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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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Great to come home to a nice restful evening of...kitty squabbles. At least I was able to break it up quickly. Mimi is actually responding to "Mimi! No!!!" Harlee is not handling my sleeping in my bedroom again very well. She was banging the gate earlier.

The rain started right after I came inside. Timing is everything.

Foothill College is looking for a Technical Services Librarian. I qualify, and I miss the Valley, but housing prices have gotten even more ridiculous than they were when I left. I don't think that I could afford to live there, even given that Foothill is offering a high salary for a librarian. And I don't miss the traffic and the people who think that they're more important than you. Still, the Valley has a certain energy that I miss.

I think that my boss misses Springfield. (She's moving back there.) I told her that my mom visited over the holiday weekend, and she asked if we went to Springfield. Well, no.
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Today was...weird. We plunged into our conversion project. My boss seems happier now that she's given notice. I contacted my boss's boss, and told her that I'd be happy to post the job listing to various library e-mail lists, but that I'll be off next week. She thanked me, and jokingly asked if I'd be willing to be on the search committee. I said that I definitely wanted to be on the search committee!

I was so overwhelmed that I forgot to practice my presentation tonight, and work on my poster presentation. Not good; I can't drop any balls because of what's going on. I did write a short Python program; I need to finish the class up by the end of the month.

Mimi and Zara got into a brief yowling fight when I got home. I distracted Mimi by telling her to cut it out, and Zara took off upstairs while Mimi was distracted. I can't deal with that right now either.

Boy, I will be glad when the presentation is over (a week from today), so that I can at least cross that off my list.

It's way too hot up here, so I'm going to do some stuff downstairs for a while.
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Hmm. I was watching someone back up a truck with a U-Haul trailer. Took them several tries, but they finally got it. I wonder if they're going to load or unload after midnight, but they aren't close to my unit, and I don't care. Actually, I kind of like that Lincoln has night owls. Bloomington didn't.

I learned at work that the techies in our consortium can save me a lot of work during our conversion from Dewey Decimal to Library of Congress Classification this summer. Cool beans.

I've been looking into how to learn to play pool. A decent cue will cost me over $100. There is a school up in Rockford, about 2.5 hours from here, but it costs $500. Not happening any time soon.

Mimi has been working hard at ingratiating herself to me. When I flop down on the bed, she starts purring before I even pet her, and gives me kisses. Well, that's how I wound up with her in the first place. She seems to really like me. I've been able to break up some squabbles between her and Zara by telling her, "No". But she chased Zara out of the kitchen this morning. So I don't know. I don't have much time to find her a new place anyway because my presentation is rapidly coming up. I'm meeting with my co-presenter on Saturday to discuss our introduction to the presentation.

We had a "heavy" thunderstorm earlier, and it's very hot and humid. The cats are crashing out in puddles of fur.

I need to get up early to cover a lunch, so I'm not going to do a lot of cleaning tonight.
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The quiche is better warmed up. It's a winner if I put less onion in it. I was wondering while I was heating it if there is such a thing as a Margherita quiche, so I looked online. There is, but it's called a Caprese quiche. It's on my list, although fresh basil is expensive.

I also looked to see if I can get rolled oats on Amazon. I read a frugal living blog that suggested mixing it with cereal. The blogger said that he saves $400 a year doing that. Well, that's airfare to a lot of places. The trick is getting rolled oats that aren't expensive because they're organic. I found something, but need to doublecheck that it really is cheaper than cereal.

Kitty drama is going on because Mimi is hungry, and somehow it's Zara's fault. I've got their dishes soaking. And now Harlee is meowing. A quiet evening at home :)

Back Home

Dec. 28th, 2016 04:48 pm
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I'm really bummed about Carrie Fisher dying. I got a late start yesterday partially because I was watching the news. Rest in peace.

I also ran late because I did a makeover on my mom. I discovered that it's a lot harder to put makeup on someone else. I need to practice.

Finally, I left. Someone cut me off in Toledo, but I managed to slam on the brakes. I slammed them so hard that my suitcase flipped over. Then I missed a turnoff in Indianapolis. I wound up taking I-70 SW into Illinois, which got me about an hour south of the correct route. Then I picked up a route north that got me to the right route. I wound up rolling in about 3 AM.

Mimi, not surprisingly, hasn't been letting me out of her sight, and was on my lap last night when I was trying to eat. I expected Harlee to chew me out, but she was dubious about me at first, but then warmed up and was marking me like crazy. I just picked up Zara, so the gang's all here. Zara seems happy to be home, but isn't happy that I'm leaving her in the bedroom for now while she and Mimi get reacquainted.

I think that I'm going to spend a quiet day at home, mostly catching up on my classes. If I get ambitious, I'll work on organizing the bedroom and cleaning the bathroom. I need to get milk, so I might run out later.

Added: I'd really like to move closer to my mom, but can't do that now. I need to pare down my stuff and save up money for a move. I've always wanted to live in Ohio, which is closer to my mom, so I need to keep my eyes open.

Mom Update

Dec. 18th, 2016 03:21 pm
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I talked to my mom last night. She's supposed to get out of the hospital today. She feels much better, and her legs are less swollen. She thinks that she got out of the hospital too early when she had pneumonia. So that's good that she's feeling better.

She's a little worried about me driving to Detroit, but I told her that I won't take risks, and I'll stop if it starts snowing hard. She's looking forward to my being there though. She wishes that I could take the cats with me, but no, I'm not going to do that. Everyone except Mimi is a real stress case in the car.
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I started reading Getting Things Done. The basic idea is to make a list of everything that you need to get done, and then review it every day to decide what you will work on. I've started making a list on Evernote, mostly using my phone. Every time anything pops up in my head, it goes on the list. Of course, I still need to work on the items on the list! After I finish the book, I enrolled in a Udemy course on how to implement a Getting Things Done system using Evernote.

Minor kitty squabbles this morning. When Mimi is hungry, she blames Zara for it, instead of me. (I don't fathom how her tiny kitty brain works.) But I fed them and all is well. They're spending most of their time together now, and the fights do seem to be fewer.

In a few minutes, I'm going to prep the lasagna for the crockpot.

Zoom Zoom

Aug. 18th, 2016 12:15 am
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I fell asleep last night with the lights on and my clothes on. I hadn't fed the cats either (bad Mommy). And I slept for 11 hours. I have no excuse for not getting stuff done tonight.

The freshman are now on campus. I'm scrambling to finish stuff up before school starts on Monday. I brought some work home with me, and I'm going to have to check on a couple of my patron loads on Friday (my day off). But that's the way the start of school sometimes goes.

Mimi and Zara got into a big fight this morning. (The hair on Mimi's back was standing up.) I think that's my fault because Mimi is more likely to pick a fight with Zara when Mimi's hungry, although she did have dry food that she could have eaten. And Mimi promptly wanted me to let her back in the bedroom so that she could sleep on the bed, and I said, "No way." It can be a real zoo around here.

My mom will be coming a week from tomorrow. Yikes.
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Mimi: You're standing where you make my treat [canned food], and I hear dishes rattling. Are you going to make me a treat?

Me: No, Mimi, I'm washing the dishes.

Mimi: But I'm hungry!

Me: You ate your treat earlier. You're not hungry. You're a little piggy!

Mimi: But if I'm a piggy, I should eat, right?

Me: No.

Mimi: Rats.
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Both Zara and Mimi were in the kitchen because I was in the kitchen. They seemed to be getting along okay, and I was thinking that they finally are learning to coexist, when Mimi ran at Zara, hissed, and smacked her. Sigh. However, I have been letting Zara out of the bedroom at night now, and they aren't fighting (or at least, not fighting loud enough to wake me up), so that's progress. Part of the problem is that Zara wants to be friends with Mimi--Zara tried to groom Mimi the other day, and Mimi was having none of it--and Mimi is interpreting it as aggression.

I'm giving it until the end of the month. If nothing has improved, I'm going to talk to the vet about putting Mimi on meds temporarily while she and Zara work it out. (Zara, on the other hand, does need meds all the time because she's stressy.) I hope that it would help.
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It's 27 degrees F out (I put the hyacinth in the basement), overcast, and very windy, so I made an executive decision not to go out to get the Sunday paper for coupons today. (I still am not getting the paper delivered, and I subscribed a month ago, so I need to find out what's going on.) I slept for 14 hours (must have needed it), and am still feeling shaky and headachy, so I think that I've made the right decision.

I have plenty of stuff to do here, most notably homework and cleaning and organizing my wreck of a kitchen. I also need to soak the berry plants so that I can plant them tomorrow.

The girls have gotten some cuddle time with me, so they're happy. They crack me up. I was sitting on the futon last night, talking on the phone to my mom, and Harlee was snuggled next to me. Harlee went away, and I stretched out on the futon. She came back, and was circling the futon complaining. I moved my legs, and told her that she could jump on next to me, but no, she was circling and complaining until I sat up. Then she jumped up and snuggled with me again. Whenever I turn my back to leave the bedroom, Zara has been rushing up and tagging my ankles. I tell her that yes, she is a mighty huntress.

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