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May 6, 2016 [May. 6th, 2016|11:55 pm]
Stephe
[Current Mood |sleepy]
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Up late morning and walked in to work in some truly beautiful weather. It's almost as if summer had arrived early, which it may have what with climate change and all that. In any case, I worked from noon to 8:00 PM close, and it was a pleasantly busy day. We had a large shipment, but the store manager (who I was working with) took care of most of that. (I received the books into our system, she unpacked and shelved.)

At the end of the day, I got a ride home from queenmomcat, and after some time spent online, I fried up some hamburgers for dinner. I probably could have grilled them, but it was a little dark out when the time came for me to prepare dinner. So now I'm well-fed, but feeling tired and sore and ready for bed. I think it will be an early bedtime tonight, just because.
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May 5, 2016 [May. 5th, 2016|11:55 pm]
Stephe
[Current Mood |okay]
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Up early for subbing this morning, and once again off to the middle school to our south, where I was a seventh-grade geography teacher for the day. It wasn't that bad a day: the kids were kinda loud, but they worked, which is good. I read some more of Jane Steele during my down time, and I continue to enjoy it.

On my way back home, I did some banking, and once I was back at the ranch I spent some time online and then lay down for a nap. Nothing new there. queenmomcat and I were feeling kind of lethargic this evening, so we had Chinese takeaway for dinner. I also worked on updating my LiveJournal some more. So that was the day. Tomorrow it's back to the book store, which should do me some good. I prefer being busy to being at loose ends.
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May 4, 2016 [May. 4th, 2016|11:55 pm]
Stephe
[Current Mood |lethargic]
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Up just afternoon today, and promptly started some laundry to give myself the feeling that today would be a productive day. Indeed, for a little while it was: I balanced the checkbook and paid some bills (which I should have done over the weekend), and I got caught up online. But it was a dreary day today and I was feeling tired and sore, so I went back to bed mid-afternoon for a relatively short nap.

Even with that nap, I found it difficult to drag up any energy in the evening, so it was kind of a listless day overall. I was able to put together a shepherd's pie for dinner, so the latter part of the day wasn't a total waste, but I didn't get anything of import done. I plan to go to bed earlier than usual tonight. Hopefully, I'll have more energy tomorrow, especially since I have a subbing assignment.
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May 3, 2016 [May. 3rd, 2016|11:55 pm]
Stephe
[Current Mood |blah]
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I had a very bad night last night: I developed a migraine around 3:00 AM, and it kept me awake with a splitting headache and periodic vomiting for several hours. So of course, today was the day I was called in to work early. I was recovered enough by then that I could walk in, so I did, and I ended up working from 11:30 AM to 6:00 PM close.

The reason I was called in early is that there was a huge pile of new releases to be shelved, which I managed to get done in a reasonable amount of time. At least the day's shipment wasn't all that large, and we didn't have that many customers. This was not great for the store, but it was good for me, as I was pretty out of it for most of the afternoon. At least I didn't screw up my time card this time.

I got a ride home from queenmomcat, and once I was back home I spent some time online before lying down for a nap, which turned out to be more of a drowse than an actual, full-fledged nap. Oh well. We ended up having pizza for dinner, and now it's approaching bedtime. Barring a last-minute subbing assignment, I have tomorrow off, and that's all to the good. I could probably use a day to recover.
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May 2, 2016 [May. 2nd, 2016|11:55 pm]
Stephe
[Current Mood |tired]
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Up early for subbing today, and off to the middle school to our south to be a seventh-grade English teacher for the day (plus one class of geography). This is a different English teacher than the one I subbed for last week, but the students were doing the same test practice. These classes were reasonably quiet and well-behaved, or at least the English classes were. The geography class was pretty loud and chaotic, as has been the pattern for these particular students this year. In any case, it was a pretty good day, and I had time to read some more of Jane Steele

ON my way back home, I picked up some prescriptions, and once I was home I spent some time online as usual. Late in the afternoon, I made a run for some groceries. I also helped queenmomcat make some bread, which turned out very tasty. On my own, I prepared a shrimp/tomato/rice/feta cheese casserole for dinner. And now it's approaching bedtime. I work at the book store tomorrow, so I don't have to be up really early.
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May 1, 2016 [May. 1st, 2016|11:55 pm]
Stephe
[Current Mood |refreshed]
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Up late morning, and while my back is still sore I'm feeling much better and more energized than I have in a while. I started the morning by setting up a load of laundry, and I picked up a subbing assignment for tomorrow during my usual morning internet time, so that was a good beginning for the day.

In the afternoon, I actually left the house for a while. I walked over to work because I once again screwed up my time card yesterday -- I spaced out a lot this last week -- but that was easily corrected. Back home afterwards I wasted some time online and then took a short nap.

After my nap, I worked on updating my LiveJournal a little, and then queenmomcat and I went out to dinner. And now we're winding down to a late bedtime, despite the fact that I have to be up early for subbing tomorrow. Nothing new there.
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April 30, 2016 [Apr. 30th, 2016|11:55 pm]
Stephe
[Current Mood |relaxed]
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Up very late today -- after noon -- and a welcome sleeping in at that. My back was very sore this morning, perhaps from the last ten days of work, but it got better through the day. I got a good start to the day by portioning out some soup stock for freezing, and then I spent several hours online, just relaxing.

Mid-afternoon, I went out grocery shopping with queenmomcat, which was fun and necessary. After getting back home and packing everything away, I took a nice, long nap, despite getting up early. I woke up with enough time to help prepare a tuna noodle casserole for dinner.

So, today was kind of a wasted day, but it was just what I needed. The next couple of weeks promise to be busy, so I needed today to recharge my batteries. Tomorrow may be much of the same. We'll see.
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April 29, 2016 [Apr. 29th, 2016|11:55 pm]
Stephe
[Current Mood |weary]
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Up late morning and walked in to work today. I pulled a noon to 8:00 PM closing shift today, and it was kind of a slow day. Still, we did enough sales that the numbers at the end of the day were actually quite good for this time of year. I also did some publicity work (bookmarks, mainly) and some assorted other tasks, so the day went by quite quickly.

queenmomcat gave me a ride home this evening, as my legs and their component joints were the usual wreck. Back home, I spent some time online and then prepared a bacon/onion/spinach quiche or dinner. That went over very well. And now I'm feeling completely exhausted after ten straight days of work. I have at least the next two days off, which will be very good. And now I'm ready for bed. Sleep awaits, and I welcome it.
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April 28, 2016 [Apr. 28th, 2016|11:55 pm]
Stephe
[Current Mood |lazy]
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Up early to open the book store, and today I drove in because it was raining and I was very tired. I worked a solo shift today, and it was a pretty quiet day. We did get a middling-sized shipment, so that kept me busy for a little while, but the afternoon was dead slow. I read some more of Jane Steele, which continues to be fun, but that was about it.

After driving home, I spent some time online, but once again I didn't take my usual nap, which I suppose is a good sign. Neither of us ended up being in a mood to cook, so we had takeaway Chinese food for dinner. And now it looks like we'll be headed off to bed late again. At least I don't have to be up very early tomorrow.
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April 27, 2016 [Apr. 27th, 2016|11:55 pm]
Stephe
[Current Mood |exhausted]
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Up mid-morning for subbing today: my assignment was for the second half of the day, so I was able to sleep in a little. In any case, I was in for one of the seventh-grade English teachers in the middle school to our south. The kids were supposed to be spending their class time on computers doing test practice, but they ended up talking more than practicing, for which I really can't blame them. Testing is boring enough, but to have to do practice tests before the actual tests . . .

I ran several errands on my way home: I stopped by the pharmacy to pick up some prescriptions, got gas for my car, picked up some diet food for Zazu at the vet, and stopped by the book store to make a correction to my time card. Back home, I pent my usual time online, but for a change I didn't take a nap. This is because one of queenmomcat's friends from the online breast cancer discussion boards stopped by or a visit. It did catch me a little unprepared -- I was starting some laundry as she arrived -- but the visit went well. I prepared spaghetti with a meat sauce for dinner, and it went over well. Still, because of the visit and my delayed laundry, we will be going to bed late tonight, despite the fact that I'm exhausted and have to open the book store tomorrow. Oh well. Someday I'll e able to sleep in very late again.
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April 26, 2016 [Apr. 26th, 2016|11:55 pm]
Stephe
[Current Mood |full]
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Up late morning for a pleasant change after the last several days and walked in to work, where I pulled a noon to 6:00 PM closing shift. It was a very busy day, starting with there being a large pile of new releases to shelve and display. I also had some other tasks to do, including putting together some publicity materials for our next book signing. We also had a good number of customers, so the day went by quickly.

At the end of the day, I called queenmomcat for a ride home, and as usual after getting home I spent some time online. Usually, after a while I would have tucked myself in for a nap, but I didn't do that today. Instead, queenmomcat and I went out to dinner at a local pizza restaurant which was doing a fundraiser for the library in the city to our east (which really needs the funds). And now we're back home, and I'm thinking of going to bed early. More subbing tomorrow, after all.
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April 25, 2016 [Apr. 25th, 2016|11:55 pm]
Stephe
[Current Mood |good]
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My subbing assignment today was sixth-grade science in the middle school to our south. I'm becoming very familiar with these sixth graders, which may go some way towards explaining why they're comparatively well-behaved when I'm there. It was a good day, and I got to come home early because the regular teacher had planning periods at the end of the day.

Back home, I relaxed a little bit and then walked down to our insurance company's local office to pay our homeowner's insurance. The afternoon was very warm, so it was a nice walk. After coming home from that errands, I spent some time online and then took a very long nap.

For dinner tonight, I made fettuccine Alfredo with leftover bits of roast chicken. It started raining early in the evening, which eventually turned into thunderstorms. And now it's of to a late bedtime. At least tomorrow I don't have to be up at the crack of dawn.
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April 24, 2016 [Apr. 24th, 2016|11:55 pm]
Stephe
[Current Mood |neutral]
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Up early to open the book store again, today for a solo Sunday shift. I walked in, which was fine. (My ankles and knees don't bother me much in the morning. It's only after I've been on my feet for a while that they get really unreasonable.) It was a reasonably quiet day, and while plenty of people came in the store, they were mostly browsers instead of buyers. Oh well. It's still April, and the summer rush is months away.

I did call queenmomcat for a ride home today. Back home, I spent some time online and did some laundry, but I didn't take a nap for a change. For dinner tonight, we had a roast chicken with root vegetables, which was very tasty. And now we're off to another late bedtime, despite the fact that I have to be up early for subbing tomorrow. Someday, I'll catch up on my sleep. I hope.
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April 23, 2016 [Apr. 23rd, 2016|11:55 pm]
Stephe
[Current Mood |tired]
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Up earlyish this morning to open the book store. I walked in, enjoying the lovely warm weather along the way. It was nice enough out, in fact, that we left the front door of the store open for most of the day. In any case, it was a nice, busy day, with lots of customers. I also had a bunch of tasks to do around the store, so the few slow periods passed by quickly. Things did slow down a little in the late afternoon, so I ended up being sent home at 4:00 PM instead of my scheduled 5:00 PM.

I walked home, which in retrospect was a mistake. Both my knees and my right ankle were screaming by the time I walked in our front door. Oh well. I spent a little time recovering, and then queenmomcat and I went out grocery shopping. I managed to make it through that with minimal pain, so that's to the good.

Back home I spent some time online, including balancing the checkbook and paying some bills. (Something I would usually do Sunday, but I work tomorrow, so I thought I'd get it done today.) I also did some dishes and prepared a shepherd's pie for dinner, which came out quite well. And now, because I'm feeling very tired, I may crawl upstairs for an early bedtime. After all, I need to be fresh and ready tomorrow morning for my solo Sunday shift at the book store.
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April 22, 2016 [Apr. 22nd, 2016|11:55 pm]
Stephe
[Current Mood |busy]
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Up early for subbing yet again, and back down to the middle school to our south to be a sixth-grade math teacher. I also took over two classes of seventh-graders at the end of the day (they couldn't find a sub or the teacher in question, so I took over part of the job). The seventh graders were still squirrely, although the sixth graders weren't too bad. I expect the latter group's spring hormones haven't fully kicked in yet.

I stopped to do some banking on the way home, and once back in my own den I spent some time online. Among other things, I picked up a subbing assignment for Monday. This means that I will be working from Wednesday this week (two days ago) until Friday of next week without a break. Good for the bottom line, but a little exhausting.

Anyways, I took a very long nap this afternoon and early evening, after which I ordered us a pizza for dinner. And now we're off to another late bedtime. I don't have to be up early to sub tomorrow, but I do open the book store, so the sooner I get to sleep the better.
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April 21, 2016 [Apr. 21st, 2016|11:55 pm]
Stephe
[Current Mood |okay]
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Up early for subbing again, and this time I was a seventh-grade geography teacher in the middle school to our south. It was a pretty good day, although the kids were pretty squirrely, which is probably due to spring being in the process of springing. In any case, they weren't completely out of control, so all went well.

Back home I spent some time online and started some laundry. Eventually, I took a short nap, getting up just in time to grill some hamburgers for dinner. Or rather, I would have grilled them, but the grill ran out of propane before I could get them started. So I pan friend them instead. Oh well. And now we're off to a late bedtime. I have subbing again tomorrow, so I need the sleep.
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April 20, 2016 [Apr. 20th, 2016|11:55 pm]
Stephe
[Current Mood |sleepy]
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Up early this morning for subbing, and off to the high school to our south to be an economics teacher for the day. It was a very easy day -- I basically just took attendance and handed out worksheets. The students worked reasonably quietly, so I had no trouble with them. During the regular teacher's planning period, I read more of Jane Steele, which I'm really enjoying.

I had only a brief time back home afterwards before queenmomcat and I headed out for her final appointment with the plastic surgeon. I basically had just enough time to start a virus scan on my computer, which I did because it was acting funny this morning. Anyways, the appointment went well, and the virus scan had finished by the time I got home and found nothing.

So, back home afterwards, I spent some time online, and my computer seemed to behave itself. For a change, I didn't take a nap today, which means I spent the evening feeling very tired. At least I didn't have to make dinner: queenmomcat and I went out to eat tonight, partly to celebrate her finishing up with another part of her cancer treatment. And now it looks like we might be going to bed early for a change. This is fine by me, as I have subbing tomorrow again.
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April 19, 2016 [Apr. 19th, 2016|11:55 pm]
Stephe
[Current Mood |frustrated]
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Up mid-morning today, and actually awakened by a subbing call. It was for tomorrow though, so in theory I could have gone right back to bed. Instead, I got up, spent my usual time online for the morning, and then tried to settle in to do some writing. No success there, however: instead I spent a lot of time just staring at the computer screen. I did update my LiveJournal a little bit, but that was about it. It didn't help that they're taking out a tree down the street, and the noise was a somewhat distracting. Chainsaws and poetry really don't mix for me.

I was able to take a nice nap, which was enjoyable and helped kill the frustration of not being able to write somewhat. Afterwards, I ended up making a tuna noodle casserole for dinner, which was another meditative activity. And now we're looking at a late bedtime, despite my subbing assignment tomorrow. Nothing new there. At least it'll be a late start Wednesday at the school in question, so I don't have to be up as early as I would otherwise.
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April 18, 2016 [Apr. 18th, 2016|11:55 pm]
Stephe
[Current Mood |disappointed]
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Up late in the morning, and spent a desultory early afternoon online. I did balance the checkbook and pay some bills, which is something. (I would have done this yesterday, but I spent all my time trying tow rite instead.) Beyond that, though, the day wasn't very productive.

queenmomcat went out in the afternoon and returned with her new laptop, which had been loaded with all of her old programs and files. Still, she had to spend a considerable amount of time setting up accounts and getting passwords entered for several webpages. As a result, when the time came to run some errands in the late afternoon, I went out by myself.

I took a short nap in the early evening, and afterwards I prepared waffles and bacon for dinner. And that's been about it for the day. Tomorrow doesn't look like it will be any more productive, although there's always the chance I'll be called in for a subbing assignment at the last moment. We can always hope.
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April 17, 2016 [Apr. 17th, 2016|11:55 pm]
Stephe
[Current Mood |productive]
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Up late morning, and found it another warm, sunny day. I spent a desultory early afternoon online before deciding to settle in to do some serious writing. I'm not entirely satisfied with the results -- nine lines of kind of trivial observations -- but it's better than being stuck with a blank screen for hours.

Later in the afternoon, I did some dishes, and then tried writing some more. The only real result was deleting five of the nine lines I'd written earlier, but that's progress in its own right. I celebrated by taking a nap.

Unlike past naps, this one was short enough that I was up in time to prepare dinner. I grilled a couple of steaks and steamed some asparagus. (I've tried grilling asparagus in the past, but it never quite worked out. I ended up with too many sharp points.) And now it looks like we're off to bed. Late as usual. Still, I have nothing planned for tomorrow, barring last-minute subbing assignments and/or inspirations from the Muse.
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