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March 11, 2016 [Mar. 11th, 2016|11:55 pm]
Stephe
[Current Mood |busy]
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Third day of subbing in a row, and this time the math classes were pretty good, although the homeroom and study hall classes were much louder than they should have been. I also looked after the sixth-grade band classes at the end of the day again, and once again they were loud and unruly until I put in Ratatouille for them to continue watching. I can't really blame them for being a little restless, it being the end of the day on Friday in Spring.

In any case, as usual when I came home I spent some time online and then took a short nap. After that, I sprung into domestic mode and started some laundry. I also did some dishes and fried up some hamburgers for dinner. So it was a satisfying evening all around. And now I'm off to bed late, comfortable in the fact that I don't have to be up at the crack of dawn tomorrow to go subbing, although I do have to be up early to open the book store.
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March 10, 2016 [Mar. 10th, 2016|11:55 pm]
Stephe
[Current Mood |listless]
[Current Music |(Random Playlist)]

Up early for subbing again, and the same classes as yesterday. The students were somewhat louder and less well-behaved today, but I was still able to teach them a lesson on finding the area of a trapezoid, with the help of cut-outs and other visual aids. I didn't have to watch over the band classes today, so I was able to come home early.

Back home, before settling in for my usual time online, I walked down to the local office of one of our insurance carriers to pay our car insurance. It was a very warm day out today, and I worked up a bit of a sweat in the process. Anyways, after I got back home, it was the usual computer time and nap. Neither of us was feeling inspired to cook this evening again, so we just had sandwiches for dinner. (BLTs to be exact.) I spent a little time after dinner updating my LiveJournal, and now I'm starting to wind down to a late bedtime. More subbing tomorrow, and then it's back to the book store.
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March 9, 2016 [Mar. 9th, 2016|11:55 pm]
Stephe
[Current Mood |okay]
[Current Music |(Random Playlist)]

Up early for subbing this morning, and off to the middle school to our south to be a sixth-grade math teacher. Today was the first day of three in this position, and it went well overall. (The regular teacher is off chaperoning the eighth-grade trip to Washington D.C.) I also was asked to keep an eye on two classes of sixth-grade band at the end of the day, and they were and they were a little loud and chaotic, at least until I turned off the lights and started the movie they were to watch (Ratatouille). After that, they were fine.

Back home, I spent some time online and then took a very long nap. Neither of us was feeling particularly inspired to cook this evening, but instead of ordering a pizza we raided the freezer for leftovers, which is probably the healthier choice. Bedtime looks like it will be comparatively late tonight, despite me having more subbing tomorrow, but I'm still wide awake right now. So it goes.
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March 8, 2016 [Mar. 8th, 2016|11:55 pm]
Stephe
[Current Mood |blah]
[Current Music |(Random Playlist)]

I got up after noon today. Only by a few minutes, to be sure, but it was not an auspicious start to the day. I did manage to get myself showed and dressed and out of the house to go vote in Michigan's primary today, which was all to the better, and queenmomcat and I went out to lunch together afterwards. And then we came home and I took another very long nap.

Waffles and bacon for dinner in the evening, and then I spent several hours following primary results online. Michigan did not line up with what the pollsters were predicting on the Democrat side: Senator Clinton was supposed to win in a walk, but instead Senator Sanders gained the most votes. I was somewhat disheartened to do the math and see that Mr. Trump garnered more votes than both of the Democrat contenders combined in our county, but then again we already knew that this was a pretty conservative area. And now we can sit back and relax until the primaries are over and the main event begins.

Once again, though, I'm left feeling that I've wasted my day. At least I have a three-day subbing assignment coming up, so I'll be getting out of the house and earning some money and feeling productive for change.
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March 7, 2016 [Mar. 7th, 2016|11:55 pm]
Stephe
[Current Mood |disappointed]
[Current Music |(Random Playlist)]

Up mid-morning, and got off to a good start by paying some bills and starting some laundry. But I was feeling sleepy all morning, and by the time lunch rolled around, I was ready to go back to bed, which I did (after eating a little something). I ended up taking a very long nap indeed, which suggests I'm running a sleep deficit. This would not surprise me.

In any case, I spent the late afternoon and evening updating my LiveJournal, finishing up with my laundry, and helped queenmomcat make pork chili for dinner. So, aside from a few domestic things, today was kind of a wasted day. Blah. At least tomorrow I should be getting out of the house for a while to go vote in Michigan's presidential primary. Maybe I'll even get more than that done. Here's hoping for the best.
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March 6, 2016 [Mar. 6th, 2016|11:55 pm]
Stephe
[Current Mood |relaxed]
[Current Music |(Random Playlist)]

Up late this morning, but still before noon. It didn't take, however: I got through my morning internet routine and balanced the checkbook before giving up and going back to bed. I ended up taking a comparatively short nap, which helped me a feel a little more rested, but not much.

In any case, in the late afternoon I went grocery shopping with queenmomcat, and then I slouched back into the den and parked myself in front of the computer for a while more. I spent some time updating my LiveJournal, finally finishing up with January.

In the evening, queenmomcat went out for dinner, a welcome break. These last few weeks have been very busy for me, and just getting out to be with queenmomcat for a little while was worth it. And now I'm thinking of going to bed early. Not that today was very busy or anything, but I never quite woke up fully. Some days are like that.
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March 5, 2016 [Mar. 5th, 2016|11:55 pm]
Stephe
[Current Mood |tired]
[Current Music |(Random Playlist)]

Up early this morning to open the book store, and walked in as usual. The morning was just plain dead: I had maybe three customers before noon, and at least one of those was someone picking up a prepaid special order. I had plenty of time to put some books in purchase orders for future shipments. Things picked up considerably in the afternoon, however, and I ended up working until then end of my scheduled shift at 5:00 PM.

I got a ride home from queenmomcat, and the rest of my afternoon and early evening passed as is traditional, with some time spent online followed by a nap. (Someday I may break out of the habit of napping every afternoon, but for now it just feels good.) Dinner tonight was tuna noodle casserole, and now it looks like we're winding down to a late bedtime. I have tomorrow off, and then I have two more free days, barring last-minute subbing assignments. This is a good thing.
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March 4, 2016 [Mar. 4th, 2016|11:55 pm]
Stephe
[Current Mood |okay]
[Current Music |(Random Playlist)]

Up early for subbing this morning, and off to the junior high to our north to be a sixth-grade math teacher. The day went pretty well, and the students were generally well-behaved, although one class did have a few troublemakers. But on balance it was a good day. Better than a lot I've had at this school.

On my way home, I stopped by the book store to pick up my paycheck, and then it was back home for a quiet afternoon. I spent some time online, as usual, and the of course lay down for a nice nap. In the evening, I prepared a shrimp casserole for dinner with rice and tomatoes and feta cheese, which was very tasty. (My stomach problems of yesterday seem to have faded, at least.) Tomorrow I have to be up early to open the book store, but after that I have several days off, which will be nice.
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March 3, 2016 [Mar. 3rd, 2016|11:55 pm]
Stephe
[Current Mood |meh]
[Current Music |Philip Glass, Hydrogen Jukebox]

Up very late today -- a little after noon, in fact -- and I started some laundry right away because I need clean clothes for my next few days of work. I also worked a while on updating my LiveJournal, but it was a slow afternoon otherwise. I ended up taking a nap in the late afternoon and early evening, as usual. Not much new there.

I woke up from my nap feeling kind of sick, although not as bad as I felt last week. Still, I ended up just having a grilled cheese sandwich for dinner, which at least went down well and stayed down, which is all I can ask at the moment. And now I'm thinking of going to bed early. I have subbing tomorrow, so I could use some sleep, and it's been a busy couple of weeks around here.
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March 2, 2016 [Mar. 2nd, 2016|11:55 pm]
Stephe
[Current Mood |happy]
[Current Music |(Random Playlist)]

Up early for subbing. Today I was one of the sixth-grade science teachers in the middle school to our south. This was not the science teacher I usually sub for, but it went well. The kids were generally well-behaved, and the regular teacher left them more than enough work to do, so things went smoothly. I also got to come home early because the regular teacher has planning periods at the end of the day.

Much to my delight, when I got home I found in my e-mail an acceptance letter from Contemproary Haibun Online, which is a market I've tried to break into for a while. So, yay! Anyways, I spent some time online and then took a nice, long nap. After that, I prepared beef stroganoff with leftover pot roast for dinner. And now I'm thinking of an early bedtime, although I have nothing scheduled for tomorrow. I need the sleep.
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March 1, 2016 [Mar. 1st, 2016|11:55 pm]
Stephe
[Current Mood |listless]
[Current Music |(Random Playlist)]

Opened the book store today, so up early again. I walked in, despite the weather: we had a snow/ice storm overnight, so the sidewalks were slippery. It ended up being a very slow day at work, and the owner sent me home 2:P30 PM instead of the scheduled 5:00 PM. I walked home, kind of glad for the afternoon off.

Back home I spent the usual time online and took the usual nap. In the evening, I did some dishes, so the second half of the day wasn't a total waste. For dinner, queenmomcat and I decided on Chinese takeaway, which was very tasty and, of course, easy. And now I think an early bedtime is called for, as I have subbing tomorrow. Busy busy busy this week and last.
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February 29, 2016 [Feb. 29th, 2016|11:55 pm]
Stephe
[Current Mood |sleepy]
[Current Music |(Random Playlist)]

Up early yet again to open the book store, and today I walked in. It actually ended up being a pretty slow day as far as customers were concerned, but I had a lot of other tasks to do around the store to keep me busy. Still, the owner ended up sending me home at 4:30 PM instead of the scheduled 5:00 PM end of my shift.

I walked home again, where I spent a little time online and then lay down for a very long nap. While I was at work, queenmomcat had started a pot roast in the slow cooker, and we had that for dinner. And now it's getting late and I'm still sleepy despite my nap, so I'll probably head off to bed as soon as I finish this. Tomorrow should be more of the same.
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February 28, 2016 [Feb. 28th, 2016|11:55 am]
Stephe
[Current Mood |okay]
[Current Music |(Random Playlist)]

Up early to open the book store this morning, and I drove in for a change. (My knees and ankles are not happy with me, and I still have a nagging cough.) I worked the standard solo Sunday shift, and it was actually a pretty good day, sales-wise. It probably helped that the weather was nice, although it did start raining as I was driving home.

Back home, I started some laundry and then settled in for some computer time. Eventually, I emerged from my technological semi-coma to make dinner: roasted pork tenderloin with a maple mustard sauce and roasted butternut squash on the side. Very tasty dinner, but a little labor intensive.

Given that I have to open the book store again tomorrow morning, I'll probably go to bed early tonight. At least I've been sleeping relatively well lately, which is probably because I've been so busy during the days. It makes for a pleasant change of pace.
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February 27, 2016 [Feb. 27th, 2016|11:55 pm]
Stephe
[Current Mood |exhausted]
[Current Music |(Random Playlist)]

Up early this morning to open the book store. I walked in, as the weather has taken a turn for the unseasonably warm again. It was a nice, busy day, and I worked my full shift (until 5:00 PM), which doesn't always happen on days I open the store. I walked back home again at the end of the day, which also doesn't always happen. It really was nice out today, especially for February.

Back home, I spent a little bit of time online and then went grocery shopping with queenmomcat. Afterwards, I went back to the computer and generally collapsed for the evening. It's been a busy week, and getting sick didn't exactly help my energy levels. In any case, we both sacked out and had pizza for dinner, and it looks like we'll be going to bed early again. Oh well.
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February 26, 2016 [Feb. 26th, 2016|11:55 pm]
Stephe
[Current Mood |recovering]
[Current Music |(Random Playlist)]

I got up early for me today, which is good, and good as well is that fact that breakfast stayed down. I seem to be recovering from the recent unpleasantness, although I did have a nasty headache for most of the day. Still, I felt well enough this morning to go out and try to deal with the berm the snowplow left at the end of our driveway. It was warmish yesterday, so the snow had started to melt, but it froze up again overnight so this morning it was pretty much a wall of ice. I managed to clear enough space to get a car out of the driveway, and hopefully the rest of it will melt over the next few days (which are supposed to be warm).

Anyways, as if that weren't exercise enough, I insisted on walking in to work, where I covered a noon to 8:00 PM shift. I felt watery all day, and I was (and am) still coughing a lot, but I made it through my shift without too much trouble. It helps that we had a small shipment to deal with, and while we did have a good number of customers, they weren't too demanding.

After work, I met queenmomcat at one of the restaurants downtown for a dinner date. That may have been pushing things a little, but I ate a light meal and it all stayed down afterwards, so I'm declaring that I'm over being sick for the moment. As long as my nagging cough doesn't develop into bronchitis (which I don't think it will), I should be fine.

Back home, I spent some time online, and now we're thinking of a comparatively early bedtime tonight. I work at the book store the next four days in a row, so I'll be busy and productive and nice things like that for the early part of next week. But for now I need some sleep.
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February 25, 2016 [Feb. 25th, 2016|11:55 pm]
Stephe
[Current Mood |sick]
[Current Music |Gustav Mahler, Symphony No. 8, "Symphony of a Thousand"]

I got up mid-morning after another night of chills and nausea, and I was promptly hit with a miserable headache. Insult to injury, that, but it might be because I was dehydrated. In any case, I had my usual breakfast cereal bar, and it stayed down. A little later I had a yogurt, and that stayed down as well. In the interim, the city snow plow came by and plowed us in in the process of clearing the street. queenmomcat went out to shovel some snow, but she didn't last long, and I can't say I blame her. The stuff that fell yesterday was very wet and heavy, and that makes for difficult shoveling.

I went back to bed a little after noon, and I spent about three hours alternating between sleeping fitfully and tossing and turning with chills and shivers. After I got up again, I though I would try a frozen pizza for a late lunch, but that turned out to be a mistake: I threw it up again shortly after eating. That sent me back to bed for a few more hours.

Towards the late afternoon, I started some laundry so that the day wouldn't be a complete loss. I also had some more yogurt and a few popsicles, all of which stayed down. In the evening, I felt daring enough to try another frozen pizza, and That also remained in my stomach after eating. And now it's getting to be late in the evening, and I'm thinking of going to bed. My laundry isn't quite finished, so I'll be up a little longer. I have to work at the book store tomorrow, so I hope I'm as on the mend as I seem to be.
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February 24, 2016 [Feb. 24th, 2016|11:55 pm]
Stephe
[Current Mood |blah]
[Current Music |(Random Playlist)]

Up early for subbing after a bad night. The first signs that I'm getting sick emerged in the early hours of the morning: fever, chills, and a bad cough. Still, I hauled myself out of bed and off to the high school to our south for another day of subbing for the choir director. Today was the regional choir festival, so students were in and out all day in various groupings, but the choir teacher and the volunteer chaperones took care of most of that traffic. So again, another easy day. Which is good, because I felt like crap.

It actually started snowing in the morning shortly after I arrived at the school, and it didn't let up at all during the day. It was heavy, wet snow too, that made the roads less than safe. School ended up getting out some fifteen minutes early, ostensibly so that the students who drove their own cars in would have some extra time to get safely home or to work. Suits me fine. There were maybe three students present for the last class of the day -- the rest were at the choir festival -- so it was no great loss.

I stopped by the grocery store for some supplies on my way back home, and once I was home I spent the usual time online and then took a nap. I was still feeling pretty lousy in the evening, so I prepared myself a mild dinner of eggs on toast. Which I threw up shortly afterwards. Yeah, I'm definitely sick. Thankfully, I also got a phone call this evening informing me that my subbing assignment tomorrow has been cancelled because the schools will be closed. So I can rest up a little. All signs point to an early bedtime tonight, and I hope I'm feeling better tomorrow.
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February 23, 2016 [Feb. 23rd, 2016|11:55 pm]
Stephe
[Current Mood |tired]
[Current Music |(Random Playlist)]

Up early for subbing. Today I was at the high school to our south, where I took the place of the choir director, who also teaches one class of music theory. The students, for the most-part, were very self-motivated, so I just had to take attendance and then get out of the way and let them do their thing. So, it was a good day.

Computer time back home followed by a nap. It was a long nap this time, and I didn't really feel rested at the end of it. Not a great sign. Despite that, though, I had enough energy to balance the checkbook and pay some bills in the evening. Dinner at least was easy tonight: heat up some leftover spaghetti sauce, prepare some spaghetti, and serve. And so goes the day. Bed soon, as I'm still feeling tired, and I have to be a choir director again tomorrow.
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February 22, 2016 [Feb. 22nd, 2016|11:55 pm]
Stephe
[Current Mood |busy]
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Up early this morning for subbing, and off to the middle school to our south where I was a seventh-grade math teacher for the day. Overall, the kids were fine, although the last two classes of the day were a bit loud and hyper. Still, they did their assigned work (for the most part), so I let it go.

Back home, I found that queenmomcat had picked up a two-day subbing assignment for me, starting tomorrow. This is fine, although it does mean that between subbing and the book store I will be working through next Wednesday without a day off. I expect that means that I'll be sleeping well at night but still probably dragging during the day. Oh well.

Anyways, I spent some time online and then took the traditional nap, which is to be expected. For dinner, I made garlic shrimp in the slow cooker, and since then I've been generally unwinding in front of the computer. Bedtime will probably be late tonight, as I'm still feelign a bit wired and queenmomcat likes to got to bed late anyways. Hopefully I'll get enough sleep to survive subbing tomorrow.
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February 21, 2016 [Feb. 21st, 2016|11:55 pm]
Stephe
[Current Mood |lethargic]
[Current Music |(Random Playlist)]

Up a little after noon today, and after starting some laundry I spent some more time updating my LiveJournal. I don't want to give up on this journal quite yet, but it does seem that I keep falling farther and farther behind. Next week isn't going to help this much, either: days when I sub or work at the book store tend to be days when I don't update, and I'll be very busy with both next week.

Anyways, I spent a desultory afternoon online, and then went back to bed for a relatively brief nap. After waking up again, I did some dishes and then prepared a quick dinner of baked salmon and steamed asparagus. And that was about it for the day. At least I did get some domestic chores done, so I don't feel that I completely wasted my time awake. Tomorrow I have a subbing assignment, so I should probably go to bed sooner rather than later.
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