Night Owl

Jul. 23rd, 2017 09:00 pm
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I took a nap waiting for the acetaminophen to kick in, and overslept. It took a while for me to get on a roll. Now I'm on a roll, but it's getting late. Good thing that I don't need to be at work early tomorrow. Laundry is in the wash and Harlee's litter box is soaking.

I probably should eat something soon, but I'm not hungry.

I stepped on Mimi's paw earlier when she was running under my feet. She seems to be okay, but I notice that she's staying well away from my feet now.
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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.

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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I work Sunday - Thursday to support the adult learners at our branch campus. We use online chat during the evening to answer their questions. One nice thing about working on Sunday is that I can wear jeans and a New Orleans t-shirt because the library is closed. And I'm the only one there.

I got a bunch of stuff done, including finishing my poster presentation. I need to ask my boss where to get it printed.

Tonight, Mimi was lying on the stairs. I tried to step around her, and twisted my knee. Ow, ow, ow. So much for doing some cleaning tonight. I guess that I'll lie in bed and read. Harlee is hiding, which concerns me, but she did have an accident on her pillow. I need to wash it this weekend. She's really chowing down on food, however, and drinking water.
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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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I met with my co-presenter today, down in Springfield. We did more gossiping than working, but we figured out how to do the introduction. I also found out what happened to someone with whom we used to work and who got fired.

I was craving a burger, so I stopped at Culver's and had one. Probably shouldn't have spent the money, but it was good.

When I got back, I took a nap with Mimi and Zara. Zara has decided that the wicker chest in the window, on which I put the zabuton, is the perfect cat bed.

I've had a hard time getting going, but I threw my laundry in. It's hot in here. I need to work in the office, but I have so much stuff piled on the table by the window, that I don't know if I can get the fan in the window. I guess that's incentive to get stuff organized in here.

Goofy Day

May. 11th, 2017 11:01 pm
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I overslept this morning by 45 minutes, and made it in 7 minutes late to relieve the front desk worker for lunch. I consider that a moral victory. Forgot to take my morning meds, so I was tired all day.

Good news though. I've been trying for years to get appointed to one of the committees of librarians selected from members of our consortium, and this year, I finally made it. I guess that I'm heading in the right direction in developing my career...two presentations and a committee appointment...

I almost forgot to take dinner tonight. I usually go at 5:45 PM, but had planned to go at 4 PM because I got in early. I left at 5:30. Oops. So now I'm not hungry yet.

I also forgot that we're working only seven-hour days in the summer, and worked eight. I needed to be on online chat from 7 - 9 PM though, so I don't know how I would have been able to work seven. I'm on salary though, so it doesn't really matter.

I worked a little on my poster presentation. I'm planning to work a lot on it on Sunday.

I need to scramble to run errands and do laundry tomorrow because I need to meet with my co-presenter on Saturday to discuss the intro to our (live) presentation. Life is going to be hectic up though the time that we do the presentation (a week from this Tuesday).

When I got home, I enjoyed lying on my bed, playing with my phone, and snuggling with two cats. Home is where the heart is. I'm feeling more guilty about Mimi because there was a picture on Facebook of a sad dog who has been bouncing from home to home. That's Mimi's situation. I'm her third human. Well, I'm not doing anything about her right now. And she's been mellow tonight.
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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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Cleared taking Tuesdays as one of my days off in the Fall with my boss, and registered for Fall classes. it's going to be a little rough because I'll be in a Computer Science/Math class (Discrete Structures) and then a Computer Science class (first programming class) from 1 PM to 5PM with only a ten minute break between the classes, but it means that I will have to drive up to Normal (30ish miles away) only one day a week. Plus, it's simpler as far as work is concerned.

Now I need to apply for scholarships.

I need to decide whether to work Sunday - Thursday or Monday - Friday during the summer. Working Sunday would allow me to be available for chat reference for people on our Normal campus, but no one has been using the chat reference so far. Monday - Friday would be slightly better for our conversion project to Library of Congress Classification for our Reference collection. My boss left it up to me. And I'm not sure which I prefer. There are some advantages to having a day off during the week.

Little Zara has been following me around. She's been hanging out in the bathroom while I take a shower (and probably wonders what the heck I'm doing). She also needs to sniff whatever I'm eating or drinking. She's not trying to grab it, just sniffing. She's such a sweetie.

Mimi just jumped on my lap, making typing difficult. I need to go feed the hordes.
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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.
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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.

Soggy

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. Weather.com 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.

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