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Boy, did I conk out. Slept the whatever-that-is-that's-not-novocaine off. They said that I might feel some pain from the antibiotic treatment, but I feel fine. I just ate something, and plan to go get my prescriptions filled. I'm wondering if I should try WalMart first to see if it might be cheaper.

Harlee is telling a tale of woe. She's right; I have been neglecting her, but I need to get going. I'll make it up to her later tonight.


Sep. 12th, 2017 10:59 pm
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I've been working on scheduling blog posts and pictures on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. I was going to go to the store, but I just suddenly lost steam. I guess that I'll feed the girls and go to sleep early and get up early. I should be able to work tomorrow.

I don't think that the staff member tonight saw my text to cover books. Oh well.
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I was up for a while earlier this afternoon, wrote a blog post, and then went back to sleep. I woke up hearing Mimi go, "Ack-ack," which is her way to tell Zara to go away, and Zara growling. I tried to go back to sleep, and heard a series of the same. I finally got up and convinced Mimi to move, and Zara ran into the bedroom. (I figured that's what she wanted.) Then I dozed off for a little while, but then Mimi digging in the litter box woke me up. So I'm up :)

I need to send a text to the staff member working tonight to cover some books anyway.

Mom Report

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.

Long Day

Aug. 30th, 2017 12:16 am
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I've been really tired all day. I also was working on some really tedious stuff that needs to be done, so that didn't help. I was swilling coffee, and I'm still tired.

Going to sleep early is a good idea anyway because I need to call someone in the Computer Science department at Heartland about dropping my Intro to Computers class. I'm glad that I won't need to go up there on Friday.

Anyway, writing this isn't getting me closer to going to sleep.
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I had a headache last night, lay down "for a little while," amd woke up at 5 AM. At that point, I gave Harlee her meds, ate something, took my meds, turned off the lights, and went back to sleep. Despite getting to sleep early, I woke up to my alarm at noon.

We had a staff meeting this afternoon. I figured out how to hook my laptop to the projector, and the meeting went well.

Then I took off to Jacksonville to pick up the eclipse glasses. I got caught in stop-and-go traffic in Springfield, but otherwise, the trip went okay. (It's about 1.25 hours one way without a lot of traffic.) picked up the glasses. The glasses seem like good glasses--they block out the light--but I'll look them up to be sure that they're okay.

However...they're predicting rain tomorrow right around the time of the eclipse. It would really suck if we can't see it.

On a different topic, I'm also interested in Santa Fe, NM as a possible retirement place, although I need to do more research. However, I can take a trip there for a low price, so I might go there next year. I really need to get out of town!
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I was determined to not fall asleep with the lights on last night. And I didn't. I got some cleaning done on the kitchen, but wound up staying up late doing it. And when I went to bed, I picked up a book and started reading. Stupid! I didn't get a lot of sleep.

At work, I was making stupid mistakes on my load files, so I held the last two back to check tomorrow, when I presumably will be more well-rested.

A friend said that she had an extra set of eclipse glasses, so I'll be heading down to Jacksonville (about an hour and a half from here) this weekend.

I'm going to go to sleep EARLY!
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I fell asleep with the lights on again last night. I was lying down to stretch out my back again. I think that I've figured out why my lower back muscle is hurting; sitting with my legs crossed at my computer at work. It's a tough habit to break. I did lie down when I got home, but Mimi was lying on me, and although I can sleep anytime and anywhere, not with a heavy purring cat on me. She kicked me in the stomach too when she decided to get off. Oof, Mimi.

The faculty and staff records are loaded at work. I also created records for the students at our local campus. Progress. I was hoping to take Friday off and get back on my Sunday-Thursday schedule, but I'm planning to work Friday to take some of the pressure off of me finishing stuff before school starts. Plus I need to prepare for the staff meeting on Sunday. Plus, they're having a picnic for the new students. Free food!

Someone at the college said that Walgreens and WalMart were selling eclipse glasses. Not. Casey's General Store had some, but sold out. I think that I missed a good opportunity if I had bought a bunch and then sold them. Oh well.
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Fell asleep with the lights on again. I suck.

However, I got up early. Fed myself and the cats. Harlee still thinks that the new food is kitty crack. She's in fine fettle. It's probably too soon, though, to see if the food helps her.

Printed out directions to the Wildlife Sanctuary in Springfield that I want to go to. I also found out where PetCo is in Springfield; I know where PetSmart is because I used to go there all the time when I lived in Springfield.

Called Zara's meds in, but the prescription has expired, and the vet needs to send a new one. So she'll be out for a day or two. I suck.

Going to eat some Ramen and jump in the shower.
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I fell asleep with the lights on again. What I want to do is lie down for around 20 minutes while Zara eats, and I set my cell phone alarm on vibrate and put it near my head, but I slept through it. I think that I need to get ready for bed earlier and read, so that I can just close the book and go to sleep. Hmm, I wonder if I could listen to the alarm on headphones? I'll have to try it during an hour when I won't wake anyone up if it sounds in the room.

I forgot when I was supposed to get up and got up earlier. This gave me a chance to do a load of laundry before work, which was great because I needed to wash some jeans because I'm participating in a "campus cleanup" tomorrow. I decided to do it because they keep asking for money, which I don't have, but I can supply sweat equity.

My boss did ask about the hours that the library will be open, but we can't get an answer until next week.

I didn't pick up Harlee's food because I waited to go to dinner until 5 PM because some people were holding a meeting in the library building. Tomorrow, I will pick it up for sure.
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I can't find Zara. That doesn't mean that she's not here because there are hiding spots in here, but usually, she'll come out when I call her. I hope that she didn't get outside. I'd think that I would have noticed, but anything's possible.

Sunday morning, I listened to a webinar about investing in Canadian marijuana stocks. (No, I'm not making that up.) I need to sell some stuff and scrape together some money to invest.

It got late, so I decided to go to a garden in Bloomington instead of going hiking (plus the weather was iffy). The garden was okay. It had a very small Japanese garden with an open teahouse. The teahouse had wind chimes in it. I sat there for a while and could feel the tension leaving my body.

I took a nap when I got home. And slept until this morning. At least I was well-rested to meet our new Library Director. I think that he'll work out just fine.


Aug. 2nd, 2017 11:46 pm
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Overslept this morning for my meeting with my boss's boss. Broke speed records getting myself ready for work. Made it on time. The meeting went well. There's a judgment call on what to order based on a cut in our materials budget, so I need to wait until the new boss gets here to order some items.

Spent a lot of the day cataloging the books that I've ordered. It's fun to see them come in. I had hoped that we could bring the part-timer in to finish processing them, but we really don't have the money in the budget. Oh well. They'll get the final processing (labels and covers) after school starts.

Ate a little when I got home and took a nap. Woke up at 11 PM. Fed the cats, and I'm in the process of feeding myself. Harlee is calling me. I think that I'll do a few things and go back to sleep in the hope that I'll get up on time tomorrow.
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I slept for 12 hours last night. Holy cow. That's after my six-hour nap. I better be well rested, although I kept yawning when I first woke up.

The girls and I are fed. Harlee is refusing to eat her "old" canned food though. She has to eat it because I can't get up to PetCo to get her additional "new" food until next weekend. And I'm worried about her being so thin.

I think that a shower is on the docket, and getting some stuff done around here.
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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....


Jul. 29th, 2017 02:59 pm
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I stayed up late to finish the book that I was reading. There was one part where something awful happens, and I had to remind myself that This. Is. Fiction. Glad that I read the book though.

I'm feeling better this morning. I overslept (not surprisingly), and woke up too late to go to the sites that I wanted to visit in Lincoln. So I guess that I'll just finish the blog post that I'm working on, and write this weekend off.

Still not looking forward to Monday though (Dorothy's last day).
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I fell asleep with the lights on again. This time it was semi-planned. I do that when I feel too tired to snuggle the cats. I should have just shut down, but Harlee would give me an earful.

I got up early and did the phone call as a job reference. Personally, I think that my colleague is applying to jobs that are out of her league, but of course, I didn't say that. I wish her luck.

I'm trying to convince myself to go to the Lincoln museum that we have on campus for the blog. (I don't have the gas money to go out of town.) The thing is that the people who work there will probably want to talk about Dorothy leaving, and I don't feel like talking about it. I could look for the old Postville courthouse, where Lincoln went on his circuit. Oh, and the Mill on Route 66. It's open 1-4. That'll work. It's also open tomorrow.

Oh, and I figured out what to do about the FitBit. Once the money is in my PayPal account, I'll contact the seller to pay him directly.

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.


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 :)


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.


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