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Week of 12 February 2001

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Monday, 12 February 2001

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Yesterday

After getting the house vacuumed and dusted for the week I took a shower, fixed lunch, and headed to the computer to catch up on web pages. At 2:00 I headed to the couch to watch the race, which was mildly exciting but interesting to see how Fox would do with their first broadcast. After the race I switched to the golf match which proved to be much more exciting. Three players ended up tied for the lead at the end of 18 holes thus requiring a playoff. It took several holes and a wild finish  with the double bogey winning the hole before a winner was crowned. We watched most of this while eating dinner of shrimp and fries. However, with the playoff holes, the tournament was not over until 7:00 EST. By the time we walked the dogs and I worked on some things on the computer it was late. The dogs got their last time and we sat down to watch The Practice at 10:00 followed by bedtime.

Oh, I forgot to mention the thirty minute interruption to the afternoon from 4:15 to 4:45 when Malcolm was at large in the neighborhood. He is usually very good about not running away when he is loose outside. Yesterday I guess he was trying to force a little independence. Instead of coming right over to us when we offer him a treat and allowing us to put him on the leash, he sauntered off in the opposite direction. Bob finally had to go find him in the car where he was around the corner playing with a group of children.

Today

Oh, those weathermen. All day yesterday the stations were running a winter storm warning. Sleet, freezing rain, cold, major icing through today, etc. Well, we did get up to white ground. We got a little dusting of snow instead of the freezing stuff. It did not get as cold and the moisture stayed to the south of us. By this morning it is all over with but it was nice to see a little white stuff anyway. 

I am off to the gym this morning and a stop at the pet store for dog food. I need to wash a load of towels and work on the usual projects.

Tonight is the Westminster Dog show from New York. While I don't really like all the grooming and stuff I do enjoy watching the dogs perform and seeing all the different breeds. It runs three hours tonight and three tomorrow night on USA.  

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Tuesday, 13 February 2001

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Yesterday

Just a normal day. I worked at the computer all day on various projects with breaks to walk the dogs or play hall ball. It was very wet and cold to be outside for very long. I fixed beef stroganoff for dinner last night and watched the first night of the dog show from NY City until time for bed.

Today

An at home day for me. Southern Foods is bringing a food order this afternoon. And, I need to finish up the laundry and work on my genealogy stuff for tomorrow's library visit. The sun is sort of peeking out but more rain is expected by this afternoon and tonight which is fine because we need the rain.

Tonight is three more hours of the dog show to watch. I will tape NYPD Blue and we always tape Buffy/Angel anyway. Guess that's all for today. 

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Wednesday, 14 February 2001

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Yesterday

Not really much to report. I did the load of towels, the food was delivered, and we worked all day in our respective offices. I again watched the dog show. The best in show winner was a cute little Bichon Frises that I had watched on television last year win several dog shows. Myself, I was pulling for the little Pembroke Welsh Corgis. 

Today

It is a very dark and dreary day. We are getting some much needed rainfall. I am off to the Main Library downtown this morning to do some work on my family history. The research is very slow and tedious which means I will most likely be gone a better part of the day. I would like to get as much accomplished as possible to avoid another trip back for awhile anyway.

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Thursday, 15 February 2001

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Yesterday

I spent most of the day at the library doing research on the Callahan family line. It has been well over twenty years since I have worked on this line. I said yesterday that I wanted to make good use of my time to avoid a trip back. Well, was I in for a surprise. There is a ton of new books of indexes and records I did not even began to touch. Part of the problem is with the new information I have I am working in another county. That means looking at a whole new set of books and records. I made good progress and did quit a bit of good information to get started on. I now need to sit down and make notes on what I have and notes on what I need to look for. The county where a lot of the records are kept is only about an hour away, so I may try to make a trip to the Rowan County Public Library and their courthouse and see what I can turn up.

Bob has not been feeling very well the last few days so we had soup and sandwiches for dinner last night. After dinner I watched my NYPD Blue tape and then went back to working on a column outline until time to watch West Wing at 9 pm. At 10 o'clock we took the dogs out for the last time and I headed off to bed to read for awhile.

Today

Rain, gray skies, and warm temperatures. It is like April here instead of February which means watch out for March. I am working at home this morning until time for me to meet someone for lunch and then stop at the library on the way home. I am going to the 6:30 spinning class tonight which means an early dinner. 

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Friday, 16 February 2001

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Yesterday

I had a nice lunch with one of the Friends of the Library board members and then stopped at the library to return some books. I had a quick meeting with the branch supervisor about the gift books and then came home. After an early dinner I went to the gym for spinning class and got back home around 8:00. The dogs and I played some hall ball for awhile and then I did some stuff at the computer until time to walk the dogs and get ready to watch ER.

Today

Still rainy and warm. I think it is supposed to clear up by tomorrow. I am off to the grocery store this morning. Later I am going over to the library to sort through some of the gift books to see which ones need added to the library and which ones go into the book sale. I was spending all my time sorting the good books from the junk and did not have the time to actually look the good ones up in the catalog. 

I may work this afternoon or watch a little of the Bob Hope Classic Golf match, not sure.

I hope everyone has a nice weekend. Some of you will be getting that extra day on Monday, if so, enjoy your three day vacation.

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Saturday, 17 February 2001

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Yesterday

I spent a couple of hours at the library working on the gift books. Back home, I was not really in the mood to work on anything so I watched the golf tournament until time to fix dinner. During dinner we started watching our two hour episode of Bramwell, the last one in the series. After a break to clean up the kitchen, feed the dogs, and then walk the dogs, we watched the remainder of the tape. Then I watched my tape of Once and Again from Wednesday night. We read until time to take the dogs out and then off to bed to read for a little while longer. A huge rainstorm was supposed to be coming in, so we took the dogs a little earlier than usual. Good thing we did because soon after we got back in the skies opened and it poured rain for most of the night.

Today

Today is one of the beautiful days that occurs after a rain storm and the temperatures drop. Clear blue skies and everything seems to be real green and fresh from the last three days of rain and drizzle. It is very windy and the temps are supposed to drop down to the 20's tonight. A change from the 50's the night before. 

I have a web site column to finish and another one to write annotations for. I also want to do some work on the family history and I need to clean up the office. The dogs need brushed both coats and teeth. I have a rather ambitious day planned, we will see just how much I manage to get done. The Busch race from Daytona is on at 1:00. I can do doggie grooming while I watch the race. Cheers!.

 

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Sunday, 18 February 2001

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I have a new picture up on the border collie page from the other week when we had our dusting of snow.

Yesterday

Well, a bit of diversion in the Thompson household yesterday. I spent most of the morning and afternoon working at the computer on various projects. If you read Bob's page you know he has decided to get back into astronomy. He has ordered a telescope and we are to attend the Forsyth Astronomy Association Meeting next week. As it turns out, they had a star watching event last night on Pilot Mountain, which is about 30 minutes from our house. That meant fixing an early dinner around 4:30 so we could eat, walk the dogs, and get going by 5:15.

When we arrived there was a small group of people setting up a wide variety of telescopes. The president of the Astronomy Club had a big telescope set up for anyone who wanted to view the skies. See Bob's diary page for today, I think he has a picture up. And, even though the sun had not set, we could view several planets such as Jupiter, Venus, and Saturn. 

Once the sun went down, it got pretty cold and with the wind it was quit brisk up on the mountain. We viewed constellations and star clusters until around 9:00 which by that time my feet and hands were getting cold. We got back home around 9:30 and gave the dogs their last time out. I fixed some hot tea and a English muffin since we had only eaten sandwiches for dinner that afternoon and gave the dogs some play time before heading off to bed.

Today

Today is race day, the Daytona 500, so I need to get my house cleaning done, shower, and lunch by 1pm. So far I have not been real impressed with the Fox coverage of the races. We will see how they do this afternoon. 

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