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SO, update....

Work: I've been confirmed as the third platform person at the Piedmont branch. Next week I go to training for 3 days for the customer service system, and for the Loan stuff.

Home: Went up to the Herb Festival in Asheville yesterday with the lovely diredremorgan and bought a TON of stuff. Picked up 3 types of tomatoes (Cherokee Purple, Brandywine, and Roma), 3 types of sweet peppers (Red,Yellow, and Chocolate), Basil, Verbena for the wall planter, and some Patchouli. Everything is planted, and hopefully will be sprouting soon. Last year we had planted an heirloom type tomato and some mini Romas, We did not get any yeild from the heirloom plant, and a very frw from the Roma. With our luck all the new plants will bloom out, and we'll have a MILLION tomatoes. LOL!

Today started off badly, as I went downstairs to get the phone. I slipped on one of the last stair treds, and landed on my butt. Which was not so bad, however I somehow bent the toes on my right foot so my foot bothered me a bit walking. Well BiL called and said that he'd found a deal on Mortal Kombat at Toys 'R Us, so Den and I hopped in the car and headed into G'ville. After we got done there, we went by Boardwalk's new store front, and wandered a bit. Of course we had to pick up Zombie Munchkin, and Pirate Fluxx, muahahahah! We stopped by the Mall so I could get some more tea from Tea Junction, and we wandered around. Of course in our wanderings, I managed to drop a plexiglass sign holder right on the foot I'd twisted this morning. *sigh* Now it's a bit swollen and does not want to bend. Oy.

While we were at the mall there was a company in the center selling SUGAR GLIDERS!!! They were sooooooo cute. And their fur was amazingly soft!! I'd love one but with the 4 cats, there's no way. After the mall we grabbed dinner at Papa's and Beer, whch will also be lunch tomorrow as the food plate was wayyyy too much!!! We got home, and I finished decorating the cake pops. Now I just need to finish processing the strawberries I got the other day and make some jam!!

Reading so far

Well since fibergeek is doing this....

Books read so far in 2011

1. Kitchen Confidential - Anthony Bourdain - NF -5
2. A Monstrous Regiment of Women - Laurie King - F - 5
3. Dragonwell Dead - Laura Childs - F- 4
4. Silver Needle Murder - Laura Childs - F - 4
5. Dewey - Vicki Myron - NF - 5
6. A Letter of Mary - Laurie King - F - 5
7. The Ice Queen - Alice Hoffman - F- 4
8. Murder is Binding - Lorna Barrett - F
9. Oolong Dead - Laura Childs - F - 4
10. The Moor - Laurie King - F - 4
11. Bloodshot -Cherie Priest - F - 5
12. A Reliable Wife - Robert Goolrick - F - 3
13. The Girl Who Chased the Moon - Sarah Addison Allen - F - 5
14. The Teaberry Strangler - Laura Childs - F - 4
15. Dexter by Design _ Jeff Lindsay - F -4
16. The Elephant to Hollywood - Michael Caine - NF - 5
17. The Peach Keeper - Sarah Addison Allen - F - 5

Currently Reading: Betrayal of the Blood Lilly - Lauren Willig


So... Vacation week has been good. Fairly quiet, but I expected that. I finished off several UFOs that have been sitting around some house projects.

Work is still up in the air, however it looks fairly certain that I will be working at the branch I want to be in (still working with my current manager) and as a CSR with occasional time on the teller line. The official announcement has not been made yet, so it can still change, but my boss seems pretty certain. I don't look forward to going back on Monday and having to deal with the new computer system, but ob-li-di ob-li-da...

Trip to Ikea was productive, and we now have a new bookcase in the library upstairs so prettu much all our books are shelved. We also picked up a Pax system wardrobe to use as a pantry in the kitchen, so I spent today re-arranging stuff down there. Good thing too! It seems the upstairs toilet is leaking, and what cabinet does all that pipe work hang over? Why the one with all the pasta and canned goods. Grrrr.. Luckily the handyman came out today to do a quick fix, and will be back on Monday to do the whole job correctly... Only issue with the pantry is that the door we bought to go on it did not have the hinges in the box, so now I wait for Ikea to contact me about getting them... *sigh*

In addition to THAT bit of annoyance, One of our neighbors is moving. Several weeks ago he asked if we wanted a cat. Apparently the wife is pregnant, so they cannot keep it. We were sorry to say no, but 4 cats are plenty, thanks. Well today, they are moving their stuff out. As I was working in the kitchen, I head someone yowling, and thought it was Merlin or Grace. Nope. It seems our neighbor's cat is under the potting bench on the back porch. After a while of coaxing, I got it out, and walked it back to them. Well the hubby says, they left him outside because they did not want to step on him while they were loading the moving van, and the cat must have gotten mad and took off. Well yes you asshat. Of course it did. You just said he's never been outside before! It's terrified! Well what does the guy have me do, but let the cat go. I will not be suprised if we find it out under the bench after they have moved out. Luckily, Den's co-worker has a cat trap, and if we have to catch it, we can do so, and take him to the pound. Hate to do it, but our cats were beating on one another while the other one was outside. Can't imagine what would happen if we tried to bring him in!!! (And NO.. We will NOT be.)

Otherwise. Things here are pretty quiet. Going to finalize Disney trip with bantiarna tonight (and I think a 6 of Abita Strawberry Harvest will be procured on our way over!!).


Holiday Wrap up

So lets see.....

The holidays have been a whirlwind!! Christmas week was quiet and I happily made all kinds of cookies! Thanks to Nancy's I found the Wilton Gingerbread Cookie Tree Kit . I saw this in the Yearbook, and thought it was cute as a button, but not even WILTON had it. Of course Nancy's has stuff on the shelf that you can't get anymore, and she had one kit left. Since she had taken it out of the box to sell as regular star cutters* she knocked $3.00 off the price. So I made the Gingerbread tree, Spritz Cookies, Chocolate Chip Cookies and Peanut Butter Blossoms. I also made some conjoined Gingerbread men... Next year I think I am making a whole Gingerbread Addams family...

Anywho.. Thursday before X-mas, Den and I were going to head up to my Brother in Law's. We woke up around 8:00, and smelled the unmistakable odor of a heater whose fan has bit the dust. After a hurried call to the landlady, we got the handyman over to look at it. Somehow the auto fan switch had crapped out AGAIN. (we had this issue last October as well). The HVAC guy was in Charlotte, but said he'd be over ASAP and take care of the issue, and the landlady said she'd keep an eye on things. So we got it all sorted out, and headed off about an hour later than planned... The trip up was good, and when we got in, we relaxed for a bit. We went to Millner's for dinner. where I got the Pimento Cheese burger, and the fried pickles... YUM!!! We had a quiet rest of the weekend, mostly hanging out around the house. My niece and I put the tree together, and she told me where to put the M&M ornaments (well the ones she wasn't eating...).

Christmas day dawned far too early, and we got up to open presents. As we sat around the living room, we noticed it had started to snow... We finished presents, and got breakfast, and it snowed. We watched the WDW parade and... Well all in all, when we went to bed at 11:00 that night, we'd gotten 5 1/2 inches. Not much for NJ or NY, but PLENTY for NC!! The next morning we got up and heard the news from Raleigh and Virginia and got nervous. We dug out behind the cars, and loaded up. Den was not feeling well, so I got to drive. Happily once we were out of the BiL's cul-de-sac, it was clear sailing all the way home!

New Year's eve was spent in grand style with the Usual Suspects, and much overeating was done by me. (But damn Jim's venison is awesome!!!!) After midnight, Ryan pulled out the box of leftover fireworks, and I happily lit mortars till I ran out! We stayed and chatted, and the next thing we knew it was 4 AM!!! We headed home, and got some sleep, then got up and headed to bantiarna's place for a good Southern New Year's dinner with Ham and Black-Eyed peas. WE headed out to the Mall to look for some things, and Den and I started to spend some of our Christmas funds. Den picked up a game expansion he'd wanted, and I got a beautiful Ikebana vase from The Arts Company. My Aunt Peggy sent us a Penny's gift card, so we searched about, and found the cutest Ice Cream freezer ever. It's a half-pint capacity freezer, so you can make tiny batches, and have it ready in about 10 minutes or so... We tested it out tonight, and it is awesome!! Anyway, we went back to bantiarna's place, and ate dinner, then indulged in Beatles Rock band till the wee hours. I don't think I have sung that much in ages!!!

Today Den and I headed out to Greenville to use our Barnes and Noble gift cards. I found 2 DVDs, a cute little kid's Christmas book (About Gingerbread Pirates!!!) and a Wicked Witch of the West rag doll, all on sale. Den picked up the Lorena McKennett CD he's been wanting, and we wandered about some more. After a pit stop at Mr. K's, we went to Olive Garden for lunch, since my Aunt had sent us a card for there, and I blew my calorie count straight to heck. After we finished up there, we headed home, where I ran out to get groceries, and Den cleaned up.

Anyway.. Off to make my berry Cous Cous for Breakfast, and to pack my lunch...

*the whole tree is a series of star shapes, rotated to produce a tree effect

2010 book list

O.K. Here is the 2010 Book list. Been keeping track of all the books I read this year, and am proud to say, only 11 were books I had read before. Of course 2 of THOSE were books I had not read in 20 years or so... The lettered books were actually audio books..

1. The Graveyard Book - Neil Gaiman - F - 5
2. The English Breakfast Murder - Laura Childs - F - 4
3. *Little House in the Big Woods - Laura Ingalls Wilder - F - 5
4. Raise the Titanic - Clive Cussler - F - 5
5. Soulless - Gail Carriger - F - 5
6. The Murder of Roger Ackroyd - Agatha Christie - F - 4
7. *Little House on the Prarie - Laura Ingalls Wilder -F - 4
8. The Haunted Hour - Ed. Cynthia Manson & Constance Scarborough - F - 4
9. *Good Night Mr. Homes - Carole Nelson Douglas - F - 5
10. *The Adventuress - Carole Nelson Douglas - F - 5
11. *Irene at Large - Carole Nelson Douglas - F - 5
12. *Irene's Last Waltz - Carole Nelson Douglas - F - 5
13. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo - Stieg Larsson - F - 5
14. Cat Among the Pigeons - Agatha Christie - F - 4
15. The Phantom of Manhattan - Fredrick Forsythe - F - 3
16. The Girl with No Shadow - Joanne Harris - F - 4
17. Under the Dome - Stephen King - F - 4
18. The Girl who Played with Fire - Steig Larsson - F - 5
19. Temptation of the Night Jasmine - Lauren Willig - F - 4
20. Here be Demons -Esther Friedman - F - 4
21. Julie and Julia - Julie Powell - N - 4
22. Up Till Now - William Shatner - N- 5
23. Full Dark House -Christopher Fowler - F - 4
24. Fever Dream -Douglas Preston/Lincoln Child - F - 4
25. The Last Templar Michael Jecks - F - 2
26. Night of the Living Deed - E J Copperman - F - 4
27. Wishful Drinking - Carrie Fisher - F - 4
28. Anansi Boys - Neil Gaiman - F 5
29. This Time Together - Carol Burnett - N - 5
30. Johannes Cabal the Necromancer - Johnathan Howard - F - 5
31. Chamomile Mourning - Laura Childs - F - 5
32. Dead in the Family - Charlaine Harris - F - 4
33. Fool - Christopher Moore - F - 4
34. *Little Women - Louisa May Alcott - F -5
35. Girl who Kicked the Hornet's Nest - Stieg Larsson - F- 5
36. *The Sugar Queen - Sarah Addison Allen - F -5
37. Changeless - Gail Carriger - F - 5
38. Free Range Knitter - Stephanie Pearl-McPhee - N - 5
39. Bone in the Throat - Anthony Bourdain - F - 4
40. Gone Bamboo - Anthony Bourdain - F - 4
41. *Garden Spells - Sarah Addison Allen - F - 5
42. Vampyres of Hollywood - Adrienne Barbeau - F - 4
43. The Beekeeper's Apprentice - Laurie R King - F - 5
44. The Birth of Venus -Sarah Dunant - F - 5
45. *The Eyre Affair - Jasper Fforde - F- 5
46. *Lost in a Good Book - Jasper Fforde -F -5
47. Boardwalk Empire - Nelson Jenkins - NF - 4
48. Blameless - Gail Carriger - F - 5
49. In The Company of the Courtesan - Sarah Dunant - F -5
50. My Life in France - Julia Child - N - 4
51. *Hogfather - Terry Pratchett - F -5
52. The Professor and the Madman - Simon Winchester - NF - 4
53. Jane and the Unpleasantness at Scargrave Manor - - F- 4
54. Storyville - Lois Battle - F - 5

a. Pride & Prejudice - Jane Austin _ AB - 5
b. Kingdom Keepers - - AB - 4


A happy happy birthday to my sweetie derwyth who puts up with my antics and still loves me anyway. Love you honey!!!

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The morons at Westboro Baptist plan on protesting Elizabeth Edwards' funeral. Frankly, I just don't understand how this family (most of the 80 members of the "church" are Children/Grandchildren/InLaws of the founder Fred Phelps), can be considered a "church"...

Aside from that small, niggling question... I do have some very base and violent thoughts regarding these fools, but I think... I think the best way to deal with them is simply this: Find out where they are protesting. Get 40 or so of your good friends. (Mostly folks that won't get fired if you get cited for disorderly conduct..) Find yourself some 7-8 foot poles, and staple King Sized sheets to the poles to create a giant sheet wall*. Get down to the protest. Everyone grab a pole, and surround the Westboro folks. Bring your iPod and turn it up because if you engage in any sort of exchange with these idiots you will really want to give in to your baser urges and strike one of them.** Prevent them from being seen by the families of the funeral they are protesting, and more importantly THE PRESS!!!

To me this is the larger goal. Keep them from getting attention. Confrontation and attention is what they thrive on. Give them no platform for thier hateful views and they will have no raison d'etre. Since they have so many lawyers, they know the line that they can tiptoe up to, but not cross, so finding an effective counter-protest method must be Non confrontational, non-violent, and legal...

Thoughts? Suggestions??***

*Scadians, your camp walls for Pennsic would be perfect here!
** Don't forget: most all of the adults in the chuch are lawyers. And in this case, yes they are scum sucking lawyers...
*** It also occurs to me that since her ex-husband was a vice presidential candidate, some pretty high powered folks may attend the funeral. Secret Service carrying types. Really have to wonder if the Service boys would really let them stick around.

Vacation, again

So let's see...

Yesterday, Mom, Dad and I went down to Smithville to wander a bit. Most of the shops were still around, but I was most upset to discover that the Bakery did not carry their Raisin Bread anymore. >8(

Got a call from Carlo and he said he'd be at Ron's, and would I come over. Well of COURSE!! I headed over around 8:30 and hung out until WAYYYYYYY too early in the AM. I am so happy for him. He just filmed a national commercial!! Hope to catch it on TV soon.

Today we went to Philly, and visited the Mutter Museum at the Physician's College of Philadelphia. Wow... It's a medical museum with some very *interesting* exhibits, such as Chang & Eng's death cast, the 2nd tallest human skeleton on display, and the giant colon... Incredibly, the museum is quite beautiful inside. It is set up to emulate a cabinet of curiosities. The exhibits are in original cases from the 19th century, and the exhibits themselves are amazing. Dad said it certainly takes someone with a skewed sense of the world to enjoy it (unless you happen to have a medical background...) Unfortunately due to the rain, we were unable to visit the medicinal garden, but it looked beautiful from the outside.

After we got done at the Mutter, we hoofed it over several city block to the Franklin Institute. Sadly by the time we got there, the museum was only open another hour, so we did not really go in, but grabbed a snack, and wandered the gift shop. LOL! Once it hit 4:30, we headed out, and started home. After a quick pit stop for supper we're home for the night. Tomorrow we are heading out to Lancaster, and are meeting up with my Uncle to wander Amish country...

Checking in

Let's see..

Drove up to see my folks on Saturday. Of course Friday night, sleep was pretty non-existent, so I did not get on the road until 8:00.... The directions I had took me up I-77 to I-81, through NC, VA, WV, and MD, over to PA and the Turnpike up into Jersey. It was a good drive. No traffic until I got to the MD/PA border, but even that was not so horrible. Got to Mom's at 8:30, and we picked up some subs at the pizza place up the street. Sausage and Peppers... YUM!

Today, daddy had to work, so the rest of the family came out to the house for dinner. Daddy made a pork roast, and I made a chocolate cake for dessert. Mom took me and my 2 aunts over to Avon to go see the beach, and we drove over to Asbury Park to see the old Carousel House on the Boardwalk. After everyone left and daddy went to work, Mom and I went out to a couple of stores, and I scored a pair of Ralph Lauren jeans for $6.50!! Whee!! I did have to take them up slightly, but dang they are comfy!!!

Tomorrow, I think we may head out to AC or Wheaton Village. My uncle wants to go up to Lancaster so that will be one of our day trips this week. I know we are also going to go to Philly, to the Mutter Museum and maybe the new Constitution Center.. We will see. It's all gonna be played by ear. :)

Halloween Cake 2

I did a halloween cake for work, and decided to do something a bit different...

It's a basic Chocolate Cake, with Orange tinted buttercream. I took one of our Pumpkin Masters carving patterns, and traced it out onto parchment paper. I then took make and mold milk chocolate and melted it down, and made a "plaque" to put on top of the cake. :)

I think next time, I will use a piping bag and small tip to outline the item, and then flood it with the chocolate...

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