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Monday, September 16, 2019

10:21PM - Ordinary day

Went to work, I was late because I overslept. Worked, did the gaming program with the teens, which was quite successful, I got 18. And some of them helped me clean up at the end, too!

After work the FWiB phoned and we talked until I got home, then I Skyped him. We had a nice talk.

And that's all.

Gratitude List:

1. The FWiB.

2. Got a good number for the program.

3. Computers.

4. Didn't rain.

5. The kids that helped me clean up.

6. Betsy texted me that the cottage is no longer leaking.

Current mood: cheerful

Sunday, September 15, 2019

11:43PM - Fun day

Slept to a reasonable hour, got up, and, having no milk in the house, went out to Dunkin' Donuts for breakfast.

Came home and puttered on the computer, then went and lay down intending to read. But Sybil came and lay down on top of me so I spent about an hour dozing and cat-cuddling. Then I bestirred myself and did start reading. I finished Warbreaker. It was OK, not great, but OK.

Then it was time for [personal profile] mashfanficchick and her mother to pick me up. We went to Ikea, and then to a seafood place for lunch. It was pretty good. After that we went to Target, and I got a new set of sheets.

Then we went back to her place, where she took a nap, I called the FWiB, and her mother watched the Mets game. After I got off the phone, I watched the Mets game too. *sigh* They are the Mets and that's all you can say. Snatching defeat from the jaws of victory.

We had dessert there of berries and whipped cream, and chocolate chip cookies.

I heard from my SHarecon roommate, we have got a room with two beds now, which is a great relief.

And that's about all. Bed now.

Gratitude List:

1. The FWiB.

2. Friends.

3. New sheets.

4. When Oreo darted out the front door, he came right back when I snapped his name at him.

5. Not having to share a bed or use the couch at SHarecon.

6. Chocolate chip cookies.

Current mood: cheerful

Saturday, September 14, 2019

10:32PM - Still tired

I didn't quite get caught up on my sleep from last night, because I had to get up at 6:30 for work today, but I did get a decent night's sleep.

Work was nicely quiet. Nothing much happened.

After work I texted [personal profile] mashfanficchick. Originally she wasn't going to do anything tonight, but then she realized that she had to get something at Kohl's, so she asked if I wanted to go out.

So while I was waiting I called the FWiB and we had a nice talk, though short.

Then they picked me up and we went to Kohl's, and discovered a new poke place near there. So after Kohl's we went and had poke for dinner, Cause nothing says needful shopping like raw fish on rice!

Then they brought me home, and I puttered on line, then went into my bedroom and lay down til it was time to call Oldest Brother. He is still without internet.

Snd that's pretty much the day.

Gratitude List:

1. The FWiB.

2. Poke.

3. Bed soon.

4. The rain held off.

5. Friends.

6. Can sleep late tomorrow.

Current mood: sleepy

Friday, September 13, 2019

10:10PM - I am very tired

Somehow my clock got un-set last night, and when I thought I was getting up at 6:30, which would have meant about 5 hours of sleep, I actually got up at 5:30. You do the math!

But I easily made it to the work meeting this morning, in fact I had to kill extra time. The meeting itself was OK, neither especially interesting or especially boring. It was in Lincoln Center, so that in and of itself was interesting.

Went back to work and worked the rest of the day. The kids were acting out. The police were called. Nothing serious though.

After work I went and ate at Boston Market, and then tried to Skype the FWiB. The connection kept failing though so we ended up phoning instead.

Then My meeting, which was excellent. J came for the first time in over a year I think! It was great seeing her and we took the bus back together after.

And now I'm waiting for Oldest Brther to call so I can go to bed.

Gratitude List:

1. The FWiB.

2. My meetings and the people there.

3. J came.

4. The meeting this morning was OK.

5. Good weather.

6. Bed soon.

Current mood: exhausted

12:12AM - My day at Wave Hill

So I got up this morning and went to the bagel store for coffee and breakfast. Then went to the 50 bus and in to the Bronx where I met up with L from my Friday meeting and we went to Wave Hill, which is a former mansion and gardens open to the public now. I'd heard of it from the FWiB actually, and had always wanted to go there, so this was my chance. Sadly, N, whose idea it was to go, couldn't make it at the last minute so it was just me and L. But we had a good time. It's a beautiful place.

We had lunch there and walked around, and went to the art gallery, and finally just as it was starting to rain we left.

Then she drove me to my bus stop and I went home and called [personal profile] mashfanficchick to find out if she wanted me to come over. She said she'd contact me later. So I Skyped the FWiB and we had a very nice conversation.

And then I lay down in the bedroom and played on my cell phone and read until [personal profile] mashfanficchick called and asked if I wanted to come over for dinner. So I did, stopping at the bank and Starbucks first. We had pizza, and a very nice time.

And then I came home and printed out directions to the meeting I'm going to tomorrow morning. And now it's time for bed.

Gratitude List:

1. The FWiB.

2. [profile] mashhfanficchick is better.

3. Got to Wave Hill.

4. My meetings and the people in them.

5. Beautiful flowers.

6. Didn't get badly rained on.

Current mood: cheerful

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

10:13PM - Pretty normal day for 9/11...

The Wicked Day 18 years on. Not much to say. Time passes and wounds heal, though it still leaves a scar...

Overslept again but once again made it to work on time. Did the Teen Lounge, got 18, a good number.

During my lunch break I ordered my train tickets for SHarecon! It's coming soon!

After work I called [personal profile] mashfanficchick to see if she was up to Carvel and/or a visit, but she was coming from her after-surgery checkup and was pretty tired. So, no to both. May see her tomorrow, though.

Skyped the FWiB, had a nice conversation.

Ate some of the watermelon pickles that [personal profile] mashfanficchick brought back from PA for me. Very good.

Tomorrow is my free day because I'm going to a work meeting on Friday. So I'm going to go out with some of the people from my Friday meeting, to Wave Hill in the Bronx.

As I usually do on this day, I here post links to the fanfic I wrote about 9/ll.

on ff.net it's here: The Only Thing I Can Be Sure Of

on A03 it's here: The Only Thing I Can Be Sure Of


Gratitude List:

1. The FWiB.

2. [personal profile] mashfanficchick is doing well.

3. Got good numbers for my program.

4. SHarecon.

5. Watermelon pickles.

6. The first responders of 9/11.

Current mood: contemplative

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

10:24PM - Meeting night

Made it to work on time despite oversleeping, which made me very happy.

Did the laptop program with the teens, only got four, but that's better than nothing in.

After work the FWiB Skyped me. Apparently some o our email went awry, I was waiting to hear from him, and it never came through. Very strange. Anyway we Skyped and talked on the phone too, on my way to my meeting.

The meeting was very small, just me and M, but J called me earlier, she is going to try to get back to meetings.

And that's about all there is to say.


Gratitude List:

1. The FWiB.

2. My meetings and the people there.

3. Got to work on time.

4. My cats.

5. Heard from J.

6. Bed soon.

Edited to add: Forgot to say that for dinner I went to Burger King and had one of their Impossible Whoppers, the new meatless burger. I'm impressed, it was quite good. I shall have more in the future.

Current mood: thoughtful

12:10AM - Busy day

Got to work on time, was reminded that I was reading at th nursing home today. So we did that.

Came back, and during lunch got a call from the Kid, about an e-mail that Betsy sent, sort of snarky. We also talked about the promotion that she will hopefully be getting soon.

Did the gaming program with the teens, it went pretty well. Better than things went outside the program room, apparently! Police were called about a disruptive teen, he had left long before the cops arrived.

After work I Skyped the FWiB and went to visit [personal profile] mashfanficchick! She is doing OK, and we had a nice visit, including sushi for dinner, because nothing says "You're recovering from surgery" like raw fish on rice!

Came home and hope to soon get to bed!

Gratitude List:

1. The FWiB.

2. The Kid.

3. [personal profile] mashfanficchick

4. Sushi.

5. Didn't get rained on... it did rain a very little bit.

6. Bed soon!

Current mood: good

Sunday, September 8, 2019

10:24PM - Quiet day

I actually got up at a reasonable time, and went out and had breakfast and coffee at Dunkin' Donuts. Then came home and puttered on the computer. While I was doing that, [personal profile] mashfanficchick's mother called me to fill me in on the latest, which was that she was doing well, slowly. Then I went and lay down and dozed for a short while.

Got up and Skyped the FWiB. Had a nice conversation with him.

After we were done talking I metaphorically girded my loins, and did a partial water change on the turtle tank. The water is much clearer now.

After that I watched the third episode of Stranger Things on Netflix. It's very intense, even though I had the time I didn't feel I could watch two episodes in a row. Instead I watched an episode of A Bit of Frye and Laurie on youtube that the FWiB sent me the link to. It was very funny.

I had a late lunch of cheese and crackers, and then went into the bedroom, this time I didn't just doze off though I actually read. I'm still working on the paperback I bought sort of randomly at Barnes and Noble. It's called Warbreaker. It's pretty good.

While I was reading, [personal profile] mashfanficchick herself texted me, and we had a short conversation. She is feeling pretty good except for the vertigo, just achy mostly. I may go visit her tomorrow after work.

Had dinner, and then went and read some more. And now it's almost time for Oldest Brother to call me.

Oh, last night Sybil spent the whole night up on the bed with me. I'm glad she's less skittish about Oreo. Of course, he's been spending nights in the living room for some reason. Cats, can't figure them out.

Gratitude List:

1. The FWiB.

2. Heard from [personal profile] mashfanficchick

3. Good programs.

4. Netflix.

5. Interesting books.

6. Happy turtle.

Current mood: cheerful

Saturday, September 7, 2019

10:18PM - Busy for a Saturday

Got to work nice and early, so that was good. It was busier than I would have expected for a Saturday. Kept me moving.

Didn't hear from [personal profile] mashfanficchick yet, I assume she's still mostly sleeping it off. Hopefully tomorrow.

Came home and Skyped to the FWiB. He's doing well.

After we Skyped I watched the second episode of Stranger Things. I like it, I think I'll keep watching.

Got the turtle's new UVB light bulb in the mail today, and put it in. It's brighter than the old one. Hard to tell what the turtle thinks of the change.

That's about it. Hope to hear from [profile] masjfanficchick tomorrow.

Gratitude List:

1. The FWiB.

2. New light bulb for the turtle.

3. Sybil snuggled with me last night.

4. Interesting show.

5. My internet connection.

6. Nice weather.

Current mood: cheerful

Friday, September 6, 2019

10:01PM - Free day

Started with therapy. Made it pretty much on time but didn't have time for my coffee and donut first, so I waited til after to have it. Then came home and found that I had received the invitation to Shannon's wedding. So I got online and RSVPed to that.

Then I went and lay done in bed, meaning to read. Sybil actually jumped up with me, the first time she's done so in quite a long time. So I lay there petting her and dozed off for about an hour. Then I realized I had email from the FWiB who had tried to Skype me but had been told I wasn't on line, which makes no sense, but considering what happened with my phone later, fits in.

So I Skyped him and we had a nice conversation, until his WiFi froze up, and we lost the connection. So I phoned him back, and we continued by phone.

After we got off I had a late lunch of cheese and crackers and puttered online until it was time for me to leave for my meeting.

Decided to have pizza rather than Boston Market, no real reason, just a change. So I did. Then went to the rectory to pick up the room key. The rectory was closed. I tried calling L and that's when I realized something had gone wrong with my phone. Any number I called, the call couldn't go through. But I could text, and get texts, and email, and use the internet just fine. Just not phone, and when I asked the FWiB (by email) to phone me, all he got was my voice mail. Very upsetting. And all this while it was raining and getting harder.

During this I got a text from [personal profile] mashfanficchick's mother to let me know she was home from the hospital and sleeping. So I put that on facebook.

We got two newcomers which is always good, and L was able to get the key after all, so we got into the room and had a very good meeting. I turned off my phone of course, and when I turned it on it seems as though the problem is fixed, so don't ask me what was going on.

So anyway, that was the day.

Gratitude List:

1. The FWiB.

2. [personal profile] mashfanficchick is OK.

3. My phone problem seems fixed.

4. My meetings and the people theere.

5. I brought an umbrella with me.

6. Invitation to the wedding.

Current mood: confused

Thursday, September 5, 2019

10:49PM - Assorted good news

Made it to work early today, so that was good. [personal profile] mashfanficchick had her operation and all went well, another Good Thing. The Kid got offered a promotion at work, a very Good Thing. And Oldest Brother straightened out a problem he's been having on his computer, yet another Good Thing.

It was the first day of school so of course the kids were in, but not as bad as I was expecting. They left pretty early, too. So that wasn't so bad.

There have been pictures posted on the OOPA facebook group showing work proceeding on the abatement project, and also pictures showing the painting going on at my cottage.

Called and Skyped with the FWiB. One bad thing, I had a problem with my WiFi, but turning the router off and on took care of it.

So all in all it's been a pretty good day.

Gratitude List:

1. The FWiB.

2. [personal profile] mashfanficchick came through the operation OK.

3. First day of school wasn't as bad as expected.

4. The WiFi problem got fixed.

5. Painting the cottage.

6. Day off tomorrow.

Current mood: happy

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

11:17PM - Dinner with the Kid

I was late to work this morning, and I managed to fall out of bed getting up, so I was stiff and achy all day. But aside from that all went ok at work.

After work I had arranged to meet the Kid in Manhattan for business reasons, and have dinner. So I headed in to Manhattan. Skyped the FWiB on the way, until the train went underground. He now has wifi in his bedroom, which is a step forward. Also, I didn't mention this before, but he had a bit of a medical scare, which has turned out to not be serious, so that is a big relief.

Met up with the Kid and took care of what we needed to do, and then went to dinner at a place called the Pig and Whistle. Very tasty, and we had a nice conversation.

Then came home and [personal profile] mashfanficchick came over to show me how to post something on her facebook account because she's having surgery tomorrow and she wants me to post updates as her mother gets them to me. So it was nice seeing her before that happens, too.

Tomorrow is the first day of school in these parts. The kids will be in after school, bouncing off the walls. *shudder*

Gratitude List:

1. The FWiB health concern being OK.

2. Seeing the Kid, and dinner.

3. Didn't get rained on.

4. [personal profile] mashfanficchick

5. Bed soon.

6. Nice quiet summer.

Current mood: happy

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

11:18PM - The book I ordered came!

The Wounded Sky by Diane Duane. I loved that Star Trek novel so much. Diane Duane is a great author.

Anyway, aside from that the day was good. I overslept but made it to work on time anyway, which I am proud of. Work was unexpectedly busy for school still not having started. We had a person from another branch come and work because we were so short staffed, and that was fun.

After work I called the FWiB and we talked through Flushing. Then I went to my meeting and that was very good, we had a new person who may come back.

Came home and found the book was here. So happy to see it!

I should mention I've been having a problem with sending email on my phone today. Over and over the sending failed. If it isn't just a temporary glitch, and keeps up I'll have to see someone in T-Mobile about it.

Got e-mail from Betsy, repainting the cottage starts tomorrow. And Sue posted in the OOPA facebook group, the bank project starts tomorrow too, the heavy machinery started arriving today.

So that's all exciting.

And I'm seeing the Kid in the city tomorrow!

Gratitude List:

1. The FWiB.

2. My meetings and the people there.

3. The Kid.

4. Painting the cottage, and fixing the bank.

5. Meeting new people.

6. Got my book I ordered.

Current mood: happy

Monday, September 2, 2019

10:17PM - Happy Labor Day!

Stick to the Union, the Union makes us strong.

Last night after I wrote here, I got a phone call from [personal profile] mashfanficchick that she was home from PA and going out to eat with her mom and MJ, and did I want to come? Of course yes.

So we set out at a bit before 11, and went to a diner, where we waited about 20 minutes without anyone taking our order. So we left and went to a different diner. And we ate there, and had a good time talking, and ultimately I got home and got to bed around 3 am.

So obviously I slept very late. And I didn't really do anything today except go out to Dunkin' Donuts for a very late brunch. Aside from that I puttered online and read, and dozed for a bit.

The FWiB Skyped, we didn't talk long though but it was nice.

And I got an email from Betsy, the guy gave us an estimate for painting the cottage, it's a lot but I think we had better go with it and get it done this fall if possible. She also said the erosion abatement project is starting this week. So that's good. Going to be a mess while it's going though, glad I'm not there.

So that's everything.

Gratitude List:

1. The FWiB.

2. My union.

3. The cottage.

4. My cats.

5. Labor day.

6. Friends.

Current mood: good

Sunday, September 1, 2019

10:16PM - Pretty much a nothing day

I slept late and got up and coffeed and breakfasted. Paid my cell phone bill. Puttered on the computer, then went and lay down for awhile, read a little, dozed a little. Got up again, ate a lunch of cheese and crackers, and puttered again. I texted [personal profile] mashfanficchick to find out if she was home yet, but she wasn't. She's coming home tonight.

Then I motivated myself and cleaned the turtle tank filter. It was disgusting, I really need to do it more often.

The FWiB Skyped for awhile, which was nice. After that, I watched the first episode of Stranger Things, which I am thinking about watching. It reminds me a lot of the X-files; as I watched I kept expecting Scully and Mulder to show up and make everything alright.

After that I cleaned the bathtub, which was a mess as a result of cleaning the turtle filter. And then I puttered on the computer some more.

Had dinner, then went and lay down and read. The FWiB called me; his phone is set up again for the next month. So that was nice.

And that's pretty much the day.

Gratitude List:

1. The FWiB.

2. Quiet peaceful day.

3. Interesting books.

4. Cleaner turtle tank.

5. Interesting show.

6. Friends.

Current mood: complacent

Saturday, August 31, 2019

10:41PM - Day with Oldest Brother

I started the day by waking up 5 minutes before the alarm went off. Then I got up and showered and went to my meeting, stopping on the way to get a bacon, egg, and cheese and coffee at the bagel store. Then I went to my meeting.

I made it to the beginners meeting, which was a nice thing. Then I got asked to be the speaker for the regular meeting afterward. That made me feel good.

After the meeting, Oldest Brother picked me up and we came back here. We changed the turtle's water and clipped Sybil's claws. Then we puttered on my computer for awhile, and then we went out to Target. Oldest Brother got some envelopes and rubber bands and a new belt, and I got food and orange juice. We also had frappacinos in the Target Starbucks.

While we were out at Target, [profile] mashficchick texted me to ask a question, which was nice, and let me know they were still iin PA.

After Target we went to Petco and I got turtle food. I was going to get a new light bulb for the turtle too but the ones they had that were UVB were very expensive. I'm going to see if I can order one online.

Then we brought the food back and I put it away, and then we went out to eat Indian food at a place we found online. It was a little place, not very fancy, but quite good. We split an appetizer and had a main course of goat, naan, and mango lassa, and dessert. Very filling, I brought about half my main course home.

After that we puttered on the computer some more til Oldest Brother drowsed off and I went to my bedroom and tried to call the FWiB. Got a strange message on the phone, couldn't get through. I e-mailed him and he tried to call me and couldn't get through either, with another strange message. So he Skyped briefly, so we did get to talk a little. He's going to try and find out what's going on with the phone tomorrow.

Anyway, then Oldest Brother got up, and we chatted awhile and I fed the cats and turtle and Oldest Brother went home. And I started writing this.

So it's been a very nice day.

Gratitude List:

1. The FWiB.

2. Oldest Brother.

3. My meetings and the people there, and being asked to speak.

4. Clean turtle water.

5. Food for the week.

6. Good dinner.

Current mood: content

Friday, August 30, 2019

10:17PM - Long weekend coming up

Three day weekend because of Labor Day on Monday. We're closed on Saturday so everyone has a long weekend.

So today went quickly, it got a bit busy in the late morning but quieted down after that. I got a call from the Kid, about financial issues, and I spent my lunch hour working on that. All is well.

Also got a call from [personal profile] mashfanficchick asking me if she remembered correctly that I like watermelon pickle. Which I do. She's buying me a jar in Hershey, which is where she is this weekend.

After work I went to Boston Market for my dinner, and then called the FWiB. We talked while I was waiting for my meeting to start. The meeting was good, we are planning to have a get together at Wave Hill on Thursday the 12th.

And then I came home, and here I am.

Gratitude List:

1. The FWiB.

2. I can help the Kid.

3. My meetings and the people there.

4. Three day weekend.

5. Air conditioning.

6. Watermelon pickle.

Current mood: cheerful

Thursday, August 29, 2019

10:20PM - Taught the computer class today

There was only one person. It was on basic internet.

That went well. Then there were two people during the day who really needed intensive help on the computer, so the day was filled and went fast. We were so short staffed we actually had someone come in from another location to help out.

Sue posted on the OOPA facebook page that the grant money for the beach erosion abatement work is available, and the contractor wants to get to work quickly, so that should be happening soon. That's good.

After work the FWiB called and we talked for a nice long time. And that's pretty much all there is to say.

Gratitude List:

1. The FWiB.

2. The grant money came through.

3. The class went well.

4. Beautiful weather.

5. Cheese.

6. Interesting books.

Current mood: cheerful

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

10:17PM - Late again

I missed the bus, and then the second bus was held up by horrible traffic. So I was late. My bad.

Aside from that the day was OK. I did the computer class in the senior center, which went better than usual. Got a call from [personal profile] mashfanficchick, who is on her way to vacation at Hershey Park with one of her friends and her friend's daughter.

And after work I called the FWiB and we had a good talk on the way home. Then after we talked I went and picked up my laundry from the laundromat. And got some diet soda for Oldest Brother for when he's here on Saturday.

And that's the day really. Oh, Betsy texted me, the cottage chimney is going to be done on September 12, so that's good. Don't know about the painting and kitchen cabinets and the stairs.

Gratitude List:

1. The FWiB.

2. Umbrellas.

3. Friends.

4. The cottage.

5. The chimney getting fixed.

6. Ice cream.

Current mood: cheerful

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