Sunday, February 28, 2010

February 28, 2010

9am
It's going to be a nice day. The sun is out & it should get about 66 later! I'm going to tear down & scrub the doves cage & put in a fresh nest basket. If I don't get too worn out, I might finish cutting back the lantana outside this afternoon.
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noon
It's been a busy morning & I am worn out. Nearly 3 hours cleaning the bird's cage, rearranging perches, nest, bowls, etc. They are happy now. And, mama bird loves where I put her new nest. She climbed in immediately after I wired it in & didn't budge while I was finishing things.
I just finished making a smoothie for lunch. Mostly frozen berries, some raspberry coconut milk yogurt, protein powder, wheat germ, handful of baby lettuces, frozen cranberries, bit of frozen pineapple, grape, melon, strawberry mix. Nice & thick.
Now, I am going to rest & read fanfic & maybe create some more Incredimail stats the rest of the day. I'm too worn out to garden, sadly!
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1:30pm
Looks lovely outside.
It's times like this when I wish I had my bike fixed ... but, I need new tires before I can use it again. Hope I can do that next month. I also want to get one of those covered pull-behind carts to go shopping or take Jorgy on rides in the nice weather. I hate to drive around the corner to BelAir when I could ride the bike there for groceries.
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3pm
Is it crazy that I am thinking of other yahoogroups to create ...
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8:30pm
Still reading some fanfic & watching an old Criminal Minds, but I better close up. I have to work tomorrow ... Can't believe it's already the end of the month!

Saturday, February 27, 2010

February 27, 2010

7am
OMG! What a terrible thing to wake up to. Chile had a massive 8.8 earthquake this morning. Nearly 100 known dead already. It has generated a tsunami that has already inundated some of their outer island & is heading across the Pacific Basin towards Hawaii and other areas. Scary!
It's pouring rain here today. The sky is crying.
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9am
Decided to stay home this morning. It's raining too much right now to go to GoodWill. Too many crazy drivers on the road.
Still watching news about Chile ...
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12:30pm
Well, the rain slowed down for awhile, so we did go out to GoodWill. And, what a disappointment. I won't be donating to that particular store again. Very rude. And, they didn't have anything decent that I wanted to buy. Came home to eat lunch. Will try again next week at one of the other thrift stores, I suppose. I'll have gone through more stuff to donate by then.
Still more stuff on the news about Chile.
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2pm
Huh. Luckily, so far the tsunami hitting Hawaii is pretty much a wash ... surge no higher than about 3ft. in Hilo area. That's such good news.
Damn. A 6.0 earthquake just hit Argentina!! Which is just next door to Chile, so not really surprising. Might be an aftershock. 2 killed.
I think I will do some creating ... make a few Incredimail stats of food ...
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5pm
I'm in a creating mood. I'm working on my 3rd stat already!
Looks like the tsunami has luckily not caused any damage. Good. Sadly, 300+ dead from the earthquake, though.
Time for dinner.
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7pm
Wow. I got 4 new stats made today. All food-related! Not celebrities!
Going to go to bed pretty early, I think, and read fanfic on my laptop. Nothing good on TV. I'm thinking of getting rid of my digital cable & going back to just extended basic. Especially since I will be getting that PC to TV converter soon. That will save me about $15/mos. & the converter only costs $40 at Fry's. If it works out the way I hope, I may even just go back to basic cable (just to get the local channels) & watch everything else through the computer. That would save me another $17/mos. Definitely something to think about!
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Today's quote:
'Mother Earth is not amused.' - Cheyenne Jackson

Friday, February 26, 2010

February 26, 2010

noon
I don't know WTF is going on, but it seems like my mom is having one dr. appt. after another lately! It's driving me nuts! And, she's not happy either! But, really, I think it is that this clinic she is going to here in Woodland now is much better than Salud in West Sacramento. They are sending her for a lot more preventive-type things that she couldn't seem to get at the other place. She's getting a bone-density test next week which they never did in 10 years at Salud. And, she finally got a dentist appt. next month. So, I guess it is good things, but it sure is wreaking havoc with my work schedule & wearing me out!
I got a neat thing in the mail. It is an offer for membership in the National Home Gardening Club. It's only $12/year, so I think I am going to join. You get lots of free stuff for doing surveys, testing gardening products (& you keep the products!), free seeds, trade seeds with other members, members-only magazine & website & some other stuff. I got some free Cosmos seeds in the offer.
It has been raining off-and-on all morning. Wind is 16mph, but gusty. Supposed to storm more this afternoon.
We were going to stop at GoodWill on the way home from her appt. this morning, but it got too close to lunch time, so we came home. Will go tomorrow. I have a bunch of stuff to donate & we are going to shop for some pants.
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3:30pm
I just created another new YahooGroup! I know ... I am nuts ... anyway, here it is:
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/QuinGemsFicRecs/ So, if you like reading fanfiction, come on by!
One of my favorite people just rejoined one of the groups that I mod. Really missed him. He's been gone a year & we didn't know what had happened to him!
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8pm
Time to close up for the night. Watching old Criminal Minds on ion channel. The rain seems to have stopped. Hope it's a nice weekend so I can garden!

Thursday, February 25, 2010

February 25, 2010

6:30pm
It's been a pretty good day. Started out extremely foggy, but was driveable by the time I left at 9am. Sacramento cleared up nicely while I was out servicing 3 of my stores. It actually got so hot in my car that I thought about turning on the AC! But, by the time I crossed back over the Sacramento River & into Woodland ... total difference. Still overcast & windy! I almost gave in on my plans to garden when I got home. But, at 1pm, I decided to risk it. Worked out great! I got about 3/4 of the wild lantana bushes trimmed & cleaned out. Just about a 5 foot section left that will have to wait until next week. What a mess that was. And I still smell like lantana! But, at 4pm, I had to stop as I was just itching too much. Hate my allergies. Scratched my right arm so much, I bled.
I'm off again tomorrow to take my mom to another dr. appt. Very annoying. Plus, she has decided not to renew her driver's license next week because she doesn't want to take the written test for the first time in about 20 years (she was getting the automatic renewals.)
And, it's supposed to storm tomorrow, so I won't be able to garden anyway.
I didn't do a blog yesterday ... forgot ... so, I didn't mention that I had 2 Barnes & Noble gift cards ($35) that I earned through MyPoints over the past year & used those to renew my membership & buy Torchwood Children of Earth & #19 Torchwood magazine! (plus a bit extra cash spent.)
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8pm
I am so tired from working in the garden earlier, so I am closing up early! I'm not even going to watch Supernatural or CSI tonight since they are really recent reruns. I'm watching Vertigo instead. Jimmy Stewart is always a winner!

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

February 23, 2010

3pm
Took my mom to her dr. appt. this morning. The traffic was awful, as expected, but got her there on time. I didn't go to service the nearby store, as I just wasn't up to it today. My breathing has been crap the last few days ... so, I just took a book to read while she was there. It is her heart dr. Doing a bunch of tests to check her stent, etc. The tests today showed she has excellent circulation in her legs & all looked clear. She has another appt. next month for more tests.
It's been raining since about noon.
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7pm
I made this tonight for a challenge in one of the art groups I am in:



This is Matthew Gray Gubler before he got the role of Dr. Spencer Reid on Criminal Minds. I think he was about 22 in these pictures.

Monday, February 22, 2010

February 22, 2010

5pm
Another day when I don't want to do anything but read fanfic today. I even stayed in my jammies all day. Unusual for me.
Have to get up early in the morning to take my mom to a dr. appt. in Sacramento. Need to leave here by 8am to hopefully get there by 9. The traffic is always impossible that early. I'll be servicing one of my stores while she is there, as it's just down the street from there.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

February 21, 2010

3am
I should not be up this early ... but, it can't be helped. I can't go back to bed ... Jorgy got sick in her bed & my room STINKS! Poor baby had the runs. Rushed her outside & she had more. Have a load of laundry going with her bedding. Have the air filter running in the bedroom. Need to give her a bath. Can't believe all that mess came out of an 8 lb. dog ...
Watching MacGyver on Sleuth channel.
I am so tired.
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2pm
I don't know where this day has gone. Haven't really accomplished anything. I cleaned the inside glass of the fish tanks & gave Jorgy a bath, but that's it ... just been reading fanfic all day ...
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9pm
A poem:

A Dream Within A Dream by Edgar Allan Poe
Take this kiss upon the brow!
And, in parting from you now,
Thus much let me avow--
You are not wrong, who deem
That my days have been a dream;
Yet if hope has flown away
In a night, or in a day,
In a vision, or in none,
Is it therefore the less gone?
All that we see or seem
Is but a dream within a dream.

I stand amid the roar
Of a surf-tormented shore,
And I hold within my hand
Grains of the golden sand--
How few! yet how they creep
Through my fingers to the deep,
While I weep--while I weep!
O God! can I not grasp
Them with a tighter clasp?
O God! can I not save
One from the pitiless wave?
Is all that we see or seem
But a dream within a dream?

Saturday, February 20, 2010

February 20, 2010

9am
My mom is making vanilla cupcakes! Oh, man! Smells good. Haven't had cake in a couple years! If she's in the mood to make it, I'll eat it! What a bad breakfast!



Here's a new segment of the Fireflies on XFactor Denmark!



I'm thinking of getting a media converter to watch vids from my computer on the TV. Any recs? I'm also wondering if my VHS converter can be used to do that? Hmmm. Have to investigate further.

Derek, our huge Calico Ryukin goldfish has decided to have a swim bladder problem ... Started fasting the goldfish. Will try that method for a bit. Hope it corrects itself. Next try will be mashed peas.

Time to clean out the dryer lint with my new dryer cleaning kit. Fire prevention.
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10:30am
Got the dryer vents cleaned out. Six months buildup! Will need to do this regularly. For those interested, you can get the kit from the FlyLady website. I think it is worth it to prevent a lint fire. http://www.flylady.net/pages/FlyShop_dryer.asp



I also vacuumed all the floors (not the carpet yet) so I can do a damp mop once I've rested. And, started a load of rugs in the washer. Lot of things I want to get done today!
I think I will get some bread started in the bread machine while I rest. Love the smell of baking bread! And, need to get the ingredients together for my lunchtime smoothie!

Okay, got the Velvet White Bread started. Got my smoothie made for lunch & now to get the ingredients ready for dinner. Going to have Black Bean Burritos from this recipe: http://www.tasteofhome.com/Recipes/Black-Bean-Burritos-4?keycode=ZTW1002
Well, I didn't have any black beans, so I substituted dark red beans. And, I didn't have any red pepper, so I put extra green pepper. Can't wait to try it tonight!


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noon
Ewww. Totally not thrilled with my smoothie. Should have added banana to thicken it a bit and cut the veg taste more. But, I made it, so I'll drink it! And, my cheap old blender doesn't cut baby carrots very well ...



So, it started with frozen Strawberry Banana smoothie mix, and I added T. protein powder, T. wheat germ, 1/2 c. pom juice, 1/2 c. water, T. aloe pulp juice, 4 baby carrots, 2 small handfuls of baby spring lettuces. Definitely needed something else. Remind me not to use carrots in this blender ... I need a new blender. Something more heavy duty ...
It's a pretty color, though.

Got the rugs finished and once I am done with my smoothie, I'll mop the floors. Don't know if I will get to vacuuming the carpets today, though. I'm starting to drag a bit. So, will do that tomorrow, I think.

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1:30pm
Done with laundry, mopping floors & the bread is almost done! Good day!
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3pm
I've been rearranging files in my external hard drive & trying to delete a lot of things. Organizing is good; deleting not enough!
Here's a pic of the bread I made today in the bread machine. It's a small loaf - 1 pound, I believe. It is Velvet White Bread.
I think this is the best one I have made so far since I brought the machine out of mothballs last month. I am making each recipe in the booklet in order.


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5:30pm
Wow. That Bean Burrito recipe was very good, even with my little changes in the recipe! And, very spicy! Loved it!
Also, had a can of Mexican Tortilla Soup with it.



And, here's a pic of old Candace just for the heck of it! She turned 13 on Valentine's Day.


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8pm
I think I will close up now. Going to read some Mag7 fanfic. It's a Little Ezra story that I've read before, but I really liked it.
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Friday, February 19, 2010

February 19, 2010

1pm
I've been informed that I haven't hugged my blog recently! Just haven't been in the mood the past few days. But, I'm back!
Just got home from servicing two of my CVS stores. We have a project in these stores to put up the new spinner that has clip-on sunglasses. Luckily, neither of these stores received broken spinner displays, so I didn't have to make any repairs. Yay. Quick & easy day.
I made a yummy smoothie when I got home. Berries, banana, pom juice, protein powder, wheat germ & aloe pulp juice. Good stuff.
I've been making Incredimail stationery the past couple of days. Here are a couple of the images I've made:


They are both of Matthew Gray Gubler who plays Dr. Spencer Reid on Criminal Minds. Such a cutie.
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3pm
If you like to talk about healthy foods & recipes, join us at my new chat group:
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/QuinGemsFrugalEmporium/
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9pm
I've been reading a bunch of fanfic crossovers tonight. Not all of them were good ... But, I enjoyed this Supernatural/Stargate SG-1 crossover. Lots of characters I miss! It's called Soldier Ghost Command by PaBurke. It's gen. http://www.fanfiction.net/s/4915117/1/Soldier_Ghost_Command
Time for bed now!
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A quote:
Elle Greenaway: Um, Reid, you probably saved my life in there.
Dr. Spencer Reid: Probably? I totally saved your life.
[he smiles]
Dr. Spencer Reid: And I'm pretty certain it was caught on tape.
Criminal Minds, Derailed

Monday, February 15, 2010

February 14, 2010

10am
Got the critters fed and cleaned. A load of laundry done. I think I will do my exercises in a few minutes! I may even get to do some gardening today as the sun is already burning the fog away.
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2:30pm
Well, I got all my chair, face & resistance ring exercises done this morning. I even went out for a bit and pulled weeds.
I just finished the sequel to the fanfic I mentioned yesterday. It was really good. It's called Hell and Back by Kikkimax. Also a Criminal Minds/Supernatural crossover. http://www.fanfic.otherplaces.net/hell.htm

Saturday, February 13, 2010

February 13, 2010

Sorry I didn't blog yesterday, but all I did was read all day after I got home from work!
5pm
I want to SCREEEEAM!! Sometimes I really hate my mother. I just finished filling out my taxes and getting more than $6000. back due to the 1st time homebuyer's tax credit. And, my mom is like ... well what about all the money we're supposed to get back ... It is 10% of the price of the home UP TO $8000. She's all disappointed, like it's my damn fault we didn't pay more for the damn trailer to get the higher amount! Plus, I had to pay income tax on the teamster death benefits and my oil royalties ... Bitch.
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6pm
Watching the new Survivors series on BBCA. It reminds me a bit of The Stand, but without the devil's influence.
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8pm
My friend, Inger's niece, Henriette (she's in the blue dress) is on X Factor Denmark and here's a vid of her and the Fireflies singing 'You're Still The One":


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9:30pm
Just finished a really good crossover fanfic by Kikkimax called Defect. It's a Criminal Minds/Supernatural crossover: http://www.fanfic.otherplaces.net/defect.htm
Time for bed!

Thursday, February 11, 2010

February 11, 2010

3pm
Quick day of work this morning. Got 2 stores serviced, though. And, then did a quick grocery run into Trader Joe's before coming home.
It was a little breezy & overcast when I came home, so I didn't go out to garden today.
I did get all of my exercises done, though! Chair, face & resistance ring exercises done. Exercycle rode while reading another chapter of Torchwood Trace Memory for 12.05 minutes at 14 mph and 3.2 miles, burning 152 calories. Slow ride, but good.
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4pm
Yay, got some new members to my new YahooGroup. Off to a good start.
Ugh, the neighbor kids are playing basketball and skateboarding in front of my living room window again ...
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9pm
No CSI tonight ... but Supernatural is about to start! So, going to close up for the night & I have 3 or 4 stores to service in the morning before a 3-day weekend!
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A poem:

The sleet streams;
The snow flies;
The fawn dreams
With wide brown eyes.
–William Rose BenĂ©t (1886–1950)

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

February 10, 2010

Happy birthday to meeeeee. 1963, it was an interesting year ... and, it wasn't my choice to be born in it ... ah, well, I'm here. Deal with it.
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3pm
It's been a nice day so far. Sun has been out most of the day--I think it got to 60. I got more weeding done in the side yard. Then, I transplanted the tomato seedlings into their own 18 gallon bin and discovered I had 11 plants! I thought I only had 4. Those 4 are much bigger than the others and towered over them. Now they are all spread out and we'll see who makes it to the next level! I didn't have any more soil left, so I didn't get the cilantro transplanted yet. There are quite a few seedlings. But, I left them in the bin with the catnip, parsley and 2 spindly little pepper plants.
I've also finished all my chair, face & resistance ring exercises. Time to ride the exercycle!
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4pm
Rode the exercycle and read another chapter of Torchwood Trace Memory for 3.5 miles at 15.3 mph and 13.34 minutes burning 168 calories.
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6pm
I just opened a new yahoogroup called QuinGem's Frugal Emporium: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/QuinGemsFrugalEmporium/ It's to share recipes, healthy food tips and such with friends.
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8pm
A quote:
“For some moments in life there are no words.”
― David Seltzer

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

February 9, 2010

3pm
Yay! The last Walgreen's reset project is done for the year. My manager, Viola, helped me & then took me out to lunch for my birthday(which is tomorrow.) Very nice. We went to the Tower Cafe across from the store. We've gone there in the past when she's treated me. Very good food & lots of it.
I am stuffed.
She told me that Foster Grant got another contract with a chain discount store which we will start servicing this summer. There are 2 stores in my area that will be added to my route. Good!
I really want to go outside & do some more gardening, but it looks like it wants to rain some more. It was raining earlier. Guess I will stay in and do some exercises instead ...
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4pm
Saw a hexagonal fish tank on freecycle. I called & left a message, but no return call yet. So, if I get it good; if not, no big deal.
Just finished my chair, face & resistance ring exercises.
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8pm
Going to close up for the night, I think.
No one ever got back to me about the fish tank. Oh, well.
Tomorrow looks like it will be a nice day. I hope to get the tomato plants transplanted to their own container. There are 4 good sturdy plants started. All about 6 inches tall or so.
I want to get the side yard weeded, too.
White Collar is on tonight!
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A quote:
“There’s one good thing about snow, it makes your lawn look as nice as your neighbor’s.”
― Clyde Moore

Monday, February 8, 2010

February 8, 2010

3pm
Listen to this fantastic speech given by Stephen Fry last year:


The Intelligence² Debate - Stephen Fry (Unedited)
Uploaded by Xrunner17. - Full seasons and entire episodes online.

I was able to finish the reset project at the store that I started on Thurs. Thank goodness, that's done for another year!
And, I was able to pull all the weeds in the carport & driveway when I got home! Yay. Looks much better now. We have some very dark clouds moving in. So, I won't be able to garden for a couple days probably. Next project is weeding the side yard & getting some of the 18-gallon bins set up where I want them to start the raised garden. Need to get lots of soil to fill them ...
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5:30pm
Dinner was not good. My mom experimented with a meatloaf recipe she found in a magazine. Marinara sauce ... not a good mix in.

I had been wondering what Gareth David-Lloyd has been doing since Ianto Jones was killed off in Torchwood. He's been a busy boy. This is a movie I'd like to see:


It should be coming out on DVD next month!

He's been doing a lot of other things, too, according to his website: http://www.garethdavid-lloyd.co.uk/
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7pm
New episode of Make It Or Break It is on tonight. Hope we get more of Anthony Starke tonight! I get so sick of the kid angst on the show, just to get a small scene of Anthony ...
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8:30pm
Time to close up! Going to watch a bit of TV before bed.

Sunday, February 7, 2010

February 7, 2010

7am
It looks like it might be a nice rain-free day. Still pretty cloudy, but not nearly as chilly as it has been.
I will try to do a bit of gardening (weeding) today.
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10:30am
Just finished weeding Jorgy's yard. Lots of little weed seedlings and also seedlings from the bird seed. All pulled now, but I know there will be more as spring comes. I wanted to pull all the weeds in the carport, but the neighbor kids are out playing & I don't feel like putting up with them. The youngest one is at the pest stage.
We're having Cornish game hen for dinner with fried coin potatoes. Yum!
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11am
GAAAAAAHHH!!! I hate when I refresh the wrong tab on Firefox! I just refreshed the game I was playing!!! Again! No more! It is now in its own browser! Damnit!
I feel like I'm crashing. I need to get my exercises done. Maybe that will pick me up!
There! All chair, face & resistance ring exercises are done. Will ride the exercycle after lunch!
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12:30pm
Lunch was yummy. Chicken quesadilla. I just got done riding the exercycle & reading a chapter of Torchwood Trace Memory. I traveled 2.5 miles at 17.5 mph for 8.17 minutes & burned 120 calories.
Finished the second load of laundry. Done with that for the day!
I think I will go out and pull more weeds. I can't hear the neighbor's rugrats outside right now.
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1:30pm
Well, I weeded behind the trailer, but then the kids came out to play next door, so I came in. I still got a lot done, though. Cleaned up all the seed pods from the ming tree that sheds all over. I love ming trees, but they are messy! It isn't even mine; it lives in the drainage ditch behind us, but it hangs over the chain link fence and shades the back of our trailer. If I get done finishing the store I need to service early enough, I might be able to do some more gardening tomorrow before the kids get out of school! I'm going to try, anyway. It's not supposed to rain tomorrow, but will Tues.
I need to catch up on all of this week's surveys now. I might make a couple of bucks!
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2:30pm
Need to take a break from surveys to get a snack. I have 28 more to go through!
Spicy pita chips and red pepper hummus to snack on. Good stuff, but very spicy hot!
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3:30pm
Finally finished all my surveys! Made a couple bucks, too.
I think I'll find some good fanfic to read. Not really in the mood for anything else!!
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5:30pm
My mom started dinner late & I am starving!
I'm cracking up over the play-by-play of the Super Bowl on Twitter by Wil Wheaton (@wilw) & AfterElton.com (@AfterElton) So funny.
Did I mention I was starving ... food nowhere near done yet ...
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6:30pm
I'm still starving!
Ugh! Finally ... foood. It was delicious. Especially the Trader Joe's Apple turnover!
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7pm
Jorgy thinks being cute is going to get her on my good side tonight. Not working. Tired of her tantrum peeing lately. Need to shampoo carpet next weekend ... She keeps marking the carpet when Candace or the doves get too much attention.
Whenever I watch older eps of CSI with Warrick in them, I realize how much I miss that character ...
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9pm
Guess I better close up. Work tomorrow ... Boooooo ...
A quote:
Warrick Brown: Where have you been?
Gil Grissom: I can't be everywhere, and they've banned human cloning.
CSI, Chaos Theory

Saturday, February 6, 2010

February 6, 2010

7:30am
It's a nice dreary wet morning. I just finished setting my old pedometer. Going to try to keep track of how much I walk each day.
We're going to go grocery shopping at the Super Walmart in West Sacramento today. Haven't shopped there since we moved here.
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12:30pm
Finally home. Spent $100 at WalMart & then went to BelAir & spent another $55 on things that WalMart didn't have ... still less than we normally spend thank goodness. I stressed to my mom that we just can't spend much until I get my taxes figured out.
Now to find something to eat!
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2pm
Had a yummy French bread pizza for lunch. Finishing my Dagoba Organic Milk Chocolate bar that I started the other day. Probably be a couple of years before I have chocolate like this again. I really don't like chocolate all that much, even when I was a kid (& before I knew about my caffeine allergy ...) So, I don't have it often.
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3pm
Got all of my exercises done! Hadn't done all of them for a few days. Did my chair exercises, resistance rings, & face exercises (just found a list of those to do a couple days ago!) And, just got off of the exercycle. Read a chapter of Torchwood Trace Memory while riding 2.9 miles at 16.4mph for 10.19 minutes & burned 142 calories.
Time to bake some bread in the bread machine!
Basic white bread is cooking now.
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5pm
Waiting for my bread to finish. My mom is making TGIFriday's chicken wings in the oven for dinner.
I'm thinking of starting a YahooGroup for recipes & tips & frugal deals & such ... trying to decide what all will be in it. Want to keep it a small group of people I know ... we'll see.
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7pm
Bread is done & sliced. Smells yummy ... guess I will have a buttered slice ...
Well, that was pretty good.
I think I'll close up now. Might do a bit of reading for a while.
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A quote:
Sam Winchester: Why'd you let me fall asleep?
Dean Winchester: Because I am an awesome brother. What did you dream about?
Sam Winchester: Lollipops and candycanes.
Supernatural, Bloody Mary episode

Friday, February 5, 2010

February 5, 2010

noon
Well, the hauling guy came and got the bed and fridge this morning. Nice to have my deck back!
While I was straightening up all the pots & other stuff we have on the deck that I'd moved this morning so the guy wouldn't trip over things, I noticed that one of the mini roses that my mom though she had killed is coming back up from the roots. Hope the other one does! I also noticed that 4 of the tomato seedlings are going to be good strong keepers to replant soon. Not sure on the peppers, cilantro and parsley yet. I need to get more potting soil soon and get started on the transplanting.
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1:30pm
Have to take my mom to another dr. appt. I'd rather be gardening, but didn't even bother starting today. I didn't know how long the hauler would be here this morning and I'm still not sure if it's going to rain or not today. So, didn't want to start and then have to stop before I wanted to ... I hope I will be able to this weekend!!
I have to stop at the bank, too. I noticed a mistake in my online statement. It's only .05c, but it is MINE!
When we get home this afternoon, I really need to go through my online shoppes and start posting on my new Twitter page. Gotta get the advertising started! And, this weekend I have a few things I'll be listing in my Etsy shoppe!
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5pm
Finally home ... I about fell asleep in the car waiting for my mom. I rarely go in with her - too many people and unsupervised kids. So, I bring a book and read in the car. I finished reading Torchwood Something In The Water and started on Torchwood Trace Memory.
I'm so hungry! We're having eggs, chicken strips, English muffins and hash browns. Sounds like breakfast!
Damn kids are playing basketball outside my window again. Come on, rain! Where are you thunderstorms! Great! Now the oldest one is skateboarding ...
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8pm
Smallville's on. I'm closing up for the night!

Thursday, February 4, 2010

February 4, 2010

2pm
Well, I had planned to be nearly all day at the local Walgreen's store doing the resets on my reading glasses & sunglasses displays. I got the reading glasses done - took 4 hours! But, just as I was going to go do the sunglasses displays, someone made a mess over there & one of the managers mopped with bleach in front of it ... no way I could have survived that smell. I'd either get a migraine, an asthma attack or both ... so I will be going back Monday to do that display. My back is bothering me anyway from standing on that hard concrete floor.
It is a drizzly day, so at 3pm, if it's not raining I'll go out and weed the carport. If it is, I'll probably do my exercises if my back isn't still bothering me.
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3pm
Well, it started pouring rain about 15 minutes ago, so no gardening today ...
Did all of my chair exercises & resistance rings. No exercycle today. My hip & back are still bothering me too much. Hopefully tomorrow, though!
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7pm
It's still raining. I love rain, but it can interfere with things. I hope it stops in the morning since I hired a hauler to pick up the bed & fridge at 9am!
I'm starting up a new Twitter page in a few minutes to advertise my websites. So check out http://twitter.com/QGC1988
Will be working on that page a bit tomorrow to start advertising more of my CafePress, Etsy & other online shoppes that I've been neglecting.
Good night for TV: CSI, Supernatural & Burn Notice. Will be closing up early!
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8pm
Gonna close up now & watch some TV.
A poem:
Rain by Shel Silverstein

I opened my eyes
And looked up at the rain,
And it dripped in my head
And flowed into my brain,
And all that I hear as I lie in my bed
Is the slishity-slosh of the rain in my head.

I step very softly,
I walk very slow,
I can't do a handstand--
I might overflow,
So pardon the wild crazy thing I just said--
I'm just not the same since there's rain in my head

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

February 3, 2010

Today is my grandfather's birthday. Francisco Moreno was born February 3, 1893 in Malaga, Spain. That's where Antonio Banderas & Pablo Picasso are from, too! It's beautiful country. He came to America in the early 1920s & owned his own cash & carry business. He also built his own homes & sold them. Very enterprising. All of the houses he built here in Woodland & Dixon, CA. from the 1930s-60s are still standing & still beautiful.  Papa died in 1969. He was exactly 70 years & 1 week older than me. I miss him still.
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noon
Nice, easy work day. Got 2 stores serviced & home by 11am. Going to get something to eat & then go work in the garden!!! It's a nice, sunny day.
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1:30pm
Whew! Over an hour pulling weeds in the big brick flower box. I'm wore out! It is about 24 feet wide by 4 feet & 2 feet deep. I think I will tackle the weeds growing in the cracks of the carport & driveway tomorrow if it doesn't rain. There are a LOT. But, ONLY if the store I service tomorrow doesn't take as long as expected. Supposed to take SEVEN hours! It is a huge double reset project ... I dread it.
I really need to get caught up on all my surveys from last week that I should have done on Sunday. Most are probably expired by now! But, first, I have to catch up on the mail from the groups I mod! They probably think I'm ignoring them.
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4pm
Well, I'm caught up with my mail! I haven't even looked at my Twitter feed ... I see the number 252 on the tab ... that will have to wait, though.
Oh, yesterday, I finished reading that crossover fic I mentioned ... sadly, I discovered it wasn't complete! Very disappointing, to say the least. The 17 chapters I read were VERY good. It is called The Morningway Agenda by strange oblivion & Everfaithful. It is a Supernatural/Dresden Files crossover. Gen. http://www.fanfiction.net/s/3498494/1/
Gotta catch up on those surveys before dinner.
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6pm
Had lentil soup and naan bread and grapes for dinner. Simple, but good!
Got caught up with last week's surveys. But left this week's to do on Sunday. Been playing a bit with Jorgy. Her new game is playing peekaboo with one of my old baby blankets! She was acting like a puppy and growling & barking every time I covered her up! Silly old dog.
Just finished all my chair exercises, too.
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8pm
Snacking on Dagoba Organic Milk Chocolate bar from Whole Foods.  Very good. I'm not a regular chocolate eater due to caffeine allergy. But, once in a great while, I have some. I'll have to deal with the sores in my mouth in a couple days, though ... :(
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8:30pm
Going to close up now & read in bed. I have too long a day tomorrow & my joints are hurting pretty bad today. I've decided to finally start tagging my entries. Don't know if I will go back & tag previous posts, though.
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A poem:

Whatif by Shel Silverstein

Last night, while I lay thinking here,
some Whatifs crawled inside my ear
and pranced and partied all night long
and sang their same old Whatif song:
Whatif I'm dumb in school?
Whatif they've closed the swimming pool?
Whatif I get beat up?
Whatif there's poison in my cup?
Whatif I start to cry?
Whatif I get sick and die?
Whatif I flunk that test?
Whatif green hair grows on my chest?
Whatif nobody likes me?
Whatif a bolt of lightning strikes me?
Whatif I don't grow taller?
Whatif my head starts getting smaller?
Whatif the fish won't bite?
Whatif the wind tears up my kite?
Whatif they start a war?
Whatif my parents get divorced?
Whatif the bus is late?
Whatif my teeth don't grow in straight?
Whatif I tear my pants?
Whatif I never learn to dance?
Everything seems well, and then
the nighttime Whatifs strike again!

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

February 2, 2010

7pm
Wow, this day keeps fluctuating between dragging by and flying by!
I got my 2 stores serviced this morning & then my cousin came by & changed my front brakes. It only sprinkled a little bit.
After he left, my mom & I moved the extra fridge out onto the porch with the bed. I'm hoping to get them hauled away on Friday before I take my mom to another dr. appt. It's going to cost me $55, but at least they will be gone finally.
Don't know that I will try to get rid of anything else on freecycle or sharecycle again. I just got calls from a bunch of flakes that never followed through.
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9pm
Going to bed now. White Collar will be on in an hour & I have some stuff to do.
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If Candlemas [February 2] be mild and gay,
Go saddle your horses and buy them hay;
But if Candlemas be stormy and black,
It carries the winter away on its back.

Monday, February 1, 2010

February 1, 2010

3pm
It's been a fairly good day today. The big, long project I dreaded today only took about 2 hours because the store had already put most of the new stock out & taken down the old stock. My manager & I were both happy about that!
I got home & my mom made me some yummy chicken fajitas! That was a nice surprise.
I just finished all of my chair exercises, resistance rings & rode the exercycle for 1.8 miles at 17.9 mph for 5.56 minutes & burned 89 calories.
I also swept off the outside entrances & the carport steps. Wanted to get that done before the rain started in again this afternoon. It's already getting chilly.
I'm waaay behind in drinking my fluids today. Just finished my 2nd mugful so that's only about 20 oz. so far today. 44 oz. to go!
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5pm
BabyDove, the youngest female, laid her first egg last night or early this morning. As with many first eggs, it was too thin-shelled (almost like a snake's egg), so I had to take it from her. She wasn't happy.
MamaDove is still sitting on 4 eggs.
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8pm
Going to close up early. I'm in the middle of reading a really good fanfic that I should be able to finish some time tomorrow. I'll give you the link then.
Make It Or Break It will be on in an hour. More Anthony Starke! Yay!
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