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Apparently the WalMart pharmacy closes at 8 PM, not 9, so I dropped off the prescriptions, and she said that she would have them done "first thing tomorrow". No rush--I can guarantee that I won't be there at 9 AM :)

Laundry is in the dryer. I spent some time looking at Facecrack, er, Facebook, the world's biggest time-waster. I almost think that I should uninstall it, but my mom uses it to keep up with me. I mostly just share articles there though.

I need to get some constructive stuff done.

Did I say that it's freaking hot? It's September! Come on autumn!
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I did dye my hair this morning, and cleaned part of the bathroom. Go me.

I was following the hurricane news while I was at work. I don't think that we'll know much until tomorrow (or later) how bad the damage is. At least it's losing strength.

When I was going to eat supper in front of the computer, I tripped and fell, knocking my spaghetti down. Luckily, the plastic cover was over most of it, but some spaghetti got on the carpet. I also knocked down my track ball, and I couldn't find the ball part. I was ready to cry. Eventually I found the ball.

I fed the cats, and did some work on Java while Zara was eating, and calmed down. I like the Heads First Java book. Hey, I just looked, and there is a Heads First Android Development book too. Awesome.

The weather is weird. It's getting chilly at night (currently 52 F), but is still hot upstairs in my townhouse. I keep feeling either too hot or too cold.

I have homework to do for my HTML/CSS class, so I better get cracking.

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.
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Last night, I was making a frozen pizza when the downstairs smoke alarm went off. It was a really obnoxious noise, of course, and I ran around finding a broom to shut the thing off. Well, apparently it traumatized Mimi because she refused to go downstairs after that, even when I fed her. Well, she's a fairly young cat (5) and must have really keen hearing, so I bet that it was painful to her. Harlee, on the other hand, slept though the whole thing. She's old (16), so maybe she's lost some hearing. She can hear though because she'll come when called. Anyway, I wish that there was a way to preemptively shut the smoke alarm off. By the way, the pizza was good.

I'm reading a really good book about bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. It's called The Age of Cryptocurrency by Vigna and Casey. They're a couple of Wall Street Journal reporters, so they aren't some wild-eyed anarchists. Cryptocurrency has some societal ramifications that I hadn't thought of. The intro has a story about a young woman in Afghanistan who was blogging for a film site. The people running the project couldn't pay the women directly because only men can have bank accounts in Afghanistan. (Assholes.) So they paid them in bitcoin, and set up a site where they could exchange bitcoins for Amazon gift cards. The young woman bought herself a laptop, and it was a revelation to her. I highly recommend the book.

I've been having fun looking at items for my drop-ship cat supplies store. The person who wrote the book about it said to pick something that you're really into because it will keep you motivated. I won't pick any toys with small bells, however, because I don't want to be responsible for someone's cat choking on one. There is something with bristles that cats can rub against to self-groom. People seem to be interested in it, but I'm not sure if it's safe or not. I might order one to look it over.

I decided to stay home today and catch up on some stuff. I actually have an urge to clean, so I don't want to waste it! If I get myself together early enough, I have a weight bench/slant board that I tried to sell, but no one was interested. I need to haul the thing over to the thrift shop and get it out of my living room.

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.

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.


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!


Jun. 16th, 2017 08:14 pm
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Dyed my hair. While my hair was processing, I set up a presentation page on my professional Web site, and added it and a link to my Linked In profile on the site menu. (I didn't think that it made sense to post a PDF of my resume when it will quickly go out of date, and I'd have to update both it and my Linked In page.) Anyway, I decided that I rocked :)

I decided to wear cheap makeup because all that I'm going to do is laundry and then go to WalMart. The whole time that I was putting it on, I was thinking, "Ugh," but actually, it doesn't look too bad.

I had a conversation with a neighbor, who asked if my air conditioning was working. I said, "Yes," and she grimaced, but then I said. "It's cooling the downstairs well, but not the upstairs." She said that she had the same problem, so she closed some vents to get the a/c to cool the upstairs, and now it's not working. That's bad because It's been in the 90s F. I hope that they fix it.

I've put a load of laundry in. I need to go work on the bedroom before I lose my momentum.
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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 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 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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