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Happy New Year! G'nite.
Happy new year, Starmama! - Maitani
Happy New Year, Starmama! - Anne Bouey
Happy new year, Mandy! Sleep well. :) - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Happy New Year, Starmama! :) - Jenny H. from Android
20-some yrs ago, a Filipino granny told me to cook round foods on NYE. Wear polka dots, place lil stacks of coins near doors & windows. For prosperity. I've done it ever since. Why not? Wearing black socks w purple dots tonite. Cooking meatballs. Do you have traditions, rituals, superstitions for New Year's Eve?
to walk out the door after midnight and walk back in with the New Year. - Valz 4 TEAMMARINA
I like that one. - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
I try to clean the apartment and make sure all of the trash is taken out before midnight, so I'm not carrying this year's "dirt" into the new year. Not sure how much I'll get done, since I'm at the office today, but I can at least get a litter box cleaned out. - vicster
^^we do that too! In the midst of the pre-New Year's cleaning NOW. - Starmama
I make æbleskivers every New Year's morning. :) - Jenny H. from Android
ooh I remember you posting about those! They sound heavenly. - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
My family's German enough that sauerkraut and pork are involved. :) - Katy S
in my childhood and teens, my folks and i just sat around watching the tube, snacking and drinking screwcap wine and playing records. in my 20s, i used to complete a painting between sundown and midnight while getting progressively more and more plastered and blasting my stereo. now we watch movies, slowly graze through various food items and sometimes play board games. since i've been with my wife, the food often features a hot pot thing called a "steamboat". - Big Joe Silence
there was a period when our kids were very little where my wife would go to bed with them in their room on NYE and i would stay up watching horror movies by myself. - Big Joe Silence
We often do board games too. Ours are packed already but we might get a game of spades in. In my twenties, I used to make a bunch of cheesecakes & have a cheesecake and champagne party to ring in the new year. I miss entertaining. - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
I love hot pot. - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
I do not have any traditions. Through high school and college I worked in restaurants so I ALWAYS worked that night. Now I work on the other side of that fence, repairing restaurant equipment. Closing the year and inventory take me well into New Year's eve. I'm usually just happy to go to bed :-) - Shannon - GlassMistress
Well then, I wish you a slow, quiet, relaxing New Year's Eve! - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
Dammit! It's your fault, LOL, we were heading to a party but MAN is feeling cruddy and decided not to go. I got my relaxing NYE, hee. - Shannon - GlassMistress
First I thought you said he was feeling cuddly, & I was like, awww. Then I realized you said cruddy, & I was like, aw man :-( - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
Hope there's some cuddly something somewhere tonite :-) - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
There is a superstition around these parts that whatever you are doing at midnight is what you'll be doing all year. So, most people try to be doing something pleasant, like kissing someone they love. I'll probably be working at midnight, this year. I don't buy into the superstition, but working all year wouldn't be a bad thing. - April Russo
Sleeping? - bentley
April, that's the most common superstition I've come across. I don't believe it makes any difference, but it's a great excuse to clean my house, get shit in order, and focus on the positive :-) - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
Put the winter covers on our beds & neither me nor Jayden want to be anywhere else. #comfy
this is my second time having frozen shoulder and it's way worse because it's my right arm. I keep doing things like reaching into the fridge for the water jug, or using my right hand to flip a light switch, and burst out screaming in pain because it hurts so bad.
and it doesn't effing stop hurting. it's either a dull ache, a throbbing, or when I extend it, a sharp intense pain that spreads from my upper arm into my elbow and forearm. I have too much to do to be derailed by this shit :(((((((( - Starmama
Dang, that sounds rough. How long does a frozen shoulder last? - Marie
Last time was 18 months. - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
Wait, what? You're in pain like this for 18 MONTHS? - Marie
the intense pain, last time, lasted for about 6 months. it starts out intermittent pain, mostly when you move the arm. then the pain intensifies, and you lose mobility, and gradually it gets better. but, as I have learned, there's a chance of recurrence. I've talked to people who've gotten it four times in five years! - Starmama
oh, mama, i'm sorry. *pats you gently* - Marie
My chiropractor (a good non-quack chiro) volunteered her services to The Suitcase Clinic. See if they've got someone there who can help you with deep tissue massage or something else that'll work it out: Sorry you're going through that. I know that shit sucks hard. - Spidra Webster
My first ever real massage was from a volunteer with the Suitcase Clinic! Great suggestion, thanks. - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
Does physical therapy help at all? It's a really sucky condition to have because there's nothing they can do about it. - Todd Hoff
PT helps keep or regain some mobility, but doesn't help with pain. In fact, I've heard that the PT with frozen shoulder is excruciating. - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
The pain is awful. With my right shoulder, the pain from the mobility exercises feel like icicle swords shooting from my shoulder to the rest of my body, especially my head. You sound like you have a much worse case than I do, though. I already go through this for 5 - 15 mos. at a time with 3 - 8 mos. of peace in between. - Anika
They aren't sure why, but diabetics are at higher risk for getting it. There's even a chapter about it in my Diabetes Handbook. And it's often a much more painful experience for diabetics. More chance of recurrence, too. Just my luck huh. - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
Right there in that book, it says froze shoulder can cause confusion and depression and sleep deprivation, all due to the overwhelming pain. I should carry the book around to show people who act like they think I'm exaggerating. - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
wife has that now and with a 6 month old it's not fun. She is doing PT but can't take the recommended steroids due to breastfeeding. Have you tried the steroid method in the past? It ain't a miracle cure as there isn't one i'm afraid. :( - Steve C Team Marina
It's probably what we'll decide. Dr appt next week. - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
Hoping to hear back from the owners of a lil house I looked at on Christmas Eve. Gave them my last $25 for the credit check. I impressed the guy showing the place, but on the application I don't look as good.
Some people call you back to tell you the place has been rented. Some don't. I feel like, if I give you money, you owe me at least the courtesy of telling me thanks, but no. - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
The rooms are so tiny we wouldn't be able to fit all our stuff. But there's a yard, and a little laundry room. - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
It's in a neighborhood I cannot even imagine the other people, who were there looking, living in. And it's tiny and shabby and they probably wouldn't want to live there long but we would stay. I have ties to the neighborhood and am comfortable there and dammit I want that house so bad I can barely think of anything else. - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
*crosses fingers* - Kirsten from Android
^ - Marie
Hope you get it! - Eivind from Android
*crosses fingers* - vicster
Sending yes energy to the property owner! - Janet from FFHound!
Fingers crossed! Hope you hear back soon! - The Other Yvonne from FFHound!
More fingers crossed for you! - Anne Bouey
I really hope you'll get what you want, Starmama. Sending positive thoughts your way. :) - Jenny H. from Android
Turned off all my alarms, but have still been waking up at or before 5:30 every day of winter break. You'd think I'd have been more productive, not sleeping in, but it feels like I'm not getting enough done. Also there's the nap I've been taking around 4:00 every afternoon...
...where I wake up at dinnertime, feed the kid, run around catching up on this chore and that, and go back to bed by nine... - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
I'm mostly *meh* about shellfish, so I've taught myself to make a damn good chicken gumbo. But I've never made it with frozen chopped okra, which is what I happen to have. Should I do it?
I usually use okra grown in friends' yards :-) - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
I would. I've defrosted other frozen veggies in the microwave to add to recipes. - Greg GuitarBuster
Why am I not growing okra? It's been years ago, but it grows like crazy here...even when drought gets everything else. - Greg GuitarBuster
I use frozen veggies almost always. Okra just seems to need a delicate touch so I wonder :-) - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
Folx always forget about okra, lol. Some people hate it. I'd grow it if I had a vegetable garden. - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
The bonus side of growing it is that it has beautiful flowers so it's lovely in the garden. - Sarah
I've used frozen in gumbo and it was fine. Not quite the same as fresh, but it worked. - Kirsten from Android
ok I'll give it a go. gumbo for me, meatballs for J. don't cook for Christmas, but always on New Year's Eve. - Starmama
Jayden and I both received $50 Amazon cards for Christmas. Oh Amazon. There are things we need...and then there are things I want...
J is old enough now to buy and play things rated R and M. Except for my no GTA rule, he can spend his card however he wants. But he told me he's going to ask my approval before he buys anything. Guess he's not all the way ready to be grown huh <3 - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
Or perhaps he just wants to be certain that he doesn't upset or offend you? - Big Joe Silence from Android
That's definitely part of it. He doesn't always act so, but he's a considerate kid :-) - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
Fucking Sims free play. Finally got to build multiple stories & fucked up my favorite family's house. Now I don't even wanna play. Kinda wanna demolish everyone's houses & let em die on empty lots.
Too bad there's no undo. :-/ - The Other Yvonne from FFHound!
Right? Almost installed my original Sims game on the laptop but I'ma hold out til I can afford Sims 3 or 4. Also, playing The Sims without a simoleon cheat is frustrating, lol. - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
Christmas Eve brugmansia!
My cousin Amy said she wanted to send us a meat package gift, and I was totally expecting some Swiss Colony or Figi's, but when we got home from Jayden's Dr appt there was a big cooler from Omaha Steaks on the porch!
Now my freezer is full of fancy meat and some sides and me & Jayden are excited cos we're having sirloin & eggs tomorrow morning :-D - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
Nice! - Marie
I've never cooked a filet before but I've watched plenty of cooking shows so whenever I make em I hope I don't mess em up, lol - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
There's always YouTube videos to help, too! Enjoy! - Corinne L
Jayden brought home two huge boxes from school, filed with food donations. I think everyone who donated shops at Trader Joe's and Whole Foods. Fancy stuff! More pasta than I can store so I'm giving some to other folx. Way different (better) than the food bank stuff.
And not one can of green beans! Now THAT'S what's up. Canned green beans are disgusting & they're in almost every donation box. lol. Just gross. - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
Maybe gross, but they were one of the few things that ever came from the food bank that wasn't all carby & toxic for my hubby. We actually appreciated those green beans (and the rare can of tuna) and were hoping for them, rather than another can of peas, corn, white potatoes, sweet potatoes, or carrots. - April Russo
Picking raisins out of tropical dried fruit mix. They try to trick me & pretend they're dates.
Raisins are the most unnecessary filler in the world. - Anika
raisins ruin everything - ellbeecee
I like raisins. In fact, oatmeal raisin cookies are my favorite kind of cookie in the world. I'm in the minority. - COMPLICATED MR. NOODLE
If you offer me a warm oatmeal raisin cookie I will gladly eat it and enjoy it. Other than that, I'd rather not cross paths with the things :-) - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
I would pick the raisins out of that cookie :) - ellbeecee
Y'all just send me your raisins, k? - Kirsten
I like raisins, but I don't like them in that mix either :/ - Jennifer Dittrich
I can pick the raisins out of anything, cookies, salads, trail mix. I'm a raisin eliminatin' ninja - Steve C Team Marina
Hurray for softish oatmeal raisin cookies, but as part of dried fruit mix, not so much. Also dunno what's tropical about grapes... - Walt Crawford
(collects all the discarded raisins) - chaz2b
We'd get along great. I am not that crazy about dates, which hide in the tropical dried fruit mix, pretending to be raisins. - April Russo
Oh my god April we were made for each other :-D - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
I like raisins but I wouldn't think they'd belong in the tropical dried fruit category. - bentley
THEY SURE DON'T. - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
I'll take raisins in three formats: in my gorp, in my panettone, or in my Raisin Bran. Beyond that...NOPE. And rehydrated raisins? Who invented that little corner of hell? - Hookuh Tinypants
Raisinets. Had a handmade chocolate once with sultanas and an espresso bean. Those raisins are good raisins. Because chocolate. - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
Trying to convince owners to rent to someone with section 8 is frustrating. First it's: they used to rent to "section 8 people" but they didn't pay rent/trashed the place/caused problems. Then it's: they just don't want to deal with the forms, the inspections, the rules.
Having a counter for every excuse makes you look pushy. Or like that tenant they don't want to deal with even if there was no subsidy. - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
Eight years ago, the neighborhoods & units I'm looking at, my only competition would have been other low income, section 8 voucher holders. Now I'm competing with folx with good jobs in SF and Silicon Valley. Guess who gets picked? Not me. - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
Here is Lt Dan in his new backyard at my friend Cindi's house. LOOK HOW CUTE HE IS.
(His new name is Chip, short for Potato Chip) - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
Doh. I loved the name Lt Dan. - SAM
I did too but teenage daughter nixed any name related to his missing leg. Party pooper :-) - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
Aww, handsome lil dude! :) - AHnix (Anna Haro)
Let's have a Cuba Libre!
Where does the line form? - Shannon - GlassMistress
at the passport office, I'd bet ;) - Starmama
Maria the realtor knocked on my door. I'd been expecting someone to bring me the eviction notice and have been gearing up for a legal fight. Instead she brought the new owner with a deal.
He said he wants to move into our unit. He said we can be here through January and he won't charge me rent. - Starmama
Maria said Tito won't be asking for any back rent from me either. I asked for everything in writing and she said she'll get a letter from Tito, and the new owner said he'll write me a letter, Maria said she'll get both to me ASAP. - Starmama
They knew they were WRONG. - Starmama
Maria came to her senses, realized I'm not the one to fuck with, and decided she didn't want none. - Starmama
That's good they decided to behave like adults. - Anika
and yesterday I got an extension from the housing authority, so we have until March to find a place without worrying about losing our subsidy. - Starmama
(and damn I hope I find a place in weeks, not months) - Starmama
I'm going to tell them I need more time. can't hurt to ask, right? - Starmama
So very glad. - MoTO: #TeamMarina
Why do I hunt for the Hanukkah candles every year? I find the perfect place to stash em & then forget where they are. I'm organizationally impaired.
I love rainy days. If I don't have to wait for and ride the bus in the rain, it makes me happy. Today I'm grateful for working brakes, tires, and windshield wipers. And that mostly-full tank of gas. And a pocket full of change for downtown parking. And if I get caught in traffic behind protesters, I'ma stand outside my car & cheer them on.
Hope everyone has the best possible Tuesday. Love y'all <3 - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
You too, hon. Cheer extra for me, k? - Kirsten
Be well - WarLord
The rain dashed my plans to take the bus to the Arboretum today. I think I'll just make stuff and have a dance party by myself, instead. - Anika from Android
Posted this first thing when it was dark, and wet outside. Looks like we get a break in the rain today but it's coming back. - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
Cheers to you, Starmama! - vicster
I love you, Mandy. Keep doing the damn thing. - MoTO: #TeamMarina
House is so much quieter and calmer without Daisy here. No arguing with Violet about everydamnthing. No going nuts at the window when the kids next door play basketball. No more stress at mealtime about who's eating what, no more running around checking out the other dogs' bowls.
Andrea says she's not trying any of that with Coco. - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
News coverage of the storm's aftermath goes from poor families flooded out of their trailer parks to affluent families having a blast at ski resorts. Man, the world sucks.
It's certainly not a fair place. - Jenny H. from Android
Have gotten help from well-placed folx in the City of Oakland housing department (different place than the housing authority), whatever comes next I will have legal assistance and advocacy and I am no longer panicking like I've been the past few days.
Yaaaaaaaaaaaaay! - Jenny H. from Android
Woo hoo - Greg GuitarBuster
That makes a huge difference to have allies. Hope things work out well. - SAM
:) - Brent Schaus from iPhone
I can kick back & watch the Warriors whup on the Mavericks :-)
Waiting for calls to be returned is nerve wracking and the minutes tick by & then they're hours.
Daisy & Coco getting ready for the rain, Mariah hiding from the camera :-)
<3!!!!!! - Janet from FFHound!
A good friend is 95% sure her family is going adopt a pittie they met at the Alameda animal shelter. He just had a front leg amputated. He has a crooked tail that might've been broken and never treated (why his leg was amputated). And he has one blue eye and one brown eye. And his name. Is Lt. Dan.
He's so freaking cute, I can't stop looking at the pics she posted. I wish I could adopt him my damn self. - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
<3 *hoping your friend's situation has room for 5% more* :) - AHnix (Anna Haro)
Messy lumpy cake cleaned up nicely. The dogs enjoyed the bits that stuck to the pans. Everybody's happy!
Cakes are stuck to the bottoms of the pans. This has never happened. Greased em like I always do so who knows what happened. *sigh*
Man, I hate that. Esp. if I haven't done anything differently than every other time. - Jennifer Dittrich
Might be how wet it is outside. - Eric - ill subliminal
Maybe. Thank goodness Jayden doesn't care how it looks. "It's still cake, it'll be good even if it's messy" is what he said. Whew. - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
Jayden's school isn't closing for the storm tomorrow, but some Oakland schools are, and they aren't transporting kids in out of district placement, like him. Stormaggedon.
turns out just about all Bay Area schools are closed, and I'm glad for it. - Starmama
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