Monday, December 31, 2012
And then I perused the company's website...and I found this link for free samples. Well, I can't resist a free sample, so I submitted a request. A few weeks later, I got a call from a representative at the company. She asked my reasons for wanting a sample, my mailing information, and a few other basic survey questions for their records. She sent out a package of food and encouraged me to write a review. She also let me know I would be hearing from another representative who would be in touch with me before and after receiving my sample.
About a week and a half later, I got my sample: Creamy pasta and Vegetable Rotini.
I neglected to take any pictures, but we made it for dinner one night that week.
The sample arrives in a mylar/foil pouch and made me think of one of those Lipton or Knorr noodle sides. Upon cooking, the initial appearance is very soupy. I figured since it had similiar characteristics to those other pouch foods, that it would set up after cooling a bit. It became VERY thick - ideal for hikers/campers and the like. Definitely rib-sticking thick.
The smell was just like those noodles-in-a-bag sides. Lots of oniony goodness came from that pot. I have to admit, I was drooling. I'm no food snob, and I consider those sides a form of comfort food, as I grew up eating that stuff. As you can imagine, I was a bit excited about this.
The flavor was very mild, and I liked it. Chris's opinion was that it was not unpleasant, and it needed chicken. I felt it could use a dash of pepper. It already has TVP in as a protein source, so I can't imagine how filling it would be with extra protein. It's a bit heavy but it definitely sticks to the ribs. I could see carrying this on a backpacking trip. I had enough left over for a small lunch the next day, and I found that upon reheating the garlic/onion flavor really comes through. This may be a turnoff for some people but I liked it, and enjoyed it to the last bite.
I'm seriously considering trying other options from them. They could come in handy when we're out camping. Thanks, Wise!
Wednesday, December 26, 2012
Friday a week ago, we took him up to U Penn in Philly for a last ditch effort, but there was nothing they could do. The news went from bad - acute renal failure - to worse - renal displaysia of both kidneys. Basically, this means his kidneys were both underdeveloped. One was just large enough to function until he got dehydrated. Once that happened, he went into kidney failure. This was just crappy luck, really. There's no history of it in his pedigree (our breeder has been in touch with HER breeder to confirm), and this was a risk we took in bringing home the runt of the litter.
We brought him home last Sunday with a bag of drugs, fluids, some renal-specific food, and prayers and well wishes from everyone who worked with him in Philly. When we got home he was perky and happy to be home. He ran around the house, chasing the cats like a goober, and generally being himself. He got a visit from his "auntie" across the street and Chris's mom that evening, and from my parents on Monday evening. He was mostly himself until Tuesday. By Tuesday evening, we knew he was ready to go. We spent the night with him in the living room, and Wednesday we took him to the vet for the last time. He was surrounded by Chris, Chris's mom, me, and Deckard's favorite vet and vet tech...he knew he was loved to the last breath.
Today we had snow, and I can't help but wish he were still here to see it. Last winter was so mild I'm 99% sure he never got the chance to romp in it like a puppy should. Right now I'm getting through and healing by thinking the kids from Connecticut needed a puppy to help them feel better, so they took the best one they could.
I miss you, my sweet baby.
Tuesday, December 25, 2012
Friday, December 14, 2012
You see, Deckard's been at the vet since Wednesday. And I'm not sure how much longer we're going to have him with us.
He's clumsy and awkward on his feet (just like me) and had managed to injure himself twice in the span of 3 days...the first injury was from trying to take out a tree with his shoulder, and the second was a strained ligament in the rear leg on the opposite side of the sore shoulder, probably from chasing the cats. I took him to the vet Tuesday a week ago, and she did the usual: check all joints for proper movement, X-rays, the whole nine yards. The vet prescribed Rimadyl (an NSAID) and Tramadol (a narcotic) and sent us home. For the first couple of days he was hippity-hopping on his back leg, as his front shoulder had mostly healed up. When I saw he was putting weight down without the narcotic, I stopped the Tramadol immediately...and the following day (this past Saturday, 12/8) we stopped the Rimadyl.
He looked like he was on the mend on Monday...Chris even took him for a walk, and he seemed to enjoy it. Tuesday he appeared to be depressed, so we took him for a walk in the evening, and again, he seemed fine.
Wednesday morning he wobbled on his feet. And we took him in. Turns out my baby boy is in ARF (acute renal failure) and his prognosis is...not good. They've run test after test after test, and have managed to rule out a lot of stuff. They also took a look inside with an ultrasound, and didn't like what they saw. Apparently one of his kidneys isn't fully formed, and so it was not functioning well, if at all. So his other kidney was doing all the work. This would be fine, if we hadn't put him on something that assaulted his kidneys. NSAIDs are really bad for the kidneys.
So now, we wait. The vet is going to have a consult with Pennsylvania University today regarding what, if anything, they can do for him. Our vet is not optimistic, though, and gave a prognosis of 6-12 months.
I'm heartbroken. He's only 10 months old. Why must the good pups go so early? It's really, really not fair.
Anyway...he's fighting, so we're going to fight with him until he tells us he's ready to leave. We will do everything we can to make his remaining time good for him as well as us. There's a chance we'll be selling some of our firearms and other items, should things get exceedingly expensive. If that happens, I'll start posting things for sale locally.
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
It's a shame they picked the holiday season to do this...I'd be tempted to camp out and attempt to acquire another rifle/shotgun, or hell, a pistol if the individual's willing to go to the state police with me to transfer it. As it is, I'm broke as hell so this is a no-go for me. Figured other folks in the area might be interested. For $100 you could get a crazy find!
Monday, November 26, 2012
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Monday, November 5, 2012
I won't tell you who to vote for, and I won't tell you who I intend to vote for, but please...PLEASE...get out there and vote. There are a lot of very important things on the ballot this year, and they all need your decision.
And if you don't vote? I don't want to hear you crying about the choice you COULD have made. I don't want to hear the whining about how you hate where the country is going, because you have no right to say a word if you haven't put out the effort to give your opinion/choice at the polls. Don't throw away your right.
Friday, November 2, 2012
Chris had gotten home early that afternoon, and we took a midday nap shortly after the power died. Two hours later, he got up and checked the basement...and promptly freaked out. Apparently we had at least an inch or two in the basement coming in from both the sump pump and the back wall...and with the power out, this meant the basement took on water fast. So he cranked up the generator and hooked up the sump, and we pretty much dealt with the power loss for the following 2 days. We were home yesterday and took advantage of the generator with a few lights and the TV.
We had only minor damage to the house - a piece of trim fell off one of the dormers. Chris will investigate to see whether it will be easy to replace and/or worth it. We had no losses - not even food, because we were smart and filled the freezer with water on Saturday - and were mostly inconvenienced. While the power loss itself was a pain in the bum, and the house got VERY cold by Wednesday afternoon, it could have been far worse. Cold is easier to manage than excessive heat.
So. Things weren't that bad, and we learned a few things for the next time this happens...because there most certainly will be a next time. And chances are it'll be far worse than this one.
And, well, this was enlightening.
See, the guy he shoots plates with are all like...retirees. Older men who are stuck in the "girls can't shoot" mentality. And apparently I showed'em all.
One of them, Mr. P, asked me not to do "the dance" - he wanted me to pivot, instead. I didn't realize the women they've shot with actually walked down the line to shoot the plates...i figured they all pivoted. He was trying to help, but I think he learned this was unnecessary.
So. Last night was cold...cold enough that I should have been wearing a long sleeve shirt under my fleece. My hands were pretty much frozen. Yet I managed to get maybe 60% of the plates down, with both my 1911 and my CZ. Smirks from the old men turned to smiles and nods, according to Chris, after my first round with the 1911.
I went into this expecting to take down maybe one plate per round. I hadn't been to the range in MONTHS, so anything more than that was a bit optimistic. I certainly didn't expect to get as many as I did. And now I want to go back. That was a lot of fun. So was getting drinks bought by the old men afterward...and the compliments from them to me, to Chris, and to others in the bar. I guess I surprised'em... Woo. :D
Friday, October 26, 2012
We have to make our TP casseroles. Normally this is a winter-only recipe, but with the amount of panic I'm seeing around here, I think we can adapt it for hurricanes.
Reposted with permission, and with my edits in bold.
1 Forecast of at least 1 FRANKENSTORM
3 cups of Baltimore News Channel Reporter and TV Crew
3 tbsp of panic
1 closed school system (prior to the storm)
1" of rain, with significant wind
1 gal 2% milk
Doz & 1/2 large eggs
1 full loaf of Wonder Bread (white preferred)
1 Charmin value pack (8 rolls)
Take one mixing bowl and place the Baltimore TV weatherman's forecast of a high risk of FRANKENSTORM on the 6 PM evening news. Watch this newscast until you hear the word "storm," "wind gusts," or "FRANKENSTORM" repeated at least 6 times. At which point we then shake in 1 cup of the Baltimore News Channel Reporter & TV Crew doing live shots before one drop of water can even be seen. This live shot may include canned footage of newscasters looking out to sea for their elusive ratings.
At this point, take one of the 3 tbsp of panic and use it in the mixing bowl of sensationalism. Go to bed, and let the mixture percolate in the fridge over night. At 5am the next morning, arise from bed and check the local news to see that the TV crews are still indeed doing their live shots from last night. If they are, turn on your AM radio to 1090. If at least one school system has closed, look out your window to confirm no rain has hit the ground. At this point, mix in the 2nd tbsp of panic, wake and dress the kiddies so you can get them ready to go to the store.
While at the store, head straight for the diary case first. Eggs and milk are the first things to be picked over, followed by bread. Toilet paper will be the last product to be picked over of the four main ingredients. Do not purchase any other products as this will prevent the casserole from being adequately formed. Use the express lines in the grocery store, and chat with as many people as possible about the yet to occur storm in hopes you will induce enough panic to cause your sensationalism to build to ludicrous speed.
Exit the store to head home, but if you would happen to see any TV crews, make sure you stop and talk with them, mentioning the fact that you were fortunate enough to be the last person to get any of the key ingredients to make your casserole. Safe guard these items with your life because if they should be stolen, your life will most certainly come to a screeching, panic induced end.
Once at home, retrieve your mixing bowl from the fridge and let warm. Once the TV crews report the first drop has hit the ground, you can then mix in 3cups of milk, and your remaining tbsp of panic. Crack open 2 large eggs and place the remainder in the fridge. Fold in one roll of toilet paper and 4 slices of bread. Mix thoroughly until well blended.
Poor mixture into one medium sized casserole dish (preferably Pyrex) and let bake @ 350 degrees until the end of the storm.
Servings are variable by nature, and not known to contain any nutritious qualities.
Oh, and don't forget your pallets of water.
Thursday, October 25, 2012
Also, buried in the comments on the BoingBoing post, I found what appears to be the TSA manual for barcode implementation. I've grabbed the .pdf and will dig for the info when I have some time.
Friday, October 19, 2012
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
I'm going to break that rule today, for one particular reason. Someone needs to be thanked, because he's awesome.
First, though, here's what I've been dealing with. Back in the last week of July, I went to the emergency room. I was severely jaundiced, in significant pain, very dehydrated, and having a second panic attack in as many days due to that pain. I'm that crazy person who drove herself to the ER despite the pain.
Arrived at the hospital, got through triage VERY quickly, and was booked in a room within 2 hours. While in the ER I sucked down two bags of saline - apparently I was VERY dehydrated. Due to the condition in which I arrived I didn't leave for 5 days - I went in on a sunny Wednesday afternoon and left the following Sunday evening. During that week I had an ultrasound, a HIDA scan, and an MRI. They tested for everything, including a full hepatitis blood panel. I was on a liquid diet until Sunday (my last solid meal that week had been Monday evening). By Thursday evening, I was extremely worried...they honestly thought I had Hepatitis A. I spent that day worrying and trying to figure out how it would affect both Chris and I. Fortunately, by Friday all signs of hepatitis had been ruled out. Sometime during those two days I managed to pass at least one gallstone, and by Friday I no longer needed the dilaudid they had been pumping through my system. Saturday I had surgery to remove my gall bladder, and I was sent home Sunday after my first solid meal in a week.
The stress from that week was almost more than I could handle...and Chris was an absolute rock. Thank god for that man. The following week was spent at home, mostly by myself, stressing over the bills. Few people checked up on me and the only visitors I had consisted of Chris's mother and my parents - I was lonely. And sad that the people I considered my closest friends mostly ignored me. It's a trivial thing, I suppose. Anyway, I have mentioned my situation once or twice since then in comments on other people's blogs, but I never went into the scope of what happened or just why I was worrying.
I recovered rather quickly and my quality of life has improved significantly. It's amazing to me just how long I had been living with something that could have been fixed with a simple outpatient procedure.
All that aside, in my post from October 1 I complained of not finding what I was looking for at the gun show down in Virginia, and left it at that. I figured I'd just keep looking when I had money again. (And, again, we had a great time down there. And I'm grateful for friends who open their homes to us. Seriously, this group of people is pretty amazing.)
And Bubblehead Les swooped in and gave me something that really turned some of my stress and anxiety around. It was a small gift - an ammo pouch packed full of stripper clips for my Mauser - but it's more than I ever would have expected. Thanks, Les. You're an awesome person. May have been nothing for you to send it, but I really do appreciate it. And yes, I'll put the money I would have spent on that towards one of my bills. :)
If this got rambly, I'm sorry. I've got a cold building in my sinuses and I tried my best to write this clearly.
Thursday, October 4, 2012
Monday, October 1, 2012
Chris, I believe, was simply there to look for things he doesn't normally see as well as shop for ammo. Mike was also ammohunting.
Before heading around the show, we met up with MSgt B, The Miller, TBolt, and Broken Andy. I don't know if other folks showed up before we all dispersed.
What we found was...disappointing, at best. Gun prices were average-to-high. I saw NO SBR uppers whatsoever for sale by the time we got there (though someone I know got lucky), no surplus 8mm, and no stripper clips whatsoever. I bought a dog-related item from a guy with patches and DVDs and some meat from this guy. Dude's meat is out of this world. A++ will buy again and all that. Also, he's super nice and practically begged us to stick around and let him continue to feed us jerky bits. Who am I to say no to free chunks of meat? :D ANYWAY, Chris DID get to see/handle a Seecamp .32, which was pretty neat, and a CZ 52, which he likes for the art deco look. I checked out the aforementioned Savage ($400 at a gun show, might be less at a shop) and not much else. The people at this show were far nicer than the folks at the Maryland show and there were a lot more pistols than at the York, PA show, but still...meh. Chris brought home a box of that cheap Mexican ammo to try as well as a couple of mags for an heirloom pistol in his collection. And Mike also bought meat and a couple bags of reloads. The car smelled faintly of jerky on the way home...
From there we went to dinner at some place around the corner from the expo center with The Miller, TBolt, Broken Andy, and Stretch (and wife). Dinner was...alright, not spectacular. Service sucked. The place was not that crowded for drinks to lack refills unless requested. Conversation was as expected: constant, entertaining, and full of stories. From there, almost everyone (minus MSgt B) headed back to The Miller's for bourbon, more stories, and School House Rock. And a drunk Laura eating Chris's head, zombie-style. Also, kitties (both living and taxidermied) begged for pettins, Marty's lovely wife provided us with a fantastic breakfast, and we came home tired. And my ribs hurt from laughing all evening. TBolt is a funny individual. All in all the weekend was a good one, and I'm thoroughly grateful for such fantastic hospitality from The Miller and his lady.
Wednesday, September 19, 2012
I just received an email from one Ray Carter over at the Second Amendment Foundation regarding a pro-gun documentary that is currently in the works. They're looking for backers via Kickstarter, and I think this might be a worthy cause.
The email he sent me:
In the last 15 days, supporters of the 2nd Amendment pledged nearly $15,000 for support of the important new film “Assaulted: Civil Rights Under Fire” that exposes California as the front line in the civil rights battle between public safety and the 2nd Amendment. The Second Amendment Foundation and the Calguns Foundation have each contributed $5,000.00 to get this project off the ground.
As a blogger and the writer of "Insert Witty Title Here", you are at the cutting edge of communicating with the online Pro-2A community and we are asking you to join us in supporting this project. Your help is necessary to make this happen.
Please go to http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/assaulted/assaulted and make your pledge now. Also, of equal importance, we are asking you to reach out to your readers and let them know about this project.
Thank you for your support,
Director of Development
I tossed a few dollars their way. I like the 2AF, and I like what they're doing for our community. They're doing a heck of a lot more than that massive organization that likes to harass the crap out of the lot of us, that's for sure...
So, if you've got a little spare cash available (assuming you've already supported the kilted guys, of course), consider it.
Go support somebody. Even if it's just a fiver tossed someone's way, it all helps. Go. Do it. Now.
Still reading this? What in the heck are you waiting for? GO!
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Anyway...click through to the IAmA if you're curious. Ignore this completely if you aren't. :)
ETA: Here's a round-up of important questions answered. He answered others, as well. Nearly tripled the questions answered by the President.
Saturday, September 8, 2012
I'm starting research, and planning on actually starting to acquire parts either late this year or early next year. I will probably buy a completed upper, unless someone can justify the effort of putting together my own upper. I'm only moderately mechanically inclined. Putting together a lower wasn't difficult, but I don't know how well I'd do with an upper, especially with a lack of workbench.
Here's the plan thus far:
Go through York Arms for a lower
Get a Spike's upper (unless someone can suggest a better upper than one of theirs)
Trigger kit will probably be a DPMS set unless there's a better option out there.
Still trying to decide the stock I want to get. I'm VERY tempted to go the obnoxious route for this one...just because.
Friday, September 7, 2012
Wednesday, September 5, 2012
I am a lifelong shooter. Fired my first .22 on my 5th birthday, grew up Mormon and went shooting often, hunted on a regular basis in my teens. Name a gun that’s on the American market, there’s a good chance I’ve put some lead downrange with it, including the .50 Desert Eagle, the Steyr Aug, the .50 BMG, and (once) an illegally converted Glock 17 Full Auto. (This was, btw, one of the worst firearms I’ve ever put my trigger finger to.)
More on his preference between the AK and the AR (and other stuff) can be seen here and here. I've met these people, and I like them. Go check it out. :)
Monday, September 3, 2012
Monday, August 27, 2012
School shooting at Perry Hall High
I truly hope the victim is alright, though they flew him/her to Shock Trauma so it sounds quite serious. They're evacuating the school, and parents can pick up their kids in the shopping center across the street. Local folks: if you know parents with students at the school, please make sure they know this information.
UPDATE: There are THREE evac sites: Perry Hall Shopping Center; the Middle School across the street; Joppa View Elementary. PLEASE get in touch with your child/ren and figure out where he/she/they are.
UPDATE: Honeygo Park is also being used as an evac site.
Friday, August 24, 2012
Should be happening in about 3-4 weeks, and I hope to get a post up shortly after (with their permission, of course).
Monday, August 20, 2012
I'm considering using this as part of my basic firearm introduction for friends who have interest but aren't quite sure about guns. It doesn't have any safeties and the slide doesn't move, but the removable mag is a nifty feature that I'm thinking could be useful.
What say you?
Monday, August 6, 2012
Friday, August 3, 2012
Hope everyone has fun. Really wish i didn't have to keep sitting things out. :(
Thursday, August 2, 2012
Friday, July 27, 2012
Here's the story. Potentially crazy guy plans to shoot up his workplace, but someone reported it and the guy was hauled in yesterday. Crazy. Too close to home, too. Come on, Maryland, don't fight the court on CCW stuff anymore. Please.
Wednesday, July 25, 2012
HOLY CRAPBALLS. We're going to wait and see how many of those people actually get permits, then we're applying. :D
Tuesday, July 17, 2012
This is one of those incidents.
I started talking, and y'all started listening. Who'dathunk anyone would care about what *I* had to say?
I know I said this already, but thanks for reading. :)
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
"We've got two gang-bangers, one standing next to a kid. Get away from that kid. Take your stuff away to the alley. Don't touch the children of the city of Chicago. Don't get near them. And it is about values. ... And I don't buy this case where people say they don't have values. They do have values. They have the wrong values. Don't come near the kids—don't touch them."
This plan apparently also includes boarding up abandoned buildings and shutting down legitimate businesses where gangsters hang out. The wrong businesses, according to the local Alderman, but hey, top level city government can't be bothered with details like talking to locals, they know what's best for you. The more I think about this though the more I'm actually liking the idea. I really think I can get on board with this, and for the first time ever completely agree with anti-gun politicians.
He's doesn't seem to be asking the gang bangers to hug it out or change their ways, he's calling for a safe place to have a duel. Chicago's going to bring back dueling! I like it. They're going to make safe places for dueling by writing off sections of the city. We'll have to worry about what to do with the people that live in those areas later, but we're going to close all the businesses now, then allow gang bangers to murder each other to their heart's content. The mayor could get everything he ever wanted, the city could control the registered weapons and participants could be keyed in with smart gun technology so only they can murder each other in city sanctioned duels. Maybe they could even put it on TV and make back some of the lost revenue to help pay for the city's overblown budget. Maybe we'll quit tracking the murder rate though, it'll mess up the stats.
So there is, I now support gun control for major cities, now how do I get this going in Baltimore. Half the City is already abandoned making it just a bit easier. If I only could get a super rich backer...
Tuesday, July 10, 2012
Friday, July 6, 2012
1 - We've had a place to stay that is air conditioned, with room for both us and the dog (and the cats, if we needed to move them).
1a - The dog has had daily attention. I think he's going to lose it when he doesn't have someone catering to his every need all day long. This has also helped a great deal with housebreaking.
2 - We were able to move most of the food to our host's house as she had room in the fridge and freezer. This was a money- and time-saver, as it took just two hours to clean/disinfect both our standing freezer and our refrigerator Tuesday. They needed to be cleaned, anyway.
2a - Yesterday was trash day. No more stinky thawed-out year-old leftovers. Since Chris happened to be checking on the house when the trash guys showed up, he helped them load the ridiculously heavy bags in the truck. They appreciated it. I'm guessing they've been inundated with overly heavy cans this week.
3 - We're going to work on how long we keep food in the freezer. No more year-long storage plans, and no more sticking food in without a label. All leftovers get 4 months storage, tops, then we either eat or toss. This puts a damper on the idea of keeping game meat around, but we'll figure out a way to deal with that when we actually face it. We also have to be more careful about how much we cook initially to mitigate the amount of loss we inevitably face.
4 - It's very nice to stay someplace with power, rather than feeding a generator. We have a genny but we opted not to use it unless we absolutely had to. We didn't need to this time around. Huzzah!
5 - The house/yard/vehicles had absolutely no damage. We were lucky. Neighbors around us weren't so lucky. Many lost siding, some had trees landing on their homes, and a few people lost vehicles.
6 - None of my fish have died. I'm very happy about this. Water changes definitely do wonders for keeping fish happy and healthy.
7 - Did I mention yay AC? Because YAY AC.
We're back in our house, and the cats are much happier WE are around, though I think they're not too keen on having the dog back. Also, sleeping in my own bed really changes one's outlook on the workday.
Hope everyone's had a better week than this region. :)
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
I like it.
Thursday, June 21, 2012
Beginning midway through 2011, the Baltimore State’s Attorney’s Office, for the first time in modern history, became the sole arbiter of when to charge a defendant in a homicide investigation. Previously, that decision rested with the police department, which would do so in consultation with prosecutors from the Violent Crimes Unit of the State’s Attorney’s Office. Which is to say, while police detectives were expected to take guidance from prosecutors — and did so — they were nonetheless free to arrest defendants if they felt the evidence warranted a charge.
Mr. Simon gets a bit wordy here, but it really does explain a few things. Read it, if you've got the time.
Monday, June 18, 2012
Friday, June 15, 2012
Thursday, June 14, 2012
I assumed they'd take the kids into custody, since there were witnesses and they were all in uniform. At least charge them! Apparently, that won't happen.
Surveillance footage is quite clear on what these kids did. THEY BEAT A MAN, for chrissakes...and yet, somehow, "We have reviewed all the evidence that the police gathered in their investigation, including the video footage, and have determined that criminal charges are not appropriate."
WHAT IN THE FLYING FLUFFERNUTTER IS GOING ON HERE??!? Have I somehow found myself in Bizarro Baltimore, where obvious criminal acts go unpunished? Have I simply gone mad? I just...I don't understand. Can someone smarter than me explain this so I can understand?
Unfortunately, my good camera's at home, so you get no pictures. I'm too far away to get anything good with my phone.
ETA: Chris and his coworker D were allowed on the roof at their workplace, and D grabbed video. Lucky bastards.
More can be found here.
Wednesday, June 13, 2012
Friday, June 8, 2012
While you're at it, this is worth a read.
Thursday, June 7, 2012
Carl was my coworker and an at-work friend. Linda deserves to see justice for his death. I truly hope she wins her case.
Monday, June 4, 2012
Also, in other news, Chris went away for the weekend. Somehow I managed to go about my day without running terrified to the safest corner of the house. Apparently that's not what's expected of women. Sure, I was armed at night, but shouldn't we be armed at night in a city where crime happens on the regular?
Also also, I had had something scheduled for Memorial Day but it never posted. Anyone have a clue as to why that happened?
Friday, May 25, 2012
And last night, on my way home, the jackass commissioner decided HEY LET'S HAVE A SEAT BELT CHECKPOINT ON BEL AIR ROAD (which happens to be a heavily-traveled thoroughfare for people entering and leaving the city on the east side).
In the past 2 weeks alone the violence and crime has skyrocketed...because kids are out of school...so OF COURSE it makes sense to waste time and manpower on a bloody seat belt checkpoint.
Thursday, May 24, 2012
I went last night. And I learned. Oh, I learned.
- Wardrobe choice is critical. No more "normal" bras when shooting a shotgun or rifle. Sports bra from now on. I had an indent in my shoulder the rest of the night from that dang bra strap
- I need to remember to grab my shoulder pad the next time I go. I may also swap out the stock butt pad for a gel one.
- Must invest in good ear plugs, possibly a pair of custom-fit jobbies. The butt of the gun kept knocking my muffs off my head. Anyone have any suggestions for AFFORDABLE but worthwhile ones? I really, really hate the squishy foam things...not only are they uncomfortable, but they tend to fall out of my ears after about 20 minutes.
- Need to get back to lifting weights. I could handle the shotgun better than I expected, thanks to a few months of lifting, but I need more work. My arms are still tired.
- I need to stop flinching, anticipating, and closing my eyes. Can't hit jack with my eyes closed! This will be remedied with time on the range, I think.
- I need to learn to move my body with the shotgun, rather than just moving my arms. I apparently tensed my whole body up and failed at follow-through.
- Need to swap out the cheekpad on the stock. I think the shorter pad will help me get a better sight picture. The tall one doesn't help me in the slightest.
- I discovered I had the wrong choke in the shotgun last night...after I got home. Heh, oops. This has been remedied.
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
Turns out this might be his way of avoiding another scandal (anyone else remember this? how about this?). Most folks already knew about this incident, where a man was stripped and beaten by a crowd of teenagers. Sounds like things were far worse than anyone actually reported to the public. In fact, it sounds like it was almost a riot. And this is the first we're hearing about it.
Someone tell me what's so great about Baltimore? For some strange reason, I just don't get it.
Monday, May 14, 2012
Anyway. Happy Mother's Day to all the moms, all the dads who play both roles, and all the *other* folks who raise kiddos...aunts, uncles, grandparents, friends. You're all awesome people.
Sunday, May 6, 2012
Thursday, May 3, 2012
This is what happens when you "get Uncled" (note the jump on Monday):
While I was busy looking at the stats I noticed this blog kicked over the 20k mark. Holy crap! You guys must like me or somethin'.
Seriously, thanks for all the visits everyone.
Wednesday, May 2, 2012
More info can be found here, and they've got a deal going on for $10 off one phone until May 8 if you use the coupon code SOPLAY05.
This isn't a paid ad, but I like the idea of having a phone around for emergencies. I picked one up a month or two ago to keep in the car.
Monday, April 30, 2012
Friday, April 20, 2012
I don't know if someone got the idea from that chain mail or what, but apparently, this happens for real. I'm a tad weirded out at present. Beware strange bottles in your yard!
Thursday, April 19, 2012
Guess what, hipsters: LAWS EXIST FOR A REASON. PAY ATTENTION TO THEM. Freaking poachers.
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Friday, April 13, 2012
Tuesday, April 3, 2012
Judge Legg has issued an injunction barring Maryland from enforcing Maryland Statue 5-306(a)(5)(ii) requiring Good and Substantial Reason for a handgun carry permit. Maryland cannot require G&S for any application under Judge Legg's order.This is interesting.
Monday, April 2, 2012
Thursday, March 29, 2012
Tuesday, March 27, 2012
Part 2 involved a trek almost back to Pittsburgh...twice. The first time, we met the little individual...and the second was yesterday, when we brought him home.
I'd like everyone to meet Deckard.
He's an 8-week-old rust and red doberman. And he's kept me up all night. Finally got 4 hours of uninterrupted sleep when Chris got up this morning. He's a cute little guy, and I can't wait until he learns to sleep through the night.
Saturday, March 17, 2012
In early February, I got a call from them about something they were able to locate. Wanted me to come in, check it out, and tell them whether I was happy with that option. Turns out it wasn't *exactly* what I wanted, but that was OK...what they found was, in fact, a bit better. So, I put it on layaway.
Do you have any idea how annoying it is to have to put a new pistol in a new-to-me caliber on layaway? I wanted to bring it home and love it and hug it and squeeze it and call it George. But no, I had to wait.
...Until about a week ago, when my tax return *finally* posted. Naturally, I toddled my way down there after work that Thursday to pay off the remainder and get the paperwork started. And today, I got to bring it home.
In case the picture didn't work, that right thar is a CZ P-01. From everything I've read and seen, it's basically an upgraded 75 Compact. I shot a box through it last week, and I'm thoroughly pleased with it. Thanks to the weight, 9mm isn't as snappy as I was expecting. Trigger is a typical DA/SA, with a long pull for the first shot. Chris complained about it but I'm used to it and comfortable with it thanks to the years I've owned the Bersa. 9mm will take a little getting used to, but that's only because I haven't had a lot of experience with the caliber. Give me a month...lol.
I'll have a more thorough range report soon. As it is, I have to learn how to take this thing apart for cleaning before I take it out again... The box I shot through it last week was pretty dirty stuff.
So...my buy-a-gun day came early. Woo!
Wednesday, March 14, 2012
Tuesday, March 13, 2012
Monday, March 5, 2012
Friday, March 2, 2012
Well, someone has generously created a chart to allow us normal people understand what gang members are trying to say.
Have a nice Friday. :)
Thursday, March 1, 2012
First, he apparently has NO taste whatsoever, because he nominated me for the Liebster Blog award.
The rules are as follows:
- Paste the image on our blog.
- Link back to the blogger who gave us the award.
- Pick our five favorite blogs with less than 200 followers, and leave a comment on their blog to let them know they have received the award.
- Hope that the five blogs chosen will keep spreading the love and pass it on to five more blogs.
Because I like breaking molds, my list includes almost no gunblogs. It does, however, include a bunch of people I really like. Their political opinions probably won't agree with yours, so IF you decide to visit their blogs, please be kind.
Anyway. Here's my list!
Hiding in the Trees
Where in the World is Rebecca Today?
Top Shelf Reviews
I was also tagged in the honest gun owners meme:
"I will write down 5 things that indicate, to me, that a gun owner or shooter maybe is an honest one; I say 'maybe' because I have known some seemingly honest gun owners to tell some really tall tales. Then I will tag 5 other gun owners who are also bloggers and I hope each will play along, each listing, in their blogs, at least 3 things that are indicative a gun owner is an honest one, then sending the challenge of this meme on to 5 other gun owner who are also bloggers."
My list is pretty short:
1 - They immediately disapprove of posed photos in which an individual is fingering the trigger of a firearm. This is pretty indicative of their trigger discipline, particularly if it's an involuntary response. I'm more likely to feel comfortable shooting with this person.
2 - They invite anyone and everyone to fire anything they have at the range with them...and will offer ammo
3 - They will openly share situations where they've made a major error. They will discuss what happened, where they went wrong, and how to avoid it.
4 - They will admit when their shortcomings are causing poor groupings or generally bad targets. They might joke that the sights are off on a particular firearm, or that the recoil is weird, or the ammo isn't "right," but they make it obvious that they're joking.
5 - They're honest about why they like or dislike a particular firearm. They will also admit they can't make a decision because they haven't handled a particular firearm.
Now, everyone I would have picked has been tagged. If there's anyone left who wants to play along, please feel free!
Apparently, Chris is convinced that once I purchase said firearm, I won't want any other brand because it's just that good. I refuse to agree. So after we finished that conversation, I started thinking of the guns on my "want" list.
The list is very short, but I feel it's worth mentioning. And nothing on this list is from the same brand as the firearm I'm purchasing.
The Chic Lady. Don't mock me. I like it, and it matches my purse. So there. :P
Beretta PX4 Storm in 9mm.
Beretta CX4 Storm, also in 9mm. I like the idea of interchangeable mags. Still want to shoot TheMiller's, though. AHEM.
Some sort of affordable semiauto shotgun would be sexy. Thinking a Stoeger Model 2000 is a very real possibility.
A non-snubnose .357 revolver. Not sure what brand yet, but I do want something that will stand up to a LOT of range abuse. Something I can upgrade would be neat, too.
A Rossi Ranch Hand in .38/.357 would be neato.
A "Red Nine" Mauser C96. I've always liked'em. Of course, I might have to sell a few organs to afford it, but this IS a "wish" list, after all.
A Vektor CP1. I don't care that this is a ridiculous want, or that it's impossible, and I don't care that these things are incredibly unreliable according to my learnings on the internets. I still dig'em. I think it's the raygun appearance. I feel like it belongs on the set of Galaxy Quest or Wormhole X-Treme.
Oh, I'd also like one of these. They're so damned spendy they might as well sit on this list.
I'll add/update this as needed. What's on YOUR list?
Friday, February 24, 2012
Thursday, February 23, 2012
I hope it makes you smile, too.
On an unseasonably warm November night in Manhattan on our way to get ice cream, we stumbled upon what appeared to be a vintage shop, brightly lit display window and all. As we began to walk in, a man sitting out front warned us that we were welcome to explore, but nothing inside was for sale. Our interests piqued, we began to browse through the collections the man out front had built throughout his life. This is a story of a man and his home.
To see bonus clips, visit http://departurearrivalfilms.com
Saturday, February 11, 2012
I'm more moderate than most of you, though. The Constitution and the Bill of Rights are extremely important, but so is ensuring all citizens have the SAME rights. This includes gay marriage and abortion. Women and members of the LGBT community are people, too, as much as conservatives seem to insist we aren't. Since the government refuses to get the hell out of our lives, we have to find ways around it...including ensuring rights for all citizens.
This is going to make me a rather unpopular person amongst those of you who are more conservative-leaning. And frankly, I'm done biting my tongue about it. Say whatever you will, I really don't care.
Wednesday, February 8, 2012
Also, if you're not already following Bent Objects, I think you should. Terry Border's pretty creative. He's also the founder of Strangely Orange Snack Appreciation Day, which is celebrated in June. Yes, he's an oddball, but I think he's one of the best kinds.
Family 1 - The head of the family covered their in-ground pool and set it up as a greenhouse - they keep tilapia in the deep end, with chickens over it, duckweed covering it (to feed the fish), and they use the greenhouse to grow food. They also keep a pair of goats. Great idea for providing for your family, but if things got to the point where power is not restored, how in the heck does that guy think he's going to protect his family? Now that he's on this show, he's a big dang target. Even with "educating" the neighbors, he'd end up overrun and out of food sooner than later. Smooth, dude. Real smooth. Furthermore, how does he plan on dealing with the inevitable sewage problem? How does he plan on avoiding disease? He didn't really discuss that beyond bagging their waste and "keeping it separate."
Family 2 - Okay, this lady's approaching things a bit differently. Lots of shelf-stable "prep" food. Has currency concerns, recognizes the possibility of an increase of home invasions, takes the kids to the range. Admitting her full name and showing her house on TV kindof destroys the whole point of getting food delivered at night, though.
Family/Group 3 - These guys seem to be the most prepared. Holy damn that's a lot of people to feed, though. It appears they've focused on combining knowledge to cover a range of skillsets. They're also raising cattle and chickens on a farm where they intend to get two families together to protect everybody. They've addressed border security and firearms training. These guys could easily be called exceedingly paranoid.
Family 4 - This guy...yeah. He's got an underground bunker. He's been preparing for nuclear holocaust for years. I don't think I really need to say any more about this guy. I don't recall if they said he's former military, but I get that feeling from watching his segment of the show. I would be concerned about their food choices, though, if their showcase dinner was ramen and mac&cheese. I understand those are shelf-stable foods, but you can't stay healthy on food like that. Still, dude's pretty much ready for anything short of running out of water in a year...and his bunker's out in the middle of Nowhere, Utah, making his cache the hardest to find out of the 4.
I don't think I'd watch more episodes, but it's interesting to see how many average people are really starting to get paranoid.
Friday, February 3, 2012
1 - I put something black and shiny on layaway. I'll tell you all what it is when it's in my grubby paws.
2 - We're putting a deposit on something furry and cute. This involves a lot of time spent elsewhere on the internet, doing research, since I've never ventured down this road before. I'll tell you more about *that* in a few weeks.
That is all. Carry on. :)
Wednesday, February 1, 2012
Another post courtesy Michael. One by one, those afraid of firearms are getting over their fears. And they seem to be mostly women. I'm thrilled.
Even Sundance is taking notice of women who hunt. Maybe it's because female hunters are still a novelty, but I welcome positive media, no matter who's talking about it. Watch the video - it's refreshing to hear women sharing their thoughts regarding hunting. And, of course, one of our own is taking the plunge further into self-sufficiency.
*Yes, I'm still lacking in writing creativity. Have other, big things on my mind right now.
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
More updates! According to this link, it sounds like taking this to the government was the plan all along. She's starting with DC Council, and who knows how far it'll go?
Thursday, January 19, 2012
Anyone here have any opinions...or does anyone local to Maryland or Delaware own one they'd be willing to let him shoot?
Thanks in advance!
Friday, January 13, 2012
Monday, January 9, 2012
Wednesday, January 4, 2012
Monday, January 2, 2012
Long story short, a couple of weeks ago, I bought a stalk of the little veggies...and promptly forgot about them amidst all the Christmas cooking frenzy. Well, today I decided to take care of them before they all went bad. Since I'm sick of my normal recipe, I opted for a total departure from the household norm, and the end result is worth trying.
Raspberry Brussels sprouts
1/2 cup onions either diced or sliced very thinly
1 lb to 1 1/5 lbs fresh Brussels sprouts, with the outer leaves removed, stems trimmed, and cut in half.
1/2 cup ham chunks
1 cup white wine
1/2 cup raspberry balsamic vinegar (I used this brand)
1 ripe pear cut into smallish chunks
salt to taste
olive oil (to taste, but at least 2-3 tablespoons)
Put olive oil in the largest frying pan you have on hand over medium to medium high flame. When oil is hot, toss in the onions and let them cook until they are translucent and starting to brown. When they're cooked, toss in the sprouts cut side down and add some salt - I opted for about a half a teaspoon. Let them sear a little, then saute them until they're cooked through. Toss in the ham chunks and allow them to cook down until all the fat has cooked out of them. Add the wine and vinegar, and cook until the liquids begin to reduce into a sauce. Add the pear and continue to saute until the pear is coated in the sauce. At this point, add more salt if you feel it needs it - I added another half teaspoon. Serve immediately.
If you make these, do let me know what you think. :)