Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Visit From Bigger Girl, a Random and Happy Tuesday Post

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It's time once again for a random and happy Tuesday, linking up with Stacy's Random Thoughts at Stacy Uncorked and Sandee at Comedy Plus 

First, it is #1 Son’s 28th birthday.  He is now the age i was when i had him!

How in the world did that happen!?!

Now, for Bigger Girl’s visit.

Please note that now that she doesn’t live here, we seldom see her and keep in touch mostly by text or phone.  This past Saturday, she was in the neighborhood and decided to stop by.  It’s not easy to follow her conversations, which are mostly run-on, but i took notes as best i could and am trying to recreate what she talked about.

Guess what, mom!  I was in the neighborhood visiting my friend Kalie and decided to stop and see you guys.  She has a Jeep, my friend does, and it is a big one with a towing package and she is volunteering to tow boats for the Cajun Navy if they need her.

Anyway, speaking of the storm, I was also at her house baking some pies.  That way, if the electricity goes out at my place I will have something to eat.  We are going to have a hurricane pie party tomorrow, me and a lot of my friends.  We will have meat pies and veggie pies and I made a pie with cream and vinegar and black cherries, and it is sooo good!

Also I made too much custard, so what to do, I made a rice pudding and put it in the one leftover pie crust and talk about delicious!  She and I ate that one.

And also, if the electricity goes out, I have a plan.  Since my annoying roommate and her boyfriend moved out and I have the apartment to myself — but don’t worry, since I don’t rent the whole apartment, just my room, my rent won’t go up, and they’ve been having a hard time filling vacancies lately so I may have the place to myself for a while for the same rent, hurrooo! — but anyway, I plan to fill the washing machine with ice and all of my frozen and cold food and close the lid, so I don’t have to worry about losing it all and as the ice melts, it just goes down the drain!

But back to the pie party.  It will be at my friend Annie’s house.  You remember Mike from the shelter who used to talk to me all the time?  Well, he married my friend Annie, and they live with Annie’s mother because, mom, that woman should not live alone.  She has a job and everything, but you can’t trust her to live on her own.  She forgets to pay bills, and if you send her to go buy gas, she may go in there to pay for the gas and buy some random stuff instead and forget about the gas!  She keeps coming home with different cookie cutters she buys at the store and making all of their food in the shapes of these cookie cutters.  It’s cute but annoying after a while, Annie says.

They are enjoying being married, but they have to sleep in separate rooms because they both snore and wake each other up.  They are cute together anyway, and I think they are just going to stay living with Annie’s mother because that’s the easiest way to keep an eye on her.

Anyway, school is going great, I should graduate in December.  After that, I am setting up to do an internship with Big Cats Rescue, and then I want to go back to Europe and work at the zoo in Rotterdam and with my head professor’s projects there.  After a few years, I will have saved up enough for graduate school over there and I will be fluent in Dutch by then!  

Between semesters, I’ve got every doctor appointment I need scheduled, everything I could think of, eyes, ears, general health, lady stuff, everything.  Once I’m done with that week, I hope I won’t need another doctor’s appointment for ten years!

Oh, and I’ve been making money between student jobs by finding change on the ground for one thing.  You would be amazed, I’ve been picking up over $100 a month that way!  The people around the bars drop change and don’t care.  Also, I sell my blood plasma, and lately I’ve been a human guinea pig!  Hurrooo!  That’s one thing off my bucket list.

It’s really been fascinating.  They have you sit still for hours and randomly ask you questions about your perception of how hot or cold the room is.  Then they have you do the same thing, only wearing virtual reality headgear that is just a virtual picture of the same room you are in.  They want to know if virtual reality changes how you perceive temperature.

I told them that the headgear itself was making me a bit hot and that would skew the results, but they said they take that into account already.

Well, I gotta run, I want to get a few more things done.  See you soon!

Speaking of seeing you soon, i hope everyone has a fabulous Tuesday!


Today is:

Asalha Puja Day -- Buddhism (Buddhist "Lent" begins)

Atomic Bomb Day -- the first experimental bomb was set off today in 1945

Closet Space Appreciation Day -- if you have some, enjoy (we have tiny closets!)

Feast of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel; related observances (many noting her relationship to Carmen, ancient goddess of healing and midwifery)
    Fiesta of the Virgin of Carmen -- Santurtzi, Basque Region, Spain
    Lady of Carmen Day -- Chile 
    La Madonna della Carmine -- Naples, Italy (all of Italy, actually, but especially here)
    Virgen Del Carmen -- Cetano, Puerto Rico

Fresh Spinach Day -- yippee!

Full Buck Moon a/k/a Full Thunder Moon or Full Hay Moon; related observances
    Adhi-Esala Full Moon Poya Day -- Sri Lanka
    Waso Full Moon / Dhamma Cakka Day -- Myanmar

Ice Cream Cone Day -- this is one of the many days people say the confection was invented, so why not?

LaPaz Day -- Bolivia

Manu'a Cession Day -- American Samoa

National Corn Fritters Day

National Personal Chef Day -- some websites say Feb. 24, but since i'm not going to have one, you may celebrate it whichever date you choose

Parking Meter Day -- the first parking meter was installed on this day in 1935 in Okalahoma City, OK

Petal-Hopping for Non-Starters Day -- Fairy Calendar

Snake River Stampede -- Nampa, ID (the 103rd year of one of the top 15 professional rodeo events in the nation; through Saturday)

St. Eustathius' Day

Talk to a Telemarketer Day -- only if i can mess with his/her mind in some way!

Thangka Unveiling at Tashihungpo -- Tibet (Buddha Exhibition Festival, in which the large Thangka with the image of Buddha on it is unfolded in public) related observance
   Zamling Chisang -- Universal Prayer Day (to the Tibetan Deities, especially Samye Dolde)

Anniversary Today:

Michael J. Fox marries Tracy Pollan, 1988

Birthdays Today

Mark Indelicato, 1994
Jayma Mays, 1979
Corey Feldman, 1971
Larry Sanger, 1968
Barry Sanders, 1968
Will Ferrell, 1967
Phoebe Cates, 1963
Michael Flatley, 1958
Stewart Copeland, 1952
Ruben Blades, 1948
Pinchas Zukerman, 1948
Bess Myerson, 1924
Ginger Rogers, 1911
"Miss Frances" Horwich, 1907
Barbara Stanwyck, 1907
Orville Reddenbacker, 1907
Roald Amundsen, 1872
Ida B. Wells, 1862
Mary Baker Eddy, 1821
Sir Joshua Reynolds, 1723
Andrea del Sarto, 1486

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"Golden Horseshoe Revue"(Disneyland show), 1955
The Catcher in the Rye(Publication date), 1951
"Das Entfuhrung aus dem Serail"(Opera, Mozart K. 384), 1782

Today in History

The Islamic Calendar begins, 622
East-West Schism between the Eastern and Western Christian churches begin, 1054
The first banknotes in Europe are issued by the Swedish bank Stockholms Banco, 1661
Manchu Qing Dynasty naval forces under traitorous commander Shi Lang defeat the Kingdom of Tungning in the Battle of Penghu near the Pescadores Islands, 1683
Father Junipero Serra founds California's first mission, Mission San Diego de Alcalá. Over the following decades, it evolves into the city of San Diego, 1769
First performance of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's opera The Abduction from the Seraglio, 1782
The city of La Paz, in what is today Bolivia, declares its independence from the Spanish Crown, 1809
Emily Stowe becomes the first female physician licensed to practice medicine in Canada, 1880
The world's first parking meter is installed in the Oklahoma capital, Oklahoma City, 1935
The world's first nuclear weapon, the "atom bomb," is detonated in New Mexico, 1945
The storming of the cockpit of the Miss Macao passenger seaplane, operated by a subsidiary of the Cathay Pacific Airways, marks the first aircraft hijacking of a commercial plane, 1948
J.D. Salinger novel The Catcher in the Rye published by Little, Brown and Company, 1951
Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus closes its very last "Big Tent" show in Pittsburgh, due to changing economics all subsequent circus shows will be held in arenas, 1956
USS George Washington (SSBN-598) a modified Skipjack class submarine successfully test fires the first Ballistic missile while submerged, 1960
The Mont Blanc Tunnel linking France and Italy opens, 1965
Apollo 11, the first manned space mission to land on the Moon, is launched from the Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral, Florida, 1969
Mahathir bin Mohamad becomes Malaysia's 4th Prime Minister; he will be in office 22 years, Asia's longest-serving political leader, 1981
Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 collides with Jupiter (impacts continue until July 22), 1994
John F. Kennedy, Jr., piloting a Piper Saratoga aircraft, dies in a plane mishap over the Atlantic Ocean, off the coast of Martha's Vineyard, along with his wife Carolyn Bessette Kennedy and sister-in-law Lauren Bessette, 1999
Chicago's Millenium Park is opened to the public, 2004
The funeral for the final heir to the Austro-Hungarian Empire, Otto von Habsburg, occurs in Vienna, attended by monarchs and members of the political elite, 2011
NASA's Dawn space probe enters orbit around the protoplanet Vesta, 2011
Scientists reveal the first close-up pictures of Pluto, sent by the New Horizons probe, 2015
The BBC announces that the first ever female Doctor Who will be played by Jodie Whittaker, 2017
Scientists at the Carnegie Institute for Science announce the discovery of 12 more moons orbiting Jupiter, bringing the total of Jupiter’s known moons to 79, 2018


  1. Your posts aren't coming up in my reading list at the moment - but are worth tracking down.
    Are you as tired about Bigger Girl's visits as I was reading about it? Tired - but v happy.

  2. I am sure you are very happy to listen to what your girl shared with you. That was a wonderful long list to update you. The last picture makes me laugh!

  3. On the other end of the spectrum was the day I realized I was now older than my mom ever lived to be. That's strangely unsettling, as well.

  4. I love that first one. I'm sure my mother is still wondering how I made it that far. 😀

  5. Fun post and love the baby photo with caption of reaction to your daughter's visit ~ agree ^_^

    Happy Day to you,
    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  6. First of all, Happy Birthday to your son. 28, I wish I could remember but not really, I had my stroke when I was 27. Have a wonderful birthday Mimi's son.
    Now your daughter, wow! Now that was a mouthful. I hope she brought some pies for you. She sells her blood. I'm not sure that's good but these young people today do what they want.
    I was thinking of you when I saw that hurricane. I hope you came out of it OK. Have a great day my friend.

    Cruisin Paul

  7. ♪♪Happy Birthday to you,♪♪
    ♪♪Happy Birthday to you,♪♪
    ♪♪Happy Birthday Dear #1 Son,♪♪
    ♪♪Happy Birthday to you.♪♪

    I'm exhausted listening to your recount of your daughters visit. That's some conversation. Did you have any part of the conversation outside of listening?

    Thank you for joining the Happy Tuesday Blog Hop.

    Have a fabulous Happy Tuesday, my friend. ♥

  8. I think you should be very proud of your daughter. She has life by the throat.

  9. Wow! I was just reading that and was amazed! I thought I was one for stream of consciousness! Happy Birthday to #1 son! And I agree, yay for fresh spinach! (Husband, however, would beg to differ... Hee!)


  10. Happy Birthday to #1 Son from all of us! Dang, that was some chat!

  11. understood every word she said and oh em cod, how cool to be interning at big cat rescue !!! :) ♥♥

  12. Happy Birthday to your son! And wow! Your daughter is hard to follow :)

  13. Your daughter cracks me up! I love how enthusiastic she is about everything - including picking up random change and scoring extra money each month that way! And I hope the landlords take their sweet time finding someone so she can enjoy the place solo for a while. ;)


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