Preparing for a Trip Home

Posted in Life, Travel with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 18, 2014 by urbannight

I’m getting ready for a trip home.  Or I’m not getting ready.  I’ve been really bad at doing all the things I wanted to finish before I left for a week.  Instead, I spent a lot of time on the couch taking medication and sleeping.  The current weather pattern has been killing my head and sinuses.

What I have done is bought a new camera, I love it and I will post the first photo’s on it here, just as soon as I get to Idaho.  I bought a new dress for my niece’s wedding that didn’t fit and fell off me.  I think their sizing chart is off or I did a really bad job measuring my chest.

One wrench in my plans was that I realized I needed to renew my Driver’s License BEFORE I left on my trip.  My birthday will happen when I’m in Idaho.  So I had to use the money I set aside to check my luggage to renew my license. So now I have to figure out how to everything into a small carry on suitcase.  I think I’ll take three outfits, wear one outfit, and do laundry at my mom’s half way through the trip.

I didn’t lose the weight I wanted to lose.  I lost that 13 pounds at the beginning of the year and never managed to lose any more.  I just stalled out.  The good thing is my mom has a really nice treadmill.  I miss my treadmill.  It died on me a few years back.

I hope to get out and about and take LOTS of photos.  I want to give a good overview of anything I can.  I’m sure my focus or goals.  Home no longer feels like home.  The town of 5000 that I grew up in exploded after I moved and now is over 28,000.  That is a huge jump.  It happened over about 15 years I think.  I graduated in 1988.  I can’t go back that far, but in 1990, the population was 7,700.  The 28,000 is from 2012.  At one point, they said it was the fastest growing town in the state.  The population quadrupled in 22 years.  No wonder it doesn’t feel like home anymore.  The populations when from 5011 when I lived near the population sign in grade school to 7,700 two years after graduation.  Very slow growth the entire time I lived there, then an explosion of people coming.  It is strange to me.

Downtown Post Falls along the Spokane River

Downtown Post Falls along the Spokane River.

My flight is an early morning one.  And I have a lot to do.  Before work I managed to get a load of laundry started, emptied the dishwasher, cooked a back sandwich for breakfast and a steak for lunch, moved the laundry to the drier and started a second load, and that is about it.

Now I have to pack, and clean, and find the charger for my personal dvd player.  And try to find my mp3 player that has been missing for a year.  It has to be in one of the still unpacked boxes in my room.  I want to clean and unpack some of those boxes.  I feel like I have a lot on my plate that I left to the last minute.  Because I really did.  It is all my fault.  But trying to sleep just seemed like a good idea at the time.

So tonight, like most pre-flight nights, I’m going to be up late cleaning and up early to make a predawn drive to the airport.

It wasn’t ‘Liberal Idiocy’.

Posted in Health, Politics with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 3, 2014 by urbannight

I saw a headline for an article that Liberal Idiocy caused the current measles outbreak. I was not able to read it because I was not able to pull up the actual article.  So I can only write about the title with no knowledge of the actual article.

I have to say I was upset about the title. It has nothing to do with ‘Liberal’ anything. This is a result of people not vaccinating. It isn’t a ‘liberal’ thing for some parents to mistakenly think vaccines cause autism or the belief that people should avoiding vaccines because God is the only healer and sickness is a punishment from God.

I will agree that it is an ‘Idiocy’ thing. That misconception about autism has been repeatedly disproven.  And avoiding medical treatment and medicine in general because of warped religious belief is beyond idiocy.

As a liberal, I am all for vaccinations. I had mine and I don’t see them as a bad thing. Not getting children vaccinated endangers all children.

Bad Experience at Ingredients at Omaha Midtown

Posted in Food with tags , , , , , , , , , , on June 2, 2014 by urbannight

Interesting lunch at Ingredients today.

I ordered the sandwich of the day with the side of pasta salad and added a cup of soup for four dollars to try it.

Instead of ringing it up that way she rang it up as a side of soup which up-charged the meal by almost two dollars and an added side of pasta salad for two  and a half dollars.

So instead of it costing four dollars more like I ordered it, it cost about 4.50 more the way she rang it up, to get an addition half-dollar from me.

Is this normal practice to change the order of sides to make it cost more money for their customers?

I attempted to use the ‘contact us’ form to contact them but each time I try to hit send it clears out the location field. I renter the location and it clears it again.

I guess that is one way to make sure they don’t get any comments that might contain complaints.

 

Update: The head chef called me back and offered me lunch and that he had a discussion with the staff on how that works.  I’m guess ‘that’ being the math.

Since he had my phone number, I have to guess that the contact us for DID work after all.  Even thought the site makes it look like it keeps failing.

Licorice from afar. . .

Posted in Food with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 30, 2014 by urbannight

After I had a very bad day, I got home to treats in the mail.  I only ordered them the day before.  They arrived VERY fast. These came from the International Licorice shop in Lincoln Nebraska.

Soft licorice with a sweet and salty center.  Medium Strong salty taste but sweeter than the fish.  Good licorice flavor.  Amazingly good.

Soft licorice with a sweet and salty center. Medium Strong salty taste but sweeter than the fish shaped ones. Good licorice flavor. Amazingly good.

Salmiak Rocks.  Since this doesn't show a label.  Delicious, Licorice with a slightly salty but sweet salmiak center.  Not dusted on the outside with the extra salty coating.

Salmiak Rocks. Since this doesn’t show a label. Delicious, Licorice with a slightly salty but sweet salmiak center. Not dusted on the outside with the extra salty coating.

Salty fish

Shaped like fish.  Very yummy, firm and chewy but not hard. Strong salt taste but it doesn’t overwhelm the licorice flavor.

GRRRR- Pet Peeves for today . . . a rant in the making.

Posted in Life, Work with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 29, 2014 by urbannight

Today I’m very cranky.  I am very grumpy.  I’m finding everything annoying.

When laundry from the dryer is still wet.

Drivers who don’t think rain and fog is a good reason to slow down.

People who drive with their lights off in rain and fog.

Having to slam on my breaks (three times) on the drive to work because people are driving crazy.

Zombie

Me before 10:00 am.

People talking in loud and energetic voices at 7:30 am.  I always enjoyed my quiet mornings before most of the staff got to work.  Only they have hired a very very very loud person for my unit who has my same start time.  I miss my calm, quiet, start to the workday.  Without it, it puts me on the wrong foot for the rest of the day.

Not being able to hear the callers with my headset cranked up because the loudest person now sits behind me.

Having tons of work but three of my co-workers spend half of the day in each others cubes  chatting.

Nosy people trying to get into my business while I’m trying to get work done, slowing me down and keeping me from concentrating.

Callers who don’t listen.  I asked for the city, not the road.  I asked for the DL, not the state.  I asked for the year, not the make.  I asked for my vehicle not your driver.  Basically, callers who answer my questions with completely different information.  Are they even listening to the questions?

Agents who call in a claim, ‘to get it started’, when they actually don’t have ANY of the info yet.

People who ask me how I am after I ask how I can help them.  That is not an appropriate response to my question.

People who assume I just asked them how they are when I never did.  Clearly, they didn’t actually hear anything I had just said to them.

Every time work provides ‘treats’ to the staff, it is cake and cookies, despite the aggressive ‘wellness’ program they have going on.  Wouldn’t fruit and veggies be better?  Talk about mixed messages.

Callers that are clearly insane.

The company using the same three horrible restaurants to cater special lunches.  The only saving grace is that the horrible Italian place does make amazing dinner rolls.  But I can only have one.

Everyone thinking that I like chocolate because ‘everyone’ likes chocolate even though I’ve spent years saying I’m not overly fond of it.

Constant headaches because the light levels in this office are insanely bright and the place is always too hot. (Although everyone else thinks it is cold.  I think they are nuts about that too.)

Hashtags.  I don’t mind tags.  I detest hashtags.  (I admit, I may be sinking to the level of irrationality.)

Photo for a Halloween hat. She may look witchy but I have no proof she is bitchy and can’t make a case for the words being equal.

Callers who won’t let me do anything to help them but won’t get off the phone until I solve their problems.

Books that have plot points that are never addressed by the end of the book.  Basically, every major motivating plot point in the novel I finished at lunch today.

People who use the word witch to substitute bitch.  I know enough witches who are not bitches to really resent that usage and find it personally offensive.

You know, I just want to boycott the rest of the week and read a few books, watch a ton of Netflix and do some cross-stitching.

 

No melons were injured in the writing of this blog . . . but I did eat some pineapple.

Posted in Cooking, Food, Health with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 24, 2014 by urbannight

I’ve identified a few heart burn triggers and so I was reading an article about foods that cause heart burn and what to avoid.  It was a very bad list.  It was far to general.  Or advising a fairly brutal diet only a serious vegan might like.  Aside from the fish.

1. Don’t eat grains.  Well there goes an entire food group.  Handy for people who need to be gluten-free but it cuts out gluten-free grains.  I suppose it might make Paleo people happy.  But not for long……

2. Avoid acidic foods.  Sounds good.  But all items listed here were listed in other sections as well.  So I won’t bother with the actual list.

3.  Don’t eat sweets or candy or desserts.  Well, most of these contain grains, or acidic ingredients.  So that kinda makes sense.

4. Don’t drink drinks.  Beer, alcohol, wine, coffee, caffeinated drinks, carbonated drinks, fizzy drinks, most juices.  That pretty much leaves water and herbal tea.  This section was much longer but everything falls under that list.  They could have saved space by saying only drink water and herbal tea but stay away from peppermint.

5. Dairy.  Again, it is easier to say that butter seems to be okay and some cheeses.  But they didn’t say which cheese was bad so I can’t guess which cheese is good.  Everything else is bad.  By the way, this is the second food group that is pretty much decimated.

6.  Greasy meals. No oily food, no fatty food.   It went on to explain that fast food and snack foods are greasy and for some reason made a point of condemning spicy Ketchup specifically.  Which should probably go in the next section.

7. No spicy food.  Spices apparently trigger heart burn.  But is it spices or is it really peppers and chilies?

8.  Avoid fruit.  Well, there is another entire food group.  It covered berries, citrus, and a number of other fruit.  Plums were not mentioned, nor some of the exotic fruits, and no melons were mentioned.  So I guess melons and plums are now the entire fruit section.

9. No protein.  Um, huh?  Well, there go the Paleo people.  Okay, if you must have it you can have fowl but no eggs.  Nothing was said about shellfish.  I don’t really include those with fish but maybe they did.  Oh, and the fourth food group is significantly reduced.

10.  And some veggies are bad.  Mostly in the onion/garlic family.  And sauerkraut.  But sauerkraut is a dish, not a veggie.  Either cabbage isn’t so great or it’s the stuff it is cooked in.

 

In the end, my ultimate impression is:

Veggies, mostly good, avoid cabbage and anything in the onion/garlic group.

Fruit Bad, Melons good.  Plums probably okay.  No berries.

Meat Bad, Birds Good.

Dairy Bad, Butter Good, some Cheese is okay but we don’t know which kinds so better stay away.

Grains Bad.

The Heartburn Friendly Food Pyramid:

Butter

F  O  W  L

M  E  L  O  N  S

V  E  G  E  T  A  B  L  E  S

 

Orchids

Posted in Life with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 18, 2014 by urbannight
Blue Mystique Orchids at a nursery.

Blue Mystique Orchids at a nursery.

Most of my views this morning have been of my Blue Mystique post.  It is funny because I was just looking at orchids this morning.

I have to admit that I am still kicking myself for not buying one of those orchids.  I believe they were something like 36.99$ at the time.  I didn’t think it was a good use of the money.  I really wish I had gotten one because I’ve never really stopped thinking about them.

I was at the store today, before work, and stopped to look at the orchids on my way out.  They had 4 different types of purple and purple/white ones.  Solid Purple.  Mostly White.  White with Purple Stripes.  White in the center fading out to pale purple at the outside edges.  I liked the White with Purple Stripes.  They were 17.99$.  I wasn’t sure I liked them enough for that price.

But if they get the Blue Mystique ones in again I will be buying one, if I have the money.  I really do regret not getting any at the time.

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