Monday, January 26, 2015

Frozen - for real

Boy, am I glad I’m not in the Northeast tonight. Looks like this blizzard is shaping up to be one for the record books. I suspect the affected areas – and it looks like a huge area – are going to have it pretty rough for the next couple of days. Snow, near hurricane force winds, storm surge, possible thunder and lightning – not a pleasant situation. The storm missed my part of Virginia, thankfully; we’ve just had a little rain today. The wind has kicked up, and the weatherman says 60% chance of snow tonight, but it won’t be anything like up north. If we get snow, it probably won’t be anything to write home about. It's cold, going down to the 20s tonight, but not that bad. All in all, it’s been a pretty mild winter here so far.

Frozen Winter Season Picture

So – drones on the White House lawn. There’s a scary proposition, and don’t you just know there are terrorists out there salivating and drooling over the possibilities. These are scary times, boys and girls.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

And Now It's 2015

I know, I know – I’ve been absent from my blog for a long time.  Seems like I was always busy with this, that, or the other.  I meant to return during the Christmas shopping season, but then something terrible happened.

My S.O. of nearly seven years died suddenly from a massive heart attack three weeks before Christmas.  I spent the holidays in a state of shock and grief.  It still doesn’t seem real, that he’s really gone.  But he is, and I’m doing the only thing I can do – putting one foot in front of the other.

In retrospect, it seems like the last five years were chock-full of tragedy and/or bad luck – the deaths of my mother (and subsequent family drama), father, and dog; the accident in which I broke my hip; a year of unemployment.  And he was there with and for me through all of it.  I loved him, and I never had one moment’s doubt that he loved and cherished me, and I miss him so much.

The world – and my heart –  seems like a mighty empty and lonely place right now.

He loved my red hair; he always said it was what first drew him to me.  So you know what I did?  The day after Christmas, I bleached it blonde.  Good idea?  Not so good?  Who knows.  Took me four or five processes, sometimes only a day or two apart, to get the red tones out.  Then it looked too blonde to me, so I used yet another product.  For now, I think I’ll be grateful it didn’t fall out and leave it alone.

I’ll get over feeling shell-shocked eventually.  Probably.  I have no idea what the future holds – certainly, none of the remaining things we planned to do together.  Typically, I embrace change and challenge.  This one, I didn’t see coming and it’s kind of gobsmacked me.  But I’ll land on my feet.  I always do.

I’m thankful that I have a job to go to that keeps me busy and my sweet little pup at home.  And I’m glad I still have my blog where I can say whatever is on my mind.

Other than this, I don’t know what to say, so I think I’ve said enough for now.

Friday, June 13, 2014

Lucky Day (crossing fingers)

Extra spooky day, or extra lucky? It's not even noon yet, so we shall see. Personally, I'm opting for a double dose of luck. I'm really tired of the same old, same old. This may be the perfect day to turn it around.

It's TGIF, too, which can't hurt. Have a happy one!

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

What Next?

The news has been a scary place this week.

 - Mudslides
 - Earthquakes
 - Vanishing airliners
 - War drums beating
 - Ebola outbreaks
 - Spring storms

Good grief, let’s do something else.

You are a Lover of Life
You are a pleasure seeker. You're a bit of a hedonist, and you enjoy the finer things in life.
You are both unusual and uncompromising. You're an interesting blend of traditional and modern.

You are physically affectionate. You love to hug your friends.
You are able to relate to people on their own level. You are socially adaptable.
Happy Hump Day!

Friday, March 28, 2014

If This Weren't Friday...

Thank God, it's Friday.  If it weren't, I'd be tempted to run with scissors or something. Lord help me, I was up half the night with ungodly heartburn.  I ate lasagna for dinner.  It’s bizarre how sometimes it doesn’t bother me at all and sometimes it tries its damndest to kill me.  Last night, the acid pit started roiling before I’d even finished.  There’s no rhyme or reason to it.

Thankfully, I’m out of work at noon on Fridays so, after some necessary shopping, I am destined for a nice long nap.  I plan to do pretty much squat at work today.  I’ve earned it, if you ask me.  I’ve had a very tough week, with little to no assistance from my “assistant.”  Shoot, he didn’t even bother to come in Wednesday.  Didn’t bother to call, either.  I’ve already written the ad for a new person.

I feel like punishing some Words Gone Wild today.  We haven’t written poetry here in what seems like eons, so I’m thinking that if you’re game to put these Twisted Linguistics to work and whip them into haiku, go for it.  Or -- you can just define them.

Here are the – ahem – words:

My effort:

Plagirism destroyed my avaialable untility
Pursecuted my chrade entrys phenominally.  Blooger disconsulete!
Suprised with jewellery, condtion better.

Yeah, I know it’s not nature-themed, but blasfomy follows no rules.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Zombie Winter

I haven’t forgotten you guys. I’m still around. I don’t know why I’ve let Miss Begotten go stagnant for so long. I’m busy, yes, but not THAT busy. And a little bit lazy sometimes, but not THAT lazy. Maybe I HAVE said about everything I have to say? Nah, that can’t be it. I just need for the spirit to move me, I guess. And it will. Eventually.

It snowed today. Again. Do you know how sick I am of snow? I’m at the point where I’d almost rather take on the Zombie Apocalypse than put up with one more inch of snow. Little Miss Pixie Rue is sick and tired of snow, too. She hates stepping her dainty little feet in snow, and she absolutely will not squat her little butt down in it. It’s been a challenge this Winter finding her some dry pee-pee spots that meet her approval. Thank God for her favorite spot in front of the patio door where she can bask in her sunbeam (photo, alas, not taken today).  That makes her happy.

This one is from today -- the view out my patio door this afternoon. You can't really see the snowflakes, but you can tell that it was white out.

We get these teaser days when it’s over 70 degrees, and then 2 days later, it’s freakin’ snowing. I swear, I truly believe that this is going to keep on ‘til July. Maybe August. By then, I’ll NEED some zombies to beat up and take my frustration out on.

I’m still scratching my head over the lost Malaysian airliner. How on earth does a gigantic airplane with over 200 people onboard suddenly go incommunicado and fly 3500 miles off course and vanish without a trace? It’s mind-boggling.

I’m working way harder than I want to be working. And sometimes I’m afraid I’ll have to keep right on doing it ‘til I croak. Who the hell can afford to retire in this fragile, uncertain economy? I like my job; I just don’t want to be working as hard as I do. And I like my boss. I’m old enough to be his mother, but we have a terrific working relationship. We laugh all the time, so it’s a great environment. I just wish he could pay me more. A LOT more.

Oh, well. Somebody bring me some nasty old zombies to terrorize. Another snow day and I might even volunteer to be their queen.

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Stuff I Think About

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 ├╝ber 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.

So much is going on in the world, it’s hard to keep up with it all. I don’t watch “Duck Dynasty” but, geez Louise, how does one lone man’s opinion become practically an international incident?

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!

Merry Christmas - Images and gifs for social networks

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Many Scares to You!

Happy Halloween Greetings

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Slightly Sluggish

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

One Less Vice

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

New Addition

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

May May Be Better. Maybe.

Spring Tree Picture for Fb Share
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

The Friday Thingonmyblog

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 aren't a gold digger, and you don't believe love can be bought. You simply think love is the most enriching thing ever.
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 Friday Thingonmyblog

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
Football? Nah! It's not your style to watch or even care about the game on Super Bowl Sunday.
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

The Friday Thingonmyblog

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!

You Are a Snow Kitten
You like snow in small doses. You find snow to be comforting, and you love to snuggle up under a blanket of snow.
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

Soggy, Partially Cranky

Have A Hump Day! Greetings

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

The Friday Thingonmyblog

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 are a quick thinking, forward looking, and even revolutionary person.
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

It's a Good Day

Hump Day Graphic for Myspace

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

The Friday Thingonmyblog

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? 

TGIF, and have a good weekend!

You Should Travel to China
1) Get a pet Tasmanian devil

2) Eat more Twizzlers

4) Study animal behavior

5) Get in shape with stripping classes

Monday, December 31, 2012

All The Best In 2013...

Fantastic New Year Animated Greeting