Archive for December, 2009


>Almost made it

>to 2,000 visiters. Only 64 shy, that may change by the end of today. It only makes me sad when I start looking at other blogs that have say 20,000 hits for the year. I would say that having 32 followers, 2,000 hits in a year is pretty good! I also tell myself that I am sure there are many who read this blog in a reader and that doesn’t show up on the site meter.

I can’t say I will see you next year since there is always a chance I will be back this evening. I have a blog post rolling around in my head. Two actually, but if I don’t make it back tonight, I will see all of you next year!

>Lunch Yesterday

>My old boss Gary (not his real name) sent me an e-mail. Not an unusual happening, we still work for the same Department, just he’s in a different region. He wants to get together for lunch or a drink. So we decided on yesterday.

Then came the deciding where to go and e-mails back and forth, we decided on a place. He tells me what train station he’ll pick me up at. The region he works in is next to the region I work in and I actually live in the region he works in, kind of funny, no? Oh well, back to lunch. So in the morning he sends me an e-mail, there was a sewage spill, and the parking lot at the train station he is picking me up at was flooded. He quips, “Good thing you are wearing your boots.” Below freezing? Bet your ass I’m wearing boots. Anyway, I get off the train and look at the parking lot, didn’t see any spill, he picks me up, drives through the parking lot and doesn’t see anything. We head on to lunch, and he calls the Regional Director to report on the parking lot.

Gary was underimpressed with the restaurant. I thought it was O.K. We decided to get drinks and a salad and head someplace else. I was kind of craving Mexican, hadn’t had any in a while. He checked out the tattoo on my shoulder and asked if he could see all my tattoos. “You just did Gary.” I had Kahlúa and club soda and he had a Bombay Sapphire Martini.

On the way to the restuarant, since he had gotten a call from the Regional Director we went back to the train station, drove further into the parking lot and found the spill, then Gary says, “There’s the Regional Director.” So we all got out and looked at the spill. It was a mess, there was water flowing everywhere and a grate had been removed leaving a 2×3 foot opening in the parking lot. Quite a safety hazard. Gary got on the phone with Westchester County to report it and tell them, they needed to send somebody to take care of it. Then we (Gary and I, the RD had to leave) drove down this road to see if we could find the actual break and found two (2) Westchester County trucks (well one truck and one car). That being done we resumed our quest for Mexican food. We headed for Dobbs Ferry.

“Dobbs Ferry,” Gary says, “Is loaded with restaurants.” We stopped at this little place (probably no bigger then my living room) with bad insulation, a surly waiter/bartender/cook, no wait, I think the busboy was the cook. Anyway, the food was good, I had beans and cheese enchilada in molé sauce with rice and black beans. Gary had a burrito. He asked the waiter if it came with anything. He looked confused and said, “No sir, everything’s inside.” We ordered our drinks, Gary got a margarita I got a Negra Modelo. The food came out right away, Gary looked at the burrito and said, “I’m glad I didn’t order anything else (as in additional food).” It was HUGE!

Having a little while to kill before I had to catch the train we started looking for another place. The restaurant was too COLD to wait there. The first place wasn’t open yet, the second place I wasn’t too crazy about going to, it was the place Gary had taken me a Christmas before and I got sick. Oh, you didn’t hear about that? Well if you didn’t, you’re not going to hear about it here.

We ended up at the second place, sitting in the bar, waiting for the train. I had a sort of martini with Pomegranate liqueur and vodka, kind of so-so. Gary had bourban. Then I had a Sombrero with a splash of Baileys added. It was very good. I will have to remember that. I took this picture from the parking lot, can’t you see how cold it was? Does anyone else think the river looks angry? I think in wintertime the river gets an angry look. Maybe I had too much to drink. Nah …..

>No not from New York, from my blog. It was, and I don’t know how else to say this, making my computer screen jump. I have a feeling it is due to the browser I use. In any case, if you would like it for your blog click here.

I also added it to my ‘Check out this blog’ on the side.

>The New York Times
Wed, December 30, 2009 — 2:32 PM ET
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At Least Six Americans Killed in Attack at Base in Afghanistan

At least six Americans were killed Wednesday when a suicide bomber wearing an explosive vest made his way into an American base in Khost Province in southeastern Afghanistan, according to NATO military officials. The suicide bomber died in the blast. Six more Americans were wounded, some of them seriously, suggesting that the death toll could climb, the officials said.

Read More: ~The New York Times~

Warm hands

I was visiting the blogs on my blogroll and came across a post titled “warm heart makes warm hands” on Out and About in New York City. As I looked at the picture I thought, those look very familiar, …

I started digging around in my winter stuff stash and ta da! Mine sadly are not wool, I am allergic to wool. I am also consumed with envy because mine are not as pretty and after sitting in a bag they smell like dust. I sniffed them too many times and sneezed several times. Now, if I could only remember where I put the directions …

>I got a request for some ‘clues’ on my contest. Here goes:

The jar is a Sunfresh “Fruit Made Easy” jar.

It is 6″ tall and 3-¼” in diameter.

I don’t know how many ounces it held, that was on the label and as you can tell, I removed the label.

Now for the prize. I realize this picture is not great quality, my camera is not designed for this type of photography. The ear wires are silver as are the chains, the beads are glass. They are about 2-¼” long. Not very fancy, just pretty little ear bobs. Hand made by me.

For the original contest post, click here.

>Collecting pennies

>My friends will tell you I am a tad compulsive. They are being kind, I am extremely compulsive. I have promised my friend Mickie a post for her, but I have other things to blog about so she will have to wait, really, I can’t help it.

When I put my change in jars, I sort it. One jar for pennies, one for quarters and one for the rest. I recently ran out room for the pennies. Can you guess how many pennies in the jar? Come on PLEASE?

Oh you want a prize if you guess it, hmmm. O.K. How about a pair of silver and glass bead earrings? Contest open only to United States residents due to cost of international postage. Post your guesses!

For additional details and picture of the earrings, click here.

>Those of you who have been around for a while know I have more then just this blog.

Last night I was on my book blog Bella is reading … posting my latest review. I don’t go on that blog every day, just to post reviews and other book related news. My reading is way down this year. Imagine my surprise when I looked at my followers and saw that I have 50 followers on that blog!

Came back here to see I have 31! Wow! People are reading my blogs! I better shape up and watch my mouth!

Back to my life, I have been taking it pretty easy these past few days. Getting up when I want, doing pretty much whatever I feel like. Tomorrow it ends, back to work for a couple days, then off again. This week coming up is a three day work week. Nice huh?

>Breaking News Alert

>The New York Times
Fri, December 25, 2009 — 7:14 PM ET
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U.S. Says Incident Aboard Plane Was Attempted Act of Terrorism

A passenger aboard a plane at Detroit Metropolitan Airport apparently tried to ignite an explosive device on Friday, an incident the United States believes was an attempted act of terrorism, according to a White House official who asked not to be identified.

Read More: ~The New York Times~

>Tigger thinks it was the colored popcorn. I tend to agree with him. Of course I also had salt and vinegar chips, so who knows? All I know is my tummy hurts!

Today is Christmas, so I am home with nothing to do. A while ago we were watching “How It’s Made” and they were showing how Oreo™’s are made. That of course made Em want some. So D and Fred went out looking for someplace that (a) would be open and (b) would have Oreo™ cookies. They found some and I was able to get some. Thank goodness for gas stations/convenience stores run by pagans.

I went out for a walk earlier, the only places open were the two gas stations. The Citgo station was where I got the popcorn and the Mobil station was where I got the chips. Even Dunkin Donuts™ was closed. When I was there a CO pulled in the parking lot, I had to tell him, “They’re closed.” I did tell him that Starbucks was open, but I wasn’t sure how late, I though maybe 3. I hope if he went there that they were still open.

You know Christmas is over when Santa has too much eggnog. Poor Santa, he needs to go to rehab.

If you haven’t guessed by now, I am really bored. There is only so much one can do on Facebook. It is now time to go to sleep and wait for morning.