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Week of 5 January 2004

Latest Update: Sunday, 11 January 2004 15:42

Monday, 5 January 2004

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Ah! First Monday of a fresh New Year. We are pretty busy at work between handling data base changes, cleaning companies data, and working on user follow-up surveys. I have a lot to keep me busy. I worked extra hours today to make up for having to leave early on Wednesday to take Dad to the Red Cross to donate a pint of blood for his surgery in two weeks.

I also worked a little extra time off the clock to make up for using some work time to get the Friends newsletter folded, labeled, and stamped so they could go out in the morning mail. Didn't take all that long. I took short breaks and did a few at a time between my regular work.

I have been to gym this evening to Body Pump class again. It felt good to get back. I took several weeks off from that class. 

It rained all day. Malcolm did not get his outdoor play time which means he is bouncing off the walls. I I finished Mary's mom's genealogy, very well done, I must say. Now I need to finish up the John Dunning in the next couple of nights. 


Tuesday, 6 January 2004

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Yep, had to do it. I sat up reading in bed until 10:40 last night finishing up the John Dunning. I just could not wait to see how it ended. 

Otherwise a rather uneventful day. I had the usual bank, library, grocery store run this afternoon on the way home. By the time we unloaded and put the groceries away it was time to start dinner to so I could make the 6:30 spinning class.

Oh, when I got home this afternoon the lawn/landscape guy that lives two houses down was spreading my mulch. I had him do it because he can spread it deeper and do it the way it should be done. He has about half the natural areas in the front finished and will be back in the morning to finish up. It makes the yard and the house look really nice.

Well, the promised cold weather began to arrive this afternoon with temperatures plummeting throughout the afternoon with lots of wind. It is to be a low of 17 tonight with highs tomorrow in the high 30's.



Wednesday, 7 January 2004

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It has been a busy day. I left work at 11 to take dad to the Red Cross. He has to go two times to donate his blood for his knee replacement surgery on the 21st. We left the Red Cross at 1:30 and stopped at the grocery store on the way home so they could pick up a few things. I left their house, making a couple of stops on the way back across town.

While the Stouffer's lasagna cooked I did some work on the computer that I needed to get done. Kirsten arrived a little after 5:30. We had lasagna and French bread while discussing gaming and other assorted topics. The dogs, well Duncan, behaved very well. Malcolm did pretty good.

Kirsten left around 8:30. It is time for me to go to bed and get in a couple of chapters before I fall asleep. I am reading the third book in the quilting series. 



Thursday, 8 January 2004

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Sorry for the short post.

It has been a long day. I worked 7:30 to 4 to make up some of my Wednesday hours. Went straight to the library for a Friends meeting that ran from 4:30 to 6. Fixed a quick dinner of left over lasagna for me. Bob had ham sandwiches. Walked the dogs. 

After I get this post up and finish checking my mail I need to make tea and get the trash and recycling ready to go out for tomorrow before I will get a chance to sit down and relax before bedtime.



Friday, 9 January 2004

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We had a light snow during the night just covering the grass, roads, and sidewalk. By the time I left for work at 6:45 it was snowing pretty steady but small flakes. I love to drive in snow. I put the Trooper in 4 wheel drive and took off. Once I got out to Reynolda Road the snow was pretty much slush with pavement showing. I had no problems arriving at work just a little after 7.

My intention was to work 9 hours to make up my time lost earlier in the week. I called dad to make sure they stayed home and to tell him I would take mom for her hair appointment at 3:30 if the snow continued. I also threatened him with bodily harm if he picked up that shovel to do the drive like he did a couple of weeks ago.

I left at 3 instead of 4 so I could get mom to her appointment taking an hour of leave time. The roads were clear but wet though dad's drive was still covered with snow. We dropped mom off then came back home and I shoveled dad's drive for him. Afterward we sat around until she called to let us know she was finished and to come get her. After picking her up we ran by the fish place to get take out dinners for them and Bob and I . 

The snow is pretty much gone but the cold temperatures will remain through the weekend. We were supposed to have a public observation tonight at SciWorks but I would not have gone even if it had snowed. The temperatures are to be in the 20's with 10 to 15 mph winds. Right now, 7:45, it feels like 26 with the wind chill. Believe me, that is too cold be outside using a telescope for even a warm natured person like myself.


Saturday, 10 January 2004

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Although it did warm up to 30 degrees today the snow did very little melting off except in places where the sun came out this afternoon. This morning when I got to the gym, about 8:45, it was spitting snow and was still snowing when I left the gym an hour later. It did not amount to any accumulation except on the car windows.

The Friends of the Library held their annual meeting this afternoon at 2. I went over early to make sure we were all set up and to look for some books for Bob. We had a local author come talk about his books and how he got the ideas for writing them, etc. Very interesting man.

It is supposed to very cold tonight, with lows down in the single digits. Guess I will spend the evening reading and relaxing.


Sunday, 11 January 2004

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Cough, hack, wheeze! The weather change has done me in. When it goes from warm to cold my sinuses just get all screwed up. Plus being indoors in the various types of heat from work, stores, and at home. The result is a nasty, wheezing cough that sounds horrible though I feel just fine. Except, the darn coughing makes me tired as heck.

I have had this problem since I was a small child. I can remember going to be with the vaporizer on in my bedroom. As I got older my dad would stand me in front of the stove with my head over a steaming pot of water. Today, I am resorted to that home remedy to see if I can break up this mess in my head to get rid of the coughing.

The snow is still around though it is much warmer today. Sunshine and mid-thirties. I don't think if got as cold last night as they thought it would, at least not down into single digits. It was already about 16 degrees when  I got up at 7. 

I cleaned house this morning then spent time between reading on the couch and working at my desk. I finished the third in the quilting series last night. Today I started a new mystery by Carolyn Hart, Engaged To Die.




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