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This is Winter February 11, 2011

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Ice storms, snow storms, cold weather, sparkling trees. It is February, and this is what winter is supposed to look like. I grew up in various parts of Michigan, this really isn’t even enough snow. But now I’m an adult and I have to drive, so I’ll settle for what we’ve got.

So, what’ve I done this week? A very good friend had surgery and I helped keep an eye on him after. I had dinner with a bunch of old friends on Sunday. I bought a new shirt on Saturday. Work at the end of last week was some good OCD time in Sci/Fi and Romance. I cleaned and organized, but was not very productive onย  a professional front.

Someone recently commented that they have bottled energy, so now they needed to bottle motivation and we’d be all set. I agree.ย  Time management might be helpful, too. Not that I think did many unnecessary things this week, but there is always room for improvement.

Life is good.

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Ice Storms February 3, 2011

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We had freezing From Monday through Wednesday morning. I chipped my car out of the ice twice, went out both Monday and Tuesday nights, and yet, it was Wednesday night when I slipped and fell on the ice, when it had a nice coating of snow on top of it. I am so talented. I am alright, though, hip is a little tender, but not bad at all, considering I was carrying a large box at the time. The storms did not take our power or even our internet, though some of the trees are worse for the wear. We were lucky this week.

I’m still coughing, one week into ten days of antibiotics, and it’s still clinging to my lungs. Other than that, and cranky shoulders, I’m doing pretty well, health wise. It seems to be the time of surgery for my friends, several wisdom teeth and a shoulder, so good and healing thoughts to all of them.

I finally got back to Elance, applying to five jobs on Monday. No response yet, but most of them had another week of open applications. Spent some time looking at openings in town, but most of the ones I found listed were for managerial positions and required teaching experience, degrees in subjects I don’t have or experience I don’t have. I haven’t given up on the store yet, but some days, I think a better paycheck would be nice. Other days I think the internet is the way to go, if only I could get a brilliant idea that a few thousand people would pay for on a monthly basis. Some day maybe, eh? It’s good to have dreams.

 

All the King’s Horses and All the King’s Men June 10, 2010

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Why would you use horses to put an egg back together in the first place? Rich’s been put back together and we’re spending the week in hospital recovering.

Working with a new membership system and the old phpbb3 forum for Bookup this week. I’ve got it about half set up. Just the details now. Fingers crossed… again.

The market is going down, time to learn about puts instead of calls.

Brain a little scattered, not much sleep this week.

Post MarCon June 3, 2010

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I spent this past weekend, Thursday through Monday, downtown at MarCon – Multiple Alternative Realities Convention. I had a great time hanging out with friends and seeing folks from out of town. Tom Smith’s concert was fun as always. He promised that if he puts out a DVD, his ASL interpreter will most certainly be featured. She is amazing and hilarious. The Zombie Walk was huge this year, but a few bad eggs ruined it for future walks – defacing property with fake blood. The con did well this year – attendance was up and the biggest problem of the weekend was caused by non-con people. It looks like the con will be moving weekends after next year, we will have to see how that rolls out. I ate a lot of dead cow this weekend, hamburgers and even a wonderful flat iron teriyaki steak, as well as other unhealthy odds and ends. I did have some really good grilled asparagus with that steak, too, and bits of salad with my sandwiches. It wasn’t a completely unhealthy weekend, just mostly.

Back on the wagon again and still doing quite well. I’m a little stiff today, but nothing serious. Had more grilled asparagus last night, too. Yum! Cart full of veggies bought today. ๐Ÿ™‚ Picnics the next couple Sundays. Summer is arriving with a roar – tornado warning yesterday. A beautiful storm. Rich has surgery on Tuesday and then recovery, we still don’t know how long that’s going to take but they tell us it will be faster than the last time.

All is well, life is good. ๐Ÿ™‚

Stay on Target… May 27, 2010

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Things are progressing as normal. Currently sitting in a waiting room at Mount Carmel St. Ann’s while Rich gets a Barium test to see if they need to remove any extra colon when he gets his second surgery. The lamp next to me does not appear to be plugged in.ย  Odd… not that it’s needed, just… odd. Surgery in 12 days and counting.

Shoring up our member site, and shopping cart at Bookup. Still waiting on an integration solution. But the removal of copy protection and return to registration has gone smoothly and sales are up. Next up, website modernization. It is far too difficult for customers to find what they want, and that includes the product catalog.

I’ve hit a stall with writing, and starting my own money-creating blog/website, but I’m still chipping away at the How. I’m doing far more journal writing than fiction these days. About to run out of flash fiction again for my website, will have to do something about that at least.

My health is good, almost back up to previous weight, just a few pounds shy, so feel better about that. No drugs in a few months now. Little aches here and there. Elbow continues to be my bane. But all in all, I’m doing quite well, and can do all the things I want to do.

My B&N Store has added some new sections and rearranged (almost) everything. I think I can find all the sections, but it’s going to take some getting used to. I picked up a few extra shifts over the next couple weeks, so that’ll help.

If my options go well, I’ll have some extra money for bills in June. Knock down a couple remaining medical bills without having to take money out of the investing account yet. I imagine we may end up having to do that, but for the moment, I’m hoping to just take out the profit. We shall see.

Summer is here, life is good, friends and family abound.

Food of the week: (it’s been a while, hasn’t it?): Spring Rolls (not exactly alkaline, but they’re veggie, right? ๐Ÿ˜‰ )

Family May 20, 2010

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Had a big update last week, not much has changed since then. Two events though.

I went to Cedar Point on Monday, in the rain. It was fun, we got to go on all the stuff we wanted to, except for the top five coasters, closed due to the rain. It was still a fun day. ๐Ÿ™‚

Wednesday, Rich and I went to my brother’s house. We got to visit with my mom, sister-in-law, nephew and nieces. We finally got to give our nephew his birthday presents, and he was very polite about it. Even explaining later to his sister that we didn’t make it to his birthday, so we brought him his presents now. The kids are growing up very cute and fairly well behaved.ย  Kudos to my big brother and his wife.ย  We gave him two Berenstain Bears books, and we read them each twice in just a few hours. A nice visit.

Rich’s next surgery is scheduled for the second week in June and he will be Very glad to have that done with, if a bit later than we hoped.

Life is good. I am grateful for all my friends and family.

Hospital Fun February 23, 2010

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So one trip to the emergency room leads to checking Rich into the hospital and then a few days later to surgery, and down to recovery and restrictive visiting hours for a week. The wound nurse and the surgeon argue about closing the wound and that’s now scheduled for tomorrow, and I might get to take him home by the end of the week.

Life has been full of nurses and doctors this week. Next week we get health insurance back.

Waiting to see how money balances out. Starting to look back at investing depending on how that goes. I’m getting work done here and there, and Rich’s boss is looking into PTO for last week and this. I’ll probably have at least one day off of B&N this week, next week I’m only scheduled for two days. Joy.ย  We’ll make it work, though.