Fritchman Thompson Diary
of 13 December 2010
Latest Update: Sunday, 19 December 2010 3:30 p.m.
Monday, 13 December
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.
Tuesday, 14 December 2010
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.
Wednesday, 15 December 2010
Thursday, 16 December 2010
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.
Friday 17 December 2010
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.
Saturday, 18 December 2010
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.
Sunday, 19 December 2010
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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