Sep. 11th, 2017 09:28 pm
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Later on Monday, the Defense Department said that damage to the Keys was so extensive that it might be necessary to evacuate the 10,000 residents who rode out the storm on the islands. -- New York Times

Crap. I like the Florida Keys. I would never live there because there's only one road out of there. I missed my flight on my trip to Florida driving out of the Keys because I hit stop-and-go traffic. I wonder what they're going to do with the 55 cats at the Hemingway House in Key West.

And the power is out in Clearwater, but that's not surprising.
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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.
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The New York Times showed a drone flight over Miami Beach. It looks like a scene from the film On the Beach--no people.

Apparently the caretakers for the Hemingway House in Key West didn't evacuate. They brought the cats inside and are riding it out. I hope that they don't get cut off. There are a LOT of bridges between Key West and mainland Florida. (Great drive, by the way.)

The hurricane is going up the west coast of Florida, including the area (Tampa Bay area, Clearwater) where I'm considering retiring. Good thing that I'm not going to retire any time soon.

Good luck Florida.
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The front desk worker was off sick, so I relieved my boss for lunch. Then I sorted through a bunch of junk because he wants to open up an area that we have closed. I made a mad dash up to Normal to drop off a library book. My job is never dull or repetitive. I like that.

I received my Java book that I bought, and I'm rather annoyed because someone opened the package. I hope that it was a mistake, and not someone trying to rip me off.

I had a taste for spaghetti and garlic bread, so I picked some up. It was good.

I'm kind of tired. I'm going to appease Harlee, who has been complaining (so what else is new?), get into pajamas, and do some reading. Along with the Java book that I bought, I checked out a Java book and a (good) book about cryptocurrency. Plus I have a book about creating a drop-ship business that I want to plow through. I might go to the coffeeshop tomorrow and read as well.

It's my weekend. I like three-day weeks!

Oh, and I'm appalled by the hurricane damage to Saint Martin/Sint Maarten. The place is on my bucket list, and looking at the pictures of the damage makes me want to cry. Here's hoping that Irma won't hit Florida too hard.
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Our A/C is still out at work. My boss has been leaving the staff door open to increase ventilation, but I keep waiting for a squirrel to come walking in. I hope that they finally fix the A/C this week.

I worked with my friend Jude tonight, which is always fun. We should figure out something that we can do together sometime.

Mimi was trying to convince me to feed her when I came home for dinner. Not. They get fed twice a day. Zara was stalking my corn dog. A quiet dinner at home.

I picked up some more corn dogs, which make a great lunch. I also splurged on a pair of pajamas that say, "Shoot for the Moon" on the shirt. The pajama bottoms have moons and stars on them. $7 at Walmart.

I'm watching the news about Hurricane Irma and fretting. I'm glad that they are evacuating the Florida Keys. That's one disadvantage to retiring in Florida. My dream right now is to be a snowbird; retire mainly in Santa Fe, but live in Florida during the winter and spring. I need to get to work on my programming to make more money. Speaking of such, I'm going to cancel the Android class and work with some Java books that I've ordered from the library. I'll pick the class up again when I have a better knowledge of Java.

I need to get up early for a conference call, so I need to go crash after paying tribute to Her Royal Highness, the Princess Harlee.
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I did write a blog post and got some cleaning done on the kitchen. Then I threw myself together to run out. WalMart had some pesto tortellini that I really like on clearance--score! And I was able to buy a box of chicken cat food, so Zara will be happy. (She's a chicken fiend.) And I picked up hair gel, which was the reason for the trip.

It is freaking humid. I just checked the weather for tomorrow, and it said "A stray severe thunderstorm is possible." I hope not because I'm going exploring in Peoria tomorrow. But enough of the humid weather. I've been getting headaches, and I bet it has something to do with it.

I think that I'm going to wend my way towards bed so that I get up at a decent hour tomorrow.
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Mimi refused to eat the expensive food. Hell. I gave her some cheap food that Zara won't eat, and she did eat that at least. The cats are driving me crazy. Oh, and Harlee almost gave my hand a good bite when she was going after a Pill Pocket.

I managed to get my laundry between storms. I like listening to the sound of the rain.
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Woke up from my nap into a big storm with quite a light show. I need to go to the store, but am trying to wait the storm out. The thunder and lightning have died down, but the radar shows that we're still in the middle of the rain. I hope that it makes it less humid.

I'm impressed by Harlee's ability to sleep through the storm, my coming in to grab her food dish, etc. I thought that I was a heavy sleeper, but she might have me beat.

Time to go feed the hordes....
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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.


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.


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.


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