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Land of Misfit Toys Expansion Pack...

This short video also gives a pretty good 'before' image.

So yeah, "someone's" property is now mine. It'll get all fenced in in a couple months after those trees are cut down. Next year it'll be the 'Land of Misfit Toys' Garden'. HUGE honkin' garden! I will transplant back some of "someone's" plants I rescued before the house was tore down and there'll be flowers planted too. For all the peoples who have passed around here. The kids who grew up there will always be welcome on the property. This year, I told the current hood kids they can play soccer there, or build a club house, or whatever. I hauled over a bigger table, a bench, and a couple chairs for kid card playing, etc.

Yesterday I borrowed Eddie's mower to mow my new yard. It wasn't that high; but it was thick grass and hard work. There's still ruts in the yard from ding dongs driving thru it too. My next door neighbor came home while I was doing that and when I finished he said he was proud of me for getting thru that. I slammed a gatorade and then started to cut back what we call poor man's bamboo. I dunno the real name. I know it's invasive and apparently you need to kill it with either gasoline or something only a contractor can get. I'm not putting gas on the stems.

Yesterday after I cut back half of the poor man's bamboo along the back fence.


I trimmed on the right side and behind the shed too. Shed belongs to the house next door. I cat sit for them. Yes, that is a hood kid. No, no name here, not even her doll's. She's only included here in the pics because her head is turned.


That stuff was about 6-7 feet deep.


And it got taller the further along it went for some reason, probably cuz of the tree branches.


So last evening the kids and I were playing a card game one of the older boys picked, and had to teach me. I don't know the game's name, it has a name in another language though. There was 6 of us playing. The older boy suddenly said he would come help me with the yard tomorrow. I wasn't saying anything about the yard, nor had I, was trying to follow the game. I said that was nice of him but he didn't need to do that. "I insist I help". Okay then, if you insist. We agreed 11am and on the dot he was here. He took out the majority of remaining of bamboo [let's just call it that, we know it's not; but it's better than typing poor man's bamboo over and over] himself. I was then cutting it down to 3' lengths and bundling it. In a little over an hour it was pretty much all cleared! He's an excellent worker!!

It was hot this morning, so I said I'd get him something from Dairy Queen. No, he didn't want anything, he just wanted to help me for helping me. I thanked him for that, and yes, he was totally sincere; but I insisted I get him something cuz I was getting something. He got a hot fudge sundae. I got one too, though I really hadn't planned on it.

Here's the cleared back part of new yard thanks to awesome excellent worker kid! There are huge honkin' bundles of bamboo in front of my house for trash pick up Monday. I also cut some lower tree branches later this afternoon. Those are what's on the ground in this pix.


From the other end.


And the 'kids zone'. Well also mine too. My next door neighbor also wants to sit back there. Fine with me.


And I will do another post with hood kid stuff, soon. This is the first free evening I've had all week. I am taking tomorrow off also to 'adult'. I had to apologize to my constant regular, who reminds me of Mackenzie at that age, for having to do adult things because I don't like to be an adult. Sometimes though, you have to be an adult. Booooo being an adult!!

Blatherings, Candy Canes, and a Secret...

So this is confusing. No nazis on Aqueduct [street down from Merriman]? No nazis on the detour? Or just no nazis in general? I'd say the latter; but um, in this day and age, sadly, um, well, let's just hope they meant the latter.


My atypical allergic reaction to cottonwood happened a week early this year. Atypical allergic reaction means it's not a running nose, sneezing, etc, this totally mimics mono. The cottonwood has been more plentiful this year. Got antibiotics Friday and they should kick in hopefully SOON! I have never seen a cottonwood tree covered in fluff in person. Which is probably good, cuz that would really jack me up.

Hood kid words of wisdom: "No one my age [9] needs a iphone. We should be out playing, riding bikes, making up games, and not staring at a screen. My friend who has one thinks she's better than me but I feel sorry for her." EXTREMELY ASTUTE!! The kids sometimes have their mom's phone, but they just show me photos of their family, then put it down. I have taught them about Mr. Google and we refer to him to find out what a ground hog sounds like--we have some around here, never heard their sound aside from clacking teeth and the sound they make is NOT what I would expect!; info on dock--the weed, though you can eat parts of it; the weather; info on flowers; etc. Get the answer and they're done with Mr. Google and the phone.

One of the kids was munching on unripened mulberries. Dude, don't do that! They have a small mulberry tree in their back yard. I said let's go see if my big mulberry tree had any ripened ones and it had a few. There'll be a lot ripe this week and we're going to get as many as we can as apparently their mom uses mulberries in a dish to celebrate the end of Ramadan.

While studying the mulberry tree with a couple of the kids, studying as in determining the best way to harvest the ripened berries, one of the siblings was NOT having a good day. They weren't listening, as they usually do, about not climbing a ladder, or playing around cars in the driveway, was picking on their siblings horribly, and when I asked why they were in a bad mood she just screamed "AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH". And then she kept doing that. As we left the backyard with her screaming her head off and not stopping no matter what her older sister was telling her in their native language, I saw one of my Christmas yard candy canes. Immediate flashback!

I use to chase misbehaving hood kids around with a candy cane years ago. Usually mostly Connor. I would only barely even touch them with the candy cane. It was very effective though. I grabbed the candy cane and told her, while she caught her breath from screaming, how I use to use it to make kids behave and she needed to stop screaming, picking on her siblings, or she'd get the cane. She started screaming again. I chased her. I think I only touched the hem of her dress. She said "I'm sorry I'm sorry". Okay, thank you, let's go sit down nicely. She did! I asked her again why she was having a bad day and she told me and we discussed that. She went and said sorry to her siblings. I did NOT ask her to do that, she did that on her own accord! Kids of course have their moments. They're kids. But she was really acting out horribly. The power of a candy cane! :D

Thursday a little before noon I went out to putter around and I texted my blimpologist friend that it was a nice day for the blimp to be flying around. He concurred and said he was going to the base in a little bit. I was taking photos of flowers, then, wait, what do I hear???? Switched to video, and here's a secret, I get a teeny tiny bit excited when the Goodyear blimp flies overhead. Just the littlest bit. That's a secret, don't tell anyone. No one around here knows. Except the neighbors who hear me proclaim BLIMP!!!!!!!!!!!!!! And um, the kids who do blimp patrols, which is a valuable skill to have! I didn't put them on blimp patrol, they asked how to look for it, as they want to make sure they see it. These kids are always on their bikes. I said if I wasn't home and out on active patrol--which means I got a text telling me they were headed my way or I heard it approaching--I pointed out the directions they might come from. And the real important part that if you see the blimp going over close by to wave, cuz they can see you. They can.

BLIMP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! And yes I am this level excited on days the blimp comes over more than once. Every.single.time.

10 weeks of summer...

...last day of school for majority of hood kids is tomorrow, some are already out--they went to different districts. Looked at calendar and starting with next week and until Kent State classes start, we have 10 weeks of summer. I said I had a plan for summer activities and they could tell me honestly how they felt about it. Basically there'll be 12-15 'big' things in a jar and one, sometimes two, can be done a week. This would be making slime, painting on my house, coke & mentos, etc as chalk, bubbles, nature stuff can be done any regular day. And to balance it out, there'd be a chore for them to do before the 'big' thing. Such as picking up sticks, sweeping the driveway--nothing major or difficult obviously. You know the scary thing? THEY DID NOT ARGUE OR WHINE ABOUT THAT! I got "You do work, then play." Then their siblings all agreed. Other hood kids from another household, also thought that was "fair".

The one who always wants help with math, others join in, they got lots of summer 'work' with addition and subtraction and I said I would correct their sheets. We're going to count them out and space them out over summer, once I find when their school start, probably last week of August. I'm making them flashcards for addition and subtraction, then their younger siblings can use them too. Today I helped with last minute writing--well printing--and they had a hard time spelling. They're bringing me their writing work from school tomorrow because "You'll help me learn to spell?" Yes, we will do spelling over the summer too. I want to see where they are school work level wise before I make up some spelling worksheets for them. I've helped with spelling before. Hood kids: the next generation!

Today I was learning phrases in another language. Actually I gotta find another site that plays audio for this language because on my phone I could only find one, and no, google translate wasn't one of them! Obviously kids were trying to teach ME something! Maybe I can learn more words in this language than in French! Cuz I only took about 8 years of French total and couldn't even make a complete sentence if my depended on it--in writing or verbally, nor understand it! Zero aptitude for French. Do have an aptitude for German. Kids do not speak German.

So aside from things I have to do and things I need to do and also things I want to do, add activity director, and summer tutor. I'm currently scouring craigslist, and sites like that, for soccer nets and/or a cricket bat. We have soccer players who want to practice across the street in the vacant lot. We also have cricket players but their bat was old and broke. Apparently there are cricket teams kids can join.

I need to get up early tomorrow and do a bunch of paperwork, print a bunch of stuff and get some official things sorted for school and other things. I am decreeing I am doing that tomorrow!!!! I have now jinxed that! Why do I do that? Ugh. Maybe, for once please, I can be proven wrong.

Approaching mid-June and I think this would be the 6th? year--if it happens--when I get that atypical allergic reaction that mimics mono due to tree pollen overload. Cottonwood is REALLY flying around. There are no cottonwood trees around here!! One hood kid was catching the puffs and bringing them to me and said they were "fairies". Very imaginative. We asked Mr. Google what a cottonwood tree looks like cuz we had no idea. The Chinese Sumac 2 doors down isn't flowering yet. That's what usually pushes me over the allergy edge. I already have a doctor's appointment next week, it's for my prolia injection; but also in case I'm sick and need antibiotics. Right now my throat is just raw. Usually it just hits me though, like getting hit with an invisible train.
...learned from an adult neighbor, not Edward, how heroin is sold and used. The adult neighbor had never used it; but knew how it worked. No hood kids were around at this time, as obvious that kind of discussion would not transpire then.

...learned with the hood kids that gackles will kill birds, decapitate them, and eat the head. Why were we learning this? Cuz one found a headless sparrow body. And the robins I had in a nest up front all had been decapitated. We, wrongly, blamed the raccoons. We discovered it was the gackles when we saw sparrows and a robin dive bombing a gackle across the street in the vacant lot. The grass was tall so we didn't know why, then I saw it had a baby sparrow in front of it. The kids chased the gackle off. The baby sparrow was dead; but still had a head. All deceased birds were given an appropriate burial across the street. Then we asked Mr. Google about what in the world was happening, and learned that. I don't get why the head though.

...learned from Edward, yeah I know, that you're not suppose to drive with a neck brace. I was about the 4th car back from the first light by Save-A-Lot and the light turned green. I don't even think I had taken my foot off the break yet and I see a car behind me approaching when I looked in the rearview, the driver wearing a neck brace and he was not slowing down. Impact. MY neck bore the brunt of it. When I got of my car to look at my back bumper and he had gotten out, he no longer had the neck brace off. I thought that very weird; but didn't question it. My car was fine, his license plate was mangled. I said no harm no foul and I had muscle relaxers for my neck. Away we went and I saw him put the neck brace back on. Uh?? Was telling Eddie about that and he said that you aren't suppose to drive with a neck brace because you can't turn your neck to see. That makes sense!! He had a temporary handicapped parking placard too. Eddie said I should have called the police; but there really wasn't a need. The way he's driving he's gonna cause another wreck like the one that probably put him IN the neck brace!!

...soooo summer projects, aside from what I want to do at home personally, which I'm not listing here; the hood kids have given me a list. They want to put hand prints on my house cuz they saw the hand prints on there already and I told them they were from a [then] little boy. Fine, we'll do hand prints on the house. One wants to make slime. Another wants to learn more magic tricks. There's a request for more math, is that even legal for kids to do over the summer?? They have seeds planted in pots already and check on their progress every day. They want to learn about more flowers around here. I'm suppose to watch Peppa [sic?] Pig with them. And there's lots more and amazingly they're simple and nothing fancy, expensive, or 'shiny'. Hood kids keep it real!!

We had a squirt gun fight earlier in the week. We need more squirt guns as not everyone had one.

WINGFOOT ONE IS BACK!!!!!!!!!!!! Hasn't flown around here yet; but we have had "BLIMP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!" refresher drills.

Kids can't remember Eddie's name so they call him "popsicle" as he hands them out, one per day. They also like to play with his dogs.

Edward got another cell phone today and whereas I had plans to go to Cuyahoga Valley National Park, that was scuppered to deal with his ignorance. Because he cannot READ THE DIRECTIONS ON THE SCREEN!!! My jaw is still aching from the TMJ flare up that caused me. Of course he said I could have went to the park; but how could I knowing I had to deal with his fucking POS cell phone and his inability to ever learn anything?? Then I get thru the set up screens and called the activation number and it wouldn't work!!! You're on your own, I'm done. Call them on the number in the pamphlet. He goes home, then calls me like 20 minutes later cuz he couldn't find the phone number for the new phone--which was in a text message on the POS. They needed the phone #, so he calls and asks me:

Where's my phone number at?
Where's that?
Where it says messages?
Got it. [click]

Then hours later I was over there and he said it wasn't activated earlier cuz they needed more info--it's some tracfone fuckery, cuz you know going to the ATT store would be too easy. But it was working now. But then, get this, he starts:

They said I could change my [new cell] number.
Okay, but why? It's really easy to remember.
I want it to be my home number.
You want to forward your home number to the cell phone?
No, I want the cell phone to have my home number so when someone calls my house it'll ring at both places.
I'm pretty sure you can't do that. You can forward it though but I'm not teaching you call forwarding.
No, I want my cell to have my home number and have my home number still ring.
For fuck's sake.
They told me I could change my number!
That's totally different than having a cell and landline with the same number.
I don't see why it can't be the same.
They're different kinds of networks for starters.
It makes sense to me.
Of course it does.
Why did they tell me I could change my number?
Cuz you can change your CELL PHONE number!!
I want it to be my home #.
No, it cannot be; but feel free to call the cell phone place and tell them this or whoever you have for your home phone.


Just a pix...

...of my sled.


Land of Misfit Toys Dispatches...

New neighbor reported they saw 2 grown men sit inside a refrigerator box for hours one afternoon. They were not drinking alcohol. They were just sitting in the box facing each other and talking and she found it rather disturbing. My response to this report was to burst out laughing. That didn't really help. I did stop laughing, eventually, and inform them they were in the Land of Misfit Toys and 2 grown men sitting in a refrigerator box was just par for the course around here. I really wish I had seen that!

I think I committed child abuse. Really. Though I'll blame the kids cuz they started it. For almost an hour I helped kids with addition and subtraction. I know, I feel guilty as hell. Math?! I dunno what I was thinking.


May 4th, Kent State

Who Killed Allison? by Barry Levine, her boyfriend, in who's arms she died.


A H3N2 Spring Break

Spring break officially ends tonight. Ah, the grandiose plans I had to do homework, do some spring cleaning, and a couple days out and about. How.dare.I?! I got the absolute worst case of the flu of my life. Starting to cough a bit last Sunday so went and got Robitussin and OJ. Woke up Monday and wanted to die. Seriously. I have never ever ached all over like that before in my life---not even after the bestest mosh pit ever during Ministry at Lollipopooza '93. Plus I had a fever, my head hurt, it was hard to breath, coughing, watering eyes, I felt like I had run a marathon, and I hurt so much I seriously wanted to cry--but that would have HURT MORE.

Definitely don't fear the reaper, and side note, when I babysat around 1982 the people had a reel to reel player and all of BOC's stuff, plus REO Speedwagon, and Zepplin. I still want a reel to reel player.

I finally crawled out of bed Monday, started a bath, let the dogs out, fed them, filled one insulated thermoses with OJ, another with water, took some tylenol and robitussin, to no avail, and didn't die in the tub. Just went back to bed, but had a moment of clarity to send a message to my doctor asking if I could get some Tamiflu and listed my symptoms. Got up Tuesday and she had replied saying she'd sent the RX in and to start it STAT. Eddie got it for me. I swear that stuff saved my ass cuz I started to feel somewhat better in a couple days. I wanted to stave off secondary complications cuz I have a weakened immune system.

Messaging with my doctor Friday, she thinks I got nailed with the H3N2 virus that is widespread in the area, again, right now. How I bypassed it before I don't know but I'm glad about that!! I no longer ache all over but get fatigued very quick, I'm still congested and have chest congestion, my throat is still sore, still coughing, and apparently it'll take another week or so to get over this. I couldn't handle any school work til Thursday and that was just listening to a lecture. That wiped me out.

I MIGHT be able to get all the school work I wanted to get done before class on Tuesday. Have a couple more chapters to read in Legal Research, then have to transcribe that class' notes; then I wanted to start researching for my big legal brief due in that class. On April 17th. Damn you flu from fucking hell!!

I guess AT LEAST it's better, if I HAD to get this and I see no reason WHY I had to, I got it during spring break than a school week cuz I would have had to miss 2 days of classes and I do not like missing class, whether it's excused or not and I know these would have been.

It's suppose to be snowing outside right now, I don't see any. Yet Tuesday is suppose to be almost 70. Alrightie then!

One more prescription, possibly one other--depends if it'll be a difficult to transfer one or not---and I am DONE with Klein's!!! They did their final fuck up and an irrevocable breach of trust. D-O-N-E. I'll stop in Tuesday to get the one RX. Then have Giant Eagle transfer everything else; THEN have everything except my valium switched to mail order and I'll just use Giant Eagle for something written that day, ie: Tamiflu, etc and the aforementioned valium, as they can't send 3 month supplies of that in the mail.

More detail on Klein's fuck up in another post, as this has tired me and it's time to get ready for bed. Been sleeping 10-12 hours straight and usually this would piss me off; but I'm not letting it now, as obviously my body needs to evict the fucking H3N2 flu. I have never ever been this sick with anything and I never EVER want to be this sick again. Just fucking kill me, don't torture me! And that old adage, what doesn't kill me, makes me stronger...um, yeah. Didn't need this fortification though, thanks.

National Puppy Day

When I went to pick a puppeh out of Poliahu's mommy's litter at the foster mom's house. Poli fell asleep in my arms, so um, yeah, she sort of picked me. I got her 3 weeks later.


Panacea's pix online from the rescue that snagged my attention.


What a wee little bugger Poli was!


Pan out with Poli for the 1st time.


Poli's probably thinking 'what IS she doing?' Pan herded her into the raspberry bushes.


Poli looking cute.


Now it's Poli who outruns Pan. But those little ears up in the air! Awwwwwww....


Photographic proof that Pan IS capable of sharing a toy. A stick is a toy to a dog. Pan will rarely share a toy with Poli, and Poli is fine with that. The few moments she gets with the toy she prances around with it "I got the toy I got the toy". Then Pan takes it back.


Straight A Night Goblin

Let's see...schadenfreude first. I'm sick and feel like shit for starters. Had to miss classes yesterday due to feeling so shit like. Then BONUS! The night goblin paid me a visit and carved a rainbow shaped cut on my left cornea. The night goblin is a leprechaun? Decorating for St. Patrick's Day? Just leave a pot of gold please. Had to drop off prescriptions from my regular doctor then go out and see my eye doctor, then get an antibiotic ointment rx filled too. Hard to do diddly when you have one functioning eye. It's like there's no lens in the left side of my glasses. My eyes haven't been particularly dry lately either, so?? Night goblin, definitely the fucking little night goblin.

Haven't read 2 chapters in Labor and need to do that tomorrow, plus listen to the lectures, as I have a learning module due Wednesday. Missed the handout and explanation of an assignment in legal research and writing yesterday; but hopefully can go to the library Sunday to start that, as it was posted online and be close to finishing it. We're learning how to find codes, case law, etc in books instead of just online. That's due Wednesday too. This upcoming Tuesday's class is optional but she'll be in the library to answer questions we might have. I'm sure I'll have questions! Best to go Sunday if I can, as it'll be easier to park closer to the library than Monday. And not as busy.

Got my midterms graded and my midterm class grades. A's on my midterm exams and A's in my classes. Have a perfect score, so far, in Labor and Employment Law.

If your auto insurance keeps jacking up rates every renewal and tries to keep claiming "the cost of doing business in Ohio is increasing" tell 'em to fuck off! HAD Progressive insurance, but they jacked up my renewal $8 a month. Uh, haven't they paid to have a sports field called Progressive Field somewhere?? They have money to burn. I have a clean driving record. Called Huntington, my bank, as they offer insurance as a broker. Gave them my info, they have my car loan, so they had my car details. The guy said he'd call me back in like 30 minutes; but it was only about 2. He said with my driving record they had no problem finding me a cheaper insurance company. It's a 1 year policy, instead of 6 months, and it's even better coverage. AND....it's $15 less a month!! YEAH!!!!!!! Obviously not Progressive. It's a company that doesn't have a sports field named after them, and I don't even think they really advertise--not that I would be in a situation to see ads.

THEY had said we were to get up to 6 inches of snow over last night. So Eddie kindly came over and tossed salt on my back porch roof as I was incapable of that. That precautionary measure definitely prevented the first inch of snow from adhering. We only got 2 inches max. But we might get more soon, and it's going to remain cold, so I wanted to ensure the roof stayed as clear as possible. Damn flat roof!

And now we have fucking daylight savings time to fuck up our sleep. Can we STOP 'falling back'?? Stop playing games with the time thinking it saves energy? It's stupid and annoying and it takes people time to adjust.

I've been watching British real crime shows on youtube the past 2 days. About all I'm capable of doing. I'm NOT a patient patient!!! Will set my PC clock ahead tomorrow during the day, as that's the one I see most often, plus my watch, cuz bugger DST!! Alright, one more British real crime show before I go to bed.

There was more I was gonna post but it'll have to wait.

Getting caught up....

Today would've been Nina Simone's 85th birthday.

Finished my labor learning module this morning, due at 5pm today. Midterm is posted but I don't know if it's a 'one shot' test, so I didn't want to click 'continue' on it this evening. Will wait to do that after I get my learning module graded and go over my notes. I know it's open note/book, but still. It's good to be prepared and to actually KNOW these things. There's a section for my litigation test that I know is going to be 'one shot', so I will be 'prepared' for that one. Such as having transcribed notes up on my pc, be doing midterm on my laptop, have the book and handouts out, and have had overfed the cats, dogs, and hope that Eddie doesn't leave his dogs out barking for a long time. Not to mention having the phone off. Around here though, one never knows what'll happen. Just makes it more challenging!!

Ran errands today as I went to meet with my professor to get a better grasp on the part of briefs where you use a case to interpret a statute for the rule. Took the brief that we had to have done this past Sunday to go over. I understand it better now. My legal writing midterm is still sitting here all printed up though. Figure I'll catch up on everything [fuck you bank card number thief] before I start that. Should be caught up by tomorrow class time. Then midterm fun and joy can begin!!

Had to get a prescription filled, and while that was being done I went to vmac, then I went to the hipster Giant Eagle to see if cheese guy was there, and he was. Got his email addy, as I can't get into an email I once had to retrieve it. Figured I'd do my GE shopping in there but fuck, that store is nuts. It's not set up logically at all. Who would know that tuna fish is in the aisle with Asian food?! Weird. Got a huge thing of Jason brand body wash, citrus scent, for $4 though. Regular $16. Somehow I found the clearance carts, cuz they were on the way to the checkouts probably.

Believe I have enough rations thru midterms. Know the cats do, might have to get a bag of dog food. Will stop at BJ's on way to school tomorrow. Rations for everyone!! Well the critters ALWAYS have rations. Somehow the cats have gotten me to give them 4-5 cans a day instead of 3. Uh??? Windsor and Mortimore lead that endeavor. Windsor silently, then Mortimore yowling. I WILL give them a can if Mortimore yowls, as he's elderly, and will not shut the fuck up. Windsor is just being a dick.

Going to transcribe class notes this evening for legal writing and also litigation. Will start to read the appropriate chapter for litigation. Need to read for legal writing; but for litigation I KNOW we are getting an assignment tomorrow--probably due this Sunday, in the midst of midterms. So I want that read first.

Need to start a couple quick cross stitch projects too. Um yeah. Signed up for a couple reddit gift exchanges. Books, bookmarks, and colors. Making something for colors, and for bookmarks. I could probably look thru my books more quickly if I had them in one spot. I know there's a pattern that suits my purpose in one, but where is that? No idea. Will find. Figured I'd make a couple things, especially the bookmark. I'll get something else to include with the color exchange. Will think of that later though, no wait, got it. Well don't have it, but know what I'll get.

In unsurprising news, for my info on the color exchange, my favorite color is lavender. I have to repaint the window trim this spring. Think I'm gonna get the color made for Prince, instead of mint green. But I'm also thinking of doing pink. I might get little cans of pastel paints and paint every window trim a different color. Then I don't have to make a decision. That's a good decision there. I'll do that. Prince purple, and then in pastel: pink, orange, yellow, blue [like my striped fence], green, and toss in something weird as fuck--like day glo orange--cuz why not??

Now to transcribe my shorthand.

ACK! Midterms!

I think I forgot to mention the thief tipped the bar $100, so that charge ended up being $436. Nice eh?

Still a bit behind in my homework. Finishing answers for my labor class learning module--that's due tomorrow at 5pm. Just have a few more to answer then I'll type them in. I write them out, do it by hand, then type them in and submit it. Easier for me that way. Need to read a chapter for legal writing and litigation each also, THEN I'll be caught up.

Got legal writing midterm this morning online and oh dear Jack Lord. I'm meeting with the professor tomorrow to go over the most recent case brief, as I'm having a slight difficulty in doing the 'rule' section when we have a statute tossed in with the court case and a fact pattern. I can brief a-okay with just a court case. I do alright with a court case and a fact pattern. But toss in a statute? Um, little help please?

So the midterm has TWO statutes and TWO court cases with one fact pattern. ACK ACK ACK!!! That's the entire midterm, worth 35% of our grade. I currently have a 93.3333% in there. I don't want that to go down.

My sample complaint I had to do for litigation, in which I thought I included too much, is going to be used as the class example because I did "...an excellent job!" Did one assignment correctly!! Think we do an answer this week, on top of our midterms. ::headdesk::

Allergies are bugging me today, but I'm getting a kenalog shot March 8, so they'll fuck off then. Plus when it gets cold in a day or two, they'll recede. Today though? Think I'm at level 5 space cadet and now is NOT the time for this tomfoolery. Same with that fuckwit bank card number thief Robert Peters.

Tomorrow I'll get my labor midterm and Thursday I'll get my litigation midterm. ACK! I'll run my errands tomorrow on the way home from Kent after meeting with my professor. Get that out of the way.

Best answer my last couple questions for labor, take my bath, load up my book bag, and head off to the wild blue yonder of Kent State. Well, it's grey out day. And warm. There's also an ice warning out for tomorrow. Cuz it's Ohio and Mother Nature is seriously menopausal. Actually not just Ohio, all over the northeast coast is unseasonably warm today.
...so yesterday I'm at the stop sign at the end of Robinette waiting to make a right on Tallmadge to go to school. It was a little before 3 and traffic was heavy. If a vehicle is within about 30 feet or so, I'm not pulling out in front of them. That's just basic driving common sense, right? Sitting there, waiting for a wider gap, as cars whiz by, the woman of the couple who moved into Wendy's house [with a Carrot Head intermission] was behind me in a SUV. She was able to see the traffic. Sometimes you sit there awhile, especially if you want to turn left.

It wasn't even long enough for ME to start to get annoyed when this ding dong starts honking her horn. Um?? Now, had I hadn't had to go to school I would have loved to have gotten out of the car and asked her if she was back to using drugs and so whacked out she couldn't see the traffic or if the meth just had her so itchy she HAD to keep moving; but alas, I had classes, so she got the finger from inside the car. Another horn honk and she got the finger outside the window and I put the car in reverse. Ah, quiet. Took about another dozen cars before I could make a right too.

Yet gosh, those fucktards made TRAFFIC STUDIES before they made us the 'fuck you' section of Tallmadge and took away our 4 lanes. Fuck their stupid ass probably friend of friend enriching themselves traffic study!

Ah yes, the aforementioned potential drug use. When they--her and her boyfriend--moved in, they made a BIG DEAL telling Eddie and I about their addictions, how long they were off, what about drug dealing around here [so they could shop close to home?], and both Eddie and I said when they went back across the street "Why would you tell strangers that stuff?!" Oh wait, cuz this is the Land of Misfit Toys!!

When I came home from class last night there was a car at the end of Robinette waiting to make a turn either way, unable to see if they had a left turn signal on or not; but they didn't have a right one on. Because the street is so narrow, they had to go before I could turn onto the street. Traffic opened up in both lanes and I'm sitting in the turn lane. Uh, dafuq?? I blast my horn and la ti da, the mother fucker PUT DOWN HIS CELL PHONE and made a left turn! He had been on his fucking phone texting or online or something. You don't sit at a stop sign and fucking do that!!!

I know that car, though can't right now place it; but if I see them driving around while I'm wandering around on foot, I'll make them pull over and then tell them to not fucking play on their phone at a stop sign again. As a public service. I'm nice that way.

Excited for next Friday cuz I'll be taking Mackenzie AND her older sister Dayle to Kent State. As I use to do like 10+ years ago. Though it'll be snowy maybe I can get 'em to reenact this pix. And that is the bell the students rung on May 4th to get people to the protest. Provided it wasn't close to May 4th I always let them ring it. It's LOUD!


Back to trying to figuring out a legal opinion that's all about the definition of the word 'willful' that I have to write a brief on. Then I have another opinion to brief that's about the intentional infliction of emotional distress and I have to apply it to a scenario we were given.

Think I have my school work schedule figured out now, hey 4th week of classes, takes some time. I need to figure out a Mackenzie schedule and probably a Dayle schedule too, either with Mackenzie or alone, so she's not left out. Need to throw a snowball or something over at Celeste's house. No, she'd probably text me "Something hit my house". I'll send a virtual one over.

At the end of the day, I don't think it's difficult to return to the Land of Misfit Toys. "You can check out anytime you like, but you can never leave."

Homework posting break....

....so today I stayed home--no classes on Wednesday, but Wednesdays have become the day I seem to take Mackenzie to where she needs to go. Couldn't happen today as I have too much school work to do. We'll 'run the streets' a bit Friday.

Had to finish a graded 'learning module' for my 100% online labor class that was due today, covering 3 chapters. Would've been done with it a few days ago but got bogged down in other school work and I also applied too much analysis to one question in the module and the word definitions. So much so, I couldn't figure the question out. So I went to see the professor before class yesterday--I have her for my 2 classes at Kent's main campus too. Explained my question and she saw my point, and also said I was analyzing like an attorney. I shan't bore you with legal definitions and analysis.

Anyway, overnight we got about 6" of snow and I saw this morning I had about a 1" ice dam on the back porch roof, cuz y'all know the bitch--ice dam destroys pantry, roof gets replaced--as does pantry, they fail to say ice dams will continue, FUCK THEM! Since I got young grasshopper Mackenzie back to Ohio, I thought it best to deal with it myself instead of paying someone--plus I'll know when I'll show up. If we get another big blast of snow, say during midterms, I might pay someone provided I arrange an EXACT time---3 out of 4 midterms will be take home. Then I'm not half listening for someone. Honestly, at the end of the day, it's usually easier for me to do it. I know exactly what to do, how to do it, I know when I'll be there, and money stays in the bank.

Finished my learning module, started my bath, then bundled up to play 'clear the roof and curse a certain construction company'. Eddie came over at that time with his snow blower to clear the driveway, so I didn't have to shovel, as I was gonna have to do that too. He knew I had school work to do. I know he also likes to be able to 'play' with his snowblower. Had him hold the step ladder I have set up at the other end of the back porch to ensure the down spout is clear. It gets wobbly. I could move the extension ladder against the back porch and move it to the other end, but it's a pain plus I have the ladder set up perfect. So wobbly step ladder it is!

Have worked on laundry, did dishes, and am trying to finish my reading for Family Law--Monday class--tonight and the review questions that were assigned. Have to do a legal case for that class; but I will get to that tomorrow morning. Have to read chapters in Legal Research and in Civil Procedure as there's going to be an assignment in each of those classes given tomorrow. The Civil Procedure one she said is easy and is due Friday, yes, the next day. Legal Research is a legal brief and that is due Sunday. I have a legal brief due on Monday for my labor class, of which I haven't even looked at the case yet. Typical.

Was going to go grocery shopping tomorrow, drop off perishables and then go to school; but think I'll go grocery shopping Friday so I can try to get chapters read tomorrow before class and get that out of the way. I'm going out Friday anyway with Mackenzie, so I can just stop at stores then.

HI Senior Detective Rice!!!!! Spring break is the last week of March, I'd be happy to travel over yonder to see ya!! Yes yes, I'll get to emails! I know you understand. Is it surprising I'm a conscientiousness and studious student? I did not misspell conscientiousness and that is sort of scary. Had to check that spellcheck was working-it is!

Back to Family Law I go. I have to things to say about this class; but that's for another blog entry on another day and um, well, the end of next week looks free, so I'll jot that down in my calendar. Then we go into midterms the last 2 weeks of February and nope. No way no how. Will let Mackenzie know that Friday. Maybe Eddie can pinch hit for me if she has a pressing errand. Yes, I'm the responsible adult in her life. No, no I don't like either of those words: responsible or adult. Combined, together, with me?! Surprised I haven't spontaneously combusted!!

Gimme 3 steps...

Can't you see?

The Marshall Tucker Band opening for....


Got tickets!! WAHOO!!!!!!! Oh I mean, YEEHAW!!!! SKYNYRD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! FREEBIRD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

And yes, yes I am old enough to remember the plane crash.

No Moondog tix cuz WMJI isn't having it this year and they waited til last week to say so. Dinks. Tried to get Elton John tix but they sold out apparently to every scalper in the area it seems. Well fuck that. There was plenty of reasonably priced Skynyrd tickets left, and it's their last tour too. We're not front row--duh--but we're in the front section of the pavilion. SKYNYRD!!!!!!!!!!!

Groundhog Day

Whether or not my finger sees its' shadow, it's still 12 more months of me not giving a fuck.

I got up at 4am Sunday to go get MACKENZIE at the Cleveland Airport. She'd been trying to get back to Ohio for almost a month; but I didn't know that until late Thursday night, as Eddie saw something from her mom on facebook. When I got back from school I messaged Tammy, asked her to have Mackenzie call me. She called me Friday at noon and within hours her plane ticket, ride to airport--amtrak, was all sorted. I got her on a red eye Saturday.

She's probably the only the person in the world I'd do anything for, yes over Edward. I've known her since she was a little kid--an original 'hood kid'. If you've read here for years and years, then you'd remember Tammy, Rob, and their 4 kids living a couple houses down. I love all 4 of their kids, but Mackenzie and I have always seemed to have a special bond. It must be our love of eating cookie dough.

Got her, then we went to go to surprise her sister, brother & Dad, and then her mom. I did indeed leave an apology note and gift card at that wrong address. Her dad's heart got an impromptu stress test! The best though is her sister's boyfriend. Someone is pounding on the door, waking you up, you ask who is it and you get giggling chicks saying "package for Dayle" and then "Oh, okay". We both were losing it in that hallway. Akin to drunken college antics, but more likely sleep deprivation as she'd been traveling for about 24 hours.

Went around today, as I didn't have classes, to try to get her DL switched and residency established. Have to go back to one place Friday because they closed today at noon. Dafuq??

Had my first Monday class this week at Kent's Trumball campus. Took 76 to 5 instead of the turnpike--which I'll only take if it's sleeting or snowing. Rte 5 is one of those roads that really keeps you on your toes. 2 lanes, rural in a lot of areas, so you need to watch for deer, there's no real area to pull over in most spots so if someone crossed the line you're sort of screwed too. Not to mention if it was slippery, you'd end up in a ditch, against a tree, or in a pond. DID go thru Center of the World. A city. Though, what if it IS the center of the world??

Kent Trumball campus has a whopping 4 building. Where I take classes is officially named the "Classroom Building". How much did they pay a think tank to come up with THAT name?? I walked in and I felt like I was walking into a high school. Just needed lockers in the hall. Even the desks were like school. I didn't take my book to class, but apparently I should have. 4 people had this professor before and knew to have their book. I kept looking online for this class, for information, a syllabus, etc and nada. Had they sent out something 'bring your book to class' I could have. 2 other students had theirs on order. Since 3 of us---only 7 in class--didn't have our books we got out early. Massive amount of work for that class that I would've loved to start um, last week? Even reading chapter 1 didn't prepare me for this. Ugh.

Not feeling well AT ALL. Been too much on the go go go. Need to either run a couple errands tomorrow after class, or run them Friday morning when I take Mackenzie on her errands. Then I AM IN for the weekend. Phone off, homework, homework, homework. Will start with Monday's class work, then I'll have 3 days of notes to transcribe for 2 classes, then reading for my other 3. And I'll stay warm and hydrated.

What's up with people dying from the flu?? Dafuq. 100 years after the Spanish Flu epidemic. The flu can fluck off. Think I have cold? Dunno. Might be the flu, thought of seeing the doctor for tamiflu, but it was too late before I thought of that---IF I have the flu. Have to start it within 24-36 hours. KNOW I have a rib cage dysfunction cuz I felt it pop out of place today when I twisted myself to get Minnow out from under an exam room chair at the vet, cuz the tech didn't understand me saying to put Minnow under the towel after he weighed him. He put him on the floor. Under the towel, on the floor, sound the same, right? Nope. Minnow likes to be under a towel and plays hide and go fuck yourself. They even put him under a towel after his dental surgery so he 'wasn't there'. Both Minnow and Melon's mouths are healing very nicely.

Now to watch a short something on youtube before bed. The past month or so I've gotten into watching mountaineering videos. No, I have absolutely no idea. No interest in ever doing such a thing. I think Mt. Everest, at this point, is sort of almost a tourist attraction--though obviously a deadly one. I watch mountaineering videos about climbers on other mountains, legendary climbers, unfathomable situations that some people survive, and I'm watching, transfixed, thinking in the back of my head 'how did I get fascinated with this?' No idea!

Oh, Mackenzie and I went to Luigi's today for lunch and it was AWESOME!! It's amazing what you can get when you don't go to a buffay! Delicious bread---I opened a butter packet and it was EMPTY. Mackenzie said that had to be good luck and I should keep it, so I have that. Whoever opened a thing of butter at a restaurant and got nada? She got a pizza and I got a sub. We both got salad but she got cheese on hers and it was like cheese mountain.

Hmmm....should go somewhere different for lunch Friday, but damn, I could go back there again! Nah, will figure some other place out. Ah, already got it! I think. I'm off to youtube and mountaineering before bed.

Gonna be a good day...

Been up since 4am and yet I think today is gonna be a good day. Hmmm....guess we'll see eh?

Reading, 'riting, rah rah rah

Have a huge list of things to do, but school work first. Have Family Law for the 1st time Monday. Professor hasn't posted anything online but I've read chapter one today which was 48 pages. Submitted my first learning module for Labor & Employment law today--it was due this upcoming Wednesday. Read chapter 2 of Legal Writing and Research and need to read chapter 2 of Litigation. Then have to type up my shorthand lecture notes. Also have to do some Bar Association stuff.

Not to mention reply to comments, emails, etc. And thus ends my 5 minute LJ break!


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