November 23, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving!

I know I've been AWOL from blogging for a bit.  Nothing to say really.  I should blog anyway, but sometimes it's better just to leave things be.

In about 10 minutes (or even by the time I finish writing this) it will officially be Thanksgiving day.  My favorite holiday of the year.  This year will entail little by way of cooking.  It's just my husband and I so there's no reason to cook for 50. On the menu will be crockpot Coq au Vin and cranberry pecan pie.  Easy to make and even better to eat. 

The boy is in SF with a friend for the long weekend.  The girl is in Chicago.   She's been busy working and her cell phone cut out when she called today so we'll talk to her tomorrow. I'm sure she'll be hanging out with friends for the day. 

Hope everyone has a most fantastic day. Eat, drink, and be merry.  There is much to be thankful for.

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November 15, 2011

Random Thoughts.

Here are a few things that have wandered through my mind today.  They may or may not be of interest. 

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I am apparently incapable of reading labels on cans. Twice this week I have bought the wrong type of tomato for different recipes. First diced tomatoes for a recipe that should have had whole tomatoes then whole tomatoes when it should have been diced.  Since I seem to be a just in time shopper nearly all the time now, I bought the cans on the day I was cooking.  I think someone else should do the cooking.
 
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Been tracking our walks with the free Runkeeper app. Once I got it working right, it appears we are very consistent when walking. Not sure if this is good or bad.  At least we know.  About 14.5 minutes per mile.

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BTW the app above is very finicky.  It's a phone only app since it's supposed to use the phone GPS. It took a bit of looking around and trying different stuff to make it work. First off you can't have the wi-fi on... if you have it on it will double your distance whenever you get near a wi-fi signal. A simple pop up when you go to start it would be very helpful... Sheesh!  Then I had it in a coat pocket that had a small magnet to close the pocket - threw off the distance enough to enter the realm of hilarity.  Instead of about 3/10 of a mile it said we had gone 8 miles.... pace of 37 seconds per mile!!! I love it!  We are suddenly the fasted walkers on the planet!   Then I tried it in the pocket of another coat. It doesn't like being a pocket, kept losing the signal.  I finally got an armband and now it works.  Once I get the routes mapped I won't need to run the app while walking.  I can save the routes. Thank heaven because it's a PITA to wear the armband over a coat - keeps slipping.
 
Also found from this app that one of our routes is an entire mile longer than we thought. I could swear I google mapped it and it said 4 miles. Today the app GPS says it's 5. Hmmm. Which one do I believe? Heh.
 
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Really want to move my stuff to iCloud from mobile me. However this means I have to upgrade my computer to the Lion OS. Since upgrades are fraught with issues I'm waiting for the Thanksgiving weekend.  Right now any calendar item I add to the iphone only syncs with the ipad... not the mobile me website or my desktop.  Weird. 

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I watch way too many episodes of House Hunters.  I find some of them hilarious others are pretty interesting.  A couple of things I wait for... shows where people say they want to "downsize".  As soon as I hear those words I just know they will walk into each place and the first words out of their mouths will be... "it's so small!"  Heh.

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Then I watch the House Hunters International shows.  Those are mostly people attempting to buy a "vacation house" somewhere.  Now people can spend their money however they want, but I wonder how many of them, who are on such "tight budgets" that they can barely afford a shack in the vacation locale, have ever taken a math class.  If they spend oh say... $150K on a place.  (we won't even include the amount they'll spend in interest over the years or the fees they pay for maintenance - that's fair right?)  And let's say they spend 14 days a year at the place.  That's 2 weeks total - most people don't have that kind of time for vacations but we'll be generous.  Now if you were to splurge on a hotel and food - say $500 per day when you're on vacation... it would take you 21.4 years to spend $150K... and you wouldn't be limited to one place, nor would you have to go on vacations and spend that money if you ran into some lean times. 

Yeah, I'm a kill joy.  Ha. 

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Okay I think that's enough random wandering for today. 

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November 06, 2011

Fall Back

It's fall back night.  The second most annoying night of the year.  The first most annoying being the spring forward night. 


So why would a fall back night be annoying when I get an extra hour of sleep?  

Because all this clock jumping wreaks havoc on my sleep cycle. I have a hard enough time even attempting to sleep during "normal" night hours.  Always have had. Start messing with the clock and things get completely out of control.  By the time I get it figured out it's time to change the clocks again. 

I want to go find the congress critters who voted for this and smack them with my alarm clock. 

In the meantime I have been sitting here wasting time looking at jewelry boxes online. I do have a lot of junk jewelry (let's stress the word junk here) and a few things that are about 2 steps up from there. (like 3 necklaces and 3 sets of earrings). However, all of this lives in a drawer lumped together, except for one pair of earrings that I liberated and wear daily.  Makes a plate of spaghetti look neat.  I keep thinking I need to get things cleaned up in that drawer.  Then I start looking at jewelry boxes and my head wants to explode. 

I think I'll give it up for now and go stare at the bedroom ceiling.  Perhaps inspiration will strike in the middle of the night. Of course that means I'll completely forget it by morning, but there it is. 

Happy fall back day to you. Sleep well. 

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November 03, 2011

Travel Blog Fodder

-- First thought the entire bus to the airport would be filled with blue hairs. The younger people showed up at the last minute. Wish I could time stuff like that.
 
-- Airport fashion: Red legging jeans, leopard print top, and Uggs. Okayfine.

-- Someone sitting by me at the gate using Siri to get info. Not sure I want anyone sitting near me to know what I'm searching for. Siri's a little to vocal in a crowded area.

-- Damn - everyone in the last boarding group has to gate check bags.  Guess that means a long wait in ATL to get my bag. *sigh*

-- Seriously Delta. Commercials with the safety video??? Seriously?  Now sponsored by Lincoln and some brand of bed.... Broadcast to the entire cabin... Holy crap.
 
-- Hugely big dude - yeah you - the guy about 6'5" and 300lbs. If you pull any harder on the overhead bin to get yourself out of your seat you'll break it.  Yes and the same goes for pushing down on it once standing to stretch your back... Also you do realize your feet have walked all over the airport don't you?  God knows what is on the soles of your shoes. The shoes you rested on the armrest to stretch your back. While I don't care if you die of Ebola it's not really fair to the next person who will unknowingly use that seat and that armrest. Geeze.
 
-- Noisy page turner in my seat row. Sounds like talk radio people trying to demonstrate they are holding papers in their hands. But he's doing it with every single page turn of Sky Mall, Delta magazine, and newspaper... heh.   

 
-- Wow okay. Brand new to flying twenty-something girl... the bag goes where it fits not where you are sitting.  If the bin over your seat is full, you have to find somewhere else.  Never heard someone complain that "someone took my bag space" before and stand just looking at the bin holding up seating... Wow again. And stop stuffing your carry on bag. No, a fat bag won't fit in the bin.  And it's not time to figure this out when you're trying to put the bag in the bin. So now you're holding up seating even longer while you pull crap out of your bag too?  Geeze.

 
-- At least I got my bag on this time. Considering I have to " desnow" my car it's the least they could do to help the flt along if they ever manage to get complaining girl out of the aisle and seat the rest of the passengers...  
 
-- Thank heaven I got 5 min to grab a bite to eat before leaving. Was worried I wouldn't have time with the traffic tie-ups heading to ATL.

-- Weirdly, car covered in pine needles, no snow at all, but half the lot has cars with snow cover on them.
 

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November 01, 2011

The Return of Civilized Living

While phone service returned this morning, power and cable were up and running late this afternoon.  I went around the house turning on lights just because I could.  heh.

I hope to have a post tomorrow with a few fun items on my weekend trip.   In the meantime, now that I have waded through my email backlog, I'm going to kick back and watch a little tv. 

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