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The Book Of Face.
 

So it is true, I have returned to the book of face. I really had every intention of trying to stay off it for a whole year. However in this day and age it almost seems impossible to keep in touch with many people without it. In December I decided to send out Christmas cards, having skipped the year before. As much as I tried to save addresses from everyone, some got lost, and it was difficult to send them out to everyone. Damn I could have used Facebook! As our cruise ended I knew I would need the book of faces in order to keep in touch with people we met. Only one person didn’t have the book, that was because of his job being strict with what he could and couldn’t post on it. I totally get that. While I could have had our new friends just add John, and they did, he never uses it except for the months he’s off. So I went back . . .

Adding people back on Facebook has been a challenge. When I deleted my old one I neglected to back up my friends list. Oops! Also many people have their accounts set to only “friends of friends” can friend request them. While you can send them a message, it goes into their “other” mailbox which most people don’t know exists. I found it by accident and was shocked to see three years of messages in it from various people.

So if you would like to be friends again, here is a link to my new Facebook. Now I’m NOT going back to my old ways of posting anything and everything, I’m going to be very minimal on it as to not get sucked into the drama. My main use for using it is to stay in contact with people. I will continue to use my Instagram as my main platform for sharing photos, along with my various blogs for life updates.

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Mattel-hoverboard-Back-To-The-Future So it’s a new year, how time flies. While 2014 wasn’t the worst year in recent memory, it wasn’t the best. We lost Moo Kitty and Galahad last year, and Bunny Poo Poo needed an expensive operation. He’s at least okay now.

Christmas was good and bad. It turned out the cold I couldn’t shake developed into pneumonia. Fun! While at the urgent care to get treated John picked up the flu virus. Thankfully we both got good drugs and are recovered just in time for our vacation. We are headed out on our cruise soon, so as usual watch my Instagram and my Tumblr blog for photo updates. We are going on the newest Royal Caribbean ship The Quantum of the Seas.

Finally some house renovations inside are going on. Work is starting on our bathroom renovations, even though I wanted to hold on that until it was a tad warmer. We are looking into finally possibly putting a small bathroom in upstairs and then later expanding our main floor bathroom. Yes we are moving on up, a two bathroom house! Mind you this house was constructed in 1914 when one bathroom was a bonus.

That’s all for now. Stay tuned for some more fun updates!

Oh yeah . . . it’s 2015, so where’s my damn hoverboard?

Christmas, New Years, & Cruise!
 

So Jesus’ birthday is almost here! I’ve been swamped and stressed with work for the past month. I’m actually working three jobs right now. I’ll make another post about all those in the future, though a full-time job is looking good for the Fall of 2015 on. Fingers crossed! Right now as the holidays approach I’m in grading hell for my teaching gig. Ack! This is the first time I will not be getting my grades in before Xmas. I have till Jan 5th, and I will be close to that due date this year.

I’m in Virginia as usual this time of year. I’m typing this before sleeping pills kick in and I go to bed, as I have to get up early tomorrow to drive back to New Jersey to pick up John and bring him back down to Virginia. Six hours in the car with Christmas music on the radio, I’m hoping for minimal Mariah Carrey. I’ll try and do a follow up post with decoration photos soon, but as usual you can always hop over to my Instagram.

I just realized today that our cruise is fast approaching. We leave earlier than normal this year, right after the New Year. I hope the boat is still decorated for Christmas. We are going on Royal Caribbean’s newest ship Quantum of the Seas. I’m so excited! Again make you you check into my Instagram often. This is the first “smart ship” Royal has put out, so you know I’ll take advantage of that to post as many photos as I can.

Anyways, as I’ve not gone back Facebook still, I can’t torture my friends with Henrietta and Myra Neudorf this holiday season. Therefore I shall torture my blog readers. Go tell it!

Thanksgiving Past
 

So Thanksgiving has come and gone. It was fairly uneventful here. I cooked for myself, John and his brother. This year I didn’t go overboard so there wasn’t an insane amount of leftovers. In fact almost everything is gone by now. Normally I make a turkey breast-in-a-bag (Target’s is fool proof and so good!), however I am not a huge turkey fan and what isn’t eaten normally gets tossed. I do like meatloaf though, so I made a turkey meatloaf using a Rachel Ray recipe. It was amazing and is just about gone as I type this. Next year, assuming the house is finally in good shape, I am contemplating hosting a dinner since I have so many friends in the area now. Well not that many, but enough that we could have them over and it would remain low-maintenence, except for John’s brother of course.

Thanksgiving night John wanted to watch “Godzilla,” so I put it in. However I had to tune it out as his brother wouldn’t shut up as usual. He had to talk about why the rocks were wrong, how the fins on Godzilla’s back were not to aid in swimming but for balance, so on and so forth. The irony is when I saw the film in the theater I ended up with an older couple behind me who wouldn’t shut the hell up either. “Oh it’s Juliette Binoche, I love her!” “Well that part didn’t last long at all.” “Oh what’s the name of that flower, I adore those flowers.” “Is that Godzilla? It doesn’t look like Godzilla.” Ahhhhhhhh! I remember leaving the theater at one point to breath and calm down. While outside a woman was heading back in from the bathroom, saw me and said “I wanna kill them too.” Seriously, people need to STFU sometimes.

So to wrap this post up, I realized I forgot to celebrate Thanksgiving with “Turkey Lurkey Time.” Unfortunately I’m running out of options to share. I guess I need to motivate to learn the dance and make my own video. Until then, enjoy last year’s “Glee” mash-up of “Let’s Have A Kiki” and “Turkey Lurkey Time.”

Cold . . . So Cold!
 

So as usual, it seems we’ve almost entirely skipped Fall and headed straight into Winter. The cold weather and wind is here, and it sucks. I am however counting my lucky stars that we didn’t get the snow hitting north and west of us. Still, these are late December and January temps we have going on, not Mid-November! Brrrr! This winter is gunna suck. I should stock up on cocoa now.

Thankfully the work on outside of our house is almost all but finished. The only thing left is to re-seal our roof. But the new windows make it nice and toasty inside, and no wind is coming in through cracks anymore either. The garage is being revamped now. Unfortunately the back-yard fence hasn’t gone up because of issues that had to be tended to first out there. It likely won’t go up until the spring sadly. I really could have used that backyard on nights like these. I do like walking the dogs in the snow though, because they enjoy it so much.

I finally got Halloween down on the outside of the house. However I’ve left it up inside and I really don’t care! It’s the “Nightmare Before Christmas” village, and it can just stay up until I get Christmas out as far as I’m concerned. Thanksgiving is around the corner and I have no idea what our plans are yet. I need to find out if I have to cook. We have been invited to my friends, so we may just do that.

I’ve done a few more paranormal investigations, but haven’t really had a chance to go over anything yet. I hope to do a few more before years end as well. So expect some posts about those soon.

In other news, someone on the web host I’m on did some bad things, and a lot of major email servers have blacklisted mail coming from my server. I’m working to fix that, but that has resulted in the blog subscriptions bouncing back since around June for many. Oopsie! Yeah I just logged into that email and saw them all. After this post goes live I will have a new subscription service in place. So you can re-subscribe below under the comment form or from the link on the front page. I’m going to also port over the old subscriptions when I get a chance.

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I am getting old. So old. But not as old as some of these peeps :) Most still rock.

Stacy Q . . . She’s so rad! That’s a “Full House” quote for the youngsters. Us old folks remember when she appeared on “Facts of Life.”

Shit, Shannon is still awesome, she probably should have not worn that. God bless she can still sing.

I only added this cause that’s Miss Bo Brady on lead vocals.

Lisa Lisa . . . luvs

This was minutes from me and two weeks ago. I didn’t know. I’m crying!

Someone who always comes so close, and I never have seen, but one day it shall happen!

Facebook Is No More
 

So after a year of my love-hate relationship with Facebook, I finally did it and just got rid of it all together. I had actually deleted all my status from past years, photos and videos awhile ago. Let me tell you that is not an easy thing to do going back to 2007. I would then periodically clean my wall of recent stuff. I don’t know why I started doing this honestly. I think it was my version of slowly trying to get myself off Facebook.

Lately though Facebook has been less fun for me and often would make me angry, upset and raise my blood pressure. I actually had deactivated the account last weekend and survived a week without it. My initial thoughts were to eventually go back and purge my friends list of all but close people that I knew and liked. However when I tried to do that, I found myself unable to. I felt bad about unfriending people, and the there was the issue “if I unfriend this one, but not that one, they are mutual friends and the first will know and wonder why I ditched them…” It just became too much, and I ended up deleting a whopping ten people and still had 305 friends, many I knew I should just get rid of but again couldn’t seem to be mean enough to do.

So I the end I decided the easiest thing was to get rid of it. Now Facebook does not make this easy at all. You have to google to find the real way to delete, not deactivate your Facebook. They also don’t immediately delete it, you have to not log in for 14 whole days and then they remove it. It unfortunately becomes really easy to end up changing your mind and saving it from permanent deletion. I know! There is also the “connected apps” that can accidentally revive your Facebook. So I resorted to drastic measures. I went and unfriended all 305 people. That way there wasn’t much to bring me back. Then I made a random email on my server I would never remember, made that my default Facebook email, set the account to permanently delete … then deleted the random email I made so I again couldn’t retrieve it! Yeah, that was way too much work to get rid of Facebook!

Now I actually have to let what I did sink in and get used to not being on it. I do wish I had saved a few contacts that I now realize I didn’t have in my phone. However if someone really wonders where I went to and really wants to find me, it’s not hard to do that for me with Google. I imagine this blog may be getting a few more hits over this week from people doing just that. Who knows, maybe now I’ll actually blog more, because what I would normally share on Facebook I can post here. I think I am gunna need a new blog category for “John’s Brother Stories.”

Spring . . . It
 

photo So we are experiencing lovely “Spring-Like” temps right now, but it won’t last. This coming Thursday . . . snow is possible. Then next Monday and Tuesday . . . more possible snow. I don’t think Spring is EVER coming! Now I love snow, but I’m at my limits. I want the yard done so I can start planting grass and working in my garden areas.

On an up note, the nice weather we have been having has allowed our contractor to get a lot of work done outside. The front porch is ALMOST done. We also have the final new window in the attic/crawl space, as well as the boards sanded down up there. It still needs some paint. Now all that will be left is final coats and of course all the window trims.

My old garden area by the garage is getting a facelift. They are tearing down the fence there, which really makes the yard look bigger. With a large tree gone out back, and more smaller ones to be taken down, we are now getting a lot more sun. I may be able to move my garden elsewhere this year. Oh and the best part yet, they filled in all the groundhog holes! I’m not sure that will last though.

Soon they will be working on a French drain on the side of the house to stop basement water issues. The back porch area is now being disputed. The built in grill is out, we couldn’t seem to agree on anything (we being John and myself, he was being ornery about what kind of grill . . . as if he would even use it), and I got fed up and just nixed it all. I have my small charcoal grill I like, and I may get a small gas grill I’ve had my eye on since last summer. I have now suggested a smaller porch area and a large fenced in area at the back door and side of the house for the dogs to be outside and safely unsupervised. Being able to let the dogs out and have them hang out outside as long as they want seems to be a better deal anyways.

Something New Every Day!
 

So the work on the house continues, as does our cleaning house and getting stuff thrown out that needs to go. We are making great progress with the cleaning, the housework is coming along too . . . just not as fast as I would like. It seems like everyday the plans get bigger and more things torn up. Apparently I am being told on an as need basis at this point so I don’t get too stressed and flip out :)

Case in point, I found out that in order to put the new back door in, the whole landing had to come out, and suddenly we were getting all new steps and some closets built in the basement where the laundry room is. This was apparently going to happen perhaps when we were on vacation, so as not to inconvenience us. I thought it might be better to do it while we were here, so we could watch over the cats, who normally go into the basement to eat, pee and poop. Well apparently it all got ripped out today!

Our yearly vacation is coming up soon, and the workers will continue to work while we are gone. I’m just choosing to believe we will come home to so much having been finished. I know that’s a fairytale :)

Christmas Gone, New Year Almost Here!
 

So this wasn’t the happiest of holiday seasons. I had just put up the tree, spent HOURS rethreading new lights into The Pink Nightmare’s pre-light madness to get dark sections to work, dragged all the boxes up from the basement when . . . . the houseworkers who went on hiatus returned! They tore out every window to put the new ones in, which meant gaining access outside and inside to the windows, which mean major moving of things including the Christmas tree. I just had it and put the tree away and took everything back downstairs. Things were getting broken left and right, I was not gunna let Christmas get ruined anymore than it had been by them breaking ornaments or the Baby Jesus!

Then they decided to take out the giant kitchen window, tear the walls down (which meant packing up the entire kitchen and moving things elsewhere) and that’s where we are now. Yes they were gone for weeks and decided that two weeks before Christmas was the opportune time to do all this. Hey I had nothing to do! Sure I can just take time out to pack up half the house, forget decorating. No trouble at all, not like you couldn’t have done this all say . . . when it was still warm out!

Anyways, below is some of the progress on the kitchen nook which is being redone . . . Oh a skylight is going in where there is no dry-wall in the one photo.

So there was some issues as to where we would even be for Christmas, but we did manage to drive down to my mom’s Christmas Eve night. My mom had to have a new water heater installed that day, and apparently the workers there did not bother to close her back gate. We arrived at 10pm, it was dark, I didn’t think the gate would be open and couldn’t see it either. So at about 10:30 Christmas Eve . . . Nikko and Ebbie go missing from the backyard! After walking up and down the street calling them, Ebbie came back. She ended up at the back door barking to be let in, or at least responding to our calls. Nikko was another story. We walked for an hour with Princess and Ebbie on leashes, hoping they’d draw him out. Then we drove in the car even further. NOTHING. I was about to just burt into tears. I had given up, he was not going to be found tonight, so we were on our way back home when my mom called. At about midnight, she found him . . . . directly across the street. He knew he did bad and had been hiding out the whole time. The little shit! I was just so relieved to have him back safe and sound at that point. He knew he did bad though, as his ears were down the whole night without me even having to say anything. He also insisted on sleeping with me/us, when normally he and Princess always sleep with my mom. He stayed by my feet the whole night.

While I was going back and forth between Virginia and NJ before Xmas, John did decorate our tree. We put it back up eventually, and he did it while I was gone. On the 23rd I put out some minimal decorations, pictured below. It’s no where near what I normally do, but with the amount of banging and disruption I didn’t need stuff getting broken. I was already in a foul mood, if they broke the Baby Jesus I would have flipped shit!

We are now in the process of cleaning up the house. This FINALLY includes throwing away crap that needs to be thrown out, the basement and the two rooms on the first floor that will be my study and a new guest room.

Happy New Year! 2013 SUCKED . . .