Friday, January 29, 2010

Friday Frittering

I need to get out and run some errands before the rain starts, but I put my Crosby, Stills and Nash station on Pandora and I never want to get up, except to dance.

I did my taxes yesterday and am now in the throes of my favorite post-taxes occupation: planning my birthday trip.

This year, as it is a BIG birthday year, we are planning a BIG trip: to Amsterdam! I'm very excited as I haven't been out of the country since I was eight when we moved to Japan.

I have been doing a little research since last summer and was very disappointed that a great little find - a B&B that was really studio apartments - is all booked up for the entire month. So back to square one on finding a place to stay.

So, if anyone out there in blogger land knows the city and has any tips, let me know.

Loki sez: I'd like to go to Amsterdam and see the Van Gogh museum.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Thor's Day!

I saw a comment on my Twitter account to the effect of "liberals will never admit their utopia can't be achieved".

Well, okay, here's one. No, utopia cannot be achieved. Because we are all human, subject to human faults.

But that doesn't mean we shouldn't strive to make this world as perfect as we can, does it? Should we just give up on the ideals of fairness and peace and stability for all?

I'm sure people told Martin Luther King, Jr. that the world he envisioned wasn't achievable either, but it didn't stop him, did it?

And who would have even begun to think that an even more adorable Thor photo could be achieved, but here it is:

Thor sez: My utopia was achieved with only a snuggly covered kitten bed!

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Loki Sunday

Flat Loki is in serious danger of becoming Fat Loki. Last night, I thought he was getting that tiny head-huge body look of an obese feline. I suppose I ought to start chasing him around the house more often.



Loki sez: I am not fat! I'm big furred!

Saturday, January 23, 2010

One Trick Kitty

Thor does one thing consistently: he comes a running when I ask him if he wants to "toothbrushie".

Two notes:
1. That is his personal toothbrush. I'm crazy, not insane.
2. Towards the end, that is Thor slamming his face against the toothbrush, not me smacking him.

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Thor has been doing this since he was a kitten. Loki started joining the party about six months ago just to do his weird mouth smacking thing.

Friday, January 22, 2010

Friday Stuff

I went out to dinner last night with a group from work to celebrate one of our tech's graduation from nursing school and, most importantly, her getting a job with us.

When I got home, Jason had three bottle of wine that he'd gotten for me with a gift card he'd received for Christmas. Yep, he's just awesome like that.

I've been captivated and heart broken over the story of author Neil Gaiman's cat, Zoe. A good kitty is hard to find. And harder to say good bye to.

Give your favorite four legged fur baby an extra hug and kiss today.

The boyz say: Sadness.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Thor's Day, Part 2

Thor starting shitake.
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Thor's Day!

Why I can't get any work done. The pathetic Thor head hang.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Special Loki Sunday

We have all been watching the coverage from Haiti and are probably feeling pretty helpless. Giving is the best most of us can do to help, but who to give to?

I am personally giving to Charleston Water Missions.

The hospital where I work has partnered with Charleston Water Missions to provide clean water for a hospital in Kenya and has donated $15,000 to the Haiti relief.

This is a local non-profit organization that makes and installs low cost, low maintenance water treatment systems that in the words of Joan Perry, who documented the installation of the Kenyan hospital system "can turn mud into pure, clean water."

This is an awesome charity that provides a service that the people of Haiti can use long term.

Please consider them when deciding where to give. Details for how to give in the link above. Thank you!

Loki sez: For every dollar you donate, I'll do one sit up!

Friday, January 15, 2010

Mini-Jantrum

American society has been slowly trained to allow our differences to divide us, rather than our similarities to unite us.

Divided, we are more easily manipulated by advertising, media, and politics.

Loki sez: They'll never divide us!

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Thor's Day!

Thor won't do anything interesting for the video - I think he's holding out for a better contract and an agent.

Thor sez: I haven't gotten my SAG card yet.

Monday, January 11, 2010

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Loki Sunday

Loki loves the nip!
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Wednesday, January 06, 2010

Wrap Fail

Inspiration:



Epic fail:
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Tuesday, January 05, 2010

For Real?

I have not left my house since Sunday. Umm. It is cold out there. Like 20 degrees cold. I am a Southerner. I have no heavy winter coat. I have no hat, no scarf, well a decorative scarf. I do have gloves only because driving with a cold steering wheel bothers my hands.

I have ice tea in my veins, not blood.

And poor almost former Yankee (he has a few years left on his 30 year residency requirement to be considered a native) Jason is falling into the local weather people hype that it "might" snow here on Friday.

It will not "snow".

There may be a flake or two of snow spotted within the county lines, but that will be it. There will be no snow ball fights, no sledding, no snow angels, no snow men.

Most importantly, there will be no "tossing Thor" into the snow.

Thor sez: Don't even try it, human.
I think this might be an appropriate time to remind our...ahem...more recent residents of the...

Southern Snow Forecasts
....An Interpretation for Yankees...

Snow Flurries:

At least three snow flakes have been spotted in the county.
Call your place of employment and let them know you will be late/staying home.
Tune in to favorite local news station to watch the near continuous coverage.
Call at least five friends/relatives and discuss whether or not bread and milk should be purchased.

Snow Showers:

More than five snow flakes have been spotted within town limits.
All normal activities shall be cancelled.
Local weathermen will be broadcasting continously, fielding calls from Bubba Joe Shoehorn from Strawberry, SC about the near siege conditions inland.
Your presence is now required BY LAW at the nearest Piggly Wiggly. Wear an extra parka to help protect you during the milk/bread riots.

Blizzard:

Snow is now visible to the naked eye. Some may be collecting on tree leaves and in shadows.
Every form of business/government is now shut down until the crisis has passed.
Local weathermen begin to drop dead from caffeine-induced heart failure. The talking heads will attempt to carry on, somehow, in the face of sure grim icy death to let you, the viewing public, know that the Piggly Wiggly in Ladson still has two half pints of skim milk available. Bread riots are being reported at the Merita outlet in West Ashley.
The governor will be calling out the National Guard if the snow doesn't melt by noon.

The Day After:

You are required by SC State Law to purchase the extra special edition of the Post Courier, which will have the Blizzard of Whatever Year photo insert, showing the frozen pineapple water fountain, 10,000 filthy, pinestraw studded snowmen, and one poor deluded Yankee soul wandering the streets with a sled, in search of a slope.

Loki sez: I think you're safe, Thor, no snowflakes yet!

Monday, January 04, 2010

Still here!

Went directly from a busy week at work to a couple days off for Christmas right back to busy work overlaid with cleaning for company then to having company in town. (Luckily not at the house.)

The man-child came down on leave and brought his girl for me to meet. She is awesome. Had some yummy Jestine's Kitchen and then actually made a real sit down dinner meal for us, them, Jason's daughter, my mom and brother.

Loki was semi-cool with the man-child and the girl but fled the scene when more people showed up.

Thor, however, was VERY BRAVE and came out to meet everyone and even "let" my brother pick him up. (Let=no visible bloodshed.)

Thor sez: I guess all humans aren't bad.