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  1. McRib wants to know if you've been saved by the Holy Clown says:

    kitteh!
    o/

    • MaxH42 thinks RecordStoreToughGuy got a raw deal says:

      Kitteh can haz!

      • Kimaroo - 100% Pure Natural Kitteh says:

        And you best not mess with it.

        • Coffee says:

          Can I have my cheeseburger back? :(

          • Kimaroo - 100% Pure Natural Kitteh says:

            NEVAH.

          • SecretShopper: pours out a lil' liquor for the homies Wasp & Otter says:

            judging by the look on that cats face, no, no you can’t. I mean not if you like your soul intact anyway

            • Coffee says:

              As many here would attest, I am a ginger…my soul – or lack thereof – is in no danger.

              • SecretShopper: pours out a lil' liquor for the homies Wasp & Otter says:

                yeah the avatar picture is a dead giveaway, so yeah try to get your cheezeburger back it’s only physical harm you face lol

  2. chizu says:

    That cat looks pissed. Everytime I see a cute cat or bunny (or a Malamute) it makes me want a pet myself. But alas, my huge commitment issue. :(

    Work today, yay! More hours = more monies. Hopefully this will keep going.

    Stressed parents = stressed me. My friends kept saying/asking, your parents should come to the States to live with you. But none of them realised this (and this might get slightly political) — I can’t afford their medical bills. My household makes too much to qualify for medicaid. My parents have pre-existing conditions so there’s no way they will be insured. (I, myself, am currently uninsured being a part-time person. I don’t make enough to be able to buy health insurance out of pocket.) Even with Medicare — their care will be limited, so it’s like, aaahhh what to do but to let them fend for themselves for the time being…

    I could use a drink. Someone recommend me some good scotch/whisky/burbon. (Price range: Under $50 a bottle.)

    • MaxH42 thinks RecordStoreToughGuy got a raw deal says:

      o/ for monies! Are your parents’ health needs covered where they are now?

      Scotch: Glenmorangie makes two good varieties that I can get for under $40/bottle on sale: La Santa and Quinta Ruban, aged in sherry and port casks, respectively. Other excellent single malts even at their cheapest are Macallan, Ardbeg, Talisker, and Glenlivet.

      I haven’t had much bourbon, but I found Eagle Rare on sale, and it’s really growing on me.

      • Coffee says:

        I second Macallan if you like your scotch smooth and not too smoky. It’s very approachable, and I like both the 10 and 12-year.

        • chizu says:

          I’ll give Macallan a try again. I remembered sipping off of my ex’s, but, er, I don’t remember much about it. I do recall them being very affordable. Which do you like better, 10 or 12? It’d probably take me 5 years to have a bottle, and I don’t want that much alcohol around the house so I just want *one* bottle for now.

          • MaxH42 thinks RecordStoreToughGuy got a raw deal says:

            If you see the “Fine Oak Cask” Macallan, that’s a great one.

            • Coffee says:

              Thanks, Max :D

            • chizu says:

              Thanks! I’ll keep my eyes out for that.

              I’m going out tonight and all these bar/restaurant menus are all beers (which I can’t have and don’t really like) and wines (which I really don’t like). >:/ I hope someone has *something*.

              • Coffee says:

                One day, I want to bring a bottle of single malt scotch to a restaurant and con them into letting me pay the corkage fee to drink it with dinner. I will not be driving home.

          • Coffee says:

            The 12-year is very nice and a little mellower than the 10…I’d like to emphasize that this is a very “gentle” scotch, and if you’re looking for the smokiness that’s present in some of the other highland single-malts, you’re better off with something else. Also, Max’s recommendations are all good, and I think it would be good if he weighed in again…he’s an avid scotch connoisseur.

            • MaxH42 thinks RecordStoreToughGuy got a raw deal says:

              If you’re looking for really strong and smoky (some tasting notes use the word “acrid”), Ardbeg, Talisker, and Laphroaig are very good…but I usually only recommend those to people who already like scotch.

              • chizu says:

                Laphroaig! Yeah, I had that and it was a little too much for me. Maybe in a couple years, I’ll revisit it. Not to mention Laphroaig is awfully expensive around here…

                • Coffee says:

                  Yep…I bought Laphroaig once, and after drinking a glass and kissing my ex-wife, was accused of smoking a cigarette. She was very, very skeptical until I poured her a finger of it. I think it took me about a year to finish that bottle.

                  • chizu says:

                    I don’t recall it being “smokey” in that sense, but I did find it a bit overwhelming. I guess it didn’t help that it was my first experience with whisky and I was hit with something so strong. Hahahaha.

                    Actually, I lied. Yamazaki 12 was my first whisky, tasted way better the second time I had it. (I had a sweet sake before I tried the Yamazaki the first time, it burned a little too much.)

      • chizu says:

        They are covered — covered in the sense that everything is paid out of pocket. But I imagine paying for tests, medication, etc. out of pocket in the States would be even more expensive in the States. Not to mention language barrier. I think it’s better and easier than they speak to a doctor whom they could converse with than having me trying to translate everything. On top of that, my dad might listen to the doctor and completely misunderstand what they’ll try to tell him and freaks out. So right now, I’m stuck in a situation where… Well, I don’t know what to do.

        I’ll look into all the other ones — I had a sip or two of the Macallan, Glenlivet, and Eagle Rare ages ago so I don’t remember what they were like… I don’t think I’ve seen the two Glenmorangie you mentioned — but I’ll look. I was planning on getting a bottle of Yamazaki 12, but I just don’t remember where is the cheapest place I’ve seen it. Hahahaha. The price ranged from $35-50 in this area, so I have to look to find the cheapest.

    • Back to waiting, but I did get a cute dragon ear cuff says:

      Makers Mark Bourbon. Well under your price point (well, depending upon how much you need, a gallon, a hogshead?) and a nice, smooth sipping bourbon.

      • chizu says:

        I have a Costco card, I probably could get a gallon of it for under $50. Hahahahaha.

  3. Kimaroo - 100% Pure Natural Kitteh says:

    Weeeeee! : )

    I’ve been doing really well with my organizing. I got a cube-shelf from Target to help organize more of my kitchen/dining room stuff because our kitchen is microscopic and the cabinets are poorly designed.

    I actually have my cook books NEAR the kitchen now, instead of in the bedroom bookshelf. lol.

    Mr. Aroo and I have begun casually looking at houses online, trying to decide what we really want. My main concern is how to actually make it happen in reality. I know we need to save for a down-payment but I can’t really figure out how to work that out unless we stop spending any kind of “extra” money whatsoever. I would be on board with that plan, but I’m not really the “spender” in our relationship. Womp womp.

    Other than that, not much is going on for me…. I feel like I always sound like the most boring person evar.

    • Me - now with more humidity says:

      Look into an FHA loan, as we did. Only 3 1/2 percent down and minimal closing costs with the right lender. On a $200,000 house, you can be all in for less than $10,000 cash. Yes, you have to pay PMI for a few years, but it’s an excellent way to get into the right house.

    • catastrophegirl chooses not to fly says:

      i suggest making a list like this:

      dealbreakers: [good or bad things]
      wish list:
      tolerable if unavoidable:
      dream house:

      when i was house shopping it really helped me to determine what i could not live without or could not live with [no stairs due to disability, no HOA] what i REALLY wanted if i could get it [land, i have half an acre,] what i wanted to avoid but would compromise on if everything else was just right [didn't want a septic tank but i bought a house with one] and what i’d love to have but wouldn’t fight for: swimming pool, fireplace [didn't get either one but i have a chimenea]

      and my friend who was my realtor has a huge questionnaire that really helped us focus on what i was looking for. a few of the questions that helped me the most:

      Tell me about your current home. How do you feel about it?

      Tell me about what you like and dislike most about your current home.

      Tell me about your current neighborhood.

      Why do you want to move out of your current property?

      Tell me about homes you have lived in, in the past. (Likes, dislikes, goals, etc.)

      Tell me about homes you have visited in the past that felt good to you. For instance, maybe your best friend in high school lived in a home that felt good to you, or you’ve seen a model home that you liked. Tell me about your likes and dislikes.

      Tell me about your ideal location.

      What is most important about your new home?

      What is least important about your new home?

      good luck

      • HogwartsProfessor says:

        I’m copying this and saving it. I wish I’d had it when I bought my current home. You better believe I’ll make use of it next time.

        • catastrophegirl chooses not to fly says:

          the whole thing is 12 pages, but several pages are specific to my geographic area. and a lot of it is making lists and ranking things by WANT vs NEED vs NO THANKS
          like my list says
          bedrooms: WANT 3, NEED 2
          baths WANT 2, NEED 1.5
          Min sq feet WANT 1200, NEED 900
          etc
          in fact here’s that whole checklist if you want to make your own version

          # Bedrooms
          # Baths
          Minimum Square Feet
          New Home
          Existing Home / Resale
          Style of Home
          Detached / Townhome / Condo
          # of Floors
          Age of Home / Year Built
          Floorplan Style
          Lot Size / Acreage
          Laundry Room
          Basement
          Formal Living Room
          Formal Dining Room
          # Car Garage / Carport
          Updated features like…
          Quaint features like…
          Exterior Siding Preference
          In Town or Out in the County
          Backyard (garden, fence, etc?)
          Wooded or cleared lot
          Pool
          On golf course (need view?)
          Gated Community
          Close to….
          Away from…
          Home Owners Association

    • MaxH42 thinks RecordStoreToughGuy got a raw deal says:

      Also, for the down payment, can you open up a new savings account at your bank and set up a monthly recurring transfer? That way you’re kind of exercising prior restraint on your budget rather than leaving the money there waiting to be spent all month. And you can always choose to use it as an emergency fund if you have to or to subsidize a tiny splurge if you feel it’s deserved, but taking it from a “house account” makes you realize what you’re trading off.

      • Laura Northrup says:

        I purchase a small savings bond every month to save for a down payment on a house. I’ll be able to liquidate them if I really want to in an emergency, but it’ll be a pain in the butt.

    • HogwartsProfessor says:

      Yay for organizing! I’ve been doing that and some purging as well. For inspiration I watch hoarding shows. Sometimes the organizers make suggestions that both help me decide what to pitch and how to arrange stuff I’m keeping for the time being. There is some stuff I have room for but will go bye-bye if I have to move.

      I can’t bear to part with crafts stuff now (and am using it again) but at least it’s better organized. I only threw away stuff that was broken/dried out/unuseable.

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

      You will be so happy when it’s done. I needed batteries for the remote the other day, and went right to the bin under the kitchen sink labeled “light bulbs and batteries”. It was so painless. I’m going to tackle all the kitchen cupboards soon. It’s so wonderful to know exactly where things are, and what you have, vs OMG look at that giant pile of crap where is that stupid AA battery pack I’ve been looking for?

  4. catastrophegirl chooses not to fly says:

    whoo! tonight when i leave work i am on vacation for a week. not going anywhere, just some doctor’s appointments, voting in the primary on tuesday and doing a bunch of stuff around the house.
    having that yard sale to get rid of the donation items for the rescue, plus a bunch of my own stuff has really helped me get clutter under control and i finally got most of my furniture in the right places. for the first time in two years i can access the cabinets at the end of my kitchen and it’s so exciting.
    also going to work on convincing the semi friendly feral cat to be friendly so i can see about gender identification, spay/neuter and vaccinations

    on a side note – my roommate took her kids to their church youth group program the other night and hung around to listen to the adults talking- the church’s evening program was about voting DOWN the constitutional amendment that’s on the ballot next week.
    yes, a southern baptist church feels the marriage amendment is too conservative.
    that’s when you know you’ve gone too far to the right

    • Kimaroo - 100% Pure Natural Kitteh says:

      Yay for organizing!! And hopefully once your bins are gone, the guy with the clipboard won’t have anything to write about.

      Have you looked into the goats at all?

      • catastrophegirl chooses not to fly says:

        the bins have been gone since the 22nd. at least the ones he cared about. the ones in the shed he cannot access so he cannot complain.
        the inside of the house is my focus now. i was storing a bunch of donations in my dining room too. and my friend’s hallowe’en stuff is in my kitchen and needs to go in the attic, but i need help getting it up there.
        i’m really excited not to have 2 fridges in my kitchen anymore. one is now in the dining room, wedged open for ventilation to dry out but the doors tied together to prevent kitty entry. it needs to go to a friend’s house to replace her dying fridge so i am going to try to arrange for that this next week.

        • SecretShopper: pours out a lil' liquor for the homies Wasp & Otter says:

          youre a pretty awesome friend keeping a 2nd fridge in the house to dry out for someone is a pretty cool thing to do.

          • catastrophegirl chooses not to fly says:

            it was the fridge that came with my house. i wanted a smaller one because i am short and cannot reach the top shelf of it. it’s just too big. my friend hates her dying fridge and wanted a side by side. so i got a smaller top freezer fridge for me and said she could have this one. the extra room will go to store Feline Leukemia vaccinations and refrigerated kitty meds because it’s going to the head of the feral cat rescue. i don’t get a donation receipt since it will primarily be her personal fridge but there’s plenty of emotional reward.
            even between me and my roommate, since i have a THIRD fridge in my utility room and a small upright freezer, there was no need for yet another fridge. we already have too much refrigerated space

            • SecretShopper: pours out a lil' liquor for the homies Wasp & Otter says:

              that is an impressive amount of refrigerated space, might I suggest filling it up with ice cream, cause ice cream is awesome, oh and beer too

              • catastrophegirl chooses not to fly says:

                why, i do in fact have an ice cream maker. and the freezer is hosting a decent quantity of chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream, plantain cream and green tea ice cream.
                also meat and shredded cheese.

                • SecretShopper: pours out a lil' liquor for the homies Wasp & Otter says:

                  DO WANT all of the ice creams.

                  esp that plantain one, it sounds yummy

                  • catastrophegirl chooses not to fly says:

                    the awesome thing about plantain [and banana] ice cream is that if you freeze the fruit for a week in advance you don’t have to add sugar. the starches in the banana family convert when they freeze.
                    so i make an egg custard and let it cool, then shove a bunch of chopped frozen plantains into a mason jar and cover with custard, then stick it on my blender and blend. then i add that mix to the ice cream maker with more custard and bit of kosher or other coarse grained salt. you can also swirl in some canned dulce de lece if you like.

                    for the green tea, i spent a long time trying to match the flavor of commercial green tea ice cream. i find that it’s perfect with 1/4 cup of this
                    http://www.amazon.com/GreenMax-Boba-Milk-Powder-24-5/dp/B006ZQ1TF8
                    per quart of custard [no need to add sugar, the powder is already sweet]

                    cookie dough ice cream is vanilla custard with a little salt and then cookie dough chunks from a tub. this is also FANTASTIC later if you make vodka/bailey’s milk shakes with the ice cream

                    i tend to make about 5 quarts of custard at a time and then flavor it after.

    • HogwartsProfessor says:

      Vacations at home are nice. You feel you have time to putter without the pressure of a short weekend. I did that one time and got a whole flowerbed dug out and planted. Of course, now it’s all invaded by stupid weeds. I lost interest a couple of years ago LOL. Letting it go back to yard.

      • catastrophegirl chooses not to fly says:

        i cannot believe i forgot this!!
        speaking of digging out flowerbeds, i had part of my yard tilled under recently
        i went and got a couple of small plants to put in there
        i got my trowel and started digging a small hole.
        CRUNCH!!!!!!
        this was last saturday. now i know why the tiller turned up a pair of rusted vice grips, but i don’t know how the tiller survived. it took me over an hour to clear this much and i suspect there is a second one off to the left

        http://www.flickr.com/photos/catastrophegirl/6976637338/

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

          My biggest, and worst find in the yard was when my push mower hit an iron furnace poker, the old fashioned kind with the big loop handle. Threw the mower into the air, and broke the blade. Scared the shit out of me.

          • catastrophegirl chooses not to fly says:

            and this is why you wear eye protection while mowing the lawn

        • HogwartsProfessor says:

          Too bad it wasn’t buried treasure!

  5. El_Fez says:

    I have to admit that I am very disappointed in Zappos. I was in Vegas last week (their home town) and on every single interstate, Zappos has the Adopt a Highway sewn up. . . save for ONE stretch of road! What slackers! Go in there and take it over!

    Admittedly the one stretch of interstate not under Zappo’s control is maintained by the Nevada Gun Club, so they well armed. But still. . . .

  6. Diabolos needs more socks says:

    Hooray Friday! The Avengers tonight! Be sure to stay for two extra scenes, one during and one after the credits.

    Also, Diablo III in a week and a half!

    • SecretShopper: pours out a lil' liquor for the homies Wasp & Otter says:

      AVENGERS!1! I’m going to see it with a couple friends today @ 6, I think it’s gonna be awesome, thx for the heads up on the post credit scenes.

      and yes when diablo iii comes out I will stop……leaving the house for a while

      • LightningUsagi says:

        Going to see it in the morning. I’m still a little miffed that the Wasp was bumped for Black Widow, but I’m sure it’ll still be awesome.

    • HogwartsProfessor says:

      Oh okay, thanks for that tip. I’m not planning to see it until the end of the month (hopefully it will still be in the theater) when I visit my honey. It’s rare there is a movie we both want to see that is still in the theater. Last time we saw Muppets. That was awesome.

  7. LightningUsagi says:

    Sad Friday…My boyfriend and I have worked at the same company for 5 years, and last Friday was his last day. He starts at the new place on Monday. I’ve gotten so used to being able to IM him all day long that I don’t know how I’m gonna cope with it starting next week. This one’s been ok since we’ve been texting back and forth a bit, but I’m not sure what the new company’s policy on that will be.

    Here’s hoping that absence makes the heart grow fonder (on his side at least)…lol

    • HogwartsProfessor says:

      Aww. It’ll be okay though. You’re lucky you’re in the same place. I wish me and my bf were.

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

    Friday! It’s a little warm here today.

    The local pet store is having a $10 rabies shot clinic tomorrow morning, so I’m taking whichever outside cat I can catch to get a rabies shot. I called and made sure I can take a cat that just picked me and for which I have absolutely no medical history, and they said “sure”!

    Oh, and I noticed a new channel on Roku – Acorn – it has something to do with British TV streaming and on demand, so I’m going to check that out.

    My Dad is walking with a cane now, and has been released to drive. Yay!!

    That’s all for today. Happy Weekend everyone!

    • HogwartsProfessor says:

      Yay for Dad!
      Ooh I’ll check out the Acorn. Is it free? I can only do free ones right now.

      Good luck with the OCs. They seem to know when you have nefarious intentions and either hide or freak!

      • catastrophegirl chooses not to fly says:

        you guys really need to subscribe to the rss feed for my page, then you’d know these things sooner.
        acorn tv has a 30 day free trial and then it’s $25 a year for unlimited streaming. the content rotates every 6 weeks or so and eventually comes back around. so like season 2 of something will be available for 6 weeks, then season 3, and so on
        the $25 includes free shipping from the acorn online website in case you need to buy DVDs of the shows or coffee mugs with new yorker cartoons on them.
        i beta tested acorn and it’s fantastic. i just got it for my mom for mother’s day and she’s thrilled. as a poirot and marple fan she’s really enjoying the ability to have a marple marathon

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

          **hangs head**

          I know, but I did sign up for the internet tv forum! It’s been really hectic lately with trying to run back and forth to my parents house. Hopefully I’ll have more time soon!

          • catastrophegirl chooses not to fly says:

            i’m kidding anyway. i get about 1600 pageviews a day right now but i only have 3 subscribers. but yeah, acorn tv has been on the list for 9 whole days… think of all the british crime drama you’ve been missing!
            with all that keeping you busy, you don’t have time to watch tv anyway.

        • HogwartsProfessor says:

          LOL I do. I only have DirecTV for a few more days and then it’s suspended for six months while I find a job.

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

        I know you’ll think I’m crazy, but I didn’t talk about it where the black cat could hear me. I didn’t say “vet” or “shot” or anything like that. My critters know the “v” word, and the cats especially will make my life miserable when they hear the cat carriers being cleaned and brought up from the cellar. The poor thing showed up nothing more than skin and bones, so I have no idea who had him, and I doubt he knows the “v” word, but I’m not chancing it.

    • MaxH42 thinks RecordStoreToughGuy got a raw deal says:

      Go dad! Go dad!

      [Does the Cabbage Patch]

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

        He’s 77, and still drives fire trucks for the volunteer fire company. He runs the pumper and drafts water. When I took him to vote, at the fire hall, he looked up and said “I bet if I had a step stool, I could drive that truck”. Now that he’s moved from the cane to the walker, it’s only a matter of time :)

        I just hope I’m as tough as he is if I live that long!

    • catastrophegirl chooses not to fly says:

      yay for shot clinics!
      there’s not really any interactions to worry about and the usual stand with vets when it comes to our feral and rescue cats is ‘better two rabies vaccinations than none’
      i hope you catch them both

  9. HogwartsProfessor says:

    DAAAAMMMMIIIIITTT

    I didn’t get the job I had a long-ass interview for, thanks to the stupid math disability. Oh well. I wasn’t sure about it anyway, although I really liked the owner and all. I have another interview next week with a safety non-profit. It seems like a lot of work though. If the pay and benefits are shitty, I may say no dice. I don’t want a career there. I’m only looking for something non-stressful and tolerable to pay the bills.

    On Wednesday I started out to go get a present for my niece’s confirmation and some dorkus rear-ended me! He begged me not to call the cops –“Why do you hate me? Do you want me to go to jail?” That shit doesn’t work on me and when he was dumb enough to tell me he didn’t have a license, that decided it. I was pretty upset and yelled at him, but later apologized since he DID stick around.

    My car was okay–just a scratch on the bumper. I have a slight whiplash. The first thing I did was text my bf, then called my insurance, then called my doctor. The doctor’s nurse said I would probably feel worse the next day (I did) and if I was experiencing any symptoms I was concerned about, to go to the ER. So far I’m okay. I’m resting today and have been told not to skate tomorrow (Grrrrr!!!!! We have a show coming up!). I still have to drive to my mother’s for the confirmation. Arrgghh.

    The cop called me later that day because he forgot to give me back my license and insurance card and told me more. Turns out he was some homeless dude who was doing odd jobs for a car dealership and was running an errand for them in one of their cars. The bumper on it was pretty trashed. They had NO IDEA he didn’t have a license. Guess they’ll check next time! The cop said he ended up not arresting him because he DID stay. And another cop dropped my license off. I’m satisfied with that, I guess. Unless my head falls off or something.

    That is all the excitement around here for the week. I hope everyone has a great weekend. :)

    • catastrophegirl chooses not to fly says:

      yikes. presumably the dealership’s insurance is on the hook due to hiring an unlicensed driver.
      sorry you didn’t get the job

      • HogwartsProfessor says:

        Yes. Their insurance called me and left a message but they haven’t returned my return call. I’m not sure what they want. The police report isn’t even online yet and my insurance wasn’t going to do anything until they did.

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

      Wow – any time I’ve ever test driven a car, they’ve asked for my driver’s license. Bet they won’t make that mistake again!! I hope you feel better soon, and good luck with the job hunting.

  10. KyBash says:

    I had to switch from DirecTV (receiver went bad) to Time-Warner cable.

    So far, it isn’t actually bad. My favorite channel (TCM) is in the analog tier, so it’s not as perfectly clear as the digital signal was, but the difference isn’t as bad as I feared. On the plus side, I can now record one channel while watching another channel (when at least one of the channels is analog). I couldn’t do that with my DirecTV set-up.

    I’m probably going to regret it when there’s an ‘EA5′ (emergency system test) in the middle of a great movie, but into each life some rain must fall!

    It’s saving me about $24 a month for the first year, and it should be about equal after that.

    I’m surprised that DirecTV didn’t offer anything to keep me — they wouldn’t reduce the price or bypass their normal crap and actually replace the receiver.

    • catastrophegirl chooses not to fly says:

      that is weird. ever since i cut the cord on directv they’ve been sending me offers every couple of weeks to come back.

      • KyBash says:

        That’s still possible. I was expecting them to offer me something to stay.

        I wonder how they expect people to sign up again when the vast majority will have immediately made a commitment with someone else.