Return of Casino Night at Miller Scion

People are still talking about the Casino Night that we had in June of last year, so we decided to have it a second time.

Here are some photos of the last time.

Miller Scion Casino Night
Last Year's Goodies

It's still in the planning stage and we are shooting for Saturday night on September the 18th.  I just emailed Sandra our Scion District Manager to see if the date is okay with her.

Silver Lake Regional Park

I kept on having to drive by there on my way to a car chase and decided to stop the other day.  I haven’t been here in thirty some years.  We used to go camping and boating here when we were kids.

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LOL….I sure do remember it being MUCH bigger than this.

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Not a soul in sight that morning.

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Are these dragonflies?

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It sure was peaceful and quiet there.  Not for long though….they’re building a school right next door.

On the way out I stopped by the now fenced off quarry.  We used to skip school to go there. 

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I remember laying on a raft on my stomach and getting the backs of my legs so sunburned that I couldn’t bend them at the knees.  That was the 2nd time I had ran away from home and this is as far as I got.  I was almost 17 then….young and stupid!  I think my parents then finally gave up on trying to keep me at home and  gave me permission to move in with my friends.  I was still going to school and was also working. 

I wonder why some of us while we are young, make things so hard for ourselves.

Next time I have a bright idea...

……..tell me to shut up and go to sleep!!

For a couple of weeks now, I've been thinking of getting a small single bed which could be converted to a couch for my living room.  Sometimes I like to watch a bit of  TV before I go to sleep and it would be nice to do both at the same time.

So at around midnight Thursday night I got the bright idea of  taking  the 3" thick  memory  foam mattress pad off of my bed and putting it on the floor in my living room just to see if something like that might work.  That took a good half hour since I had to take all the bedding off of my bed to get to the foam mattress.  This is no easy thing to do since there is not enough room beside the bed to walk around.  Then I had to move the chair and the table out of the living room and put them on the bed before I had enough space in the living room for the mattress.

So I’m laying in the bed in the living room with a cup of tea and the TV on.  Very comfortable I’m thinking, I get sleepy and drift off to sleep.  Shit!! That must have been the worst night sleep I’ve ever gotten.  I remember waking up sore and thinking….crap, I’m going to move everything back and sleep in my bed, but then I drifted back off to sleep.

Yesterday morning when I synced my Fitbit, it showed that I woke up 29 times in 6 hours. 

I do think it’s possible to do, but I won’t try it again any time soon with just the foam mattress pad.

I stopped at the Shoppers Warehouse during my lunch time today to pick up a couple of jars of organic baby food for my pussy.  Her favorite is sweet potatoes with turkey. :)  ….anyway, if you are looking for organics, you might as well look for it at a 7-Eleven.  It was sad and just about none existent in there.  Shoppers Warehouse in Manassas must be the only grocery store in the area that hasn’t jumped on the sudden organic bandwagon.  I’m sure glad I wasn’t looking for anything for ME to eat, though I would have picked up some fruit if they would have had any.  I was surprised to even see this………….

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Weird, eh?

Getting rid of plastics

While perusing one of my favorite blogs I decided to go to step two after reading the latest entry on Frugal Canning. Plastics have been on my mind for a couple of months now. 

I stopped using any canned goods except for the ones from Eden Food which are BPA free.  They use custom cans that are lined with an enamel made from vegetable resins which costs them 14% more.

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What to Do

The best thing to do is to reduce your use of plastic. Look for natural alternatives like textiles, solid wood, bamboo, glass, stainless steel, etc. Also, look for items with less (or no) plastic packaging. If you do buy plastic, opt for products you can recycle or re-purpose (e.g. a yogurt tub can be re-used to store crayons). And, get to know your plastics – starting with this guide:

The most common plastics have a resin code in a chasing arrow symbol (often found on the bottom of the product).

PET (Polyethylene Terephthalate): AVOID
Common Uses: Soda Bottles, Water Bottles, Cooking Oil Bottles
Concerns: Can leach antimony and phthalates.

HDPE (High Density Polyethylene): SAFER
Common Uses: Milk Jugs, Plastic Bags, Yogurt Cups

PVC (Polyvinyl Chloride, aka Vinyl): AVOID
Common Uses: Condiment Bottles, Cling Wrap, Teething Rings, Toys, Shower Curtains
Concerns: Can leach lead and phthalates among other things. Can also off-gas toxic chemicals.

LDPE (Low Density Polyethylene): SAFER
Common Uses: Produce Bags, Food Storage Containers

PP (Polypropylene): SAFER
Common Uses: Bottle Caps, Storage Containers, Dishware

PS (Polystyrene, aka Styrofoam): AVOID
Common Uses: Meat Trays, Foam Food Containers & Cups
Concerns: Can leach carcinogenic styrene and estrogenic alkylphenols

Other this is a catch-all category which includes:
PC (Polycarbonate): AVOID - can leach Bisphenol-A (BPA). It also includes ABS (Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene), SAN (Styrene Acrylonitrile), Acrylic, and Polyamide. These plastics can be a safer option because they are typically very durable and resistant to high heat resulting in less leaching. Their drawbacks are that they are not typically recyclable and some need additional safety research. New plant-based, biodegradable plastics like PLA (Polylactic Acid) also fall into the #7 category.

Information from www.healthychild.org

Since I don’t buy much packaged food anymore, removing plastics from my kitchen is not all that difficult. Everything I have is marked “5” except for the two lids that I have that cover a plate while microwaving.  Those two had no labeling at all and ended up in the garbage.  I rarely use my microwave any more.  Actually, I could get rid of it and use that space for something else.

I have been saving glass ware for weeks now.  Later I’m going to my Mom’s and will see if she has anything glass laying around.  Except for a few items, all my plastic containers are now housing screws, car parts etc.

For the rest of the summer I’ll be working 7 days a week unless Miller Toyota Scion is closed.  Next month I will be off on the 4th which is awesome since Cyndi and Kenny will be having a 4th of July get together at their home. :)

Still no sign of a boil.  I am so happy, though I’m sure my doctors are disappointed that I’m not showing up a couple of times a month for boil draining, antibiotics, doctor’s excuses, pain pills and reasons for having them in the first place.  Rat Bastards!

WFT??? 24 hours later...

So getting back to this weird, puke looking awesomeness of yesterday, still don't know what it is. 






I poked at it and it is no longer gooey on the inside, but pitch black.




I figured it must be some kind of bug living on the inside, but I didn't find anything.




Borage is starting to bloom.  The colors are really beautiful.



A few more tomatoes will be ready in a day or two.


The first cukes. :)  Can you say salad coming soon?


Strawberry smoothie coming soon too.


One lonely green bean.


One more tomato on the other side of my home.

I'm starting to slowly get away from meats all together.  Today I fixed a black rice and raw vegetable salad and it was awesome.  It was really hummid this morning and I didn't feel like heating up my home, so the salad did just fine.  I'm going to see if I can find some new recipes to try out without the meat.

The other lawyer that I contacted ended up calling me today to tell me that they want 7,000 down to take the case.  Back to the drawing board. :)  I'm so disgusted!

WTF?????

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Never a dull moment around here!  What IS that???  When I took a stick and poked around in it, it was all gooey on the inside.  Nasty stuff!!  when I first saw it, I thought someone had puked on my straw.

I was all ready to water the plants, but the ground is still wet from last night.  Looks like we will get some thunder storms tonight, so it looks like I won’t have to worry about watering before I go to work. Finally the humidity is down a bit.  Yesterday it was like pea soup around here.  I actually had to turn the air condition on around noon.  Today it’s just the fans…good thing too, because the air conditioner makes so much noise, it gets on my last nerve!

Can you believe it’s almost July?  Time is flying by at record speed.  Just a few months ago I was snowed in/out.  I really do wish time would slow down a bit. :)

I just signed up for a  SmartyPig account at 2.15%.  They will take money automatically out of my checking account twice a month.  I call it saving by accident.  I can watch it grow on Facebook and on Twitter.

I get the most awesome photos just by sticking my head out of the door at work…

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Like clockwork ….the guys at work tell me: “get your camera, Tango” ….pointing toward the door.

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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.
 
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