Monday, August 27, 2007

the good & bad

this part is the good. months ago, i switched from BCBS to UHC, after lots of research. well, within a month of the switch, uhc announced that it was dropping wake med. which meant, that i could not continue to use my gyn as all their lab work, etc, was via wake med.

months later, united has reunited. YAY !!! it's an incredible relief, as all us girls know what a pain it is to find a gyn that we like, or even *love*.

it's hard to find a good doctor, a good practice, etc ... i'm just happy to not have to find a new one!

the bad ... blockbuster SUCKS ! i have been a member of their online rentals for a year +. i've told my friends how much i like their service, and how convenient it is to take your envelope to the store and get another movie.

BUT. but. again, they've changed the conditions of my plan with them. and this time, i'm not going for it. they want to cut out about 1/2 my rentals and keep the rate the same. NO. no thanks. we've exchanged a couple of emails regarding this issue, but in the end, it's a large corporation that doesn't care. numbers are their bottom line. and the bottom line for me is i won't remain one of their numbers. my billing cycle is about to end, as will my membership. netflix, here i come !


Monday, August 20, 2007


i say beasties because i like that word so much. and i think it perfectly describes jackie & the hippie's beasties ... sampson, fergus, and scout.

whenever i think about this picture, i just start to laugh. i mean, they're just house cats ! but, look how they form a hungry pack. it's like they're saying "hand over the herbed turkey or we'll eat you !" they're not petite kitties (well, scout is). i think they could take someone down if they wanted!

though i'm not a cat person (allergies), i can appreciate them fully. jackie loves her kitties so much that she has an entire flickr set dedicated to them.

this is the hippie. his birthday was last week, and i knitted him a little hat to wear when he goes boating. i have another (incomplete) treat for him as well ... as soon as i get around to finishing it. and jackie's birthday is this week! oh my!

so, though it's hard to see in the picture, he is wearing his new hat, in his own gangsta way.

clearly we were having too much fun ! see what i mean ....

poor stuart was flung into the freezer with all the vodka's !!! brrrr ....

he had too much fun too and had to go to bed.

Saturday, August 18, 2007

tidbits from home ....

i went knitting at rrrrrrrita's the other night, and noticed as i walked up the walkway, something fragrant. i didn't know from what, until i was leaving , and i spotted the little white flowers by moon and street light, and she said they were creeping gardenias. she snapped one off for me to take home.

that was thursday night. and the flower is still white. and it still smells delicious!

last week i stopped into the local sam's club. i usually just go in and get what's on my list, but i decided to browse a bit. when i saw this tent, i thought, "how cute!" and in the next breath, realized that the boxes were for a full sized tent and the the model was just a model. oops.

i think it would be much better in wee size.

stuart would love a wee tent for camping in yosemite!

Sunday, August 12, 2007

SMASH! boom ! BAM !

... this has been my misfortune lately. while i was gone to shelby, i had a shelf fall and i lost the pitcher of my blender, the lid of my crockpot, and a teapot. and now ... a cheapie wine glass. hmmm ....

Tuesday, August 07, 2007

and a time to travel ...

as soon as the airline ticket is purchased, it's official ... i am indeed going to the dominican republic between thanksgiving and christmas. i don't know yet in what capacity, i don't even care, ... because i get to GO somewhere !

Monday, August 06, 2007

i always have a really hard time trying to take fish pictures. it's kinda hard to get little nemo to hold still. yes! her name really is nemo ... 'cause her fin on the other side is orange, and her body is all white. it looks unbalanced, and cute.

i was away for a couple of weeks, but my dear friend rrrrrita kept my fishes alive for me! i hate coming home to a dead fish. my platty's are fine too, and they're even harder to capture with my camera because they spend a good amount of time hiding behind the plants, bubble wand, or rock. they're timid, except for at mealtime.

stuart is being a good pal and letting his little friend wear his sombrero (little does stuart realize that he looks like one of the village people !) .

that's my clover plant between them. it tried to die while i was away. i gave it a good soak when i returned, and it already has lots of new growth. i really need to put it in a bigger pot though.