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2017-09-22 06:08 pm


I'm being evicted, which is a new low. I have a lead on a possible place that's walking distance to work, plus a storage place. (I have too much stuff, and it would be better if I stashed some stuff and worked on it slowly.) I also have gotten a bunch of free boxes, with the possibility to get more. I'm working on going through the stuff in the living room and trying to cut it down. I already have a box of books to dump. And I found three bookcases that I didn't know that I had.

Not too bad for finding out about this at 1 PM.

I won't be sorry to leave this place.
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2017-09-22 08:52 am


My stomach is still upset, so I canceled out on the dentist. it probably is the antibiotics, but that doesn't make my stomach any less upset.

Of course, the girls decided that they should be fed because I was up to make the phone call. They're now fed, and peace reigns over the land.

I'm going back to sleep.

The Google doodle for the first day of fall is cute. Now if we could only get fall weather....
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2017-09-22 12:51 am


I was feeling good when I left work, and was bemoaning the fact that I felt fairly energetic, but had to get up early for a dentist's appointment. But after I've eaten, my stomach is really upset. It might be the antibiotics. Or what I had previously. I'll see how I feel in the morning.
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2017-09-21 01:28 am

Cleaning Progress

Yesterday, I received a note from the apartment management saying that they were going to inspect the place for bugs. I stayed up late and did a bunch of cleaning, and got up early and did more. I'm thrilled with the progress that I made, although I have a ways to go. But I'm really tired.

Zara was a holy terror to get in the carrier in the morning. I had to throw a towel over her. But she had forgiven me by dinnertime, and made a big fuss over me. One thing that I like about Zara is that she doesn't hold a grudge.

I think that a good night's sleep is in order....
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2017-09-19 12:28 am

Better Day

I had problems falling asleep because my knee was hurting. I stuck a pillow under it for a while, which helped at first, and then became uncomfortable. When I woke up this morning, the pillowcase was off of it, and I swear that it had one last night. I can't find the pillowcase. Do I remove pillowcases in my sleep? Did Zara grab it for her "lair"? Inquiring minds want to know.

Zara's lair is a box on its side. She pulled off the top sheet from my bed and made a nest for herself. She likes to sleep in there. You know that you're a cat person have an empty box prominently displayed in your bedroom.

Mimi cracked me up yesterday. I had finished my shower, and was grabbing my cell phone before I went to work. Mimi scrunched up her face like she was smelling something bad. Apparently she didn't like the fact that I smelled like scented body wash. Ewwww.

Anyway, my knee. At first, I was feeling cranky at work because I hurt my knee there, and it hurts. But then I got involved in some interesting things, so that helped. It's not all better though. I'm refusing to put stuff in boxes at work until it feels better.

I went to the store, and forgot two things. That'll teach me to go without a list. One was cookies, which I could live without, although cookies cure a lot of ills, but the other was acetaminophen, which I need for my knee. So I need to go back after I feed the hordes. At least the store is five minutes from here.
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2017-09-18 12:37 am

Crappy Day

My boss was having a bunch of students come in on Friday (when I was off) and clear out some old magazines and books and such from a back area. I told him that the items to be thrown out needed to be in boxes that were closed (but not taped shut) in order for Maintenance to take them.

I came in to some items in boxes, yes, but not closed, and loose magazines piled on top of them. Maintenance won't take that. So I needed to do something with it so that Maintenance would take the mess, er stuff. Oy. I was kind of wishing that I kept a bottle of booze in my desk because I would have taken a swig. I said several choice words. It's all in boxes now or on carts.

Then my bad knee collapsed. I might have done something to it while leaning over the boxes. I can walk on it, but it hurts a little. Took ibuprofen. Now the other knee is hurting.

I forgot to sign into chat reference :( For a while, anyway.

I spilled flavored (and colored) water on the carpet at work, which might stain the carpet.

I'm feeling very emotional and fragile. I'm tempted to go to sleep now to break the cycle, but I have stuff to get done, and a history of not getting up early. Still, it might not be a bad idea to snuggle cats and crash.

New possible retirement place: Eugene, OR. Cheaper than Portland (which I love), and has lots of great hiking trails, festivals (Bach Festival!), and is very green (both literally and figuratively). Who knows how expensive it'll be by the time that I retire though. It's cheaper than Austin and Santa Fe. Another place to check out!

Retirement is sounding really good today.
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2017-09-16 10:31 pm

Evening/Mom Report

I didn't go pick up my prescription. I'll go tomorrow. I signed up for a webinar on how to make money blogging. Of course, the presenter was selling something, but I did pick up a few tips. I hoped that he would talk more about building traffic, but he didn't say much about it. Near the end of the webinar, I was working on my homework while listening to the webinar.

I did laundry and talked to my mom. She was still tired this week, but is starting to feel better. Neither of us had much of anything exciting happen this week, so it wasn't scintillating conversation. We're hoping that we'll have more to talk about next week.

Need to finish my homework. We need to put together a five-page Web site with images, so I thought that I'd have fun with it and create pages for places where I'm considering living. However, Mimi is insisting that she's starving (she isn't), so I'll feed the hordes soon.
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2017-09-16 01:33 pm


I love petting Harlee. She really gets into it, even as compared to other cats. She wiggles her entire body.

The hordes and I are fed, and I scooped the litter boxes.

I'm feeling kind of dizzy and headachy. I'm probably not completely over being sick earlier this week. I've decided to largely stay home, although I need to run to the pharmacy to pick up my prescription. I think that a nap is in order.
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2017-09-15 11:26 pm

No Rest for the Weary

Finished laundry. Fed the hordes. The problem with lounging on the bed while Zara eats is that I get sleepy. No. Must. Get. Stuff. Done.

My HTML/CSS class doesn't have a schedule with the assignments laid out. Instead, each week, he posts the assignments for the week. Usually it's a video or two with a lab. Well, this week there's two labs. Good thing that I looked at the assignments early. (They're due on Monday.) Well, I suppose that complaining isn't getting them done.

As long as I'm complaining though, he keeps having us do things in assignments that he hasn't explained how to do. He needs to update his assignments to match HTML5. Bah.
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2017-09-15 08:55 pm

...And Back Again

Apparently the WalMart pharmacy closes at 8 PM, not 9, so I dropped off the prescriptions, and she said that she would have them done "first thing tomorrow". No rush--I can guarantee that I won't be there at 9 AM :)

Laundry is in the dryer. I spent some time looking at Facecrack, er, Facebook, the world's biggest time-waster. I almost think that I should uninstall it, but my mom uses it to keep up with me. I mostly just share articles there though.

I need to get some constructive stuff done.

Did I say that it's freaking hot? It's September! Come on autumn!
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2017-09-15 07:09 pm

Quite a Nap

Boy, did I conk out. Slept the whatever-that-is-that's-not-novocaine off. They said that I might feel some pain from the antibiotic treatment, but I feel fine. I just ate something, and plan to go get my prescriptions filled. I'm wondering if I should try WalMart first to see if it might be cheaper.

Harlee is telling a tale of woe. She's right; I have been neglecting her, but I need to get going. I'll make it up to her later tonight.
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2017-09-15 02:01 pm

Back from the Dentist

I overslept and had to scramble out of here to the dentist, but I made it on time. One good thing about Lincoln is that it's small, and nothing is far away.

The good news: I really like the dentist.

The bad news: I need a bunch of work done (but I'm not surprised, and they explained it to me well).

I had a periodontal treatment on one side of my mouth done today, so my mouth is numb. I'm novocaine-resistant, but whatever they used works well for me. I'm having a treatment on the other side next week.

I forgot to get my prescriptions filled (antibiotic and treatment for dry mouth), but I think that I'll nap for a little while and get them filled later.
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2017-09-15 01:41 am

Tired Thursday

Work was okay. I'm glad that it's my weekend though. I'm still fighting tiredness and, right now, I have a headache.

CNN published an editorial saying that older people shouldn't live in Florida because air conditioning is critical for them. All roads seem to lead to New Mexico. I need to work my butt off to ensure that I'll be able to go there next year. I ordered a book about the Santa Fe-Taos-Albuquerque area and a book about retiring in New Mexico from Amazon.

I read an article by an academic who has an Everything notebook in which he records, well, everything that's going on, everything that he needs to remember, planning notes, etc. It's kind of a cross between a bullet journal and a larger notebook in which to take notes. He used a spiral-bound notebook and sticky tabs to index items. I thought that it would work better for me if I got a ring binder with dividers, so that I can keep the notes for a category together. So tonight I bought a zippered binder, dividers with pockets, and reinforced 3-hole paper. I'll set up the journal tomorrow. I had something similar when I was at IBM, and it helped me stay organized.

I have a dentist appointment tomorrow morning, so I need to crash soon. I'll probably come back and take a nap afterwards.
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2017-09-14 12:31 am

No Limits on Education

I dragged my weary butt into work today. I'm still feeling a little under the weather (I wound up lying down for a little while this morning because I had a headache), but am better than before.

I found a MOOC class (online class) on Bitcoin and blockchain technologies given by Princeton for free, so I signed up for it. It even recommends a book that I already checked out of the library. I also signed up for a series of investment courses, plus one on computational investing, starring everyone's favorite programming language, Python. It would be good to work on it while waiting for a market correction.

I'm concerned about the nursing home in Hollywood, FL that didn't have air conditioning after Irma, and several patients died. That's a point against retiring in Florida. I looked into Santa Fe, and there is some risk of earthquakes, although they haven't had a strong one, and high risk of wildfires (like most of the west). No hurricanes, of course. Santa Fe is looking more and more positive. I want to check out Albuquerque also.

My feline overlords are not happy with their staff. I must make amends.
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2017-09-12 10:59 pm


I've been working on scheduling blog posts and pictures on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. I was going to go to the store, but I just suddenly lost steam. I guess that I'll feed the girls and go to sleep early and get up early. I should be able to work tomorrow.

I don't think that the staff member tonight saw my text to cover books. Oh well.
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2017-09-12 05:22 pm

Ack Ack Growl

I was up for a while earlier this afternoon, wrote a blog post, and then went back to sleep. I woke up hearing Mimi go, "Ack-ack," which is her way to tell Zara to go away, and Zara growling. I tried to go back to sleep, and heard a series of the same. I finally got up and convinced Mimi to move, and Zara ran into the bedroom. (I figured that's what she wanted.) Then I dozed off for a little while, but then Mimi digging in the litter box woke me up. So I'm up :)

I need to send a text to the staff member working tonight to cover some books anyway.
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2017-09-12 09:20 am

Out Sick Again

I'm still feeling headachy and queasy, so I'm out sick again today. I probably could have dragged myself in, but I do have the sick time, and my boss said that he didn't want people to work when they're sick, so I decided to stay home.

I fed the girls. (I had a feline chorus going for a while: Harlee and Mimi. Zara is generally silent.) It was a little early to feed them, but they expect to be fed when I get up.

I checked the Hurricane Irma updates, and now I'm going back to sleep.
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2017-09-11 09:28 pm


Later on Monday, the Defense Department said that damage to the Keys was so extensive that it might be necessary to evacuate the 10,000 residents who rode out the storm on the islands. -- New York Times

Crap. I like the Florida Keys. I would never live there because there's only one road out of there. I missed my flight on my trip to Florida driving out of the Keys because I hit stop-and-go traffic. I wonder what they're going to do with the 55 cats at the Hemingway House in Key West.

And the power is out in Clearwater, but that's not surprising.
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2017-09-11 09:15 pm


Just woke up. I'm feeling lousy. (Don't know why I'm surprised that I feel sick when I'm sick. I guess that I hoped that it would go away when I slept.) I'm going to try to eat something and see what happens. And then feed the cats, and probably go back to sleep.
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2017-09-11 01:00 pm

Home Sick

When I was doing homework last night, I suddenly felt like I was going to throw up. Every time that I moved my head, I felt very dizzy. I finished my homework through force of will (although I kept on making stupid mistakes, but I fixed them). Then I crawled into bed.

Today, I'll still not feeling well, although not quite as bad as last night. I stayed home sick. My stomach was okay until I smelled Harlee's food, which made me queasy. I fed the hordes and am going back to sleep.

Oh, and I'm glad that the Tampa area (where I might retire) seems to have dodged a bullet. All I've heard about is minor damage.