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Shades of Green

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Well, I asked for something to eat
I’m hungry as a hog
So I get brown rice, seaweed
And a dirty hot dog
I’ve got a hole
Where my stomach disappeared
Then you ask why I don’t live here
Honey, I gotta think you’re really weird.

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The microwaved shade of green of my palak paneer doesn’t quite match the shade of green shown on the package, does it. This package was sitting on the grocery store shelf so long waiting for me to come along to rescue it, that the pic just faded, maybe?

What shade of green would you call that gunk in my bowl? “Pond Scum Verdant?”

But it’s seriously quite tasty. So much so, I’m thinking seriously of rescuing those other packages of it back at the grocery store and offering to make a special side dish for our Christmas dinner: spaghetti, with tomato sauce on one half and this on the other half.

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15 December 2008 at 2:10 pm

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Nightstand Nightmare

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nightstand nightmareThe tangle of cords I’ve currently been using. As retrieved from my nightstand this morning. I did not place them on the nightstand that way when I closed up last night. Nor encourage them to behave like this. Like, what exactly does that flash drive string have in mind?

Surely if we could figure out the complex physics of this process, we could probably use it as a lethal weapon to defeat the terrorists.

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14 December 2008 at 10:36 am

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Tritely Obvious Fortune

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Flip sides of wisdom found in my fortune cookies from several nights ago.

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12 December 2008 at 8:09 pm

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Houston Snowbaby

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10 December 2008 at 7:17 pm

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Hot Noglate

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Egg Nog or Hot Chocolate?

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Both, please.

After I’ve been outside cross country skiing through some northern Vermont snow on a moonlit night when the temperature before wind chill, make it rich hot chocolate, with marshmallows.

But even a refrigerator full of gallons of egg nog never lasts too long with me around. Unless Kathy is there to spike it with twenty times the rum that even the wildest office party would venture to spike it with. Hers, I had to disappear into the bathroom for, figuring the toilet would appreciate it better than I.

Have both hot chocolate and egg nog around, and don’t be surprised to catch me mixing them.

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10 December 2008 at 1:01 am

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Permit Me To Introduce

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Minnie and SheebaThat’s Minnie I’m holding, my new HP Mini netbook, putting Sheeba out of work at last.

All the space I need, all the speed I need, all the software I need. And she hasn’t crashed a single time!!

Ain’t she just the cutest little thing?

[Update – Several weeks after this post, Minnie took on her new name, “Jeanette,” as in, “I play it by Jeanette Book.”]

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8 December 2008 at 10:57 pm

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So What’s the Delay?

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I’m within eyesight of the medical office building with about 15 minutes until today’s doc appointment. But what’s this red flag about, and is it going to make me late?

Except the real delay can be inferred from the direction I’m looking: north up Beamer, instead of south. That’s right: I’d thought my appointment was down at my doc’s Webster office. Got there to find an open but very empty office, where one of the only two staffers on hand pointed me back up to my own backyard, where I could have walked to my appointment in the time it took me to drive down to Webster and back. But at least I left myself that much time, so am not yet late here at this roadwork stop.

Which will turn out to hold me up for only a minute more. So that I will arrive at my doc’s local office about 5 minutes before they finish their lunch break. Whereupon they rush me through filling out a simple form on my current meds (info for which I need to touch base with Susan about – I suppose one of these days I ought to learn that for myself), then take my doc’s first afternoon time slot for a very brief spike follow-up consultation. Now there’s something unusual: taking longer to get to the doc’s office than I spend actually in the doc’s office!

As for the spike: everything basically fine, both sides. Leaving me good to go for at least a year, perhaps five. As long as I point myself the right way.

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8 December 2008 at 12:44 pm

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Recharging

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Lining up HAL, elgie, the bluetooth, the zen, my electric shaver and camera batteries for their Sunday morning recharging. Anything I’m forgetting to plug in for its juice? My own head, maybe?

Sync to the zen: NPR Wait Wait podcasts for November 23 and 30, plus the free mp3 song handed out to fans who register with Bob’s website. Camera pic files dumped. Rummaged through my nightstand drawer and computer case, looking for the sync USB cord for my own brain, still can’t find where I put it.

Began puttering around with Google’s new “wiki” tools on its Internet searches.

Cleared more than 150 more messages out of my main e-mail inbox, bringing my backlog down below 500. Am clearing through more of the old pic files, sending some over to online albums, cutting another CD for the offline attic. Reorganizing the work bags carrying current traffic. Once again tidying my nightstand and bathroom sink areas. Might comb my hair.

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7 December 2008 at 10:56 am

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Book Knowledge

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To the minute. Of when my alarm would have awakened me. If this were a work day.

Which maybe it should be. Since what I would be working on if it were, I need to know as well as any actuary would. And then some. I will be asked if I do. By the book. Which is at least as good as was used.

But it’s the weekend. So let’s pretend I know that just as well. And work in some more sleep before we get another start on redecorating the other parts of the surrounding hallways and rooms and yards. Shall we not.

That was a question. I have my reasons for raising it. (And they’re never going to know what hit them.)

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6 December 2008 at 5:11 am

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Nice Price!

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nice priceI’d meant to fill up the Blue Bug‘s tank a week ago, before the Thanksgiving break, but pulled up to our Kroger’s gas pump intending to take advantage of the 9¢ break our grocery card would have given me, only to discover that I’d forgotten my wallet. Then forgot my wallet again this morning, this time realizing my absent-mindedness a mile from the house, so retraced the beginning of my commute, else would have had to break down and pay cash for my gas (not to mention, hope I didn’t get stopped by a policeman asking me to show my license). Then ran the Blue Bug’s tank so low getting into the office today, that I had to get my gas there instead of at Kroger’s. Still, this is by far the best price I’ve seen all year!!

It’s just a good thing the Blue Bug isn’t a member of the American Airlines fleet, or I would have had to pay some of my fuel savings for the privilege of bringing my computer and a second work bag from the office with me. After blaming their consumer-hating luggage fees on sky-rocketing fuel costs when oil rose past $140/barrel this past summer, don’t expect them to see sub-$60 oil as motivation to attempt to win back any of their passengers.

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1 December 2008 at 2:28 pm

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Thanksgiving Eve Dinner

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I know, I don’t have the proper software for merging side-by-side photographs. And I know, I need to learn more about how to take the different pictures themselves, so they’ll merge better.

Still, you get the general idea: we had company over for Thanksgiving Eve dinner. From the far left, where we can see Jenny‘s hand, to Susan‘s arm on the far right, that’s Abbey, her fiancé Josh, Nat, Brandon, and Kelly.

Menu as requested by Jenny: boneless pork chops, mashed potatoes, and mac & cheese. Something to be thankful for already: no veggies! Me, I had too much mac & cheese to join in on dessert of sweet potato pie and pumpkin pie.

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26 November 2008 at 8:08 pm

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Back to Backwashing

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Susan and Nat are cleaning the house like hasn’t been done in ages, so I figure I’ll make myself useful.

Is this the first time I’ve backwashed the pool completely on my own (except for when Susan came out to check the chlorine tablet level, which I would have checked on anyway)? Either I need to write down the instructions (like, how much powder to add at the end, and how to put the pump back in the service mode), which I too easily forget, or else I need to do this myself more often so maybe it sinks in. Susan’s been doing too much of the pool maintenance far too long, I’m ashamed to admit.

Through the remainder of the week, we need to shock the pool, then backwash it again. Which Susan will definitely have to do, or at least supervise, since I’m clueless how to shock a pool. See?

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25 November 2008 at 3:40 pm

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Cat Trap

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After Blue gnaws himself free of the cat trap, it snags Kitty.

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20 November 2008 at 3:21 pm

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Tailgater

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Good chicken fajitas before the UH-Tulsa game at a tailgate party with Nat, other UH cheerleaders, and their guests. Tastes really good, and with me not having eaten anything else today and them having cooked up far more than we could finish off, I’d go back for a second round. But I need to keep reminding myself that anything that goes in tonight comes right back out tomorrow in preparation for Monday’s med procedures. Tailgater today, tailhater tomorrow, one might say.

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15 November 2008 at 5:19 pm

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Kitten Bed

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I had the large kitchen trash bin into the back bathroom to aid cleaning Gertie‘s cage. A task which of course called for Blue and Cuddles to be excused from the room. When the kittens returned, each one took a turn trying out the trash bin lid. Makes a comfy bed, they think.

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12 November 2008 at 4:45 pm

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Kitty Sandwich

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In order from top to bottom are Magellan, Baby, Blue, and Cuddles.

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3 July 2008 at 7:22 pm

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Two Barge Babies

Baby purrs loudly as Magellan gives her a bath.

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1 July 2008 at 10:40 am

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