Wednesday, December 31, 2008
We're living up the mountain now, at about 1200 ft above sea level and it's a whole lot colder up here. Yeah, you roll your eyes and think, how cold can it get in Hawaii? Well, lemme tell ya, the low 60's may not sound too cold, until you live in an unheated house. Our bedroom was 62 degrees the other morning. Sure makes it hard to crawl out of bed. Hopefully our blood thickens up soon and we won't feel the cold quite so much.
We had an unwelcome surprise on Wednesday morning. We spent the night at the new place, then in the morning I had to meet the carpet cleaning guy at the old house. While I was there, I noticed the water garden had been drained and there were dead and dying fish lying in the bottom of it. I couldn't figure out who in the heck would have siphoned all the water out of there. I called our neighbor, Mark, and asked him if he knew and his response was, "oh-oh, you mean I forgot to take the hose out?" Turns out he was trying to catch a few of our red fan tailed guppies and put them in his aquarium. He was going to siphon the water down a bit so he could get them easier. While he was doing that, someone he knew came by and he got to talking with him and forgot all about the siphon hose. There was about a foot of muck and sludge in the bottom and it stunk like a swamp. I made Mark come over and clean up the mess - he would have been a perfect candidate for that Dirty Jobs show, standing there covered in green slimey mud scooping sludge out with an ice cream bucket. Yeah, I laughed, I'm evil that way.
We've got about an hour before the new year, which means you all have already done your celebrating and more than likely have been in bed for a couple hours (or more) already. Here's hoping we all have a wonderful and happy 2009!
Sunday, December 21, 2008
Saturday, December 20, 2008
I've got about half of my kitchen cupboards emptied out and cleaned. I also lemon oiled all the cabinet doors, which made them look really nice. I can honestly say the kitchen looks better now than it did when we moved in a year and a half ago. Now, I can't wait to get all these boxes out of here. They're driving me nuts all piled up around here.
Friday, December 19, 2008
We have a haunted printer. It's been starting up randomly, which really freaked Jake out the other day. It'll be turned off, but plugged in, and all of a sudden it'll just start humming and buzzing for a minute or two, then turn off again. I unplugged it, so if it starts up now, I'm calling Jay and Grant from Ghost Hunters in to check it out....hopefully they'll bring Steve and Tango along, cause they're just too cute for words.
Thursday, December 18, 2008
It looks like we'll be able to move in to our new place as soon as Monday, which is cool. We're all getting pretty anxious to get out there. Angel #1 is off school today for his first day of winter break, #2 went to school to do make-up work and she'll be home early this afternoon. WE and #4 have today and a half day tomorrow yet before their vacation starts, though WE is pushing pretty hard to skip Friday since it's just going to be a goof-off day anyway. They don't go back until Jan 12 or 13 depending on the kid, so I've got almost a month of quality kid time ahead of me. Pray for my sanity.
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Talk about messy, that same neighbor is paying me to clean out her house so renters can move in. Her house isn't messy, but it's still a lot of work scrubbing floors, washing windows and wiping out cabinets. I worked for most of the day today and have to finish up the bathroom and some kitchen stuff tomorrow. My arms are achin'! But, I'm getting into shape so I can do the same thing to my house next week once we get all our stuff moved out.
Book Review Tuesday: The Man Who Loved Jane Austen by Sally Smith O'Rourke Eliza Knight buys an old dresser and discovers letters written to and from Jane Austen hidden behind the mirror. One of the letters is from F. Darcy - thus, the mystery begins. Was there really a Mr. Darcy in Jane's life? What happened to him? What was his relationship to Jane? This was a completely different twist from any Pride and Prejudice related book I've ever read, and I've read a LOT of P&P related stuff. Part of it takes place in the present, the other part in the days of Jane Austen and Mr. Darcy plays a major part in both halves. You don't even have to like P&P or be familiar with the story to enjoy this book, though it will definitely enhance the reading experience if you are.
Random Daydreamer Fact - to make the RDF's more interesting, I'm going to have the Angels each come up with a fact about me to share with you. Today is Angel #2's fact: I've taken care of a newborn lamb - in my living room. (thankfully, the mothers maternal instincts kicked in in a relatively short time, so this was a very short term job)
Monday, December 15, 2008
Last night the kids were playing 20 questions. The new family rule is that when it's WE's turn to pick the item, he has to clear it with me first. He tends to pick bizarre things like cholrine and deer hearts, which are pretty much impossible to guess. This time he picked a naked mole rat, which was guessed in about 5 or 6 questions, mainly because he gave a few hints. He also got mad at Angel #4 when they were trying to guess #2's item because they were on question #19 and she asked if the item was a hammer, screwdriver or a wrench. When #2 said 'yes', they realized that, as WE put it: if you'd only said 2 things, we'd have a 50-50 chance of maybe getting the right answer, but now we've only got a 25% chance. Math isn't one of his better subjects. The #4 pointed out that if he hadn't wasted 3 questions making sure that the item was lava, they wouldn't have needed all 20 questions in the first place. Yep, 3 of his questions were, does it have something to do with volcano's? "no" Is it lava? "no" Does it have something to do with lava? "NO!" I made a personal memo to myself to never be on WE's team for 20 questions.
Random Daydreamer Fact: No one I'm immediately related to (mom, dad, brother, sisters, husband, kids) has brown eyes, including me.
Sunday, December 14, 2008
Yesterday, WE had two different choir concerts at two different shopping centers, we just dropped him off at the morning one, but we all went to the one in the afternoon. He did pretty good on the ones sung in plain old English, but the Hawaiian ones and the sign language one were a bit of a challenge. I suspect he fell back to the old 'watermelon' strategy - though that didn't quite do the trick for the sign language song. He was a beat behind most of the other kids, which wouldn't have been so bad if he hadn't been standing front row center. lol
Hubby bought a machete the other day, so then we had to go to our new place so he could try it out. He was having way too much fun doing the Crocodile Dundee thing out there. The kids are going to have a blast living there - there's just tons of things that have been hidden by overgrowth for years.
I want to give a shout-out to my friend Sierra who got ENGAGED the other day in a very romantic way. http://jsierramaira.bravejournal.com/ Everybody say it with me: AAAAWWW!
Thursday, December 11, 2008
It rained almost all day today, which is unusual for where we live. The water garden is all filled up and the lawn is nicely watered, so all is good. Though it's been so dark and gloomy we've needed the lights on all day. BUT, that is MUCH better than the 8 inches of snow our friends in Wisconsin got dumped on them the other day, so no complaints.
Tonight Angel #4 has another band concert. This makes the 2nd one in the last 5 days and she's got another one next week. WE has two concerts on Saturday and another one next Thursday. I can't wait until the concert season is over.
Random Daydreamer Fact: I took piano lessons for 5 years as a kid and I still can only play basic songs with one finger. I'm not real musically inclined
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
I'm starting to pack things up for our move. I wish I had more boxes so I could get everything we're not going to be using for the next two weeks all packed away and out of my sight so it feels like I'm accomplishing something. I'll head over to Walmart again today and see if I can score some boxes there. Even if I could get all our books packed I would feel better. We've got a lot of books.
Saturday, December 6, 2008
Today was Angel #2's last day at work. She gave her two weeks notice a couple weeks ago after she'd finally had it with one of the other library employees. She'd been warned about this woman before by other kids who'd worked at the library and I've had issues with her in the past. After all this woman's harassment, she finally quit. It's too bad that a kid's first work experience has to be ruined by one person with a bug up their butt. Sadly, the library keeps her on despite all the complaints they've recieved about her. Since there were library budget cuts, they can't hire someone to replace the Angel - maybe karma will be at work and the witchy employee will be stuck shelving books in her place.
Angel #1 looked so handsome tonight when he put on his uniform to go to the military ball. Cool thing about the ball is that they have to use their military manners or they get penalized. If they don't do things like stand up when a lady leaves or sits down at the table, they have to do things like sing a song in front of everyone or 'drink the grog' which is a disgusting punch with a dirty sock floating on the top of it. It only takes once and they usually remember their manners after that.
Random Daydreamer Fact: I played clarinet in the school band for about 3 months in 6th grade
Friday, December 5, 2008
Tomorrow, the daydreamer offspring have a full schedule. I think you can tell your kids are getting older when you end up home alone on Saturday. This is how the day looks:
7am-10am Angel #1 had behind the wheel drivers ed
8:15am-5pm Angel #2 has to work
10am Angel #4 has to play in a band concert at a shopping center
10:30am WE has to sing in a choir concert at a DIFFERENT shopping center
11:30am-4pm Angel #1 has to work
5pm-11pm Angel #1 is going to the Military Ball (without a girl because he chickened out)
Oh, and I forgot to mention that, last week, the day before we left for Oahu, Angel #1 passed his written test for drivers ed. Now he's just got to finish his behind the wheel training with the teacher and he should have his license by the beginning of February. Yay for the Angel!
Random Daydreamer Fact: I've been to see the Corn Palace in Mitchell, South Dakota, 4 different times, including the year they had a picture of Elvis, done entirely with corn, on the side of the building.
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
I picked up some boxes at Walmart when I was there today and got a little head start on packing. They're the perfect size for storing books, which is good since we've got a LOT of books.
Today, I had a mongoose in the kitchen and it was freaking Jake the Wonder Dog out something terrible. If he would have just left it alone, it would have left, but he kept nosing around by the counter it was hiding behind, making it afraid to leave. I couldn't get Jake out of the kitchen so it would leave until Angel #1 called to get him from the bus stop. The lure of a ride in the van was more than Jake could handle and he came with me, giving Mr. mongoose a chance to make his escape...at least I assume/hope he made his escape and he's not still hiding under the counter. Wouldn't that be a fun surprise in the middle of the night?
Random Daydreamer Fact: I actually like moving to a new place, it gives me the chance to go through all our stuff and decide what I can live without and haul to Goodwill.
Monday, December 1, 2008
Book Reveiw Tuesday: Borrowed Bride by Elizabeth Lane Good, good, good. Set at the turn of the last century, which is cool because there are very few historical romances set during that time period and Elizabeth Lane does it SO well. Synop: his last night in town before heading to the wilds of Alaska, Hannah and Quint do the nasty. Quint leaves and disappears w/out a trace. Hannah finds out she's preggers and has no clue what to do. To give his brothers baby a name, Judd offers to marry Hannah, divorce papers at the ready so when/if Quint returns, he and Hannah can get married and raise their child. But...next thing you know, Judd starts looking pretty good to Hannah and vice-versa, then the angst begins. This is some good stuff, people and if you can get your hands on ANY Elizabeth Lane book, do so and open that baby up immediately. She's quickly becoming one of my favorite authors.
Oahu was fun. We got in on Wednesday morning and immediately headed to the mall. My friend Rene was also there with her girls, so we met up and did our shopping together. Sucky part is, this is the biggest mall in Honolulu...it's BIG, and I couldn't find a thing. I wanted some nice looking skirts or maybe a dress or two, but couldn't find a single thing that caught my eye. I ended up walking out of there with 3 bras from Macy's and that was it. And the only reason I got 3 of them was because it was a buy 2 get 1 free sale. The girls found a couple nice things at Old Navy and the boys found some stuff at Sears, so the shopping trip wasn't a total bust.
After the mall, we headed out to our church convention. It was wonderful seeing friends we only see once a year as well as others from our island that were also there who we see all the time. It was inspiring and uplifting and makes me want to be a better person in the year to come.
Thursday night, Angel #2 and our friend Kahala decided they wanted to brave the crowds and go shopping. They left at 11:30 and got there in time for the midnight opening. I decided sleeping was more attractive and stayed behind. I've never done the Black Friday shopping thing and never will. I don't like shopping the way it is. #2 and Kahala had fun though and #2 was thrilled with the $88 dress she got for $13, even if she DID have to stand in the check out line for half an hour to get it. It just confirms my suspicion that people are freakin nuts.
We got home last night. While we were gone, Angel #4's friends thought they'd be nice and feed the dog. They completely filled his dog food dish. That's not a good idea in Hawaii because we've got so many ants. I only give him about a cup at a time so he can eat it before the ants find it. Well, the ants found it and his dish was just crawling with the critters and we had to throw away a pound or two of dog food. Angel #2 also discovered that her cat caught a rat while we were gone and stuck it under her bed. It was obvious that it had been caught at the beginning of our trip and it was pretty darn nasty. Even after she cleaned it all up, it still kind of smells in her room. Welcome home....yeah.
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Yep, tomorrow we all fly out of here and head to Honolulu for the long Thanksgiving weekend. We do this yearly for our church convention and we're all looking forward to getting there and meeting up with all the other folks from the other islands. I'll be back on Sunday night, though I'm not guranteeing a post here until Monday, I'm going to be tired.
Book Review Tuesday: Stuck In the Seventies by DL Garfinkle This is a young adult book about a girl from today who, somehow, manages to travel back through time via a bathtub. It was kind of fun to read, not only because time travel books are fun, but it's set in 1978, which brings back a few memories from my childhood. I especially liked seeing the 70's through the eyes of a teenager from today. It was a really fun read.
Random Daydreamer Unknown Fact: When I was a kid, I used to hide out in the basement with the lights off and sit under the window and read. By keeping the lights off, my parents assumed nobody was down there and I could read to my hearts content w/out being found out and forced to do my chores.
Monday, November 24, 2008
I did a ton of laundry today, there was a lot. I've still got 3 or 4 loads left to wash if I want all our clothes clean before we go to Oahu on Wednesday. Packing for a trip is so stressful, but it'll all be worth it when we get settled in on the Convention grounds and we can spend four peaceful days at church with out friends.
To finish things off, I'm going to introduce an exciting new feature to this blog, which I will implement when I think of it. It's called: Unknown Daydreamer Facts The title is pretty self-explanitory. I'll give you a little known fact about me and before you know it, you'll be a fountain of Daydreamer trivia. Lucky you.
Unknown Daydreamer Fact #1: I empty out vacuum cleaner bags and use them a second time (a two-fold fact, you know I buy half as many bags as the average person, AND you know that I'm cheap - though a lot of you already knew that one)
Sunday, November 23, 2008
We was in our local paper today. They interviewed those of us on this side of the island who were doing nanowrimo, took pictures and wrote a really nice article. http://www.westhawaiitoday.com/articles/2008/11/23/features/features01.txt
Maybe it'll even sell a few of my books. Talk about Nano, I didn't do any writing today at all. That means that I've got to average 3,000 words tomorrow and another 3K on Tuesday in order to meet my goal of finishing on before we leave on Wednesday. Wish me luck.
Saturday, November 22, 2008
Thursday, November 20, 2008
- 1 pencil
- 1 pen
- 2 composition notebooks
- 1 3-ring binder
- 5 stuffed animals (including a 3 foot tall lion)
- 1 Little Red Riding Hood type basket with a bed pillow in it
- 5 cat toys
- 1 dresser drawer
- 3 pair of pajamas
- 2 bathrobes
- 2 throw pillows
- 1 alarm clock
The top sheet was pulled off the bed and lying on the floor - apparently there wasn't room for it in the bed. Did I mention this is a single bed - the top bed in her bunk bed. She's a normal sized kid, definitely more Amazon than Thumbalina...and she also sleeps with her cat. Yeah, I don't know how it all fits either. The bottom bunk is completely empty because that's where Jake the Wonder Dog sleeps.
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Tuesday Book Review:Snobbery With Violence by Marion Chesney - Anything written by Marion Chesney is great, but her Edwardian romances are da bomb. Snobbery With Violence is the first of a series - there's four written, I haven't read #4 yet, but I hope it wraps up the romance between Harry and Rose. They're mystery stories with a touch of romance. Good stuff
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
And also for Amber, I don't like bunnies because they've got nasty little pointed teeth, just like all other rodents. So, it's not only rabbits that I don't like, I also don't like rats, mice, squirrels, chipmunks, mongi and any other kind of rodents. Chickens are also creepy looking.
Monday, November 17, 2008
I don't know about getting another Cindy for the new place, Amber. I guess I don't mind cows, as long as I don't have to milk them. I draw the line at milking. Hubby's been talking about getting goats and chickens. E-I-E-I-O
Sunday, November 16, 2008
Saturday, November 15, 2008
Angel #1 spent most of this afternoon washing, vacuuming and otherwise cleaning out his new car. I can't get him to clean his room, but apparently a car is different. Now, if he can only get it to run without the whole neighborhood knowing about it, he'll be in business.
Angel #4 and I went to the library booksale today and scored big. We managed to get a copy of Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, only the greatest movie of all time, for a dime. She was also being nice and picked up a copy of the 2nd Harry Potter book for her brothers, not realizing that it was a Spanish version. I guess it'll come in handy if some fantasy loving Mexican immigrant stops by for a visit and is looking for something to read. Though, of course, that's not as funny as the time the random person dropped a hockey book written in Finnish inside our front door. That was beyond strange - and we never really did find out who gave it to us, though through a series of strange events, we have a pretty good idea.
Friday, November 14, 2008
I had the funniest phone call the other night. My friend Keala called me and said "I talked to my dad." I sat there, quiet, waiting for why she's telling me this. Are you there? she asks. Uh yeah, you were saying you talked to your dad. Dead silence again. Finally, we figured out what we were trying to say to each other. Apparently, she's text messaged me wondering if I knew where her dad was because he wasn't where he was supposed to be and they hadn't heard from him in a day or so. They were worried and were contacting people who might know where he was. I don't have text messaging enabled on my phone, so I never got the message that he was lost, so I didn't get it when she called to tell me he was found. It was funny when it happened, I guess you had to be there.
Thursday, November 13, 2008
Angel #4's teacher called me today. Turns out she took WE's cast out of the garbage where I'd thrown it and took it to school today. She put it on her arm and told everyone she had a broken arm. She wore the smelly old thing ALL day, and they'd even gone on a field trip. Well, I think her original idea was just to trick some people, but you know how these things can rocket out of control. I guess she had a pretty eleborate story going on, and since her teacher didn't get a good look at the cast, she didn't realize that #4's arm wasn't really broken until the end of the school day. By this time, the story had grown out of control. The teacher had a long talk with #4 about lying, then called me afterwards. When she got home from school, I had the lying talk with her also. The teacher told me some of her story, with her imagination, maybe she should be the writer in the family!
Yesterday hubby and I looked at a new rental house. I'd pretty much had it with dealing with the landlord here. I wanted to paint the interior of the house, you know, make it feel a little more personalized and like 'our home' instead of just a house we live in. After all, we've been here almost 1 1/2 years, we're not exactly fly-by-night renters or anything. Well, the landlord said no, even if we paid for the paint, did the painting ourselved and repainted it to whatever color he wanted when we moved out. Well, it's his house and it was obvious there was no dealing with someone with such a stubborn mindset, we decided to find a place we could personalize. Well, we found one, and it's out in the country! I'm pretty much over living in town and am ready for a little country privacy again. We'll be moving in January, so that'll give me plenty of time to do a leisurely pack instead of one of those 'throw everything in a box and hope for the best' kind of move. I think the angels are all good with the move, though #4 isn't totally thrilled with the fact that she'll be going to a different school next year. We'll just drive her back and forth for the rest of this year. Fortunately, the other kids won't have to move schools...and with any luck, their buses will come later in the morning than they do now.
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
#2's friend, the vampire girl, eventually showed up last night. #2 was laughing so hard that she threw up. I heard her do it, but kind of forgot about it, until they brought it up this afternoon when we were sitting at the food court at the shopping center. Why they decided that was good lunch conversation is beyond me. While the girls did their shopping, I brought my Alphasmart with me and did some writing. I staked my claim at a food court table and started typing. Problem is, a food court in Hawaii, isn't like normal food courts. We had geriatric hula dancers strutting their stuff in ours. I've seen them around before, I'm not sure if they go their every day or just Tuesdays - I'm usually only at the food court on Tuesdays, since that's our usual go out to coffee day. Anyway, the funny thing I found about the geriatric hula-ers, is there wasn't a single Hawaiian in the bunch. They were all white people with a couple Japanese thrown in for variety. They didn't just hula, either, there were ukelele's and one old guy that kind of looked like Burl Ives (you know, the snowman guy in the Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer Christmas special), and he sang - really bad. It certainly made writing a bit more difficult.
Oh yes, it's book review Tuesday. I only read on book this week. It was called The Ticket Out by Helen Knode. Two word review: Don't Bother Hopefully I'll have something more edifying for you next week.
Monday, November 10, 2008
No school tomorrow. Angel #'s 2 & 4 are both having friends over. Well, #4's friend is already here, #2's friend is famous for her ability to sleep during the day and stay awake all night - she gets through her school day by drinking energy drinks. She hasn't shown up here yet, so I'm not sure if she's still sleeping or wandering around town looking for a caffiene fix. #2 has been wanting a friend over for quite a while and it just hasn't worked out. I hope the vampire girl shows up soon so they can do whatever it is teenage girls do during sleepovers.
Angel #4 and her friend both play saxophone in the school band. For some reason, they were playing their saxes this afternoon on the side of the street in front of our house. Yeah, the neighbors all think we're weird.
Talk about weird neighbors, I got a laugh out of ours today. She's single and lives alone. She's been putting stuff for sale on Craig's List and had a man coming over to look at some patio furniture. She was leery about having a strange man over, so she came over here and borrowed Jake, the Wonder Dog for protection. I don't know what she thought Jake was going to do if something actually happened, maybe shed all over the guy or something. I think she just figured a 60 pound dog might disuade someone from trying any funny business. I told her that next time this happens to just mention her husband, the cop, in the conversation a couple times and it should have the same effect at Jake intimidation. I watched her house when the guy came over, there she was, showing him her patio furniture while dragging Jake around with her on his leash. The guy didn't buy her furniture, but he didn't try anything either. Jake must have served his purpose.
Sunday, November 9, 2008
We found out that WE shaved his arm the other day. I guess the arm with the cast on had grown some gross black hairs - hair that probably just gets worn off under normal circumstances. Well, WE didn't want to wait for normal circumstances to wear it off, so he tackled it with his dad's Gillette. Now he's got razor stubble on his arm and got picked on unmercifully by his big brother. When I was a kid, I wanted a big brother so bad. But now that I see Angel #1 tormenting his siblings, I realize that I didn't miss all that much by being the oldest child in my family.
Angel #2 has a penpal. Angel #2, being the kind of kid she is, doesn't have a normal penpal. Her penpal is her friend Rose. She goes to school with Rose and works with her 3 days a week after school at the library. The plan is that they're going to write letters to each other, but they can't talk about the letters to each other in real life and the letters have to be about stuff that they don't talk about when they're together. Yeah, they're a little odd, but there's so many worse things teenaged girls could be doing that I'm willing to spring for the cost of a stamp once or twice a week.
Saturday, November 8, 2008
Friday, November 7, 2008
We just got back from the Coffee Festival Parade. Angel #4's elementary school band marched in it. #4 plays the saxophone and her best friend, Maddog, plays the flute. They're all 5th grade and younger, many have only been playing their instrument since the beginning of September and the only song they all knew was Row Row Row Your Boat, so they played it over and over for the entire parade. They were incredibly cute and got a round of applause during the entire parade. The cutest was the little boy playing baritone. He'd stop playing in the middle of the song, stoop down and pick up a stray piece of candy thrown out by previous entries, shove it in his pocket, then start playing again. The whole group had a little bit of trouble marching when they started out. As long as they were moving, things were fine, but when they had to stop, the trouble started. Remember that scene in Animal House at the very end during the parade and the marching band all ran into the brick wall? Well, that's pretty much what happened, except, they didn't run into a wall, just each other. But, by the end of the route, they were getting the hang of it and doing pretty darn good. They can't wait for the Christmas Parade next month.
Thursday, November 6, 2008
Heather, this would be a mongoose. It's like a squirrel with an attitude. I don't like them in my house.
Yay, Afton is here in all her glorious anonymous glory! Glad you're here (I can't wait to hear how your date went)
We took WE's cast off tonight. When he got it put on, the Dr. said take it off in 5 weeks. But, it turns out the doctor is on a 2 week vacation, so the soonest he could get it off was Nov 18, 6 1/2 weeks after getting it put on. We couldn't see the point in him having to keep it on for an extra week and a half, just because the doctor wanted to spend a couple weeks in Vegas, so we took it off ourselves using a metal snippers. Besides, it was starting to reek real bad and Tag covers only a certain amount of stench....the smell was starting to cramp his style with the ladies. We'll get it x-rayed and take the pictures to the Doc on his Nov 18 appt, just so she can make sure everything healed like it was supposed to. First thing we had him do though was take a good soapy shower.
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
Bonsai the cat seems to be a serial illness kind of pet. The urinary tract infection seems to be going away - we're medicine droppering cranberry juice down his throat, but now he's got these hairless bumps on his head and neck. I put some peroxide on them and some antibiotic ointment, since there are some open sores, but frankly, I'm getting tired of constantly finding new medications to put on this cat that seems determined to stay sick no matter what we do.
Yay for Blogger autosave! I accidentally hit the wrong button and deleted some of my post. I just popped over to the list of posts, clicked on this one and ta-da! There it was in all its pre-deletion glory. The only thing I'm missing from Bravenet is smilies. If Blogger has smilies somewhere that I'm not seeing, someone please let me know. I'm feeling smilie deprived.
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
I'm glad to see some of you have found your way over from my Bravenet account...hopefully you all did. I'd hate to lose the few readers I actually DO have.
A new thing I'm going to try out starting next week (if I remember) is Book Review Tuesday. Every Tuesday (once again, IF I remember) I'm going to do a review of a book I read the previous week. I just picked Elizabeth Lane's latest The Borrowed Bride up at Walmart today. I read an excerpt on Unusual Historicals this week and it sounded so good I couldn't get it out of my head. When I saw it at Walmart today, I snapped it right up even though I put my name in the UH drawing to win the book. I didn't want to run the risk of it not being at the store next week when I went to buy it after finding out I didn't win it. I very seldom win anything, so I'm not really expecting to win it anyway. I'm just not a winning kind of person. Maybe I'll ignore my Nano responsibilities enough this week and read it for next weeks review.
I've got to say, I really like the autosave feature Blogger has. No longer do I hold my breath while typing out my post in hopes that I don't hit the wrong button and have the whole thing disapppear, which has happened more times than I care to think about at Bravenet.
Monday, November 3, 2008
Everyone's got off of school tomorrow. I think it's because the schools are used as voting venues, so they call off school to get the kids out of the way. Now I just have to remember to go and do my civic duty tomorrow and cancel out someone else's vote.
Sunday, November 2, 2008
For newbies: I'm known to my internet friends as Daydreamer. I have for so long that I think people are talking about me when they mention someone is a daydreamer. Yeah, I'm self obsessed :D
I've got 4 kids, known as Angel #1, Angel #2, Angel #4 and WE - which stands for Worm Eater for sadly obvious reasons. Though, I'm happy to say that it's been a couple years since he's munched on worms...I think. I've also got a wonderful husband, who puts up with my lazy ways, a dog named Jake, who's lazier than I am, and 3 cats, Mouschi, Chloe and Bonzai. Bonzai is sick at the moment, we're suspecting bladder infection, so yeah, that's gross. Despite the plethora of animals, I'm NOT an animal person. I prefer them on my plate with a side of mashed potatoes and gravy to having them in my home, shedding and forcing me to pick up their poop with my hand wrapped in a plastic Walmart bag.
This month, I'm doing Nanowrimo, which stands for National Novel Writing Month, a commitment for the month of November that I will write 50,000 words on a new novel, started November 1st and, if not over, at least 50K completed by November 30. I've suceeded twice before, one of them is now published and for sale at Amazon, called It Takes Moxie. Last years project is done and I have some publisher interest, but it's been set aside so I can tackle this years project, tentively titled The Road Back Home. They're all 1920's romances, because I'm just a romantical kind of person. I've also got a second book published, called Eye of the Beholder.
For the last 2 1/2 years, I've lived within wave hearing distance from the beach in Hawaii. Before that, I was born and raised in Wisconsin and still have a strong Wisconsin accent and crave bratwurst and cheese curds on a regular basis. This is where I used to be: http://www.dulciemae.bravejournal.com/index.php But I guess I'm here now.