Friday, August 26, 2016

Sofie in the Hamptoms

Barb says that Sofie's mother says she has no idea what a lucky child she is.

Amy in New Zealand




Amy and her husband Barry are in New Zealand on vacation for several weeks. Amy says: "In multicultural Auckland and not quite on timezone : ) More to come as we get out and about."
 
She says this is the restaruant where the airport workers hang, and it looks like Barry really wants/needs that coffee.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Printer Resurection

When I was printing something on my cheap printer last week, all of a sudden it said that the ink was "depleted" so when Marilyn came today she went to Staples and bought new cartridges, put them in, but it was the same problem. We rebooted a few times, diddled, daddled and did all the things you try. She suggested I google "troubleshoot HP printer" and I did and we found one solution which we tried but it didn't work... I should have kept scrolling because the messages underneath this "solution" was a bunch of folks that said it didn't work.

So I kept scrolling and found some complicated reboot of the ink system and we did that. It was laughable in a way... unplug from the back of the printer. Count to 30. Unplug from the wall socket. I was joking later that if it told you to do this while standing on one foot, we would. So we go through this long process of wiping the printer contacts off with cold water on a lint free cloth, blah blah blah, the insert each cartridge one at a time... blah blah blah... still was being told "ink depleted." I was about to give up as Marilyn diddled and all of a sudden she said "Oh wait, it's never made that noise."

Sure enough the next message was to reinsert the yellow cartridge and she did... and that did the trick. Marilyn said she has no idea what she did to make it work. I was just thrilled when I could successfully print again. I had visions of another bill from some computer geek.

And now I have to brag about something else... two $50 bras for $74, including shipping. The website where I get these bras I like was having a buy one, get one for 50% off so I did that... but then I had a 30% coupon for having taken part in a survey last week. I was surprised (and happily so) when the site allowed me to use both the buy one/get one coupon and the 30% off highest item. When these new bras arrive, I have a bunch of old mangly ones that are getting a proper burial.

And yes, I am stunned that a decent bra, not even an amazing bra, but a totally run of the mill bra costs $50. I still think bras should cost $5 which is what I paid for a good one many many years ago.

So I have a working printer and two new bras en route. What more could a girl ask for?

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Milo's Hangover

For some reason, Milo was the life of the party yesterday -- mingling with the guests, allowing himself to be petted, not hiding, etc... and now it's the morning after and this old boy is worn out!

Friday, August 19, 2016

So Summery

Mary hosting (or attending?) some sort of neighborhood gathering today and she is supplying sangria. Here's her description:

It has apple jack liquor, Spanish white wine, lemons, limes, peaches, and green apples.  It's from Rachel Ray and she says to add a splash of soda water and a few raspberries to the glass when you serve it. Doesn't look refreshing?

 
 
And then there's the "summer Mexican shrimp cocktail"
 
 

Sunday, August 14, 2016

History of Medicine

As I semi-binged watched "The Knick" -- the DVDs arrived on Saturday and there are 10 episodes and I watched three yesterday and three today -- Mary and Fran were going to a medical history museum. On The Knick, it's 1902 and they still are learning about anesthesia, blood types, birth control is illegal; the doctors are exploring hypnotizing patients, and the main doctor is rescuing a set of conjoined twins from a side show in an attempt to separate them. I did watch the bonus video on that episode, and it is based on reality; first set were separated that year.

Anyway Mary writes;

Fran and went to the National Museum of Health and Medicine yesterday. Aside from the fascinating medical exhibits including a bone fragment from Abraham Lincoln's head, they had medical illustrators painting athletes' bodies to highlight the muscles they use.

Here are the photos:






Thursday, August 11, 2016

Not much going on...

Local media is all in a tizzy about how hot it's supposed to be this weekend. Glad I'm not out doing roadwork. The highlight for me may be that the second season of The Knick was released on DVD. A client/friend who shares my passion for the show (I turned him on to it) reminded me and we've been waiting since Janaury for this. I immediately went to Amazon yesterday and you know how it tells you how long you have to order in order to get it the next day? Well, I had two minutes so I pressed that "One click" really fast and today got a confirmation that it's shipped and will arrive tomorrow.

If you're unfamiliar with The Knick, it's about a NYC hospital at the turn of the century (called The Knickerbocker) and it's all about the history of surgery, anatomy, anesthesia, etc. all mixed in with romance, intrigue, race relations, etc. Just a great show. I've been thinking whether I want to binge or want to ration... such decisions!