Today – 2023-01-31
11:50 pm – Didn’t do much today except work and stay around the house. In the morning I finished outlining 7 of the 20 anti-trans bills that are going through the Indiana Statehouse. That was draining. Working on documentation for work.
Reading: Stayed up exceptionally late finishing Demon Copperhead. What an extraordinary novel. The narrator voice is fantastic.
TV Shows Watched:
Pokerface – first episode, then we discovered we have to pay the premium to buy the rest. Since we just canceled Paramount, we’re unlikely to pick up Peacock.
Vera – we’re in the 9th season and the show just seems dark.
7:09 am – breakfast and getting ready for back to work.
5:19 pm – worked on a couple projects for work all day with some short breaks to let Baxter outside and wash some sheets. Sat down to read, ended up watching TV.
TV Watching: Longmire, Bridgerton
Today – 2023-01-29
1:35 pm – I’ve had a headache this morning, so I’m reading in the library with Baxter hoping it will go away. I’m on page 260 of Demon Copperhead by Barbara Kingsolver and I’m still enjoying it. I have plans to run to Midland Antique Mall and see how many empty spaces we have to fill. I’ll probably do that soon. I mailed two of Stephanie’s mom’s paperback books to their new owners (sold on eBay). Incredible Hulk and The Electric Company.
2:30 pm – Midland Antique Mall. I added a couple books to our booth. Walked around and took photos of fun stuff.
They had all these large ledger books from Indiana counties for sale. Fun to look at.
5:25 pm – Potato Leek Soup made.
TV Shows Watched
Art of Vintage
Gay Cardinal Couples for all of your Christmas needs
Saw this picture shared on Tumblr in the middle of the night (because what else would I be doing at 3 a.m.?) with the caption “at least we queers have some representation for Christmas, if inadvertent.” Of course I had to track this holiday item down. And buy it. And also locate all the other gay cardinal couples for sale.
I started hunting on Amazon and discovered that many (if not most) cardinal loving pairs have two boys, not a boy and a girl. Like the Cardinals and Christmas Holly Snow Water Globe
And also “Cardinals on Branch Decorative Night Light“
Also: “Red Cardinal Snow Globes with Music Lighted Water Globe Winter for Home Chapel Christmas Holiday Decorations“
Also this “Solar Powered Hand-Painted Cardinals Orb Light” which I’m kind of thinking I also need to own because I have no idea what it’s for.
Then there’s this “Christmas Snow Globes Lantern with Music” which not only lights up but probably is playing the worst Christmas music on repeat
Flameless Candles, Cardinal Theme, (Set of 3). Flameless? I don’t think so.
Old World Christmas Pair Bird Watcher Collection Glass Blown Ornaments for Christmas Tree, Northern Cardinal
Oh, look, a pair of heterosexual cardinals. You don’t see many of those around. Cardinal Pair Wireworks Garden Chime
Okay I guess there are a couple of those kind. Resin Cardinal Pair on Tree Branch Figurine
Another Christmas Snow Globes Lantern with Music. I especially love the musical notes emanating from it.
Maybe polyamorous gay cardinals are your scene. Here to help. (Popular at the Vatican?)
Swingers? (Cardinal Figurines Christmas Red Bird Decorations)
Cardinal couples with birch trees are a theme. Handmade Ornament with Cardinals
Not a couple, but a flag of Mama Kitty with a bird she would totally eat, which is hilarious. Winter Cat Garden Flag
If you want to personalize your gay cardinals, you can. (Someone should talk to Jackson and Emily, though.)
The third cardinal in this throuple might have some complaints. (Acrylic Ornament Engaged Custom Couple’s Name Cardinal is Personalized)
Did I post this one already? I’ve lost track. (Decorative Christmas Lantern with Cardinal and Branch)
Of course you need gay cardinal greeting cards. You are getting these cards from us in the mail.
Some more ornaments for your gay cardinal tree.
Finally found the item from the original photo over on Walmart. Totally bought this.
I’ve now made certain I will never see anything but gay cardinal advertisements in my social media timeline. (and so will you, probably.)
Doing some Christmas baking? Do it with your gay cardinal friends.
When you and your gay friends go caroling
I don’t know what a ‘diamond painting kit‘ is but it’s representation, at least.
Here’s another Christmas card celebrating gay couple families.
Here’s that music snow globe lantern in red
Festive v-neck Gay Cardinals top you can wear. With Sequin accents!
Nice romantic gift for your gay boyfriend.
I keep expecting to run out of examples, but here we are.
Cardinal Faith Love Hope Hanging Tree Ornament
At the gay bar – lots of boy cardinals, not a girl in sight.
Maybe you want to send different Christmas cards than I just bought
There’s a distinct lack of lesbian bird representation in holiday decor, though. Maybe I can fix that.
At Noah’s having Baxter’s eye looked at.
This year, I decided…
That I should stop feeling guilty about abandoning books and should stop sooner if I’m just not into something. Even if everyone loves it.
Crime shows / police procedurals I’ve been watching on Britbox
I’ve been on a binge watching spree of Crime shows / police procedurals on Britbox/Amazon Prime. Some of these are 2021/2022 and have diverse casts with lots of female leads. Of these, I particularly like Sherwood, The Tower, Eleventh Hour and Karen Pirie. Shetland and Vera are a bit gloomy, both in setting and in mood.
- Karen Pirie (Emer Kenny plays a secondary character; I’ve liked her on other shows)
- The Tower (I really like Gemma Whelan)
- Redemption (which has Siobhán McSweeney in it!)
- Murder in Provence (Nancy Carroll is lovely)
- Vera (I need to read some Ann Cleves novels, apparently)
- DCI Banks
- McDonald & Dodds
- Eleventh Hour
- Bosch: Legacy (Yes, I know Bosch is not on Britbox)
- Line of Duty
- Time of Death
- Endeavor (Inspector Morse as a young man)
Why Didn’t They Ask Evans (Beautifully done Agatha Christie)
We’re getting a new stove. Finally.
We’ve had a Kenmore oven with a glass electric cooktop since we moved in our house 18 years ago. We’re pretty sure it’s a very early flat electric cooktop. There was a manual in the pantry for it when we moved in that looked like it was from the late 70s.
This stove/oven has been terrible the whole time. It’s incredibly hard to clean because it was from an era before they knew to design things without nooks and crannies where grease would lodge. I have spent hours scraping tiny crevices and degreasing this stove that I resented. The burners take forever to heat and then get really hot suddenly. It’s very easy to burn things. And the oven heated unevenly so one side of the oven is always a little crispier than the other.
We hate this appliance more than any other. And it’s the very last one we have to replace. Water heater, air conditioner, boiler, dishwasher, refrigerator, microwave – all of them were newer than this ancient oven, and all of them died first.
Finally, finally, the oven stopped heating. Stephanie could hardly contain her delight. She tried to act dismayed, but I could tell there was a bit of joy in how quickly she gave up on troubleshooting. I was a little more diligent in trying to figure out if there was a repair that can be fixed by a tube of Sugru by tesa. Not much more diligent, but I did try several times. She already had plans to go shopping.
The stove we have purchased: GCRI3058AD – Frigidaire Gallery 30″ Freestanding Induction Range with Air Fry.
It is a convention range with air fryer capabilities and an induction electric cooktop. One that will hopefully be easier to clean that the old one.
This new range is free-standing, where our old one was a drop-in. Which was weird, because it sat directly next to the refrigerator, meaning that there was a three-inch strip of countertop on the left side of the stove between it and the fridge. They had to have a bit of counter and a side panel to enclose the stove. Not enough counter to actually *do* anything with, but…
So this weekend I demoed out the section of counter between the fridge and the stove and the part that wrapped around the back. For something that appeared to be a flimsy and insubstantial piece of cabinetry, it was surprisingly hard to get out. But I did it, finally, and we just finished painting the wall behind the two appliances, which has needed to be done for years. Once we had them both away from the wall, there were three different colors of paint behind the stove.
I’m so excited to finally have that wall painted that I sat down and wrote a blog post about it.
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