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Week of 20 December 2010

Latest Update: Sunday, 26 December 2010 3:40 p.m.


Monday, 20 December 2010

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Our cold wave continues. This morning with the wind chill it was again down into the teens. I think it's supposed to warm up some by the middle of the week. I just walked Malcolm after dinner and it's already down into the low 30's. The full lunar eclipse starts sometime after midnight depending on where you live in the United States. A, it's too cold to be out watching and B, I am too old to stay up all night and then try to work the rest of the day. Perhaps next year.

Speaking of work. I pretty much picked up where I left off last week. When I left at 4pm this afternoon for my chiropractor appointment my desk was once again piled with work to be completed. There is about 1000 pages of documents to be bates labeled among other assorted tasks for me jump into first thing in the morning.

I finished up my appointment at 5pm then went on to the Y for my usual workout.

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Tuesday, 21 December 2010

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Wednesday, 22 December 2010

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Dinner last night with Marcy and Frances at Old Staley's Bar and Grill. Today I had my 4:30 appointment then on to the Y. It actually warmed up today in the mid 50's but by the time I left work the wind had picked up again. Tonight is be cold again, back down into the 20's with 20 mph winds.

Most everyone has cleared out at work for the Christmas holidays. I am working through tomorrow, we are closed Friday. With most everyone gone I am getting caught up on my backlog and I am still slogging away on the bates labeling project. If you don't know what that is, I am sticking an alphanumeric number on the bottom of documents. In this case I am also having to add an additional confidential sticker. That means of the 2000 documents I have done so far, I have actually put on 4000 labels. I can do roughly 20 labels in 2 minutes. When I left today I had labeled approximately 1/3 of the documents. I will not get finished before the holidays which is not a problem.

Yep, it's boring and tedious, you cannot skip a page or a number but somebody has to do it. Believe it or not, that is usually the paralegals job but I often get handed these proejcts when the paralegal is either busy or, in this case, out for the holidays.



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Thursday, 23 December 2010

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Today is my last day of work until January 3, 2011. I will be on vacation all next week. We are allowed to carry over up to five whole days to next year. I have three days over the five I am taking next week. The Firm used to pay out for anything over and up to five days but instead let us carry them over. I usually do not have this many days left at the end of the year. With our fall trip getting cancelled I decided to try and save up enough to at least be off the week between Christmas and New Year. I was keeping the three extra in reserve just is in case.

Cold and windy again today. I can't remember a December as cold and windy as this one has been. We had these conditions for most of the month. Not sure if this is what winter will be like or if we will be wearing shorts in January?

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Friday 24 December 2010

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We started the deep clean with Bob's office this morning along with the work room. Rather than a cleaning jop it's more like an archeological dig. Where we moved stuff I was able to vacuum but I am still not finished cleaning in there. We moved a lot of the stuff in the work room to the downstairs. The problem with cleaning up Bob's office and work room is we move it other areas of the house that are now also trashed. In between working on his stuff I organized my desk and moved the wrapping stuff back downstairs.

Bob did some repair on my computer. Firefox was having some closing issues.

Cold but clear today. The weather gods have backed on the big snow storm for tomorrow changing the prediction to snow showers. That may be true or we could get a major storm. I'll be spending the day with the folks, Frances and Al.

Hope you have a great Christmas Day where ever you are.



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Saturday, 25 December 2010

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Merry Christmas



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Sunday, 26 December 2010

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I hope your day was as wonderful as mine was. Another great Christmas Day spent with the folks, Frances, and Al. Snow started falling about 11:30. We spent the day opening presents and watching the snow fall. It took awhile for it to cover the grass and trees but by late afternoon things were looking very much like a white Christmas, the first one here in a long time. I packed up my stuff to head at 5:30. The streets were mostly slushy with some snow covering including in the neighborhood. Al and Frances took mom and dad home.

When we walked Malcolm around 7 the street were covered with several inches on the grass. It was still snowing at 10 for last time out. Not much more fell during the night.

I spent today deep cleaning our bathroom and bedroom. Moving furniture, scrubbing down walls, and mopping floors. I took a break midday to shovel the snow from walkway.

While I was cleaning Bob was washing shower curtains, table toppers, and towels; our set from this week plus the two new sets Frances and Al gave us for Christmas.

I am reading another Victoria Thompson, Murder on Waverly Place. We are almost finished reading this series. This is the next to most recent book she has published.

Cold and windy tonight, 20 degrees with wind. I already have large branches down from the pine in the back plus a few from the other trees. With the winds tonight and tomorrow I am sure I'll have more.



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