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Week of 5 July 2010

Latest Update: Sunday, 11 July 2010 2:15 p.m.


Monday, 5 July 2010

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Ironing and house cleaning this morning. In between helping with the last PC build I have some other odds and ends jobs to finish around the house one of which is to finish cleaning up the basement. I hauled off a large pile of cardboard boxes yesterday on the way to the folks house. Most of those were computer boxes and shipping cartons.

The hot, muggy weather is back after several really, nice cool days so Malcolm and I will stay indoors today.

Last night was not too bad in terms of fireworks. We stayed up until almost 11 watching first, a movie about Dorothy Parker, and then three episodes of Jonathan Creek. I could pops and bangs while we were watching but I think Malcolm only heard a couple.

Several went off when we walked him around 11pm sending him scurrying for the house. We heard a few more once we went to bed. He climbed up on top of me then moved over between us shivering and panting until it stopped by midnight. I imagine we'll get some tonight as well. The new ball park for the AAA baseball team is now far enough away we can't hear those going off.

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Tuesday, 6 July 2010

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No update.



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Wednesday, 7 July 2010

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Needless to say I have been very busy at work getting caught up from my time off. Last night I went to the Y. Bob is not ready to shoot more pictures, so after dinner we had a nice relaxing evening watching Jonathan Creek.

I am reading another Deborah Knott mystery by Margaret Maron, Winter's Child. Maron has two murder investigations going on at the same time in two different states. One happend in Deborah's hometown, the other in a small town in Virginia. Sheriff Deputy Dwight Bryant, now married to Deborah, starts investigating a shooting when he is called to VA where is ex-wife and son live. When he gets there he discovers his ex has been missing for more than 24 hours. Then his son disappears right out from under his nose. Maron's books just keep getting better and better with each one.

If you live on the east coast of the US you are feeling the heat as we are here. Things are hot and dry with no rain in sight.


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Thursday, 8 July 2010

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We had a real fire alarm just after lunch in my 13 floor building. When the alarm went off we were all standing in the hall shocked because we had just had a drill a week or so ago. And, who would call a fire drill with the temperatures outside hovering just under 100 degrees. I work on the tenth floor. I can go down steps much easier than I can go up so I don't wait at in the stairwell for assistance. We have a couple of folks on our floor who cannot go down the stairs, but I am more than capable.

Once we got outside we learned there was a fire on the roof of the building. Turns out one of the ac units that cools the elevators over heated. Fortunately, while we were standing outside there was a decent breeze. About 20 minutes later we started back inside. I don't know how many people work in the building but when we do drills it usually only takes ten or fifteen minutes to get the lobby cleared and everyone back up to their floors.

As we filed in there were long lines at the elevators because they were not working. The only elevator available was the frieght. I used it when I worked in the record center. It is slow as heck normally. With a couple of hundred people trying to get back to their floors it was even worse. I finally sat down on the floor of the lobby since going back up 10 flights of stairs was out of the question with these knees and I don't do well just standing either. Both have been giving me a fit of late, especially the right one that I do not wear a brace on.

The line finally went down far enough to go stand in line to wait for the elevator. All told, it took several of us on our floor roughly 45 minutes to get back up. The other problem for me if I had gone back up the those uncooled stairs by the time I got to the top I would need a shower and clean change of clothing.

I'm dreaming of cool temperatures and rain!

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Friday 9 July 2010

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No update.

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Saturday, 10 July 2010

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We had a brief storm Thursday night bringing a lot of rain to areas surrounding us but we had just barely over a tenth of an inch. Last night it was lightly raining when we took Malcolm out for last time around 10:30. Again, only a small measurable amount. Things had looked more promising for later today and tonight but now those percentages have been dropped. Unless we get a pop up storm this afternoon I will water later today.

This morning I went out to the pet store and Lowe's Home Center. By the time I got home the grass was dry enough to mow. Except the few areas that are totally burned brown the rest of the yard had grown roughly 1/2 to an inch since I mowed Tuesday a week ago. I did a few more outdoor projects after I mowed then showered so I could help Bob with picutres this afternoon. It is muggy but not as warm today. With the breeze it's not too bad in the shade.

We have been watching another good British series, Lilies, about three sisters and their family in post war I England. I hate they only made 8 episodes. Bob keeps discovering these great short run British shows on IMDB that we really enjoy watching.

I am reading another tea shop mystery by Laura Childs, The Silver Needle Murder.


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Sunday, 11 July 2010

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House cleaning this morning. We shot the final pictures this afternoon on the last PC we need to build. Bob has his small appliance system up and running in the den but the media center pc is still under the weather.

Still hot and dry. I watered the flower beds good yesterday afternoon before I fixed dinner.

In between hand holding pictures I cleaned off my desk, balanced the check book, paid some bills, and organized a few files. I've Malcolm out back to play for just a few minutes due to the heat.



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