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Week of 3 March 2003

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Monday, 3 March 2003

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Welcome to the first week of March. Wow, time sure does fly when your having fun and enjoying life, right?

I have a haircut appointment this afternoon followed by a laundry list of errands to run. On the way home I will stop and visit Lenore. I think I will skip the Body Pump class tonight and give my body a chance to fully recover from the two days of pretty hard work I put it through. 

I think I mentioned last week I started another Carola Dunn mystery. Mistletoe and Murder is actually her most recent book which has me caught up with her in the series. Daisy and Alec are spending the Christmas holidays at  Brockdene, the estate of Lord Westmoor as a result of both business and pleasure. Daisy will be doing a story about Brockdene for Town and Country magazine and her mother, Dowager Viscountess Dalyrmple managed to wrangle an invitation from Lord Westmoor for the entire family to spend the holidays there. To Daisy and her mother's chagrin Daisy's sister cannot travel due to her pregnancy. However, Daisy's nephew comes along to keep Alec's daughter Belinda along with the dog Nana are all set to enjoy the holidays. Upon arriving at Brockene, Daisy soon learns the "poor relations" of Lord Westmoor now occupy the manor while Lord Westmoor himself very rarely if at all even makes a visit. Family secrets, stories of ghosts, and secret treasures all become a strain on the Westmoors and their guests as once again Alex and Daisy spend their holiday time together solving a muder.


Tuesday, 4 March 2003

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I woke up yesterday morning about 6 am and could not go back to sleep. I decided I might as well get up and start my morning routine early and get to work at 7:30 instead of 8 to log in a little extra time. I knew I couldn't stay later than 1 pm with all the errands I needed to run before and after my haircut.

After dinner, by the time I checked all my e-mail, read web pages, wrote this post, and finished up a couple of things it was going on 8 pm. I need to go out to the den and play some ball with the dogs for awhile before bedtime.

When I got home late yesterday afternoon between errands to change clothes and pick up something I needed to take to Lenore, Bob was helping our neighbor, Jim, pull down the remaining part of the tree that fell into our driveway. Earlier Jim used his chain saw and cut up all my big tree limbs into firewood. I guess I will get around to stacking it up maybe Wednesday afternoon. 

I plan on doing the same thing this morning, getting up early so I can be at work by 7:30. I am meeting a friend for lunch today when I get off at 1:00 then coming home. Tonight Bob and I will be going over to Griffith Elementary School to help with their Family Science Night. Our astronomy club will be putting up our traveling exhibit indoors. If the weather is good for observing Bob and some of the other members will have telescopes set up outside for the kids and parents to look through. If the weather is not good for being outside, they can at least set up inside and show them the various types of scopes and how to use them. 

Hopefully I will have a few print pictures scanned and posted for tomorrow. Just didn't have time to get it done yet.



Wednesday, 5 March 2003

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We had a few changes in our plans for yesterday afternoon and evening. At 4:30, when it was time to start dinner so Bob and I could leave for the FAS event, I still was not hungry. I knew Bob was tired from working on the book all day so I suggested he stay home and I would go and help Bonnie with the inside display stuff. I was pretty sure they had enough guys outside with the telescopes for the number of people who would show up.

I offered to fix Bob some left over meat loaf and a vegetable but he opted for peanut butter and jelly later on when he got hungry. So, I took the left over meat loaf over to Lenore and heated it up for us to share for dinner. She never eats all of her tray anyway and I figured I could just share some of her veggies with my meat. We had corn and green beans and meat loaf. I think she enjoyed having someone to eat dinner with her.

I left about 6:00 to drive across town to the elementary school. They had a good size turnout of parents and kids for their Science Fair awards ceremony. We had a lot of folks stop and look at our exhibit and ask questions. It ran until 8:30 making it almost 9 by the time I got home. After playing a little ball with the guys it was time for last time out and off to bed.

I finished the Carola Dunn. Next up is a mystery written by one of our local television news anchors. He is from Winston-Salem and early in his television career worked as a sports reporter. He went off to California to write and produce movies before returning back to Winston as the local prime time news anchor. Two years ago he spoke at one of the Friends meetings and read some from the manuscript. It sounded pretty interesting so I thought I would give it try. I will let you know how it is.

Today I plan on working at least until two and perhaps until three. Just in case you are wondering, these hours I work are without lunch breaks. We are part time and are supposed to take only one 10 minute break, otherwise we work straight through eating while we work or taking a bathroom break. When I work 8 to 2 or 3 I am able to get six or seven hours in. A lot of times it just depends on how tired I am by mid afternoon as to how long I end up staying. 



Thursday, 6 March 2003

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Well, I made it to 2:15 at work yesterday. I had several really tough data mergers and a couple of tricky situations to solve so that by 2:00 I was pretty much brain dead. However, the good news is well got new Dell work stations yesterday to replace the old IBM machines they set us up with. They are really cool. The flat panel sits on top of this small system unit giving us much more working room on our desks. I like the black color, especially the keyboard. 

Around 1:30 or so Bob e-mailed to tell me the vacuum cleaner was ready to pick up. I decided I would leave at 2:15 to go by and pick it up across town then stop and pick up Kerry's medicine at the pharmacy before making the grocery store stop. It was almost four by the time I got home. 

Since I wanted to make the 6:30 Body Pump class Bob suggested we have an early dinner so I could go visit Lenore before instead of after class so I could get home by 7:30 instead of well after 8. I played with the dogs a while then caught up on e-mail and wrote this post. It is time to take the dogs out and hit the bed to read a bit.

The weather today was in the 60's. Mother Nature once again teasing us into thinking winter is over. HA!


Friday, 7 March 2003

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Another lovely day in the Carolina's yesterday. Although it started out with some rain by the time I got off work at 1:15 the sun was trying to pop out. The temperatures were well into the 60's. As soon as I got home and changed my clothes I went outside, along with the dogs of course, and moved all the cut up firewood to the wood pile at the end of the yard. After getting the wood all stacked I raked up the worst of the small branches and twigs to go into the yard cart the city picks up each week. Overall, the yard looks pretty good. There are still some twigs and leaves that need vacuumed up. Maybe one day next week I will have time to fire up the lawn vacuum and give it a good sweep.

After I finished up in the yard I had a little time to check my e-mail before we left for the library and dinner. We stopped at Wendy's and picked up some food for us and a Frosty for Lenore and ate dinner with her. We spend the evening doing our usual reading and playing with the dogs.

Today, the InterAction team will be going to lunch at Macaroni Grill to treat Tim whose wife just had their second child. We will be presenting them with a gift certificate to a nice restaurant and a few things for their other child who is three. Yes, the other child. Our team leader, Tish, felt like they would get a lot of new things for the baby, which always makes the other children, especially if they are very young, feel left out. We decided to get a bag and fill it full of small, inexpensive things for her instead. Should be a lot of fun. 

I hope you have a great weekend whatever you have planned to do.



Saturday, 8 March 2003

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I got home about 2 yesterday afternoon after having stopped for gas on the way home from the luncheon. As soon as I came in the door I changed clothes, penned the dogs up in the foyer, and started vacuuming the house. I just couldn't stand the hair, dirt, and leaves all over the floor of every room in the house. Between the dogs shedding and dragging in dirt and us dragging it in on our shoes I could not wait until today to do the cleaning. The weather is to be nice enough Sunday to play golf which means Saturday would have to have been house cleaning day.

The house just cannot go two weeks this time of year without being cleaned especially as wet and muddy as it has been. After I vacuumed I went ahead and dusted the den and bedrooms and even took everything off my desk and gave it a good cleaning as well.

We had pork chops for dinner cooked on the George Foreman grill along with herb rice and peas. We had started to watch another episode of Midsomer Murder with dinner but Bob got a call from Jerry. Instead, while he ate his reheated dinner I trimmed Kerry's nails and we waited to watch the show after we took the dogs out. I told Bob I was just too tired to make a Lenore visit.

This morning I am off to the gym for Cardio Combo class then a visit with Lenore. Hopefully by the time I get home it will have warmed up enough to wash both the trucks. Then Bob and I need to switch the astronomy stuff back to the white Trooper and give me back the blue one. Not only has it been warm enough lately to need the air the CD player went south Wednesday night. I can't stand early morning "talk radio" with all the silly stuff going on and I listen to NPR at my desk while I work. Later on in the day sometimes I listen to the oldies station or WFDD Classical  music but morning radio gets on my nerves. I absolutely have to have a CD player when I am on the road. I can't stand station hopping either and on Monday I have to go to Durham for a meeting.

As I said earlier, it is to be fairly warm all weekend with some clouds. This will be a busy weekend between getting the trucks switched, preparation for my meeting on Monday, and some planned activities for Sunday besides golf. More on that tomorrow.



Sunday, 9 March 2003

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I am writing this post at 10:45 PM on Saturday night, which is very late for me. Our friends, who came over for an evening of pizza and conversation downstairs in front of the fire, have just left. I am playing golf this morning for the first time in at least a month.

Bob and I are supposed to go with Paul and Mary to look at a house they are thinking of buying this afternoon. I may not get home in time but I told Bob to go ahead without me. I will be coming straight home after golf rather than staying to eat lunch with my folks. Tonight we are celebrating my mom and dad's wedding anniversary which is today and my sister's birthday, which is tomorrow. I will be having dinner at Frances's house and Bob will go eat with his mom. 

Guess that's about all for tonight. It is getting late and I need to get to bed. 

You can read on Bob's page about all the mail problems we were having yesterday which is why yesterday's post did not go up until late Saturday afternoon. Depending on how things are going today, I am not sure when you will get to read this one. If you sent me an e-mail yesterday sometime between 6 in the morning and until late in the afternoon more than likely I did not get it. If you did send me an e-mail and have not heard back from me by sometime tomorrow evening please resend.




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