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Old 12-20-2014, 02:25 PM   #15861
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Drove up to Newark Ohio: son is cast in Jesus Christ Superstar with the Weathervane production company. He's also soloing in their Winter Cabaret tomorrow night.

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Old 12-20-2014, 02:42 PM   #15862
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Got up at 5.20am made a coffee and stared at the bank account, went to uni placement, did a 13 hour unpaid shift, got home at 8.30pm stared at the fire, went online, spoke to son and husband and now it's time to sleep so that I can do it all again tomorrow

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Old 12-20-2014, 03:13 PM   #15863
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Got up early for a Saturday and met the ROMEO guys at Burger King by 8:00 am. Told stories until 9:30 am then went to step-son-in-laws house to drop off some motorcycle parts for a rebuild he is doing.

Met DW after she finished volunteering at the church breakfast and stopped for coffee. Went home while DW went into Houston to meet SIL. Installed new TV in bedroom, walked the dog, called the rest of the day a non-event.

Waiting for it to rain now. Yard work tomorrow before the Texan game.
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Old 12-20-2014, 03:14 PM   #15864
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Woke up early to the sound of a cat throwing up on our freshly shampooed carpet. Since this is no way to get started in the morning, we went out to grab a bagel for breakfast. Came home and spent a few hours reading in front of the fireplace while playing some Christmas carols in the background, a cat tightly tucked next to me. I just ordered an OTA antenna from Amazon. We have been watching TV less and less recently and DW is close to giving up on cable TV - finally. If we can get good reception with the antenna, I think it's a done deal. Now that AT&T upgraded their nearby cell tower and our cell phone signal at home is decent, I think we can drop the landline too. Yep, this is the end if the year and it is time to review spending. I already dropped a couple of subscription services this week. For lunch we'll have some leftovers. I tried a new recipe from Vegetarian Times this week and the results were very disappointing. Problem is, I made a ton. The rest of the afternoon will be spent preparing for the holidays. MIL is arriving on Monday and I stocked up on "meds" to make the visit more bearable.
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Old 12-20-2014, 03:27 PM   #15865
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I went to a Holiday potluck party at my Italian teacher's home last night. Weirdest party ever. She sent out an email at about 3pm stating it was starting at 6:30 instead of 5pm. Ok... I'd timed the bagna cauda and fresh bread to be warm/ready to go for the 5pm time... But I adapted.

Then when we got there she wasn't there. There was another student (from a different class) saying the professor had gone to the store. This poor student had been there since 5pm since the professor hadn't emailed her class with the updated time. The teacher finally shows up at about 7:30. In the meantime I was glad I'd brought the dip/crudite/bread since that was the only thing out for the attendees to eat. (Another student brought a really good pasta dish - but didn't want to serve it till she arrived.)

I guess I shouldn't have been surprised... We had "social" outings for the Italian class (meet at an Italian restaurant, or at a cultural festival, etc.) She was late to the dinner and festival I attended - and on one of the dinners I didn't attend she sent email out 30 minutes before it was to start stating it was postponed 2 hours.

Oh well - lesson learned.... Plan on a very late start with this teacher and social events.

Today I've been cleaning house, doing laundry, and surfing the net. Nothing exciting.
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Old 12-20-2014, 03:34 PM   #15866
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Cabin fever, so I got out and looked at new guitars at a couple of music stores.. Guitar Center was packed..I was the only shopper in our locally owned music store, where inventory looked pretty bleak. Hope they are not waiting for Christmas to be over so they can shut the doors...

DW and I picked up stuff for fish and shrimp tacos tonight.
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Old 12-20-2014, 05:33 PM   #15867
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Explored about five acres of my camp which I have not seen before. Mounted cap on pickup bed for the winter.
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Old 12-20-2014, 06:07 PM   #15868
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I'm going to a Christmas party tonight. Sure does take a lot of time to get ready...don't remember having to do this much in the past. But I think I'm good to go. Hmmm...I did have spinach tonight, so I better check my teef one more time before I head out the door.
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Old 12-20-2014, 06:09 PM   #15869
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I was installing a little decorative fence/gate system to keep the dogs out of the side yard. I was driving in a small (6 inch long) 4 vane spike that the fence support would fit into. All of the sudden, whoosh! Water and sandy mud shooting everywhere. I ran off to find the house shutoff, but no good. So I left DW sitting on top of a 5 gal bucket trying to keep the water from going everywhere, while I ran around the block to find someone who knew how to turn off the irrigation system main. Got that done, probably only lost 2-300 gallons on the 5 minutes. DW was soaked, but was a pretty good sport about it.

That's one thing I miss about being up north. The water pipes and such are all buried about 4 inches below the surface down here below latitude 26. I've cut my irrigation lines more than once, but this was the first time I hit a main.

Other than that, took the 4 dogs to Walgreens for a shot clinic. Got them all up to date on all their shots and meds. It wasn't cheap, but it was a lot cheaper than going to the vet to do it.
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Old 12-20-2014, 06:34 PM   #15870
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Today I went with DH and our daughters to see two of my favorite college basketball teams-- Villanova vs. Syracuse. It was an exciting game and we even got some free basketball (overtime). After the game we had burgers at a bistro and watched the first half of the Eagles game. Watched the third quarter at youngest D's house before driving home, listening on the radio to the disappointing ending. Now I'm settled in next to the fireplace, decompressing.

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Old 12-20-2014, 07:22 PM   #15871
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Drove up to our favorite mountain town to hang out for the next 3 days. DH and DD will be skiing tomorrow. I am still recovering from the flu last week so I will be happy if I can manage a walk outside tomorrow, or maybe a very easy snowshoe.
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Old 12-20-2014, 09:12 PM   #15872
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Not today but yesterday...

The DW took off w+rk so we could go get our 'retiree' military IDs. After that, we went to a restaurant that I frequented often with cow+rkers. It's not very close to the house, so thought this might be the last chance to enjoy it for a while. Of course since it's close to the plant, there were lots of employees there and I couldn't help but hear the moaning and groaning of the w+rkers life. I couldn't help but smile a little bit....

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Old 12-21-2014, 04:28 PM   #15873
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Pharmacy, gym and grocery store. I have to spend another $6 at the grocery store before the end of the month and then I'm up to 50 off per gallon on gasoline. They've learned - the limit used to be 30 gallons but now it is 25, probably because of people like me. I take several 5 gallon cans in the pickup truck and fill those too to make sure to get every one of those 25 gallons.
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Old 12-21-2014, 04:36 PM   #15874
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Fixed the busted pipe from yesterday's incident. Now my back is sore. Bending over and twisting around in a hole is outside my normal range of movement. Normal is more like sitting on the sofa with the laptop and remote.
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Old 12-21-2014, 04:57 PM   #15875
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Wonderful day at the beach, pool and lazy river at my resort. Made some new friends too.
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Old 12-21-2014, 05:49 PM   #15876
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Watched the Texan's beat up the Ravens. That was enough to do.
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Old 12-21-2014, 06:53 PM   #15877
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......... I take several 5 gallon cans in the pickup truck and fill those too to make sure to get every one of those 25 gallons.
Sounds like something I'd do.
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Old 12-21-2014, 08:19 PM   #15878
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I was recruited last minute to help make pizza for the local Legion kids' xmas party. The good news is we used frozen pizzas from Deli Boy food service instead of making them from scratch. I had a few slices, not too bad tasting.

I saw Santa, Mrs Claus and a very well dressed Elf hand out toys. The kids were well behaved.

And...besides many thank-you's from the Legion Auxiliary ladies, I got 3 free beers from the bartender for helping out.

I was able to watch the last quarter of the Jets-Patriots game after the food duty was over. Amazing that my Jets only lost by 1 point.

A miracle in itself! Maybe its because I had my Jets fan Tshirt on.
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Old 12-21-2014, 10:31 PM   #15879
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Spent pretty much all day looking for a password manager program and then when finally finding one that I like, inputing a lot (about 150) id and password information from my old program to the new one. A good way to spend the entire day and evening
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Old 12-22-2014, 12:15 PM   #15880
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A few days ago I had the pleasure of watching many of the Texas state high school football championships which were played in "Jerry's House" (Cowboy Stadium). Nine championship games were played over a three day period, and all were televised on one of the Fox Sports channels. Thankfully few of the games were blowouts and some were straight from a scriptwriter's imagination on the "Friday Night Lights" TV series, especially this one:

A team tragically loses one of its top players in the offseason. The team dedicates its season to its late teammate, wins 15 straight games to get to the state championship [stops the bus on the way to the championship game so all the players can visit their fallen teammate's grave] and then trails 25-7 at halftime. That team then [rallies around the memory of their deceased teammate at half time and] shuts out its opponent [scoring 28 points] in the second half and rallies for the win.
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On Saturday we took our annual trek down to the San Antonio River Walk for the TubaMeisters Christmas concert. Good stuff...
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