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Yes! I did things that needed doing! First, I got up in time to make it over to the vet's in Whitestone to get Bjorn his special prescription cat food, topping first to get a bagel and coffee from the bagel place. Interesting coincidence, the bus I got off when I got there, which then went to the end of the route and turned around, was the same bus I got on when I finished getting the cat food and got back on the bus heading home. I sat in the same seat too.

Came home, and took a little nap. (OK not everything I did was important I admit.) But then I got up and went into Flushing to Macy's and got a dress for Sara's wedding in July. It's blue and white, and not really fancy enough for a wedding, but I did the best I could, and I figure no one will be looking at me anyway. Now I need new shoes and to find my silver clutch purse, which I haven't seen since Kristan's wedding. It has to be here somewhere. I had a slice of pizza at a place across the street from Macy's first. It's pretty good pizza there, though it is a hole-in-the-wall sort of place.

As soon as I got home from getting the dress, the FWiB called. We had a nice long talk, and all is well.

After that, I got my laundry together and took it down to the laundromat, which really needed doing.

Now I'm waiting to hear from [personal profile] mashfanficchick, who is going to a Third Eye Blind concert tonight, but with whom I am spending the night in order to get an early start on tomorrow, which is the New York Pride parade. Not sure if she'll be up to that parade itself if not we'll do the festival after.

So that was my busy day, and not over yet.

Gratitude List:

1. The FWiB.

2. Found a dress.

3. Good pizza.

4. Clean laundry.

5. Friends.

6. Bjorn food gotten.


Jun. 23rd, 2017 10:30 pm
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Working so many Saturdays makes me feel like a two day weekend is a vacation!

Work was pretty ok. Nothing of note, pretty quiet. After work I went to Boston Market for dinner as usual for Friday, and then I went to sit on the steps at my meeting and wait for the FWiB to call, which he did. Got off the phone in time for my meeting, which was a bit small but pretty good.

And that pretty much sums up my day, feeding the cats right now, and making decisions about tomorrow. I am going to try to get to the vet before they close at 12 in order to get food for Bjorn. I figure if I get up at 9 I should make it.

Something I meant to mention before. Started reading a book by Sherrilyn Kenyon (I think I spelled that right). I found one of her books in the discount section of Barnes and Noble the last time I was there and figured I'd give her a try. That's how I discovered Jim Butcher's Harry Dresden books, so I hoped I'd make a similar discovery. Alas, it was not to be. Really pretty bad imho. Doubt I'll bother finishing it, and that is _rare_ for me. Oh well.

So I'll have to find something else to read. I still have things left from my recent bookstore visits.

Gratitude List:

1. My meetings and the people there.

2. The FWiB.

3. Don't have to finish a book I dislike.

4. Calm day at work.

5. Dunkin' Munchkins.

6. Weekend!
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Except for being more short staffed than usual. But fortunately it was also a very quiet day so no big deal.

The FWiB called on my way home and we talked for somewhat over an hour, which is about normal for us.

The big news of course is the horror of the Trumpcare bill. May these people rot in hell for what they;re doing.

Oh, called The Kid last night after I posted here. All well with them.

Gratitude List:

1. The FWiB.

2. The purple flowers that I walk past all summer in someone's yard are starting to bloom again.

3. Beautiful weather, not too hot.

4. A patron bought Dunkin' Munchkins for us today.

5. Two day weekend coming up.

6. My cough is getting better.
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Not much to say about it except that I was somewhat late because I had trouble getting up, but decidedly better than last time.

We are short staffed, but that's nothing new. I did the Teen Lounge, didn't get too many though.

There must have been a really strong rain shower sometime during the afternoon, because I saw the wet sidewalks and puddles when I got out of work, but it had totally cleared up, and I wasn't even aware of when it rained.

After work the FWiB called and we talked as I went to the psychiatrist. I was somewhat dishonest because I made the next appointment to see him and it's after the time that my services there won't be covered any more and I need to find a new provider. But I haven't totally decided what I'm going to do. I can't pay full price out of pocket, but if they can give me some sort of plan... I have to talk to someone.

Anyway, was going to have Carvel with [personal profile] mashfanficchick tonight but she didn't feet up to it so we didn't. So I got myself a frozen mint hot chocolate from Dunkin' Donuts instead and just came home.

And Happy Summer Solstice to all! Unless you're in the southern hemisphere in which case Happy Winter Solstice.

Gratitude List:

1. The FWiB.

2. My mental health services.

3. Missing the rain.

4. Clover blossoms.

5. Summer is here.

6. Dunkin' Donuts.
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No,not my computer, but the laptops at work. Inability to make an area reservation caused me to cancel the laptop program today. Though I did use the laptops, though without making an area reservation, with the 4th grade class. It was their third session, and it went pretty well.

After work the FWiB called, and we talked until it was time to start my meeting. He's feeling better than yesterday.

A bit of good news, S is back from moving, so we had three people at the meeting.

After the meeting I got a text from [personal profile] mashfanficchick to ask if I wanted to join her and her mother for dinner at Uno. So I said yes and they picked me up and we did that.

And that was my day.

Gratitude List:

1. The FWiB.

2. My meetings and the people there.

3. The return of S.

4. Friends.

5. Air conditioning.

6. Cousins.
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Though it didn't look like it was going to rain when I left the house this morning, so I didn't bring an umbrella. *sigh* The downpour started at 5 but since I was working til 7 I had hopes that it would slaken by then, and so it did. It was still raining though, and I got rather wet getting home.

Did the gaming program with the kids and it went very well, though I hope I don't get int trouble for letting them play catch in the room.

The FWiB called, he had some nausea yesterday and threw up once but was OK today. I suppose it'll get worse the longer he had the chemo. He was OK today though.

No other news that I can think of.

Gratitude List:

1. Missed the worst of the rain.

2. Chocolate milk. (which does not come from brown cows!)

3. The FWiB.

4. There will be no problems with the cottage for the wedding.

5. On-line friends.

6. Finished my Jonathan Kellerman yesterday night.
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There are no fatherly figures in my life now. Even my ex-husband, The Kid's father, is out of my life now. So Oldest Brother and I got together and went to Buffalo Wild Wings for lunch and had cider and toasted the memory of our father and grandfathers. We had a pretty good time, and afterward we came back here and puttered on-line til he had to leave for work.

Then I went and read one of the books I got from 2nd and Charles when I went with The Kid and SIL, the Jonathan Kellerman Alex Delaware I got out of the free bin. It's quite an old one, from 1992, long before I started reading them in order as they came out, so I've never read it.

The FWiB called, but we couldn't talk long. But it is good just talking to him, still.

Facebook messaged with David M for a bit, long time since I heard from him. He's not doing so well, I think he might have been hoping I would offer to help him out. But he didn't ask so maybe I'm being unjust.

There was some partying going on outside to the right of my window, on the open area there, but it has quieted down now so no problem.

Back to work tomorrow.

Gratitude List:

1. The memory of my father. Daddy, I miss you.

2. Oldest Brother.

3. Friends.

4. The FWiB.

5. Good books.

6. Working 11-7 tomorrow so I don't have to rush to bed and can read a little more.
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After work, which went OK, though the boss was out sick again, I came home. The FWiB called and we spoke but only for a brief while as he was getting another infusion of the chemo, remotely this time by a device attached to his arm, and he had to site at the nurses station to be mnitored for an hour.

So after he got off it was still early and I texted [personal profile] mashfanficchick to see if she wanted to do something. We ended up meeting in Queens Center Mall and hanging out there for awhile. We had a snack of sushi, cause nothing says day out at the mall like raw fish on rice, and I got an Apple gift card for John's birthday as per Denise and Brianne's request.

We ended up having dinner at Outback, which was very nice, and then we went home.

So a very nice evening.

Gratitude List:

1. Friends.

2. The FWiB.

3. Missed the worst of the rain.

4. Air conditioning.

5. Family.

6. Got the Apple card.

5. Good food.
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The guy who was supposed to come and fix my ceiling and floor didn't show up until 1:00, although actually he showed up at 8:30 and (I thought) said he'd be back after 9. But he had a thick accent, so he may have said he'd be back after noon. Anyway, he fixed the ceiling and floor but says he needs to come back to finish up a second coat of paint.

I discovered that there is a toggle on my door which changes it from not locking automatically when you shut it, which is how I've always had it, to locking automatically. And it's more difficult to get back in. I discovered this coming back from Dunkin' Donuts, where I went for food after the guy left. Very anxiety provoking, until I got it unlocked and open.

The FWiB called, he had chemo again today, but a shorter infusion, and no reactions this time.

Oldest Brother went to the doctor today, the results of his bloodtests were not good, he has to go back for more tests, and the doctor put him on more medications.

I went to my meeting, first having a couple of slices of pizza for dinner. All is good.

Gratitude List:

1. The FWiB.

2. Oldest Brother.

3. My meetings and the people at them.

4. Friends.

5. Saw a raccoon on my way home from the bus stop.

6. Air conditioning.
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Had another of those "couldn't get up" mornings. Finally got myself going but was quite late.

However, I had the second of the three 4th grade class visits, this time in the building not the school, and that went very well.

The Kid called in the morning, I thought she was going to call back tonight but she hasn't so far. Got an e-mail from Laurie, looks like I will be staying at the cottage for Sara's wedding, which is good.

Almost had plans with [personal profile] mashfanficchick but they didn't work out at the last minute, which is probably for the best, since I came home and had to clean up some for the visit tomorrow of the workmen who are going to fix the floor an ceiling that was left undone when the plumbers installed the risers. So I did that tonight.

The FWiB called, but late and only talked for a little while. Today was his chemo session, it took two hours longer than it should have, and he was very tired and hungry. At least he's eating!

Tomorrow I hope they come early and get done quickly. I would like to go to the vet's and get Bjorn's food, and of course I have my meeting at 7.

Gratitude List:

1. Cooler than yesterday.

2. The FWiB.

3. The Kid.

4. Friends.

5. My job.

6. Orange juice.
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Woke up several times. Had difficulty getting up in the morning but made it in to work on time anyway. Did the Teen Lounge but it was not successful today. Talked to the FWiB on the way home.

The weather is cooler, a really nice day for a change.

No Carvel because [personal profile] mashfanficchick doesn't feel well, the cold she's been suffering from getting the better of her I guess.

I got invited to a winery trip with the Torchwood group, but I have a sad feeling it's a Saturday I have to work. Maybe I can switch with someone. Watch this space.

I feel like I should say something about the fire in London, but words fail me. The pictures take me back to 9/11. As to the shooting in VA, well... I deplore violence on general principal but Malcolm X was right when he spoke of chickens coming home to roost.

Gratitude List:

1. The FWiB.

2. Friends.

3. Saw a butterfly today.

4. Lovely weather.

5. Cold getting better.

6. Flowers.
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Though I was late... I missed turnning the alarm on last night and this morning I woke up in time but didn't get out of bed cause I was sick and, well things escalated. But it wasn't too bad. Anyway, did the laptop program with the teens and it was unexpectedly successful.

After work the FWiB called and I went to my meeting. The meeting was just me and M again, but better than nothing.

Just as we were finished and leaving, [personal profile] mashfanficchick texted and asked did I want to try to view that rocket that is eventually going to launch and release the colored clouds for wind current study. I said yes and they picked me up, but the launch was scrubbed again. So we went to Uno. I had eaten dinner already so I just had two tropical fruit smoothies. Delicious and cooling.

Came home and my new credit card arrived in the mail! So that's good.

Oh btw my cold is much better but still there.

Gratitude List:

1. My meetings and the people there.

2. The FWiB.

3. NASA.

4. Friends.

5. Cool drinks in the heat.

6. My turtle.
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So I made the decision to call out sick today. And tried to call in to notify work of that decision. And the phone just rang and rang. I started calling at 9 and by 10:30 texted the boss and told him, and then just e-mailed it in. Turned out the phones at work were out of order, and I was the one that notified them of that.

Spent the rest of the day sleeping and reading. Still working on The Magicians by Lev Grossman. Not sure if I'll go on to the other two in the trilogy or not.

The FWiB called, and we talked for a good long time.

And that's pretty much my day. Back to work tomorrow.

Gratitude List:

1. The FWiB.

2. Sick time.

3. Air conditioning.

4. Good books.

5. Ice cream.

6. Cheese.

Sick day

Jun. 12th, 2017 01:01 am
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Woke up feeling rather worse this morning, the cold has moved southward, so to speak, and I have been hacking up gobs of phlegm. Sorry for the disgusting image. Anyway, as a result I stayed in bed for the most part with the AC on. Slept a lot, and read some, and got up to eat and check things on-line.

The FWiB called and we had a nice long talk. Then, just when I was getting ready to call Oldest Brother, [personal profile] mashfanficchick called and asked if I'd like to go to dinner. So I was feeling better after my day in bed so I said yes. She has a cold too, we sounded like a plague ward together, hacking and coughing. But we had a good time eating at Uno with her mother as well.

Now home and getting ready for bed. Strongly thinking of staying home tomorrow, because a quick trip out to eat is not equivalent to a whole day working. But I won't decide til tomorrow.

Gratitude List:

1. Cold medicine,

2. Good food.

3. Friends.

4. The FWiB.

5. Air conditioning.

6. Bed soon.
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Slept reasonably late, because I didn't sleep well last night because of my cold. Got up and showered, and washed my hair. Oldest brother called while I was in the shower to say he was on his way. I dressed and hurried to the bagel place for a bagel and coffee, because my milk had gone bad.

When I opened my door I found that the Subterranean Press limited edition of Ben Aaronovitch's new Rivers of London novella, The Furthest Station that I had ordered, arrived. Yay! Can't wait to read it tonight!

When I finished breakfast at the bagel place I found that Oldest Brother had arrived, so I grabbed some stuff and we went off to Bay Terrace to see Wonder Woman. We both loved it. It is very good, a fun and exciting film. And so nice to see a female lead with male sidekicks for a change.

After the movie we went to Petco and I got a collar and tag for Bjorn. Now if he gets out again I have a hope that someone might find him and return him for the offered reward. He seems to be dealing oK with wearing it so far.

Went to late lunch/early dinner at Buffalo Wild Wings since it's right there in the same mall as Petco. Then went to Target to get more milk. While we were on our way, the FWiB called, so I talked to him for a bit while Oldest Brother napped in the car.

Then we went back to my place, collared Bjorn, gave Oldest Brother the copy of Curse of Chalion I got him at The Strand, put my air conditioner in the window, and puttered on line until it was time for me to feed the cats and Oldest Brother to go home.

My cold is drippy, I will take it easy tomorrow. Maybe call out sick Monday.

But I'm glad I saw the movie today. It was a really good day all around.

Gratitude List:

1. The FWiB.

2. Oldest Brother.

3. Feminism.

4. Cold Medicine.

5. My book arrived.

6. Fun movie.
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Or possibly allergies but I think it's a cold. Blergh.

Day started with therapy which went well. Then I went to work, had a quick lunch, and went to the local school to do a 4th grade class visit. Which, since I'm trained for teenage visits, was an interesting experience. But it worked out well.

Went back, the rest of the day went normally, except the air conditioning is so over-active we actually had a heater going and huddled next to it.

After work I went to Boston Market for dinner, and then walked to Rite Aid to get some supplies for the cold, which by then I was fairly certain was coming on. Got zinc lozenges, and some store brand version of Dayquel.
The FWiB called while I was on my way and we had a good conversation while i waited for my meting, which was good as always.

Came home, and when I got here I found a notice from my insurance provider that my mental health provider, that's my therapist and psychiatrist, are no longer going to be part of my insurance network, which means I either will have to pay out of pocket, or go somewhere else. I am not happy about this to say the least. In fact, I'm really pretty pissed off.

Gratitude List:

1. Therapy.

2. My meetings and the people there.

3. The FWiB.

4. Cold medicines.

5. Flowers blooming.

6. The UK election results.

Humdrum day

Jun. 8th, 2017 10:33 pm
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Work was completely normal today, very quiet because there was no school so there were very few kids.

The FWiB called after and we had a good talk, broken up by twice having the call drop. Grrr.

Called The Kid but she and the SIL were totally wrapped up in watching the UK election results (for those who don't know, the SIL is British.) They are very pleased with how things were going, I hope it continues that way. Would make a pleasant change from the cluster-fuck we're living with here.

I just RSVPed for Sara's wedding. Looking forward to this a lot. I hope I can stay at the cottage for it rather than in town.

Gratitude List:

1. The Kid

2. Family.

3. The FWiB.

4. Roses in bloom, and their scent.

5. Lavender.

6. Chocolate chip cookie from Friday still good and yummy.

Magic show

Jun. 7th, 2017 11:45 pm
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Today was the kickoff program for the summer reading program, which for us meant having the magician Bob Friedhoffer do a show, which sadly only got an audience of about 8 because all the kids I told about if left before 4 when it started. But those 8 had a good time so that's OK.

After work the FWiB didn't call for about an hour, and I was worried, but it turns out it was the phne system there again acting up. When he did call we had a good talk.

Called The Kid after, but she was in the middle of dinner and couldn't talk.

Then went out with [personal profile] mashfanficchick, her mother, and Robyn to get Carvel, and then to Target for some brief shopping. No dinner this week, oh well.

And I just discovered that God Stalk and Dark of the Moon, the two books by P C Hodgell, have many sequels, which I knew nothing about! Looking forward to eventually getting them all, probably on my Nook.

Oh, and *ashamed look* I forgot to mention yesterday that it was the anniversary of D-day, the Allied invasion of Normandy in World War 2.

Gratitude List:

1. The FWiB.

2. Friends.

3. Finding out about the sequels.

4. Carvel.

5. Bjorn scooted past me when I opened the door to go out, but I got him back before he got away (not that he really tried that hard)

6. Nook books.
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Work was pretty good, we were still short staffed because someone called out sick, but things worked out ok. I did the laptop program, got two kids only, which was a bummer.

After work I stopped at the bank to use the atm, and since they were still open I went inside to order new checks. And while the man was in my account ordering my checks, he said I was pre-approved for a credit card, and did I want to apply? At first I was hesitant, thinking of the trouble my ex husband got usinto with credit cards when we were married, but I'm doing ok keeping up with the bills on my own. And I started thinking, it would be good to have a regular credit card in case of emergencies, since all I have now is the secured credit card from MCU that I used to start fixing my credit, the Care Credit, which is medical only, and the Old Navy store card. So I did, and as soon as soon as it comes in the mail, I'll have a $3000 credit limit! But like I said, that's going to be Very Carefully Used.

Anyway, just as I was finishing with that, my phone rang, perfect timing, and it was the FWiB of course. We had a nice long talk as I continued through Flushing, got my dinner, and waited for my meeting to start.

The meeting was very good, step six and tradition six. Got a ride home as usual, and now here I am.

But it feels good to have a credit card and real credit after so many years of bad credit or no credit.

Gratitude List:

1. My meetings and the people there.

2. Good credit.

3. The FWiB.

4. New pink umbrella.

5. Cats.

6. Good dinner.
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Remember I said yesterday that my boss asked me to work 11-7 today, instead of 10-6? Well he forgot that one of the 9-5 people was at a training in the morning. That meant there was only one person there at opening time. And you can't open with just one person. So he had to delay opening til I got there at 10:40. Not good. Then it was crazy hectic after we did get open.

At last it calmed down, and I did the gaming program with the teens in the afternoon. Only 5 kids.

The FWiB called on the way home and we talked for about an hour. All good.

Quickly paid some bills on-line. And that's all.

Gratitude List:

1. The FWiB.

2. I got to work early, so we couold open.

3. Ice cream.

4. Roses.

5. It didn't rain.

6. I found volume one of the Collected Stories of Jules de Grandin, by Seabury Quinn!