30 June, 2010
I was terrified that the electric bill for this house would bankrupt us, but keeping the house at a balmy 78 when we're home and 84 when we're not seems to be working. While the bill here is definitely higher than at the apartment, it's not nearly as noticeable as I thought it would be. I expected it to be double, and so far it's been maybe 20% more.
I'm so glad we had that problem when we did...otherwise I shudder to think what that bill would be like now.
29 June, 2010
28 June, 2010
Of course, that got me thinking about what adult beverages could benefit from avocado. Here's the list I came up with:
* Cosmo-cado - vodka, cranberry, and avocado. The flavor might be ok, but I worry it would be mudslide brown.
* Pina-vocado - rum, pineapple, and avocado. I want to try that!
* Avo-colada - rum, coconut, and avocado. The jury is out.
* Avo-jito - rum, lime, mint, and avocado. Scott the mojito purist wouldn't appreciate this at all!
* Avocado slide - vodka, Kahlua, and avocado. *horf!* No thank you!
*Avocado daiquiri - rum, ice, and avocado. Why not?
Anyone else have a good drink idea? Or a terrible one?
27 June, 2010
How do you dry off? Easy - just flap your wings!
(also, you might notice that the first picture above was taken where I last saw the heron. he's flown the coop for now)
I thought he had just caught a fish because his throat was doing that flutter-wiggle thing, but he kept it up for a while. Scott suggested the wing position was a way to cool down, and I accepted that because it's easier to believe something positive than to worry about something negative.
I kept an eye on him, and tried to figure out whether the brown on the tip of the right wing was an injury (of course, my first instinct was "that damned alligator!) or natural coloring or even oil. I still don't know. But I've gone back through all of my old Harley pictures, and have never seen coloring like that. See the picture below for another view. I took some other pictures, and it's on both wings at the same spot.He's back out there again this morning, which makes me wonder whether he even left. He's spending a lot of time grooming, which makes me think whatever is going on there must either hurt or itch a lot. Of course, there's a pretty abundant supply of fish, so I don't think he'll starve. Still, it breaks my heart to think he's hurting.
24 June, 2010
Anyway, this version is making me very happy
Has everyone I "know" from their blogs burned out at once?
I know my excuse - I'm learning a new job and my brain is so full of new things I stopped having thoughts of my own past "eat, sleep, drive, TV" a week ago.
Where did everyone go?
(by the way, aside from the flat spot I've developed on my forehead from banging my head into the desk, I'm really enjoying my new job. I'll tell more when I figure out how to tell what is it that I do all day!)
(and also, getting home in daylight is nice, but I had forgotten what it's like to get into a 120 degree car in long pants. ick!)
17 June, 2010
07 June, 2010
My favorite Orlando Sentinel columnist took a very scientific approach to hurricane season. He spoke with hurricane experts including a psychic, a monkey, and his two children and compared their results with Dr. Gray. How did they all do? "Generally, when it came to picking storm numbers for 2010, Gray went high and the monkey went low. The psychic and little Maxwells were smack in the middle."
I guess that means I'm hoping the monkey is correct. Apparently buying a house has made me incredibly sensitive to hurricane season. Also, living a few hundred yards from Turnpike construction during hurricane season has made me paranoid. The last thing I need is an orange construction barrel flying through my window at 90 mph!
03 June, 2010
|Mon - Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c|
|Craziest F#?ing Thing I've Ever Heard - Gored Bullfighter|
02 June, 2010
|The Daily Show With Jon Stewart||Mon - Thurs 11p / 10c|
|Cenac - The Spilling Fields - Oil Leak Containment Ideas|
Rationally, I understand that boycotting BP doesn't hurt BP as much as it hurts local station owners and workers and that's it's a pretty ineffective emotional response. But watching the first 2 minutes of this clip made me think maybe those local owners need to find a new company to be affiliated with.
It's obvious BP has really not bothered with the safety of its workers for a long time. And I really hope the Justice Department is able to nail them to the wall, take all of their money to clean up their mess, and shut them down.
...and now I am done with my own ineffective emotional response!