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Pirate Jenny
02 November 2012 @ 12:59 pm
Sorry I haven't been able to update before now, but we lost power. Luckily, that was it. Power is still not back, but my dad kindly came up to get us and bring us back to his place. (Watson is not happy--he's been hiding under the bed for the past 3 hours.)

So as most of you know, New Jersey was slammed. We lost power around 2 p.m. on Monday. Listened to the wind and the rain for the rest of the night. Tony went to listen to audiobooks in the car for a while and felt the car get pushed by the wind. Some big branches came down, but our complex didn't seem to take any hits other than shingles being blown off the roof and some drainpipes pulled off buildings.

Tuesday night we discovered the rest area near us was open. So we had hot food and stuff to drink and watched the TVs. We went back very early the next morning to charge phones and laptop. The wifi was down. Then we drove down to my dad's since we hadn't been able to get through to him. While we were there, his power came on. Unfortunately, we didn't have the cat with us, or any clean clothes, our meds, or anything else, so we had to go back home. This really sucked because it took us 2 hours to get from home to my dad's in the first place (it normally takes 20 minutes) and that ate up most of our gas, even though I'd filled the car Monday before the storm.

Most gas stations in NJ are either out of gas or have no electricity, so the lines are crazy. People are lining up even if they're unsure there's gas at the station (happened to us this morning--the scheduled delivery never made it).

My office has been closed all week. No power, but I've heard there's no water damage. My entire department is okay--only a loss of power for anyone.

So that's the scoop. It's the single worst storm I remember.
Location: dad's
Mood: tiredtired
Shanty: MSNBC
Pirate Jenny
26 October 2012 @ 09:47 am
And tumblr is down!!!!

So here, have a pic of The Tartan Terror in her (sorta) secret identity2012-10-26_06-51-25_648
Location: work
Mood: chipperchipper
Shanty: WNYC
Pirate Jenny
28 September 2012 @ 09:52 am
So those of you on my facebook or tumblr have most likely seen this already. But it's still a little freaky.

Yesterday, the Monmouth County SPCA posted some pictures on facebook and pinterest. One of them was of a cat sleeping. In a very amusing manner, I must say. Here he is.
Watson doppelganger

I saw this and thought it was Waston. I thought it was Watson so much, in fact, I commented and asked when the picture was taken. Turns out it was Tuesday. I can confirm that Watson was sleeping on my bed Tuesday, though much in the same manner as the other cat. (This picture is not from Tuesday, but he always sleeps like this when he's not sleeping on top of my feet.)

watson sleeps

NOTE: I did adopt him from that particular SPCA. I figure they must have had the same parents--I was told Watson came from a house with too many cats. My supposition is when they brought the various cats in back at the end of February--we got Watson in March--the mama cat was pregnant. The doppelcat is obviously smaller than Watson--Watson could never fit in a cat bed. A dog bed, yeah, but not a cat bed. At last measurement, he was 14 inches high at the shoulder and 19 inches long (not including his tail).
Location: my desk
Shanty: WNYC
Pirate Jenny
20 September 2012 @ 10:08 am
Well, there aren't really bad times right now. The bed bugs seem to be gone (knock wood). The new bed is comfy. We're still missing a sofa though (but Jennifer Convertibles is having a big old sale).

Today, I woke up to "The Immigrant Song." Tuesday, I woke up to "Trampled Underfoot." I've been on a Zep high since I learned that the 2007 London concert is going to be a MOVIE!!!! October 17! One night! Then out on DVD in November. Here, have the trailer. It's full of Zeppeliny goodness!

We of course tried to win tickets to the concert, but so did a good portion of the known world. I'm just thrilled someone I know got to go.

Tickets are on sale now! And we have them!!!!!! I'm a little excited.

And today, I get to work on a book about the Plantagenets. Titled, appropriately enough, The Plantagenets.

And in other amazing news, the one issue I ever had with Tony is now gone. A little background: he's had a slight case of asthma for years (diagnosed about 10 years ago, I think). Once before it had gotten bad enough that he had to go to the doc for a shot and treatment, though he didn't get a prescription for an inhaler. Last week it happened again. Extremely bad. So he went to the doc and got a shot and treatment. And was told (again--we'd both just been in the previous Saturday) that he should quit smoking. Actually I think the doc said he had to quit. I wasn't there. And he did! Finally! He posted he was quitting on fb a week ago (that was after 4 days without smoking, so it's been 11 days now). He threw out his cigarettes. I am so proud of him. And now he's pretty damn perfect. Well, for me at least.

And one more thing. My friend tawandaspirit had her second baby yesterday. On Talk Like a Pirate Day! Yar! To be fair, when she didn't go into labor Saturday like she and her husband expected, I told her it would either be yesterday or this Saturday (because of Bilbo and Frodo's birthday), but that I thought it would be on Talk Like a Pirate Day. I should have started a betting pool.

Also, there's been a greenmarket outside our building the past few days and I'm eating pumpkin bread. Nom!
Pirate Jenny
24 August 2012 @ 10:27 am
For people not on Twitter or Facebook, I'm nowhere near the Empire State Building. trouvera is also fine, as she's also nowhere near the Empire State Building, just in the other direction.
Pirate Jenny
03 August 2012 @ 05:35 pm
Things have been absolutely crazy lately. I know you've all missed me. I've already been on vacation for a week and feel like I've gotten nothing done. So first I was crazy at work trying to get everything done before vacation. Which was moved up by a few days because we have the most horrid evil.

This is the first time I'm actually posting what happened on the Internet and not saying it in a PM. If you're easily grossed out, stop reading here. Really. Especially if creepy crawly bugs bother you.

You have been warned.

Our previous upstairs neighbor had bedbugs. The bastards can live without feeding for a year. We got mattress, boxspring, and pillow encasements. But since the winter we felt like we were being bitten. Couldn't see a damn thing. Had the apartment inspected three times (our next door neighbor had them when she moved in as well). The inspector only came in with a flashlight and looked under the bed, in the sofa, at the mattress, etc. No way to detect them in the walls. One of which is cracked from the earthquake.

Anyway, a few weeks ago, I took down the wall hanging behind our bed to wash it. It was horrible. Bugs and eggs all over the place. So then I pulled up our mattress and boxspring. The encasements were covered. The slats in the bed frame were covered. I woke up one morning with a bedbug on my face! So we called the office and we've been being exterminated. We also now have a new mattress, boxspring, pillows, encasements, bedding, a metal frame instead of a wood one (it was hard getting rid of that frame--it had belonged to my grandparents and was in the room I used to sleep in when I visited them, but I knew it had to happen sooner or later, since both the headboard and footboard were splitting). And damn, that frame was made well and sturdily! They knew how to make furniture in the 1940s. We also had to get rid of our sofa. I lost probably 100 books, my Ovate grade materials (which OBOD will probably replace at little cost, but since I'm nearly done and just need to complete my project, I may not need to have them replaced). The book thing happened because we had decided not to replace the bookcase that collapsed after all, since we were planning on moving next year and were going to do built-ins. So the books were on the floor and the vile creatures crawled into and on them. Mostly just on, but that was enough. If there was a hint of anything, out it went.

I spent a lot of time feeling guilty about this. As if my cleaning wasn't up to par because we got infested. But there's really nothing I could have done and once I found out how long the bastards can live, I felt better.

We're still living in quite a bit of chaos. Most of our clothing is in plastic bags. Many books are as well. We have nowhere to sit and watch DVDs in the living room. Sure, we have extra dining room table chairs, but they're not comfy to hang and watch movies on. Our renters' insurance doesn't cover this. T's going to talk to management to see if we can at least get a break on rent because of all of this, and because we know they came from other apartments. Hell, the hoses for the washer/dryer go from the upstairs apartment into ours and have since the previous upstairs tenant was infested.

So if anyone out there ever gets infested, don't feel guilty about it. It's not your fault. These bastards are having a huge resurgence in this area (the office has been treated quite a few times in the past few years and I'm glad that at least I didn't bring any to work with me--they inspected my office and it came up clean).

Evolution needs to find a way to get rid of these things.

Also, how the hell did people in the Middle Ages deal with all the bugs????

At least the rash on my arms and hands, which was a reaction to the bites--seems I'm rather sensitive to them--is mostly cleared up.

This rambly post has been brought to you by the letter B.
Shanty: Law & Order
Pirate Jenny
22 April 2012 @ 09:09 am
I don't think I posted here recently about how awesome my job is. Last week (or maybe two weeks ago--it blurs) I got my assignments for the winter 2013 list. And I'm ecstatic. I already have Shadow on the Crown, a novel about Emma, wife of King Aethelraed of England. I studied those Anglo-Saxons intently in college, even learning the language (which I don't recall much of at this point). Then, because apparently this list loves what I studied in college, I got a book on the Plantagenets! And the new Erin Kelly (got the ms this week, can't wait to read it), The Burning Air (her previous books are The Poison Tree and The Sick Rose, both psychological thrillers that I highly recommend). Angelopolis, the sequel to Angeology. A bio of Bruce Springsteen. A collection of Sherlock Holmes novels (Watson is very happy about that). And the new Turkish Delight mystery, The Serenity Murders (these series is terribly fun--the accidental sleuth is a Turkish transvestite).

And then, when I went to pick up my new freelance job from DAW on Friday, I got my copy of Discount Armageddon signed (I kept forgetting to grab it from the managing editor the week before) because I got to meet seanan_mcguire and she is indeed awesome. (Also got a copy of Living with Ghosts by which looks awesome as well.)

I've got a ton of reading to do. So naturally I'm sitting here online. But hey, it's early and I'm still waking up. Besides, can't do the freelance
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Location: bed, mmm bed
Mood: bouncybouncy
Shanty: discovery ID
Pirate Jenny
08 April 2012 @ 01:27 pm
So Watson is 19 inches long (not including tail) and 13 inches high (foot to shoulder). Even though he's a little over a year according to the SPCA, I suspect he is not done growing, given the size of his paws.

Pics for reference

Location: dad's
Pirate Jenny
08 April 2012 @ 01:24 pm
Watson was going crazy. So I got up to get a drink of water. And there, nibbling the palm leaf and flower cross the neighbors put out last week, was a bunny.
Location: dad's
Mood: amusedamused
Pirate Jenny
30 March 2012 @ 09:45 pm
I'm lazy tonight, so I'm linking to the rest of the pics on my fb page (they're public so anyone can see them):