Mom Report

Sep. 8th, 2017 11:17 pm
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She's back home from Scotland! She called me tonight, which I didn't expect. I thought that she would get home and collapse, but she talked my ear off. The trip was good, but she's glad to be back. My mom and her friend are kind of like the odd couple: he has to have everything just so, and she goes with the flow a lot more. She said that there were a few tense monents, but they were still speaking to each other through the end of the trip :) I told her that there was some travel survey about the most beautiful place, and that Scotland won, and she said that she would agree with it as far as natural beauty is concerned. So I'm adding Scotland to my bucket list.

She really missed me, apparently. She wants to talk to me tomorrow as well!
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Slept until 1:30 PM. Mimi wasn't pleased, but too bad :) Did my normal morning routine, and flew out of here to go pick up Harlee's prescription food. Had a chai at the downtown coffeeshop. (I like to give them business occasionally to help keep them in business.)

Stopped by work. I had written up a draft e-mail last night to send to the person who checked out the book that I delivered last night, but when I logged onto my e-mail last night, the e-mail didn't have her e-mail address on it. So I logged on from work...and there was the draft e-mail with her e-mail address on it. Clearly I'm losing it.

Ran a couple more errands, and now I'm back home. Ate some dinner. Next on the docket is laundry.

Mom should be flying from Chicago to Detroit right now. I'm looking forward to talking with her tomorrow.


Sep. 8th, 2017 03:27 am
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Let's say that I'm going to start an online store for cat supplies. Which is better: or Any other suggestions?
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The front desk worker was off sick, so I relieved my boss for lunch. Then I sorted through a bunch of junk because he wants to open up an area that we have closed. I made a mad dash up to Normal to drop off a library book. My job is never dull or repetitive. I like that.

I received my Java book that I bought, and I'm rather annoyed because someone opened the package. I hope that it was a mistake, and not someone trying to rip me off.

I had a taste for spaghetti and garlic bread, so I picked some up. It was good.

I'm kind of tired. I'm going to appease Harlee, who has been complaining (so what else is new?), get into pajamas, and do some reading. Along with the Java book that I bought, I checked out a Java book and a (good) book about cryptocurrency. Plus I have a book about creating a drop-ship business that I want to plow through. I might go to the coffeeshop tomorrow and read as well.

It's my weekend. I like three-day weeks!

Oh, and I'm appalled by the hurricane damage to Saint Martin/Sint Maarten. The place is on my bucket list, and looking at the pictures of the damage makes me want to cry. Here's hoping that Irma won't hit Florida too hard.
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I did manage to wake up in time for my conference call in the morning. Mimi and Zara got into a noisy fight in the middle of it--the perils of working from home.

The front desk worker went home sick in the late afternoon, so I was alone at the front desk tonight. It went okay. Time seemed to be passing slowly, but then I discovered that I received the credit card bill for our library credit card, which I reconcile. This bill had most of the new books that we bought this summer, so it kept me occupied for quite some time. When I ran out of things to do, I did some research into cryptocurrency. I'm interested in a company called Ripple, which enables international money transfers between different currencies. It uses synchronized transaction logs on multiple servers as security rather than blockchains. (Yes, I'm aware that's probably Greek to most of the people reading this post.) I would gladly invest in the company, but it hasn't had an IPO yet. It has its own digital currency (like bitcoin), and I don't know if that's a good investment or not. Need to do some more research. It's cheap right now.

The cats have been full of havoc since I came home. I received the freeze-dried shrimp, and none of them were interested in it. I think that I have defective cats :)

I want to feed the girls and crash because 1) I'm really tired, and 2) if the front desk worker is out sick tomorrow, I'll need to relieve my boss for his lunch.
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Our A/C is still out at work. My boss has been leaving the staff door open to increase ventilation, but I keep waiting for a squirrel to come walking in. I hope that they finally fix the A/C this week.

I worked with my friend Jude tonight, which is always fun. We should figure out something that we can do together sometime.

Mimi was trying to convince me to feed her when I came home for dinner. Not. They get fed twice a day. Zara was stalking my corn dog. A quiet dinner at home.

I picked up some more corn dogs, which make a great lunch. I also splurged on a pair of pajamas that say, "Shoot for the Moon" on the shirt. The pajama bottoms have moons and stars on them. $7 at Walmart.

I'm watching the news about Hurricane Irma and fretting. I'm glad that they are evacuating the Florida Keys. That's one disadvantage to retiring in Florida. My dream right now is to be a snowbird; retire mainly in Santa Fe, but live in Florida during the winter and spring. I need to get to work on my programming to make more money. Speaking of such, I'm going to cancel the Android class and work with some Java books that I've ordered from the library. I'll pick the class up again when I have a better knowledge of Java.

I need to get up early for a conference call, so I need to go crash after paying tribute to Her Royal Highness, the Princess Harlee.
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I threw in a load of laundry in the evening. I had a headache when I was waiting for the clothes to dry, so I lay down for a little while, and slept longer than I intended. Got up and retrieved my laundry. (At least, only a few people use the laundry room because we have washer and dryer hookups, so I didn't have to worry about taking up the dryer for an extended length of time.) Fed the cats.

Then I tackled my Android programming class. Oy. The instructors' explanations are hard to understand. I just bought a book that's an introduction to Java. I didn't pass the first quiz in the class. My brain hurts.

Need to do a couple of things, and then go to sleep.

Mom Report

Sep. 4th, 2017 05:28 pm
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I lay down for a short nap, and then my mom called from Scotland. The highlands are beautiful. They have driven on some terrifying roads. Some cattle crossing the road caused a detour. They've been going non-stop, and she's getting worn out. They're flying back on Friday. She's looking forward to having a long conversation with me at a closer distance.
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I overslept this morning. Mimi was annoyed with me because she was HUNGRY! If only I could teach her to jump on me when my alarm goes off, that could be win-win for the both of us. Both Mimi and Zara are pleased that I got chicken cat food, and polished it off. Mimi jumped on Zara later though. Sigh.

I decided to stay home instead of going to Peoria because it got late, plus I have two blog posts to catch up on. It's better for me to stay home and get stuff done around here.
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I did write a blog post and got some cleaning done on the kitchen. Then I threw myself together to run out. WalMart had some pesto tortellini that I really like on clearance--score! And I was able to buy a box of chicken cat food, so Zara will be happy. (She's a chicken fiend.) And I picked up hair gel, which was the reason for the trip.

It is freaking humid. I just checked the weather for tomorrow, and it said "A stray severe thunderstorm is possible." I hope not because I'm going exploring in Peoria tomorrow. But enough of the humid weather. I've been getting headaches, and I bet it has something to do with it.

I think that I'm going to wend my way towards bed so that I get up at a decent hour tomorrow.
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I woke up around 1:30 and did the morning maintenance routines for the cats and me. Then I lay down for a short nap. Then my aunt called, wondering if I had heard from my mom this week. I haven't. We chatted for a while, and when we hung up, I decided that it was time to get up.

I just ate lunch. Mimi and Zara are both in the office with me, and I broke up a squabble. I wonder why, given that they don't like each other, they always have to be in the same place. They're probably trying to be close to me though.

I want to work on a blog post, and then clean the kitchen.
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I took a nap in the late afternoon, and overslept. But I felt better for it. After that, I did a load of laundry, watched the lectures and did the homework for my HTML/CSS class, and finished a book that I was reading. I want to get out to Peoria for my jaunt this weekend, but I think that I want to stay home tomorrow and get stuff done. But now, it's bedtime.

Harlee was marking me with her cheek when I was petting her. Mommy is mine, mine, mine!
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Slept in. Fed the cats and me. Had a headache, so I lay down for a little while. Now I'm eating lunch.

I'm reading some books by James Altucher about making money. He did an interview with the CEO of, and the CEO recommended Web development and app development as good ways to freelance. So I'm on the right track. Altucher also recommended a book called Ready, Fire, Aim by Michael Masterson about starting a business, so I got that on Audible. I'm always looking for good audiobooks to which to listen while I'm driving around the area. I might listen to them while cleaning too.

My plan is to alternate working on homework and cleaning.

The cats are feeling laid-back. They like having me home. Zara is refusing to finish her food. Sigh. She flashed me her belly multiple times though, so she's relaxed.
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Well, I didn't think that I was hungry when I went to the store. But junk food that was not on my list found its way into my cart. Ingredients to make Frisco melts. Corn dogs. Pizza (that was on my list.) The corn dogs were good. Burp.

I'm in the process of buying freeze-dried shrimp for the girls, but Chrome keeps on crashing. They don't like most kitty treats, so I hope that they'll like this one.

Otherwise, I plan to do some homework online and then crash. After I feed the hordes, of course.
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At the tail end of my sleep last night, I dreamed a voice saying, "The same people keep forgetting to do their timesheets." Then I woke up and said, "Yes, that would be me." I fired off an e-mail to my boss saying that I would come in later to do my timesheet. Then I went back to sleep. I intended to get up at noon, but slept until 1:30.

Got up, fed me and the cats, got myself put together, etc. Ran over to work to fill out my timesheet.

Then I ran errands. Ordered Harlee's food, and got refills on meds for Harlee and me. Paid my car payment. Got gas. Picked up some soda.

Came home and snuggled with Mimi for a while. Now I"m taking a break, and then I need to make a grocery list and go to the store.

I think that I'm going to look into using coupons again. It's a bit of work, but I know a Web site that lists best deals.
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Four-day weekend. Woo-hoo!

Heartland said that it's okay for me to drop the Intro to Computers class. And I've dropped it. I'm really stoked. Everyone to whom I've talked at Heartland has been very nice. If I was cynical, I could chalk it up to keeping their student retention numbers up :)

It's actually nice out: 66 degrees F. Inside the library, though, with all the computers and warm bodies and such, it's been beastly. I was packing books in boxes and had to stop because I was dripping sweat. I really, really hope that they fix the A/C next week.

Despite the heat, students have been inhaling coffee. It's almost creepy how fast it's going.

We met with a rep for a vendor for a long time. Despite saying that he was not a sales rep, he did a good job on selling us on exploring some new options for purchasing books.

Outside of work, the more that I read about Santa Fe, the more that it sounds perfect for me. (Well, except for the lack of a beach, but there are lakes in the area.) Lots of music, opera, museums, poetry readings, meditation groups, etc. Etc. I also looked into Los Alamos, but it's pricey. Erik and I stopped there during one of our cross-country trips because his dad had worked there. I didn't expect it to be so beautiful. Somehow, that seems ironic.

I enrolled in the Android programming class. On Coursera, not the one that they have at Heartland.

Hey, I can sleep in tomorrow! And buy food tomorrow. I'm getting tired of turkey burgers, but I know that I'm lucky to have them.
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I didn't get up early to call Heartland. My devious mind included my phone alarm in my dream. I was throwing out some electronic cards "because they kept making noise". I think that tomorrow I need to set the alarm that Zara hates (a mechanical alarm with bells). It usually works.

Today was hot. Did I mention that the air conditioning at work was struck by lightning and isn't working? It was a long, hot, beastly day. The front desk worker wore shorts, which was smart of him. I was dressed formally in a blazer, short-sleeved shirt, and pants. I was sweltering. I got a lot of stuff done today though, which made me feel good. I like being productive.

I've done a little more research about Santa Fe. It has some condos that are within the realm of reason price-wise, although a lot of Californians are retiring there, which will no doubt run the prices up. And it's very pretty. When I was a kid, I saw a picture or something of the area and became enamored of it. Erik and I spent part of a day there, and I liked it. It's worth spending some time there. Expedia had a package with a week's stay, including airfare, for as low as $700. I want to make the trip happen next year. I also requested books from the library about the area, and they're starting to come in. I want to do some reading about it during this long weekend.

I can't believe that tomorrow, it will have been 20 years since Princess Diana died. I remember that day well, and it just seems like a few years ago.

Long Day

Aug. 30th, 2017 12:16 am
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I've been really tired all day. I also was working on some really tedious stuff that needs to be done, so that didn't help. I was swilling coffee, and I'm still tired.

Going to sleep early is a good idea anyway because I need to call someone in the Computer Science department at Heartland about dropping my Intro to Computers class. I'm glad that I won't need to go up there on Friday.

Anyway, writing this isn't getting me closer to going to sleep.
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My new Library Director is nice. I needed to drive some books up to the Normal campus, but I'm low on funds for gas. I asked if I could get a few dollars out of petty cash to pay for gas, and he said yes. He's going to propose that we not drive books up there, but instead, ask patrons at the Normal campus to have their books sent to local colleges and universities. (The one down the street is Heartland, where I'm taking classes.) We'll see how that goes over.

I think that I used more gas than I got money for, but I should be okay.

On the way back, I was listening to an audiobook called The Bite-Sized Entrepreneur. I'm not thrilled with the book, but I came up with four ideas for smartphone apps while I was listening. (I need to check Google Play to see that no one else has created them already.) I was wondering if there were classes on Android development, and Coursera has a sequence of five classes in it. It looks like Heartland might let me skip the Introduction to Computers class. If so, I could enroll in these classes this fall. They're even not too expensive. Heartland has a class in Android development too. The more programming that I do, the better at programming I'll be. So it's good. I'm excited!

I've been thinking about the long weekend coming up, and want to find a cool place to hike. Otherwise, I want to stay home and get stuff done.

Harlee was calling me, although she seems to have given up. Anyway, she needs snuggles.
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I've been reading about the flooding in Houston. Holy cow. My thoughts are with them.

I overslept this morning, but I still got in before everyone else. The library seems to be jinxed: first one of the part-time worker's father died, then the e-mail was down (it's now back up), and another part-time worker came hobbling in today using a walker. I hope that's it.

My mom called me at work from Scotland. The trip is going well. Her friend has them up and moving early though. One day he said, "We can have a late start today" -- at 8:15 AM. I'm glad that I'm not on the trip :) Scotland sounds beautiful. My mom seems to be holding up okay. So that's good.

My mom and I keep talking about taking a Dublin-London trip together. She really wants to make it happen. No arguments here.

I'm tired; I don't know why. I think that I'll go to bed soon.


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