My little buddy

Friday, March 27, 2009

Anyone Want a Cat?

I have four. You can have them all.

Cuz I am ready to kill all of them. Particularly the one who pissed on the middle of my bed yesterday evening while I was out.

Yup, got ready to go to bed, pulled back the covers and discovered a HUGE wet spot of piss. All the way through to my mattress.

I washed the featherbed (made of fiberfill not feathers) in the tub last night, wrung it out, and put it in the dryer. Cleaned my mattress last night. My beddingis in the washer right now.

Needless to say I couldn't sleep in my own bed. So I had to sleep in Mum's bed (she's house sitting right now). AND HOLY CRAP! That's the hardest bed known to man! Gus and I both had a really crappy sleep. He actually fell off the bed between the bed and wall - in his sleep. After that, he was practically glued to me, he was scared it would happen again.

Crappy, crappy sleep. I think we would have been better off sleeping on the couch. My lower back is killing me now.

Damn cats!!

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Meet and Greet

Lauren and I walked over to the playground at the school. While we were there, we saw Miz B. And eventually we came upon Cousin Jilly. Jilly came up to me and I said hi. She was talking to me and had no clue who she was talking to .... I told her that Lauren was looking for her and she got this look of concentration on her face ... all of a sudden she yells - Jeanette! She ran over and gave me a hug and then started running over to Lauren yelling - My Little Cousin Lauren!
Hugs, as if they haven't seen each other in years.





And They Continue

I guess my money woes will continue until the end of April ...... I got stiffed two weeks pay. And it's not like I can call her up and say - hey, can you pay me? - cuz she's across the pond!

Anyway, it was a total mistake. I know she didn't mean to do it ... it was a total cheque number error ... so I will have to wait until she gets back before I can solve this ...

I'm pissed though ... at myself. I should have been looking more closely at her accounting. If I had, I could have picked up on the error long before this.

Stupid, stupid for not seeing it! Damn!

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

A Little Levity - of the Chocolate Variety

I saw this car in Portland at the Maine Mall this past summer. I was going through some pics today and found this ... thought I would share.





Monday, March 23, 2009

Clip from CTV.ca

Fox News host apologizes in face of Canadian outrage
Updated Mon. Mar. 23 2009 2:41 PM ET
CTV.ca News Staff

The host of a Fox News program has apologized for a segment on the Canadian military that Defence Minister Peter MacKay called "disgusting" and "crass."

A group of pundits on "Red Eye with Greg Gutfeld," which airs weekdays at 3 a.m. on Fox News, each took turns trashing Canada and its military during an episode that aired on March 17.

Gutfeld mocked Lt.-Gen. Andrew Leslie, chief of land staff, who suggested in early March that the military may need a year-long break in operations due to personnel and equipment shortages.
"Once their Afghan mission winds down sometime in 2011, certain members of the Canadian military are looking to take a much-deserved break. And by certain members I mean all of them," Gutfeld said.

"Meaning, the Canadian military wants to take a breather to do some yoga, paint landscapes, run on the beach in gorgeous white Capri pants."

Gutfeld issued an apology Monday afternoon saying, "I realize that my words may have been misunderstood. It was not my intent to disrespect the brave men, women and families of the Canadian military, and for that I apologize."

But the host also seemed to defend his program, adding "Red Eye is a satirical take on the news, in which all topics are addressed in a lighthearted, humorous and ridiculous manner."

In the four-minute segment, Gutfeld asked the other three members of his panel: "Isn't this the perfect time to invade this ridiculous country? They have no army!"

Panelist Doug Benson, a comedian, replied: "I didn't even know they were in the war. I thought that's where you go when you don't want to fight. Go chill in Canada."

MacKay expresses anger

In an interview with CTV Newsnet earlier on Monday, MacKay expressed his anger over the comments and demanded an apology.

"It's crass, it's insensitive, it's in fact disgusting given the timing where Canada is just receiving back four fallen heroes here at CFB Trenton," MacKay said.

On Friday, Master Cpl. Scott Vernelli, 28, Cpl. Tyler Crooks, 24, Trooper Jack Bouthillier, 20, and Trooper Corey Joseph Hayes, 22, were killed in two separate IED blasts that injured another five soldiers.

The deaths bring the total number of Canadian soldiers killed in Afghanistan to 116.
MacKay said the Canadian government will be demanding an apology from the panel and from Fox.

"There should be an apology -- to the families in particular, and to the Canadian Forces and to Canada generally -- given the sacrifice and the commitment that we've demonstrated in Afghanistan."

Earlier Monday, Conservative strategist Geoff Norquay said the comments on the show were insulting to Canadian soldiers and show that the host was ignorant of the fact that Canadian troops have been working hard in Afghanistan.

"What could anybody with common sense say about his kind of trash? It's ignorant, it's inappropriate, it's insulting," Norquay said during an interview on Canada AM. "It's insulting to the 116 Canadian troops who have given their lives and paid the supreme sacrifice while we've been in Afghanistan."

While the controversial comments were made nearly a week ago, they have only come to light in Canada in recent days.

An outraged Canadian posted the clip from the show to YouTube with a comment that says, "Fox News belittles and mocks the Canadian military." It goes on to say: "These are the people who keep Americans up to date and mis-informed."

Norquay said he hopes Canadians who subscribe to Fox News will cancel those subscriptions and that Canadian advertisers will cancel their business with the network.

How to Lose Friends & Alienate Countries

Congratulations to Fox News AGAIN for proving what asinine, ignorant, puerile morons they really are.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tcJn5XlbSFk

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Upswing, Downswing

Well, this week, and this weekend in particular, have been eventful.

As you probably read, I am at the end of my "weight" rope. So I have started taking steps to fight that. It's going to be a hard haul. I even considered going to OA, but they subscribe to the 12 Steps program where you basically have to submit to a higher power i.e. God. I have no problem with the higher power part; I believe there is a higher power ... just naming it God ... well, that's a sticking point for me. And I am thinking that if I cannot accept that the higher power is God, then I am pretty sure that OA will not help. In any event, I have started to work on my problem. I am taking a first step. Once I get used to this first step, I will start on the next part of my plan.

So, if that isn't bad enough ... my money woes are a little stressful at the moment. With some major belt tightening, I think I will be able to hammer it out by the beginning of April ... I just have to show a little restraint with my spending. By that time, I should be on a more even keel. Thank God!

And then comes the real kicker. My mother. Now, normally when I complain about my mother it's because she is driving me bat-shit crazy with her worrying or harping or something or other. But this time, it's actually not her ... she's just part of it.

I know I have mentioned to my friends in the past that last summer one of my aunts verbally attacked my fave aunt out to the blue at my grandmother's. THAT pissed me off to the "n"th degree. Mainly because the verbally abusive aunt thinks she's so much better than everyone ... and the fact that she instigated a scene with my fave aunt who gets VERY upset whenever there is a confrontation.

WELL, the verbally abusive aunt DID IT AGAIN!!! BUT THIS TIME TO MY MOTHER!!!!

Oh, she'd better be thanking her lucky stars that I wasn't there, or she just might be sporting a shiner today.

My mom and my fave aunt HATE confrontation ... has to do with their upbringing and my parents marriage. Anyway, the VA aunt has quite the streak of her father in her - a mean streak a mile wide, like a junk yard dog.

She tore into my mother about how she hasn't had a life this winter, she hasn't been able to go out at all, she's stuck there with Grammy, Mum isn't pulling her weight with Grammy, and on and on. Oh, and by the way, my grandmother could hear her say all this shit. Nice, huh?

All I can say is - What a crock of shit!

First of all, my grandmother didn't come to town until after Christmas this year. In addition to that, my aunt from out West came out and stayed most of the month of January so aunt VA had very little to do with my grandmother. And my grandmother plans on going back to her house at Easter. So the time she, aunt VA, has been a martyr, is actually quite short.

Whenever aunt VA wants to go out, she calls my mother - at the last minute. For example, last Wednesday aunt VA was going out with my other aunt (KIA, as in Knows It All) for her birthday - shopping and dinner. So my mother assumed she would need to be there around 10 at the earliest. By 9:30 Tuesday evening, aunt VA STILL hadn't called to confirm, so my mother called her. Aunt VA says Oh no! you need to be here at 8am ... ummmm ... when were you going to mention that? Were you ever going to call? How about asking? Mum said that she wasn't prepared for 8am ... anyway, aunt VA and KIA arranged things so Mum would come over at 9:30/10 am ... which is unfortunate because now they are using it as one more sin against my mother.

And the whole business about not being able to go out! Fucking lying through her teeth! Bulllllllshit!

There is so much more crap ... but really, this woman is not worth it. It all boils down to her being a bitter, unhappy, depressed, anorexic, alcoholic, pre-menopausal shrew. Instead of dealing with what are her real problems (depression, anorexia, alcoholism & pre-menopause), she lashes out at two people who have done nothing but be supportive with regards to my grandmother. The same cannot be said for many of my aunts and uncles. But my mother and my fave aunt have done a lot.

Man, what an asshat!