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David didn't end up going to his appointment today which put a slight monkey wrench in my plans, but I worked it out.  I did it!  I went to Sears today and I bought this baby:
It's a 32" Samsung HDTV.  It has a great picture and was a pretty decent price, $329.  I paid another $20 for the HDI cable (which I might not even need because I think my DVR from FiOS came with one).  I have it stashed at my friend Maureen's place.  She lives very close to us and I asked her on Friday if she could be my co-conspirator.  I could have put it in Sarah's closet, but with David home today, there was no way to get it in there without him seeing.  So it will sit at Maureen's place until I have a day where I work from home and David goes to his office.  I'll nip over and get it and then wrap it and stash it in Sarah's room.  I'll wrap the cable up as a present and give that to David.  When he looks puzzled - trust me Mark, he will NOT know what it is for - then I will say "O yeah, there is something that goes with that!"

Hee hee hee.

I'm slightly to the left of evil.  But my thinking is rather than getting him a bunch of smaller stuff, why not get him this, which he REALLY wants and will make him very happy?  So I did it.

And I'm glad.
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OK, I'm putting the word out to all my shopping maven friends. Yes, Mark I am talking especially to you!

(I can't post this ob FB because it would be seen by someone who shouldn't see it.)

I have a stash of $600 that I have carefully saved up. I would like to use a chunk of it to get an HDTV. Not a gigantic one, but perhaps a 32" set. There are SO many different sets out there and so many places to buy. So I'm turning to you folks - where would you suggest I go? Online? Box store? Any suggestions on models? Brands?

I've been doing my research on Consumer Reports and I have a couple of sets that look good, but I am very open to suggestions.

Thank you!!!

And Happy Holidays to all!!
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My first best friend was Gracie Bell in Brighton Beach, Brooklyn.  We wore long white nightgowns and ate bunches of green grapes on the roof of our brownstone while we watched the fireworks at Coney Island every Friday and Saturday night.  Where she is now, I have no idea.  We lost touch when I moved to Long Island when I was 8 and never heard from her again.

I had 2 best friends in Levittown.  The first was Peter.  We bonded in second grade in Mrs. Cotton's class and stayed best friends all the way through high school.  He graduated in January of our senior year and went right off to college.  Before he left, he made me a mix tape with a lot of our favorite songs and with him acting as the DJ.  At the end of the tape, he got serious and told me how much I meant to him and how he would never forget me or our friendship.  Then he played "You've Got a Friend" - the James Taylor version.  Where is he now?  Somewhere in Colorado, on his second marriage.  I haven't heard from him in a long time and I still miss him.  

My other best friend was Brenda.  We became close in junior high school.  She taught me about makeup, tweezing one's eyebrows, how to giggle about boys and how to be a best friend.  I set her up with Neil, the man she would marry and have 2 children with.  She died of breast cancer before she had a chance to reach 40.  I still find myself reaching for the phone to call her sometimes. 

You rarely get lucky enough to have such a great friend in your life.  I've had 2.
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 This is my favorite Hanukkah song, but really it is so appropriate for anytime, any holiday, any time that we gather to celebrate.

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I really want these boots.  I really really want those boots.  Please give me the strength to NOT buy those boots.

Thank you.
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Almost gone.  I did manage to get a fair amount accomplished yesterday though.  We did the Costco and Trader Joe's runs for the majority of the stuff we need for Thanksgiving.  2 Kosher turkeys, cranberries galore, lemons, apple cider, 2 folding chairs (we need more seating this year) and other yummy things.  I'll do another quick run next weekend for the fresh stuff: asparagus, potatoes, herbs, etc.  The menu will be herb roasted turkey with apple cider gravy, mashed potatoes, yams, fresh cranberry sauce, asparagus with lemon glaze, possibly a green salad, pumpkin pie and my famous sour cream apple pie.  Also sparkling cider and some biodynamic wine.  (Note to self: must buy more wine glasses.  We only have 2.)
 
Thanksgiving is my hands down favorite holiday.  It's the only one we celebrated when I was a kid.  That's when all the relatives (and we didn't have  many) came and friends and lots of food and the guitars were out and we'd sing and make a fire in the fireplace... O it was great.
 
This year we will be 9 at the table... er, tables.  It will be the 4 of us, Aaron's girlfriend Lauren, my best friends Lorraine and her husband Lenny and their daughter Jennifer, who is Sarah's best friend.  And we have a guest of honor this year.  taldragon's lovely fellow M will be joining us from London for his first American Thanksgiving experience.   

The kids are driving down from Vermont on Friday evening - leaving around 4 in the afternoon.  I'm not wild about this plan.  I am going to do my best to persuade them to leave on Saturday morning, but they are pretty set on this.  We shall see.  

Sarah's birthday is the 21st - she turns 19! and we'll celebrate by going out to tea with Lorraine and Jenny.  I'm going to work from home as much as possible during Thanksgiving week.  I want to spend as much time as I can with the kids before they go back.

I CAN'T WAIT!!!!
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Go here to friend my new friend, [livejournal.com profile] pixielust .  She's a bundle of fun, smart and has nice people around her - all good things.
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David and I are having dinner tonight with an old friend of mine and his wife. He is my high school boyfriend, Kenny. I haven't seen him in about 32 years and until he found me on Facebook a few months ago, we had not been in touch in all this time. But he's going to be in the area to settle things with his mom's house and asked to have dinner together. His wife and I have connected on Facebook too and she seems really nice - someone I could have been friends with even if we hadn't met this way.

David is a little freaked out about it but he is coming. I can't understand why he would feel so threatened by meeting someone I haven't seen in so long. But he's got a sense of humor about it now and I think we will have a nice evening.

But man, time flies!!
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Especially Mondays with a migraine are icky. But we had such a nice weekend full of laughs, good wine, Toy Story 3 and a good long walk through one of my favorite places.

O well, the kids will be home for a week at Thanksgiving on the 20th and that is getting REALLY close now! And we get to celebrate Sarah's 19th birthday the same week AND since Hanukkah starts on 12/2 we'll probably sneak some latkes and the menorah in too. So it will be a great week.

I just have to get through today. If someone could remove the spike from the side of my head, I'd really appreciate it. K? Thanx.
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I do not like getting yelled at. Especially not by assoholic attorneys who refuse to shut up and stop yelling at me long enough for me to tell them how the fuck to find what it is they are complaining about.

End of rant.

Possibly.

7 Dwarfs

Nov. 5th, 2010 01:57 pm
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I think I am several of the 7 dwarfs today.  I'm definitely Sneezy - started sneezing on Tuesday evening and haven't stopped since.  

I'm Sleepy and Grumpy for obvious reasons (i.e., see Sneezy).

The cold/allergy meds make me Dopey.

I could use a Doc but there is no way anyone could mistake me for Bashful.

I worked from home yesterday, which helped a bit.  There is a lot to be said for not making that commute.  But today I am back in NYC and wishing I had stayed home.  I think I will leave early.  David is already home - he got out REALLY early today.  Work is slow at his place and the bosses were taking off to their vacation home in *sob* Vermont. 

We're chewing over our plans for next year.  Obviously I want to be up in Vermont as soon as possible but there are factors that might make that hard to accomplish.  With the skank here at work creating problems I'm not sure working remotely full time is a good idea.  The last thing I need is to make the move up there and then lose my job because that little bitch is back here talking about me.  She's been doing that but since I am here in the flesh and everyone likes me (except her) the comments don't go far.  My boss is worried too - she has his boss by the gonads and we're both feeling rather skittish.

Also, David is worried about making the move up there because he doesn't want to be so dependent on me.  He would have to go full freelance and he's worried about how long it would take him to start making some money.  So we might stick around here a little longer, but even if we do would still be moving next year because we don't want to stay in our current house.  

1. It is too much house for 2 people.  The kids are both planning to stay in Burlington over the summer so to rent a 5 bedroom house in a every expensive area just doesn't make sense.

2. Currently we pay $2,250 a month for rent.  Yeah, it's way too much.  We had to stay in this area when we moved here 3.5 years ago because Sarah needed to finish high school in the same district.  Clearly, that is not an issue anymore.

3. We've had 2 cats die in this house and it makes both of us sad and sort of feel like the place is cursed.  

4. We hate our neighbors.  Really hate them.  Worst neighbors EVER.

5. If we stay in NY we would like to cut our commute down to just the NYC Subway fare and eliminate the commuter railroad fare.  Right now, we both have to buy LIRR monthly tickets.  I pay $311.72 for a combination LIRR and monthly subway pass.  That's going up to $352.92 as of December 10.  David just has to buy the LIRR monthly which is $232 and is going up to $254.  If we could drop that down to just the subway monthly, that would be a huge savings.  The monthly subway fare is $89 but it also going up, but still would be a lot less.

6. David loves living in NYC so if we could end up in Brooklyn or Queens I think would be very happy.  I would be fairly miserable, but it might be necessary.  We'll have to see.

Happy Friday, All!

Hmmm... just noticed I left out Happy.  Freud could do a lot with that I think.

Sad.

Oct. 28th, 2010 11:00 am
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 Anna lost her battle with cancer on Tuesday morning.  Thank you to all who said a few words for  her.   She was so young and so talented.  Sometimes, things are just incredibly unfair.
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THE TIME IS NOW
Author Unknown

If you are ever going to love me,
Love me now, while I can know
The sweet and tender feelings
Which from true affection flow.
Love me now
While I am living.
Do not wait until I'm gone
And then have it chiseled in marble,
Sweet words on ice-cold stone.
If you have tender thoughts of me,
Please tell me now.
If you wait until I am sleeping,
Never to awaken,
There will be death between us
And I won't hear you then.
So, if you love me, even a little bit,
Let me know it while I am living
So I can treasure it.
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 A friend is fighting cancer and said friend is not doing very well.  Please keep Anna in your thoughts and prayers.  I believe in this stuff, folks.  All positive energy welcome.

Hugs

Oct. 24th, 2010 06:29 pm
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I'm sending out a lot of hugs and good thoughts to several people on my friends list.  I know some of you are having a hard time right now and I just wanted to say that I'm thinking of you, I care and I am praying that things get better soon.  I'm not naming names because as pop_fiend always says, those aren't my stories to tell.
 {{{{{{YOU}}}}}}

Today

Oct. 20th, 2010 11:44 am
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I am wearing purple in support of those who need to know that they are loved, exactly as they are.

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 You were the sweetest, strangest little cat I ever had.  You came to us on your own, walking through the door one cold night just before Christmas and demanding a place in our home and in our hearts, which of course you got because you always got what you demanded in tribute.  That's just the kind of kitty you were.  I don't know what happened.  You were never sick.  You never showed any signs of being ill.  But when we came home last night and I couldn't find you, I went looking.  When I found you on the floor of Sarah's closet, I thought you were sleeping.  It looked like you had just curled up there for a nap. But your spirit was gone, leaving just your body behind.  

We're going to bury you in the backyard later today, next to Dylan.  I know you didn't always get along too well in life, but maybe now the 2 of you can watch over the ones you left behind.  Kimba and Thomas miss you both, and so do we.

You were such an affectionate cat, but always on your terms.  I guess that's how you left.  I wish I could stop crying.

Rob said that you had "kitty presence" and he was right.  You always did.

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Apply immediately.

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May it be a day full of fun, friends and love.
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I've been to 2 weddings in the last few months and I have to say, the caliber of the young people I've met has been very impressive. I know I sound like a real old fart when I say that, but seriously, there is so much doom and gloom about the state of the upcoming generations. We are constantly inundated with bad news. But after seeing and hearing the toasts offered, the solid evidence of wonderful friendships and the all around good fellowship, I feel much more optimistic.

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