January 18th, 2019


Spot Remover

Mostly sleepless night, Spot knew something was up, he got between me and the tablet and stayed there after I put it down and turned off the lights. Eventually he curled up on the round platform next to the bed but at about 4 am I woke up with him lying on top of my left arm, lengthwise, all 500 cat pounds of him.

Could not get back to sleep, so I got a glass of milk from the fridge, sat in the recliner and watched the 7 am weather channel fake news. They have started naming the winter storms, which is stupid - hurricanes get names, not winter storms. The last one was Gia this one is Harper. What lobotomized cretin came up with these names? The bald chief prognosticator got caught in this lie, because "Harper" isn't just one storm, it is a series of weather systems stretching from the south Pacific through California, over the Sierras and across Kansas to New England.

Back to bed after an hour, but never really fell asleep.

Up at 7:30.

The usual breakfast - opened a new package of HB eggs. Don't know why I got medium sized.

Checked email, found two jobs to apply for. One turned out to be a rep who had helped with the initial part of my Google contract, he's now with another company.

Watched one storm chaser, but she was boring, driving through light rain with a minimal dusting of snow on the grass. If all the storms on TWC were real there would be multiple chasers out. The local news has been showing flooding, but it's on well known flooded streets 100 miles from me. Some of my friends had power knocked out, but by wind, not rain. Local app says Sunnyvale got 2" yesterday but only 1/10th today.

Janice texted, we'll get together tomorrow at 2, downtown MV.

A retired couple I know in Seattle have been emailing about the African safari they just went on. Great photos. They are still in Tanzania. These two travel a lot, I'm jealous.

Passed some of the time preparing another moo dang marinade. A 2-lb pork loin this time, red food coloring rubbed in, then marinade added to the zip-lock bag, which will soak in the fridge overnight. It was a lot easier to make the second time, mostly because I had 5-spice powder left over, and knew where all the ingredients were. Mincing the ginger took the longest. Will bake it tomorrow.

Lunch was a Safeway Cobb Salad.

Eventually 3:30 came along. 3:15 Spot let me shove him into the carrier, and I met Anna at the park's community center. The crafts room was busy so we made the transfer in the library. Spot bolted but I was able to catch him quickly, and Anna's carrier has a lift-off top, so putting the cat inside was easy. While she took him out to her car, I got stuff from mine. Food tower, water fountain, his scratcher/bed platform, paperwork, a calendar and some of his tiny mouse toys. I am sooooooo happy this finally happened.

Back home, Spook came out to the kitchen for treats, but she went back to hiding behind the TV, so I guess she hasn't gotten the full memo yet.

It may take a few days.

Watched PTI, Mysteries At The Museum and Below Deck on Tivo. Now that the redheaded well-endowed deck hand is getting laid regularly by the new deck hand who happens to be her roommate, there is no more drama from her. And a talking to by the captain has deflated the #3 stew's drama act. Also watched Moonshiners on live TV. Looks like the IQ level of your average moonshiner is in the single digits.

Ran a load of laundry (undies & socks). Loaded the dishwasher too.

About 5:30 crashed as expected, slept for 3 hours. Dinner was chicken soup from 2017 and matzo balls. The last of the Black Forest cake for dessert. May take the KFC chocolate cake out of the freezer.

Watched my favorite Vegas streamer, roadside assistance. He took us on a tour of the strip.

Plans for tomorrow:
Moo dang bake
More job hunting
Janice @ 2


Moo Dang Redux

Up before the alarm this morning - actually kept waking up for no reason almost every hour last night. Checked on Spook, she was still behind the TV so I got out the canned air and chased her out of there. I think she was thinking that after I got rid of Spot, she would be next.

She had peed in the livingroom again, so the teleporter rug went into the washer again. Also two towels which Spot had slept on. I took the litterbox cartridges out of both devices, one device went into the shed, and the one in the laundry room got a new cartridge. I figure that takes care of any Spot scent.

Spook came down for treats, which is progress.
Between 8 and 9:30 there was a flurry of recruiter calls, one dud but two resulted in being submitted for good jobs.
Email from Anna, Spot hid under the bed all night, but came out to sit on his perch and look out the window & purr. He hasn't eaten yet, but I'm sure he will soon. I told her what foods he has been getting.
The moo dang recipe was written in a way which made me miss a couple of crucial parts. One is the marinade was supposed to go into a blender so I rescued it from the fridge and poured as much as I could into the blender, then back into the bag with the pork.

Watched a couple of storm chasers, one in Michigan who was driving through the aftermath of about 2", and the other further south getting boring weather footage of people scraping ice off their windshields.

Got to downtown MV a little before Janice, grabbed a table. We chatted for a couple of hours.

Grocery Outlet, plugged in the car and got the battery up to almost 90%. Got more chocolate mochi, milk and smoked turkey drumstick.

Home, plugged in the car for the rest of the charge, thinking I had a long drive tomorrow, but FB events said it was Sunday. Oh well.

The other thing I missed in the recipe was to pour the marinade into a pot while the pork was baking, and bring it to a boil, use it to baste with. So I did that.

The first 15 minutes at 450 got the internal temp up to 150° so I only gave it 7 minutes at 350, but it still overcooked a little.

Looked okay, was edible, but the marinade did not penetrate more than 1/4", so while the outside is red the inside is white. After slicing it up, I put all the medallions into a container and poured in all the marinade. I think that will make it close to what it is supposed to be.

But that's the end of the experiment. For the same price I can get it pre-made at the Asian supermarket.

Channel surfed, watched bits of Serena Williams clobbering a cute young blonde who sprained her ankle in the first 5 minutes, but soldiered on. Serena's butt is the size of New Jersey, and her thighs aren't toned at all, but she's overpowering with her upper body, and will probably last another round or three.

The Weather Channel continues to predict doom and gloom in the face of almost no evidence.

At GO I bought Spook some soft food treats, and she ate some but it looks disgusting so I'll throw away the remaining packets. Maybe I'll open a can of tuna for her tomorrow.

Dinner was falafel & hummus, and way too much of Breyers' excellent chocolate ice cream.

Plans for tomorrow:
Nothing in particular.
Maybe go for a drive
Watch storm chasers if they are out and about