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( Jun. 17th, 2012 06:39 pm)
This is Cubby:


He's a 3 year old Shih Tsu/Maltese mix that we found via Craigslist because the family had a human child that played too rough with him to the point where he had to defend himself. Welcome Cubby!
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( Jun. 10th, 2012 10:22 am)
10:23 AM 06/10/2012

So just called both local Patsmart stores here and neither one of them is participating in the free adoption day nor even knew anything about it. It must be a regional thing. There's an "adoption event" going on in the south Chicago suburbs but it's confirmed "not free".

Back to the drawing board...
00:23 AM 06/10/2012

My daughter walked up and down the dogfood aisle today with her tutor asking for help but not being able to express what kind of help she needed due to her autism. My wife and I agree the dog thing hasn't settled for her yet.

Of course as usual I have to grind things through my mind before I can accept them and move on.

Richie's death was my fault. Or at least I failed through mistrust and fear of the final bill. In the end the final bill was paid by Richie.

And that's my fault.

1) I didn't take my sister up on her initial offer to take him to the vet's office she works at because I was holding onto certain things in the past and did not trust her judgement. While I can't say I will always trust her judgement I can say I'm going to try not holding onto the past any more.

2) I also didn't initially take Richie to her animal hospital because I knew it was going to be expensive. I was trying to save some money and our furry family member paid for it dearly. Again - my fault.

Tomorrow is free adoption day at Petsmart so we're going to see if we can't add another member to our family. Maybe this time I won't be so stupid if something happens.

Maybe now I'll be able to get a little sleep tonight. I haven't slept well since Richie died. *sigh* This too shall pass...
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( Jun. 2nd, 2012 08:55 pm)
20:57 PM 06/02/2012

So I'm doing okay. Not fantastic but okay. Camping over the holiday weekend helped a lot simply because I had very little cellphone signal and was thus fairly disconnected. (Except having to send an email to a grumpy customer that I dropped the ball on.)

Currently I'm sitting on the futon after a fairly big bout of dirty dishes, misc computer stuff, and getting my onw digital picture frame working. (Hint - don't use xscreensaver - use gnome-drapes and hide the icons.)

Earlier this week I started getting exercise in the form of yardwork. Managed to cut down a lot of weeds - I swear the milkweed was 3 feet high minimum. But I managed to clean out and rescue at least three of the remains of the established raspberry plants after my neighbor accidentally cut most of them down. Hopefully those will do well.

The weedwacker overheated so not to be outdone I pulled out the ancient solid-welded smooth-blade hand weed-wacker and just continued on. Cut a whole lot of milkweed down and pulled a lot more out by hand. Still have a whole hell of a lot more to pull. Also pulled out all the thick grass-like weeds that had grown up and were choking out the peonies bushes. Lots of hand weeding. Lost of sweat and energy expended. Ruines some of that with a little bad food later (carbs) but I felt extremely good that day and the next so I'm sure it was a net gain.

Lots of the annoying Thompson (Thomas?) grass still remains to be removed. The darn stuff wraps and tangles the weedwacker so likely I'll end up pulling it all by hand. Hopefully get to that during the week after work but no promises.

Around the house I managed to start getting the kitchen cleaned up but I need to make my workspace out in the workshop the priority as I need to separate my formal work environment from the rest of stuff around here.

My iPad seems to be working well as an ebook reader. That said I will likely still get either one of the smaller Nooks or a Kindle simple due to battery life. I kind of like the idea of not having to charge my ebook reader for close to a month. That said nothing still beats a paper book. Unfortuantely I don't have the money or the space for much of any books right now.

Amazon/Barnes and Noble gift cards for Father's Day people! Hop to it! ^_^

The family is doing well. We're currently saving for another Lhasa Apso but aren't going to seriously look until we have the cash ready. While having Richie around we learned a lot about the breed and just like them in general. (Don't have enough space for a larger dog or I might consider a Tibetan Mastiff.)

Hmm...about 9:30pm here...gonna have to stop typing here and get more motivated. Hopefully I can be motivated to get enough stuff done out in the workshop tomorrow before my wife leaves that I can start putting the computer crap that's in the house out there. Gonna have to start up the A/C unit out there soon or at the very least get a good exhaust fan set up out there. (Surprisingly not cheap.)

If anybody wants to ship me a 12/24V DC or 110VAC network rack fan I wouldn't be adverse to accepting it! ;-)

So talked to the doc this morning and he's sending me home with an oral medication. Not sure what the plan is but sad as it is I will likely go home, take a shower, get dressed, and go to work. I can't afford not to.

So thus begins another round of constant glucose testing among other things. Not thrilled by that but don't have a choice in the matter. One thing I'm going to do this time is make sure people stay out of my face about it. Last time I had people constantly up in my grill about what my numbers were all the time. I know you care people but WTF? I'm 42 years old - deal with your own lives and I'll deal with mine.

Regardless I'll get it all back on track. The workshop, the job, the house, everything.

Oh great Celestia! I have to order seeds next month and get them started! Wonderful. That alone will be a project.

That said seven years between reminders about one's stupidity is not too bad in my book. I know I can do better but honestly it's annoying.
22:13 PM 10/13/2011

So tomorrow my mom stops by for the weekend or so. No big deal there. (Reminder that if she reads this she should bring both her wireless router and the wireless camera so we can make sure it works properly.)

Only thing I have planned tomorrow is I have to go down and do even more maintenance on my father's old Isuzu - basically replace the clutch master cylider (two bolts) and bleed the system. No big deal and that should be the final straw for it.

Got some really good news today. I called unemployment and it turns out that I made enough money at my last contract job to file for another 24 week claim. This will help us out until I find another position. (Of course I also have to go to the Social Security office and file for a replacement card because I need it to file the unemployment claim and haven't seen it physically around here in years. The card that is.) Anyways that gets us out of trouble for the moment.

Still working on getting the workshop shuffled around before winter. Checked on flooring adhesives today and it turns out that I can get the tile put down for about $30 total. Much better than I'd previously thought so hopefully there's enough left over from my wife's next check to do that. I hope I hope. Maybe I can get my dad to spring for it...

The grass has started to take over the tilled space in the garden so I have to work fast this weekend. I need to get the boards cut for the beds so I can staple black plastic over the beds to kill anything in them. I should have enough construction grade bags to do the job I just need to get moving on it. That not being done is just sheer laziness on my part.

More good news - my car passed emissions with flying colors. Now I just need to use my welder to tack down the top part of the clamshell on the catalytic converter so it doesn't rattle any more. Thankfully because Dorothy is a 1998 Neon she's new enough they could do OBD-II diagnostics on her rather than the manual diagnostics. Bummer is I don't get the actual emissions numbers like I do with a manual test. Regardless she passed in the state of IL and because she's older than 2000 in our area she probably won't ever be tested again.

And finally I figured out that it won't cost me a fortune to re-pour the concrete in my basement that the previous owner cut out of the wall.

Now if I can just find the money for all this...
So amid the hustle and bustle here at the in-laws house there appears to be some calm in my spirit. Not sure why. Maybe it's because I actaully have managed some social interaction better than in the past.

Maybe it's because my shoes aren't so tight. ;-)

Regardless things seem to not be bothering me as much as they have in the past. The exception being my daughter who is doing high-speed grazing passes on the food and in general not listening. Such is the life of a teenager on sugar during Christmas.

Still the noise gets to me a bit so I hide in a corner and either sketch or get on the netbook. I don't think I'll ever overcome the sensory issues fully but at least I've managed to make them a little less difficult for me by modifying my reactions to them. I can tune them out for short periods of time - basically until the sound/light levels change and catch my attention again.

We're doing tomorrow morning with my side of the family. Should be interesting. My wife and I agree that if they start fighting we're gone.

The noise level just picked up a bit. It's distracting.

Wondering what other friends abroad are doing for the holidays. I'm supposed to be studying even now but I honestly having relatives in town has thrown my study schedule for a loop. I'll have to make time to pick up the pace again this weekend.

We appear to have been given a Buterball Countertop Turkey Fryer. This actually rocks because a turkey is not the only thing you can fry in these.

My arteries are hardening just thinking about the fried mushrooms, onion rings, and popcorn chicken I can make in these. Hey! I can make batches of the properly sized small spring rolls! Woot!

Of course this also means horribly worse things like fried Oreos and Snickers bars are possible.



On the subject of eating well the crock pot meals seem to be working well. I'm eating regularly and better than pre-packaged food. And that makes all the difference for taking my vitamins. And the vitamins are helping considerably.

Thinking seriously about running my own Stalking The Night Fantastic/Fringeworthy/Metamorphosis Alpha campaign. I haven't GM'd in years but there's a ton of things I want to try and I think my compatriots miss gaming. I'll have to actually make sure I have all my numbers and stuff handy and I'll have to read the books again but I think I'm at the point now where I can pull a game out of my ass without too much trouble. Still deciding though.

Have to go now...on nephew duty...

"Two eyes. As often as I can spare them." ;-)

Happy Holidays and a Joyous Yule everyone!
April 3, 2009 12:08 PM 4/3/09

So I’m home today thanks to a lesson in physics yesterday.

We’re pulling 30 years of crap wiring out of one of the company buildings so we can run new wire.

Now if anybody has never done this you have to understand something. On a suspended ceiling once you start pulling a cleanly cut wire from one end it will start accelerating of it’s own will due to gravity pulling the cable to the floor and overcoming the friction of the wire that is still laying on the ceiling tiles.

Anyone care to guess what happens when it reaches the end? That’s right! The end acts like a whip as it goes over the side.

I must have just been in the wrong place facing the wrong direction as all of a sudden there was a snap, a blue flash in my left eye, instant pain, and blurred vision. O_x

Click on the missing eye to continue... O_x )
March 27, 2009 11:06 AM 3/27/09

So we had a nice dinner and visit with my aunt, uncle, and my mother last night. Went to a pizza place in a hole in the ground. Pretty cool little place. It’s been there for 60 years and it’s one of those basement dimly-lit pizza and bar places. It’s always been one of my favorites.

Took the plow blade off the tractor an voila! snow predicted for this weekend. -_- Thankfully it won’t last long.

March 26, 2009 11:12 AM 3/26/09

So I showed my sister-in-law Plant 101 and she took pretty well to it. Plants really aren’t that hard to grow. You can do some complex things but most things, (tomatoes, beans, peppers, etc.), are pretty easy.

I didn’t check my seedlings last night but I noticed that my wife’s Thyme has germinated. I set up a timer on the CF sunlight lamp so that it runs automatically. Hopefully the rest of her herbs will germinate this week.

Rambling wind, seeds, and Montana behind the cut... )
March 23, 2009 10:12 AM 3/23/09

It’s sprinkling today. Ugh. Well a least it isn’t snow. And since it’s unlikely to snow from this point on I took the plow off the lawn tractor yesterday. Haven’t put the moving deck back on but I’ll probably do that in a couple of days.

My dad mentioned my weight yesterday which irritated me a little since I’m already losing weight. I’ve gone from 275 to 263 in the last couple months. My Wii Fit age has dropped to 44 which is only 4 years older than I am physically. I’ve got to remember to get on that thing every day.

Do not point fresnel lense at remaining eye... )
March 17, 2009 11:12 AM 3/17/09

So we’re going to have some money coming in here from another source and that will help cement our vacation later this year. It’s also going to buy more rain barrels for the house, the right jets for the carbs on my bike, and whatever my wife wants to spend her share on. Oh and fence posts for the garden fence.

Beyond that the rest can stay in one place as far as I’m concerned. Likely if we don’t spend it I’ll put some of it back into the credit union account.

The temps seem to be staying above freezing at night lately - at least in our local area - so I should be able to start work on the fence pretty soon. I also am seeing ads for tomato plants on the TV so I might be able to get a young plant to give to my SIL when doing Plants 101 at the house. I still need to pick up a heat gun for that.

No sign of the seedlings sprouting yet. I need to set up some sort of auto-watering for them. I forgot to water them last night. There should still be enough moisture in the soil that they aren’t hurting. I’ll water them when I get home.

Lots of leaves left to rake up from last year. I hope it dries out here over the next couple of weeks so we can get those picked up. Not sure when the spring yard waste pickup is but we already have the bags for it. (Have to buy stickers _in addition_ to the bags...grumble...grumble...) If those leaves don’t go into bags then I don’t know where they’re going to go as I don’t have a spot for compost yet and won’t with the garden expansion.

Thinking about having a friend of ours bring over one of the yard rollers that flattens the yard out. It’s more than a little bumpy and flattening it would probably be a good thing. I don’t think the hitch point on my tractor will pull it though because those are so heavy but I may be wrong.

Gone like the fiscal responsibility of the last eight years but back to work like the current administration...
March 12, 2009 11:07 AM 3/12/09

So I pick up the referral for the oral surgeon today so I can schedule it for next week. And none too soon either as my mouth is definitely not a fun place to be right now.

Spent money today to get myself a video card from CDW for my desktop out in the garage. Some of it I already had allocated and the rest I can make up from other sources so it’s not too bad.

Did I mention that painful teeth are seriously distracting?

Galactus went CHOMP! )
March 10, 2009 11:22 AM 3/10/09

So my right lower wisdom tooth is still giving me a pain but I’m going to stick it out next week until we have more money.

No calls from LEOs about my LED grow lamp yet but that may yet happen. Or maybe not. I honestly don’t care.

Grind...grind...grind... )
March 9, 2009 11:09 AM 3/9/09

We had our first real thunderstorm yesterday. Spring is on its way...

I’ve volunteered to teach Plants 101 to my sister-in-law which shouldn’t be too hard as she’s pretty bright. She’s interested in growing her own tomatoes so I’ll start with that and walk her through the entire process including making the upside-down 2-litre planter as she has very little horizontal space in her condo.

Anyway to teach her this stuff I’m going to have to clean off the one workbench. Thankfully I need to do that anyway so I can set up the starter tray with the pet bed heater and the LED grow light.

DIdn’t eat right this weekend really. Ate far too much food and a good portion of it not good for me. I did try stir-frying some extra firm tofu but that didn’t turn out well. I’ve had some friends a number of years ago prove to me that tofu can be meat flavored/textured properly but at this point I don’t believe them and think they were lying to me at the time because what I cooked yesterday tastes nothing like meat

It’s supposed to be colder and rainy the rest of the week so no closing the valve on the rain barrel yet but soon...

We ordered the Wii Fit yesterday from Amazon. That should be here some time this week. Supposedly it kicks all sorts of ass - including the players. It’ll be interesting to see how it works out. I’m curious to try the yoga for some reason.

No sign of the other E-Bay items I’ve bought yet. I’m hoping the brain bucket and gloves will be in this week because I want them for when it gets warm enough to ride again. The rest of the stuff cane trickle in as it will.

No cuts needed in my posts time to write long stuff...
March 3, 2009 11:15 AM 3/3/09

So my back is still killing me thanks to one Mr. Stone, Kidney. I’ll get through it but along with other things happening recently I’m more than a little cranky.

No fries or pie today. I really need to stop eating them. )
March 2, 2009 9:21 PM 3/2/09

If you read the previous post you might have gotten the impression that I’m angry at my wife. Nothing could be further from the truth.

Frustrated sometimes but not truly angry. I’ve only been truly angry with her a handful of times in our life together and all of those have been resolved well past this time period.

We may disagree on some things but in the end we both respect and love each other.

A swollen cranium is not a bowling ball... )
March 2, 2009 10:57 AM 3/2/09

So the second kidney stone of my life is moving slowly on to its final destination - and kicking me in the back along with it.

I’ll be fine though. These little trials in life just seem to strengthen me. Mind you I’m not looking forward to the final destination if you know what I mean.

Yeeeouch! )
February 20, 2009 11:06 AM 2/20/09

And by the I mean 4 to 9 inches of snow. Bah!

(Yes, yes, I know snow isn’t really evil. Yes I know it’s a necessary part of life. Yes I’m just being irritable about it.)

Can we be done with the snow and move into the constant rain already? I’m so done with winter...

And here I was just getting ready to tear into the garden space. Oh well I need to get a permit for the new fence anyway.

My mother is stopping by during Spring Break so the remote support application is moot as I’m just going to tell her to bring her computer down with her and I’ll fix it here. That will save me some headaches and maybe I’ll have decided on a remote desktop application by that time.

Potentially canned babble behind the cut... )
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( Feb. 17th, 2009 10:52 am)
February 17, 2009 10:54 AM 2/17/09

My now my wife should have received the flowers I ordered last week for her for Valentine’s Day. ;-P

(If she hasn’t I’m gonna have to smack 1-800-flowers around a bit.)

Still behind on everything but I’m moving forward again. Didn’t get things vacuumed last night but I’m hoping to get it done tonight.

More blather through the Chappa'ai... )


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