missdiane: (HP Ginny is SHOCKED)
The forecast has been updated that starting later tonight and through tomorrow, we're now under a blizzard warning with a minimum of 18 inches of snow up to 24+ inches. Greeeeeeeat.

Yesterday while at Target getting that body pillow (really helped, by the way), I found a collapsable shovel on clearance at Target today and bought it and left it on my downstairs neighbor's porch as a gift. She keeps forgetting to buy one and she's certainly going to need one.

As thanks, she left me a full quart of homemade chicken corn chowder with dumplings. I think I got the better end of this deal.
missdiane: (SW Mace will kick yo ass)
They caught the dirtbag that attacked the woman

Unfortunately it looks like the SOB is a serial attacker but I'm thinking he decided to mess around in the WRONG community since I don't see Highland Park folks putting up with him getting a slap on the wrist, not with the laundry list of charges they have against him now.
missdiane: (HP Ginny is SHOCKED)
There's a more detailed description of the jackass that assaulted the woman around the corner from where I live. The guy better be long gone because the police in HP are good as well as it's a tight community of people that will be watching. I'm still nervous though since he nabbed the woman in a well populated area in daylight. I'm wondering whether it would be worth getting something like pepper spray or whether that would be more of a problem. Hm.

Anyway, then some excitement this morning. I walk into the building at work to a very weird smell which got stronger the closer I got to our suite of offices. Evidently one of the ballasts on the lights was smouldering and about to start a fire. Before I arrived a bit before 8am, four fire trucks had already been here and gone and we're waiting for the useless Rutgers facilities folks to come check it out whenever they get around to it now.

The really scary thing? I was the last to leave the office last night. If I had left the lights on, there's a high chance that our building would've burned last night since right below those lights are shelves with books - some over 140 years old. What we think happened is that the cleaning lady got in to start her job between 5-6am and when she came into our suite to collect trash, she left the lights on since we come in not long after that. 

Hoolleeee crap.
missdiane: (Grover say what?)
Someone posted on a local FB group wondering about a police presence at an apartment complex a couple of streets away from me. This morning there were multiple copies of this post on different local FB pages, sent out via email and also a robocall from the local PD:

An assault took place on February 19, 2017 at approximately 5:30pm by an unknown male. The assailant confronted the victim at South 1st Avenue and Johnson Street and forced her to walk to Harper Street, where the assault took place.
The suspect has not yet been apprehended and an active investigation is underway by the Highland Park Police Department and the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office.
If anyone has any information, please call the Highland Park Police Department at 732-572-3800 or Middlesex County Crime Stoppers at 800-939-9600

That's pretty darned scary as I live only over on 2nd, not too far away but I see several problems.
Was this dude armed? Knife? Gun? Boomerang?
What does he look like? Was he a peg-legged pirate? A hasidic Jew? A grizzly old white dude? 
Did he run off in a particular direction? Toward the neighboring town with the bigger crime problem, perhaps?
Did the victim know him? That would make a BIG difference.

It seems rather irresponsible to send out this huge alert yet give no details. It does nothing but scare people. Dopes.

EDIT: Holy CRAP at the news article! Gunman forced woman into basement, sexually assaulted her, cops say

STILL no freaking description. What gives?!?!
missdiane: (kitty no no)
I'd just fed the kitties wet food about 4:30 and sprinkling the FortiFlora atop Junie's food which she LOVES (still some occasional poo incidents but I'll give it another week before consulting the vet). About fifteen minute later, I was sitting and snuffling and sneezing on the couch in the living room and though I'd seen the kitties go in there, neither one was sitting on top of the cabinet near the window. 

I leaned over a bit and saw JonJon crouching near the door and was confused. Then I heard an odd soft kerflump noise and leaned further over and my jaw dropped. Naughty little Junie had jumped on the Forbidden Kitchen Counter and had nabbed the leftover pack of Fortiflora (I divide the contents of the packet over the day and fold over the top and leave it on the counter all day). She was batting it around the floor trying to figure out how to get into it and I walked in and scolded her. JonJon was off like a shot into the living room, looking all guilty. Junie, being the mini imp that she is just looked at me with a "What?" expression like what she did was fine. 

I put the packet inside a cabinet and waggled my finger at her calling her a bad girl - albeit while laughing. That little snot jumped right back up on the counter so I got the squirt bottle and gave her a shot of water to make her hop off. Not more than five minutes later, BOTH little boogers were up on the counter but when I stalked in, they ran off.

Well, CLEARLY I can't leave that kitty-crack FortiFlora out anymore. lol
missdiane: (Default)
You know it's going to be a real shit fest when the president of Rutgers has already preemptively called a snow day for tomorrow.

I had already emailed Bossman this morning asking to work from home which he oked. Technically I don't "have" to work since the University will be closed but it won't be all that big a deal to read and edit some reports so I don't get ridiculously behind.

It is a big ease off the mind that I don't have to waste a vacation day, though. 
missdiane: (kitty catnip)
Junie's vet visit done (they didn't do shots which I thought was odd but probably because she's got the poo issues so another time *shrug*) They'll be testing the poo I brought (always fun, eh?) and the little porker gained a POUND AND A HALF over the year and now tips the scales at a little over 10 pounds. I also paid through the nose for the vet price of the FortiFlora to try. If it works, I told them I'd like a script so I can order it with my food order from chewy.com. They were fine with that. They also gave me a couple of free cans of Royal Canin Gastrointestinal food. I don't intend to bother with the food unless the FortiFlora doesn't do the trick on her normal food. She's picky as hell and I doubt she'll like the prescription stuff. That and to be honest, I buy better quality food than that stuff. But my vet isn't cheap and it was about $140. Ouch.

Had dentist cleaning at noon where the chick was pretty much the Nurse Ratched of hygienists. No bedside manner at all and I know it had to be the one that the gal that recommended the dentist HATES. Meh, whatever. I'm not cowed when they try to give you shit about OMG! You're gonna DIE if you don't floss ALL THE TIME. My troublesome sinus-aggravated tooth was achy when I left but it seems to be mostly better now so I'll try to stop worrying about it unless it starts to act up more. If it does, well, guess it'll be a stupid root canal.

I have to wrangle JonJon in about an hour for his yearly vet visit. Because I know they'll want to check both kitties, yeah, have more poo to gift them. If JonJon also put on weight, I'm going to be a much tougher mom and they'll get MUCH less snacktime. 

So though it's a full day of those annoying kind of appointments and wrangling, I'm glad I had it all set up for today since it sounds like tomorrow is going to SUCK with up to 6-10 inches of snow forecast. Since I don't want to get even further behind at work since I took today off, I emailed Bossman and he's cool with me working from home tomorrow. I can read and edit the online reports (have a little over fifty of them left) from home fine in between snow shoveling sessions.

Oh and our local PD are dorks. They posted this on FB:

With this video:

missdiane: (Junie and Bunny)
The student who works for a vet said that one thing they stock and prescribe for kitties with tummy troubles is something called FortiFlora. It's not cheap but I'm definitely going to bring it up to see if they have it or will give me a script for it. I'd much rather a supplement for food she'll already eat rather than prescribing some Hills or something that she won't eat. Any fellow cat folks ever try it?
missdiane: (Minions - Agnes Big Eyes)
This one got me choked up. Sad that this elderly kitty was mistreated but thankfully some lovely people are showing her it's ok to love.
missdiane: (Me)
My great grandmother Rhea Horton (nee McCullough) 1890-1972

I found this picture on Ancestry last night from an old Indiana school yearbook. What was even more fun to see is that on the same page was my 2nd great aunt who isn't Rhea's sister but instead Rhea's husband's sister. So clearly the ladies knew each other before Rhea married Howard Henry Horton.
Here's Olive Amy Horton. Early on, she swapped her first and middle names and always went by Amy Olive Horton (1892-) She married a travelling salesman and fellow entertainer, Maurice Paul Fitzpatrick, but I can't seem to find anything about when she died yet.

The funny thing is that I'd never seen a close of picture of her but the little hula girl on my dashboard is named Olive for her and she part of the first groups that went to entertain the troops overseas during WWI. Emily thinks I look like her I also love the blurb about her in the yearbook:
"Amy Olive Horton - Language and Science Course, Debating Club.
All is attention when Amy is called on to recite, for her recitations are as spicy and amusing as anything ever published in the joke column

Ah, a fellow sassypants! No wonder I felt an affinity for great great aunty Amy!

Then later on findagrave.com, I found a picture of Amy's sister, Agnes Victoria Horton (1889-1950)

My cousin on FB who knows a lot of the family history from that side isn't sure but she thinks that she may be the one that was an actress. Earlier that evening, Dad told me that one of the girls was a friend of actress Fay Bainter.

So cool stuff found last night!

Oh, as an update, so far *knock wood* the penicillin seems to be helping. My tooth is still a bit sore but I'll keep taking the pills regularly and hopefully it gets rid of the infection. The bigger surprise is that the temperature sensitivity seems to be gone. Considering that I've had that problem for a LONG time, it makes me wonder if I've been sick for longer than I realize. If so, it might take longer than expected to get better. 
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. 

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.


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.


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