Monday, September 1, 2014
By the time 10AM rolled around today and their parents came to get them, I think they were happy to be rid of our house. Since one of the boys has a lot of food allergies, I didn't dole out any treats to him. That was Ollie -- and he suffered no ill effects from eating my chamois cloth. If anything, it helped his stools firm up. And boy did I have a lot of poop to pick up this week!
I was very thrilled to get the cigar box guitar because that's what many old time blues/country players who had no money often resorted to making their guitars from. Carl Perkin's first guitar was made from a cigar box and broom handle -- constructed by his dad. You can buy kits for these too. I am just thrilled to have this neat little thing in my collection. Woo hoo!
After I am done with this labor, I plan to relax! At least I took advantage of a sale and got some good deals. The labor part of the day sucks, but a girl's gotta do what a girl's gotta do if she doesn't want to live in total filth.
Sunday, August 31, 2014
Being this cheap takes time so it's a good thing there's an extra day this weekend! I miss the pay for days I don't work, but it's nice to have more hours to get things done.
Saturday, August 30, 2014
Friday, August 29, 2014
On Wednesday I worked at a huge and important meeting and had a lot of visibility. The highest ranking executive was there and I had not been introduced. She was wearing a great belt and necklace combo and walked by me. I stopped her to tell her how fabulous her accessories were. The people I was with were just floored that I had the guts to do that. But you know, it was totally not a schmooze thing. It was a genuine compliment and a "girl thing." She looked fabulous.
I did dress "appropriately" and got a lot of ribbing from my colleagues later because they wanted me there in my glactic tights and flashy jewelry. Now I wish I had worn that stuff!
My apologies for not posting but after having a few big days and a eight extra legs in the house, I was just tuckered out. This weekend will be spent cleaning because the house really needs it. Things will be back to normal on Tuesday... I hope!
Tuesday, August 26, 2014
As for the bisque, I'd gotten a bag of "salad shrimp" and it was dismal. Then I figured that canned bisque probably doesn't start with prime crustaceans. So I whizzed it up with other stuff and created a fine bisque. Barley was used to thicken it up and for some of the stock, I used part of a box from the dollar store.
Now I'm off to pick out a suitable slack-based outfit for tomorrow. There is a big corporate event and I will be in front of hundreds of people (in a supporting role), and need to look professional yet casual but also have mobility. Tomorrow is a very big day and I'll have a chance to make a good impression on a few key executives. Whether it will help my long-term prospects or not remains to be seen, but it's a good thing to be able to say I did!
Monday, August 25, 2014
Three years ago, we kept Phineas the Border Collie for a week. He was 13 at the time and Teddy was three. The wrestled all day, every day. This time, not at all. Phin approached her and put his paws on her back and just stopped. She looked at him for a sign, but at 16 he is just too old to play. But he wants to. As the alpha of the group, he patrols the yard but mostly just stands and looks. He is as deaf as a door nail.
Phineas is the "end of the line" for Border Collies in our "dog circle." He is a year and a half older than our Woody would have been and he is the only BC left out of a group of almost a half dozen. We all met on a Flyball team. It is truly the end of a dog era. Our friends who own him have four dogs and three of them are smaller -- two cockers and a bichon. The girls are being boarded and the boys are staying with us. You get to be a certain age and rambunctious big dogs no longer make sense!
Sunday, August 24, 2014
This is how I'm going to arrange the trays. I will bring up the big tray once the fence is stained but did not want to mount it until then. I'm not entirely sure how I'll decide to mount it. I figured I'd have a different theme for each panel and this one would be the flower tray area. I have a big metal star and was going to put that on the bottom of another panel and may do other stars or hang a flag in the panel over that. I also have my eyes open for more carved wood serving pieces. They are generally teak and handle water well. I want to mount those where I can too.
I don't want to go crazy decorating the fence but I do want to add some visual interest. It was nice to find those bargain trays for sure!