Archive for August, 2009

Girls gone Wild- Shenandoah

Saturday, August 8th, 2009
Where did this come from? And why?

Where did this come from? And why?

Cross my heart, we did not buy this! So why is it in the house?

Well, b/c the mater was attempting to corner the VA market in brass candlesticks. After negotiating $10 for 14 of them, she saw more in a basket. It was near the end of the day, so the gal said, “Give me a dollar, and take the whole thing.”

So, after having spent a good 10 hrs stopping at one sale after another, eating weird Chinese food at a mall, and sundaes @ a frozen kustard stand, we unpacked, and the little hussy had included all kinds of weird, unsalable things in the basket. Of which Ms Chicken is prime exhibit #1. Do you want to hear about the chipped statuette of a person of unresolved gender preference? Or perhaps the bookend depicting equine/canine inappropriate behavior?

What I’d like to know is:

  1. Who came up with these ideas?
  2. Who bought them in the first place?
  3. How the heck do we get rid of them?

At any rate, we did get a whole lot of good stuff. Brass candlesticks, natch. A parisian dress pour moi. Several books we hadn’t read. Lots of canisters for all the bizarre non-flour flour substitiutes the gluten-intolerant require.

And three copies of a CD by an obsure Bluegrass band. WTF?

Next stop, Rio Mall… but first a quick trip to the dump, in the dead of night.

TGIF 1

Friday, August 7th, 2009

pancakebunnyI’ve decided that on Fridays, I’ll just post fun stuff. Usually things that don’t go anywhere else. Time to lighten up for the wkend.

I’m going to have a terrific wkend, BTW! First comes a non-birthday party @ an Indian restaurant in Winchester today. Then the Crawl is tomorrow. Then Monday, the mater & I take off for Blackwater Falls, with a stop @ the Rio Mall. So if you don’t hear from me for a while, that’s why!

Fun Stuff:

Update on Traveler the Cat: Traveler is now convinced that her cloak of invisibility is functioning. When I let Silky & Doodle in for their VIC food, Traveler rushes in with them. It’s either that, she thinks that I’m unable to count to three…

Magnetic Poetry on your Desktop

Symbolism of Ganesha– one of my favorite deities

Uptight Seattlite

Cooking w/Tassie Pippert– For PV, her biggest fan. (Tassie says this is not dessert, it’s a side dish. I guess for dessert, they just eat sugar right out of the bag.)

Inspirational Quote of the Week:

A career? I’ve thought about this quite a bit sir and I would have to say considering what’s waiting out there for me, I don’t want to sell anything, buy anything or process anything as a career. I don’t want to sell anything bought or processed or buy anything sold or processed or repair anything sold, bought or processed as a career. I don’t want to do that.
Lloyd Dobler- Say Anything

Health care reform rant

Thursday, August 6th, 2009

Most of you who know me personally know that I’m allergic to politics and “causes.” (One of those allergies caused by close proximity over the years.)

But as one of those falling thru the cracks, I guess I’d better put on my big girl panties, and say HEY! Let’s get busy & get this fixed.

Because I’m not impoverished, elderly, employed by the government or a major corporation, I can either choose to insure myself or go uninsured & cross my fingers. If I developed a chronic illness while my fingers are crossed (carpal tunnel?), I would NEVER qualify for anything but a (expensive) high-risk pool (which are also often closed to new subscribers.) Because I don’t own a business, I can’t even write off the premiums that I pay- the ones that go up astronomically every year.

Maybe you’re in a better situation. But is your entire family & everyone you love? What happens in the case of job loss (and no, COBRA certainly doesn’t cover everyone.) Or say you want to retire before 65. Or what if you are retired, and your company decides-“Whoops, I guess we can’t afford those premiums after all”? Or you divorce the spouse with the health insurance policy? Or s/he dies? Those are some rotten things to happen- but they happen every day. (more…)

Dinner tonight

Tuesday, August 4th, 2009

If I were a gifted food blogger & photographer, like my friend, Ms JayPee, you would be treated to a luscious picture of what I ate for dinner tonght.

But no, I’m a total oinker, and I ate it all up before it even occurred to me to take a picture of it. (How does she do it?)

Anyway, you’ll have to imagine a salad plate covered with sliced ripe tomatoes, fresh from the garden, with slivered basil, ditto, dressed with olive oil & garnished with chunks of gorgonzola cheese & grated carrots.

Does life get any better than this? Methinks not.