Just Plane Nervousness

I was sitting in my seat on the plane last Monday, waiting for departure from chilly Cleveland to toasty Arizona. The pilot announced that they were working on the engine; there was more liquid coming out of the engine than they expected, and although they had a hunch it was normal, they wanted to check it anyway. Yes, PLEASE be more safe than sorry! Check the hell out of that engine, please! Everything turned out okay and we took off into the wild, blue yonder.

Things have changed a little in the way of in-flight entertainment since I last flew on a plane, and now the TV screens are embedded into the backs of every chair and watching a movie is not free anymore. Still, I decided to pay to watch a few movies. One was “The Dark Knight Rises”. I started to watch it, but the beginning of the movie shows an airplane getting hijacked by Bane and well…I just didn’t feel like watching that part. I checked the other movie channels and noticed that “Finding Nemo” was on, so that’s what I watched. Eventually I relaxed and was able to glance comfortably out the window to take some photos. I love taking photos from a plane, I’m a big cloud and blue sky fan. The rest of the flight, including the landing, was smooth. The trip back was even faster.

Books and Projects

– While my mom and I visited Arizona, we stopped at a few cool shops. I bought some books; “Thank You Notes” by Jimmy Fallon and the writers of “Late Night”, “Fifty Shames of Earl Grey” by Fanny Merkin/Andrew Shaffer, “The Leftovers” by Tom Perrotta and a journaling book called “Listography: Your Life in Lists” by Lisa Nola and illustrated by Nathaniel Russell. I haven’t gotten into the last book yet, but it’ll be fun once I get started. The book by Jimmy Fallon makes me laugh. The “Fifty Shames of Earl Grey” is a parody of “Fifty Shades of Grey”. Some of it makes me laugh, but it’s too goofy. I know it’s supposed to be goofy, and I can picture someone making a movie that way, but I prefer the original story. I was able to get into “The Leftovers” on the flight home, and it’s interesting and easy to read so far.

– Last night and on a whim I decided to check out the website of the craft store we visited early last week. They had some really cool dollhouses available, and it got me thinking about maybe making my own dollhouse, or buying a kit. My timing was perfect and lucky. I checked out the craft store’s website just in time to find out they were having a sale on dollhouse kits! Weird, huh? I still hesitated, but couldn’t help feeling I needed to take advantage of the sale. I wound up ordering a beautiful dollhouse/farmhouse kit for 50 dollars less than the original price. I can’t wait. I’ve been looking for a project to work on, and I have always loved dollhouses.

SATURDAY SCAVENGER SHOT COMBO

I thought, since I’m behind on a few words for the Saturday Scavenger Shots game, that I’d post both photos together! This week, AlienCG chose the word “black”, and last week was “gratitude”, chosen by Laura.

Let’s start with yesterday’s word, “black”. This is my black and grey “Fifty Shades of Grey” T-shirt I ordered a few weeks ago. I use it as a pajama top.

Last week’s word was “gratitude”! Since we celebrated Thanksgiving last Thursday, that word was pretty darned appropriate! Here’s a photo of some of my family. I’m grateful that I was able to spend time with them, laugh and catch up. We had a good time in Arizona!

AlienCG picked me to come up with next week’s word! Let’s go with: CRAFT.

My Temporary Roommate

My mom’s cat, Joshua, is still staying over at my place. He’ll move back to his mom’s after we return from vacation. Right now he’s making himself pretty darned comfortable.

He made me laugh so hard last week. I was sitting on the floor watching TV (sometimes I like sitting on the floor instead of the couch, even though the couch is extremely comfortable) and Joshua was acting antsy and weird. He has two favorite sleeping spots in my place; underneath my bed and under the couch. If he wanted to disappear under the couch, he would go in through the back. My mom put one of her crocks by the couch, but we didn’t think anything of it. Well apparently that crock was causing quite a problem for Josh, but I didn’t realize it until later. He paced around and even checked out the other side of the couch. I still didn’t know what was wrong, though. Then I glanced to my left just in time to see his hind legs slide under the front of the couch, underneath the bars! I wish I had it on camera, but the image of his furry, frog-like legs sliding under the couch will be etched into my head.

It’s my late day today, so I didn’t have to head into work until noon. Joshua was at it again, but this time it wasn’t about not having an entrance to the couch. He had everything a cat could want – a clean litterbox, full dish of food, fresh water, breakfast treats and a space on the windowsill. I found out that he wanted to play. He was tearing around the livingroom and so I chased after him. He also likes to stalk me from behind bags and tables, so we had fun there, too. When he wasn’t looking, I hid behind the bathroom door and squeezed the door shut as much as possible so that he wouldn’t suspect anything. There I stood, an adult, giggling about hiding from a cat. It took him awhile to find me, but eventually he figured it out.

Here are some photos of Joshua if you’ve never seen him before. He’s a lovely little sunflower of a cat.

Saturday Scavenger Shots: Card

Hi! I picked the word “card” for this week’s edition of “Saturday Scavenger Shots”. It was the result of one of those moments when I just glanced around my room for ideas.

First of all, here’s my discount card for one of our local grocery stores. They’re getting pretty expensive, so I don’t go there often. When I do, though, and I use the card, I get a tiny but important discount when I fill my car up with gasoline. The grocery store calls it “fuel perks”. Not bad!

I love sending out greeting cards. When we get closer to Christmas, I’ll check out my selection at the stores and find something to send out. I used to send out ecards, but I will always prefer a regular card. Here’s a card that a friend sent to me. I love sending and receiving cards, so when this arrived in the mail, I had to keep it for awhile.

Tag, Laura, you’re it! :)

Belated Halloween and Other Trickery

This weekend was pretty nice. I was invited over to a friend’s house for dinner on Saturday. We had a nice meal of spaghetti, garlic bread, salad and cupcakes, and then we played a card game with her daughter. Once her daughter was off to bed, we played a few games of “Scene It – the Seinfeld Edition”. Since we’re both huge “Seinfeld” fans, the games were pretty close. It was really fun. My friend and I work together, but sometimes it’s hard to talk during down time if I have to answer the phones. It was nice to hang out with her without the phone demanding to be answered.

One of my brothers is visiting from another state. He’s here to assist with the election and is staying with one of my other brothers. My mom and I were invited over last night for some dinner and to help pass out Halloween candy for the trick-or-treaters. That particular part of Halloween was postponed last week because of the crappy weather. I dressed up in my devil costume and had fun giving out some candy to the kids. Some of them had some really creative costumes like cotton candy girl and jellyfish girl. There was also a little kid dressed up as a green dinosaur. The neighbor had all sorts of cool props in this front yard, so I took photos before we left for the night.

My mom has been sleeping over at my place since October 20th. She had just started to get settled into her new apartment the week of October 15th. We went shopping that Saturday for some stuff, then went back to her place for some lunch. It was the first time she had a chance to turn on the oven and the heat ignited some material in the bottom drawer of the stove. The place filled up with smoke and we had to call the fire department. We’re alive, the sprinklers didn’t have to go off so there wasn’t any water damage, and there’s only smoke damage to deal with right now. My mom is insured so a fire restoration company came in and cleaned the contents of her apartment. They couldn’t clean the structure, that’s a job for maintenance, but it seems like they have been dragging their feet through the whole process. They finally came in last week to repaint the area by the stove that was stained with smoke, but they still have to replace the damaged stove and clean the vents. My mom wants them to repaint the whole kitchen and living area, but I don’t have faith in that part. When we met up with the insurance agent the Wednesday after the fire, he said that my mom would have the option to check into a hotel, but by the time she got settled into one, it would be time to move back. Well if we knew that it would take longer than anyone expected, she could’ve been kicking back in a hotel pool at this time instead of having to share a bathroom with her daughter. Oye veh.

In the meantime, we’re moving some things back into her place. Most of her stuff is already in her apartment, but she wanted to work on things while she stayed with me. Then she bought a new microwave and a toaster oven over the weekend. New toys! Her coffee maker is kaput because that was covered with smoke and fire extinguiser soot, but she’ll be able to buy a new one and get money from the insurance company. We sorted out her walk-in closet, too, and that has more order to it. Her bedroom and bathroom don’t smell of smoke. The main area stinks, though, and that’s why we think they need to clean the vents. Anyway, it’s just a bunch of waiting. I know it could be much worse.