Tuesday, October 25, 2016

the photo challenge

the other day was "chocolate".  I was thinking of all the ways I could go about it but the only chocolate I had in the kitchen was syrup and cocoa powder.  Then I thought about Psycho and the tour at Universal in CA.  When the tram takes everyone past the Psycho house, they inform you that chocolate syrup was used for blood in the movie.  That was the path I decided to take.  I'd do black and white with a knife and syrup.

I put some newspaper and parchment paper down on the dining table and got a few shots.

I was actually happy with this one.  I think there's something about the lighting.

I didn't really care for this one but considered it for a minute.
Then I decided those just looked more "crime scene" and if I was using Psycho as the inspiration, it really needed to be done in the bathtub.  This is what I came up with.

Speaking of messes, we started working on Eric's room over the weekend.  We patched a hole in the wall and now I'm trying to find the right color to paint.  I'm in a bit of a dilemma though.  The room needs carpet so do I find carpet and then get paint to coordinate?  Or do I ignore the carpet and get the paint to match everything else?  And how do I stay neutral without going back to the colors we have now but lean more towards grey without the room looking way too drab?  I should be able to figure this out.  I mean I didn't take that interior design class way back for nothing.  Oh well, I guess it's back to the Pinterest board.  Until that decision's made, I guess I can continue to take posters, guitars and skateboards off the walls.  Now I just need some motivation to get moving.  I don't see that happening anytime soon.  I think I'll go for a walk instead.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

i was being spied

on this morning by an intrusive reptile.

Speaking of which, I watched some of the Presidential debate last night.  I wasn't watching it by choice.  Cosme was watching it and I was right there.  This whole election and the nastiness it's brought out in people on social media is disappointing.  It's all really too much for someone like me to put up with, someone who although totally passive aggressive, likes to keep her mouth shut.  I expect it from the candidates, that's what they do.  I don't expect it from people on fb.  I mean, when you connect with someone on fb, it's friending.  Being a friend involves being nice and somewhat respectful.

You know what I think is pretty funny?  I'll tell you anyway.  As teenagers and young adults it seems like, just from what I've experienced, everyone was all "stick it to the man" with anarchy symbols everywhere.  It's sad that now a lot of these people are the same ones buying into all the BS they're being fed from the media and its politicians, like they lost having a mind of their own.  I'm not saying a lack of government would in any way be a good thing.  Trust me, I understood we would one day have to grow up and get with the program.  I'm just saying how crazy it is to grow from anti-establishment to so (I don't even know how to word it), so... I believe and trust everything the man tells me because they are the government and do no wrong.  Do I like being an American?  Definitely.  Do I trust the people running this country?  Definitely not.  But guess what.  That's the awesomeness of being an American, having my own opinion.  I'm not going to sit here and trash one candidate because I'm not in the mood to be one of those people... right now.  "Here, let me preach about how horrific bullying is and everyone is equal... but I'm going to harass you and call you names because being a bully isn't that bad and I only meant we're all equal if you have my same beliefs."  That's all I'm going to say because I'm tired of it.

I'm tired of it all.  I'm tired of people.  I'm tired of their opinions.  I'm tired of all the BS.  I'm disappointed and disgusted.  They say your true colors come out when you drink.  That statement needs to be amended: Your true colors come out during a presidential election year.  And besides, what happened to way back when you weren't supposed to talk about who you were voting for?  I guess that went right out the window with so many other things.

I'm stopping here.  I feel like I could sit here and rant for the rest of the day.  I've already had one Coke.  I predict another before the day's over. 

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

i gave in and called

the vet for a new prescription for Strat.  He had to go back last Monday to get retested after his first round of antibiotic.  There was a tiny bit of infection left in his system, small enough to where after another round of antibiotic, he won't need to get tested again.  Either that or he's just a jerk and they're tired of putting up with him.  Anyway, after his appointment last Monday, they called on Wednesday and gave me the results.  Knowing how difficult it is to give him pills, they offered to order a gel antibiotic that can just be rubbed into the tips of his ears.  That gave me the option of either picking up pills on Thursday (without having a dose since Sunday) or I could order the gel on Thursday and have it shipped.  Since I didn't want him to go any longer than necessary without medication, I went for the pills.  Fast forward to Sunday.  He bit me pretty bad.

Once the bleeding slowed down, I grabbed my Thieves instead of peroxide and Neosporin.  I've been using it daily and trying to keep a band aid on just to keep it covered.  I've also been wearing gloves quite a bit just to keep from washing the oil off.

The last straw wasn't the bite though.  The last straw was yesterday when I went to refill the water dish and saw a full pill on the floor.  I picked it up and planned to give it to him as soon as I finished with the water.  When I turned around and was walking to put the water back, I saw another full pill.  That did it.  I can't handle a cat with a bladder infection who can't get better because he won't swallow his pills.  In the meantime, he's locked in the bedroom because I don't want any symptoms or retaliation showing up in other parts of the house... if you know what I mean.

I called the gel in, which is actually cheaper than the pills per dose.  Well, the vet calls the gel in and I call the pet pharmacy to pay and have it shipped. Where the gel gets you is the shipping.  The gel is about $14 while the shipping is $15 for it to be here on Thursday.  I called the pharmacy's phone number, with their Houston area code.  I asked if this was something I could pick up, they said yes and that's what I'm doing this afternoon.  I'm saving $15 and getting it a day early and I won't have to sit around the house waiting to sign for it.  Oh, I'll also stop at a store or two when passing through Pearland.  See how it all works out?

I was catching up on some dvr this morning and this scene from The Middle had me laughing.  The easiest way for me to get it here was record it on my phone and then get it from YouTube, trust me, it was the easiest way.  So, it's not like it's a top quality video but it's the content.

This has been Strat and me for the last few weeks.

The pharmacy said his prescription would be ready at 12:00.  I can't wait.

Monday, October 17, 2016

i made those

Halloween cupcakes I had talked about.  Well, the vanilla looked like Halloween cupcakes.  The chocolate looked like Sesame Street cupcakes.

I wanted to try a different frosting tip to make the creature look hairy.  I'd already decided to go with purple because I'd seen the eyeballs on it and I thought they looked good together.  The chocolate cupcakes had a plain vanilla buttercream frosting... with eyeballs.

Halloween cupcakes, the Sesame Street edition

Some with smaller eyes and after with bigger, bloodshot eyes

I tried using black frosting to add a mouth, like maybe the monster was screaming or scaring someone.  It didn't help.  It just made it look more like a muppet.

The vanilla cupcakes had almond buttercream and those could pass for Halloween cupcakes.

Halloween cupcakes, the Psycho edition

I didn't think to try the red gel before adding so much to the cupcakes.  I didn't care for it.

I took some up to Eric and left some here for us.  I've been working on making them disappear.

I didn't make a special trip to drop off cupcakes and bread though.  I was headed to a Capture Crawl with Houston Center for Photography on Saturday morning.  It was a walking tour of The Heights.  Go ahead and ask me how many pictures I took.  Two.  I took TWO pictures.  I didn't plan on only taking two pictures.  (And by the way, I haven't even bothered looking at them.)  It was a tour pointing out the different types of architecture through Houston Heights.  Forget about the fact that as a kid I would sit around with pencils, paper and a ruler and design houses for fun but this house tour was also basically a history tour.  So yeah, I didn't get any pictures because I was too caught up in the story and our history lesson.  So I pretty much failed at the Capture Crawl but the tidbits of info I picked up balanced it out.  I kind of feel like I could use a redo though, maybe one that isn't so interesting.

I guess I should find a way to get motivated before I fail at Monday too.

Friday, October 14, 2016

i've been busy in the

kitchen the past couple of days.  There was a breast cancer awareness shopping event in West Columbia yesterday.  My aunt asked if I would make some pink sweeties for her store so I made those along with some pink covered pretzels.

It worked out perfectly.  I bought some cake boxes that ended up being too small for my 9' cakes for the bazaar but the were great for holding approximately six dozen sweeties.  They were also the perfect size for holding a batch of pretzels.

Yesterday I baked a couple of loaves of bread (at Eric's request) and today I'll make some Halloween cupcakes.  Tomorrow I have a Capture Crawl in Eric's neighborhood so I'll just drop all that off before I get started.  Now I need to find something good for storing cupcakes since his half will be sent in the carrier.

In the world of animals, Strat is on another 2 weeks of antibiotics.  I tried breaking the dose up into wet food yesterday.  He didn't fall for it so it looks like I'm stuck cramming pills down him for the next couple of weeks.  The vet also wants me to start giving him pills for bladder support.  I think we'll wait until he's done with the antibiotic.  Not only is three pills hard enough so why make it four but think about how easy the one pill will be after suffering through three.

I ordered a few Christmas presents the other day.  One was delivered the day before yesterday and two were scheduled to be delivered yesterday but then I got this notice on my tracking stuff.

I'm not terribly irritated since it'll still be here before Christmas and I didn't really need it last night but now I'm curious.  What happened at 4:02 to add three days onto my delivery?  That sounds a little serious.  At first it didn't change the delivery date so I figured the UPS truck must have broken down and there would be a delay.  When they changed the delivery date, that got me wondering.  I mean really, I have Amazon Prime so this was all fast shipping but now the delivery time is double?  That means everything is probably having to be resent.  I pictured a UPS truck on fire on the side of a highway, I pictured a scene that could have come out of Castaway, I wondered if the truck was hijacked and what thieves would do when they came across my package (if you knew what it was you'd wonder too)... I'm SO curious to know.  I'm pretty sure though, once again, that the real details aren't near as exciting as what's going on in my head...  lucky for that delivery guy.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

yesterday was a crazy

day.  It started off with Strat having to be at the vet at 7:45.  After dropping him off I went to Walmart to pick up a few things for Eric, like Nyquil, Dayquil, Vicks Vapor Rub, soup, Lysol and all that kind of stuff.  After Walmart I drove it all up to Eric.  While there, he asked me to go get some popsicles.  I left him medicated and fed and then I headed back home to eat lunch, do laundry, make dinner and wait for the call to get Strat.  I did all that and once I got Strat home, I had to give him a bath because of an accident he had in his crate.  Oh, then I had the pleasure of giving him is meds.  After that was done I finally had time to take a shower and then I was able to clean the kitchen.  After that I went to bed.

Once in bed I did get online and order a few Christmas presents.  I also looked for a couple of things to wear on a weekend trip we're planning to Mexico.  Here's one of the things I came across.

I'll pass, thanks.  Or, maybe I should pick it up for the next time I travel to 1976...

Speaking of time travel, there's a new series I started dvr-ing on NBC called Timeless.  It's about a few people who are sent on a mission and have to do some time traveling to catch a bad guy who stole a time machine... or is the government the bad guy and they're sending the crew to stop a good guy?  The first episode was okay, I was going to watch the second one today but the previews for episodes to come look like it could get interesting.  They aren't supposed to let any facts change and their first mission was back to 1937 with the Hindenburg.  The next episode involves Abraham Lincoln.  We'll see.

Another show I've started recording is Westworld on HBO.  I'm only about 10 minutes in on the first episode but it looks like it could be really good.  The previews make me think it's like Total Recall and maybe a little bit of The Matrix but set in the wild west.  We'll see on this one too.

So I recorded those shows on Sunday but we did actually sit down and watch the Cowboys play. 

Strat wanted to hold feet.  He also says they should not mess up what they have going on with Dak Prescott by sticking Tony Romo back in once he's healed.

I tried a new recipe with the sliders I made on Sunday.  We really liked it and I'll make it again but probably not with burgers.  It's potato wedges and I figured "okay, we'll have it like french fries" but it's really a little too much to go along with burgers.  Or maybe they're perfect but I should stop at one...

They are really good though and that recipe is HERE.  For the two of us though, I only used one large potato instead of the three or four the recipe calls for.

Now I'm going to go make some Halloween treats.  No, these aren't for trick-or-treaters.  I've just spent too much time on Pinterest and in the Halloween aisles and now I need treats.  I guess I'll take one for the team and eat them myself.  Don't worry, I'll share all my wins and fails here.  I'd even share a treat if it were possible.

Friday, October 7, 2016

it was a little cool

this morning so I decided to take advantage of it.  I went for a walk all by myself, no dogs invited.  I was going to walk the basic mile of one time around the loop but to avoid human interaction, I had to detour and went a different route.  This sucks because about halfway through the walk it felt like something was pulling in my leg and I really wanted to get back to the house.  All my detour did was add time and steps onto that walk.  I know it's good for me and all that, blah, blah, blah, but I was over it.  And guess what happens on a cool day's walk.  You still get sweaty.

I was so happy to make it home and sprawl out on the cold tile.

I felt like one of the animals.  Then I took a shower and felt human again, a human who's ready for lunch.

Next up on the to do list?  Chicken salad and chips... and a Coke.

Thursday, October 6, 2016

i can say one thing about all

that baking I did, other than the fact it made me eat way too much, it put me in the mood to cook.  Yes, we were back in the eating out habit but I think that was mainly because we were so busy.  Since I've done all that baking though, I've found myself planning more meals to cook instead of calling in for take out.  As for groceries, I like shopping for certain things at Aldi just because they're cheaper.  Today I decided I'd drive to the one in Alvin since we're running low on eggs.  I almost went to the one in Pearland to stop by another store as well (Sprouts) but I wanted to hurry because I'd baked two chicken breasts for chicken salad before I left.  There are several things I like better about Aldi in Alvin than Pearland but one of the things I don't like better is the drive.  Instead of a 30 minute drive down 288, I made the little bit shorter drive down 35.  That road is just not safe.  It's small, one lane for each direction and there are always wrecks.  I say it all the time and I'll say it again because I believe it's a valuable tidbit that my great grandfather said when I was a kid and I don't think enough people do it but...  Driving down a highway like that, if you keep to the white line on the right, it leaves so much more space between you and the car in the other lane.  I think it's one of those things like using the left lane to pass that people just refuse to do.  I was behind a guy on the way to Alvin and there was a dump truck in front of him.  This guy kept trying to pass but couldn't.  The dump truck finally slowed down with his right blinker on and this guy started to pass him ON THE SHOULDER.  Luckily for him he caught on before he spent the rest of his evening at the hospital.  Also lucky for him that I didn't have to give a statement because I would have let anyone know how erratic his driving had been up to that point.  Anyway, I made it to Aldi and came back home down 35 with an SUV tailing me the entire way.  There was also a car in front of me so passing wasn't really an option.  Once we got close to Angleton, the road was down to one lane so I turned right to bypass the town... so did he.  As my lane was merging into his, he started to speed up to cut me off but it didn't work.  We traveled down the road until my left turn came.  I turned my blinker on, slowed down and as I made my turn, the guy had the nerve to HONK AT ME.  Now, I pretty much keep my language family friendly but if there's not a crowd and my road rage strikes (which strikes pretty hard), I will flip somebody off.  So that's what he got.  Of course the whole way home I thought about what I should have done instead but it was too late.  He was gone and managed to get me worked up.  I made it home and unloaded my groceries and started to make my chicken salad.  You know what is good at clearing your head?  Cutting and chopping.  So I did.

There's something about it that I like.  It can be calming.  It helped so I kept on and made my chicken salad.

And that, folks, has been my day so far.

And how about those blog changes?  I don't know if I'm totally satisfied but of all the new colors and designs I've looked at so far, this has been my favorite.  I could pay a few dollars and get a different one but I'm way to indecisive to make that bold of a move.  For now I'll keep what's up until I come across something different that suits whatever my mood is at the time. 

Now I'm just hoping I can stay motivated to get a few things done before the afternoon lazies hit.  That's been happening lately.  Yesterday it hit at 2:45.  I'm hoping for at least 6:00 today.  Wish me luck.

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

we figured something

out last night.  Maggie doesn't really get her attitude with Cosme around.  We also figured out this must be the hierarchy in their eyes:

(With Maggie and myself rotating, depending on her mood.)  I don't get that.  I'm sweet but I'm stern as well.

While we're here, the hierarchy in the cats' eyes:

Servants (aka every other living body)

Speaking of the animals, I went ahead and told Eric about Archer.  I sent him a picture too.  This is what is going on with his forehead.

All this picture needs is some Sarah McLachlan playing in the background.

I let Archer have some alone time yesterday.  Maggie was out playing and he hung back and sat around in the cage for a while.  I think he appreciated that.

And as for the latest on Strat, he's still taking his 2 1/4 pills a day.  I did find a way to make it easier on me though.  Instead of giving it to him all at once, I space it out.  It's not like he forgets what's coming but it's just not as messy and a little less of a struggle.

Here's what happens after one of our struggles

He drools and drools and drools and drools... It's not pleasant for either of us.  He keeps trying to spit pills out and I keep retrieving nasty smelling wet pills and sticking them back down his throat.  Really, it's not fun.  Oh, another thing, he won't hesitate to snap at me.

If I can get other unflattering pictures of the animals today with TMI, I'll be sure and post those tomorrow.  Let's hope it doesn't come to that.

I've been back on my raspberry tea kick from Sonic.  I started thinking about how much cheaper it'd be if I just made my own pitcher of raspberry tea.  I pulled out the iced tea maker and my box of raspberry tea and got busy.  Let's see, the directions said for one quart of tea I'd use six tea bags.  My machine makes three quarts so that 18 tea bags.

Eighteen tea bags.  Okay.  I had 12 but had already prepped my machine for three quarts.  Oh well, it would either be disgusting or just weak.  After brewing and cooling I've come to the conclusion that I'll probably just stick with Sonic's happy hour.  I did find a jug of raspberry tea at Kroger but it's sweetened and I like the unsweetened tea 98% of the time.  Like I said, happy hour at Sonic.

Now I've got to go take the garbage out.  I forgot I put the wrapper from a package of chicken in there.  Yuck.  Still TMI?

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

i think we might have

a situation brewing with the dogs.  It all started a month or so ago, I guess.  I think I already mentioned it but I've always fed the dogs out of one dish.  Maggie has always stepped back and let Archer eat first.  All of a sudden she's had a change of heart.  I've had to get onto her a few times now for practically attacking Archer when he goes to eat before she's ready for him to.  Now it's come down to her being really possessive of me.  While she eats first, I try to stand off to the other end of the patio to pet him.  As soon as she sees it, she comes to me and he walks off.  She sticks around for a few seconds to make sure he's not coming back and then she goes back to the food.  Repeat.  Unlike if there was a cat behavioral problem, I will call in a dog trainer if this keeps up.  I just don't know what's gotten into her.  It's almost like she's bipolar.  When they've had their spats over the food, she forgets about it almost immediately.  Archer, on the other hand, needs his space after she acts out.  It's not like they're fighting, it's just her.  I don't know.  This morning I took them on their separate walks and spent a little extra time with Archer, petting, scratching and hugging.  I can say it here because I know Eric doesn't visit and read anything I write but this morning before I let them out of their cage, I noticed Archer had three or four spots on his forehead where hair was missing.  My first thought was that it was from Maggie but there's no irritation or redness that seems like her nails would leave.  I just don't know.  Where's the dog whisperer when I need one?

I picked up my non-bifocal glasses today.  I figure I can go ahead and say the B word since it doesn't apply to me...yet.  I like them and these Eyezen lenses work.

I stuck with black frames but instead of solid, I went back to my usual tortoise shell.  The whole process was weird.  Normally I go back and forth between a few pairs, texting pics and stressing over the decision.  This time I walked over to the frames, saw these, tried them on, held onto these while trying on a couple of others and then told the girl I wanted these.  What normally is about 30 minutes of me trying to make up my mind took no more than 5. 

I took a picture the other day while all the baking was going on.  I'll let you guess what almost happened.

That could have been a nasty experience.  I had the lid off the vanilla before I decided to look down - and that was only because I was wondering why the lid to my Coke felt so weird.

I was going to take the time and go get a pedicure today but that walk with the dogs ended with a blister so now my afternoon is free.  I guess I'll take advantage of it and start on dinner or laundry... or dvr.

Monday, October 3, 2016

the bazaar was

yesterday.  That means we're done selling raffle tickets.  That also means we're exhausted.  We spent most of our day at the KC hall yesterday.  Compared to some of the jobs other people had, ours was somewhat easy for the actual event.  We really only had to decorate our table and endure a little bit of chaos while people were turning their tickets in.  We had a chance to walk around and check out everything else going on in our down time.  We each offered to help out a little in the other departments too.  Cosme donated some flight time for the auction, which went for over $1000.  I offered to bake something for the cake walk, which has always been one of my favorite events... go figure.  So, yeah, I finally got around to baking the official cake I delivered.  (Remember my test run from last week?)  Anyway, I baked a three-layered vanilla with almond buttercream.  I decided I'd make cream cheese coffee cakes too.  It's also one of those things I don't make too often so every time I make it, I cross my fingers that it'll turn out okay.  The recipe makes four cakes so I always keep one for us to sample.  I started my dough the night before and put it in the refrigerator overnight, just like the recipe says and just like I've always done.  Saturday afternoon I pulled the dough out and it didn't look like it had done anything.  At that point I could've thrown the dough out and been happy with the vanilla cake... but, no.  I was determined to get it right.  I didn't throw the other dough out but put it aside and started a new batch.  I left the other dough out to see if it would rise.  Sunday morning I checked my second batch and it looked like it had risen just a bit.  I decided to move forward and finish the cakes.  I mixed the cream cheese filling, rolled out the dough, put it all together and let it rise.  Before I'd done that, I'd taken the dough that flopped and made little balls and set them in a pan.  (Do you see where I'm going with this?)  I figured I'd try something new.  If it really flopped, I wouldn't be as bothered.  After those balls had actually risen and I realized that they might not be a total loss, I made little indentions in the top.  (Now do you really see where I'm going with this?)  I whipped up a half batch of that cream cheese filling and filled it in the holes.  I let that bake for about 20 minutes and then drizzled a vanilla icing over the top.

That's where I went with that.  Cream cheese kolaches.

Then I stuck the coffee cakes in the oven.  When they came out, I added a little bit of almond to the icing and drizzled that over the top.

I kept one to sample, called a friend to come pick up another one (me at 6:58 on a Sunday morning "if you're up, hungry and want to send someone by to pick it up, I've got a coffee cake that just came out of the oven") and the other two went to the cake walk.

Oh yeah, I realized I had a lot of buttermilk left over for the vanilla cake so I used two smaller to-go sheet pans and make sheet cakes.  I'd only made it in a regular sheet pan in the past so when I divided it into smaller pans, I wondered about the quality.  I had to keep one for us to sample, of course.

A few hours later we were ready to head out to the bazaar.

I probably gained 13 pounds during my test run and sampling.  Also, I think my exhaustion from the bazaar might be enhanced due to my four day sugar high.  On that note, a piece of cake and a nap sound great right now.

Thursday, September 29, 2016

good news in the

world of dog meds.  The Trifexis went over really well with Maggie and Archer.  I let the pills sit out for two days and with them being cut up with half the dose covered in cheese and the other half covered in peanut butter, they gobbled it up like candy.  Now I just need to do that all the time.  I wonder if it'd make Strat's meds any easier to go down.

I got my NOLA painting back from Michael's.  I had an issue with it but I won't point it out because so far, nobody else has noticed except me.  Anyway, I went in and talked to them about getting it framed.  I found the perfect frame.  Have you ever priced custom framing?  Sheesh.  They were having a sale for 70% off.  He did let me know that it was going to cost more because "see that purple band around it?" Yes.  "That means it's Premier and one of the more expensive frames."  That's usually how it works for me.  Here's a little fun fact.  Dodo took me shopping for China and we were looking at patterns on display at Chesney's.  Dodo told me to pick the one I liked best so I did.  Donna Ruth, the owner of Chesney's, commented that it was the most expensive pattern they had.  At that point Dodo patted (that doesn't sound right, patted. Pat? Patted? The internet grammar police say it's patted so I'll go with it) me on the back and said, "good girl"... that's Dodo for you.  Now back to the frame, I found a few lower priced ones but nothing looked as good as that first one.  So guess how much a custom frame for a 22x22 inch canvas costs at 70% off.  $250.  Oh, but at first it was $350 until he realized I didn't need the glass on it.  I didn't do it.  Sure, it was pretty and when you think of it as basically a fixture in the house, it makes sense to pay good money for something custom like that.  Here's where my problem is, what if I want to move it and that frame doesn't look good in the new spot?  Then I would have spend $250 for the painting to look awesome while it temporarily hangs near the dining table.  Since I'm so indecisive, I decided to go without for now.

Here it is, taking the last spot of wall space at the entry.

And now a panoramic view

That was something I accomplished on my headache free Tuesday, getting that painting on the wall.  For my headache free Wednesday I spent some time at the car dealer for one of those periodic checkups.  That really makes for a wasted day.  I hate sitting there and waiting.  I especially hate waiting when everyone around me is sniffling, sneezing and coughing.  Why can't people be more considerate?  Sure, it might just be allergies but even so, don't do that.  I don't even like going around people when I might appear to be contagious.  Same goes for the people who take their sick kids to the grocery store.  I understand there are situations where kids have to go while you pick up their prescriptions or whatever but in that case, don't let them wander off and play in the toy section (contaminating all the toys that will be purchased and taken home for other kids to play with) while you wait... another story for another day.

Now I'm off to research a lens.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

the good news is

Strat has a bladder infection.  The bad news is, Strat has a bladder infection.  I say it's good news because as I mentioned yesterday, I don't really have the time or understanding of cat therapy for behavioral issues... like that would be an option.  The bad news is he's on antibiotics for 12 days and then he has to go get retested.  That's 2 1/4 pills a day for 12 days.  While I was at the vet's office, I picked up Maggie and Archer's Trifexis for fleas and heartworm.  I wrestled with them a couple of months ago and the vet tech recommended opening the pill and letting it air out for a day or so before giving it to them.  I tried that last month and still had to wrestle them.  This time I'm letting them air out longer and I've cut the pills (in half for Maggie and quarters for Archer).  Once they've aired out I'll put a dab of peanut butter on them or wrap them in cheese.  Although last month, with the full size pill, they managed to eat the cheese and spit the pill out.  Wish me luck... lots of luck.

I probably should have found out who manufactures all these meds and invested early on.  While we're on the topic of could've, should've, would've, I probably should have gone to vet school.

I also took a Zyrtec D as soon as I woke up this morning.  While that headache went away yesterday, it came back around 2:30 in the afternoon.  It wasn't playing around either.  It was totally kicking my butt.  I took an antihistamine, had some caffeine and put a washcloth with peppermint oil over my nose and mouth.  I woke up on defense today.  I decided I'd make time and eat something.  Here's what sucks.  Every morning Cosme has an egg and a couple of sausage links with toast and orange juice.  Today I popped a Jimmy Dean sandwich in the microwave.  He ate and left.  This was the one morning where I actually would've eaten an egg.  Normally 5:00 is too early to be hungry but man that egg sounded good.  I hate those Jimmy Dean sandwiches and wasn't about to dirty up the egg pan so I psyched myself up for a piece of peanut butter toast.  Now let's all hope that works.  Seeing how yesterday's headache made me feel almost totally out of commission, I've started attacking my chores early today.  I'm at it strong and hard this morning.

More good news is I probably won't bake another cake today.  I was happy with the one I made yesterday.  It's three layered but I cut into one of the layers so I could figure out the best frosting for it.  I'm keeping that one for us and I'm looking for a home for the two-layered cake that's left.  I have go by the church today so I think I might see if they'll eat it in the office.

Vanilla cake with almond buttercream frosting

I'm signing off and getting back to TCB.  I won't let another headache stand in the way of what needs to be done around here today.

Monday, September 26, 2016

i think i waited too

long to eat and take a nasal decongestant.  I had a lot of running around to do this morning and my head is paying for it.  I had to drop Strat off at the vet because, well, he's having a bit of an issue.  I'm hoping it's something simple that meds can fix because if it's an attitude problem, I don't have time for cat therapy... or a major health crisis.  He is down a few pounds though.  The last we weighed him, he was 32 pounds.  Today he's at 22.4.  I guess not using that "eat whenever you want" canister has paid off.

That new cake recipe I tried out yesterday didn't turn out so hot and it might've all been my fault.  I tried this recipe I found on Pinterest.  I probably messed up when I put it in one 9" pan instead of two but it would've been so thin if divided.  Since I had all the batter in one pan, it took longer to bake.  When the time was up I checked and the middle was runny so I dropped the temp to 300.  I checked it a bit later and it looked nice.

I could tell the edges were overdone though.  See how easily that knife slides right through the middle?

It wasn't like that on the edges.

The knife just wanted to smash the edges down.  Oh well, the cake had a good flavor (I added almond instead of vanilla) but I think I'll just go back to the drawing board.  I've got a few more recipes I'll try before I need to bake the real deal on Saturday.  I stopped by Kroger this morning to replenish some of my baking supplies so we'll see how it all turns out.

Now for some good news.  My headache is just about gone.  Either the sinus meds are kicking in or that lunch I just had was the answer.  I think it might've been the salami I added to my ham sandwich, or the Chili Cheese Fritos.  Now I'm going to get back on my chores and baking.  It should be so much easier without my head throbbing.  I'll keep the chips on standby.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

what can i

say?  I've been busy.  I had a post going and left the house and never finished it.  Like I said, I've been busy.  I had birthday stuff going on, I've had raffle ticket stuff going on, I've had doctor appointments going on and then there's all the regular stuff that was also going on.

Want to hear some good news?  I'm all checked out and healthy.  And the B word I was fearing from the eye doctor?  He suggested a new type of lens that's "made for people our age who aren't quite ready" for the B word.  It's some new technology thing that helps all the strain on your eyes from computers and all the gadgets it takes to survive in today's world.  I should have my new glasses in a few days.

Oh, the dentist said everything looks good and to keep doing what I'm doing.  (I'm assuming he means the routine I started 3 weeks before my appointment.)

I did walk away from all of that with one prescription but it's just for vitamin D, a rather large dose at 50,000 whatevers with one a week for eight weeks, but it's just a vitamin.  After the 8 weeks I'll start taking a smaller, non-prescription strength daily.  I'm okay with that.  One thing I did read after researching what all vitamin D deficiency can bring on is that it might be linked to my skin and stomach issues, which always show up together.  I'm hoping that's the answer.

So the doctor visits are done and the church bazaar is next weekend which means the end of raffle ticket duties.  Hopefully everything will start slowing down after that... hopefully.

Today I'm going to try out a new recipe.  I'll need to get other stuff baked during the week too since I signed up to bring baked goods for the bazaar's cake walk.  Today's recipe is just one I want to try out before putting my name on and turning it in.  Maybe tomorrow I'll be able to share pictures of a wonderful cake that looks as good as it tastes.  Maybe.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

since i'm feeling

so much better today, I'll tell you about our breakfast at Snooze.  A while back I'd read that it was about to open in Houston so you know what that means, don't even think about trying it out for a while.  We gave it a while and then a little bit longer.  Before we'd even planned on our museum visit Friday, I woke up deciding we'd go to Snooze.  Actually, my plan was to leave the house by 7:00 so we could try and beat the (if any) Friday morning crowd.  Then I checked the museum's website and saw those onsite tickets and that totally put the early Snooze plans on the back burner.  So, we drove down the street to Snooze after the museum.  There were no spots available in their lot but we only had to circle the block a few times before finding a spot.  After the second time to circle, I asked Cosme if he wanted to just eat somewhere else.  He said no that since we were already there, he wanted to stay.  Part of me wondering if this is really what was going on in his head, I know it was halfway going through mine.

*replace all the fun, vacation and Marty Moose references with pancakes and breakfast

We ended up parking a couple of blocks down the road, which really wasn't that bad.  The place was full but there was only a 15-20 minute wait.  We could have waited outside and played some of the games they have set up but standing room only with a/c was a better option.  We saw a couple get up from the bar and decided we'd just eat there.

I had the Hill Country Mule while Cosme had one of their mimosas.  I'd been wanting to try some of their pancakes, like the peach pie pancakes, blueberry danish pancakes or pineapple upside down pancakes but I chose the breakfast pot pie instead.  It's rosemary sausage gravy over a puff pastry and topped with an egg. 

It was so good.  Cosme had the Havana Daydreaming sandwich.  It was pork, ham, gruyere, pickles and an egg with dijon hollandaise on a hoagie roll.

It was awesome.

Of course I didn't think we could leave without trying a pancake so we shared a cinnamon roll pancake.  (Seen in the background of my sandwich).  We were stuffed and totally happy with our decision to stick around and circle the block a few times.  That parking spot we eventually found down the road?  Yeah, well, that was much needed after we ate.

Mine.  After.

There's a mummy exhibit opening at The Museum of Natural Science on the 24th that I'm excited to see.  Maybe we need to plan to go see it and try some of the pancakes afterwards.

All this talk has me wanting something bready and sweet.  Maybe I'll get some dough rising and cream cheese softened.  By the time my roast is done in the oven, it'd be time to put something else in.  I like where this is headed but I wonder if I have all the other ingredients.  I guess there's only one way to find out.

Monday, September 12, 2016

it's like it's all

going to even itself out this morning.  (which is much better than it could be)

Bad news: I'm not feeling the best.
Good news: My appointment with the eye doctor was actually today and not later so I got to cancel it.

Bad news: The only cold ginger ale I had was a flat 2 liter.
Good news: I have plenty of cold Coke and I put more ginger ale in to get cold.

Bad news: These Kroger brand graham crackers aren't as good as Honey Maid.
Good news: At least they're the ones with cinnamon.

Bad news: I have a long list of things I'd planned to do today.
Good news: What doesn't happen today can always happen tomorrow, no biggie.

I was going to talk about the late breakfast we had at Snooze after the museum on Friday but I don't think the stomach can handle it right now.  Maybe tomorrow.  For now I'll hit the snooze button on Snooze.  Like how I did that?

Instead I'll talk about a couple of other things.  First, I sold raffle tickets in Sweeny and West Columbia yesterday.  They're big rivals when it comes to football and maybe other things I guess but I know they have their big Battle of the Bernard every year.  After I did pretty well at selling tickets in Sweeny, I thought I'd egg on the WC Facebook people by telling them how they shouldn't let Sweeny outdo them.  But... they did.  WC was defeated by Sweeny.  Heck, I was even wearing a maroon shirt (WC's color) and Sweeny still stepped up. After the WC shift, I had to go back to Sweeny for another shift.  I decided on the way over there I'd 1) have to invest in more blue shirts and 2) get lunch in their town to give some support back to them.  That whole lunch thing was easier said than done though.  I think there were three restaurants open yesterday, that's including Sonic (where I did get a drink from earlier) and Subway.  The third was a seafood restaurant and when I had the idea to stop for lunch I meant pick something up, not sit there and eat with the town.  I'd been standing around outside perspiring all morning.  I just wanted to grab a bite and head home.  So... I stopped in WC for BBQ on the way home.  Sorry, Sweeny.  But I'd like to let Sweeny know that it really wasn't the best and had their BBQ place been open, I DEFINITELY would have stopped there.

On Saturday the new light for Dodo's painting came in.  I hooked it up and then realized the stupidest thing.  The switch to turn it on is maybe a foot from the plug.  That means that unless I get an extension cord for the length, I'll have to move the buffet every time I want to turn that thing on or off.  Needless to say, I'm attaching an extension cord today.  The light is okay and unlike the other one, it works.

I just realized I have to go to Lake Jackson today.  That can't be put off until tomorrow because the cats are out of food.  I think I might as well stop for tortillas while I'm there and just make tacos tonight.  Sounds easy enough.  Oh well, I'll go try to convince myself I feel like going. ugh. This won't be easy.

Friday, September 9, 2016

we actually made it

to the museum today.  I looked online and saw they offered a few Fast Pass tickets on-site but there were only a few available and those were offered on a first come, first served basis.  We made it to the museum at 10:15 and our tickets for the exhibit were 11:30.  No problem, it wasn't like there was plenty to walk around and see while we were there.

When I was a teenager, MFAH didn't issue stickers but little metal clip on pins.  We always thought we were so clever and would keep these and wear them other places... like to school.  I don't guess I have to spell out what MFAH would stand for.
We saw some awesome ancient Roman and Egyptian artifacts, we saw some Van Gogh, Monet, Manet, Seurat, Renoir, Matisse, Cassatt, Chagall, Cezanne, Picasso, Lichtenstein, and so many more.  I've never really been a fan of Jackson Pollock but I really liked the colors in Overall Composition.  And then there's what was up there with one of my favorites of the day, At the Table of Monsieur and Madame Natanson by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec

I had to get a picture of this dog's face.  He was horrified that two cows were fighting.

Then came the reason we went.  The exhibit by Yayoi Kusama.  It was two walk-in type of installments.  The first, Love is Calling, was cool.  It almost seemed cartoonish to me but it was cool.  Maybe a better description would be groovy or trippy, I don't know.  It was cool though.  We went in as small groups of probably no more than 10 for three minutes.  It was a room of mirrors with these tentacle-like things sticking out of the floor and ceiling.  They seemed like those inflatable yard things.

The next, Aftermath of Obliteration of Eternity, was just awesome.  It was SO cool.  It was just the two of us in this time, probably since no more than four were allowed at a time.  It was a small room but we were limited to standing on a small platform, surrounded by lights, mirrors and water.  I wish we had three minutes in this one but it was only 45 seconds.  We both really enjoyed this one.

After that we left.  We headed down the road for a late breakfast but I'll talk more about that later, maybe Monday.  Now I'm making plans for a mummy exhibit that starts on the 24th at The Museum of Natural Science.  I'm excited about that one too.

Thursday, September 8, 2016

day two of the

Doctor Visit Tour 2016 is down and it was a hit.  It's usually really hard for people to find a spot to get blood from me.  This only took a second and she was done.  She did tell me once she got everything going that I could relax my hand.  I played it off real cool like, with an "oh, ok" like I was only doing it to make her job easier.  Little did she know I had no idea my hand was clenched that tight until she said something, that was pure nerves.  Now let's just hope all the readings come back fine.  I'd hate to think that my little reward for getting all that past me ends up being something the doctor says I need to cut back on.
Replenishing my system after that 17 hour Coke-free zone.
So yeah, I probably should cut back on McDonald's Cokes and tacos from Jack in the Box but I needed it.  Fasting takes a lot out of me... like the small amount of will power I do have.  Speaking of no will power, I have some buttermilk I need to use.  I think I'll make a sheet cake.

Remember that museum exhibit I talked about that I REALLY wanted to see that weekend a while back?  Well, it ends on the 18th and guess what.  Really, guess.  It's sold out completely until then.  MFAH is staying open for 24 hours on the last Saturday and even THAT is sold out.  Oh well, at least there are other people's photographs.  I'll just drown my sorrows in this large Coke from Mcdonalds.  I guess it'd suck even more if there was no Instagram.  Maybe Cosme will feel sorry for me and want to take me somewhere else... I hear there's something cool at the Museum of Natural Science and I think I even had an email from them this morning.  I'm on it!

First I better get back into my routine, you know, the routine where I don't sit in bed all morning to avoid accidentally eating something.  I'm going to make the most of this day and I'll start with the laundry!  (I honestly don't mean for that to sound so pathetic.  I'm enjoying not having anywhere to be or anything to do and am sincerely looking forward to doing laundry.) 

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

i just had a

Coke and I could really use another.  Today was day one of the Doctor Visit Tour 2016 and ugh...  It started off with me trying to fast but then 8:30 rolled around and I needed something to eat.  I know, you're probably surprised to find out but not all my breakfasts are as glamorous as a bowl of instant oatmeal.  Who do you think I am?  A real housewife of Beverly Hills?  Today it was just toast.

I figured if that killed any chance of routine blood work, then I'd have to make an additional appointment for that... much earlier than 2:00 in the afternoon.  By 10:30 my head was killing me.  I needed more food and caffeine but I just drank a Fresca.  I'd already had food and drink so I could've just gone all out and had a decent meal.  Since I have anxiety issues, there's no way my nerves would've let me have a meal anyway.  I went without anything else.

Once at the doctor, we were notified she was running about 30 minutes late.  No big deal.  It started pouring as I'd pulled up and I wasn't about to get back out in the rain.  Once my turn came to be called, I went on back for my checkup.  The doctor started to talk about hormones and everything else that comes along with getting older.  I told her I didn't need to consider any of that right now because I was probably going to end up with the B word at the eye doctor and that's too much OLD stuff for right now.  Then we started talking about eyesight.  I do have to go back tomorrow for blood stuff but it's first thing in the morning (well, 9:00 so maybe first thing for them).  So for now I've stuffed my face and am wondering if I should take more ibuprofen for this headache.  By the way, she doesn't expect anyone to fast that long and always just issues the paperwork to come back.  Next time I'll try to remember that.

The photo challenge for today was "the little things".  I took a picture but didn't post it so I'll just share it here.

The little things.  I read more and saw she was referring to little things that happen and not just the big events.  I could have posted this though.  Yes, pen caps are little but when you think how important they are, how many pens we'd have to throw out and waste if we didn't have them, the little things really do matter.  (Wow, I could've gotten all deep and philosophical on you.  Lucky for you it's not really my style.)

I pepped myself up and planned what I'd make for dinner tonight (yes, it's that time again where I try to get out of the restaurant habit) but I think I've talked myself out of it.  As delicious as my meal plan sounds, La Casona sounds a lot easier.  The will power is weak with this one.  La Casona it is.  Let's face it, after the dull meals I've had today and the breakfast I won't have tomorrow, I think I deserve a little something special.  Don't you?  Thanks for backing me up on that, you're awesome.

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

that was some

holiday weekend.  I didn't do much but that's okay.  Most of the time I enjoy days like this one here so well represented by Strat.

I'd actually like a redo.  I'm tired and don't really feel like doing much.  And boy, there's a lot I need to get done before 10:30.  For starters, I need to call the chiropractor in a few minutes and start that back up.  I haven't been in a couple of months and I guess it's a lot like anything else.  It's easy to fall out of the routine.

We did fix the fence problem, now that the dogs (more specifically, Maggie) has chewed away at a large portion of the gate.  She's been so rebellious lately.  I was out there trying to fix it on my own the other day and needed to get behind the thorny bougainvillea.  I didn't have any rope but I had plenty of ribbon.  I might not be outdoorsy but I am a little crafty.

I think they compliment each other.  The next day I went to Lowe's and bought something to tie around the other bougainvillea so that maybe it'll start growing up instead of out.  I guess I could do a before and after picture.

I also think I need to start making sure my computer files are backed up to an external hard drive.  I've had my laptop for 5 years now and it's dragging.  I'm not ready for another laptop yet.  I have the 17" Macbook and I think they quit making these.  I'm pretty sure they only have 13" and 15" now.  I would get one for my birthday but I've already started some birthday shopping and I'm also planning to get a new phone in October.  I told Cosme that I know I say it every upgrade season but this year I've stressed several times MAKE ME GET THE PHONE WITH MORE MEMORY.  I'm so cheap I usually back out of spending the extra money but I have too much going on to keep playing games with this "storage full" nonsense.  I've deleted so much and I just don't know what else to do other than get more space.  Well, I guess I could not be so dependent on my phone but please... (insert scoff here)

I guess I'll go get dressed and make that call to the chiropractor.  Can I just relive this moment for a second longer?

Friday, September 2, 2016

i finally made it to

Pearland Wednesday.  I was really looking forward to getting over there and picking up pillows and possibly a throw for the bed.  I bought the plain grey bedspread because I figured it'd be so easy to add those pops of color.  So I realized that the navy might make it look too Dallas Cowboys, remember?  I decided to go with it anyway.  It looks totally Dallas Cowboys.

This is only a grey sham with a navy and silver pillow and I also plan to get white sheets but still.  I'm feeling a little discouraged.  I have two more pillows I want to order online and then I'd like to find a smaller rectangle pillow or bolster to go in front of the navy but I kind of think I'm headed down the wrong road.  I just don't know.  Maybe I'll make a trip to Houston or Sugarland.  There are still another couple of stores I'd like to check out but right now I'm only feeling Dallas Cowboys about this direction.  But I like the grey! And I like the blue!  I feel like a lighter blue won't be bold enough.  I'm also thinking maybe if that middle pillow weren't solid navy the navy and white one I put back to get this one that it might work better.  ugh.  This is so discouraging, much like Tony Romo's medical chart.  Maybe I'll just end up doing black and white but that's not really me... at all.  This is so hard.

In the meantime, Cosme and Eric went to Arlington to a Cowboys game yesterday.  Maybe it's a sign that I should definitely go with the color scheme.  Maybe it won't look so footballish if I add more black and white.  Or maybe I should've just had them pick up some pillows and lamps while they were at the stadium.  No.  I haven't totally given up hope.  Yet.

So while they were at this game, I was getting pictures and videos.  They sat in the Founder's Club.  Founder's Room?  Whatever it's called, it's special.  They had free food and drinks all night as well as getting to go down to the tunnel to see the players, cheerleaders and Jerry Jones as they all came out.  I was pretty jealous.  They sent me pictures of them eating their sliders and prime rib while I had my nachos.

They sent me another picture during halftime when they went back for huge boiled shrimp, some crab something and lots more.  I thought about going to get a bowl of cereal.  It ended up with the Cowboys losing but the experience was pretty awesome and they're looking forward to going back.  They did get a tshirt for me - I just hope it fits.

Now I need to TCB and hope this sinus headache goes away.  I woke up with a really bad one this morning and now I'm waiting for my Zyrtec to jump into action... still waiting.