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Tuesday, June 25, 2019

10:32PM - I voted

Today was the New York City Democratic primary election. There were only two races on my ballot, one was a judgeship that I didn't know anything about but the other was the highly contested Queens DA electin. On the recommendation of the Kid I voted for Tiffany Caban, and as of the most recent results I've seen she's slightly ahead. So that's good.

Just got my nightly call from Oldest Brother, all well there. While we were talking the Kid called through, Caban is still ahead by a slight margin, and almost all the vote counted. very good.

Anyway, after I voted I went to work, and worked, did the laptop program with the teens. Tomorrow is the last day of school, and a half day so no program tomorrow. Summer starts now!

After work I Skyped the FWiB and went to my meeting. The FWiB had to get off early, he had a sore throat from the stuff he uses in the nebulizer, and was coughing badly. The meeting was small but good.

My Good Omens story has been doing very well. I am happy.

Gratitude List:

1. The FWiB.

2. The Kid.

3. Winning candidate.

4. My story doing well.

5. School almost over.

6. My meetings and the people there.

Current mood: cheerful

Monday, June 24, 2019

10:26PM - Posted the Good Omens fic

Work was OK, did the gaming program, and it went well.

Skyped the FWiB after work. Came home and went to Dunkin' Donuts for some coffee k-cups, then back to my apartment and Skyped the FWiB from there.

Then I had dinner, and then I posted the Good Omens fic. I finally came up with a title last night, and I am happy with it. So far it's really zipping along. It's here on fanfiction.net: Evening and Morning and here on AO3: Evening and Morning.

So that's the big thing.

Aside from that, I just finished reading The October Man. Pretty good but I prefer the Peter Grant books.

And that's about it.

Oldest Brother called while I was writing this, all well there.

Gratitude List:

1. The FWiB.

2. Posted the story.

3. Came up with a title.

4. The tea tree oil seems to be working already.

5. Gaming program went well.

6. Good books.

Current mood: cheerful

Sunday, June 23, 2019

11:22PM - Busy day

Well after the morning, when I slept after having been up last night til 2-something reading.

But after I finally got up, I had breakfast and coffee, and then started to Skype the FWiB. Just as I was about to, the Kid called, about arrangements for Shannon's wedding in October. We are going to travel together, stay together, and go in on a rental car. Then they are going to drop me off on Sunday at the airport, and they are spending another two days in Georgia. So we went back and forth calling, and alternating that talking with the FWiB. Eventually I got an hour and a half with the FWiB, and spent $546.08 for the wedding arrangements, which doesn't include the car rental, oh well. I may have to dip into my savings this pay to cover my rent this month, but I can afford it.

Anyway, after that, or during it actually, I managed to get in a shower and dress, and got picked up by [personal profile] mashfanficchick and her mother, and we went to Eons for lunch. Then we were going to go to her father's office where she was going to use his computer for homework and I was going to read on my Nook, but she decided it would be uncomfortably hot, so instead we went out to Long Island, first to the Container Store, and then to Barnes and Noble.

I bought three books, the Jim Butcher steampunk book, the newly released Amelia Peabody mystery that Elizabeth Peters had started before she died, finished by Joan Hess, and a fantasy that looked interesting.

After the bookstore we went to Starbucks, where I left my phone behind but fortunately realized before we left, and when I went back in it was still there.

And that was the day.

Gratitude List:

1. The FWiB.

2. The Kid.

3. Savings.

4. Didn't lose my phone.

5. Good book bargains.

6. Barnes and Noble.

Current mood: satisfied

12:39AM - Party!

Started the day off by breakfast, coffee, and a brief Skype with the FWiB. Then had to get ready for John's birthday party and the trip to it.

Headed out at 11:15, got a 44 bus almost immediately and made it to Jamaica pretty quickly. Stopped at the Rite Aid there and got a bottle of tea tree oil, with which I am going to try treating a case of toenail fungus on one toe before it gets worse.

Made it to the train station, went to a ticket machine and purchased a ticket for Merrick. Pressed "no receipt". Something printed and I took it without looking, and looked at the board for the next rain. The next train was at 12:20, it was then 12:10. Made my way to the track, and looked at my ticket. It wasn't a ticket. It was a receipt.

I rushed back to the ticket office, checked the ticket machine. No ticket there. I spoke to the woman at the window. Turns out the receipt I had wasn't even for my ticket. Declined to argue, bought a new ticket for another $7.25.

Rushed back to the track. The train was just pulling away. The next train was at 12:46. Waited 26 minutes, got on the train, and from there on the day got much improved.

I texted when I got to Freeport, the stop before Merrick, so they knew I was close, and called when I got there, Oldest Brother had already left to get me. He net me, and we went back to Aunt Helen's.

The day was delightful, the only thing that could have made it better would have been if the Kid and SIL could have been there. But we had a great time anyway, mostly just talking. John didn't know it was for his birthday until Denise and Brianne brought out the cake! So that was fun.

Stayed a very long time, then Oldest Brother brought me home. We stopped at 7-11 so I could get some orange juice, then got back here. Oldest Brother found a parking spot right outside the building, so that was too good to waste, so he came inside for a few minutes. Read my Good Omens story, watched me feed the pets.

And that was the day, the good (mostly) and the bad (the ticket).

Gratitude List:

1. The FWiB.

2. Oldest Brother.

3. Aunt Helen and family.

4. Tea tree oil bought.

5. The Long Island Railroad. Ticket misup notwithstanding.

6. Got my orange juice.

Current mood: satisfied

Friday, June 21, 2019

10:01PM - TGIF

Back to work, got there extra early, went to the deli for a bacon, egg, and cheese sandwich. It was good, though not the best I've had.

Work was OK, nothing special. I weeded another shelf of graphic novels and manga.

After work I went to the bank, and to Rite Aid for a card for John's birthday. Then I went as usual to dinner at Boston Market.

Skyped the FWiB afterward while I was waiting for my meeting to start. His coughing really started up badly. I can't wait for him to get to the pulmonologist again.

My meeting was good. The topics were acceptance and powerlessness.

Last night I started reading The October Man. It's Ben Aaronovitch, set in the same world as the Rivers of London books, but in Germany. I'm enjoying it, though I keep thinking of the ghosts of WW2.

Happy Summer Solstice! (Or winter, if you're Down Under.)

Gratitude List:

1. The FWiB.

2. My meetings and the people there.

3. The day turned absolutely gorgeous after a grey rainy morning.

4. Good books.

5. Umbrella in the morning.

6. Family tomorrow.

Current mood: cheerful

Thursday, June 20, 2019

10:36PM - Mental Health Day

IE, I called out sick to recuperate from yesterday.

So I slept until 12:00, then Skyped the FWiB. Spent the rest of the day either puttering on the computer, writing my Good Omens fic, and finishing reading The Golem and the Jinni. I really enjoyed it, don't know why it took me so long to finish it.

I think I have finished the Good Omens fic. I may need to write another sentence or two to wrap up, but I believe I am basically done. I shall post it in a few days.

And that's all there is to say.

Gratitude List:

1. The FWiB.

2. Finished writing the story.

3. Finished reading the book.

4. Day of rest.

5. Cheese and crackers for lunch.

6. Not out in the rain.

Current mood: relaxed

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

10:20PM - Summer reading program kickoff

Was today. An animal show. It was very successful number-wise, less so in satisfaction. The kids were rowdy, I had to toss one group out, with the help of the program presenters. *sigh*

That was after I was 40 minutes late because I got a phone call from the Kid I had to take which held me up log enough to miss a couple of buses. Then I spent most of the morning either doing the reserves or filling the bags with the info and goodies for the summer reading program. *sigh*

Skyped the FWiB after work, that was nice. There is some good news there, he may possibly be into independent living by the end of July. Keep your fingers crossed and pray this works out.

No Carvel unfortunately. [personal profile] mashfanficchick's mother is in New Jersey unexpectedly.

Had a mug cake with dinner, then made a drink with the last of the fruit punch, some orange juice, and the spiced rum. Feel better now.

Gratitude List:

1. The FWiB.

2. The Kid.

3. The Kickoff is over.

4. The numbers were good.

5. Spiced rum.

6. Cheese and crackers.

Current mood: drained

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

11:00PM - Meeting night

Work was OK, did the laptop program with the teens. The AC is doing something weird so it's cool but humid. Everything feels slightly limp, damp, or sticky.

After work I got caught in the rain cause I didn't bring my umbrella. Got quite wet on the way to the bus stop. Skyped the FWiB, he's doing OK except for the damn coughing. The lack of sleep is really starting to affect him.

Ate dinner at Burger King. Got a text message from J. She is doing OK and hopes to get back to the meeting at some point.

The meeting was good, if somewhat small. I chaired.

After work got a call from [personal profile] mashfanficchick, we are taking Dani for a surprise for her birthday, going to see Third Eye Blind at Jones beach Theater. We have the tickets now, all is set. I need to make sure I have time off.

And that's the way it is.

Gratitude List:

1. The FWiB.

2. My meetings and the people there.

3. Friends.

4. Dry now.

5. Air conditioning that works here at home.

6. Got kids for the laptop program.

Current mood: good

Monday, June 17, 2019

10:17PM - Working again

Short staffed as usual. Did the gaming program, got 10, not to great, not to bad.

After work I Skyped the FWiB but the connection was so bad that we cut it off early and waited til I got home. When I got home I found that my new debit card had arrived, so that's a good thing.

I suppose I should say at this point what I'm really pissed about... apparently I had a package stolen. Or something. It was supposedly delivered on the 13th (note the date) but I've seen nothing of it. It was a silver and citrine bracelet from an auction and I really wanted it. *sigh* Nothing to be done about it I'm afraid.

Anyway, got home and Skyped the FWiB again, his coughing was so bad and he was so tired from not sleeping because of the coughing that again we cut it short.

After that I didn't really do anything. Had the leftovers from yesterday for dinner. Puttered on the computer. Paid a bill with the new debit card, and hooked Paypal up to it. I'm afraid my Good Omens fic has come to a standstill. I need to think on it some more.

Gratitude List:

1. The FWiB.

2. Ice cream.

3. Summer coming.

4. Happy turtle.

5. Pretty good weather.

6. New debit card.

Current mood: okay

Sunday, June 16, 2019

10:13PM - Happy Father's Day

To any fathers on my flist.

Since my father and grandfathers are gone, and the father of my child has fled, I got together with Oldest Brother to have lunch and toast our forefathers.

Started out the day with breakfast and coffee and Skyping the FWiB. we couldn't talk long because he had to go to lunch. So I puttered on liine and finally went and showered and washed my hair.

Oldest Brother arrived and we went to Applebee's for lunch and said our toasts with hard cider. Then we went to Carvel for dessert.

After that we came back to my place, he read what I've written in the Crowley/Aziraphale fic, and we puttered on the computer listening to things on youtube. Finally he took a nap and I went into my bedroom and napped a bit too.

After he woke up we changed the water in the turtle tank. It looks much better now.

We called middle Brother, and then Oldest Brother left. I wrote a little bit more in the fic, and then went into the bedroom and have been listening to Pandora.

Sent the FWiB a link to one of my stories that I thought he'd like (Easy Riding) and he did. I am happy.

And that's the day.

Gratitude List:

1. The FWiB.

2. Oldest Brother.

3. The fic is coming along.

4. My father. Daddy I miss you.

5. Clean turtle tank.

6. Carvel.

Current mood: good

2:03AM - Working Saturday

Made it in on time, which on Saturday because of the bus schedule means very early. Work was OK, we were short staffed but that's the new normal.

After work I went home and Skyped the FWiB. Nothing new, but a nice talk.

Then I worked some more on my Good Omens fic. I like what I've written so far, but I don't know where it's going.

At 9:30 I called Oldest Brother. While we were talking [personal profile] mashfanficchick called and asked if I was interested in going out with them. Yes, I was.

So they picked me up, and we went to Uno, where I made good use of a 25% off coupon and got the lobster roll platter.

Came back here and now I need to go to bed.

Gratitude List:

1. The FWiB.

2. Late night invitations.

3. My fic is cominh along.

4. Aic conditioning.

5. Coupons.

6. Bed soon.

Current mood: tired

Friday, June 14, 2019

10:35PM - Got some stuff done today

Started with therapy, I was late, but she took me anyway. I didn't have time for my usual coffee and donut from Dunkin' Donuts before hand so I had them afterward, along with a "big and toasted" sandwich.

Came back to Flushing on the 65 and used my credit card to get a new metrocard. Then took the 20 back to my usual stop but from there walked to the drugstore where I got hand soap, a birthday card for [personal profile] mashfanficchick's mother, and picked up my prescriptions.

Walked home and proceeded to check my stuff on the computer. I have decided to step out of the thread on the ship for real this time. No backsies.

Anyway, after that I started writing! I have so far written two pages, almost 1000 words, in an Aziraphale/Crowly Good Omens fic.

After I had written for a good long while I realized that it was getting late and I needed to take my laundry to the laundromat and drop it off, so I got it together and did that.

While I was getting the laundry together I got an e-mail from the FWiB that he was back from his day out early, so after I took the laundry down I said we could Skype. But he was at dinner so we couldn't.

Then I went to my meeting, and by then he was ready, so I Skyped from the bus stop on my phone. We talked into the Bronx, and while I was eating dinner, which was pizza rather than Boston Market, and then he had to go.

I got the key for the meeting and set up, and we had a good meeting. Afterward, I thought I was going to miss the bus, but it was quite late, so I didn't.

Got a phone call from [personal profile] mashfanficchick, by coincidence just when I turned my phone on during the break in the meeting to check my e-mail. We may do Roosevelt Field tomorrow evening after work.

Just spoke to Oldest Brother, he had to get off because someone was calling him. He'll call me back.

And that was my day.

Gratitude List:

1. The FWiB.

2. Writing again.

3. My meetings and the people there.

4. Pizza.

5. Therapy.

6. Clean laundry.

Current mood: accomplished

Thursday, June 13, 2019

10:21PM - Argh! Kids!

The teens and kids are still bouncing. Only two weeks til the last day of school and they are stoked. I had to throw a whole table of them out because of their behavior.

I was a little late to work today cause I overslept again. I need to stop hitting the snooze button so often.

Back to arguing on the ship about the "c" word. Rook and Ruth are both being snotty to me on the thread. Big surprise.

Skyped the FWiB on the way home and again when I got here, though we only talked for a brief time on the computer. His coughing was quite bad. The good news I forgot to say yesterday is that his chest x-ray is clear.

Aside from that, nothing much to say. Oreo is finally getting to be more affectionate with me. He will actually sit or lie on top of me now.

That's about all.

Gratitude List:

1. The FWiB.

2. Good books.

3. My spiced rum punch.

4. The ship.

5. Oreo getting more affectionate.

6. Got new best time and best score in the solitaire game I play on my phone.

Current mood: lazy

1:05AM - The Teens Were Bouncing

Literally. The Teen Lounge today was hectic. But as always I survived.

Aside from that work was OK. I started weeding the graphic novels and manga.

After work Syped the FWiB. Came home and continued Skyping. Then heard from [personal profile] mashfanficchick about going out for Carvel and dinner. They came and got me around 10.

We went to carvel, and then Buffalo Wild Wings.

And now it's past time for bed.

Gratitude List:

1. The FWiB.

2. Carvel.

3. Beautiful weather.

4. School is almost over.

5. My turtle is eating greens.

6. Bed soon.

Current mood: mellow

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

11:36PM - Meeting night

It was a Day. Despite the kids being off school again, there were numerous things happening that were difficult. A really drunk patron, for one, thank goodness he didn't get hostile, though he verged on it.

But the big thing was finding a fraudulent charge on my debit card. I had to call the bank and dispute the charge, they're cancelling the card and sending me a new one so I'll have no debit card for the next 10 days til it arrives. I'm going to have to pay for my metrocard with one of my credit cards, which I don't like doing.

Anyway, after work I Skyped the FWiB, who has an appointment with a pulmonologist now. Not for some weeks, cause it isn't considered an emergency, but he has the appointment.

Went to my meeting, it was small but good.

The Kid just called, we had a nice talk.

Gratitude List:

1. The FWiB.

2. The Kid.

3. Was able to take care of my card.

4. My meetings and the people there.

5. Beautiful weather.

6. Bed soon.

Current mood: contemplative

Monday, June 10, 2019

10:09PM - The teens were crazy today

And the kids too. And we were very short staffed. Exhausting.

Skyped the FWiB on the way home and again when I got here. He is having another chest x-ray (already had it today in fact) and going to see the pulmonologist again. Maybe they can get to the bottom of his coughing.

Anyway, after dinner I cleaned the turtle filter, and then I Draino'd the bathtub. Then after flushing it out I cleaned it. Blah.

And that's all there is to say bout today really. I was going to go to the drug store for my meds, but the weather was too icky and I have time.

Gratitude List:

1. The FWiB.

2. Clean turtle filter.

3. Chocolate.

4. Draino. It really works.

5. My coat.

6. Oreo has started sitting on me at night some times.

Sunday, June 9, 2019

10:30PM - Nice day

Slept late and then got up and breakfasted and coffeed.

Texted to ask [personal profile] mashfanficchick if she was doing anything today.

Puttered on the computer, then Skyped the FWiB. He had a bad night again because of the coughing. Something is going to have to be done, seriously.

Got a return text from [personal profile] mashfanficchick that they were having lunch and then running errands, I could join them if I liked. So I did. did a bit of clearing up here first, took all the boxes from my auction wins and the new printer out for recycling. Then met them and we went to lunch.

We went to Eon, a Greek-style food place, that does rice bowls with Mediterranean foods. Very yummy. Then we went to Stop and Shop to return bottles and cans for them, and I did some shopping. Went back to her mother's house and helped with various chores, culminating with helping t take down the Halloween decorations from the front yard. *sigh* Don't judge us harshly, please! Anyway it's done now.

Then we went to Starbucks for refreshments, and then shopped at Target. After a quick stop at a bank, they brought me home. And that was the day.

One of the things i got shopping was new greens for the turtle, and she is chowing down on some now.

Gratitude List:

1. The FWiB.

2. Friends.

3. Good food.

4. Happy turtle.

5. Nice weather.

6. Got the boxes out of the living room.

Current mood: cheerful

Saturday, June 8, 2019

10:25PM - This is a new one

When my alarm went off this morning, I turned it off instead of hitting snooze, with the predictable result that I was 40 minutes late to work. I have no idea why I turned off the alarm, I never do that until I've snoozed several times and I'm standing up. Partly because I had a bad night last night, after the long nap I took in the afternoon.

Aside from that though the day went all right. It was very quiet. I texted[personal profile] mashfanficchick, she went to a ball game today, don't know if we'll be doing anything tomorrow.

Continued with the argument on the ship about the use of the "c" word. I think I'll dropout though. People are so obtuse sometimes.

After work I got the bus really quickly, and was able to go to the corner store after I got home to get some orange juice and some fruit punch. Got home just in time to Skype the FWiB after his dinner. I am worried about his cough.

After we talked I made myself a rum punch with the fruit punch I got and the spiced rum from Christmas. It was pretty good.

And that's pretty much the day.

Yesterday I forgot to say anything about the 75th anniversary of D-day. Of course my father had already been through all his fighting in North Africa and Italy and was wounded and sent home before D-day even happened, but I want to remember it.

Gratitude List:

1. The FWiB.

2. The young men of D-day who died to set the world free.

3. The ship.

4. Chocolate from Godiva.

5. Bed soon.

6. Rum punch.

Current mood: good

Friday, June 7, 2019

10:05PM - Free day

Got up in time to Skype the FWiB before he went out for the day. Fortunately my milk had not gone sour, though it's been awhile, so I was able to have coffee and breakfast here.

After we Skyped I puttered on the computer, and then I went and lay down. I meant to read but instead I ended up taking a rather long nap.

Got up after the nap and went back on the computer, got into an argument on ship of fools on the use of the "c" word, which I am quite disgusted by. Also started a thread for the first time on the new ship on Good Omens. The Good Omens thread is not moving anywhere, sadly, though Croesos posted on it, which is nice. And the FWiB posted on the "c" word thread.

Anyway, after that I showered and dressed and went to my meeting, eating at Boston Market first as usual. Then I went to Dunkin' Donuts, because it is National Donut Day, and they were giving out a free donut with any beverage.

My meeting was very good. I chaired the second meeting, which was step six.

Then back home. Now waiting for Oldest brother to call.

Gratitude List:

1. The FWiB.

2. Croesos.

3. The ship.

4. My meetings and the people at them.

5. Donuts.

6. Naps.

Current mood: chipper

Thursday, June 6, 2019

10:47PM - Another quiet day

Work was OK, nothing special. Quiet because again there was no school, this time for some clerical thing. Had a bit of text coonversation during my break with [personal profile] mashfanficchick.

Skyped the FWiB on the way home, and again when I got here, he is very tired from lack of sleep due to the coughing, but it might be a little bit better. Keep your fingers crossed.

Watched the last episode of Good Omens. Beautiful. I loved it. Maybe after I reduce my backlog of reading a bit I'll reread the book.

Printed out a coupon for Oldest Brother from my new printer, had trouble again, like I did with the AOC picture. It only took my two tries this time though so that's good.

And that's about all.

Gratitude List:

1. The FWiB.

2. Friends.

3. Cats.

4. Cheese and crackers.

5. The patron at work who gives us chocolates.

6. Bed soon.

Current mood: calm

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