Tuesday, September 29, 2015

It's Quarter till Twelve

Isn't there a song like this?  I don't know I'm too tired to remember.  I had plans.  I had a specific list of things I wanted to get done tonight and they all went out the window.

When I got home, Ken was grumbly and not feeling well.  We had supper and he said he wanted to go to Urgent Care because he felt bad - sinus infection.

One thing I hate is coming home, getting settled in, and then having to go back out.  However, he wasn't feeling well and hasn't really felt well since Friday.  We went off to the Dean Urgent Care and sure enough he's got a sinus infection and two ear infections.  He's staying home tomorrow.  The shocking part about this is I didn't have to nag him to stay home.  He decided to all on his own.

Ironically it took us about an hour in Urgent Care and almost another hour at the pharmacy.  I think the woman ahead of us in drive thru was telling her entire health history to the guy and the entire health history of her family.  We sat behind her for nearly twenty minutes I think.

When we got up to the window the gentleman told us his antibiotic wasn't ready yet, could we pull around and come back in fifteen minutes.  I had my phone and played 2048 for the time but Ken was not happy sitting in the car.  He wanted to go home.

Finally I got him home, he took his meds and went to bed.  I hope he gets a good night's sleep and sleeps later than normal for him.  I think he needs it.

I started on my list and got some of it done but not nearly all.  It's nearly midnight and I'm going to sleep as soon as I'm done typing.  Hopefully tomorrow will be more productive in some arenas.  I was productive but not in writing or crocheting as I was busy helping the hubby.

My list would take another couple of hours to get through.  I think I'll pass on that and opt for a few hours of sleep before I go to work.  I'll adjust my to do list and get things done tomorrow.

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Quiet Weekend

Three baby bibs done for my daughter to give to her friend.  One more to go.  After that, I've got a list of what I want to work on.  My arm is feeling a little better so hopefully I'll be able to work on the projects without too much difficulty.

Yesterday I was unproductive.  I watched Foyle's War (BBC show) and crocheted.  Ken wasn't feeling well so we didn't do much of anything other than hang out at home.

This week is looking to be hectic with all the things going on at work.  I've been working on a procedures book for the student workers and my position.  I edited my position description.  I'm also working on other projects like budget, advising manual for the faculty and others.  All of this is on top of distributing work to the student workers and tending to the needs of my faculty.

I'm hoping if I get some of the crochet projects which are on my mind done, I'll be able to go back to writing.  My head seems to get stuck in "I want to work on this" and then nothing else really satisfies me.  I've been stuck on the I want to crochet mode but with my arm bugging me, it's been difficult to get the crocheting done.  I'm hoping today to finish two of the projects before the arm hurts again.  I've got three which are nudging me.

I'm working at my desk this morning and I'll see how much editing and other tasks I get done.  This afternoon I plan to go back to watching Foyle's War and crocheting.  It will be a quiet Sunday.  Ken will watch football and I'll do my own thing.  No need to wander out or even get dressed - staying in my jammies today.

I've talked to all the girls this weekend.  It's always nice to hear what they are doing even if it is just stuff around the house.  Vicki called me to talk yesterday between her errands.  I called Virginia and caught her just after she got a haircut.  I talked to Stephanie as she was working around the house.  It was nice to be part of their day and to hear what was going on with them.

Friday, September 25, 2015

Lost and Not in the Good Way

In general, I feel politics is a waste of time.  The normal person doesn't have the power or the connection to make a difference in our political arena.  This doesn't mean I don't vote or voice my opinions.  It means most of the time I feel helpless.

The things is the politicians are supposed to be representing all the people.  I'm one of the geeks who has actually read the Declaration of Independence.  It is eloquent and strong.  It is inspired and treasonous.  Yet, if you read it, dissect the meaning from the old language, it reminds us of how our country came about.  "That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness." Declaration of Independence

When do we as a people look at our governing body and say enough?  When do we look at how the legislatures - regardless of party - to see they have stopped governing and are simply doing the bidding of a few rich corporations and individuals?

It baffles me people can't see, don't know why we started this country and don't see how we have strayed from how we were meant to be.  In the last seventy years, we've allowed certain factions to have more say than they should have in our government.

I'm not saying we should go back to the values and societal norms of the 1700s.  I'm saying we should look at the principles espoused by the founders of the country and really consider who is helping and moving us forward in a positive way for ALL the people, not just an elite few.

We're returning to an era of Robber Barons - who are now the corporations.  We're back to yellow journalism (yes I'm talking about Fox news but also the others who are owned by the corporations).  I want NEWS not some opinion espoused and filtered through corporate agendas.  I want facts so I can make my own determination about how I think on a topic.

Get out and vote.  Contact your representatives to tell them what you like and what you don't like.  Become involved.  Pay attention to what is happening because otherwise rights will be lost and freedom will stop to exist.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

What Veggie Are You?

My arm is giving me grief again.  I've got three crochet projects I want to work on but every time I crochet I end up with pain in my arm.  Rest is the best medicine at this point.

I've gotten the editing done I wanted on the short stories.  Now I have to write summaries, make covers, submit them where I want them and move forward with publication on some of them.

Work has been chaotic.  My days are filled with projects and so many daily tasks and requests I can't count them.  I'm happy to get the projects off my desk as it cleans up and clears out some of the backlog.

My down time has been lazy.  I've not been writing much or crocheting because of my arm.  I did finish watching John Adams which was a mini series put out by HBO (I think) about the second president.  It was fairly interesting and well done.  How close it came to the actual man's life, no idea.

I came across the HBO Band of Brothers and I'm watching it.  The first episode was interesting and I love that they interviewed WWII vets to discuss the events which they made the film about.

The new seasons have hit so I got to see the first episode of Big Bang Theory and when it ended, I said, where's the next one?  It made me laugh and go awww a few times.  After my long and busy day at work, it is nice to come home and watch something that makes me laugh.  Tonight I'll be curling up and watching a few of the Band of Brothers episodes to see if the mini series continues to be good.  Tomorrow will be a long day of work which is why I need to be a vegetable tonight.

Friday, September 18, 2015

Right as Rain

Finished the JD Robb book - Devoted in Death.  It was good, a little bland but overall good.  I read a bit in Cast in Sorrow by Michele Sagara.  However, it was raining last night and the sound of the rain, the thrum of it lulled me to turn out the lights early (for me) and go to sleep.

As I lay in the dark, words rushed into my head (no surprise there) and I turned on my phone and spoke them into the phone which then copied them down.  When I have time, I'll see if they make a poem.

There is something soothing about the rain and thunder.  It seemed to roll through last night.  I ache everywhere with my arthritis but the sounds, the clean smell, all of it just seems to sooth me.

This morning there are amazing clouds, from white to grey to darker almost black.  The formations are incredible.  It looks like someone smeared a brush across the sky with different colors.  They're moving pretty quick, changing the scene as they go.  It's beautiful.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Motivation - or the lack of it...

Is it fall or is it summer?  We are in the time of the year where the weather is up and down.  This is great because we actually have days where the air conditioning is turned off but the flip side of that is it wreaks havoc with my arthritis.

My pain level has been higher with the weather changing so motivation is a problem.  This is why last night I curled up under a blanket and played a word game.  It was a completely unproductive night.  I probably could have done more editing but my mind and my focus was not where it should be for editing.

I've gone through a writing spurt where I wrote several short stories.  I finished one manuscript and started another.  I'd like to get all of them editing so I can move forward with production but editing is tricky.  I can't just finish writing and pick it up to edit it.  I have to let it sit for a while.  Sometimes this is a day or two and sometimes it is a week or more.

I need to swap out my computer in my office.  There are tools I want to use which are on the new computer and not on my current one.  Plus I'm realizing my laptop is nearly ten years old.  While it works well, it is old.  What I want to do is shift it so I have two computers so I can do certain things on each one.  That way if one goes, the other is there for back up.  I just need to bite the bullet and do it.

If I'm going to set it up the way I want, I need to clean off my desk and rearrange.  This means I have to get motivated to clean my office.  I've been struggling with this for three or four years.  It might be time to stop procrastinating but you never know.  It depends on how I feel this weekend and if I can motivate myself to get the office cleaned and organized.

Sunday, September 13, 2015

New Grandbaby

My middle daughter adopted a new kitten on Thursday!  She is an adorable six month old kitten.  Sasha, her older sister now, is not happy with the new addition to the family.

Vicki is dealing with a lot of changes.  She has a new energetic kitten who is into everything and has few manners.  She has an older kitten (Sasha is always a kitten) who is unhappy with the new addition.  She is juggling the affections of two demanding kittens.

Ava - the new kitten - is sweet, active, and playful.  She seems to be fascinated with Sasha and wants to play.  She is high energy which is quite the change for Vicki as Sasha was two when she got her.

It's been a few days of pictures and drama with the new kitten in the house.  Sasha has been grumbly at Vicki which makes Vicki unhappy.  It's been fun listening to their adventures.  Today for the first time the two cats touched noses without hissing at each other.

Saturday my niece came out to paint.  We spent the afternoon on our deck painting.  I did three paintings which I think turned out all right.  It was wonderful being out on the deck.  Ken worked in the yard and chatted with us.  She and I worked on painting.  It's funny, I did the sunset one with the water and had no idea what else I wanted to do with it but after I did a second painting I went back to it and knew exactly what I planned to do.  I think of the three it's my favorite.

Last night I watched Big Bang Theory and crocheted a little.  I was very cold so ended up cuddled under my electric blanket.  I didn't get as much done with crocheting as I wanted to but I was so cold I couldn't hold the crochet hook.  It's been a good weekend.  I think the cats are adjusting and I had some good times with painting and crocheting.

Monday, September 7, 2015

The Good and the Bad

The good and bad part about visits from the girls is they always go home.  It's good I get back to my routine, my privacy, my quiet.  The bad part is they are gone.

Vicki was here over the weekend.  It was a busy and great weekend with her home but at the same time, I'm exhausted.  We spent Friday shopping at different places and being together.  Saturday was all about errands and being together.  Sunday was about relaxing a bit.  Today she went home.

She came home and I had some dishtowels done for her.  She left with five new blankets (fleece with crocheted edging), dishtowels (six in all), a doily, and wristers.  It was fun to finally try out the technique on the blankets and I'm glad she got the blankets she wanted.  I have one more to do - for Ken.  I'll probably work on it next weekend.  The picture of the doily doesn't do it justice.  The yarn is VERY sparkly and packer colors.

The dishtowels were all made with scrap yarn.  She said she wanted more and I said what colors.  She said she didn't care.  I said scraps, she said sure.  I think she liked them.  They are all different.  There are five in the picture but I made her another one last night after we were done painting.  I was so tired it took me hours longer than it should have.

I've not thought about my writing (much) or done any writing, editing, or promotions.  I've spent the weekend with her.

I finally got to try the egg muffin technique for cooking.  Vicki fried up onions, peppers, and bacon.  I assembled.  The recipe turned out good.  Next step is to see how well they reheat.  At some point today, I have to do my yogurt for the week as well.  I'll have to remember to do it before I settle in for the night tonight.

The busy weekend means I'll probably spend today with my feet up so my legs are ready for work this next week.  My legs are hurting - partly because of the activity and partly because of the weather.  This means I make it a point to sit in my recliner with them up and probably under a heated blanket.

I'm tired so I think it will be a quiet day - maybe working on a project I don't need to think about while I watch a new obsession.  Vicki wanted to watch something but we didn't want to fuss with finding something.  She suggested Big Bang Theory so we watched nearly the full first season and part of the second season.  Maybe I'll pull out the next project and watch several of those episodes.  They make me laugh.  Last night we were watching an episode and I was laughing so hard, I couldn't breathe.  It was hilarious.

Labor day weekend has flown by for me.  I'm so happy Vicki was home and got to see some people.  I'm equally glad we got her here.  But now, I need a nap.  Even though it is going to be a three day week for me (I have Friday off), I have the feeling it is going to be a long week.

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