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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

11:01PM - Some news

I finally heard from the FWiB's brother about 4:00 AM, don't ask me why he was writing e-mails at that time. No new news and he pointedly ignored my request to at least tell him that I was asking about him.

I got the results of Spyder's blood tests and they were not all good. He had some high values, so they want to do a urinalysis and take his blood pressure again. I have [personal profile] mashfanficchick and her mother picking up the stuff I need to get the urine specimen from him tomorrow. And then I'm going to have to figure out the logistics of getting it back, and getting him there.

We were very short staffed today, plus it was busy considering it's a school vacation time.

Worked 9-5 so I had an extra hour before my meeting, which I spent in part getting my face waxed. The meeting was small but good.

The Kid and SIL had their plane home rerouted and are currently in Boston. And not happy about it, but they should be home tomorrow.

Gratitude List:

1. My meetings and the people there.

2. Friends willing to go to the vet for me.

3. Spyder.

4. The Kid back safe.

5. Nice weather.

6. Can sleep later tomorrow.

Current mood: contemplative

Monday, February 20, 2017

10:12PM - Not My President's Day Rally

So I went in to Manhattan, but I went to the wrong place. Don't ask how, it's a bit embarrassing. I was able to get the right address via facebook off my trusty phone. But the end result was I was somewhat over an hour late. Still plenty of time to be a part of things though, and it was good. Inspiring, and very nice. Good to be with like minded people. Exciting. I bought a tee-shirt that says "My flag, my country, not my president". More embarrassment, I tripped over the leg of a barricade and fell on my knees and hands. No blood drawn, though.

Then after the rally I got in touch with [personal profile] mashfanficchick who, along with her mother, were babysitting Theo today. So I took the subway to Penn Station and then out to Long Island and joined them. We went to a McDonald's for Theo to play in an outdoor playplace, and I got my dinner. And we stayed a long time, but then they drove me home prior to taking Theo back to New Jersey.

Haven't heard from the vet about Spyder, so I will call tomorrow afternoon if I don't hear before. Also worryingly I haven't heard back from the FWiB's brother. He usually answers me by lunchtime the next day. Well, in one way it's a win/win situation. If he doesn't answer me, i can consider our agreement broken and try to contact the FWiB myself.

Have to be at work at *ugh*9:00 tomorrow, so bed as fast as possible.

Gratitude List:

1. Action.

2. Rally organizers.

3. Wasn't hurt when I fell.

4. Friends.

5. Good books.

6. Bed soon.

Current mood: good

Sunday, February 19, 2017

10:13PM - Another do-nothing Sunday

I meant to do things today, I really did... but I slept late and read for most of the day. Finished Libromancer and decided i liked it enough to download the next one on my Nook, and started reading it. Codex Born it's called. Aside from that, I did very little in the kitchen, and nothing else.

Tomorrow, however, I am going to the Not My President day rally at Trump Tower. I contacted Denise, and [personal profile] mashfanficchick to ask if either of them wanted to join me but neither could, so I am going alone. Exciting!

Haven't worked up courage to send the email to the FWiB's brother yet.

Gratitude List:

1. Good books.

2. My Nook.

3. Days off.

4. Friends.

5. Macaroni and cheese... it's what was for dinner.

6. Cats.

Current mood: okay

Saturday, February 18, 2017

10:23PM - Very tired

After my rather foolish nap yesterday I didn't sleep at all well last night, so I'm really tired today.

Work was quiet as Saturdays usually are. Looking forward to a two day weekend because of President's Day on Monday.

Started writing my monthly e-mail to the FWiB's brother to find out how he is. I can't STAND not being allowed to contact him. I'd tell him to go shove it (no I wouldn't, I'd be polite) except he's my only dependable source of news. If I could be sure that's I'd be able to make contact with the FWiB and maintain it without him... *sigh*

Anyway, that's about all the news. The weather is unseasonably warm, thank you climate change. But it is getting closer to spring, the days are noticeably longer, it was still light out when I got home today.

Didn't hear about Spyder's blood tests, I'll have to call Tuesday if I don't hear Monday.

Gratitude List:

1. Bed soon.

2. Two days off.

3. My cats.

4. Memories of the FWiB.

5. Little birds twittering and hopping around.

6. Warmth.

Current mood: tired

Friday, February 17, 2017

10:42PM - So Spyder went to the vet today

For his blood tests. I won't know the results until tomorrow of course.

[personal profile] mashfanficchick and her mother picked us up in the morning and took us there, and afterward we dropped Spyder off at home and went to lunch at an Indian place, very good food for cheap.

And then they brought me home, and I took a nap until it was time to leave for my meeting. But when I woke up I had a facebook message from Frank C that my e-mail had been hacked and was sending spam. So I changed the password, which I hope will take care of the problem.

Then I went to the Bronx for dinner and my meeting, but I didn't go to Boston Market because I'd had such a big lunch, I just got a slice of pizza, and chocolate milk. Then to my meeting, which was very good.

And then home, and that's it.

Gratitude List:

1. My meetings and the people there.

2. Pizza.

3. Friends.

4. Spyder was good at the vet's.

5. The big friendly orange cat that I saw while getting the key for the meeting.

6. Indian food.

Current mood: chipper

Thursday, February 16, 2017

10:21PM - Not much to say

I made it to work on time despite having pushed the snooze button one too many times. Work was mostly quiet.

I went through Flushing on my way home and refilled my metrocard, and got coffee. And a bubble tea.

And that's pretty much it.

Taking Spyder in for his blood tests tomorrow, thanks to [personal profile] mashfanficchick and her mother, who are driving us.

Reading Libromancer, I forget the author. Pretty good so far.

Gratitude List:

1. Ride to the vet tomorrow.

2. Warm apartment.

3. Quiet day.

4. Bubble tea.

5. Interesting books.

6. Spyder's eating well.

Current mood: cheerful

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

10:25PM - Very short staffed today

And the chess program I had was cancelled (not because of that). So I did the Teen Lounge instead and that was unexpectedly popular, so that's good at least.

But it was a hectic day. I got through it ok though. But almost had a catastrophe, my alarm clock got unplugged during the night. Luckily I woke up to use the bathroom and noticed so i could plug it in and reset it.

Gratitude List:

1. Woke up before I overslept so wasn't late.

2. Good numbers for the Teen Lounge.

3. The chess program will get rescheduled.

4. Bed soon.

5. Spyder still liking his new cat food.

6. Got stamps so can mail things.

Current mood: good

12:58AM - Happy Valentine's Day...

a little late... Had a normal day at work, did the laptop program with the teens, it worked out fairly well.

Then went to my meeting, which was quite good.

And after, got picked up by [personal profile] mashfanficchick, her mother, and Mandy, and went into Manhattan to a pastery cafe in the East Village for dessert. Had a yummy chocolate cake thing called a windmill cake, and their version of a chocolate egg cream which included chocolate gelato. Mmmmmm.

Home to find a valentine in the mail from [personal profile] mrs_sweetpeach. Which was lovely, thank you!

So a pretty good Valentine's Day all in all.

Gratitude List:

1. Friends.

2. On-line friends.

3. My meetings and the people at them.

4. Chocolate.

5. Spyder likes his new cat food.

6. Bed soon!

edited to add, made an appointment for Spyder to have his blood tests Friday.

Current mood: happy

Monday, February 13, 2017

10:16PM - Windy day

Pretty normal, all-in-all, but oh so windy out. Work was OK, I did the gaming program which went pretty well. And that's about all. Starting Spyder on regular sized cans of cat food instead of the small Fancy Feasts, and he wolfed down the first half of the can with his medicine in it, and I'm now giving him the second half.

Tomorrow is Valentine's Day. Hopefully going to have dinnere after my meeting with [personal profile] mashfanficchick and her mother after my meeting.

Gratitude List:

1. Friends.

2. I got kids for the program.

3. Warm and snuggly inside.

4. Ice cream for dessert.

5. Cats.

6. Good books.

Current mood: peaceful

Sunday, February 12, 2017

10:17PM - Slept more than I should have

Slept late to start with, and then dozed away the after noon. Hope I can sleep tonight so I'm not too tired tomorrow.

Anyway, that was my day. Finished reading the unfinished sequel to The Face in the Frost. *sigh* Wish he had finished it, it was shaping up good.

And that's all.

Hope everyone has heard about the Oroville Dam situation... if any of my flist are in that area, don't play games, evacuate!

Gratitude List:

1. No dams around here to overflow!

2. Caught up on missed sleep at least.

3. Good books.

4. The Kid texted me several times.

5. Eating a good number of the Clementines I bought yesterday.

6. On-line friends.

Current mood: lazy

12:15AM - Home again

Gaming last night went until 10:00 AM! It was great to role play again. We played Pathfinder, which is essentially Dungeons and Dragons. And it was great fun.

Obviously after that the only thing to do was sleep. So we slept until somewhere after 3:00 PM. There's a pull out couch bed, actually very comfortable, which I use when I stay over there. So anyway, at some point after 3, [personal profile] mashfanficchick and I got up, leaving Mandy still sleeping, and went out for what couldn't even be called brunch any more I guess.

One bagel and cream cheese and lox later, with coffee, I was feeling more human. So we walked around town awhile, and [personal profile] mashfanficchick's mom picked us up and we went shopping. I got some much needed provisions, and then we picked up Mandy and went to dinner at Qdobba.

And then it was back home and time for feeding the cats, and going back to bed again.

Gratitude List:

1. Friends.

2. Role playing.

3. Groceries.

4. Beautiful full moon.

5. Bed soon.

6. Cats were fine alone for the day.

Current mood: tired

Friday, February 10, 2017

10:01PM - Going out tonight

For gaming, over to [personal profile] mashfanficchick's place. Looking forward to it. Going to spend the night, feeding the cats now.

Started the day with therapy, but the bus was very late so I was late for everything and barely made it back to work by the time I said I'd get there. When usually I'm there a half hour earlier.

Had my meeting, didn't eat at Boston Market cause I'll be having dinner at gaming so I just had a snack, a slice of pizza.

And that's all.

Gratitude List:

1. Friends.

2. Therapy.

3. My meetings and the people there.

4. Warm inside.

5. Two day weekend.

6. Gaming.

Current mood: rushed

Thursday, February 9, 2017

10:11PM - Snow day

So I slept late, really later than i should have, but oh well. Then I got up and pulled on some clothes and went to brave the snow for brunch, because I was out of milk for coffee. It was still snowing when I went out but not very cold or windy, so not bad walking. The bagel store was closed, but Dunkin' Donuts was open so I ate there, and then went to the 99 Cent store for milk. The rest of the day was spent either reading or puttering on the computer.

I called The Kid, because she's heading to England tomorrow to visit the in-laws for a couple of weeks. And I spoke to Oldest Brother during the day, aside from our usual nightly call (which I don't usually bother mentioning in these posts) because he couldn't get to work because they didn't plow his street, so he had a snow day too.

Been reading The Face in the Frost, which is just as good as always. I am glad to have it back. And started reading the unfinished sequel.

And Trump has been put in his place for now.

And that's all.

Gratitude List:

1. Snow day.

2. Good books.

3. My fuzzy lap robe I bought yesterday.

4. Dunkin' Donuts.

5. The Ninth Circuit of Appeals, for confirming the opinion of the judge who stopped the travel ban.

6. Checks and Balances.

Current mood: cheerful

7:03PM - Something pleasantly puzzling

On fanfiction.net my story Light Bearer is getting very popular this month, mostly with people in Italy. It must have been linked or recced somewhere. I guess I'll never know, but I'm enjoying seeing the results in my stats.

If you want to check it out, it's here:

Light Bearer

on fanfiction.net, or if you prefer, here:

Light Bearer

on AO3.

Current mood: pleased

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

10:10PM - Nice day

Work was quiet. I did the Teen Lounge, and got a very nice turnout. Then came home and went out for Carvel with [personal profile] mashfanficchick, her mother, and Mandy. We didn't do dinner cause they'd already eaten but we went to BJ's and Target, which was fun. I got myself a zebra-stripped fake fur throw blanket in a matching tote bag for only $10. I needed a throw for the living room, and it's zebra-stripped fake fur, how could I say no?

Just got a text message from my boss, work is closed tomorrow because of the coming snow storm. Woo hoo!

Gratitude List:

1. Snow day!

2. Friends.

3. Furry lap robe.

4. Got good numbers of kids today.

5. Carvel.

6. Nice weather today (the snow starts tonight).

Current mood: happy

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

10:38PM - Not much to say about today

I was very tired because of being up so late last night, but I got to work on time. Did the laptop program, which went well. The rather than getting food from the halal cart I went to Burger King. And finally to my meeting, which was small but good.

And that covers it.

Gratitude List:

1. My meetings and the people there.

2. The twittering sound of trees full of birds.

3. The books I bought yesterday.

4. Orange juice.

5. Bed soon.

6. My turtle.

Current mood: tired

12:38AM - Just fast

After work went into Manhattan to meet up with [personal profile] mashfanficchick and her mother at The Strand. [personal profile] mashfanficchick was there to hear an author talk; I got there too late for that so I just browsed around and bought four books. After the talk was done we went to their car and it wouldn't start. Dead battery. We went and ate at Whole Foods (I had a delicious chicken Marsala) before we dealt with the car, they called for assistance and it didn't take too long. So we got the car jumped and then went to a pastry place for dessert. And then home. A strange adventure, but fun for the most part.

Gratitude List:

1. Friends.

2. Yummy food.

3. Buying books.

4. Roadside assistance.

5. Bed soon.

6. 12 kids in the gaming program.

Current mood: rushed

Sunday, February 5, 2017

10:51PM - Anti-Superbowl

Actually not deliberately anti-Superbowl because in fact I forgot about the game entirely when I planned the day. It was basically that I couldn't stand the thought of another Sunday spent inside sleeping late and then just hanging around. But it was still a pretty opposite thing to do... I went into Manhattan with [personal profile] mashfanficchick to the Natural History Museum. We had a very good time, seeing an Imax film on the arctic, and then puttering around the museum til closing time. I got a nice tee-shirt on heavy discount, a picture of the museum with little silver dinosaurs all over it.

Then we went to Shake Shack for dinner, which was yummy. I never went to a Shake Shack before, so I was glad to finally have a chance to try them out.

Came home and that's about all. A very nice day.

Gratitude List:

1. The Museum of Natural History.

2. Neil DeGrasse Tyson.

3. Friends.

4. Good food.

5. Clearance discounts.

6. Good weather for the day.

Current mood: cheerful

Saturday, February 4, 2017

10:54PM - Busy day

Well, sort of. I slept later than I should have but not as late as I frequently do, and then finished reading The Hanging Tree. It's a worthy addition to the series.

Then I got up and went to breakfast at Dunkin' Donuts. After that I went to the main part of Flushiing and got some toothpaste and hand soap from Duane Reed, and then went to get a new light bulb for the turtle light from Petland Discounts. But they didn't have what I wanted, so I walked back to Northern and around the corner to Northern Aquarium Pets and got a bulb there. Then I walked home from there since I was most of the way anyway, stopping at the discount stores on the way. So I got my exercise for the day.

The rest of the day was spent on-line, paying bills and puttering. I also gave the turtle more water and put in the new bulb.

Talked to The Kid which was nice. Nothing new there.

Have decided to go into Manhattan tomorrow to the Natural History Museum. Have invited [personal profile] mashfanficchick and Mandy to come too. We shall see.

Gratitude List:

1. The Kid.

2. My turtle is happy.

3. Life in New York City.

4. Nice day.

5. Got the bills paid.

6. Dunkin' Donuts.

Current mood: good

Friday, February 3, 2017

10:42PM - Typical Friday

Went to work, and our guard has been shifted to another location after the situation of last night (which I don't think I mentioned, but it involved her losing her cool and shouting at a kid). Work was pretty quiet actually.

After work went to Boston Market and met up with J, and then we went to our meeting, where there was a very good turnout for once.

Now home and looking forward to bed and reading more of The Hanging Tree.

Gratitude List:

1. My meetings and the people there.

2. Quiet day.

3. Friends.

4. My Nook.

5. Good books.

6. Weekend off.

Current mood: cheerful

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