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Thursday, February 22, 2018

10:10PM - Another quiet day

Have I mentioned that it's midwinter recess, so there's no school? That's why it's so quiet. Anyway, I made it to work on time, and that's really all there is to say about it.

After work as usual I called the FWiB and we talked til I got home. Then we switched to Skype and talked awhile longer.

After we got off, I called The Kid and we had a nice long talk. So that was good.

So it's been a good day. For dinner I had the burrito I got as the "buy one. get one free" from Qdoba on Valentine's Day. I figured it was now or never. And just now I had one of my extra Carvel sundaes. So that was tasty.

Gratitude List:

1. The Kid.

2. The FWiB.

3. Quiet day.

4. Ice cream.

5. Buy one get one free leftovers.

6. Bed soon.

Current mood: satisfied

12:18AM - Good day

Though I was a little late to work. Tomorrow I must get up on time.

Work was OK, nothing particularly happened. After work I called the FWiB, and we talked til I got home, when we switched to Skype.

Then at 8:00 I went out with [personal profile] mashfanficchick and her mother to Carvel, and then to Chile's for dinner.

And it's late and time for bed now.

Gratitude List:

1. Friends.

2. Carvel.

3. The FWiB.

4. Good weather.

5. Only a little late.

6. Bed soon.

Current mood: chipper

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

12:09AM - Slept late

Later than I should have, considering I have to get up tomorrow. There was some unbelievably loud work going on in the basement of the building here this morning, but it was only in the early part of the morning and I went back to sleep after it was done, and that's part of why I slept so late.

Anyway, after I got up I had breakfast, and puttered on-line and e-mailed the FWiB. Ad the I went and showered and dressed and went and collected my laundry. Then I was going to watch the latest episode of The X-files, but I discovered there apparently wasn't an episode last Wednesday, so I'm up to date. So instead I watched the second episode of the past season of Sherlock. It's getting pretty dark.

Then after Sherlock I Skyped with the FWiB for awhile until I had to leave for my meeting. I went in through Fllushing and got a shish kebob from the cart there, because I knew there was a chance that I'd be having dinner later with [personal profile] mashfanficchick and her mother so I didn't want to get my usual dinner of lamb over rice.

My meeting was good, and we even had a new person show up. I hope she comes back.

After the meeting, sure enough, I got texts from [personal profile] mashfanficchick and we met up and went to Uno for dinner.

And now bed. Back to work tomorrow,

Gratitude List:

1. My meetings and the people there.

2. New person.

3. The FWiB.

4. Friends.

5. Beautiful day.

6. Clean laundry.

Current mood: cheerful

Monday, February 19, 2018

11:55PM - President's Day

Got up and had breakfast. Just as I was going to make my coffee I got a text from [personal profile] mashfanficchick to ask if I wanted to join them for brunch at Denny's? Yes, yes I did. So I threw some clothing on and they ppicked me up and we went to Denny's. It was seriously crowded, so we ended up getting me and Theo Denny's take out and going to Chipotle to eat it while [personal profile] mashfanficchick and her mother got Chipotle.

After that we took Theo home to New Jersry, and then came back to New York. We went to Starbuck's for beverages, and then they took me home and went home themselves to nap.

I puttered around on line, and then Skyped with the FWiB, though only for a short time as it was late and he was tired. After we were done I got my laundry together and took it down to the laundromat. And just as i was coming back [personal profile] mashfanficchick texted me and asked if I wanted to join them at Buffalo Wild Wings. Why yes, yes I did. So they picked me up and we did that.

And now I'm home, and probably going to read some more of His Majesty's Dragon before bed.

Gratitude List:

1. Friends.

2. The FWiB.

3. Going to have clean laundry.

4. One more day off from work.

5. My cats.

6. Beautiful cresent moon last night.

Current mood: cheerful

Sunday, February 18, 2018

11:22PM - Day with Oldest Brother

Back at Christmas time I gave Oldest Brother the gift of an expenses-paid day around Union Square. Today I paid up.

We took the bus in to Flushing, got bubble tea, and then took the subway from there, transferring at Grand Central Station. We managed to get seats on the 7 train but not one on the 6, but that's only a few stops. At Union Square we walked to Poke Stop, the poke restaurant around the corner from the Strand. Had some delicious poke for lunch, and then went back to Forbidden Planet. I found myself a Dresden Files graphic novel, and Oldest Brother picked out The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, reliving his childhood as he said.

Then we went to The Strand, and wandered around. I got myself His Majesty's Dragon, which I've always been interested in reading but never got around to, and for Oldest Brother, Neuromancer. He got himself a couple of books too.

By then it was getting latish, we were tired, and there wasn't much of anything going on in Union Square, so we took the subway back to Flushing, and had pizza at Lucia Pizza, which I think is some of the best I've ever had. While we were there we talked on the phone to Middle Brother, who is doing well.

And then we came back here and Oldest Brother took a nap and I called the FWiB. We only had a short conversation because it was late and he was getting sleepy. So after that I started reading the Dresden Files book.

And now he's awake, the cats are fed (Oreo's been hiding ever since we got here) and it was a very good day.

Gratitude List:

1. Oldest Brother.

2. Wonderful places in the city.

3. Poke.

4. The FWiB.

5. Mostly got seats on the subway (though we had to stand sometimes)

6. Nice weather for the day.

Current mood: satisfied

1:10AM - Day with friends

Got up and had breakfast, then [personal profile] mashfanficchick and her mother picked me up with Theo and we went to Westchester. First we went to Costco, where [personal profile] mashfanficchick and I did some shopping, and grazed our way through the free samples while her mother and Theo napped in the car. Then we went to Stew Leonards and got food for lunch after going through the store for Theo's entertainment.

Stew Leonard had no space for eating inside, however, and the outside area was closed due to the weather, so we went back to Costco and ate in their food area. And when we left it was snowing. And continued snowing the rest of the day.

We drove to White Plains in search of a CVS that had an elevator that Theo saw on YouTube (yes I know, for a kid he has curious interests) but didn't find it. Or rather, we think we found the store, but they no longer had the elevator open to the public. So that was a wild goose chase.

I called the FWiB from the car, and we talked for awhile. All is well with him.

By then it was night, so we went back to the Bronx to a mall there, and went to Bath and Bodyworks where I got some handsoap. Theo rode the elevators for some time, and then we went to Ted Robin for dinner. Yum.

Then we went to the same Target that I go to after work on the way home sometimes. I got a pair of rainboots, and [personal profile] mashfanficchick got diapers for Theo, and a small toy for him. And Theo rode the elevator.

Then the bummer part of the day. The car wouldn't start. It was pretty scary. But we got a jump from one of the people working there, and it started after that, and they brought me home.

All is well here. I asked [personal profile] mashfanficchick to text me when they got home so I'd know they were safe, and she did. Theo was playing with the elevator.

So that was the day. Mostly a pretty good one, with a little excitement at the end.

Gratitude List:

1. The car started.

2. Friends.

3. The FWiB.

4. Everyone got home safe.

5. New boots.

6. Bed soon.

Current mood: satisfied

Saturday, February 17, 2018

12:50AM - Late evening

Work was calm. There was no school today cause it's the first day of midwinter break, so the kids mostly didn't come in, which kept it quiet.

After work I went to the bank and then to Boston Market for dinner as usual. After that I called the FWiB, and we talked while I sat in Dunkin' Donuts having tea waiting for my meeting.

My meeting was very small, but good. And afterward I went t the McDonald's down Linden Street which has the play place and met up with [personal profile] mashfanficchick and her mother, who had Theo with them. So we hung out there for a couple of hours, and then they brought me home.

The cats have been growling at each other, but no real unpleasantness.

Gratitude List:

1. The FWiB.

2. Friends.

3. My meetings and the people there.

4. I missed the rain, it started after I went out for lunch and stopped before I left work.

5. Warm apartment. McDonald's was freezing.

6. Four days off now (Presidents Day Monday, free day Tuesday)

Current mood: happy

Thursday, February 15, 2018

10:09PM - Not a particularly exciting day

Made it to work on time. The day was peaceful. The only thing that happened was a phone call from my therapist cancelling our appointment tomorrow.

After work I called the FWiB, and when I got home we Skyped. We had a good time.

The cats are still hissing and growling, but I'm actually a little encouraged.

That's about all. I'm really tired for some reason, lookin forward to bed.

Gratitude List:

1. The FWiB.

2. Got an e-mail from Aunt Helen that Cousin Dick came through his operation well.

3. Bed soon.

4. My cats.

5. On-line friends.

6. Plans for the weekend.

Current mood: tired

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

11:14PM - Happy Valentine's Day!

A very good day. Though it started with me oversleeping and almost missing the bus, I didn't, and I was on time for work.

Then during lunch, I did it; I booked the plane tickets for my visit to the FWiB. Despite nerves and anxiety, I did it. I leave from Newark airport on May 26, and return there June 2. So go me!

Then, instead of doing the teen lounge program, I did a craft program for the teens. It went really well. I gave them each a large red printed heart picture, and stuff to decorate it with, and it worked out really well. Of course there was the one boy who very carefully, creatively, and craftily made his pornographic, but he put a lot of careful effort and time into it.

After work I called the FWiB, and we talked until I met up with [personal profile] mashfanficchick and her mother at 20th avenue and we went to Qdoba for dinner and then to Carvel. Qdoba was buy oone, get one free entrees, so I have a spare one for tomorrow or whenever, plus of course my spare sundae from Carvel.

Came home and fed the cats. And now it's time for bed.

Gratitude List:

1. The FWiB.

2. My craft program worked well.

3. Friends.

4. Got my tickets.

5. Ice cream.

6. My cats.

Current mood: cheerful

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

10:24PM - It's the 13th so what do you expect?

Was late to work, and it wasn't even my fault. There was a traffic tie-up between Lafayette and Brush, probably caused by the small drawbridge on the Bruckner. So there's that. Then, later I did the laptop program and no one showed up. I closed it halfway through.

I looked up the prices for tickets to see the FWiB, and they have gone up. Not going to get a fare under $200 after all.

After work I called the FWiB and we had a nice talk until just before he was going to say good-by, and then I lost the connection. And although I e-mailed immediately, his reply got hung up in the aether until after 10. (When it came in it was time stamped a little after 7) So I was thinking all sorts of bizarre things had happened.

My meeting was good however, so that was a bright spot.

And now I am going to transfer money from my savings to my checking so I can buy the plane tickets tomorrow without waiting for payday, in case the prices go up again.

Gratitude List:

1. The FWiB.

2. My boss.

3. Got some work done for the program I'm planning tomorrow.

4. Good weather for February.

5. Not to hot in here for a change.

6. I have the money to pay for plane tickets.

Current mood: amused

Monday, February 12, 2018

10:12PM - Short staffed day

Two people called out, and the boss was free, so we were down three people. But we soldiered on and got through the day without any major problems. I did the gaming program and it went off well.

After work I called the FWiB, and we had a nice talk til I got home and then I Skyped him. And that was nice too.

The cats have been glaring at each other but no active hissing or growling, so I consider that a positive.

Called The Kid, just to touch base, we only talked for a few minutes but it was nice.

Gratitude List:

1. The FWiB.

2. Skype.

3. The Kid doing well.

4. The cats not fighting.

5. Not so cold today, and it didn't rain.

6. Got through the day OK.

Current mood: cheerful

Sunday, February 11, 2018

10:41PM - Another nothing day

Though I shouldn't quite say that. I got up to date with watching the X-files, and I finally started watching season 4 of Sherlock, now that it's available on Netflix. I watched the first episode so far.

And aside from Skyping the FWiB, that's all I did today. Well, I showered and washed my hair, but I don't think that counts.

The cats are not doing at all well in integrating; Sybil was up on top of the kitchen cabinets in order toget away from Oreo.

Gratitude List:

1. The FWiB.

2. Good TV.

3. Skype.

4. My cats.

5. Day off to do nothing.

6. Netflix.

Current mood: frustrated

Saturday, February 10, 2018

10:10PM - It's hot in here!

I have my box fan on in the living room because it was so hot. I gather this is common in New York City apartments, you either freeze or fry in the winter. Granted, I am glad I am frying rather than freezing!

Work was OK, I did the walk around computer tutor, but no one asked me any questions so it was just an hour of walking around the computers.

After work I came home and Skyped with the FWiB. And after that I played around on-line and e-mailed to him. One thing I did that I've needed to do for three years was clean out my livejournal inbox. I had over 400 messages from over three years ago just sitting there.

Oreo and Sybil have been at it. I wish he were a little more afraid of her and she was a little less afraid of him.

Gratitude List:

1. The FWiB.

2. Skype.

3. My cats, even though they drive me crazy.

4. Didn't get caught by the rain today.

5. Fruit at lunch.

6. The spam filter in my mail is finally taking out a lot of the junk.

Current mood: okay

Friday, February 9, 2018

10:06PM - Truncated day

Because I slept very late there wasn't much of a day for me. I got up and ate brunch at around 12:30. Then I puttered on the computer.

I had e-mail difficulties with the FWiB so I eventually Skyped him and we had a nice talk. After he had to go I went and finished reading Hardcore Twenty-four, which was a lot of fun.

Then I took a shower and got fressed and went to the Bronx for dinner and my meeting. I called the FWiB from the bus and we talked while I went to the bank and ha pizza for dinner. I had pizza instead of Boston Market because according to Sandra Boynton it's National Pizza Day so I decided to go with the flow.

After dinner the FWiB had to go and I went to Dunnkin' Donuts to kill time til my meeting. Got Almond Joy Hot Chocolate. And then I went to my meeting, which was good.

The cats have been squabbling all day.

Got a Valentine from [personal profile] mrs_sweetpeach ! Yay! I love getting one from her each year, so THANK YOU!

And that was my short day.

Gratitude List:

1. My meetings and the people there.

2. The FWiB.

3. Skype.

4. Valentines.

5. Pizza.

6. Not as cold as yesterday.

Current mood: cheerful

Thursday, February 8, 2018

10:10PM - Quiet day

Was almost late for work because I committed the cardinal sin of lying down again after I got up and turned off the alarm. Fortunately I didn't fall asleep again, and I got up before too much time passed. But anyway I did make it to work on time.

The day was fairly quiet, not much went on. After work I called the FWiB and we talked. Then when I got home we Skyped and that was very nice.

And that was the day. I couold have gone with people from my Tuesday meeting to another meeting tonight, but I'm tired and didn't feel like going out, plus I wanted my Skype time with the FWiB. So I didn't.

And now I'm going to go to bed and read awhile. I have Janet Evanovitch's book Hard Core Twenty-four and I'm looking forward to it.

Gratitude List:

1. The FWiB.

2. Skype.

3. Lip balm.

4. The cats.

5. Good books.

6. When I slipped on ice today I didn't fall.

Current mood: content

12:17AM - Out late

Got to work despite the snow that was coming down fairly heavily. All went well until my chess program at 3:30. Had some disruptive kids, and some trouble, but it all resolved OK. Then after the chess program was over, the kid who egged us and did the thing with the traffic cone and etc walked in as bold as brass. Someone went quietly to call the police, and he snuck behind the desk and up to the workroom door. When he realized that the police were being called he turned and scooted out. Creepy.

After work I called the FWiB and we talked while I went to my psychiatrist appointment. Nothing new from his end of things. The appointment went well.

[personal profile] mashfanficchick and hr mother picked me up after my appointment and we went to Carvel, then to Target for some shopping. Finally we went to Buffalo Wild Wings for me to have dinner (they had already eaten) and them to have snacks.

Now it's late and time to go to bed.

Gratitude List:

1. Friends.

2. My psychiatrist.

3. My boss.

4. The program today ended up ok.

5. Bed soon.

6. The FWiB.

Current mood: stressed

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

10:55PM - Meeting night

Went to work, got there in time to go by more half and half from the deli so I could have my coffee. Did the laptop program with the teens, it went quite well. The kid who has been causing problems has had his parents spoken too about him, and he's settled down some. The only downer of the day was I got turned down again for membership on the Best Books for Teens committee. *sigh*

During the laptop program I e-mailed David M about the dates I'd like to be in Ohio to see him and the FWiB. He answered later to say they were fine, so unless the FWiB is having chemo that week, I'm good to go!

After work I called the FWiB and we talked on my way to my meeting. He is going to find out his chemo schedule, hopefully it'll be earlier that month and he will be recovered from it by then. *fingers crossed*

My meeting was good, a step meeting, Step Two, came to believe that a power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity. I think of all the insane things I've done over the years... Hopefully I am better now than I was.

Came home and Oreo slipped out when I opened the door. I had to slam it and grab him, and he is not as agreeable to being picked up as Bjorn was. But I got him back anyway and in the house. Going to have to be very careful about it from now on...

Gratitude List:

1. My meetings and the people there.

2. The FWiB.

3. David M.

4. Got Oreo back before he got away.

5. Didn't rain today.

6. Called The Kid last night, had a nice couple of minutes talk.

Monday, February 5, 2018

10:20PM - So tired

Didn't sleep well last night, in part I think because of the Starbucks I had with [personal profile] mashfanficchick last night. Also the warmth of the room, I had to open a window again.

Anyway, today I was lucky, I forgot to turn on my alarm after I set it, but I woke up a few minutes before it should have gone off anyway. Made it to work nice and early. Did the gaming program with the kids, got a few in.

After work I called the FWiB and we talked on my way home, then after I got here we Skyped for just a few minutes. That was nice.

The cats might possibly be working things out, they get closer now before the hissing etc starts. Hey, it's a start.

I mailed the Valentines and the SIL's belated birthday card today.

Might call The Kid tonight after I get off here, might not, haven't decided yet.

Gratitude List:

1. The FWiB.

2. Skype.

3. Bed soon.

4. Clear day.

5. Woke up in time even without alarm.

6. Coffee.

Current mood: tired

Sunday, February 4, 2018

10:06PM - Superb Owl Day

Which, it having been pointed out to me, is from now on how Superbowl Sunday shall be referred to by me.

Started out with breakfast and coffee, and puttering on the computer. Got in touch with [personal profile] mashfanficchick to ascertain that yes, we would be getting together at some point today.

Took a shower and washed my hair, then Skyped with the FWiB for awhile. After we got off, I watched the past Wednesday's X-files on my computer.

After that I went out. Went to Duane Reed to get Valentine's cards for Oldest and Middle Brothers, and The Kid and SIL, plus a belated birthday card and Barnes and Noble gift card for the SIL. Then proceeded to go to [personal profile] mashfanficchick's place.

We had Thai green curry for dinner, and then went out to Target, and then they dropped me off here, and here I am. A very pleasant day all around except for the rain.

Gratitude List:

1. The FWiB.

2. Skype.

3. Friends.

4. Clean hair.

5. Warm, dry apartment.

6. Good TV.

Current mood: satisfied

Saturday, February 3, 2018

10:17PM - Satisfactory Saturday

Got to work on time and everything was pretty quiet.

After work I got a bus immediately so I thought I'd be home really fast. Not so. There was an accident or something on the bridge and we were hung up for over half an hour. So I didn't get home til around 6. At least I was in a warm bus and sitting down, not waiting at the bus stop in the cold!

Anyway, I had been planning on Skyping the FWiB when I got home and skipping a phone call, but when the bus was so late, I called him first. We talked until I got home, and then we hung up and I Skyped then.

And that was basically the day. Oreo got his collar off again, I hope this doesn't become a habit. The cats are still squabbling.

And that's about all.

Gratitude List:

1. The FWiB.

2. Skype.

3. Quiet day.

4. It's light now when I get out at 5.

5. Christie hasn't been coughing any more.

6. Day off tomorrow.

Current mood: tired

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