Plague Doctor Family
My plague doctor collection arrived from Squishables!! I already had the normal plague doctor and nurse, but now look at them all! The Christmas versions and then the five little alter egos. Aren’t they adorable??? (If you want your own, check out Squishable.com
Not much else here. I have some more autumn pics to share from this Wednesday but have the same upload thing, so they will have to wait. I leave you with Taffy and JJ.
Have a plague boi kinda day!
As Seen on Vincenzo
As seen on Vincenzo and other Kdramas…that’s right, it’s been a long day. I need a little pick me up. Perhaps a cup of coffee, or…wait! What is this pacakege from Amazon that comes in such a stylish envelope?
Why, it’s coffee candy for that afternoon pick me up! (Along with some free coffee I haven’t tried yet)
Aww! I feel so energized now!
Mail call also brought with it our Jersey Devil whom we have named Piney (this was a nickname for the people who lived in the Pine Barron’s where there Jersey – or Leeds – Devil is from.
And though I said I was feeling energized, turns out that after getting up at 7am and walking for hours I’m pretty tired, so it’s bed time now. Alice in Wonderland details tomorrow.
Have an energizing candy kinda day!
Thankfulness #18:TV Time
Despite all the things I need to to do, today I am thankful for taking some time and finishing the last three episodes of LAST season’s Supernatural. We also broke in our Pennsylvania potato chips:
They were pretty good. I still have three bottle of Vernor’s left from michigan that I have been saving, but we may break into soon. I love getting weird food from other states!
I didn’t get any writing done today, but I did get the weekly Terrible Turtles page done – and we got some pokemoning in:
That was tonight’s ax murder house shot. There were people staying in it, and either they were taking lots of pictures, or there was a lightning storm going on inside, as we could see the flashes through the windows.
We did find something odd in a tree on the boulevard, though:
Our first thought was voodoo hex bag (the brother thought there might be a chicken tongue in the middle!) but Facebook says it is a “nest material offering” for birds. Either is possible, so just in case we didn’t hang around. We have enough trouble.
And now I am going to bed, but I leave you with the poster stuck in the armory window:
Have a no-hex-bag kinda day!
(**If you’re the mysterious sender, skip down to the **s )
Today was a mysterious day all the way around, and I have to say I quite enjoyed it. I love a good mystery – not that I am always adept at unraveling them.
For starters, my face is randomly chapped. Not just my lips, but my nose, the area under my nose, my lips, my chin, and clear down under my chin. I don’t have a cold, or a runny nose, and though I make jokes about drooling I don;t really do it (that I know of) so how in the heck am I chapped? It feels like chapped, anyway, but is it something else? Some weird skin fungus? I do have some mysterious rashy-like bites on my arms that I’ve chalked up to bug bites from pulling weeds, but is it all something else. Am I dying?
Still no word on that. I guess I’ll wait and see if it spreads.
Since I didn’t have time to work on that mystery, I got up and got to it. Except for being oddly chapped, things were normal until I went for the mail. In the front porch was a box addressed to me with a New York return address. I racked my brain for what I had ordered from ebay that was that big, and brought it inside. I ran through my other mail and then got a knife and cut it open. Inside was an unmarked envelope wooden box that had something about rubber flanges printed on it.
“Oh,” I thought. “Hubby must have ordered something. Probably something for the mower” (I don’t know what a flange seal is, but ti sounds like some rubbery thing that one might put on motors) I tried to remember if he’d mentioned it to me, then opened the envelope, expecting a shipping receipt, or even a “Thanks for your business” message. instead I found this:
Huh? So I read it, of course…
I do not know you but when the storm tells me that you must know, that you must be warned – I do as I am told.
WHAT?? Warned??? What the…
I was given your name. It took me a long time to find you. My duty is done and I can turn aside the memories if that terrible woman.
DOUBLE WHAT??? Terrible woman??
I am relieving myself of this great burden and for that alone I must thank you. I do not envy you having to pick it up.
Okay. This has to be some very weird joke.
I have looked into the darkness of this poor boy, and brought the lightning and the flame, It is all I could do and I hope it was enough.
Well, that’s poetic…
Fate has it’s reasons for you to hear this story. Perhaps this story needs to stay alive ans must be heard. Perhaps it is just the wind. Do with this as you will. It is at an end for me.
At this point I am 100% baffled – has some insane person gotten my address? I check the return label again – it’s from Wong Distributions (or something like that) in New York. I don’t know anyone in New York – and especially not someone named Tom…
A cautious person would not have gone for the wooden crate (some of my facebook friends suggested it might be something dangerous), but I tugged it out, and that was when I noticed it was nailed shut.
A sentence leapt in my memory, like it does in those bad TV voice-overs – “comes bundled in an uncooperative wooden box” – and this box was not only wooden but certainly uncooperative. And then I knew what it was-
It’s from the Mysterious Package Company!
The Mysterious Package Company runs a lot of Facebook ads – i found them through their ads a few days before Memorial Day, advertising that you could send you friends and family a “mystery experience” – but with no more details. To get into the site proper you have to “apply” to join, and I was approved on Memorial Day. I took a very quick gander around, found the box I plan to send my brother later (shhhhhhhh!) And hadn’t been back. Their sign up did warn members that they occasionally send stuff, so that if you want to surprise someone in your family you should use an alternate address. I get the mail in my house, so I thought i could weed out any advertising they sent me – but I never expected a box from them! So much for keeping that from my brother. (Just hang on.)
So Dad and I got a screwdriver, a chisel, and a mallet, and worked on opening the box without damaging it too much (It’s too cool not to save!). Inside we found… newspaper!
It seems like a weird – and expensive – promo thing. And then I tugged the newspaper out to discover the contents:
So…Wait. Is this really a promo thing? Because it looks super expensive to be… but the thought ran off on its own because, quite, frankly, this was too friggin’ cool not to be diving into. Screw watering the plants, screw all the rest of the morning routine. I had a diary to read!
So Dad and I spent the morning reading it – well, I read it out loud and he listened. The story is pretty straight forward I think, though quite interesting (I don’t want to spoil it for other recipients) and it reads pretty quickly – I think it took me a little over an hour. I will say that it ties in the 1984 disappearance of the boy with some historical incidents in England. By the time we finished it was Dad’s nap time, so he wandered off and I hit google to see if the historical bits were real.
They totally are.
By then I dragged Mom up and she read through it all while I worked on the turtles comic for the day (still had to do that one, mystery or not), she finished it in time for the brother to come from the doctor’s, so he read through it all. He’d have been done sooner, but at 3:09 we had an odd interruption.
The tornado sirens went off.
And they didn’t just go off for a minute, they went, and went, and went, like they do the first Saturday of the month when they test them, or like they do when there’s a tornado. The brother suggested it might be a fire since we were in full sun at 99 degrees with no wind, but they don’t normally blow the whistle for fires. Just for the monthly tests and tornadoes –
“And air raids”, the brother said with a chuckle.
Which being the paranoid weirdo I am, made me suddenly wonder if we were under nuclear attack. I mean, heck, how would we know? We have no radios, we have no local TV (Just streaming netflix, Hulu, etc.), so unless someone calls me (my phone is silenced, so if they had I wouldn’t have known) I’d never have a clue.
Though it pains me to admit it, I did what everyone under the age of twenty does – I checked Facebook. I know, I know. But no one had any posts about nuclear war, or about sirens going off, or anything else. The sirens went off, and I turned back to the turtles and the brother went back to reading.
He finished just as hubby got home. By then I was done with turtles, and hubby and I had to go pick up the riding mower from my uncle’s house. Interestingly enough, while we were driving, a snake threw itself onto our windshield. Yes, you read that right. We were driving along and – splat – a snake dropped from the clear blue sky, splatted on the windshield, and bounced off. I went to look for it, but it had slithered away.
We got the mower back, got home, and I showed my mysterious box to hubby, who accused me of signing up for something. I said no, and realized then that I didn’t know where it had come from. I mean, yes, it came from The Mysterious Package Company, but there was no way that was a welcome box. I was so busy worrying about the mystery INSIDE the box I didn’t stop to think about the mystery OF the box.
Hubby was instantly concerned that by “joining” I was signing up to receive things we’d have to pay for (there are plenty of places like that, and I JUST signed up a couple weeks ago), so I double checked the site, and yes, this IS one of the experiences – which means that someone sent it! Yes, some super awesome amazing person purposely picked this out and sent it – how friggin’ awesome is that?? The only thing is I don’t know who it was. I can think of a couple of people, but neither has taken credit yet. I even posted on facebook about how I was trying to figure out who had sent it – thinking the gift giver would give themselves away with a “tee-hee” or a winky face or something, but so far nada.
So, there are the various mysteries for the day. Tomorrow I am going to go back through the diary – I already ran through a second time and studied the pictures and re-read the historical portions now that I know who and what everyone and everything mentioned in it is. While doing the google searches, I did search for the newspaper clipping articles, which turned up nothing, and I also randomly looked up the copyright info in the book (It is really well done! And the handwriting on part of it looks like mine, so I was curious who had done it) but it came up with nothing – the publishing company listed does exist, but there’s no listing for whatever this book is called (intriguing). I did find some instagram photos of other people who have gotten this “experience” as well, and they mentioned “breaking the code” – so now I know there is more to it than what was obvious (I had wondered because puzzle solving is part of their advertising and was going to go over it all again tomorrow). I am pretty sure the puzzle involves the symbols that are drawn seemingly-randomly on the pages in black ink (you can see some in the above photos). Those same symbols are on the talisman as well, and I assume it is some kind of key and the symbols are a code. I’m not amazing at code breaking, but mom and I are going to give it a go tomorrow none the less.
**So, in closing, a HUGE thank you to whoever the mysterious sender of this box was. This is one of the most awesome presents I’ve ever gotten!
Have a mystery-b0x-crazy-siren-snakes-from-the-sky kind of day!
PS – Here’s a bonus shot of the dalias starting to bloom!
Quote Day 4
Yes, I know my Quote Day Challenge is up, but as I mentioned on day 3, I may go for thirty of them. Or I may not. Who knows?
In the meantime, today’s quote is another nineties’ gem (maybe they had the best lyrics?) from Deep Blue Something on their album “Home”. One thing that sets that album apart from the other stuff I was listening to then, is the band’s sense of humor (One example is the song “Done” – the last song on the cassette tape’s side A – whose lyrics say “Flip her over man, she is done” – amusing because once that song ended, one did indeed have to “flip ‘er over”) in that vein, today’s quote is a little silly:
I hear little voices and they say we’re okay.
I had planned out a lengthy, deep discussion on the undertones of this quote, but time and a freezing laptop are not on my side, so you’ll have to imagine it. Pretend it was really compelling and used some big words, just to make me seem extra smart, ha ha!
Other than that I haven’t gotten much done. I primed one of the four drawers hubby made:
and the laundry cabinet
Yesterday was WWE Battleground. My Uncle Junior, and Aunt Carol and Uncle Dave were here, as well as Dad and the rest of us, so we had quite a group. The amusing part was we tried to order a sandwich platter from Caseys (like we did last time) however they said they needed twenty-four hours notice. They don’t need twenty-four hours notice to make sandwiches, or to put toppings in plastic containers (both of which they did for us later), only to cut them up in small pieces and put them on a plate. Weird. Anyway, I we went up half an hour before the start of the show, bought five sandwiches, got the toppings on the side, then when we got home I cut them up myself. We ended up with more sandwiches and saved five bucks.
The uncle brought watermelon and then we had a pie from Perkins:
As to the show, it was also good. For a change I didn’t *know* who would win (usually you have a pretty good idea), so it made things more suspenseful. I do think revealing Luke Harper was a mistake. I’d have dragged out the mysterious guy in the hoodie angle a bit longer and then revealed it at Summer Slam or else on Smackdown right before Summer Slam, then at Summer Slam have Roman and Harper duke it out. But that’s me. I was happy with the Divas’ match for once – I am beyond sick of the Bella Twins and Page, so seeing Charlotte win was a nice change. Hopefully they are going to do something more with the Divas division than they have been doing: a bunch of scantily clad women shrieking and jiggling. They have several who can actually put on a better show than looking sexy and having cat fights, and it would be nice to see them utilize that and move a little away from the underwear, bra, wiggle my butt crap. I was glad to see Cena defeat Owens (I hate, hate, hate Owens), and hopefully that means Owens will move on to a new rivalry/story line (though I doubt it), and the end of Lesnar and Rollins fight was one I did not see coming. I knew that Rollins would retain the title, but I assumed he’d do something to get disqualified (like usual), so it was a nice surprise. And the Undertaker is always good.
I leave you now with a cat photo:
You can see Dad over to the side watching WCCW on the WWE channel.
Have a good one!
PS. The hibiscus are blooming!
Nebraska Natural History Museum
As part of our plan to do “something” each weekend, be it big or small, this weekend we went to the Nebraska Natural history Museum in Lincoln. I’d been there years and years and years ago – my parents took me once or twice and we also went on a school field trip. We’d actually planned to do the Kansas City Zoo, but with temperatures forecast at 97+, an indoor activity seemed better, especially given everyone’s individual health issues and such.
Anyway, it’s a LOT different than it used to be. Or at least than I remember. Oddly, the main things that stick out in my mind were the dinosaur bones (which, though they still have, they seem to be really downplaying now) and the dioramas in the basement. The dioramas stuck with me because of the level of detail in them. I remember one that had coyotes in it with a gravel road and a crushed beer can…that diorama is gone, and the coyote now wanders in a barren rocky landscape. That’s not to say the dioramas aren’t still good because they are, I was just a little disappointed not to see the one I so fondly remembered from the early 80s. (I said it had been a long time since I’d been there).
All the updates to the museum also left us with a problem. We only planned four and a half hours (including the half hour planetarium show) to tour the place. In the 80s that was plenty of time. Now…not so much. We spent two hours on the main floor alone, so in the end I skipped the evolution , and the Darwin display, did not have time to watch the movie in the Native American culture area, and didn’t get to see the African art. I had to do a run through of the other art gallery, didn’t get to read any of the stuff on meteors, and totally missed the discovery activity room (yes, hubby and I enjoy the kiddie learning things), not to mention I barely got to look at the rocks and minerals collection. Boo. Hiss. Boo. But I did get to see the fossils, the Weapons Through Time (got some nice ideas for future vampire battles), and the dioramas I mentioned earlier, so I was happy with that. We also learned about Ashfall State Park, which has a huge excavation going on that we need to go see in person some time (one of our weekend trips maybe?) and the Hyde Observatory, a free observatory, open Saturday nights, in Lincoln where you can go look through their telescopes (which sounds friggin’ awesome) and it’s free, if I didn’t mention that already. (I like free)
Here’s where I have to tell you that the following photos are going to be as boring as usual, and – though we took the good camera – no one charged the Nikon batteries (whoops), so they’re also crummy cellphone pictures. Sadly, if you read this blog at all, you’re used to it.
Anyway, there is a lot of really awesome hands-on things there now – lots of stuff to touch, and interact with, drawers to open, fur to pet, several activity centers – the plesiosaur was really cool because his head/neck, and then several fossilized fish and other sea things are in the floor covered with thick plexiglass so you walk over them – the pics of that didn’t turn out well. Everyone was very nice, except for one employee at the end who got mad because we had ten minutes to closing and were picking through rocks in the gift shop (again, we had ten minutes until closing, but apparently she wanted to close early), the entrance fee is reasonable, and the displays are really well done (except I do wish the dinos had a bit higher billing, they are kind of crammed in a small room upstairs, off to one side, between the rocks and the evolution display – heck, their room is SMALLER than the evolution display, and being a kid from the 80s I feel they should have at least as much central billing as the elephants do – who have a very large and very cool gallery on the main floor) so I recommend it. Just be sure to allow more time than we did.
And now I have to get to work. WWE Battleground is on in a couple of hours and I need to get this cover done first.
Have a good one!
So… I got all but the Special Editions and 101 Tips done with updated links and bios and such. That may not seem like an amazing thing but considering each one has at least four documents and that includes all the free short stories and the Collector’s Editions… Let’s just say it’s a lot of documents.
Also updated the website and sent out a newsletter. Bleh. So why do I feel like I didn’t do anything?
Not much else to report. We did our taxes finally – Taxslayer has a new site I do NOT like. I found it confusing and hard to use. Oh, and we paid all the bills too. It’s just a great day.
Last night I stayed up a bit and made habitats for my pets on Habi Makeover. The theme was Bugs or Butterflies.
Aren’t they cute? Wouldn’t you like to adopt your own pets?
Dinner is about done – we’re running late because of the taxes and bills which took forever – so I’m outta here.
Have a good one!
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Yesterday was supposed to involve the completion of the laundry room floor. Unfortunatly it did not. It did involve my uncle taking possession of his new house.
And the breakfast buffet at Vaughn’s.
I tried to sneak in a nap:
But was not allowed to and so I spent the remaining Iowa time scrubbing hinges.
A richer – I mean lesser – man would not bother salvaging them but alas I am broke – I mean…um…committed to retro authenticity.
And then hubby and I hit the road.
We got hungry and decided to find something in KC. So I did a quick map search and came up with Applebee’s, which oddly enough was so far out of our way we ended up in Kansas.
We eventually got there, only to park next to a tree.
The restaurant was nice, though I felt like Star Trek light.
These little tablets were on every table and let you call the server, order, pay your bill via credit card (which we had to do, of course), and even play games. We had to try that out and spent a chunk of our visit playing the couples quiz, which we did badly at ( the answers they let you choose from are not the right answers either of us would pick – like most online quizzes), and then switched to a scenario game where they give you a question and you and your table “discuss it”, then choose your answer and see what other tables have chosen in the past. We got this awesome question.
Ha ha! Oh, and the food was also good.
There was a lottery ticket fiasco, in which I tried to buy a ticket but the Machine was screwy and the attendant refused to redo it and tried to claim I had filled the powerball thing out wrong when you could clearly see I hadn’t. He then claimed I had erased things on it and that was what messed it up and made it add extra numbers and an extra draw, despite the fact there was only an ink pen available to full it out, ergo no erasing. In the end I refused to pay for it and got my correct ticket elsewhere. I’d have taken that one except a) he made me mad and b) I only had 2$ on me, not the 4$ for an extra draw. After all, it will loose the same as the one I ended up with, Lol.
Long story short, we eventually made it back to Bolivar and the familiar Walmart.
Then home where my cats rushed to greet me.
Or not. They kind of sniffed me.
Anyway, the question is, while I am back in Bolivar, should I try to keep up with daily blogging? Will there be anything of interest? What do you think?
Have a good one!
Pokemon & Google
I spent two hours last night messing around with the google maps Pokemon challenge. Just in case you have no idea what I’m talking about:
Okay, that video was great, but just how do you play? Ideally you look in random places and BOOM find some pokemon:
then click on your little pokemon friend to find who he is. If you want to catch him, click the blue pokeball:
and a pop up confirms that you got him.
You can check your poekdex to see who you’re missing and how many you’ve collected so far.
When you catch all 150 a “secret” pokemon named Mew shows up in a random location. Even better, he moves around, so though you may have checked somewhere, the next time you go back he might be there. I found him the third time I checked a certain spot:
And once you have all 151 your pokedex looks like this:
For the sake of full disclosure, I will say I had some help, mainly a website that listed possible locations for all the pokemon, but I still had to search the locations and let me tell you sometimes trying it type in those foreign place names was harder work than anything I’ve done lately. I tend to superimpose letters around and/or not see letters and this causes a problem when you’re doing a search.
All in all it was a fun waste of time and well executed on google’s part. It’s still going right now – I don’t know when it ends – so if you have a smart phone and google maps see how many pokemon you can catch. You can find all the info here, including a link to the wikia I used. As for Mew locations I just did google searches and tried them all over and over and over until he finally showed up.
I got this in my inbox the other day and wondered if maybe Amazon knows something I don’t:
You know it’s bad when even Amazon is telling you to get the heck outta dodge. Even scarier, the next email from Amazon said this:
I can only assume it’s a zombie apocalypse and that they are hoping to prepare me so that I can survive and continue to purchase from them.
Or is it a thinly veiled threat? You decide!
That makes me think of those old action figure commercials from the 80’s – Let me see if I can find one…
Anyway, moving on, I am officially back from my… vacation, if you want to call it that. Long story, but I will shorten it simply by saying I got no work done but I did take more pictures of snow, grass, frozen creeks, etc etc than any sane person needs. I might get them edited and uploaded by July.
One thing the trip did demonstrate was my need for a new phone, so I finally gave up and upgraded to a Bionic. That means I can now access my email (I know, I know!) on it, which I couldn’t do before because I actually have a google app account and it did’;t gel with the android I – there was a work around hubby had for awhile, but then that stopped working after a software upgrade. The Bionic is also leagues faster (no more 45 minutes trying to upload a photo to facebook) and it can actually run apps without lagging and/or freezing (wow!) So right now I am singing it’s praises. Give me a year and we’ll see what happens 😉
So, since it has new apps, I’ve been playing with them:
Not much else. I’m depressed for a myriad of reasons which are long and boring and sadly it will only get worse before it gets better, but it should taper off mid March or so. Just a matter of moving along until then. I don’t believe in wallowing, but sometimes one must simply BE depressed over various things. The trouble comes when said depressions effect your day to day activities, and since I’m not there yet all is good.
Speaking of day to day activities I have to catch up on book covers and such and then it is back to the book. I have gotten notes back from two of the three betas, so I need to read through all of those. I did a quick look through of them and they both have very helpful suggestions, and I am sure beta number three will as well (see my post – http://joleenenaylor.wordpress.com/2012/02/27/the-worlds-best-beta-readers/ ). The book still has no title. I know that this is supposed to be random space and most book yabber is supposed to be confined to the other blog, but I figure people can skim this if they want.
Anyway, titles I am playing with are:
- Sins of the Father
- Casualties of War
- Web of Darkness
- Web of Illusion
- Web of Lies
- Web of Deceit
- I also had Darkness of the Heart suggested but as I *think* book 5 will be titled Heart of the Raven two “hearts” may be confusing.
Maybe I should have a contest for it? That’s a sneaky way of drumming up blog views AND getting a title when you can’t think of one 😉
Speaking fo contests, I am going to do some give aways when I release the fourth book. I’m not giving away copies of the book because it always ends up a mess for one reason or another. Instead I am giving away paraphernalia. The plan is some book marker sets (i bought the sleeves and tassels for these) T-shirt transfers (Verchiel has some awesome t-shirts in this book including sayings like “Bloodsuker” – I thought transfers rather than shirts because then people can put them on any size/colored shirt they want) some vinyl stickers that have the warning labels from the MI institute on them, some collector cards of the Executioners (i have a couple done-ish at the moment) and then two cross necklaces (aka Velnya’s cross – though I could not find one that was exactly what I wanted). I also bought some craft metal tubing and the brother and I are trying to figure out how to make Executioner necklaces, but I’m not holing my breath on those. I’m not sure whether to do the giveaway as a two week thing with prizes every day, or drag it out to a month with prizes every day. Maybe two weeks is better?
I also have some things to say about the new Smashwords TOS regarding Erotica – though really we should all call it the paypal TOS – but I will limit that one to the author blog.
And with that I’m outta here. I have to do some sketching for four different covers and then I need to get a sci-fi romance one I am in the middle of finished tonight as well.
song going through my head – “Do You Wanna Go the Whole Way” – Roxette