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December 24th, 2008

Merry Christmas

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The sun is shining on the 1/2" or so of snow that we got last night. I expect to head for Mom's within the hour. 160 miles, 3 hours or so -- in good weather. I've been checking the MoDot travel map and have seen the roads go from covered to partially covered.

Wishing you all a Merry Christmas.

December 12th, 2008

Happy #3

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Sunshine and blue sky. I was off today and it was nice to be out and about in the sunshine.

December 11th, 2008

Happy #2

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At this time of year, I'm reminded once again how happy I am that my realtor insisted I needed a garage when I was house-hunting (in my 4 week old car) A garage in the basement means the car is always warm on these cold mornings.

December 9th, 2008

Happy #1

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From kalimeg
1. Post about something that made you happy today even if it's just a small thing and even if it's just a one line post.

2. Do this everyday for a week without fail.

3. Tag 8 of your friends to do the same.
Ignoring #3 because I don't have enough friends on LJ to do it without tagging half the folks kalimeg tagged

After spending several days debating the difference between happy and thankful and grateful (I'm practiced at straining at gnats, thank you), tonight I'm all three that I made it through the parking lot without falling and home with no incident. It's a short drive for me, and most of the folks on post seem to have left right on time tonight. Significantly less traffic than I normally see at 5:30. We don't have nearly as much snow as points south and east of here (and I'm thankful for that, too) but there are slick spots where the early moisture froze.

November 21st, 2008

Fifth sentence

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From the meme going around (at least three times in my friends list this morning)
Grab the book nearest you. Right now.
Turn to page 56.
Find the fifth sentence.
Post that sentence along with these instructions on your LJ.
Don't dig for your favorite book, the coolest, the most intellectual. Use the CLOSEST

"Heat oil in a large skillet"

So the closest book to the laptop is a staff cookbook from when I was at the Univ. of Mo - Columbia library. It's from a recipe for Fried Bananas.

May 23rd, 2008

Labelling boxes

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Someplace, I have a ziploc bag containing my convention stuff - a pair of scissors, a variety of Sharpie Markers, a KaCSFFS badge holder and other odds and ends I've found useful to have with me at cons. I have no idea which box it's in. I know I took it to Germany with me and I'm sure it came back, but who knows when I'll discover it.

Today, in the midst of packing for ConQuesT, I decided it might be in a box that I've been walking around for months. It's labelled Hall Decoration. I opened the box and saw -- a bed pillow and a fullsize sheet. I then unwrapped: a lamp base; a wall clock; a letter holder and an IKEA storage box with winter scarves in it. Some of these pieces were in the hall, and I suppose that decoration is as good as misc, but still.... Oh, and because nothing is in the box I hope it is (ask for my rant about being unable to find half my summer clothes in any of the boxes labelled clothes), I still have no idea where my convention stuff bag is. :-)

Now back to loading the car for ConQuesT

March 3rd, 2008

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Just read in the KC Star that Time Warner is moving BBC America out of the Standard tier into the Digital Tier. I am unhappy. How can I get my Dr. Who and Torchwood fix if I don't have BBC America? I don't know why they couldn't move one of those silly shopping channels up to the digital tier instead. Grumble, grumble, grumble.

March 2nd, 2008

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I have a nice new shiny kitchen faucet* on my much older stainless steel sink. I knew there was some sort of leak, but it was only in the last week, when I realized that water was seeping out around the base of the faucet even after I turned it off that I knew it needed to be fixed NOW. I had the old faucet installed after I bought the house, so it's probably been about 10 years, and I could see rust at the edge of the base plate. There were also several places on the spout where the finish was corroded off (so much for the lifetime warranty on that one)

My handyman came over this afternoon to install the faucet (the advantage of a part-time handyman with a day job) and we made interesting discoveries. I thought it was strange that there wasn't water leaking under the sink if it was leaking on top, but someone had rolled up a small paper bag and wedged it up under the sink to soak up any leaks. They'd also rigged something that meant water was sitting between the faucet and the deck of the sink. Good thing the sink is stainless steel or I might have been replacing the sink now, too. I would have paid to have the faucet repaired or replaced, if the renters had only told my property manager there was a problem. (grumble, grumble)

I also got my bedroom doorknob replaced with a nice handle instead of a knob. The renters had put a keyed doorknob on that door, but they didn't leave a key when they left. It took me a while to notice the change, but then I knew I'd have to get it replaced before I managed to lock myself out of the room. (No, I've never done it before, but the other interior doors are all privacy locks)

*American Standard single handle chrome finish with a separate sprayer

February 29th, 2008

Green from the ground

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There are little bits of green sticking up in one of the flowerbeds in front of the house. I'm pretty sure they're tulips, although it's anyone's guess if there'll be flowers, or just leaves this year. But even leaves mean that spring is on its way, honest!

The other flowerbed has some kind of bulb foliage coming up, but I'm not sure what. It's dark colored, and there are some small bulbs lying on the surface. Seems too close to the edge of the bed for me to have planted tulips there. I did plant some fritillaries in that bed one year, but I don't remember what the foliage is supposed to look like. Guess I'll find out eventually.

Now I start finding out what survived three years of being abandoned.

November 24th, 2007

Home at Last?

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I am in the house. Actually, I've been in the house since the 14th, when the stuff from Germany was delivered and filled the main floor. The stuff in storage was delivered on the 19th and filled the basement (not as cruel as it sounds, since I have a walk-out basement) Many, many boxes to unpack, whenever I find the energy. I finally set up the PC and my DSL on the 20th, and left for Thanksgiving at Mom's (3 hour drive) on the 21st. Got back late Friday afternoon, hoping to get some stuff done today, but it hasn't happened. I'm just feeling worn out. I spent the morning mostly sleeping in the recliner with HGTV on the TV.

I'm not really surprised. This is my normal reaction to long periods of extended stress. When I finally relax, I just collapse for a couple of days (or months, at this time of year) Not a good thing with a Christmas letter to write and mail and a friend coming into town a week from tomorrow, but for today at least, I think collapse is pretty much all I'm up to. :-)
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