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Kelly Joe Phelps Wandering Away
Some lovely slide guitar playing.

Interests: Music / Movies / Books / Poetry / Philosophy
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Birthday:8/12/1980 (40 Years Old)
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Occupation: Office Manager
Marital Status: Dating
Sexual Preference: (Decline to State)
Religion: Agnostic
Politics: Liberal
Fav. Movie: Blue Velvet
Fav. TV Show: Twin Peaks
Fav. Book: Alphabet Soup
Fav. Song: the jayhawks - a break in the clouds
Fav. Food: why isn`t there a category for favorite beer?
Fav. Car: 68 british racing green stingray
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Found some Nazi stuff at my grandmother's house - Mood:Good
Saturday October 05 20192:53:56 PM |
For those of you who are on discord, you may have seen it. I've posted on the relevant subreddit, and also asked two friends who were history majors, but no ideas yet.

The middle one is a NSDAP membership pin; that much was easy enough to figure out. The other two were with it - all in a ziploc bag with nothing else in it. They're almost definitely from my great-grandfather's time in the US Army during WWII. My grandmother was really organized and meticulous about how she kept things, so I strongly believe they are all from the same time period/origin.

Any ideas on that three-pointed symbol? One is blue/white and the other is blue/silver. There are no markings on the backs of those.

(spoilered for swastika)

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Under no circumstances should you make brioche without a stand mixer - Mood:Good
Friday July 26 201912:13:39 PM |

(the small cup is wine. Trust me: this is essential)

Yeast + warm water + warm milk ==

Add your flour and get to stirring. Don't be me and add all the flour at once, there is like NO liquid in this right now.

At this point, you will possibly (like me) realize that you've made the same mistake you always make, and chosen a bowl that isn't quite large enough for your needs:

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When life gives you expired milk, make...uhh...ricotta - Mood:Good
Friday November 09 20183:54:57 AM |
Half a gallon expired 11/1, was fine for coffee this morning but just about turned

Put it on medium heat and squeeze out about 1/3 cup lemon or lime juice (I had limes that also needed using)
White vinegar also works

Let the milk come up to steaming. If you can find your instant thermometer, which I couldn't, let it get to about 200F. Don't let it boil (212F).

Take the milk off heat, add the acid and like a tsp +/- of salt, stir slightly with a wooden spoon to combine, and leave it alone (no stirring!) for like 15 minutes, or until it looks like this

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This journal is mostly about elk (and land management). - Mood:Good
Saturday October 06 20183:54:00 PM |
Got to spend all day yesterday with my mom + some other folks in a place where there's no cell service. I have like 20 work emails to deal with today because lalala I couldn't see them

We started out at a well drilling company sort (not sure there's an actual "town")

Where we had lunch among the critters (lol)

(seriously, I'm not into trophy hunting, but this guy's private collection was IMPRESSIVE. there's way more than this photo)

in a spot where (unlike what I'm used to) there was almost no mountain skyline (bc we were above it all)

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If you were four teenagers in a ukulele class... - Mood:Good
Friday September 14 20189:05:06 PM |
what songs would you want to learn? Assuming I get an hour a week for two weeks to teach you from zero knowledge at all, to learning a couple of songs.

(I know a bunch of songs but I'm old. I don't know what kids like. They need to be simple, but most pop songs are. Help!)

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My housemates are having a `domestic` - Mood:Anxious
Monday June 18 20181:26:25 AM |
It's the one girl I don't like (the one who took in the stray dog and wouldn't be responsible about it)

I heard her and her boyfriend yelling from my place so I went up and listened for a minute. He was yelling and swearing a lot at her and she was like begging him to stop and calm down. Not great, but it didn't seem like he was hitting her.

I've met this dude one time, the night of all the stuff, and he was a complete ass to both me and the neighbors who came to help. Just very confrontational with no reason to be.

Anyway, you'd think I would know what to do here, but I kind of froze thinking about it. I didn't want to show myself to the guy for one thing. So eventually I just yelled up "Hey [neighbor] I'm not getting involved, but if you need any - ANY - help, I'm home, so just knock."

I still don't know if it was the right thing. I just hope it didn't make things worse.

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Jam-making and canning is hot work. - Mood:Good
Wednesday May 23 20188:22:44 PM |
But I'm going to tell you about it now that I'm home with a cold drink. My grandmother asked for help and so of course I said yes (Also I got jam out of it).

First, you need some strawberries. A lot of strawberries. Like a metric f*ckton (pictured: a tiny fraction of strawberries used):

Wash those guys, cut off the tops, and cut them up into ehh, let's say quarters. Sixths if they're big. Then it helps if you have a food processor to smash em up a little more, but if you don't, just keep cutting. We used one because we are Modern Ladies.

Anyway, smash up 4 cups of those to your desired smushiness/consistency (jam, jelly, preserves, whatever).


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Quick color poll - Mood:Good
Thursday May 10 201812:59:16 AM |
I'm putting this project together tomorrow and I can't decide between these eye colors. I like brown, bf and sister have both voted for blue (but they both have blue eyes so I think they're biased ).
(It's an octopus, if that matters)

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Venus - Mood:Good
Sunday April 22 20182:08:18 AM |
People are forever tagging me in crochet patterns that I almost always just file away in the "someday maybe, but probably never" pile

But this one called out to me today for whatever reason so I made her.

She's the Venus of Willendorf, a stone figure from the upper Paleolithic period (28,000 - 25,000 BCE). Found in Austria in the 1800s, probably a fertility fetish. Here she is as I made her:

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What`s the oldest thing in your house? - Mood:Good
Wednesday April 04 20189:40:11 PM |
I spent most of today with my grandmother, just taking her to run errands and stuff like that.
We went back to her house to eat dinner (at 4:30 in the afternoon, obviously), and she got out the oldest photo album I've ever seen and asked me to help her write in the names of all the people.

I knew she had a lot of knowledge about our ancestors, but what I didn't know was how many PICTURES she had. Y'all. It was crazy. She sat there and named off every person and explained how we were kin. So I guess I'm satisfied that her mind is sharp (she's 88 next month).

I'm gonna put pics in the next post.

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I suck at finishing projects - Mood:Good
Friday March 30 20182:00:26 AM |
Got this done in under a week so I'm being proud of myself for that.

(All I see are my mistakes and terrible sewing job but whatever)

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What a beautiful day for a drive through the mountains. - Mood:Good
Saturday November 11 20175:24:15 PM |
This weekend was the annual open house for a dear family friend's pottery studio. So my mom and I took a little jaunt down some *very* winding roads, farther south and west into the Appalachians.

Here's our view of Mt. Rogers, the highest peak in the state of VA:

Aside from making pottery, our friend is one of the sweetest and most talented banjo players I have the pleasure of knowing. Yes, for those who frequent the News forum, she does in fact have all her teeth, and is not married to her brother. Thank you for asking.

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So I`m super freaked out right now... - Mood:Good
Sunday April 13 20144:13:10 PM |
For electrical work reasons, there is a panel in my kitchen that's temporarily removed. It's above a set of cabinets, and the opening is probably 1ft x 1.5ft. But it accesses all the areas where water pipes, wires, insulation, etc. are, which is huge.

Kitty got scared and ran away from the delivery guys this afternoon...I did not believe it possible, but he managed to get up in that space. Apparently he can vertical jump about five feet if scared.

Anyway...he's out and happy now, but I'm freaking out. The insulation up there is OLD, fiberglass stuff. I didn't even want to touch it to try and get to him. But...he was all up in there, and cats lick themselves to clean, and...I'm freaked out.

Should I be? I know that stuff isn't good for you, but HOW not good is it?

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I made a huge commitment this weekend. - Mood:Good
Monday April 07 201411:44:06 PM |
I know, I know...he's a ginger. But I love him so much.

So far
LOVES: my bed. Doctor Who. The kitchen counter, which he is NOT allowed on (and he knows it, the stinker...I'll go to get him off it and he runs ). Snuggles. Genesis (yes, the band...he reacts to it). High places (in every new room, he immediately looks around for the highest possible spot to jump).

HATES: Being in a car going more than 25 mph. Anytime I leave the room (follows me if possible...tonight he jumped in the SHOWER with me).

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SKYFISH - Mood:Good
Friday February 14 20146:35:24 PM |

(also I wanted to make another thread besides the two active ones )

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What would you do in this situation? - Mood:Good
Friday February 07 20143:33:24 PM |
This is a question about kids...kind of.

So I was in the grocery alone and the first thing I saw was a kid, maybe 3, just wandering by himself.
That part of the store was pretty empty and I couldn't find an adult who seemed to be missing a kid/seemed likely to be with him.

He wasn't acting scared, but I also didn't know what to do because again, empty part of the store, prime location for someone to snatch him up.

I didn't really want to ignore the situation, even though it was likely to be fine. I didn't want to go up to the kid and start talking (asking if he needed help finding his adult), because it could be seen as creepy, unfortunately. And there were no employees around to tell.

So the question is, what would you do? And if you were a parent who momentarily lost track of a toddler in public, what would you want a hypothetical stranger to do?

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U AS U R! - Mood:Good
Tuesday October 29 201312:05:03 AM |

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Political crochet strikes again! - Mood:Good
Friday August 03 20122:10:57 AM |

Granted, a much less ambitious project, craft-wise, but at least I was able to deliver this figurative bomb in person, rather than just mailing it and never getting a response.

And tomorrow, I'ma go protest in person and kiss a girl!


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Today I yarn-bombed. - Mood:Good
Saturday June 09 201211:12:41 PM |
Hampden VFW Post

I had wanted to take the flowers to different parts of Baltimore and decorate boarded-up foreclosures but the look I got when suggesting that was...less than happy/comfortable. I still maintain that I would not have probably gotten mugged or shot but it's Baltimore so really who knows. So whatever. Strung them together in a little makeshift garland and decorated the chain-link fence on Falls Rd.

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I swear to Thor, if these storms destroy our new house the day after closing... - Mood:Good
Friday June 01 20125:38:52 PM |
Right, so, we bought a house.
A townhouse, actually. Closing was yesterday; we have the month to move.

Anyway, I'm ridiculously excited. I'm not sure Himself has gotten over the whole "being in debt" thing yet.
Also, super-overwhelmed. As you will see, there is so much painting to be done. O, SO MUCH.

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How far do you think a cat would actually jump? - Mood:Good
Wednesday May 16 20126:40:39 PM |
After last night's ordeal, I'm wondering.

We had windows open/screens closed for like 3 months to save on using the A/C.
Last night I found the kittens had clawed open the bedroom screen and one of them was just hanging out, front paws on the outside sill like it was nbd.

So I freaked, picked him up (WRONG move) and it took both me & the guy to pry him off the windowsill. The whole time I'm hanging on for dear life thinking he's going to either jump on purpose or fall out from trying to struggle away from me (he's skittish & I scared him).

We live on the 3rd floor. Now clearly he wouldn't just jump out for no reason, cause he was just chillin and totally would have loved to go outside. But I wonder...if he was scared enough...would a cat *actually* jump from that height? Can they tell it's too high?

idk, the whole thing really scared me.

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Kungfullama exists. - Mood:Good
Sunday April 01 20121:59:41 AM |
I know because we went to see Giant Lincoln tonight!

Also all the other monumenty/memorial stuff on the National Mall. I forgot how amazingly creepy the Korea memorial is at night.

And I managed to have a D.C. driving fail...on FOOT. Seriously. We got off at the Smithsonian stop and somehow managed to not make it back to anywhere even close to that stop (as the closest thing to a "local" I was navigating, which anyone can tell you is not a good plan unless your plan is to wander about halfway to DuPont Circle before asking a cop where the blue line is).


A good time was had! Blurry cell phone pictures were taken by me (and much better ones by one of KFL's friends)! And we proved that you cannot, in fact touch Lincoln's foot.

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Crochet is politics. - Mood:Good
Monday March 26 201211:19:58 PM |
Mailing this to the governor of my home state in protest of his antiquated stance on women's rights.

Since he's so all-fired interested in lady-parts, I crocheted him a set of his own.

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Job security: Take your Christmas lunch and shove it. - Mood:Good
Monday January 09 20128:16:25 PM |
So I'm lucky in that I have a job that pays regularly, I'm good at it, and it's secure.

Problem: the company I work for has not given so much as a COLA raise in over 5 years, much less merit raises or bonuses for people working at my level. My boss gets a (small) monthly bonus and usually does something nice like buying us lunch when we meet goal, since that's what determines her bonus, but none of us doing the day-to-day get anything from the actual company. They took us out for holiday lunch this year, and that was IT. For five.years.

They have been "developing a merit bonus system" for us for longer than I've been here, and it's never materialized. It was supposed to start this month, but I haven't heard jack about it.

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I just opened this backpack... - Mood:Good
Monday December 12 20119:33:43 PM |

looking for the gel pens I was sure had been in there for at least five years.
They were not.

...But a fully-used, undeveloped roll of Fuji max 24 400 speed color film was.

I haven't opened this bag since at least 2008.
I haven't had a working film camera since probably 2006.
I'm legit scared to find out what's on that roll.

Do places like Ritz even still develop film?

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