Little Green Aspergian Spaceship

Your ticket to another planet

I felt good on Christmas at least, even if I feel like crap now.

I got fleece pajama pants and matching slippers, a Chick-Fil-A calendar, an external hard drive, some candy and jerky, and a couple nice books. One of them came late, and it is a book on raptor rehabilitation by CRC's own vet, Dr. Scott. My brother, Nick, and his dog, Colby, came over. We got a fun game for Christmas, and Mom, Nick, and I played two games of it. Dad was cooking so only played with us one game. It's called Tokaido, and it takes place in old Japan. Then Mom and I took Colby for a long walk because he kept getting in trouble. He kept trying to eat everybody's jerky that we all got in our stockings. He would have gotten his peanut butter jar open if Nick hadn't taken it away from him. Yes, I gave Colby his very own jar of peanut butter for Christmas. Crack for dogs.

Then the next day, I felt good enough to go to CRC and clean cages, but stupid me decided to ride my bike to work. The trip over was fine, but the ride home was too much since the big steep hill on Hambright Road is difficult to ride up when I haven't ridden in over a month. Then I took a nap in the afternoon and went to CVS and Walgreens to look for after Christmas sales. I was cold when I got home, so I took my temperature, and had a fever of 102. Blech. Round three with this dumb virus. I went to the doctor on Tuesday and was tested for strep, flu, and mono. I didn't have any of them, but still had a fever of 102. I was put on big doses of ibuprofen and prescribed strong cough medicine. Medicaid doesn't cover cough meds, so I had to pay full price ($32) for it, but I did have enough money left in my wallet to buy that medicine anyway. It has worked better than Delsym, which is what I had been taking. I laid low yesterday, and my fever went away last night. I still want to sleep most of the time.

I also found out that Dad ate Nate's Christmas present. I thought I had told him that block of peanut butter fudge was spoken for. I know I mentioned it out loud at least twice. Now I have to make more even though I don't want to. Mom found out when she was going to pack it for their Thailand trip. She found it in a drawer 3/4ths gone. I'm a little mad especially since she won't let me yell at him because she already did.

Christmas to do list

Order Des's present (priority)
Call/email friend in Indy to get new address (priority)
email other friend in Indy
make more caramels for gifts (prioity)
make more jelly candy
make more peanut butter fudge
buy Dad's last present
Buy present for Colby
Buy present for Beretta
make coconut candy or divinity for Dad
Buy Spray millet for Izzy

Starting to prepare for Christmas
It's windy and cloudy today, and it rained last night.

We have all of the decorations up for Christmas now. The tree went up the day before Thanksgvining, and I put the lights on it then too. One of the chase light strands burned out, so we had to find more lights to replace those. Luckily, Mom found two strands of white lights and one strand of colored lights in the china cabinet. We were going to just use the colored strand and one white strand, but half of the colored ones didn't work. We used all those lights then and also two new strands of bubble lights. We decorated the tree on Thanksgiving Day after my brother and his dog went home, and I think we finally have all the less used and ugly ornaments consolidated into one box. We also got rid of some ornaments we don't want any more. Right now they are in a box under the Christmas tree, but we plan to donate them to Caterpillar Ministries.

I've wrapped a few presents, but I haven't done any of the ones I bought yet. I still need to buy foil tissue paper at the dollar store because I have a few small presents it is perfect for. I also need to get one more present each for Mom and Dad. I already know what I'm getting them.

I stirred up gingerbread dough the day after Thanksgiving. And then on Saturday, Mom and I decorated the rest of the house. The outside lights went up Sunday, and we decorated and baked the gingerbread cookies yesterday. We didn't make as many this year because we made more big ones. We might have a make another batch. I also have a new cookie cutter that I like. It's the ugly sweater cookie cutter, and Mom and I each made one. I still like trees and stars the best though. I made caramels this morning which are cooling right now. I'm going to make a new cookie recipe this week, but I need semisweet melting chocolate. Those will be for CRC's party on Friday.

I just got back last night from early Thanksgiving. We had one in Indiana with mom's family and one in Kentucky with dad's. When we were in IN we stayed with an old friend who has a sweet big dog and a 19 year old cat. They sleep together, and it's really cute. We also stopped at Russell Stover outlet on the way up, and I did some Christmas shopping. I bought a present for Mom, one for Dad, one for Aunt Emily, and a box of candy just for the family to share. I also bought some snacky things. One was a Mint Dream, which I love, and those are only at the outlets. Once we got to Indy, Mom got a speeding ticket. She was passing a big truck and didn't see the State Trooper. That will be a mess because half of the info on the ticket is Dad's including the name and DL number, but he wasn't even there. The officer must have gotten those from scanning the license plate or from the registration. He's going to call and get it straightened out.

Dinner on Saturday was fun. All of Mom's siblings and her mother were there, and two of my cousins, and a friend of Mom's youngest brother. He was funny. He brought a random box of stuff in and said it was gifts for everybody. There were two dogs there too. One was my uncle's dog, Mocha, who used to be standoffish but is now sweet. The other was my cousin's dog, Pearl, who is a rescue dog and very sweet. Mocha doesn't like her, so they had to take turns being in the house. We had really good food there, but they forgot to say the blessing which bothered me.

The drive between Bloomington and Avon, both going and coming, seemed sad to me. The little towns we drove through seemed more run down. The old movie theater in Plainfield is up for sale now. It was a single theater, and it couldn't compete with the stadium style multiplexes that are everywhere now. Also, most of the leaves are already down up in Indiana.

I have decided that I-74 is a boring road. There is nothing interesting out the window with all the leaves down and all the farm fields are just dirt right now. We had lots of fun at the Kentucky dinner too. Lobster Mac and Cheese was the highlight of that menu, and a lot of people liked Dad's stuffing. He makes it just like Granddaddy did. There were also noodles, deviled eggs, and chocolate cake, in addition to turkey, ham, mashed potatoes, and regular mac and cheese for the kids. There was also banana pudding. I ate too much at that dinner, but it was so good. There were two dogs hanging around at that dinner too. Dixie had to stay in the car, and she got sick while she was in there. She had a rough trip.

Izzy was super cranky on the drive home yesterday. He's molting, and he dropped a long tail feather while at Grandma T's. He would pop at me if I so much as put my finger next to his cage. So different from the drive up where he was happy, chirpy, and animated. I think he was mad at me for leaving him for a couple days.

Today we are just doing laundry and cleaning up the house. I'm going to bring the tree in tomorrow and set it up, and maybe put the lights on too. Mom and I took Dixie to the vet today for a UTI that she got while we traveled, and Mom is making bread now. I finished Bible study and my laundry, but I'm so tired I don't know if I want to do much else today. Mom and I may bring in some of the Christmas crates from the shed.

I'm doing CRC stuff on Friday. Mom has plans to have a small Thanksgiving dinner for just our family and my brother. We are also going to watch the Macy's parade, but I'm not looking forward to it as much this year. I don't know why.

day trip and Halloween
mom and I ended up not going to spend Thursday night in Boone like we planned, so we decided to take a day trip to Brevard, NC instead. It is a little town in the mountains that is famous for white squirrels. We didn't see any of those, but we had fun exploring and shopping. They have one of the biggest toy stores I've ever been in. The first floor wasn't that big, but there was just room after room of stuff on the second floor. There were a lot of retro toys too which I think are more fun because they required kids to be creative in order to play with them. I also found a cute owl puppet in there. The other neat store was an old fashioned candy store/soda fountain. There was a store that sold jellies and dips that had lots of samples. Another store I liked was a gift shop/ice cream shop that had a cute little dog wandering around the store. I petted it. I also bought a pop at that store.

After downtown Brevard, we found a craft fair by chance and stopped there. There was some nice art there, and there were cute stained glass sun catchers and a room with hand made Christmas ornaments that reminded me of an old hand made one I have. I don't hang it on the tree because it's broken (could be repaired), but I've had it since I was 4 so I want to keep it.

We went to Looking Glass Falls after the craft fair. There are several pretty waterfalls in the Brevard area, but that one was the easiest to get to.

We stopped at a Cracker Barrel on the way home just to go to the store. They have lots of pretty Thanksgiving and Christmas things in there right now, but I didn't buy anything. I also forgot to sit in the North Carolina rocking chair.

I've had a sore throat since Thursday, and it was bad all day on Friday, but at least I didn't get really sick until we got home. I've felt like crap and spent most of Saturday in bed. I sat on the back porch and read yesterday because it was warm, but I still wrapped in my blanket. Izzy spent the afternoon on the porch with me.

I don't think I'm going to get to do much today. I don't even know if I will feel good enough to shop for half price Halloween candy tomorrow. I did buy a bag of Milky Ways earlier in October, but they have all been eaten.

last weekend
My family is dogsitting right now. We have my brother's dog while he is visiting my other brother in Thailand. He's had lots of walks on the greenway and in the neighborhood, and he also likes to chase my laser pointer.

This weekend was the first taste of holiday craft fairs. There was a big one that Mom and I went to on Saturday, but first we went to an Oktoberfest open house at a local nursery. They had free food and beer, but we didn't have any beer. There were crafts for kids too. We got our free food and looked around, but didn't buy anything this time. Then we turned around, went home to get discount coupons for the Christmas craft show, and headed over to it. It was really crowded, but I saw lots of things I liked. There was one photographer who is there every year, and he had some beautiful bird pictures including an adorable Great Horned Owl peeking out of a hole in a tree. I also saw a cute one at another booth of a rat terrier. There were good samples there too. One had toffee, and gourmet gummi bears. If that one is at the big Christmas show in a few weeks, I'm buying some toffee. I also had good hot chocolate, and other drink samples at one booth, and there were soups and dips at another, and jellies at another. I did buy some black walnut fudge for dad.

After the show, we went across the street to a little general store we like, and I bought a surprise. I'm not telling anyone what it is yet.

I'm pretty tired. I exercised a ton yesterday, so today I'm paying for it with pain. We have a party for Mom's middle school girls group tonight, and I have a dentist appointment today. Mom and I are also going over to Boone to see her sister on Thursday afternoon, and we are staying overnight. I won't miss any computer days. I just won't be on Thursday evening. This coming weekend I have to bake 5 dozen cupcakes for a kids' Halloween party.

Fall is here.
I haven't done much that is worth posting about, but Fall is here. Mom and I bought a pumpkin for our front porch at WalMart over the weekend, and Dad aerated and seeded the yard. Baking season started in Sept., and I forgot to post about Mom's birthday cake that I made. It was a caramel apple spice cake that came out of Southern Living. It also had cream cheese filling. I always feel accomplished when I make one of their cakes because they are difficult and time consuming.

The leaves are falling early this year. I've seen a lot more of them earlier on both the greenway and at the raptor center. Mom also saw three turkeys a few days ago. Hopefully they come back to our yard this year. We have corn for them.

I've been super lazy. I need to start posting more.

Last weeks's vacation
I had fun at the beach. Mom and I went and stayed at a little hotel in Myrtle Beach called the Viking. It was old and cheap, but it had comfortable beds, a decent bathroom, and little kitchen, a pool, and it was ocean front. The only thing we didn't get was a balcony because all the balcony rooms were taken. I walked the beach every morning to watch the sunrise, and I saw lots of cute dogs and birds. One bird I saw was a plover, and another time I saw a pigeon with pretty iridescent feathers on its neck. They were green when it was walking toward us and pink when it was walking away. I've seen those before, but never as pretty as on that pigeon. I saw some cute sanderlings too.

I got to see them make salt water taffy at the candy store one day, and they were using the cutting and wrapping machine that is 99 years old. The worker formed a big hunk of taffy into a rope, and one cutter on the machine cut the rope into bite sized pieces, the other cutter cut a roll of wax paper into squares. Then it would wrap the paper around the taffy and twist the ends really fast. It cut and wrapped 150 taffies per minute. I want one of those machines. It takes me an hour to cut and wrap the same amount of caramels when I make them. That's with pre-cut wrappers, and one person cutting and two wrapping.

I also got to swim in an infinity pool. We had friends at the beach the same time we were, and they were at one of the big luxury resorts that had several pools. The infinity pool is made to look like it goes straight out into the ocean. It was cold in that pool since it was in all shade most of the time. The pool deck was between two high rise towers. The beach up there was also a lot more crowded than where we were.

The last neat thing I saw was during an evening beach walk with mom and another lady who stayed in the room next to ours at the hotel. We saw some fishermen catch two sharks. There was a tiny one, and a slightly bigger one. They were easily able to unhook the tiny one and put it back into the water, but the bigger one had another hook left in from earlier. The fishermen were able to get the hooks off that shark too, but it took longer, and for some reason it bothered me to see a shark flopping around. It doesn't bother me to see other fish flopping around. I was happy when they were able to release it.

The Christmas Mouse store was only a couple blocks from the hotel. We went in there several times, and I bought a crystal bird ornament. It was light blue. I already have a dark blue one, and Mom and I both have red ones. We had fun playing with the glasses that make images around the lights. I like the ones that would make stars around all the lights.

We got back on Friday, and I've been exhausted ever since.

My Birthday
I had a good birthday yesterday. I loved Sea Life aquarium, and if they every have coupons for cheap tickets again, I'm going again. Two or three tanks included cute little puffer fish that were friendly and came up to the glass. There was a cute terrapin in one tank and a rescued sea turtle. They had rays that would come up to the glass too. There was one neat room that was like a 360 degree screen saver. It had shoaling fish that swam in a circle around the room, and occasionally one would swim the other way. I could have fallen asleep watching them. The octopus was neat too. My favorite was the behind the scenes tour. I got to see the lab where they test the water, the food prep area, a quarantine room, and the top of the big ocean tank. There was a little tank off to the side that had cute baby stingrays in it. When they get bigger they will be released into the big tank. I got to see feeding time for the fish in the big tank. There are sharks, rays, and the rescued sea turtle in there, but they get fed separately.

I also shopped in the mall, but the only thing I bought was a truffle.

I had Mexican last night. I had a shrimp chimichanga that was good but too much. When we got home, we had chocolate cake that Mom made, and I opened presents. I got mostly comsumables, but I also got a cute owl Christmas ornament.

I have a stomach ache today. Maybe it will teach me not to overeat, but I'm not very good at learning that lesson.

my vacation
I had a nice trip to Indiana. I've been back for five days so I should write at least a little about it.

We went to Grandma T's for the first night, and we stopped at the nice Russell Stover outlet on the way. I only bought a little bit of candy, but Mom bought tons of it for hostess gifts and some to bring home too. One of the chocolates I bought had filling that tasted like mint chocolate chip ice cream. That chocolate was meant to be frozen, but I ate it at room temp. If I had saved it and put it in our freezer, I would have to put my name on it to keep dad from eating it. We ate at China Buffet that night. The one in Georgetown is nice.

Our first day in Indiana, we went to Bloomington, and IU's campus. They have torn out some old buildings and built new ones in the area where my dorms were but both dorms I lived in are still there. We also went in the Chemistry building to see the tree in the courtyard. The Chemistry library where I worked was closed because it was a Saturday. We also went in the Union building, but the sweet shop and book store were closed. The arcade is gone. Gone! There were three pinball machines left, and Mom and I each played one game of pinball. I love pinball, and I used to go over to the arcade and play it after work. We also went to the old part of campus, the well house, and to Kirkwood. Kirkwood has changed. A lot of the restaurants and shops have changed or moved. Jiffy Treet, the ice cream place we liked, was gone, so we went to another ice cream place. Then we went visited my uncle who lives in Bloomington, and he, my aunt, and my mom all talked about their trips to Europe. My cousin and his sweet dog were there too. He creates video games for mobile devices, and he showed me his latest one. My aunt fixed really good coffee cake with blueberries in it. My uncle is getting into genealogy as a hobby. After we left their house, we went to College Mall because I wanted to see if Pass Pets was still there. It has moved and changed names. They don't have budgies there any more or any other birds. They mainly have puppies now. I love puppies, but I was disappointed that they don't have much else now. After the mall, we went past Mom's old house she grew up in. It is totally different, but looks nicer than it did the last time we saw it. We also went to the house Grandma O. lived in when I was a kid. It is also totally different. We also went to Mom's old elementary school.

Then we drove up to Avon, and went past the house where I grew up. It has nice shrubs and trees now and a fenced yard. They took the shutters off, which I think is ugly, and the only plants that we put there that are still there are the pine trees. I didn't see if the blue spruce was still there. All the other trees and bushes are new. Then we went to stay a couple nights with one of Mom's friends in Avon. I love her house. There is a hummingbird feeder in the window, and the birds would just sit and drink. There was a male and a female. We went to church with her.

We visited Grandma O a couple times, and we planted some petunias for her. I won't go into how stressful it is for all parties involved to visit her. I don't really like going over there. Too many bad vibes.

We also stayed a couple nights in Westfield with one of Mom's other friends. We were there on the Fourth, and nothing was open except a China Buffet for us to eat at. It was pretty good for a little one. They had these cream puff things that I ate too many of. They moved the fireworks though, so we didn't see the big ones from my mom's friend's deck. There were some nice ones being shot off by neighbors across the little lake so we watched those. We got to see a llama farm in Westfield, because Mom's friend's granddaughter shows a llama and boards her at that farm. They had pigs, chickens, horses, and a duck too. The llamas didn't like the pigs. They made alarm calls at them, and Mom got it on video. We also went to a huge grocery store that would have taken three hours to fully explore.

Our last full day in Indy, we went to the zoo. They have cheetahs and orangutans now. They also had a budgie aviary. The seed sticks were a rip off at $3, but I bought one anyway. Only one green budgie ate off of it, but she was so calm, I was able to move the stick close to me and kiss her. I also had a sweet blue and white boy sing to me and sit on my shoulder, and there was a green boy that stepped up on my finger. Mom had a little green girl try to climb into her purse, and the sweet blue and white boy sat on her shoulder too. Our favorite was a pale blue girl who was bold and friendly. She stepped up too. One of the funniest was a blue and white male (not the shoulder sitter) who got it on with one of the quails. The quail kept running with the budgie on its back. We should have taken a movie of that.

We went to a donut shop on our last day in Indiana, and bad me got two donuts. The maple iced long john wasn't enough so I got a bavarian too. Then it was back to Kentucky for one night and then home. We stopped at a Cracker Barrel in Tennessee so Mom could nap, and I bought her a pop for the drive home so she would stay awake. That one had a funny name, Kickapoo. I got myself a Big Red.


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