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March 18, 2016 [Mar. 18th, 2016|11:55 pm]
Stephe
[Current Mood |good]
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Up late morning, and walked in to work, where I pulled a noon to 8:00 PM closing shift. It was a reasonably busy day, although the middle of the afternoon and the evening were a bit slow. Still, we posted some good sales numbers, and the owner seemed happy how the day turned out. And I walked home for a change, which is also good.

While I was out at work, queenmomcat prepared a lamb stew, which was very tasty. And now we're settling in for a late bedtime. Although I'm not sure I did much more in an absolute today than yesterday, I'm feeling much better about the day. So there's that. I have tomorrow off again, and hopefully this time I'll work up the energy to do something productive.
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March 17, 2016 [Mar. 17th, 2016|11:55 pm]
Stephe
[Current Mood |disappointed]
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Up very late today (after noon), and feeling kind of grumpy because it's St. Patrick's Day. (I've ranted about this particular holiday on here in the past, so I'll spare you all that now.) I wasted much of the afternoon online, although I did update my LiveJournal a little bit and I ran some loads of laundry so that I have clean work clothes for tomorrow. Otherwise, though, I wasn't very productive. And then I took a long nap.

Despite getting up late and despite that long nap, I was still feeling tired in the evening. So was queenmomcat , so we defaulted to pizza for dinner. And now I find myself staring at the computer again, feeling like I've completely wasted the day. I know I haven't really (doing laundry is no small thing), but it feels that way. I really need to find a way to structure my days off better.
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March 16, 2016 [Mar. 16th, 2016|11:55 pm]
Stephe
[Current Mood |tired]
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Up early again for subbing, and today I was a sixth-grade math teacher at the middle school to our south (a different math teacher from the one I was last week). The day went reasonably well, although some of the classes didn't have quite enough work to keep them busy and so they got chatty and loud at the end of the hour. It happens. I came home early because the regular teacher had planning periods a the end of the day, which is one of the nice things about subbing for sixth-grade at this particular school.

Back home, I spent some time online and then took a comparatively sort nap. Afterwards, I was domestic for little while and picked the chicken we roasted a few days ago for scraps to make a chicken pot pie out of later on. I also spent some time updating my LiveJournal, which continues to be badly behind. I eventually baked some salmon and steamed some asparagus for dinner, which went down well. And now I'm thinking of heading off to bed a bit early tonight. I'm tired, I didn't get much of a nap, and I've been busy lately. At least I don't have to be up early tomorrow, as far as I know. There's always room for that 5:00 AM phone call.
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March 15, 2016 [Mar. 15th, 2016|11:55 pm]
Stephe
[Current Mood |okay]
[Current Music |(Random Playlist)]

Up early for subbing today, and off to the middle school to our south to be a seventh-grade English teacher, with one class of geography. The English classes were okay -- they were learning the Orpheus legend, although without the bit about his head floating downstream still singing after being torn apart by the Maenads -- but the geography class was pretty loud and unruly. But it always is, at least in all the times I've subbed for this teacher.

Anyways, I spent some time online back home and started some laundry before lying down for a long nap. After I woke up, I started shepherd's pie with leftover lamb from our last roast for dinner. That came out reasonably well, although I didn't cook enough potatoes to make a sufficient layer on top. Oh well. And now we're off to a late bedtime, although I have subbing again tomorrow. Some day I will catch up on my sleep, but today is not that day.
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March 14, 2016 [Mar. 14th, 2016|11:55 pm]
Stephe
[Current Mood |relaxed]
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Up mid-morning, and spent the usual time online during the early part of the day. I also received two phone calls with subbing assignments within fifteen minutes of each other, so my next two days are booked. It's nice being busy, although some days I would definitely prefer to sleep in.

Early in the afternoon, queenmomcat and I went off to see her oncologist for a routine appointment. After that, I had lunch out with queenmomcat , and it was nice to spend time with her. Back home afterwards, I took a long nap, which was very welcome.

Dinner tonight was catch-as-catch-can (leftovers, stuff from the pantry, etc.), as we weren't feeling very hungry after our late lunch. And now it looks like we'll be off to bed late, despite my subbing assignment tomorrow. I have to get my bedtimes and rising times better synced up. Some day.
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March 13, 2016 [Mar. 13th, 2016|11:55 pm]
Stephe
[Current Mood |mellow]
[Current Music |(Random Playlist)]

Up early to open the book store again, and today I drove in for a change. (It was raining and my knees and ankles were very sore.) Today was a standard solo Sunday shift, and it was actually a pretty slow day. The weather was wet and chilly and dreary, so I don't blame people for wanting to stay home. So I put in my hours and then drove home.

Back home, I spent some time online and then took a nap, as is traditional. For dinner tonight, we had a roast chicken with root vegetables, which was a nice, warm meal to counteract the miserable weather. And now we're winding down to bedtime, which will be late but which will probably feel early with the time change and all. I have the next several days off, barring new subbing assignments, and I could use a break.
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March 12, 2016 [Mar. 12th, 2016|11:55 pm]
Stephe
[Current Mood |tired]
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Up early this morning to open the book store. I walked in, and the weather wasn't too bad. The morning was very quiet, and while things did get busier in the afternoon, I ended up being sent home at 4:00 PM instead of the scheduled 5:00 PM. Oh well. There wasn't much for me to do today beyond customer service -- no list of small tasks this time -- so I suppose going home early wasn't that big a deal.

In any case, I walked home for a change. Back home, I spent a little time online and then went grocery shopping with queenmomcat . Afterwards, despite now having a refrigerator full of fresh food, we ordered a pizza for dinner. Later in the evening, I set the clocks ahead, as one does, and now we're looking at a comparatively early bedtime. I have to work again tomorrow, so I need the rest.
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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]
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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]
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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]
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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]
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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]
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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]
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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]
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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]
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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]
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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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