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Old 03-08-2016, 09:48 PM   #561
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Old 03-09-2016, 08:15 AM   #562
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One of the things I love most about weekends in ER is no more weekend chores!



Yesterday, Saturday, I performed my usual two hour wake up over coffee and my Kindle HD, then spent almost three hours at the gym doing cardio and yoga. Lunch was spent at a restaurant with a room full of Lifelong Learning friends listening to a terrific jazz ensemble made up of a group of retirees now all in their 70's. Afterward we spent about two hours walking around and checking out the new shops and restaurants that have opened here in the last 12 months or so. Meandering about like this, is something we never, ever would have felt relaxed enough to do during our working years, a fact upon which my DH even commented.



We ended our afternoon jaunt-about with some free wine tasting at Total Wine, then spent the evening at home enjoying a terrifically smokey chipotle chili I made earlier in the day, followed by My Left Foot via Netflix.



Today, Sunday, I've spent the morning reviewing and doing Spanish homework. Now I'm off the gym for an hour, before cleaning up and heading out to lunch, followed by a live production of The Miracle Worker. Dinner will be at home - honey soy glazed salmon, brown rice and roasted asparagus.



The kids and grandkids arrive tomorrow, so we are enjoying our little weekend calm before the storm.

With 52 work days left this sounds like Heaven! I love this thread. It's getting me over heartbreak hill on this marathon to the finish line in June.


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Old 03-09-2016, 01:38 PM   #563
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One of those inexplicably depressing moments today.

I bought something for $8.47 at a local store, and handed the cashier a $20 bill, a quarter, two dimes and two pennies.

It was almost painful watching her stare fixedly at those five coins in her hand, brow furrowed, concentrating hard, trying to calculate how much they added up to.
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Old 03-09-2016, 02:37 PM   #564
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Today I'm feeling very thankful that I was able to ER last year.

This morning I went for a run around the lake at a nearby park. It was warm, the sun was shining, and the birds were singing. After lunch I ran a couple of errands-- very quick compared to if I had to do it on the weekend. Now I'm sitting in the sunroom, still enjoying the wonderful weather, and watching the ACC basketball tournament.

A year ago, I would just be leaving the lab and starting my hour-long commute. Life is good!
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Old 03-09-2016, 02:57 PM   #565
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Just had a piece of very unexpected, very good news, so I'm celebrating with a special bottle of beer.

Some here will recognize this cap and realize that my news was very good indeed.
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Old 03-09-2016, 03:10 PM   #566
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One of those inexplicably depressing moments today.

I bought something for $8.47 at a local store, and handed the cashier a $20 bill, a quarter, two dimes and two pennies.

It was almost painful watching her stare fixedly at those five coins in her hand, brow furrowed, concentrating hard, trying to calculate how much they added up to.
I get that same feeling, it's one of the reasons I stopped paying for inexpensive purchases with cash.
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Old 03-09-2016, 04:33 PM   #567
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Gym day, minor grocery run on the way back, and buy a new starter battery for the 33" walk-behind mower. I'm a bit disappointed the last one only lasted three years.
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Old 03-09-2016, 05:13 PM   #568
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I did something very boring, but I'd been putting it off: ripping CDs. That explains why I've been on this site more than usual today

The good news is I can "disposition" the CD's now.
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Old 03-09-2016, 06:35 PM   #569
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One of those inexplicably depressing moments today.

I bought something for $8.47 at a local store, and handed the cashier a $20 bill, a quarter, two dimes and two pennies.

It was almost painful watching her stare fixedly at those five coins in her hand, brow furrowed, concentrating hard, trying to calculate how much they added up to.
+1 I frequently do similar things and it is appalling how it throws them off, especially if I hand them a 420 and they key it into the register and then I come up with the change. Ugh!
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Just had a piece of very unexpected, very good news, so I'm celebrating with a special bottle of beer.

Some here will recognize this cap and realize that my news was very good indeed.
Must be pretty good news... I googled it and someone on Ebay is offering just the cap for $8.99.

Beer Bottle Crown Cap St Sixtus Trappist Westvleteren 12 Quad Belgium | eBay

Did you win Powerball or something?
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Did you win Powerball or something?
Just as good.

Got a phone call that went something like:

"Hi, I'm Soandso from Doctor X's office. We just got the pathology report on your biopsy."

Pause. Objectively, about half a second. Subjectively, a week and a half.

"Everything was negative."

I felt that I deserved a reward.
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"Everything was negative."

That's definitely worth a nice reward. Congratulations on getting things checked, and getting a good result.


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Must be pretty good news... I googled it and someone on Ebay is offering just the cap for $8.99.

Beer Bottle Crown Cap St Sixtus Trappist Westvleteren 12 Quad Belgium | eBay

Did you win Powerball or something?
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I felt that I deserved a reward.
Yep, I'd say you definitely did!
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Great news, braumeister. Hope you enjoyed the celebratory beverage.
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An excellent beverage for excellent news!


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It's negative are some of the best news you can get ! Have a second beer !
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That is indeed outstanding news!!!
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Just as good.

Got a phone call that went something like:

"Hi, I'm Soandso from Doctor X's office. We just got the pathology report on your biopsy."

Pause. Objectively, about half a second. Subjectively, a week and a half.

"Everything was negative."

I felt that I deserved a reward.
Woo-hoo!!! You sure did! Time to celebrate, for sure! I'm so happy for you.
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We become great uncle and great aunt today.

We have nieces and nephews married and as old as 40+, but this is the first child born to that generation. There has not been a baby in the family for quite some time.
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