Archive | July 2005

Mice Beware

Mood: good
Weather: sunny, nice, heat predicted to come back this weekend

So this afternoon I think, “I would like to post but I really don’t have much to say”. I chat with coworkers on my way out, go home, read E-mail and then Lars announces that there are 2 dead mice on the porch. Two dead mice are obviously news worthy to the cats because they were meowing up a storm showing them off. I pet them and said ‘good cat’ and gave them treats all in the presence of two tiny mouse bodies. I know it is a sign of cat love but I sure don’t love the disposal process. I actually don’t know what to do with the bodies… the first time I freaked out, drove to a gas station with the body in a ziplock bag and threw it out there. The second time I chucked it over the back fence into the stream/ditch area. I have decided driving mice bodies all over town is gross, and chucking them over the fence may attract other animals, so, they are in a tied up grocery bag in our outside trash can. I really think the cats should be out of mice to hunt by now but this explains why they like staying out all night.

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Hello BR

Mood: avoiding exercise
Weather: 80 and sunny 0 humidity (gotta have something good about the state)

My title welcomes one of my oldest (as in known longest) friends who judging from the IP address finally found the site! She attended the friends wedding this past weekend and I must say she looked fabulous, thin, and has very buff arms in the pictures I’ve seen.

So far today I helped save my company over 1 million dollars – I’m not joking or exaggerating, it was very cool to finally get this far on a cost savings project. I also just finished a very strange book – review forthcoming but it is very strange and I have to think about if I want to recommend it or not.

Yesterday I hit a milestone in my dance class. I not only danced all the dances we have learned with minimum of mistakes I actually did them at full speed with the advanced class that is right after mine. I think the correct shoes actually help so I’m glad I got them even if they pinch my toes. In sept I will be bumped into the advanced class but I still have the option to go to the beginner class at 7 for the same price. It is an excellent deal, $5 a class and I can go from 7-9:30 and the teachers are both nationally ranked dancers and are very nice. All we have to do is suffer through is bad jokes but for the price I can handle it.

Now I must exercise, no more procrastinating

My busy ‘nothing’ weekend

Mood: busy
Weather: sunny and cool

For the first weekend in 4 weeks I had nothing really planned. Actually we were invited to a 6year olds birthday on Sunday but that was just a littl thing not a huge weekend eating project/trip/visitor. My friend got married back in NY and I was vaguely thinking about it while I was contentedly sitting in lounge wear on the coach with Harry Potter and a cup of coffee. I had about 100 pages to finish and Lars was out so I wasn’t going to move for anything. Well… as the dramatic ending was unfolding all of a sudden the sky outside turned pitch black and I remember that stupid cat is outside. Just then there is a huge down pour and my first thought was that stupid cat has been preferring to chase bugs in the drainage ditch in the way back of the yard and it is the first spot to flash flood. So, I go out the back door with treats (to shake so he will show himself) and notice the brand new deck umbrella taking flight. I attempted to catch it but basically got out of the way as gale force wind whipped it past me onto the roof where it got stuck on the furnace vent pipe. I gave half a thought to climbing up onto the roof to get it but decided that 1. I needed to find the cat, 2. I don’t like being on the roof in nice weather 3. I was already 100% soaked to the skin. In bare feet, cotton shorts and t-shirt I ran around to the back of the property and it was raining so hard I could barley see and even under a tree it felt like I was in a shower. The stream bed was getting full and I shook the treats and Mr. Pink poked his head out. He saw me and ran half way and I had to go haul him out of the water. I more or less flung him on the lawn because I’m not carrying a wet upset cat who can actually run way faster then me. We ran back to the house and he beat me to the door and I got inside just in time to answer the phone – it was Lars telling me in was raining. I changed, mopped up the puddle I made and Mr. Pink just looked at me like him being wet was my fault. That was the dramatic portion of the day. I went back to the couch, finished the book and was about to start sewing a tunic when Lars got home and we rescued the umbrella from the roof because it was now bright and sunny out. Technically that was a tornado condition. I think they should have more litature or something when east coast people move to the Midwest. I know all about storms, hurricanes, nor-easters, gale, squall but nada on tornados. I was supposed to be sitting in the basement with candles and canned goods not running around the yard or sitting by a big window reading a book. All ended up fine but now I know what a tornado storm looks like.

We also ate alot of steak this weekend. Too much really. Remember Lars bought a ton of steaks from the butcher last week to ‘save’ money. Well we took 6 out of the freezer to eat with friends Friday night. Our friend is a very particular steak cooker and would not cook frozen steak or defrost it in the microwave so Lars and he went to the store to get more steak. It was a good dinner cooked very well. So Sat they call and invite us over to eat the steak that is now defrosted. We go since we don’t like cooking and anyone offering to cook we will go there. The butcher steaks were 100 times better then the grocery store steak but steak two days in a row is hard on the system. Sunday night (after the birthday party) we decided to have tuna sandwiches – easy to make and not steak.

I made a very nice tunic for Lars, it took the whole day but it is one of the better ones I’ve ever done. It is a striped material and I made sure all the stripes lined up and I made a riders slit perfectly centered and lined. He was correctly appreciative of my efforts and likes it alot. Pennsic is only a few weeks away but I think I’m actually fairly squared away with garb. (knock on wood) hopefully everything I want to bring fits in the car with the 3rd person we are taking and his stuff…

Quick hello

Read my stats for the month and I would like to say hello to my new readers.
A special hello to Australia, thanks for signing my guest book
Hi to Sayville – maybe BR? but there is a new Sayville address
and hey to HT (was HMc) – see you in a few weeks!

And it makes me happy that I continue to inform/entertain Gone South, 8K, Alexander and my parents.

The sun helped me out today

Mood: vombie slave to Harry Potter book
Weather: sunny

I must pay tribute to the helpful sun and Lars today (and I’m not being sarcastic). I had been missing a tape in my book on tape for about 4 days and I thoroughly looked for it in the truck and Lars found it in about 5 seconds of looking. That is a minor miracle since he can’t usually find things even if they are exactly where you tell him they are. Anyway, I only had about 10 min left on that tape and I drive for 15 min so I reached over to get the next tape out of the black case box thing and it was stuck in there like it was coated in super glue. I got to work and tried the following objects to try and pop out the tape; pen, pen cap, key, coin and fingers. The tape was welded in there and so I left it in disgrace on the seat of the car. Here is where the helpful sun did it’s job… After 8 hours in direct sunlight, the plastic case melted so I could easily lift out tape. It was amazing that nothing else was melted and the tape played perfectly so for one,leaving library tapes in the sun for 8 hours was a good thing.

In other doing – I have done nothing but read Harry Potter. I washed and folded two loads of laundry but that’s about it. Now I’m at page 400 and I still have two hours to dedicate to reading before I need to sleep.

My parents are home and I am back at work.

Mood: thoughtful
Weather: despite the weather man – it is gorgeous

They actually left yesterday and last night was odd because nobody was around. I took advantage of the time and sat in the shade on the deck and read 100 pages of Harry Potter. I think I need to re-read the last book, I vividly remember reading the book but I’m forgetting details of the story. A ton has changed in my life between the last book and this one. The last book Lars and I were already in MN but I didn’t have a ‘real’ job. I was substitute teaching for 2 districts and getting about 2 jobs a week. As a sub I basically got to read for the majority of the day because the teacher would have left work that I would introduce, help for about 5 min and then just have to sit there and make sure nobody misbehaved. Since then, I have heard from teacher friends that they bribe and threaten their kids to be perfect for subs so that’s probably why my job was mostly easy. Anyway, Harry Potter came on a day I didn’t have work and I can distinctly remember sitting in my nice sunny bedroom reading at least half the day. I ended up rationing myself because I would have finished it too fast. While I wasn’t working much I tried to get every errand done during working hours so I could spend time with Lars, sorta like a stay at home mom with no kids. Harry Potter actually helped me get my last job, I was on an interview and the guy mentioned it and we ended up talking about it for 10 min and he offered me the job the next day.

I am enjoying the book and I am enjoying the remembering of the other books so it is an all around good experience.

Today I feel like I got very little done at work but in all actuality I got a bunch done. I also talked to two friends (rare for a work day) both are doing ok. My one friend is having a hard time but (if your reading you know who you are) she has it under control and the bad stuff makes the good stuff better. Another person I know is getting married this weekend and I’m obviously not going. At first I thought my parents visit was the same weekend but even though it wasn’t I could not have taken off days two weeks in a row. On top of that I feel very cut off from her since my wedding. I know she is busy getting married but it would have been nice to have a phone call returned. Oh well, life goes on for us all. I do my best to keep up with my east coast friends but it is pretty hard sometimes.

Enough lamenting – back to work, the quicker I’m done the faster I get home to read.

ps. I got the special shoes for the dance class I’m taking and they are so slippy I might make a huge fool of myself tonight… update on that tomorrow.