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Week of 13 December 2010

Latest Update: Sunday, 19 December 2010 3:30 p.m.


Monday, 13 December 2010

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We had a light dusting of snow last night when we took Malcolm out around 10pm. Today was cold and windy. I left work at three for my 3:30 chiropractor appointment followed by my 4:30 haircut appointment. From there I went to the mall to look for a couple of things then made a stop at the library and the grocery store. Since I needed to pick up something for an event at work I decided I might as well pick up the few things we needed this week from the store. With bad weather in the forecast for Thursday and Saturday I have now avoided that rush. The mall was crowded for a Monday night but not horrible.

I am reading the third book in Karen MacInernerys' Gray Whale Inn series, Murder Most Maine.

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Tuesday, 14 December 2010

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Very cold this morning walking to work. With the wind chill it was down near zero. That wool hat Frances bought me for my birthday has really felt good on these bitter cold mornings. It was another busy, hectic day at work. Off to Y afterwards. Speaking of cold, when I put on my t-shirt  changing cloths at the gym after it's been in the car all day, brrrr!

Yea for Bob, he signed the contract on the biology book today. Time to watch an episode of McLeod's Daughters, then off to bed to read.

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Wednesday, 15 December 2010

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Thursday, 16 December 2010

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The forecast last night was for us to have "ice pellets" by morning. I put the Trooper in 4-wheel drive and off I went to work. There was indeed something crunchy on the driveway and some areas of the street. I had no problems on the city streets I travel but apprently the two main interstates, I-40 and 52 were ice skating rinks quickly turning into parking lots.

Waht turned out to be very hazardous for me was walking from the parking deck to the building. The sidewalks along the building I go around were covered in ice. Several years ago an ice melt company ran an add showing people taking baby, flat footed steps on ice with the voice over saying "do you have to walk like a penguin...? Well, that's what I did this morning. I had my Merrill low cut boot but, just like tires, nothing works on ice. I heard later several people fell.

The head count on our floor was down at least 2/3. Myself, one secretary, and two attorneys were all that showed up in our group. The other practice groups had a one or two but that was about it. I stayed pretty busy helping one of the attorneys with a couple of projects so it was a good thing I did make it in.

By the time I left work at 4:30 it was just raining. The sidewalks looked melted for ice but I walked down the hill on the street. Since the roads were fine I went on to the Y. It was still raining when I came out. Some of the side streets in our neighborhood still had ice/sleet/snow on them but otherwise no problems getting home.



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Friday 17 December 2010

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Another busy week comes to a close. I had to leave at 4pm for my chiropractor appointment. Whatever did not get done today will still be there on Monday.

I am reading the new Louise Penny, Bury Your Dead. Chief Inspector Armand Gamache has taken a vacation in Quebec City to recover from an arrest gone bad. He becomes involved in the case of a murdered archeologists who spent a lifetime searching for the remains of Samuel de Champlain, founder of Quebec.  Again, having visited Quebec a number of years ago, it will be fun to relive those memories while reading the book.


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Saturday, 18 December 2010

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Off this morning to drop off stuff at the Goodwill trailer on the way out to Pet Smart. I stopped at the drugstore on the way home to pick up a presciption for me and one for Malcolm. We asked the vet to phone in his tramedol so I would not have to drive out to Clemmons to pick up a refill. Malcolm is now officially "Malcolm Thedog Thompson" at Walgreens.

I've vacuumed and cleaned up the inside of my car in anticipation of it being warm enough tomorrow to wash. Today it is another cold, cloudy, damp day. There is forecast of snow showers for this afternoon and tonight but the high tomorrow is supposed to be 44.

My desk is cleared, I've caught up on the filing, and done a few other miscellanous chores in my office.


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Sunday, 19 December 2010

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Since I start my marathon cleaning project next weekend I took this weekend off from cleaning. This morning I flattened a load of card board to haul off on the way to my folks house. I had a nice visit and lunch with them. On the way home I dropped of some things off at Frances' house.

It's really a nice day outside. Warmer, low-40's though with the breeze it feels like the mid-30's. Even so, I left the truck parked in the driveway to give it a quick wash from last weeks round of salt. I was out there in my usual short sleeve t-shirt and sweats with a ball cap. My neighbor came over to say hello. Of course the first words out of her mouth were " I can't believe you're out here in shirt sleeves". Oh well, can't help being warm natured.

Not much else on the schedule for today other than grilling out some boneless beef ribs since it's such a nice day.


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