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Friday, April 20, 2018

12:01AM - Had the talk with my boss

Which was less painful than I feared. I'm still confused though about what exactly he wants me to do or not do. But anyway, the rest of the day was fine.

After work I called the FWiB. We talked on my way home, and then very, very briefly Skyped. But then I got off to go meet [personal profile] mashfanficchick and her mother, and we went out and ate at Ruby Tuesday's.

And that's about all.

Got to hurry to bed now.

Gratitude List:

1. Friends.

2. The FWiB.

3. My boss is pretty ok.

4. Therapy tomorrow so I can sleep later than normal on a Friday.

5. Salad bar.

6. The weather cleared by evening.

Current mood: okay

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

10:22PM - Bratty kids again

The same bunch as yesterday came into my teen lounge program just before we ended, and were not good. Now tomorrow I have to talk to my boss about the situation.

Aside from that the day was OK, not great. The rest of work was quiet... there was a fight between two girls but I missed it, being either on my break or in the teen lounge when it happened.

After work I called the FWiB. He's doing fine. We talked on the way to my psychiatrist appointment, I got there so early that I went into Dunkin' Donuts and had coffee while I waited.

After the appointment, I called [personal profile] mashfanficchick about Carvel because I hadn't heard from her. Turns out she's not feeling too well, so we didn't go out.

So I just came home. Called The Kid again, this time I got through and we had a nice talk.

And going to read for awhile before bed after this.

Gratitude List:

1. The Kid and SIL.

2. The FWiB.

3. My psychiatrist.

4. Saw two parrots again today.

5. The day got better as it went along.

6. Good books.

Current mood: okay

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

10:16PM - Meeting night again

Work was pretty normal. I was actually a bit early today, so that's good. Did the teen laptop program, got a bunch of mouthy bratty kids, but that's ok.

After work I called the FWiB, and we talked on my way to my meeting. All is well with him.

My meeting was small, but we had a new person come, so that was good.

Called The Kid just now but she didn't pick up. Oh well.

Gratitude List:

1. The FWiB.

2. My meetings and the people there.

3. The Kid.

4. Got kids in my program, even though they were potty-mouthed.

5. No rain during the day.

6. Bed soon.

Current mood: cheerful

Monday, April 16, 2018

10:18PM - Bad start to the day

I made the cardinal mistake of lying back down in bed after I got up and turned off the alarm. Result: 40 minutes late to work.

But aside from that, the day went well. Not much to be said about it, I did the gaming program and got 6 teens, so that's good.

After work I called the FWiB, and then when I got home we Skyped, as usual. All is well with him.

Gratitude List:

1. The FWiB.

2. The rain stopped by lunchtime.

3. Quiet day.

4. Rice pudding with dinner.

5. Well behaved kids at the program.

6. Going to bed and reading now.

Current mood: okay

Sunday, April 15, 2018

10:13PM - Didn't sleep well last night

Got to sleep ok when I first went to bed, but then some hours later I woke up, used the bathroom, and didn't get back to sleep for several hours. As a result I really overslept this morning.

Finally got up and essentially did nothing for the day. Well, I read, (I'm working on A Conjuring of Light now) and puttered on the computer. And I Skyped the FWiB. And that's it. I alternated between the bedroom with Sybil, and the living room with Oreo.

So that's really all I have to say. Of course I ate breakfast and dinner, and I just had some of the rice pudding I bought from Stew Leonard's when we were there, but that hardly counts.

Gratitude List:

1. The FWiB.

2. Quiet day.

3. Good books.

4. My cats.

5. Rice pudding.

6. Warm dry apartment.

Current mood: content

Saturday, April 14, 2018

9:52PM - Oldest Brother's Birthday Party

So last night [personal profile] mashfanficchick and her mother picked me up at around 12:40 or so and we went to her apartment. Spent the night without incident.

Today slept late and then got up, coffeed, and showered and then we all set off for the Chinese buffet. It is a very large, and quite good buffet. Oldest Brother was already there with Aunt Helen, John, Denise and Brianne. So we ate our fill, and then went to Aunt Helen's house.

There we had apple pie (Oldest brother prefers an apple pie to a birthday cake) and ice cream, anf hung out and had a great time talking.

The wind was so bad though that [personal profile] mashfanficchick and her mother were worried about driving in it so we left at around 7:30 and they drove me home.

I kept in touch with the FWiB through email during the day, and when I got home we Skyped for a very few minutes, just to say hello and love you.

And that's pretty much it. Had a very good time all around, looking forward to going to bed and reading for awhile after I finish this.

Gratitude List:

1. My family.

2. Especially Oldest Brother.

3. [personal profile] mashfanficchick and her mother.

4. Unlimited Chinese food.

5. The FWiB.

6. Beautiful day for the most part.

Current mood: happy

Friday, April 13, 2018

10:36PM - Waiting for a pickup

I'm going to spend the night at [personal profile] mashfanficchick's tonight in order to facilitate getting to Oldest Brother's birthday party tomorrow. So I'm waiting for them to pick me up.

So in other news... for a Friday the 13th this has so far (knock on wood) been a pretty good day. Work was mostly quiet. The weather was beautiful. The FWiB and I talked and had a nice conversation. I went to Boston Market for dinner as usual and then my meeting, which was good. And although it was a near thing, I made the bus coming home. So that's all pretty good.

So after I finish writing my journal I'm going to go pack for the night. I just finished wrapping Oldest Brother's presents. So I'm just about ready to go.

Gratitude List:

1. The FWiB.

2. Oldest Brother.

3. My friends.

4. My meetings and the people there.

5. Lovely weather for a change.

6. Family.

Current mood: good

Thursday, April 12, 2018

10:08PM - Something unusual

Due to misreading the clock, I actually ended up at work about 45 minutes early today. I spent the extra time in the staff room fiddling with my phone.

Work was pretty normal, nothing to remark on.

After work I didn't call the FWiB right away because once again he was waiting for his brother to Skype him. But when I got home, his brother still hadn't so I called. Afterward I was so tired after being out late last night and up early this morning that I just leaned back on the couch and dozed for about an hour. Now looking forward to bed.

Gratitude List:

1. The FWiB.

2. Naps.

3. Bed soon.

4 Quiet day.

5. Didn't rain.

6. Easter candy.

Current mood: tired

1:30AM - Just quickly

A short post cause it's late. Work was normal, I did the teen lounge, got three kids. Called the FWiB after work, talked til I reached 20th avenue where I met up with [personal profile] mashfanficchick and her mother. We went out for dinnr on Long Island at a place called Texas Roadhouse. Aftr that we went to Target, and then to Baskin and Robbins for ice cream. Bed now.

Gratitude List:

1. The FWiB.

2. Friends.

3. Spring seems finally to be here.

4. Ice cream.

5. Oldest Brother (his birthday today)

6. Think I saw a hawk today.

Current mood: rushed

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

10:35PM - Was almost late for work today

Which would not have been good as I had a class coming in. But I pulled myself together, got ready extra quick, and made it to the bus on time in the end. Then the class cancelled anyway. Oh well.

The rest of the day went very calmly. I did the laptop program with the teens, it went pretty well.

After work I didn't immediately call the FWiB because he was out buying a pair of shoes. When he finally got in we had a nice but somewhat short conversation.

Then went to my meeting, it was fine, nothing special. I chaired.

And that's about all.

Gratitude List:

1. The FWiB.

2. My meetings and the people there.

3. Quiet day.

4. Made it to work on time.

5. Bed soon.

6. The rain cleared up by the time I left this morning.

Current mood: okay

Monday, April 9, 2018

10:17PM - Fairly normal day

Got to work and it was rather busy. The kids are back from spring break for one thing. I did the gaming program, and it went rather well.

The FWiB had me hold off on calling after work because he was expecting a Skype from his brother, but by the time I got home he hadn't called, so the FWiB had me phone rather than Skype, in order to leave his iPad free. So we had a rather short talk, but better than nothing!

After that i had dinner, and then I called The Kid. She answered so we had a nice conversation.

And that was about all. Except last night I heard back from my text to Denise to set up Oldest Brother's birthday celebration Saturday, and that's set.

For some reason I have been thinking of The Forgotten Beasts of Eld lately, and wanting to read it again, so today I downloaded it to my Nook. A silly thing to do when I have such a backlog of books to read, but I wanted it badly. I started reading it after I downloaded it, but I will have to put it off, I just have too much other stuff, all the books from my birthday, plus I just got the third in the V E Schwab trilogy from work today. And I mustn't forget The Black Powder War, which I put off when I started the Schwab books.

So that's all there is to say right now. Bed soon.

Gratitude List:

1. The FWiB.

2. The Kid.

3. Books. All the books.

4. My Nook.

5. Family.

6. My arm is healing still.

Edited to add, I don't put a lot of news or political stuff here, but I just have to note that the FBI raided Trump's lawyer's office today. I can't wait to see what comes of it!

Current mood: happy

Sunday, April 8, 2018

10:22PM - Busy Sunday

Slept somewhat late, then got up and poured my cereal for breakfast, only discovering when I opened the milk that it had turned badly. So I pulled on some clothes and went to the discount store for milk. Came home and had breakfast and coffee and puttered on the computer for awhile. Then went into the bedroom and puttered on my phone for awhile... meant to read but ended up just playing solitaire.

I originally had plans to go to diner at [personal profile] mashfanficchick's place, but she texted me that she has a cold caught from Theo (Hope I don't get it too!) and wasn't up to it.

So I showered and dressed and went out to the mall in Flushing to buy some pants. Was in Old Navy trying some on when I got a text from [personal profile] mashfanficchick's mother that they were going out anyway for food and some errands and did I want to join them? I said yes, and we arranged to meet in about half an hour. I quickly bought the pants i was trying on, two pairs, which I really needed, and went to Target where I got some stuff including a bag of clearance Easter candy, Robin Eggs, one of my favorites.

Then I bought a bubble tea and waited for them outside. It was so windy! Anyway, after they picked me up we went to Jamaica to a Chinese buffet, which was tasty and cheap. Then after that we went to the other Target, where [personal profile] mashfanficchick got some stuff, and I got a tube of toothpaste I needed.

And then I came home and Skyped with the FWiB, though only for a little while because he was tired.

Trying to arrange Oldest Brother's birthday celebration on Saturday with the family. Emailed Aunt Helen, texted Denise. Waiting for answers.

And that was my day.

Gratitude List:

1. The FWiB.

2. Easter candy on clearance.

3. New pants.

4. Friends.

5. On-line friends.

6. Family.

Current mood: accomplished

Saturday, April 7, 2018

10:18PM - Pretty normal day

Went in to work, nothing much happened. Had a donut, the last of a dozen out new children's person brought in yesterday. It was slightly stale but still quite tasty.

After work, while I was waiting for the bus, and for it to be time to call the FWiB, I saw two parrots! Haven't seen any in quite some time, since I don't live in Whitestone I don't see them around where I live any more, and I haven't seen any of the Pelham Park ones recently. So that was nice. (For those who haven't been on my flist long, yes there are wild parrots in New York City.)

Called the FWiB and had just gotten talking when we were interrupted, his wife came to visit him. But after she left, I had gotten home, and we Skyped. All is well there.

And after we finished I paid some bills.

And that's all there is to say.

Gratitude List:

1. The FWiB.

2. New York parrots.

3. Quiet day at work.

4. Weather cleared up some.

5. Most of my bills for the month now paid.

6. Donuts.

Current mood: chipper

Friday, April 6, 2018

10:11PM - Missed my meeting

Because I spent the day with [personal profile] mashfanficchick, her mother, and Theo. We went to lunch at Ruby Tuesday's, and then went to Stew Leonard's, and then to Shop Rite. Somehow this managed to take up the entire afternoon and evening. But I had fun, so that's OK. Did manage to squeeze in a short call to the FWiB.

Got an e-mail from Aunt Helen about Oldest Brother's birthday. Need to make plans about that, it's coming up Wednesday.

Gratitude List:

1. Friends.

2. The FWiB.

3. On-line friends.

4. Oldest Brother.

5. Shopping.

6. Beautiful weather.

Current mood: mellow

1:46AM - A good day

Started out with therapy. Was a little late getting there because I hit the snooze alarm too often, but no big deal. So that was good.

Then went to work, which was quiet, and got in a spirited discussion on one of the official e-mail lists. That whiled away the hours.

After work called the FWiB, and talked on the way home, then Skyped when I got here. All's well with him.

Then at a little after 9:30, [personal profile] mashfanficchick and her mother picked me up with Theo and we went to Uno for dinner. Very good. Then we went and did a little shopping, and then they brought me back here.

I am exhausted and need sleep.

Gratitude List:

1. Friends.

2.The FWiB.

3. Therapy.

4. Folk singers.

5. Got orange juice.

6. Bed soon.

Current mood: exhausted

Thursday, April 5, 2018

12:41AM - Another quiet day

Started out grey and rainy, but by the time I left for the day it had cleared up and was beautiful, though windy.

Work continues to be calm, though I did get yelled at by one of our crazier patrons when I knocked on the bathroom door. It was nothing personal though, she didn't know who was knocking. She just didn't like it that anyone was.

After work I called the FWiB. We talked on the way home and then Skyped here.

After we got off, [personal profile] mashfanficchick and her mother picked me up with Theo, and we went to dinner at Buffalo Wild Wings. Then we were going to go to Carvel but they were already closed. So we went to Target to do some quick shopping, and then to Baskin and Robbins for ice cream.

All in all a nice day.

Gratitude List:

1. The FWiB.

2. [personal profile] mashfanficchick

3. Quiet day.

4. Made it to work on time.

5. Bed soon.

6. Ice cream.

Current mood: sleepy

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

10:47PM - Pretty normal day

Though weather-wise kinda' icky, grey and rainy. I hit the snooze button to many times and had to hurry to make the bus, but I did and got to work on time so all was well.

Didn't do anything special. The day passed normally. Scary camo guy did come in, ut left on his ownwith no problem.

After work I called the FWiB, and we talked on my way to my meeting. The meeting was very good.

Got texts from [personal profile] mashfanficchick about plans for tomorrow night, but nothing definite.

And that's all.

Gratitude List:

1. The FWiB.

2. My meetings and the people there.

3. Quiet day.

4. I missed the worst of the rain.

5. Friends.

6. My cat punctures seem to be healing well.

Current mood: okay

Monday, April 2, 2018

10:44PM - Incident with the cats this morning

I got up to go to the bathroom 45 minutes before my alarm went off this morning, and when I came back to bed, Oreo slipped in the room with me. And he went for Sybil. I put down my arm to push him back towards the door. Bad idea. He grabbed me and did a real number on my arm. It bled badly. I washed it off, pressed on the various punctures with toilet paper til I thought they had stopped bleeding, and went back to bed. Didn't get back to sleep.

The alarm went off and I pushed the snooze button too many times. Finally got up and got ready for my dentist's appointment. Made it only five minutes late, which was OK. He took me almost immediately and was done remarkably fast. It was just a polishing, so no big deal.

Meanwhile it had been snowing, though by the time I got out of the dentist it was pretty much stopped. Nasty, slushy snow. I wore my rubber boots and was glad of them.

Actually made it in to work by the time I was scheduled, so I didn't have to take any sick time for the dentist appointment. Our new children's person started today, she seems nice.

Work was quiet except for the return of scary camo-wearing man. I may have mentioned him before, or not. He's quite, quite mentally disturbed, is homeless, and although he's never done anything, says things that are, well, scary. Violent and inappropriate. He also tried getting people to give him money or use their credit cards for a bus or train ticket. Not a good situation.

I finished reading Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, which was interesting, and had some good things to say.

After work I called the FWiB, and as usual when I got home we switched to Skype. Didn't talk as long as usual because he was having some gastro-intestinal problems he wanted to talk to the nurses about.

Anyway, that's pretty much the day... except I found out halfway through the day that the punctures on my arm had bled again, getting all over the arm of my brand new birthday present shirt. Grrrrr.

Gratitude List:

1. The FWiB.

2. Oldest Brother is working tonight for the new company that hired him.

3. I don't have to deal with scary camo-wearing man.

4. Good books.

5. Dental work done.

6. Bed soon.

Current mood: okay

Sunday, April 1, 2018

9:44PM - Happy Easter to all who celebrate

Just got back from my Easter with the family.

Last night, after I had posted here, and was just getting into bed, my phone rang. It was [personal profile] mashfanficchick wanting to know if I wanted to come over to her place to taste the sample apple pies she made to test out fillings for the pie she brought to her father's Seder. Of course I did! So I got dressed again and they picked me up, and we went to her place and had appley goodness. I got home a little after 2:00 and went straight to bed.

Got up a little after 10:00, ate breakfast and had coffee, showered, dressed, and got on the 44 bus to Jamaica. In Jamaica I got the train to Merrick, and at the station I called Aunt Helen's, to let them know I got in. John was going to come get me when Oldest Brother arrived with Middle Brother, and so he got me instead.

Dinner was lovely, lamb, asparagus, potatoes, pureed cauliflower and parsnip mixed, and Aunt Helen's jelled green salad thing. Then after dinner we had two birthday cakes, a Carvel cake for my birthday, and a chocolate cake for Brianne's. They had birthday presents for me, and Oldest Brother and I had birthday presents for Brianne, so we opened those afterward. They got me some lovely shirts.

Then some conversation, and finally John and Denise volunteered to bring Middle Brother back to his group home, and Oldest Brother drove me to the train station. I caught the 7:54 train, and made it home by 9:20 I think.

One bad thing, we all got a facebook message from our neighbors up at the cottage, who were letting us know that a hawk had flown into the back bedroom window, killing itself, poor thing, and smashing the outside pane of the double paned window. Not good. Now we need to find a glazier.

Texted with The Kid about it, and about her summer plans (they can't make it to the cottage this summer because of going to England for the SIL's sister's wedding.)

Didn't talk to the FWiB but emailed during the day so we kept in touch.

Now it's time to feed the cats.

Gratitude List:

1. Family.

2. The FWiB.

3. Birthday presents.

4. Good neighbors.

5. The Kid.

6. My brothers.

Current mood: happy

Saturday, March 31, 2018

10:13PM - Quiet day at work

Which was a good thing because there were only three of us working, and one left at 3:30. So we would have been slammed if it had been busy.

After work I got lucky and made the bus just as it was leaving. I walked to the drugstore when I got home, and picked up my prescriptions. Then I called the FWiB and we talked as I walked back. Got here and switched to Skype, had a nice talk.

And that's basically all of the day. Had dinner, read some, made plans for tomorrow with Oldest Brother, that's all.

Happy second day of Passover to all who celebrate.

Gratitude List:

1. The FWiB.

2. Beautiful weather.

3. And should be lovely tomorrow for Easter too.

4. An abundance of books.

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

6. Family.

Current mood: cheerful

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