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Week of 18 April 2005

Latest Update: Sunday, 24 April 2005 10:30 a.m.

Monday, 18 April 2005

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Well, I took the personality test that Bob and Brain took. While some of Bob's traits were accurate the overall snap shot for him pretty much missed his personality altogether. Mine was fairly close except I am not that much of a worrier or overly anxious with some exceptions.

Global Personality Test Results

Extraversion |||||||||||||| 53%
Stability |||||||||||| 43%
Orderliness |||||||||||||||||||| 90%
Empathy |||||||||||||||| 63%
Interdependence |||||||||||||||| 70%
Intellectual |||||| 30%
Mystical |||||| 30%
Artistic || 10%
Religious || 10%
Hedonism |||||||||||| 50%
Materialism |||||| 30%
Narcissism |||||||||||| 43%
Adventurousness |||||||||| 36%
Work ethic |||||||||||||||||| 76%
Self absorbed |||||||||||| 50%
Conflict seeking |||||| 30%
Need to dominate |||||||||||| 43%
Romantic || 10%
Avoidant |||||| 30%
Anti-authority |||||||||| 36%
Wealth || 10%
Dependency |||| 16%
Change averse |||||||||||||||| 70%
Cautiousness |||||||||||||||||| 76%
Individuality |||||||||||||||||||| 83%
Sexuality || 10%
Peter pan complex |||| 16%
Physical security |||||||||||||||| 63%
Food indulgent |||||| 30%
Histrionic |||| 16%
Paranoia |||||||||||| 50%
Vanity |||||||||| 36%
Hypersensitivity |||||||||||||||||| 76%
Female cliche |||||| 23%

Stability results were moderately low which suggests you are worrying, insecure, emotional, and anxious.

Orderliness results were very high which suggests you are overly organized, reliable, neat, and hard working at the expense too often of flexibility, efficiency, spontaneity, and fun.

Extraversion results were medium which suggests you are moderately talkative, outgoing, sociable and interacting.

trait snapshot:
clean, organized, dislikes chaos, semi neat freak, perfectionist, traditional, realist, fits in most places, enjoys managing others, risk averse, good at saving money, prudent, respects authority, high self control, hard working, does not like to stand out, follows the rules, finisher, resilient, takes precautions, cautious, honest, unfamiliar with the dark side of life, practical, dutiful.


The first day on my new job was good. We did a lot of physical type stuff such as delivering a cart load of file boxes, a cart load of flattened empty boxes to be assembled by us, and retrieving 30 boxes of files to take down to the record center. Overall I think I am going to like the variety and being both physically and mentally challenged. It will be more like my job running the library branch rather than my other job where I sat in front of the PC and did the same thing all day.

Since I already had a 4:30 haircut appointment scheduled for today my supervisor let me leave at 4 rather than make me change it. Starting tomorrow I will work my normal 8:30 to 5 hours with my hour for lunch. Today I worked through lunch in order to leave early.

The weather guru's could not agree as to whether or not it is going to rain tomorrow night so I mowed the lawn as soon as I got home from my haircut. The temperatures were still close to 80 degrees at 6:00 when I finished up.


Tuesday, 19 April 2005

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I spent all day today learning how to put the information in our data base system using the various forms. It is very tedious, attention to detail type work that I enjoy. It also takes some knowledge of number systems much like cataloging, etc.

Adjusting to the later hour getting off is taking some time. I had some loose ends to tie up this evening that I have not had time to get to so I did not make it to the gym again tonight.

I finished the Joan Hess. It was excellent!

Gotta run.


Wednesday, 20 April 2005

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This afternoon I left work at 5 and went directly to the library to help with taking down the book sale. We had to pack up all the remaining books to be picked up by Goodwill plus sort the ones we wanted to keep for our library store.

It was 7pm when we finished. I picked up dinner on the way home. Obviously when all the book sale planning was being done back in March I did not know I was going to be changing jobs/work hours.

It has been a very busy week already and it is only Wednesday. I continue to make great strides in learning my new job. Today was a mix between working at the PC and making file box deliveries to the floors in our building.

The hardwood floor people came out today. I was not really happy with their opinion. I will call the company tomorrow who put the floors in originally so we will two quotes/opinions to compare.

I am reading the second book in the Peter Lovesey Richard Cribb series set in Victorian England.


Thursday, 21 April 2005

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Okay, who keeps stealing all the hours in the day. I feel like I am constantly running to catch up then falling twice as far behind. We ate a very quick dinner tonight in order for me to get back on my gym routine. Since I had to stop at the drugstore on the way back home I only did a 45 minute workout to keep from getting home later than 8pm.

My new job has one very minor hazard...paper cuts. I used to get them a lot when I worked at the library. We handle files and card board boxes all day, having to pull the files out of the boxes to work with them. If I get anywhere near paper I usually cut myself. Right now I have about four on my left hand. But, I love the job. It is a LOT more varied than my old job to say the least.

The rain/thunderstorms we were supposed to get starting yesterday have yet to materialize. It looked like rain on the way home from work and coming out of the gym but so far we just have a lot of ugly black clouds hovering around.


Friday, 22 April 2005

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It has been a very busy and tiring week. I feel like I have a pretty good handle on my new job. Still a lot to learn. I was very busy today between entering data and making deliveries.

I finally got around to making the weekly grocery store run when I got off work at 5pm.  Luckily I made it home and had dinner cooked by the time a rather fierce but quick moving storm rolled in. We have more of the same for tonight and tomorrow.

Hope you have a great weekend.


Saturday, 23 April 2005

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We were up a little after 7. I took off for my 9am spinning class around 8:30. When I got back I gave Bob his haircut. After showers we drove out to my old library in Rural Hall. Bob needed some books to read plus today was their book sale. He found one book at the sale and picked up some authors that have new books out. Now that I do not work at the library it is hard for me to keep up with authors other than mystery writers. I check several web sites for upcoming books in that genre but rarely keep up with anything else. Sometimes I browse the book store shelves just see what is new, write down the titles, and come home and reserve them for Bob at the library. He also found a new Jill Churchill we had been waiting on.

After lunch he went over to Paul and Mary's to help put together a PC for Paul's dad. I stayed home to do the usual cleaning chores and to work in my office. My desk is an unbelievable mess with papers stack all over the place. I had stuff piled on the floor and everywhere else. It has been so busy the last few weeks I have not been able to do anything other than keep up with current mail and pile everything on my desk to be dealt with later. Today is later. Once I get my paper junk sorted I have a backlog of e-mail and electronic stuff to read and sort as well.

My goal is to get all this mess organized, filed, and read this afternoon. The weather was to be cloudy with a chance of showers so I knew I would have to wait until Sunday to work in the yard. I can't wait for this pollen to blow out of here. Everything from my car and mailbox to the bench on the porch has a yellow film covering it. It has turned very windy this afternoon. I think temperatures are to drop back down in the 40's for tonight.


Sunday, 24 April 2005

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It doesn't happen very often...yes, I slept in this morning until, gasp, 8:45. I know when to listen to my body and it told me not to get up at 6:30 to play golf this morning but instead to stay home and rest. However, the weather forecast also played into it since it was to be a low of 40 degrees this morning with wind gusts from 20 to 30 mph. I don't play golf in that kind of weather. I just came back in from walking the dogs. It is 43 degrees with the wind chill at 38.

We have an assortment of activities planned for today including getting some of the furniture moved up from the basement. I will need to mow and edge after lunch once it warms up a little. The mountains had a snow warning for last night. We have a freeze warning for tonight then I think it is supposed to warm back up. Very typical weather for April and May in these parts. I also have some remaining work to do in my office such as paying bills, balancing the check book, and other assorted pleasures.

I am reading the next book in the Alan Banks series by Peter Robinson, A Necessary End.

And, Happy Birthday to our friend Brian. I will not sing for fear of making the dogs howl! Hope you have a great day.


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