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Week of 2 February 2004

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Monday, 2 February 2004

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Bob called me at work late this morning to let me know our Internet connection was down and would be until tomorrow sometime. The weather gods predicted inclement weather coming in this evening. I decided I would go to the gym this afternoon instead of tonight. By the time I got off from work it was spitting sleet intermittingly on the way home.

But, when I got home our Internet connection had just come back up again. I asked Bob to download my mail for me while I changed my cloths then we walked the dogs. Rather than risk getting caught out should the sleet become serious I decided to stay home. I am very quickly getting this post written and hopefully posted before it goes down again.

I did watch the super bowl last night while reading Stephanie Plum number four, Four to Score. I guess that was the first football game I had watched in five years or more. Carolina played well but came up a field goal short. It was pretty good game from what I could tell when I glanced up periodically from my book. I hope I am not sounding like my parents but that half time show was a disgrace. I had the sound turned down and was grossed out just from what I saw on the screen. Thank God I couldn't hear what was being sung. I can remember growing up and playing what would now be considered 70's classic rock and my dad saying "you call that music"? Well, I feel like what was being sung on TV last night would have garnered the same reaction from me. The visuals were bad enough. "You call that entertainment?"

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Tuesday, 3 February 2004

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The bad weather never did arrive last night. I ended up going to the gym after dinner and doing a cardio workout on several of machines then coming home. I needed to be home for my call from Southern Foods to put in an order. As you know, with the mad cow thing, Bob has declared no more beef. That is actually fine with me, I don' think I will miss it very much. We were only eating it once a wee at most. Steaks maybe once a month the other being hamburger helper or stroganoff. I always ended up eating mostly the pasta and saving the hamburger or meat in the stroganoff for the dogs. 

I ordered a lot of fish, chicken, and pork plus a box of their veggie burgers. This weekend our friends Mary and Paul are going to show me how to cook vegetarian stroganoff and tacos. I read about a veggie hot dog I want to try. I actually don't like regular hot dogs very well anyway. If we like the veggie ones I can start fixing those. 

Last night I sat up until I finished reading Four to Score. Not sure what I am in the mood to pick up tonight. I another book Mary loaned me which is actually a Young Adult novel or I may pick up something off my TBR shelf. I know I am not in the mood to read a mystery. I just got back from spinning class at gym. 

Guess I haven't mentioned work lately. We are covered up in data quality tickets and adding company information to the database. It really make the day go by fast.

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Wednesday, 4 February 2004

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Today was errand day: bank, library, pet store, and grocery store. Followed by dinner and the gym for body pump. 

That pretty much sums up my day. I usually get home from the gym around 7:30. By the time I do one last mail check and write my journal entry it is usually close to 8pm by the time I get to sit down and relax.

I decided to read the young adult novel Mary loaned me, The Chestry Oak. Set in 1942 in Hungry, Kate Seredy tells the story of a young boy born into the Chestry Family who is turning 6 during WWII. I am still in the early portion of the book where his Nana tells the story of his birth up to the point where he is in his life. Planes flying over head, German's visiting his castle, and his father off at war. From what I have read so far, the book is very well written. A nice change of pace in my reading.

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Thursday, 5 February 2004

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Friday, 6 February 2004

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Saturday, 7 February 2004

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Sunday, 8 February 2004

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No, we have not been out of town, hiding, or lazy. Our Road Runner service has been down since Wednesday evening. They just got it fixed this afternoon at 5 pm. Major hassle with Bob on the phone for hours on Friday with Time Warner. Needless to say I am not happy at having to wait four days to get back online.

My dad is doing fine. He continues to progress walking and doing his exercises. 

Last night we had a wonderful dinner at Paul and Mary's. Both the veggies strogonoff and the chili were excellent. We had leftover chili for dinner tonight. Once we get our supply of hamburger used up I will embark will be to pretty much make the same things I am making now using the veggie meat. It will also be a time saver since it is already cooked.

Today I cleaned house and defrosted the downstairs big freezer in preparation for our Southern Food order that will be coming in the next couple of weeks.  With no mail or internet I spent the afternoon reading and playing with the dogs. It was absolutely beautiful outside today with clear blue skies. The temperatures were in the low 40's but the wind it felt much colder. We played some outdoor ball then I walked the dogs around the block.

I did finish The Chestry Oak by Seredy. Wonderful young adult novel even for adults to read. Young Prince Michael's life takes a major turn one night when his father sends him away to escape the castle. The only problem is he did not ride his father's horse Shamrock but instead took his wild stallion Midnight. He is to flee to his Nana's house where she and Michael will go into hiding. Unfortunately Michael never makes it to Nana's when Midnight is spooked and Michael is thrown from his back. When he awakes he is badly injured and Midnight has disappeared. A old man who lives alone in the woods take Michael in and nurses him back to health eventually taking him into town to the hospital. When Michael tries to explain who he is everyone contributes his tales to his concussion and high fever. While in the hospital he is befriended by a kind, red haired American, injured in the fighting. I will not divulge the ending just in case anyone out there wishes to read the book. 

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