Better Day

Sep. 19th, 2017 12:28 am
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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 when...you 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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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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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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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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I'm taking tomorrow off to get myself back on my Sunday-Thursday schedule. My new boss gave me a look when I mentioned it, but I've mentioned my schedule before. I suppose that we could change it, but he'll need to tell the people in Normal that I won't be available for chat reference on Sunday. Anyway, I'm going to be off tomorrow.

I had planned to stay home tomorrow, but my instructor for my Introduction to Computers class said that there was a way to skip that class, and that I was a good candidate for skipping it. But I need to go up to Normal to talk to someone on campus. As long as I'm up there, I could return Harlee's expensive food that she can no longer eat, but I can't find the receipt. I suppose that I could exchange it for food that Mimi and Zara WILL eat.

I'm tired. I still haven't posted my flat bench/slant board on the local garage sale site, but I think that I'm going to bed and try to get up at a decent hour and post it.
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Mimi refused to eat the expensive food. Hell. I gave her some cheap food that Zara won't eat, and she did eat that at least. The cats are driving me crazy. Oh, and Harlee almost gave my hand a good bite when she was going after a Pill Pocket.

I managed to get my laundry between storms. I like listening to the sound of the rain.
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It was very cloudy today. I tried looking at the eclipse through my eclipse glasses, but the light was too diffuse to see anything. The best view that I had of the eclipse was through a reflection in a car window. However, I could tell that the eclipse was happening because my home got very, very dark. Overall, the eclipse was a bust, and I wasted money getting the eclipse glasses, but I would have hated to not have them if the view was clear. Oh well.

Classes have started at the college. The students are bringing a cool sort of energy that I've missed. Classes have started at Heartland too. I want to set up my due dates on my calendar, but my instructors aren't giving us the whole schedule, just a week at a time. Bah. I don't expect to learn much from these classes, but they are prerequisites to classes that I do want to take. Because the classes will be easy, I want to review some intros to psychology, statistics, and history, and sign up to be an online tutor to earn some money. I'm having a heck of a time finding a copy of a U.S. History textbook though. You'd think that there would be a bunch of them. Not.

Mimi is now refusing to eat the expensive food. I'm getting at my wit's end. Even if I could find the receipt, it would cost me gas money to go up to Bloomington to return the food. I think that she doesn't like the texture of one particular type of food (or so I hope), so I'll try a different kind. Zara is grudgingly eating the food that she normally likes. Harlee, who has the biggest reason to pick at her food because of her kidney problems, has been chowing down. Go Harlee.

I forgot to throw in my laundry when I got home, so I'm still doing it now. I have stuff to do, though, and I'll keep me awake until it's done. Harlee was complaining earlier, so I think that I'll grab one of my textbooks and read in her room. Multitasking and efficiency :)
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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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Yesterday, I took the class in CPR/AED and First Aid. It was five hours straight of information, and kind of overwhelming. I want to take it again next year in the hope that more will stick. But I can do passable CPR, and can look critically at First Aid kits. I bought a "wound care" kit for my linen closet with gauze pads and rolled gauze, which is good for larger wounds.

My back was killing me when I came home. A muscle in my lower back had been bothering me for a couple of days (from carrying laundry on the opposite hip?), and kneeling on the floor practicing CPR didn't help. So I lay down on my back on the bed with a pillow under my head and under my knees. I fell asleep. However, I woke up after a few hours. My back felt better. I got up, fed the girls, gave Harlee her meds, and took my meds. Then I went back to sleep.

Today, I got the Fall patron data to load into our library computer system. I didn't get a chance to write a program to format the data, so I'm building the files by hand, which is tedious. Two down, six (?) more to go.

Harlee is calling me. I had some good quality time with Mimi earlier, which doesn't happen as often as it should because she's not a part of my nightly routine. I need to do something about that.

Added: Just looked at the Table of Contents of the book for my Introduction to Computers class, and I'm glad that I did because I sure don't want to keep the book. It covers basic computer skills that I already know. I just rented it from Amazon.com.
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I keep Harlee in the back bedroom by herself, for three reasons: 1) To keep her away from Mimi because Harlee is old and frail, and Mimi picks on other cats, 2) She has accidents sometimes, and I don't want them in the rest of the house, and 3) She sleeps a lot, and the back bedroom is the quietest room. But Harlee wants to be with me when Harlee wants to be with me. She can squeeze through the gate because she's so thin. (Mimi and Zara are actually a little intimidated by her when she gets out, but I don't know if that would last.) I put a box in front of her gate to keep her from getting out.

Well, tonight, she managed to squeeze through the gate and climb over the box. I was in the bedroom while Zara ate (Zara likes me to be there when she eats, presumably to protect her?) when I heard Harlee scratching, and then silence. I went out in the hall, and there was Harlee. She willingly came back in her room when I went in there. We shared some snuggles, then I sat in there playing with my phone, and then more snuggles. She had settled down, but meowed a bit after I left. She seems to have settled down again.

What Harlee wants, Harlee gets.

Zoom

Aug. 2nd, 2017 11:46 pm
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Overslept this morning for my meeting with my boss's boss. Broke speed records getting myself ready for work. Made it on time. The meeting went well. There's a judgment call on what to order based on a cut in our materials budget, so I need to wait until the new boss gets here to order some items.

Spent a lot of the day cataloging the books that I've ordered. It's fun to see them come in. I had hoped that we could bring the part-timer in to finish processing them, but we really don't have the money in the budget. Oh well. They'll get the final processing (labels and covers) after school starts.

Ate a little when I got home and took a nap. Woke up at 11 PM. Fed the cats, and I'm in the process of feeding myself. Harlee is calling me. I think that I'll do a few things and go back to sleep in the hope that I'll get up on time tomorrow.
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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.

Sunday

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.

I Give Up

Jul. 2nd, 2017 08:41 pm
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I finished making my macaroni and cheese in time to gulp some down before the fireworks in Lincoln. I had printed off directions to the Park District center earlier. I threw myself together to go.

The directions were nowhere to be found.

I booted up my computer, but it takes forever. I got the directions printed off about the time that I planned to be there.

So I give up. I'm now planning to go to Bloomington's fireworks show on the 4th. I'll be in the area anyway because I'm planning to go to Moraine View Recreation Area that day. Some days, you just gotta say, "Whatever".

Mimi jumped when they set off test fireworks, so it'll be good for her if I'm home while they're going off. Harlee and Zara seem pretty blasé.

Out Cold

Jul. 1st, 2017 10:58 am
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Apparently I was tired last night. Really tired, because I woke up from my "nap" at 6:30 AM. Decided that was too early to get up, and went back to sleep until 9:30. Then I got up.

I missed feeding the girls last night, so they were really hungry. (I also missed dinner, but they don't care about that.) Mimi blamed Zara for being hungry, and she kept being aggressive with her, and I kept on telling her, "No." I turned my back to feed them, and they got into a yowling fight. I broke it up, and Zara ran upstairs. I promptly fed them.

We're all fed now. Mimi has had some time on my lap to mellow the fuck out.

I changed into shorts. I need to figure out a game plan for the day. Later in the afternoon, I want to go out and take pictures of country roads for the blog. Otherwise, I'm staying home.
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Yes, I was exhausted. I fell asleep with the lights on after feeding the hordes. (Zara likes it if I hang around when she's eating.) I think that I got 10 hours of sleep?

This morning, I've been sending e-mails about interviews for the Library Director position. I e-mailed my boss, telling her that I'll need to tell the part-timers that she's leaving because we're going to set up a "meet and greet" with the staff members. She sent an e-mail to two staff members, and asked me to call the one for whom we don't have an e-mail address.

Mimi thinks that a lap is incomplete without a cat :) Harlee is meowing.

Bedlam

Jun. 16th, 2017 10:43 pm
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Oy. I accidentally stepped on Mimi's tail, and she promptly attacked Zara, and they got into a huge, yowling fight. I've got them split up now. Harlee heard me yelling, and started meowing in the middle of it.

I did start on the bedroom, and was working on emptying a chest filled with clothes that I don't wear, when my mom called. She got the weekends confused as to when I'm going to give my presentation. We hung up quickly, and will talk tomorrow.

I finished two loads of laundry, and one blog post for my professional blog.

Oh, and I've got my gym bag ready to use. I don't know where the shorts went that I wear to the gym in the summer, but I found some nylon capris that shouldn't be too hot. Now all I have to do is go there!

No Go

Jun. 16th, 2017 12:16 am
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I'm not going to be able to take the trip over the 4th of July long weekend. Apparently we're going to get paid on July 3rd, instead of the 30th, like I thought. The reason is that the 1st is falling on a weekend, and it's the beginning of the fiscal year, so they can't pay us early. Bummer.

But! I decided to see if Peoria (about a half-hour from here, not counting travel time in Peoria) had a botanical garden, and indeed, it does. They have guided tours on Sundays for $2. I definitely want to go over the 4th of July weekend.

Peoria also has a "nature preserve" with trails.

There also is a state park in Eastern Illinois (about 1.5 hours from here) that I'd like to check out. The same area has a lake with trails.

There also are a couple of spots in the area with lakes where you can swim. I think that I can keep myself amused and destress.

My cats, however, are not amused and are stressy. Zara scratched me this morning. I was trying to put my phone on its charging cord, and apparently I was too close to Zara's head. To be fair, she warned me, but I wanted to put my phone away and then jump in the shower because I was running late for work. She broke the skin on my arm, but it didn't bleed, so I need to keep an eye on the scratches. I might have some peroxide to put on it in my linen closet.

Harlee wanted me to come in and pet her when I was home for dinner. I told her that I needed to go back to work, but that I was going to be home tomorrow. She replied, "MMMMMMEEEEEEEOOOOOOOOOOWWW" and shook her paw at me. I have no doubt that I was being told. (I told my mom that I thought that Harlee was getting more and more crotchety in her old age. My mom said, "Harlee, I know exactly how you feel. :))

Mimi is annoyed that I'm busy typing when she is HUNGRY! (Their dishes are soaking in the sink.)

I have a lot to do this weekend, so I need to make a list. I want to take a walk in the nature preserve across the road from me though. And go to the gym and work on strengthening my bad knees.
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I had a bunch of very vivid dreams this morning, and woke up...at 4 PM. Yikes. The girls were hungry and agitated. The mucus traveling around my system had settled in my larynx, and I had no voice. And I'm scheduled to talk to my mom tonight.

Well, the girls are now fed and have settled down. I fed myself, which has broken up some of the mucus, so my mom might be able to understand me. (She has a bad hearing loss, which doesn't help.)

I had planned to dye my hair, but I'm postponing it until next week. I want to have it done before my conference presentation, but that's on the 25th. I need to throw myself together, start laundry, and start scrubbing Harlee's litter boxes.

MEOW!

Jun. 9th, 2017 01:38 am
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The cats were tripping out tonight. First, Mimi and Zara got into a yowling fight, which had me running downstairs to break it up, feed them, and separate them. Then Harlee started meowing loudly. I wound up leaving my dinner to sit with her for a long time to get her to quiet down. My neighbor was knocking on the wall, but there's only so much that I can do if Harlee wants to meow. This evening was an example of how little control I have over the cats, really. They have minds of their own, albeit tiny kitty brains. I was wondering if it was a full moon, and yes, it is.

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