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Scarab Sages

Also, saw Kong: Skull Island. Pretty kick ass flick.

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A very foggy Saturday morning. Also, a very slow-starting one for my household.

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Two entertainment icons, Chuck Berry and Bernie Wrightson, both passed away, leaving the world a poorer place.

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Otherwise, Happy Sunday.

At least it's looking to be a decent day, weather wise.

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AAAAAARRRRRRGGGGGHHHHH!!!!!!!!


Aberzombie wrote:
AAAAAARRRRRRGGGGGHHHHH!!!!!!!!

Ok. What did I do this time?

Scarab Sages

You're not that annoying.

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Stupid plumbing issues.

If all it takes to get water leaking under the sink is for a retaining nut on the faucet to loosen a bit, the contractor who built your house may have installed a piece of s!+* faucet.

Or maybe the company designed a piece of s~*+ faucet. I'm looking at you Moen.


Aberzombie wrote:
You're not that annoying.

Challenge accepted! ~starts poking Aberombie~

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Mmmmm....left over ribs for dinner. Always a good thing.

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Of course, that was only because I had forgotten to take out the red beans and rice the night before.

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Woot! The beer store had Zombie Monkey!

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Combine that with the left over red beans and rice for dinner, and today was pretty decent.

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Hurt my back somehow over the weekend, and it's been slow to recover. Still, I woke up this morning with much less pain.

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My entry this morning in the "Did You Know..." thread was inspired by a memory of my great uncle. He was a bomber pilot in WWII, who's B-17 was shot down over Germany. He then spent 18 months as a "guest" of the Germans.

Anyway, beyond that he was a cool old dude. He and his wife were very close to my family. We'd go over to their house all the time. He and my dad also used to fish a lot together - it was during those fishing trips that my dad became one of the few people he opened up to about his experiences as a POW.

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My old uncle was also an excellent cook. Then again, many of the men in my family (both paternal and maternal sides) seem to be pretty good in the kitchen. My dad was a great cook. One of my older brothers is awesome at it, taking after our mom's older brother. In truth, my brothers and I can all cook to one degree or another.

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I remember, back in the day, since my parent's had the most kids, we also had the most space to host others. Typically, everyone would come to our house for the biggest holidays - Christmas, Good Friday, Easter, etc. My dad sat at the head of the table, with his father/mother and aunts/uncles on either side of him. Lots of good food and good times.

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Too bad times change so much.

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It's gonna be another nice weather day here in Houston. Of course, the forecast is now saying rain for Friday and Saturday.

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It's gonna be a bright...
Bright....
Bright....
Bright, sunshiny day!

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On Monday, I was lucky enough to catch the restart of the Supernatural reruns on TNT. So, I was able to watch the pilot episode, and have been recording and kind of binge watching all week long. I may keep it up through at least season 5. We'll see.

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At least, I think it was Monday.

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Definitely sometime this week.

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Both kids managed to piss me off this morning. First, the boy didn't want to get out of bed, then started with his whiny, fake-cry b$#@#+@!. Later on, as we were getting ready to leave the house, baby girl threw her stuffed animal at her brother, knocking bowl he was holding and scattering Cheerios all over the f$#+ing floor.

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Speaking of my baby girl, though.....

Yesterday afternoon, while driving home from daycare, baby girl said something smart-ass. The following exchange then took place:

Me: "Don't be a smart ass."

Baby Girl: "I not a smart ass. I a bad ass."

Needless to say, I laughed.

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'Tis Friday. Whether "Happy" or no, remains to be seen.

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After some rather severe thunderstorms last night, we have some bright, sunshiny weather this morning.

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I have been toying with the idea of some more natural ways to reduce the mosquito population around my home.

One of the ideas I considered in the past was a bat box. I downloaded plans to build one. After careful consideration, however, I came to think my backyard might not be an ideally suited location. It remains a possibility. I may even try to pass the idea along to our HOA and see if they would consider putting one or two up around the lake. That might help the community as a whole.

My more recent idea, passed on from multiple sources, is the use of various plants that supposedly act as natural. There are issues to overcome, however, and no definitive evidence (that I've seen) concluding it actually works well. Some of the plants require they be interacted with to work, such as rubbing the oil from the plant onto your arms/neck/etc. Others, like Lavender, supposedly will work just by being planted nearby and giving off their smell. My brother claims to have tried many of these plants and not had them work well.

An even more recent idea, passed on by the aforementioned brother, is the Patio Egg. It seems to be a porous, ceramic egg that can be hung in various locations and filled with certain oils. The oils then diffuse through the egg and act as a repellent. I've had mixed reports of whether it works or not. It's only $20 at Bed Bath and Beyond, though.

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Another recent idea I was given by the plant ladies at Lowe's: Fill a spray bottle with a mixture of peppermint oil and water, then spray around doorways and other house openings. It's supposedly good for spiders and other insects, as well as skeeters.

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One of the few good things about my time in Philadelphia was not having to worry about the skeeters.

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Actually, looking back there were a lot of good things about my time in Philly. Not enough to make me want to raise my children there, however.

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I had an interesting thought train occur to me yesterday, regarding parallels between the beer industry and the comic book industry over the last 20 years or so.

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G+~@#!ned crap show Into the Badlands. Again I have to wait another hour to watch Talking Dead. Either that, or save it until tomorrow.

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Grapes
Coffee
Chocolate Milk (if they have it)

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They did not have it.

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The boy had another good report card. All A's and one B.

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Meanwhile, baby girl thinks the Moon follows us each morning.

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In her defense, I am somewhat suspicious of the Moon's behavior myself on occasion.

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It's definitely a shifty m##!$$$$+*+$.

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I may have grown extraordinarily fond of frosted sugar cookies.

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Egads! It appears my area is due for some rain today.

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A young(ish) lady friend from my previous place of employment posted the other day on FB that she and her new husband have bought a house. From what I understand, they got a really good deal on it. So, I'm happy for them. I even offered my assistance for any moving events.

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I was thinking of the TV show Supernatural the other day. The first five seasons were pretty great. Since then, it's been going steadily down hill, albeit with some bright spots along the way.

I think part of the reason for this is due in large to those first 5 seasons having a single, cohesive story. After that, they just started going from one season to the next, just trying to find ways to drag the show on.

Another reason is the over dependence on Judeo-Christian mythology. If they had not made that God the end-all-be-all of creation, they might have been able to do some good s%@&, maybe some Lovecraftian type s+*@.

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Another cool morning, and exceedingly windy. Had to put jackets on the kidlets to keep them from complaining. They won't need them all day, though.

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Speaking of weather, we had some nasty strong winds and heavy rain yesterday for a few hours. It started to uproot the new bush I'd planted last week. Luckily, the roots appear to have held.

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One of my former co-workers texted me the other day to see how I was doing. I didn't even bother to respond. F@#! the a~~$!%@s at the company.

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I was getting some pressure to drive into New Orleans for Easter. F&+! that s&$%. I hate driving there. For one, the drive itself always sucks ass. Between traffic, whiny kids, and the actual physical pain it causes me, those drives usually end up being 6+ hours of torment.

And when we finally get there? If we stay at my mom's house, we get to (not) sleep (well) on a rock hard bed. At least we get our own bathroom, though. More often than not, however, we have to stay at my in-laws house, where we get to (also not) sleep (well) on a (very uncomfortable) futon, the only shower in the house is the one in my in-laws bathroom, and the bathtub we cleanse the children in is a g$%*#%ned jacuzzi tub.

Let's not forget the general disruption to the kidlets' normal routine. That usually takes a day or three to sort out once we get back home.

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My baby girl was singing the "My Little Pony. Friendship is magic." jingle from the commercials. It was cute. Thankfully, she has not insisted on watching the show yet. It might be due to her not even knowing the show exists......

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Speaking of my baby girl....when we got to daycare yesterday afternoon, we received a report that she had bitten another child and broke skin. She received some rather firm lecturing from both of us, along with a warning that should it ever happen again, she'd be punished more severely.

You'd think she would have learned her lesson from the first (and last) time she tried to bite daddy.

Scarab Sages

There must be some kind of way outta here
Said the joker to the thief
There's too much confusion
I can't get no relief

Business men, they drink my wine
Plowman dig my earth
None were level on the mind
Nobody up at his word
Hey, hey

No reason to get excited
The thief he kindly spoke
There are many here among us
Who feel that life is but a joke
But, uh, but you and I, we've been through that
And this is not our fate
So let us stop talkin' falsely now
The hour's getting late, hey

All along the watchtower
Princes kept the view
While all the women came and went
Barefoot servants, too
Outside in the cold distance
A wildcat did growl
Two riders were approaching
And the wind began to howl

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