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Week of 22 September 2003

Latest Update: Sunday, 28 September 2003 18:16

Monday, 22 September 2003

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In case you missed it yesterday, my trip report is up from  my vacation last week.

I managed to get back into the swing of things at work with very little difficulty. Several weeks ago I requested a mouse from our tech department. I have one of those small LogiTech mouse that came with our new Dell systems. It is so small it is very hard on my poor arthritic fingers. I asked our tech guy if they had something a little wider or bigger. I use a wide mouse here at home. The day I left to go on vacation he brought me a new track ball mouse. (I cannot remember the brand right now). It has the track ball on top and is VERY wide with thumb buttons, scroll wheel, and two right side buttons.

I spent about an hour this morning getting used to my new mouse by checking e-mails before I actually started working in the database to prevent "scrolling accidents". At the end of the day today my hand and fingers felt much better. I got the hang of the wheel pretty well except for the drag and drop and cut and paste actions. 

After giving the dogs their routine play time outside when I got home, I spent about an hour working before fixing dinner and heading off to the gym. We have some rain/storms moving in this evening and over night. 

I am almost finished with that Laurie King, the Beekeeper's Apprentice. Last night I could only stay awake long enough to read about two chapters.


Tuesday, 23 September 2003

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Not much new at the Thompson Techno Grotto. We pretty much followed the same schedule today as yesterday: work, playtime, work, dinner, gym, work, read, bedtime.

I just could not stay awake long enough last night to finish the last few chapters of my book. The new television season starts this week. I really don't watch a lot of network television but I do have a couple of favorite shows I have watching for a long time, NYPD, West  Wing, and ER. I thought I would also give the new Mark Harmon show, Navy CIS, a try and the new David E. Kelly, set in New Hampshire. With the dogs, my schedule, and other interruptions we tape everything and watch it later.

The new season for Angel does not kick off until October 1st. We are also taping the Sunday night mystery series on PBS. Bob taped and watched Pulp Fiction while I was on vacation. Not my cup of tea, that one, so I will give it a miss.

Some heavy rain moved in to the area last night flooding portions of some of the nearby cities. Other than a little water in the basement we were fine.



Wednesday, 24 September 2003

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I was finally able to stay awake long enough last night to finish Beekeeper's Apprentice. This is the first book in her series about Sherlock Holmes and his student Mary Russell. I will continue on with the series but will take a break and read something else next. My TBR shelves are now full. Bob and I share the mystery TBR shelf and I have one of my own of other books. Of course, I bought a book while in Cape May. It is fiction set on the island. 

I left work early at 2 pm today to run errands. Bob burned my digital pictures to a CD so I could take them to the photo place and get them printed for me and my parents. The photo place is on the other side of town where AC Moore is located. While I waited on the prints I swung over there to pick up a small photo album and some picture frames. 

Other than stopping to fix dinner and walk the dogs I have worked pretty much non-stop since I have been home. Time to give the Guys some attention before bedtime.


Thursday, 25 September 2003

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In case you missed it, I did put up a post yesterday but I forgot to move the current link.

I left work at 2:30 today, stopping at the grocery store on the way home. The reason I have been leaving early this week is because I have a workshop tomorrow afternoon. Rather than go in a couple of hours late and have trouble finding a parking place I elected to work 8 - 5 instead. That makes 9 hours for tomorrow, we don't take a lunch. Since we cannot draw overtime I had to leave early two days to balance out the week.

The first thing I did this afternoon after play time with the dogs was to unbury the top of my desk. After getting papers filed and other assorted items I had a little time before fixing dinner to get some work done.

We had hamburgers on the George Forman with fries, one of Bob's favorite meals. During dinner I watched one of my taped shows from Tuesday night, Navy, NCIS. As usual, Bob thought it stunk, but I liked it. After it finished up I walked the dogs then came back to my office to pay some bills. After I finish up this post I will go out an watch my NYPD. 

I started a new author last night, Susan Moody, Death Takes A Hand. She writes bridge mysteries. Although I don't play bridge I thought I would give it a try. Bob said it was pretty good. Will let you know once I get a little more into it.



Friday, 26 September 2003

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No update.



Saturday, 27 September 2003

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Hi, welcome to the weekend. I had a full day yesterday from sunrise to sunset. As I mentioned on Thursday my working hours for Friday would be 8 - 5 due to an afternoon workshop. When I left home Friday morning the Clear Sky Clock did not look very promising for a Friday night viewing session.

I called about midday to suggest I pick him up when I got off work to go out for dinner and told him I would call when I was leaving the parking lot. When I called him at 5, the forecast had improved considerably. We were now planning on going up to our viewing spot in King. With sunset at 7:35 or so we would need to leave around 6:30 to get to the site before dark and get set up.

I grabbed some KFC on the way home, ate dinner, did a very quick e-mail check, walked the dogs, and we took off. The skies were generally clear but the ground level haze and dew was bad. My log sheets and the laptop computer were already damp with dew by 7:45, before it even got completely dark. Other than dealing with everything being soaked we had a fairly successful evening. I bagged one more object on my Messier list, leaving on 9 left to complete my 110.

Bob and both worked on our Hershel 400 list completing all the objects in Cassiopeia.  By 11:00 I was getting tired, the scope, telrad, and finder scope were all covered in dew as were my notebook and log sheets. By the time we packed up and headed for home it was going on midnight. We were in bed by 1 am.

This morning I did a quick workout at the gym, returning home to clean house, finishing up at noon. After lunch I mowed the lawn then took a shower. I have spent the remainder of the afternoon working at my desk. Bob did the laundry and cleaned the bathrooms for me.

The forecast for tonight is for thunderstorms to come in by early evening. I plan on spending this evening watching my shows from this week, reading, and relaxing.


Sunday, 28 September 2003

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We had a pretty good storm last night dumping a lot of rain on us again. This was all going on while we were catching up on programs taped during the week. West Wing is by far the best show on television, in my humble opinion of course. The script and acting are both very well done. I don't give a hang for the politics I just enjoy the show. We also taped Brotherhood of Poland, the new David E. Kelly. Also, in my humble opinion, it stunk. We watched all of twenty minutes of it before bagging it to watch another taped mystery. The fact that West Wing is so superbly done then watching Brotherhood, I am sure made it seem even worse. I will take that one off my to-be-taped list.

By the time the mystery was over and we walked the dogs it was going on ten. I read a couple of pages in my book before turning off the light. 

This morning we played golf. After the clouds blew away from last night it turned into a picture perfect fall day with moderate temperatures and a slight breeze.

Other than changing and washing the bed linens I spent the day resting, watching the race, and catching up on some of my magazine reading.

Tonight I will watch ER and get caught up on my taped shows for the week. We may have time to get in another mystery, one of two episodes we have left.

Tomorrow starts off another busy week for me. Hope yours is a good one.




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