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Normally, this week would be my vacation time.  It's been my vacation, the time when I took care of house repairs and winterized my house - with only a space heater and an electric blanket as a heat source, it's kind of essential that I do this.

But this year, a co-worker wanted this week and Christmas off, and because I'm the lowest ranking employee, I had to give up my vacation to her.

I got most of the winterizing done anyway.

I even had time to make these:

This is a little glass ball terrarium, steampunked up, as a birthday present for my sister:

Steampunk Ball

And this is a cup pond I made for my brother-in-law's birthday.  I actually made 2, the other one is for a friend living near by sister's house:

Cup Pond

Top view of the cup pond:

Cup Pond

I found the clear glass cups at the Dollar Store.  The plants are aquarium plants I harvested from other friend's aquariums, along with a half a cup of aquarium gravel split between the 2 cups.  Some distilled water and a tablespoon of potting soil and 2 mini terracotta pots, and voila, a still pond for a desk.

The plants are an umbrella plat, some micrograss, and a pink grass whose name I don't know.  I'm debating adding a betta or a couple of tiny tetras.

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  •  Tip Jar (10+ / 0-)

    All knowledge is worth having. Check out OctopodiCon to support steampunk learning and fun. Also, on DKos, check out the Itzl Alert Network.

    by Noddy on Sun Nov 18, 2012 at 09:29:04 PM PST

  •  The joke was on me (7+ / 0-)

    I've spent the last several days recovering from a nasty cold and I am feeling a lot better now, though I'm still taking care of the remaining congestion. While I was convalescing I spent a lot of time on the couch dinking around the computer or watching Netflix (I finished the final episodes of Joss Whedon's Angel, which I started from the beginning sometime in late summer I guess).

    Anyway, I also had work to do including finishing a job editing a legal document for a client. I'd gotten about half way through before I got sick, then took about 3 days off, then tried to get back into it. It sure seemed like I was editing the same paragraphs over & over, very puzzling, but I kept plugging through. Well, today when my brain fog finally cleared, I realized that I'd been trying to "edit" a document I'd already done for the same client - no wonder I kept seeing the same writing over & over.

    Long story short, I finally located the doc I was supposed to be working on and got it finished. So the day was not a total waste, after all :)

    Handmade holiday gifts from Jan4insight on Zibbet. Get 10%off everytime with coupon code KOSSACK.

    by jan4insight on Sun Nov 18, 2012 at 11:58:20 PM PST

  •  glad you managed to have a creative, and I (4+ / 0-)
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    assume, fun time with your mini-terraria, anyway.

    Hope your Thanksgiving plans are adaptable? Do you still get the Friday off? Most government offices would be closed, eh? well, except for public libraries, police & fire service, which I don't think is you?

    Well, hopefully it will be a quiet week at work, if you're stuck being there. Have you figured out when you will be able to take your "vacation"?

    "real" work : a job where you wash your hands BEFORE you use the bathroom...

    by chimene on Mon Nov 19, 2012 at 12:32:51 AM PST

    •  My plans are almost always adaptable (3+ / 0-)
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      I get Thursday off because we're supposed to be closed that day.  

      As to when I'll be able to take this vacation time? Probably not until we receive the funding to bring our budget up enough to hire at least one more support staff person.  We're so under-staffed that having just one person out is a serious strain.

      All knowledge is worth having. Check out OctopodiCon to support steampunk learning and fun. Also, on DKos, check out the Itzl Alert Network.

      by Noddy on Mon Nov 19, 2012 at 07:23:00 AM PST

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  •  Morning... (5+ / 0-)
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    broths, FloridaSNMOM, Noddy, weck, chimene

    Didn't have to be up at 3, but was up and down anyway since 2 (though refused to get out of bed until closer to 4) because I was kinda sorta listening to V for Vendetta  (the boy was watching it) and the first orchestrated explosion kinda woke me up and so I just kinda laid there and listened off and on in and out of sleep.

    But, yesterday was a good day, and hopefully today will be a decent day.  Either off to work now! Bye bye!

    Nothing says your sorry like a dead bunny.

    by Caedy on Mon Nov 19, 2012 at 01:28:45 AM PST

  •  Good morning everyone. (4+ / 0-)
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    FloridaSNMOM, Noddy, weck, chimene

    I'm looking out the window at the most beautiful sunrise.  Another day in the 50's.  

    Taking my pups for a walk later, and going shopping.  I'll get everything I need for Thanksgiving.  We're going to my niece's, and I'm making cranberries, and chocolate bark.  I'm also going to make chocolate covered pretzel rods.

    Have a great day.

    I am a work in progress. Still.

    by broths on Mon Nov 19, 2012 at 04:44:50 AM PST

  •  Just woke up, still groggy. (4+ / 0-)
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    and it's colder, 57 right now, with a high in the mid 60's. Chilly, damp and windy. I would likely still be in bed but Dad snagged all the covers (half of them are hanging off the bed on his side). I'm considering buying a second comforter just for me. It's not his fault really, it's the CP. When he turns he takes everything with him. Give him long enough and they'll all be on the floor. This also means they get caught under him on the far side of the bed and I can't pull them back. My back and shoulders are minding the cold more this year however, so I think it's time for my own blankets, more than the light weight ones I have.

    Noddy: I love the little desk ponds! So cute! I think a couple of little tetras would be perfect. Beta are cool, too, but I think would be too big proportionally for those unless they're bigger than they look. It would dominate the plants instead of sharing the tank with them. The tetras could play hide and seek however :). It sucks that they made you give up your vacation, that doesn't sound fair at all. Switching with someone maybe, but not give up. No donuts for them!

    "Madness! Total and complete madness! This never would've happened if the humans hadn't started fighting one another!" Londo Mollari

    by FloridaSNMOM on Mon Nov 19, 2012 at 06:37:48 AM PST

    •  The desk ponds (1+ / 0-)
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      are 16 ounce clear cups, so they're actually pretty big.

      All knowledge is worth having. Check out OctopodiCon to support steampunk learning and fun. Also, on DKos, check out the Itzl Alert Network.

      by Noddy on Mon Nov 19, 2012 at 07:24:05 AM PST

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      •  gallon of water per inch of fish (2+ / 0-)
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        i like yr little cup ponds. it seems wise however to instruct people on the care of any fish - even cute tiny tetras or lovely betas. monitoring the amount/type of food, sucking out the pooh goop that gets into the gravel, changing water weekly - let it sit for awhile for urban chemicals to disperse into the air, making sure the water's at least room temperature...
        yes bettas can live in tiny bowls, but they prefer a larger space. i think it will depend upon how much pleasure the people take in their beauty and how much care they want to expend on the comfort of their fish-pet.
        i think you know what y're doing and the people you give yer gifts to - happiness is what matters.

  •  Well, if the office is closed Friday, it will be (3+ / 0-)
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    easy to provide no donuts, and nobody will even know they are being slighted!  I know you had a lot of plans for this week with friends, Noddy, I hope most of them can be accommodated in some way. Not having Friday off would be a miserable letdown.

    Please donate to Okiciyap food pantry. . If love could have saved you, you would have lived forever.

    by weck on Mon Nov 19, 2012 at 07:05:36 AM PST

  •  ab-so-lutely pouring here today. leaves gone tho (1+ / 0-)
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    The leaf crew came very early but very quietly, and now I know why!

    They left the gutter full! Looks like the buncher didn't even TRY to skootch along the curb, so I have a foot-wide drift across the front of the lot, literally in the gutter!

    Well, at least it gives me something to put in the yard debris can so mushier stuff, like apples that are still coming down, will come out better the next time IT is emptied.

    Although if I don't want to drown, it'll be Wed before I can pick them up!

    Trying to clean up the house for Thanksgiving. Have our usual one friend coming, assuming we get sufficiently un-contagious. We can't risk her getting sick from us, she supplements her retirement with her music gigs and REALLY can't afford to lose any at this season. I think maybe we're getting better, past contagion anyways...

    LOTS to clean up, most of 6 computer-paper boxes of clippings & recipes I've been collecting for 40+ years! Himself says we are NOT moving this mass, so I'm slowly learning how to scan, and dumping a lot into the recycling. But it's VERY slow going! At least I am now collecting recipes almost exclusively from the internet! And since I only have a clear memory of ONE of the recipes in those boxes, I keep thinking it should be easy to just dump them all! ... it should be?

    "real" work : a job where you wash your hands BEFORE you use the bathroom...

    by chimene on Mon Nov 19, 2012 at 04:24:43 PM PST

    •  Bummer about the leaves. (0+ / 0-)

      Before the internet, I handwrote recipes I found in magazines and such, then tested and modified them.  All of my herbal information is handwritten.  All of my mother's and grandmother's and great-grandmother's recipes are handwritten.

      I did manage to type enough of the more commonly used family recipes to create a family cookbook to give my son on his wedding.

      But I have spiral bound notebooks filled with recipes to go.

      All knowledge is worth having. Check out OctopodiCon to support steampunk learning and fun. Also, on DKos, check out the Itzl Alert Network.

      by Noddy on Mon Nov 19, 2012 at 05:59:54 PM PST

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      •  I have a handful of recipes in my grandmother's (0+ / 0-)

        hand, and some in my mother's. Not very many, but I'm hanging on to the originals even after we scan them, 8-)

        "real" work : a job where you wash your hands BEFORE you use the bathroom...

        by chimene on Mon Nov 19, 2012 at 10:16:16 PM PST

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