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  1. Coffee says:

    That’s the ugliest cat I’ve ever seen.

  2. El_Fez says:

    By the way, for those of you who need that liquid green crack known as Shamrock Shakes and have trouble locating it, check out the Shamrock Shake Finder.

    You’re welcome.

  3. DJ Charlie says:

    Somebody pissed in the #2 cardiologist’s cheerios today. He comes in bitching at me because my blood pressure is still high. And you think YELLING AT ME is going to fix that?

    Had to threaten to leave and find a different doctor before he would even shut up.

    And like I told him on the way out. He’s a good doctor, but that little outburst is his last one. He is on his only chance now.

    Going back Tuesday for still more tests.

    (After getting home and looking over my records…)

    BINGO!

    Called Betsey, the PA for my main cardiologist, and got her to pull some records for me.
    According to #2 cardiologist (the one I saw this morning), there is NO difference in the medications I’m taking here at home, and the medications they give me at hospital. So why is my blood pressure staying high here, but fine at hospital?

    Klonodine. Betsey confirmed it. Every time I go to hospital, the first thing they do is put me on klonodine. BUT, nobody ever thought to give me a prescription for it at home!

    #1 cardiologist has called me in a prescription for it, and I’m picking it up in a few.

    Kinda sad that a patient has to figure something like that out and 4 cardiologists can’t.

    • HogwartsProfessor says:

      That reminds me of that show “Mystery Diagnosis.” The people are sick and the doctors focus on one thing at a time, and they don’t get diagnosed until they find someone who can look at the WHOLE picture. Or else they figure it out themselves on the internet!

      You’d think they would ask a question now and then. I’m glad you got it sorted out. Also, good for you for standing up to the doctor. There’s no excuse for him yelling.

      • DJ Charlie says:

        Oh, ALL my doctors tend to learn pretty quickly that I don’t tolerate the “high and mighty” crap.

        If a doctor tries pulling the whole “The patient is here at the Doctor’s whim,” I walk (well, roll, but you get the idea). If they make me wait more than 15 minutes past my appointment time, same thing. And if they refuse to listen to my thoughts on MY treatment, well, there’s plenty more doctors out there.

        • Kimaroo - 100% Pure Natural Kitteh says:

          I know I don’t respond to your posts about all this very much. It’s mostly because I don’t know what to say. I hope you understand.

          I just wanted to say that you saying this about how you are with your doctors, it makes me want to call you my hero. I’ve never been one for sitting around and taking what is delt to me without a fight either. When it comes to problems like this, you really have to be your own advocate and it makes me happy to know that you have that down so well. I’ve gotten in some arguments on this site before by saying things like this, but I’m glad that you get it and you’re doing so well at it.

          Good luck, sir. You’re awesome.

      • Don't Bother says:

        I love that show and how many times they zoom up to people’s eyes for DRAMATIC EFFECT.

      • catastrophegirl chooses not to fly says:

        yeah, i went to 5 doctors trying to track down a bunch of crazy symptoms and ended up in the hospital anyway where i was diagnosed by an orderly who noticed that i smelled like ketones.
        “it’s your MS”
        “it’s your psoriasis”
        “you must have an infection”
        “it’s sjogren’s syndrome” [to be fair, it WAS that ALSO]

        nah, it was type 1 diabetes. just none of them thought to check my glucose because they were focused on the dizziness, blurry vision and thirst – the symptoms and not the package of symptoms.

    • Not Given says:

      Clonidine, I love that it’s so cheap.

      • DJ Charlie says:

        Such a simple thing, too. But #2 cardiologist was more interested in shouting that “it must be something you are doing!” than take 2 minutes to LOOK at my charts and see that I’m not on it.

        Can’t wait till Tuesday. Started taking it today, and my bp is already down to 40/108 (from 186/115).

        Think I should ask for a written apology?

  4. chizu says:

    Woohoo! Mandatory four day weekend starting next week! Oh wait…

    So everyone in the office decided to apply for Partial Unemployment Benefits starting this upcoming Sunday. (Thanks to whoever suggested it.) I thought about not doing it, but, every penny helps. I’m not sure how much I’ll be getting, but I should be qualified and I’ll take whatever helps right now. Besides the 10% tax withhold, I’m going to try to put away as much as I can, since I only want to use this money as emergency/bills. But this also puts me in a sticky situation. If I end up getting a part-time job, the job better pay well enough that would be greater than what I’ll get on the PUB, if not, there’s no point for me to work. Did anyone have any experience in PUB and could spare some insights with me? Also, a really serious question. I don’t think we’re getting health insurance coverage, and I cannot afford individual plans. What can I do?

    I guess this whole event is a pretty serious wake up call for me, a kick in the stomach so to speak. I had toyed with the idea of… Many things in the past, but I never actively pursued them because whenever I thought about the house, I feel depressed. I still am pretty depressed over it, especially when I look at how the value of the house just… Drops more and more everyday. But something will have to be done about it eventually…

    I thought about grad school, especially since I feel like I lack the background/studies/experience to advance. But it sucks that this whole thing came kind of late, or I would have gotten the ball rolling a few months ago. I’m not even sure if I could make it in time for fall admission. (A lot of schools don’t take spring admission for the specific fields I’m looking into…) Well, whatever it is, I’ll give it a try. Worse case scenario, I’m stuck where I am at right now.

    On top of all these, I feel like I’m being stalked. :( A while ago, I “reconnected” with someone I went to middle and high school with. By reconnected, I mean, we were Facebook friends, texted a bit, and went to lunch once with his girlfriend. That’s the extent of our friendship. But I don’t think he gets personal boundary and had been texting me relentlessly — thinking that’s what “good friends” do, when I specifically asked to have my own personal space. He achieved a new record Thursday morning, texting me at 5:32am, while I thought it was an emergency to be woken up so early. I’m going to have to tell him to 1.) not text me after 11pm and before 9am 2.) when I said I needed my personal space, I meant it. It’s creepy feeling like I’m being stalked because some guy doesn’t understand personal boundary and wouldn’t leave you alone and needed to know your every movement… The upside is he doesn’t know where I live, or I might find him at my doorsteps confronting me as to why I hadn’t been responding to his text messages…

    • Coffee says:

      In regards to your stalker, ew. That’s just creepy, and I’m sorry that you have to deal with that. If he’s really that clueless, it sounds like you may just have to ask him to stop texting you altogether. Boundaries are not that difficult…a normal person should understand that, when you stop returning texts, it’s time to take it down a notch.

      • chizu says:

        Yeah. I didn’t think I would have to tell someone not to text message me between certain hours. He used to text me at like 7 something in the morning, or up to 11 something at night (I was awake then). But recently, it was past midnight, or earlier and earlier in the morning. Yesterday morning was the new record, who texts someone you don’t know all that well at 5:32am?

        A while ago when my car broke down and I mentioned how I can’t do anything — he offered to drive me everywhere. I just can’t imagine a guy would be /that/ nice…

        • Coffee says:

          Coming from a guy’s perspective, I have to agree with you. It sounds like he has a crush on you, and if that’s the case, if you’re not interested, you should probably pull away. It will only get worse if his feelings for you cause him to break up with his girlfriend, or she finds out and ends the relationship, leaving you to deal with a now-depressed, single stalker. There are any number of ways this could go badly.

          Of course, you’re a big girl and can decide what’s best, but that’s my two cents.

          • chizu says:

            That’s what terrifies me — he KNEW I had a boyfriend when I met up with him. (I did mention things were rocky because long-distance sucks.) But as far as he knows — I am still in a relationship, even though I’m not… I am pulling away the best that I can, I’m not even responding to his text messages and I did state that I wasn’t going to respond, but it didn’t stop him from texting me relentlessly. I never been through this kind of drama while growing up, I don’t want to have to deal with it at my ripen old age. :(

    • pop top says:

      Make sure to be completely clear with him. Don’t be “nice”, don’t “ask politely”, specifically say something like, “Your texts are making me uncomfortable with their frequency and timing and I’d prefer if you are more mindful of them, or else we can’t text anymore.”

      Also, don’t stress out about school right now. Get working on your house, get a roommate, save money, etc., and then when you’ve got that settled, go talk to an adviser.

      • Not Given says:

        On my regular (not smart) phone, I can set any number I want to silent ring. I don’t know if texts count.

      • chizu says:

        Speaking of getting a roommate — my brother, without consulting me, actually went to talk to a mutual friend of ours and asked her if she would be interested in taking over one of my rooms! He tried to decide FOR ME without even talking to me! (This happened last Saturday, so as soon as he “suggested” that I should get a roommate, he went out and asked someone.)

        One of the reasons why I’m kind of seeking grad school is because if I end up going to school in another state, we would have to sell the house, or something. I’m just hating to live with my brother more and more.

        But creepy guy, yes. I’m going to have to be firm about it, I just have to think about my wordings. It’s just that right now I’d prefer not having to deal with him at all. I have other things I have to take care of first…

        • pop top says:

          Wow, your brother sounds like a jerk. You should look into getting out of that house. Make him pay you for your half and let him worry about roommates.

          • chizu says:

            I’m sure he’d use the opportunity to just move in with his girlfriend. I just have to somehow try to make my parents understand that that’s what he wants to do and I’ll just… Do whatever I want to do. School, new job, something… Granted, I probably would be homeless. Hahahaha. But I’m sure I’ll find a couch to crash on…

  5. nbs2 says:

    Question for the masses:

    I donated money to a 501c3 about a year ago. In return, I recieve a monthly newsletter from them – it’s usually in the 50-70 page rage (I think), so more of a magazine than a couple of pages from Aunt Edna. Going through the recent mailings, I noticed that about 8-10 pages of each newsletter is advertising from the c3 asking for more donations – either through additional benefits I can recieve or to support the cause.

    On top of that, they seem to have taken it upon themselves to send me addtional requests for donations, usually every month or two. Sometimes it is direct, “give us money please,” and sometimes it is, “we’re having a contest, you can enter!”

    Should I treat them as scammy or keep donating to them. On paper, they seem like a good organization, but sometimes I wonder.

    • DJ Charlie says:

      Sounds like a good organization going scammy. Have they recently changed directors?

      • nbs2 says:

        I don’t think so. From what I can tell, their board and management teams are pretty stable – it’s one of the things that attracted me to the organization.

        • DJ Charlie says:

          Well, something’s changed. If it keeps up, bail.

          • tooluser says:

            Look up their supposed charitable status at irs.gov, and their ranking, if any, at charitynavigator.com. That will help you decide.

            The best charities are local. You know who they are and can easily see what they are doing. And who doesn’t want to help their neighbors (well the good ones anyway)?

  6. Cat says:

    I watched “Freedom Riders” on PBS this week. Just gotta say, those people had some serious balls. Anyone see anything else good this week?

    Question of the week:

    What are your favorite *FREE* Roku channels?

    • Kimaroo - 100% Pure Natural Kitteh says:

      I love Twit so much. I used to watch Leo Laporte on ZDTv/TechTV when it was around and that whole channel just makes me happy that it’s there now.

      I also love Youtube on my Roku, but from what I understand it isn’t availible anymore if you want to add it.

      If you know of a way to get That Guy with The Glasses on the Roku, I’d love that. I like to watch Nostalgia Critic but his website is so slow/sluggish and annoying. (I guess if you don’t know him you probably have no idea what I’m talking about. http://www.thatguywiththeglasses.com)

    • lovemypets00 - You'll need to forgive me, my social filter has cracked. says:

      Free? Hub-D-Pub, haven’t gotten the Gold level yet, BBC News, and the local weather channel.

  7. lovemypets00 - You'll need to forgive me, my social filter has cracked. says:

    I have to share this! Last weekend, took everything out from under the kitchen sink cabinet. It’s an old fashioned cast iron sink, about 6′ wide. What a mess. I had just stuffed things under there over the years, and it was just a hoarded mess. I spent several hours going through everything, and ended up pitching about 2/3 of the stuff. Now everything is organized in plastic tubs and labeled as to contents. All plastic grocery bags are in an Utz plastic pretzel container. Candles and matches are organized in an old cat litter bucket. What a great feeling! I’m encouraged to keep going and get rid of more stuff.

    I’d like to get a new microwave and a small toaster oven. My microwave is from 1997, according to the label, and it’s getting sort of rusty inside along the seams, plus it’s huge and takes up too much room. And it seems wasteful to heat up the whole oven just to heat up a few cheese sticks or french fries. If I get a smaller microwave, I could store the toaster oven on top.

    I hope to get to Goodwill and the library this weekend, but I feel like I’m coming down with a cold (thank you dear coworkers) & if I feel much worse before the end of the day, I’m gonna hit up the store for a few necessities tonight and then hibernate ’til Monday AM.

    Happy Friday everyone!!

    • HogwartsProfessor says:

      I’m de-hoarding now too. It does feel nice to clean stuff up. Why on earth I thought I needed to save all my school notes (on paper yet!) I can’t imagine.

    • belsonc says:

      All plastic grocery bags are in an Utz plastic pretzel container.

      ^^^ My eyes seriously bugged out when I saw this. I’m doing this, because right now, they’re all piled up in the corner of my kitchen. Charlie will be upset he doesn’t have a pile of bags to roll around in anymore, but some treats and a couple of catnip-rubbed toys and he’ll get over it…

      • lovemypets00 - You'll need to forgive me, my social filter has cracked. says:

        I normally use reusable grocery bags, but once in a while I get the plastic ones at the store to use when I scoop the cat litter. So I would just shove them under the sink, and shove them under the sink, and OMG they piled up! I went through them all and kept the ones without holes and used the other ones as can liners for the bathroom & living room trash cans.

        Now I don’t feel like one of the people they show on Hoarders! :)

    • Kimaroo - 100% Pure Natural Kitteh says:

      I’m in the market for a new toaster oven as well. The one we have makes toast that is burnt on one end and white on the other end. It doesn’t seem to matter where I put the bread at in the oven, either.

      If a toaster oven can’t even make toast right, what good is it? : /

      It bugs me because I really like toast.

    • lovemypets00 - You'll need to forgive me, my social filter has cracked. says:

      Oh, and now I have it in my head to make soap and candles, and I made a list of supplies and have started the scavenger hut to find them as cheaply, or free, as possible.

    • Jules Noctambule says:

      If it’s useful stuff you’re getting rid of, may I suggest taking it to a local shelter rather than Goodwill? They’re always in need of all sorts of everyday items.

      • lovemypets00 - You'll need to forgive me, my social filter has cracked. says:

        I usually have three piles: donate, save, and pitch when I start a project like this.

        My biggest find was a programmable thermostat (yes, I had forgotten about it), never used, that was given to me shortly after I bought one for myself and installed it. So I Freecycled it, and a lady in my neighborhood snapped it up! Some of the stuff was just junk, nearly empty cleaning products, old cleaning rags, etc. that I was just too lazy to properly deal with at the time. I’m using the remnants of the cleaning products, and then recycling the containers. The rest of the weird things, like old shellac, etc. are in a box for the landfill’s household hazardous waste cleanup day.

        My next project is to go through my shoes and donate the ones I haven’t worn in a while.

    • pop top says:

      I loved when we decided to move to a new place because it made us go through all of our junk and toss/donate so much stuff. Good luck with all of your cleaning! :)

  8. Dallas_shopper says:

    So last week I was bitching about my thyroid and feeling generally crappy and vowed to do something about it.

    So I did.

    Doc visit and blood test later, I’m told my T3 levels are “a little low” but not low enough to be diagnosed hypothyroid. The doc, who is actually a nurse practitioner who talked to me for five minutes, recommended a prescription for anti-depressants instead. Cos y’know…if a thyroid test is “normal” and you have all the symptoms of an underactive thyroid…you MUST be depressed.

    I’m thinking of getting a second opinion from an actual endocrinologist. Thoughts?

    Happy Friday everyone…I’m having trouble staying awake myself.

    • HogwartsProfessor says:

      You might do that. It can’t hurt. Thyroid disease can be tricky to diagnose. Also if there is another explanation for that, the endocrinologist might know what it is.

    • DrMcFacekick says:

      Have you had a blood test checking your Vitamin D levels? That’s something that contributes a lot to lethargy and whatnot, and your symptoms sound like what I was getting when my VitD levels were really low. However, I’ve been taking VitD every day for two months now at the direction of my doctor and I feel a whole lot better!

      • Dallas_shopper says:

        VitD levels normal. I take a vitamin D and a vitamin B12 supplement (vegetarian who spends lots of time indoors). :-(

        • Not Given says:

          Try DHA, I know a vegan that swears by it, she takes 1000mg/day. You can get a kind that is plant based.
          Did they test your 25(OH)D or 1,25(OH)2D? The former is supposed to be the better test because low levels can make the latter test normal.

    • InsertPithyNicknameHere says:

      Definitely get a second opinion. It’s not an insult to your original nurse practitioner to do so, after all. Most doctors that I or my family have seen for serious health issues (thankfully, these are fairly rare) has at least mentioned the option, and none have ever disparaged it.

      • Dallas_shopper says:

        Thanks guys…yes, I think a second opinion may be in order here.

        Not to “diss” nurse practitioners but I don’t think diagnosing metabolic diseases is really part of their area of expertise.

    • SmokeyBacon says:

      I would say second opinion – I work with a girl with a similar situation but her doctor kept looking – turns out she has hashimoto’s disease which can give a normal looking thyroid test because it isn’t really hypoactive thyroid – it is really your own body attacking the thyroid hormones when they are released. So you can have a normal test but still have all the symptoms of hypoactive thyroid. Ask if they checked for that and if not either make them check or see someone who will.

      Heck, now that I think about it maybe my doctor needs to check for that too – I have all the hypoactive thyroid symptoms but my tests always have come back normal. I should take my own advice.

    • lovemypets00 - You'll need to forgive me, my social filter has cracked. says:

      Absolutely get a second opinon! My mom has thyroid issues, and she told me that a standard blood test doesn’t always show there’s a problem. There’s another, more extensive (and more expensive, I’m sure) test that can be done. Plus the levels can fluctuate. She finally got someone to listen to her, and she’s on medication now and feeling much better.

  9. Kimaroo - 100% Pure Natural Kitteh says:

    WOOOOOOOHOOOOOOOOO.

    I am ready for the weekend. I don’t know what it will be like, but I’m ready to not be at work for a while. It’s raining in here. (Our roof is leaking, and they have guys scheduled to work on it next week.)

    I don’t really have much to say this week, work stuff is boring to talk about and I think I’ve talked about the cats enough for a few posts. lol.

    Sooo….. um…….

    Ok here’s something. I have toyed around with the idea of getting blue in my hair for a few years now. A couple of months ago I thought it might be doable, so I started to try and find a picture of someone with hair I might like as an example. I would need something remotely professional looking, so the dollar-store punk look won’t work here.

    The trouble is… out of all the images I found, the only remotely professional ones were on Asian girls. Is it possible for a white girl to have blue hair without looking unprofessional? My natual hair color is a medium brown, but right now I have it dyed red. Obviously the red would change if I wanted blue, but I don’t think I would want to dye my hair mostly black, that would be too harsh. On the other end, blonde would not work for me either.

    Is it even possible, or should I just give the idea up all together?

    • Dallas_shopper says:

      Depends on what you do for a living, honestly.

      You wouldn’t get by with blue hair in my office no matter what your ethnic background is. We can wear jeans and sneakers every day, but no t-shirts and no funny hair colors or visible tattoos. Bleh. Not that I have either, but it’s the principle of the thing…dammit.

      • Kimaroo - 100% Pure Natural Kitteh says:

        I work in a small Credit Union. Technically our dress-code allows for whatever hair color we want, but I know my boss wouldn’t like it if I showed up with something really outrageous.

        I also dress like you’re discribing here, jeans tshirts and sneakers, but no crazy stuff on tshirts. I could wear designs on them but I wouldn’t wear something that says anything that could be taken the wrong way, or something that is too cutesy/young looking. I’m really short though so not looking too young is something I consider when I’m picking out clothes.

    • HogwartsProfessor says:

      You might call around and talk to some stylists who specialize in that sort of thing. Ask them what they think. It depends on the shade of blue and your hairstyle as to how it will look.

    • chizu says:

      Oh blue hair dye. Asians really like blue hair for some reason (I do too), and I’d say try out the Asian hair dye if you have dark hair because they were made so you don’t have to bleach your hair before you dye it. But I’d say be careful, the colour might not come out the way you want it to. I picked out a “purple” colour and got it done professionally, it looked more red than purple, I was kind of disappointed.

      I tried dying my ex’s hair once with blue dye and you couldn’t even tell his hair was coloured. You might have better luck if your hair is lighter. (We used a Korean hair dye — it was supposed to be deep dark blue. It worked on some people, completely failed on both of us…)

      • Kimaroo - 100% Pure Natural Kitteh says:

        I wouldn’t be doing it myself. My cousin is a professional stylist and she handles all of my hair needs at the moment.

        Blue is my favorite color, to the point of obsession. Course, it may just be for the best that I haven’t figured out a way to make this work yet.

    • InsertPithyNicknameHere says:

      Blue hair can look quite nice and professional, but you may want to do something like dark brown with blue highlights. This young lady has darker hair than what you’re describing, with blue bangs, and it looks quite lovely: http://www.xojane.com/beauty/my-life-blue-hair

      As much as anything, I think it’s going to depend on the style. With a wilder hair colour, you’re probably going to want to make sure you have a really non-punk hairstyle.

  10. InsertPithyNicknameHere says:

    Well, it’s finally snowing here. Of course, 90% of my coworkers are complaining, but I’m thrilled. Going to be baking this weekend, and some major housecleaning / rearranging my room. I’ve got some art to hang up, so this is a good time to make sure I’m happy with the furniture arrangement. I hope to get through my closet so I can donate some clothing I don’t wear anymore as well.
    Anyone else? Plans?

    • Kimaroo - 100% Pure Natural Kitteh says:

      Oh yay! I love baking durring cold weather : )

      I wish we had snow but in Houston that is a very rare event, indeed.

      I don’t really have any plans so far but my dad said that he’s planning to visit sometime this weekend. I just don’t know which days or for how long. It’s all very “let’s see how it goes” right now.

      What are you baking?

      • InsertPithyNicknameHere says:

        I’m making strawberry cupcakes with bittersweet chocolate icing. If I have time, I will also be making blue velvet cupcakes with cream cheese icing and topped with blueberries. If I don’t have time for that, probably just some shortbread.
        I’ve been baking quite a bit since the beginning of the year, now that I’m out of school and finally have time.

        • pop top says:

          You could drive some up here if the weather isn’t bad. You’re only what? Four hours away? SOUND LIKE A PLAN. ;)

          • InsertPithyNicknameHere says:

            Well, squinko, I could drive “up there” (wherever that is), *or* I can bake cupcakes. I think I’m going to go with the yumminess, so I can continue trying to give my coworkers high cholesterol and thus eventually killing them off.

      • Dallas_shopper says:

        Is Houston less douchebaggy than Dallas? Starting to really hate it here.

        • Kimaroo - 100% Pure Natural Kitteh says:

          Eh… that’s hard to answer. I think it really depends on the area. From what I understand though, if you want an entirely different “city feeling” you’re going to need to try Austin or San Antonio.

          Houston is so spread out and the areas are so different from eachother that it’s hard to lump people into one level of “douchebagginess”.

          • Dallas_shopper says:

            I’ve lived in Austin, can’t stand to see what it’s become. :-( Can’t stand San Antonio…it’s just so…BORING.

            My biggest issue with Dallas is it’s full of self-important douchebags and credit card millionaires. I get so tired of it. It seems like almost everyone here is an asshole.

    • chizu says:

      A friend and I got tickets to the Super Pet Expo, so we’re going to go check that out. Hopefully the snow won’t be too bad, because I’m terrify of driving in the snow… If anything, we might stay behind and make meatballs and empanadas. We took a Tapas and Paella class last night and we were really impressed by both the meatballs and empanadas. (And incredibly easy to make!)

  11. InsertPithyNicknameHere says:

    Also, I have been giving thought to shaving my head to raise money for St. Baldrick’s (a charity that supports children’s cancer research). Not sure how I feel about being bald, though, especially since I currently have over 2 ft. of hair. And, being female, it makes it a bigger step, I think.
    Any other females ever shave their heads?

    • Kimaroo - 100% Pure Natural Kitteh says:

      Woah… you’re brave for even considering that.

      I’ve never shaved my head but I’ve gone from really long hair to really short hair so I imagine it’s similar but *more*. I’d be ready for being cold, feeling things like wind/drafts, and freaking out a little bit if water drips on you.

      Also, people may be concerned that you are sick, so be prepared for that too. I guess that’s part of the point, right? To get people talking?

      Phew…. I love my hair short.. but I don’t think I could ever shave it, no matter what the reason. I’m already disabled so I wouldn’t want to compound the looks I already get with people also thinking that I have cancer when I don’t.

      I guess you would save a lot of time in the morning, though? Hehe. Do you have a collection of hats?

      • InsertPithyNicknameHere says:

        I do have a good collection of hats – I crochet, and those are always easy to make.

        I have gone from really long to really short hair before (as in short enough that the hairdresser used the clippers to trim the back), but obviously never full-on bald.

        Well, either way, I can’t do any such thing until after St. Patrick’s day (because that’s my grandmother’s birthday, and I don’t want to give her a heart attack by showing up to her 90th b-day party shaved bald ^.~ ). So I’ve time to consider my decision.

    • lovemypets00 - You'll need to forgive me, my social filter has cracked. says:

      I just donated a little less than 20″ of hair to Locks of Love last summer, it was my third donation. My hair is now fairly short, as you can imagine, and I got a perm. I love it! Since I’m getting older, late 40’s, I’ll probably start to get some grays soon so I might not be able to donate again.

      I never went shorter than the nape of my neck, and have never shaved my head – that would be such a brave thing to do!

  12. Straspey says:

    Friday’s Joke:

    A wife comes home late one night and quietly opens the door to her bedroom.

    From under the blanket she sees four legs instead of two.

    Infuriated, she reaches for a baseball bat and starts smashing the blanket as hard as she can.

    Once she’s done, she goes downstairs to the kitchen to have a drink.

    As she enters, she sees her husband sitting there reading a magazine.

    “Oh – Hi Darling,” he says, “Your parents have come to visit us, so I let them stay in our bedroom. Did you go up and say hello?”

    • HogwartsProfessor says:

      Bwaa ha ha ha!

    • Mimbla says:

      Reminds me of a Polish advertisement my parents told me about once. Two smokers live in an apartment, and they hear their landlord coming up the stairs. The landlord hates cigarettes and doesn’t allow them to smoke in the apartment, so they start frantically searching everywhere for their cigarettes so they can hide them. One of the smokers spies a lump under the rug, and triumphantly smashes it flat with a hammer.

      When the landlord knocks, one of the smokers answers the door, and the landlord asks, “Pardon me, sir, but have you seen my hamster?”

      XD

  13. Coffee says:

    I only have one project of note this weekend. Last year, I purchased a Lenovo laptop, and a couple months ago, the socket where you plug in the AC adapter broke away from the casing and now pushes inside the computer. It was inconvenient at first, but now it’s impossible to charge. I came up with a temporary ghetto fix, but that didn’t hold, so now I’m going to buy a soldering gun after work and try to resolder the socket to the case.

    I know that I could send the computer in under warranty, but after reading various horror stories on here, I’m loathe to let the thing out of my sight. Also, I like tinkering with my computers, so it’s not something I’m dreading. We’ll see how it goes, though.

    • Cat says:

      I can’t tell you how many laptops I’ve seen killed that way, when the motherboard breaks from the constant motion of the plug. I think the only other thing that kills more laptops is putting them on the bed so they get no ventilation and overheat.

      • Coffee says:

        Yeah…it’s not an issue I’ve ever had with a computer, and it’s really inconvenient. The worse is when you get a “partial” connection, so your computer is charging, then you shift and the screen dims, so you push it back in and it’s charging again…I know this can’t be good for the computer, going between states like that.

  14. HogwartsProfessor says:

    OPEN THREAD! Cute parrot pic.

    Being all lazy today. I’m in the process of cleaning out the back room, which was an office/craft/sewing room and was fairly neat until I had a garage sale. I moved my desk into the living room and the Victorian recliner that I can’t seem to sell back there. Now I’m going through a bunch of stuff I didn’t touch for a long time. I already threw away a ton of crap in December.

    This would be a lot easier if I were moving. I’m pretty sure of what I don’t need to keep back there, but the crafts stuff is harder. I think what I’ll try to do is whittle it down and prep it for another garage sale when the weather warms up. The rest is going to the thrift store. I still would like to work on some of the dollhouse stuff but I guess I’ll have to save just a couple and get rid of the rest.

    I’ve gotten so used to NOT doing anything that it’s hard to motivate even though I have time to do it now. Last year, I was exhausted all the time from working so much and now it’s almost like I don’t want to do anything. Being unemployed is NOT a vacation, though!

    If the sun would come out, that would help. It’s so dreary it’s hard to even stay awake. :(

    • chizu says:

      I have to go through my piles of craft stuff when I clean my room… Just consolidate and organize things better. I bought A LOT of things over the years but didn’t make enough… It’s unfortunately that Etsy is so oversaturated with crafts and jewelleries… Or I’d try to sell some stuff to even make a few bucks… :(

      • HogwartsProfessor says:

        I know. I was thinking if I did some really good work on the damn dollhouses maybe I could sell them. But I don’t wannnnnaaaaaaaaaaa……

        I did throw the big one away. It hurt to do that but it was trashed and I wasn’t going to fix it. I knew I wouldn’t because I’d had it for three years and did NOTHING.

  15. pop top says:

    Laughing Cow cheese wedges + baked pita chips = happy squinko

  16. catastrophegirl chooses not to fly says:

    waiting for my dog’s blood tests next week to see if the meds are working and he gets to live. can’t think about much of anything else right now

  17. El_Fez says:

    Also, consider my Friday well and truly made! They’re doing a Doctor Who/Star Trek crossover comic.

    The Doctor and Data? Hells yes!

  18. Cantras says:

    I was productive yesterday. Love and I are trying to budget and build more of a cushion, but our expenses are pretty set — insurance, rent, etc, only things that vary much are electricity and gas(not entirely in our control; I hate February). But one thing we’re spending way too much on is restaurants, probably because we are lazy.
    Then, this week, I pondered making some lasagna because I found a recipe I thought I’d lost… and, wouldn’t you know it: sauce, pasta, spinach, mozzarella, cottage cheese — all on sale. After the first pan was a success over the weekend, I went back and got supplies for THREE MORE PANS. So hopefully now we’ll eat out less; go out because we want to go out instead of going out because we don’t want to cook. Our freezer is full of lasagna. I made some corn chowder too. AND I cleaned up the kitchen afterwards.

    Now though, now I’m looking around the house knowing that I need to do laundry… and really balking at it. Maybe if I collect it all into one spot I can get my husband to do it. >.>

    • pop top says:

      I like to cook batches of food on Sunday so I don’t have to cook at all the next week if I don’t want to. Soups are really good for this, and they keep and freeze well too. I also like making up stir-fry and casserole dishes too.

    • HogwartsProfessor says:

      Mmmm lasagna. I wish my bf and I lived in the same place. I’d cook for him (and myself) more often. He eats out too much and eats bad stuff. I try not to eat it but don’t do much cooking except in the microwave, unless I have more than just me around.

      Imma cook him this: http://www.glamour.com/magazine/2006/07/engagement-chicken
      Not because I’m trying for it, but because it looks fracking DELICIOUS. Also it’s easy enough where I think I can do it. I have a roaster pan and everything. :) I would make it for me, but I don’t want to eat a whole chicken by myself.

  19. MaytagRepairman says:

    We are celebrating Valentine’s Day by going to see Cavalia tonight. It is a sort of circus featuring horses. My wife grew up with horses and the whole 4H thing. Also on Sunday we are going to a local diner that is featuring an Italian theme and a live charity auction for the Boys and Girls club followed by a showing of Roman Holiday at the mom-n-pop movie theater next door.

    Over the winter I’ve planted ~150 tulip bulbs in the yard. I still have ~40 bulbs left unplanted. I am going to drag a couple of large planters I have in the bag yard and put them off of the front porch. That should take care of maybe 20 more.

    Lastly, I think I have all of our tax documents. I will verify this weekend and have my wife call the accountant. It is going to be a crazy one this year. I was laid off last year and given 6-8 weeks pay but found a new job 3 days before my final day at the old job. So now I am looking at my W-2’s and shaking my head. I’ve never made that much in a year before. At least I sold the stock I had from the previous company at a good loss and we donated about $2500 to charity last year.

    • HogwartsProfessor says:

      Mine will be weird too. I had two jobs, one of which was an independent contractor thing with no withholding, and sold something so I expect I’ll have to pay. That will be hard without a job. :(

  20. tooluser says:

    How do you relax anymore?