Oct. 22nd, 2017 11:57 pm
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My plan was to take programming classes and IT classes. However, I'm really, really enjoying my HTML/CSS class. I always wanted to become a web designer. I could switch gears and work towards a Web design and programming certificate, (Actually, those are two certificates.) However, the Javascript class requires the programming class that I was going to take, so it would make sense to take that class.

However, they have a interactive web media class that's a follow-on to the class that I'm taking. It covers an intro to Javascript and JQuery. I'd love to take that class. And it's online. Maybe I should just take that class in the spring. Decisions, decisions....
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It was raining this morning, but not very hard. I decided to take my stuff to the thrift shop anyway. Only to find a line of cars waiting to drop off stuff. I guess that Sunday in the early afternoon is prime donation time.

I had the space heater on near my desk at the library. Library back rooms (where I sit) have two temperatures: too hot or too cold. I have a fan and space heater, and woe betide the person who takes them away from me. This makes me think of working at IBM, which was surprisingly cold in the winter, and everyone had a space heater. I'm surprised that the buildings didn't burn down.

The Old Farmer's Almanac is predicting snow mid-November. Ugh.

On the plus side, Miss Zara made a fuss over me when I came home for dinner. Kitty snuggles cure anything.

Mom Report

Oct. 21st, 2017 11:44 pm
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She hasn't been sleeping well, which concerns me. She has problems shutting off her mind. The doctor told her to take a Benadryl before bed. I hope that it helps.

I did find slightly more than two bags of clothes to go to the thrift shop. It's a start.

Feeling tired, so I'm going to sleep soon, and get up early and do homework.
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I love online shopping. Harlee is getting low on her dry food, so I popped open a browser, went to Amazon, searched for her food, and bought it. Elapsed time five minutes (if that). Done. If I wanted to buy it in a store, I'd have to drive to Bloomington or Springfield (35-45 minutes one way).

I'm going to take a nap. Then I'm going to go through some clothes and pull some out to go to the thrift shop. I have more clothes than closet space. Maybe the limited space here will help me cull stuff. I also have a box of kitchen stuff to go to the thrift shop.


Oct. 20th, 2017 10:33 pm
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Ran out and got the plug adapters. Mimi made things easy by running away from me putting stuff in the living room closet and running into the bedroom, where I shut the gate. I spent a bunch of time snuggling with her when I got home, so that she doesn't think that I shut her in the bedroom because I don't like her.

Another step towards normal life: I made some french toast. It was good :) It also gave me a taste for grilled cheese, so I might make some tomorrow. Hmm, I wonder if I have tomato soup in one of the boxes....Dollar Tree has it if I don't have it. I'm trying to eat cheaply because I ate out a lot when I was cleaning out the old place.

I've been yawning, don't ask me why, so I think that I'll feed the hordes and start heading towards bed. I'm reading a book about finding your "why". I hope that it's illuminating.
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How many flipping plastic containers can one person have? Sheesh. (I've made a lot of progress on the kitchen. And I didn't take a nap, although I wanted to. Go me :))
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On Comcast's Internet access now. The only thing is that I need a longer cable so that I can put the cable box at the foot of my bed. I'd think that I could get one from Comcast. Also, most of the electrical outlets are two-pronged, not three-pronged, so I need to go out later and get more adapters.

Two boxes emptied, more to come.


Oct. 20th, 2017 05:00 pm
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Little Lincoln had a bit of excitement this morning. Apparently someone got on an Amtrak train at Springfield (next stop southwest) with a "suspicious package". They evacuated the passengers in Lincoln, moved the train out of town, evacuated some buildings and closed a road near the train, and checked out the package. I'm glad that they took it seriously.

Ran most of my errands, except the dentist's office wasn't open. I need an itemized receipt from them for my flexible spending account. Also need to make an appointment to get more work done. Note to self: get up early on Monday and stop by before work.

I also need to scan my driver's license for my tax refund, but I can do that on Sunday when I work.

Now I'm home. I'm doing laundry and eating dinner. The first thing that I want to do when I'm done is set up my cable modem and router so that I stop running up my data bill on my phone.

I have a box in the kitchen over which I threw a blanket. I didn't think of it as a cat bed, but Zara thinks that it is. I want to get the futon cleared off so that she can sleep there if she wants.


Oct. 19th, 2017 11:34 pm
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The neighbors weren't completely accurate about it being a quiet neighborhood. There are active train tracks at the end of the block, and the trains come through with horns blaring. It's kind of fun to see the Amtrak trains come through though. I wave at them if I'm outside.

Some semis drive through on the busier of the two streets near the house (we're on the corner) and shake the house.

I'm sure that I'll get used to it though. The cats are dubious.
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The girls seem to keep settling down. And it's my weekend. I have a few errands to run tomorrow, but I'll be home with them most of the weekend, which should help them settle in.

I needed to run a book up to Normal tonight (about 35-45 minutes one way). I had an Audible credit, so I bought the Being Taoist book as an audiobook. I also bought an audiobook on Eastern philosophy because I want to listen to audiobooks while I unpack. I listened to the Being Taoist book driving to Normal and back, and found myself resisting a lot of what it said. Lead by example. Okay, that's okay. Be happy with what you've got. I find that hard. Don't be ambitious. I find that VERY hard. It's probably good to be listening to something that challenges me.

I keep yawning during the day. I don't know if I'm still catching up on my sleep or what. I've been getting 8 hours a night. At least I can sleep in tomorrow.


Oct. 18th, 2017 11:00 pm
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Harlee was quieter last night. Thank goodness. I shut my light out early though to keep her from meowing. Harlee, I want to read!

Speaking of reading, I'm starting a book called Being Taoist: Wisdom for Living a Balanced Life. The basic idea is that there are four spheres in life--the public, the domestic, the private, and the spiritual--that should be in balance to live a full life. My life is perennially out of balance, so I thought that the book might help. The author is holding a workshop at the meditation center in Chicago to which I want to go, but the workshop is $120. The book is much cheaper :)

I got home early, so I hope that I'll get a chance to read.
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Oy. Harlee would not shut up last night. She wanted out of her room when I was going to sleep, so I wound up letting her out. So she came into my bedroom, meowing. She wanted to jump on my bed, but Mimi was already there, and didn’t want to share. I was going to read a little, but I quickly shut off my light to get Harlee to settle down. I love her dearly, but….sheesh.

I didn't get up as early as I planned, but in a way, I'm glad because I needed the rest. I did fold some laundry and put some laundry in the dryer, plus unloaded some cleaning supplies from the car.

Mimi went to the back door and asked me to let her outside, which might be the dictionary definition of optimism.

I'm kind of working for the weekend, like the song goes, because I want to start getting organized.

I'm considering going to a meditation class in Chicago next month. It would be the day before my birthday, and would be a nice birthday present to myself. I'd have to stay overnight because the class starts at 9 AM. I found an Airbnb place that's a reasonable walk from the meditation center, although it's $135 for a couch. (Welcome to downtown Chicago.) Around $50 for the train and $40 for the class, so it would be one expensive class. But I would like to do it.
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Now that I'm done with the old place, I'm having a full-blown anxiety attack. I can sleep though. Time to pick up a meditation practice again. As soon as I figure out where I put my meditation cushions (wicker chest in the bedroom?) Getting the place organized should help.

My eye is twitching, which is always a bad sign. Snuggling with Harlee should help though. I found an anxiety workbook that is recommended, but I'll wait and see if this lasts.

Looking at Unitarian Universalist churches again. I know that I keep saying that I'm going to go, but never follow through. The one in Champaign-Urbana is having a sermon on hope this Sunday. Might be good to go. It's in a lovely old church too.

I want to get to sleep early, get up early, and work on unpacking.


Oct. 15th, 2017 11:30 pm
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I'M OUT OF THE OLD PLACE! I dropped off the keys tonight.

Now I can get on with my life. Boy, am I going to sleep well tonight. Although I feel a little like crying. (My nerves are a little shot.)

Starting tomorrow, I'm going to work on getting the new place organized.
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Earlier this week, I was wondering if I needed to turn on the heat. Now I have the A/C on. Sheesh.

All I have left in the old place is some cleaning supplies. I didn't finish cleaning the living room though, so I'm going to eat, feed the hordes, crash, and get up early to finish.

Mimi is taking being in the "brig" (my bedroom) during the day fairly philosophically. She likes to nap on my bed, so it's a comfortable jail. Zara doesn't like me bringing in boxes, and keeps a good distance from the door. And when I brought in the vacuum cleaner, she vanished :)

Zara is also thrilled that I found some of the feather toys that she likes. I should play with her more often. Apparently Mimi likes feather toys too.

I talked to Mom, and she's been under the weather with some sort of flu bug. She also didn't sleep much last night because Friday is her chemo day. I hope that she gets a good night's sleep tonight.
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Mimi got out again today. She went farther because I was chasing her, but then I stopped because I was afraid that she'd run into the street, and she stopped to sniff, and I grabbed her. She's going to have to spend the day in my bedroom so that she doesn't run out when I get home. Damn cat.

There are people in this world who find cleaning very satisfying, but I'm not one of them. But the kitchen and bathroom at the old place are gleaming. All I have left is the living room, which should go fast.

Time for spaghetti and garlic bread....
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According to the San Jose Mercury News, close to 3000 homes were destroyed in Santa Rosa. That's mind-boggling. And tragic. One of the homes that was destroyed was Charles Schulz's home. His widow had to evacuate. The Peanuts Museum (which I've been to) was untouched though.
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Mimi got outside this morning. Luckily, she doesn't move very fast, and she's declawed, so she can't scratch me, so I got her back inside. Then she was sitting by the door, trying to figure out how to open it. I put her in "time-out" in the bedroom so that I didn't have to deal with her trying to get out. I let her out of the bedroom when I left for work, and by that time, she had forgotten that she wanted to go outside. Let's hear it for tiny kitty brains! I've been blocking the door with my umbrella when I go in. People might wonder why I'm carrying an umbrella when the sun finally comes out, but it looks like we might never see the sun again.

Zara barfed in the middle of the living room carpet :(

Another gray day. I suffer from seasonal depression on top of my normal depression, so I'm going into the hole. I've been yawning a lot all day even though I got a good night's sleep.

I'm trying to avoid turning the heat on, but I don't know how long that will last. I don't know if I mentioned that the weather finally turned cold (that is, 50s F) yesterday. About time. It's tea weather. And snuggly cats weather.
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A hour is almost too long for my dinner break now that I'm so close to work. Yes, I've been lazy and driving. I was looking at Facebook, when I told myself to put clothes that I've moved in the closet. I need to chip away at unpacking.

Work was okay. Nothing special, except that I was investigating Open Educational Resources, and found some books that I can study for free. I can put one of them on my Kindle, so I'm going to try it and see how it works.

I think that Mimi was chasing Zara earlier, but I didn't catch her at it. Crap. Mellow the fuck out, Mimi.

I made garlic bread to go with my spaghetti. Yum.
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It was raining most of the day. I did manage to move a couple of loads, but it did slow me down. I cleaned instead. I did some vacuuming. I cleaned the refrigerator and stove/oven, and they look great.

Harlee and I seem to have come to an agreement. She stays in her room (as far as I know) while I'm gone, and I let her out when I get home. She hasn't been bothering me at night.

Zara was cute when I came home for dinner. She sat on my lap for a long time, which is unusual for her. I've been missing snuggling with her. I'm glad that she feels relaxed enough to snuggle.

I've been craving a nap all day, but now that I'm home, I feel wide awake. Hmm.


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