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Friday, August 29, 2014

Despite only about five hours' sleep

I was extremely productive and perky, getting a report in, discussing a speaking engagement with someone in the mobile technology industry, filling interlibrary loans, filling the clinic's cart of children's books, organising the library, shelving the new journals, shelving the journals and books, plus all the stuff I do for the data entry position as well. I got so much accomplished on what I thought would be a slow day that I found by 3:30 I was pretty much finished with everything that needed to be accomplished this week, and rather than start on a new project (in this case, cataloguing or referrals beyond ten days out), I asked my boss if it was okay if I could leave a little early. Today's a friend's birthday, you see, and I was going over to spend time with him. I got out of there about 3:45 and picked a few things up at Kroger's, and then we watched a couple of episodes of 'Haven' and visited for awhile. What I did do, unfortunately, was leave some of my medication locked in my desk drawer at work, so tomorrow I'll need to stop by and get that. Then we'll go out to Masala for their lunch buffet. Yum, Indian food! Of course, 'Doctor Who' is tomorrow, as well. I also need to finish the game notes from a couple of weeks ago. Now I'm getting a quick bite to eat (mmm...tomatoes), and then I'm going to head on to bed, as I have been up and bouncy for far too long and I can feel my gears running down. Good night! Have a safe and happy holiday weekend! (Note to self, do not go to work on Monday, as it is Labour Day).

Loved the company, but...

After work today I took YKWIA to an appointment, and then we went to his house and I took A to get just a few things from the grocery and stopped by Long John Silver's for dinner. Then it was back to the house and I watched a couple of episodes of 'Haven' with YKWIA, which I loved. We also watched a few YouTube videos, and then we wound up talking for a very long time, so long, in fact, that when I finally went into the kitchen to throw something away, I had to take my phone, whose battery was almost dead, and look at it, because I thought the stove clock must be terribly wrong. It was almost 1:30 am. So I took my leave, came home to absolutely no traffic on the road, practically, finally found a parking spot, and then I got ready for bed. Now it's almost 2:30. I have to be at work in six hours. So it's definitely time I turned in. But it was like old times, staying up late talking about all sorts of topics. That was nice. Good night.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

It's been so quiet at work this week

Although I am the only librarian in the library, there is another person who is my cubicle-mate who oversees an outcomes programme, and a research director in what used to be my storage closet. This week, the cubicle-mate is away visiting relatives for a wedding, and the other person worked Monday and Tuesday, but is off the rest of the week, so needless to say, with the exception of an occasional printout (the library has the two main copiers, a heavy-duty black-and-white one, and a colour one). It's been quiet enough that instead of listening to music while I do the data entry job on my earphones, I've been listening (softly) via the speakers. But, when that happens, and someone calls me, the music cuts out as its supposed to for the call, but there's crackling and popping on the other end and the person can't hear me unless I hold the phone directly in front of my face and speak into the microphone, if that. I recently had an update to my phone via my carrier. Granted, the reception is not always great in the hospital, but I have better luck than most because I have windows. It hasn't happened before. It doesn't seem to be an issue when I'm elsewhere, but I haven't been listening to music anywhere else, either. I have a Samsung Galaxy S5 with Android 4.2.2, with the latest firmware T-Mobile is providing. Any ideas? I did look through the settings and there was noise-cancellation feature (like if there's a siren or something in the background) that I turned off, thinking that the copiers or some other background noise could be working with that to cause the problem. But I doubt it. I don't think they've been printing at that point, and if anything, it's been quieter in the library this week than normal. So, I'm thinking it may have been the update, which was supposed to bring greater stability to the system, and I'm not sure, audio may have been affected. I searched for anything like this problem, and I haven't found anything as of yet. The latest update was yesterday; there was another a couple of weeks ago, I think. What I really wish is that they would go ahead and upgrade me to Android 4.4.4, or at least 4.4.3!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

More about Felicity

Reward Offered In Case Of Branded Puppy
The Lexington animal shelter is now offering a $1,000 reward for tips leading to an arrest in the abuse of a pit bull puppy.
Isn't she adorable? Look at this face!

Never fails...

    Come home to find the Internet connexion is down.
  1. Cycle (restart) modem.
  2. Cycle (restart) both routers.
  3. Restart computer.
  4. Wait. Nothing.
  5. Call Time Warner Cable...instantly the connexion pops back on as soon as I reach a real person, after a suitable time making it through the menu and on hold. Hmmmm....

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

It's so quiet and peaceful

I'm up briefly, mainly because I fell asleep before taking my Lantus, so I got up to do that. I'm struck by how utterly quiet it is right now. Oh, I can barely hear the crickets and cicadas outside, but with the exception of the keys to the keyboard, there's nothing going on in here. Even the air conditioner is at a lull. I am not used to that absolute quiet, and perhaps I should embrace it more often, as it brings a feeling of peace and tranquility that is sometimes lacking.

As I look around, I've really messed the house up looking for that paperwork, so Wednesday will have to be devoted to getting everything back in place. Besides, I washed the bedclothes two weeks ago and I still haven't made the bed properly; I've been sleeping on a comfy, fluffy blanket. Tonight wasn't really a great one for straightening up; the opposite was happening. Tomorrow I have quite a bit to do in the evening. But Wednesday--I'll definitely have to get things in order so I can work on the notes. I like some order in my life when I work. For all that I struggle with my inherent messiness at home, my desk at work tends to stay very orderly.

I guess I'll head back to bed. Good night.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Three hours after I came home last night

Two women were robbed while walking about two blocks from here. I have generally felt safe in my neighbourhood, but crime can happen anywhere, of course. I don't know if the thing last night was in any way related to that or not. Probably not. But it's highly unusual to have the police out here.

I came home this afternoon and rested (yes, that means napped), and I've spoken to YKWIA a couple of times on the phone. The last hour or so I've been trying to find an important piece of paper to make a payment on something that cannot be paid online, I don't otherwise have the information to pay it like address, account number, and amount, and I'm highly annoyed because I'm sure I put it in a 'safe place', so safe I can't find it. The payments are made quarterly, so it's not with much frequency. Tomorrow I'll have to call the company and get them to send me the information. I can go online and initiate a loan, but I can't find any information about the very small loan I'm trying to pay on. Grrr....

This morning I went to my endocrinologist, which I dreaded because I don't feel like I've really kept my diabetes under the control they needed to be. But my weight and hA1c are both down, so it was a good report. They took some blood and an urine specimen, and I went on into work. It was nice to be able to give them a report of my glucose readings from the new meter without having to type in the readings manually. Today I had two goals:
  1. Drink only one diet soda. I drink far too many in a day, up to two two-litres sometimes on the weekend, but even on an average day, about 4-6 20 oz. bottles. I managed to reach that goal, and while I was a bit sleepy in the afternoon from lack of caffeine, I did okay. I drank one sparkling flavored water and the balance has been regular water. Go me!
  2. Enter everything I ate into my phone application. Everything. Which I did. And I made pretty decent choices today. For example, at lunch they were doing warm chocolate-chip pecan pie with ice cream, which I totally skipped in favour of spicy vegetarian black bean soup, broccoli, summer squash, a couple of slices of tomato, and a small seeded roll. Breakfast was the worst, as with my appointment I missed breakfast at work, so I went to McDonald's and got two egg and cheese biscuits, which are a combined total of 780 calories! Dinner was more soup, corn on the cob, a small roll, and about five tater tots, so still a bit heavy on the starches, but not horrible. Later I had a couple of pieces of string cheese, a banana, some sugar-free pudding, and a little bit of hazelnut spread on bread. So I've eaten about 2000 calories today and according to the application, which records my steps, I've burned over 300 calories. Even at that, according to my doctor, at my current weight I'd lose on that, but I'd like to take it down to 1800 calories slowly. If I hadn't snacked in the evening, I'd have kept it under that.
In general I'm going to try to eat less bread, more fish, eggs, beans, fruits, and vegetables, and generally make better choices, and see what happens. Although I am pescetarian (fish but no meat), I rely far too much on bread and cheese and not enough on protein and vegetables. Now that my knee is doing better, I also want to start walking, although today was far too hot and humid to start. Perhaps in the mornings or evenings.

Okay, I think I'll go in the other room for awhile. Tomorrow I have a bunch of things planned for the afternoon and evening, including appointments and 'The Awesomes', so I'm not sure if I'll get in early enough to really blog. Have a good night.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

So I came home tonight to discover

the police here, blocking part of our drive up to my apartment with a car, although only one car/officer seems to be here. The police officer seemed to be filling out a report. So I parked a few buildings over and rolled my laundry cart over to my apartment (there wasn't anything indicating danger), and there was a young girl sniffling on the steps to my building with a phone in her hand. I asked her if she knew why the police were here, and she said, 'I think they're here for me,' which was wonderfully vague, so I don't know if she's the victim or the criminal, but she was obviously upset, so I said, 'I hope it's nothing very serious' in a comforting tone and continued on into my apartment, figuring she probably didn't feel like answering a lot of questions. Now a young man who looks somewhat like her (maybe her brother?) is out there with her on the steps. I don't know if maybe there was a domestic situation and he's come to comfort her, or if there was a break-in, or what. So I'm pretty much staying out of it. I'm in the house, have put my food away, including some lovely asparagus deviled eggs (I went ahead and had a couple, and if I remember, I'll take the others to work tomorrow if I can. Actually, I keep forgetting, I have an appointment early in the morning with my endocrinologist, so maybe keeping them in the car, even that early, may not be such a good thing. Now I'm in the bedroom listening to some Loreena McKennitt music and trying to decide if I want to turn in early or stay up a bit longer. I have to get up by about 6:30, so I think I'll head on too bed. I've done housework, watched some more of 'The Black Adder' and an episode of 'World's Strictest Parents', and it's been a good day all around. I noticed that Jim Parsons has certain similarities to Rowan Atkinson. I don't know if he was influenced by him or not, but some of the mannerisms were similar between Sheldon and Edmund. Also, the king on 'The Black Adder', played by Brian Blessed, is barking mad, bonkers, delightfully insane. We did try to watch a movie from Netflix, but it had an irregularity in the disc and wouldn't play correctly, so we've reported it and I'll send it back tomorrow and they'll send another copy. I left and A was watching The Maltese Falcon and YKWIA was having a bit of supper that I'd fixed him. I'd done a couple of loads of laundry over there, too. A carried my cart out for me and put it in the trunk of the car. Fortunately it was fairly light, since I'm parked further away than normal.

Hope you had a good weekend. I think I'll turn in. Good night.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Well, the jury's out for now

I watched the season 8 premiere of 'Doctor Who' tonight, and I'm not quite sure how I feel about Peter Capaldi's Doctor yet. I rather like the Scottish accent, but it does make it slightly more difficult to understand him, especially if he's speaking low and fast. I haven't really connected with him yet, and I've never really connected with Clara completely, either, so it was a little weird watching them on the screen. It's like I wasn't completely in the story, which is unusual for me with 'Doctor Who'. Afterwards we watched the premiere of 'Intruders', which was intriguing to the point of making me want to check out the book upon which it's based, by Michael Marshall Smith, for more information.

Today I spent the early part of the day getting some rest and relaxation, then I picked a friend up from a funeral and we went to the store for some groceries a little while after that. YKWIA and I watched a bit of 'Star Trek: Voyager' and some 'SeaQuest', a show that had slipped my mind entirely, but which I did enjoy. Then there were the BBCAmerica shows tonight. Now I'm home and it's storming again, with quite a bit of rain, which is nice, as August isn't normally quite so wet and yet we had a dry spell earlier in the summer, so the brown vegetation has greened up again.

Tomorrow there's no game, so I haven't done the game notes yet but will do them this week if at all possible rather than waiting till the last minute. There's a list of things for me to do tomorrow over at my friends' house, but I don't have to be over there quite so early, so I'm going to shoot for an hour or an hour-and-a-half later than my normal time. I have to remember to bring binder clips and a couple of books YKWIA wants to borrow, the ones by Ransom Riggs. I know where the second, Hollow City is. I'll have to glance on the shelves and figure out where Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children is. I think it's in the bedroom near the bed. One of these days I will have to really put the fiction books in order. I have the non-fiction mostly in order, but the literature isn't. One bookcase has quite a few of the children's and young adult books on it, but those aren't there. Bad librarian! If I had time, I'd classify it all as well. The non-fiction is by subject and the history is in chronological order, but that's as far as I've gotten so far. At least they're all up on shelves, though. :) Okay, I'm off to find that first book. Good night.

I want this sadistic person caught

Lexington-Fayette Animal Care & Control (LFACC) needs YOUR help! LFACC responded to a complaint regarding an abandoned canine on Campbell St. Once officers brought in Felicity, a young pup, they realized she had been chemically branded by her owner and a profane word was spelled out on her hind quarters. LFACC needs the community's assistance in identifying the owner(s) of this sweet girl and any information you may have in this case. Felicity has now been transferred to LHS where she will receive plastic surgery and continued love and care. If you have any information please contact Lt. Agee at 859-255-9033 ext 229.
If you are interested in helping the Lexington Humane Society take care of Felicity, who will be undergoing plastic surgery to remove the profanity some sick person burnt into her skin with chemicals, you can donate to their Second Chance Fund. Anyone who abuses animals like this is just wrong, and may be abusive towards people, too. Look at that sweet face. It's so heartbreaking that anyone would treat another creature that way. I hope Felicity is adopted by someone who will give her the loving home she needs and deserves.

Friday, August 22, 2014

So good to be home

Today I started out my day at the dentist getting the metal foundation of my permanent partial dentures checked for fit.  They fit very snugly compared to my temporary ones.  The dentist said my mouth had changed a lot since I first got those,  right after the oral surgery,  and that these would be easy to adjust as needed. I haven't been wearing my temporary ones because they come out if I eat even small bites. I had begun to worry that I was paying for something that I couldn't use. Next week I go back to see how the teeth look next to my natural ones.

Work was good,  but a little slow.  Fridays can be like that.  After work I went and got medicine from the pharmacy.  The traffic lights were working ,  unlike the other day,  but the train crossing was not.  People were going around the gate .  I didn't feel comfortable doing that,  so I turned around and went down the next street.  On that one the train goes across a bridge rather than the road.  And yes,  a train was on the tracks and heading right for the intersection I had been near. Then I stopped by Speedway at Malabu and was amused as people tried to negotiate the parking lot,  which had more ducks in it than I have ever seen in one place.

I went over to my friends' house and watched the first episode of Rowan Atkinson's 'The Black Adder' with YKWIA. Peter Cook played Richard III, and all I could think as he spouted Shakespeare was that scene from The Princess Bride where the clergyman with the speech impediment speaks.  That was also Peter Cook,  you see,  albeit an older one. After that we made asparagus deviled eggs,  which are quite tasty.  A is taking some to a visitation/funeral tomorrow.

Now I am home and thankfully,  despite the storms,  I have power.  The other side of the street does not. But at least they have a crew working on it. Here's hoping ours stays on.

Tomorrow there's just maybe picking up A from the funeral and a small grocery run,  and then I am looking forward to 'Doctor Who',  which premieres at 9 pm.  We'll finally see Peter Capaldi  in action.

Sunday we aren't playing, since Brenda has an SCA  event to go to. So either tomorrow morning or Sunday, maybe I can get some things accomplished around here.

Okay,  I'm pretty tired,  so much that I'm blogging on my phone rather than get the laptop out.  I changed my CPAP nasal pillows to a larger size,  which gives me a less difficult exhale.  Now I'm in bed and comfy. Time to sleep .  Good night!

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Today after work I:

  • Took a friend to two appointments
  • Worked on and submitted a job application
  • Took another friend on a small grocery run, and
  • Fixed the first friend dinner
Now I'm home, but I'm more than a little tired. I've driven over a good portion of Lexington today, as the appointments were almost on opposite ends of town. But we actually made it to them early (for the first) and on time (for the second). Tomorrow it's back to the pharmacy for a friend's medicine and then I'm going to help make asparagus deviled eggs. I'm not sure what I'm doing Saturday yet. Sunday should be the Cthulhu game. I started the notes tonight at one of the appointments, but didn't get very far yet. It's only 9:30 pm and I should probably work on them now, but I'm tired of being on the computer, and I'm just feeling pooped in general. I think I'll go listen to some music and chill out for awhile. Tomorrow I have to get up early for a dental appointment of my own, which is half and hour before I'm normally at work. I think it would make sense to go to bed early.

I really think

that the job I interviewed for the other day was filled by an internal candidate, because now they're advertising an adult services librarian at the same location, a job I went ahead and applied for today after tweaking my cover letter and résumé again, while a friend was at his appointment. I used my phone as a hotspot (they didn't have open wi-fi there) for the laptop so that I could upload the documents and submit the application. Wish me luck! This one is not as supervisory-intensive, and so I may be better suited for it. (I have supervised students, but as a solo librarian, it's not the norm in my position). Anyway, I've got it in, the one for the state was applied for yesterday, and there's one more that closes in September at Morehead State to apply for. I'd really like the local one I applied for today, though, as both of the others would require a lot of driving, gas, and wear and tear on the car. Not to mention, I'd really, really like to be a public librarian and I think this position would be a really good fit. Here's keeping my fingers crossed that I get a call for an interview. I think I connected well with the interviewers and I did follow up with a thank you note. So here's hoping....

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

You don't appreciate traffic lights until there aren't any

I just drove completely across town in a storm and the traffic lights from Nicholasville Rd/Limestone west were out--not flashing, just out, with one intersection being policed and everything else treated like four-way stops. That's half the town, roughly, of 300,000 people. Glad to be home and with power.