Sunday, June 25, 2017

Mario Marathon 2017


My pals in Indiana have currently raised over $40K for Child's Play Charity this year.
Check out the shenanigans and donate to the kids at MarioMarathon.com!

Thursday, June 22, 2017

I'm a Burrito





I'm too tired to live, so I've decided to be a burrito this week. I don't have much of a choice. My spoons, as they say, are few. The weather is a big factor, but life in general is just plain exhausting these days. There's plenty that I wish I could do, but it'll have to wait. I have Internal Medicine on Monday. I'll give a health update after test results and such. Back to my blankie until then.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Tropical Storm Cindy


Click on the pic to see it in motion on the NWS Facebook page.

No flooding yet, but I've made some preparations, unfortunately breaking my toe in the process. Now I'm lying on the couch with my foot elevated watching the wind and rain from the window.

Talk to you soon.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Getting Too Old


39, and I'm already there.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Follow-up about Facebook

I am noticing that some of my friends have unfriended me because they didn't see my announcement about the name change (I am only on Facebook under my pen names now, on total lockdown). If you feel that you unfriended me in error, you are welcome to send me a FB message. In fact, anyone who isn't blocked is still able to send me messages if they choose.

If you unfriended intentionally, this of course doesn't apply to you. I'm not worried about it at all. We all have to do what we have to do. :)


Friday, June 9, 2017

Quick note about Facebook

I finally did it. I ditched facebook.com/ugottafriend. The page is gone, so if you used to follow there, you're not going to see me anymore.

I don't need more stress than I already have. This week was the straw.

I still own a few accounts associated with my various pen names, but those links won't be shared here. Sorry. It was time to find a permanent solution to my frequent privacy issues. Of course, in the event I ever finish a manuscript, I will certainly share that information with you all, and invite you to read the finished product. I'm still looking at years down the road, to be honest, but as long as I don't keel over in the next five years, I should have at least something for you to download, if not several things.

We'll see. At any rate, thanks for not taking my changes on social media personally.

TBN Rape Scandal

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/07/us/trinity-broadcasting-verdict.html

I believe Carra 100%. Some of the Crouch's devoted followers, who were my peers/mentors as a teen, tried to blame and shame me when two people committed sexual battery against me. They demanded that I never speak of it again, and they have covered it up to this day. I'll never forgive them.

Both the TBN (Crouch) and CBN (Robertson) empires are disgustingly scandalous. Due to the fact that I used to be involved in charismatic ministries, I'm aware of more behind the scenes garbage than the average viewer. I have no intention of giving details, at least not here on the blog, but I will say this: in a perfect world, all of these creeps would be held partially responsible for the abuse of countless women and children, and crumble into poverty.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Rainy Day Ramble

It has been raining for days. I'm always sleepy.

I'm at level 29 on Pokemon TCGO. Thirty (30) is the finish line where Challenges are concerned, so I'm very close. I've also started playing TGC in person at a game shop in the city about once a month. It takes a lot out of me physically to sit up that long, so I can't be there often. It also gets extremely busy and overwhelming, which is draining. But the people are cool, and it has been a mostly good experience so far. I'm being cautious, and if I ever get to the point where I'm feeling more stress than not, I'll stop going.

This is one of those weeks where I'm forcing myself to eat. I said I wasn't going to do that, but I can't fast for very long without serious symptoms, so I have to find some sort of happy medium. I bought a lot of protein drinks, and I've made a couple of decent meals, but I'm not feeling it. Any of it.

Not feeling social media lately, either. Twitter has been a riot with the "covfefe" thing, but it's back to being an angry cesspool again, so I've deactivated for now. Make no mistake, I'm definitely on team angry, but I'll spare you the details. Facebook is a different monster altogether. I use Social Fixer to filter out a lot of crap. If I didn't, I'd lose my mind over the politics and general stupidity. There are also people who act like their goal is to misunderstand everything I say. They don't detect humor or sarcasm, or they think I meant something I didn't mean, or whatever. Not many people get it wrong, but the few that do make me want to throw up my hands and walk away. I have no patience for this anymore. I guess it's a part of being sick, or tired, or in pain, or simply getting old.

Things have calmed down at the apartment complex for the most part, so that's a plus. I don't really understand what's going on across the hall anymore, but I've decided I don't care. Sometimes, not caring is for the best.

Miss Crankypants, over and out.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Final dollar store grocery blog (probably)

The original vid is here. There are other posts in the archive in the sidebar also.

It took me a while, I realize, but I wanted to wrap up my dollar tree grocery review.

I forgot to take a photo of the ham, beans, and peas that I turned into a meal, but anyway: the ham is ok, it's just plain 'ol cooked deli ham. The beans and peas, which are Margaret Holmes brand, were a bit plain other than a ton of black pepper. They weren't bad, but if you buy their seasoned varieties, you had better like black pepper, and a lot of it. I think with a bit of rinsing, and cooking in a crock pot with ham or bacon in some sort of broth would make them great. I don't plan to try that anytime soon, since my digestive system is no longer tolerating legumes. But do give them a try if you need a cheap meal. I'm confident they would go well in soups.

The green beans were freezer-burned, and the snap peas I bought later on were also. This stuff may be partially thawing during shipping and being refrozen. I have no proof of that, but I think that's what's happening. I do feel that it is not the norm for Green Giant products.

(I borrowed a stock photo from Jennie.)

The turkey burger and the bacon are still in the freezer. I'll get to them eventually, but I don't expect them to be anything to write about. If they end up being notable in some way, I'll share.



The fries are good, and I've purchased more since then. I like to bake them until crispy. The white potato fries are equally good and crisp from the oven. I'd compare the taste of the white potato fries to Lay's potato chips.



All of the frozen boxed foods...fish sticks, cheese sticks, peppers, and especially the mushrooms...disgusting. The mushrooms were horrifying, in fact. The photo on the box is nowhere near what they looked like inside the box. They looked like I dug a handful of dirty mollusks out of the bayou. Holy cow. I should have taken a photo, but I didn't because I'm a failure at reviews.

I've concluded that dollar store grocery blogs really aren't my thing (nor is photography or videos, for that matter). Since it was something I needed to do to get by, I wanted to share about the experience. These days, I'm grateful to have protein drinks in the fridge and access to cheap tacos.

Friday, May 26, 2017

39.25 year old head for trade


For Trade: Head. Approximately 8 pounds, possibly fatter. Eyes don't see very well, but enough to get by. Mouth attached is anatomically small, but packs a punch when necessary. Carnivorous, but not cannibalistic. Sinus cavities are a bit wonky, and ears would have benefitted from tubes in their youth, but alas. The brain inside likes to repeat nightmares and scream in piercing agony for no known reason. It also fights sleep to an unruly and miserable extent. Kind of useless. In fact, I'll rescind my trade offer and give it to you for free. Just take it from me already.

No phone calls or solicitations, please.

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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

My Favorite Salad


Tis the season for my beautiful red, white, and blue salad!

Spring Mix
Romaine
Strawberries
Blueberries
Goat Cheese
Sunflower Seeds
Poppyseed Dressing

I make it every year during Spring and Summer.
My sis in law loves it too, so we make it whenever I visit.
Pair it with a chicken breast for a wonderful, balanced meal.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Oh my goodness. Hi.

I rarely or possibly never wait this long to blog...it has been two weeks! For the record, it has been incredibly hectic and unexpected, and I will explain as soon as I have time to sit down and share the details.

In preview: multiple burglaries in my apartment building, and lots of out-of-town family time.

Talk to you soon!

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Tamale Day



They turned out pretty great.
I shared with the neighbors.




I had extra masa dough left over,
so I made tortillas for the freezer.

It is definitely a labor of love, and not one I can conquer often.
I'll have to rest for a few days. Thankfully, I have leftovers.

I still need to wrap up my dollar store grocery run. I'll do that in May.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

2017 Goal Update (April)

So you don't have to click on another page, here's a screenshot of the list:


#3

I've continued to declutter my apartment. This piece of crap bookcase from Walmart decided to help by collapsing in one fell swoop. It's torn up and too heavy to hang as wall shelves, so in the dumpster it went. Take it from me, save $40 and your sanity and go buy furniture somewhere else.

As for actual decluttering, I'm making progress. It's not really that bad, but I tend to hang onto things, especially paper things like receipts, and they add up. I'll post more pics later.

 #4

I ran out of room on the Mac, so I finally took the time to deal with it. I zipped thousands of photos and deleted thousands of files, in fact, I have 66 GB of space again (which I will proceed to fill with episodes of Doctor Who, probably).

It is a dinosaur...almost 8 years old...but it has been a great system. Thanks for hanging in there, Bessie Mac.

#7

I've been watching a lot of watercolor tutorials online, and I'll eventually sit down and participate in a free course. I'll post pics here when I do.

#1

Sad fact: I don't understand the tin whistle. I move my fingers and blow into the thing, and all notes sound the same. I'm obviously doing something wrong. I'll talk to a variety of music professionals about this at a later date. YouTube hasn't been helpful thus far, but I'll continue to browse there as well. Although my oxygen is almost always in normal range, I don't breathe that easily. It takes more effort than it should, and at times it's painful. This goal isn't a priority for that reason, but I intend to pursue it at some point before the end of year.

Numbers 2 and 5 are in progress. Technically, #3 still is too. I completed #6 at the beginning of the year, as you may have read in a previous post. #8 will be attempted again soon. Even though a shop less than a mile from my apartment sells gumbo that tastes like my late MawMaw's gumbo, I'm determined to figure out the exact balance of flavors for myself. My gumbo is good, but it's not hers. Hers is the goal.

Enjoy the rest of your month, readers.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

A visit to a farm, and a little Spring cleaning






I overworked my muscles badly yesterday, which resulted in very low function today. I was finally able to get out of bed and move around at 3:30pm. I'm able to do little more than prop up on the couch, drink fluids, and take my meds, but here's what I did yesterday:

Indy500 the rolling walker and I visited a farm in north Grand Bay to inquire about their community supported agriculture program. I picked up my first sunflower, which is now hanging out in the yard outside my bedroom window.

I moved my little desk to the foot of my bed. I am rarely strong enough to sit there for more than a few hours a week, but when I can I will be able to see my sunflower from the chair.

In the living room, I pushed the tables against the wall and set it up for drawing (which won't be today because I can barely even type), so it feels a lot less cluttered in here again *breathe* of course I will happily push them back into the middle of the room again when folks come over to play board games.

I'm going to have to stay home and rest my muscles for the rest of the week, but I will plan to venture back out to the farm in May for some fresh organic produce.

Support your local businesses!

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Twitter Art Exhibit 2017


I don't know why in the world I keep forgetting to post about this.
I painted another postcard for Twitter Art Exhibit, hashtag #TAE17.
It was held in Stratford Upon Avon, England this year.
Since my card was going to the U.K., I painted a British candy collage.
The exhibit has already ended, but the postcard is for sale online!
It benefits a great organization called Molly Olly's Wishes.
Check it out.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Ok, ok, I'm here.

I am really slacking on the blog lately. Sorry.

What I've been up to:


























I finally said goodbye to LJ once and for all.
I was there 16 years.























Pears are a lot like people
Different shapes and sizes
But inside, they're all made
of the same stuff.

(Pastel on Bristol)
















This is a "Nicole" rose from Bellingrath Gardens.
I attended their 85th anniversary fish fry...walker in tow, of course.
I'll share more pics soon.























Gettin' my Easter on.



















Accidentally ran across a little car show,
so we stopped to have a look.
I've always liked car shows.























I burned my dang hand again.
It's sore, but recovered well.



































You know you live in the country when
you get stuck behind this guy.


















I might be hooked on Pokémon TCGO.
A friend sent me some real cards, too!
I've won one online tournament and got 3rd place
in my 1st live tournament. It was exhausting, but fun.
The folks at the game shop are very accommodating.
It's not something I'll be able to do often due to illness
but I'll take whatever I can get. Gotta live a little.






















I've been cooking here and there.
(That comic cracks me up!)

But I've been dealing with a lot of Gastroparesis.
It is a miserable condition. Digestion shouldn't be so hard.
There is no photo accompanying this paragraph.
You're welcome.

I have plenty more photos of Bellingrath to share,
and I swear on my life I will eventually get to it.
My OneDrive app went kaput, which has been part of the problem.

See you soon.


Saturday, April 8, 2017

Annnnnd breathe. But not outside, because pollen is evil.

I'm here to tell you that Hay Fever sucks, but I know most folks are already aware of that. I'm still having trouble with my ears, sinuses, and a nagging cough that I can't get rid of to save my life. Yes, I know. Welcome to Spring.

The weather is beautiful, though. I've been spending more time outside than usual, allergies be damned, because Spring and Autumn are the ideal time for my muscles, assuming no other triggers are upon me. It's challenging, because so many things trigger my HKPP episodes and muscle weakness, including histamines AND antihistamines, so there's no winning that one. But I can't spend every waking (or sleeping, for that matter) moment indoors. I guess I technically could, but I wouldn't want to. Nobody should have to live like that.

It's inevitable in the dead of summer. I always have to become a hermit, because my body simply cannot tolerate the sauna we deal with on the Gulf Coast. 100 degree heat index with 100% humidity is for athletes, not people with systemic disease. Tachycardia and dehydration come far too easily, as easily as walking to the mailbox or getting in the car. So it's difficult. But so is winter. Muscles are such temperamental things.

I'm rambling. At any rate, I'm doing my best to enjoy Spring in spite of my ailments. I have some photos to share soon of a couple of my rare outings. I'll try to get them uploaded tomorrow.

Happy Spring, Achoos and God Bless Yous to all.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

If you're wondering how things are going...


On top of HKPP, sleep deprivation, kidney stones, and the rest of the crap I usually deal with, I have a doozy of an upper respiratory infection at the moment. There is so much that I would like to do, but even getting out of bed to sit up in a chair seems like too much to ask this week. Thanks, Life.

I'll have a less cranky update when I am functional again, someday.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

39 @ 9:29


Well, I'm in the home stretch to the big 4-0. Let's see if I can get there.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Throwback Thursday - Seven Years Ago


Hard to believe this was 7 years ago. Yet, it seems like a lifetime. Weird how that happens. Things were different back then, to an extent anyway. 2010 wasn't easy, to say the least.

I intend to catch up on a few things blogwise, but I've been curled up in bed with kidney stones this week. I'll be back soon.

Sláinte.

Saturday, March 11, 2017

New Decor for Midori the Gypsymobile

I see your nuclear family window decals
And I raise you musical dancing food

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Vegetarian burritos and another dollar store run

Howdy. Let's discuss dollar store meals again. The original post is here.

First, a quick note that my body is currently reacting badly to beans and legumes. Systemic disease wins when it comes to food reactions, so I'm letting you know that I gave the black beans away and went back to the store. You'll see what I did below. But first, a few new foods and short reviews from the Dollar Tree grocery section:

Terrible with a capital T.
Tiny bits of pepper, soggy breading, questionable cheese.
F minus. Moving on.

I haven't tried the bagel bites yet, but everybody knows these tater tots.
They are rubbery in the microwave, but fine fried or baked in a real oven.

SOON. With dollar store ranch dressing (not pictured).

Some of my photos uploaded sideways
but I decided I didn't care. Ha. Sorry, though.
Both of these products are awesome, by the way.

Dollar store bacon!
I repeat: DOLLAR STORE BACON!
(I haven't tried it yet. Wish me luck.)

Since I am omitting beans from the burritos,
I decided to buy dollar store cheese as compensation.

The one item that I didn't buy at the dollar store was a pack of button mushrooms, but they were only a dollar on sale. Score!




I overfilled it big time, so I had to fold it up to eat it.
It was really, really good. Really!

I ate one burrito, and made six more.

To the Batcave! I mean the freezer. *cough*

Hey y'all, bonus leftovers!

I had plenty of rice left, so I flash froze it for later!
Rice freezes well, but it also survives in the fridge for 4 days, FYI.

The leftover mushrooms will be sauteed tonight
and served as a side with dinner (baked pork chops).

I also had 2/3 pack of taco seasoning left, but forgot to take a pic.

If you don't overstuff the shells, you can easily make 10.
If you include beans, you would make a dozen or more.
If you want vegan, omit the cheese.
If you are a cheese freak, the dollar stores have packets of Velveeta for a dollar that you can pour on top of the burritos and warm in the oven until bubbly.
But you didn't hear that from me.

I'm quite happy with the burritos. I've done them before, and I feel like they're proof that meat isn't always necessary.

I'll be back soon with a final review of the remaining dollar store products from both hauls. Thanks always for visiting!