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Well, I've taken care of the catching up on my sleep part of my vacation.

Fed the ravening hordes, and am making pesto mac and cheese (from a box). I hope that it's good.

I'm going to a jazz concert tonight at the college with a friend. At first, she really wanted to go out to dinner, and I didn't want to spend the money, but said yes because she was insistent. But then she texted me yesterday, saying that she couldn't afford it. Works for me.

I want to stop at work before the concert to change my phone and e-mail messages saying that I'm on vacation, so I need to throw myself together soon.

Oh, I forgot to say that the temperature dropped today and was 39 degrees F. I can't complain though because it was warm for so long.
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This morning, I had an appointment with a nurse practitioner that was a complete waste of time. ("How are you doing?" "Fine. Refill my meds.") I liked her though. It was at 9 AM, which is earlier than I usually get up. Afterward, I planned to nap for a couple of hours, and then check some loads at work, make some phone calls and run some errands. (Today is one of my days off.)

I slept all afternoon. Bah. Talk about another waste of time, although now I should have plenty of energy to get things done.

I guess that I'll run to Dollar Tree and Aldi to pick up a couple of things, and then get cracking on cleaning. I can't believe that my mom will be here in less than a week!

And the Fall semester is starting on Monday! This summer went FAST.
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The students are on campus! The students are on campus! One if by land....Oh wait, we asked them to come here :)

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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It's been raining on and off all day. Gray, gloomy, dreary. I had problems getting up.

I'm in the middle of the tedium known as patron load. I hand-build files that are batch-loaded into our library system. It's going well, but I brought my laptop home to 1) build another file before I go to sleep (although I'm thinking of going to sleep and getting up early??), and 2) check the test load in the morning. I might have to bring my laptop home on Friday (my Saturday) too. But I can't complain; I don't work overtime much. And this year, I WILL learn Python and write scripts to format these files!

Starting next month, I want to get serious about the Mediterranean diet. I already found a recipe that I really want to make: Feta and Spinach Couscous patties. It calls for fresh dill, and a lot of recipes call for fresh herbs. That got me thinking about whether I should grow fresh herbs in my kitchen. I have the room for them. The question is whether it would be cost effective? Fresh herbs are expensive (does anyone know exactly how much the grocery store charges for fresh herbs?), but I'd be looking at $20 for seed and starter mix. Plus electricity for a grow light. I don't know...thoughts?

I'm also wondering if it would be cost-effective to join Sams Club (no Costco in this area), but I'd have to add the cost of gas for a 45-minute drive one way. Maybe not. I guess what I should do is get a pass to go look inside one and see if they have enough stuff that I would buy. (A "frugal living" blog said that they got cheap salmon at Costco.)

I'm tired. I think that I'm going to cuddle kitties and go to bed.

On Track

Aug. 12th, 2016 01:07 am
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I'm on track to finish everything that I want to get done at work before school starts a week from Monday, without any mad scrambles. I even have a little wiggle room for unforeseen tasks that come up. This worries me a little because I'm wondering what I'm forgetting. But everything is clicking into place.

The only snag is that I kept on forgetting to bring my headphone and microphone in to make a couple of videos, so I'm going to record them at home this weekend. I also forgot the name of the software to use. But if those are the only things that I'm forgetting, I'm good :)

Now if only I could be as efficient at home as at work....I have a lot to get done this weekend.

To do list (mostly to shame myself into getting it done by publically stating what I want to get done):

  • Dye hair

  • Call about Mimi's meds

  • Make hair appointment (left message)

  • Call about blog problem

  • Make car payment

  • Drop stuff at Goodwill

  • Pick up Mimi's meds

  • Send scans of documents to Robinhood

  • Pick up soda

  • Go to Aldi's and WalMart

  • Clean kitchen (started)

  • Laundry (part done)


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