another amsterdam dog


our second day
 in
 amsterdam
 we had lunch
 at
 a fabulous restaurant
 called
 da kas

da kas is located
 in 
frankendeal park
  a not very long tram ride
 from 
the apartment
 we were staying
 in/at

 click
 here 
for info on this unique restaurant

  just beyond the windows
 behind
 the table
 where we were dining
 was a pool

 that couple 
was walking
 their dog
 in
 the park
 he
 decided
 to
 walk in the pool 

we all got out our cameras/iphones to get photos 

columbus contemplates the winter skies


so
 the dentist said
 it was an ulcer 
it will heal on its own
 get the f@#k outta here and have a happy holiday
 no charge

 i love my periodontist

 took this on the way to his office
 the light was so lovely

 next step
 in 
the holiday card making process
stuff the envelopes
 seal
 stamp
 send

 done for another year 

do you send cards
 are they specific
 to 
a holiday 
christmas
 hanukkah 
kwanza
 new year 

do you make them
 do you buy them

 nosy blogger wants to know

whine without cheese


its 10:37 PM
i sit here
exhausted
a bit frustrated
feeling a lot stupid 

no
 really

 if only
 i would read the manuals
 when i get a new electronic gadget
 truth is
 i did
 look
 at the manual
 but
 i didnt 
really
 read 
it

after
 i almost cried
 because
 i couldn't get the new printer
 to
 print in a mode 
i set
 i gave up and did what the printer wanted 

after i printed all the holiday cards
 i decided to print a photo of toonman and me
 that 
took 3 tries
 because 
again
 i need to pay attention

 duh

 and
 then 
i found the printer cleaning paper i couldn't find the other day

 where was it 
why
 it was with the printer paper

 of course

 i was looking for something 8x11
 and
 its not

who cares

 i found it
i used it
 and 
in the process 
discovered
 the printer has setting adjustments 
for the different inks 

gah

 i am so thick
 sometimes
 anyway
i am tired
 cranky
 and
 have to go to the dentist tomorrow morning
 yup 
another
 whatever the heck they are 
that keep happening to my gums
 i think
 maybe
 its from all the not nice things i say during the day
 all that nasty
 leaves residue 
on my gums

 keep digits crossed
 its only something minor
 not
 another
 infection or root canal 

ok
 thats it

 done whining 

done writing

weekend blather

lets see
what did i do
 i did a lot of nothing
 yup
 really 
aside from beautification
 total indulgence
 of 
both massage and facial
 i did nothing constructive 

i didnt even shop
 okay
 that is not true

 i did some online shopping
 i dealt with two really poorly constructed websites 
i dislike websites with bad search options
 hard to find links
  hidden from sight dropdown menus

 why
 make it hard
 for 
someone to find something 
if
 you want them to shop 

on etsy
 i couldn't find the links under my account link
 for a link an email told me to use
 to end a dispute

 i had ordered a scarf
 the etsy seller 
made it seem 
as if 

they were shipping from the midwest
 not true
 they were actually shipping from china

 they did not answer numerous emails
 requesting shipping info
 til
 i opened
 the etsy case and got paypal involved
 all
 of which
 coincided 
with
 the actual delivery
 over a month 
after 
the item was supposedly shipped from the midwest
 (maybe the midwest of china) 

anyway

 i also tried to buy something on the new york transit museum site 
i have a membership there 
the site did not recognize my membership number
 their help was closed for the weekend 
such a bad way to run a site
 that 
wants
 donations

 irritating


on sunday
 i bought a new printer
see
 i sure told a whopper 
about not shopping

 toonman needed a new printer 
all the printers
 i looked at were pricy
 none had back loading

 i was going to give him my printer 
getting the new one for myself 

thats what ended up happening
 but 
for more money
 than i planned
 and
 for 
an epson not a canon 

none of the canon printers
 not even the priciest 
had back loading
 i need that for the cards i make

 the epson is compatible with my iMac OS
  has the back loading feature
got great reviews

so yeah i did some shopping
  also did some movie watching

  toonman said
 he had
 the perfect 

saturday afternoon movie for us
 was i game 
yup

 we watched and thoroughly enjoyed
 guardians of the galaxy
 even tho we didnt see it in 3D
 didnt need to see it in 3D
 i am just saying 

 after dinner 
we watched
 an excellent jake gyllenhaal in a very creep role 
 nightcrawler
 i highly recommend it

  i finished
 the goldfinch
 what a amazing read
 what an incredibly involving story
 i think it would make a really good movie 

hanukkah is this week
 a friend
 sent me a photo
 of 
a very funny
 menorah
called a
menorahsaurus


got me looking online
 at
 other funny menorahs
 available for celebrating the festival of lights


in the end 
we'll use
 my mother's menorah


 as we do every year
 since 
she gave it to me
 when we got married
 a zillion years ago




anyway 
that was my weekend

 how was yours?


almost the weekend

technically
 it is the week end
 the end of the work week
 i think saturday is the weekend
 sunday is the beginning of the new week
 with
 monday the beginning of the work week
 nevertheless
 this week
 stick a fork in it
 is done

 whats new
 well
 i am deeply loving
 the goldfinch
 which
 i put off reading
 because
 i was sure
 i would hate it 
oh contrar 
i thought if i left the y off it would seem correctly spelled
 nope
 anyway
 if you've not read it 
you should
 its the opposite end
 of
the genre spectrum
 from
 the magician books 

my reading taste is 
unlike
 my music taste
 all over the place

i have almost completely decided to end my other blog 
i just dont have the energy
 more to the point
 i dont have the photos
 ok
 i do
 but
 i have to go back and look for them

 for some reason
for me
 if a photo isn't new
 it doesn't feel sharable

 so
 some days
 this blog 
will have lots of words
 some days none
 i dont know
its going to evolve again 
i guess

 i hope you'll still enjoy it 

i dont know if you have an iPhone
 or
 if you noticed
 that there was an option 
to try 
the beta version
 of
 photos in the iCloud

 i opted to try

it its nice to have all my photos in one place

 its a bit annoying
 to take a photo with my iPhone
 and 
not have it automatically
 saved in iPhoto
 on 
my computer

 also
 now
 if i delete a photo
 its gone
 not 
completely
 irrevocably gone 
because
 there's
 now 
a recently deleted folder on the iPhone
 where photos are held for 30 days 
should you decided to get them back
 not delete them
 restore them

 to get a photo 
from 
iCloud into iPhoto
 now
 you must download it
 export it to the desktop
 import it to iPhoto
or
 whatever photo app you use

 i hope they ask for feedback 
cause
 thats just too many steps

  i was going to share 
the pano shot
 i took from my office window
 but
 i already shared it on Facebook
 now it seems redundant
 instead 
here's a photo
 i took
 the other morning 



it was in the window
 of a shop along broadway
 the word 
joy
 was created
 by setting steel wool on fire
 then
 moving it 
while photographing it
 in
 i think
 a long exposure mode
 i could be wrong about that part 
anyway
 i think it looks very cool

this and that

first
i did not
 turn on
 that stupid comment verification thing
 i have it set to only ask for verification
 on posts
 older than 10 days
 i don't know why its on

HOWEVER
you can just ignore it and post your comment without it

books
finished The Magicians Trilogy 
 it was really wonderful
 i highly recommend it

shopping
still not fully in the holiday shopping mood
 i am really
 glad
 toonman and i
 are
 not
 gifting
 each other
 this year

annie's got a new trick
she's learned
 what
 'brush'
 means
 she comes up on the coffee table 
presents herself 
ready 
to be indulged 
nightly
we're working on lap sitting next 


i am not sure
 if you know this about me
 but
 if i misplace something
 finding it
 consumes me

 i cannot simply 
'get over it' 
or
 'buy another' 
because 
i have to find the lost whatever 
i also am one of the best people to ask for help if you lose/misplace something 
really
 but
 wait
 i have to tell you
 about 
the blush brush
 first

on saturday
 i cleaned the two blush brushes i own 
put them in the silverware drainer to dry

 in the early evening 
i checked
 one was dry 
one was still damp 
decided to put them in the bathroom

 one 
went into the place i keep it 
the other
 i stuck in .. well thats part of the problem
 i can't remember 
where
 i stuck it 
but 
on sunday
 i put on some make up for the  photo shoot
for the book i told you about on sunday
 looked for the brush 
couldn't find it 

i searched everywhere 
even places it couldn't possibly be
 i had to go out 
so
 i asked toonman to look under the furniture
 he was sure one of the cats found it 
played with it
 and
 it was somewhere
 under something

 the photo shoot 
was great fun 

this is one of the shots we did after we were done outdoors


nick who has a website/business at here took it
i digress 
after nick and eljay left
 i asked toonman
 if he had looked for the brush
 he said
 yes but it wasn't under the furniture 

i decided to look again
 after
 i checked email 

while i was sitting at my desk 
harry was nosing my feet 
when i moved
 he moved
 he started poking around next to the air filtering thingie
 i thought 
he's found something and he's going to eat it
 i need to stop him 
so 
i moved the air filter thing
 and
 there was my brush

 clearly 
one of the cats
 did
 find it 
and
 turned it into a toy

which one?
 i guess
 thats something 
i wont find out


harry turns lots of things into toys