Tuesday, December 24, 2013
It’s been a busy couple of months. Among other things, my little sweet potato has been keeping me busy. She went to the hospital November 20th to get spayed. I hated leaving her there – the look on her little face when they took her in the back was enough to break your heart. She had to spend the night, and was ecstatic to see that I hadn't abandoned her after all and came and got her the next day. She did great with her surgery and recovery; didn’t slow her down a bit. Once she felt better, we shopped for darling little sweaters and coats for her. She's wearing one of her little fleece hoodies in the photo. We had some Indian Summer, and had a really warm spell the last few days but, overall, it’s been darn cold since November. Alas, the 70s from the weekend are gone and it'll be a cold Christmas. And not even any snow to justify the cold.
Work’s been keeping me über busy. I don’t mind hard work, and I truly appreciate the fairly frequent bonuses, but a raise would be nice. Especially now – our administrative assistant gave notice the same day as our Christmas party, and last Friday was her last day. The boss left for Florida Sunday and won’t be back ‘til the 30th, so guess who’s picking up the slack? Yep, I’m wearing so many hats I can’t even keep up with them. I can’t complain too much this week, though, since I’m off for most of it. And I got a very nice Christmas bonus. Maybe I'll buy myself a bigger, prettier, more sparkly hat.
North Korea – damn scary. Dennis Rodman – damn nuts. This new despot, Kim Jong-un, who constantly preens and postures and threatens other countries with nuclear annihilation, executes his own family members. What’s he going to do when Rodman ticks him off?
Also pretty scary – Yellowstone. Apparently, the super-volcano’s about 40,000 years overdue to erupt. And when it goes, they say it's going with a huge, virtually apocalyptic bang.
What do you guys think about Obamacare? It's something of a field day for the insurance companies, if you ask me. I don’t pretend to understand it, but it looks to me like the premiums are jacked way up and, if one’s income is low enough, the government is picking up the tab. Who’s going to pay for that?! You and me, I guess. For example, I looked at some of the available plans, and the cheapest one I saw was over $500 a month. If your household income is low enough, however, your monthly premium is 0. People need decent healthcare for sure, but I don’t know that this is going to provide it. Just my teeny-tiny little opinion -- if you want a decent healthcare system, you need to get the insurance companies out of it.
And now I think I’ll go sit quietly and stare, Zen-like, at the twinkling lights of my itsy-bitsy Christmas tree. They're calming, you know. It’s Christmas Eve tonight. If you’re opening some of your presents this evening, have fun! And have a safe and joyous holiday, everyone!
Thursday, October 31, 2013
Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Yeah, I'm a slug -- when it comes to blogging. Hopefully, I won't start looking like a slug any time soon. Surely I haven't already said everything I have to say. It just seems any more that blogging is so far down on the "to do" list that I'm not getting to it these days. But ... one of these days.
Here's one of the things keeping me busy lately:
This is Miss Pixie-Rue lounging in her new bed, wearing her new sweater. She just loves this bed, which is called a "Pet Cave." It has a Sherpa-like lining, which is really warm, and the zip-on top creates a cave-like effect. She loves crawling up in there and napping -- or lounging, or just holding court. She'll stay in there all evening, which does not preclude her from getting in bed with me at bedtime. She's definitely a mama's girl and won't sleep at night anywhere but with me.
Work's really busy right now. I haven't worked much with injury cases in the past, but I'm learning fast. I've gotten two bonuses from settlements so far, too, so I have absolutely no complaint. The boss got one of those brand-new-on-the-market Microsoft tablets today and, I swear, he's like a kid with a new toy at Christmas. It's pretty cool, and you can do a lot with it, but I don't think I want one. Call me a dinosaur, but I much prefer my plain old laptop. And I guess I'll be keeping it forever because I am not going to buy any new product with Windows 8 on it.
Sunday, August 18, 2013
I quit smoking on April 20th. Just like that. And the amazing part is how easy it has been to stay (mostly) cigarette-free. How did I do it? Well, I did it with this slim blue item:
It’s an electronic cigarette. My sister was using one and nudged me into trying it, so when I was at her place in April I went and bought one. And you know what? I love it. It completely satisfies the cravings, and it tastes good, too. I fill it with a few drops of e-liquid, which comes in a myriad of flavors, and that’s all there is to it. A puff or two totally eradicates the craving for a cigarette, and the e-liquid costs only a fraction of the cost of cigarettes. The high price was, in all honesty, the main reason I quit. I do keep a pack of cigarettes around – you never know when you’re going to have a high-stress moment – but a pack is lasting about a month and a half. I think I only smoke one occasionally because I know it’s there, and I think I’d be perfectly fine with just the e-cigarette even during a meltdown.
I can sit at my desk at work and take a puff whenever I want to, because there’s no fire, smoke, ashes, or odor. It’s mainly water vapor with a little nicotine and flavoring, and it has no smell whatsoever. I predict my boss will be on one of these soon, because he’s been trying to quit smoking and has met with little success. He said Friday he was getting “the patch” this weekend. He’s done the Blu e-cigarette before, but I’m told that there’s no comparison to the kind I have. I think he’ll end up with one of these since he's seen how much I like it and how effective it is.
Sunday, August 11, 2013
I've been away from the blog for a while. This, that, and the other, not to mention work -- and keeping the wolf away from the door -- has kept me busy. There's always "stuff" going on. You know what I mean? Plus, there's the "nothing much to say" factor, and the "laziness" factor. Once you miss writing something for a few days, the few days has a tendency to stretch into many days. And weeks. And so on and so on.
Well. In any event, I have a new little family member. Yep, I adopted the little girl up top two weeks ago. As you can see, she's a Chihuahua. She's 5 years old, and a very well behaved little pup. Smart, too. She understands pretty much everything she needs to, such as sit, stay, bed, walk, and ... eat.
She's a tiny little thing, weighing in at 4 pounds. She knows how to work "cute," though, and rules the roost around here. Within reason, of course.
She's lying in her bed here, using a hand towel for a blanket.
And this is her out on the patio, sitting on her pee-pee pad. She knows what the pads are for, and uses them between outdoor walks if she needs to.
She's a great little family member, sweet and personable ... and eaten up with cute. I'm really glad to have her.
Thursday, April 25, 2013
I haven't blogged in so long I was almost afraid I'd forgotten how. To tell you the truth, I have kind of forgotten how some features work. Geez. Luckily, I'm a pretty quick study.
April's been a tough month. Tough is perhaps too mild a word. It's been like the freakin' Apocalypse. My precious puppy died on the 12th. She was a grand old dame at age 17 and I'm so glad that she lived a long, pampered, and happy life. Unfortunately, she had gotten senile and arthritic and fairly lethargic, and I know she wasn't enjoying life much any more. It comforts me -- somewhat -- to know that her sweet spirit is free and happy now over the Rainbow Bridge. Still, I miss her so, so much. My place feels so empty without her.
Six days after her death, my father died. He had recently been diagnosed with emphysema and pulmonary fibrosis. And no, he never smoked a cigarette in his life. My sister had come to Virginia and moved him to her home in North Carolina, never thinking for an instant that his time was coming so soon. He passed away on the 18th, not even two weeks after she moved him in with her. My sister and I had just met a cousin of ours on Dad's side who we never even knew existed 'til about three weeks ago -- my parents had some very peculiar tendencies, such as not telling us about Lord only knows how many relatives -- so I ended up traveling to North Carolina with him and his brother on the morning of the 19th. We all managed to get everything done that has to be done when these things happen, and we had the memorial service on Saturday evening after the cremation was done earlier Saturday.
Other personal calamities, albeit not of this magnitude, have occurred throughout the month of April, the sum total of which have led me to declare April 2013 positively Apocalyptic. And, of course, the whole country has been plagued with the horrible Boston bombing, the Midwest flooding, sinkholes, earthquakes, avalanches, ad infinitum.
The weather has been positively schizophrenic -- hot one day, cold the next. If I go to work sleeveless, it could be freezing by the time I get home. If I wear a sweater, chances are it'll be 80 by the time I get home.
April has been just crazy for practically everyone I know. Man, I hope May is better.
Friday, February 15, 2013
I've been a total slacker about blogging lately. The new job is keeping me so busy that I come home and practically vegetate. There's a lot of work in areas I have very little experience in, so I'm learning all the time. We hired three college girls who work rotating schedules to "help" me, but they're kind of on a continuing learning curve. Oh, and we got Windows 8 last week. It's awful, and I wouldn't recommend it to anyone I care about. It's taken me all week to get used to it, and I still find it awkward.
There's been a lot going on in the world, too. It went by in pretty much a blur, but I know stuff happened.
I'm off at noon today, and thank God for that. Happy belated Valentine's Day, and TGIF!
|You Are a Dollar Sign Heart|
You could be dead broke, but as long as you had love, you'd be set. And all the money in the world couldn't make up for being loveless.
Your ideal Valentine puts relationships first in life. You want a partner who sees love as a priority.
You know that a good relationship takes work, and you're okay with that. You're one of the few who views that part of love as fun.
Your ideal Valentine's Day is the complete romantic package, preferably with someone you've already committed to.
You don't mind taking the lead and planning for something your partner will enjoy. You really love to play up the romance on this day.
Friday, February 01, 2013
The weather's been completely schizophrenic lately -- unseasonal warmth, heavy rain, snow flurries, and strong wind, all in the same week. It's clear and dry today, but the wind's been howling for three days now. Yesterday, it seriously nearly blew me off a sidewalk.
It's been a busy week at work and I'm ready for the weekend. I'm sure you are, too. Try your hand at the quiz and then go enjoy your weekend. TGIF!
|You Are the Puppy Bowl|
But some puppies playing football? That's a big game you can get behind.
You're really not one for competitive or violent sports. And football just sort of puts you to sleep.
With the Puppy Bowl, you'll get nonstop cute puppy action, and no one ever gets hurt!
Friday, January 18, 2013
We had rain all week long, Monday through yesterday afternoon. Then, it turned to snow. Luckily, I made it home before it got too bad and traffic came to a virtual standstill. It was pretty, though, as you can see by the view from my patio.
Try the snow quiz, then have a great weekend. TGIF!
Try the snow quiz, then have a great weekend. TGIF!
|You Are a Snow Kitten|
You're not a big fan of the hassles of snow. You're happy to see it come, but you're also happy to see it go.
Go ahead and venture out in the snow from time to time! Throw a snowball or make a snow angel.
You have an inner snow bunny inside you, and it's time to let that bunny play.
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
It's been raining -- without let-up -- since Monday. We needed some rain. I know. But there's such a thing as too much of a good thing. It's supposed to -- maybe -- stop sometime this afternoon. I hope so. I've just about had it with damp clothes, frizzy hair, standing water and grabby brakes, and wet, smelly dog. I am so ready to see a teensy ray of sunshine.
Meanwhile, y'all have a great Hump Day!
Friday, January 11, 2013
It's been a relatively short week; or, at least, it's passed pretty rapidly. Still, I'm glad it's drawing to a close. I'm ready for the weekend. TGIF!
It's Winter, so we must naturally try a Winter-themed Blogthing. I thought my hat was pretty cute. What's yours?
|You Are a Newsboy|
You use fashion to project a powerful and chic image.
You like to experiment with new ideas, looks, and even lifestyles.
People may try to label you, but it's impossible. You draw inspiration from many subcultures.
Wednesday, January 09, 2013
The new job (with the lawyer I freelanced for over the Summer) is going well. He's something of a whirlwind, never seems to sit/stand still, so I just hope I can keep up with him. He's great to work with, though. We laugh -- and that's a good thing. I'm working Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays off, Thursdays, and half day Fridays.
I've got errands today, so I guess I should get to it.
Have a great Hump Day!
Friday, January 04, 2013
I like my new job so far, but I'm having a heck of a time getting my inner clock acclimated to a -- shudder -- schedule. The hardest part is trying to get to sleep before 2:00 A.M. I guess it's a good thing that I almost always wake up way early anyway.
I'm not at all sure that I'll be keeping this New Years resolution. Ha! How about you?
|You Should Travel to China|
2) Eat more Twizzlers
4) Study animal behavior
5) Get in shape with stripping classes
Monday, December 31, 2012
Monday, December 24, 2012
Friday, December 21, 2012
We're very wet here. I know, we needed the rain -- still do. But seriously, it's been coming down in buckets -- with high winds. It's chilly, too. So much for those balmy days of late. Just Wednesday, I saw dandelions growing in the yard. Oh, well -- it is late December. I guess it's time for a little chilly.
|You Are Stylish|
You are spontaneous and impulsive. You tend to do things quickly, and you're quite impatient.
You are somewhat organized, but you always feel like you could be doing a bit better! You have high standards for yourself.
You love to dress up and take care of yourself. You get a lot of confidence from looking sharp.
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
It's a week before Christmas ... and Santa doesn't look quite ready. Let's hope he can get his act together and get that reindeer in shape and ready to roll in time. And, um, let's hope they can outrun the Mayan Long Count calendar.
For now, Happy Hump Day!
Monday, December 17, 2012
Friday's shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, was shocking beyond the pale. What kind of person shoots tiny, innocent babies in their first grade class? With an assault rifle, yet. Some say the murderer was mentally ill. Perhaps he was, but he wasn't so mentally ill as to be unable to plan this monstrous act. He knew exactly what he was doing, he prepared for it, and he was prepared to kill more had the police not shown up. 20 small children and 6 teachers dead. There are no words to describe such a thing. Adjectives such as monstrous, horrific, or heinous don't even come close.
This horrendous, inconceivable event may lead to renewed demands for gun control. I personally believe that decent, law abiding people should be able to protect themselves with guns if they wish. People do not, however, need assault rifles or machine guns. Nobody outside police and military should have those.
But ... I don't believe gun control would stop these waves of mindless massacres. I believe it's a mindset in the people who do these things. If they're bent on killing and they can't get guns, they'll just use knives or swords or clubs or bombs. This is a violent society we live in. We see constant violence in movies, TV, video games, etc. Isn't it possible that there are those among us -- too many of them -- who see so much of it that it doesn't even seem real and the line between fantasy and reality becomes indistinguishable? I don't know what the answer is. I don't want to live in a police state. Or a theocracy. I don't want our personal liberties eroded for the sake of trying to control the minority who want to commit these atrocities. I don't know what the answer is. All I know is that what happened at Sandy Hook on December 14th cannot be allowed to happen again.
Friday, December 14, 2012
The weather around here is still up and down. It was chilly a couple of days and now it's warming back up again. And still no rain to alleviate the drought conditions. If you ask me, somebody in charge needs to be finding a rain dancer.
I have no weekend plans; just whatever happens to pop up. You?
Have a good weekend. TGIF!
|You are Multicolored Lights|
You love so much about the holidays, and everyone perks up a little from your happiness.
You try to be grateful for what you have this time of the year.
Even if things have been tough, you can't help but be joyful.
Thursday, December 13, 2012
Anybody have a 12/12/12 wedding yesterday? Or a baby? Not me. I did watch some of the 12-12-12 concert for Hurricane Sandy relief last night. I've always loved Pink Floyd, and I loved their set -- especially when Eddie Vedder took the stage with them. And the Rolling Stones -- my Lord, they look so ancient! Jagger's still got the moves, though.