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Sunday, March 26, 2017

10:33PM - My birthday!

Pretty quiet actually. But pleasant. Got up, puttered around the computer, went back for a nap. Then got up, showered, dressed, and went out with [personal profile] mashfanficchick and her mother and Mandy for late lunch/early dinner, and then to Martha's Country Kitchen for dessert, where they gave me presents. And one of them was a gift card for free cheesecake at the Cheesecake Factory, so we went there and I picked up a piece to take home, and I'll have that tomorrow. And then I called the FWiB, and we talked for two hours.

And that was my birthday. Like I said, quiet but nice.

Gratitude List:

1. Friends.

2. All the happy birthday wishes on facebook.

3. The FWiB.

4. Cheesecake.

5. Penguin plushie pillow from [personal profile] mashfanficchick

6. Have tomorrow off.

Current mood: mellow

Saturday, March 25, 2017

11:56PM - Day before my birthday celebration

Had a lovely time except sadly [personal profile] mashfanficchick and her mother and Mandy couldn't come. But I will hopefully see them tomorrow for my actual birthday.

Oldest Brother picked me up, and after a stop for stuff, including my prescriptions, at Rite Aid, we went to Applebee's in Bellmore where we met up with John, Denise, Aunt Helen and Brianne. Had a tasty, fun, conversation filled meal there, and then went back to their place, stopping on the way to get a Carvel cake.

The Kid showed up just when she said she would, so we saved having the cake til then. Much conversation and stuff, and then presents.

Stayed talking for a very long time, then Oldest Brother brought me home. Now making arrangements for tomorrow.

Had a very good pre-birthday. The best part was seeing The Kid.

Gratitude List:

1. The Kid.

2. Family.

3. Presents.

4. Ice cream.

5. Oldest Brother.

6. The small bit of rain we had didn't cause any problems.

Current mood: happy

Friday, March 24, 2017

10:16PM - A somewhat busy day

Started by going to therapy. That went well. Then to work, the traffic was bad but I got there on time. Worked, nothing much to say about it.

After work I called the Kid and confirmed she'd be with us tomorrow. Can't wait to see her! Then went to the Rite Aid for some shopping, and then called the FWiB. Good news from him, he walked for a fair distance down a hall today, with a walker. Yay!

Only had time for a short conversation because I was meeting J. for dinner at Boston Market before our meeting. So we ate and then went to the meeting which went very well.

And now I am home.

Gratitude List:

1. The FWiB getting better.

2. My meetings and the people there.

3. Seeing The Kid tomorrow.

4. Family.

5. Therapy.

6. My cats.

Current mood: good

Thursday, March 23, 2017

10:13PM - STEM program at work

We made thaumatropes to demonstrate the persistence of vision. And if you don't know what a thaumatrope is, here: Thaumatrope

Hopefully that link will post right.

I only had two kids but they enjoyed it.

Anyway, aside from that, not much. Called the FWiB, had a nice long talk, and that's about it.

Gratitude List:

1. The FWiB.

2. My health.

3. Therapy tomorrow.

4. My birthday coming soon.

5. Family.

6. STEM program worked out well.

Current mood: okay

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

10:44PM - I took Spyder's body to the vet

to be cremated. Oldest Brother picked me up this morning and took us there. I get back his ashes in two weeks, in a nice box with a label. They were very nice about it.

Anyway after that we went to the bagel place in Whitestone for breakfast and then to work.

Had a calligraphy workshop today, got six kids but four walked out. However the two that stayed were very interested and enjoyed it.

After work I called the FWiB and we talked while Oldest Brother drove me to my psychiatrist for a session. And then we went to carvel and then Buffalo Wildwings.

And now I am home and he is taking a nap before going home.

Gratitude List:

1. My vet.

2. Oldest Brother.

3. Program worked out.

4. Good food.

5. Ice cream.

6. The memory of Spyder.

Current mood: melancholy

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

10:32PM - Pretty good day

Made the bus this morning by the skin of my teeth. Work was OK< I did the laptop program. Also have more kids interested in my book club.

After work I called the FWiB and we talked while I went to my meeting. The meeting was small but good.

That's pretty much all.

Gratitude List:

1. My meetings and the people there.

2. Kids for the book club.

3. Made the bus.

4. Lovely weather.

5. Clean clothes.

6. On-line friends.

Current mood: okay

Monday, March 20, 2017

11:36PM - I made the arrangements

I'm having the vet's cremate Spyder. I'm bringing his body down Wednesday, Oldest Brother is taking me. It costs a bundle. More than I expected. But I'll get his ashes back, and I'm going to scatter them at the cottage.

In more cheerful news, trying to make arrangements for my birthday weekend. The Kid called and is coming for a visit Saturday.

I called the FWiB, and while we were talking I got a call through from [personal profile] mashfanficchick. We ended up with them picking me up and going to BJ's, and then to Buffalo Wild Wings.

Oh, and i picked up my laundry.

Gratitude List:

1. The FWiB.

2. The Kid.

3. Friends.

4. Oldest Brother.

5. Clean laundry.

6. Good dinner.

Current mood: melancholy

Sunday, March 19, 2017

10:42PM - Productive day

Though I made no progress in the disposition of Spyder's body. But I will tomorrow.

But what I did do was go shopping in Flushing, got a new metrocard for the coming month, some underwear, hand soap, and a new top to wear tomorrow. And of course some bubble tea, for the first time this year taro flavor, iced not hot. And kitty litter. 25 lbs of kitty litter.

Also I took out garbage, and took my laundry down to the laundromat.

And I texted [personal profile] mashfanficchick about plans for my birthday which is coming up in a week, and I pre-ordered the next Ben Aaronovich graphic novel, Black Mould.

Called the FWiB and talk for about two hours. And read a good bit in The Dream-Quest of Vellit Boe.

And that's my day.

Gratitude List:

1. The FWiB.

2. Good weather.

3. Productive day.

4. Good books.

5. Bubble tea.

6. New top.

Current mood: okay

Saturday, March 18, 2017

10:18PM - Work and nothing much else

It was boring. The weather was lousy. I was going to do some stuff after work before I called the FWiB but the weather was too icky so I just came home and read til it was time to call.

I'm reading The Dream-Quest of Vellit Boe, which is set in Lovecraft's Dreamlands. Interesting and enjoyable so far.

I still miss Spyder intensely.

Gratitude List:

1. The FWiB.

2. Good books.

3. My boss, who recommended it to me.

4. Bjorn and Sybil seem fine.

5. Day off tomorrow.

6. Warm apartment.

Current mood: melancholy

Friday, March 17, 2017

10:03PM - Feeling a little better

Still hurting, and I utterly failed at getting myself to deal with arranging the disposition of Spyder's body. I plan to have him cremated and then scatter the ashes or bury them somewhere, but I can't make myself deal with it yet.

But I did deal with calling the financing bank that runs Google Play's credit card, and get my bill for the month paid, and arrange for a new card. Because I lost the first one around the house here somewhere and couldn't find it so I had no idea what my account number was, which was the only way to get into my account after I forgot the password. *sigh*

Went to Boston Market for dinner, then called the FWiB while I was waiting for my meeting. Both very good. So was the meeting itself, everyone has been so sympathetic about Spyder.

And that's all.

Gratitude List:

1. My meetings and the people there.

2. The FWiB.

3. Not too cold out.

4. Got that bill paid.

5. Had the day off to recover myself.

6. Bed soon.

Current mood: melancholy

1:28AM - Don't much feel like posting

But I will.

Worked. After work spoke to [personal profile] mashfanficchick who invited me out to drink a toast to Spyder and drown my sorrows in fattening food with her and Mandy. So we went to Cheesecake Factory and did just that.

Gratitude List:

1. I had Spyder for 16 wonderful years.

2. Friends.

3. Workplace sympathy.

4. The FWiB (I did call him)

5. Good food.

6. The mass transit system.

Current mood: melancholy

Thursday, March 16, 2017

12:00AM - Spyder died tonight

I came home after being out with [personal profile] mashfanficchick and her mother and Mandy, and he was gone. It must have been quick and i hope painless. That's all I can write now.

Current mood: sad

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

10:14PM - Snow day!

Did remarkably little. Slept late, got a text from RK about gaming, texted [personal profile] mashfanficchick about it, got no response so nothing came of it. Slept some more. Got up, had breakfast, puttered on the computer, used the Keurig machine for the first time. Slept some more, read, did a little housework, very little.

My meeting was cancelled, so I didn't have any reason for leaving the house.

Called the FWiB, talked for about an hour and half. He is getting physical therapy again, which is good.

And that was basically the day. Last time I looked out of the window it was still snowing but it's probably stopped by now.

Gratitude List:

1. Snow day.

2. The FWiB.

3. Keurig machine works.

4. Friends.

5. My meetings even when they are cancelled.

6. Hot chocolate.

Current mood: calm

Monday, March 13, 2017

10:42PM - Tomorrow is a SNOW DAY!

Yes, work has been cancelled tomorrow due to the impending snowpocalypse. I am looking forward to it greatly.

Work today was fine up until 5:30 when there was an incident with the guard. She will have to be transferred. This is no great loss. It was not fun.

After work I went shopping. Wanted to get grocery store sushi but they were out. *sigh* Anyway, after I shopped I came home and called the FWiB.

Oldest Brother may come here after work tomorrow morning if he feels the snow is too bad to go home. We shall see how it goes.

Gratitude List:

1. The situation at work didn't descend to the physical.

2. Got my shopping done.

3. The FWiB.

4. Snow day tomorrow!

5. The Kid texted me about vacation time.

6. Friends.

Current mood: good

Sunday, March 12, 2017

10:16PM - Spring forward

Slept very late this morning, and didn't do much beyond putter around all day. Did my dishes which needed it, and finally set up my new Keurig machine that I got for Christmas. Called the FWiB, all well there.

Worried about the storm that's being predicted for Tuesday. Hope work gives us another snow day.

Anf that's all.

Gratitude List:

1. The FWiB.

2. Warm inside.

3. Good dinner.

4. Dishes done.

5. My cats.

6. Quiet day.

Current mood: complacent

1:36AM - Very successful day

So today was the party we had for Middle Brother's birthday. [personal profile] mashfanficchick and her mother picked me up and we went to Target quickly to get some stuff there.

Then we went to Applebee's in Bellmore where we met Oldest and Middle Brothers, and were joined by John, Denise, Brianne and Aunt Helen. We ate lunch and then went over to Aunt Helen's for a Carvel cake and to give Middle Brother his presents, and Denise too (her birthday was Monday). And we talked for hours, which was great. It's great having relatives who you agree with on important political points!

Finally it was time to leave and [personal profile] mashfanficchick invited me to dinner at her palce along with her mother and Mandy. Of course I said yes. Also took the time to call the FWiB. Stopped at Stop and Shop on the way to her place, and Trader Joe's

So we had dinner, quite late by that time, chicken tika masala. Yummy!

And now I am home feeding the cats.

Middle brother enjoyed his birthday and I had a wonderful day.

Remember to turn your clocks ahead!

Gratitude List:

1. Family.

2. Friends.

3. The FWiB.

4. Agreement.

5. Being warm inside (it is COLD out!)

6. Got milk and cereal for breakfast tomorrow.

Current mood: satisfied

Friday, March 10, 2017

10:13PM - Nice day

Started by going to therapy. I had overslept, but got there on time anyway which was good. My therapist was very happy to hear I was back in touch with the FWiB.

After therapy I went to work which was OK. I got some stuff done I was behind on.

Then dinner at Boston Market, calling the FWiB, and my meeting. I chaired the second meeting, on fear. It went very well.

There was heavy snow in the morning but none stuck, and by closing time at 5:00 there was sunshine and blue skies, though it was cold.

The only disappointment was that gaming for tonight and my overnight stay at [personal profile] mashfanficchick's place were canceled. Sadness. But at least it saves me from going out in the cold again.

Gratitude List:

1. The FWiB.

2. Friends.

3. My meetings and the people there.

4. Therapy.

5. The snow stopped.

6. Two day weekend.

Current mood: okay

Thursday, March 9, 2017

10:12PM - Busy day

Started by going in to work in Manhattan to the session with the union to find out how much I'mowed in back pay. Remember I said I'd be shocked if it was over $20? Well, I was not shocked. I was a little surprised though, it was more than I thought, a little over $15. I signed the waiver and should get it in April some time.

Anyway, after that I went to work, which was OK, quiet because the kids had a half day of school. Heard from the vet about Spyder, his values are still high but better than they were so I just keep an eye on him for a month and then more blood tests.

After work, I went into Flushing and bought birthday cards for Middle brother and Denise and a gift card for Denise for Starbucks.

Came home and called the FWiB, talked for two hours. Doing well, great conversation. And now I'm facebooking Herschel, which is nice.

And that's all but I hope you'll agree it's enough!

Gratitude List:

1. The FWiB.

2. Got my shopping done.

3. My union.

4. Herschel.

5. Spyder doing good.

6. Birds twittering in a tree.

Current mood: content

12:33AM - Good day

Got up and showered, then called Oldest Brother in from where he had been waiting in his car. We took Spyder to the vet for his blood tests and that went fine. Then he took me to work and I actually made it on time! He spent the day, I did the Teen Lounge which went OK, and then afterward I called the FWiB. Had a nice conversation,. And then we went to Carvel where we met up with [personal profile] mashfanficchick and her mother and Mandy. Had ice cream and then went to Buffalo Wild Wings. Delicious.

A good time was had by all.

Gratitude List:

1. The FWiB.

2. Friends.

3. Spyder's blood test went easily.

4. Good day at work.

5. Nice weather.

6. Bed soon.

Current mood: rushed

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

10:36PM - OK day

Not much to say about it. Work was good, I did the laptop program, at the new time, and there were ten kids, but only one was actually using a laptop! That was a bit frustrating.

Called the FWiB after work and talked to him while I was en route to my meeting. The meeting was very small, just me and J., but good, step and tradition 3. But there was no one to give us a ride home so we had to go by bus.

Plans made with Oldest Brother for taking Spyder to the vet tomorrow.

Gratitude List:

1. The FWiB.

2. Oldest Brother.

3. My meetings and the people there.

4. Friends.

5. The rain stopped.

6. NY Transit.

Current mood: good

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