Thursday, December 19, 2013

Data Processing

Numbers on the line,
Codes that must be checked
Tap Tap Tappity Tap 
On the keyboard.

What size is that?
How much per unit?
chica ching chi-chi
Calculator tape.

Not the P.O. box
Check that Address
zzzrrrrrm zip zzzrrrrrm
Print out a proof.

Sales numbers

Zip Codes

Freight Charges

Everything in it's place
It must be just so
Perfection is

I haven't had a phone call all week. 
Busy minds are happy minds
Blogging is now reserved for lunch.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Tiny Little Pieces

Tiny Little Pieces
of something in the sky
They sparkle, shine and shimmer
such beauty to the eye.

Brilliant Burning Fire
within the huge abyss,
specks in my night sky.
spots that you might miss.

Giant Shining Twinkles
appear so small to us,
far away in dreamland
they float along, with trust.

Tiny Little Pieces
broken up for you,
fading in the distance
meaningless. It's true?

Brilliant Burning Fire
lights up within my soul
The specks add up to something
small parts make up my whole.

Giant Shining Twinkles
seem different from afar
glistening, yet broken
not quite like a star.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Backyards and Power Outlets

Well we moved into the house this weekend! I'm so excited and so is Frank. The dogs are absolutely loving the backyard. We go almost everything moved. Just food, a few boxes and some clothes left at the apartment. Should be completely moved out by wednesday. Thursday we can sweep/mop/clean the bathroom. Keys don't have to be turned in until Monday! Yesterday we go the truck unloaded, took the furniture upstairs and started getting set up. Everything was great until just before bedtime. Frank decided that he wanted to hook up the TV, which is fine.

Except that when he tried to plug it in, ZAP! The outlet shocked him.

And the power went out.

Cell phone flash lights are so useful.

So he took out his handy dandy computer took kit with a grounded screwdriver. Unscrewed the faceplate for the offensive outlet. As he turned the screw, the power came back on.


Got him again.

Down stairs to the garage. Breaker number 11. Off! No more getting ZAPPED!

Up, up, up the stairs we go!

Off with the faceplate! Where does this wire go? Why is this one just hanging here? The plastic is all burnt up. The box is supposed to be plastic according to the new coding laws.

Frank used to do maintenance at an apartment complex, so he is pretty handy to have around!

I have no idea what is wrong. Frank says that a trip to the local hardware store, 50 bucks(maybe) and an hour will fix it. I had to sleep on the living room floor Monday night, hopefully the trip, money and hour will be spent today so that I can have my bedroom back!

There is another bedroom without a wonky electrical problem and our bathroom connects the two so we have an extention cord running through the bathroom into the empty bedroom. Hopefully Frank can figure out how to fix our power soon!

I messaged Landlord about it. He said "cool." Useless sob.

Other than that the new house is excellent. As soon as I can figure out a way to do it I will post a few pictures!

Monday, November 4, 2013

Bless Your Heart

I found a picture of a Letter-to-the-Editor today on Facebook called "Tweleve reasons why I voted Democratic."

This letter was very obviously written by a conservative and it upset me. So I thought I would re-write the list to be much more truthful. I will give you the original text and then follow up with my response.

1. I voted Democratic because I love the fact that I can now marry whatever I want. I now may marry my Labrador.
1. I vote Democratic because I love the fact that I may now marry the person that I love, no matter their gender.

2. I voted Democratic because I believe oil companies' profits of 4% on a gallon of gas are obsene but the Government taxing the same gallon of gas at 15% isn't.
2. I vote Democratic because I believe that we should be taxing oil companies based on the environmental impact of those companies. I also believe that there should be more regulation in the oil industry in order to prevent environmental disasters such as the BP oil spill and the Exxon-Valdez spill.

3. I voted Democratic because I believe the Government will do a better job of spending the money I earn than I would.
3. I vote Democratic because I believe the government should take care of their tired, hungry and poor. I believe that if I earn more than I need to make my family comfortable, the government should take a share of what is left over and use it to help those who are trying to make better lives for themselves in college with federal grants and to take care of our veterans by providing them with healthcare after they are discharged and helping them transition into civilian life.

4. I voted Democratic because Freedom of Speech is fine as long as I agree with what is said & nobody else is offended by it.
4. I vote Democratic because Freedom of Speech is wonderful and I want you to voice your opinion, especially if I disagree with you. The problem that I have is when people's 'opinions' are actually facts that have been disproven. I do not think that you should be able to spout blatant lies to the general public. (Like this list.)

5. I voted Democratic because I'm way to irresponsible to own a gun and I know that my local police are all I need to protect me from murderers and theifs.
5. I vote Democratic because I own a gun and enjoy practicing shooting it. I also believe that there should be restrictions on who can be allowed to legally own guns such as convicted felons, and people who have been determined by a physician that they are mentally unstable and should not be allowed to own a gun. I also believe that there should be universal background checks, including guns sold privately and at gun shows. I would love if owning a gun required taking part in a gun safety class.

6. I voted Democratic because I believe that people who can't tell us if it will rain on Friday can tell us that the polar ice caps will melt away in 10 years if I don't start driving a Prius.
6. I vote Democratic because I believe that the climate is changing. There is actual, scientific, historical proof that the climate is changing. We now have the technology to show us the difference between the polar ice caps from the 1970's and the polar ice caps of today. There is a huge difference. I don't believe that everyone should be forced to drive a Prius, Prius' are run on electricity which is generally just a different form of the same oil used to make gasoline. I do, however, believe that the government should regulate fuel efficiency and manage the way we dispose of toxic waste.

7. I voted Democratic because I'm not concerned about millions of babies being aborted so long as we keep all death row inmates alive.
7. I vote Democratic because I am concerned with preventing millions of unwanted pregnancies by providing women with affordable, preventative care so that we can reduce the number of legal (and illegal) abortions. This will also reduce the number of unwanted children born into this world that will be shuffled through the foster care system.
Death row inmates have nothing to do with women's health care. As far as I am concerned, the execution of prisoners should not be taken lightly and should be reserved for the nastiest repeat offenders. There are now cases of prisoners who were executed in the past who have been proven innocent with new technology.

8. I voted Democratic because I think illegal aliens have a right to free health care, education and Social Security benefits, and we should take away the Social Security from[sic] those who paid into it.
8. I vote Democratic because I think illegal immigrants should be given the opportunity to become citizens and pay taxes into the education and Social Security systems. I also believe that it should be more difficult for people to come to this country illegally. I also believe that the current Social Security System is broken and should be reformed.

9. I voted Democratic because I believe that businesses should not be allowed to make profits for themselves. They need to break even and give the rest away to the government for redistribution as the Democrats see fit.
9. I vote Democratic because I believe that businesses should be allowed to make profits and use that profit to give better benefits to their hourly employees and raise the minimum wage of their workers. I believe that the outragous difference in wages for the CEO of a company and the face of the company (hourly workers such as cashiers) should not be so drastic. I understand the CEO making more than the cashier. But when the CEO is making six or seven figures (or more) and their hourly employees are on food stamps to feed their kids, there is a serious problem.

10. I voted Democratic because I believe liberal Judges need to rewrite the Constitution every few days to suit some fringe kooks who would never get their agendas past the voters.
10. I've gotta be honest. This one blew me out of the park. I am so flabergasted that I have no idea what they are referring to here. If you know, please, leave me a comment! I do, however, vote Democratic because I believe that corporations are not people and that the rights of people to universal health care and rights outweigh the rights of a corporation to withhold those rights based on freedom of religion. For a corporation. I'm sorry, I just don't see a corporation as having a religion. Maybe the people who own that corporation, but that doesn't mean that my boss gets to decide that because he is Jewish, I do not get to have a porcine valve replacement that my doctor says I need because pigs are not Kosher.

11. I voted Democratic because I think that it's better to pay billions for their oil to people who hate us but not drill our own because it might upset some endangered beetle, spotted owl, gopher, or fish.[sic]
11. I vote Democratic because I think that our natural resources should be cherished. By natural resources I mean endangered animals and beautiful national parks. I also believe that we should reduce our reliance on forgeign oil while protecting our endagered species. I also believe that we should be investing in renewable resources that may cost more initially but will save polar bears and whales and other endagered animals in the long run.

12. I voted Democratic because my head is so firmly misplaced toward the south end of my body; it's unlikely that I'll ever have another point of view.
No trees, Spotted Owls, or Red Cock-headed Woodpeckers were harmed in the sending of this message.
12. I voted Democratic to protect the right of this ass-hat to voice his opinion. Yes, he really said all that. I'm not sure how to respond to this last one except to tell him, in true southern tradition: "Bless your heart."

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Jarden and DIY Wings

Yay! Yesterday my first seedlings sprouted! I have one tiny seedling in the Basil jar and one tiny seedling in the Sage jar. How exciting is that?? We spent this weekend working on the new house, the back yard disaster only took about two hours to clean up. We raked up all the leaves and dead plants and cock-a-burr plants. Pulled all of the random junk out of the planting boxes, which are in excellent shape! Potential Landlord (henceforth known as Landlord!) showed me his worm farm and how to make worm tea! The compost bins still have lots of compost in them and there are garbage bags with leaves that have been sitting for about two years that will be a nice addition to the bin. We go the house completely cleaned out of things that he won't be leaving behind. Owl moved in on Saturday. Everything is falling into place!

At my local Karaoke spot we are having a costume party tonight, I'm very excited and have been working on making wings for myself. They are actually very simple to make and usually end up much cooler looking than any cookie cutter wings you will find at the costume shop. I'm reusing the same costume I wore two years ago, I made a skirt and I wore a corset top with wings, BAM instant faerie. So I'm remaking the wings and I bought some super awesome ribbon that I can add to the skirt with little effort and I will have an updated faerie costume for less than 15 dolalrs! (plus 6 wire hangers) If you like the idea, it's really very simple to make wings.

1-2 yards of fabric (I use tool, or a variation of tool, mine is light blue and shiney!)
6 wire hangers
Needle and thread
Ribbon or elastic
Beads, sequins, etc. (optional)
Pins (optional)

First take the hangers and straighten them out, I just use my hands to do this and leave the crinkles where it was twisted all crinkly.

Next bend one hanger into the shape of a tear-drop. Twist the ends together with your pliers. Repeat this with a second hanger, these will be the lower half of your wings.

Then take two hangers and twist them together, again with pliers. Sometimes if you have trouble with this, you can bend then to a point and do one end at a time. Bend the into the shape of a wing and then twist the other ends together. I always do the first set with the two hangers in a line, so that you can round the tip; but if you want a point on the end you can twist them together the way you did for the first two tear-drop shapes. Bend the wire so that it looks like wings and join the ends together with pliers. Repeat for the opposite side.

Once you have the wings shaped the way that you wish, lay the pieces out on top of the fabric you chose. Cut a rough outline of the wing in the fabric. Now, if you have pins you can pin the fabric in place. This makes the sewing part much easier. It is doable without pins but takes longer.

Thread your needle and decide how you want to stitch the fabric on. I usually roll the excess fabric so that it is flush with the wire and just run a loop stitch all the way around. I've seen wings that have lots of excess fabric hanging off of them that has been shredded, so it just depends on the type of wings you want. I cut my fabric so that there are corners on the tips of the wings, I stitch and roll up to that point, then snip the fabric so that there is a rolled fabric 'spike' sticking out off the edge of the wing, then keep loop stitching around the rest of the wing.

After the fabric is all stitched on, you can attatch the wings together. I always lay the bottom two tear drops the way I want them and then where the wires cross stitch X's so that they will stay together at that point. The fabric will keep them in place. After the two tear drops are together, I add the larger top wings (one at a time), using X's anywhere the wire crosses.

Pick up the wings and make sure they don't fall apart when you hold them.

Get to a mirror and decide how high up on your back you want the wings to sit. Keep in mind where the tops of your shoulders touch the wings. Now this is probably the trickiest part (besides figuring out how to get the hangers to twist around each other and stay!) You need to stitch one end of the ribbon to a place where two pieces of wire meet and you stitched them together with X's. This is the strongest point on the wings, so stitch the ribbon to that junction. Don't cut the ribbon yet.

Pick the wings back up and test the ribbon to make sure it's not going to come undone. Place the wings on your back and loop the ribbon around your shoulder and under your armpit. You should be able to adjust the hieght of the wings based on the length of the ribbon. Cut the ribbon a little bit longer than you think you will need it to be.

Cut a second piece of ribbon the same length as the first piece. Stitch the second piece of ribbon to the wings. Since the wings should be symetrical you should be able to just sew the ribbon onto the wings in the same spot on the other side.

Put the wings back on and use the ribbon to hold them onto your back. Use your fingers as reference points and feel for a good place to attatch the ribon under your arms. This is why we cut the ribbon longer than we thought we needed to. Make sure the ribbon isn't too tight, you may be wearing these wings for several hours at a time.

Try on your wings in the mirror, make sure they fit right and sit at the correst height.

Now is the fun part. If you have extra ribbon, you can cut pieces of ribbon and stitch it to the edges and insides of the wings for decoration. You can use sequins or beads to decorate the wings. I like to get glittery fabric paint and paint veins on the wings before I add any other decoration.

Once you have wings that you like you can add to them and change them up a little every time you brush off the dust and wear them. I remade mine this time with ribbon instead of elastic for the arm bands because the elastic was either too tight or stretched and allowed my wings to sag. I used this for Faerie wings but you can do the same thing for angel or devil wings. Butterfly wings or dragon wings. I used six hangers and had two parts to my wings. You can make smaller wings with fewer or smaller hangers or larger wings with more hangers. Get creative with the wings, no two wings should ever be the same!

Friday, October 25, 2013


I changed my mind. After two days of putting words into drafts, I decided to man up and just post them. If they suck, they suck. I am holding myself accountable. I want to do that more often, hold myself accountable for things. Like yoga. I want to form a habit of practicing yoga every day. Last night I did a few poses to help loosen up my back, which has been hurting me. The night before I did one Sun Salutation. Even a few poses is better than saying, "I can't do an hour, so I'll try again tomorrow" Healthy habits. Writing has become a healthy habit too. Mostly I have been spewing words at the computer but I think I may start to have a little direction. I enjoy journaling I suppose, but that is not why I'm here. I want to DO something with this blog and right now, the name fits. It's just tiny little pieces of my life. I want it to evolve. I want more from it. I want to be awesome. You can find my Book-To-Be over at

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Look Ma, I'm a Real Girl!

This weekend we went to the new house to help pack. Potential Landlord is a total slob. His kitchen was a disaster and the rest of the house wasn't much better. We ended up throwing out at least 10 large contractor trashbags worth of crap. Plus packing a bunch of boxes. SO MUCH DUST. SO MANY GROSS DISHES. So we spent about 10 hours packing and cleaning... Frank was so much help, he really is wonderful. Biker looks like he is going to be our third roommate, which will be nice, he is handy and helpful. Anytime he sleeps on our couch I wake up to dishes done or trash taken out or something of that nature. Saturday my allergies started acting up, so Sunday I took some medicine. I can't imagine how useless I would have been had I not done that. I dropped my cellular device in a creek Sunday also. Frank jumped in after it but the water was deeper than he is tall (6'5) so we were unable to retrieve it. I spent the rest of the weekend and up until last night without a phone. Momma took me and we picked out a new iPhone 5c. It is blue with a blue case. I'm seriously concidering taking it back and trading for a yellow phone... The case is blue with little holes in it and I think a yellow phone would pop wonderfully :) I kept feeling worse and woke up with a fever yesterday so I was unable to come to work. :( I am back today and much better for it! My Jarden is still not showing any progress. I'm trying very hard to not overwater while still keeping the seeds moist. I think tonight when I get home I may put some plastic wrap over the tops of them so that the water will be trapped. I brought my palm tree indoors for the season this weekend, I think it is getting too cold at night for the likes of my ponytail palm. Let's see... Owl says that the power and utilities are all on now, so cleaning should be much more efficient. Imagine cleaning a house with no power or water :/

This year I am thinking that I will participate in NaNoWriMo. I have my idea for my story and I think that this year I may be able to finally complete a NaNoWriMo challenge. I'm going to shoot for 100,000 words. If I start getting close to that and decide I can do better I will update that number. I will be working on story boards and charactor sheets between now and November 1. For those of you unaware, NaNoWriMo is National Novel Writing Month and takes place in November every year. The problem I have had in the past has been forgetting to write every day, even just a little bit, and overediting. If November is for writing, then December must be for editing. I think that I will be doing this in the form of blog post drafts. Yall won't be able to see the chapters but I think that this will be a wonderful way to keep track of chapters and not be concerned with editing (since misspelled words don't pop up) and I can access this anywhere in the entire world. If I don't complete my chapter a day goal at work then I will be able to do so at home that evening without worrying about misplaced flash drives or remembered laptops. Yes, I believe this will work nicely. Yall may be seeing chapter posts in a sister blog closer to the new year after I have had a chance to edit!

I feel as though I am becoming a productive member of society. I have a job that would have driven me crazy five years ago that I would have felt had no merit. No reason to be. Now I understand why it is important. I understand that without all the cogs working, an office can fall apart. Not that it will fall apart without me, if I wasn't here they would find someone to replace me and in the mean time, someone else would take over my duties. I want a garden, so that I can grow things like spinich and herbs and squash. I want to bake. I want to keep my dishes out of the sink. I want to vacuum and dust and make sure all my laundry is folded and put away because I don't like wrinkly clothing. When I think about where I want to be in five years, I don't think of what my house will look like or what kind of car I want to drive or what my job will be like, I think that I just want to be happy. Living healthy in a clean home. I want to go Geo-caching. I discovered today that there are three! geocaching locations in the park next door to the new house. I want to come up with some kind of small trinket that I can leave in those places. Maybe something that I can order 100 of for 5 dollars online. A child's birthday party favor. I created my username for Geocaching today, it is Waterbaby8391 :) If I decide to pursue this I will be updating yall about the places I visit!

Can I start NaNoWriMo-ing early? Does that count? I think that I will. I feel motivated today. I don't want to wait. I think that I will try doing things more NOW than waiting until the appropriate time?

"It has to start somewhere, it has to start somehow.
What better place than here, what better time than now?"