next to Tessa. Poor Pixie can't figure out where Dunkin's pee papers went, or why she's not here on my bed, or why Dunkin' is not there to keep her from eating right away. I know mom is taking it hard too.
I miss her so much already. I know it was the right thing to do... any other cat it would have been past time. But she was such a couch potato that she didn't mind not being able to be very active. She was happy right until this afternoon. I thank God for all the years I had with her. I have many, many good memories, and she was worth every bit of the special care she needed in her last years. Ah, the tears are coming again, so I'd best end this while I can still see.
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The Philadelphia Experiment [Jul. 29th, 2012|07:05 pm]
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[mood |pleasedpleased]

Minimally spoilery, but spoilery nonetheless...

Due to cable issues resulting in cable to only one of our TVs, I came sooo close to not being able to watch it! Fortunately Mom graciously gave up watching one of her shows to let me use the living room TV for my much needed and long-awaited Nick viewing. So I settled in early with a homemade crustless pizza and Cherry Coke and caught a bit of Laurie Holden (a Nick connection - X-Files!) in the end of The Mist. Found the end just as depressing this time around too. Then finally...The Philadelphia Experiment!

It wasn't as good as it could have been, but better than I expected it to be, given the history of Nick's movies. All seem to have great potential for being great movies, but whether because of writing, direction or the other actors (and in one memorable case, the score), they just seem to come up short (with the exception of Vertical Limit). Often, Nick's fine acting is the only thing making them bearable.

So what didn't I like the most? The fusing of the Eldridge crew members seemed very unrealistic to me. I don't know what I expected, really, but it just seemed so fake. And Bill's shoes being fused... Looking at them, it seems as if part of his actual feet would have been fused as well, but hey, I guess you gotta have the star be able to move around or there wouldn't be a movie would there?
What was the point of his granddaughter's boyfriend even being there? Seriously. (And boy was I ever relieved to find out how Nick's character had a granddaughter in the first place!)

What did I like the most? Well, of course, Nick, Nick and more Nick! A Nick who was in the whole movie. A Nick who had top billing. A Nick who still is as gorgeous as ever (even if he did have a bit of a middle-age spread going on). Oh and a Nick character who DIDN'T end up dying in the end!!!!
The other actors were pretty good. Was surprised Malcolm McDowell's character got killed off so early and that he didn't have a bigger part. But very okay with that or else Nick probably wouldn't have had top billing! *g* The special effects were pretty good too.

After it was over, I tried to stay up to watch Stonehenge Apocalypse because it had Peter Wingfield (a Nick connection - Highlander!) in it, but alas, knew I had to work early in the morning, so went to bed instead.

So what'd you all think?
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drivel again [Mar. 5th, 2012|09:26 pm]
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[mood |exhaustedexhausted]

Way past time for an update. I can't believe I haven't posted an entry since Christmas. Drivel follows...
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Christmas Greetings! [Dec. 25th, 2011|12:36 pm]
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[mood |gratefulgrateful]

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Chicken Salad [Aug. 14th, 2011|10:33 am]
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[mood |relievedrelieved]

This is a very simple and basic chicken salad. I usually made mine with just some Miracle Whip, but this time decided to try a variation of a variation I got from a magazine. Utilizing the green onion from my Egyptian Walking Onions growing in my own garden was a bonus! I had this on pita bread.

Chicken Salad

Ingredients (5):
1 large can (about 1-1/2 c)chicken breast
1/4 c chopped celery
1/4 c chopped green onions
1/8 c light mayonnaise
1/8 c Dijon mustard

Directions:
Mix all the ingredients together.
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For those who have pets... [Jun. 17th, 2011|06:03 pm]
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[mood |discombobulated]

Omg, I forgot I had this filed away to post! It is the best! Can't remember who emailed this to me.


FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO HAVE PETS, THIS IS A TRUE STORY. FOR THOSE THAT DON'T, IT IS A TRUE STORY.


The following was found posted very low on a refrigerator door.

Dear Dogs and Cats: The dishes with the paw prints are yours and contain your food. The other dishes are mine and contain my food. Placing a paw print in the middle of my plate and food does not stake a claim for it becoming your food and dish, nor do I find that aesthetically pleasing in the slightest.

The stairway was not designed by NASCAR and is not a racetrack. Racing me to the bottom is not the object. Tripping me doesn't help because I fall faster than you can run.

I cannot buy anything bigger than a king sized bed. I am very sorry about this. Do not think I will continue sleeping on the couch to ensure your comfort, however. Dogs and cats can actually curl up in a ball when they sleep. It is not necessary to sleep perpendicular to each other, stretched out to the fullest extent possible. I also know that sticking tails straight out and having tongues hanging out on the other end to maximize space is nothing but sarcasm.

For the last time, there is no secret exit from the bathroom! If, by some miracle, I beat you there and manage to get the door shut, it is not necessary to claw, whine, meow, try to turn the knob or get your paw under the edge in an attempt to open the door. I must exit through the same door I entered. Also, I have been using the bathroom for years - canine/feline attendance is not required..

The proper order for kissing is: Kiss me first, then go smell the other dog or cat's butt. I cannot stress this enough.

Finally, in fairness, dear pets, I have posted the following message on the front door:



TO ALL NON-PET OWNERS WHO VISIT AND LIKE TO COMPLAIN ABOUT OUR PETS:

(1) They live here. You don't.
(2) If you don't want their hair on your clothes, stay off the furniture. That's why they call it 'fur'-niture.
(3) I like my pets a lot better than I like most people..
(4) To you, they are animals. To me, they are adopted sons/daughters who are short, hairy, walk on all fours and don't speak clearly.

Remember, dogs and cats are better than kids because they:
(1) eat less,
(2) don't ask for money all the time,
(3) are easier to train,
(4) normally come when called,
(5) never ask to drive the car,
(6) don't smoke or drink,
(7) don't want to wear your clothes,
(8) don't have to buy the latest fashions,
(9) don't need a gazillion dollars for college and
(10) if they get pregnant, you can sell their children ..
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It's biani's birthday!! [Jun. 3rd, 2011|09:09 am]
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[mood |happyhappy]

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Hope you have a fabulous day!!
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Once A Thief series to DVD!! & other stuff [May. 26th, 2011|10:13 pm]
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[mood |All over the map]

FINALLY! Alliance is releasing John Woo's Once a Thief to DVD on June 21. The set will include all 22 episodes. Amazon (Canada) is preselling for $22.09, discounted from the suggested price of $25.99. Am thrilled! :D

'Bout time, I say.



LJ refuses to 'remember me'! What's up with that? *scratches head*

My dream house was finally sold. Am sad. :(

Dang economy! My hours have been cut again at work. At this rate, I'll NEVER be able to buy a proper OaT set! Plus, we had to downsize our therapy horse string. Chick left this evening. Am sad more. :(

Brothers & Sisters has been cancelled. That leaves me with Doctor Who, Castle and Burn Notice. And HGTV and the Food Network.
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Fic: Consanguinity 2/? [May. 8th, 2011|03:05 pm]
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[mood |tiredtired]

I guess this is my Mother's Day gift to you all.

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Zzzzzzz [May. 6th, 2011|05:01 pm]
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[mood |exhaustedexhausted]

A HUGE thank you to everyone who has sent birthday messages, virtual gifts and posted birthday greetings! It's been a rough week for me, and your thoughtfulness has made it much, much better!

My mom was hospitalized again Monday evening. To top it all off, I had already committed to house and pony sit for a friend who would be out of town for her son's wedding. Since I had originally counted on Mom to be able to take care of my cat who requires involved nutritional care, I have been having to travel back and forth between the 3 towns so that I can work and do all the things I need to do and go to the hospital to spend some time with mom. She was released yesterday afternoon, so I thought I'd finally get some rest as I wouldn't have to run home to do the cat. But alas, I woke up at 2 AM with horrible pain from an infected tooth. I ransacked their house until I found some Tylenol, took 3, but it wasn't until 4 that the pain started to ease. I slept about 1/2 an hour, but woke up again. I was afraid to go back to sleep but was afraid to as I needed to get home in time to take mom to have some blood work, and worried I'd oversleep. So I'm pooped.

Plus I have no internet there!!

But thank you again everyone. You made my day today. And now I must go back and feed ponies. Tomorrow I am going to sit around and watch TV (is it KY Derby day?) and hope to continue on with Consanguinity of which a couple more parts are ready to post...

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Fic: Consanguinity 1/? [Mar. 21st, 2011|07:46 pm]
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CONSANGUINITY

consanguinity n.
1. relationship by blood: relationship by descent from the same ancestor, rather than by marriage or affinity
2. close connection: a close relationship or connection

Encarta ® World English Dictionary © & (P) 1998-2004 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.

Author: ib_ratstruck
Fandom: The X-Files
Pairing: Mulder/Krycek slash
Spoilers: Assume any and all Krycek episodes except for the dreaded garage scene and beyond.
Disclaimer: I do not own any of The X-Files series characters in this story.
Summary: Unexpected arrivals prove to the guys that the connections between them and others aren't as tenuous as they thought.

Notes:
-This story is a work in progress, and has a long way to go. It is my hope that starting to post what is already written will help me continue writing. I know where I want it to go, but am having a devil of a time getting it there. Therefore...
-The summary may change if the story takes a different direction than planned.
-I've taken liberties with the Bill Scully Jr. family members.


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Fic: The Sequined Snowman [Mar. 10th, 2011|11:15 pm]
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THE SEQUINED SNOWMAN
by ib_ratstruck
Fandom: The X-Files
Pairing: M/K, slash
Rating: PG? I'm horrible at ratings.
Disclaimer: Yeah, right. Illegal whichever way you look at it.
Summary: The truth is found in the strangest way.
Originally written for the 2010 Nicholas Lea Character Christmas Zine.


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