Google Voice

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Everybody that knows me, knows how much I hate to talk on the phone.  I have 450 minutes on my cell phone and I have never, ever used them up….not even gotten close.  I’m so bad about phones that I forget to even check my voice mails for weeks at a time.  I have missed to job assignments because of this.

The only reason I keep a phone is for emergencies and to get my e-mails.  I lay the phone on the passenger seat and have enlarged the fonts so that I can easily see them.  This way I can glance over and see if it’s something I need to pull over for or not.

Of course when people started to talk about launching Google Voice I signed up right away. 

Yesterday I finally received my invitation.  I installed it and even got to keep my own number.

Today I received a call while I was driving.  It was an unknown number so I didn’t answer it.   A couple of minutes later I received an e-mail.  The call was from a recording reminding me of my upcoming doctor’s appointment.

I guess I won’t be missing any more important calls. :)

Problem solved.   Now, back to finding that $1,700 I need for Wednesday. :(





Woohoo….Mom’s getting her 90,000 mile service done

My Mom usually calls me when she makes an appointment at Miller’s to get her Echo serviced and I then try to arrange my day so that I can spend time with her while she’s waiting for her car to get finished.
That was yesterday morning, so I met up with her around 10 AM and we went to Target and Macy’s at the Manassas Mall to putt around for a while.  My Mom makes me laugh.  We were discussing the mannequins at Macy’s.
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While we were there, one of the women that worked at one of the makeup counters tried to get us to come over to her station so that she could try out some makeup on us.  A few minutes before we left the store, we were busy mapping out a way to get back to my car avoiding that make up counter where the woman had threatened to make us over.
We were both hungry and decided to stop at my “New All Time Favorite Restaurant” the Hibachi Grill and Sushi Bar for lunch. 
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I have stopped there many times over the past few weeks to get my Sushi fix.  I know, I know….your sick and tired of reading about Sushi. :)  LOL…..I have been there so often that I know the waitresses by name.  This is my favorite waitress Annie. She made me this present the last time I was there.
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Mom had never been here before and I was afraid when she asked for coffee.  Usually the coffee in these restaurants isn’t all that great, but I was surprised on how tasty it was. 
While we were there Mark Taylor called from Miller’s to let me know that Mom’s car was done so we went back to the dealership.  After Mom gave me a big hug and told me to keep my chin up for my doctor’s appointment today, she went on her way.  I then chased cars for the rest of the afternoon before going in to Miller’s for work.
This morning I had a lease inspection to do in Manassas.  After I finished that I got a call from the doctor’s office to let me know that my doctor had an emergency and had to reschedule my appointment.  I was really tempted to tell the receptionist that I would call her back, but then thought better of it.  I know that I would probably put it off since I’m feeling great.  So my appointment is for next Tuesday. 
LOL…that will give me more time to get myself all worked up.

Locked out of the Evil Twin

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Yesterday my dear son, T-Jay stopped by to borrow the Evil Twin, so I gave him the keys that I keep attached to the loop of my belt on my pants.  There is a set in the car that I put in the ignition and then there is the set that stays on me at all times which has the remote for the alarm on it.

He came back when it was time for me to get off of work and he then drove me to the store and then to his home.  This is were he got out and I got behind the wheel.  I didn’t think to put the other set in the ignition and the set that was in there at the time back on my belt loop.

So I’m driving home in the rain thinking about writing my report for the commercial inspection I had done earlier. 

When I got home I did as I always do, take the keys out of the ignition and put that set in between the seats.  I always lock the door manually without arming the alarm at home because I don’t want the alarm to go off and wake up Kenny, Cyndi, Aaron and the kids in the middle of the night.

As soon as I closed the driver’s side door, I realized I had locked both sets of keys in the car.

I’m standing in the rain thinking: “Shit!!! Now what??”

Luckily I had given Kenny a set of keys to my trailer when they were first getting my home hooked up and ready to be lived in.  I knocked on the window and asked Aaron to get me the spare keys.  I felt so bad about knocking at this time of night. 

When I got in my home, I called T-Jay and asked him to call himself a cab to get over  here with HIS spare key.

Meanwhile I’m trying to scrape enough cash together to pay for the cab fare.  I was rolling quarters, dimes, nickels and getting old coins that I had saved for many years.…. I managed to scrape up a total of $28.40.  I’m thinking 25 bucks ought to take care of it since it’s only about 12 miles to my home.

Before the cab got here, T-Jay called me and told me that the fare would be 50 bucks.  50 BUCKS….WTF???  I asked him if he takes credit cards, but no.  So the cab driver says that he will drive me to the nearest ATM to get the rest of the cash together and I told him okay.  I didn’t have much of a choice, I needed my car for this morning.

A few minutes before T-Jay got here, he called me again and said that the driver would accept the $28.40 for the fare.  I was too relieved to ask “WTF?”  I had a feeling that the driver was just pulling a number out of his ass when he said 50 bucks!

Anyway….T-Jay helped me get into the car by pulling the plug that covers the keyhole with a screwdriver by the light of his Blackberry.  Yes, all my flashlights were on dead batteries.

It was still raining when I drove T-Jay back home and I got back at quarter to midnight.  I still had to do my report and upload my photos.  I managed that by 12:15 AM and I’m hoping that they won’t dock my fee for being 15 minutes past my deadline. 

Of course I was much to wired to get to sleep at a decent time.

I can’t believe I’m still up posting this, but I needed to get this rant off of my chest.  Time to hit the bed, I’m beat.  Hoping that tomorrow will be a much better day.

Oh crap, tomorrow is my doctor’s appointment. :(

Sushi For Breakfast

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LOL….no, not this^^^^

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….but this!! ^^^^

Sushi for Breakfast is the best!!!  I wish I could have it every day!!

Below is from last week in Culpeper

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LOL….People in restaurants sure look at me weird when I pull out my camera and take pictures of my food.

Monday sure seems to come faster when you don’t have weekends off.  I didn’t even make it to Miller’s to work yesterday.  I was on the road all day chasing cars and doing commercial inspections. 

All of them are finished except for one because I can’t seem to get a hold of the owner of the store.  I’ll try again tomorrow morning.     If I still can’t get in touch with the owner tomorrow, I’ll just take pictures of the outside of the store and send it in as is.

Last week Donna wrote about her Asian Lady Beetle issues.  Two days later I had a bunch of them flying around here.

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A few got inside my home and my pussy was going nuts chasing them all over the place.  Apparently they don’t smell good or taste good to her since she just chases them, catches them and then bats them around.

Except  for my upcoming doctors appointment, life is good!!

Sushi for breakfast

Tires are full of air

Paperwork is done

Didn’t have to do laundry today….woohooo!!

Time to get ready for work.  Have an awesome day everyone! :)

I’m taking back my life from my socks!!!

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This was my sock drawer this morning. 

I don’t have a washer or dryer and have to go to the Laundromat to wash my clothes.  I don’t have a problem with that except that I like to pick the day to do this on. 

I realized this morning that my socks are in control of my life.  When I run out of clean socks, I have to go to the Laundromat.  Of course I don’t run out of clean socks on a Monday or a Tuesday, which would be perfect because those are my slow days work wise. It always happens at the most inconvenient time.

It got on my last nerve so I had to solve that problem.

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Well……I thought I solved that problem.  Now I’ll have to wait and see when I run out of underwear, or shirts, or pants, or bedding, …..or towels.  THEN WHAT?  I’ve just created a whole NEW problem!  Whatever! :(

Road Trip to Charlottesville and Harrisonburg, VA

I received a call from a client on Thursday night asking if I would be willing to do 8 insurance inspections slightly out of my area.  LOL….way out of my area.  He said I only needed to take two photos of each property, but if I took more that would be great.  He just didn’t know that I always lose control and end up with a ton of photos.
I started out early yesterday morning since I knew I would be driving for over 5 hours.  First stop was at a gas station to fuel up and check my tire pressure.  I intended to buy a spare tire to keep in the back seat last week, but of course I got side tracked with other stuff and never got around to buying it. 
With this in the back of my mind I pulled up to the air machine.  I noticed that it was free, how swell is that???  It also had a dial on it where you can adjust it to the amount of air you want in your tires and after they are full, it turns off automatically.  I remember thinking what a nice idea that was. 
So here I am filling up  my front tire and it does not shut off.  I couldn’t imagine being that low in air for it to keep pumping  for five minutes.  I disconnected the hose and got out my trusty digital air gauge, put it on and saw that I had 59 freakin’ pounds of air in that tire.  WTF???  Thought it was supposed to shut off when it got to 33 pounds!!!!  So here I am letting air OUT of my tire…..back down to 33 pounds. 
It took me another half hour to adjust the other three. Time was ticking and I needed to get going, but I went to talk to the person behind the counter inside the station and told her that the machine was broken.
Then I finally hit the road.
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I love going the back roads and try to avoid interstates if at all possible.  It is so relaxing for me and I could just keep driving until I get sleepy.  Pull over and spend the night somewhere.  The next day start all over again.
I finished 6 inspections in Charlottesville and it was time to go to Harrisonburg.  I had intended to go back the way I came, but the night before my friend Elaine had invited me to eat at T Bone Tooters in Churchville, where she works at.  After putting the address into Mapquest I saw that it was only about 6 minutes out of the way and so I accepted her invite and headed that way.
I met Elaine through her husband Jeremy.  He owns a Scion xB and is a member of our NoVA chapter of Scion Evolution.  We have been meeting up at car shows, member’s parties and get togethers for the past couple of years and I hadn’t seen Elaine since Kenny and Cyndi’s Labor Day party.
LOL…Elaine is the only woman that I know that is busier than I am.  She has three children age 2, 4, and 6.  She works at T Bone Tooters and at a nursing home……and she sells Tupperware.  Somehow she always keeps a smile on her face :)
After taking me on a grand tour of T Bone Tooters, I had my lunch of a BBQ sandwich with slaw and onion rings and the most awesome desert of home made apple dumpling with two scoops of vanilla ice cream that had to be totally illigal.  Needless to say, I didn’t eat anything else all day.
LOL….Benny, one of the owners told me that this is a Deerwolf
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I hope I get to come by again when I have more time.  I’d love to sit there all day. Everyone is so friendly. Customers are greeted by name.  Great family atmosphere :)  Thanks for taking such good care of me, Elaine!!!
After getting my goodbye hugs, it was time to head on over to Harrisonburg for my last two inspections. 
At 2:30 I was on my way to work at Miller’s in Manassas.  The weather was getting pretty crappy and it was starting to rain.
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I would have loved to been able to take some photos while I was driving through the Shenandoah National Park, but it was raining really hard and I had somebody in a Dodge truck riding my ass.  I was hoping that he had good brakes and that I wouldn’t become his new hood ornament.  Rat Bastard!!
I made it back to Manassas 20 minutes before I was supposed to start work.  Just enough time to stop and grab a fresh cup of coffee.  I drove right at 300 miles that day.
When I got to work I couldn’t wait to get on the computer.  Guy had e-mailed me hours ago that Heather had written me a letter on her blog.  First thing that came to my minds was: “Shit!  I’m in trouble.”  Well, when I did get to her blog I busted out laughing so hard that tears were rolling down my face.  Luckily I had nothing in my mouth to spit on the monitor.   Thanks Heather! :)
Damn, this is a long post!!!  That’s what I get for slacking!!!
When I got home last night I spent another hour and a half uploading photos from the inspection…..all 101 of them.  Then off to bed so that I could go back to work at Millers this morning.
After work tonight I did a car chase in the dark.  Didn’t enjoy that one bit.  It’s really hard to find and read house numbers at night. :(
Tomorrow I have one commercial inspection and six car chases all over northern Virginia.  I already told Wilber that I might be very late getting to work or might not be able to make it at all tomorrow.
After I finish uploading my paperwork tomorrow night I’m going to hopefully catch up on all the blogs. :)

It’s time for a project to....

….keep my hands busy.  Actually it’s the first step to a larger project, but I don’t want to talk about it yet.  Don’t want to jinx it. :)
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I have a large container of left over of yarn, that’s taking up space.    I used to use the yarn to make Door Stays.
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We would put these in our doors at car shows to deter random people from getting into our cars.
I’m about to use all that yarn to make curtains to cheer up my bedroom.  I hope that they won’t be too heavy to hold up.  I forgot how fascinated pussies are with yarn.  This is going to be interesting.
I’ve got one car chase that’s due tomorrow.  I’m putting it off since it’s way out in Dale City and am hoping that I will get another one sometime today in the same area or on the way.
I’ve been boil free for over a week.  Turmeric and Vick’s VapoRub saved me again.
It was 30 degrees when I got up this morning.  Inside it was a nice 68 degrees and the heater was off.  Bubble wrap rocks!!!! :)
After much head scratching and loud cursing I finally figured out how to move the page elements.  You can’t move them. :)  You have to delete the existing ones at the bottom of the page and totally start over from scratch by putting them in the new column. Thank goodness for copy and paste….this could have taken me all day.

Blog Page Issues

I've been playing around with my blog setup for the past month or so trying to get a second column on the right side of my blog.  I  find the template that I want to use and then I save it.  I open up Page Elements and I see that I now have a second column on the right.  So I try to move my blog roll to the right, but it won't stay there. NOTHING will stay there.  The only thing that stays in the column is "add a gadget"  What's up with that?  It's getting on my last nerve and you know what happens to things that get on my last nerve.

I have changed the layout from 7 posts on the front page to just one.  Still am not able to move anything into the column on the right.

I thought that maybe the size of my photos had something to do with it, but that doesn't seem to make a difference either.

What am I missing???

Help?

End of rant....

LOLOLOLOLOL..... I think I've got it.

Last Day Of Doom And Gloom

After days and days of Doom and Gloom as Guy would say it, it looks like we will finally have some sunshine tomorrow or late this afternoon.  I’m such a happy camper.  I need my sunshine!!!  It’s been raining every day for most of the past week and my front yard has turned into pudding.  I’m surprised that I can still park at my door.

Friday night Aaron stopped by after I got home and brought me two huge bags of bubble wrap….so the saga continues.  Thank you Aaron. :)

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I have some heavy duty Velcro left over and think I’m going to cut it into strips to hold the bubble wrap up on the inside of the kitchen cabinets.

Of what I have insulated so far, most of the kitchen cabinets and all the windows, has helped a lot.  It’s been nice and comfy inside during this cold spell that we’ve been having, without me having to run the propane heat.  Last winter I could not have managed it.

On the way to work yesterday morning I noticed a bunch of police cars at my townhouse, where my son is staying at.  By the time I went out to lunch, around 3 PM, the road was blocked off, police were everywhere, including S.W.A.T.

I texted T-Jay to see if he was okay and to find out what was going on.  He told me that a mother and son, right across the street from the townhouse had gotten into an argument.  When it got violent, the mother called the police.  This is what was in the local paper:

Police are dealing with a barricade situation in the 8800 block of Teakwood Court outside Manassas and neighbors have been asked to evacuate.

Prince William police spokeswoman Erika Hernandez said it started at 9:30 a.m. this morning when a 37-year-old assaulted his mother during an argument.

When officer arrived and tried to talk to him, the man went into his room and has refused to come out.

Hernandez said it does not appear any weapons are involved. But residents in the area have been asked to leave until the situation is resolved.

I was at the dealership trying to see if it hit the news on the TV, but I guess unless it involves a person cutting off another person’s penis, it’s not considered news worthy in Manassas.

This year I intend to make some German eggnog.  It’s not as easy as I thought since it involves grain alcohol, which now is illegal to be sold in Virginia and all it’s surrounding states except for Maryland.

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One of my co-workers brought me this bottle on Friday.  Just enough to make one batch.  There’s about a pint left in that bottle.  Tomorrow I’ll try to pick up some double yolk eggs at Buckland Farm Market.  Also some sugar and some vanilla.  It’s been years since I’ve made a batch of this, so this will be my test sample.

Besides drinking it around the holidays, in Germany we pour it over very dark chocolate pudding which is sooooo good!! :)

Sean posted the link to the YouTube video on Facebook last night.  I thought I was going to pee myself.

Cat betrayed his Girlfriend !!by Kamelia Sohaie

 

LOL….have a great Sunday :)

Yesterday Was Just Swell!!



^^^^When I was at my Mom's house the other day, she gave me a piece of fabric that I wanted to use to cover the inside of the front door. I wasn't large enough, so I made curtains for my kitchen window. I removed the drab curtains and the box thingy that was hiding the top of the blinds. Removed the blinds too.

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Yesterday was a real bitch...just absolutely swell!

It started out good.  I had six chases lined up.  Two cars, one Harley, and two mortgages.  All together about 120 miles. 

I was in Front Royal on my third chase, when I noticed a sound on the right side of the Evil Twin and pulled over into a gas station.  Well, my passenger rear tire was low on air. 

The thing about low profile tires is, when you can physically see that they are low on air, it's usually to late.  By that time you are riding on about 10 pounds or less of air.  I asked  a guy in the lot for the nearest tire shop and was told it was about 2 miles away, so I drove there....very slowly.

When I got to Dunlop Tires, I was told that they didn't have a tire that would fit.  Turns out NOBODY in the ENTIRE town had one. Since I had driven my car on rubber and rim for about 10 miles by then, I knew that the the inside of the tire was probably so torn up that they would not be able to patch/repair it.  I also knew that I couldn't drive it any further without damaging the rim itself.

So, I'm sitting in the Evil Twin trying to figure out....what next?  My Mom was not at home.  Even if she would have been, I couldn't leave my car in Front Royal to wait on Dunlop to get a tire for me.

While I was sitting there I got an e-mail from my dear sister in Manassas asking me what I was doing?  I told her and she offered to help me out.  Phew...what a relief.  I had forgotten that she is off on Fridays.
Bless her heart, an hour later she was in Front Royal with the tire that I had bought over the phone in Manassas.

Sis and I had a quick bite to eat while my tire was being put on and I was on my way to finish my last two chases.  I made it to Miller's just in time for work. When I got home I had about an hour worth of paperwork to do.  What a day!

I have decided that I will never, never, never again change the stock rims and tires of a car to a larger size!!!  If I ever bring this subject up because I have forgotten about how much of a pain in the ass this was, please slap the crap out of me!

Some time next week I'm going to buy another tire and keep it behind the back seat.....just in case.












Ist doch nicht so schlimm………..

It’s not so bad.

I got up this morning,  in not too good a mood and felt kind of down in the dumps.  I didn’t have any car chases to do and didn’t want to hang around the house stewing in my worries about my upcoming doctors appointment.

I had to tell myself that it’s not going to be so bad and that I need to snap out of it.  I got in the Evil Twin and headed down to see my Mom.  I knew she would hug me, kiss me, feed me, burb me and send me on my way.

……………..and everything would be okay.

……………..and that she did. :)

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Going down I66 west to Linden.

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LOL….I hope that  I won’t wreck one of these times when I’m taking pictures going 70 miles an hour.

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At my Mom’s house.

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After the hugging and kissing, Mom cooked me a soft boiled egg and a crusty warm roll with

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cream cheese and sugar beet syrup.  Oh and let’s not forget a pot of fresh coffee.

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She showed me some recipe books that she had found while she was cleaning out a cabinet.  The one above was given to her in 1956 and I used to scribble in it when I was little.

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Her hubby had gotten her this  book at a flea market.  I adore the old print.

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Then my Mom found this hand written note by my grandmother, Oma Antje,  with the recipe for lemon cake.  It was probably written in the late 70’s when she came to visit us in the States.

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So of course, out came the baking equipment.

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……and I got to lick the bowl clean.  The cake was heavenly!  Of course I couldn’t take any pictures of it with my mouth full.

Love you, Mom!  Thanks for getting me out of my funk. :)

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I was born in Jever, Germany.  My parents immigrated to the United States in 1968.  I became a United States citizen in 2005.
 
Favorite Quote:  Only a free and unrestrained press can effectively expose deception in government.
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