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November 11th, 2010

Hair Fiasco

So, last Saturday, I had an appointment to get my hair done. It did not go well.

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November 3rd, 2010

eBook reader

My niece wants an eBook reader for Christmas, but she wants to be able to put her college textbooks on it. Does anyone have any experience with this or have recommendations for which reader is best for such use?

October 6th, 2010

No, seriously. I was just telling teekaykay that I need to spend less time on the couch watching TV. In fact, I think I should probably just stop recording a bunch of stuff. Right now, I have about 120 unwatched recordings on my DVR. ONE HUNDRED AND TWENTY. That's a lot. I've gone through and made some hard choices.

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October 4th, 2010


You know how when you are waiting tables how sometimes you have a table where everything goes wrong? And you basically throw the bill on their table and run away?

I feel like that on this project. I can't get it right, I don't know how to fix it, and I just want to give up. It doesn't help that the PM is thoroughly unhelpful and keeps saying the same, unhelpful thing.

September 28th, 2010

Body Apocalypse

You know how in disaster movies, they show all of these out-of-the-ordinary occurrences to show that the apocalypse is a'comin? They'll show flooding in the desert and hurricanes in the Artic, and volcanoes in the Alps and such.

I'm fairly certain my body is going an apocalypse because I'm having all these dermatological occurrences. It started with a really large, uncomfortable zit right beside a mole. Like the pore beside the mole had a pimple. So, it almost seemed as though the mole itself was a pimple. Anyway, it was gross and awful.

Then, I stubbed my toe and ripped off my pinky toenail. Great.

THEN, I got a huge zit on the side of my cheek, in a place I never normally GET zits.

THEN I noticed a black hair protruding from the side of my face.

And NOW? I changed shoes and noticed there is a long, black hair growing from the middle of my pinky toe. It looks like an eyelash down there.

And, there is nothing I can really do. I can't even join a freak show so children can point and stare at the human oddity because freak shows were outlawed.

Woe is me.

September 22nd, 2010

Bad Photoshoot

I need a picture of Sophie cleaning her face so that it looks like she's crying so I can use the image when I need to apologize for things like forgetting to send a birthday card. I want a picture like this:

Sophie REFUSED. Every time I pressed the button to focus, she would pose.

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September 17th, 2010


I've been wondering why Sophie has been spending so much time in her cage. She's in it all day? Why doesn't she immediately begin hopping around when I let her out? Or when she's got a whole Saturday to hop about, why does she stay in the cage?

Today, I discovered the answer.

Yep. She's in the cage so she can stare out the window since I've blocked her access.

September 9th, 2010

Quick Hits


So excited.

*Am very excited about new TV. My Mondays are proving difficult. I normally don't watch Dancing with the Stars, but this year, Margaret Cho and Jennifer Grey are on. I have to watch. I think I will have to skip out on Mike and Molly even though I love Melissa McCarthy.

*Got a sort of promotion at work. The only raise is in my stress level.

*Have been having trouble sleeping at night and thus have ended up falling asleep to shows on Discovery ID like 48 Hours Mysteries and Deadly Obsessions. Probably not the most relaxing thing to watch, but History Channel has chosen to show less history and more reality shows about pawn shops. Sigh.

*Did a marathon shopping weekend yet still need jeans. Sigh, Part 2.

*Feel distinctly boring after trying to post an update on my life. Sigh: The Reckoning.

August 25th, 2010


My life lately has been both uneventful and high stress. Aside from the birthday festivities, my August has been pretty low-key. Low-key, except that I'm considering leaving my job for a contract position. It's a huge risk. The contract is only a guarantee of 6 months, though the consulting firm thinks they can keep me working much longer than that. It's not in the exact field I wanted it to be in (software simulations instead of writing or managing). But it is a LOT more money. A lot.

I am super stressed out about it and change my mind every other minute it seems like. Stay, be loyal, get some experience here (I had a big talk w/ the bosses about being unsatisfied) or go, make more money, but run the risk of being out of work in 6 months. I just don't know what to do. I have no savings at this point, part of why I'm thinking of leaving so that I can begin to build savings.

I've just hit the point where I'm 33, I'm dissatisfied with my current work, and I'm tired of struggling to the point that I have to decide each month whether I will be going to the oncologist, the dermatologist, the gynocologist, the GP, or the dentist because I can only do one. And that is no way for a 33 year old professional to be living. I've given up every expense I feel like I can. No Netflix, no yoga, no Weight Watchers. I hardly go out (on my dime) anymore. I've put off replacing things around the house like towels and sheets and such. At this point, I only cable is about the only thing left to give up. Possibly downgrade to a regular phone.

I don't know. I just don't know.

August 1st, 2010


I pretty much could watch an entire episode of just Parker, Elliot, and Hardison. That would rock.

July 23rd, 2010


Today, the undefinedness of my "relationship" really began to bug me. JUST TELL ME IF WE ARE BF/GF!!!!!!!!!!!!

But I will wait and reassess my need for definition when I am less pms-y

Today though. Today I am irritated.

July 22nd, 2010

Soy Stir Fry

I modified my Soy Turkey Stir Fry, and it is SUPER yummy. Before, I didn't bother with the water/corn starch part. But it does thicken things quite nicely and make a nice sauce. I was out of corn starch last night, so I improvised with flour.

Soy Turkey Stir Fry

2-4 tablespoons vegetable oil
4 cloves garlic, chopped ( went with a heaping spoonful from the jar)
1 pound ground turkey (I buy mine in the tube because it's cheaper)
1/2 yellow onion
1 summer squash
1 zucchini
1 small can mushrooms
4 tablespoons soy sauce
2 teaspoon cornstarch
1 cup water
2 teaspoon ground black pepper
salt to your liking

Heat a wok or large skillet over medium-high heat, and add oil. Saute onions until soft and mushy. Saute garlic for about 5 seconds, then add ground beef. Stir-fry until beef is evenly brown. Stir in veggies, and cook until vegetables are tender, and beef is fully cooked. Stir in soy sauce. Mix together cornstarch and water, and stir in. Season with pepper. Cook, stirring, until sauce has thickened.

Number of Servings: 4
Calories: 280; Fat: 18g; Fiber: 2; Protein: 24g

Tips: The recipe originally called for cabbage and red peppers, but I don't like either of those things. I'm confident you can add any veggie you prefer in your stir fry, and the dish will be delicious. I've thrown in snap peas before, and they were tasty. I generally eat this over about 1/2 cup of brown rice.

July 21st, 2010

1. Google "You know you're from (your state) when..."
2. Cut and paste the list.
3. Bold the items that apply to you.

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July 19th, 2010

Friends Page

At long last, Livejournal has realized that you really don't care about all of your "friends."

For years, I've used the custom groups for my flist reading. This wasn't really a problem when I was viewing on my computers and able to save a link, but my phone is very slow to display and update content on the screen. Switching to a particular group was almost more than it could handle some days.

But now, Livejournal allows you to automatically set a particular custom group to show on your Friends page.

Baby steps.

July 12th, 2010

I live!

I am alive. I really am. I just became one of those people that starts dating someone and drops all of my old activities. Well, that's only partially true. I've been pretty busy with work. But I've been dating someone too. He's really great and makes me quite happy. But I've sworn that he won't be fodder for my blog often, so I won't say much more.

But here's what I've been up to lately.

* Discovered my super power. I (dramatic pause) am impervious to poison. I learned this weekend. The fella and I went out for Chinese and shared two dishes. He got food poisoning; I did not. I have never had food poisoning. So, the only explanation is that I CANNOT be poisoned. I will be mentioning this in my application to the CIA.

* Have had surgery again. Once again? My shoulder is messed up and preventing me from doing things I like. Sigh. Only one more week.

* Hmm... is that it? I guess so. I have very little to report. Dating. Super power. Surgery. Yep, that's about it.

June 15th, 2010

Bad News of Criminal Minds

A.J. Cook's contract option has not been picked up for next season. And Paget Brewster's number of episodes is probably going to be cut back.

Bad news for Criminal Minds. I love my CM ladies!

June 11th, 2010


I keep having this reoccurring dream that my rabbit Sophie turns into a baby that doesn't like me at all. Which isn't all that different than Sophie as a rabbit.

Also, I dream that she starts screaming at me when I touch her.

May 29th, 2010

Not Smart

Sometimes, I'm not super bright in the morning. Mornings are not my best problem-solving times.

Example: today.

I had a mole and a dime-sized bit of shoulder removed yesterday. Unfortunately I planned poorly and did not wash my hair yesterday. Washing must take place every other day or it is gross. Anywho, so I need to shower today. But because I have a bandage on the crook of my shoulder, right on top, this makes it really hard to wash my hair in the shower. I tried putting Press-n-Seal wrap over it as redmcb said, but because of the movement, it didn't look to be working. I didn't want to go out to the CVS to get bandages. What to do, what to do.

Then it hit me. Wash hair in sink, take a bath.


Not bright.

May 28th, 2010


So, I learned an important lesson about lying to your doctor.

Let me back up.

So, you know how you often lie to your doctor about how long something has been going on. You'll say, oh, ______ has been bothering me for a few weeks, when in all actuality it's been hurting for a few months, but you were too busy to come in. Or you'll say, I've only been pooing blood for a week, certainly not for two years. You low ball the symptom.

You should not do this when discussing the size of a mole with your dermatologist. I said a mole had been that big in the last six months. She about freaked out. Only six months! That is serious. I sheepishly admitted that it was more like a year and a half or more.

Lesson learned. Lying to dermatologist...bad idea.

May 25th, 2010

It's my only rabbit icon.

Many of you have heard me lament that my rabbit, Sophie, is a moody, emo teenager. She sits and morosely stares out the window, writing bad poetry, listening to depressing music, and cutting herself. She even has emo bangs from time to time.

On Sunday, my gentleman caller was over.

GC: *about to set his feet on the floor* Where's Sophie? I'm always worried I'm going to step on her.
Me: *laughs* There's no danger of that. All she does is sit and stare out the window. I think she's depressed. She's plotting to end it all.
GC: Really? It's that bad.
Me: Yeah. I can't find anything that makes her happy. I buy her all kinds of vegetables and fruits and new hay...nothing. She's all mopey and withdrawn.
GC: That bunny there that's peaking out from behind the chair?
Me: *looks*
Sophie: *hides*
GC: *laughs*
Me: *looks away, rolls eyes*
GC: Look! She's coming out. So that bunny there that's hopping all over the room is the depressed one?
Me: She hardly ever comes out.
GC: Maybe she needs toys.
Me: I've bought her things to chew and a ball to play with. She doesn't touch them.
GC: Hey! She's playing with the ball!
Me: *rolls eyes* Traitor.

Cute pictures

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