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Week of 3 November 2003

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Monday, 3 November 2003

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It seems like the last couple of weeks I have been going pretty strong without a lot of rest. Between last Friday's marathon afternoon in the yard, Saturdays' CBCR event, and getting up early Sunday to play golf, I am pretty tired today. I decided tonight not to go to the gym. When I am this tired both mentally and physically I run the risk of an injury. Instead, I stayed home to catch up on paying the bills and doing some CBCR stuff on the computer. My desk and inbox are now clear.

I think I will head out to couch for the remainder of the evening to rest and read. Temperatures were up into the low 80's again today. Tomorrow is to be a little cooler with rain coming in for the middle of the week.

That's about all I feel like writing for tonight. 

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Tuesday, 4 November 2003

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Our InterAction team went out for lunch today at the Chop House. A bit expensive but the food was very good. I had a grilled chicken sandwich and side order of pasta. Now, I have to make up the hour and half we took for lunch. 

As soon as I got home I  changed into yard cloths and headed outside to vacuum up the leaves before it rains tomorrow. Bob blew out the gutters while I got started on the front yard. I finished up about five o'clock.

We had leftovers for dinner. After I finish up this post I plan to rest and relax the remainder of the evening. Bob ordered me an early birthday present, a new digital camera which came in the mail today. It is really for both of us, he needs it for his new book he will be starting on and I need a better one to take on trips. I will still continue to use my 35mm but like having the digital on hand too.

It was another hot day, high's in the low 80's again. With the rain coming in tomorrow things are supposed to cool off by the end of the week.

 

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Wednesday, 5 November 2003

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I don't know if it is the weather or just me but I am still tired even after a fairly good night's sleep. After my haircut this afternoon I made a grocery store run then fixed a light dinner. Bob was not feeling well today himself. Guess I will try to make the gym tomorrow night.

Otherwise, not much to report. After the morning fog and drizzle the sun came out making it very hot and muggy. The house got so warm this afternoon we had to turn the AC back on. 

I copied this off Bob's post for today about my new camera:

Barbara's early birthday present arrived yesterday. It's an Olympus C-5000 Zoom. I knew it was going to be smaller than it looked like in the photographs, but as it turns out it's even smaller than I expected. I can cover it with my palm. It uses a tiny Lithium-ion battery, which the bundled recharger recharges in about two hours. The xD-Picture Card is also a lot smaller than I expected. I thought SmartMedia cards were small. They're about the size of a large postage stamp and not all that much thicker. But the xD-Picture Card is really tiny. Two of them might cover a small postage stamp.

The maximum resolution is 2,560X1,920, or exactly four times the areal resolution of the Olympus D-400Z I had been using. The camera comes with a 32 MB xD-Picture Card. At maximum resolution, it can store two TIFF (uncompressed) images, eight images with minimal JPEG compression, or 26 images with moderate JPEG compression. I haven't had a chance to play around with the various options yet, but this camera has more bells and whistles than anyone needs. I'll retire the D-400Z to knock-around use, shooting images for the web, and so on.

Before I try to use it I want to read all the manuals and familiarize myself with how it works.

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Thursday, 6 November 2003

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I worked late today to make up for our team lunch on Tuesda. When I left work the skies were dark and ominous looking, especially from the 10th floor. Sure enough, by the time I got to our side of town it was pouring buckets and the streets were flooded.

We ate an early dinner so I could make the 5:30 spinning class. It felt good to get a hard workout after being so sluggish the early part of the week. Bob has had some kind of bug the last couple of days but I think I was just tired.

I finished up the Valerie Malmont, Death, Gun, and Sticky Buns last night. Tonight I need to start another Mystery Morgue review book.

 

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Friday, 7 November 2003

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Friday, yahoo! It has been a long week. I came home from work, did a quick cloths change, and headed off to the gym for a workout on the cardio equipment before dinner.

All though I have some things to get done this weekend I plan on resting and relaxing too. I guess the big news around here today we the Pres. coming in town for fund a $2000 plate fund raiser lunch and speech to the local Republican Party.  He also made a visit to our local community college.

From the 10th floor we watched the secret service helicopter buzzing around looking for snipers on the roof. The Benton Convention Center, where he held the luncheon is about three blocks over from my building. The local public radio station carried his speech live. Since I usually have it one at my desk anyway I listened to what he had to say. 

 

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Saturday, 8 November 2003

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After a rather damp and dreary morning the sun has come out, the temperatures have fallen into the 60's with a breeze, and the skies are mostly clear blue. In other words...a beautiful fall day in the Carolina's. 

After the usual house cleaning chores this morning I took a shower then headed out to run some errands before lunch time.

I decided to forgo the lawn maintenance today due to the damp grass and leaves from Thursday and Friday's rain. Hopefully the wind will blow most of the remaining maple leaves down today and tomorrow. I will wait and do a vacuum/mowing the first part of next week. Instead I spent the afternoon playing catch up at my desk, repotting some plants, and doing other assorted tasks that needed my attention.

Tonight is to be a total lunar eclipse. Be sure to step outdoors and take a look. Here is more about it on the Sky & Telescope web site if you are interested. We will be out taking a look ourselves. Hopefully the skies will remain clear or mostly clear during the evening.

 

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Sunday, 9 November 2003

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The lunar eclipse last night was pretty cool. We went out to dinner around 4:30 then headed on over to SciWorks to get set up for the public event. I am not sure I have ever actually sat and watched an entire lunar eclipse before. I watched the moon rise above the trees while it was still light from about 5:45 to 6:15. A slight shadow started showing up around 6:30 with definite shadowing the next ten minutes. I was using my binoculars between the times the public was viewing through the scope. It was fun to watch the shadow creep across the moon as it turned red in the darkened part.

A lot of people came up and told us we had the best and sharpest view of any scope they had looked through. Several people I know showed up plus I talked to real nice lady with a wonderful lab/golden mix for about fifteen minutes. Once the full eclipse had taken place and the  moon started retreating out behind the earth's shadow a lot of people started leaving.

We packed up and cam home about 9:30 giving me plenty of time to get a couple of chapters read in my book before lights out.

Over night a cold front started moving in. This morning it was in the low 30's with a fairly brisk wind but we teed of in bright sunshine and clear blue skies. As the sun moved higher the temperatures warmed up to the high 40's but the wind still kept it fairly chilly. Last night I grabbed one of my hand warmers from astro-truck to take to take with me this morning. Dad and I both have a pair of very large, oversized mittens designed to be worn between shots. With the hand warmed alternately in one or the other my hands stayed nice and warm most of the day.

After lunch I stopped off at Frances' house to help her with a couple of things on the computer. We also started making our Christmas day menu plans.

We had grilled ribs for dinner with broccoli and garlic bread. Other than catching up on my mail and getting this post up I have not other plans for the evening except to read and play with the dogs.

 

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