Monday, May 28, 2007

Memorial Day part II

I did a bit of research last night and did discover that Memorial Day did start out as a day to honor the military dead, while Veterans Day was to honor living veterans of military service, so I was wrong about the original purpose. I think that comes from the fact that in this part of the world Memorial Day is not just for remembering military dead, but also a time to go check on the condidition of your family's graves and and monuments because it is the point where you're no longer worried about frost danger and can bring live plants.

This all makes me start thinking, aren't these all things we should be doing on a regular basis anyway? In that case it seems a bit sad that there have to be special days devoted to honoring those in the military living or dead.

Sunday, May 27, 2007

Memo to me. . .

Please remember that not all fora are like the ones at snopes and you can't post the same way everywhere. It's better to just keep my mouth shut on topics that could be touchy if I'm not sure what the reception will be.

Yeah it's been a bad week for things like that, I ended up doing it several places. I do blame it on developing a certain posting style at snopes coupled with my poor social skills and my scattered way of thinking. I guess the only saving grace is that I was able to keep my cool in all cases, but I shouldn't have said anything in the first place or just dropped it before I got my foot in my mouth up to my hip.

Memorial Day

Memorial Day has been a weird holiday for me since the point where I was old enough to really understand our family history. This is because there is one person that has truly impressive military service in my family a person who severed as an aviator in WWI suffering pretty serious injuries and went on to serve in WWII. It's the type of thing you expect to be remembered and talked about on Memorial Day, right? There's a small hitch though, it is my Opa and he was serving in the German military and Luftwaffe. It makes for a really weird disconnect with the rampant patriotism you see around this weekend. E always tells me that the day is supposed to be for memorials to anyone, but that's not what happens usually, so I try to keep myself away from the overly patriotic stuff and do my own little memorial. I just wish it could be a day to do a memorial for anyone.

Thursday, May 24, 2007

Well, that was fun (an update of sorts)

After I got home from work today, I got the birds fed and went down to check the freezers. Everything was frozen back up so I started the process of going through them. After some serious thought last night I decided that I'm not going to try and salvage any of the meat because the last time I can be sure the freezer and fridge were running was Monday night and everything was just a bit cooler than I would expect something sitting out in the basement to be when I discovered the problem last night. I just don't think I can trust the meat, particularly the chicken and seafood, after that. In this case the desire to avoid food borne illness wins out over the part of me that hates waste, but I feel just a bit sick over throwing out all that food.

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Oh #@%&!!!!!

I just went downstairs to get something for dinner out of the freezer and discovered neither it or the extra fridge were running. I eventually pinned down the problem, flipped the correct switch and got everything running again, however they had been off long enough that everything had thawed. Some things I think I can salvage but all of the icecream and all of the meat will have to go. I'm really upset about the meat because I had just stocked up and I'm not sure if it would even be safe to try to cook any of it. At this point I'm letting most of it freeze back up so it will be easier to clean everything out and I have a couple of things in the fridge up here while I figure out if I want to try to cook it.

I had planned to clean the freezer out in the next few weeks, but this is NOT how I planned to do it.

Sunday, May 20, 2007

A mellow Sunday

It's been a nice quiet Sunday. I got most of the housework done yesterday so I went out and did a bit of shopping today. I ended up spending a good bit but I had expected that. I got two new pairs of Marrells, a pair of Mary Janes and a pair of sandals, I figured I should go ahead and get them now so that I can be sure that they were broken in before we go to Vegas next month. The sandals shouldn't need much, they are light little strappy things, but the Mary Janes are a bit stiff at the heel so I'll want to wear them a bit. I also picked up a couple of things we needed like new rugs for the bathroom. The only real splurge was a new shirt, so I didn't do too bad.

I didn't realize quite how mellow it was until I saw this though:



It's hard to see his face due to the back lighting, but that is Scooter in the front laying in the sun with Cami laying behind him resting her head on his hip. This may actually be a sign of the end of the world because Scooter doesn't let the other cats lay against him or even get this close. If I come across one of the cats grooming Scooter I'll know the end is near.

Saturday, May 19, 2007

On my own again

E left this morning to go to a week long conference today and I'm actually a bit jealous because it is in Vegas. This means an entire week on my own and since A also went to the conference I'm also bird sitting which is always fun. The only problem I've run into is that the bird cages are by my usual crafting space, the dining room table, and I'm not entirely sure about setting rivets and dying stuff near them, so all of that I'll have to do in the back room.

E had to leave the house round 10 this morning so he could get to the airport with plenty of time so I was up much earlier than I usually am and I've actually gotten a lot of stuff done so far. I'm hoping that I can keep the momentum going and get even more done. Thant way I can go out and do a bit of shopping tomorrow.

In other news I tried Jones soda. (Yes, I lead pretty unexciting life, you wanna make something of it?) They recently switched over to using cane sugar instead of high fructose corn syrup and when I saw it during a trip to Wal-Mart a few weeks ago I thought I'd see how it tasted. I'm now hooked, particularly on the green apple, and I'm now looking for other flavors.

Friday, May 11, 2007

Yes, I know

I'm back to not being good abut updating my blog here. Part of it is still trying to get a good rhythm of making stuff and doing my online stuff and the rest is that I'm getting my craft area organized. People who know will be surprised by this, my mother would be stunned, because I'm not the tidiest person in the world. I'm a flat surface clutterer and this was just made worse by having three people's worth of stuff in the house. After A moved we had rearranged the upstairs but had done very little with the bedroom she had used in the basement beyond using it store some boxes of things that we wanted to get rid of. In the past few months E had been talking about moving his computer down there so he had more room and I had more space in the back room for my craft and leather working supplies. A week or so ago E started to get his computer and other stuff moved downstairs and we got a new shelf for the back room so I've been working on getting things cleaned up and organized back there. I won't be able to finish it complete until we get a shelf for the closet, but it's crazy enough back there that this is keeping me busy.

Friday, May 04, 2007

This post brought to you by the random setting on my iPod

I have a cool under the cabinet docking radio/stereo in the kitchen that I can plug my iPod into which is great for when I'm cooking or cleaning in the kitchen. Tonight when I was making dinner the song MTA by the Kingston Trio played. The song, for those of you who haven't heard it, is about a man named Charlie who gets stuck on a streetcar in Boston because he does not have the money to pay for the transfer. There is a point in the song where it says that Charlie's wife hands him a sandwich as the car goes through a specific station, and I always wonder why on earth she can't hand him a nickel at that point. It makes you wonder if she likes the quiet or is carrying on with the milkman or something.


This article on Wikipedia has more information on the song and I'm thrilled to see the author wonders the same thing about it I do. This article has more on the history of the song, the lyrics and even traces Chaarlie's route.

Waiting

Today I stayed home from work to wait for the cable repairman. Normally I would find it a bit frustrating, but today I took the opportunity to excavate the living room and get a bunch of other little things done. I feel like I got a lot accomplished and it's wonderful to have all the newspapers and old catalogs gathered up and ready to go to recycling. Since the cable repairman actually did arrive before noon I went and ran errands in the afternoon and I'm working on getting some dishes done right now. The only thing I didn't get to is getting started on my next large leatherwork project, but that's OK I'll try to work on that tonight since A is not coming by to work on jewelry.