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14 Aug

I hate Trader Joe’s. There, I said it. I find it, inconveniently located, small, crowded, expensive, pretentious, and did I mention crowded?

Some of the items are good, but I think we could easily find most of them elsewhere–or do without.  Grocery Outlet has a better cheese section, that’s the truth.  And a MUCH bigger wine and beer section.  I was supremely UNimpressed with TJ’s wine & beer. . .

I might get some things if someone else would actually do the shopping.  I can’t tolerate such cramped, busy quarters, myself.  I wanted to leave immediately, as I suffered claustrophobia inside there.  And that was just from all the employees!  How many lesbians do they need to staff at once?  I think I saw 12 people working on a Wednesday at 2PM.  Five of them lez.  

The checker was very concerned about the “bloated” pizza dough bag. I hadn’t noticed, nor could I really tell a difference when she addressed it.  What I didn’t tell her was that as a Grocery Outlet shopper, anything (bloated or not) was a step up from what I’m used to. We literally stepped over poop on the floor during our last Grocery Outlet run, and proceeded to shop.  But she pressed so much I just let her do what she wanted and call an employee over with a new one.

You won’t get ME back in there, that’s for sure.

Eis Eis Baby

13 Aug

Ice Wine:  The coolest drink ever-pun intended!  And COOLest blog post ever–pun also intended.  My mate, is going to help with a tandom post.  She was the one who did most of the typing on this one:

Hi there. This is a guest entry from Cool 
(my last name - which is what LaVrel calls me by). 
This summer we re-discovered our passion for wine, 
in particular Ice Wine, which is a rare type of wine 
made from late-harvest grapes after the first frost 
after the harvest season. Here's my very non-technical 
description from information I gleaned visiting Walla 
Walla Faces tasting room, the only winery that 
consistently produces this beverage in Walla Walla:  
After most of the grapes have been harvested, the 
weather has to get really cold.  At a certain 
freezing temperature, the few grapes that have 
survived are very small and frozen.  Some poor 
soul has to brave the cold and go pick those tiny grapes, 
which don't yield very much liquid at all.  Everything 
has been concentrated by the freeze.  What little 
liquid is left is very sugary.  Since the yield is 
quite low in this regard, ice wine comes in very skinny bottles. 
But it tastes like a little piece of heaven. 

Sometime in June of this year we grew more and 
more excited for Laurel's birthday, because we 
were going to Walla Walla - wine country. as a result, 
we picked up a good amount of ice wine and 
other kinds to try beforehand. We picked up a 
free wine guide from the store, and it gave us 
some hints and tips about tasting. Therefore, 
we decided to review each wine that we tasted. 
And here it is.

Each wine review is broken down in 5 ways: 
Color, Nose (smell), Taste, Texture/Body, and Finish (the after taste). 
1.  The first we have on our list is 
Kiona ice wine, from Benton City, WA. It is a 2010. 
Its color is golden, and has a viscous swirl, 
much like extra virgin olice oil. Its taste is 
sharp, crisp, thick, and smooth. The finish 
reminds one of honey, and its finish is long, 
so it lingers on your tongue and back of the throat. 
It reminds us of a similarity with apple cider, almost.
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2.  Our next wine we tried was our favorite 
and a wine of my people!: 
Okanogan Reisling ice wine, from Orchard Hills 
in Oroville, WA. This one is a 2009. Right off 
the bat we enjoyed its color: Sunny, bright, 
happy yellow, lighter than the Kiona. 
After a swirl, we saw that it had nice legs, 
and had a consistency ot liquid honey. 
Its armoa is light and sweet, reminding one of pear, 
with floral notes and a hint of citrus. 
Its taste had a bit of a tang, or kick to it. 
You could taste the pear, and it felt thinner 
and lighter with a sort of prickley pre-sparkle 
to it. The finish to this one was very honey-like, 
with some floral aspects, and the entrancing 
finish was longer than the Kiona. The sweetness 
lingers and doesn't disappoint. 
winery view
3.  Next, we tried Buti Nages "Gather Nectar" 
from Rhone France, 2012. It has a pale, straw 
color, was very thin with no legs, has a 
very light armoa that is reminiscient of summer, 
citrus, and flowers. The taste was a bit dry, 
with wisps of fruit notes, light, sharp, and 
a bit prickly or tangy - more than the Okanogan. 
The finish resulted in a fruity short burst. 
4.  After that, we tried a red wine from Pesek Cellars 
from Mt. Vernon, WA. This had a dark burgundy color, 
rather opaque. The swirl was like syrup, or jam... 
and had no legs. The scent was sweet, with 
blackberry notes, but with an undistinguished 
alcohol-sharpness at the end. it tasted really 
dry at the start, but smoothed into sweet 
blackberry, with short, smooth, and warming finish. 
5.  The next was a sort of 'coffee' wine, 
Pesek cellars Arabic, also from Mt. Vernon, WA. 
Its color has red huses in its amber/brown 
appearance. Its body was thin, with no legs 
and close to translucent. The aroma brought 
to mind caramel, vanilla, and an overall 
sweetness. The taste was like brown sugar 
or maple. Very sweet and sticky. Its finish 
was long and syrup-like. Pretty interesting stuff. 
We enjoyed it. I enjoyed the first couple of sips, 
then it became too saccharine for my liking.  
This is one where a shooter will do you.
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6.  The next one we decided to try was 
Brovida Cordara, Langhe, Dolcetto, Italy, a 2010. 
A red wine with purple - maroon color, medium thick 
swirl, showing apacity with a small amount of legs. 
its aroma was sweet and gave off the oakiness of 
the wine itself. Its taste was very dry, deep, 
and bitter. Its finish was medium, dry and rather 
burning. Not my favorite. I'm not a real big fan, 
however, of red wine, so that could have 
influenced my perseption as well.
7.  After that the next wine we had tried was 
the Walla Faces Verlynn, a 2010 reisling 
with a dilute gold color, thin swirl with 
no legs and a hint of viscosity. With a sweet, 
pear-like aroma bringing in a succulent apple 
and honey suckle nose, it has a crispy tartness 
to it. Very clean. Its finish was brief, and 
rather dry. The finish included notes of 
honey suckle, which was pleasant.
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8.  Our last that we tried was 
Tertulia Cellars Last-Harvest semillion, 
from Walla Walla, Columbia valley. 
This is very similar to an ice wine. 
In fact, so similar that it might as well be 
considered one anyway. It has a pleasant golden 
color, no legs but very syrupy. It smelled 
like a golden delicious apple, with pear, apricot, 
and very sweet. Its taste was very full-bodied, 
thick, and sweet like honey. The finish at the 
end was long, pronounced, and sweet, reminding 
us of carmalized sugar. We enjoyed this one a lot.
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Overall, the impression we got from 
tasting these wines and understanding 
how each one can be vastly different 
from another helped us with our tasting 
abilities when in Walla Walla. 
We had brought back the Walla Faces and Tertulia 
from there, as well as A chocolate champagne 
from The Chocolate Shoppe. I believe their wines 
can be found in stores. My favorite tasting 
at the chocolate Shoppe was the strawberry 
chocolate wine. We didn''t bring any others 
back to taste before this entry was written, 
but we will be sure to let you know how the 
chocolate champagne tastes after we drink it, 
which will be in November for our 4 year anniversary. 
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And always remember: No matter how good or 
bad the wine, no matter the color, aroma, 
flavor, texture, or after taste - it is still wine, 
and you should have fun with it. 
Don't let any pretensions get you down. Its there to enjoy, 
above all else. And I hope YOU enjoyed reading. 

Until next time...
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Doctors, Don’t Make Work Harder: A List of Pet-Peeves

27 Jul

Inspired by fu(ked-Up Friday.  I clocked in at 6AM, actually got a 40 minute lunch, and clocked out at 6:27PM.  With a lot lot of frenzy and frustration in between.

The Girls Who Starts to Lose Her Cool

-When I come in early, don’t gripe about the tasks I chose to do.

-if you want me to do a certain task, on my extra time, ask me.

-Don’t push icky things and unwanted tasks to the next day because you’re not there to deal with them

-don’t schedule things early, then show up on time or late.

-show up on time

-don’t bring personal pets on an already busy/over-scheduled/short-staffed day

-don’t bring your kids to work, lets your kids help at work , or spend an extraordinary amount of time with your kids while working

-realize what we have already accomplished before you bothered to show up

-don’t treat me like “your people.”


-don’t expect me to do things you’re not willing to do

-don’t keep us running around with your tasks then gripe when mundane things aren’t getting finished–drawers aren’t stocked or things aren’t ordered.

-be cognizant of the time

-don’t be all perfectionistic when we are overwhelmed and already behind

-don’t expect everything to be finished already

-don’t expect us to do everything by ourselves (that should take 2), then be a baby and require a helper (for things that can be done alone)


-don’t “delegate” your work to me when I’m already overwhelmed

-don’t require me to open your charts, request lab work, or put in charges–then do it too (making a double).

-don’t act like you are the busiest one, when you are overwhelmed only because of your own time mismanagement/lateness

-don’t ask me to do crazy tasks (fix the doppler/call Cornerstone for an hour/write new forms) on a busy day

-don’t assign a million tasks during the lunch hours so we get shorted or miss our lunches–then leave to get your own full lunch

-don’t leave for lunch if there are drop offs, treatments, pick ups, procedures, or surgeries that need to be done.

-communicate what you want

-don’t expect me to read minds

-don’t get mad/lecture/yell at me when I just didn’t know or couldn’t read minds

-don’t put us on hold by being indecisive about what lab you want

-don’t get mad when something is forgotten because you were indecisive so we couldn’t write it down.

-if a phone call is holding up patient treatments–make the phone call.  Yourself, and right now.

-don’t chat (to friends/family/us/in an appointment/on the phone) when we are behind

-don’t offer to do unscheduled extraneous tasks when we are behind.

-don’t save everything until the last minute.

-don’t underestimate the time you need to accomplish tasks

-don’t criticize the job we do when your time mismanagement is what caused it in the first place.

-don’t tack on “quick” appointments or procedures when we are fully booked/overbooked/already behind.

-be aware of how long clients are waiting, and move faster when need be.

-if you are unavailable for questions, don’t get mad when we have to make decisions without your input

-don’t take the time to write out a to-go home sheet when only prescriptions (w/labels) are the only things going home.  It’s redundant and time-consuming.

-if you are slow/behind relinquish some control and let us help–don’t dig in your heels and make everyone wait for you.

-don’t get snippy with us, when you cause the chaos in the first place.

-don’t agree to procedures or surgeries that keeps everyone at work without checking with the staff that will be affected.

-clean up after yourself!

-don’t gripe about staying late when it’s your doing and your own fault (and when we come in early)

-don’t pawn off your work on to me–because you have to drive farther–I didn’t choose where you live and work.

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I Stand By It

30 Jun

Written a couple months ago:

So today was a much better day at work, but I made the co-worker (that I think consistently works hard) angry with me.  Here’s the scenario:  It’s the end of the day, three employees are a half hour late getting out of work, and we are still finishing up treatments on the hospitalized patients, and have some cleaning and closing tasks to finish yet.  It was a terribly busy, stressful day with a slow doctor.  One of the in-patients cats has straight up liquid diarrhea–like fill-the-box blow-outs multiple times in the day.  The other is a buddy with a urinary catheter-read *dripping urine constantly, that we need/want*  Of course, both have been bathed and brushed multiple times during that day.  My co-worker wants to give both of the buddies a bath before we leave.  Which I think is extraneous.

And yes, a partial reason is the extra effort and extra time this would take.  Call me lazy if you will, which may be a little bit at that point in time, but not entirely.  I also think there is a point when you have to evaluate if what you’re doing to the patient is giving a tangible benefit.  And deciding how long that benefit will last.  OK, the benefit is we leave 2 clean cats at the end of work.  A second benefit is the cats may feel better if they are not scummy.  Thirdly, the kitties can avoid potential urine scald.

BUT, how stressful is it for an already sick, already hospitalized cat to receive repeated baths?  How long will the cleanliness last either?  They will be sitting on diarrhea and urine in their kennel all night long anyway (we aren’t 24/7).  Urine scald benefit is erased.  Cats may feel better, but for how long?  Even if they are bathed at 6 PM, the still have to sit in a soiled kennel all night long until someone gets to work in the morning.  At which time they will have their cage cleaned and get yet another bath.  Also, the heater turns down at night (this was in February, when it was still chilly out) when no one is in the building–will leaving wet cats make them suffer more because they are cold?

Plus, I think both cats have bigger problems then grooming.  I don’t know if when we have to syringe feed, medicate, express bladders, give fluids, etc, etc if constant bathing (especially right at close) is necessary.  Will it make them mean to treat later?  When it’s time to clean up in the mornings or before they go home, will it make the task impossible, because they’ve had baths so often they’re really tired of being messed with?  Do we want to make their patience expire for a bath or for a more crucial treatment?  Will they hate the vet for life, because we picked on them so much?

There is an unlimited amount of things you could do to a patient:  Take vitals, palpate and examine, check blood-work, syringe feed, groom, clean and bathe, medicate, warm up, write notes and chart progress, vaccinate, do blood pressures, x-rays and other diagnostics -think of something and it could probably be done every hour or more.  A saturation point can be reached, I believe, where doing unlimited things becomes just futzing around.  And does the animal benefit?  Does it start to suffer?  These are questions that should be addressed.

AND though I hate it, you have to look at the business side a tiny bit.  Is two baths worth paying 3 employees to stay late, and potentially over-time at the end of the week?  When we’ve gotten to work between 6AM and 7:30AM, missed lunch, are already leaving late, and already given several baths during the day and cleaned the kennels many times?

So even though she was disgruntled, I still stand by my decision.  And I don’t think I should be deamonized for it either.  Yes, I was thinking of me, but I was thinking of the cats and the business as well.  I think the costs outweigh the benefits, and those cats can both wait for baths (and clean cages) until morning.  And certainly during the day when we’re there for a few hours.  But yes, I indulged my co-worker and gave the cats hasty booty baths immediately before we left them in a kennel alone for 12 hours. . .

Rollin’, Rollin’, Rollin’.

30 May

What if a car had no safety features?  We’re talking no steel in the doors, no air bags, no bumpers even.  Would you still buy it?  And what if the heater, air conditioner, and vents didn’t work at all?  What if a door or two were missing entirely?  Would you buy it then?

Of course not.

Well, that’s how I feel about motor cycles.  They have no safety features, and no climate control.  You can’t ride them in snow or ice, and you wouldn’t want to in rain or extreme heat.  Unlike bicycles, there is no place for a motorcycle.  A person could ride a bike on a trail or remote area and be perfectly safe.  And among other bicyclists and pedestrians.  Don’t get me started on bicycles on roads intended for motorists.  Stupidest, most annoying thing EVER.  Back to big bikes:  This is not the case for motorcycles–every place a motorcycle is allowed there are automobiles.  And cars, trucks, semis are bigger.  There is no question who would live in a collision.

I get tired of the Facebook pictures showing horrible accidents with a squished motorcycle warning drivers to be diligent.  How about telling motorcycles that they are small, the rider often careless, and to get off the road where real cars drive?  How many times have I seen motorcyclists passing a waiting line of cars on the shoulder or up the center line?  How often do you see a pack of motorcycles weaving through traffic because they can?  Rather then telling drivers to watch for impossibly small bikes coming out of nowhere, I think motorcycles should be banned.

Don’t tell me motorcycles are meant to be economical either–I call B.S.  They are expensive to buy and maintain, and I don’t even want to know how much the insurance might cost.  Also, motorcycles still use the same fuel as cars.  It is just as expensive to fill up the bike as it is a car.  So the tally so far:  High-cost, seasonal, unsafe. . .

The only reason for getting a motorcycle, as far as I can see, is the tough-factor.  It’s the same reason people get a snake.  As a general rule, snakes are as boring as all get out.  As pets, they suck.  What exactly do they do?  They lie motionless, bask, eat.  But only rarely.  They have no capacity to bond with their owner, learn tricks, or cuddle.  People get a snake because snakes are feared by many.  Why do you think people walk around with their snake on their shoulders?  A snake is no good if nobody SEES you have one.

That’s just the thing with motorcycles.  Because otherwise they are completely expensive, uncomfortable, and dangerous.  Most impractical.  Bikers ride a motorcycle, because they want to be SEEN motorcycling.  Lame.

Attractive Dude Actors

31 Aug

Here is the male actor category.  It was MUCH easier to compile and put in order from most super-cutest to cute.

Paul Walker

Scott Eastwood

Brad Pitt

Ryan Phillipe

Jude Law

Andrew Cooper

Matthew McConaughey

Mark Walburg

Zac Efron

Jarod Leto

Ryan Renolds

Jake Gyllenhaal

Justin Timberlake

Ryan Seacrest

Chris Evans



Zack Rorig



Julian Morris



Ryan Gosling



Dane Cook





Potatoes Are the Devil [posted 7-12-07]

17 Jan

I said that (the blog title, I mean, for those of you not running on all cylinders) when I first came to Missouri, and got crazy looks.  Guess you can’t really call anything the devil in the Bible-belt without being taken seriously.  Anyway, on to the blog, huh?  Here’s a very random story for you. So, last August my parents finally visited after 3 years–this is not the point of the story. When they were here they insisted they go shopping at Wal-Mart because they didn’t think I had enough food. Among other things, they bought a bad of potato chips. While they were in Missouri, I took them everywhere (I’m a good host) and they didn’t even open most of their groceries. The potato chips were included in the unopened supplies. So if you didn’t know already, I HATE potatoes! I mean, it’s to varying degrees, I will eat chips and potato salad if I’m really staving (really, really starving), I can tolerate baked spuds (tolerate in the way that I would NEVER chose to eat the horrid things, but can avoid barfing if I choke them down), and under NO circumstances will I eat a French fry. Even as a baby I spit French fries out when my parents gave one to me to gum on. I can’t stand for French fries to be on my plate–why are potatoes always given as sides, and why can’t I ever remember to replace them with something else! One of the worst things besides eating the f-ing things is smelling them. I absolutely can’t tolerate anyone to eat fast food fries in an enclosed car-yick!!! Anyway, now that you have the background, back to the unused groceries. So my parents left this entire bag of potato chips in my cupboard. More background info: I hate grocery shopping myself, and can’t stand to throw away leftovers. I couldn’t quite bring myself to eating the bag-o-spuds though. Well, I lasted until the end of June, then–yup I bought dip and ate the year old chips! MY friend asked, “weren’t they stale!” Completely disgusted at the thought of me eating a bag of year-old chips. Well, potatoes are so crummy in the first place the freshness doesn’t even matter. . . Aren’t I hard-core?