missdiane: (Pole dancing bunny)
In my flurry of Sunday morning errands, one stop was at Petco to pick up a bag of kitty litter. I got there right when they opened and evidently they were still getting stuff squared away as I had to wait a few minutes up at the checkout for someone to arrive. Another guy with a full cart of dog stuff rolled up and then a worker finally arrived.

I'll admit, the look of the worker was confusing. I honestly couldn't tell you whether it was a nineteen year old girl with a pixie cut or a twelve year old guy (or something in between or undefined). I was bemused but less so by the hard-to-identify gender of said person as the thought that if it were the latter guess, was he really old enough to be employed. 

I can get the age thing, though, but my experience was the complete opposite. When I was sixteen, an age guesser thought I was thirty-two and didn't believe me until I dug out my ID (and not even a drivers license at that point). When I was eighteen and working my first non-paper-route "job" doing cold calls for a low-budget Olan MIlls sort of place, I decided to get a picture done with my BFF since we got a free one. I walked in and the photographer commented "Oh! A mother-daughter portrait!" My BFF was two months older than I was. I've never been carded unless it was a situation where everyone gets carded. I have been lucky enough to have finally visually caught up to my age as I actually get guessed as younger than I am now. 

Not sure how long it'll take for the Petco employee to not be seen as a kid and I idly wonder if the androgynous look is intentional in relation to the age thing. But whatever it is, hey, you do you, Ray. You do you.
missdiane: (Domo Happy Bear and Bunny)
Feel free to share this post since it may be very helpful for those migrating to DW.

I'd been using my photobucket account to post pictures on DW since there's no upload function within the posting screen in DW. Unfortunately photobucket's website has become a complete nightmare of pop up and pop under ads, slow loading, sometimes NO loading, etc.

I tweeted the lovely [personal profile] miss_s_b who also made a very useful DW post here . She mentioned that the clearly-smarter-than-me [personal profile] matgb said there was photo hosting on DW.

A. He's totally right
B. Check these instructions in the FAQ. How do I use Dreamwidth's image hosting? How do I manage my images once they've been uploaded?
C. Duh. I feel like a dope for assuming that since I  couldn't do it while posting that it didn't exist. Everyone gets 500MB of space. Sure, you may need more but at least it's there for easy access

Share away!

Tagging [personal profile] st_crispins  who was in my same boat
missdiane: (Bear hiding eyes)
I don't schlep out to the mailboxes every day since I get most bills electronically and also because they're not conveniently placed from either my parking spot or apartment. So I usually go a couple of times per week unless I'm expecting something that'll fit into the boxes. I noticed a letter from the apartment management that clearly must have come early this week.

The letter was a notice to everyone that nothing is allowed to be placed outside, that everything has to be inside. This sucks since I was planning to grow some mint, catnip and basil in a few small-ish pots and maybe put my pretty outdoor rug out again. Look at last year - isn't it pretty?


But I can't be TOO mad at the complex because it wasn't people like me that caused the problem. They included a few sample pictures which most of them must be from the building across from mine. There were
  • Bikes strewn everywhere and overlapping the sidewalk
  • Giant plastic houses for kids and shit-tons of plastic kiddy toys strewn on the tiny lawn
  • Multiple huge plastic bins of who-the-hell-knows-what stacked up. 
  • Multiple chairs, benches and tables on the fire escapes or on the tiny porches.

Thanks assholes for ruining it for the rest of us since you couldn't keep things neat and relatively out of the way. However I did get a positive response this morning from the admin gal at the complex. I emailed saying that I was bummed that we couldn't have small decorative items but I understood that some folks go overboard. However, I suggested that it would be a good idea and really instill a good sense of community if they might think about installing bike racks. I mentioned that there was an area on one side of the buildings where the ground is mostly dirt because the overhanging trees keep grass from going. Putting down some gravel and a couple of bike racks would look more attractive and will likely make folks happy. She thought it was a great idea and said she'd talk to her bosses about it.

If that happens, I might actually get a bike
missdiane: (Tinkerbell Tantrum)
Yeah sure, change of seasons, warmer, yay. That just means ANTS for me. Doesn't matter that I'm now on the 2nd floor or that I keep the food and water sources tightly secured and wipe the counters and clean the floors constantly. I'm cursed with the tiny little ant bastards.

I've placed ant traps in places kitties can't get to, I've cleaned the door jambs and about everything else with vinegar and I've sprayed with pet safe mint ant killer. Yet they persist. I think my next step is to roll by Home Depot at lunchtime and buy some caulk to find and seal every itty bitty area where they may be sneaking in. I've noticed (and reported though the landlords seem unconcerned) that there are places where clearly the foundation is moving as there are in some places huge gaps below the baseboards. 

It's probably the same amount of ants that everyone else deals with but after the trauma of the previous ground floor apartment where I was absolutely overrun with them no matter what I did, I'm super paranoid about them even though I'm aware that they're essentially harmless.

Other ideas and possible solutions oh so very much welcomed. Oh and on a better note, I'll be picking up some bits there to start some seeds to plant some ornamental tiny mint and catnip outside and maybe some flowers. Partially for the ant deterrent benefit, mostly for the pretty.
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!

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