I’ll Have A Beige Sithmas

No, really. I will. It’s…it’s beige, Jim. See?

Beige-Sithmas-Full

Of COURSE I have the One Ring on my tree as a Sithmas ornament! What did you expect?

Of COURSE I have the One Ring on my tree as a Sithmas ornament! What did you expect?

It’s okay. Just. I’ll be all right. I think. I hope. I mean…it’s still my Sithmas tree, only now the walls behind it are beige instead of red because of the De-Gothening. Hopefully by this time next year, we will have a new house in which the walls will NOT be beige. But it is not this day.

Still. I can manage. I can cope. OHMYGODIT’SBEIGEIT’SFUCKINGBEIGEICAN’T-

*ahem* I’m fine. Really. I have bigger problems to deal with than a beige Sithmas. I mean, my cat put me in the ER. I’m not kidding! Look!

Inch-long laceration on my forehead.

Inch-long laceration on my forehead.


Another about an inch long on my ear.

Another about an inch long on my ear.

It was this guy, right here: tman

I mean, his name is literally “Trouble,” so I shouldn’t be surprised in the least. How did this happen? Well, I’ll tell you.

I don’t know.

I was asleep then I heard a crash and he landed on my head and tore out of the room like demons were on his ass. I sat up and switched on the lamp, both instantly awake and aware of my ear hurting. He Who Enables My Crazy was instantly awake at the noise as well.

Him: What was that?! *looks around for broken things*
Me: Trouble, I think…fell or jumped off the headboard onto my head! I think he got my ear. *turns head to the side to show hubby*
Him: Oh, God. He sure did.
Me: *feels something wet dripping down my nose and turns to face hubby* Did he-
Hubby: JESUS FUCKING CHRIST! *grabs tissue and presses it to my forehead* Into the bathroom, now!

Seconds later we determined that an ER trip was necessary. Facial lacerations bleed like hell, but this was a deep one more than an inch long, and those need medical treatment. We managed to get the bleeding stopped rather quickly, but the wounds needed to be cleaned with more than we had on hand and possibly glued. Stitches and faces don’t really go well together, but there were other things that could be done to repair the damage. Plus my ear was torn all to hell as well, plus this was done by an animal. Cats – even indoor-only housecats whose shots are kept current like mine – harbor nasty bacteria in their claws and teeth, and we all know Dr. Dina believes in tetanus shots. Mine was technically all right as it was updated within the last 10 years, but the medical community likes it to be done every five years, so it was time to get that done as well.

So, off to the ER we went.

They took me back and cleaned my wounds with a strong antiseptic solution. They gave me a tetanus/diptheria/pertussis booster (TDaP) and set about cleaning the wounds. The ear was the most painful because it’s cartilage and there’s not a whole lot they can do for it besides clean it really, really well. Cleaning the wound meant removing the scab that had formed when we got the bleeding stopped, and that meant it bled more, which meant it had to be stopped again, and direct pressure is the best way to get bleeding to stop for most lacerations.

And by “direct pressure” I mean that the gorgeous male nurse wasn’t enough to distract me from the OH MY GOD THIS FUCKING HURTS death-grip pinch he had my ear in. Don’t worry – numbness sets in after a few minutes and so you don’t feel anything until they move or release it to check the bleeding has stopped and OH MY GOD HE’S DOING IT AGAIN FUCK FUCK OW–

Eventually the ear was sorted out and he moved onto the forehead. Compared to the ear, this was nothing. Much wetter, but I had a towel to catch the drips. I couldn’t appreciate the male nurse while he cleaned my forehead, because the solution and my eyes (which we discovered when I closed them that the left one had the tiniest nick right along the lash line – he cleaned that too). When he had everything good and clean, the doctor came in to see about how to treat it, and agreed with Pretty Male Nurse’s treatment plan of using Steri-strips to hold the edges of the forehead lac in place. You really don’t want to sew the face if you can possibly avoid it, because scarring, and cat scratches have a terrible tendency to get infected. If that happens, you have to take the stitches back out to deal with the infection, la la la…it was just easier to leave it to heal on its own, with the adhesive strips to give it a little more stability while it did that. My wound had cleaned up really well and the edges had good approximation, and less is really more when it comes to wound care. First do no harm and all that. The less you can do to disturb the wound, the better it will heal. Even cleaning too often or with the wrong solution can slow healing down. I know, it sounds like an oxymoron, but it’s true.

So a little more cleaning, a little more tidying, some adhesive glue and a few strips later, and I was good to go. They gave me a prescription for some extra-strength antibiotics and sent me on my way to heal on my own. Pretty Male Nurse said to leave the strips on for five days, and this happened on Tuesday, so I’ll be staying in the house until Monday next week. I really don’t want to go out looking like this:

War-Wounds-Healed-1
War-Wounds-Healed-2

Oh, and the best part is…I’m going to scar! That’s right! Yours truly is going to have a Mark of Badassery right between her eyes (and on my ear, but that one shouldn’t be all that visible). I scar very, very easily (hi, extremely pale skin), so it will be interesting to see what this one will end up looking like.

You know, I’m all for permanent literary marks on the skin. My tattoos are proof of that. However, while I am a fan of Harry Potter, I really didn’t need a scar on my forehead to attest to that.

Guess I’ll be knitting that Slytherin House Scarf sooner than I planned.

Pretty Male Nurse advised me to stay out of the sun, as it will make the scar show up more clearly.

Me: Yeah, not really a sun person. I’ve got no problem staying out of the light.

Out of the light! Brilliant!

*turns off lights in the living room*

Ahh! There we go! Sithmas proper!

Beige-Sithmas-1

Wow. The beige reflects the red lights really well.

And of course, the Darth Vader topper for the Sithmas tree:
Beige-Sithmas-Topper

There. Much better. And I have official advisement to keep out of the sun. Thank you, Pretty Male Nurse! You’re so going in a book someday!

And now it’s time to take my antibiotic.

Sithmastime Is Here!

Well, almost.

Close enough, anyway!

I thought I’d share a something with you before next week comes and bashes us over the head with a roll of wrapping paper. (‘Cause that’s gonna happen…it’s comin’ right for us!)

Here. Have my mother’s fudge recipe! I posted it a few years ago (2009? Seriously? Wow…), but I thought you might like it again, seeing as how I just made a couple batches over the weekend. Mostly I just wanted to taunt you with holiday cookery. And what do you know? There’s still time for you to make a batch or two yourself before Sithmas arrives!

This recipe was given to my mother sometime before I was born, and if I’m not mistaken, it comes from Good Housekeeping magazine circa 1970-something. No matter when or where it came from, it’s been altered by this family member and that, and passed down to me. I make it yearly, and I’m warning you now – a little dab’ll do ya!

Without further ado, I give you:

Mom’s Fudge

You will need:

1 buttered cake pan (I like the 9″x13″ size)
1 pkg (12 oz) semi-sweet chocolate chips (or whatever – butterscotch chips, white chocolate chips)
7 ½ oz marshmallow crème (1 small jar or ½ large jar)
1 can (12 oz) EVAPORATED milk (*NOT* condensed!!)
1 stick of butter or margarine (I like butter best.)
4 ½ cups sugar
1 tbsp pure vanilla extract
1 cup nuts if desired (walnuts are best)

Instructions:

Combine sugar, milk, & butter in large pot. While stirring constantly, bring to a FULL, BUBBLING boil.

BOIL for 8 minutes, stirring constantly,. (This is important, or your candy won’t set.)

(Are you getting the STIR CONSTANTLY part? Good.)

Remove from heat after 8 minutes.

Stir in chips, marshmallow crème, & vanilla (nuts as well if you’re using them).

Stir well, then pour into buttered pan.

Cool and cut into SMALL squares (believe me, it will be plenty!).

Makes 5 lbs.

There you go! Mom’s Fudge recipe. Pass it on!

That’s all I have for you today. Enjoy!

Dina’s Holiday Rant 2012

All right. I’m starting to (yet again) see posts in various places about “keep Christ in Christmas” and “Jesus is the reason for the season,” so it’s clearly time once again for Dina’s Holiday Rant.

This was originally written/posted December 5, 2009 on my Livejournal. It’s still applicable, so I decided to dust it off, shamelessly copy and paste, and update it to post again. This is apparently going to be an annual thing, this rant.

Read at your peril. Feel free to repost/forward with credit to me as the author if you feel like it. Continue reading

We Wish You A Merry Sithmas!

All right! The Sithmas tree is up, the outside lights are nearly complete, decoration inside is almost finished…it’s very Sithmas-y in the James household!

Here, have some pic!spam of the Making of the Sithmas Tree:

Step One: Put on Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas.

Step Two:
Assemble artificial black tree. String red lights around tree.

Sithmas Tree Is Up

The Sithmas Tree, up and lit, but not yet decorated.

Top with Lord Vader nightlight (lit with red Sithmas bulb).

Lord Vader Topper

It’s a nightlight I put a red Sithmas bulb into. He’s my angel. What? (Forgive me, Lord Vader.)

Step Three:
Decorate the Sithmas tree with your ornaments. Give Lord Vader a lightsaber if you have one (if you’re putting up a Sithmas tree, you should have a lightsaber). Sing along with “Making Christmas” from the DVD as you decorate.

Decorated Sithmas Tree

Decorate!

Some of my ornaments:

Decorated Top

Every Sithmas tree needs a Lord Vader ornament or three.

Lord Vader Ornament

Of COURSE I have a Lord Vader ornament! (Or three.)

Step Four:
Enjoy the beautiful red glow of your Sithmas Tree!

So there you have it! Sithmas cards will be going out by the end of the week. I have my Sithmas countdown calendars up and counting down.

Calendar

The Sithmas countdown calendar in my office. In Santa’s bag there are little ornaments to stick on each day as they’re counted down.

Now I just need to finish shopping, knitting, wrapping, parceling, posting….

Merry Sithmas!

Holiday Card Post 2012

(I’m totally recycling last year’s post. Like I do with the holiday decorations!)

SITHMAS IS ALMOST HERE!

Dina's Sithmas Tree

My Sithmas Tree. It’s a black tree with red lights and a Darth Vader nightlight for a topper.

Okay, yes…I’m one of those people who started humming Christmas songs back in October. I know, I know. But I really love the holidays. Halloween used to be my favorite holiday until I came out of my Goth closet and could dress how I wanted to every day of the year and not care about being seen as a freak (for the record, I was 25), but now Christmas is my favorite.

Here’s the deal: I’m making my holiday card list. I know, I’m a bit later than usual this year, but November was a rough month all around. I’m still battling the illness that’s kept my household mostly in bed for the last two weeks, but I’m on the mend. Hopefully by the time I get the list done and cards mailed, I’ll be right on time!

In order to make sure of that, I’m setting a deadline for you all.

If you want to be on my holiday card list, post a comment on this entry (on my website, not the mirrors) by Wednesday, December 5th with your snail mail addy (don’t worry, these will be screened!) or e-mail dina [at] dinajames [dot] com with it and I’ll send you a holiday card. International is okay!

If you got a card from me last year, you’re likely still on my list, but if you’ve moved, don’t want one this year, or otherwise changed your address, let me know! I keep the list for subsequent use year to year (like this post!), but I realize people move about and change names and such.

If you’re feeling in the holiday spirit yourself and would like to return the favor, here’s my address:

Dina James
P.O. Box 574
Astoria, OR 97103
USA

Sithmas Approacheth – The Holiday Card Post

(I’m totally recycling last year’s post. Like I do with the holiday decorations!)

SITHMAS IS COMING! SITHMAS IS COMING!

Okay, yes…I’m one of those people who started humming Christmas songs back in October. I know, I know. But I really love the holidays. Halloween used to be my favorite holiday until I came out of my Goth closet and could dress how I wanted to every day of the year and not care about being seen as a freak (for the record, I was 25), but now Christmas is my favorite.

Thanksgiving, however, is not to be overlooked. I mean, a foodie like me ignore a holiday that’s all about FOOD? PIE? LOTS AND LOTS OF PIE?! (Not to mention leftover pie!!) Great. Now I’m hungry. And there are pies in the kitchen. I shouldn’t write about pie before breakfast….

Anyway, what was I writing about? I mean, before my stomach started doing the writing? Oh, yeah! The holiday spirit!

Okay, here’s the deal: I’m making my holiday card list.

Yes, you heard right. No, I’m not too early. It’s nearly Thanksgiving! I mean, by the time I get the list done and cards mailed, I’ll be right on time!

I am setting a deadline for you all, though. If you want to be on my holiday card list, post a comment on my website by Sunday, December 4th (don’t worry, these will be screened!) or e-mail dina [at] dinajames [dot] com with your snail mail addy, and I’ll send you a holiday card. If you got a card from me last year, you’re still on my list, but if you’ve moved, don’t want one, or otherwise changed your address, let me know! I keep the list for subsequent use year to year, but will remind you all yearly to send me any updates. I realize people move about and change names and such.

If you’ve won something from me or I’ve otherwise sent you something in the last year, your name has likely been added to the card list. If you want a card, let me know, because I have them printed up in small batches and need to know how many to order.

If you’re feeling in the holiday spirit yourself and would like to return the favor, here’s my address:

Dina James
P.O. Box 574
Astoria, OR 97103
USA

Happy Sithmas!

Dina's Sithmas Tree

My Sithmas Tree. It's a black tree with red lights and a Darth Vader nightlight for a topper.