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Week of 19 December 2005

Latest Update: Saturday 24 December 2005 1:00 p.m.

Monday, 19 December 2005

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I went straight to the gym from work tonight for the 5:30 spin class. It was a bit of a rush to get there, grab a bike, and get changed by 5:30 but I made it. I was home around 6:30. We had a quick dinner, cleaned up the kitchen, and walked the dogs which put me at my desk around 7:30 to check mail, etc. It comes to about the same time frame when I come home first, change, eat, and then go to the gym. 

On nights when I am not doing a class I can continue to come home first as it rushes me either way in trying to make a 5:30 or a 6:30 class.

Things were pretty slow at work today. I imagine it will be that way most of the week. I have plenty of projects to keep me busy.

I am reading another Inspector Banks mystery by Peter Robinson, Playing With Fire. Banks and Annie are working on several arson cases, first two barge boats then a caravan, in which the deaths of the occupants may or may not be related. Banks has a tremendous fear of fire as discussed in several of the earlier books. This is a 2004 copyright and the next to latest in the series. I checked his web site discovering a new one in the series for this year as a follow up to this one. Banks does come close to loosing his life from a fire but I have not read far enough along to find out what happens.

It has turned cold with the forecast for the week remaining in the low 20's at night and the 40's during the day. 


Tuesday, 20 December 2005

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No update


Wednesday, 21 December 2005

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Last night I has to stop at the library on the way home to pick up reserve books. Tonight I did the usual grocery store run. We are busier at work this week then I thought we would be with file requests and closed boxes to pick up.

I did finish reading the Peter Robinson. I am now reading the next book in the Sally Wright series, Pride and Predator. Ben Reese, the Ohio archivist travels to Scotland to appraise an estate. While there, he becomes involved in solving the mystery of a local Parson, Jon MacLean, whose untimely death becomes the suspicion of murder.

It has been very cold the last couple of nights with lows down to 20 and highs during the day only in the low 40's. By tomorrow it is to warm up into the 50's with mild weather predicted for the Christmas weekend although it may be a wet one.


Thursday, 22 December 2005

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No update.


Friday, 23 December 2005

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I still have some vacation hours remaining so I took today off giving me a very nice four day holiday. We will be closed Monday. Next week I will be the only one in the record center thus no days off for me for the rest of the year. What I don't use they will pay me for.

This morning I finished sorting some stuff in my office and cleaned out a couple of file cabinet drawers. Around 11:30 Bob and I went next door to give Stephanie's girls their Christmas presents, books for each of them.

After lunch the frost had finally dried off allowing me to give the lawn one last vacuuming for the year. It took about an hour and a half. There was a lot of small leaves and stuff plus all the little twigs and limbs down from last weeks ice storm. I also had to haul four very large branches to the street from the pine that took another beating from the ice storm.

I then washed last weeks round of salt and brine from my car before calling it a day. If the weather holds out for tonight we may actually get to go observing. It was warm enough today for me to be outside in shirt sleeves, around 55 degrees. The nights have been pretty cold with the morning lows when we get up right at 20. Tonight is not to be as cold with lows in the 30's.

Guess I better give the guys some playtime for awhile.


Saturday, 24 December 2005

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Merry Christmas Eve.

I took off this morning for Wal-Mart around 9 to pick up some things in the grocery portion I could not find at my usual haunts. Surely it would not be crowded that early on Christmas Eve morning. WRONG! The place was covered in shoppers both on the grocery store side and the merchandise side. I dodged mad dashing shoppers and carts managing to come out alive about 45 minutes later. I had to make a stop at the drug store drive though on the way back home to pick up a prescription.

I still had a couple of projects to do in the yard. Between the sunshine and 45 degree temperatures I was working in shirt sleeves and sweating by the time I transplanted a couple of bushes from the back to front. I also had some of those 3 foot straight scalloped edged paving blocks I wanted to put along the front curb to replace the landscape timbers. They have been stacked up in back by the garage door since this summer when I pulled them up from an area in the back.

When I went to move them three of them were still frozen together. I brought them all up in the wheel barrow leaving it sitting in the sun until after lunch. After getting those in place I moved the timbers to the back and finished up in the yard.

Now it was dog bath time. After wrestling two 60 plus pound dogs in the shower I am now ready to sit for a chance to sit and rest for awhile. Some of my other indoor projects may get done today or Monday, not sure yet.

We did go out last night but we only got about an hour of observing in before some low clouds started drifting in the Sky Clock did not pick up. They were actually very pretty coming in like long fingers but it sure messed up our evening of observing. We did a couple of objects at least one of which from my hard to find Caldwell list. After sitting around talking with Steve, who had also come up, we packed up and came home at 8:30. It also got colder than predicted over night. It was already 33 when we got back to Winston. This morning we had another hard freeze. It was 25 at our house when we got up at 8 o'clock.

Bob and I will exchange our gifts to each other this evening.

Tomorrow I spend the day at my sisters with Al and the folks. I doubt I will put up another post until Monday perhaps with some pictures.

Have a safe and happy Christmas where ever you may be.


Sunday, 25 December 2005

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Merry Christmas.


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