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30 December 2011 @ 08:15 pm
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07 November 2011 @ 05:29 pm
So, when I said my sister totaled the truck but it wasn't that bad? Yeah, I was a little misinformed, there. Turns out the truck was rather fantastically totaled. The sister Person came down with a sudden fever and whiplash symptoms forty-eight hours later, which culminated in my father taking her to the emergency room. She was fine, save for the headache that lingered through the next day.

Bright an early tomorrow morning I have to drive off to the dentist to get my teeth drilled. I'm trying not to dwell on it too much. I got my Captain America DVD today, so I think after I get home tomorrow I'll see if I can convince the punk puppy to snuggle up on the couch and watch hot guys and a gorgeous lady make things explode.

Said puppy gnawed through her new harness today. I left it on after our walk, in the hopes that she would start getting used to it, only a couple hours later I hear a pitiful whine from the living room. She'd gnawed clean through the chest strap, and was waiting patiently for me to get the neck strap off her. Little punk dog... The company that makes the harness guarantees their products "even if chewed," so tomorrow I'll take it to the post office and send it off to be replaced. I guess half-inch nylon webbing is no match for Shiba puppy teeth.

I've declared the Awesome Irish Cousin's quilt done, so tomorrow I'll also take that off to the post office, and hopefully get it sent off in time to get there sometime around her birthday. Speaking of which, I better get busy writing her a letter. :) Now, if I can just finish the Brother Person's quilt before his birthday, then I'll have cleared four quilts out of my backlog in a single month...

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25 October 2011 @ 04:28 pm
As the title says: I have come to the conclusion that my teeth hate me, and wish to secede from the union of my body.

On the bright side, the new dentist is very nice, and kept exclaiming over how nice and straight my teeth are. Yup, I have perfect teeth with no need for braces, but in exchange I get ALL THE CAVITIES.

Well, seven, which is close enough to all of them, especially since one tooth is in such horrible shape I may need a crown. The fillings (yup, two. I HATE MY TEETH) that were there cracked and there's decay underneath, plus some more decay on the back edge, just for added fun.

My general misery has been slightly alleviated by puppy therapy in conjunction with photos of my sister's new kitten, which is tiny and fluffy and grey and generally adorable.

Next week I go in for a cleaning (bleah) and the week after that I have my first appointment for fillings (double bleah.) I'm not looking forward to it at all.

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21 October 2011 @ 02:18 pm
Picking up your puppy and dancing around the room to "Crazy Little Thing Called Love" are clearly the actions of a sane individual.

Little Miss Fuzzbutt is doing very well. She's up over nine pounds now, and starting to really look like a Shiba, instead of an animated stuffed toy. She's still got all her puppy teeth, but I have a feeling that she won't for much longer. She is the most incredibly friendly little creature - for her, people are just friends she hasn't met yet. This is simultaneously wonderful and a little frustrating, since it means she wants to run up to people, jump up on them, and lick them while squeaking and wriggling like a mad thing. Oh well. She's adorable and sweet, so that makes up for it somewhat.

I just made an appointment with a new dentist. Now I would rather like to hide under the covers, because I know it's going to be unpleasant. I'm fairly sure I have some cavities (who am I kidding, there are always cavities) so that promises to be expensive and painful. Bleah.

I have four quilts I should be working on, and a persistent low-grade headache. What I really want to be doing is hanging out with Hamsters on a nice, warm beach in Hawai'i (and isn't that out of character?) and swimming around, terrorizing fishies. It's been very nearly a year since I went swimming, as I realized on this morning's walk, and that makes me gloomy. There's a city pool near my house, but I never quite manage to get there - it's half an hour's brisk walk, and now I'd have to leave Sparks at the house, and she's getting to the teething stage, also known as the "puppy destroys everything you hold dear" stage.

I haven't gotten anything written in months. Argh.

My father is getting back from his last-minute Finland/Prague jaunt on Tuesday, I think. I'm looking forward to hearing more about it. Now I just need to convince that I really do want to hiking there next summer - somehow, no matter how many times I tell him it's a cool idea, he's still surprised that I want to go. -_- Of course I want to go! It's Finland, and I'd have a chance to use my spiffy camping gear, and a proper excuse to bring my hunting knife backpacking. (It's not quite a Finnish puka knife, but close enough.)

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20 September 2011 @ 09:29 pm
Bllaaaarrgghhh I am coming down with the malaise Jake brought back from New Jersey. I don't want to be sick. ;_;

Basically I am just posting because my head hurts and I am exhausted and it's too hot and I felt like whining.


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13 September 2011 @ 10:46 pm
Well. I was just about thnking of going to bed, but not any more.

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10 September 2011 @ 10:28 pm

I have finished all the blocks for the Brother Person's dorm quilt! Which means now I just have to put them together, make the backing, quilt everything... decided whether I want to put a binding on it or just sew around the edge... argh.

Quilts are just one of those projects where every time you accomplish something, you have only to look ahead to realize just how much still lies ahead.

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10 September 2011 @ 12:28 am
You know, until I watched Hawai'i Five-0, I never would have thought I'd be wondering why the cockroaches hadn't eaten the dried blood that had been out on a counter for weeks. Or, you know, the dead body in the closet. You think the ants would want in on the action, too, especially after four months or however much time had elapsed. I don't think awkwardly wrapped plastic sheeting would pose much of a problem to those suckers.

It was while I was pondering these deep(ly disturbing) questions that I realized I haven't seen a single insect in all thirteen episodes. You'd think that the mouthy New Jersey cop who likes to complain about pineapple, sharks, flip flops, pidgin, and everything else Hawai'ian would have something to say about the ants, centipedes and cockroaches. Probably loudly, and at great length. But no. Not a word.

I'm going to blame corporate sponsorship. Hawai'ian Airlines probably wasn't keen on paying money to advertise Hawai'i's glorious insect population. They'll stick with shots of sea turtles, girls in bikinis, and sweeping shots of the Arizona Memorial. It's better for tourism.

Also amusing are the blatant Windows Phone endorsements, and the moments when it stops being a crime show and starts being a Chevy car ad. The "Bing it if you don't believe me" followed by a completely gratuitous shot of the Bing search bar was a nice touch. Couldn't even find a way to tie that one into the plot.

BUT! In the process of mainlining bad TV, I finished binding the Awesome Irish Cousin's quilt, AND got the accent hand quilting done on the remaining two skull appliqués. :D Which means I could be done if I wanted to be, but Jake kind of gave me a cool idea.... and now I might want to machine quilt the borders with a crossed-cutlass-and-grumpy-raven motif. Somebody stop me. o_O

Earlier this evening, the wind picked up - so much so I thought the leaves blowing down the street was heavy rain, for a moment. While I was wandering around the house closing windows, I saw lightning, which was kind of exciting. It didn't look like it hit anything, just crackled around up in the clouds. Like a good country girl, I went and found a flashlight, in case of power outages - and then laughed at myself, because I am in a major metropolitan area now, and power outages are rare beasts indeed. However, hot, dry wind and lightning storms is wildfire weather, though, and we really don't need more fires right now. I would imagine all spare California firefighters are down in Texas, at the moment, and I would quite like them to stay there.

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08 September 2011 @ 10:18 pm
I am really, really close to being done with the quilt for the Awesome Irish cousin. Less than three feet of handstitching let on the binding, and then just a little decorative hand quilting. Well, unless I then decide it needs something else. Still. SO CLOSE. I am really excited, because I have been working on this project for entirely too long and it will be so nice to have it done.

Today I also officially got to the point where I am officially done with half the blocks for the Brother Person's dorm quilt. :) That means I am done with all the swoopy cross blocks, leaving only the pinwheels. I ran out of yellow batik, though, so I can't finish those - still, I've got everything but fourteen triangles cut out, and quite a bit of the sewing done for those blocks. I might actually get this quilt done before he's too far into his sophomore years - which, considering I started just before he started college, is pretty slow. Oh well. I think it will look really cool.

I've been keeping myself sane through my last bout of slipstitching quilt binding by watching Hawai'i 5-0, which is just so bad that I can't believe I'm actually enjoying it. I'm practically spraining my brain trying to suspend enough disbelief to imagine the events of the episodes taking place in Hawai'i (helicopter chases with hostages at gunpoint are totally everyday occurrences in Honolulu, right?) but the four main characters are all just such lovable dorkface idiots that I can deal with it. And thank god, the acting got better after the first episode. o_o It was really dire for a while there.

Anyway, the Hawai'i 5-0 theme song make me smile, because it's old surf guitar - pretty sure they just used the original theme - and,as it turns out, I like that stuff. :)

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06 September 2011 @ 12:40 pm
So, in some fit of truly unprecedented idiocy, I managed to lose my glasses Sunday night.

Yes, those glasses I have to wear ALL THE TIME because I am so very nearsighted and would be squinting miserably at blurry everything otherwise. I went to the store to get pasta for a pasta salad, and somewhere between walking out of the house and in the door of the supermarket, my glasses disappeared. I was wearing my dark glasses at the time, so all I can think is that my normal glasses fell out of my purse when I pulled my shopping bag out, or something. I don't know. I couldn't fins them in the parking lot when I went back, and calling Safeway to pester them about lost and found has been fruitless.

Luckily I had my old pair of glasses tucked away in my dresser, so I'm not reduced to wearing my dark glasses around all the time as an alternative to running into things and being unable to read the computer screen. It's still annoying, though - I was planning on getting new glasses later this month, and I wanted to keep my (now lost) pair as a backup, because the prescription was still pretty good, and now I can't. I can't, and the glasses I'm wearing now are close to four years old, heavy, don't fit right any more, and leave me with constant, low-grade eyestrain. Also, the lenses are the cheap plastic, which is just yellow-tinted enough to annoy me, and I get weird reflections off the inner surfaces of the lens. It's giving me a real appreciation for the high-index plastic I had in my lost glasses and my dark glasses. Oh how I miss you, clear, crisp vision...

Also luckily, I was able to call my opticians and get my appointment moved up to tomorrow morning. I like my opticians. They are very nice, and in walking distance of my house. Now I just have to hope I can get the lens processing expedited somehow, because I would like to not wait 2-3 weeks for decent glasses.

In other news, there was a family get together yesterday, with my mother's family. I brought Jake, pasta salad chock full of fresh tomatoes from my garden, and Sparks. ^_~ We introduced Sparks to Bertie, my aunt and uncle's dog. (Named after Bertie Wooster, of course, and the name suits him - he's very sweet, eager to please, and a little bit of a blockhead.) Bertie and Sparks got along pretty well: a little initial growling, but no biting or aggression. Bertie was mostly confused and curious, and possibly a little worried about this little fluffy thing that was stealing all his attention. Sparks got cooed at by all my aunts and uncles and cousins, and passed from lap to lap.

My father and I spent some time talking about backpacking in Finland, which he is tentatively thinking about for late next summer. I expressed much enthusiasm, because this sounds like lots and lots of fun, and a good excuse to go gallivanting across Europe. Who knows, if it pans out I might even get Jake to go to Ireland and meet the one uncle he hasn't met yet. Anyway, the idea has me thinking about high-performance sleeping bags and backpacking air mattresses and high-tech tents and many other expensive but fun camping gadgets. Whee, fun!

All in all, a nice day, aside from the horribly hot drive.

Now I think I may roust the sleeping puppy from her bed by my chair, and go see about cleaning our room a bit. the top of one of the dressers has got a bit out of hand. We'll see how long this cleaning jag lasts...

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