Birthdays

May. 2nd, 2016 03:18 pm
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April 19

Tried experimenting with watercolors. I've had the same box of Prang watercolors since I was a freshman in high school, so basically for about 20 years, now.

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Maybe if I'd used it up already, I'd be a better painter. ;P

April 23

Made this card for my little cousin J, who shares a birthday with my husband on the 27th.
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Anyway, I don't think I've seen him smile for a picture since he was maybe 8. He's a happy kid, he just doesn't like to smile for pictures. I tried giving cartoon J a big goofy anime smile, but then the picture didn't resemble him at all. :P

Also, I asked Ben to run out and pick up some food for Science. And he came back with this:

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Apparently, the church on the corner was having a rummage sale. He bought it for a whopping $5 and managed to shove the whole thing into my two-door Yaris hatchback. When I posted it on Facebook, Katie commented "Send him out for Windex, next, and see what happens!" Which my mom found so hilarious that she brought it up three times since then. Anyway, he reasoned that since it's $5, if he can't figure out what to do with it, we can just break it down. But the whole thing is so bizarre... and it's not really taking up too much space- it's in the corner by the DDR machine in the garage.

April 24

Had lunch at The Boiling Crab with extended family to celebrate J's birthday. I'd never been there before. Apparently, you order seafood/sausage/etc. by the pound. They bring it out in bags and the table is basically your plate. This was the only meal I had all day and I was still kind of full the next day. My auntie even sent us home with a pound of shrimp and sausage.

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These are Ben's hands after the experience. If there is any eating establishment besides Phil's BBQ that could benefit from a hand-washing station, it is this place.

Anyway, would definitely eat there again, though I probably want to wait a while if only to let them forget that my parents/aunts/uncles blatantly disregarded their "no outside food" signs, brought in cakes, and lit one of those crazy sparkling singing flower candles. Don't really want to be associated with being a rule-breaker/fire hazard bringer. I can't believe they did that.

But it was still very thoughtful of them to get a cake for Ben, too.

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Here's J and his cake. His expression is a little more extreme than usual, hehe. I didn't really get a good one of Ben because he was sitting next to me.

April 25

More watercolor experimentation.

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April 26

We decided to make Ben's birthday party Star Trek TNG-themed. I found this cup at the dollar store and wondered if I could pass it off as a horga'hn. I was planning on displaying it next to "The Fruits of Risa" party platter, but wound up passing on it, since I don't know that anyone but us and maybe Bob would have understood the reference.

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Also, I got my hair cut.

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I hadn't gotten it cut since December and it was long enough that I could put it in a little ponytail, which kind of bugged me. I really, really do like having it short.

April 27

It's Ben's (and J's) birthday! He didn't take the day off work since he planned for taking Friday off to prepare for his party the next day. But he did take off a little early so we could go have dinner at Intertwined.

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The last time we were there was for NYE. They had a special menu which included lamb chops and tiramisu... and it was crazy good. Alas, said lamb chops and tiramisu were not on the menu. But they still had a killer chocolate lava cake.

April 28-29

I don't have any pics for these days, but on the 28th I assembled Paper Picard for Pin the Combadge on Captain Picard. And the 29th, Ben did so much yardwork that we did not have enough green bins. And we have three overflow bins.

April 30

Party time!

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After breakfast, I baked a bunch of cupcakes and put up balloons and the last of our blue streamers. I'd gotten LED marbled balloons because they sort of reminded me of Jupiter in the photos. Alas, the real balloons were not quite as advertised, but still pretty cool.

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Unfortunately, the only ones who saw them glowing were me, Ben, Katie, and Bob, since most of the party happened during daylight hours. But, the LEDs were good for more than 24 hours rather than the 15 on the package.

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Ben picked up a block of dry ice for the "bloodwine" which was really Katie's mom's alcoholic punch. We still had a good chunk of it left after the party, so Ben and Andy tried exploding a rubber glove with it (failed because the glove kept untying). Then Ben threw a big chunk of it in the tank of the toilet. A few minutes later, he announced that he never wanted to pee in a toilet not filled with dry ice. /smh

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Almost everyone played Pin the Combadge on Picard, although we had forgotten about "hot/cold" rules and when to stop giving hints, so Bob had to redo his turn after feeling up the captain. Amazingly, he was beat out by Nicole, who did not have to feel up the captain, but I felt a little bad because she got motion-sick in the playing.

And now that the balloons have stopped glowing, I should probably take them down. :P
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April 8

From 2016


We now have multiple male birbs fighting for the feeder. I can still tell which one is Dick (he's not pictured), but I am unable to differentiate between Tim and JT.

April 9

I got a new office chair for my studio. My old one, bought new for $45 from Office Depot many, many years ago, kept sinking, probably due to a leak in the hydraulic cylinder. We'd gotten it because anything was better than a folding chair. This time, though, we went to a used office supply store because I previously had really good luck finding a quality chair for cheap to use in the home office. So I found a used chair for $45, which I suspect cost significantly more when it was new, because it's pretty nice. I like it better than the $399 posturpedic chair I had originally been looking at, partly because it was a fraction of the cost but mostly because it came in red and I didn't have to deal with taking the arms off. It fits well in the studio, where there is limited real-estate. Red isn't as fun as purple, but I've never met a good quality purple office chair.

Anyway, since we were halfway out there, we went to lunch at the Green Dragon Tavern and Museum, which was named for the Green Dragon Tavern in Boston, which was named for the copper dragon hung in it that had gone green with age. The copper dragon hanging in the Carlsbad tavern has not yet gone green with age.

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To start, Ben ordered their clam chowder, which he declares is the best he's ever eaten. It was pretty darn good, but super rich.

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We called it a cheat day and ordered lobster hoagies. Ben got the more "traditional" Connecticut-style hoagie (pretty much just lobsta and buttah on a roll) while I ordered the more hippy California-style hoagie, which had stuff like mango and avocado and spices. I also ordered their sweet potato waffle fries because it would have been a shame not to.

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It had spicy ketchup, which has quickly become my favorite thing to dip my sweet potato fries with.

We ended by ordering their skillet s'more, which we could not finish because it looked like this:

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I think they make their marshmallow bricks in-house. Also, I think it would have taken four people to finish it. Holy wow.

April 10-14

Honestly, I've kind of lost track of this week. I know that on Sunday I wished my sister and Katie a happy National Siblings Day on The Facebooks. I accepted a new recording contract, too.

On Monday I finished writing my introduction letter to my new endocrinologist. On Tuesday, I overnighted said letter plus preliminary paperwork to her office. Wednesday, I did some experimental watercolor painting, all of which I wound up recycling. For dinner, I make low-carb tuna casserole and cauliflower "muffins."

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Although they were better than the first time I made cauliflower muffins, it wound up being closer to cauliflower mini quiches without a crust. I also spent some time reworking one of the novels I started writing last year (the raunchy one). Same, Thursday, though by the end of the day I started feeling the beginnings of a cold. Of course I get a sore throat and runny nose soon after I sign a recording contract.

April 15

I meet my new endo for the first time, who thought my introductory letter was thoughtful. I got a lot of blood drawn, then she took me off of Glipizide and Actos, which I was hoping for, except now I'm on a once-weekly injectable. The pros are that I only have to take 2/3 as many pills as I used to, nightly, and 1/3 in the morning. The cons are that the new stuff has to be refrigerated. Which isn't a terrible con. I suppose not having to do it daily may make me susceptible to forgetting to take it, but as long as I don't snooze my calendar alarm I should be fine.

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April 16

Full on cold. Crybaby Sailor Moon keeps me company. Because misery loves company.

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April 17

Ben hosts D&D while I stay locked in the plague room. I finish reading the last two books of the Sword of Truth/Richard Kahlan series, which I had been putting off and putting off since the narrator for the first new one reminded me too much of Sad Dog Diaries. I mean, I actually read these instead of listening to the audiobooks, but I was turned off for a little bit partly because of the first audiobook. I kind of wish Terry Goodkind had stopped where he did originally. I'm debating re-reading the originals, because I'd like to remember them fondly... but I'm also curious to know if I was just so naive before to completely miss all the mansplaining? I suspect Blood of the Fold was the only really heavy-handed one because even Ben had made a comment about it... but it's all sort of fuzzy.

April 18

Witch Baby's new wig from Hasel's Aesthetics arrived and it's awesome.

From 2016


Also, I had to go to LabCorp and pick up a spit kit and pee in a cup. I hate peeing in a cup. My new endo also wants to figure out why my periods are irregular off birth control. So. The spit kit. Science is awesome. I don't know how I'm going to feel if they tell me I have PCOS, or something. It's something that Katie has been dealing with for a long time, but I've never been in a rush to have kids. I figured I'd get my blood sugars in order for at least a year first before we'd start trying and also I believe I come from very fertile stock. I'm honestly not sure whether I'd be sad or relieved if my path to motherhood was hindered.

Today...

It's my first day on the injectable and back on metformin. My blood glucose levels seem to be largely the same, but I was told it might be a couple of weeks before it starts affecting my system. I'm not nauseated, but my stomach has been making ridiculous gurgling noises for the past three hours... and it continues to. Separately, Sheryl texted me some photos from her marathon.

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She said her costume was a big hit and that a bunch of people were asking to take pictures of/with her, so that's cool. :)
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April 2

From 2016


The orchid Steve and Holly brought us from Hawaii started blooming. Lo and behold, it does in fact smell like milk chocolate. It's kind of nuts. More flowers have bloomed this week and supposedly it will stay in bloom for 4-6 weeks. I think I can manage not to kill it if I keep it where the basil lives.

April 3

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Science wanted very badly to befriend this dog. I also wanted Science to befriend this dog.

April 4

No picture today. A woman came to our door asking if we had witnessed the "incident" Friday night. There was a car accident that happened on the corner and apparently the cops who showed up tased and beat her husband. She took video on her phone and was consequently arrested for doing just that. They confiscated her phone and threw both of them in jail, so she and her husband were canvassing the neighborhood to see if anyone else happened to witness the incident or have video footage. I remembered hearing a really close siren, but that's nothing new. Also saw the debris from the accident, but that was it. Kind of terrifying that it happened so close. I feel bad for them. :(

I don't know what to make of it. I've been pulled over by an Esco cop before. I crossed an intersection where I should have turned. To be fair, I'd never taken that route before and only did so because there were traffic cones blocking my usual route. (Furthermore, I'd totally seen people cross there before.) Anyway, I was as polite as I could muster, also being somewhat terrified. It was the first time I'd ever been pulled over. I am thankful I was let off with a warning.

April 5

No picture today, either. After exercising, I spent the morning looking for a potential new Endo/Primary Care Practitioner. All the doctors taking new patients who are within a 10 mile radius of my house have not great scores on Health Grades. This one lady had promising Health Grades ratings... not great, but better than the others, so I was getting hopeful even though she was at a hospital out in Vista. But then I read a yelp review that basically said she treats overweight people like human garbage and tries to sell you on diet supplements. No, thank fuck you. So I made an appointment for next week with an endo in Encinitas. I am getting the same vibe off her website and profile as I did for the doctor I had in Chula Vista, so fingers crossed.

Today...

A lady from the new endo's office called to confirm my insurance information and I'm all set... well, after I file my paperwork and write down my talking points for my appointment, I'm all set.

Also, it's day 6 of Doing All My Exercise. That is, walking Science first thing in the morning (30-60m), followed by a little hoop dance (20m), and calisthenics before bed (15m). So far, since I've run out of my prescription, that plus bittermelon tea and supplements have been keeping my blood sugars not exactly where they need to be but low enough for the neuropathy not to kick in. About where it was when I was on meds but ignoring my diet and exercise, basically. So. I hope this endo doesn't make me cry. Or at least, not the way my (soon to be ex-)primary makes me want to. My insurance website said she was available to act as a primary, so I hope that is true... provided that I wind up liking her in real life and not just because she has a website that works.
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Wednesday, Katie and I went to the special butterfly exhibit at the Safari Park.

From 2016


It was a two hour wait to get in to the Hidden Jungle enclosure where the butterflies were kept, unless you wanted to pay $20 to skip the line. We did not. Instead, we opted for shimmery butterfly headbands and "butterfly food," the latter of which was really a cube of overpriced watermelon. We probably should have just stuck with the headbands, since by the time it was our turn in the enclosure, the butterflies were pretty well-fed and had no particular interest in the watermelon.

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^ Me and my butterfly-less cup of overpriced watermelon.

We wound up giving our food to the the Czechoslovakian family who was ahead of us in line. They were veritable butterfly-magnets. A pretty blue butterfly (I'm blanking on the name, but not a morpho) landed on the daughter pretty much as soon as we entered the enclosure. We think maybe the butterflies tended to land on all of the kids more because they're probably covered in something sticky and sugary.

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Nevertheless, a couple of friendlies eventually agreed to pose with us.

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Afterwards, we grabbed lunch and then went on the tram ride. I was kind of hoping to see the giraffes and oryxes (?) run again, but everyone was pretty mellow today. I settled for a goofy giraffe picture.

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And the new baby cheetah cubs!!

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I'm kind of amazed that this rambling park is 5 miles away from my house.

Finally, unrelated to Wednesday's happenings... I took a picture of our new table cloth.

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Today, I woke up at 5:30 and couldn't get back to sleep, so I took Science on a walk. I forget how nice mornings are when I'm not stuck inside recording or sleeping through them.

A year ago today, Facebook reminds me that I was watching the Robot Cabaret in Japan, having not slept in 24 hours. Hoping the next time I'm in that country, I've lost enough weight not to feel like "That Fat American." I've said before that I don't like to focus on specific numbers or a "goal weight" since I don't believe it's nearly as healthy or productive as being focused on what I'd like my body to be able to do... and I'd like my body to be able to not feel claustrophobic walking up seven flights of narrow stairwell in their tiny, tiny buildings.
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March 26

Spent the morning working on what I could of Sheryl's running outfit without actually having Sheryl there to try it on. We were supposed to have dinner at The Boiling Crab with my parents for Sheryl's birthday (it's on the 31st but that's a work day). Alas, my parents came down with the flu so Ben and I took Sheryl to The Top of the Lexus (properly known as Vintana), instead.

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This is Sheryl laughing at me because I had a Black Rose cocktail and was apparently tipsy. She says when I'm sober, I'm like a cat (quiet and keep to myself). But when I'm tipsy I'm like a dog (interested in everything and overly friendly). I'm a lightweight.

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Vintana has the best popovers. They serve it with a tiny bucket of jalapeño honey butter and it's just fantastic.

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I was apparently very tipsy because I thought I'd ordered a pork belly something or other, but got a brûléed pork chop on top of braised Brussels sprouts and figs and sweet potato. Which was delicious, but not as tender as a pork belly. Sheryl and Ben said neither of them saw any such thing as pork belly on the menu, so it was definitely the cocktail ordering. Ha.

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We finished our meal with a mud pie (and complimentary birthday bread pudding). The above picture actually makes the mud pie seem much smaller than it was. Holy cow. But it was awesome and we demolished it, anyway.

March 27

On Easter, we had brunch at my in-laws'... and had to egg hunt. Without Andy, since he was coming for dinner. I was kind of hoping that Andy and Christa would join us, but then Christa is so good-natured she would probably totally be into the whole grown-up egg-hunt thing. Afterwards, we went home and I finished Sheryl's running costume for the Star Wars Dark Side Half at Disney World.

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I don't know if I'd mentioned it before, but if you don't "get" it, it's a crossover of Rey from Star Wars and Belle from Beauty and the Beast. I made her a water-bottle holder in the shape of a book since it would have been awkward to run with a staff or a basket. It's not as "finished" as I would have liked, but Sheryl liked it well enough. And I guess I'm pretty proud of it. It really looks like a book. You can open it to the front page like a book. But it's squishy and you can keep your keys/phone in it as well.

Yesterday, March 28

Ben has been complaining that we don't have a tablecloth for our table. We do- we have three, in fact. But we have to use two at a time when both leaves of the table are in for hosting and D&D. We haven't been able to find any locally that are the length of our table, and every time Ben has tried to buy one on Amazon, the options say they're sold out in the length we need. So I bought a bunch of fabric from Spoonflower and now we have a Legend of Zelda Tri-Force tablecloth.

I don't have a picture of it, but I'll post it next time as soon as I've cleared the table of my sewing stuff and put it on the table. Have to say, it's the most expensive thing I've sewn that wasn't a convention costume.
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March 21

No pic of the day, today. I wrote my catch-up post in the morning and kind of forgot afterwards. I binge-watched Red Data Girl on Netflix, mostly. Also did a grocery run. It was the least amount of money I've spent on groceries lately. Usually I rack up about $100 a week, but this time it was only $50. Probably because I'm getting better at meal planning, so my grocery trips are a little more precise. Also, we still had some frozen meat from Costco. Tbh, though, I feel like the quality of the ground beef is better from TJ's, even if it's a little more expensive. Same with their salmon, though lately it's been a really good deal.

March 22

No pic of the day, today, either. Ben texted me at 6:30 in the morning telling me he forgot his work backpack. I wound up taking it to him at lunchtime. We went to Chipotle, where he confessed that he didn't actually need his work backpack for work, but it had the laptop that had his fancy schmancy D&D app in it and he was supposed to be hosting a lunchtime D&D. Priorities, man. Afterwards, I went home and cleaned, mostly. Science and I went on a walk around the neighborhood and turned right on 9th, which we don't usually do. We ran into Carolyn, which made both Science and our mail lady very happy, since a lot of our on-line shopping is Amazon orders and they ship via courier and their own vans. Science kept tugging like she expected Carolyn to come on the rest of our walk with us.

March 23

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I realized that I haven't taken Science out on the trails for a month. We try to hit up the dog park every weekend, but I've been neglecting taking her on weekday fun rides. So she was hesitant to get in the car, but she didn't have full body shakes or anything... just a little dilly-dallying before hopping in. We didn't walk all the way out to the lake, this time, since it was kind of later in the afternoon. I really need to get my walking pack thing in order, tho, because the strap is ripping off my glucose monitor pouch. And I want a cute one... and I've got a bunch of Twin Stars fabric from Hanami Boutique, still.

March 24

From 2016


I think I did a better job on the windows, second time around. I wish I knew where my tweezers were, tho.

Today! March 25

From 2016


I splurged and ordered a set of Copics off Oozak a couple days ago. I saw they were in stock at Stuff 4 Crafts and told myself to sleep on it. That was a couple of weeks ago. So by the time I'd talked myself into it, they were out of stock. So there was no thought involved when I saw Oozak had them. Anyway, they arrived today, so I colored this Tenniel plate I printed as a reference for the felted Alice doll I plan to make. Thinking of entering the themed needle arts competition at the San Diego County Fair.

Luck

Mar. 21st, 2016 10:54 am
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March 15

From 2016


Teapots.

March 16

From 2016


I have precious few articles of clothing with green in it, so I made a clover to attach to one of my headbands, and another one for Science's collar. I don't usually care about dressing in green for St. Patrick's Day unless I've been invited to something, and since Ben's parents were having us over for corned beef and cabbage (which has a totally different meaning for me when my mom makes it), I thought I'd be festive.

March 17

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Science, wearing her four leaf clover. Hers is cuter, I think.

Andy's new girlfriend being Filipina is both helpful and frustrating. On the one hand, the pressure is partly off me for being the token non-white person at any given family gathering. On the other hand, I feel like the stupid race stuff was extra stupid that night. Um, yes her last name is Spanish, but no she doesn't have forty different names. We have extra names because it's a Christian thing. No, I can't tell you about the indigenous religions of the Philippines because they were wiped out by colonialism. I cringed so hard when people were trying to be all, But isn't it nice that you were colonized? Because you're clearly flourishing from all the outside influence. Sure, it's totally awesome that Filipinos were enslaved and raped and made to hate the color of their skin and brainwashed into thinking that it's awesome! OH MY GOD. Pass the butter, please.

They are super kind and generous people, but sometimes just clueless.

Apart from that, we didn't have to play cards late into the night because there were lots of folks there and it was a week night, dinner was delicious, and it was an otherwise pleasant evening.

March 18

I don't have a picture, but today I drove down to Ms. Peggie's Place. It's the only dollhouse store in the greater San Diego area.. the only one south of Riverside, too, I think? They sell dollhouse kits and furnishings at Hobby Lobby, but it's sparse... there's also other local hobby stores that sell kits, but not furnishings... and sometimes you get lucky and find neat stuff at the mall, but it's inconsistent. Peggie's is set up with a bunch of room boxes that you can pick from, too, so you get an idea of what it looks like set up. It's pretty awesome. But their weekday hours are short and I don't want to go on a weekend because that's couple time.

I went early to avoid traffic and found some great shelves and great dollhouse's dollhouse-sized furniture (I think it's called 1/4" scale but that confuses me because that equals MSD to me). They're having their annual yard sale in June, so I'll probably go to that.

I also missed a turn on the way home and wound up at the top of Mount Soledad. What a view! I should have parked and taken a picture, but I didn't want to get stuck in traffic.

Also, stopped at the South Esco Aaron Bros. and finally found a violet Prismacolor. Two, in fact, so I bought both of them, because I seem to go through violet a lot. Seriously, though, all of the local art/craft supply stores that sell open stock Prismas were sold out of violet. I'd have ordered them off of Cheap Joe's, but it was the only color I needed and I didn't really want to pay $8 for shipping for just the one thing.

March 19
From 2016


I cut myself on my Wusthof. It was dumb. I was drying dishes and it was lying sharp-side up in the dry tub and I sliced my thumb on the knuckle. It's not like it made it to the bone, but the cut was so clean that looking at it made my knees buckle a little. I mean, I bleed on a regular basis to check my blood sugar, but I'm squeamish about accidental knife cuts. My knees and elbows get tingly every time it happens to a chef on Chopped.

Apart from that I was absurdly happy that I got to use my bandages with a fun print on them.

March 20
From 2016

Dick and Barbara had babies! I'm not sure how many are in there... Ben thinks three or four. I wish we'd caught them when they were hungry and sticking their little beaks up in the air, but they fell asleep pretty fast after feeding and I haven't heard them squeaking at all since we found out. So far, neither of them have tried to dive bomb us, but Barb let out a loud shriek we'd never heard before, rather than just flitting away.

Bonus pictures:
From 2016


I think Carolyn misses Science. We've been ordering stuff, but lately it's all being delivered by UPS or the Amazon vans. I miss Carolyn, too, because sometimes the Amazon Vans deliver to the second door of my neighbor's house, instead of to our house. Then Taylor and her dad wind up delivering it to us. I'm glad we have nice neighbors.

From 2016


Ben took me to Sushi Nori for dinner, which is my favorite local sushi place. Their medium sashimi plate has a different presentation every time. I thought this one was pretty cute... surpassed only by their autumn/winter presentation, which included a pretty cucumber flower with a tea light inside it! Unfortunately I don't have a picture of that one.

Pie

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March 6:

From 2016


Okay, I have no clue why the meta tag says it was taken today, because I definitely took it on March 6th and I didn't crop it at all today. But anyway, Sunday began with a heavy thump on the doorstep and the dog barking like crazy. I wasn't expecting anything from Amazon, let alone anything addressed to "Kathy" because I don't use nicknames when I order anything. So, I was pleasantly surprised to find a copy of S. from Katie. It was sold out when it came on my radar, and I'd forgotten about it, but she's reading it and wanted someone to read along. It seemed a bit like information overload, so I started "reading" it by listening to the audiobook, which allowed me to get a first pass at the base story without the notes to distract me.

Ben did some overtime at work, today, so I visited him during lunchtime and we shared a Chipotle bowl. Before going back to work, he accompanied me to the nearby Lowes to pick up some spraypaint because I'm going to finally repaint my Paradise Estate. The repainting hasn't happened yet, since it's been drizzling on and off all week.

March 7:

From 2016


Again, I have no idea why the meta tag has today's date. I cropped it on my phone, but maybe a day after it was taken. Mystery. Anyway, since one of my coloring books has tear-out pages, I decided to try coloring it with watercolors. It was very trying, since this particular coloring book has a lot of tiny lines. And also since I'm not very good at watercolors. It did, however, make me want to improve and experiment a little more, though.

Also, we finally canceled our cable. The special promotional period ended, and our bill went from ~$90 for cable+moderately fast internet to $160. That seemed sort of ridiculous, considering most of the material we dvr is cartoons, and we have Netflix. They offered us Dish Network for just the channels we do watch for $100, but seeing that would require a satellite dish, we declined and opted instead to upgrade our internet.

The cable guy came to collect our old router and install a new one and fiddle with some things on the street. He said he had serviced the house a couple years before and that the previous tenants had their teenaged son living in the garage, which might explain the dramatic letter we found written on masking tape on the side of our garage door. Haha.

March 8:

I don't have a picture for this day, and I honestly can't remember what I did, so I imagine I watched the last two episodes of Young Justice, and the middle two episodes of season one of Hannibal, and mourned the lack of stipended audiobooks available for audition.

March 9:

From 2016


I rearranged the garage, again, moving the extra shelving onto my side of the garage, and sorting through the papers I had de-spider-pooped the week before to see what could be recycled. Whilst doing so, I came across this picture of a young me and young Jensen Ackles, that pivotal moment in time when he decided he was leaving Soap Opera Stardom for Other Hollywood Stardom. Well, not exactly, but, you know. It would be a few years before he landed Supernatural, trading in his baby face for his now more grizzled mien.

Anyway, I had absolutely no idea who he was, but my friend was a big fan and invited me to this signing. I remember feeling not particularly excited, since I had no idea who he was... then feeling absurdly nervous when it was my turn to get up on the raised platform for an autograph and a picture. Probably because he was a cute guy and, being the shy and awkward teenager that I was, I fell apart around cute guys.

CAN YOU BELIEVE THIS WAS SEVENTEEN YEARS AGO??? That's how old I was at the time!!!! Seventeen! Seventeen! A whole moody teenager ago! Seventeen years ago, I met Jensen Ackles at a mall tour. HA!

Man, I almost want to make it my goal to take this old photo to Comic Con and get it signed again, but I'm pretty sure I'd have to sleep on the street overnight and I'd probably still be turned away.

March 10:

From 2016


I finished listening to Ship of Theseus (the base book of S.) today. By itself, it certainly read like literature. Like, the language was beautiful, but I found myself trying to dissect it... and when I get to the point where I'm trying to dissect any piece of art (whether it's literature, film, music or Art), I start to lose the sense of whether I actually like it or not. I'm obviously not done with it, yet, because there's another story in the marginalia, and I've only gotten a little of the way through that. It's harder to navigate, because the notes happen at different times even though they appear next to one another through the story, but it's interesting, trying to piece together the relationship between the two characters passing the book.

March 11:

From 2016


I don't remember whether I planted these last year or the year before, but I do remember that I planted more than a dozen of them and these are the only two who showed up to the party. Well, there seems to be one more, but it hasn't flowered, ever.

March 12:

From 2016


Finally decided to paint the cardboard furniture I made, oh... six or seven years ago? When we were living in Mira Mesa. I don't know the whereabouts of the octopus tank, or the little flocked-topuses... probably in one of the boxes in the garage, and if not, gone, gone, gone. I'm trying to decide whether to use them when I refurbish my Paradise Estate.

Doesn't look half bad for stuff made out of davey board and hot glue... if you don't look too closely.

March 13:

From 2016


Today was one of our cheat days, so we went to Red Robin for lunch before Ben had to prepare for his D&D campaign. We were there a little too early, though, so we walked around the mall until it opened up. And saw this! I haven't seen one of these in a mall since the 80's! Though, Ben and I rode one relatively recently when it was at the Star Trek exhibit at the Aerospace Museum. Man, I really love that there was a Star Trek exhibit at the Aerospace Museum.

Because Ben was having D&D, we also declared it early Pi-day. I called in a carry out order for a large Meatspace pizza with pineapple from Killer Pizza from Mars (my favorite of all the pizzas!) and we bought a Dutch Apple Pie and a Chocolate Mousse Pie. It was definitely Pie Overkill.

I will say, being on month three of mostly low-carb, things with added sugar in it do taste too sweet to me, now. It did not stop me from finishing my pie, but I'm kind of glad we don't indulge as much as we used to.

Today! March 14:

From 2016


I've had this basil plant for about a year, now... I know, because I distinctly remember asking Andy to water it while we were in Japan. It looks like it might have one or two more squashta or eggplant skillet helper meals before I'll have to get a new one, but I'm pretty impressed that it's lived as long as it has.

Cherry

Mar. 5th, 2016 08:57 pm
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I'm not doing a very good job of daily posts, though I've been taking almost daily pictures. I might have to revise my picture/line-a-day thing to "Post once weekly with the week's pictures." Or post the following day, or something, because what happens is I want to post in the morning or during the daytime before I've actually done anything, but I have little or nothing to say so I put it off until the evening, when I'm spending time with Ben, so I forget altogether.

So, maybe I save it for the weekend? IDK.

Anyway.

March 2: I don't have a picture. I do more clearing up of the garage and post some craft stuff and other miscellaneous items on the local Buy Nothing Facebook page. Kara comes buy and relieves me of a great deal of art supplies for her young son, who is just getting into painting, followed by Nita who takes boxes of stamps in the afternoon, and Leah who takes a very large box of fabric and the rest of the stamps and ink pads. My table of excess is already looking better.

Since we cleared so much space in the garage the night before, we go shopping for a work table. We find one we like, but I want to take more measurements before committing. Ultimately, we go home and buy it on-line for in-store pick-up the next day.

March 3:

From 2016


We do have tenants. I started calling them Dick and Barbara. (Tangentially, Yvonne Craig's Barbara Gordon hair seems like it would be more suited to crime-fighting than the red wig she puts on with her Batgirl costume. I mean, I understand that it's supposed to hide her identity, but I feel like a wig would be easily pulled off during zany crime-fighting capers.)

From 2016


Also, Ben brings home the work table and assembles it. The reviews say it takes about four hours to do but he manages in three. I think it's because he bothers to RTFM. :)

March 4:

From 2016


I did a lot of coloring today. Dawn, North Dakota Hooping Champion in 1972, came by to pick up the work-out hoop.

Today, March 5:

From 2016


I drag Ben to the Cherry Blossom Festival at the Japanese Friendship Garden in Balboa Park. Ben was hesitant about going because we're expecting rain this weekend, so I neglected to buy tickets on-line and we wound up standing an hour in line to get in.

From 2016


Fortunately, the cherry trees inside the gardens were actually blooming, unlike the portentous naked trees outside the garden. Also, I've been to the garden twice with friends... and on neither occasion did we visit the full gardens. I had NO IDEA that the back was terraced, with a mossy stream and wooden footbridges meandering down to a couple of pagoda-esque pavilions below. I thought the beginning and end of it were the koi pond, the tea pavilion, and the upper pavilions. I'm seriously thinking of buying an annual membership. It includes entry into the botanical gardens closer to me, too.

From 2016


Obligatory Hanami selfie.

From 2016


From 2016


From 2016


It was another hour of waiting for TAKOYAKI!!!! I've ordered takoyaki at other restaurants since our visit to Japan, but I think they must bake it in the oven or reheat from frozen or something, because it's always too well-done, at least for my tastes. Ben actually likes it well-done, but I think it's supposed to be hot balls of octopus lava in your mouth. So... Ben was not thrilled, but I was. Also, since we had to wait and carry it half-way up the terrace, it cooled to just the perfect eating temperature. Which, okay, kind of goes against the lava part, but it's still gooey octopus deliciousness. And I didn't burn my mouth.

All in all, the festival reminded me of some of my favorite parts of our trip last year: cherry blossoms everywhere, delicious food, girls tottering around in geta and beautiful kimonos... but also my least favorite part of our trip: waiting in ridiculous lines pretty much everywhere.

Happy March

Mar. 1st, 2016 11:13 am
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I know, I know, I missed a week. I missed a lot of days, too, but I got a few.

Feb 22-23: No pics. I was re-watching a lot of Young Justice on Netflix, and also started watching Hannibal. (Katie got me season 1 on blu-ray because I have no other access to it, short of downloading it illegally. And I have to, apparently.) It's pretty good. I mean, I tend to like procedurals, generally, but it has the kind of creepy beautiful visuals that I enjoy, too.

From 2016


Feb 24: Just a picture of Science being silly. She likes to sleep on her back, sometimes in positions that do not look particularly comfortable.

From 2016


Feb 25: Casca repaint #4. Aaaaugh... I still want to wipe it and do it again. I think I did a better job with the lashes but went overboard with the eyebrows? IDK.

From 2016


Feb 26: These two are our regulars. They are male (red) and female (brown) house finches, I think. They may or may not be nesting in our front porch eaves. I see them fly into it, but I can't tell if there's any material up there. The blue-chested black mohawk bird I wanted the feeder for has not been around. As far as I know, he has not used the feeder, either.

From 2016


Also Feb 26: My parents were staying at Barona to cash in on my mom's birthday weekend, so they invited us to the buffet. We wound up eating at the steakhouse, instead. We ordered a seafood sampler platter for the appetizer. Pretty much everyone got some form of surf-and-turf for their entree. This is the mixed grill, which was a "taste" of lamb, wagyu, pork-belly, and grilled shrimp, with sides of mixed veggies and fingerling and purple potatoes. (We called a cheat day.)

From 2016


Feb 28: Science is exhausted after we visit Andy at his new digs and met his new girlfriend, Christa. The house was nice enough, for a bunch of dudes renting it. And Christa was nice, too. She's very... bubbly. Some (possibly all? I don't know if there's a third?) of Andy's room-mates made brief appearances- Jon (the half-Filipino one whose last name Smith makes for amusing conversation when he starts a tab), and Ben. Science is usually pretty friendly, but she did not like Ben. I don't know if it's because there can be only one, or if it's because Ben has a chihuahua. Well, it's his parents' chihuahua. But. She could probably tell.

I don't have any pics for yesterday, Leap Day. I spent a lot of it reorganizing the garage, but I still have to sweep the horrific amount of black widow spider poop from the corner where my boxes of old journals and sketchbooks used to be. It all over so much of my stuff I was tempted to just recycle it and call it lost, but I wound up cleaning it and moving it into Sterilite tubs that should be more spider resistant. I think I'm going to wind up paring a lot of it down and sending the rest to recycle, anyway.

From 2016


Finally, today! I woke up to a water feature in our yard! Ben took today off work (hooray for two weeks accrued vacation, boo for not being able to just cash it out) and called the city to report it. We turned off the house water and the outside water and it still seemed to be dribbling into a river down our driveway. The utility guy was here within twenty minutes of the call, which is probably due to the whole California drought situation. He checked around with the neighbors. It turns out that one of our rear neighbors had a lake in their backyard... the same neighbors that seemed to be overwatering last summer. Maybe different ones- we never see them and they're renters. Of course, it isn't a case of overwatering, this time.... there's some kind of damage. So the utility guy shut their water off, and now they're waiting. And our water is back on.

So, fortunately for us, it looks like no digging on our side, no huge utility, construction or landscaping bill.

I like our house. It's a new (ish- I guess it's 12 years old, now) house in a historic neighborhood, so I get to enjoy the character of a historic neighborhood without having to worry too much about the problems old houses have. Except for when the neighboring house's problems leak into our yard....

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Feb. 21st, 2016 08:26 pm
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Today:
From 2016

Science plays with a gourd we've had since before Halloween. Ben hosted D&D today, so I ran errands and finished applying Casca's eyelashes... which took a ridiculously long time. I need to buy doll lashes. Human lashes aren't dainty enough.

Yesterday:
From 2016

Casca's third face-up.

The day before yesterday:
From 2016

I had to wipe Casca's second face-up because I accidentally dropped her and made a big smudge.

The day before the day before yesterday:
From 2016

We went to Outback even though we totally had skillet eggplant "lasagna" leftovers.
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From 2016


Forgot yesterday's pic-a-day. Here is the bird feeder Ben got me for Valentine's day, with the first bird that I've seen. So far, blue bird black with black mohawk has not approached the feeder, but two of these red-chested birds have. I really need to clean the kitchen window.

From 2016


My spare propellers, propeller guards, and display box arrived in the mail, today! The original ones were really chipped. Once I installed the guards and new propellers, the flight was a lot smoother. There's still quite some drift that never seems to completely correct even after manually calibrating and even resetting... but it could be because the drone is the size of a beetle. It's so fun. I've finally graduated to flying it above my head when outdoors. I'm still not great at steering, but I accidentally got it to do a flip in mid-air, and I'm getting better at bringing it back to myself and catching it.

Giraffe

Feb. 15th, 2016 08:29 pm
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From 2016


Went to the zoo with Katie and saw some giraffes.

It was hot. I think I might be slightly sunburned.

Valentine

Feb. 14th, 2016 08:58 pm
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From 2016


Our "traditional" Valentine's day plan usually involves going to dinner at El Indio, downtown. It is slammed pretty much every other day of the year except Valentine's day because most people Valentine it up at fancier restaurants, which makes it the ideal dinner destination for us. They festively include a tortilla chip in the shape of a heart with every meal, which is festive enough for me, never having celebrated a coupled Valentine's day before Ben.

We had planned to watch 2oolander and dine at El Indio, this year, but wound up doing nothing of the sort. This morning, we exchanged Valentines. I got Ben a Chuao bacon chocolate bar and a bottle of Torani Lime syrup, which is his favorite and pretty much impossible to find anywhere except the internet, and he got me a birdfeeder, which I'd been asking about ever since I noticed we've started having a regular visitor. He put it right outside the kitchen window. I haven't seen our visitor today, but maybe he will come and bring some friends tomorrow.

Afterwards, we went to lunch at Lolita's, which was less of a drive than El Indio... and also less festive, but no less delicious. While lunching, after some discussion, we decided not to watch 2oolander. Instead, I impulsively suggested we buy a tiny drone. So we went to Fry's and bought a micro drone. We took it home to charge, then took Science to the dog park.

I still maintain Sunday is the best day to visit the dog park. The group was good, even if she did get stepped on by a Weimaraner. She got a little bit of running and wrestling in.

When we got home, Ben and I flew our drones in the driveway. Ben got his mini drone about a year ago, but it's only really come out a handful of times at parties. I tried to fly it once but the lack of haptic feedback kind of put me off it... that and it takes about 20 minutes to charge for 10 minutes of airtime. I felt like I was taking up too much of his playtime.

Ben at least has a back-up battery for his, but mine is so tiny that changing out the battery would involve having to take it completely apart. Anyway, I wound up ordering a display case, propeller guard, and extra propellers online. If we wind up flying more frequently, we might look into getting a bigger one, possibly with a camera.

After droning, we had some leftover chicken lentil soup for dinner and watched Ex Machina. I didn't like it, at first, and then I did, though I'm not sure how it measures over-all. I don't really know how to talk about it without spoiling it, though. If anything, it was pretty to watch.
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From 2016


Science got to visit both sets of grandparents, today. It was my Mom's birthday on Thursday, so Ben and I cheated and had our Valentine's day pizza a little early. Afterwards, we went to Ben's parents' for dinner. We're still getting El Indio tomorrow, though.
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From 2016


Contents: Funko Pop figure 293, bacon Chuao chocolate bar, red velvet cocoa mix, strawberry Peeps, reusable penguin-shaped scrunch tote, cocktail napkins with snarky Valentine's poem.
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From 2016


Well, I did it. Not very well, but they're in time for Valentine's Day. Meeting with Sheryl tomorrow to discuss her running costume.
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From 2016


I picked up this Red Velvet Rooibos tea for me at World Market while shopping for Valentine's goodies for my sister, even though tea drinking season here is desperately short (it was 89F yesterday!). I tend to prefer a loose-leaf tea, but I had a coupon for $10 off a $30 purchase... so it's like I got it for $0.99. I also reasoned that I still need to warm up the pipes before I start recording, so there's that... my midnight tea, followed by lukewarm water to compensate for the drying effect of the tea. Still, worth it, I think.

The canister says it has rooibos, chocolate, vanilla, sweet blackberry leaves, and beet root (I imagine for color). I haven't been a big fan of rooibos... all the blends I've had have been kind of disappointing, but I am a sucker for red velvet cake.

At first sniff from the canister, I was not impressed. It smelled kind of earthy and bitter... herbs and unsweetened chocolate. Which, you know, it is. I was still kind of ready to be disappointed.

The instructions said to bring water to a rolling boil and pour immediately on the tea. Usually, I give the water 1-3 minutes to cool down because I'm always afraid of scorching the tea, but this time I poured the boiling water over the tea bag immediately and let it steep for 5 minutes, per the instructions. As soon as the water hit the bag, it went from smelling earthy to smelling like a chocolatey red velvet cake, like something I'd want to eat.

It turned a pretty red color, which became a sort of muddy orange after the addition of a splash of almond milk. I added little sweetener and it's as red velvet cake reborn as tea as it can be.

I think my opinion might be colored by the fact that I know it's supposed to be a red velvet cake tea and I actually like tea, as I had Ben smell it and he just said it smelled like a sweet tea.

Splooch

Feb. 9th, 2016 06:00 pm
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From 2016


I wanted to get a sort of marbled effect going, but I don't know how well it's turning out. I think I'm going to give it a day to dry and then add some gold accents, like Bowie.

I didn't get the books I auditioned for but one of the authors contacted me about a different title of hers, so I might have a royalty share lined up, at least. Stipend would have been nice, though.

Seeds

Feb. 8th, 2016 08:52 pm
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From 2016


My birb from Seed Arts came in the mail, today! It's not a very good picture. It doesn't quite get how shimmery it is. Thinking of painting its eyes when I paint up my other birb. I'm so happy this one's a low-rider, so that my birbs can nestle.

Bonus pic:

From 2016


I was all kinds of excited to pick up this personal-sized strawberry papaya. Unfortunately, I think I'm going to stick with regular-sized papayas from now on. I ripened it in a bag and everything, but there was barely a mouthful that didn't taste bitter.

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