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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!

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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....

SKYNYRD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



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.

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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!

Ice school concert

So we did NOT get 6-10" of snow, praise Jack Lord for that!! We got about 5" I think. Got my car back around noon. Hadn't taken a bath yet, but was about too. Ran around the corner and got my car first. Then went out to a couple places. Going to Target it started to rain. Leaving Target it was still raining but getting colder rapidly. By the time I got across the street to Giant Eagle it was SLEETING. Parking lot was slippery. Just wanted to grab bananas but ended up with a basket full of stuff, as that's how those things work.

Walking out of Giant Eagle the sleet was coming down harder and it HURT. Car was starting to get ice covered. Drove the actual speed limit home, and even a bit below--I have a penchance for speed, but not with sleet! By the time I crossed Rte. 8 I was going 20 in a 35. When I got to my neighbors to cat sit, as I just pulled in their driveway, the sleet felt like little knives stabbing you. Their steps were ice covered. Everything was getting ice covered quite quickly. I kept my car running, lest it started to ice up more.

We got between 1/4-1/2" of ice in total. Then the snow. Eddie was snowblowerman the next day and finally got to play with his snow blower and was doing everyone's driveway and walkways. We got about 2 more inches yesterday.

I have my reading done for my 2 in-class classes this week and for my online class. Need to listen to the online class' lectures tomorrow and we get an assignment for that class posted tomorrow at 5pm, due next Wednesday at 5pm. Which I'll start probably tomorrow. My Family Law professor hasn't posted anything online, so I am assuming they'll just give out info Monday in class. I'm going to read chapter one prior to class though.

In my 2 classes today we just went over the syllabuses and introductions. Got out early of the second class if we were in the 1st one--same professor.

After Thursday's classes, I'll type up my shorthand notes over the weekend and do the following week's reading. I might do 'fuck all' a lot of times and do have the PhD in procrastination, but I try to stay on top of school work the best I can.

Got tickets to see Steely Dan this summer! YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Blossom pavilion seats. I could listen to this song on repeat for days on end---and I have before!



Doobie Brothers' appear to be the openers. Listen to the music we shall!

SS Tooth Decay ER Announcement

On my way to get Minnow and Melon from the vet today the emergency broadcast system cut in. Never had that happen before. 1/4" of ICE?!?! I hope they finish my car early tomorrow! I gotta go get more lickable treats for the dental patients. Yes, I was driving. It was raining, actually almost 60 today, then down to like 10 tomorrow night! WEEE!!



This is Melon's mouth. Yellow with X's are what they took out. Pink are what were already missing. The lower back X had a deep tract line under it and she has a mass the doctor felt. She got x-rays before surgery to see if it was a tumor or not. The doctor is now very sure it's not a tumor and is just a root abscess. They inserted antibiotics into that tooth hole's crevasse, she got an antibiotic injection, AND she's still on oral antibiotics. She gets 3 days of pain meds too.

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Poor Minnow. He has like 2 little teeth on his lower front center left now. Blue highlight they extracted, green were already gone. The doctor had to take the drill to some of his teeth to get them out. He had some bleeding issues, very minor. They have some kind of packing--a powder--they used before I took them home. He got a pain shot that'll last 2 days. I cannot medicate him in any way, shape, or form.

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I have 10 lickable treats, but will need to get more tomorrow. Did NOT want to stop on the way home with them to get more. Once I got home I didn't want to leave them. Once I get my car back tomorrow, no matter the weather conditions I will go get them more. Just go up to Giant Eagle, as that's closer to Walmart. Will cost more, but closer.

I'm exhausted, and have to get up early to get my car around the corner at 8. Least I can just throw on today's clothes for that! Fingers crossed it's done early!! Yeah, I always hope!! And shall try again tomorrow!



ETA: 1/12 almost 7am

I'm a dingbat and didn't consider going to Vmac BEFORE dropping my car off! DUH!!!!!!!!! Gonna finish this cup of coffee, throw on yesterday's clothes, let the dogs out real quick, and away I shall go, then drop my car off around the corner.

Melon's pain pill did NOT dissolve as easily as they said it would. Then when I went to get it out of the syringe--they said put it in a syringe, run it under hot water [I did for 20 minutes] then fill with warm water, and it'd be dissolved, Melon got just water!---the pill went down the sink! FFFFFFUUUUUCCCCCCKKKKKK. When I get back from VMAC/car drop off I'll take another pill and put it in a bowl and REALLY let it dissolve and mash it up really good. Think it's more important she get pain meds today and tomorrow at least.

Gosh, I hope I don't stand out at Vmac being unbathed and in yesterday's clothes.

Back to school I go!!

All system are go, so I'll post it now: I'm going back to school!! Getting my Post-Baccalaureate Paralegal Certificate at Kent State. Like I'd go to any other school?

Classes start this upcoming Tuesday. I'm taking 12 hours. 6 at Kent campus, 3 at Kent's Trumball campus, and one online class. Why Kent Trumball campus? Basically because I didn't want to take Estate and Probate Law and was more interested in Family Law which was only offered at the Trumball campus this semester. That class is just once a week, so the 2 hour [round trip] drive won't be that bad.

Aside from the aforementioned Family Law, I'm taking: Legal Writing and Research; Principles and Practice of Litigation; and Labor and Employment Law.

Wonderfully, a state agency is paying for my tuition, parking pass, and my books!! Isn't that fantastic?!

YEAH!!! I'm excited to start school!!

Too many stops, Wendy's burnt

I've been places today. Lots of places.

Valium Dr. in Garfield Hts at 9:40am
Stow Vmac
Krieger's
Klein's
Dollar General
Stopped at mechanics to check that I can still get my car worked on Friday--yes, they saved me a spot
Drop off at home of perishables
Goodwill
Giant Eagle
Bank
BJ's
HOME

Got perishables and pertinent things out of car, rest can wait til tomorrow cuz the driveway is an ice rink; but tomorrow is suppose to be 60. Running the streets wasn't done though.

Took Minnow and Melon to spend the night at the vet so they can get dental surgery tomorrow. They were put in a big cage together for the night, of course tomorrow they'll have to be separated after surgery. The surgery release forms now have a 'do not resuscitate' thing you have to decide about. Uh??

Oh, let me call Eddie and see what he checked when Hades got fixed. He said he didn't get that. Well, they told me they've been doing that for at least the last 6 months. No, they didn't ask him, he didn't have that. Uh huh. So, he didn't pay attention. I'm sooooooooo not shocked!!

Tomorrow before I pick up Minnow and Melon--they are siblings, spawn of Skittles [I didn't name Skittles, she was Tammy's cat. I did name Minnow and Melon.]--I'm gonna stop at Klein's and pick up my filled Valium RX, then go to Home Depot, before I pick up the kitties.

When I got off Rte. 8 at Graham Road to go to Stow VMAC after the Dr. this morning, I saw a fire department pick up truck. I thought they were at the Speedway maybe testing pumps or something. Then I saw yellow tape. Then I saw Wendy's. WHAT.THE.FUCK.?! More pix from where I snagged this one. No cause of fire known yet.

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One automatically 'thinks' a grease fire, but that place is totaled. How/why could that spread that fast?? At least no one was injured. Eddie suspects McDonald's across the street hired someone. He also suggested maybe Taco Bell around the corner. He obviously was joking. I agree with his theories.

I didn't want to go to so many places today but THEY are saying we might get up to a foot of snow Friday overnight, after up to a 1/4" of ice. I had planned to go out and about this weekend, but oh hell no!! I have things to do inside and shall work on them tomorrow to keep me busy til my two [well Skittles' technically, but I've been their acting 'mom' since they've been 2 months old and Skittles wants nothing to do with any other kitty, so she stays in here, puter room].

Friday I just have to take my car around the corner at 8am. If it's raining, it won't be sleet then, so that's fine to walk home in. It's suppose to start sleeting mid-afternoon Friday. I already alerted Eddie if that is the case I'll have him drive me around the corner to get my car. Not walking down there in sleet! Oh hell no!!

Totally exhausted. Hope my ice rink driveway melts early tomorrow so I can clean out my car, and also haul stuff out of my house up to the street cuz I'm having a large pick up Tuesday. It'll probably get buried in the snow!! Too bad, still happening. If need be, I'll put a marker of some kind on top 'stuff to throw out BELOW'.

Lots to do tomorrow, cuz I've done fuck all for too many days--I do that really well! :D Have JT on call in case we DO get that much snow cuz I sure ain't clearing the back porch roof of snow!! Also have things to do. I'll make another post for that! :D

In birthdays today...

....Panacea turned 10!!! Didn't go out and give her 10 treats cuz it's cold as fuck out. She got a new squeaky ball though for inside, and both got filled bones. Pan got the bigger one, since it's her birthday in addition to Christmas.

Poliahu will be 9 next month. Damn. Where does the time go?

Christmas Wrappings...

....as many in the comments of this video say, it's not really Christmas til they see this fan made video of the Waitresses song. I concur totally with that.

For Senior Detective Rice...

...special dedication. She'll get it.

First day of winter...

This song is 51 years old. How is that possible? Nah, must be Kent State math or something. Released in '66 though.

This and that...

...busy stitching, well obviously not right now, done for the night as I'm tired and that's when you're apt to make errors. Had to rework a portion of the pattern I made before I started stitching that area today.

Had a doctor appointment today. My doctor told me, while we were discussing something, "You're becoming more profound with age." We both sort of found that frightening and slightly bemusing. Mostly frightening.

Picked up my glasses from VMAC after the doctor. Got a pair with my newest RX---just got left lens replaced in them; as the ones I'm wearing are my old RX from like 4 years ago and my left eye changed a bit. Also got bifocals, which I've never had before, but I'm sick and fucking tired of lifting my glasses up, or taking them off, to see well close up as I have 20/20 vision close up. Plus, prescription sunglasses and FUCK YES!!! It was sooooooooooo fucking awesome to drive home on the highway with SUNGLASSES!!!! Prescription sunglasses are expensive too!! I need to love these, not squeeze them, and name them George. Though they have a 1 year guarantee no matter the circumstance of the disaster. Still though, I don't want to have to use that. Sunglasses actually, now that I think of it, cost more than that other 2 combined. Fucking worth it!!! Totally fucking worth it!! Suppose to start the bifocals in the morning since I had been up so long by the time I got there today. Okie doke.

Needed to stop at a Giant Eagle but Melon is ill and I didn't want to be out longer than necessary so I went to the one by Montrose VMAC and damn is that a weird one. All the carts are outside, then they don't have standing freezers--like with doors you open; the freezers are waist high and open. So you have to sort of wander around all these open freezer aisles looking for what you want. Thought of going down about a mile to the jewish Giant Eagle in Fairlawn but wanted to get home to Melon and the Montrose one is close to the highway. Why call it the jewish one? Cuz they sell a lot of jewish food items, as they are catering to the neighborhood. Good marketing on Giant Eagle's part. The Marc's around the corner from that Giant Eagle sells a lot of jewish food too. Sort of like the Save A Lot up the street here is the mexican Save A Lot, as spanish the predominate language and there's a lot of mexican food. I noticed the Montrose GE had Vegan/Vegetarian stuff marked really clearly, which the Howe Ave GE--one I go to usually---doesn't do. That would be a 'Montrose' neighborhood thing. Pay attention to how a store is slightly different in different cities/areas. Or not. I'm just observant and can't turn that off.

Melon went to the vet yesterday as her virus, which they can't do anything about, turned into an upper respiratory infection. Poor girl has a right nostril snot faucet and no appetite. She got an antibiotic injection, and IV fluids. Lungs sounded clear, so it's all upper. Not much appetite today, though she did slowly finish a 'lickable treat' pouch when I got home with a huge selection of them. At bedtime I'm gonna run one under warm water to maybe make it more appetizing for her. Windsor was being a good friend and hung out with her next to the bathroom register on her fleece blanket but his back is covered in her snot. No good deed goes unpunished. Or something.

Someone should be here tomorrow to clear off my back porch roof cuz I am DONE doing that shit. I did it the other day when we just had like 3" of snow, since then we've gotten at least 6" more. I got totally frozen and almost fell off the step ladder next to the gutter downspout several times. Then there's the 16' extension ladder against the porch I have to climb to clear off snow then toss on calcium chloride on the roof then into the gutters. It's fucking ridiculous and I no longer buy nor accept the theory that heat from the pantry makes the snow melt on the roof above and cause an ice dam because the pantry is ICE COLD. I have blankets in front of the pantry door and had a bag of potatoes on a shelf in front of the pantry door in the kitchen and the ones up against that door FROZE. Ice dams were forming above the back porch too, and that rules out 'warmth from below' as there is none. So no. Fuck you J Russell. Double fuck you for not telling me ice dams would continue to form and instead making a big deal, and big charge, about adding an ice dam guard to the roof when it was rebuilt.

Obviously J Russell is not coming out tomorrow. I want the place coming out tomorrow to clear it and then make arrangements with them to come out and clear it whenever we get like 4"+ of snow. Like a snow plow service, but for my roof. And then in the spring figure out how to prevent this shit! I still think it goes back to gutters. Most houses around here have flat back porch roofs, so that's not an anomaly for my house. Maybe I need to research how back gutters were placed on a 1926 bungalow style house. Yeah, thinkering while blogging, think I will try to find something out along those lines. There has to be books or something. Will add to my 'to do' list.

Big cross stitch project is 67% finished, then need to do medium project---by I'd say Wednesday next week. HAHA! Also have one mission I must complete for something I'll announce when all things are in place; then one other thing to do to get something else done. THEN I need to work in 3 rooms of my house. Kitchen, bedroom, and in here. Have a timeline too, cuz of what I'm not saying right now, though if you know me I will tell me. Just contact me however you usually do.

Got one of those ninja auto IQ systems. Think I'll try the pad thai recipe first, that sounds really good. And I got magnet bracelets. Maybe it IS a placebo affect, but magnets help me. Now if I could get a MRI every couple months that would be fanfuckingtastic. I seriously wanna volunteer to be a MRI test subject for training MRI techs. I'd need no compensation at all! I uh, really enjoy MRIs. They alleviate pain, anxiety, and make me feel 'well'. No, I'm not wired right. Magnets worked for a grandmother and great-aunt, might be hereditary? Like no grey hair yet? A great-aunt never had grey hair and no, she didn't dye it.

Alright, not that much this and that cuz my mind is wandering. Subscribed to the New Yorker and got my first issue today in the mail, so I'm gonna read that til bedtime.

Magical Mystery Tours

Oh the camera is next to me yet looks like it weighs a ton so I can't get the memory card out at the moment. Besides I'd have to move from my comfy contorted position. Stitch free evening as I got my right arm aching yesterday cross stitching on perforated paper. The worst part of it is having to pull the floss all the way through--that's what killed my arm, whereas if you're stitching on fabric, it's all scrunched up and you don't have to pull the floss as far. Perforated paper you cannot scrunch. Easy to stitch on though. Two other worst parts of stitching on perforated paper: 1. keeping the back neat and 2. cutting out what you stitched. Haven't got that far to cut out yet. Worked a bit on my big project today and will get back to perforated paper once that, a small project, and a medium project are done.

Soooooo lots of magical mystery tours. My google map stalker is disappointing me cuz they aren't listing everywhere I've been and I've been places man. Before I go thru my magical mystery tours, I got Pan a new outdoor squeaky ball last week, that I'll be bringing in probably tomorrow as I think a heavy frost would kill it--and I'm also gonna try to find her a red squeaky ball, as that has the heft and grippage that makes it great for outdoor fetch. I ordered her one on amazon but they sent me a 6" one when the description said it was 4", she tried and tried and DID pick it up but it was difficult and she couldn't make it squeak. Amazon refunded my money and said I didn't have to send it back, so I took it over for Hammie. I'll look in a couple stores for the red ball of obsession and if that fails I found a properly described one on amazon.

If you want to see what Poli is really like, skip to like the 5 minute mark where I put the camera on the table and you see her be a jumping bean, which is her usual self. She also had mild Picasso face that day. Some days it's worse. I'll get to that below somewhere.



First magical mystery tour was Wednesday. 7 stops. First was BJ's. Then next door to Giant Eagle to get gift cards, cuz they had double points towards cents off gas with gift card purchases. Slight kerfluffle with my bank card. Said denied. WHAT?! Tried again. Denied again. DAFUQ?! You know every cashier has heard "there's money there!" I try it as a debit, and it went thru. Uh, dafuq?! Get to the car and call them. Well security put a hold on my account cuz I had spent so much at BJ's and it wasn't my normal shopping pattern. And yet did security call me? Email me? NO! Did I not have the money in my account? Yes. So??? They removed the hold. I get cash back if I use it as a credit, not as a debit, so obviously I prefer to use it as that.

That cleared up I went across the street to Target. Was looking to see if they had a Grinch ornament as they usually do. They didn't have any in stock and their Christmas area was a disaster. Got a few things there, then proceeded up to Hudson to go to JoAnn Fabrics. I was in there an hour and a half. Thought it would be totally nuts and crowded in there but nope! VERY nice!! Also while in there I got a phone call about my flaming hoop act and was told the absolute correct information, no contortions, no flaming hoops, just one more form. One I had never heard of before.

Back down Route 8 to Stow VMAC, Krieger's--where I went in for 5 things on my list and came out with 4 grocery bags full, no idea how that happened!! Then to Pet Supplies Plus where they had a $5 off a $30 purchase and I got a thrilling purchase!! A dog poop scooper that is tall enough I don't have to bend or stoop at all. Probably helps that I'm short. [Side note, used it today and it was great!! Nature's Miracle Jumbo one].

Thursday I went back out for another magical mystery tour. My first stop was to do the required form and nope, not saying a word yet about that--if you know me personally I of course will tell you, email me, call/text, DM, etc. Then I went to the Stow Target to see if they had a Grinch ornament and YES!! they did! Only one left. Hit up Goodwill next. It was suppose to rain, THEY said afternoon. Well, 12:01 it started to pour! Technically after noon.

Left Goodwill--lots of blankets for the critters and I got an awesome sweatshirt--and my driver side windshield wiper is jiggling. Cuz OF COURSE IT IS. So I go to Autozone. Ask if that's the wiper or arm. Oh it's the wiper. Now, I'm the queen of driver side windshield wiper fuck ups, having obviously highly offended the driver side windshield wiper god in a previously life; but I have NEVER had this problem before. It was still wiping fine. But I get a new wiper. The guy puts it on in the pouring rain. BREAKS MY OLD ONE IN HALF---before I could say I was going to keep it---then tells me to try my wipers. Still jiggling. Oh that's your arm that'll need tightening or replaced. And you fucking broke my old wiper, and said it WAS the wiper and now you do this shit? Just to get a sale? You don't think I see your name tag and know how to contact cooperate dickweed? [Side note: I've no doubt I'd need a new wiper this winter, and I could understand if they didn't know if it wasn't the wiper or arm; but he said it was the wiper. Fucking prick. Yes, I sent cooperate a pithy email.]

Left there annoyed, then continued my last 2 stops of the day. Dollar Tree and then Dollar General. By the time I got up here, having had to change my socks as my feet had got soaked by stepping in a puddle, it had stopped raining for the day. Eyeroll.

Friday, back out again. Oh wait, land of misfit toy side note but I have to get a pix off my camera and oh fuck it, that can wait. Panacea had an appointment for her vaccines. Discussed Poliahu's facial drooping and that's just the nerve damage with the facial paralysis. What the doctor doesn't understand though is why her facial drooping is so cyclic. One day her face is at her 'new normal', as her left side does has facial paralysis that you can see; but then the next she's a Picasso face as her left side around her eye is drooping so much. Then the next day--or even later the same day---it'll be back to her 'new normal'. For now, we're attributing that to the fact she's my dog. Cuz if a cat or dog is gonna have something weird, odds are they reside [or resided, RIP] here.

Brought Pan home then ran some more errands. Back to dollar general for a couple things I forgot, then klein's, and giant eagle. Thanks to all the gift card points I had I filled my gas tank for $4.56. Then the post office to get stamps. So I pick out some neat looking stamps. The guy behind the counter asks if my hands are warm. Uh, no. He puts them between his hands and they change! Most awesome stamps ever!!!. No, no it doesn't take much. Came home and I've been HOME since then.

Back out tomorrow and I need to make a list with a direct route of where I'm stopping in what order. Have a meeting and I want to do that last, so I need to figure out my stops, time, etc. I'm also finally getting bifocals since I'll be out that way tomorrow. Hopefully VMAC has some decent $9 frames. If they have some decent cheap sunglasses frames I'll get a pair of RX [non-bifocal] glasses. Since I can't wear contacts anymore :( and have to remain nerd girl from beyond forever more it seems.

Plan on hitting up Pet Supplies Plus to see if they have that red ball [Eddie got it there or VMAC, as Pan has Hammie's hand me down squeakerless red nerf dog ball]; Dollar General; Kleins and shit, I can't go there first if they have my prolia ready cuz that has to be refrigerated. Just realized that. Maybe I'll ask them to hold on to it. My doctor appointment is next week anyway. I hate those shots, hurt like fucking hell and burn for days afterwards. Dollar Tree; and I think I'll be good. Of course obviously VMAC. Glasses and then over to pets to look for the red ball of power.

And I have no clue why LJ has made blog fonts smaller, just noticed that. I'm gonna see if there's a setting or something I can fiddle with.
No, no I haven't posted my 2 blimp pix and of course accompanying commentary. Things have been, um, weird? That's 'normal', right, so weirder? I'm pretty drained today so no blimps this evening. I mean, the typing, plus my camera is like 6" from me and I have to pick it up, take out the memory card, go thru pix, and gosh that's just EFFORT. Effort and energy has drained away and been replaced with inertia.

I could vent about my two diametrically opposed phone calls today but that would reveal somethings I don't wish to at the moment. Only when things are set up will I do so and heads up trolly ann, you're gonna be PISSED! Today's calls, for now, deviated from at 9am-ish me having to do gymnastics thru flaming hoops. Then when I called back around 3pm to ask about proper contortionism, hold on, no, I'm seeing you don't have to do a flaming hoop act. Wait, what? That's great, but what? Hold on. There's a comment in the system, you're all set. If you have to do gymnastics we'll send you an email but it doesn't look like it. Wow, thanks. Until I get confirmation that things are 'clear' [without any Scientology magic] I guess I should start limbering up, to be prepared.

Pix I have access to from my phone, are my hooligans.

Panacea at the vet for an ear infection. Totally healed now.

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Poliahu also at the vet, different trip, for her vaccines and an eye issue. She's such a total wiggle butt it's hard to get a pic of her so this was a great opportunity. Her eye issue, the eye in the shadow, is related to her facial paralysis. It appears her eye isn't closing all the way at night, so she wakes up with her left eye being all squinty but after a couple hours it's back to it's new 'normal'. Her left side of her face is slightly droopy but her eye looks smaller. She can blink with it, but it's not shutting fully over night. So we struggle with ointment at bedtime. She does NOT like it, so we struggle until Pan gets fed up waiting for bedtime treats and helps corrals her in while I'm trying to hold her still.

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I had a concern about her possibly having vertigo after our vet trip but thankfully she did not. YEAH!!! Don't want her walking like a drunk again, that was just pathetic, though she kept happily wagging her tail.

No cross stitching was done today and fffffuuuuuuuuuucccccccccccckkkkkkkkkkk cuz I'm a procrastinator extraordinaire I'm maybe? 1/2 way thru a bigger sized project I wanna give as a christmas gift, then I have, I think, 5 other things to make. Which, of course, I haven't start yet. But hey! One required a pattern and I've made that!! The bigger sized project required me to make the pattern too. I do this to myself. I dunno why.

I'm too tired and drained to stitch anything tonight. Maybe I'll dig out some other floss colors I need. That sounds semi-productive and I might be able to handle that, before it's time to crawl into bed.

Tomorrow when I get up I'm gonna try to conquer part of my email inbox. Did I just jinx it? Hope not. Have to be able to start making daily plans and not having things bugger 'em up. Life happens, of course, but damn, does it happen a lot around here. What should I expect from the Land of Misfit Toys? If I owe you an email you can always phone or text me--not fond of texting but I will a bit, also think I have skype have to check. Of course I dunno who has my latest phone # cuz gosh I had one # for 16 years, now I've had 3 or 4 since then. Ridiculous.

Yeah! I procrastinated hitting 'post' cuz I got occupied in another tab and I found my floss except one color. I can get ready for bed soon. I shall try again tomorrow.

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