It’s no hot water in the bathroom Sunday

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It was a lovely 9 degrees at 7 AM and I was too glad to see the sun come out to warm things up…kind a.  It won’t make it above freezing today, but I’m hoping that what ever froze to cause me not to have hot water in the bathroom will thaw out.  That has never happened before.  The cold water is fine.  Hot water in the kitchen is also fine.  Weird.  It’s really no big deal to take a bath in the kitchen, though I know some people that would be totally freaking out right about now, phoning their friends, family and heading to some ones house to shower.

Yesterday, Wilber let me leave at 5 PM instead of 7.  The roads were really bad and it took 48 minutes to drive home the 10.2 miles.  The other drivers were behaving well and I got home without using my breaks.  There are a few steep hills on the way here and I was glad that I could downshift to slow down.  I saw two cars in the ditch and was glad that I wasn’t one of them.

I got home just before it went completely dark….

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Aaron had been nice enough to shovel me a path to my door through the yard.  Thanks Aaron :)

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Had to check on my poor gnome….

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After warming up my home, it was time to put on the slow cooker.

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Spicy Cajun smoked sausage, pork ribs, onions, garlic, celery and green peppers.  Yummy :) 

At 7 PM I got a call from the snow removal company that we do work for.  Ruben and his crew have been out in Centreville since 8 last night.  That’s 13 hours as of now.  I really hope that I get a call from him soon letting me know that they are finished.  I really hate it when they are out that long and worry about them in this bitter cold.  It’s sad, but for many of his crew this is the only work they have been able to get in many weeks.

Millers is open today, so I’ll be going in at noon until 5.  I better get ready since I don’t know how long it will take for me to get there.

It's Snowing :)


 This was from the night before last, when it was till spring time...well sort of :)

Last night I parked close to my door, since the ground was frozen, and loaded up my empty propane tank.  This morning it started to snow on my way to Millers and it hasn't stopped yet.  We are expecting between 4 and 8 inches....depending on what weather forcast I'm looking at.  Ha, one says it's just cloudy in Manassas....maybe someone should look out of the window???

I have a couple of car chases in the Culpeper area tomorrow, but I've already given my client the heads up about the incoming snow.  When I mapquested the addresses I could see that they both are located in the boonies, so the roads won't be in too good a shape.  LOL...one of the addresses is off of partially dirt and gravel roads.  No way I'm bringing the Evil Twin out there!!

Looks like it's going to be a slow day today.   Not too many people are coming out in this mess to buy cars.
The phone calls about the recall have slowed down too.  It looks like people are starting to calm down after the media milked this for all it was worth and then some.  If any of you have questions about the recall check with Toyota here and here.  Or you can always ask me and I will get the answers for you.



LOL…..BSEG

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I went to chase a car way out in Fredericksburg early this morning.  I had been missing those long drives way out in nowhere…..

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I avoided all streets that had convenience stores on them so that I would not get tempted to pick up a pack of cigs.  It was hard as hell,  you hear me???  It’s  a good thing that we don’t have to go inside the stores to pay for fuel anymore, I think that would have done me in.

BTW…I now smell cigarettes in the Evil Twin.  WTF????  How is this possible?  I cleaned the inside on Tuesday morning.  Today’s Friday and this afternoon I smell cigarettes in my car! 

Okay…that’s the end of my small rant.  Hopefully I won’t turn into a full blown turbo bitch by the time I get to work.

Hutch Issue Fixed

LOL…..couldn’t wait a couple of days and had to take care of it this morning.  Ha, tell me I’m not patient!!

The main thing that got on my nerves was that the area where my laptop sat was just too dark and you know I hate to use electricity if I don’t have to.  The other thing was that I was worried that my laptop and monitor would get way too hot in the summer time since I only use the air conditioner when I have to.  The third thing was that the hutch was blocking the window and making it darker than before.  It also made it impossible to open the window unless I moved the desk.

I didn’t see an easy way to unbolt and remove the hutch, so there I was armed with claw hammer, screw drivers, assortment of knives, pliers, and coffee.  I started by removing the backing on the hutch which was pretty easy, it just involved the claw hammer and pliers to remove those ridiculously long staples.  I’m really glad that this is how I started the removal because I realized that is all I needed to do….

 

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Now…that was easy!!   I’ve decided that I like my new desk. :)

It’s been a while since I’ve  run the Secunia Personal Software Inspector so I decided to do that while I’m writing.  After the scan finished, I got this message:

11 Security Threats.  Your Secunia System Score of 91% is 5% LOWER than the average user from New Jersey.

WFT???  LOL…I better get to updating.

When I was looking at the weather report this morning, I realized that starting tonight it will be freezing again...day and night until Sunday. 

Since it is getting about time to dump my black water tank, I figured I would top it off with water and take care of it today.   This way I’ll have an empty tank to start off with.  

I was about to start when I noticed I had no water.    Of course I’m freaking out and reaching for a none existing cigarette trying to figure out what’s wrong.  So I texted Kenny about it. 

Come to find out he is working on his bathroom, had forgotten I was back here and turned the water off.  LOLOLOL…..I’m just way too quiet back here!!!  Should have the water back on in time to move the straw and pull the plug before I leave for Millers.

Weird Cold Hit Me On Sunday

Not the normal kind of cold.  Continued sneezing, stopped up nose and I felt like I had a plastic bag over my head.  I made it through Sunday, but stayed home all day Monday.  Today I feel awesome again, except for wanting a cigarette.  

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I haven’t had one since Monday night.  I really hope that I make it this time.  Hopefully the Nicotine lozenges that I have been taking, will keep me from turning into a total bitch by tomorrow night.  Since I do the majority of smoking in the Evil Twin, I spent yesterday morning cleaning and wiping down the inside.  When I got in her to go to work, there was no cigarette smell. :) 

Wish me luck.  This is the hardest habit to break.  I’ve been smoking most of 38 years except when I was pregnant and nursing.  I have quit before, but never longer than a few months.

I got my new desk and am very happy with it.

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At first I had the 2nd monitor on top of that small hutch, but looking up there made my neck hurt.  So I removed the stand from the monitor and put it inside the hutch.  Then I had to lower my chair because the lip on the hutch was hiding the top of the screen.  I didn’t like that either so I removed the lip and then removed the light that was attached to the inside of the hutch.

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I plugged the hole with a couple of layers of tape from the back.  I raised my chair back up and can see the whole monitor….and no more sore neck. :)

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I still don’t know if I like the hutch or not.  I don’t like that it is blocking the window.   I’ll give it a couple of days and just remove it if I decide I don’t like it.

Meanwhile, my pussy has a new favorite spot to sit at.  It’s nice and warm back there.

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I sure am happy with the drawers in the desk.  Just look at all the room I made on the shelf unit….and I still have room left in the desk.

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I could find another place for everything on the shelf unit except for the printer and power supply.  That will leave room for plants.

Got Desk?

LOL....I do!!  Found one that's perfect on Craigslist for 35 bucks....with drawers!!!! 



The guy tried to help me get it in the back seat of the Evil Twin and we probably would have been able to if we would have removed the legs, but he said that he would bring the desk to me on Monday. With the extra storage I'll be able to clear a lot off of my shelf unit which will then hold plants.



The seeds were in the mailbox when I got home last night.


I was soooo tempted to open the sealed envelope, but I managed to leave it alone. No point in putting the cart in front of the cart, eh? Found out that my sister will have a garden this year, so I will share my seeds with her.  We will have to figure out what to do about her squirrels.  She has a ton of them going in and out of her back yard digging up anything that she plants.  Mostly due to her idiot neighbor that feeds them instead of letting the squirrels fend for themselves.  Ha, they probably think that my sister's yard is their dessert!  Rat Bastards!!

Friday Again

Time seems to be flying.  It’s like I’m in some sort of race.

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This is what the yard looked like last night when I walked to the front door.  Funny, when I was driving, the stuff that hit my windshield looked and sounded like plain rain.

The seeds that I ordered left Portland, OR yesterday and arrived in Sterling, VA early this morning.  I guess I will have them by the time I get home tonight.  I’m really excited and hope that they will send lots of reading material with the seeds.  I’ve already asked T-Jay and my Mom to save containers for starting the seeds for me.  I wonder if my little sister is doing a garden this year.  I’ll have to see if she wants to share some of my seeds.

LOL…growing this garden is  going to be interesting, especially with my anal tendencies towards neatness and clutter.  I’m sure it will be a huge battle between me and mother nature.

Bad Weather Coming, But It Could Be MUCH Worse…

iced road

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Those cars might have to go through a couple of tanks of fuel with the defrost on high.

snow in house

We had a lot of snow, but it didn’t make it inside the house.

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This would save on my electric consumption, except my door opens to the outside.  

I haven’t received any car chases all week.  Wouldn’t you know it…now that the weather is changing for the worse, they are starting to pop into my inbox.  Oh well, as with anything else, I’ll deal with it.

21 Days On This Tank Of Propane

…..that’s not bad especially since we had some awfully cold days and nights below freezing.  I knew the tank was empty this morning as soon as I saw the red light in the kitchen…

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Did I mention that I love straw and bubble wrap??

I got a lot accomplished today including going out to do the laundry.  It’s awesome to have a house full of clean clothes, sheets etc. :)

I haven’t found the perfect desk yet and I am in no hurry since I’m really happy with the setup that I have now.  I guess I’ll turn my table around the other way, remove the other piece so that I can have full use of the drawer tomorrow.  I still can’t believe I did that.

I ordered seeds in the middle of the night last night.  It would have been so easy to order a kit, but I ordered separate packs and only for veggies that I like and actually use.   I ended up using a site that was mentioned on one of the blogs that I found on the sidebar of Kat’s  blog.  The company is called ABCeeds . I just got an e-mail from them and they are on their way.

I’m thinking about starting them in old cut off plastic bottles to keep my pussy out of them while I’m gone from home.  I have also decided to plant them in containers so that I can move them if necessary since there will be  a lot of shade in this yard come summer.  I’ve got a lot of learning to do, that’s for sure.

Couldn’t resist…this was from work last night….

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We probably won’t see any sun until Saturday.  Sleet and rain is on the way.

I’m looking for a small desk…..

on Craigslist, but it looks like the ones I like are just way too large.  I  need something that is less than 36 inches wide.  It would need a shelf on which I would be able to put the extra monitor.
My existing table was getting on my last nerve (as you can see, I have a lot of them) and I am an impatient woman that wants everything done yesterday.  It was time to modify what I have.  I took one of the sides off of the table and then turned the table around.  This was easier said then done since I bring my cordless drill to the dealership at night for all of us to use and SOMEBODY had tightened the bit holder thingy so tight I couldn’t get it loose to be able to change bits.  …so it was back to the manual screwdriver which had me on the floor down on my back sweating and cursing like a fish wife.  That done I used one of the shelves from my kitchen to elevate my monitor so that I wouldn’t have to look around the laptop.  Can you see that I took off the wrong side?  The drawer was supposed to be easy to open ON THE OTHER SIDE…crap!
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Not too bad.  It will do until I find just the right desk.
LOL….can you believe that we still have snow in the yard????
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Family Get Together At Cici’s

Just look at all the Scions….

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Aaron and his xA

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Cindy’s xB 2nd Gen

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Heather’s xB 2nd Gen

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Jesse’s xB 1st Gen

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Tony’s xB 1st Gen

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Joe’s tC

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Leah’s xB 2nd Gen

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Jeremy’s xB 1st Gen

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Teya’s xA

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Mikey’s tC.  Poor Mikey and Carrie got there earlier, but left because he had forgotten his wallet.  We saw him driving through the lot and were all thinking, WFT??  When he finally got back, we were on our way out.  Sorry Mikey!  You should have told us!

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Standing around in the rain, talking and waiting on Leah and Jeremy.

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Jesse, Kenny and Aaron

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Of course when Leah got there, we had to pick on her for not naming her baby yet.

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We had to move furniture when we got inside at Cici’s.  We were glad that they were not too packed today and we could all sit together.  From the left Tony hiding from my camera, Heather, Leah, Teya, the kids, Kenny, Joe, Ella, and Aaron.

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From the left Elaine, Jeremy, Cyndi, Joe, Ella…..damn, it was impossible to get everyone in one shot because they kept on leaving to refill their plates!!

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Leah actually put something green on her plate. :)  Ha, no wonder the photo came out blurry.

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Jeremy trying to hide from my camera. 

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Tony and I tried to get him later

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Yes, this is macaroni and cheese pizza.

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Chris made it in late

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LOL…Ella’s hand, Jeremy, Tony, Jesse, and Heather……ha, gotcha, Jeremy :)

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Ella, Chris, Jeremy, Tony and Jesse

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Time to go :(

Good times :)  We all agreed that we need to get together more often.  It’s been way to long and I had forgotten how much fun it is.  Love you all and thank you so much for for coming out :)  I hope that you all made it home safely.

LOL…..By the way…..next time we go to Cici’s we need to bring a  screwdriver to remove the damn cow bell that hangs at the exit door that every child has to ring a gazillion times before leaving and a universal remote so that we can turn the TVs down.

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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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