October 6th, 2015

2013, cyd, new

The ideas are just swirling around today/tonight/whatever

What do you guys think of the name "Punk Rock Handicrafts" as a name for my store? I'm thinking about getting the .com. I approached Doc about it. He wants to wait. He always wants to wait. I don't want to lose it. Now that I've had the idea, history indicates someone somewhere completely unrelated to me, who has never heard of me, who has the means, will have the same idea and beat me to it. This is a real thing. Incidentally, I also told him I want to pick up circuscatimus.com, as well. But I'm not worried about losing that. They already have a Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube presence. Meowssad is pretty much established as mine, as well, and Kittydon. It's the store name I want to move on. He wants to wait to see if I can even design a working online store and make it work and get some stuff sold. Would be easier with its own domain and SEO. I'll work it out.

I got paid from Patreon today. Combined with a 20% off coupon for an entire order, and 50% off the most expensive item in my cart, I was able to nab only $16 out of my bank account to finish the Michael's order. There wouldn't have been such a rush, but I ordered half of the wrong shit last time. Nothing I ordered went together. I used what I could, but most of the things I planned had to wait on one more thing. Those one more things are now on their way. Okay, materials taken care of. The only stuff I need now is the stuff on the dollar store list. And that is up to Doc.

Speaking of up to Doc. Remember my trepidation regarding having to rely on him to talk to newegg about replacing my dead laptop? Yeah, he blew it off yesterday, and just blew it off again and is now snoring. I'm going to call them and call myself by his last name and see if I can't get somewhere by being the wifey. Lord.

I realized, sitting here, waiting for Doc to finish with the laptop, that I have been wasting my time doing all of these Photoshop special effects tutorials on photographs of me (see http://facebook.com/fabulousdisaster). I've got hundreds of pictures of the animals! I could be doing all of this incredible stuff with pictures of the cats and Chewbacca! Fuck this working on self-portraits and still lifes. I'm going to be doing some wicked pet picture effects from here on out. Cutting out fur from a background can't be any harder than cutting out my curly hair or bizarre chin wrinkles. I have a houseful of beautiful models, and a plethora of photographs of them in every conceivable mood and pose and light and exposure. Self-derp-ability is me.

Okay. Fun Fact: Scout is still under the Manufacturer's Warranty, though she is refurbished. So says the extended warranty people. So I just filed a return claim with ASUS, who tried to dispute it, so I uploaded a screen cap of the invoice/proof of purchase. The extended warranty doesn't kick in until the beginning of November. I will be quite put out if I have to wait that long to get the thing replaced because they and ASUS have to have a pissing contest with newegg playing referee. Best of all? I did it myself. No Doc involved. The people at newegg customer service were really nice. They did everything but call ASUS for me. Gave me all the phone numbers and websites I needed and asked if they could do more. Very cool. I will definitely keep doing business with newegg.com. Now we wait to see who is going to jump first.

The only thing I don't like, and newegg is not responsible for this, the vendor is, I didn't receive any paperwork through this whole thing. I'm just lucky I keep every official email that deals with money. Come to think of it, Michael's didn't send me an invoice, either. Online companies are getting sloppy. Punk Rock Handicrafts will always send an invoice.

So, my lease states I cannot run a business out of this residence. If I get a PO Box, will that get me around it? I'm not going to register as a business, yet. I'm going to get an accountant, with Doc, to sort out how to keep track of expenses/deductions and taxable income. I guess they can explain to me the various benefits and detractions of making PRH a "real" business.

Look, Ma, I finally found my way in life, and I'm not even 50 yet. You still lookin'? Jesus, she's 67 this year. She's an old woman now. I wonder if that is what prompted her to message me about those Xmas ornaments. But what did my dad message me for? Frankly, I'm gobsmacked that he is even still alive. They have their luxury trailer and rescue dogs and 30-something son that lives at home, when he's not in jail. They live in a giant, now empty house that my Nana bought for them for nearly half a million dollars. What must their lives be like? Adopting four kids, having two fosters, and raising five (I was the lone biological one), only to end up alone but for the drug addict who won't leave home because he knows he's got it easy? All the other kids, dead or missing. After devoting their lives to a religion that promised them if they had tons of kids, they would be specially blessed. To end up with a big, empty house that echoes with lies. I can't even imagine. Maybe if they had been capable of love, things might have turned out differently. Mormon ideology was created by a sociopath, yet it doesn't take into account the spiritual well being of sociopaths. You live as a hypocrite, and you die surrounded by love. Yeah. That didn't work out so well for ol' Joe Smith. He got a lot of pussy, though. Thanks to the big family, so did my dad. I hope, for their sakes they tally that shit up in heaven and give them points for creativity in using what you have available.

/SUBJECT CHANGE/

About a year ago, I took "Go Ahead, Eat the Daisies", my second full length book of poetry, out of print, with the idea of editing it and releasing a second edition. Last night I scrapped that plan. Right now, that title exists as an album title for a collection of my most recently recorded poetry (also over a year old, and never remastered). I've decided to finally take "Stop Poking Me Lady" out of print, and not bring it back. If you want a copy, go to the support page on fabulousdisaster.com and there is a link to pick one up. I won't announce when I'm taking it down, consider this your only warning. I am also taking Kasey's chapbook offline. Don't buy that. It's not worth it. It was thrown together in a time of grief, I can't testify as to the quality of the editing or the poetry.

Instead . . . drum roll please . . . I have put a new book of poetry together in my head that will pull from the entirety of the last 30 years, be edited for content as well as punctuation, and for the first time in one of my publications, will be sorted into chapters of like pieces. Only pieces that fit in with the chapter headings I have come up with will be in the book. It will be a true and professional job, not very punk rock. But in ten years, "Poking" has sold one copy aside from the one I bought. I'm just going to remove that bit of rejection from my life. I'm just bummed I used two of my best titles on projects that have to be scrapped. I don't know if I can be that clever again.

What am I saying? Of course I can. As long as there is pot to smoke and words to play with, I will always be clever.

So, now I have all this shit to do . . . compile and edit the new book; do some pictures of the cats; work on inventory for PRH, create documents for PRH. For that last thing, I think I'll look for some software that helps you track that shit. I have NO head for business. But I want to do this right, from the start. I don't want to get buried in loose printouts and reciepts. I want complete organization from go. I also have to start measuring my products and box shopping for them. Packing materials are very reasonable on ebay. You just have to know exactly what it is you want.
2013, cyd, new

My Fall Broccoli/Cheddar/Bacon Soup Recipe

3-4 cups broccoli florets (stems removed, cut into relatively similar sized pieces)
1 shredded carrot
2 medium onions, roughly diced
2 tablespoons salted butter
Combine all in large soup pot and sautee while seasoning with salt and freshly ground pepper until broccoli is bright green and onions are transparent.

Add 3 12 ounce cans of broth of your choice.

In another pan, cook off a pound of diced bacon, save the grease.
When the bacon is cooked off, remove to a paper towel to drain.
Add 4 tablespoons all purpose flour to bacon grease in pan, cook while stirring over medium heat until it starts to thicken and starts to turn a darker beige. This is your roux.

Add roux to simmering veg and broth and turn heat down to med-low and let simmer and thicken.

Once it starts to thicken, add 8 ounces of heavy cream (Pro Tip: pour cream into heat resistant cup and add some of the soup mixture to bring the temp of the cream up a little so it doesn't curdle when you add it to the soup pot). Stir cream in completely.

Then add 1 pound shredded cheddar cheese and 1/4 cup shredded Parmesan or Ramano cheese and incorporate into the soup until the cheese melts completely.

Last, add the bacon bits, stir to incorporate.

Allow to cool completely before packaging and refrigerating.

If you want to turn it into a loaded baked potato thing, when you add the bacon, add 3-4 cups bite sized boiled potato chunks. Garnish with a dollop of sour cream and some chopped chives.

Takes about an hour and a half, from veg prep to finished soup. Less if you're good at multi-tasking, or prep your veg on shopping day in preparation for throwing things together throughout the week.

*If I have forgotten any details or steps, or you have questions, please comment and I will try to clarify. This is my first recipe that I have attempted to write down. Most measurements are approximate, but as close as I can get. I have kind of a throw-it-in approach to cooking. It comes with the arrogance of being a chef for as long as I was. I am the Head Chef of Comfort Food.