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I decided not to go to Springfield today. It was raining when I got up, plus I had problems winding down last night, and I was really tired. So I fed the girls and myself, and went back to sleep.

I got up a little while ago. Had lunch, and I'm about to throw myself together to go to the Route 66 museum in Pontiac.

The rain took the edge off of the heat though. It's a sad commentary when a temperature of "only" 87 degrees F feels a lot cooler.

I'm cursing the Chicago Public Library. I sent them a check because I accidentally spilled a drink on a book. I've forgotten about it. Three months later, they finally deposited the check, so I have less money than I thought.
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I did take a nap. Woke up to hear someone knocking at the door, but the time that I got up, the person was gone. Decided it was too damn hot to throw myself together for a walk (95 F with a "heat index" of 111). Spent some time working on Instagram and Twitter. Procrastinated taking my shower so that I could do laundry. (I take a shower and put on light makeup before I trudge out to the laundry room. Vanity, vanity.) Finally got myself together and took the laundry to the laundry room. Both decent washers were taken. I'm feeling crankier about it than I have any right to feel.

I'm not sure what I'm going to do about the heat tomorrow. I'm signed up for a financial seminar in Springfield tomorrow. Afterward, I was going to go to a nature preserve in the area, but the peak of the heat will be at that time. I want to update the blog, but I don't want to make myself sick.

Speaking of updating the blog, I need to write a blog post. I also should make myself something to eat, but am not feeling very hungry. Heat, blah. The A/C has been going almost non-stop. I'm afraid to find out what my energy bill will be next month.

Oh, and my FitBit hasn't arrived. I messaged the seller about it.
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Good news: It looks like the Library Director candidate has accepted the offer, and now HR is doing a background check. There is a possible start date of August 7th, with my current boss leaving on the 1st, so there will be hardly any time that I will be on my own.

I got into a lengthy discussion with my boss about the new resources that we're getting for the new majors at the college. I have a long list of other books to order.

I ran to the store tonight and picked up enough cat food to last until I get paid again. The diet and exercise group that I'm in is into riced cauliflower, which I didn't know existed, so I picked up some frozen riced cauliflower with Italian cheese sauce and some frozen broccoli. I'm planning to make it with scrambled eggs and Italian seasoning. I hope that it'll be good.

It was 98 degrees F according to my car when I went to dinner tonight. Sweat is pouring down my face as I type right now. I just clutched a bottle of cold soda to my bosom. Harlee looks like she melted onto the futon. I'm glad that I'm planning to stay home tomorrow, except that I might walk in the park across the street if I can get up the willpower. Speaking of which, my FitBit was estimated to arrive today and didn't. I looked for a tracking number, but the eBay seller never sent me one. Sigh. I hope that it arrives tomorrow.
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Feeling kind of tired today. Overslept. We're having an "excessive heat warning," which doesn't help. And right now, it's raining.

Started a "weeding" project at work with our medicine-related books (the books that get used the most). They're really old and useless.

One of the members of the search committee is out this week, so I think that is slowing the hiring process down.

I feel like I have less and less to say. I have a few things to get done before I go to sleep, so I better get cracking.
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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.
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I have made some progress on the kitchen, even though I wasn't listening to an audiobook because my phone needed charging. I took a break to run to the grocery store, and now I'm eating dinner.

Damn, it's humid. the weather forecasters said that it was supposed to cool off today, and maybe it has (yep, 66 degrees F), but it's still freaking humid (93 percent). I've been dripping sweat all day. I'm tempted to take a shower before I go to sleep, but it might disturb my neighbors.

I want to do a few more things in the kitchen, but want to go to sleep relatively early because I want to go to the Route 66 museum in Pontiac tomorrow. And the Route 66 display in Towanda if I can find it this time.

Interview

Jul. 11th, 2017 05:26 pm
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The person whom we interviewed today was excellent. As far as I'm concerned, we should make him an offer, but we have a phone interview with another candidate tomorrow.

We had another big storm this morning. We held the part of the interview with the search committee over the phone because most of the search committee (such as it was; it keeps on shrinking) and the candidate were in one building, and I was in the library. Eventually the storm died down though.

The city of Lincoln has declared a heat emergency because of high temps and humidity, plus some places in Lincoln still are without power. The college has offered up one of the dorms as a cooling station.

I really need a nap :)
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It was a red-letter day in some ways. I found my other hiking boot! Huzzah! In a text conversation about it, I found out that a friend of mine from work would like to go hiking with me. Also, she previously had told me that she had a new FitBit, and I could have the old one, but she forgot about it and her daughter sold it. I found a FitBit on eBay for not a lot of money, so I bid on it and got it. So that's all good.

I also finished my part of the big conversion project that we have been working on. I did a happy dance that I'm glad that no one else could see :)

However, we had a mother of a storm here tonight. Power lines down, branches down, streets flooding, power out in a lot of places. The street in front of the library completely flooded, and the water was up to the bottom of my car doors when I ran out and rescued the car. In the process, I had to wade through the water, and my shoes and socks were completely soaked. Boy, was I glad to change shoes and socks when I got home. I don't think that my shoes will dry by the time I have to go back to work in the morning (I need to get in early for an interview), so I'm wondering if brown shoes would look awful with gray pants and jacket, and a white and black top. Then again, who's going to look at my feet?

No salad tonight. It's a hot food and hot tea kind of night. And I'm almost out of Earl Grey tea, so I need to get more.

TGIF

Jul. 7th, 2017 09:26 pm
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I had my phone call as a reference for a former colleague today. I hope that I did okay.

Today was the last day that my boss is out; she'll be back on Monday. I'm going to ask if I can take three-day weekends for the rest of the month. We'll see.

I've decided that I want to move to Champaign-Urbana, home of the University of Illinois, my alma mater. I don't have the money now; I'll have to save up. I'd have an hour commute, but living there would make me happy. It's a very pretty town, plus there's a lot of stuff happening at the university.

I'm planning to stay home tomorrow and get stuff done around here. I want to go to Moraine View Recreation Area on Sunday. It's supposed to rain here, but not at the park.

It's beastly hot and humid.

The domain name finally finished processing, so I can set up the blog. But I better feed the girls first, or I'll have a mutiny on my hands.
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I decided to take a nap. I woke up to storms in Lincoln, Bloomington, and Havana (where I thought of going). All right then. Apparently Mother Nature is in a snit. Or wanted to provide her own fireworks. Staying home was the right decision.

Happy 4th though!
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Back from the store. I was hungry when I went, so I wound up with a few items not on my list, such as orange-vanilla "dreamcicle" type ice cream bars. But they will be nice in the heat. I also got some canned tomatoes and mushrooms, plus fresh avocados, to mix into my scrambled eggs. The Facebook group that I've been following has had some good influence on me. (I feel guilty about the ice cream bars. But not guilty enough to not go get one.)

Damn, it's humid (86%). I think that I'll change in into the shorts and a t-shirt that I sleep in, take my meds, and do a few things while the meds kick in. I want to get up EARLY tomorrow! Well, not late, anyway.
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Hmm. I was watching someone back up a truck with a U-Haul trailer. Took them several tries, but they finally got it. I wonder if they're going to load or unload after midnight, but they aren't close to my unit, and I don't care. Actually, I kind of like that Lincoln has night owls. Bloomington didn't.

I learned at work that the techies in our consortium can save me a lot of work during our conversion from Dewey Decimal to Library of Congress Classification this summer. Cool beans.

I've been looking into how to learn to play pool. A decent cue will cost me over $100. There is a school up in Rockford, about 2.5 hours from here, but it costs $500. Not happening any time soon.

Mimi has been working hard at ingratiating herself to me. When I flop down on the bed, she starts purring before I even pet her, and gives me kisses. Well, that's how I wound up with her in the first place. She seems to really like me. I've been able to break up some squabbles between her and Zara by telling her, "No". But she chased Zara out of the kitchen this morning. So I don't know. I don't have much time to find her a new place anyway because my presentation is rapidly coming up. I'm meeting with my co-presenter on Saturday to discuss our introduction to the presentation.

We had a "heavy" thunderstorm earlier, and it's very hot and humid. The cats are crashing out in puddles of fur.

I need to get up early to cover a lunch, so I'm not going to do a lot of cleaning tonight.

Brrr!

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.)

#$%^& Ice!

Dec. 18th, 2016 08:47 pm
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I finally got enough ice off of my car to see by using lukewarm water, and letting the car warm up for a long time with the defrosters on. Still took around an hour. After I got the ice off, I went back inside to thaw my hands and feet, plus change my jeans because I got water on them. I did get my errands run. Except I wanted to pick up de-icer and extra wiper fluid, but forgot because they weren't on my list! $#$%! I am NOT going back out tonight.

I spun out in Dollar Tree's parking lot--apparently they didn't de-ice it--but luckily, I wasn't close to anybody.

I'm daydreaming of Hawaii :)
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By the time that I got out the door, it was 28 degrees F, colder than it was last night. But I sucked it up and ran errands. Picked up my library book--Getting Things Done by David Allen. I thought that this week would be a good time to set up a Getting Things Done system using Evernote. Went grocery shopping. I was going to get mushrooms and spinach for my lasagna, and ingredients for mac and cheese, but wound up with a cart full of stuff. At least, I won't starve. And I bought my first Christmas present--a Hickory Farms box for my uncle, who doesn't do anything and doesn't want anything, but he does eat. I'll get more presents later in the week.

I want to start doing "morning pages" based on a writing prompt as a way to get back into writing. So I bought a sparkly gold notebook and some pens.

The cold hurt my face as I walked out with my groceries, but that's because I refused to wear a hat and scarf. Don't want winter!!! Like that will help.

My mom liked the idea of a basket of cheeses as her Christmas present, but she also said that she liked shortbread cookies. So I'm planning to bake some for her. It's way too early to bake them right now, but I am looking at cookie cutters. I found a snowflake one that I like, but $5 for one cookie cutter? Sheesh.

I'm planning to stay home tomorrow and do some cleaning and cooking. I'm not planning to get dressed. Love "at home" days.

I think that I'll go read....
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It's 27 degrees F out (I put the hyacinth in the basement), overcast, and very windy, so I made an executive decision not to go out to get the Sunday paper for coupons today. (I still am not getting the paper delivered, and I subscribed a month ago, so I need to find out what's going on.) I slept for 14 hours (must have needed it), and am still feeling shaky and headachy, so I think that I've made the right decision.

I have plenty of stuff to do here, most notably homework and cleaning and organizing my wreck of a kitchen. I also need to soak the berry plants so that I can plant them tomorrow.

The girls have gotten some cuddle time with me, so they're happy. They crack me up. I was sitting on the futon last night, talking on the phone to my mom, and Harlee was snuggled next to me. Harlee went away, and I stretched out on the futon. She came back, and was circling the futon complaining. I moved my legs, and told her that she could jump on next to me, but no, she was circling and complaining until I sat up. Then she jumped up and snuggled with me again. Whenever I turn my back to leave the bedroom, Zara has been rushing up and tagging my ankles. I tell her that yes, she is a mighty huntress.
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The drive to Champaign-Urbana was, well, memorable in all the wrong ways. I tried to get out early, and did a little bit, but I had forgotten that I wanted to get gas before I left. (I could have made it there and back on what I had in my tank, but I wanted a full tank of gas driving a long distance in this weather.) I checked the road conditions before I left, and it still said "some slick slippery patches," and they weren't kidding. We'd go at a pretty good clip for a while and then have to slow down because of snow and ice patches. I still was on track to get there more or less on time, when the traffic completely stopped. There was a truck in the center ditch that skidded off the road, jackknifed, and rolled over on its side, spilling some of its contents. There were three tow trucks in the left lane just kind of looking at the wreck. I guess they decided that they couldn't do anything because the wreck was still there when I came home. At that point, I realized that I was going to be late. We also passed some cars in ditches. But I made it there, and didn't miss too much of the class. The drive back was more clear, but still had a few slick spots. Anyway, I made it home as well.

I enjoy these classes, but could do without the epic drives. I just have class tomorrow, and a one-day class in a couple of weeks, and most of my travel back and forth to Champaign-Urbana will be over. (However, I like C-U, but would like it better in the Spring.)

I have homework to do, but need to lie down for a little while and decompress. TGTF!
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I started reading books about saving money, but backed up because I think that most of my problems involve a lack of self-discipline. So I started reading books about self-discipline. One thing that worked for me is when I wanted to take a nap rather than do homework, I told myself that I could take a nap after working on my homework for an hour, and when I got to that point, I was involved and finished it. It's a start. (Any self-discipline tips you might have would be helpful.)

However, I'm going to sleep despite more homework to do because I don't want to stay up late and mess up my circadian rhythm. Being a night owl, it's all too easy for me to do.

I wanted an audiobook about combating the excuses that we make to ourselves (to play during my commute), but didn't want to spend the money. I was able to request it using our new system for borrowing from other libraries, and it will be delivered to me at work. This totally rocks. I keep telling myself that I should get a local public library card, but it isn't really worth it for me to do so when I can draw on a pool of millions of books. (I should do so to support the public library though.)

The trees are coated with ice right now, and they glow in the light. It's beautiful, but also worrisome. There are patches of ice in the parking lot. (And they're predicting more snow tonight.) I might not go anywhere tomorrow if the ice isn't cleared, which would be good for getting things done around here, but I wouldn't get to the grocery store and to the apartment management to drop off my rent check.
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My demo went very well yesterday. I like the Dean over at the Normal campus. The faculty were a livelier bunch than the ones at Lincoln too.

However, it was snowing when I went over to the Normal campus and when I left. I had lunch at home and picked up the work laptop. The snow stopped for a while when I drove down to Lincoln after lunch, and the drive wasn't too bad. However, it started snowing again in the afternoon, and the drive home was hair-raising. There was snow on the roads and blowing snow. (It was the first time that I had driven on the highway in serious snow since the accident except for a little while on Thursday.) I went nice and slow and let people pass me. My concern was not unfounded. On a curve that was also elevated like a bridge, someone flew off the road and landed in a tree with the nose of the car pointing down. I don't know what happened to the person driving, but there were a ton of fire trucks and police cars at the scene. I also saw someone in a ditch. When it finally stopped snowing, we had gotten over four inches of snow.

My unofficial title at work seems to be the "person that makes things happen". My library director and someone at the Learning Resource Center at the Normal campus have been really talking up the new system for getting books from other libraries. However, I was the person who asked, "How are we going to get books from the Lincoln campus to the the Normal campus?" My library director gave me a blank look. I asked if there was a mail service from the Lincoln campus to the Normal campus, and he said that he didn't know, but the bookstore people handled the mail. The bookstore people said that they just ask if anyone is going over to the Normal campus and send things with them, but there is "a box at the Business Office". So on Monday, I'm going over the Business Office to find out what the story is. I also asked our library consortium if we could make the Normal campus a stop on the interlibrary loan route, but I'm not holding my breath that we can. I think that the upshot is going to be that I'm going to be the courier, given that I live in Bloomington-Normal and work in Lincoln. Maybe I could ask the person in the Learning Resource Center in Normal to call me when there are books to go back to Lincoln. However, that wouldn't set up a process for after I leave the institution, but I hope that won't be for quite a while.

I originally had planned to drop off my rent check and go to the grocery store last night, but decided not to given the weather. Today, there is freezing rain on top of snow, which doesn't thrill me for driving (although there are some empty spots in the parking lot, so people have made it out). I have homework to work on today, and I'll see what it's like later. I could go tomorrow, but I really want to get the ingredients to make garlic rolls so that I can make them tomorrow. If I really had my act together, I could have the dough prepared and rising during Downton Abbey, but I doubt that I'll be that organized.

Added: Yay, my bookcases have arrived at WalMart, so I need to pick them up also.

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