Up Early

Jul. 25th, 2017 07:30 am
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I was lying down when I fed Zara last night because my stomach was upset. I fell asleep, of course, and woke up around 5:30 AM. I got up, turned off lights, and changed into my sleeping apparel. Then I couldn't fall back asleep. I got up and ate breakfast. Couldn't fall asleep. So I guess that I'm up. Just as well because I have a meeting in Champaign-Urbana tomorrow morning.

My dad likes the Illinois Road Trips blog.
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I didn't set an alarm, and slept until 11:30. Got the cats and myself fed. Snuggled with Harlee. I tried to take a nap, but couldn't fall asleep, which is a good thing. I've been having problems taking naps lately.

It's going to be a real scorcher today. I'd go to the gym to walk on the treadmill, but I received a phone message that the payment didn't go through, even though I had money in my bank account. That seems to happen half the time. My friend Jude was having the same problems, and she told me to go to the gym during the day and check the info that they have on the system. It's weird that it sometimes goes through though. Maybe I'll walk across the street.

I'm planning to alternate working on the blog and cleaning. Love three-day weekends; it's long enough to have some R & R, but still get things done.

Comatose

Jul. 8th, 2017 05:06 pm
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I woke up relatively early. Fed myself and the cats. Took a nap. Woke up five hours later. Yikes.

I'm eating lunch. Then I want to throw myself together and do laundry.

Did I say, "Yikes"? So much for being really productive today.

Mimi weaves back and forth in front of me when I walk through the house. Random also used to do that. I tell her that she's blocking the path of progress. Also, it's a little dangerous when I'm groggy :)

Idiots

Jul. 6th, 2017 11:47 pm
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Idiots were setting off fireworks a little while ago. The holiday is OVER. And some people might need to sleep and get up early. (Not me, thankfully, although I do have to cover John's lunch.)

The nap helped. I have to hand it to the girls; they let me sleep, although they were glad when I woke up. Zara was showing me her pretty belly, but I don't dare touch it because she'd probably shred my hand.

I think that I'm going back to sleep soon. I have a lot of stuff to do this weekend, and it would help to start out well-rested. I need to talk to some people as a reference for a former colleague tomorrow, however, so I need to read up on the position to be prepared.

Speaking of time off, I apparently am taking vacation at the same rate that I'm accruing it, so I still have 80+ hours to take. However I don't know how I can take any, unless I take an odd day here and there. In July, I'll need to do knowledge transfer with my boss, plus be available for interviews. In August, I'll need to cover John's lunches until we have a new Library Director. Once we have a new Library Director, I'll need to help him get situated.

Oh, I was shocked to learn that my boss's boss, whom I thought was much older than me, is actually five years younger than me. I think that would shock everyone else to know that.

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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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.

Quiet Day

Jun. 27th, 2017 08:49 pm
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Quiet day. I got in on time to relieve the front desk worker. Maintenance has been working on the roof of the library, and making noise, which has been driving the front desk worker crazy. It doesn't bother me much though. I almost forgot that we're working seven hours, not eight, which got me out of work quite early.

I'm tired though. I'm half-tempted to get ready for bed after I eat, read for a while, and go to sleep early. I need to make baked mac and cheese though.
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I was having stomach cramps, so I decided to lie down. This time I did oversleep, but now I feel well-rested. I need to eat dinner, and then will run to the store.

It looks like we will do a phone interview with the new Library Director candidate.

Added: The muscles on the left side of my back are aching. That was the side on which I had my book bag yesterday. I didn't think that it was that heavy, but I also put the tome of the conference proceedings in there. Why, oh why, do conferences have to print such large volumes? If I need a door stop, it'll be a good one.

Rest

Jun. 26th, 2017 03:01 pm
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I spontaneously woke up at 10:30 AM. Had breakfast, and napped for a couple of hours. Amazingly, woke up to my alarm, although an argument going on outside helped.

I'm still feeling hammered. I'm in the process of making lunch. I need to run out and get cat food and gas. Then I'll do some stuff around here. I also need to review a resume that we just received for the Library Director position at work.

Mom Report

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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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.

Conked Out

Jun. 17th, 2017 05:47 pm
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Had a long afternoon nap again. I wish that I knew why I'm so tired.

I'm currently eating lunch, and then will throw myself together to do a little more laundry. It's supposed to rain (maybe part of the reason that I slept so long is that it's overcast?), so I guess that I'll put the laundry in plastic bags.

Need to e-mail my dad to tell him that I'm not taking the Rockford trip. There's a state park between Rockford and Galena, Apple Canyon State Park, that he was encouraging me to go to. I suppose that if I get up really early (it's a three-hour drive), I could still go there sometime. But it's easier to get there from Rockford or Galena. Judging by the pictures that I've seen, it's a very pretty park.
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I got up with my alarm today, and did my normal morning routine (breakfast for me and the girls, and scoop litter boxes). Then I took a "short' nap and--you guessed it--slept all afternoon. Oh well.

I've just finished lunch. I did accomplish one thing, connecting my adriennerad.com domain to my professional Web site. I need to list that site in my contact information for my poster presentation. I also need to make a few more blog posts, and post my presentation from last month, but the deadline for the contact information is midnight tonight.

I'm about to go dye my hair, and then do laundry. I also need to put my veggie lasagna in the crockpot to eat later.
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I had a bunch of very vivid dreams this morning, and woke up...at 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.

Better

Jun. 3rd, 2017 04:48 pm
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Caught up on my sleep, both with a long night's rest and a longish nap. My sniffles are starting to go away, although I still have a bit of a cough. Far out.

The cats are being laid back and mellow.

On the docket: shower, laundry, cleaning. This weekend is Lincoln's "Pigs and Swigs" event (barbecue and craft beer), but I decided not to go and to get stuff done around here.

Added: A Robot That Has Fun at Telemarketers’ Expense. This guy is a genius!

Worn Out

Jun. 2nd, 2017 01:02 am
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I took some Contac today, which got rid of most of my sniffles and coughing. But I fell asleep for a little while after everyone else left. When I left work, I felt like I wanted to sleep in the car, but I pulled myself together to get some things at the store. I just fed the hordes. I think that I'm going to do the dishes and crash. Maybe another good night's sleep will help.
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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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I was comatose most of the day. Well, it has been a long week. I wouldn't have blamed the cats for smacking me though. I've fed them and all is forgiven.

I should probably stay off of Facebook, although I've been spending a ridiculous amount of time on it. My friends have been posting "The end is here!" type of posts, which I don't think is helpful (although cathartic for them), and the Trump voters on my list have been gloating. I've been posting articles that discuss what's happened, and next steps. The New York Times posted a list of six books to read to understand what happened at the election, and I talked to my boss and we're getting them for the library. I think that it's important to understand what happened in order to respond. Well, I'll read them for sure.

Some people are organizing a "Million Woman March" for the Inauguration. I'm not sorry if Donald Trump has to confront a large crowd of women who think that he's an asshole; he brought it on himself.

I've been feeling a weird calm though. It's not out of optimism; more like that life sucks a fair amount of the time, and we've gotten though that and will get though this.

I've been talking to a friend at work who's from Lincoln, and she is very anti-immigration, so there's something going on that city folks aren't understanding. I've pointed out that I'm a daughter of an immigrant, and she said that things were different then. Were they? However, there always have been isolationist groups in the U.S.

Anyway, I was bummed to hear that Leonard Cohen died, and have been reading obits of him. I used to have a couple of his albums on vinyl, but got rid of them when I got rid of my vinyl records. I should get some of his CDs.

My plan for tonight is to make meatballs for spaghetti, make a grocery list, run to the store (late), and do a little more cooking. Tomorrow is my birthday (54? Really?), and I had planned to go hiking and then go to a coffee shop and read. A few chores might carry over, but I'd like a chance to do something different.

Oh, crud, I didn't get over to the DMV to renew my license. Must go on Monday morning.

Tired

Sep. 2nd, 2016 02:08 am
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Well, I'm off and running on my four-day weekend. However, I earned my pay at work today. I've always said that my unofficial job title is "problem solver," and I solved a bunch of problems at work tonight (credit card billing issues, technical issues). Tired me out though.

I also did the dishes tonight when I got home instead of leaving them until the morning. Sometimes it's the small victories.

Someone on Slate was writing about knitting as an alternative to playing with their phone. They do say that you should stop using electronics an hour before bed--not that I usually have problems falling asleep--so I ordered a knitting "starter kit". I'd rather work on a latch-hook rug, but good latch-hook rug kits are expensive. This knitting kit, OTOH, cost less than $20. I also ordered some Mediterranean Diet cookbooks.

So, progress. So, tired. I was going to get a fasting blood test done tomorrow morning, but I'm going to postpone it to Saturday. Need to sleep in.
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I should just resign myself to the fact that I need more sleep than most people because I feel great. I ran errands, I did some work online a little while ago, and simultaneously made dinner, did dishes, emptied some boxes in the kitchen, and threw the boxes by the back door to take out later. I'm just waiting for my food to cool.

I love when I solve my own problems. I told my mom that any food that she has here will be strictly cheap stuff, and we settled on spaghetti with meatballs and garlic bread for one meal. However, the one time that I made meatballs from scratch, they didn't come out very well. I found a recipe online that said to roast them in the oven. The recipe calls for breadcrumbs, and I found some old, dried heels of bread that I could turn into breadcrumbs. (Somehow, paying for breadcrumbs just seems wrong.) So, cool.

Zara says "Hi". She's hanging out with me.

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