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I have made some progress on the kitchen, even though I wasn't listening to an audiobook because my phone needed charging. I took a break to run to the grocery store, and now I'm eating dinner.

Damn, it's humid. the weather forecasters said that it was supposed to cool off today, and maybe it has (yep, 66 degrees F), but it's still freaking humid (93 percent). I've been dripping sweat all day. I'm tempted to take a shower before I go to sleep, but it might disturb my neighbors.

I want to do a few more things in the kitchen, but want to go to sleep relatively early because I want to go to the Route 66 museum in Pontiac tomorrow. And the Route 66 display in Towanda if I can find it this time.
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I did go the coffee shop. I bought a large iced chai, and read half of a book by the founder of Messies Anonymous (yes, that's really a thing) about reasons why people become "messies". She said that readers won't have all of the reasons. Guess again--I have almost ALL of them. I haven't gotten to the part of the book about how to dig out though. She has a separate book about organizing techniques.

At least part of the problem is that I get so BORED with cleaning and organizing. When I'm done here, I'm going to 1) do Pomodoro sessions on the kitchen, and 2) listen to audiobooks while I clean. (I keep wanting to say "books on tape". Yes, I'm old.)

I also went for a walk, starting in downtown Lincoln. I went to check out a park, and then kept on walking until the houses stopped and the street turned. Probably a little over a mile?

At the coffee shop, I noticed that one of the part-time workers sent me a text asking me to sign her timesheet for her. I meant to stop by work on the way home, but forgot. Said a choice word, and drove back and signed them. I was feeling a little cranky about having to go there though.

I just looked to see if there are any "messies" groups in the area, but they're all in cities.

I'm feeling a little down on myself, but don't know why. I 1) took Harlee to the vet, 2) did some personal development (reading), 3) exercised, and 4) started laundry. I guess that it's just that I feel like my entire life is two steps forward and one step back.
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Harlee is slowing down. She used to wail at the top of her lungs when I put her in the carrier, but except for when I first put her in the carrier, she just meowed the whole time.

She's lost two pounds, which is not good. I think that when I run out of this batch of the Blue Buffalo food, I'll just feed her the Soulistic, which she loves. She's not dehydrated though, which is good. She got her shots. I asked them to run blood work to check her kidney function, and they'll call back later with the results.

Harlee is resting up from her ordeal. She isn't hiding though. I'm going to eat a bite of lunch, and then I think that I'll go to the coffeeshop for some iced chai and read. I also want to take a walk in the park across the street. Then I'll come home and start cleaning.
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Well, I started on the mental illness blog. I've got a domain and WordPress theme. Now I need to wait until the domain processes.

Time to snuggle cats and sleep. Oh, and bring out Harlee's dreaded C-A-R-R-I-E-R.
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Because I've been getting up so early, I woke up before my alarm went off and ran with it. Getting up early gave me time to run to the post office before work, and still get into work early.

A bit of good news: the pay cut doesn't affect our part-time workers. I went to a town hall meeting about the cuts, and there was nothing earth-shattering to add. I wrote my dad about and he asked me if I was going to look for another job. Not quite right now, but that gives me added incentive to cull my stuff.

Another bit of good news: I called a reference for our top candidate for the Library Director job, and she was very positive about him.

And a final bit of good news: I'm off for three days. But I need to take Harlee to the V-E-T for a checkup tomorrow, which is always fun. Not.


Jul. 11th, 2017 05:26 pm
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The person whom we interviewed today was excellent. As far as I'm concerned, we should make him an offer, but we have a phone interview with another candidate tomorrow.

We had another big storm this morning. We held the part of the interview with the search committee over the phone because most of the search committee (such as it was; it keeps on shrinking) and the candidate were in one building, and I was in the library. Eventually the storm died down though.

The city of Lincoln has declared a heat emergency because of high temps and humidity, plus some places in Lincoln still are without power. The college has offered up one of the dorms as a cooling station.

I really need a nap :)

Time Off!

Jul. 10th, 2017 11:18 pm
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Oh, and my boss said that it was okay for me to take three-day weekends for the next couple of weeks. Woo-hoo!
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It was a red-letter day in some ways. I found my other hiking boot! Huzzah! In a text conversation about it, I found out that a friend of mine from work would like to go hiking with me. Also, she previously had told me that she had a new FitBit, and I could have the old one, but she forgot about it and her daughter sold it. I found a FitBit on eBay for not a lot of money, so I bid on it and got it. So that's all good.

I also finished my part of the big conversion project that we have been working on. I did a happy dance that I'm glad that no one else could see :)

However, we had a mother of a storm here tonight. Power lines down, branches down, streets flooding, power out in a lot of places. The street in front of the library completely flooded, and the water was up to the bottom of my car doors when I ran out and rescued the car. In the process, I had to wade through the water, and my shoes and socks were completely soaked. Boy, was I glad to change shoes and socks when I got home. I don't think that my shoes will dry by the time I have to go back to work in the morning (I need to get in early for an interview), so I'm wondering if brown shoes would look awful with gray pants and jacket, and a white and black top. Then again, who's going to look at my feet?

No salad tonight. It's a hot food and hot tea kind of night. And I'm almost out of Earl Grey tea, so I need to get more.
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I'm as done setting up the blog as I can be until I get an answer about the picture in the blog post. I have to hand it to the theme designer; he got back to me on my first question already, so I assume that he'll answer the second question. I'm liking the blog, which is good because it'll be a bunch for work for me :)

Did a load of laundry and ran to the grocery store. I want to do a few things before I go to sleep.
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I've got the blog closer to being set up, and I like it. I even added my first blog post. However, my featured photo is getting cut off when I view the full blog post. Bother. So I opened up another problem.


Jul. 9th, 2017 12:02 pm
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Given that the road trip blog isn't completely set up, I decided to stay home and continue cleaning. I made progress yesterday, and want to keep going.

The cats are silly about their food. Mimi was making a big fuss until I fed her. Did she finish her food? No! Zara hasn't either, but at least she doesn't fuss. Harlee finishes her food if I give her the "good stuff". I think that she's gained some weight, which is great. She's way too thin.

Mom Report

Jul. 8th, 2017 10:53 pm
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The shot in my mom's hip is still working. She's been catching up on sleep because she hadn't been sleeping well because of the pain. She thinks that she overdid it on gardening, however. She was out with some friends on July 4th, when one of the friends accidentally shut the car door on my mom's fingers. Luckily, none of them were broken.

There was a burning sensation in my thumb joint near the end of the call. It was making me feel a little nauseous, but it went away. I had the same sensation in my knee the other day. I don't know what's causing that sensation. Both RA and osteoarthritis run in my family, but I don't think that's what this is. Weird.

I am feeling kind of stiff and tired (even after my nap!), so I think that I'll go to sleep early.
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I've been cleaning in spurts based on the Pomodoro Technique. Basically, you set a timer and work 25 minutes, and then take a five-minute break. After four sessions, you take a longer break. It seems to be helping, although I have to admit to watching the timer near the end of a session.

I've been tackling the office, which sorely needs it. It's kind of overwhelming.


Jul. 8th, 2017 05:06 pm
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I woke up relatively early. Fed myself and the cats. Took a nap. Woke up five hours later. Yikes.

I'm eating lunch. Then I want to throw myself together and do laundry.

Did I say, "Yikes"? So much for being really productive today.

Mimi weaves back and forth in front of me when I walk through the house. Random also used to do that. I tell her that she's blocking the path of progress. Also, it's a little dangerous when I'm groggy :)
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Well, I have part of the blog set up. The documentation for the theme is awful though. For example, if a widget has a Title field, the documentation says something like, "Enter the title". Okay, I could figure that out. But I can't figure out how to change the color of the menu. So I opened a support ticket, which is the reason that I paid for the theme. I hope that they'll get back to me quickly.

Time to snuggle with Harlee, and then go to sleep.


Jul. 7th, 2017 09:26 pm
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I had my phone call as a reference for a former colleague today. I hope that I did okay.

Today was the last day that my boss is out; she'll be back on Monday. I'm going to ask if I can take three-day weekends for the rest of the month. We'll see.

I've decided that I want to move to Champaign-Urbana, home of the University of Illinois, my alma mater. I don't have the money now; I'll have to save up. I'd have an hour commute, but living there would make me happy. It's a very pretty town, plus there's a lot of stuff happening at the university.

I'm planning to stay home tomorrow and get stuff done around here. I want to go to Moraine View Recreation Area on Sunday. It's supposed to rain here, but not at the park.

It's beastly hot and humid.

The domain name finally finished processing, so I can set up the blog. But I better feed the girls first, or I'll have a mutiny on my hands.


Jul. 6th, 2017 11:47 pm
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Idiots were setting off fireworks a little while ago. The holiday is OVER. And some people might need to sleep and get up early. (Not me, thankfully, although I do have to cover John's lunch.)

The nap helped. I have to hand it to the girls; they let me sleep, although they were glad when I woke up. Zara was showing me her pretty belly, but I don't dare touch it because she'd probably shred my hand.

I think that I'm going back to sleep soon. I have a lot of stuff to do this weekend, and it would help to start out well-rested. I need to talk to some people as a reference for a former colleague tomorrow, however, so I need to read up on the position to be prepared.

Speaking of time off, I apparently am taking vacation at the same rate that I'm accruing it, so I still have 80+ hours to take. However I don't know how I can take any, unless I take an odd day here and there. In July, I'll need to do knowledge transfer with my boss, plus be available for interviews. In August, I'll need to cover John's lunches until we have a new Library Director. Once we have a new Library Director, I'll need to help him get situated.

Oh, I was shocked to learn that my boss's boss, whom I thought was much older than me, is actually five years younger than me. I think that would shock everyone else to know that.
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I was underwhelmed by the Library Director candidate. I think that he'd do an okay job, but isn't the leader that we need.

I'm exhausted. Getting up early is for the birds. I think that I'm going to take a nap now.

Oh, and the domain that I bought for the blog is still processing. I don't know why. I now have a link to download the theme though.
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What color family says "road trip" to you? Green, maybe? Thanks.

Gray Day

Jul. 5th, 2017 08:44 pm
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Kind of a gray, dreary, headachy day. Fighting a sense of foreboding.

We have an interview with a Library Director candidate tomorrow morning, so I need to get in early. I need to eat and then wind down for sleep.

The person selling the blog theme that I like has gotten back to me with his PayPal address, so I hope that I'll be able to download the theme soon.


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