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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.


Jul. 9th, 2017 12:02 pm
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Given that the road trip blog isn't completely set up, I decided to stay home and continue cleaning. I made progress yesterday, and want to keep going.

The cats are silly about their food. Mimi was making a big fuss until I fed her. Did she finish her food? No! Zara hasn't either, but at least she doesn't fuss. Harlee finishes her food if I give her the "good stuff". I think that she's gained some weight, which is great. She's way too thin.

I Give Up

Jul. 2nd, 2017 08:41 pm
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I finished making my macaroni and cheese in time to gulp some down before the fireworks in Lincoln. I had printed off directions to the Park District center earlier. I threw myself together to go.

The directions were nowhere to be found.

I booted up my computer, but it takes forever. I got the directions printed off about the time that I planned to be there.

So I give up. I'm now planning to go to Bloomington's fireworks show on the 4th. I'll be in the area anyway because I'm planning to go to Moraine View Recreation Area that day. Some days, you just gotta say, "Whatever".

Mimi jumped when they set off test fireworks, so it'll be good for her if I'm home while they're going off. Harlee and Zara seem pretty blasé.

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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I've been tired all day. But I got my tired butt to the gym today. Go me. I get a gold star. (Literally--I have some stars and dots to put on a calendar when I do a habit that I'm changing.) I walked a mile on the treadmill and did some leg work on the machines. I wish they wouldn't blast music, however. I was trying to listen to an audiobook, and was hearing only part of it. Anyway, I'll turn myself into SuperHiker yet! It's a start!

Zara is being Miss Hissy Face right now. I was trying to get a notebook and my cell phone from the bed before I left for work, and she smacked me. It was starting to be a replay of when she scratched me. This time I was smart, and threw a light blanket over her. She disentangled herself from the blanket and did move away, but not before giving me a loud hiss. (By the way, the scratches are healing well.)

I'm interested in the audiobook (The 5 Second Rule: Transform your Life, Work, and Confidence with Everyday Courage), so I'm going to do some cleaning while listening to it. (See, it's changing my habits already!) But I better go talk to Harlee first because she's being very vocal. And loud.


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!

No Go

Jun. 16th, 2017 12:16 am
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I'm not going to be able to take the trip over the 4th of July long weekend. Apparently we're going to get paid on July 3rd, instead of the 30th, like I thought. The reason is that the 1st is falling on a weekend, and it's the beginning of the fiscal year, so they can't pay us early. Bummer.

But! I decided to see if Peoria (about a half-hour from here, not counting travel time in Peoria) had a botanical garden, and indeed, it does. They have guided tours on Sundays for $2. I definitely want to go over the 4th of July weekend.

Peoria also has a "nature preserve" with trails.

There also is a state park in Eastern Illinois (about 1.5 hours from here) that I'd like to check out. The same area has a lake with trails.

There also are a couple of spots in the area with lakes where you can swim. I think that I can keep myself amused and destress.

My cats, however, are not amused and are stressy. Zara scratched me this morning. I was trying to put my phone on its charging cord, and apparently I was too close to Zara's head. To be fair, she warned me, but I wanted to put my phone away and then jump in the shower because I was running late for work. She broke the skin on my arm, but it didn't bleed, so I need to keep an eye on the scratches. I might have some peroxide to put on it in my linen closet.

Harlee wanted me to come in and pet her when I was home for dinner. I told her that I needed to go back to work, but that I was going to be home tomorrow. She replied, "MMMMMMEEEEEEEOOOOOOOOOOWWW" and shook her paw at me. I have no doubt that I was being told. (I told my mom that I thought that Harlee was getting more and more crotchety in her old age. My mom said, "Harlee, I know exactly how you feel. :))

Mimi is annoyed that I'm busy typing when she is HUNGRY! (Their dishes are soaking in the sink.)

I have a lot to do this weekend, so I need to make a list. I want to take a walk in the nature preserve across the road from me though. And go to the gym and work on strengthening my bad knees.


Jun. 9th, 2017 01:38 am
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The cats were tripping out tonight. First, Mimi and Zara got into a yowling fight, which had me running downstairs to break it up, feed them, and separate them. Then Harlee started meowing loudly. I wound up leaving my dinner to sit with her for a long time to get her to quiet down. My neighbor was knocking on the wall, but there's only so much that I can do if Harlee wants to meow. This evening was an example of how little control I have over the cats, really. They have minds of their own, albeit tiny kitty brains. I was wondering if it was a full moon, and yes, it is.
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Today was...weird. We plunged into our conversion project. My boss seems happier now that she's given notice. I contacted my boss's boss, and told her that I'd be happy to post the job listing to various library e-mail lists, but that I'll be off next week. She thanked me, and jokingly asked if I'd be willing to be on the search committee. I said that I definitely wanted to be on the search committee!

I was so overwhelmed that I forgot to practice my presentation tonight, and work on my poster presentation. Not good; I can't drop any balls because of what's going on. I did write a short Python program; I need to finish the class up by the end of the month.

Mimi and Zara got into a brief yowling fight when I got home. I distracted Mimi by telling her to cut it out, and Zara took off upstairs while Mimi was distracted. I can't deal with that right now either.

Boy, I will be glad when the presentation is over (a week from today), so that I can at least cross that off my list.

It's way too hot up here, so I'm going to do some stuff downstairs for a while.
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I met with my co-presenter today, down in Springfield. We did more gossiping than working, but we figured out how to do the introduction. I also found out what happened to someone with whom we used to work and who got fired.

I was craving a burger, so I stopped at Culver's and had one. Probably shouldn't have spent the money, but it was good.

When I got back, I took a nap with Mimi and Zara. Zara has decided that the wicker chest in the window, on which I put the zabuton, is the perfect cat bed.

I've had a hard time getting going, but I threw my laundry in. It's hot in here. I need to work in the office, but I have so much stuff piled on the table by the window, that I don't know if I can get the fan in the window. I guess that's incentive to get stuff organized in here.
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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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Cleared taking Tuesdays as one of my days off in the Fall with my boss, and registered for Fall classes. it's going to be a little rough because I'll be in a Computer Science/Math class (Discrete Structures) and then a Computer Science class (first programming class) from 1 PM to 5PM with only a ten minute break between the classes, but it means that I will have to drive up to Normal (30ish miles away) only one day a week. Plus, it's simpler as far as work is concerned.

Now I need to apply for scholarships.

I need to decide whether to work Sunday - Thursday or Monday - Friday during the summer. Working Sunday would allow me to be available for chat reference for people on our Normal campus, but no one has been using the chat reference so far. Monday - Friday would be slightly better for our conversion project to Library of Congress Classification for our Reference collection. My boss left it up to me. And I'm not sure which I prefer. There are some advantages to having a day off during the week.

Little Zara has been following me around. She's been hanging out in the bathroom while I take a shower (and probably wonders what the heck I'm doing). She also needs to sniff whatever I'm eating or drinking. She's not trying to grab it, just sniffing. She's such a sweetie.

Mimi just jumped on my lap, making typing difficult. I need to go feed the hordes.
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The quiche is better warmed up. It's a winner if I put less onion in it. I was wondering while I was heating it if there is such a thing as a Margherita quiche, so I looked online. There is, but it's called a Caprese quiche. It's on my list, although fresh basil is expensive.

I also looked to see if I can get rolled oats on Amazon. I read a frugal living blog that suggested mixing it with cereal. The blogger said that he saves $400 a year doing that. Well, that's airfare to a lot of places. The trick is getting rolled oats that aren't expensive because they're organic. I found something, but need to doublecheck that it really is cheaper than cereal.

Kitty drama is going on because Mimi is hungry, and somehow it's Zara's fault. I've got their dishes soaking. And now Harlee is meowing. A quiet evening at home :)

Back Home

Dec. 28th, 2016 04:48 pm
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I'm really bummed about Carrie Fisher dying. I got a late start yesterday partially because I was watching the news. Rest in peace.

I also ran late because I did a makeover on my mom. I discovered that it's a lot harder to put makeup on someone else. I need to practice.

Finally, I left. Someone cut me off in Toledo, but I managed to slam on the brakes. I slammed them so hard that my suitcase flipped over. Then I missed a turnoff in Indianapolis. I wound up taking I-70 SW into Illinois, which got me about an hour south of the correct route. Then I picked up a route north that got me to the right route. I wound up rolling in about 3 AM.

Mimi, not surprisingly, hasn't been letting me out of her sight, and was on my lap last night when I was trying to eat. I expected Harlee to chew me out, but she was dubious about me at first, but then warmed up and was marking me like crazy. I just picked up Zara, so the gang's all here. Zara seems happy to be home, but isn't happy that I'm leaving her in the bedroom for now while she and Mimi get reacquainted.

I think that I'm going to spend a quiet day at home, mostly catching up on my classes. If I get ambitious, I'll work on organizing the bedroom and cleaning the bathroom. I need to get milk, so I might run out later.

Added: I'd really like to move closer to my mom, but can't do that now. I need to pare down my stuff and save up money for a move. I've always wanted to live in Ohio, which is closer to my mom, so I need to keep my eyes open.
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I started reading Getting Things Done. The basic idea is to make a list of everything that you need to get done, and then review it every day to decide what you will work on. I've started making a list on Evernote, mostly using my phone. Every time anything pops up in my head, it goes on the list. Of course, I still need to work on the items on the list! After I finish the book, I enrolled in a Udemy course on how to implement a Getting Things Done system using Evernote.

Minor kitty squabbles this morning. When Mimi is hungry, she blames Zara for it, instead of me. (I don't fathom how her tiny kitty brain works.) But I fed them and all is well. They're spending most of their time together now, and the fights do seem to be fewer.

In a few minutes, I'm going to prep the lasagna for the crockpot.
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Milestone Marker: I'm now 54. Sheesh.

I didn't go out. However, I did make some spaghetti. I'm letting it cool, and then I'm going to freeze it. I want to do that, clean the kitchen a little more, finish my grocery list, meditate, and go to bed. I need to get up early to get my driver's license renewed.

Zara almost gave me a heart attack this evening. I went outside, and the gate by the back door was open when I came in. I started looking for Zara, calling, "Zara! Zara! Zara!' but she was nowhere to be found. Then I looked outside for her and called her, but didn't see her. I went back inside and started calling her, and eventually she appeared at the top of the stairs, looking at me like "What??" Sigh of relief.

Someone on my LJ friends list, who is a Trump supporter, just deleted her journal. I wonder if she was getting flack for the election.


Sep. 30th, 2016 10:32 pm
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Well, I shopped until I dropped. I got to Aldi 20 minutes before it closed, so I raced around grabbing stuff. I did pretty well there, considering. Then I went to Dollar Tree, WalMart, and Kroger. blew it though. I checked to see if it was going to rain before I left for my shopping trip, and they didn't predict it. Part way though, it started to rain. I'm glad that I keep a small umbrella in my purse. It's mostly stopped though, so I unloaded most of the stuff from the car. The girls were good. They both know how to open or bypass the gate that I keep by the back door to keep them from going out the door, but they let me bring stuff in and didn't try to get out. I guess that they know when they have it good :)

When I rolled up, though, I realized that I didn't have enough plastic containers to freeze the spaghetti and lasagna that I'm going to make. I'm feeling reluctant to go back out though. Maybe I'll make the meatballs, which is the part of the spaghetti that takes a while, tonight, and get plastic containers tomorrow, and finish the spaghetti then. But I need to finish eating because I'm starving. And feed Zara and Mimi and separate them for the night, so that they don't fight at 2 AM.

It sounds like it might be starting to rain again. That settles it. I'm staying in.
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I went down to Springfield to pick up the vacuum that I bought online from WalMart (a Shark Navigator Pro Lift-Off if you care). Usually, I listen to Audible books when I drive to Springfield or Bloomington-Normal, but today, I felt like listening to music. So I drove down listening to Bonnie Raitt and singing occasionally. Nice day for a drive.

My first stop was at Meijer (grocery store). I had planned to make some hummus, and had a recipe for it that called for tahini (ground sesame seeds), and I knew that Meijer had it. However, it was pricey, and they had some ready made hummus there that was a lot cheaper, so I bought them instead. Sometimes it pays not to cook.

My next stop was to pick up some food for Harlee. I managed to miss the turnoff for the store and also drive past the store without noticing it. I finally backtracked and found it. The store also had a buy one get one 50% off sale on kitty litter, so I got that too. Sheesh, Harlee's canned food is expensive -- $1.50 a can!

I decided that given my spaciness, I needed to eat something, so I went to Golden Corral, which is a buffet all-you-can-eat place. Sheesh, it was expensive ($17.99)--more than what I had read online, but I was hungry. I did gorge myself, and the food was good, as well it should be. Not planning a trip back there any time soon.

Then I picked up the vacuum. Afterward, I went shopping to pick up a few things at that WalMart, and saw some herb plants (mint, rosemary, basil, and Italian parsley), so I got them. I'd like to grow some dill, chives, and thyme as well, but it's late in the season to get them, so I might have to start them from seed.

Then I finally went home. I snuggled with Zara for a while, which was sweet and peaceful until she smacked me when I tried to get up. Obviously I don't understand that my station in life is to be a cat pillow.

Now I want to do some stuff online, and then work on the kitchen. My decluttering group is working; I'd probably blow working on it off if I hadn't said publicly that I was going to work on it.
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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.

Zoom Zoom

Aug. 18th, 2016 12:15 am
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I fell asleep last night with the lights on and my clothes on. I hadn't fed the cats either (bad Mommy). And I slept for 11 hours. I have no excuse for not getting stuff done tonight.

The freshman are now on campus. I'm scrambling to finish stuff up before school starts on Monday. I brought some work home with me, and I'm going to have to check on a couple of my patron loads on Friday (my day off). But that's the way the start of school sometimes goes.

Mimi and Zara got into a big fight this morning. (The hair on Mimi's back was standing up.) I think that's my fault because Mimi is more likely to pick a fight with Zara when Mimi's hungry, although she did have dry food that she could have eaten. And Mimi promptly wanted me to let her back in the bedroom so that she could sleep on the bed, and I said, "No way." It can be a real zoo around here.

My mom will be coming a week from tomorrow. Yikes.


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