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Kaia watched as Revyn set the small glass down in front of Tarial. Revyn's eyes were alight with her smile; Tari was just grinning so wide it looked like her face would break. Kaia was smiling, like everyone else, but felt mingled excitement, jealousy, and dread. In a little less than a year, it would be her turn as well. Her turn for a special party and a special drink; her turn to leave.

"All right," Revyn said, "time for your very first drink as an adult, Tari. Ready?"

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edit:damn that was big, thankful I could add width="480" into the string

Wednesday : Basic Instructions

Sep. 28th, 2016 07:22 am
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Fall has finally come to Texas.

Incidentally, here is a recipe for Pumpkin Spice Green Smoothie which doesn't look too bad.

1 handful of ice cubes
1 cup sweetened, vanilla almond milk
½ cup canned pumpkin
½ banana
l tablespoon honey
¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
⅛ teaspoon ground ginger
pinch ground nutmeg
pinch ground cloves
pinch allspice
1 scoop UltraNourish <--- not sure about this. There's full page advert for it on the website, which is why I pasted the ingredients here so you don't have to wander over there if you don't want.

I'm in a sort of reflective mood today. I want to get my hair dyed, I want to get a pedicure, I want to get some some shelves. But I also need a bed and a bed frame. With Kevin's Prime acct, I can get those just under $500. We need a California King because Kevin is LONG and Oscar would love to stay with us.
Speaking of, he needs to go to the vet for his annual. I'm still thinking of switching vets because they are not fixing his skin condition. Even when they give him a bath, it only lasts so long. I bought the shampoo off of them and the damn instructions say to leave it on Oscar for 10-15 minutes before rinsing. 10-15 minutes?! And I have to pat him dry. Well, it doesn't work anyway. I've sat next to him looking miserable in the tub and used my phone to monitor the time. He was completely puzzled why he had to stay in the tub doing nothing for 15 minutes. My asthma can't handle that but I'm not going to leave him alone in the tub. And patting dry? Again prolonged exposure to animal dander in a sealed room.
He was scratching and stinking 4 days later. That's bad for an indoor dog.

This Saturday, I'm going to try a combination - after I vacuum the floors and wash his bedding. Fan into the bathroom. do the "sit for 15 minutes", do the "pat dry", rub Cortizone 10 on his usual areas and give him a hot dog with benedryl. See if that gives his body the chance to fight this.
I'm gonna need a bucket.
Then I'm going to slump in my computer chair like a Victorian lady having the vapors after I change my clothes.

It's time to double down on this "taking care of myself" thing. Pity it's so damned expensive.

My Thoughts

Sep. 22nd, 2016 07:51 am

Wednesday : Basic Instructions

Sep. 21st, 2016 07:29 am
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Comics like this make me miss Kevin.

Here is a Facebook Video of Elizabeth Warren verbally spanking the CEO of Wells Fargo. He keeps stating he is accountable for the scam, but she pointed out he was basically gutless.
He has not resigned, he hasn't returned "a single nickel" since the scam he hasn't bothered to fire any senior management. She accused him of forcing his employees to push customers into getting 8 different accounts. "* is great". Some customer were given additional accounts without their permission. These are additional banking accounts that they have to still pay a monthly fee. It did not matter if they were not used.

I love the part where he tries to avoid one of her questions by saying "it's in the public records" and she jumps "You're right, it is because I Looked It Up" and went on to speak. I bet he's mad he reacted the way she steered him to.
"When it all blew up - you kept your job, you kept your nulti-million dollar bonuses and you went on television to blame thousands of $12 an hour employees who were just trying to meet cross-sale quotas that made you rich."

This video is going all over. I've embedded the Youtube video, however here's the link in case you can't see it and don't want to go to Facebook.

Man, I need a raise in such a bad way. I've tallied up my finances and if I am to pay everything on time and make some head way - I need $300 more a month. As it stands I make enough on my own to cover everything except gas and groceries. This also doesn't cover surprise vet bills, routine vet bills, routine car maintenance, liquor, going out, medications or savings.
$300 more a month would handle all of that nicely. I'm good at budgeting, I just can't take a hiccup because I can't squeeze anymore out.

I'm also SUPER bad at checking my own reminders.

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Sep. 20th, 2016 07:05 am
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Fifteen years ago today, I made my first entry in this journal (at LiveJournal at the time). It was my 35th birthday (which makes today my 50th). Some changes:

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My life right now is hard in different ways from before, but it's also joyful in the same ways, and peaceful in about equal measure. I like who I am. I like the people I surround myself with for the most part. Onward!

Snapped into hyperDrive

Sep. 19th, 2016 02:53 pm
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I naturally wake up at 10am so by 10:35, I was finally in a groove. I was starting to knock things out at a really fast pace.
By the time I figured it was time to go home, I looked at the time and saw I had 4 and half hours to go.

The thing about reality is perception is 9/10ths the law.

I feel hung over

Sep. 19th, 2016 07:49 am
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Not sure what gods of health I angered but damn I feel awful. My husband is in the same boat. We're not sick enough to skip work and we'd be hard pressed to tell a doc what's wrong. My head feels damned heavy. The congestion I had earlier has cleared up but the stomach issues that plagued us both this morning to where we hit the Gaviscon are still going strong. I even hit the Pepcid when I got to work since it was past an hour since I'd taken the Gaviscon.
It feels like it could go bad any minute and I'll be curling into a ball of brain pain, so I'll take a pre-emptive migraine med and hope it doesn't finish the job of gutting me.

This has shortened my tolerance of Prissy Account. It's bad enough that I'm so damned busy that I can only deal with things that can be handled the moment they arrive at my attention. Anything I can put off, I DO so I can get to the stuff that can be handled quickly. I tried handling a few longer termed items and shit blew up because I wasn't handling "just this small thing that could have been handled in 30 seconds".
I know I'm gonna get a "I sent you an email on this a week ago, you've had plenty of time to do it."

I'm writing while I'm on a meeting because I can stop, I don't need to form a thought flow and it's keeping my mind off of potentially calling in sick. I feel worse as the day progresses. Drinking water isn't helping, though we felt dehydrated this morning. We also both felt we were over heating as we left the house. Kevin sat in front of the kitchen AC while I grabbed my lunch for the day. He declined water when I offered it, though.

I have Friday off, I can't take an additional day off this week. But damn I want to curl up in bed and banish this pain behind my eyes. I doubt I could sleep. I just really don't effing feel well.

I need to try some music. A Place To Bury Strangers - Keep Slipping Away (Official Music Video) is damn good.
Youtube's embedding sucks here on DW.

We have to stand up

Sep. 18th, 2016 01:01 pm
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During WWII, a nurse named Irena Sendler watched the growth of Nazism and the brutal shifting of Jews from their homes to the death camps. This Christian woman and her friends declared war on Hitler and risked their lives to save Jewish children from the Nazis' Final Solution. Irene Sendler was caught and tortured for her work.

After all that she and those like her did to save the lives they could, because they believed they were worth saving, how can people now spit on their gift and wave the flag of anti-Semitism? How can they speak its foul cant to children, parents, and people who are trying to make contributions to society?

Speak out when you see or hear it. Write your defiance when you read it. Don't be afraid to offend when you have already been offended. Be an example. Be a hero, even if it's only for yourself. Don't let this poisonous plant continue to spread in our home.

We live in an appalling time in this country. I am reminded of the 1920s and 1930s, when Father Conklin, the German American Bund, Henry Ford's consistent anti-Semitism and re-printing of The Protocols of the Elders of Zion set the anti-Semitic tone, and the rise of lynchings of blacks and the Tulsa Race Riot marked the standard of race relations. Are we going to come to this state of white gangsterism again? Are we facing mob rule and the etiquette of schoolyard bullies?

Or do we stand up, speak out, cry out, write? Even if you feel you are the only one, the only voice, do it. You will have to live with yourself in later years, remember, and how do you think you will feel if you remember that you were once a coward? I have those moments to remember, and each time I do, they burn like fire. I can barely stand to remember them, and yet I can't avoid it. And each time the shame is as white-hot as the first time I said nothing, did nothing, wrote nothing, and turned away.

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