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Week of 12 January 2004

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Monday, 12 January 2004

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What fickle weather we have here in the Triad. By this afternoon the temperatures were back up in the high 50's again. It was a beautiful afternoon. I left work at 2:30 to give me time to run some errands before my 4:00 hair cut appointment. 

After dinner it was off to the gym for Body Pump. It is already 8 o'clock so I will keep this post short.

Have a great week.



Tuesday, 13 January 2004

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Sounds worse than it really is! I still have a terrible croupy cough that sounds like I am suffering from some sort of lung ailment. I feel fine, actually went to the gym tonight again for spinning. My lung capacity was down plus the fact that I can't breath through my nose restricted my overall output of energy but I still got a pretty good workout. 

Otherwise not much to report. I am almost finished with the Carolyn Hart mystery. My next new author that I am going to start reading is the Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evanovich. Bob, who sits and laughs maniacally while reading them, and Marcia both loved the series. I checked out the first three from the library for myself but Bob is reading them again. 


Wednesday, 14 January 2004

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Dad has his second appointment this morning to give blood for his knee surgery. It was almost 11 before we left the Red Cross for a quick bite of lunch before dropping them off back home and heading on in to work. I got there right at noon, working until 5. I will make up the remainder of my hours tomorrow.

I picked up KFC on the way home for dinner. 

As I mentioned last night I was starting the first book in the Janet Evanovich, Stephanie Plum mystery series, One For The Money. Evanovich is very funny with both her character personalities and the predicaments she continually gets herself into. Between reading before lights off last night and this morning waiting on dad I have almost finished the book. In this first book, Plum, who lives in New Jersey, becomes desperate to find work after being laid off from her job as a lingerie buyer. Down to her last dime with her sport's car reposed she sells most of her furniture and appliances for a $500 junk of a car. Her next move is to visit cousin Vinnie, a bail bondsman, for a job as a file clerk. Instead she ends up trying her luck running down fugitives who skip bail. 

Thorough her own subterfuge she convinces Vinnie to give her a shot at going after an ex-cop murder suspect worth $10,000 if she can bring him in. She gets some tutoring from another of Vinnie's long time employee's, Ranger, who bails her out of trouble more than one time. In her quest for the cash, she meets a rather disreputable character who ends up stalking her. Plum goes from disaster to disaster as she flits about down trying to track down her fugitive, learn to shoot a gun she is afraid of, and stay out of trouble at the same time.



Thursday, 15 January 2004

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I worked from 7:00 to 4:30 today to make up for the lost hours yesterday. Whew! Long day. 

We have WSAL meeting tonight with plans to meet Paul and Mary prior to the meeting. 

Sorry for the short post.



Friday, 16 January 2004

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No update.



Saturday, 17 January 2004

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It has been a very busy last couple of days. I am behind in e-mail, journal reading and posting, and life in general. Yesterday was another full day. As soon as I got home from work I loaded Duncan in the car for his visit to the vet at 3:30. Just his yearly checkup and shots. For nine years old he is in wonderful shape. A little arthritis in his right back knee and some mild hip displaysia in his left hip. 

We finished up at the vet's a little after four. Back home, we walked the dogs then loaded up Astro-truck for a visit to Kirsten's place for dinner and observing. It took about an hour to get to her house, she lives way out in the middle of nowhere, just west of Elkin, NC. Once off the 21 N by-pass we make rights and lefts until we wound our way to her house at the end of a dirt road. A very cute little A-frame on 3 acres of land. The night skies would be wonderful...except for a very bright street light right by her driveway completely washing out the northern skies. Seeing wasn't all that great as well but we did show them Saturn, M42, M31, and M35. We also let them use our binoculars to get an idea of things you can see without a telescope.

It was not all that cold for just doing brief 30 minute sessions. I was warm in a t-shirt, sweat shirt, and jacket with one pair of sweat pants and of course a hat. Had we been out at our usual night places I would have needed to add the second pair of pants and my lined boots. We had a very nice evening with Bob getting a chance to meet my boss, David. We left around 9:30 and did manage, with Bob's navigation skills to find our way back out to the highway.

Just west of East Bend, we got stopped in one of those DWI checks, as very often happens to us on Friday and/or Saturday nights when we return from an observing session. We got home a little past 10:30, played with the dogs then off to bed. It was too late for me to even try to do any reading.

This morning I went to the gym for a brief workout then on to the library to show another volunteer how to sort gift books now that I am too busy to take that task on any more. I was back home by lunch time. After lunch I had a few outside tidy up type chores like sweeping the remaining leaves and sticks up from the gutter, trimming back the butterfly bush, and finally washing my car from the latest round of snow and ice.

This being a long weekend with Monday off I have tomorrow and Monday to get my desk/office straight and do some minor business stuff. I think I will relax and read this afternoon and evening. I do need to watch last Wednesday's episode of West Wing at some point.

Guess that gets things caught up here. I still have this chesty cough that does not seem to want to go away which is more of a bother than anything else. Have a great weekend.



Sunday, 18 January 2004

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It has been a fairly leisurely day around the Thompson Techno Grotto. I did the regular house cleaning this morning, Bob got the laundry started. 

I spent the remainder of the day either at my desk getting caught up on odds and ends, playing/walking the dogs, and/or reading.  I am reading a nice little police procedural by Kate Ellis. 

Bob spent most of the afternoon napping or reading. Be sure to read his page for today about his adventures last night with the microwave and a bag of popcorn. Now you know why I do not trust that man in my kitchen.

The rest of the evening will be more of the same, reading and relaxing. Have a good one!




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