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September happenings
rudyface
actipton80
There have been a few interesting things that have happened this month. Bible Study has started back up, and so has Caterpillar Ministries. I've started volunteering at their resource center, and I process books. I only managed to do it once in the past month, but either I or the lady in charge have had trouble connecting with each other.

Mom's birthday was also this month, and I made her an apple spice cake with cream cheese filling and caramel glaze. We went to an awesome pizza place in Huntersville for dinner. The Sicilian pizza was okay. It had too much crust, but the other pizza was amazing, and we had no leftovers of that one.

The big fun event for the month was a day trip that Mom and I took to Black Mountain. I bought four glass bottles of pop on that trip so I could collect the caps. There were so many I don't have. I don't know what I'm going to do with them. They are fun to sort and fidget with. We went in lots of fun little stores, and then we had lunch at an Italian restaurant. I had spinach ravioli, and Mom had a stromboli. On the way home, we got lost, but then found out that the road we were going to drive home on was closed due to rock slides. We just went back to the interstate then, but we drove on another road that runs parallel to it for a while. We discovered a nice little candy store, and across the street from it was an ice cream place that sold 24 flavors of soft serve. I got red velvet, and Mom got key lime. We tried each other's ice cream and decided the red velvet was better.

I've probably gained weight from all the good food I've had this month. Mom, Dad, and I went to the Greek festival a couple weeks ago, and had amazing food there. Then, this past weekend, we went to a fish fry at a nearby church. The $10 plate was huge, but piggy me ate it all. Mom and I have also been eating out after Bible Study. I get Arby's coupons in my email, so we ate there this week. I tried to exercise, but after two hard workouts last week and a hard ride to and from CRC on Monday, the pain has been unbearable. It's worse than just post workout muscle pain. If I go to the fitness center today, I'm just going to ride the recumbent bike and work puzzles.

Birthday and other things
rudyface
actipton80
I had a pretty good birthday on Saturday. Mom and I went to Reed Gold Mine which is an old gold mine that has been turned into a museum. The museum had the history of that mine and of gold mining in North Carolina. There were also old tunnels from the mine that we walked through. It was not hot outside that morning, but it felt great in the tunnels even though it was dark and a little creepy in there. The self guided tour also crossed the river were the original rocks that had gold in them were found. There was also an old stamping mill where they crushed rocks to get gold out. That old building was built in the early 1800's. Then we panned for gold after the tour. Mom bought us each a pan, and I actually found a little piece of gold in mine. It was about the size of a sand grain. We went out to lunch at Wendy's after that. Then we rested and went to the pool. Dinner was at a nearby Mexican restaurant that was new and got good reviews. They were loud and overpriced, but the fried plantains were really good. I've had better tacos for cheaper at other restaurants. Then we had presents and cake. I got mostly candy and other consumables, but Mom did get me a funny T-shirt with an owl on it. I also called my Sunday School teacher and invited her over for cake, and I took some cake to some neighbors. The cake was a winner. It was chocolate with chocolate frosting, and there was actual melted chocolate in the frosting not just cocoa.

I've had lots of stuff to do this week. I had to have bloodwork done yesterday, and I need to finish my laundry and pack for Thursday. I have a cousin in Michigan who is getting married, so we are leaving Thursday early and coming back Saturday late. That means three days worth of food and millet for the budgies on Thursday morning. I also need to find my pretty hair clip. Mom is going to paint my toenails.
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yesterday's day trip
rudyface
actipton80
Yesterday, Dad and I took a day trip up to Pigeon Forge, and I went to Parrot Mountain. So many cute birds. They had a Red Tailed Black Cockatoo in the petting/feeding area. She was so pretty, and I didn't think I would ever get to see one in real life since black cockatoos are rare even in Australia. I also gave scritches to a Citron crested Cockatoo who may or may not have been the same one I played with last time I was there. I also held a sweet Umbrella Cockatoo named Snowy. She loved cuddles and did not want to go back on her perch either time I held her. She made cute noises when I was holding her too. I had a Hyacinth Macaw jump on my head. Luckily that macaw's favorite staffer was there to cuddle him, because that's what he wanted. He was a very friendly bird, but that beak is too big for me, and his toenails were sharp too. I also had a Scarlet Macaw climb on me and play with my ponytail. He didn't want to get off of me either. Then there was another macaw who let me scratch pinfeathers off of his head. So many birds there had pinfeathers. They also have renovated the nursery, and I went in there and played with baby birds. One baby was a beautiful albino Indian Ringneck Parakeet who was sweet and friendly. They had Golden Conures in there too.

After Parrot Mountain, Dad and I had lunch at Arby's and I went to the Christmas Place for an hour. I didn't see Simon the African Gray this time. He retired from being a store bird after 22 years. In the main big Christmas store, I explored every room, but I think they were changing around displays so there wasn't as much stuff in some rooms. The upstairs room was closed off too. That's where they usually have sale and clearance items, and there must not be any right now. I did find the musical instrument ornaments which I always look for those. I also found a blue crystal hummingbird that is just like one I took out of Grandma T.'s house. I'm guessing the one I have came from that store. I was a little disappointed in the Christmas tree room. The ones that are out now, aren't as pretty as ones they have had in there in past years. I remember when the foil trees were popular and they had them in several colors in there with matching lights. That was a long time ago, but I still remember it. I don't think I saw an area with garlands this year either. I did see one ornament I would have bought for Mom if it had been cheaper than $15. It was a glass ornament that was a black cat batting a Christmas ball.

After the Christmas store, Dad and I stopped at the Russell Stover Outlet, and then we stopped at Hickory, NC for dinner. Google routed us off of 40 for a while because of bad construction, and we drove along this road that ran along a pretty river. We thought we would have delays, but we got to the restaurant we were trying at the time Google said we would get there. It was an Asian fusion place. I had a good burger with pho spices in it that was topped with bean sprouts, cilantro, hoisin sauce, and mayo. Dad had bibimbap. We also tried the kimchi fries, which were fries topped with gochujang sauce, white sauce, and kimchi. Dad didn't like them. I thought they were interesting, but I probably wouldn't get them again. I'd go back to that restaurant if I was ever in Hickory for another reason because there are other things on the menu I want to try.

Today I did chores. I swept the front porch, and cleaned the screen porch from top to bottom. I dusted all the surfaces, all the chairs, and vacuumed it. The hardest was beating the dust off the chair cushions. I also vacuumed upstairs, dusted downstairs, cleaned the cat box and bird cage, and dusted the stair rails. I also helped Dad move furniture so he could mop the kitchen, and then we moved the rowing machine back out to the garage, but it's still set up so I could use it if I wanted. I went out on my bike after lunch and got caught in the rain on the way home. That was almost two hours ago, and I'm still wet. Dad was gone when I got home because he took a bunch of junk to the recycling center and stuff to Goodwill. We are going to get milkshakes tonight because we both worked really hard today.

When I was sweeping the front porch, I heard the neighbors' dogs howling. I don't know why either because they usually don't. They hare having a pool party today. Our street is full of cars. I feel really tired, and my hands are disgustingly dry.

technology rant
rudyface
actipton80
I'm ticked about technology right now. Even though I like that Google Photos has unlimited storage of pics in a certain format, I hate a lot of other things about them. As of March, they took the option to directly upload pics there using Picasa 3. There are some annoying things about Picasa too, but it does make photo management a lot easier than creating a folder and then dragging and dropping from the chip to the folder. It also has an editor which is better than Google Photos online editor. Now that Google disabled direct upload, I'm not looking forward to teaching Mom how to upload to Google Photos manually. Their upload function works just like Shutterfly, Flickr, or any of the others, but they are all different to mom, so I have to teach her individually. This won't be fun when she has 1500+ pics from her latest trip. I also will need to reteach her how to delete photos off the external that she doesn't want. She wanted me to go through her pics and cull them, and I did some, but she should manage her own pics. I also found out that Picasa keeps a hidden copy of every original photo that has been edited and saved. I don't like that. Those pics were edited for a reason. No wonder her Spain trip was 9 gigs of pics. I'm not looking forward to teaching someone when I know the information I'm trying to impart will just bounce off. Her computer is still broken too, but I think Dad is planning to replace the broken part in it next week.

My biggest problem with Google photos is that it is optimized for use by smart phones. I don't like how they want you to manage your pics on the cloud now. Smart phones ruined any chances of good photo management software sticking around. Google had a good thing with Picasa. They should have kept it.
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Whole 30
rudyface
actipton80
I'm on Day 9. I still feel crappy though. I'm super tired, but that is to be expected. I think I'm going to go to my old entries on DW and tag the ones with video with a video tag. That is so I can find them if I reimport and it screws up the video. I have to go do some chores after I get off the computer. I don't want to do them, but the birds need their cage cleaned and the cat needs her litter box cleaned.

Please comment on DW. Also, if I make a video post it will be here and not LJ, although they cross post.

trying a new thing
rudyface
actipton80
This was originally posted on Dreamwidth. I'm trying out the cross post feature. If it is successful, I should see this on LJ too.

duplicate journal
rudyface
actipton80
I just imported all LJ entries, tags, and comments to Dreamwidth. I'm doing it so I can have all my entries on an American server.

another cold day today
rudyface
actipton80
I've had a lot happen the past couple weeks. I got to go with a friend to the Southern Spring Show last Friday, but it feels like a lot longer than a week since then. I have three favorite exhibits there. The vita-mix, the massage machine, and the bedbug sniffing dogs. The dog that came was really sweet and gave me kisses. He reminded me of Dixie. The massage machine is neat. You stand on it, and it vibrates. I wish it wasn't so expensive because I'd get one if I could afford it.

I've done some experiments in the kitchen this week. I made white brigadeiros, which only have two ingredients. They have sweetened condensed milk and butter, and that's it. I didn't even roll them in balls, and I ate them all myself.

It's been raining a lot, and it's also nesting season at CRC. I got attacked by a territorial Barred Owl last week, but he only whacked me in the back of the head. His mate startled me too. She was in the hide room. My Barn Owls have eggs too. I was finally able to go back in their cage after two weeks off. She stayed in the box, and thankfully her mate didn't attack me after staff scared him out of the nest box while they took a video of her.

I have my brother's dog over the weekend. He's a sweetie, but I do have to keep an eye on him. He got a hold of a plush microbe in my room, and ran all over the house with it before I could get it away from him. He has his own plushes. He doesn't need mine.

I've been binge watching Bob Ross. I've also watched Supernature: Wild Flyers, and a documentary on the solar system. I've got the live stream from Billy Graham's website on right now. I'm going to watch his funeral today.

catching up on posting
rudyface
actipton80
I had some post-worthy stuff happen the past few days. Last week we were snowed in three days, but I still got to walk on the greenway with Mom. The snow was so pretty, and we looked for birds to take their pictures in the snowy trees. We didn't get any though because Mom's camera battery ran out. She did get some pics of a cute cardinal in our yard later. The two days after that all the snow on the roads turned to ice so no one could really go out. Mom built a snowman one of those days, and I took a picture of her with it so she could send it to my niece. They don't get snow in Thailand. I also baked some sugar cookies while we were snowed in. They are heart shaped, and I will decorate them for Valentine's day to give to Mom's preschool kids she works with.

On Saturday we went to Fresh Market just for fun and ate lunch at Tenders. We had coupons for three tenders with any purchase. I bought fries and a drink, and Mom bought apples with toffee sauce. We will have to go back sometime because of all the good things on their menu I want to try. They also have Sundrop in glass bottles, and I want to get a Sundrop bottle cap for my collection. On Saturday evening, Mom, Dad, and I met Nick and went down to a very authentic Mexican restaurant. We all got the tamales especial. We had also gone to an Asian grocery store that we hadn't been to, and I bought a green Fanta. It was some kind of tropical flavor. I want to go back to that store and explore it some more sometime.

I've been having depression lately too, but there was something at my neighbor behind me's house that helped make me feel better. Her parents are staying with her, and they have two cute dogs and two cute parrots. One is an African Gray named Cookie who is shy but makes funny ray gun noises. He sounded just like the toy ray guns my brothers and I had as kids. He sat on my arm, but he would have bitten me if I had tried to pet him. Their other parrot is a Blue And Gold Macaw named Bush. He's bonded to my neighbor and lets her hold him like a baby, but he's also friendly and likes people. My neighbor was able to pick him up by his beak and put him on her shoulder. I got to hold him too, and I was able to pet him a little bit. He is a big talker and he laughs too. My neighbor also has a cute little cat who is half the size of our cat even though she is full grown, and she has a pretty white rabbit.

I was able to go back to CRC this week because it was warm enough, and I've been out on my bike too. It was cold again this morning, and I may have to wait until the afternoon to go to CRC tomorrow depending on the weather.

Christmas haul
rudyface
actipton80
I need to do a haul post now. I had a good Christmas. I got candy, books, vitamins, socks, a vegetable chopper, a spiral vegetable slicer, and a 3D printing pen. There was some other stuff I've probably forgotten too. This is also the first Christmas I've gotten some problem things. Mom gave me two brushes because she had gotten me one and forgotten about it so she got me another. I don't know how much they will get used because they have plastic bristles. I also got a coloring book from my aunt that I already have two copies of. I will most likely regift it without telling her. I also gave back the socks that I got in my stocking, except for the slipper ones. I already have more socks than I know what to do with. I just got new socks recently, one pair from the endoscopy center and one from the hospital. I don't even like to wear socks. Mom gave me a big box of cheap underwear too. I needed them, but that's something I prefer to buy myself and not pull out of a gift box in front of my dad and brother. She also gave me a jacket. I don't really like it because it's too short, but she will insist I keep it and most likely insist I wear it too. I wore it yesterday to take Colby on a walk and kept trying to pull it down. I already have several jackets I rarely wear. I think next year I'm going to have to make a don't want list in addition to a want list. I'm thankful for what I got, but a lot of what I got was redundant or embarrassing. The good gifts I got were great though.

The 3D printing pen was interesting, and Nick insisted I try it out right away. He got it for me, and had no trouble learning how to use it. I, on the other hand, had tons of trouble with it. It also jammed up. He's a lot like Dad, wanting me to try stuff before I've researched or thought about it enough and keep going at it until he's satisfied that I've tried it enough, which is usually long after I've gotten frustrated or tired.

We had Christmas Dinner at lunch. It included prime rib, shrimp cocktails, cooked carrots, sugarsnap peas with cremini mushrooms, rolls, and mashed potatoes. Mom forgot the cranberry jello salad, and we were too full for cake. Then, Nick and Dad played cribbage all afternoon, while mom took a long nap. I was bored. Dad and Nick are both a lot smarter than I am, so watching their game was not engaging for me. Then, Mom wanted to go to the movies. She wanted to see Darkest Hour, but it was sold out when we got to the movie theater. We bought tickets for Star Wars instead, got one for Nick too, and waited around for an hour. We walked over to Walgreens while we were waiting and saw a bunch of Black Vultures perched on top of some of the buildings. Luckily Walgreens was open so we could wait in there instead of outside in the cold. The Star Wars movie was okay. A lot of action without a lot of plot, and what plot there was was confusing because it picked up where the one from 2015 left off, and I had forgotten a lot of what happened in that one.

We had dessert at a neighbor's house after we got back from the movie. We shared our cake, and the neighbors shared their pie. Then we came home and I went to bed.

Today, Mom and I hit the 50% off sales at WalMart and Lowes. We got lights at Lowes, but we got to the car and realized they were the wrong kind. We just needed a strand to replace our old half-dead strand of chase lights for our Christmas tree. These were on a big spider web looking thing that drapes over the tree like a net. We went to Walmart next and found a suitable strand of lights there. They aren't chase lights, but the strand is close to the right length. We also got a couple small strands of white lights for the owl tree. We keep it lit year round, and just leave its lights on all the time, so we will need more lights for it sometime. We found a set of spiral trees for next year, and after looking all over the store, we found bows. I also got bird seed for the budgies.

We went home after returning those wrong lights to Lowes, and now I'm packing for Kentucky. We leave tomorrow and get back Friday. Izzy and Rocky are staying home this time. Dad told me to just give them extra food to last a couple days. I know Izzy will be upset with me. He's been so sweet lately.
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