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I didn't go pick up my prescription. I'll go tomorrow. I signed up for a webinar on how to make money blogging. Of course, the presenter was selling something, but I did pick up a few tips. I hoped that he would talk more about building traffic, but he didn't say much about it. Near the end of the webinar, I was working on my homework while listening to the webinar.

I did laundry and talked to my mom. She was still tired this week, but is starting to feel better. Neither of us had much of anything exciting happen this week, so it wasn't scintillating conversation. We're hoping that we'll have more to talk about next week.

Need to finish my homework. We need to put together a five-page Web site with images, so I thought that I'd have fun with it and create pages for places where I'm considering living. However, Mimi is insisting that she's starving (she isn't), so I'll feed the hordes soon.

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Sep. 9th, 2017 10:52 pm
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Now Mom's collapsing. She went to sleep after we talked last night, woke up, went back to sleep, woke up, went back to sleep, and took a nap in the afternoon. She said that she didn't even do laundry yet. I'm glad that she's getting some rest. She hopes to pick up her daily life again tomorrow.

Zara cracked me up earlier. I was eating a corn dog, and she came over and stood on her hind legs with her front paws on my lap. I thought, "How cute. She wants to be near mommy." Then I finished my corn dog, and she promptly went away. All right then :) I dont know why she likes corn dogs. She's usually into chicken, and less into other foods.

I can't stop yawning. I think that I'll go to bed early and get up early. I want to dye my hair before going to work. I also want to clean the bathroom.

Mom Report

Sep. 8th, 2017 11:17 pm
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She's back home from Scotland! She called me tonight, which I didn't expect. I thought that she would get home and collapse, but she talked my ear off. The trip was good, but she's glad to be back. My mom and her friend are kind of like the odd couple: he has to have everything just so, and she goes with the flow a lot more. She said that there were a few tense monents, but they were still speaking to each other through the end of the trip :) I told her that there was some travel survey about the most beautiful place, and that Scotland won, and she said that she would agree with it as far as natural beauty is concerned. So I'm adding Scotland to my bucket list.

She really missed me, apparently. She wants to talk to me tomorrow as well!
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Slept until 1:30 PM. Mimi wasn't pleased, but too bad :) Did my normal morning routine, and flew out of here to go pick up Harlee's prescription food. Had a chai at the downtown coffeeshop. (I like to give them business occasionally to help keep them in business.)

Stopped by work. I had written up a draft e-mail last night to send to the person who checked out the book that I delivered last night, but when I logged onto my e-mail last night, the e-mail didn't have her e-mail address on it. So I logged on from work...and there was the draft e-mail with her e-mail address on it. Clearly I'm losing it.

Ran a couple more errands, and now I'm back home. Ate some dinner. Next on the docket is laundry.

Mom should be flying from Chicago to Detroit right now. I'm looking forward to talking with her tomorrow.

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Sep. 4th, 2017 05:28 pm
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I lay down for a short nap, and then my mom called from Scotland. The highlands are beautiful. They have driven on some terrifying roads. Some cattle crossing the road caused a detour. They've been going non-stop, and she's getting worn out. They're flying back on Friday. She's looking forward to having a long conversation with me at a closer distance.
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I've been reading about the flooding in Houston. Holy cow. My thoughts are with them.

I overslept this morning, but I still got in before everyone else. The library seems to be jinxed: first one of the part-time worker's father died, then the e-mail was down (it's now back up), and another part-time worker came hobbling in today using a walker. I hope that's it.

My mom called me at work from Scotland. The trip is going well. Her friend has them up and moving early though. One day he said, "We can have a late start today" -- at 8:15 AM. I'm glad that I'm not on the trip :) Scotland sounds beautiful. My mom seems to be holding up okay. So that's good.

My mom and I keep talking about taking a Dublin-London trip together. She really wants to make it happen. No arguments here.

I'm tired; I don't know why. I think that I'll go to bed soon.

Mom Report

Aug. 19th, 2017 10:42 pm
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She's packed and ready to go (to Europe) on Monday. She's a little worried becasues her friend is the type of person who schedules every minute of the trip, and she's more laid-back. She also is navigating while he drives. She's wondering if they'll still be speaking by the end of the trip.

She wants to do the Dublin-London trip with me that we've talked about before, but "not next year". I'll keep that in mind.
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Sheesh, the cats are restless. I guess that they're hungry, but it isn't that late.

I got out to Springfield today. I first walked in a Wildlife Sanctuary. It has a house off a busy street, where they let the land grow over into woods and prairie. I was the only one there, which I found kind of creepy. It wasn't hard to imagine someone hiding behind a tree, waiting to grab you. The woods were overgrown. The path was hard to follow because it went from gravel to dirt to shorter grass. There were a couple of times where I got confused, and almost headed off the path. The woods were kind of boring, really. The prairie part had some pretty wildflowers, but at that point, I was walking back to get out of there.

I got Harlee her Pill Pockets. Let's hope that she swallows the pills. The last time that I gave her pills, she became adept at eating the Pill Pocket and--ptooey--spitting out the pill. Her pills are really tiny though, so maybe she'll swallow them without realizing that they're there.

Mom is doing well. The antiseizure medicine that she's on is helping her pain a lot. It also is knocking her out, so she's been getting lots of sleep. She's busy getting stuff together for her trip to Europe; she leaves a week from Monday.
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I took a nap around 3 PM, intending to get up at 5. At 9:30 PM, my mom called me and woke me up. I was really confused about what time it was, and thought that something was wrong at first. Nope, Mom was calling me for our Saturday night call.

Mom had a saga this week buying a new computer, and having stuff transferred onto it. She also replaced her Comcast modem. On the health side of things, all systems are go for her trip to Scotland. I'm glad that she'll have the chance to take the trip.

Believe it or not, I'm thinking of doing a few things and going back to sleep....

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Jul. 22nd, 2017 10:20 pm
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She's been putting heat on her knee, which has been hurting, and it's helped. She's been catching up on her sleep.

She's decided that she will go on the trip to Scotland with her friend next month.

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Jul. 15th, 2017 11:00 pm
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Mom's pain came back, although this time it's near her knee. She's going to see the pain doctor next week. I hope that he can help. She hasn't been sleeping well because of it.

Mom is stressing because her trip to Europe is coming up, and she's not sure if she should go or not. Also, my uncle has had more fluid around his heart, although the doctor is just watching it right now.

She's been talking about her stress to more people, which is good because she needs a chance to vent.

She's interested in the places that I've been visiting or plan to visit. She wants to take a road trip!

She's concerned about Harlee, as am I. The vet tried to reach me today, but I missed the call. The vet said that she had some ideas of things to do for Harlee. I hope that I'll catch her on Monday and see what they are.

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Jul. 8th, 2017 10:53 pm
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The shot in my mom's hip is still working. She's been catching up on sleep because she hadn't been sleeping well because of the pain. She thinks that she overdid it on gardening, however. She was out with some friends on July 4th, when one of the friends accidentally shut the car door on my mom's fingers. Luckily, none of them were broken.

There was a burning sensation in my thumb joint near the end of the call. It was making me feel a little nauseous, but it went away. I had the same sensation in my knee the other day. I don't know what's causing that sensation. Both RA and osteoarthritis run in my family, but I don't think that's what this is. Weird.

I am feeling kind of stiff and tired (even after my nap!), so I think that I'll go to sleep early.

Mom Report

Jul. 1st, 2017 10:57 pm
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Mom had a shot of steroids in her hip, and her hip stopped hurting almost immediately. Good deal.

Apparently last Saturday, my uncle was taken to the hospital with chest pains. He didn't have a heart attack, but there was fluid around his heart. However, he was diagnosed with congestive heart failure in 2012, which I didn't know, so anything could happen. My mom didn't tell me about it on Saturday because she knew that I had the presentation on Sunday.

My laundry is done, after trying to dry a load in a dryer that wasn't working well twice, cleaning me almost out of quarters. (Does anyone know if Monday is a bank holiday?) Harlee's litter boxes are scrubbed out.

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Jun. 23rd, 2017 10:41 pm
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The MRI showed that Mom's sciatic nerve is inflamed. They're going to give her a shot of steroids. I hope that it helps. However, she's been managing to do lots of gardening and enjoying her garden.

I'm having a case of the blahs. I think that I'm going to feed the girls, get ready for bed, and read for a while. It would be better if I get to bed early and get up earlier tomorrow because on Sunday, I'll need to get up before dawn to catch the 7 AM train. I can't believe that I agreed to do that, but I plan on sleeping the way up to Chicago.

Added: Forgot to mention that Mom wants to go to Cahokia Mounds. Don't know why the site's Web site is down though.
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I have a vague memory of liking Pere Marquette State Park as a kid. (We took trips all over Illinois when I was a kid.) So I looked it up last night. Beautiful, so beautiful, with lots of hiking trails. It's especially beautiful in the Autumn. So taking a trip there in Autumn is now at the top of my list. I'd love to stay in the Lodge, but it appears to be booked up way in advance. Plus, it's probably very pricey. (They don't post their prices, which I don't like. If you have to ask....) However, I found an Airbnb about 15 minutes away that's $22 a night. Can't beat that. (There is a nicer place that's a little farther away with a river view for $89 a night.) We have Fall Break in October, which should be good leaf-viewing time, so when I get paid, I want to book the Airbnb for Fall Break. The only thing is that I want to have decent hiking boots for that trip because the trails are steep, and there are poisonous snakes in the area.

In another area (Ottawa, IL), I found a place with a class in glass-blowing. Doesn't that sound cool? I'm going to ask my mom if she's interested in trying it.

Illinois has some interesting areas!

I've feeling kind of burnt-out, slightly depressed, tired, and headachy. I think that I'll hole up with some photography books that I checked out of the library (I want to work on photo composition because that doesn't require a DSLR) and a snuggly cat. After I meditate and exercise.

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Jun. 17th, 2017 10:18 pm
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Mom went to the doctor to see why her hip has been hurting. They took an x-ray, and everything looked okay. Then they took an MRI, but the results aren't back yet. Her numbers are good, but she's been really, really tired. She thinks that she hasn't been eating enough.

Mom would like to go to Galena, so maybe we'll plan a trip together sometime. It probably would be a good place to go because there would be a lot of places for mom to rest if she needs it. Maybe over spring break next year? Or fall break this year?

I don't like anything that's in the house, so I'm going to run to the store to pick up a few things. And I'm running low on CAT FOOD! Oh, no!


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!

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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.

Mom Report

Jun. 10th, 2017 10:25 pm
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My voice made it through the phone call with my mom. Her hip is still really hurting, and she isn't getting enough sleep because she wakes up in pain. She has an appointment at the doctor on Monday. On a more positive note, two fawns were born in her yard. (More positive if you don't think about the fawns and their mom munching Mom's garden!) She said that the fawns were really cute.
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I had a bunch of very vivid dreams this morning, and woke 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.


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