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The Menagerie – and the wounds.

My parents cool deck needs some work.  They do what they can, but I came out of a day of swimming looking like I’ve been beaten up.  I had to explain each wound to my co-workers.

No, he doesn’t hit me.

No, this isn’t a ‘sex’ wound.

No, I didn’t fall down.

I DID take full advantage of the pool.  But the coating on the side is like cut glass – and when they’ve spent as much as they have getting the INSIDE suitable for water and swimming, who could blame them for waiting on ‘aesthetics’?

Not me.

But I suffered.  Every knuckle.  Every knee.  Every arm that hung onto the side to chat, then turn to respond to someone – injured.  I can LOOK at something and be injured by it.  It’s ridiculous.  I bruise so easily.

I bleed easily too.

I will not speak of that night. Let’s just say, 95% of it was freaking awesome, and the other 5%?  Well, when you have people imbibing and that love one another – shite happens.   Because we feel safe being ourselves.

And sometimes ourselves isn’t who we want to be.

Then there was the ‘plank off’ which I INSISTED on – although my very fit mom told me was not a great idea.  My core is still hurting today. LOL!

Here’s some pics from the party, then we’ll get to the menagerie.










Fun time was had by all – until it wasn’t a fun time.

I have GOT to learn to let go.

To appreciate what I have and quit living in the past.


ANYWAY – this thing showed up ….



Did I NOT tell Nic “no more critters???”

So, now he has like a dozen fish – a hamster (the first critter, whose name is Scarelett, but forever I will call ‘Scratchy’.)  Now a Guinea Pig who looks at me with sad eyes.

I thought tonight, ‘Eff it!’ and brought Butters in. Let her explore the new smell.


She did great!  But then … Draper marched in – and I, in my ninja, stupid, only human mode did a tuck and roll onto the floor I’ve only seen in movies.

Was enough to alarm the cat who I’m sure was thinking “What the ‘F’ is she DOING??????”  And I twisted my toe.

SO unnecessarily twisted my toe.  Add that to the injury list. LOL!

Sorry Paltrow, I can never be a body double, because I maim myself just LOOKING at something.

Animals are settled for the night.

Nic is gone, because he’s saying ‘bye for now’ to his true love going back to college out-of-state – and I have my honey working his arse off for his art.

And wounds.

Wounds I couldn’t let go that 5% of the night.

And very visible wounds I can’t stop saying ‘ouch!’ to today.

Freeze computer! This is the FBI!

Ok, so I may be in a whole lot of trouble come Monday morning.  Let’s laugh about it now shall we?

My place of employment is connected  to a real estate office, I  process loans for a mortgage company.  Exciting stuff eh?  Well – today was pretty exciting.

1.  It was FRIDAY! Woo!

2. They were prepping for an event to appreciate customers all day long.  It looked like they were setting up for a movie production outside.  Lights, tables, catering … all in full view of the 4 windows my desk faces.

Needless to say, it’s hard enough to concentrate on a Friday, but with all that hoopla going on it was near impossible.

BUT!  Concentrate I did.  I got my work done and at about 4:15 – my mouse may have wandered over to the search bar on the internet.

I’ve mentioned before, anything I don’t know – I have to know!  I watch ‘King of the Hill’ every night before bed – so I’m pondering, ‘who does Bobby’s voice?’  OH! Let’s Google that!

Found that out – and here’s where the chain of events took me that could lead to my demise at said company.

I’m looking at the cast of ‘King of the Hill’ and think, ‘how sad that Brittany Murphy died’ – then I remember my son saying that was the reason the show ended.  I’m thinking that’s  a myth, so – Oh! Let’s Google that!

It was a myth.

But now Google is taking me to her cause of death.

It’s only 4:20 by now.

I click further … sucked in.

Oh, now they want to tell me how Whitney Houston died and oh, there’s a site for that.

It takes me from that report to Michael Jackson and WHAM!

FEDERAL BUREAU INVESTIGATION comes up on my screen.  Huh?

Something something something … your computer is locked up because you were downloading video or pictures or violating laws and/or looking at child pornography.

Wait! WHAT?!?!  Nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I shut off the computer and restart – because the FBI notice could not be ‘X’d out.

BAM! It’s still there. My computer completely frozen.

I scurry over to my other bosses computer.  I Google the message.

Oh joy, it’s a virus.

A bad virus on my WORK computer.


I call my boss whose computer I’m on.  “Oh great, so you’re putting it on my computer now?” he says.

No, I assure him, but I am leaving. I leave my main boss a note with a print out of the virus mentioning probably we want to call the computer guy, and no – I wasn’t looking at anything the virus says I was.

Walk of shame out of the building – and come home to get ready to go BACK to work to attend the event.

My boss is looking beautiful, in a long black dress.  I say hello and did she get my note? No?  Oh – well, just a virus that’s all.

“It happens, sometimes when we open certain emails” she says.

Ok – we’ll go with that tonight – because come Monday, when I fess up – I won’t be ruining a party.

Here’s a shot of the party though. The food was good – and the dessert was great.

The friend I’m with in this picture and I joked it might be my goodbye party instead. Yes, I can still joke and laugh.

I’ll worry about the consequences on Monday. 😦


There have been people finding this post from the searching the internet looking for help with the same virus.  There are some great instructional videos on YouTube.  (You basically have to start your computer in safe mode w/networking.  Then run a virus scan and get rid of the virus.  Do a C Clean and reset your computer to the day before.  :/  Sorry).  As for my dilemma?  I don’t know how, but after running a scan, it came back saying ‘no viruses found’.  But was still there.  On Monday, I ran another safe mode scan and still nothing, my FBI virus disappeared!  Either that, or it’s lurking.  But, between the praying and the scans, it’s gone.  Do NOT pay the money – Do NOT panic.  Follow the instructions and you’ll be fine.