My 2nd great aunt Amy

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My 2nd great aunt Amy
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It oddly fits



Heh, spikesgirl58 hint

Evil laugh
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These are pretty spot on

Twitter thread fer ya - tis awesomesauce

Trump administration matched with their Bond Villian counterparts

Star Trek Seven's Icon is irrelevant
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Making progress on the clean-a-thon

Instead of Spring Cleaning I have...uh...Late Autumn Cleaning going on. I now have deeeep clean area rugs in the living room. Feels darned good. I did 2/3 of the big one that covers most of the room and then I had to empty the water bin and clean out a crap-ton of gunk out of the various bits and bobs. Unfortunately when I put stuff back together, I didn't have much suction at all and was getting frustrated. I fussed with the bits and found out that I didn't have one of them back on just perfectly and that's what was causing the issue. Well, when you go for the cheaper model, you have to learn to roll with the punches.

I also slaughtered an entire hoard of rogue dustbunnies that were camped out under the entertainment unit. Ew. With cats, boy does hair and dust and bits of kitty litter get errrrrrywhere, doesn't it? I vacuumed but didn't deep clean the bedroom since the rug in there is new (yes, it has been barf-christened on once and quite spectacuraly so but I also had scrubbed like a maniac to clean that up so I could sleep decently that night)

I felt safe enough that it was going to keep functioning to also take the big box that the new cleaner came in out to the recycle dumpster along with a few other recycles. Since my place is pretty dinky, big boxes get in the way and while yes, kitties luuuve boxes, since JonJon had already tried to eat the styrofoam once, the box had ta go. There's a lot of little clutter around which has been bugging me so I'll have to methodically tackle it this week. Thanksgiving isn't going to be at my place but I'd like it to be nice for the extended weekend next week so I can just chill and enjoy it. Oh! I didn't mention that Emily invited me to have Thanksgiving with her and her parents down the street. Her sister and the nieces and nephew are going off to have turkey day in Virginia with others so it'll be the four of us. I haven't had Thanksgiving with anyone besides my two little furbutts in years so I'm very happy to have been invited and I'll get to make some goodies to share.

Anyhoo, the kitties didn't seem too traumatized by the whole cleaning kerfuffle so that's good. JonJon is currently trying to negotiate for a really early dinner right now. Yeahhhhh, not, bud. I gave you treats.



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Junie stare
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Vacation, smacation

I'm chipping away at the always-growing pile at work and will be taking a half vacation day this afternoon and a full one tomorrow. Alas, being me, I'm not exactly going to be frittering away the time eating bonbons (not that I should be eating bonbons but I digress). I'll be heading over to Target when I leave to pick up the small carpet cleaner I had been putting off ordering. Miss JuneBug yet again decorated the area rug (and the couch cushion, the bottom of the wood coffee table, several magazines, some paperwork and pretty much destroyed a pair of slippers with kitty barf). I'm not too worried about her, I think it was a situation where she ate more than her tiny body could hold. I'll tell ya, though, that wee little thing seems to be auditioning for the cat version of The Exorcist.

So I'll be spending this afternoon deep cleaning at least one large area rug and if it dries in a decent timeframe, another one. Early tomorrow morning I'll be schlepping over to the laundromat with the towels, bedding, etc. (and the stained couch cushion cover) that don't get done with the regular laundry. Probably more rug cleaning and possibly some moving around of furniture, and I'll try to squeeze in a haircut.

I guess since I can't really afford to travel and I'm not a fan of it anyway, at least I'll soon have a clean apartment to hang out in.


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HP Ginny is SHOCKED
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The Blue Wave

I stayed up a bit later than I would post-time change last night since the curiosity over the NJ Governor's race got the best of me. They seemed to call it for Murphy really early so I was dubious but I was glad to see this morning that he has actually won.

To be honest, I wasn't all that opposed to Christie's former Atty General Guadagno until she took attack ads to a shitty level by trying to equate Murphy's support for Sanctuary Cities/State to him thinking it's ok for violent criminals to come to/live in the US without consequence. If you can't run a campaign without resorting to tactics that shitty, then you're not likely to be a good leader. Granted, yes, Murphy did plenty of comparisons to her being Christie 2.0 but considering her stances on things are pretty much in line with Christie's, that's not as egregious of a negative ad. That and I didn't want Planned Parenthood to be cut any more than it already is and she supported doing that.

Anyhoo, sleepy at work today so I'm going to have to put on some energetic music and take some laps or something to stay awake. It doesn't help that JonJon was a needy pain in the ASS this morning. Kind of like this little dude except much bigger in size




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Powerpuff Dine
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We're nutty about our research

One of the times my job is cool. I get to hear first hand about stuff like this:

Rutgers researcher bringing new crop to N.J. (and joy to Nutella lovers everywhere)


I'd heard a few years ago about the meeting with the Ferrero Rocher folks with Bossman and it's great to see that things are moving along nicely. Bossman is Tom Molnar's co-Project Director on the hazelnut project they have with our department. They'd better make sure to note this deal in the impact statement for his research this year. If he doesn't, I'll email him to ask if I can edit it in before submitting it to USDA. By the by, these hazelnuts are smaller but they taste excellent.

Typing "Ferrero Rocher" always makes me giggle, though. When I was working at the Verizon call center over 15 years ago, I remember this woman with a strong hick accent yammering on about how she loved..and I am not exaggerating her speech "them thar FERRAHH ROACH-ERS." It took me a few beats to figure out what she was saying and it was hard not to giggle.

In non-work news, I'm having Thanksgiving this year with Emily and her parents down the street from me. I'm looking very forward to it since it's been several years since I've had Thanksgiving with anyone. That and I'll get to cook stuff to share which I'm excited about.


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The Aerial Macks
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One of my favorite authors

Copied from Sarah Addison Allen's FB - a cute short story.

Though well deserved, Heather resented her culinary reputation. She overcooked pasta, her casseroles were under salted, and her cookies were always black on the bottom. She was the one who, when asked to bring something for book club, was instructed to "buy something store-bought, like cake." But for their next book club meeting, held at her apartment, she was going to change all that. She didn't sleep at all the night before, making perfectly shaped, crustless sandwiches: dill and cucumber, salmon with cream cheese, and chicken salad. The scones she baked were blueberry and cranberry with orange, and she followed the recipe to the letter. Her smoke alarm didn't even go off. Her cream puffs were hastily bought frozen at 3 a.m. from the all-night market (who knew choux pastry was so hard to make?) but she wasn't going to tell anyone that.

She was feeling quite smug when her friends arrived with vegetables and dip and box-made brownies, even though she'd told them not to bring anything.

They sat at her table, curious and slightly skeptical, each with a mismatched plate in front of them. At the last minute, Heather had purchased the plates from a pretty stack at the charity shop, because they'd looked magical and Pinterest-y. However, as soon as her friends started to eat, strange things began to happen. Rebecca, who was eating off the Blue Willow plate, was suddenly sporting rather attractive blue hair. Dakota, who was eating off the Lady Carlyle pattern, started speaking with an English accent. Emily, eating off the Desert Rose plate, disappeared completely, and reappeared minutes later with a flower behind her ear, looking well and thoroughly kissed. They all turned to Heather, who had yet to eat anything off her Fire King Alice plate.

"Go on," Dakota said in her English accent. "See what happens!"

It was by far the best book club meeting they'd ever had. And it had nothing whatsoever to do with food.
Or even books, for that matter.

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Some Sundays I post a short, short story about a photo. Feel free to continue the tale in the comments!
Photo from Style Me Pretty



Back to real life. Need to get changed so I can go over and help with the meet and greet registration for the work conference and lug the grab bags in that Julie was so wonderful to help me put together. The banquet is tonight and the even more nerve-wracking stuff (including my own session and the USDA webconference part) starts tomorrow. I'm not as worried about my ability to get my stuff right as others who have been frustrating through this ordeal. I did my best not to do what I usually do which is to take charge. Because y'know, even when I do, even when everything runs much more smoothly because I'm an overpreparer, I still get the responsibility without getting the thanks or the credit. Not to be a downer, that's just what happens.

Breathing in and out and off to get changed.

Domo Happy Bear and Bunny
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Two, count 'em TWO fabulous birthdays today!

This one's for threecee and a_phoenixdragon today! How about some off-color humor, eh? ;)

JC and the Gang!

My 2nd great aunt Amy
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It's still out there!

Emily and I popped by Wine Chateau since we're going to hang out tomorrow. She wanted to find a bottle or so of soju since she's into trying that. I was looking for wimpy girly wine since that's how I roll. I got a rose in a can to try since it looked amusing. I'm also going to try a sake that's about as girly as you can get in a pink bottle

Anyhoo, look at what else they sell - too funny!

Canei? Yes you can!

Riunite so nice!

Consequently, no, we didn't get either. Gotta have SOME standards lol

Also, Emily wants to do a marathon watching of the next season of Stranger Things when it comes out later this month. I think we should do 80s drinks - maybe beers. Have any favorites?

Junie and Bunny
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Kittygirl update

JuneBug's lungs and heart sound ok to the vet. Her intestines sound gurgly but considering she has IBS issues (that are improving over the last few months), that's not surprising. He had thought about running blood tests "just in case" but since she just had those a few months ago and there was nothing there, I didn't think there would be anything out of the ordinary this time either.

His thought about the fainting is that it may have been a random vagus nerve issue from the retching she was trying to do just before along with being somewhat anxious because Emily had just arrived. So for now, it's a "wait and see" and if she faints again, we should get an echo to make sure she has no heart issues.

He didn't recommend getting her yearly shots just yet until there's no issues for a while so today was one expensive mani-pedi. lol
Oh she did lose some weight but I didn't worry about that because last time she seemed oddly heavy and today she was back down to what she'd been for a long while.

As long as she seems ok for a couple more hours and there aren't any kitty spats (that darned "vet smell"), I'll go get a haircut this afternoon back to my short pixie. 

Jello TERROR
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Um...that would be a hard no

pb and mayo.jpg
Who the heck thought ANY of this was a good idea? Was there some sort of phenomenon back in the 60s and 70s where people's taste buds and gag reflex weren't working?
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My 2nd great aunt Amy
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Nail on the head right there


Dim Sum
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It's all about the veggies!

Allrighty, to stir things up, if anyone's game, starting this coming Sunday August 13, we will be doing a Vegetarian-for-a-Week challenge. You can go full vegan if you'd like but it's not required. So if you can't part with that cream in your coffee or those eggs for breakfast, you can have those.

Weigh in if you'd like to play along. Also, if you're on Facebook and would like to join a small group called Part time vegetarians and vegans who love them — feel free to join in there too!


Amelie kiss
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Happy happy birthday, Spikes!

Hopefully this cute e-card works!

kitty no no
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Tell me I don't need any of this

Petco now has a Pusheen collection! OH NOES!

I have to remember that my favorite thing lately is brown crinkly paper. But it's all sooo cuuuuuuute!



My 2nd great aunt Amy
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TGIF - I'm tired.

Made it through three "simple" regular work days and I feel like I've been run over by a truck. Halfway through the day my back starts to knot in multiple places - though mostly mid back and I get a headache from the effort to make it through the rest of the day. Hopefully this starts to ease up soon. Going to try to get a good night's sleep tonight (kitty willing)

I'm pretty sure I have a PT appointment Monday afternoon but I keep wondering if it's a week from then. I can't get into the patient portal so I'll have to call on Monday and double check.

That's all I've got about now. Hugs and stuff.
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My 2nd great aunt Amy
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Lumbering back to the land of the living

I was able to be upright long enough to drive the few blocks to RiteAid for meds. Yesterday I opted to try Uber to get to the doc and home. This round she is insisting I do PT once I am more mobile. I will try not to be too afraid that the exercises will put the back out again.

Been trying to keep up on post reading -sorry for not interacting more. Typing lying on your back is a challenge.

I was happy to finally make dinner (spicy kani salad) and eat sitting at the table. I cut up some huge bananas to make ice cream tomorrow and also need to venture out for cat supplies. I hope to work at least a half day on Monday.

Thanks for the thoughts all, I truly do appreciate the vibes.
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Hugs in a Box
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Wishes for a peaceful day

Happy Birthday ladyblue56

My 2nd great aunt Amy
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Spring cleaning

This is for no particular reason except for the fact that I'm one of those weirdos that has to have a clean inbox and gets an uncontrollable urge now and then to go on clutter clearing sprees.

There's a lot of folks on my f-list that have long since abandoned LJ for one reason or another or that I know doesn't lurk without posting/commenting. So I'm going to go through and if they've not been around for years, I'm going to remove them from my list. Nothing malicious or anything like that, just housekeeping. It's too bad that you can't remove these dormant accounts from "following" mine since I want it cleeeeean, but can only do what I can do.

I'm guessing it may send some people emails that might inspire them to come back and say "hey, what gives?" which if that's the case, if there's an intent to be around LJ again, all the better!

Junie and Bunny
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Happy Mothers Day

Pet parents count too!

For fun and to post on the Weekly Food Challenge group on DW (join if you'd like - my friend Jennie is lovely), I made a spin on a traditional eggs benedict. Trader Joe's pastrami-style smoked salmon subbed for the ham, added some sauteed scallion and spinach, used a biscuit instead of the crumpets I had intended since they were no good and added a smidge of dill to the blender hollandaise I made. Tasty and boy am I full

My 2nd great aunt Amy
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Sweet kittens

I posted a livestream video some time ago here about a feral giving birth. Sadly her kitties didn't make it past a few days since the mom was so malnourished but another feral from the same colony gave birth a little over a day later and her babies are frisky and adorable (the video on the previous post has the updated livestream)

The sweetest thing was posted today. Two of the kittens from the second feral went on a "field trip" today to start getting socialized with other kitties and this lovely video came out of it

Star Trek A night at the Treksbury
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No such luck!

I didn't have a gameplan or list when I went to Wegmans this morning and so I ended up with things like smoked salmon, smoked whitefish (which I've never bought at the grocery but I have tried), fresh and roasted vegetables and since there was a fabulous display, a box of mediterranean matzo (I mean who doesn't love crackers with olive oil, onion, garlic and herbs, right?).

I was in the checkout line and the older couple behind me was putting their selection of all foods Kosher on the belt. I spied them giving me an approving look...until I put the sushi with the shrimp and the package of deli ham on the belt.

I managed not to giggle.

Kitty Chinese food
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Bebe ginger kitties

Last night on FB, Dodo posted a livestream of a rescue (former feral) kitty giving birth. They now are livestreaming mama and babies

Awwww!

There's a naming contest but in the live chat, folks seem to have agreed on an egg theme. SO many options. Florentine, Benedict, Ranchero, Faberge, Shakshuka, Meringue...
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Kitty Chinese food
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Here's another thing that needs to come back

Especially discouraged with absentee boss ignoring me for months yet praising others for their work (of which their work couldn't have gotten done without my significant yet completely unrecognized contribution). So I'm trying very hard to think about nice things.

Here's another thing I miss - fondue. I love that all the kids love it in the video

It's kind of lost on me at the moment since I don't get company at home but I remember enjoying it with the family years ago. We had two electric pots, one for cheese and one with broth or oil for cooking meat. When we wanted to do chocolate, we generally just melted it on the stove and dipped strawberries or angel food cake in it

Kitty checking out bird
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Random stuff I like that's hard to find:

Maple-frosted donuts with or without nuts on top. No one seems to make maple flavor anymore

Baby tears plants. I had one as a kid in a pink pot. I ordered some mini mint seeds that I hope will look similar (and also repel ants)

Houses with stained glass panels and glass doorknobs. If only I could win that lottery...

Rotary phones. Yeah, touch-tone is better but there was always something satisfying about dialing the old kind of phone

Drive in theaters. Where else can you bring a massive bag of your own popcorn and cans of Fanta?

Add to the list - or even repost it in a community (let me know which one so I can see lol)
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kitty no no
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And put it down the street from the place that stopped carrying my litter...

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Sushi
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More Food Porn

The Hello Fresh salmon and bok choi with garlic and ginger on top of soy rice with a wasabi lime mayo drizzle

It was easier to cook both filets at the same time so with the leftover one, I mixed the cooled filet with the rest of the wasabi lime mayo and put it on top of the leftover cooled rice and put it in the fridge. Before I put it in my lunch bag, I'll put some matchstick carrots and sliced avocado on top for a yummy sushi bowl.

I don't want any of the food I ordered to go to waste so tomorrow night I need to make meatballs with the ground beef and ricotta they sent last Friday. The last of the boxes arrives tomorrow so Saturday will bring shrimp and grits. Even if I'd intended to keep up with these food delivery services, I got wayyyy too ambitious about how much I wanted to cook.

My 2nd great aunt Amy
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Hoping for a trifecta

I feel like I should have a white board that says "We have gone X days with no kitty barfs." Currently it stands at two in a row and I'm hoping that today makes three. I don't normally have such a problem with this so it distresses me when it suddenly happens more often. I think that it's helping JonJon to have his bowl elevated on a thick book so higher bowl, here we come. He's a rather tall kitty dude so it's likely he has the same issue that dogs have when they lean down to eat.

I'm also crossing my fingers that the goat milk I've been adding to the kitty food is actually what is showing some improvement with JuneBug's problem with the opposite end of things and it's not just dumb luck for a day. I just got a letter about the fabulous new plans for my pet insurance which naturally means they've suddenly made things more expensive. *sigh* Do I need the insurance anymore? Well I'm just betting if I cancel the policy, something will happen.

Other stuffity stuff: Last night I went out to grab a cocktail with Emily (lookit me being all fancy and growded up) and proved yet again that I've become a lightweight. One fancy pants regular sized (but admittedly STRONG) martini and I'm all googly-eyed. The kitties seemed quite confused at their mommy's casual attitude when she was dropped back off at home.

I cancelled the HelloFresh because I didn't like that they were using a rinky dink local delivery service that had BAD yelp reviews. I did get my order - on the wrong porch than they were instructed, naturally. I also didn't like how the food was packaged. It was safe enough for now but there's NO way it would be if the weather were much warmer. I have one more box from Home Chef that'll come Friday since I didn't get that cancelled in time to avoid the last order and so I'll have one more weekend of not needing to pick up much at the grocery before I'll have to go back to my own meal plans. It was an ok experiment and I did pick up some new ideas - and learned how to cook tofu decently enough - so it was worth it for the kick start. Considering that I need to purge the damned spring ants, it's going to be frustrating for the next week to cook at all since I get so squicked out during this time. My stupid kitchen is CLEAN and everything is kept well packaged so I don't know why I tend to have this problem wherever I live. Maybe I just notice the little bastards more than other people?

I would love to have this Platform 9 3/4 thing on my wall but I don't need it. Just like I'm sure you don't need this pennant, eh spikesgirl58?

Finally, thumb, stop twitching. That's annoying.

Oh, finally finally, don't know if I mentioned. If you were wondering about my default icon, that's my 2nd Great Auntie Amy Olive Horton who was a performer overseas during WWI. She was also a sassypants according to an old yearbook. 

Kitty Chinese food
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Yeah, the little girl nomming the heck out of the pho is me as a kid

Kids Try Vietnamese Food


They created a whole channel when the videos became popular - the old ones are on WatchCut Video

My 2nd great aunt Amy
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Root beer is what grosses folks out? Really?

Who woulda thunk that root beer of all things is the exotic, strange thing that people wonder why Americans like it

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