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The front desk worker was off sick, so I relieved my boss for lunch. Then I sorted through a bunch of junk because he wants to open up an area that we have closed. I made a mad dash up to Normal to drop off a library book. My job is never dull or repetitive. I like that.

I received my Java book that I bought, and I'm rather annoyed because someone opened the package. I hope that it was a mistake, and not someone trying to rip me off.

I had a taste for spaghetti and garlic bread, so I picked some up. It was good.

I'm kind of tired. I'm going to appease Harlee, who has been complaining (so what else is new?), get into pajamas, and do some reading. Along with the Java book that I bought, I checked out a Java book and a (good) book about cryptocurrency. Plus I have a book about creating a drop-ship business that I want to plow through. I might go to the coffeeshop tomorrow and read as well.

It's my weekend. I like three-day weeks!

Oh, and I'm appalled by the hurricane damage to Saint Martin/Sint Maarten. The place is on my bucket list, and looking at the pictures of the damage makes me want to cry. Here's hoping that Irma won't hit Florida too hard.
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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.


Aug. 1st, 2017 09:58 pm
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I now have my payment plan set up for my classes at Heartland this fall and have ordered my books. I changed one of my classes to a Web development class rather than a Discrete Structures class because I'd get more use out of the Web development skills, and I want to take classes in order of usefulness in case I decide to stop taking them. Classes start on the 21st. Oh, and both classes are online, so I won't need to go up to Normal this fall to take classes.

I went grocery shopping hungry and wound up with some interesting stuff, such as asparagus risotto (frozen). I forgot to get avocados to make avocado toast. It's a hip thing. It sounds good though.

I'm tired. I need to go to bed early because I'm meeting with my boss's boss tomorrow morning. After I feed the hordes.
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Good news: It looks like the Library Director candidate has accepted the offer, and now HR is doing a background check. There is a possible start date of August 7th, with my current boss leaving on the 1st, so there will be hardly any time that I will be on my own.

I got into a lengthy discussion with my boss about the new resources that we're getting for the new majors at the college. I have a long list of other books to order.

I ran to the store tonight and picked up enough cat food to last until I get paid again. The diet and exercise group that I'm in is into riced cauliflower, which I didn't know existed, so I picked up some frozen riced cauliflower with Italian cheese sauce and some frozen broccoli. I'm planning to make it with scrambled eggs and Italian seasoning. I hope that it'll be good.

It was 98 degrees F according to my car when I went to dinner tonight. Sweat is pouring down my face as I type right now. I just clutched a bottle of cold soda to my bosom. Harlee looks like she melted onto the futon. I'm glad that I'm planning to stay home tomorrow, except that I might walk in the park across the street if I can get up the willpower. Speaking of which, my FitBit was estimated to arrive today and didn't. I looked for a tracking number, but the eBay seller never sent me one. Sigh. I hope that it arrives tomorrow.
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We're in a mini-crisis at work. The front-desk worker's mother-in-law was taken to the hospital with problems breathing. Meanwhile, we don't have anyone to cover for him tomorrow morning. (I could get up at the crack of dawn and open, but then I wouldn't get lunch.) I asked a part-timer if she could cover the morning, and she said "Yes," but we don't have extra money in our payroll fund. I e-mailed my boss's boss, but she hasn't responded. What a mess. In my mind, that's a good reason to not completely drain payroll, but it wasn't my decision. I haven't heard back from the front-desk worker yet on whether he needs time off. I'm going to wait until 9 PM, and then ping him.

Otherwise, my corned beef hash, eggs, and toast for dinner tonight was delicious, quick to make, and cheap. I think that it would cost $8.00 in a restaurant, but it cost me around $0.60. Definite win!

I found a photography class on Coursera that's relatively cheap, and doesn't require a DSLR. I'm going to take it. I've always wanted to study photography, and it will help me with the blog.
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Another quiet day. However, I discovered that our eBooks and databases weren't working because of no access to the authentication server. I'm pissed, but I didn't get a headache. Go me. I opened a problem up with IT; we'll see how long it will take them to fix it.

There's an old-fashioned coffee shop and grill that I want to go to. One of the items it has is corned beef hash and eggs. I love corned beef hash, and I've been eating eggs for lunch. So I picked up a couple of cans of corned beef hash at the dollar store. I'm going to feast! For not a lot of money!

I got a good night's sleep last night, which I think helped me today, so I need to get another good night's sleep. I actually have the energy to get some stuff done around here.
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Ran some errands. Bought a sandwich from WalMart's deli for lunch tomorrow (in Chicago). My mom left part of a bag of Sun Chips, and I bought some cookies. It'll be a good lunch. (I'm going to buy dinner tomorrow in Union Station.)

The laundry room is open. Hallelujah! I've got a load of laundry going.

Now I'm going to eat lunch....

Added: Well, that was fabulous. The washer took my money, but didn't wash my clothes. I looked for a maintenance request form by the office, but didn't see one. I did put a sign on the washer, saying that it wasn't working though.
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I had a mild relapse of my mental illness yesterday. Maybe it was because of the lack of sleep. I've been on pins and needles wondering if it would get worse, but I seem to be okay today. Just what I didn't need with my presentation on Sunday.

While I was out, I tripped and fell. I wish that I knew why I keep tripping and falling.

The laundry room in the building is locked "for repairs". There's a note that said that it will open tomorrow morning. I hope so because I really need to do laundry. I suppose that I could go to the laundromat, but it's more expensive.

I have a headache, so I took some Tylenol and made myself my almost free meal: scrambled eggs with cheddar and toast with butter and raspberry jam. I managed to knock the bowl over in which I mixed the eggs, and one egg escaped down the drain. With a dozen eggs at $0.35, I can afford it. I also got raspberry jam on my beige jeans, but I think that it will come out.

I'm feeling slightly cranky, but need to snap myself out of it.

Added: Forgot to mention that a muscle in my back was threatening to pull out.


May. 15th, 2017 12:57 am
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I didn't get up early. I don't think that my alarms went off; I'll have to see if I set them 12 hours off.

Tired at work today. (Don't ask me why; I got a lot of sleep.) I'm scrambling to get stuff done before the conference and my presentation. Time seems to be on the bullet train.

Sold the remaining pet carrier that I used to fly Harlee or Nima out to Michigan. The woman who bought it wants to put her two cats, who are friends, into the carrier together while they move. How do I get the cats who don't get along?

Finally made my quiche tonight. It was good as always, and worth the wait.

Harlee is calling me....


Sep. 30th, 2016 10:32 pm
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Well, I shopped until I dropped. I got to Aldi 20 minutes before it closed, so I raced around grabbing stuff. I did pretty well there, considering. Then I went to Dollar Tree, WalMart, and Kroger. blew it though. I checked to see if it was going to rain before I left for my shopping trip, and they didn't predict it. Part way though, it started to rain. I'm glad that I keep a small umbrella in my purse. It's mostly stopped though, so I unloaded most of the stuff from the car. The girls were good. They both know how to open or bypass the gate that I keep by the back door to keep them from going out the door, but they let me bring stuff in and didn't try to get out. I guess that they know when they have it good :)

When I rolled up, though, I realized that I didn't have enough plastic containers to freeze the spaghetti and lasagna that I'm going to make. I'm feeling reluctant to go back out though. Maybe I'll make the meatballs, which is the part of the spaghetti that takes a while, tonight, and get plastic containers tomorrow, and finish the spaghetti then. But I need to finish eating because I'm starving. And feed Zara and Mimi and separate them for the night, so that they don't fight at 2 AM.

It sounds like it might be starting to rain again. That settles it. I'm staying in.


Sep. 8th, 2016 03:09 am
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I've been in a strange, tired, sort of fragile mood today. I was having problems concentrating. I decided that, while eating good food is important and is a goal of mine, I wanted to eat out and have someone bring food to me. At that hour, it was Steak and Shake or home, so Steak and Shake it was. I had a buy one get one free coupon for a Frisco melt, so I had one and brought one home. By the time that I left, there was a torrential downpour. I got soaked despite my umbrella. I started to drive home, but had to pull off until the rain let up.

Mimi almost got out tonight. I was coming in from outside, and she had gotten the gate open, and stuck her nose outside. I shut the door quickly, and told her to go back into the kitchen. Eventually she did, and I was able to come in. I don't think that she wanted to bolt; she just wanted to be where I was. I have to keep reminding myself that Mimi really likes me. Our personalities don't mesh particularly well, so I have a harder time understanding her than Harlee or Zara. On the other hand, what you see is what you get with Mimi; she doesn't hold anything back.

I had something else that I wanted to say, but it flew out of my mind. I think that my mind (and the rest of me) needs to crash.


Sep. 4th, 2016 10:56 pm
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Well, I shopped, and now I'm dropping. I got all the ingredients for the meals that I planned to make (after visiting three stores), plus some items that I didn't intend to get, such as frozen eggplant parmesan. (I hope that I like it. It wasn't cheap.) My goal right now is to eat less processed food, although I bought some as well as ingredients for making stuff from scratch. So, tomorrow, I cook. Tonight, I collapse.

I saw some nice butternut squash at WalMart. I have a recipe for butternut squash soup made in the crockpot, so maybe I'll try making some next weekend. (I'm consciously trying to eat a lot of different things. I tend to eat the same things over and over.) I also want to make fish stew next weekend. (Note to self: Kroger has cheaper frozen cod than WalMart.)


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