Fritchman Thompson Diary
of 4 January 2010
Latest Update: Sunday, 10 January 2010 2:30 p.m.
Monday, 4 January 2010
expected things were piled up waiting for my attention at work this
morning. After having worked only 1 day in the last 12 it was hard to
get back into things. I knew Malcolm would have a bad day too. He has
been so used to me being home. Bob said he howled when I left this
morning then pestered him constantly most of the morning for attention.
Like me, he will get used to being back in the routine before too long.
I finished reading the Margaret Maron last night and started another Sister Frevisse, The Reeve's Tale.
Back to the gym tonight. It was another cold and windy day.
to the mouse in the house story. Last night when we came up on the
porch after we walked Malcolm for second time guess what was almost to
the door ready to go in the house, yes, a live mouse that looked just
like the dead one I found. I almost stepped on in but just as I noticed
he/she, it scampered off the porch onto the natural area bed by the
sidewalk. Bob and I could not believe it was out running around that
late in freezing temperatures. I guess a couple of week ago we must
have had the door open either at night or even during the day just long
enough for one to run in the house without us or Malcolm seeing it.
Tuesday, 5 January 2010
Wednesday, 6 January 2010
Dinner out last night with Frances and Marcy
at Waldo's Wings located beside Zoe's. Marcy nor I had eater there
before. Frances goes there for lunch or take out. The wings were really
good. They have a pretty good variety of sandwiches and wraps.
to the gym tonight. Things have been steady to busy at work with the
start of the new year. I've been doing some more shifting of files.
We've run out of room in some areas of the alphabet.
watching more of Life on Mars. In addition to a good show we get to
hear all the great music from the 70's since it's set in 1973.
cold and windy. I think it is supposed to get up into the low 40's
tomorrow, something of a heat wave for us. The long range forecast is
for the cold weather to stick around.
Thursday, 7 January 2010
Okay, is it Friday yet? Between the unusually
long spell of cold weather and the first week back after vacation folks
at work were feeling a little run down today. It was still cold and
windy enough this morning for me to wear my heavy coat I bought at the
end of last winter. When I walked at lunch it had really warmed up
nicely making my coat a little too warm for me. Our snow chances for
this afternoon and tonight keep dwindling here in the triad. The
mountains are getting more snow but this storm is coming over the
mountains from the west. We tend to get our big storms with cold air in
place and moisture from the gulf.
Behind this brief warm spell is another cold, arctic blast. Yipee!
and recycling are out, back on normal pick up after the holidays. We
are watching the last season of Dexter available on DVD.
Friday 8 January 2010
Saturday, 9 January 2010
Wal-Mart this morning for a food and other
shopping. Hardly anyone in the store since it was only 8:45 on a cold
Bob put the old peg coat rack up for me in
the unfinished area of the basement where the steps come down. I now
have plenty of room for yard hats and jackets. I re-tidied up the
unfinished area from where we moved stuff aside to make room for the
freezer. I vacuumed the Christmas mats and put away the stand and
wreaths. I finished cleaning up the downstairs room putting things back
on tables, etc. then vacuumed the floor and stairs. The downstairs is
now officially cleaned, for awhile anyway.
I am almost finished
reading The Reeve's Tale. I have a new Louise Penny to start next, The
Brutal Telling, another Chief Inspector Gamache novel set in
Three Pines Canada.
Sunday, 10 January 2010
Dinner last night at the Mexican restaurant
with Paul and Mary. Bob mentioned mine and Mary's dissatisfaction with
Gold's Gym. Last year when Peak Fitness went bankrupt Gold's offered to
take their members. It has created major havoc with the gym, the worst
one being the parking. I have been a member at Gold's since about 1991.
They were located in the strip mall close by our house when I first
joined. Sometime in early 2000 Jon bought out the owner of the gym and
built a free standing warehouse type building around the corner. Not
long after we moved locations Peak came to town. They undercut Gold's
offering the members deep discounts to leave and come to them. At that
point I stuck with Jon mainly because I was not happy with Peak's way
of doing business. When Jon built the new place he ran short of money
paving only part of the parking lot. It is not very big to begin with
but the plan had been to fill in the space behind the paved area and
make it bigger. As I understand things, he made a few bad business
decisions during the time of the building process not paying off some
Then, as I mentioned, Peak went bankrupt last
August. All of the sudden Gold's was crammed with people, no place to
park, full classes, and not enough equipment. Not a very good deal for
his loyal customers to be rooted out by incoming free members. I think
Jon expected some type of payoff deal by Peak for the memberships. When
I go to the gym I take a short lunch and leave work 15 minutes early to
try to get there before the lot fills up. Since I can no longer do any
of the classes because of my knee I am pretty much limited to bikes and
machines. I think it is time for change.
The new YMCA is opening
this month in the old Peak location with pool, track, machines, etc. I
can get a more varied workout and not have to worry about finding a
place to park. Frances has already left Gold's to join a new YMCA
closer to her house. The new one for me will only be about ten or 15
minutes more to get home . I plan to make a visit there next week to
check it out and sign up. They have a special going this month for new
Some house cleaning duties this morning then I caught
up on my ironing. On my to my folks house for lunch I dropped off a
load of cardboard.
Although it is still cold and windy it is
somewhat warmer today then it has been with temperatures in the mid
30's and only the high 20's for wind chill. I borrowed a pair of Bob's
heavy lab gloves to keep my hands dry to wash my car. Afterwards
Malcolm helped me pick up sticks and sweep up the remains of the leaves
in the curb from the last leaf pickup.
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