Sunday, December 13, 2009

12 of 12 - December

Wow, this time I made it through the full year of 12 of 12. :D Yay, me! Chad, I do hope you continue on with this; I enjoy it very much.

7:30 am, kitchen
Coffee, of course. This is my second cup. :D

9:10 am, backyard
My landlord. With a gas can and chainsaw. I don't know why.

9:12 am, my car
Frost on the windshield. Pretty!

9:45 am, my doctor's offices
I am FINALLY getting my swine-flu shot. (I have asthma, so the flu really messes me up.)

11:10 am, local nursery
Christmas tree hunting!

11:35 am, my car, parking lot of my building
We bagged one!

12:10 pm, living room
I had to remove the plastic netting right away, because the cat has pica and of course the first thing she tried to do was eat the netting. For 18+ years this cat has been trying to kill herself in one way or another. It's been a challenge to keep her alive!

1:25 pm, living room
My shiny new shirt!

1:30 pm, living room
One of my Christmas traditions is to listen to this CD while decorating the tree. :D

3:15 pm, living room
Our stockings are hung on the shelf, with care. We have no fireplace.

4:50 pm, living room
The finished tree.

10:55 pm, my bed
"Come to bed mommy. Now!"

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Firefly Fever!!!!

The Boy and I (and Starshine and one of her spawn) got to go to Creation's Salute to Serenity and Firefly this past weekend in LA. :D Here are my pics. Sorry they're so craptastic, my camera is not suited for low-light indoor zoom shots. :(

We had a fantastical time! We had purchased the Gold Ticket package, which entitled us to reserved, excellent seats at all panels (third row!); the exclusive Dessert Party with Morena Baccarin, Adam Baldwin and Yan and Rafael Feldman; and the exclusive Sunday Brunch with Alan Tudyk, Jewel Staite and Mark Sheppard. At both of these events, the celebrities visited each table and chatted with us for a bit. And Alan totally sat between Cindy and me.

During the autograph sessions, I gave each celeb a mini knitted Jayne hat pin that I made. Morena was especially delighted with hers and put it on immediately. Then, later at the Dessert Party, she announced to everyone that she had received a mini Jayne hat and loved it! Totally made my day. And during Sunday's autograph session, I had one of the mini Jayne hats in my hand, waiting to give it to Alan. His handler saw it and asked me, "Oh, where can I get one of those! I saw them and said, 'I HAVE TO find that girl!' " So I whipped another out of my bag and gave it to her. She was very excited.

At the brunch, they held a charity auction to benefit Kids Need to Read. I won an auction for a Serenity ballcap donated by Alan. It was to include it being signed by Alan. Someone else at our table (Marc) won Alan's fleece Serenity jacket, also to be signed, and Marc's friend Monica talked to management and they agreed to let her take a picture of Alan signing it, as Marc had been the highest bidder at the auction. So then it ended up that Marc and I were waiting to have Alan sign our items, and they decided that since Monica would be taking that picture, it needed to be done in a private room. And somehow I got included, too. So I was whisked away to a private room, and Alan signed our items and posed for pictures with us and I even got to keep the Sharpie. I don't have these pictures yet but Monica promised to email them to me. I gave her a mini Jayne hat pin and everything, so I really hope she does.

ALL of the panels were excellent. They are all so funny and so nice. The twins were very charming (and boy, do they know how to drink!) and Alan is a funny, funny man. We even got a panel with Jane Espenson and Tim Minear! I got them both to sign my Dollhouse DVD, and I got to tell Tim how freaking awesome he is.

Nathan Fillion had been scheduled to be there, but had to cancel because they needed him to do some reshoots for Castle. But during Alan's panel, Alan told the audience how sorry Nathan was that he couldn't be there, and then Alan brought out some seven-layer bean dip (of the Gods) that Nathan had made, and put it into the empty chair next to him, in Nathan's place. Alan and the dip answered questions for a while, and then Nathan called Alan on the phone. Alan put him on speaker for us, and we found out that Nathan did not exactly give Alan the bean dip. Alan stole it. Oops! Then Alan auctioned the bean dip (along with some signed photos and t-shirts) for charity, and it went for $375! This included a bag of tortilla chips; Alan signed the bag and also one of the actual chips. Later, the winner of the auction was kind enough to put it out in the hotel lobby and offered it to anyone who wanted to try some. It was actually very good.

This was a really excellent trip. I think I need to go to all of these.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

12 of 12 - November

It's time for 12 of 12 again!

6:30 am, my bedroom
My poor, old kitty has diabetes now. In order to keep track of how much she eats, I have to weigh her bowl of food before and after she eats.

7:00 am, kitchen

8:29 am, living room
I have been waiting for weeks for my boy's doctor's office to have the swine flu shot available. I check the web site every morning. Today, I finally got to make an appointment for him!

9:00 am, kitchen
Time for kitty's thyroid medicine and antibiotic

9:03 am, hall
And after her meds, she comes out to eat.

9:32 am, kitchen
Now it's time for her insulin.

9:38 am, kitchen
This is a BIG, honking sharps container. It just doesn't really go with my decor.

10:30 am, living room
Here are two paper-whites bulbs that I'm trying to force. So far, the roots have grown a bit. So I think it's working.

2:45 pm, kitchen
After-school snack for The Boy

3:30 pm, kitchen
Had to run out to the vet's office to pick up this blood glucose meter. Tomorrow we are doing a BG Curve on kitty, which means I will be pricking her tiny little foot and testing her blood sugar every two hours, for 24 hours. I don't think she's going to like me very much by the end of it.

9:20 pm, my bedroom
The Boy and I are watching Supernatural.
11:00 pm, my bedroom
Come to bed...don't come to bed...whatever. I'm going to sleep without you.


Thursday, October 22, 2009


One of my biggest regrets of having to live in an apartment is that I can't have a garden. I ADORE most flowering bulbs, and if I owned land, I can assure you it would be positively COVERED with a large variety of blooms.

A few weeks ago, The Boy's Boy Scout troop had a fundraiser to benefit an upcoming trip to the White House. The fundraiser was the sale of bulbs from a catalog. It is actually a thrill for me to look through catalogs like these. I gasp and everything. Seeing the catalog reminded me that I have always intended to try forcing some bulbs indoors. And what better time than the present?

I ordered hyacinths, crocuses, bluebells, striped squill, and paperwhites. (I would have loved to have gotten some tulips and daffodils too, but I read that they don't force as well.) The bulbs arrived yesterday. SQUEEE!

I have an elaborate plan of forcing a few of each type at a time, in a wide, shallow vase filled with glass pebbles and water. But most of the bulbs need to be chilled for a couple of months first, so we'll have to get to that later.

The paperwhites do NOT have to be chilled before forcing. I just set up two of them in little forcing vases. I can't wait until they bloom. If they bloom. Wish me luck!

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

12 of 12 - October

Welcome to my 12 of 12! I'm afraid it is possibly the most boring day, ever. 12 of 12 was created by Chad Darnell. Don't fall for imitations.

7:30 am, my kitchen

10:00 am, kitchen
Last week, poor kitty came down with a bladder infection, so she now currently has TWO meds to take, instead of one.

11:45 am, kitchen
My butter dish. I ADORE carnival glass.

12:00 pm, kitchen

12:35 pm, dining room
My new sewing machine. Isn't it SHINY??

1:40 pm, The Boy's room
Just finished making the bed after washing the sheets. His bed cover is a denim rag quilt that I made.

1:55 pm, my room
And I FINALLY finished my latest quilt!

1:56 pm, my room
Kitty's stairs. She can still jump up and down, but she's so tiny I didn't want her jarring her tiny little bones if she doesn't have to.
2:20 pm, my room
Kitty is watching TV. She loves Animal Planet.
But I'm not clear why she needs the captioning on.

6:30 pm, living room
My latest knitting, which I have frogged twice already because it was coming out too small.

6:35 pm, living room
Tandem laptops!!
The second one is my niece's. It's been very boggy, so I am running spyware scans and defragging, etc, to try to clean it up for her.

11:03 pm, my bedroom
"Come to bed, Mommy. And get this Boy off of me!!"

Thursday, October 8, 2009


So last night, kitty had some bloody urine. Scared the ever-loving Bejeebus out of me. I brought her to the ER where they got an X-ray, a urine sample, and a preliminary ultrasound. Her bladder is small and thick-walled. We are hoping it is just an infection. We went home last night with an antibiotic, and I dropped her back off at the hospital this morning for a full ultrasound. She's there now, and I'm waiting for them to call me later to tell me when I can pick her up. And I will also be waiting for them to call me with the results of the ultrasound, and a game-plan.

Crossing fingers that it's just a bladder infection.

ETA: To quote the Governator: "Eets not ah toomar!" Nothing Bad showed up on the ultrasound. So, bladder infection. I just picked her up from the vet, and she'll be on antibiotics for a couple of weeks.

I am thrilled.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009


My Curved Log Cabin quilt is FINALLY finished! I started this one back in June, I think. I slowly and steadily got all the squares done, then sewed them together to make the top...then things slowly fizzled out. As I tried to quilt it, the thread on the bobbin of the sewing machine kept jamming up. Nothing I tried to do helped it. It was incredibly frustrating and slow, and I finally decided I needed to take a break, and put the whole mess away for a couple of months.

A couple of weeks ago I bought a new sewing machine (and, oh, it's so fancy!), and now it's done!

This one is for MY bed. :D

I was standing on the arm of the sofa and holding the camera all the way up to the ceiling, and I still could not get the whole quilt in frame.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Conversation between myself and The Boy:

Regarding South Park:

Boy: They killed off Jesus.

Me (shocked): They killed off Jesus?!?

Boy: Yeah, but he came back.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

12 of 12 - September

It's time for 12 of 12 again! 12 of 12 is the original creation of Chad Darnell. Accept no substitutes.

9:31 am, my bedroom
I slept in a bit today.

9:50 am, kitchen
coffee, coffee, coffee
10:30 am, living room
Decided to watch Dr. Horrible. Yeah, Joss Whedon totally signed my DVD case for me.

11:00 am, kitchen
Emptying the dishwasher.

11:07 am, kitchen
My coffee mugs. It is possible that I may have a bit of a problem with them, in that I cannot stop collecting them.

1:00 pm, kitchen table
I just wrapped the house-warming gift for my friend, Ericka.

1:43 pm, living room
Looking up directions to Ericka's new apartment.

6:00 pm, Ericka's apartment
This is my friend Ericka, in her brand-new apartment. W00t!

6:10 pm, Ericka's hallway
Judy and Jake have just arrived!

8:30 pm, Ericka's dining room
Judy made this salad, and I got a heart-shaped onion slice in mine. Judy loves me best of all. :D

11:25, somewhere between there and here
My dark, rainy ride home.

11:40, my bedroom
Guess who was waiting for me to get home and go to bed?!