missdiane: (Minion - WTF?)
First day back to work and reviewing a faculty member's new project proposal. It contains an artistic rendering of a male goat peeing on itself.
Well then. You can't say that my job isn't interesting. O_O
missdiane: (Default)
Sometimes random suggestions from YouTube make for some new favorites. Since I watch videos from channels like Strictly Dumpling, Peaceful Cuisine, and TabiEats (they are so cute), it suggested videos from Seonkyoung Longest one of which was this little gem:

Since I had some slaw mix on hand, I made it for breakfast this morning and HOLY MOLEY I think I have a new favorite breakfast. I did make some modifications mostly based on what I had on hand but some also due to preference:
Unbuttered, toasted sourdough instead of white bread (might lightly butter it next time but not a big deal)
No ham (didn't miss it at all)
Thin sliced monterey jack instead of American 
Much less sugar, mayo and ketchup. 
No onion or scallion 
One egg and some egg whites - I made enough for only one portion, obviously

Surprisingly, I may add a smidge more sugar next time and I might get some scallion for more flavor but other than that it was delicious. I'm always looking for ways to eat more veggies at breakfast and the lightly crunchy slaw was perfect. It would also make for a good diner-style omelet for less carbs (they cook the veggies in most of the time instead of making a pocket for the veggies like I usually prefer)
missdiane: (Minion - WTF?)
Ancestry DNA actually came in today and it's rather different than FamilyTreeDNA


Scandinavian down from 26% to 1%? It fits better with the tree I'd been doing and on ancestry, evidently either my first cousin or my aunt took the test since I got a DNA match to them. Interestingly, it was listed that they had trace amounts of Caucasus, European Jewish, Asia Central in their trees which I don't have. Makes me wonder about ol' Grandma since Mom thought she was a cheater. Mom got grumpy when I asked if she might consider taking a DNA test to find out more about our matches, though. Bummer

My first cousin on Dad's side said she just sent in her ancestry.com DNA today so soon I may have even more answers - cool!
missdiane: (Audrey - Golly!)
The first of my DNA tests are done. Oddly, I didn't get an email and it's not showing matches so it must still be processing but there is a map that according to their FAQ gives me a rough combination of 50% from each parent. How not a shock that I'm 100% European lol

One thing that I am surprised about is that the percentage of British Isles is so low since most of my work on fleshing out Dad's side shows that most of the ancestors go back to the UK. I'm interested in the 7% Sothern Europe and WOW at 26% Scandinavian with another 5% in Finland and Northern SIberia?

Hopefully ancestry.com comes through with their testing so I can compare the two.
missdiane: (SW Padme)

Was a huge George Michael fan and just heard that Carrie Fisher just lost her battle. DAMMIT

oh, still lying down mostly but very slowly improving in case anyone was pondering

missdiane: (SW Padme)

Well back is kaput again. Thanks for the vibes, I'm hoping they'll get me to the psych this afternoon. I did venture out long enough to get a couple of small batches of needed laundry done and pick up kitty food. If I can't get out to get any food for anything special on Xmas, I'll order Chinese delivery and have leftovers.
EDIT meh. Rescheduled the psych for Jan 6. Seemed counterproductive to worry all day about it

Mmmm nog

Dec. 18th, 2016 06:32 pm
missdiane: (Have a cool Yule!)
I've been wanting one of those copper mugs so I got one at a very good price at Target today.

Coconut nog sprinkled with nutmeg
missdiane: (Dear LJ - Linus)
I've been told it's therapeutic for me to blog more regularly so here we go and stuff.

Even though this week at work has been absolutely insanely busy, occasionally drama-laden and frequently frustrating, and since my back has been iffy enough to warrant sleeping mostly on the couch, it hasn't been all bad.
I kittysat neighbor kitty Miles a few days who was pleased to see me as usual.
I took the time to bake cookies - first the ones with nuts which were very popular at work and then I made lemon butter cookies and packaged them up and left them on my three apartment neighbor's doorsteps. Miles' mommy Natalie was especially pleased and left me a gift in return of chocolate and her family's tradition of fresh dates (I don't like eating them on their own so I'll have to figure out putting them in something).
Emily and I went to see Rogue One today which we enjoyed very much and had lunch at Moe's Southwest Grill. I'm STILL full. She also gave me a Xmas gift of a book about cats and a skirt that actually has stars that light up. lol
I had dim sum with my friend Lena last Sunday which was so nice and I'm pleased to have the prospect of a few folks that may want to hang out over holiday break.

I'll ponder doing more than bullet points when I can organize the brain enough to do that. 
missdiane: (Audrey - Golly!)
Saw this on CBS Sunday Morning today and it got me choked up. This kid - Rishi Sharma is trying to visit a WWII vet daily

He's actually made his GoFundMe goal which is great. He's doing a wonderful thing.
missdiane: (Kitty checking out bird)
Though it's been tempting to do it to Mr. Needy Early Riser JonJon

In case you were wondering - kitty is FINE. lol
missdiane: (Do not challenge the gate)
So about half an hour ago, we get an email containing this:

Attention Rutgers Community:

The New Brunswick Police Department (NBPD) is investigating a report of shots fired which occurred at approximately 12:00 PM at the intersection of Jones Avenue and Seaman Street in the City of New Brunswick.

In this incident a local resident reported seeing a male who was standing in the intersection point and fire a handgun towards the direction of Commercial Avenue. The male then fled on foot into the City and away from University property. There are no known injuries as a result of this incident. Police patrols have been increased in the area.

The perpetrator was described as a black male wearing all dark clothing and a wool cap.

The New Brunswick Police Department asks that anyone with information, or who may have been in the area at the time, to contact the New Brunswick Police Department Detective Bureau at..."


Are we on lockdown? Nope. I mean gee, it's "off campus" and the person ran "away from University property" But let's take a nice look at where this dude was in comparison to where I am, shall we?


How comforting. That's the route I typically drive home. Right past that intersection to Commercial Ave. Methinks I'll be taking a different route this afternoon. 

Sheesh
missdiane: (Default)
My lovely downstairs neighbor Natalie (a.k.a "Miles' Mom") gave me a gift for watching over her silly furboy. She brought me a mix of white, dark and milk chocolate toffee with bits of macadamia nuts and TWO jars of her lovely freezer jam - one strawberry and the other strawberry lemon. I'll have to get some lovely crusty bread to enjoy them with. 

I really like the sweet cream holiday spice from Starbucks and love it and today I found a cheat recipe to make the spice blend and I'm thinking of making the sugar and spices and giving them as gifts to the neighbors. 

Visited the doc today and she's ordered the test kit to do the cheek swab thing to check on how I metabolize medicine, though she advised before she even does it that I should call and check with my insurance to see how much they'll cover. Because if it's too obnoxiously expensive, it won't be worth it. She also prescribed lexapro which in the past may or may not have given me insomnia and shaky hands but I'll try it again and see if it works better this time since I was certainly testing enough meds back in 2011. Also, just in case she's going to put in for me to have a sleep apnea test and evidently they can do a thing where I get tested at home first. When I tried it once before, it was inconclusive because since I knew I was being "watched" I didn't sleep well from nerves. So here we go with the experiments. *crossing fingers*
missdiane: (kitty no no)
I admit, I snorted when I saw this on TV and had to go look it up.
missdiane: (Bear hiding eyes)
So I'm sitting eating lunch at a little bakery and they have a radio station playing Xmas tunes. I foolishly started paying attention to the lyrics and realized that damn, many of them are creepy as all hell. Now there's the more obvious depressing ones like "Blue Christmas" where most of the time it's Elvis pissing and moaning about some chick that clearly doesn't have an interest in dealing with his drama around the holidays, and the same sort of whiny theme for "Please Come Home for Christmas with this oh-not-depressing-at-ALL bit:

My baby's gone I have no friends
To wish me greetings once again

Bud, pull it together! Even "I'll Be Home for Christmas" leads you to believe it's hopeful until you get to the end:

I'll be home for Christmas
If only in my dreams

Passive aggressive much, dude? Ok, so I get it. It's the time of year people off themselves because they're depressed. No need to beat us over the head. But then there's other ones that seem ok until you listen to them. The song that first made me go "damn, really?" was "We Wish You a Merry Christmas" which prompted me to tweet
"We Wish You a Merry Xmas" is a bunch of bitch-ass extortionists demanding pudding or they'll continue their singing sit-in.

If you listen to it, it's annoying AF:
Now bring us some figgy pudding
Now bring us some figgy pudding
Now bring us some figgy pudding
And a cup of good cheer

We won't go until we get some
We won't go until we get some
We won't go until we get some
So bring it right here

If I got that kind of crap from carolers, I'd be tempted to yell "Now listen you rude drunken asswipes, get off my porch before I toss a carafe of hot coffee on you!"

Heck, even in "It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas" the parental frustration with the holiday is palpable with this bit:
A pair of hopalong boots and a pistol that shoots
Is the wish of Barney and Ben;
Dolls that will talk and will go for a walk
Is the hope of Janice and Jen;
And Mom and Dad can hardly wait for school to start again.

Heh, hope I didn't ruin too much for you. Just spike the hell out of that eggnog and warble "Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer" and you'll be fine.
missdiane: (Bunny steals a cookie)
Turkey breasts and thighs work very well in the crock pot, btw

I'd like to stop by the Jewish bakery tomorrow to pick up a couple of challah rolls to make some stuffing to go with the leftover turkey.

*sigh*

Nov. 24th, 2016 06:12 am
missdiane: (Blackadder - lucky George!)
Was bending down to give the kitty scritches and have managed to pinch a nerve in my neck. Crud.
missdiane: (kitty fortune cat)
I don't recall if I mentioned that my friendly downstairs neighbor Natalie asked if I'd come in and hang out with her kitty while she is gone a few days for the Thanksgiving holiday. He has an automatic feeder and is generally fine for a day or two but she worries if she's gone longer than that. Of course I agreed. Kittyboy Miles gives me little demure meows and sniffs the screen when I go downstairs so I hold my fingers near the screen and tell him hello and that he's a good boy.

Natalie was super curious how he'd receive me fully in the flesh and we got the answer right away when I visited her for a meet and greet this evening. The minute I stepped inside, meows abound as Miles came lumbering up (he's a bit of a chunky love) quickly to greet me and demanded patpats and attention. She told me that he will get SUCH a sad look on his face if he hears me coming down the stairs and doesn't get to the window in time. Also, he even recognizes the sound of me coming down over the other upstairs neighbors.

I guess I have a kitty boyfriend? lol. Oh and I refused her offer of money for the visits. I told her next time she makes some yummy preserves to keep me in mind is all.
missdiane: (Amelie turns off the tv)
Local bird-worshipper on a community FB group


Guess she's not a fan of cats. Hmph.
EDIT - ah, her own FB page - reeeeally not a fan. Sheesh, lady
missdiane: (SW Padme)
So what are your plans for Thanksgiving and/or Christmas?

So far I'll be flying solo on Thanksgiving and likely checking in on the neighbor's kitty. Christmas might likely be the same. Between being unable to get a kittysitter and not really having the money (or inclination, really) to travel, it'll be another year of nothing going. I should try to do something, at least so I'll have to ponder.
missdiane: (kitty fortune cat)
Oh [livejournal.com profile] spikesgirl58 this looks right up your alley if you don't already have it:

The CatDala coloring book
missdiane: (Anne dark)
It boggles my mind with the number of people - mostly on FB - that keep insisting that people just need to shut up and calm down and respect Trump now that he's about to be president. It's not just Trump having his finger on the proverbial button that's the entire problem and they don't appear to get that. Republican president all set to appoint a gang of wackadoo sycophants to his cabinet, republican congress, republican house, soon to be a handpicked judge to add to the Supreme Court. Tell me, where are the checks and balances? Yes, there isn't an overwhelming majority in Congress, thankfully, but still, a lot of damage can be done in a short amount of time.

Meanwhile, I have friends legitimately freaking out because Congress is already chomping at the bit to pick apart the ACA and Trump and evil freaking Pence are poised to go after taking away LGBTQIA rights. One friend in particular I feel especially horribly for. She has life threatening health conditions and her ACA insurance and the elimination of pre-existing conditions is what's been keeping her going as well as a special work program for disabled people. If the job and the insurance are picked away bit by bit, make no mistake, she will die. It is not media trumped-up fearmongering, these are things that were promised by Trump himself AND by the now nearly unchecked congress that's been cockblocking Obama from day one are poised and ready to do their level best to accomplish.

Oh and to those who think that the hate Trump stirred up is overblown, good grief, someone hollered "KILL OBAMA" at Trump's victory speech. Yeah, these sorts of folks are tooootally going to just chill out and be happy go lucky good, honorable citizens that haven't planned celabratory KKK marches, or instigated racial or gay intimidation. All just the media, right?

I'm one of the lucky ones, I know that. But I have friends that aren't so lucky and I worry for them.
missdiane: (Anne dark)
Admittedly, what I wear can be more than a little boring. Most of the time I'll wear something like cotton knit elastic-waist pants and a cotton knit top or I'll wear a basic a-line dress (mostly in cotton but some of the new rayon blends are awfully comfy). I generally wear flats, mary janes or lace up shoes. Coworker Elaine - who I like but she can irritate me sometime too - joked recently that I dress like a librarian. Not that I mind looking like a librarian, but it wasn't meant as a compliment. It was "you look frumpy." I did get some compliments the other day for wearing a printed dress and some low heels at least.

I have been getting bored...with absolutely everything but that's a story for a different day...with my attire. However I know I'm just not the type to wear a power suit or even something like blouses and dress pants. Also, I really don't really meet with big whigs or need to "dress up" much at all. Most of my work life is spent tippity-typing at my desk at a college campus. So I'm changing things up a bit. I do have some things in my closets I haven't worn in a while and I've also worked some sales to get some items. It's probably one of those things where I'll be thought of not "dressing my age" but I honestly don't give much of a shit if others like it. Today's ensemble:

Sorry for the fuzziness, the phone was being a wuss today. Yep, it's an outfit all from Torrid of a black tunic top with a "raw edge" hem, leggings with a pattern that matches my Harry Potter Deathly Hallows necklace and combat boots. Guess what? Several compliments today. Hell, even Business Moron asked if I was going out on a date or something. This 180 is considered somehow fancy? I'm still not even wearing any makeup. Uh...ok.

I'm not doing this for anyone else's approval but my own, but it's nice that I didn't get laughed at or anything. Then again, Elaine's on vacation this week. Not that I'll give two shits if she laughs. 

Short PSA

Nov. 9th, 2016 08:56 am
missdiane: (Jasmine is bummed)
Don't belittle people's fears - fear of what may happen to themselves and the fear for the people they know and love. It's unconscionably rude.
missdiane: (Broccoli is happy!)
If I'm ever in Richmond, VA, I want to stop at this place and get a box lunch.



Bet you can taste the love.
missdiane: (Alexia)

EDIT: Though I am at least making a minimum effort on my favorite holiday today. I have on a long navy dress with blue/gray drapey sweater and am wearing my copper and clear bead diadem around my head, big dangly silver and bead earrings, a crystal necklace and this necklace

Obviously no one here gets the Harry Potter reference of it being the Deathly Hallows. Also, no one besides my friend Latisha at the front desk has commented on my attire. I'm thinking that it's because they assume I'm a witch observing the holiday. I'm fine with that (Veri and I had a brief Instagram discussion whether Jedi qualifies as a type of witchcraft. Han thinks so). Also, I stopped telling people that I was Rowena Ravenclaw going undercover as a muggle. Too tedious to explain to these non-Force possessing muggles
missdiane: (Jello TERROR)
Buzzfeed compiled a list of 7 Vintage Foods That Are Surprisingly Delicious

I would absolutely try:
The Spiced Coconut CherryMold (though I'd switch the cherries for something else)
21st Century Green Top Salad
Lemon Cupcakes with Lavendar Frosting - I'd eat those in a heartbeat. I love lemon desserts
Maybe the White Sangria Salads

And though I do like bloody marys, I am adamant that they be in liquid form thankyouverymuch
missdiane: (Fridgebunny FTW!)

Kittysitter sent this pic of the curious but skittish duo debating whether to come in the kitchen

Their hungry tummies won out and they both devoured dinner. Proud and thankful.

Going to be strange to try to sleep without them. It's been 3 1/2 years

missdiane: (Pink and White Rose)
I'm wishing a very happy birthday to two absolutely lovely people
[livejournal.com profile] a_phoenixdragon and [livejournal.com profile] threecee

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