Up Early

Jul. 25th, 2017 07:30 am
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I was lying down when I fed Zara last night because my stomach was upset. I fell asleep, of course, and woke up around 5:30 AM. I got up, turned off lights, and changed into my sleeping apparel. Then I couldn't fall back asleep. I got up and ate breakfast. Couldn't fall asleep. So I guess that I'm up. Just as well because I have a meeting in Champaign-Urbana tomorrow morning.

My dad likes the Illinois Road Trips blog.
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I didn't set my alarm today because I'm staying home. I slept until 1 PM, which is later than I normally get up. Mimi was not happy with me. She was HUNGRY! And I should feed her RIGHT NOW! I've fed them all now, and they've settled down.

Speaking of cats and food, they've decided that if I leave and come back, that means that I'm going to feed them. I normally feed them when I get home from work. Last night, I got home from my travels around 7 PM, which is way earlier then I normally feed them. Mimi and Zara were circling around like a couple of sharks. Cats!

I think that I'm going to work on a blog post. Later, I need to clean and do laundry. Oh yeah, set up food in the crockpot. And clean out the refrigerator because stuff is falling out.

My stupid knee hurts.
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I made it to the Pontiac Route 66 museum. It's kind of eclectic and has stuff loosely related to Route 66, but I got some good pictures. I also got a chance to listen to the "Get your kicks/on Route 66" song. The museum had parking and restrooms, which are always useful. Downtown Pontiac is pretty, with lots of old buildings.

Then I went looking for the Route 66 path in Towanda. This time, I found it, and found that there was a place to park at the gas station for Route 66 travelers. I didn't last very long though. The path goes one mile in one direction from where you park and 2.5 miles in the other direction. I started down the shorter route. My left leg started falling asleep part-way though. (Yes, I know, I should have it looked at, but I don't have a $1000 co-pay for an MRI. Chinzy insurance.) The high points were a couple of series of Burma-Shave signs, which I will post later.

Serendipity: I stopped at a rest area, and they had maps of various sites along Route 66, so I took pictures of the signs. I gather Route 66 is big business around here.

I was listening to an interesting audiobook while I was driving: Stick with It: A Scientifically Proven Process for Changing Your Life-for Good. I'm only on the second chapter, but it seems sound and helpful. I've also ordered a copy of it for the library because it seemed like something that we should have. Whether the students will read it is another question.
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I did take a nap. Woke up to hear someone knocking at the door, but the time that I got up, the person was gone. Decided it was too damn hot to throw myself together for a walk (95 F with a "heat index" of 111). Spent some time working on Instagram and Twitter. Procrastinated taking my shower so that I could do laundry. (I take a shower and put on light makeup before I trudge out to the laundry room. Vanity, vanity.) Finally got myself together and took the laundry to the laundry room. Both decent washers were taken. I'm feeling crankier about it than I have any right to feel.

I'm not sure what I'm going to do about the heat tomorrow. I'm signed up for a financial seminar in Springfield tomorrow. Afterward, I was going to go to a nature preserve in the area, but the peak of the heat will be at that time. I want to update the blog, but I don't want to make myself sick.

Speaking of updating the blog, I need to write a blog post. I also should make myself something to eat, but am not feeling very hungry. Heat, blah. The A/C has been going almost non-stop. I'm afraid to find out what my energy bill will be next month.

Oh, and my FitBit hasn't arrived. I messaged the seller about it.
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For some reason, the joints in my left fingers and left knee have been aching today. Acetaminophen helped. It's not tiredness; I don't feel tired. Could the weather have something to do with it? It's. Freaking. Hot.

I've been "weeding" the books having to do with medicine at the library, and oh, is that section in bad shape. I've been getting rid of a lot of stuff because there's nothing so out-of-date as an old book about medicine. I'm been ordering new books to replace some of them. Always fun spending other people's money!

I thought that my road trip blog theme had a three-column layout, but apparently it doesn't. Oh well. I should have gotten the other theme. I'll live with it.

The day perked up a lot though. Someone from a library journal saw my poster from the big library conference online and invited me to write an article based on the poster for their journal! Woo-hoo! (I did a little strut/dance that I'm glad that no one saw.)

Did I say that it was hot? It's too hot to spend a lot of time in front of the computer, so I guess that I'll go clean. Everything has its uses.
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Work was quiet. My boss wasn't there, which I didn't expect. I haven't heard anything about the hiring process for the new Library Director. Last I heard, we were waiting on the last reference check.

I have not been able to connect with the vet about Harlee. I think that I'm going to e-mail them.

I've gained a couple of followers in my blog's Instagram and Twitter feeds. It's a start.

That's about it.
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I finished my blog post. Then I took a nap while it stormed. (I didn't get my walk in.) Then I fell down the Facebook hole, and spent too much time there. Threw myself together and ran to the store. Fed the girls, and now I'm feeding myself.

One of the part-time workers at the library is insisting that there were typos in our top candidate's application materials that I can't find. She's the type of person who looks for problems though.

I need to do a few things online, and then I'll work on the kitchen until I go to bed.
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My knee was spasming out when I went to bed last night, and it really hurt. I had a hard time falling asleep. As a consequence, I overslept this morning, and got myself together too late to go to the Route 66 museum in Pontiac.

So I decided to take old Route 66 to the next town NE of here, Atlanta, IL. There was a restaurant there done up in old '50s style that I had been to before. While I was driving there, I remembered that there was a grain elevator museum that I've always wanted to check out. So I drove around Atlanta looking for it. I drove right past it because I was looking for a modern grain elevator, and this one was wooden and painted red. It had a self-guided tour that explained how the grain elevator worked.

Then a decided to take a picture of the tiny Carnegie (I think) library. While I was there, I realized that I was close to the restaurant, but there was a museum next to the restaurant. I decided to go in. It had an arcade museum with old video games--Space Invaders! Pac-man! I took some pictures there, and then checked out the rest of the museum, and took lots of pictures.

Then I went to the restaurant. I had a large (1/3 pound!) frisco melt with homemade potato chips, and blackberry pie a la mode for dessert. I'm stuffed. Burp.

I had a great time, and I have lots to write about for the blog.
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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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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.
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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.
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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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I requested the domain name for my blog, and it's processing. I tried to buy a WordPress theme, but my debit card wouldn't go through even though I had money in my account. I tried using PayPal, but the processing kept on going around in a circle between the theme payment page and PayPal. I finally sent a message to the person who owns the theme. The person apparently is in Nepal, so that might be why my bank refused the charges. I hope that I can get some theme for the blog.

I wound up lying down for a little while because of a headache. I had a hard time getting going, but a shower helped.

I called my aunt. My uncle is doing well. He had an infection, which might have been the reason for his heart symptoms.

I did a load of laundry.

The cats have been unhappy about people shooting off fireworks...except for Harlee, who somehow managed to sleep through the ruckus. She rules :)

I kind of feel like I wasted the day. I'm going to go downstairs and work on the kitchen.
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I did get up on time today, although I had some problems actually getting moving. I planned to go to Moraine View Recreation Area today. Then I received a weather alert on my phone. Bloomington is having a thunderstorm with torrential rain and possible hail. That alert also covers the recreation area. It would be over by the time that I'd get there, but I don't really want to walk wet trails. I don't have waterproof boots, although they're on my list. Well, it's summer, so I suppose that I should expect weather like this.

I could stay home. I have a lot of stuff to do, plus I haven't set up the blog yet. I thought about staying home and then going to the fireworks in Bloomington, but watching fireworks on wet grass doesn't sound appealing. (I have a camp chair, but still....)

There is a nature preserve near the Illinois River in Havana, about an hour from here. I could go there (assuming that the weather is okay, but it might have been in the path of this storm). However, there's a restaurant there that I'd like to try, but I don't know if it's open today because of the holiday.

I'm leaning toward staying home.
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I ran late again today. (This is going to make my blogging a challenge.) I needed to run a few errands in town before I left. I had planned to go to the Route 66 museum in Pontiac, but it closed at 5 PM, and I didn't think that I would have much time there. However, there was a Route 66 outdoors exhibit in Towanda, so I planned to go see it after I was done with my errands.

I couldn't find it. I left my instructions at home, but what I really needed was a map. Now that I'm home, I think that I know where it is. Probably the only street in Towanda that I didn't drive down. At least it's really close to Bloomington-Normal, so it will be easy to go back.

Otherwise, I dropped a bunch of money on cat food and litter at PetCo in Normal. The girls are well-stocked now. And I had a burger, mashed potatoes, and a caramel cashew sundae at Culver's, the best fast food around. There was a weird short rain shower while I was at Culver's. It was just one dark cloud directly overhead. And there was a rainbow afterward.

I need to make a list and go to the grocery store, but I'm taking a short break first.

I think that I'm going to skip the fireworks tomorrow and do stuff around here.


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