spedbug: (StrongMuscleWorkout)
Saturday, October 1st, 2005 03:39 pm
Addition Update with photos )

Savagefuzzball's oral surgery went very well. She was able to eat some soft stuff last night and is, apparently, feeling well enough to go to a party this evening. And to think I was worried. :oP
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Friday, September 30th, 2005 10:35 pm
You will sink in a mire. You like to think you're
normal, but deep down you really just want to
strip off your clothes and roll around in
chicken fat.

What horrible Edward Gorey Death will you die?
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spedbug: (Comforting)
Thursday, September 29th, 2005 08:38 am
Her name was Anna (Anne) Colona and although she's gone, she won't be forgotten. The church was packed with those whose lives she touched. She never married or had children but she had a huge and varied family.

I knew her all my life. She was the girls' phys ed teacher then the guidance counselor at Krebs school where my father was principal and my step-mother taught. My father, who believes praise should be doled out sparingly, couldn't say enough good about her. I know he was incredibly upset that he wasn't here for her when she became ill (lung cancer) or able to pay his final respects so I went to the service in his stead.

Part of the service entailed people giving testimony to her life. Retired teachers spoke about her dedication and humility. Friends spoke about her generosity. She was an active member of Delta Kappa Gamma International Honor Society for Women Educators for years and a past president. She was very involved in the scholarship fund and the encouragement of young people to enter the teaching field. Many members of that society stood and spoke about her unflagging enthusiasm. Even the mothers of adult children attended and spoke, citing how Miss Colona changed the course of their children's lives. I could write paragraph after paragraph about the stories people told but you get the idea - She certainly packed a lot of life into her 78 years.

What I remember about her? Optimism, no-nonsense affability and large doses of enthusiastic encouragement toward whatever goal one expressed. When she spoke to you, you felt as if you were the most important person in her world....and you were. She genuinely cared.
I'll use one of her catch phrases - The bottom line is, Miss Colona was an incredible woman who will live on in the influence she had on the people around her. I hope you all had or have a Miss Colona in your life.
spedbug: (Time)
Wednesday, September 28th, 2005 09:02 am
1)Using your current initials, choose a different name for yourself:
Angelina Jolie Frangelica! ;)

2) If you were born outside of your era, when would you want to be born?
About five hundred years from now. I'm curious to see what life will be like, here.

3) If you ran a store, what would you sell/have?
Tea/coffee, books and craft supplies

4) What part in a movie would you love to play?
Edited because I changed my mind. I'd like to play Elizabeth Bennett in "Pride and Prejudice".

5) In your opinion, why do people suck?
Because for every action, there is a equal and opposing reaction. About half the time they blow so, it follows, the other half of the time they should suck.

6) If you had your own state, what would you put on your new quarter?
The black and white kitty I have on my bookcrossing bookshelf

7) What's the oldest article of clothing you own?
A coat my mother gave me that was hers (camel colored with a detachable mink color).

8) What piece of furniture have you replaced the most?
The kitchen table - mostly because we were given cast-offs for many years. We'd get one and "trade up" for a better cast off until, finally, about five years ago we bought one that we actually wanted.

9) What instrument do you wish you could be more than great at?
The violin

10) Record, tape or CD?
Definitely CD.

11) What do you think would be the best concert ever?
The Creme de la Creme Symphony Orchestra preforms Vivaldi

12) What is the best part of your favorite movie?
Long quoted piece from 'Pride and Prejudice' )

13) What do you think is the most over-rated candy ever?
Cotton candy.

14) If you were writing out your will, who would you give your CD collection to?
My daughter - she acts as if she owns it, anyway!

15) If you could only debate two topics the rest of your life, what would they be?
Whether or not I should be limited to debating two topics for the rest of my life and whether or not I've truly answered this question.

6) Out of your friends, who would you say you are most jealous of, artistically?

17) Most jealous of...intellectually?

18) What do you collect?
old letters, craft supplies

19) What is broken that you have, that you wish was fixed?
One of the discs in my lower back (it's probably not really broken, but it's definitely folded, bent or mutiliated in some way).

20) What do you do when you're home sick?
Sleep a lot, read, watch television, eat toast and drink tea.

21) Current favorite article of clothing?
My tartan plaid flannel shirt

22) Line from the last thing you wrote for someone?
"You're wonderful, I assure you." (from a short, silly poem I wrote for [livejournal.com profile] eireannaigh in response to one of her posts).

23) A famous person you have met:
Linda Eder

24) Favorite way to waste time?
You're looking at it.

25) Last thing you bought yourself?
A lap desk for work.
spedbug: (WoeKitty)
Monday, September 26th, 2005 11:55 am
My Sunday was spent working on the powder room addition's roof. MrBug had already ripped off the old roof and we'd disposed of the debris. On Sunday morning, MrBug ran the plumbing vent up and out through what was left of the roof. Then, I helped him measure and cut the insulation (I won't touch it, though, because I hate that itchy feeling) and handed him things as he placed the insulation.

We measured, cut and screwed down the plywood base for the roof then stapled down the tar paper. MrBug put the roof collar around the vent, we put up the flashing, drip guard and that is what you see, below.

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Hopefully, we'll be able to put the shingles on this coming weekend so we can get back to working on the inside.

To Rubberband: Turns out that Savagefuzzball's overnight field trip got changed, last minute (now, they're going on 10/3 & 4) When MrBug heard we weren't going out to dinner (just the two of us), he accepted the Ducks Unlimited dinner invite that Mark and the rest of the "gang" had mentioned. So, I probably could have gone with you to the wine tasting/Nerds opening! :( I hope you had fun!

To yankeedownunder: Haven't heard from you lately. Everything okay?
spedbug: (StrongMuscleWorkout)
Friday, September 23rd, 2005 11:29 am
1. Whenever I post in [livejournal.com profile] sunneschii's or [livejournal.com profile] irascignavojo's journal, I get a giggle out of the "commentar abschicken" button one must choose to actively post the comment. It never fails to make me think of [livejournal.com profile] absbookcrosser owning a chicken. *shrug*

2. I really, really dislike the feeling of my wrinkly, water-soaked fingers as they're drying. It skeeves me a little.

3. All day, yesterday, my brain insisted it was Tuesday. Once I got it into my head that it wasn't Tuesday, it insisted it was Friday. Stupid head.

I'm proud of myself, this morning. Not only did I get up and exercise (20 minutes cardio*/15 minutes arms) instead of sitting on the computer, like I wanted, I also carried all the stuff from the downstairs refrigerator/freezer to the upstairs 'fridge/freezer and scrubbed out the inside of the one in the basement. It really needed it and I had spent too long ignoring it to let it go on any longer.

*The cardio I do is on DDR (Dance, Dance Revolution) pads, to music -- see here for a video example of what that is. Usually, I hate cardio unless I'm playing a sport but, in this case, it's fun. :)
spedbug: (IconLove)
Friday, September 16th, 2005 09:28 am
Okay, I started a community, at [livejournal.com profile] antof9's urging, called "IconAdmiration". Feel free to join if you'd like to share, admire or just giggle/sigh over someone's icon.

I probably should have known how to run a community before doing this, Ant... :oP
spedbug: (Default)
Wednesday, September 14th, 2005 10:18 am
I wasn't going to come back on LJ, today. I have so much to do and a limited time in which to do it--BUT, I went down in the basement to throw a load of laundry in, saw this, and had to take a pic and post it. Silly cat!

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Of all the comfy places in the house, she had to bed down on a mound of sawdust on the basement floor.
spedbug: (Constitution)
Wednesday, September 14th, 2005 08:48 am
I've been working, working, working.

The Showbill is at the proofing stage, now. If it doesn't go to the printer, soon, it's not going to be ready for the first show (Oct. 12th). This is really starting to stress me out!

On top of the volunteer work, I'm working my part-time job, now. It's repetitive and mindless - just the sort of thing I like! I sat down with a black garbage bag full of Declaration of Independences, yesterday, and put in A&E's "Pride and Prejudice". I watched the whole of it in one sitting - folding, folding, folding.

I'm off to exercise, shower, and watch "Emma" while I finish up that bag, top them with their tags, slide them into bags and use the electric impulse sealer to finish them off. Once I'm done that, it's on to The Constitution. :)

*Cha-ching* - Hear that, SimoDownUnder? That's money going into the "Australia Fund". xoxoxox
spedbug: (ChickenwithEggs)
Saturday, September 10th, 2005 10:43 am
How I Live My Life - results not so accurate, IMO )
Very Short Personality Test - Fairly Accurate )

How You Are In Love

You take a while to fall in love with someone. Trust takes time.

You give and take equally in relationships.

You need your space and privacy. You don't like to be smothered.

You love your partner unconditionally and don't try to make them change.

You stay in love for a long time, even if you aren't loved back. When you fall, you fall hard.

spedbug: (KittyButterfly)
Thursday, September 8th, 2005 11:37 am
I'm on here a lot, today.

A question for those of you more familiar with LJ than I --

What does it mean when some friends in a person's list are in bold script? Mine are all "regular" and uniform but I've seen lists where a third of them are bold and the rest "regular".
spedbug: (Martini)
Thursday, September 8th, 2005 09:25 am
What's in a Martini?
For the purist, a martini is always icy cold gin with dry vermouth, served in a long stemmed, cone shaped glass. It may be garnished with a ribbon of fresh lemon peel or an olive skewered on a pick - but it is an otherwise plain, naked, honest drink. One may experiment endlessly with brand names, how to get it cold enough, and the proportion of gin to vermouth. But switch to vodka, add flavor, or even change the garnish -- and the reverent traditionalist believes that the martini loses its identity and dissolves into a sea of ordinary cocktails.

You can no more keep a martini in the refrigerator than you can keep a kiss there. The proper union of gin and vermouth is...one of the happiest marriages on earth, and one of the shortest lived. - Bernard DeVoto

Gin, once called "Genever", is a mixture of grain alcohol and juniper berry oil, originally concoted by a 17th-century Dutch medical professor to treat kidney disorders.

Gin and water is the soure of all my inspiration - Lord Byron
spedbug: (HolyShit!Bunny)
Wednesday, September 7th, 2005 01:21 pm
A recent study shows that those who smoke are a milliondybillion* times more likely to go blind due to macular degeneration in their later years. Another reason (as if we needed another) to quit smoking - especially we who like to read.

*Okay, that wasn't the exact number but I've forgotten what it was and needed to make the point that the percentage rate was very high.
spedbug: (UnderwireKillingMe)
Monday, September 5th, 2005 04:50 pm
Today we backfilled the sewer line, mixed concrete and poured it over the dirt and gravel backfill. Below, are the photos of the work. )
After getting cleaned up late this afternoon, MrBug took Savagefuzzball out to an empty parking lot and began teaching her the fundamentals of driving. She's taking driver's ed at school, this semester, and will be behind the wheel in about a month. Rather than send her to the teacher with no clue, whatsoever, we thought it would help if she had a feel for what's what (and where). They just came back a bit ago and MrBug gave our baby a glowing report. She picked up very quickly. :)

By this time tomorrow, I should be gainfully employed. I'm excited and apprehensive, all at once; it's been years since I was in the work force. The nice thing is the hours are flexible and I don't have to dress up. My kind of work!
spedbug: (UnderwireKillingMe)
Sunday, September 4th, 2005 11:29 pm
Pictures of the Addition Sewer tie-in )

Savagefuzzball went to a friend's house for most of the evening. After all the sweaty, dirty work you see above, MrBug and I showered, went out to eat and then picked her up. From there we went to Coldstone Creamery for ice cream. When we got home, we went down in the basement to clean up a few things that were still lying about (a garden hose we'd used to flush the system, etc.) and watched a mouse run across the basement floor and into the block wall up to where we'd jackhammered. For years, I've watched our cat, Boots, sit in front of that wall and stare at a corn-kernel sized hole where the block wall and basement floor met. I thought she was just trying to freak me out. Obviously, she knew something I didn't. MrBug has stuffed a towel into the space for the evening. Tomorrow we'll replace the dirt and pour concrete and the mouse worries will be no more. Of course I'll set traps in the basement tomorrow, too, because goodness knows how many mice came out once we'd broken open their thoroughfare. One made itself known...others may be lurking. The only thing making me rest easy? - Boots is in for the night and she's already shown interest in the basement "renovation".
spedbug: (UnderwireKillingMe)
Sunday, September 4th, 2005 07:15 pm
I have a new-found respect for my husband. Today, we jackhammered the basement floor and exposed the sewer line so we could tie into it for the powder room addition. I ran the jackhammer some, removed the pieces of concrete and shovelled the dirt. After MrBug cut through the old cast iron and removed a 3 - 4' section, we hooked up new 3" PVC pipe and fittings. It was back-breaking, sweaty, disgusting work but something I'll probably never have to do again. MrBug did it for over 20 years and still, on occasion (when unreliable men don't show up or just quit on him and something's scheduled), he'll still do it.

God bless manual laborers!

I'll probably post pictures, later.
spedbug: (Martini)
Wednesday, August 31st, 2005 08:19 am
My dear friend gave me The Little Black Book of Martinis for my birthday and I thought I'd share some wisdom from its pages:

Some say "Professor" Jerry Thomas mid-wived the first martini - in San Franciso, circa 1850, for a miner on his way to Martinez, California. When his customer slapped a gold nugget onto the bar along with a request for something special, he got a "Martinez," prototype for the "Martini." This recipe was published, along with 23 other recipes, in Professor Thomas's 1887 edition of The Bartender's Guide - the first bartender's manual.

The martini has also been known by these names: The Silver Bullet, The Cold War, White Lightning, Olive Soup, and See-Through.

I think I had it in the back of my mind that I wanted to sound like a dry martini. - Paul Desmond of the Dave Brubeck Quartet, when asked about the sound of his sax
spedbug: (Confused)
Tuesday, August 30th, 2005 07:15 pm
I told my sister to check out my Live Journal while on the phone with her last night. So, I thought I ought to get my dragging ass in gear and actually write something in my journal instead of just doing memes.

I'm feeling cranky, at present. I was going to say I feel bitchy but I like to call a spade a spade and, dear friends, I'm just plain cranky. Need-a-nap cranky.

After a summer of sleeping in and making my own schedule, I had to be up at 6am. I got up, packed lunches and took Savagefuzzball to school then came home and exercised, ate and showered. From there, I was off and running for the rest of the day. Between the volunteer job at the school and making sure SFB had her school supplies (Since when did a person have to sell an organ to afford a geometery calculator?!) plus a million other little errands, I didn't get home until 4:30pm. Once home, I put out a couple of small fires (figuratively, thank goodness), addressed the ton of paperwork the teachers sent home for signatures then threw together a quick dinner.

Oh, I'm going to be starting a job next week. I'd been obsessing about finding something that would fit my needs - my needs being a job that would allow me to taxi SFB to school and back and to stay home if she was sick or on holiday - and, in the end, I needn't have worried at all. It's part time and has very flexible hours so it won't be a major transition but it will cut into my "do whatever I feel like" time. I meet with the owner of the company next week to find out just what I'll be doing. More when I know more.
spedbug: (Crying kitty)
Monday, August 29th, 2005 09:49 pm
who lives in Australia and who is one of the few of my siblings I really feel connected to.
I love talking to her and catching up but, afterward, I'm always left feeling a bit melancholy.

I miss her. I miss my niece and nephew and my lovely BIL, too. When you love someone a lot the miles that part you seem longer.
spedbug: (Default)
Monday, August 29th, 2005 09:47 pm
Wrong! I'm the youngest of six. Actually, if we're going to get technical, I'm the youngest of eight, six of whom lived. (Was my grammar correct? I've had two glasses of champagne and can't be sure).

You Are Likely A Forth Born

At your darkest moments, you feel angry.
At work and school, you do best when your analyzing.
When you love someone, you tend to be very giving.

In friendship, you don't take the initiative in reaching out.
Your ideal jobs are: factory jobs, comedy, and dentistry.
You will leave your mark on the world with your own personal philosophy.