missdiane: (Bear hiding eyes)
Wegmans is at risk of losing a good customer because today's grocery trip was an epic fail. I'd been going more to Trader Joe's of late and even sometimes Stop and Shop and Target since they're so much closer to me but I'm usually a pretty loyal Wegmans shopper and am there at least every other week, sometimes weekly. Heck, I've (only half jokingly) referred to them as my "holy land" to people. I'm even one of their speshul "Insiders" that takes surveys and such. I've overlooked their lapses in the past - especially when it comes to the shitty job of bagging their people do. But today...well...it was pretty darned pathetic.

Last week I shopped at Trader Joe's, mainly because they have my favorite biscotti and I wanted to stock up and I didn't need much else. I'd bought a bag of the cauliflower crumbles there in hopes of trying out that low-carb low-cal option but my one vegetable bin has been weird in that veggies have been going bad entirely too fast and the crumbles were the victim of the wonky drawer. I've since taken out the drawers and cleaned them with vinegar even though they didn't seem dirty at all and have higher hopes of the stuff lasting longer.

Schlepping down to Princeton on 1 can get annoying and it never dipped below the mid 70s last night so I didn't feel like the trip. Instead I opted for the Woodbridge Wegmans, thinking I could do some one-stop shopping and get good stuff. Boy, what a disappointment. I walk in and it seems that the only thing in the produce area that's stocked decently are their pre-cut veggies. Makes sense to them since they make more money on them but holy CRAP there was absolutely NO way I was going to pay - wait for it - SEVEN DOLLARS for a small pound package of cauliflower rice. It's not like it was blessed by magical flipping fairies. They ran it through a food processor and slapped it in a package. Yeah, sure, I could've gotten a whole cauliflower and dug out my little food processor but I admit in the summer, I get lazy. I hardly want to cook, much less do much prep. So no trying the cauliflower rice this week. 

I saw a sign that advertised sushi made with said cauliflower rice which would've been fun to try but no shock that none was prepared. I do like to indulge in Wegmans sushi since it's good and it's my post-shopping treat. I go relatively early but I'm thinking by nearly 9am on a weekend there should be a pretty decent selection. Nope. In fact there was hardy anything in the sushi bar at all. I reluctantly opted for the skinny rolls which I'll eat for lunch. (Note to Trader Joes, improve your sushi, PLEASE). 

The meat section was barely stocked with the exception of all of the big bold FAMILY PACK shit that as a single gal with a not-so-big freezer is wasted on me. I've noted that in many a survey. Not that it's been paid attention to. Aside from some pre-cut lunchmeat - since I wasn't waiting in the massive crowd to get someone to slice something from the deli - I mentally calculated that I had enough in my fridge and freezer for meats to get me through the week. 

I rounded back to the produce and it was still barely stocked. Many, many empty bins where there could've been fresh produce yet stockers slowly rolling by and chatting with coworkers. You're losing a good chunk of money if you don't have stuff ready to grab on weekend mornings, guys. That and is there some reason you don't schedule people to come early and stock so it's not a mad crush of carts trying to buy crap?

I managed to get a few things that looked respectable enough and hit the regular part of the store. Ugh. Even more chaos and empty shelves. When I finally mentally sighed "yeah, that's enough," I headed to the registers and was lucky to find one that was ready to go. If things had been better, I would've had to wait longer since I would've lingered and bought more. But by this point I was ready to get my shit and get the hell out of there. I had to quickly toss things on the conveyer belt and the checker asked if I wanted to bag in the ones I brought which I said yes, I did. I got to the front as fast as possible but evidently not fast enough for her since she started grabbing bags and stuffing things inside them. 

I would've been grateful for that IF it weren't for the fact that she was filling them to the brim and making them heavy as hell and when I mentioned that I had cold bags (since it was already 80+F outside), she ignored me. One bag had to be over 15 pounds with my eggs balanced precariously on top. Asshat. I checked out and moved to the side and rebagged my things as not to have a disaster, to put cold and frozen things in the cold bags and so the damned straps wouldn't break from the weight. (Hey, it happened to my friend I was shopping with one time at this same store when they completely overloaded her bags and she lifted one and KABOOM. Juice went everywhere.)

Anyway, it was annoying at best. I think for a while I'm going to make the trek to TJs and fill in with other grocery stores with better prices and such. Hell, if the Target stores near me start getting more diversity and more local produce and maybe fresh deli and meats, you'll be in serious trouble of me being a regular customer there instead, Wegmans. 
missdiane: (Rain on a window)
My sister was the one that told me, interestingly enough. She called me from Ohio and shocked me with the news that Alan Rickman had died. Though I was still trying to get my bearings (back is kaput for the DW folks that weren't aware), I had to fire up the PC to double check. It took a while before it appeared on the morning news and though I know David Bowie had a much larger footprint, I was hoping to see him mentioned more since he had such an effect on my life.

It's not a stretch to give him credit for changing everything for me. I connected with some fabulous ladies - and a few guys - starting on the WB boards due to his role as Snape, I started writing fanfic, did online rp and then it got even more wild. Upon one of my online buddy's prodding, I traveled to NYC and saw AR (as we know him) on Broadway and stagedoored and met him. Then after that when another online buddy was going to NYC, I returned to go with both buddies to see him again and even had him autograph smutty fanfic which I sent to [personal profile] miss_s_b 

THEN I was convinced by veritasema to interview for a job and since I'd actually been to NJ (and found it wasn't so scary), I went for it and moved from small hellhole city in Ohio to NJ. This is something I never would've thought I'd do. I've lived with these friends, I've visited the UK twice, met MANY of the online fellow AR/HP fans and still keep in touch with many of them. When I talked to my parents, I reminded them that if weren't for Alan Rickman, Mom probably never would've gone to the UK since I took them on the second visit.

It boggles my mind to think that yeah, Alan Rickman made my life go in a complete 180 - and in a good way. Thanks Alan

On Slash

Nov. 15th, 2015 12:42 pm
missdiane: (Bear hiding eyes)
Kind of more specifically, on the appeal of Slash to heterosexual women (or I guess hetero men since that would be even more confusing to me). It's something I've never quite understood why a woman who fangirls guys would find slash fic/art/etc. appealing. Not that I'm condemning it because hey, different strokes for different folks but when something confuses me, I like to try to figure it out.

Emily and I were having a chat this morning at breakfast at the bagel place and she was telling me about the quirks of K-Pop fandom. Evidently it's a big no no for the K-Pop members to be seen holding a woman's hand or touching her because that would be inappropriate but evidently not only is the implication of slash ok, it's almost encouraged in the genre - even though homosexuality is seen as taboo in Korean culture. What? That confused me even more.

When it comes to fandom and especially fic, my fantasy would be to place myself in the role of the woman which leads me to wonder. For a slash fan, are you placing yourself mentally in the role of one of the males in the scenario? Are you just an observer? Are you something else? That made me wonder if my imagination is actually too linear with a complete preference on het. That I'm not thinking creatively enough or are somehow too "vanilla" to enjoy an alternative setting. 

Or does a slash fan prefer it because like with the K-Pop thing, it's "safe" insofar as if the object of desire is seen as "taken" that they lose their appeal somehow because it pops the bubble of the person putting themselves into the fantasy?

Emily also brought up another good point. By pairing two male objects of desire together, is way to have a kind of a two-for-one deal? Additionally, is it also a way to manipulate your view of the usual role the males play - such as making the usually less dominant one be the lead and the more dominant one taking the more submissive role? Either way, I still wouldn't understand the appeal since it would bring me back to my original confusion at not being able to insert myself in the scenario.

Interesting thought with that choice of words - a threesome with a female added in does appeal to me. But that likely is a ramble for a different day.

Thoughts? Opinions? I'm interested to know!
missdiane: (JonJon in Mommy's shoes)
 I'm taking this afternoon off to take JonJon to the vet for his shots. I anticipate kitty draahmaaah. I have the carrier out in the open and both kitties last night were jumping in and out of the open top. Yeah, won't be so much fun when I have to shut the lid. I have to make sure to catch JonJon and cram him in there in one go because if he gets away, he'll be ZOOM under the bed or couch. I'm going to ask if they have the multi-year rabies vaccine though I don't think they do. My kitties are strictly indoor so it seems overkill to get the shot every year and also, I'd like to take them to the vet every other year instead of every year if it's doable. The drama doesn't stop when I get home since then he smells like vet and JuneBug is nasty to him and it takes a minimum of a good day before they're ok with each other again.

Speaking of the kittylumps, I was getting nostalgic and looked up this video that someone took when they were both stray kitties at the shelter together. 
I didn't adopt them at the same time. I got JuneBug first and then decided she needed a friend. The two were NOT getting along and I was just about to return JonJon until I was sent this video. Ms. Sassypants JuneBug was BUSTED in that she did get along with him before...lol sort of...The two still get into their scrapes now and then - interestingly moreso when I'm hormonal. But for the most part they tolerate each other well enough.
missdiane: (Default)
I used to be a night owl for years but thanks to the kitties, I get up at 4am nowadays. Unless I've had a rough time staying asleep, it's really not that big of a deal to me. I should've gotten to the gym but Monday always gets away from me as it's 6:45 and I still need to get dressed for work. Some folks at Buzzfeed tried an experiment to turn from night owls to early birds

I know it's for the internet drama but geez, the whining. I'm sure the first week, maybe two would be an annoying adjustment but it's not THAT bad. If the shoe were on the foot (and I had weird sleeping-in cats), I'm sure that I'd be sleep deprived for a while since I'm sure I'd not be able to sleep past the double digits in the morning in one stretch but aside from being mildly grumbly for a few days, that's probably about it. I'd not be good viral video fodder for that experiment.

When it comes to being an early riser, night owls don't seem to understand that now when it gets around 9pm, I'm definitely ready to wrap things up and get home and get settled in to go to bed. I've been tempted to start a meetup group for early birds just so I could meet some new potential friends with similar schedules. Hm...
missdiane: (Default)
The BFF and I went for a little fall drive before the last of the leaves dropped. Last weekend would've probably been the better one for colors but it wasn't bad. We first stopped down near Kingston near the Millstone River/D&R Canal. Cut for pics and such )It wasn't a crazy adventure but it was a nice one. 
missdiane: (Default)
I would've thought that after more than a year of not taking Metformin that the monthly hell would fade away. Nooope. Still dealing with the gunk, the bloat, the cramps, the nausea and exhaustion and a nasty headache where I sometimes have the little floaty spots that say LAY DOWN to avoid a migraine kicking in. Thankfully I have plenty of sick days. Sure there's tons to do at work but I wouldn't be very useful if I dragged myself there so why bother?

I'd like to write about more but it's as if the brain doesn't want to tell the hands to bother. So for the non-whiny contribution, this video rocks

missdiane: (Default)
Why Women With PCOS Are More Likely to Have Anxiety

It's not just the mere fact that the hormones are "out of whack" causing my depression and anxiety but evidently there's now proof of it? I feel validated. It's interesting that the Metformin I took for years which finally somewhat regulated my monthly cycles but I still had the anxiety hardcore. So the damage is done. Hopefully they can develop some meds which figure out how to REALLY fix the imbalance.
missdiane: (Default)
I may or may not have greeted the upstairs neighbor, but if it wasn't her, it may be someone living below her. I'd have introduced myself but I was heading to the car to go to work this morning and I didn't put on a jacket and it was chilly. But the brief interaction was pleasant and so next time I'll do the proper thing.

The neighbor thought came up since I'm wondering if it's her or someone else that might go outside to smoke. It wouldn't be so bad but after a lifetime of secondhand smoke from Mom and then not being exposed to it for years, I'm very sensitive to the smell when it drifts in from the window fans.  Hopefully they heard my coughing as I switched one of the fans to outside circulation and mayyyybe will walk a little further from below my window. Hopefully.
missdiane: (Janeway is queen)
It's getting into the 70s again and it had best check itself out there since I don't want any heat waves THINKING about hanging out. I don't think it's forecast to get any warmer but I thought it needed said. Summer was LONG ENOUGH and I want a nice stretch of cool/cold (but not insanely cold) AUTUMN weather, dagnabbit.

I still haven't had a nice cup of mulled apple cider yet or even had some real orchard-picked apples yet. The leaves haven't all completely fallen and a few trees even have those nice deep red colored leaves. Love those. 

In other November news, who voted today? I normally wouldn't bother for local stuff but I actually know one of the candidates for school board so had to show my support, y'know!

Yeah, that's all I've got for now. Busy day!

missdiane: (Do not challenge the gate)
Mondays are always so...so...very MONDAY, aren't they? I busted butt this morning to get two people transferred from their temporary jobs to full-time ones, speeding the process along per request of their boss. All yays and thank yous until it dawned on them that they'd be losing a few vacation days because they didn't use them up before the switchover. Cue the drama and the pouting and stomping via email. I stood firm, though, that if they were concerned about this, they should've inquired before signing the offer letter. They also bellyached that until July of next year, they'd be getting .25 days less per month of vacation due to policy. Again, the disclaimer was stated in the letter that they each signed. 

It was the bummer to have to lay down the law to essentially tell them both that it was their responsibility to check and that the process has already gone through and can't be cancelled. They pretty much knew they were shoo-ins for these jobs for a couple of months so there's no real excuse for them not to have checked before things were already done.They stopped grousing...for now...but if I get any guff from them, I intend to point out that if they're all about disclosures, that the clock starts on their new probationary period as of today. If they piss off their boss guy, they are still at-will employees for the next 90 days. 

There's other work-related annoyances but again - Monday - so it's expected. Ah well.

But as far as looking forward to the weekend, on Saturday I'm hopefully going to be going to the wonderfulness that is IKEA and meeting up with buddies. Huzzah! Not that I need anything much but hey, it's IKEA. If nothing else, for the meatballs, right? Also, it looks like the weather is going to get colder again and yesterday I bought one of those mini ice-cream scoops to use to make uniform-sized cookies. I'll be experimenting with using a stevia-brown sugar blend to try to reduce the sugar content. Anyone ever bake with that before? Sure there'll still be butter in them since I'm not THAT insane but I thought some experimentation was called for.

I do wish the pilot light on the oven was slightly less fussy but once I get it going, it seems to keep a nice, consistent temperature so I'll deal with a reluctant pilot. I hope the weather outside is decently chilly come Thanksgiving so I don't have to counteract the heat inside with AC to make my little meal that day. It'll likely be me and the kitties again but I would like to observe the day when it comes. 
missdiane: (Me)
Just watched a gut-wrencher of a movie - Philomena. I can see why Judi Dench was nominated for an Academy Award for it since damn...she reaches right in and twists. Had more than one of those times where your eyes tear up and you get that tight, burning feeling in your throat from emotion. It's based off a book of which I don't know if I'm up for even more of a depress-a-thon in trying to read it. 

Besides, yesterday I started a book, A Place at the Table which by the parts I've read so far, I'm not expecting it to have a particularly happy ending but so far it's been rather interesting. It does feel like one of those books Oprah would approve of, though. I'm not one to go all Oprah Book Club but I wanted something different before going back to the usual cozy mysteries and young adult lit. 

Well, it'll be a short one here as I'm now typing one handed due to this one
Needy JonJon
JonJon says hello and that he wants Mommy to pay attention to HIM. He's a bit more whiny than usual because he's a bit constipated. He had some pumpkin in his food this morning so hopefully it takes care of the problem. Though I predict he'll still be needy. Because that's how he rolls.

Eh, why not

Nov. 1st, 2015 12:41 pm
missdiane: (Default)
So that I can deflect the urges to go hermity-hiding, I went ahead and signed up for NaBloPoMo
NaBloPoMo November 2015

Too bad. You'll just have to scroll past my blabberings this month. Then again, I suppose I'll have to brainstorm things to blabber about. Dry at the moment so maybe later today. A declaration post about intending to blog every day doesn't exactly cut the mustard as counting as a legit blog post.
missdiane: (Bear hiding eyes)
My hometown, Marion, Ohio is keeping it classy yet again. A person on FB posted this photo of a billboard in town:
Marion Fat Shaming

Really? REALLY? Ok, I get that obesity is a problem but that's the best that they can do? No offers of "We can help! Call X" or anything, just straight up, 100% fat shaming. For a body that let's be honest, isn't THAT obese. It looks like a mom body that hasn't had the time or energy to get fit after birthing a baby.

That and Marion, Ohio, you have MUCH more critical issues to be spending people's taxpayer money on, perhaps such as doing more to help the drug addicts considering when it made big news about overdoses due to tainted heroin. Or maybe they can do something to combat racism since Marion Ohio is home to the largest KKK faction - the Brotherhood of Klans. If they don't want to tackle that, how about a billboard to let people know where to go to get help considering the poverty rate in Marion is several percentage points worse than the State of Ohio as a whole?

But nope, random non-helpful "LOSE WEIGHT FATTY!" billboards - so useful and totally encourage the people that had NO idea that they have a weight problem. Yeah.
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