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Nov. 21st, 2016 10:07 pm Plays and Things

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It's extra annoying now that it's finally gotten cold, really cold.  For some time now the acorns have been falling, leaving a brown or orange paste where cars crush them against the pavement.  But the oak leaves remain mostly green, although I think I detect tinges of yellow at the edges of my tree.  The wimpy birches have already started changing leaves.

But we didn't have true jacket-weather until Sunday.  It was weird because Saturday was as warm as usual, with not even a storm to herald the change.  I went and rang the bell for the kettle in my shorts (too early, in my opinion.)

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After waking up before dawn Sunday, I stayed up far too late (albeit with a nap) finishing a book.  Today I learned I'd be working Wednesday morning.  Then just on the way to work I got texts cancelling all of my tutoring students tomorrow.  Then I learned, contrary to my expectations, I'll be working Wednesday afternoon, too.  So I guess tomorrow will be my day off to do shopping and such with Wednesday being a busy day.

I would be looking forward to the upcoming holidays, but I'm not sure exactly what relief they'll be.  My work schedule is always lighter towards the end of the week anyway, and some of that I've still got to do.  And I'm sure the organizing and cleaning and such I'd otherwise do I won't have time for because of the holiday events, so might actually have less time overall.

Current Mood: busybusy
Current Music: "Jubba River"--Diane Arkenstone

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Nov. 9th, 2016 10:05 pm Disappointments

After a relaxing Saturday mostly spent playing Dragon Age:  Inquisition, we went out for lunch Sunday to the Chinese buffet from two years ago.  The food was delicious as usual, and then we headed on down to the Orlando Eye, only to find out it wasn't working (a fact they didn't bother to tell my mother when she called to ask if they took reservations.)  We headed on back home, had cheesecake and presents, and watched Birdemic.

As I had two books due back at the library, there wasn't much time to do anything else that night.  In fact, I had to finish both of them the next day on my birthday before work.  After work my parents took me out to Red Lobster, which was having Endless Shrimp.  They weren't as good as I'd hoped (a little rubbery) and nobody else could join us (mostly because it was so late after work.)

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Current Mood: exhaustedexhausted
Current Music: "Be Thou My Vision"--Ginny Owens

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Nov. 4th, 2016 07:19 pm Ghosts and Dragons

I had a dentist's appointment early on Monday (Halloween, ironically) and my mouth was sore almost all day afterwards.  Although I didn't have any cavities, my gums seemed worse than usual and I'm not sure why.  I was glad to leave work early, as I suspected might happen because of the holiday, but I didn't have much hope of actually getting any trick-or-treaters.  But to my surprise, I had two groups after eight.  I hadn't even bothered to put the candy in the pumpkin.

I hadn't been having much luck with the adventure games I'd chosen to play next on my laptop.  Star Trek:  25th Anniversary has a clunky interface and is very episodic, and Broken Sword:  Shadow of the Templars doesn't seem to jive well with my problem-solving skills, forcing me to turn to walkthroughs a lot.  Both have sequels I've already purchased, so I wanted to make headway on them before moving on to games I'd gotten that I suspected I'd like more.

But with my birthday coming up, I decided to treat myself and skip ahead to start the final Blackwell series game.  I hope it lives up to and successfully concludes the previous games, but in any case I can look forward to replaying the games with commentary afterwards.  Then yesterday I finished my playthrough of Dragon Age II, meaning I can finally start another game of Dragon Age:  Inquisition.  I'm at least as excited because the it's on the laptop, meaning I can play it weekday evenings when I watch TV, as I am because I love the game.

Current Mood: geekygeeky
Current Music: "Eleni (Helen)"--Kostas Mantzios

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Oct. 29th, 2016 01:45 pm Healthcare, Bears, and Chinese Food

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Then after work Monday I went by Publix to pick up my headache medication, which I'd ordered Saturday since I saw I would run out Sunday.  They told me it hadn't been thirty days yet and so they couldn't fill the order until Friday.  I'm pretty sure I didn't double up on my medication, so they must have underfilled it.  But in any case, I had to just go without until then.

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Wednesday I was late to work.  I decided to leave choir early because I was still recovering from a touch of sore throat from the night before, but unfortunately I didn't call my sister until I got home, or I could have shaved half an hour off the trip to Pei Wei for dinner.

Thursday I had a headache most of the day.  Tutoring was rough, but the Rifftrax show was fun, although I think I remember seeing the movie when it was up on Hulu.  I'm still creeped out by how empty that theater is.  I ate way too much popcorn and Twizzlers.  Then on the way home I nearly hit a bear.  I spotted the dark lumbering shape coming from the left and fortunately was able to speed up enough to get past before he got in front of me but it felt close.

I also ended up eating Chinese food almost every day of the week.  I picked some up for lunch Tuesday, which also ended up being dinner Tuesday.  I also picked up lo mein, which, since Wednesday was Pei Wei, was dinner Thursday and Friday.  It was not a good week for weight gain.  I kept hoping to ride my bike, but it's been warm (if windy) and looking like rain and then not doing so.

Current Mood: grumpygrumpy
Current Music: "Bi Thusa Mo Shuile (Be Thou My Vision)"--Maire Brennan

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Oct. 23rd, 2016 08:26 pm Frozen

I'd originally planned to make a post several days ago, but then I decided I just didn't have much to say.  It's been a bit repetitive since I've settled into a schedule these past couple months, with only a hurricane to break up the routine.  Work, shop, reading and computer games for fun.  Same old, same old.  I'm experiencing some ennui.  That's part of why I was disappointed not to go to Ohio and having to dogsit instead.

At least yesterday was the first cold day (right on schedule after Mommy's birthday Sunday.)  I awoke ridiculously early and went on a bike ride, then opened all the doors so the house could cool down.  It's not much, but being able to wear jeans for the first time in months is always nice.

I went to bed ridiculously late Saturday (well, technically Sunday) but then was awakened at dawn by the repetitive beeping of the smoke alarm.  I sleepily balanced on a chair and tried to read the instructions on the back and came to the conclusion it needed a new battery (why, when it's wired into the wall, is beyond me.)  Anyway, I didn't have the battery needed, but I managed to get back to sleep for a couple hours by sacrificing Sunday school (I wasn't looking forward to discussing the wretchedness of man in our study of Romans on so little sleep anyway.  We'll probably still be on it next week.)

After lunch, with the parents away, I picked pizzas and Key and I talked shows and watched a Rifftrax.  I left later than I expected and collapsed into bed once I got home much as usual (after installing a new battery in the smoke detector, of course.)

Current Mood: depresseddepressed
Current Music: "Credits"--Quest for Glory II: Trial by Fire soundtrack

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Oct. 9th, 2016 08:50 pm Matthew

The atmosphere as the sun set Thursday was tense, to say the least.  The county was under a curfew (an actual curfew!  I couldn't believe it!) and there was nothing on the television but fearful news about the approaching storm.  The worst of the hurricane would hit in the dead of the night, for extra effect.

Beyond my normal activities, I played on the computer (figuring if I lost power it might I could read my books, so I'd save those for later) and went to the bathroom a lot (a combination of nervousness and iron pills, I think.)  I went to bed around one, but it took awhile to fall asleep.  I'd plugged in my phone so it would be fully charged in case we lost power.  I ended up turning on my sleeping music, although I was hesitant to do so since it would drain the laptop if the power went out.

I woke up for a bit about dawn, cheered that the power was still on.  Then I slept late, and was astonished that there was both power and internet, same as usual.  Oh, it was stormy outside, and the wind gusts were strong, but inside my day went about as usual (especially as I don't usually go anywhere Fridays anyway.)

Saturday there was sun again (and I woke up to them cutting the grass, as on Thursday.)  It was a relief just to get out of the house, even for just a walk down the street.  There was debris of fallen limbs:  lots of dead palm branches, apparently, and the oak lost a lot of new leaves, it seems.  And I hope whoever made that nest was done with it.  Other than that, all appears well.

One of the strange things about hurricanes is their size.  That is, almost everyone I know was affected by this storm.  It was strange to be looking through pictures online to see if I recognized any of the damaged beach areas, only to come across places I'd visited only months ago in Georgia and South Carolina.

And of course half my relatives are in the Carolinas, so they were preparing for the storm just as it left us.  Steven and Beth (and Charlie) left Charleston, and Beth went into labor (Blakely was born safely.)

Current Mood: relievedrelieved
Current Music: "Today"--Iona

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Oct. 6th, 2016 02:26 pm Problems Planning

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This week I've accomplished even less, as I've been sleeping later.  Some of it's because I have books that've needed finishing so they can go back to the library, but I think I've just been more tired, too.  In any case, I've been running around to get everything done that needs doing.

I went shopping after work Monday, which meant I didn't get home to eat until about eight.  Then I stopped by Winn-Dixie after tutoring Tuesday, and for some reason it was the busiest I've ever seen it.  I am still annoyed that they did not have the store brand of knock-off Cheerios I was looking for.  (Multi-grain and honey-oat, yes, but not regular!)

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Current Mood: nervousnervous
Current Music: "Sweet Lullaby (Ambient Mix)"--Deep Forest

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Sep. 26th, 2016 09:00 pm Food and Family

I hadn't realized it'd been so long since I posted.  I managed to catch up a bit on my busy week when I woke up early Friday, even though I went out and about on errands.  The next week was even busier, however.  I had a new student (and this week I will have another yet), my math kids were generally ill-behaved, and I had a new job possibility grading ads online.  At least there were new shows starting to keep me entertained.

I was unable to celebrate Key's birthday with the family Tuesday because I was working.  I went afterwards to get Chinese food and shop at Winn-Dixie, and once again was beset with immeasurably soaking rain.  I once again regained some ground by waking up ridiculously early Friday (before dawn, in fact, although I didn't get up until after seven, hoping to get more sleep.)  I managed to do more chores and job-hunting before heading off to get bloodwork.

Then it was to the parents'.  We dropped by car off to get his tires rotated while we went to the Oviedo mall to a small Japanese steakhouse to the Salvation Army volunteer appreciation dinner.  It was an interesting crowd (I felt sorry for the police honor guard having to fit an honor salute to the flag in there) and it took awhile to get our food, but it was still nice.  I was exhausted when I got home, of course, and slept away the rest of the afternoon.

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For Key's birthday we went to Seasons 52 Sunday afternoon to take advantage of Magical Dining Month and the $33 menu.  As a picky eater this is always a bit risky for me, but overall I enjoyed my shrimp and grits.  I also really enjoyed the little desserts.  And it was a good amount of food.  While we were there an old friend of Key's from childhood passed by, in town for her father's funeral.

Current Mood: worriedworried
Current Music: "Dance of Mystery and Intrigue"--Chance Thomas, Dragon Fire soundtrack

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Sep. 13th, 2016 07:02 pm Nature

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Friday night (well, Saturday morning, technically) just as I had gone to bed there was an unholy shrieking like metal shards when the air conditioner came on.  Obviously I didn't wnat to go out and check it out in the middle of the night in my PJs, and after it stopped the air seemed to be working fine.  But I did go out the next day and was surprised to discover hair and blood around the top of the air conditioner.  I'd guess some squirrel lost a tail.

I was back at church Saturday to celebrate the fourtieth anniversary of the church.  The dessert selection was surprisingly anemic, but otherwise the food was good.  Mostly it was fun to wander the old church buildings; for once all the doors were open.  There were some moonwalks and rides for the kids, including a tank from the police department (I dearly hope that is all that they use it for.)

I still have a lot to do this week (I still have to get those fall decorations up, for example) but I've been somewhat delayed by unexpectedly sleeping ten hours a night.  I don't know what's the cause of that (and I hate to try to stop it in case it's needed for some reason) but it's getting frustrating.

Current Mood: busybusy
Current Music: "The Lovers"--Heroine's Quest soundtrack

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Sep. 8th, 2016 01:40 pm Labor Day

We didn't have as many students last weekend and even left a little early Tuesday, probably because of the looming hurricane threat.  Wednesday at church, however, we were swamped with kids, leaving me worried anew over my new schedule.

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My new tutoring Tuesday went well, and I was able to get all my errands done well beforehand too, but Wednesday, with work starting at two and then getting to straight to church at six, was the real test.  Fortunately I was able to leave in time to get to church (and eat a granola bar on the way.)  That and eating before I left for work seemed to tide me over.

I went for a swim today and it was so cold that it might be my last until next year.  At least the water was cleaner then last time, when they'd just down a bunch of lawn work and apparently dumped the trimmings right in the pool.  It was like taking a grass bath.

But I guess it's September and fall and time to switch to the bike, even if so far that only means sometimes it doesn't get up to ninety degrees.  But after months of it feeling like a hundred, I'll take it.  And the oak outside is dropping acorns.  I need to get out the autumn decorations, too.

Current Mood: relaxedrelaxed
Current Music: "We Found Love"--2Cellos

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