Saturday, February 27, 2010

The Longest Week

I know, it's been forever. I haven't much felt like blogging. I wanted to, just didn't feel like it. But I'm here now so I can catch you up on all the craziness manifesting around here.

About a week ago Aaron and I were going to say 'fuck it' and head out to Donahoe just to poke around and get a feel for the area. Well, figures that's the day my mom decides she's just got to get up to the church functions she's been missing. Of course by the time she gets back my sister'll have to go to work so *whoops* no van. Didn't matter much anyway because while she was at church my mother-in-law called with the absolutely shocking news that her husband (not Aaron's dad) had just died. Just up and died! So then we get to try and track down his sister at work and let her know what's going on.

Hours of calls and crying and confusion later it is decided that Aaron and Autumn are going to drive out to Mississippi and pick up their mom and take her up to North Carolina to take care of whatever business needs taking care of before coming back here. All of 'em, coming back here. Now, I would figure that as many people die every day that the process of wrapping up loose ends and such would be a pretty straightfoward, easy-to-follow system. Not so! Not at first anyway. I would also figure that as many people die every day that people in the business of dealing with death would be more compassionate than greedy. Also not so.

So the process started out slow with liars and unhelpfuls around every corner. Then, as is often the case, once the unsticking started the rolling ball gained momentum. A little online searching and on-phone roughness finally began to yield some results. Now, a little over a week later, they are having a small service. Tomorrow packing up what's coming with and hopefully starting the trip back on Monday.

So what have I been doing with all of my free time? Cleaning. Mostly. Dealing with my mother, taking care of the animals, trying not to butcher dinner. And staring at Donahoe, TX on mapquest. My biggest wish being for nothing out of the ordinary to happen. It's Saturday so there's nothing on TV. Guess I'll go play Metropolismania while I wait for my crops to grow. lol *sigh*

Friday, February 12, 2010

11 & 12

Yesterday was kind of an interesting day. Driving around trying to figure out what we were going to have for dinner and decided to make a quick trip to O'Mart. ^_^ Aaron wanted dumplings and I wanted Tako Chips. When we got there we found so much more. Firstly being a bag of Shin Chan chips! You remember me mentioning Shin Chan, right? Absolutely funny cartoon (featuring Action Bastard! Ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha!) that Adult Swim dropped and has yet to bring back? Well, here's the collage I made from the pictures on the bag:


Oh yes I did. ^_^ I also saved one of the little faces and taped it to the front of the camera. There's also one on the DVD shelf by Aaron's head, but I don't think he's noticed it yet. Before getting in line there was a super sweet selection of Hello Kitty candies. After much debate Aaron picked out this one for me:




It's gum. There is strawberry, green grape and something that looks like a fizzy blue cup of something. Interestingly enough it tasted like blue fizz . . . hrm. We spent quite a bit of time in line. There was a lady we let in front of us and the old lady in front of her was having the damndest time counting out her money. The lady in front of us turned to Aaron and said something in what could have been any of several Asian languages spoken around here . . . without thinking twice! lol I told Aaron it's cuz he looks half Asian. It was pretty funny anyway.

Today we went and watched Wolfman. It was pretty good. Amazing, too, that being the middle of the day on Friday the theater was still packed! We've had pretty fair luck getting a mostly-empty theater for the early bird special, but not this time. Anyway, it was a pretty good movie . . . if you like werewolf movies go ahead and check it out. If not then you could probably wait for it to come out on Netflix or something. The funny thing was that in the parking lot as we were leaving Aaron found a silver bracelet outside the van. *eerie music*

After that we went to that used game store by Kwik Kar and then Walmart (to pick up dinner. . . . it's kind of what we do) and Aaron grabbed my early V-day prezzies:



Ta-da! Zombieland (which we nabbed for a cool $13) and, of course, the all-important Whitman's Sampler. MMMmmm good. Y'all be careful out in the snow. Seems like everyone's getting it . . . except us. Stay warm!

Friday, February 5, 2010

Texas Treasures

First a rant: Fucking Schneider. As soon as my dad got the "ok" to go back to work they cut his disability pay even though they didn't take him back to work for almost a week. So he gets paid significantly less than he has been these past three months. All this unbeknownst to me when I go ahead and wake up early to pay the online bills like a good girl and now it's up to me to pawn my mom's jewelry (or try to) so we can eat. *ggrrr* And it's still at least a week before my mom gets her money and the church group's "help the needy members" resources have been tapped. Top that all off with an Elvis who won't stop whining and we can't figure out why (we even went to the vet and got him the expensive flea stuff) which is both annoying and very troubling. *sigh* Now we're trying to figure out how to cancel the cable payment. Good freakin' luck.

Now, the (formerly?) exciting news. I've been steadily plodding my way through the archives of that blog I found and it got me re-jacked up about old abandoned building. At first my search was decidedly depressing as the only thing I could find (before revising my search) was a ghost town remnant from the old Rt. 66. Which can be seen in all it's exciting, decrepit glory here. I do want to go there, but being as it's right up on the New Mexico state line poses a bit of a time/gas problem. Ah! The lightning-strike of genius at work! Ghost towns! Surely that can't be the only one, right?

Heh. I didn't know how right until I found this site archiving a whopping 587 ghost towns in Texas!! *faints* Very nice of them to chop Texas up into eight easily browseable chunks. Scan down the list for locations in Bell and Coryell counties and I think there was something like 10 or so. A couple I was unable to find on mapquest (although I now have an idea for "historical marker" searching which should prove promising), one was swallowed by Ft. Hood *grumbles* and that left me with 4 easy to get to locations. Even luckier is that 2 are next to each other and the other two are next to each other.

First proposed trip: I was hesitant to post this on account of I don't want some Jew trying to Ninja her way out there before we get to *eyes the Sandypants* but I figured it would be better to put it out there and trust that she won't hurt my feelings than to not put it out there and have my feelings hurt on accident. Right? Right. Because the first proposed (looks like we won't have the gas for a while *sigh*) trip is actually very close. First is a roughly 45 minute drive out to Donahoe (pronounced Donna-"hyoo") for a haunted grave and cemetary. According to mapquest's satalite there's possibly houses still standing. As to whether or not they have been since squated in is not shown. Then another 45 minute trek up to Stringtown which boasts a still-standing church (I think I can see it on the map!) and possibly a school if we're lucky enough to find it. Also looks like there's houses and stuff scattered around there too. Then about 45 minutes (cuz it's a triangle, that's why) back home. Man I can't wait to get out there and snoop . . . er, snap . . . pictures. Hehehe. And for those of you reading this thinking that I think I'm 16 again; I'm not going anywhere without Aaron and/or Sandy (and/or JD) and I will make sure someone in town knows where we're going to be and that no, in fact, it's not an overnight trip. No taking off to strange, possibly not deserted places all by my lonesome with no one knowing where I am.

Also I discovered a very interesting bit of information. An interesting law in fact where on the first Sundays in April and October persons who own "private" cemetaries, unless said cemetary contains the remains of just one family (any cemetary with anyone outside of just one family is public-private) have to let people in! It's an effort so that these rural and "ghost town" cemetaries don't go lost and forgotten. Woohoo!!! *whoops* Didn't bookmark that site . . . gimme a sec . . . . nuts! I'm still under my dad's account . . . . *fingers crossed* . . . . *phew* Sometimes aol won't cleanly switch over if there's stuff loading. Ah. Here it is . . . in that page somewhere. Stupid freakin' dial-up.

Monday, February 1, 2010

I *Heart* Blog

So I was going through those pics of decrepit old houses and turns out a good few were from This Blog. It's written by Lee. A middle-aged Brittish man living in Japan and working as a teacher. How jealous am I?! Very. I've been going through his archives (even though the abandoned building part is mentioned as being a relatively new endeavor) and it's just so fascinating. I think that's what I like most about blogging, and blogs in general. Sure they've gotten bad publicity; but it's like a peek through someone else's eyes. And when that someone else lives in Japan and has the great sense of humor this guy does . . . well, it's just a fantastic way to spend a few hours. lol

I've also resumed my deliberate room cleaning operation. You would not believe how much trash and dishes I pulled out from under the bed! And that's only about 1/5 of what's under there . . . sad. I allowed myself 2 bags of trash (instead of the previously sanctioned "One a day only!" mandate) because I was doing one bag for under the bed. Something stinks down there (probably mold from the leaky a/c fiasco) and I'm determined to discover it's source. Also did a load of laundry and before we hit HEB I'm going to start up my third load of dishes. Busy busy me.

I priced that Rosetta Stone software on amazon.com and about had a stroke. Does anybody know if it's worth the outrageous ticket price?!