Monday, March 31, 2008

Anime and stuff

We haven't bought any anime in quite some time. I think that led us to somewhat splurge on it this weekend. We picked up Volume 1 of XXXholic by Clamp along with a Clamp double feature movie that features, "Tsubasa: The Princess in the Birdcage Kingdom," and "XXXholic: A Midsummer Night's Dream." We haven't watched either movie yet.

Also purchased: Volumes 1 and 2 of the laugh a minute, "The Wallflower." The hubby really gets a kick out of this anime series for some reason. lol At some point in time I'd like to pick up the Death Note series too. That's one I really enjoyed.

My computer is still acting up but I guess I shouldn't complain much since it's over 5 years old and hasn't given me too much trouble. I suppose it's time to start saving up for a new one. I'd like to get it with XP instead of Vista though. I think that's possible if we order it from Dell.

Did anyone turn off their lights for Earth Hour on Saturday? We turned off everything and then played cards by candlelight. I don't think they did a very good job of advertising for Earth Hour though since my daughter didn't know a thing about it until I mentioned it to her. That might explain why only 5% of electrical power was saved in Chicago during that hour. I thought it would be a lot more.

I think I'm finally getting the hang of giving my cat insulin shots. At least I'm not cringing when I do it anymore. And Thistle seems to have gotten used to the idea of getting stuck with a tiny needle two times a day. Thistle is also on a special diet. It's hard keeping her away from her brother's regular food.

It's a dreary, rather depressing kind of day thanks to all this rain. Where in hades is Spring???

Smoke free days: 76! *pats self on back*

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Weekly update

Easter was nice, especially since I didn't have to cook or anything. :D My 84 year old mom-in-law (bless her heart) did the honors, and once again she overdid it with the food. Here is her menu for 8 adults and 3 kids. (ages: 2, 6, and 10)

Egg drop soup
Lasagna (Yum! My favorite. This with some bread is all I need.)
Pork Roast
Fried chicken
Brussels sprouts
Mashed potatoes
Sautéed mushrooms
Endless bread basket

I won't bother to go into all the things she set out for dessert. With so much food, it's hard to enjoy one thing because she looks disappointed if you don't sample a hearty portion of "everything." *belch* Naturally, I overate. I'll have to compensate by extending my daily workouts this week.

In other news: My hubby will finally have surgery to remove a tumor growing on a nerve in his leg on April 10th. He was supposed to have the surgery done on February 15 but it was cancelled the day before. Sheesh. The doctor said he's been doing this kind of surgery for 30 years. There is always a chance of nerve damage but he made it sound like the risk is minimal. Hope so.

Last week we took Thistle (my calico) in for tests since she started drinking a lot of water and urinating often. Well, she has diabetes. :( I still flinch when I have to inject her with the insulin. Supposedly this gets easier over time.

My computer has been giving me a whole lot of grief lately. Some days it stalls completely and doesn't start working properly again until after 3 reboots. I've done a number of virus scans, ran a registry clean program, defragmented my hard drive, etc, but nothing has helped. Now, my network doesn't work. I can't even ping my computer from my husband's computer. *sigh* Anyhoo, if I disappear for awhile it will probably be because my computer crashed completely.

Now, I'm off to get a workout in before I get too lazy.

Monday, March 17, 2008

Spring is in the air...

...Well, not really. It's since pretty cold here in Chi town. But I had a bit of Spring erupt on my computer monitor this morning. You can experience it too by clicking on the link below. It will take you to a black screen. Click your mouse on that black screen as often as you like and enjoy. :D

PS: Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Click for a touch of Spring

Monday, March 10, 2008

Cats and blankets

My cats love the spare bedroom. And they love it even more when I toss extra blankets on the bed. :D

Sneak playing peek a boo

Sneak and Thistle enjoying a lazy Sunday

Saturday, March 8, 2008

Yah! It's the weekend

After much growling, cursing, and pulling my hair out I finally got my old PDA to sync up with my computer. I'm still not sure what I did to finally succeed so I hope I don't have to do this again. But I know that's too much to hope for because this isn't the first time the pda and the computer stopped syncing. And every time it's a pain in the arse trying to make things right again. Anyway, now I can download some stuff I want to read when I'm not in front of the computer.

We're going to watch some anime later and then a movie we got from Netflix called Game Plan. It stars Dwayne "the Rock" Johnson. I like him. We would've watched "Crash" too, but the disc arrived cracked so I returned it right away. Today's pizza night too. Whoot!

More from my sketchbook: I drew this rose at the end of January, referencing the book "Drawing for Dummies," by B. Hoddinott.

I hope everyone has an enjoyable weekend!

Thursday, March 6, 2008


A funny tidbit from this morning's Chicago Sun Times:

Every Woman's Struggle

One day a housework-challenged husband decided to wash his sweatshirt. Seconds after he stepped into the laundry room, he shouted to her, "What setting do I use on the washing machine?"

"It depends," she replied. "What does it say on your shirt?"

He yelled back, "University of Illinois."

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

No pain, no gain

Whoa, I forgot how hard exercising could be, especially when your body hasn't done much moving in a while. I just finished doing a 15 minute aerobic routine following Gilad on Fit TV. Then I lifted 5 pound hand weights, doing 2 sets of 8 reps for biceps, triceps, back, and chest. Whew. That doesn't really sound like a lot, but it's a lot for me right now. *wipes brow* I'm trying to establish a routine of doing some form of exercise every day for at least 20 minutes. So far, so good. Getting my body to move will be much easier when the weather warms up because I love to walk and plan on doing a lot of it this year.

We watched "New Amsterdam," last night. I'm not sure what to say about it except that I thought it was so, so. I didn't think there was anything spectacular about it, but I plan on watching it again.

On American Idol: I thought the worst performances were by Luke Menard and Danny Noriega. I'd kind of hate to see Danny go though because he cracks me up. He's got just enough attitude going on to be funny without being annoying. (yet) Tonight the girls get to sing.

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Cold and bored with winter

I guess winter has me down because I'm feeling blah and bored. Inspiration is seriously lacking right now. I pushed my drawing books, pencils, and paper off to the side and grabbed hold of an old, "teach yourself css" book instead. Think I'll work with that for a while. The change of pace might do me good since I have a bad habit of sticking to one thing for far too long and then a kind of numbness sets it. I don't need any more numbness, thank you very much. This lousy weather is doing a good enough job of it.

We watched "Eastern Promises," and "Across the Universe," this weekend and really enjoyed both movies. I cancelled my Netflix subscription about 7 months ago but recently decided to start it up again. In the long run it's cheaper than renting from Comcast or the neighborhood Blockbuster. Plus I've found that Netflix has a much bigger selection than Blockbuster, especially when it comes to anime.

American Idol is on tonight. I don't have a favorite yet although David Archuleta shot to the top of the list after his wonderful performance of "Imagine." I like Jason Castro too but would like to see him concentrate on vocals only. He needs to stash the guitar for a while. IMO, the guys are doing a lot better than the girls this season.

The premium of New Amsterdam airs right after Idol. It's another series about an immortal. The scenes they've been showing look good. I plan on watching tonight.

My jaw dropped this morning when the radio dude said we turn our clocks ahead one hour this weekend because I totally forgot about that. Well, I didn't actually forget about it, I just didn't realize that the time to spring the clocks ahead was upon us already.

49 days without a cigarette. Whoot. Go me. *brrrr* I'm freezing. Stupid cold weather!!

Saturday, March 1, 2008

No pressure

Sometimes I feel very guilty for not blogging every day or for not posting long, well thought out entries. So you can imagine how good I felt when I found this. It made me smile. :)