Monthly Archives: January 2009

Hank + Mimsy



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Hank and Mimsy are bestest buds. They had a play date a few days ago!!! :) They love to take treats at the same time!

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Ginger the Mixte

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There she is, my “new” bike. :) I named her Ginger. It took a good few weeks to get a name vibe. I wrapped her bars 2 days ago with some awesome tape I got from BikeSomewhere.com. It’s Deda brand and gold! Aka AWESOME! :) It was easy to wrap given I’m a first timer. It had great reviews and wasn’t to pricey. It feels great so far. Not too tacky of a feel but still had good grip. It has a slight cushion but isn’t like think foam or anything. And the color is perfect!!! :) I love it. It is definitely going to help me like this bike a lot more!!

I got the bike from e-bay a few weeks ago. It’s a Takara Mixte. I just liked the look of the bike. I also like the step-through thing. I always feel awkward putting my leg over a regular bar. The bike has more scratches than I would have liked, but really… I’m sure I will put much more on it!

This is my 4th bike purchase, well technically 5th, but 3rd in my “collection”. haha

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Netwerkin’

Netwerkin’, originally uploaded by SavvyKAT.

Yesterday I spent the entire evening setting up the network in my place. We are now completely wireless and I also have my desktop G4 online also! You may think, psh! Duh! That is not hard… but considering we live in a 2 story place with lots of brick walls and something stoping the wireless everywhere… this was a challenge. Also quite a challenge considering we were connecting to at&t DSL.

It took them an entire WEEK to set up the service. Last Wednesday they sent someone out to “hook it up”. Which they told us it was just a matter of us plugging in the router and them turning on the service. Wrong! So the guy came Wednesday… He didn’t let anyone know. So of course there was no one to open the basement for him. He told us he was coming back Friday and had scheduled it with out “maintenance person”. Who he talked to is beyond me because the door was still locked all day Friday. AND the guy never showed up to hook it up even if the door was unlocked. I called and called him. Left message after message. No answer. No return call. We threw a fit! at&t said they would send someone out Sat morning. Well we couldn’t find anyone in time Friday evening to get them to be there Sat morning. So again.. no internet… no phone… no at&t. We were on the phone all day Saturday. Finally, the nice man that came Saturday who was from a different department of at&t said he would put it under urgent for Monday morning and that they would be ther between 7:30a and 8:30a. Apparently they all start their days around 7am? So we wait. 9a rolls around. I call the nice man back. He is confused as to why no one is there. He calls me back and said they didn’t put it on urgent, but that now they had and it would be the next ticket to be picked up. We wait again. I am on the phone on and off with this nice man. He is on the phone with everyone. A friend is on the phone with mainstream at&t. FINALLY they are telling my friend that it’s 2:30p and they the ticket was picked up @ 1:52p. More confusion! Yes, another guy called me @ 1:52p but he said it would be an hour and a half AND that he wanted to RESCHEDULE?!?!?!?!?! WHAT? NO! Then it took me another 30 minutes to try and get this guy on the phone again. At this point it was almost 3p. Finally he answers. I tell him the door will be open until 5p. He says he will be there shortly after 3p. I had to go back to work so another friend said she would let him in and act as me/my roommate. She has my first name and my roommates last name. haha It works out well. Nice and confusing! Finally at 3:30p he showed up. It took him maybe 30min to hook up. FINALLY!

Then we had to spend another 2 hours setting up the software. at&t wanted us to install all of this crap on our computers?!?!?! No… I am not falling for that old AOL trick! So then we had to get on the phone again with tech support. Ugg!

Then I spend the next hour setting everything up perfect! :) This is a picture of my taping the network cable through our place! I was determined to have internet on my desktop. I ran the cable from the router that was at the door. Through the kitchen on the ceiling. Down the wall around to the stairs. Up the stairs at the hand rail. Around the laundry room below the door. It’s taped to the floor in the laundry room inside the door. haha Then into my room and to my room! hehe YES!

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Petsmart Groomers



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Story on savvyHANK!

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I, Me, Martha Stewart

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This past weekend I played Martha Stewart and indulged in domestication!

Ingredients:

Makes about 40 sandwich cookies.

5 cups cake flour (not self-rising), plus more for surface
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 ½ teaspoons salt
12 ounces (3 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
1 1/3 cups granulated sugar
4 large egg yolks
1 Tablespoon pure vanilla extract
2 Tablespoons heavy cream, plus more for brushing
¾ cup raspberry jam
¾ cup blueberry jam
2 Tablespoons sanding sugar

Directions:

  1. Sift flour, baking powder, and salt into a large bowl.
  2. Cream, butter and granulated sugar with a mixer on medium speed until pale and fluffy. Beat in yolks and vanilla until well combined.
  3. Add flour mixture in 3 additions, alternating with cream and beating well after each addition.
  4. Shape dough into 4 disks, wrap each in plastic, and refrigerate for at least 3 hours (or up to 3 days).
  5. On floured parchment, roll 1 disk of dough into a 1/8-inch-thick rectangle. Repeat with remaining disks. Stack sheets of dough and parchment, and refrigerate for 1 hour or freeze for 30 minutes.
  6. Spread raspberry jam on 1 sheet of dough, blueberry jam on another. Top each with a plain sheet of dough. Refrigerate for 1 hour or freeze for 30 minutes.
  7. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cut out cookies using a 2 ½ inch star shaped cutter, and space 1 inch apart on parchment-lined baking sheets. Brush with cream, and sprinkle with sanding sugar. Refrigerate for 30 minutes or freeze for 15 minutes.
  8. Bake, rotating sheets halfway through, until golden, 16-20 minutes. Transfer cookies to wire racks, and let cool completely. If desired, bake dough scraps.

These cookies are YUMMY! And I even messed up the recipe! haha I’m still snacking on them days later!

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First Night Festivities

NYE 08/09, originally uploaded by SavvyKAT.

Angela Howard and Joy Davis performed for First Night in the Green Room at the Holston on Gay St in downtown Knoxville, TN. This was a great performance; I wish I had a better camera!

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