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16 February 2013 @ 09:39 pm
Nothing like having a migraine lay you out flat most of the day. And then you take what you think are your meds and they don't seem to work. Only to find out an hour or two later that because your head was hurting so much that instead of taking your meds, you end up taking two vitamins instead. Yeah, that will help.

At least my head now doesn't feel like my skull is being cleaved by an ax. Am going to bed early and hopefully will sleep this off. But first... chocolate mousse for dessert. Chocolate makes everything better.
Current Mood: soresore
13 January 2013 @ 12:02 am
Went to visit my friends in Orange Co. NY today and we did a tour of some of the wineries in their area for some tastings. Found some really nice wines and came home with quite a few bottles. Got an absolutely lovely Reisling, a bottle of a delicious blush wine that is going to be perfect warm weather drinking, two different gorgeous red wines, several bottles of a great hard cider that one of the wineries had won several (well deserved IMO) awards for and two bottles of local mead. Have enough good stuff to drink that should last me at quite some time (on top of what I've already got.

Dinner was at a great local Irish pup that had live music tonight (always a plus for me) and dessert was brought by me from one of my favorite bakeries in my area (a fantasic tiramasu). Needless to say that I ate and drank way too much today. But oh... it was so worth it. Already have plans for them to come spend a weekend with us so we can visit some of my favorite wineries on the south fork of Long Island. 
Current Mood: drunkdrunk A little tipsy
05 January 2013 @ 10:17 am
There's been a bug going around my office for a few weeks now and it seems that I am its latest victim. Have not been bad enough that I can justify staying home around the holidays (especially given that between people with planned vacations and calling out sick we've been extremely short handed), but I now officially feel like crap. Lots of coughing and feeling a bit achy and snuffly.

And then to cap it off, Mother Nature's gift of the month club arrived right on time to put the cherry on my sundae of cruddiness. Needless to say, I'm not going to be too useful today. Am right now planted in front of my tv nursing a cup of wonderful tea (compliments of nekojita) watching MSNBC, At least watching the latest round of Republicans Being Stupid cheers me up.

Have suddenly realized that I have not watched a single episode of Supernatural this season. I have them on my DVR, but just haven't been able to bring myself to watch them. I've been hearing so many awful things about what they've been doing to my favorite character (who always seems to come up short in the "who's the better brother" fights that pop up in the fandom) that I just avoided it. I love this show so much and it's just been painful the past few seasons to see what they've done to it.
Current Location: My couch
Current Mood: blahblah
Current Music: Watching Melissa Harris-Perry. Yay Nerdland!
30 December 2012 @ 02:25 pm
So here we are on the cusp of another new year. Like all years, there were lots of changes, nots of ups and downs, people that passed in and out of our lives. I like to think that most of the past year was filled with good things. May family are all well and healthy. We have a beautiful home and I have a job that makes me feel useful in this world. I got the pleasure of taking my neice on her first trip overseas and gave her a taste of the greater world. And there were some serious challenges. Hurricane Sandy knocked a lot of us on our heels and there have been so many awful things going on in the world these past few weeks that I just have to throw up my hands and wonder about what's left of the sanity in the world.

I'll spend this end of this year the way I usually ike to - with family and friends. We'll have lots of good food and good wine. I'm making  a couple of decedant desserts since I firmly believe that all years should end and begin on a sweet note (am making a white chocolate bread pudding with a rum sauce and a mocha marble bundt cake with a fudge drizzle) and we'll end the year stuffed and drunk.

So to all my friends here, wishing you all a very happy New Year and hope that we all get what we want in 2013.
Current Mood: contemplativecontemplative
22 November 2012 @ 11:45 am
Nature is not my friend today. Sure, the weather is gorgeous and I'm way ahead of schedule and everything is pretty much done and the turkey is in the oven roasting away. It seemed like everything was pretty perfect except that we had the brilliant idea of putting the baked goods out on the deck (covered, I will insist) to keep them out of the way while I was busy cooking and cleaning. I went out fifteen minutes later to find out that one of our neighborhood squirrels helped himself to a peice of pear and almond tart.

Needless to say, I'm more than a little perturbed.

Luna is outside now standing guard (with permission to kill anything that comes into our territory) and my poor chewed up tart is now hidden away. Will save it for ourselves to have over the weekend, but am now short a dessert. Have asked one of our guests to bring something.

Really need to shower now...
Current Mood: irritatedFucking squirrels!
01 November 2012 @ 09:36 am
We got electricity restored yesterday and today I got cable and internet back, but we are in the vast minority. Most people in my area are still in the dark and go outside of our little island of light and it's positively eerie. My brother is only a few blocks away from our house and he still doesn't have power so they're spending a lot of time at our house since we've got light, heat, hot water and hot food. Still haven't been able to get to work because the trains are almost all completely out of service, but maybe tomorrow...

The past few days have been rough. We had some damage to the house (lost siding and shingles from the roof), but the house is structurally sound. Our fences are solid and thankfully we had our trees pruned after Irene last year so they didn't lose any big branches. This is a marked difference from other houses where whole trees came down. There's a church a few blocks away where the steeple is hanging off the roof. So all in all, we're incredibly lucky,

Have been playing host to friends and family who still don't have power back, Several neighbors are coming over for showers and hot coffee. Plan to make a big batch of french toast so I can use up some of this bread that's starting to go stale, Tonight I'm emptying out the freezer in the garage to have a big bbq where I can feed a whole bunch of people. Am turning our house into a mini-Red Cross center.

Hope that everyone else affected by the storm is doing okay. Stay safe, everyone, Looks like we're starting to recover finally,
Current Mood: relievedrelieved
30 October 2012 @ 10:32 am
Lost power last night. Best estimates are going to be at least a week before we get it back. Don't know.when I'll be back at work. Not enjoying this.

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29 October 2012 @ 12:13 pm
Am now hunkered down in the house to ride out Frankenstorm Sandy (And seriously... couldn't they have picked a better name for this story? I have a friend who's dog is named Sandy and it's hard to be scared of a little sausage of an Eskimo dog). We're all set - have lots of food, water and ice and I've already let my managers know that I won't be into work until this is over since they shut down the Long Island Railroad. Plan to pull out a few DVDs and catch up on 1) some writing that I've been badly neglecting and 2) some shows on the DVR that I haven't had a chance to watch yet. Plan to crack open a bottle of wine and brew a few pots of tea..

Here's hoping that we don't lose power again. We lost power for a few hours last night for a few hours (which I did not enjoy) and I do not want a repeat of last year when we lost power for over a week. Will be awfully cranky if I have to ride out this storm in the dark.

Here's hoping that all my friends in the storm zone are staying safe. Keep inside everyone... it's really getting nasty out there.
Current Mood: thoughtfulthoughtful
08 October 2012 @ 08:58 pm
I is sick. Spent most of the day barking like a seal and now my ribs are killing me. Feel like I got run over by a truck. And it's only Monday! *buries face in pillow* Think that NyQuil and I are going to be best friends for the next few days.

Think it says something about me that whenever I see the ASPCA commercial (the one with the sad, abused animals and that fucking Sarah McLaughlin song), I have to change the channel because it's too sad to watch (and before you say anything, I already donate monthly to the Humane Society). But when the UNICEF commerical comes on, I barely blink. So I guess that unless you're an abused, homeless kitten, don't look to me for sympathy.
Current Mood: sickBlech!
01 October 2012 @ 01:29 pm
The first episode of Supernatural season 8 airs in 2 days, and guess who won't be watching it? It's not due to my increasing frustration with what they've done to the show or to my favorite character but due to the idiocy of my cable company. They're having a dispute with the company that owns the network over payments (the network wants more money) so in their infinate wisdom, they've taken all networks owned by that company off the air. So while all my friends are watching Supernatural on Wednesday, I'll either have to find a live stream or wait until it airs on Hulu.

Needless to say, I'm rather cheesed off. This has been going on well over a month and there's no word on when this bullshit is ever going to get resolved. Of course, the viewers have to take the brunt.

It doesn't help that my insomnia has kicked into high gear and I haven't had a good nights sleep in almost a week. Last night I got a grand total of 3 hours. I am, to say the least, in an extremely cranky mood right now.
Current Mood: pissed offpissed off