18 September 2017 @ 05:59 pm
The sky was rosy, calm, thoughtful. The colony of 8 bean plants, now almost a hedge of greenery, limped from the weight while another column rested on its side, defeated by gravity and lashings that time and erosion that deteriorated once-white cord that would have otherwise found a better home wrapped around a roast or hanging a cluster of drying foods.

I had to be quick. The mosquitoes would come when the weather was in transition. They would come with relentlessness and they had squatted all over my fields to feast on pollen and commit their orgies all over it between the raptures of japanese beetles and the daddy long-legs and the spiders that hid between it all.

Beans.

YES BEANS! )
 
 
15 September 2017 @ 04:44 pm
 
Punctures in my fingers from shelling the meat out of half a dozen blue crabs. I couldn't get all of it, but enough to make me satisfied with the results. TBH, I was doing it all by hand. I can do it, it's not hard, but then I forgot that soft, tan skin, no matter how leathery it may seem, can be readily defeated by hardened chitinous spikes. At least the Old Bay seasoning cauterized the wounds.

I spent the night telling Michelle to "eat my tasty blood!" and feeding her my digits as she tried to sleep. I'm a terrible fiancee.

I swear I can still smell the sea on my fingers.

I've been taking things slower now. Mostly because the allergies are still killing me.

Oh! Michelle made her LEGO set to celebrate the new glass display; it's really small but so many intricate parts.

I also heard LEGO's finally hitting a downturn in profit and I can't be surprised since their creep has been really aggressive and the idea of people buying these as an investment just struck me as fifty degrees of wrong. I wouldn't mind if they tone down on the ambitions, get a little more conservative with their set prices, etc.

Canning tomorrow! The beans out there are so nice and big. I can't emphasize how much I'm looking forward to it.

I'm also looking forward to getting some fresh apple cider. I baked a pound cake of mushy pear and peaches in the new Pyrex loaf form and it was late so I tried to see if I could get the oven's residual heat to cook it through as I turned it off. Nope, it wasn't enough; it was gummy, although at least that's better than dry imo.

A couple more minutes until Friday's done with. More work being a pain in the butt from one of the outsourcers we deal with.

Oh, and Michelle's hitting the electrolysis and we're getting an oil change. Adult stuff!
 
 
14 September 2017 @ 01:51 pm
-are ungotten.

To be continued on Saturday.
 
 
11 September 2017 @ 11:32 am
Gah!  
I've not been keeping up! Terrible of me, I know, I'm sorry for neglecting all this.

The world landscape aside, I've been busy; parents visited during labor day and then I spent the weekend resting. Work has been slowing down, thankfully, and I feel like things are finally starting to get normal again.

I need to get back into working on my dad's site since I received the OK from him although I feel like things are slowing down again, sigh. I'm wondering if he's hitting fatigue.

Last Last Weekend
They visited like two weekends ago and I think they were concerned about what to expect. They planned to sleep here and even brought sleeping bags. They didn't know that we have a pull out king bed and a fairly well-furnished apartment and a fridge full of things I buy on sale 90% of the time. I picked up one details for certain things that my dad wanted done and I need to invoice him on some of the costs later in the month once I finish the images and apply the website to his domain.

This weekend
This weekend, we visited my parents' for a party that I think was to double as a birthday party for Michelle's mother. Well let me tell you: her parents? They really PARTY. It went on until 3am, just loud singing and shouting. One of the kids threw a toilet paper roll and blocked up the sewage line in the process. The kids there were untamed; one of them kept trying to punch people, and another was just vindictive as hell. The vindictive one has parents that are loudmouthed (dad's a Newark cop), and the other one had parents that had that "my kids can do no wrong" attitude. I warned Michelle that they represent everything that I'm afraid of if we have kids.

I felt like I should bring something, so I made a marinade of Korean barbecue and Michelle's mom didn't even get a chance to have any. I was happy to know that people liked it, but didn't expect it to be such a hit! TBF, I did get to grill it there so that might have helped too. The family from Delaware brought some crabs and Michelle's brother the chef brought gluten-free pasta salad (I think it's a crappy diet but it was a tasty salad). At one point, I just decided to go hang out away from everyone else at a certain point as I started to fall asleep and people just wouldn't leave.

We left on Sunday morning with another cooler full of food ("we have so much food at home already!" Michelle pleaded to them) and we took a trip up that was relatively uneventful. We passed up Lake George and took a stop there; apparently all the outlets have everything on sale and I ended up nabbing a nice set of Pyrex bakeware that we don't need but I couldn't resist for six bucks apiece.

Then it was to LL Bean and we got used clothes, blessed used clothes.

Back home and apparently everything on TV is coming back. We caught back on a bit of the mid-season of Walking Dead (we took a break from it for awhile and it's nice to be able to binge through now).

Gardening
If I didn't emphasize it before, I'll do it again: I need to harvest some beans.

Now that everything's quiet, I'll try to keep up with everyone again. Sorry for that folks!
Today I need to get the beans.
 
 
08 September 2017 @ 04:47 pm
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So since we've chatted, I've been a blonde (below) and am now a redhead (above). In the span of a week, no less. I got inspired while watching Game of Thrones (I'm on Season 4 so no spoilers, please) by all the beautiful reds, particularly my favorite, Melisandre. I'm also growing my pixie cut back out so that's fun (insert sarcasm). I thought trying to grow a pixie out was bad but growing out a buzzcut is pretty awful, too.

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Side note, my new favorite treat is Orange Sherbet and Sierra Mist

I had a wonderful 36th birthday last week. It was wonderful as in the best birthday I've ever had. I was showered with sugar treats, pumpkin everything, two cakes, a massage, concert tickets, and a new tattoo. Speaking of, I went back to Shannon at Black Arrow, and she blew me away again. I had her do the Woodruff-Fontaine House in Memphis which is where Kelly and I were married. It's so beautiful, special, and itchy right now. Hah. I want to go back and see Shannon again in October.
I can't stop, and she does the best work.

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Embracing my fat girl arms and planning on having them eventually partially covered with half sleeves if that's a thing? I just want both upper arms covered.

Kelly and I are getting ready to spend a night at the
Lemp Mansion in St. Louis next week (we've got a doctor's appointment). I'm really excited. We're staying in the Lavender Suite which looks beautiful. It's supposedly haunted, but I don't believe in that kind of thing unless I have an experience. I'm more excited about the history and how beautiful it is. I was talking to my Grandma recently, and when I mentioned the hotel, she said every Sunday after church, her and my Grandfather would go to the restaurant in the basement for their fried chicken dinner. They still serve it there family style, but it won't be a Sunday so we won't get to try that.

The weather has been ridiculously amazing lately here. It's been fall like, and I'm loving it. I got to wear these Hush Puppies for the first time that I found super cheap at the thrift last year. I love them. They make me feel ass kicking and feminine. They also remind me of the 90's. I found the same style in red that were on sale s
o I will soon own them in red! I want them in every color and pattern. Hmph. I'm going to have to eventually invest in some more. Does anyone have any sworn by suede protector that I should use?
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In other recent, consumer news, I finally found a Halloween banner and ordered it! I really have wanted one for my kitchen to leave up year round because, hello, it's always Halloween in my heart. I thought this one was perfect from
Bedlam Supply Co., and they had a sale going on, too. 

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  • I just recently remembered when that when I was a kid in St. Louis, I would get crazy excited eating on the floating McDonald's boat down by the Arch so I googled it and found this article reminiscing.  I then started thinking of how excited I would get to go to Famous Barr for Breakfast with Santa.  I have to get this book , this one about lost St. Louis treasures (which features the McDonald's boat), and maybe this one too that looks like a Roadside America book on St. Louis. I consider the south my home now, but I do still have a lot of deep memories of the city I was born/have spent so much time in.
  • I have a massage scheduled for tonight for the first time in forever, and I can't tell you how excited I am about it!  
  • Hair Chronicles:  I always have hair chronicles, you all.  I want to keep the top longer/grow out my pixie, but I'm about to shave up the sides. I'm stewing on it and staring at pictures of bad ass women with short hair to inspire me, as always.  Stay tuned.  If someone doesn't like my hair, I always say, "Wait a week."  
  • I finished Twin Peaks.  Overall, I loved it, but the last episode I had feelings about.  I wasn't really a fan of that last episode (last five minutes especially), but I'm sad Twin Peaks is done forever.  It will always be one of my favorite shows.