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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.

Tonight

Sep. 12th, 2017 10:59 pm
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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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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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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 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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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 woke up at noon. My back was hurting, so I lay down on my back, and fell asleep again. Woke up around two. Fed myself and the cats. Started to get a headache, so I lay down for a half-hour. Threw myself together. Drove to the Balloon Festival. I felt a little guilty because I was smuggling in soda, but people were bringing in entire coolers of stuff, so they clearly weren't enforcing the "no outside food and drink" rule.

Settled in my folding camp chair and watched the world go by. I had missed the "balloon launch," so there wasn't much to look at. I just sat there, and vegged out, and drank soda. Eventually, some balloonists drove up and inflated their balloons, and I got lots of pictures.

After the line of balloons was inflated, I went to go get some funnel cake. I came back with some, and was settling back down, when someone that I know from the College said "Hello". We chatted briefly, and she went away, and I sat down and ate. When it became dark, they made the balloons glow. Here's a short video of the balloons glowing.



Once the balloons came down, I (and a million other people) went to leave. Eventually I was able to get out, but I was on old Route 66 heading out of town. Every time a saw a spot to turn around, I had already blown past it (plus someone was behind me). I gave up and drove to the next town, looped the downtown, and headed back to Lincoln.
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Harlee is now on prescription food. However, I bought her really expensive non-prescription food at the beginning of the month. I want Mimi and Zara to eat the expensive food. Mimi likes it. (Mimi has never found food that she doesn't like, except for turkey. She's kind of like a stomach with legs and fur.) Zara does not, and is refusing to eat it. I had a long talk with her about the importance of eating her food, and how there were starving cats out there who would love the food, but no. Zara wasn't going to eat the food, and I couldn't make her eat it. So she wins. I'm going to pick up food that she likes at WalMart later tonight, plus an extra cat food cap. I'll feed Harlee the prescription food, Mimi the expensive non-prescription food, and Zara her junk food (Fancy Feast). Sigh. Oy. Zara was nosing around Mimi's dish. Surprise, surprise, she's hungry. Did I say, "Sigh"?

After I picked up Zara's meds, I drove to Funks Grove. It's a very pretty grove of sugar maple and oak trees. I had planned on stopping by the Funks Grove pure maple sirup store, but blew past it on old Route 66. I also blew past the turnoff for the old historic church and cemetery. I did turn off for the Sugar Grove Nature Center. The Center was closed, but the trails are open until dusk. First, I walked over to the Imagination Grove, which had a ton of things that kids would enjoy: a playhouse, a sandbox, a way to get to the creek, steps up a tree, tires, a pipe to crawl though, and a low zip line. There also were picnic tables for us old folks.

Then I went looking for the trails. I finally found some off to the side of the main area. I started down the longest trail, which goes near the old church and cemetery, but stopped a little way before the cemetery because I was afraid that it was going to get dark, and the forest was pretty dark as it was. The trails were well-maintained, and there were lots of signs for the trails. I really liked it. I was alone again, though, and I was wondering if I should take pepper spray with me, just in case. They did find someone dead there a little while ago, but apparently the woman was killed by her daughter.

Then I drove over to the old church and cemetery. The church is small and pretty. The cemetery was quiet and peaceful; it's easy to imagine "resting in peace" there. I really liked it. There also is an auxiliary cemetery because the old one is full. It wasn't quite as pretty, but it was nice enough.

Then I went home. I want to come back and hike more trails sometime, and check out the "Chapel in the Woods".
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Finished the patron loads at work. Go me. And I'm prepared for the staff meeting on Sunday.

I had a doctor's appointment today. Mostly it was renewing my prescriptions, but apparently I'm still losing weight even though I'm not eating well. I've lost 20 pounds from my top weight.

I didn't go to the picnic at the college because 1) my stomach was upset, 2) I had a headache, and 3) my textbook was supposed to arrive from UPS. It did arrive in a very long box. It made me wonder if a robot picked the box. Weird.

I fret about Harlee too much. She's taking a tiny dose of Pepcid (1/8 of a 10 mg tablet). I bought some over the counter and cut it up, but it made me nervous to give it to her. I'm sure that she'll be okay though.

I'm planning to go to Funks Grove for my weekend jaunt. I've always loved the name. It makes me think of people doing the Funky Chicken in a grove of trees. They make maple syrup there, and there's a nature preserve and an old church.

Tired.
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Sheesh, the cats are restless. I guess that they're hungry, but it isn't that late.

I got out to Springfield today. I first walked in a Wildlife Sanctuary. It has a house off a busy street, where they let the land grow over into woods and prairie. I was the only one there, which I found kind of creepy. It wasn't hard to imagine someone hiding behind a tree, waiting to grab you. The woods were overgrown. The path was hard to follow because it went from gravel to dirt to shorter grass. There were a couple of times where I got confused, and almost headed off the path. The woods were kind of boring, really. The prairie part had some pretty wildflowers, but at that point, I was walking back to get out of there.

I got Harlee her Pill Pockets. Let's hope that she swallows the pills. The last time that I gave her pills, she became adept at eating the Pill Pocket and--ptooey--spitting out the pill. Her pills are really tiny though, so maybe she'll swallow them without realizing that they're there.

Mom is doing well. The antiseizure medicine that she's on is helping her pain a lot. It also is knocking her out, so she's been getting lots of sleep. She's busy getting stuff together for her trip to Europe; she leaves a week from Monday.
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Fell asleep with the lights on again. I suck.

However, I got up early. Fed myself and the cats. Harlee still thinks that the new food is kitty crack. She's in fine fettle. It's probably too soon, though, to see if the food helps her.

Printed out directions to the Wildlife Sanctuary in Springfield that I want to go to. I also found out where PetCo is in Springfield; I know where PetSmart is because I used to go there all the time when I lived in Springfield.

Called Zara's meds in, but the prescription has expired, and the vet needs to send a new one. So she'll be out for a day or two. I suck.

Going to eat some Ramen and jump in the shower.
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Last night, I got smart and instead of falling asleep with the lights on, I went to bed early, feeling guilty because I didn't spend time snuggling with Harlee. I had planned to get up early, but didn't.

My former boss asked in her budget proposal to keep the library open during the school year until 10 PM rather than 9 PM. She never got an answer. My new boss seems reluctant to ask about it. That's a little worrisome. I need to know because I'm developing the schedule for the part-time workers.

Tomorrow during my break, I need to stop by the vet and pick up Harlee's new food that they ordered. I really hope that she'll eat it, but I have my doubts.

I did some research and found that "Big R" probably doesn't have Pill Pockets (although I'll stop by on Friday), but they do have really cheap cat litter. Worth a try to see if the girls can use it. I'm probably going to go to Springfield on Saturday, walk in a nature preserve, and go in search of Pill Pockets. Springfield has both PetSmart and PetCo, so that gives me a better chance to find what we need.

On Sunday, I'm going to a CPR/First aid class sponsored by the College.

If the person selling my textbook on Amazon for my intro computer class doesn't get back to me, I've decided to rent it. I don't think that I'll want to keep that one, although I do want to keep the one from my HTML5/CSS class.

Hmm, my tags are "work, Harlee, blog, school". That pretty well sums up my life :)
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I can't find Zara. That doesn't mean that she's not here because there are hiding spots in here, but usually, she'll come out when I call her. I hope that she didn't get outside. I'd think that I would have noticed, but anything's possible.

Sunday morning, I listened to a webinar about investing in Canadian marijuana stocks. (No, I'm not making that up.) I need to sell some stuff and scrape together some money to invest.

It got late, so I decided to go to a garden in Bloomington instead of going hiking (plus the weather was iffy). The garden was okay. It had a very small Japanese garden with an open teahouse. The teahouse had wind chimes in it. I sat there for a while and could feel the tension leaving my body.

I took a nap when I got home. And slept until this morning. At least I was well-rested to meet our new Library Director. I think that he'll work out just fine.

Bah

Aug. 6th, 2017 03:08 am
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My FitBit isn't working. It's supposed to turn on when you tap it, but it only turns on when you charge it. It indicates that it's fully charged though. Sigh. Time to contact customer support.

It looks like it's going to rain all afternoon tomorrow, so I might not get out hiking. I do need to get food for Harlee though.
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At the library, I have cataloged almost all the books that we've received. There are a few that we haven't received yet. I have the books that I've cataloged on a cart and have been admiring them :) I spent approximately $1300.

Faculty members have been moving into two offices upstairs at the library. I've been frustrated because they've started moving in at 4 PM, when I want to go get dinner, but I suppose that they were doing other things during the day. I wound up eating out at a sandwich place across the street because it was closer and faster. I had planned to get more cash because I needed to go to the credit union to make my car payment, and I get quarters from them for laundry. But there was a power cable down near the place where I was going to get cash, so I just got quarters for my cash on hand ($30). The road that was closed is the main artery for Lincoln, so it created a bit of a mess.

For no particular reason, I was in a good mood when I came home, but I'm not going to knock it.

I need to print out driving directions to the Recreation Area to which I'm going tomorrow. It's supposed to rain on Sunday, so I better get while the getting is good. Which reminds me, I need to get more cash because there's a snack bar up there. I also need to stop by Bloomington, which is on the way back from there, to get Harlee her special, expensive food.

Added: I want to set up and charge my FitBit so that I can use it tomorrow.

Better

Jul. 29th, 2017 02:59 pm
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I stayed up late to finish the book that I was reading. There was one part where something awful happens, and I had to remind myself that This. Is. Fiction. Glad that I read the book though.

I'm feeling better this morning. I overslept (not surprisingly), and woke up too late to go to the sites that I wanted to visit in Lincoln. So I guess that I'll just finish the blog post that I'm working on, and write this weekend off.

Still not looking forward to Monday though (Dorothy's last day).
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I fell asleep with the lights on again. This time it was semi-planned. I do that when I feel too tired to snuggle the cats. I should have just shut down, but Harlee would give me an earful.

I got up early and did the phone call as a job reference. Personally, I think that my colleague is applying to jobs that are out of her league, but of course, I didn't say that. I wish her luck.

I'm trying to convince myself to go to the Lincoln museum that we have on campus for the blog. (I don't have the gas money to go out of town.) The thing is that the people who work there will probably want to talk about Dorothy leaving, and I don't feel like talking about it. I could look for the old Postville courthouse, where Lincoln went on his circuit. Oh, and the Mill on Route 66. It's open 1-4. That'll work. It's also open tomorrow.

Oh, and I figured out what to do about the FitBit. Once the money is in my PayPal account, I'll contact the seller to pay him directly.

No Charge

Jul. 26th, 2017 06:10 pm
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Made it to my meeting on time, in fact, early. The meeting went well, and we adjourned an hour early.

I had decided that because I was paying for gas to get to Champaign-Urbana, I wanted to do something for the blog before I left. I decided to go to the University of Illinois Arboretum.

I found the place okay, but was a little dismayed to find that the parking lot had meters. I managed to dig out a few quarters. Then I started walking around taking pictures. I couldn't figure out how two portions of the loop path connected, so I wound up walking through the grass to connect two sections.

I wound up in a very pretty place near a pond and near the Japan house. I was taking pictures feverishly, when the battery on my camera gave out. I had charged it the night before to avoid this happening, but apparently, it didn't charge. Then I took out my cell phone, framed a shot, and it died as well. I had been charging it on my car charger, but apparently, that didn't work either. Disgusted, I finished the walk and left.

I'm still going to write this place up for the blog, but I want to go back sometime and take more pictures.

Time for a nap.

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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