Monday, November 28, 2011

Hugo Movie

The hubby and I saw Hugo yesterday at the cinema. It was supposed to be a great movie from ratings I had seen of it. Wrong! I had the hardest time keeping awake! It was sooooo BORING! I'm glad we saw it in 3D or I probably would have fallen fast asleep, snoring and all! It dragged on and on, ever so slowly....
The 3D made it a little more interesting and tolerable though.

Anyway, the man in front of me (hubby & I were sitting in the upper most seats, as usual) went to get a refill on his drink. He wadded up all his napkins and put them inside the cup holder. I thought (hoped) he was done with them and just leaving them there for whatever reason.

Can you see me cringing when he came back and took those napkins back in his hand to hold and use again? Ugh! What has been inside that cup holder?! I have seen discarded used gum and spilled "stuff" and people's garbage, used napkins, whatever, in these cup holders before! Now someone is going to be wiping their mouth and hands on something that has picked up who knows what kind of germs in that icky cup holder?! Another big UGH!

Then guess what I did a little bit later? I sneezed one of the biggest sneezes ever! Nope, did not cover my mouth - it just sprayed all over the guy! Terrible, isn't it?! I must have gotten my spit sprayed onto his drinking straw and maybe even into his popcorn. Ewww!

The guy never flinched or turned his head. I know if I were him I'd be turning around to glare at the person who just sneezed on me. And I'd be moving away - far away!

See, that's exactly why you shouldn't sit in front of people. You never know when some idiot (yours truly this time) is going to sneeze or cough on you!

But on second thought, go on, keep sitting in front of people and leave those back row seats open for ME!

Friday, November 25, 2011

Black Friday

The day after the American celebrated Thanksgiving is Black Friday. Tons of people get up super early, or have already been camped out in front of their favorite deal places for the past week, to get the best bargains of the year at all the various stores.

In honor of Black Friday:


This photo is of a serval cat which lives at Big Cat Rescue in Tampa, Florida.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Spitting At Cats

Last night I was getting ready for bed. I was in the midst of flossing my teeth when my little Tonkinese cat jumped up on the bathroom vanity. He has always liked to drink water from my bathroom faucet since we moved into this house almost six years ago.

He jumped up on the wrong side of the sink though, so he was trying to cross over between me and the sink to get to the other side. Unfortunately for him, I was just then spitting out a wad of saliva which landed right on his little head, down the side of his face, into his eye and ear. His head is really very tiny! My spit took up about half of it!

Now if he was a germaphobe like me, he would have flipped out having someone spit on half his head and face! Well, he actually was not happy. He looked at me like "HEY! Why am I all wet?! What did you do to me?!"

I tried wiping the spit off with my hand, but there was a lot of it! Then I took a kleenex and held him still while I wiped his head down. He went off shaking his head a bit and trying to wipe himself with his paw.

He's a very cuddly cat who enjoys kisses. I suggest that if any of you come over in the next day or two, that you don't kiss his head or face. Unless you want to virtually slurp the residue of yours truly's spit! haha

Have a Happy Thanksgiving, all my American friends!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

The Ground You Walk Upon, Justin Bieber

So I was watching the early morning news today on The Today Show. It was Justin Bieber day and the crowds were insane waiting for him to do his little concert out on the Plaza. I'm not a fan of Bieber, but that's okay - I'm rather old, I guess.

At one point, the camera caught Bieber doing a kind of hide-and-seek outside of his dressing room in the studio. He kept dashing about like a child while the camera caught his antics. He then actually dropped to the floor and spread out full length on his belly with his face to the floor. HIS FACE WAS ON THE FLOOR! Ewwwww!

Now the floor he was plopped out full length on was in a hallway outside the dressing room. There were other people milling about. The floor was some kind of dark carpet or something that actually looked like it could have used a bit of cleaning. And his FACE was ON the FLOOR! 
(can you see my horrified looking face???)

Does no one think about the filth of a floor that has been walked on by countless shoes that has walked in how many other places filled with countless, revolting, filthy, icky germs? Okay, just think about it now....

I wonder if anyone kissed that cheek he had against the dirty floor? Who might have shook or touched his hands that had been against that floor? Hmmm....

I fell back asleep before he went outside to do his concert. I never saw if anyone touched or kissed him. Those germs he picked up on the floor were just ready to be spread about to adoring fans though!

Monday, November 21, 2011

VG's Grocery Store

Yesterday since I was feeling down about the usual family issues and how I'm always treated like crap, John wanted to make sure he got me out for a nice day, to get my mind off of things for awhile. We had a wonderful late breakfast at my niece and nephew-in-law's restaurant, The Maple House. That sure perked up my mood and gave my belly a reason to do a big "happy dance."

After the fabulous restaurant meal, we decided to go to Ikea to look around. It's a big place, two floors of all kinds of cool stuff. We spent a good portion of the day there. Checked out some furniture we might want in the future since we won't be buying anything again from Art Van Furniture (see last blog post).

Poor John got the benefit(?) of my nagging about germs. I was trying to hold it in - really I was! He just kept opening the different doors to appliances in all the rooms Ikea has set up as various kitchens they sell. I know it's "normal" for most people to touch things. I understand that, but it doesn't mean I like it. I'm a germaphobe - what can I say?!

So he's checking out all the appliances. I'm trying to not say anything so he can enjoy browsing. There are tons of people coughing and sneezing around us as we're walking about though. It finally gets to be too much to handle and I burst out with, "You're touching all these appliance handles and doors. Do you see all these sick people around us? You're picking up all their sick germs!"

Egads! Well, I tried to relax my germaphobia, but it won out! Hey, I don't want us to get sick! He gets over anything fairly quickly, while I'm pretty much in hell for about three weeks. My immune system has always been lousy, since I was born! I'm pretty sure that's why I'm a germaphobe. Okay, that and I'm just plain weird?!

After Ikea (and our whopping $9.51 purchase), we went to Westland Mall. Geez, it's been so many years since we've been there! Things have changed a great deal. The whole area has turned mega busy and built up! We used to live in Westland in this horrible little apartment right after we got married. What a dump! But I digress...

Anyway, after leaving the mall, we went to dinner at one of my favorite places, Antonio's Cucina Italiana. It was a good day of eating out. My niece's restaurant in the morning and Antonios in the evening. Germ-free dining at both places! And great food - so I was very happy!

Then we needed to do a little grocery shopping. I wanted to pick up some whole frozen turkey breasts since the stores have them on sale now. The best sale was at a store in Waterford called VG's Grocery, just a $1.49 lb (gee, I remember not too long ago .99 a lb was the avg sale price!).

After picking up various items and the turkeys (2), we went to the deli to get some cranberry orange relish for the Thanksgiving holiday that hubby and I will be spending exclusively with each other. After all, we're our own best company, right?! :-)

So we're waiting and waiting for someone to come to the counter. We hear some banging activity nearby behind the deli area. Then a young lady finally comes and asks what she can get for us. I ask for a sample of the cranberry relish. She bangs stuff around and gives me a tiny cup of relish to try. I turn my back on her to eat as she's glowering at me and sending all kinds of negative vibes at me.

The relish is good, and the hubby & I decide to get a half pound of it. The girl is constantly wiping her nose, looks like she's sick, and is in a really foul mood. She bangs more stuff around, gets the relish for us, puts plastic wrap over the container because she says they're out of lids, then hands it over, all the while with a negative attitude and look about her.

When she closes the door to the deli counter, she does it with such violence that the door plops right out of its track and into the food inside. It lands in the relish we just bought and the pulled pork dish. The little cup and spoon we had just ate a sample from also lands inside where all the food is. Ewww! (That ewww is for the rest of the people who don't know that our spit will be on their food now!)

As we are walking away, we got to talking about this girl. She's sick. She's not concerned about sanitary conditions, obviously. And we are really bothered by her attitude. Who knows what a person like that might be doing to the food? So we leave the container of relish behind. Hopefully Kroger or Meijer sells a good cranberry relish we can buy before Thanksgiving!

HAPPY THANKSGIVING to y'all! Let it be germ free, sick free, stress free and HAPPY!

Friday, November 18, 2011

Art Van Furniture Repair

We bought two leather sofas from Art Van Furniture less than two years ago. We have bought furniture from Art Van for over two decades and for four different homes. We've been satisfied with quality up until now.

The first set of leather sofas were lovely and expensive, but within two weeks in our home, they were unbearably uncomfortable. The cushions were so bad they had become like nothing more than just a leather covering over hard plywood!  Ugh!

(Are you wondering what this has to do with germs??? Be patient, my friends, I'm going to work the germ theme into this rant! haha)

So we went back to the store to complain. They wanted to replace the furniture with a new set, but I was afraid we could run into the same problem. I loved the white leather and the modern, super cool style, but I didn't want to risk being stuck with something like this happening again.

So we picked out another two leather sofas in brown, not my favorite, and slightly less expensive than the original pair we had chosen. We opted for the matching ottoman since my hubby wanted to be extra comfy as a couch potato at night.

Within the first year one of the sofas frame broke. It was Christmas Eve and my hubby came to sit on my sofa (his is by the back wall & mine is floating in the open space into the livingroom area), on the end cushion which is rarely ever sat on, except by the cats and sometimes my mother when she's visiting. While John is exchanging gifts with me, the couch gives a loud CRAAACK! We stare at each other in surprise. Then another loud CRAAAACK!!! We're alarmed now. I tell him to get off, but it's too late. The frame has completely broke and splintered.

After the Christmas holiday we call Art Van's service department to come inspect the broken sofa. They say it's going to have to be taken to the repair shop. They say these frames from the manufacturer are rather weak to begin with, but the repair shop will make it much stronger so we won't have to worry about breakage again.

I wonder why they charge so much money for inferior quality. Past furniture we've gotten from Art Van was much better made. It lasted longer. We were always happy with it. Now I'm wondering about the other sofa, the one along the back wall that my husband dominates. Is this going to break too?

Okay, here comes the germ part: I call the Art Van furniture repair shop after the tech leaves my house with his determination that the sofa will have to be picked up and transported to the repair warehouse where it will stay for about a week.

I am most concerned because of all the other furniture that is in that place for repairs. Who knows what kind of homes this other furniture comes from?! Do you know what an epidemic there is now in this country for bed bugs? Bed bugs are nasty and so hardy it is extremely difficult to get rid of them once they become a part of your household. I don't want them in my home! Also, what about fleas? I don't want fleas in my house! There could be all kinds of fleas hidden in other people's furniture, just waiting to jump onto my furniture and ride into my home where three (indoor only) cats live! Egads - NO! :-(

The person on the phone I speak with reassures me that they are careful about the furniture they bring into the shop. The men who come to inspect the furniture always survey the home to make sure it's clean, etc., etc. I'm really not buying this though. I'm thinking how the guy who came out saw one of my cats. How does he know the cat isn't riddled with fleas???

Also, just the thought of unwashed men's hands all over my sofa, MY sofa!!!, seriously creeps me out! I hate the thought of these people picking it up, putting it into their (dirty?) truck with other furniture in such close quarters, and then taking it to the repair shop where another person is going to be messing around with it. Ick! But what can one do? It has to be repaired!

So off it goes and when it comes back it has a thin layer of dirt/dust on it. Dirty men's fingerprints on it too. Yuck! I don't want to sit on it. The hubby, darling that he is, gets it all clean for me when he gets home. That way he doesn't have to share his own sofa anymore and can stretch out to his heart's content! :-)

So now his sofa has a creaking, sagging, rubbing on the floor frame. I figured it would happen. It took less than 1 1/2 years, but it's out of the free repair time limit. The cushions on both sofas are also worn down and uncomfortable. My back, hips and butt kill me after sitting too long on this furniture. We still owe more than half the money on this crap furniture since we took the interest free payment option out to buy it. Will we buy anymore Art Van furniture in the future? NOPE!

By the way, in case you're wondering if we're just fat people, straining the poor furniture past its limits or something, no, we are not!!! Neither of us are!

Okay, end of rant. I hope the Art Van people see this someday soon and realize I am going to go around the internet leaving bad reviews for them on every place possible. We started with The Better Business Bureau last night, followed by my blog today....

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Sister Germs

My sister's car was repossessed recently. She needed a ride yesterday and I agreed to pick her up at the Salvation Army later that evening where she's been doing community service. (Don't ask! *sigh* I'm just thankful I'm nothing like her!)

Before going to pick her up, I began thinking of all the germs she's going to be bringing into my clean car!  Seriously, the girl doesn't even wash her hands after using the toilet! Pretty gross, eh?! Think how much grosser it is to the mind of a germaphobe like ME! Ugh! *another heavy sigh*

So I'm thinking I should make her use the hand sanitizer before she gets into my car at the Salvation Army. Okay, that sounds good. I'm feeling relieved. There's tons of germs she's picking up at that place, I'm sure! Ick!

Then a little later I'm thinking about how combative she is and how I'd have to make her use the sanitizer after she goes to the AccuTest place, the CVS & the hair salon's beauty supply store too. Hmmm, she's not going to go for that, is she?! Dang! Looks like I'm biting the bullet on this one! *a whopper heavy sigh*

So I get her from the Salvation Army. She's in a doozy of a nasty mood. It's dinner time and I thought we could eat a nice dinner out together. Nope, she's not interested in eating - just wants to get her test & errands done, and bitch & gripe about her life the whole entire time. Crazy stuff, really super crazy!

Of course, she's not in the least bit responsible for her own really bad decisions of why her life has turned to crap! She just expects our parents to bail her out though. Hey, my hubby & I could use some bailing out too, come to think of it, and we haven't been irresponsible like she has either! *heaviest sigh of all*

So we get to the AccuTest place. She was driving my car as it would be easier than me having to drive for various reasons. So I'm sitting outside the office thinking about what germs she's picking up in this kind of place - and I doubt she's washing her hands after peeing in that cup! Egads! You ever peed in a cup before, you know that some of your pee ends up on your hands, missing the cup. At least for us girls! *sigh*

Then off to CVS and then to the beauty salon where she buys top dollar professional hair color stuff, not the less expensive stuff that's sold in drug or discount stores. Hey, she doesn't have to pay for it, my parents do! Woo hoo! Lucky her! *heavy sigh*

Okay, I think her pissy mood and attitude is still getting to me today, as I write this! You think?! *sigh*

So after I drop off the unappreciative, in a foul mood sister and get back home to my husband, we are trying to decide what to do about dinner as it's getting quite late now. We decide on a nearby restaurant we have a gift card to.

Now get this: Before we get into the car, the darling, wonderful, delightful husband goes into his bathroom and gets a Clorox Disinfectant Wipe to wipe down the steering wheel and whatever else from my sister! I didn't even ask him to! He just did it on his own! Wow, I think I'm even more in love with him than ever! :-)

Friday, November 11, 2011

Surrounded by Sick Germs

Mother and I were supposed to be having High Tea at a shop near her house today. I had to cancel our tea yesterday since mom called to say she was getting sick with some kind of nasty virus. I rescheduled the tea for the weekend after Thanksgiving, in hopes she'll be all better - and I won't be sick by then!

This is such a bad time of year for colds and flu. I just wish I could hibernate like a bear until Spring comes around again. I've always hated Fall and Winter. I'm usually sick too often, and freezing and depressed throughout both Seasons.


Last night the hubby was talking to me and I noticed he sounded a bit congested. I accused him of being sick and he finally admitted he may very well have a cold. UGH!

I started freaking out, carrying on about how I'll catch it now and will be too sick to enjoy Thanksgiving or go to the rescheduled high tea. He is not as careful about germs as I'd like him to be. Plus, we do share a bed together. Oh, woe is me!

I told him he can't touch ANYTHING in the house or even breathe. In fact, he shouldn't even look at me! One of his cold germs might see me and decide to make a long jump right over to me, after all! Well, one never knows!

Since he just sold a bunch of shelving units that were in the upstairs room of our garage, he suggested perhaps I would like him to move out there now that there's more space. I told him it was a perfectly wonderful idea. He could even take a couple little space heaters to try to keep warm.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Cold and Flu Season

I haven't felt like writing for awhile. Just been feeling blah and uninspired, for some reason. I hope you all have been desperately missing me though! :-)

So I was just on Facebook and saw my neighbor replying to my question of whether he would like to share our dinner of leftovers tonight. We have spaghetti and meatballs, and beef burgundy stew on the menu tonight. I like sharing dinner with him, usually on a weekly basis. I usually cook something special with him in mind. Since I'm feeling blah - nothing special, just leftovers tonight.

Anyway, his reply to me was that he has the cold or flu and feels like a "science experiment gone wrong." He has no sense of taste or smell and is feeling very sad, he said. Poor thing! :-(

I've been noticing more and more people are getting sick. Many are sick from that stomach flu. One Facebook friend was talking about how that particular flu has been making its rounds through her family, diarrhea and vomiting - all that nasty stuff.

And guess what?!?! Today, I've been having diarrhea! Oh geez - I hope I don't have that stomach flu! As long as I don't start puking, I'm happy. Diarrhea usually never bothers me. I think it's a good way to lose a bit of weight! (haha) No, I don't actively pursue getting rid of calories by that method! I just am not bothered if it happens though. It only sucks when accompanied by those gut wrenching, horrific stomach cramps. Luckily, that's a very rare occurence for me.

So I am leaving everyone with a reminder to wash your hands frequently, try not to touch anything in public without using your sanitizing gel immediately afterwards, and if you are sick - STAY HOME & DON'T SPREAD YOUR NASTY GERMS TO THE REST OF US!!! Thank you!

And for my neighbor, get better soon! Thanks for keeping yourself at home and not spreading your illness out & about. Sorry someone obviously spread it to you though! And if you need anything, give us a holler!