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Well, I didn't have much packing to do. Just my book bag. And I have clean clothes hanging in the bathroom for tomorrow. And I have a list written out of things that I need to grab tomorrow morning (sandwich, soda, cell phone charger, etc.) because I'm going to be groggy.

I spent more time running around figuring out how to pay a bill online when I only had cash. Answer: prepaid Visa card (which isn't cheap when you add up the fees). I need to open an account at a local bank.

Oh, and I decided that I should stay at the cheap Airbnb near Pere Marquette that doesn't have Internet because I have a cell phone that I can use as a hotspot. Duh. I love ways to do what I want to do without spending a lot of money!

Anyway, I need to feed the hordes and wind down to go to sleep. My alarm is going to go off obscenely early.


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....


Jan. 7th, 2017 12:54 am
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It was 6 degrees F at dinner, and 3 degrees when I left work to come home. I had an errand to run at dinner, which I canned because it was Too Darn Cold. (I'd last no more than a day in a Minneapolis winter.)

However, Operation Lower My Energy Bills is going well. I lowered my thermostat to 65 degrees last night, and didn't really notice it. The cats were fine, even Harlee. I forgot to lower it when I went to work, but did so when I came home for dinner. My thermostat appears to be programmable, so I'm going to see if I can dig up some instructions for it on the Internet. I also left fewer lights on for the cats.

I've been leafing through a vegetarian cookbook, and it has a bunch of recipes that sound good to me. But I'm going to make some fish and chips, and some baked mac and cheese this weekend. I'm trying to eat up what I've got. Next weekend, we have a three-day weekend because of MLK day, and that would be a good time to do a bunch of cooking. I forgot to mention that my mom gave me two packages of scone mix that I want to try.

I'm tired. I'm glad that it's the weekend. I worked a Wednesday - Friday schedule this week, and Monday - Friday next week, and then I'm going to switch to my Sunday - Thursday schedule because we'll be open on Sunday. (I could have worked a Sunday - Thursday schedule even though we're closed this weekend and next weekend, but I decided not to.)
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Organizing the home office has run into a bit of a snag. I have a wheeled computer cart that I want to get rid of. I listed it on Freecycle...and no one responded. I listed it on Craig's List...and thus far no one has responded. It probably would cost $100 to get someone to take it to the dump, and besides, I hate to dump a perfectly good piece of furniture.

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Got up at a decent hour this morning to have a blood test done (15 minute drive). Then I brought a couple of old computers to the Computer Recycling Center (1 hour drive round-trip). Then I returned some stuff to the pet store (1/2 hour drive round trip). Then I talked to my mom. Then I went back out to pick up a paper shredder that someone on Freecycle gave me (40 minutes round trip). I ate a couple of times in the middle of all that. Now I'm pooped (must be all the driving).

Someone in the Tightwad Gazette suggested using shredded newspaper as kitty litter, so I'm going to try it and see what happens.

The question is whether I'm going to some garage sales tomorrow or not. I'll decide tomorrow. In general, I need to get rid of stuff more than buy stuff, but I could use some clothes and microwave-safe cookware.
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I've been filling my car up at the gas station with the lowest prices in the area (within 5 miles). I like AAA's price finder.
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I feel like everything that I have to say is redundant. No, I still don't have a job. Yes, I'm still looking. Yes, I'm still working on getting the place organized.

I suppose having nothing to say never stopped me before.

The car is now being fixed. The rental car is a cute Dodge Neon that's fun to drive. The only problem is that I left my parking permit in the Honda, so I have to park the Neon out on the street.

I'm not sure if my air conditioning is working or not. It doesn't seem to cool the place off very quickly. On the other hand, it got really stuffy in here when I turned the a/c off. Either way, I shouldn't run the a/c often. I've turned on my oscillating pedestal fans in the living room and the bedroom. Harlee was really dubious about the fan in the living room, but now she seems to realize that it cools her off. I looked for another fan for the home office, but WalMart didn't have any out yet. Hey, it can get hot in May. It is hot (high 80s and low 90s).

I talked to a recruiter about a job that didn't pan out. Now I'm talking to another one.

I gave away a medium-sized box worth of stuff on Freecycle.

I'm investigating ways of hanging clothes to dry (indoors) instead of drying them in the dryer, but at a cost of 40 cents a dryer load, most solutions have a long break-even point. I did see a picture of a jury-rigged setup in the Tightwad Gazette, but I'm not sure if I'll try it or not.

And yes, I've been reading the Tightwad Gazette before I go to sleep. It's amusing reading and I've learned a few things.
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I was expecting a check from the Unemployment agency, and I really needed the check to pay my mortgage on the 1st. Tonight, I opened my mail to find that I hadn't signed the form for my claim, and they want me to fill out a duplicate form, SIGN IT, and mail it. This delay means it'll be about 10 more days until I get the check. No one's fault but mine, but I flipped out about it.

Later, I was buying a newspaper at a newspaper rack in a shopping center. (For some reason, I'm no longer getting the paper at home.) My car was parked in the parking lot. I heard a crunch of two cars colliding, turned around, realized that my car was hit, saw the other car take off like a bat out of hell, and yelled, "Hey!" The front passenger side was damaged, but the car is drivable.

I called the police, and he took an hour to get there. However, he turned out to be a really nice guy. He apologized for the delay, and told me that because the accident took place on private property, and I didn't get the license of the other car, that he didn't need to fill out a police report. But he called my insurance company and talked to them first, and then passed the phone to me. They're calling me back tomorrow between 10 and 12 to tell me what to do next.

The one good bit of news is that a recruiter left me a message about a job that I had applied for. The humorous or ironic part is that the company makes insurance claim software. I didn't think that the job was a very good match, but maybe it's a good match after all -;)

I'm going to call the recruiter back on Monday morning. I hope that I don't have to bring the car somewhere on Monday morning. Well, the car will just have to wait.
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In college, someone had a puzzle with a picture of a lot of people at a feast/orgy. Its title was "A Quiet Evening at Home". Totally unlike my life, but the title made me smile.

I'm trying to make a game out of finding cheap food to eat. I bought a baguette at WalMart, and have been eating it with (part-skim) mozzarella cheese or (low-fat) peanut butter and (sugar-free) jelly. Albertson's sells a box of six single servings of macaroni and cheese. (It takes five minutes to make a serving and you don't have to freeze leftovers.) And I've been eating a fair amount of fruit. One of these days I'll make some stir-fry.

My other bit of excitement is that I cleared enough space in the dining room to set up the dining room table. I have a small pile of books there waiting for me to sit and study. (After all, I eat in front of the computer and study at my dining room table.)

Yesterday, I sold five more boxes of books (for a grand total of 14 boxes). I stayed home today and finished up my homework. I'm working on job search stuff and emptying boxes.
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I received a message from a recruiter who saw my resume on Yahoo HotJobs or He asked me if I was interested in a contract position. I said, "Yes," and I haven't heard from him since then. What's up with that? Sheesh, this is like dating -;)

This week is hell week as far as my class is concerned. We have to set up our machines to run Javadoc. We also have to critique a set of API documentation. So I'm plugging away at it. My teacher asked if anyone would be interested in a class on Java that prepares you for Java certification, and I'm probably going to say that I'm interested. I hope that it's not too expensive.

And speaking of money, my finances are going to be really tight over the next month, so I'm stockpiling stuff. I now have 60 pounds of cat litter. I already have way too much food in the house, so I can scrounge.

There is a movie that I really want to see that is opening this weekend--The Namesake, so I'll probably let myself see it. I also plan to sell some books at a used bookstore in Fremont. I went last weekend, and found the store empty and dark. It turns out that they moved, and are reopening on the 15th. I also need to sell a classical guitar and a silent guitar on Craig's List.

And, oh yeah, job search stuff. So I'm keeping busy.


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