Friday, August 29, 2014
Thursday, August 28, 2014
Wednesday, August 27, 2014
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!
- Come home to find the Internet connexion is down.
- Cycle (restart) modem.
- Cycle (restart) both routers.
- Restart computer.
- Wait. Nothing.
- 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
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
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:
- 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!
- 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.
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
Hope you had a good weekend. I think I'll turn in. Good night.
Saturday, August 23, 2014
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.
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
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
- 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
Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Tuesday, August 19, 2014
I am disappointed, of course, but if nothing else, it was good practice for next time. And I'll keep applying. Somewhere, sometime, there has to be a job where I'll really prosper and do a great job for them as well.
Monday, August 18, 2014
Anyone have good tips for dealing with #perimenopause? Looks like at 47 it is my time to start going through the 'change of life'.Now I got a response from someone through Twitter, which I expected. What I didn't expect was to get a robocall on my unlisted cell phone today on menopause. As far as I know, my cell phone is not associated with me publically online. Even my online résumé only has my e-mail. But that's what happened. I didn't recognise the number (it just said unknown wireless caller), so I rejected the call, but listened to a bit of the voicemail later. Granted, it could have been mere coincidence, but I find that unlikely. I may do a little digging and see if I can explain it. Just doing a Google search, I can't find a correlation between my name and number online, and when I look up the number that was displayed, it turns out to be a spoofed number. But it was definitely weird, and not a little creepy.
Saturday, August 16, 2014
Today was a day to spend with friends. We visited. I took A to a couple of stores to get some things they needed. YKWIA and I watched a few episodes of 'World's Strictest Parents' where spoiled teens from Britain are whisked off to the far corners of the world for a few days to experience life with much stricter family rules. ALthough technically a 'reality show', it is very interesting. Even more interesting is that when it was done in the United States, the kids not only couldn't easily be sent to other cultures (primarily because of budget along with, in some cases, getting a passport for juvenile delinquents), but the parents apparently got to go along and rate the host family's job. The thing that worked with the UK kids was getting them away from their home life, their friends, and their culture, and then plopping them down in an unfamiliar environment and giving them rules and good, strict host-parents who enforce those rules. It seems to work best if there is a boy and a girl, and if they are separated at some point for some one-on-one attention. So far, the best set of 'parents' I've seen in the UK programme (I haven't seen the one produced in the US) was a gay couple in New Jersey who had both adopted and foster children of their own. They were firm, but at the same time never resorted to shouting or the like, and weren't basing their family philosophy on religion, as seen in many of the other families, which was a turn off for some teens. One of the kids actually wound up staying awhile longer, and one of the mem accompanied her back to Britain to help integrate her back with her family. I have to say, they're very engaging to watch.
So now I'm home, albeit later than I hoped, and I really need to finish the game notes. I did some of them while at an appointment this afternoon with my friend. I could just go to sleep right now but that wouldn't accomplish anything, so I guess I'll at least get as much of it finished as possible, and then get some sleep. :)
Friday, August 15, 2014
This is my last day off before returning to work on Monday. It's been a long, sad, and, at times difficult, few days. But I'm going to take some time today for recuperation from the stress of the funeral and such. I miss my grandmother, of course, and want some time to reflect. But also I feel drained from the visitation, funeral, and yes, even the interview. So for right now, I'm going to drink some more water, take a nap, and then putter around the house and maybe do something fun like read or watch a show later.
Thursday, August 14, 2014
Wednesday, August 13, 2014
I'm taking some library books on interviewing with me. I hadn't mentioned it yet, but I do actually have an interview for a job on Friday afternoon. Apparently revamping the résumé worked, I got a screening phone call, and I was invited for the interview. So keep your fingers crossed for me. I'm off Friday as part of my bereavement leave, and it happened to work out that they were interviewing then, so I'm taking that as a sign of good things to come. :) It will be a major switch of gears from funeral to interview, but I need to do well. I also need to find something that shows some personality without being distracting for the interview. I'm thinking the floral skirt YKWIA and A gave me with a camisole and the eyelet lace jacket. It's not a suit, so that may be a mistake, but I don't actually have a suit, and I think they're not as preferred anymore. And there are no sequins or bee-baws on it, it's simple yet tasteful. What do you think? I was in a floral dress when I interviewed for my present job 17 years ago, so maybe florals are lucky for me. :)
So this morning I have to:
Take a bath Try out the dress I bought last year in case of funerals to make sure it still fits fine Dress in a black skirt and top for the visitation Pack Run the dishwasher Take out the trash Get gas
Tuesday, August 12, 2014
Lauren Bacall, Sultry Movie Star, Dies at 89
Lauren Bacall, the actress whose provocative glamour elevated her to stardom in Hollywood’s golden age and whose lasting mystique put her on a plateau in American culture that few stars reach, died on Tuesday in New York. She was 89.
Her death was confirmed by her son Stephen Bogart. “Her life speaks for itself,” Mr. Bogart said. “She lived a wonderful life, a magical life.”
With an insinuating pose and a seductive, throaty voice — her simplest remark sounded like a jungle mating call, one critic said — Ms. Bacall shot to fame in 1944 with her first movie, Howard Hawks’s adaptation of the Ernest Hemingway novel “To Have and Have Not,” playing opposite Humphrey Bogart, who became her lover on the set and later her husband.
'Heroic' mission rescues desperate Yazidis from ISIS
Yazidis, among Iraq's smallest minorities, are of Kurdish descent, and their religion is considered a pre-Islamic sect that draws from Christianity, Judaism and Zoroastrianism.
One of the oldest religious communities in the world, they have long suffered persecution, with many Muslims referring to them as devil worshippers.
More than a week ago, they fled into the surrounding mountains when ISIS fighters stormed the town of Sinjar.
Now, trapped without food, water or medical care in the summer heat, thousands of families are in desperate need of help.
A senior Kurdish official warned Monday of the potential of genocide against the Yazidi people.
Monday, August 11, 2014
Robin Williams, the versatile actor whose madcap comic style made him one of television and film's biggest stars, was found dead on Monday from an apparent suicide at his home in Northern California. He was 63.Robin Williams, an Improvisational Genius, Forever Present in the Moment
Part of the shock of his death on Monday came from the fact that he had been on — ubiquitous, self-reinventing, insistently present — for so long. On Twitter, mourners dated themselves with memories of the first time they had noticed him. For some it was the movie “Aladdin.” For others “Dead Poets Society” or “Mrs. Doubtfire.” I go back even further, to the “Mork and Mindy” television show and an album called “Reality — What a Concept” that blew my eighth-grade mind.Robin Williams, Oscar-Winning Actor, Dies at 63 in Suspected Suicide
Mr. Williams’s publicist, Mara Buxbaum, said in a statement that Mr. Williams “has been battling severe depression.”Depression is a serious disease. It's not something you 'snap out of' or can be 'cheered up' from. It is debilitating, devastating, and at times, deadly. I am so sorry the world has apparently lost such a funny and talented man due to this disease. My thoughts are with his family at this time. Robin Williams was so gifted that he could leave you in stitches yet he also played unforgettable dramatic parts as well. Few actors, particularly those who are known as stand-up comedians, make that transition to drama well. He did. And he seemed to have a real, genuine warmth to him. He will be sorely missed, as evidenced by the outpouring of statements about his passing. So sad.
His wife, Susan Schneider, said in a statement, “This morning, I lost my husband and my best friend, while the world lost one of its most beloved artists and beautiful human beings.” She added: “As he is remembered, it is our hope the focus will not be on Robin’s death, but on the countless moments of joy and laughter he gave to millions.”
Sunday, August 10, 2014
May 29, 1924 - August 10, 2014
When she was born, they thought she was stillborn. She wasn't breathing. They put her aside, and somehow, miraculously, she started breathing. I remember her telling me that story so many years ago. And yet despite that early moment of doubt, she lived another ninety years. From feisty, mischievous child to the young wife and mother to whom my grandfather longed to return while stuck with tanks in the volcanic sands of Iwo Jima, who raised three children, several foster children, to the woman who was there so much when I (the child pictured) was very young and my father was overseas in Vietnam and my mother went through nursing school and night jobs, she was the backbone of our family. She bore the brunt of discord when the same child, now a sullen young teenager whose parent's marriage had fallen apart, came to live with her during high school. In some ways we were just too much alike, I guess. But she bore it with grace and always loved me anyway. She knew tragedy (her father was killed by a train in the 1950s, her sister by domestic violence, another was lost to cancer in her 40s). But she persevered. I swear to you that if you misbehaved flames rose up in those dark black eyes--you simply knew it was time to stop whatever you were doing. She cooked wonderful mashed potatoes, and barely sat down to enjoy a meal because she was waiting on everyone else. I have so many memories of my Ma spilling around in my head right now, trying to convince me that she is not yet gone. But she is. Sometime this week there will be visitation, a funeral. She will join my grandfather in the grave. But I have my memories, and some pictures, and a few things of hers to cling to. I knew this was coming; I made my peace with her long ago, and said goodbye. It doesn't make it any easier at all. She was like a second mother to me and a kind of glue in our family, and with her death there is just my mom and me in the area; my aunts and uncles and cousins are hundreds of miles away, to be brought together, no doubt, for a short time due to her death and funeral.
I am sad, even though I know it was a fairly peaceful death. I miss Ma already, so much. But people remain alive for us in our memories. I can still hear my grandfather's voice, and that of my other grandmother, and hers will join theirs. I know the pain will get better over time. But this night, this week, is going to be a difficult one, for me, for my mother, who was with her, for all my family. Please keep us in your thoughts and prayers.
When I worked at the gas station, one of my co-workers had a very good friend who lost her 14-year-old son in an accident when the 16-year-old driver texted, ignoring a stop sign and running into a semi-truck. The girl's first words were not concern for her passenger. She wanted to know where her phone was. Please do not text and drive (and for that matter, most phone calls can wait, too.)
Saturday, August 09, 2014
- Paid my rent
- Took books back to the library and got some more
- Called and cancelled the game.
- Helped a friend look over some things in preparation for going to the store
- Helped a friend get reading glasses and those eyeglass holders
- Took a friend to the store for a larger run than we though at the bigger store which was hot, and neither of us thought we'd make it
- Got another friend a chocolate shake
- Watched an interesting video on the philosophy of the question of the reality of fictional objects and entities (thanks to YKWIA)
- Watched a hilarious Christmas episode of 'Eureka' where the characters were translated into lots of cartoon styles and Jim Parsons of 'The Big Bang Theory' was the voice of Carl the ever-suffering Jeep driven by the sheriff
- Rubbed a friend's feet until he fell asleep
- Chatted a bit with the other for awhile
- Came home
- Had a bite to eat
- Listened to some music
- Read a book
- Took a nap
- Paid my cell phone bill
- Revamped my résumé and curriculum vitae online, since I'd redone the print ones
- Removed the steri-strips on my incisions, as they were curling up and they had told me that would be the signal to remove them--seems odd to have a bare knee again
Friday, August 08, 2014
I did wake up just in time to get a medical librarian reference question (YKWIA loves having a personal librarian to find things, and as it's Sabbath, A called and asked). I found the information and relayed it. Sometimes his questions are much more difficult than those others give me. He keeps me on my toes.
Still, it's almost 11:30 pm and so it's a bit late to start the notes and yet I haven't had a real night's sleep yet, either. I'll try to get up a little earlier tomorrow. I may check the news and add anything of interest, but otherwise I think it's off to bed for me.
I did manage to get that job application in as well, and I do hope you'll wish me luck. It would be a very exciting job with benefits, a nice salary, and it would utilise my history background very nicely, as well as my training in archives and preservation, the latter of which I was fortunate to study under George Cunha, a pioneer in the field and a fascinating man and storyteller. I totally revamped my cover letter and résumé. What I had been sending out was much more like a curriculum vitae, and was too dense and packed. Instead I got the entire résumé on one page by concentrating on the most important stuff and targeting the résumé to reflect skills needed for the position I was applying for. I feel more confident as a result. I do hope I get an interview (and of course, the job!)
The position is at the public library downtown, in the Kentucky Room, which is devoted to local and state history and genealogy. One of the things that excites me about working in the public library is that there are patrons of all walks of life with information needs who seek assistance, and I think it would be a more stimulating environment than the one in which I work now. Also, I'm excited about the prospect of being one of many librarians with varied backgrounds. As a solo librarian, I've relied on professional organisations and electronic lists to interact with those of my own profession; it would be so nice to not be the only one in my organisation who really 'gets' what a librarian is and what she or he can do. Don't get me wrong, my co-workers are great, and I've been fortunate to work in teams within the hospital and really contribute, but I feel a little isolated from my profession at times.
Okay, I think I'm going to stretch out, put my feet up (it's hard to believe it has been two weeks since my surgery and I'm doing really well), and concentrate on not actually falling asleep. I should work on the notes tonight, too. So, no sleeping just yet. Tomorrow I'm going to pay my rent, take A to the grocery, watch The Grand Budapest Hotel with friends, and finish the notes if necessary. But I'm going to try to get up early enough to enjoy the morning a bit, maybe watch something fun on my own. I need to renew some books at the library, but of course I can do that through their mobile application (yay!) But I might take the books on cover letters and résumés back and get some on interviewing. I am a shy person, and it's very difficult for me to present myself to a group of strangers in a way that really markets my assets, for at heart I'm still a bit of a socially-awkward geek. I'm fine when dealing with patrons or co-workers in a professional setting--I just tend to choke when it comes to interviews. So I'm looking for some tips that will help me be more confident and 'wow' my interviewers. Still, I'm not really sure you can get that out of a book. :)
Thursday, August 07, 2014
Wednesday, August 06, 2014
- any food at all, including the chilpotle black bean burger with all the trimmings this afternoon and the kung pao tofu sauce I had tonight
- the gasoline I put in the car
- the quart of oil I put in the car after checking it
- Returned two books to the library
- Worked for two hours in the library tinkering with my résumé in preparation for a job application
- Picked up food from Jin Jin for three of us
- Watched a couple of new 'The Awesomes' episodes (a Hulu original series which is really great) with a friend--I think the second season may be even better than the first, at the rate they're going
- Let him show me various other things online, including an episode of an (I kid you not) alien surfer chick series, 'Lightning Point', from Australia--yes, it's on Netflix
Tuesday, August 05, 2014
Monday, August 04, 2014
- Need to remember to call someone at 11 am regarding suggestions for speakers for a mobile tech talk at a meeting in October
- Want to get some things done around the library, like shelving and straightening
- Do my normal work things
- Have my followup appointment with my surgeon and presumably get my staples taken out of my knee
- Take a friend to an appointment after that
- Saturday I:
- Took one friend to get his hair cut
- Took my friends' bill over to the company, which apparently many people decided to do at the same time; thankfully they opened a 'payments only' window, so I lucked out
- Took another friend to an appointment
- Went to pick up food for all of us at a time when Long John Silvers' was packed due to some sort of promotion
- Took the one friend grocery shopping
- Came home and slept for a bit, then got up to do things and couldn't sleep or concentrate, so I listened to music and tossed and turned in bed
- Sunday I:
- Got up very early in the morning to work on the game notes
- Cleaned my friends' house (with some help)
- Did four super-large loads of laundry
- Went to get some food from the the grocery for me and for having at the game
- Gamed for about six hours
- Had A help me get things to the car, but had to wrangle a purse, laptop bag, two grocery bags of food, two carts and a bag containing the laundry from the car to the apartment with some difficulty
- Put a couple of pillowcases and a couple of blankets on the bed but didn't really make it, got into my sleep shirt, took my meds, and went to bed
- Work on a couple of job applications/cover letters
- Work out the finances for the month
- Maybe get started early on the notes
- Relax a bit
Saturday, August 02, 2014
Amazon's new unlimited book-borrowing service may bring in $1 billion a year in sales for the company. Don't be one of the suckers.
Kindle Unlimited charges $9.99 a month for an all-you-can-read buffet. For roughly the same cost of unlimited movies on Netflix or unlimited music on Spotify, you can download all the books you’ll never have time to read.
But there’s a competing service already available for compulsive book downloaders, and it’s available for free. It comes with a massive selection of books including new bestsellers, and a great app that lets you download to any of your devices: Kindle, iPhone, iPad, laptop, Android devices, Nook, Mac, PC, whatever. This miracle service is available -- get this -- at your public library.
I'm not sure what else we're doing today, other than doing a grocery run, but I'll try to get home fairly early to work on the notes. I think I'll use the time left at the appointment to work on cover letters for two jobs I'm applying for, although my computer is getting low on battery. I may have to cross the room to a less comfortable seat and plug into the outlet there.
Friday, August 01, 2014
Regal Cinemas, a theater chain cited in some tweets, did not immediately respond to ABC News' requests for an explanation or other comment confirming or denying the tweeters' version of events.It might have happened in more than one location, and in at least one, they tried to show the right film no less than three times, with complete failure.
In case you didn't know, "Guardians of the Galaxy," the comic book-inspired summer blockbuster hitting U.S. theaters today, is not the same as "Rise of the Guardians," a 2012 Dreamworks animated film in which Jack Frost, Santa Claus, the Tooth Fairy and the Easter Bunny team up to fight the Boogeyman, according to IMDB.com.