Sliced Potatos Fried In Duck Fat

…here, ducky ducky

Gadzooks! The weekend was pretty fuckin’ brutal to Uncle Doc, kiddies. Mystery shops out the wazoo (along with their corresponding reports) kicked my ass. I was up until 2:00 AM doing reports on Saturday and up until 12:30 last night. Only had time to bathe one dog (Winker(, so Lucy will get cleansed tonight. Hopefully, I’ll be able to do some writing tonight, too.

The Rare And Beautiful Giant Vampire Butterfly Of Potawango Island

…they have a 9 foot wingspan

Today, on top of several mystery shops, I must wash my stinky canine companions. I cannot tell you what fun that will be.

In other news, I’m formulating plans to get my gaming group back together starting in January.

And now, it’s wet dog time.

Harry Potter And The Ghosts Of Baker Street

…from the post-Hogwarts days

Stuff: The Musical!

1: It was 10 years ago today that escrow closed on stately Cross Manor. Still 12 days away from the official move in date, tho.

2: Today is the start of yet another Mystery Shopping Death March. Grace is out doing hers right now, and I will head out in a couple of hours.

3: I have retouched and/or expanded about 30 characters that appeared in this LJ back in 2006, during my “365 days, 365 Characters” experiment. Only 100+ characters to go.

4: I’m re-reading “The Hobbit” and really enjoying it. I had forgotten how much lighter and more child oriented it is in comparison to LOTR.

5: We are too poor to hand out candy, so last night Grace, The Girls and I, just ate cookies and watched the comedy/horror flick “Black Sheep”. For a movie about mutant killer carnivorous sheep (and the were-sheep they create via biting) it had few laughs and not that many more scares. It did have several gross out moments, including a shot were a sheep bites a guys dick off. Filmed in New Zealand. Not really worth your time.

6: Every year, Grace and I have an Unturkey Day Thanksgiving dinner, at which we have none of the traditional food items. Over the years, we have had lasagna, curries, fish, tacos, pork roast, a big table full of buffet stuff, spaghetti and many other things. This year, in defiance of our poverty, we will be eating steak, baked potatos and salad.

More blogging later…much later…tonight.

The Highly Improbable, Yet Totally True, Story Of Mostly Purple Patty And The Parrot Who Played D&D

…featuring her favorite cousin, Sunflower


1: Our poor little Winker is in heat and it is pretty stressful for her. I wish we could get her spayed, but her heart murmur precludes putting her under sedation. During her next check up, I’m gonna ask the vet if there are any drugs that can at least alleviate the worst of her heat symptoms.

2: Grace and I are on the verge of starting another Mystery Shopping Death March. This one will, thankfully, only last 3 weeks. Of course, that’s on top of our regular jobs.

3: I’ve been watching Defying Gravity and it has been holding my attention pretty well, despite a few rather goofy points.

4: Speaking of science fiction on tv, this season looks like it may have a couple of interesting offerings. Fast Forward might be kinda cool and what I’ve seen of the V reboot doesn’t seem to suck. Both of them, however, will have to go a long way to beat Fringe.

5: Dear Flying Spaghetti Monster,

Please let my wife and I win the Mega Millions lottery. We aren’t greedy, we’ll gladly take just a few hundred thousand. Of course, if you wanna give us the whole shebang, we won’t bitch.

Thank you,


6: Damn! Almost time to head off to work. Gotta eat my yogurt, then walk The Girls. More blogola later.

The Chowder Gnomes Make Gumbo

…and it is dee-lay-cious, I garontee

Jumbled Up Stuff What Fell Outta Me Head This Mornin’

1: LJ entries not as frequent as I’d like, mostly due to the May Mystery Shopping death March.

2: Worked on my garden this past weekend. Planted 4 seedlings each of Sweet Basil and Thai Basil, 7 tomato seedlings (5 varieties), 3 chile pepper seedlings (3 verieties), 4 cantaloupe seedlings (1 variety, Ambrosia, my favorite) and 2 cucumbers (1 variety). Later this week, I’ll start me corn seeds, more beans and possibly my watermelon seeds. After that comes okra, more herbs, more veggies, flowers, etc, etc, etc.

3: Had a dream last night that I was waterboarding Dick Cheney, George Bush and several right wing talk show hosts. They were screaming and crying like little girls. Unfortunately, I woke up before we brought out the cattle prods.

4: We were supposed to see Star Trek on Monday, but the above mentioned Mystery Shopping Death March left us way too tired, so we shall try for this Friday night.

5: Our search for a new sister for Winker continues. There are some sweet looking young ladies on the Golden Gate Basset Rescue website and we will be inquiring about them soon.

6: I recently read a statement that the disease formerly known as swine flu, might possibly kill 8 million people, assuming it is really as bad as we have been lead to believe, which I think is assuming alot. Anyway, 8 million dead just won’t do. We need a flu that takes out a minimum of half a billion people worldwide in the first year. Twice that number would be better, especially if the death rate drops by half in the second year. Two billion dead in say, 3-4 years would be a great weight lifted from the shoulders of our planet, the ecosystem and homo sapiens in general. Unfortunately, I don’t see us getting that lucky from a mere disease.

7: Grace and I have gotten back into playing Yohoho! Puzzle Pirates and it is still great fun, only now there are even more puzzles and other neat stuff. Yarr!

8: I’m still searching for a better job, but so far I’ve found nothing. It’s tough out there, folks.

Gotta go wash dishes now. More blog-o-rama later.

Poultry In Motion

…bad Doc! Bad, bad Doc!

Stuff, served hot with a nice mug of porter

1: Most of the weekends, and some weekdays, in May are already filled with mystery shopping duties (in a hope to get caught up on bills), so I will not be able to do any gaming until Sunday the 24th.

2: I made some killer pork for tacos last night. It was the major yum.

3: The Dungeon Delve will resume tonight or tomorrow morning.

4: The month of May can go ahead and warm up any day now, so I can finish planting my garden.

5: Everyone here is healthy, despite my fast fading leg infection.

Gotta go to work now. More bloggage later.