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Week of 13 January 2003

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Monday, 13 January 2003

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I keep plugging away at my little projects around the house. Yesterday I did the overall house cleaning which included cleaning up and arranging the extra room Bob is now using as a PC lab. After lunch I tackled the kitchen linen closet before hitting the pile of stuff on my desk. Other than taking a few breaks to read and/or play with the dogs I worked most of the day at my desk. I closed out the 2002 Excel spreadsheets for the bank account, medical expenses, etc and created new spreadsheets for 2003. I worked on several small Friends projects, answered some CBCR e-mails, and caught up on list mail. 

After dinner, fried shrimp and French fries, I visited Lenore. Before I wrote this post for today I paid some bills and did one last e-mail check for the day.

This afternoon I am going back out to Bonnie's to finish the other FAS board. This one should not take nearly as long. I need to be home early so I can get dinner and make it to my 6:15 Body Pump class. 

I hope your week gets of to a great start. 



Tuesday, 14 January 2003

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Well, I survived another busy Monday. About mid-way through the morning at work they dumped another clean-up project on us that we are supposed to complete in two days before going back to our regular letter set work. 

Bonnie and I got the FAS history board laid out and Bonnie was going to finish up taping everything down. 

Sunday night I finished reading Carola Dunn's Dead in the Water. Tonight I will start Styx and Stones after I go to bed. As of this writing (Monday evening, 8:45 ) I have rather ambitious plans for today.

I am going to work until 2 pm then make a grocery store run. If it is not too cold when I get home I want to run my leaf vacuum over the yard. Yes, even though the leaves have long since fallen off the trees, I get all the crap from the other yards around me when the wind blows. 

Guess that's about all for now. 


Wednesday, 15 January 2003

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Sorry, it will be another short post again today. The yard was a mess of leaves and sticks. I did not get finished with the clean up until 4:45. Bob helped me fix a quick dinner of Chef Boyardee Ravioli and garlic bread while we finished putting away the groceries. I took fifteen minutes or so after walking the dogs to do a quick mail check to make sure I did not have anything that needed immediate attention then took off to visit Lenore.

After I got back I answered and filed e-mail and check web pages before getting this post written. The dogs need some play time and I need to sit and relax with a glass of wine.

We continue to slog through this data project within our project. The process is PAINSTAKINGLY slow, detailed, and mind numbing. 

I need to make a Wal-Mart run this afternoon when I get off work. Tonight is FAS meeting. We will pick up a Happy Meal at McDonalds for Lenore and then meet some other FAS/WSAL members for dinner. One of our members, Paul, is doing the program for tonight.


Thursday, 16 January 2003

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Yesterday I picked up a bag of slow release fertilizer to put out when I got home in anticipation of the weather liars prediction of snow for Thursday night and Friday of this week. My lawn is looking a little thin and dull even for winter time. If we get the promised precipitation tomorrow night it will be a good soaker for the fertilizer rather than rainfall since it will melt into the ground with the snow and not run off.

On the way to dinner last night from visiting Lenore Bob and I were talking about a trip we are planning in mid-February if the weather cooperates. I said if we had bad weather for February perhaps the Easter holiday might be a good second option for us depending on where the holiday falls this year early or late. I told him when we got to the restaurant I would look up the date for Easter on my Clie. 

Well, what do you know? When I went to look for holidays for 2003 supposedly imported to my Clie they were not there. Bob said, "Oh I posted a message to my readers there are none for 2002 because Microsoft didn't think anyone would be using Outlook 2002 in 2003." DAH! I said. And, he went on to further explain that he told his readers how to fix the problem. Yet, he failed to impart this particular wisdom on his dear wife leaving her to make this astounding discovery for herself. Go figure!

I plan on working at least until 2 today and maybe 3. If we get the promised inclement weather for Friday morning it may be too nasty for me to risk going in to work vs what I make. With Monday being a holiday down South it would mean having to make up a lot of hours next week if I do have to miss Friday too.

After I get off work I need to make a drug store run and then will stop in to see Lenore. Not only due to the chance of inclement weather but to give me an entire evening at home. Usually by Friday I am pretty exhausted from having to cram so much into my day by dinner time and then having to get all my evening stuff done to get ready for work the next day losing an hour visiting Lenore.



Friday, 17 January 2003

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Friday morning, 7:25 AM. Very quick post. Last night it started lightly snowing around 6:30. When we took the dogs out at 9 it was snowing harder and had started sticking to the trees and some portions of the road. I did not set my alarm thinking I would get up around 7 and see what it was like this morning on the roads. We were forecast to get anywhere from 1 - 3 inches or 3 to 6 depending on the path of the storm

However, when I got up during the night to go to the bathroom I looked out to see how things looked and the streets were clear. I went back to bed and set my alarm to get up at regular time. We got maybe an inch with hardly any sticking to the roads. I am off to work regular time.

Duncan has his yearly vet check up this afternoon. Tonight is to be very cold with temperatures down in the teens. Whew! we just missed another ice storm!

Have a great weekend.



Saturday, 18 January 2003

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Another busy day yesterday to end a rather busy week. Duncan's vet visit went fine. He is a very healthy eight year old dog. On the way home I made a quick stop at the library to grab a few books for Bob. 

Last night three moons of Jupiter were passing across the face of the planet and emerging on the other side. Although it was to be 20 degrees with 5 to 10 MPH winds, we decided to set up in the front yard to try and catch a glimpse of this wonderful site. However, Jupiter did not rise far enough out of the atmospheric sky muck to allow us to see much of anything. We did see two of the moons emerging off the plane face and possibly the third one on the planet surface.

Finally around 8:30 we packed it in and came inside to get warm. Steve Childers came over and set his scope up and view with us. He stayed and visited for awhile before leaving around 10. We walked the dogs and headed to bed.

The low this morning was 13 which is very cold for us. It is to be pretty frigid all weekend. While the snow has mostly melted off it will be too cold to play golf again this weekend.

Guess I better get going. Cardio Combo at the gym this morning followed by a visit with Lenore.



Sunday, 19 January 2003

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Relaxing day. We spent yesterday afternoon and evening relaxing and taking things easy. I got caught up on a backlog of mail in my inbox folders, read, watched some shows we had taped earlier in the week, and played with the dogs. It was nice to have a day where I did not have to rush, rush, rush, to get things done.

I am reading Alexander McCall Smith's first book in a series that has grown in popularity, The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency featuring detective Mma (Precious) Ramotswe of Botswana. The first book is the title of her detective agency she opened after her father died leaving her his money from the sale of his highly successful cattle farm. The first part of book gives you the background of Precious' early life and how she decided to open the only female detective agency in Botswana. With Agatha Christie and a book on being a private detective, she sets out to solve as the sign outside her shop reads " THE NO. 1 LADIES DETECTIVE AGENCY. FOR ALL CONFIDENTIAL MATTERS AND ENQUIRIES. SATISFACTION GUARANTEED FOR ALL PARTIES. UNDER PERSONAL MANAGEMENT."

There are presently three books in the series with the fourth book due out this spring. They are a little different type of mystery but so far I am enjoying a different approach to the genre. 

Today is house cleaning day. This afternoon I may tackle the downstairs as well which needs the floor vacuumed and a quick dusting or work at my desk. 

It is very cold again today with lows this morning of 17 and today's high barely getting to the 30's. I am not real fond of blustery winds but cold temperatures do not bother me in the lease. 




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