Thursday, November 30, 2006

I went shopping today

It is nearly noon. Mom is on the phone in her office and I am not doing much except for checking emails and forums for various news items pertaining to the Kevin Sorbo fandom. I found one that I posted to a few forums but I discovered that Kevin Sorbo and the very troubled Tawny Kitaen worked together before the Hercules movies. They both were on Santa Barbara together. I am not sure what kind of response it will get but it would be fun.

I got some laundry done and fed the cat around 10:30. It is cloudy and chilly. There is some talk there is snow coming next week J I am waiting for the snow.

I am waiting for Dave to come and get me I suspect it won’t be until maybe 1.

It is now almost 11 and I am heading to bed. The afternoon was some what successful and fun even though Dave and I got on each others nerves. First of all he would interrupt me when I was in the middle of talking about anything. I was asking sales rep at Macy‘s about the card I hadn’t gotten yet and he just started to speak for me. I really annoyed. I was explaining to him about my experience with the phone message at customer service and he interrupted me again. I finally told him if he interrupted me again I was going to scream. WTF!

Anyway, we had a lunch at the food court (I was not impressed with Johnny Rocket) then went to Borders and then walked to the other end of the mall stopping at Diva Kidz and then the pet store. We stopped FYE and then went to Macy’s Then JC Penny’s and Sears. We finally ended up at Target.

We got home around 6:30 and I ate and called Liz. She annoyed me royally. Among the conversations was a family matter. I asked her about it. She told me I should have been told not to discuss it and she out and out called me nosey. You goddamn bitch! You have the gall and audacity to tell me you are tired of judgmental people and you then tell me I am NOSEY? SCREW YOU. You can express opinions about any situation but I can’t? I did explain that Jim asked Bob about it at the thanksgiving table and Bob said very little except “it’s no one’s business and shouldn’t be discussed”. Well Jim explained to me what had happened.

She did say it was wrong of it being discussed and then turning around and implying that “I know more and you don’t and you can’t handle it”. Anyway she filled me in on more details and I told her I wouldn’t say anything more about it. I had already told Dave only because he was a friend.

After getting off the phone and having my little vent session I got ready for the meeting. I got there a little after 7:30. I said hello to a few people among them were Tess and Mike, Keri who discussed my bowling scores, and then of course Rich Smith who congratulated me on becoming the secretary.

After a while the meeting began and we had reports and guest speakers who spoke on their adventures of opening a business here in Milford. It was a long discussion and started to get a little bit boring. For one thing the couple kept interrupting each other while they spoke. It also didn’t help that I could hear a few others chatting on the side about stuff. A few cell phones went off as well. Nice. During the question and Answer session one of the guests got loud to Phil Vetro about getting a contractor. I thought that was rather rude of the man. I can tell you right now I have no intention of going to that man’s establishment after this. You don’t do that EVER. After the meeting I stayed and chatted with a few people and then headed to Roberta’s.

The cat was happy to see me. I think she was acting out because I could see the litter box had been tipped or something a whole lot was on the floor. I had cleaned it up earlier today. So I fed her and was going to stop and clean it up but decided to do it tomorrow.

It was quarter of ten by the time I got home I had been surfing the net and checking emails and got notification that someone left one of the groups I moderate. I just sent an email asking if she is okay and if there is anything I could do.

In another of the list this girl Heather announces she is leaving the group because another piece of spam came through and is just ragging on the moderators and owners. I posted a reply and asked why are you making a big deal about the spam? All you have to do is just freaking report it as spam and block the email address.

Mom got home a while ago and I showed her the gift for Jim. It was 16 pc dinnerware from Target and she liked it. She also felt 11 am is too early for lunch. I really wish she would mind her own business too.

Okay I am now going to bed. I am way too tired and I was having problems bending today. I made the mistake of telling Liz that and before she could ask I told her I was taking my meds.

Good Night,

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

I was busy today

Well today has been very busy for me. I got up surfed the net for a bit and then got ready to go feed Junior and go to the bank. I got my hair done around 10:30 and it looks nice. I will get Mom to take a picture of me if you all like.

Then near lunch time I got a call from Keri Rowland. It was in regards to the bowl-a-thon and my new position of Secretary for the 4th District. The 4th District meetings will now be held on the 2nd Thursday of the month. I am really excited.

I also went and did some practicing for the bowl-a-thon Mom was having doubts I would be able to do it. Which I thought was kind of rude. She had been at the office dropping some tickets for Tess off.

Before heading to the alley I stopped at Jennie’s to see if she wanted to come along. Unfortunately, she wasn’t home so I headed via route one to the alley. It was 1 pm when I got started and nearly 3:30 when I finished. I played four games and I think did pretty well. The scores were 160, 130, 129, and 140. Mom asked me if that was good. I thought so.

I got a call from Dave he will be back in town around 12 or 12:30 Depending on how long it takes him to get to Trumbull. He wants to pick up stuff from that mall for Patrick and his Dad.

I was just watching the news. People in the city are calling for voluntary curfews after several shootings took place in the last thirty six hours. Aldermen of the city are calling for it. The mayor and Police Union are not pleased with it but there are city forums going on tonight and tomorrow and on December 1st. They want to hear from kids 20 years and younger. I guess the curfew is from 10 pm to 6 a.m. unless they are with an adult or at a religious event.

What did Yahoo do to their TV page? I guess they are going beta and it just isn’t the same I don’t like it. You can’t really do any searches and it’s awkward. Sigh. Oh well guess I will have to use either or TV

Jennie called a little while ago we are going to try and go to Mohegan next Wednesday. I told her I would check my schedule.

Well I am going to check more emails and forums and journals….I will see you tomorrow.

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

November 28, 2006

It is now after 10 am Tuesday morning. I have been up since 8 and have already fed Junior and had a snack. I also left my id badge over there as well. I will go back and get it when in a while once Mom leaves for her meeting.

I found some boxes of Christmas cards to write out. That gives me 64 people to write for now. Mom suggested that I don’t mail them out until the 10th of December. I am not sure if I will do that. Right now these are for family. If and when I get more I will get them for neighbors and local friends. The pen pals will be getting newsletters.

Mom is getting ready for her meeting and won’t be back for a while. I am not exactly sure when she is coming back.

Well good news I found the id badge. It was in the car. It was on the side of the seat by the door. I didn’t see it when I got in and drove all the way over to Roberta’s. I found it when I was getting out of the car when I got back home.

Well I better get to the Christmas card list so I can get these cards ready to be mailed.

It is now quarter of 7. Mom is at her Bridges meeting and should be home in about 20 minutes. She got home around three.

It is after 9 and I have been surfing the net and listening to the music station from Ohio. It is mostly jazz music. I have been trying to find restaurants in Wallingford to meet Mardi but there doesn’t seem to be any.

Got a call from Jennie tonight she wants to go to Mohegan tomorrow but I can’t. I emailed her through I did offer next week but I also explained that money is rather tight.

Now that it is after 10 I am heading to bed.

Monday, November 27, 2006

November 27, 2006

Well it is the afternoon now. The sun is trying to fight through the clouds. It is according to 54 degrees. There is a definite chill in the air. It’s nice. Even though I told Sylvia it is very weird.

The day started out what I would call rocky. Mom criticized a few things I did and didn’t do. They blew over but it was getting on my nerves. Mom is going to be ironing and then doing paper work I guess.

I fed Junior and cleaned out her box and the surrounding mess she made when she was digging at the kitty litter. After that I went to the post office and ran into Dave. We pulled in to the nearest parking lot and chatted. We are making tentative plans to get together but he will call me Wednesday.

The rest of the day I split my time between watching TV, and going on the computer and having Mom correct me or bitch at me that wasn’t done right. She asked me to empty the big wheel barrel in Flauscher’s yard that had water in it. I did but it wasn’t standing up right. I fixed it.

By then I had started getting a headache and it really hasn’t gone a way. It isn’t as bad and hasn’t caused me to yak just yet but I suspect that too will come. I didn’t have dinner but I did have some cookies and ice cream over at Roberta’s when I was feeding Junior.

I got a letter from Jeanette Viers. I will try and write her this week. I may even write some more of my pen pals.

I have to find some of the Christmas cards I have so I can do my cards. I know I don’t have a lot but it will be a start.

Sunday, November 26, 2006

What is with people today

What is with people today? The 14 people at bingo were difficult or I should say a few of them were difficult. Mom was annoying me today and picking at almost everything. She wanted to know exactly when Jim replied to my email. I had told her I had a response from him in regards to the envelope of stuff I sent. She acted like she couldn’t remember. She insisted I wash my hands after using the chlorine bleach and continued to explain why when I said I already did.

I saw Liz this evening and we had a venting session. She was very upset that Mom treated her kids like crap. In between we are talking about the party. Nelson made some comments and he made sense. Then when we talked about menus he kept interrupting. Liz pointed out I was getting annoyed. She seemed like she was going to point out everyone else’s flaws.

On the way home noticed the traffic on I-95 tonight. It was terrible. I avoided it like the plague. I got home shortly after that and Mom was already home from her session at the mall. They moved her table for the CPAC and so she had to walk a little bit more.

I added a few more of my email addresses to split my lists today. I also noticed I was down to 57 when I logged on. I have my journaling lists on my regular email. I have my Kevin and entertainment emails on I am not sure I will like that that mail program sucks. I left my pen pal lists on the address and moved my pen pal ones to that as well. I also joined two more groups that Nicola opened up.

Oh Liz mentioned to me that she didn’t like me writing in Blogs. She has seen some and she feels I am opening myself to being hurt by people. She started off saying “it’s not my place to...” but she didn’t tell me I forbid you to write them. I told her I could make them all private.

This is going to be a short entry today.

Saturday, November 25, 2006

My saturday

It is almost 4:30 and I have been up about an hour or so. I have been reading my emails from the groups and answering them as well. It seems some people have left Liz Crasten’s list because of the way things are handled there. These same people have opened another forum in which I joined. However, I am going to just watch how things are done because one of the owners I think is the Tricia (the nice lady who thinks she can talk to anyone she wants to the way she wants to) and they all bitched about how they were spoken to. I know I am probably being stupid here considering I am waiting to be approved for this group but it’s the “whole pot calling the kettle black” scenario that was playing out on the list anyway.

In another one we talked about Thanksgiving. What we have for desserts and how the day went for some of us. One woman found a mouse in her laundry room. Yuck.

I finally got to sleep and woke up again around 8 but dozed until 9. Mom was up doing some stuff she showed me an article about a glass house dealing with wild turkeys. This place in New Canaan was built by a respected architect and apparently is considered to be a masterpiece. Here is some info I found this morning. The article talks about their solutions.

I heard from Mardi today via my Kate's Diary she says her mother’s surgery has been cancelled and says she will be in Wallingford on Friday. So we will be meeting for Lunch.

It is now after 6. Mom is at church and I have been to Roberta’s to feed Junior and to do some snacking. We have been home from the party since 4. The party was really nice and small. The food I liked. Having Mom tell me to slow down was very annoying and she better not do it again.

Right now I have a little headache and I think it was brought on by the frosting on the birthday cake at the party. It was way too sweet. I am going to have a piece of pie and perhaps go to bed. I am so very tired.

It is almost 9 now and I am still up and a little headache. Mom came home around 6:30 and put some candles out and lit to get rid of the honey smelling bacon smell. She got into her pajamas and sat down to watch TV. I decided to eat the left over shrimp and have a piece of pie.

The rest of the night had been watching TV. The first hour of Titanic is just finishing up. I was also listening to Show tunes on line. It was pretty good. Heard stuff from Cats, Fiddler on the Roof, and of course West Side Story. I also heard stuff from shows I didn’t recognize.

Well I am off to bed…see ya in the morning… (smile)

Friday, November 24, 2006

I am exhausted

It is after 7 and the house is quiet. Jim and Kids left around 6 after we spent the last 8-12 hours in a whirl wind of activity. I woke up this morning around 7. I made sure the rest of the garbage was out and I sat and watched TV. The kids started getting up one by one.

Liz called around 8 to invite us all to go to Cromwell to see Stephanie and the babies. Chris was working in West Haven not far from here. All of us except Jim left here around 9 and picked Liz up and then in both cars drove up to Cromwell. The girls and I drove with Liz and we played some games on the way up. Jamie rode with Mom. I think it was around 11 when we arrived. The kids got to know each other and the rest of us got to hold beautiful Audrey Elizabeth. Mom was a little cranky but we discovered she wasn’t feeling that well. Mom had told me on the first leg of the ride (to Liz’s) she had fallen down in her office last night. She bruised her leg and knee again.

We stayed in Cromwell for a couple of hours and then headed home. Liz and the girls and I made side trip to Cousin Danny and Sheila’s house before hitting home. Rich and Chris were working on the house there. We didn’t stay long. When we finally got back to the house I think it was around 2. We had lunch. Soon Liz left for home and we hung out.

After a while Kristina and I went for a walk and the others stayed here. Mom went to the bank and Jim just started getting things together. Around 4 or five, Mom and I took the kids to Jesse’s Toy store for an hour and the kids got some toys. We then came back here and they left. They also left several things behind. I will have to collect them and bring them with me if and when I go to see Jim and the kids. Jim says he will have to see what his schedule is like first.

Mom and I got into our pajamas and had sandwiches, and have been watching TV and me reading stuff online. I was trying to read what other’s thanksgivings were like. Some were low key stuff and some were of memories with family.

Tomorrow Mom and I will do some light cleaning and gift shopping for a birthday party we have been invited to for tomorrow afternoon. It is Doris C’s birthday party and she will be ninety. Her family is giving her a surprise party.

I might go to bed early. Right after I pay some bills.

I will see you all tomorrow.

Thursday, November 23, 2006

Thanksgiving 2006

It is almost 9 a.m. and I am sitting here with my lovely and beautiful niece Kristina. They got here last night around 8 and I am really excited because the girls slept in bed and Jamie slept with his Dad.

We had waffles, bacon and eggs, toast and muffins for breakfast. Mom made it and it was delicious. Later on Liz stopped by for about an hour and we talked and chatted. Mom was getting the turkey into the oven but she managed to hear things. Things WE didn’t want her to hear.

I just noticed I hadn’t written since Monday. Anyway, Tuesday and Wednesday was training for Nina and Daphne who came back helped me. I didn’t get all that I wanted done but I am hopeful the girls will do it for me.

Tuesday night I went to Dr. Martin and had a nice visit. He just reminded me to get my yearly well being check up with Dr. Spanolias. On my way home I stopped at Shop Rite on Cherry Street near Liz’s. I wanted to buy the refrigerated pie crust so I could snack on it and I was really close to getting it until I ran into Liz. We talked and shopped for about 20 minutes and then I left. I was kicking myself for not getting that and running into Liz. She had told me she got an email from Jim saying he wasn’t bringing the kids. That sent a panic through me and when I told Mom a little bit for her. She had been at a meeting and I was vacuuming the house and I told her about it. She called Mom and then called Jim. Jim said he was bringing the kids.

Wednesday we got ready for Jim and the kids. I was doing odds and ends and Mom was cooking. Mom then sent me out for ham and cheese (it was expensive) and ran into Susan Calovolpe Muir. A woman I worked with at Yale nearly five or ten years ago. We got caught up. Unfortunately I was making Mom nuts. Jim and the kids arrived around 8:30. They were all excited and staked out their sleeping assignments and did various things. The two girls slept with me. Jamie fell asleep in the blue room with Jim. Mom cooked until 1 am and then went to bed.

I am not sure how sleep I got but it took awhile for all of us to get settled down. It was fun because I haven’t had both girls sleep with me for a long time. It was “a tradition” as Emily said that she and I would bunk together. We could hear the rain and wind for most of the night.

Yesterday was also the day I added my Iwon email to the groups so I wouldn’t be bouncing. I am still clearing out all the emails from there that I was saving. It’s okay.

When we got up this morning Jamie was helping Mom make breakfast. Emily started waking up after I did and then Kristina. Eventually we all made it downstairs. I think it was about 8 or 9. Jim followed shortly afterwards. We had lot of stuff waffles, eggs and bacon, muffins and toast, and juice.

Liz stopped by around 10. The kids were really excited to see her and she them. She showed us some cute thanksgiving cards and then we went downstairs while the kids were annoying each other. While Mom did some cooking for the dinner we chatted.
Liz left around 11. I had showered and dressed earlier and did some Internet surfing. It was just about that time when I called Bob and Ethel’s place. The kids were anxious to see them and the Legos ® stash they had.

We went over there around 12 and stayed until 3. Bob and Ethel offered us soup and stuff and while the kids played I had coffee and watched a few Doris Day movies. Ethel and Diane did some mother daughter time and Bob was working on his computer. Robert Bob’s youngest son came over before we left. He was looking good. John Henry called while we were there and he is okay. We left around 3:30 or so and got back to the house by 4.

The kids played and Mom continued to cook (the turkey wasn’t cooking the way it should have been and it really didn’t get done until 8). We started to eat after 5. By then Bob and his family came over.

It was a great dinner even though a few people annoyed me. Mom was critiquing her own cooking while we were eating. I hate when she does that. I almost said something until Jim told me not to. Earlier Mom was getting on my nerves as well. Bob snapped at me for something I wanted to tell him to go fly a kite in the rain and wind. The girls were playing around with the pillows. They were told to stop. The kids had been really playing around at the table which annoyed me because you just don’t do that (playing with the glasses).

After dinner was over Diane who literally just returned from South Africa was recovering from jet lag. She fell asleep on the couch. Soon Robert was asleep on the chair and then later got up and played with Jamie and the Legos ®. Bob took his place in the chair and fell asleep around 9. Ethel read a book on the couch. Jim was reading upstairs and the kids were doing the Legos ® or watching TV. WE all helped clear the dishes and now Mom is almost finished cleaning the kitchen. I put the garbage out front.

Everyone started for home around 9. The kids were told to put their pajamas on. Jamie got hungry again and had another ice cream sandwich... He was told a couple of times to go wash his hands from it. Mom got a little harsh about it. Each of the kids is some place. Emily is watching a Disney movie, Jamie is with his Dad and Kristina is playing beside me with the Legos she got from the raid.

I was going to take the kids to see Happy Feet but it just got to be too late. I don’t think I will be able to tomorrow. Liz wants us to go to see the babies in Cromwell. J Liz did invite Jim but he told her they would be on the road tomorrow. We will see what happens tomorrow.
In the meantime I am going to set up my pseudo bed and get ready for bed. I am also going to check the forums…

Monday, November 20, 2006

Well Monday is over again. It went by really fast but wonderfully. Today I was training Nina to be my back up. She was wonderful! I felt calm and not nervous because it was basically self explanatory and she deals with the different insurances as customer service rep fro the Medical Group. She will be back tomorrow.

I barely got online today because I was busy and the fact that Nina had sat at my desk. I can’t remember anything sticking out to me so it must not have been very important.

Miss Daphne came back today from her few days of sick days. She helped out as well. It was great. I was able to get letters folded and have more to do. She says she is still in some pain and waiting to hear form the doctor.

I called Mom today and she told me my picture was in today’s Register. Actually it was my backside and it was from the Pie in the sky baking session we had yesterday. It is on B1 local Section of the New Haven Register. I was also quoted. Cool. That will go into my journal Envelope.

I got a lovely thank you card from Diane G today for her wedding shower gift. It is a lovely card from a lovely girl. I am putting that in my folder too.

I left the office and got home shortly before 4:30. Mom was at her meetings and I was planning on vacuuming. First though I decided to have dinner. It was the left over spaghetti from last night. There was a lot. I also watched TV and looked over my mail.

I found a collection letter from Sovereign Bank today. It was because of the payment that I didn’t pay until last Friday. If Mom ever saw that I would be in trouble. Luckily I mailed that out on Friday night. This might have missed it in the passing. I also received more credit card applications and they are heading for the garbage. I am also going to toss the collection letter as soon as I log it in.

After Dinner I started the vacuuming. I used the vacuums that we have stored up here for the upstairs. I didn’t like the green one too much so I used the other one for the rugs. The green just didn’t seem to pick up very well. It was repaired a few weeks ago. At least the upstairs is now vacuumed. My bed room looks much better. I got up really early and put the papers in the various envelopes and will get them sorted at later time. I even got the bed made. I think I was finished by 8.

I feel terrible. Jennie has been asking for a list of pen pal groups to join and I am not entirely sure what exactly she is looking for. I can’t remember what I did with the list I had made for her and even if that’s the one she wants. She left me some phone calls and some messages on yahoo 360. I will probably look trying looking in the drawers sometime next week. I won’t be able to until after the kids are gone back home.

Apparently another fight broke out on Liz C’s list over this girl who admitted to an affair with her dentist and people have been giving her advice and info (I gave it about the HiPPA) apparently it got out of hand and threats were made and its just a big old’ mess.

Mom came home from her meetings around 10. She is exhausted and in her pajamas. I told her everything was done and she could tell and complimented me on it. Now I am going to bed.

Sunday, November 19, 2006


I was dozing in my bed around 7 this morning and heard an awful racket. I knew they were crows and looked out my window and saw the reason they were making the noise. On top of the tree there was a hawk. They were dive bombing it to get flying away. It nearly took them fifteen minutes they would land on the tree next to it and above it. It just flew away and now there is silence. It flew closer to store. I was going to try and look for it with the binoculars but the trees probably would have shielded it. Mom slept through the entire thing. I heard either Pam or Donny next door take off. They were probably awake the entire time.

Mom finally got up around 8:30 and went downstairs to read her paper. I am not sure if she is going to Madison today or not. Reason because is so close to Thanksgiving maybe Father Whitson went away for the holiday.

What a day! Mom got up and I told her about the Hawk and crows. She seemed to be somewhat disinterested in it. When I was getting ready to leave I was talking about things for the day and she acted as though I was intruding on her. Well guess what fuck you.

I got to bingo around 9:15 and Natalie was there already. She was working and Steve was sitting there. I noticed a sign “In Loving Memory of John D”. It was one of my bingo residents who had stopped coming to bingo and would only come infrequently. I asked Natalie and she said he died on Monday. The residents were a little restless today as well.

I left there a little before 11:30 and headed home and checked emails and freshened up. Mom was still at Mercy Center with Father Whitson. I left short before noon to head to Telka’s. I stopped for Gas and then was on the road again.

It was a matter of minutes by the time I got to her house. I saw some wild turkeys by the Girls and Boys Village. When I got there some of the girls came and Ronnie, Lucille and I think Betty and some of the new members. We spent the next three hours peeling, cutting and measuring and filling and baking. The biggest and best part was seeing Miriam, Roberta’s daughter. She was slim, short hair and soft spoken and occasional cuss word.

I had to go pick up some more apples so that the remaining pies could be made. I drove to M&M Farms near the Merritt pkwy. There were probably other ways to get there but this was the most familiar to me. Once I got back we did some more cutting and then we it was time to go. I made a call to Mom and then left. I had put most of the utensils that mom let me borrow in the car except one.

I had left one behind and Mom got pissed. I almost lost my temper with her. She had been on the phone and she got damn snotty with me. When I got back she started in on me I really wanted to tell her to fuck off. She was insulting me and telling me to “keep my wits about me.” On the way back to Telka’s I was screaming until I was horse. She also started in on me about the jam. Who the fuck are you to tell me what I can eat or not eat? She criticized me every goddamned chance she had. Whether it was about the food I ate today (and later she had the gall to suggest I have bread putting if I was hungry tonight. (I decided to not eat much and told her that she got me to thinking). I did have it though.

She even had the nerve to ask me since it is the end of the weekend is my room in order. First of all you goddamned bitch my room will be in order by the time these kids get here. You ever fucking walk in this room there had better be a fucking search warrant in your hand to give to me. You have a moral and legal obligation to honor MY Space.

I am about this close to saying that all bets are off. I even found myself saying by the first of the year I would move out. I am so goddamned tired of her rudeness and abuse. She tells me I am abusive. She was listing off the damn doors I left open. Well you lazy slut shut the damn door yourself. I wasn’t fucking finished with the god blessed dryer.

I even told her what is wrong with me? I seem to not be able to do anything right..and do you know that deceitful little witch said “its been all week”. Let me try talking to her like that. She would have me thrown out.

I think it’s time you got a damn lawyer. I can’t wait until this week is over. I am also not going to give into “what are you doing for your vacation?” or “you should do this.” It’s None of your fucking ass business bitch.

Saturday, November 18, 2006

November 18, 2006

It is quarter of 8 and I have been up only a short while. I did strip the bed to change the sheets and then decided to go online to check emails. Mom is still in bed. I am going to do the room and stuff like that.

It is after 9:30 and I am not doing very much right now except updating my checkbook excel. Mom is in taking a bath and will be starting her day soon. I have one load of laundry drying and will be doing more later.

Mom left around 10 to go to the CPAC fundraiser preparation meeting. This is the day they are putting together the box raffles (the small gift boxes) and its probably going to take a few hours and then she is going shopping.

About 11 I got mail from Jim Amann (D) for a holiday party. In other words (at the bottom of the invitation it says) suggested contributions $250. I would love to but I have other priorities right now. I am tossing that one out.. I also received an invitation to attend an Alumna tea with Ms Sullivan of Linden Hall School for Girls to be held on December 8, 2006 in NY. Unfortunately I don’t think I can make it.

Mom came home from her day around 3:30. I had been watching TV up in her room for short time but I helped empty the trunk. She says they really ddin’t finish the project with the boxes and then she went shopping. She has been looking around for little table decorations and couldn’t find any.

We had spaghetti with the whole wheat pasta and it was delicious. We watching Glob Trekker on PBS and this week they did a segment on Beirut. It was really very lovely and nice.

Around 6 I got ready to go to the movies with Jenny I planned on picking her up at 6:30 and we will go see Happy Feet which is at 7.

The movie was adorable and the cinematography was great. They mixed animation with live and it was great. I wouldn’t be surprised if the movie got some awards (Hugh Jackman did excellent as Memphis). As we left the movies I saw Betty P from the Woman’s Club with her friend. They had just seen the same movie earlier. We talked and then we left. Jennie needed to go to the store so we went to Stop and Shop. That didn’t take long and then I took her home and I was home by 10.

When I arrived Mom was in her pajamas watching 48 Hours Mystery on CBS. She was tired but I had a feeling she was annoyed with me. She said she was just tired so I am going with that.

I am going to get to bed myself I need to get up early and want to put some of this stuff away.

Friday, November 17, 2006

I was so frazzled today

I am so glad today is over and I have the weekend to do the things necessary. I was a so frazzled with myself because I had so much to do it and so little time left to do it. Gloria who was in a state of agitation for quite a while did most of the morning work so that she can get use to it. Unfortunately she got confused a few times of what she had to do. She did take notes over the past several days and she did refer to them but she was bitching saying “they expect you to learn this in a certain amount of time” “They are harassing you to expect that you should hand out every piece of mail. After lunch Gloria had to return to her own work and I finished opening the mail and taking care of the bad addresses and still worked on some of the readdress mail. She asked me when Nina was to join me and I looked at her and told her for the umpteenth time that Shirley will probably sit in the office with her and go over it a while. That’s about the time Caroline piped up and said “She better not ask me where stuff goes”. Caroline was dealing with some stuff in Registration and getting ready for her wedding in about a month or so. I felt a little better when I left.

On my way to Debra’s this woman walked by and I could see this little head peering out of her jacket and it was a puppy. She saw my reaction and smiled I gave her my soda can and she gave me her dog. We walked to the corner and we talked. It was an adorable little thing. We went our separate ways and I headed to Debra’s. I was a little late getting there because I saw a couple of other beautiful dogs and was admiring them as well.

When I finally arrived we sat down and I talked about the frazzled feeling and how the week had gone at work. We talked about how the week went with the family and I told her I got the cute outfits for Jason and Audrey. I also told her of the plans for the party for Mom. The discussion went from there to Aetna (had they sent anything as of this writing she hadn’t heard anything but I just checked the website and I think they are sending her the check). I also talked to her about the Kevin S fandom. How there is a thread on there picking out the positives of the movie that recently aired on Lifetime. A thread in which I feel is really unnecessary because there was a discussion thread already in progress and granted there were some views of disappointment but not of his performance. Basically it sounds like they want to coddle the man. That he should never have to read or hear negative comments. I am here to tell you. If he couldn’t handle it at this stage of his career he is in the WRONG line of work. After the session I headed back to the car and headed home.

When I got home Mom was at her computer checking emails. She had been grocery shopping for the week and holiday. She told me a story that she heard from Jim today. He told her Emily had a report on bugs at school and she wore the lady bug earrings I gave her last year (I think) I thought that was sweet.

I checked my phone messages and found one from the bank. It was about the car payment. I was a few days late so I told the very nice lady when I called I would mail it out tonight. I was a nervous wreck.

I also heard from Jennie she invited me to the movies tomorrow night to see Happy Feet. She called back later on in the evening and we made plans to go. We also talked about how Marc was feeling as well as her Aunt. Her Aunt had fallen and was not being cooperative about going to the hospital. Let’s hope she does go to be checked out soon.

Before Dinner I had some snacks and watched TV. Mom started getting dinner ready around 5 and I caem upstairs and watched part of the Last Chance Café Movie on tape. I got changed and we eventually had dinner.

After dinner I got the book put in the gift bag and got the car payment ready to be mailed and headed out to Liz and Nelson’s. I had no trouble getting there and we chatted for about 45 minutes and then I left and they had their dinner.

When I got back home Mom was going back out to do some more shopping and decided to do some channel surfing. TV Land is airing the Star Trek franchise. The computer was burping at me. It was also doing the virus scan and seems to be okay right now.

I am heading to bed right now and I plan on getting up real early to do my chores. Get rid of some old papers and straighten the room and then when Mom gets up vacuum.

Thursday, November 16, 2006

November 16, 2006

I found two emails in my mailbox from the beginning of the month one was from April A for Write a new pal day and the other from Bruce B to sign a petition for Amnesty International for the petition they currently have in Regards to holding people without charging them with a crime.

April’s email had my new pen pal I had to write. It was from November 1. I had no idea it was there. I would imagine if that’s one of the groups I messed up on then my name went on one of those bad pen pal lists. I had no idea it was in the mailbox. My new pal is I sent her a quick email to say hi and to apologize.

While emptying out the mailbox tonight I saw some more emails but I deleted the rest of them. It is now filling up with more emails. I joined another pen pal list that Nicola invited me to join. I have until Saturday to fill out the survey or whatever she called it.

Today was another day of letting Gloria work by herself. I thought she did pretty well. I did manage to get annoyed with this girl named Pat (who works for Pattie M) and she can be thick headed. When she was saying “do I take this stuff?” that was found in the tray for Pattie I explained to her what it is. She replied to me “I don’t know this people”. She said it like three times. I told her if she said it to me once more I was going to lose my temper. When you say something like she did it was a wall telling me wasn’t going to listen. That is how I explained to Gloria and Caroline. They seemed to understand.

We had a shower for Diane Giordano who remarried her husband this past month. We had cake and soda. She received lovely gifts too.

I managed to get online for a few minutes and there was a thread started by Rayhana to be a cheerleader for Kevin. Apparently she had a little discussion with someone else who felt the last Chance Café Thread discussion would be discouraging for Kevin so they wanted to point out all the positive things about the movie. My question is why? Luckily someone had the good sense to remove it. I suspect I know who she had the conversation with but she wasn’t letting on. I say the man is nearly 50 years old and has been in the business for nearly 20 years if he can’t deal with criticism from his fans then he is in the wrong line of work. Not everyone piece of work he will be in is going to be blockbuster. I mean the next one that’s for SCIFI channel have some of his fans already said they will watch it for him but they don’t expect it to do anything for his resume.

While I was doing the post office run with Jennie I ran into Roberta. I introduced her to Jennie and we talked about the club, activities for both of us and stuff in general. We left and headed back to Jennie’ house and I came home.

I called Liz but I later found she had gone to a wake. I called her to see if she would like to see the stuff before it got wrapped. After I made the call I checked my own phone messages.

For the first time in months I got a phone call for that old lady Irma. I just rolled my eyes and deleted the message. I know not making sense here I am starting to get tired) started watching TV and got dinner.

Liz called around 7 and we talked and agreed I could come over so I had gotten everything together (except for the book) and headed for the door when Mom came in the door. We talked and I gave her the phone messages that came in for her and I left.

It was starting to rain as it had been predicted –not heavy but it would be later. I got to Liz and nelsons. Liz was working on her computer and I went in that way and showed her the clothes and we talked. I then went up and talked with Nelson. He was so tired. I was there an hour total. We wrapped (AKA put in a gift bag) and we rapped about stuff in general. As I was leaving it was starting to rain again. WE said goodnight and I headed home.

When I got to the highway it was raining hard. It went to showery rain by the time I got to Old Gate Lane. Mom was asleep in the chair when I came in. I came up stairs and spent a lot of time on line.

I can still hear the wind not sure if it is raining but I am just going to check some emails and stuff. Then hit the sack. Mom is still watching TV.

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

November 15, 2006

Today I worked one on one with Gloria. Gloria did most everything on her own and occasionally asking me and trying to grasp things that I was telling her. I found myself a few times ready to bite her head off and she knew it. We would talk about the feelings and it really was great. I kept saying if I don’t train you right then I wouldn’t be doing my job right. Both Gloria and Caroline who had been filling for Daphne both said that I can’t worry if I did it right. IF I just do the best that I can then that’s all I can do. They both reminded me that each person grasps things differently.

Near the end of the day some stuff hadn’t been finished so we will be doing tat first. I am thinking that Daphne will be coming back tomorrow. She really hasn’t been feeling well with her neck (I suspect that’s the reason she wasn’t here today). We also talked about the current issues with the six employee terminations that occurred last month. We agreed that what they did is stupid but they should have been given a second chance.

It was way after four when I left and I was really running late to meet Jenny. I finally got to her house by 5. I was so hyper that it was funny. I had two cups of decaf coffee earlier in the day so I would be surprised if that was part of the problem... I was telling Jennie about the day. Our first stop was a Dollar Store on Bull Hill Lane by Staples. She got some things for a box swap. We talked about our families, work, and pen pal stuff in general.

After we finished at the store we headed to Staples. We got a few mailing packages for Jennie’s swaps. We were not there long. I think it was after 5. Once we finished there we headed down route one (not my favorite roadway). It really wasn’t bad this particular time. WE made it to Baby’s R Us. I stopped at the Customer Service or reference desk (for a lack of a better word) for advice. The women there were excellent. I told them the ages of Audrey and Jason and they gave the sizes I should get for them. The first thing we saw was one piece shirt with “My first thanksgiving” on the front for 0-3 months old (it’s a shirt that snaps at the bottom. That was $8 and the cutest thing ever. Jennie saw this two piece set for Jason It has a Snowman and teddy bear walking in snow. That was for about $10. All in all I think we did pretty well. As we getting to leave the store we ran into the Carey’s. We were talking about the babies.

Once we finished chatting Jennie and headed back to West Haven and to Arbees. I think it was after 6 by then. We went to the one on Route 1. It was so busy. Jennie had the Chicken Cordon Bleu sandwich with fries and soda and I had the Corn Beef Reuben with Mozzarella Sticks and soda. I was stuffed by the time we left.

I took Jennie home past the house to see if Mom was home and she was. It was then I should have realized I should have called to let her know when I would be home. I dropped Jennie off and came home. I think it was 7 and Mom was eating dinner. I showed her the stuff I bought and she loved them! J Mom suggested I could put the clothes in the big envelopes from the Post office with a note and get them off in the mail. I just smiled and said I am planning on taking them up to them. That’s if they are still up there. You see I was not sure if they had started to move out of the house yet. That’s when Mom told me the sale of the house fell through so they are still up in Cromwell. Ouch. So in the next couple of days I am going to get up there and bring these to them. I called Liz and nelson to tell them about the clothes but they were not home. I will call them tomorrow.

Over the next few hours I put the garbage out and got into my pajamas, watched TV, checked emails and emptied out some of them. I see my email is bouncing again. Sigh.

There is still a discussion on “Last Chance Café” movie. Some of them were noticing many differences from the book to the movie and how certain things were not really fleshed out. I hate to tell them but some stuff may have been extraneous.

Now that is 10:30 I am tired. I know Mom is asleep in front of the TV downstairs. I am going to drink some more water (Reuben’s do that to me) and check the forums and then go to bed.

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Another Day of Training

Today was another day of training for Gloria and Daphne. The first things I had them do were the charts and then they switched off for the lockbox. They did the same thing for the post office mail. Daphne was getting a little frustrated and I thought I would lose my temper with her but I didn’t. I made sure I was patient with them. We broke for lunch by 1 but because the time was getting late I did the charts. Then I showed Gloria and Daphne the bad addresses. I had asked Shirley earlier in the day if we could have the girls not do the bad addresses and leave them for me. She didn’t want Gloria to be upset by the volume of it. That’s how I explained it to Gloria she didn’t really buy it but anyway they will only do the normal bad addresses and not the extra stuff (like the postage tallying).

Daphne left at 2:30 and showed Gloria what I do with the postage tallying and the “no address vs. new address” AKA special project. Shirley says that the girls will not have to do it while I am gone and I can start that back up when I return from vacation. Gloria and I spent time on how to do the postage tallying on the spreadsheet for math figuring. That took some time and I am sure I didn’t get it exactly working but it got me to thinking how to apply it to my checkbook here. I did show Gloria what about the readdressing the mail for the doctors etc. It was after 4 when I left. Shirley had left earlier.

I went to see Ann and found Dave S knelt at her desk (and I jokingly said at her feet) which made them go a little yakked. Then someone came in and Dave said he was doing a Monica Lewinsky. THAT someone else had said that’s disgusting (apparently their mind went way over there). As Dave was explaining this all to me I must have had one of those speechless looks on my face because Ann was sort of daring me to say something. I couldn’t. I booked. I ended up leaving after 4.

I headed to Jennie’s house to pick her up unfortunately she wasn’t home. I hadn’t realized until I came home that she had returned my earlier call to get together this after to take her shopping. Jennie had asked me in an email/reply to a journal entry. It was after 4:30 when I got home.

I had thrown the VCR on to watch the movie the Last Chance Café and I watched it a little bit and then Mom came home. I think it had been after 5 by then. She had a late meeting and so got dinner ready. I watched Most of the movie by then and was put off by a few of scenes. In one he had to fight a guy (wasn’t much of a fight) who was his best friend and the best friend thought he was going after the guys wife. I had turned it off but turned it back on and it turned out alright. Then of course there was the one love scene. Which I am pretty sure everyone loved but as I told Rhonda (before I saw the scene) how I felt when about the unseen love scene and reminded of the whole “Dharma and Greg episodes where his character was interfering with a marriage.

She understood what I was referring to and she said there was one love scene. I told I would let her know what I thought of all of it once I actually saw it. I did shortly after watching it. I basically told her I thought it was good. I even said I think the whole “stiffness “of the other actors were their characters having serious trust issues. Even though they said they trust each other.

Mom and I had dinner and had a good discussion. Bob had called before dinner and they talked about coming for Thanksgiving so part of the conversation was about what to have that day and how many to set up. We even talked about the news that Lieberman wants to join the Republican Party. (Can we say Asshole?)

Now that it is after 10:30 I have been doing laundry and watching a little bit of TV. I saw a little of Gilmore Girls, Jaws, and the tail end of Selena. I am now waiting for the last two loads of laundry. One is in the dryer and I am waiting to start the other dryer.

I did make the call to Natalie today about the Gift Delivery for Mediplex and provided dates that we would like to them. I had to leave them on her voice mail because she wasn’t around. I couldn’t remember the telephone number at first and finally had to get my address book out.

I called Tom W to ask him when the next car insurance payment was due and he told me in December I should be getting a statement. After that was done we talked about our families. His mother wasn’t feeling well recently but is getting better. I told him about Mom having pneumonia and other health issues.

I started to toss out some of my old pay stubs from 2004. I don’t think I recorded them in the log sheets but I may not have to…

I am actually not going to do much more tonight because it is getting late.

Monday, November 13, 2006

A good Monday

Well today went really well. It went by fast too. I got to work a little after 8 and just did some letter folding and took care of the charts until Gloria came to get trained. Shirley also came in and asked Daphne if she knew she was going to be trained today. She just gave a quick “if there are any questions you can put them in a container and we can look at them after” meaning if while I am on vacation (not necessarily today).

I had a late lunch from Paula’s it was good a chicken wrap. Of course I had dessert tiramisu. But I was still hungry when I got home. I did have breakfast but that wasn’t enough.

It rained on and off all day and is now pouring out again. It is supposed to do this all week long.

Oh I had the coolest experience this morning. I received an email from author Linda Lael Miller. I had read her blog mentioning that she had lost her Uncle and I sent her a sympathy email she thanked me. It wasn’t a big flowery email but it still was cool none the less. Her Book “The Last Chance Café” is airing on lifetime tonight. I have the VCR set up to tape it but I don’t know if I can actually watch it with this remote on the downstairs TV. It starts in about 1 hour and 15 minutes. Linda is really excited that this book was made into a movie and of course she is in love with Kevin Sorbo (she’s got great taste in men).

Mom got a phone call from Bob today. John will be home in December. The whole unit is coming back to Fort Benning GA. Mom seems to think there will be a big Ceremonial welcome home at the Fort.

In the last couple of hours I spoke to Telka. She needed the address to Greg Smith to find out about other things we can send along in the care package. I had promised it to her over the weekend but I got sick. So I sent it to her tonight and hopefully she got it. We also talked about how things are at school. She told me some interesting stuff in regards to tenure.

I also spent some time checking out blogs and found out that Sorbonut has one. I sent a message to Mardi and Rhonda and told them about it. It has mostly poetry and just one mention of Kevin.

The movie has been on for 1 hour and 8 minutes and has 52 minutes so far. People have posted that it is pretty good so far. I am hoping to watch it tomorrow night if I can.

Mom is watching something on PBS in between the dozing. If she decides to come up stairs before 11 I could probably catch part of the movie.

I have heard from Nicole (Jennie’s friend) she posted a quick entry and I replied to her. She answered me back a little bit ago and I told her I was fine and that John was coming home next month.

It has stopped raining again. It is pretty quiet except for the clock ticking and my heart going.

Well I think I am going to post this and go to bed. I am starting to get a little tired and I need to get up some what early so I can be at work on time.

Sunday, November 12, 2006

Soggy Sunday

It is after midnight and Mom has fallen asleep downstairs. How I know that is because I went downstairs to get some juice. I could hear the football game going on the TV. I came back upstairs and watched TV. I got online again and checked emails. I think I am going to go to bed and get some sleep.

I have bingo and church to do today and vacuuming. I am hoping I can get some shopping done for the Jason and Audrey. I have been putting that off for so long. After that I need to start thinking about Christmas. I have an idea for two people right now.

Well I just went online and read some friends journals. One was of Michael Martinez view on the recent election and political fair tat took place as well as how he faired in Seattle in the recent flooding. I had no idea that happened.

Mom went to bed around 1. I am thinking of going downstairs and having some bread. I really don’t want to though. I need to move along and pay some bills that I haven’t paid yet. I better just go to bed. I have to be up in another 6 or seven hours for church and bingo and my chores.

It has been a few hours and I got some sleep until 8 am. I got up and got ready for the day. I had 12 people for bingo and a new player who was a bit gruff at first. It all worked out and played until 11:15 actually. I stopped and talked with Claudia Murray about things in general. I told her what going on actually I was told Betty S that I was in the dog house with Mom. It was quarter of 12 by the time I got home and had breakfast and started deleting some emails and vacuuming. I am almost done with the upstairs. I just have to do my room.

Mom is not home yet and it is 1:30.I have no idea where she is and if she can’t have the common courtesy to at least call me then why should I care. You all may think I am being disrespectful and quite frankly I don’t give a shit. Respect is both ways. She is constantly telling me how to do things and in an attitude that is inappropriate. She is constantly telling me what her opinion is and how I should react or behave. I am goddamned 44 years old.

Mom came home around 2 and I was still doing the vacuuming. I finished around 3:13 and Mom has been looking at recipes for dinner. We are having peppers. The air is tense but we are talking but not about what happened. We probably won’t for a while because Mom doesn’t believe she has anything to be apologetic about.

I see that Sorbonut has popped up on the SF-Fandom Kevin Sorbo site. It’s like a monthly thing with her. I would love to know what happened at the Dragon Con.

There seems to be a few people annoyed with the fact that Kevin was not mentioned in the various TV books in local papers in regards to the “Last Chance Café” They apparently consider it a snub. Of course there wasn’t a picture in the TV listings for the New Haven Register.
I haven’t really done very much tonight. Between reading the emails and the forums and watching TV. Mom is downstairs watching PBS. Prime Suspect 7 (and the final one) is airing tonight. It should be very good she has always liked this.

I think it has stopped raining for now. It is very windy. I am going to check here to see what the weather forecast is. After a while I think I am going to bed.

Tomorrow I start to train a few people for my job as back up. I am a little nervous. I am not the best trainer in the world either.

Saturday, November 11, 2006

Veteran's Day 2006

It is early Saturday morning and the sun is shining. Mom is downstairs reading the paper and will be going to get her flu shot shortly. Today is Veteran’s Day. It is the day in which we honor all Veterans of the wars but especially of WW2. Usually when it is held during the week schools have off but one school in either Seymour or Shelton had a service for them. Most banks are closed. The Post office was closed yesterday in honor of it.

In about two and half hours I will be joining several of the girls club and women’s club members and honoring our local vets at the nursing home with some music, poetry reading, and flag folding ceremony and a moment of silence at 11:11 am.

I had some breakfast and made my bed and now have certain things I am trying to hold on to and organize on the bed. It had to wait while I got ready for the service. I made sure I made a call to Greg about holiday cards to be added to the next care package being sent out.

Mom and I got into another mini fight because she couldn’t god damn keep her insulting mouth shut to me. We had been talking about the dems mike had sent out an email to for clean up. For 8 this morning and from last night. We started talking aobut taking notes (as secretary) and I thought they wree great suggestions she had then I made the goddamn mistake about mentioning the talking at the groups. I told her I had gotten Robert’s rules off the net and I was saying that in those rules it says no one can’t talk on the same subject twice before anyone else has said something. Then Mom was saying how htose are just guidelines and that each group tries to follow but can develop their own sense. WTF? I walked away and Mom got pissed and told me I made a face too goddamned bad bitch. I don’t happen to agree and I didn’t mumble. I told her to stop telling me what I did do. She says we won’t talk you act like a child and I told her to shut up. That was a mistake now she is acting like a fucking child…

It has been several hours now and I am heading to bed early. I really don’t feel well. I had gotten a headache and it nailed me after I did the service. It went well. WE had a lot of people. When I got home it was after 12. Mom was out shopping. I went to lie down and around 2 or so I puked my brains out.

I just watched tv for the rest of the day. I had felt better and then had some toast. Now that I am sitting trying to write this the headache came back.

Friday, November 10, 2006

The weekend is here

Well today went well. I did get some lockbox which after some serious consideration expected it since the bank was open and the post office not. I managed to get everything I needed to get done. There are a few letters to be folded but will have to do it Monday.

I found out that Caroline Williams will be getting married sometime soon. What great news. She is looking for places for her wedding right now. I gave her a hug and wished her well. There was a collection today for Diane G in her recent wedding to her Tony. I wasn’t able to contribute because I didn’t get to the bank in time. This is the second time around for them. J

When I left the charts hadn’t been picked up yet. I called just as I left for the day and spoke to “Brett” and he would look into it. I don’t know if they came after that.

When I left for the day I just walked to Debra’s office. It was windy and sunny. I didn’t see any signs of the movie sets around town like I did yesterday. I even asked a cop on the way back and she said she didn’t know.

The session with Debra went well. We talked about my week went and basically I was tired. How uncomfortable I was when I thought I messed up at work this week with the charts.

I didn’t have much trouble driving home. The only problem I had was the sun glare like the morning drive. I am wondering if I should wash the windows tomorrow before going to the service.

Mom was sleeping when I got home. She got up around 5 and said hse was only asleep for an hour. She needed more because she was freaking annoying me. I don’t care how tired you are. You don’t talk to me like that.

We had dinner and then she got ready for the literary club. I started to watch TV and now I am going to try and toss some papers out or something.

Well I guess gave its members the option to switch to Beta. I am in the process of doing that.

Found out today that Jack Palance died he was 97 I think. He played Dracula and a cowboy in his early career and he was also the host/narrator of the early version (1977-1880) of Ripley’s believe it or not.

Thursday, November 09, 2006

November 9, 2006

It is almost 1 am Thursday morning and it is still raining out. Mom is in bed and reading a book no doubt. She has been there since midnight and reminded me that I had to go too.

Yesterday was a good day and very busy. I was able to get a lot done and need to do some more stuff later on. The bulk mail and the readdress mail needs to be worked on a little more. I also did some tossing of old papers. I will do more of that today as well.

It rained all day yesterday but was in the high 50’s. I was pretty warm through out the day. Daphne wasn’t though so I called Shirley and asked her to have it realigned again.

I tried to call Mom a few times yesterday but the voice mail picked up. She had spent most of the day on the phone. She finally called me back around 3. We talked about dinner but I also had to tell her about Lee Tamas who is the Registrar of Milford. While overseeing the election on Tuesday Lee suffered a mild heart attack. I had read about it in the CT Post yesterday and contacted Tessa. Everyone knew about it but forgot to say anything to me. Mom seems to think I was told that night I wasn’t.

All day long the election results were discussed. As I expected Jodi Rell retained her position as Governor of Connecticut. Joe Lieberman is returning to the Senate Floor in January. Chris Murphy will be going to Washington. Chris Shays will be returning to DC as well.

Here is the list (according to MSNBC)


Jodi Rell (Rep) 709,987 votes (63 % votes).

US Senate

Joe Lieberman (CTL) 562,850 votes - 50% of the votes. Ned was close by 40%

Actually I saved the webpage but you can go here for the results. I am way too tired to list them.

The biggest shock is the Donald Rumsfeld resigned as Secretary of Defense. They were talking about it on the radio on the way home from work and of course through out the night.

Before I go to bed I was checking emails to make sure I get the ones I need and want. I am going to do a mass delete later on. Now though I need to go to bed.

I was just heading to bed when I realized I hadn’t finished writing.

Today was a long day. I was exhausted and not feeling well. I almost messed up on the charts. I checked one as being received when I didn’t and that was the second time this happened. I managed to get caught up on the collection letters and worked more on getting rid of papers that I don’t need. I have to still sort today’s rejections and work on the readdress mail and the bulk mail.

WE got paid today instead of tomorrow. I will be able to pay out many of my bills. Yeah. I am concerned that I didn’t get my car insurance stuff and I think its been at least a month. I will have to check with Tom tomorrow.

Jennie closed out her site because of this chick named Journey who should leave well enough alone. She said some insulting things to Jennie and leaving it on her blog. Please don’t tell me it is “Freedom of speech” and that the woman (snort) had the right to say it. NO she didn’t. As a result Jennie has a new one.

I didn’t do very much tonight. Watched TV, had dinner, and threw some papers out. I finally got to see the Last Chance Café promo and man I can’t wait to see it. I don’t know how I will concentrate on Monday.

Mom came home around 7 and had her dinner and is in her pajamas and checking emails. She will be going back downstairs to watch more TV I think. Tomorrow is a quiet day until she leaves for the Literary club meeting.

She did remind me to get the room in order before the end of the month. I was doing that but I don’t think I got very far.

I don’t think I am making much sense right now. I am so tired and can’t keep my eyes opened.

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Election Day and Night 2006

It is 9:48 and the election returns are filing in. As I am heading to bed it looks like Jodi Rell has won her bid for re election. John Destefano did a very good turn out. I don’t think Mr. Lamont did well though.

I got up around 6 or 6:30 and got ready for work and to cast my vote. I was out the door by 7 and to the High School a short time later. I said hello to my friends and I saw Sylvia and Boppie. I walked through the corridors with the other voters and passed the office. There was a wall of pictures of Teachers. Some of the pictures and names I didn’t know and some I remember their names and was shocked to see what they looked like now from when I knew them. It was too funny. I ran into Keri R on the way out and we walked to the where everyone else was standing. I left and headed to work.

I was at the office by quarter of the hour. Ann left me some work to do and a voice mail reminder about the collection letters. I copied the check and delivered it to the finance office and got the letters and started on them until Mike came with the charts. After they were done I worked on the lockbox. I also did some more of the letters through out the day I still have a lot more.

We had a fire drill around 2 pm today. It was kind of silly because we will all given assigned meeting places and we all met up across the street from the building at TK’s. There were some complaints but that’s okay.

I left at 4 and headed home. It was getting dark and I think there was a power failure because the lights at Long Wharf were out. When I got home it was raining a little. Mom was just coming downstairs to relax before going back out to the city hall. We got to talking about politics and stuff within the party. I can’t remember most of it now but what she was saying really didn’t make sense to me. Basically boils down is there is some petty shit going on and I won’t stand for it. I believe Mike should put a damn stop to any BS that could be going on.

Anyway, I got to watch TV for a bit and then I left around 5:30 to stand at the polls. I went form the side door where everyone else was and then to the front. It was misting through out the evening. I got to see some friends and old acquaintances. I mentioned the picture to the Boxwells when I saw them they laughed. Gayle was there and so was her husband. I saw Win Smith and of course Rob Serrano.

It was nearly 5 of 8 when I left. I stopped for gas and then went to the headquarters. Said hello to people and got some snacks. There was way too much food and of course I ate too much. No soda though. J Lots of pizza.

I stayed until after 9 and after Mom came in. She was telling Tessa some stuff she had told me about Lieberman (could he become the next Secretary of State?) I said my goodbyes and came home.

Mom came home 20 minutes after I did. She turned on the TV. She did tell me that Tess’s friend in Stratford (Mooney) lost and poor Tess broke down and cried. I will have to see how she is.

With all my Kvetching last night about Mike he said to me that he didn’t like the fact that we hadn’t voted on the new secretary and that he doesn’t believe Claire C wanted it and that it should go to me. We will see what happens.

In the mean time I am going to ask Mom if the final numbers have been announced and then I am going to bed.

Monday, November 06, 2006

I am very cranky

I am so glad the day is almost over. Well it will be as soon as the emergency district meeting is over. Mike Brown emailed and called us to tell us Bruce B doesn’t want to be chairman anymore. As a result MB will be voted in. I am also getting the fleece jacket from LG.

I did not go to sleep until maybe three. The next thing I could hear was NPR’s Morning Edition on the radio. It was 6:50 in the morning. I had to rush around like a crazed woman and get showered and dressed. I had a few minutes to get on line and then was out the door by 7:30. I had stopped long enough to make sure Mom was up for her meeting at 9.

There was frost on the car so I had to make sure it was off. Well it wasn’t off all the way but enough so I could drive. It had melted away by the time I was in New Haven. There was also a major accident by KFC (not the chicken place).

I got to the office by 8. I popped in to Shirley’s office and did my morning gripe and then got over to my office. Daphne was already there. I started on the collection letters and then soon the charts and then the rest of the daily stuff. Around 10 I went downstairs to get coffee two large cups and some Danish. Paula comes up to me and says hello Kate. I turned to say hi and she had her son Matthew in her arms. He was absolutely beautiful. She was glowing. She is a very happy woman. I met her husband too. Actually I believe it’s her boyfriend but the father of the baby.

The rest of the day I did the work. Got most of it done except for the rest of the collection letters and I need to sort and deliver the rejection piles to the teams.

I got home around 4:30 or so. Mom was dozing in her chair in her office. We talked dinner and the fact that my answering machine was dead. We found the other one that Donny let us have. It is now hooked up but to it is very difficult to set up the clock. So I decided not to do it and to go watch TV.

After a while came back to do some writing and checking emails. Then we had dinner. After dinner I wanted to relax instead I got on here to write and to check emails. It was ten of 7 and Mom was asleep in the back. I woke her up and then I left. She had to pee.

I made it in record time. Phil Vetro was right ahead of me when we arrived at the Clubhouse (a fact mom forgot to mention to me until we were leaving the house). A Number of people were there including Bruce.

Soon the meeting started and more people came. We took the vote and discussion about Mike becoming Chairman, and Bruce explained his reasons. As usual doing the whole fucking god damned meeting people were chatting. Even Tess said something. Mike said it’s alright. NO IT’S NOT GODDAMN IT. He even made a phone call right at the table to find out if a neighbor had a wheelchair that could be used. At least Jess had the courtesy to leave the area. Of course we didn’t need to hear the damn conversation. At one point while someone was talking Mom was saying something to someone else and I had to tell her I want to hear what Tess was saying. Several times while trying to get volunteers for coverage tomorrow Mom was trying to tell me to tell them I am doing a shift. Fucking mind your own goddamn business woman. “Does Tess know”? I asked her and she nodded. I think Keri saw me. I don’t fucking care.

The discussion on secretary was tabled so that Claire C could be present. This is how it should be. Jess offered to send me the codes for the website etc. Tess suggested she send it to mike.

After the meeting broke up I went to Phil and asked that at the next meeting he bring up the side bar conversations be stopped. He said you noticed? Of course I noticed! I would have to be stupid not to. I event thanked Tess for her effort to get people to stop... Then we discussed her feelings of Dick R. She doesn’t agree with him politically and neither does Jess.

It was quarter of 8 and I headed to the Headquarters. Dick R was already there. Linda G was there as well. She really pissed me off. IF you recall I wrote last night that she had called me to meet her at HQ to pick up my new fleece Jacket and pay her. As you know I went and I waited for a bit and didn’t see her. Well she says tonight she was there but in her fucking car. “I didn’t see you”. Well if you had been INSIDE the goddamned HQ you would have seen me. You made me waste my time, and my gas. That fucking pissed me off. She had been in the car talking with one of her friends. Don’t ever waste my time like that again.

I was talking to Beverly’s Husband who had been at the committee meeting for a brief moment about the side bar conversations and he tells me “well you can’t stop that... That’s the way Milford is...” I told him we will have to disagree on that. Oh flipping joy. No wonder there are so many problems.

The good things I did find is I won’t be alone standing at the polls. Several people will be there with me. Damn good.

On the way home I was talking to myself and saying if this kind of garbage (the side bar conversations and disrespecting of my time and energy etc) continues I will not tolerate it.

If anyone hasn’t guessed it yet I am freaking cranky beyond belief. I am going to bed. As it is I want to get up very early and go vote before work.

Sunday, November 05, 2006


Oh not again. We got emails on the lists that a girl named Seana Duckworth had died. She was on many lists and this is the second person this week we found out had died. Actually I am not sure if the other one had been confirmed. Of course I posted that we need to be certain of this because someone had posted another pen pal had died and there are questions as to the validity of that claim. Apparently Norma T is alive and well (the validity of that claim went right out the window) I went and checked the Fort Worth paper and there it was. I feel so stupid.

Well I am going to bed…I am tired and starting to feel yucky.

It is almost 7 in the morning and I have been up since 6:30 I am checking emails right now and responding to a few of them. The sun is trying to come out but I don’t think it will be successful. I will check later. I had some really weird dreams. The first one I was in old buildings (like in New Haven) and it was a school like setting. The second one I was with Carol E on a cruise ship or Hotel. I also remember talking to Aunt Rosalie saying they have had a fire.

Today went really well. I had 12 players and Natalie was there as well. She did her paper work and did some visits. A few of the residents were getting on my nerves with their comments about any of the others or perhaps me. I didn’t make it to church... I did go at 4:30.

I am trying to get my room cleaned but slowly. Mom’s pestering me about it. In my effort to be organized I recorded documents in their appropriate document logs and then tossed them. ON some things I even notated the reasons.

Jennie called late in the afternoon and I told her about S Duckworth. It turns out she is a pen pal of Jennie’s. Jennie told me that Chris McCann emailed her and was so upset that she didn’t know what to do.

It is almost 7 and I am now still working on the computer and trying to get rid of papers. The system locked up when I tried to clear the documents. It wouldn’t move. As a result I had to turn off at the tower and reboot. I lost the documents but that’s okay I had to redo them anyway.

Well I am going to go and pick up my fleece jacket at Dem HQ. Linda called me tonight and said it’s in… ;)

Well I went to the HQ and the only person there was Liza. As she was leaving the building I told her what I was there for. I then realized from talking with her that Linda meant tomorrow night. I called Mom and told her. She said that’s why I said to listen to the message. As we were leaving we confirmed that I would be at Foran HS for the poll greeting. I also found out I will be there by myself. Greta changed her time…Great.

I have spent most of the time home tonight going through emails. The discussion about who hacked Norma T’s account and left those messages is strong. Most of them were how grateful they were she is okay.

I am not sure what’s going on the journaling lists. It was basically life situations and some sharing time. I seem to remember some poems and stuff like that being posted.

I also saw the LHOTP “Home Again episode. I hitnk they are getting close to the end of the series and then air the movies afterward and then start from the beginning soon.

Saturday, November 04, 2006

Saturday doings

I got a call from Jennie last night. Marc accidentally stepped on her bad toe and they were afraid they may have re-injured it so they wanted directions to Milford Hospital. I don’t think I was any help. At first I told them to take the highway then I told him to take Ocean Avenue all the way out past my house to the center. I haven’t heard from them yet. It is still early but I will email them or post to Jennie’s blogs.

This morning I made my “to do list” and the schedule for the next two days. I also got to the laundry. I am waiting on a few things to dry and then perhaps get more stuff done. I have been also online reading emails and answering a few of them.

One girl name Mary Ann needed advice or to vent. Her husband took off to be with his siblings for a game and just apparently didn’t ask her or even call her back after she called him. I personally think she is being an idiot but the others are blaming the guy. I mean he could have called her back but I don’t know the whole circumstances.

There was another girl named Jodie (not sure if it is the same girls I know) who thought it rude of a pen pal to say “I don’t want kids”. She asked if we thought it was rude. Most who have answered said no. It depends on how she said it.

Angela on her list asked some short quizzes that I answered and found them to be uncomfortable. What one word describes my father? How was the relationship between my siblings and myself? Are you friends with your cousins? How did Alcohol and drugs affect your family both now and when you were younger. I answered them but it felt as though I was giving too much info and I am not usually worried about that.

On another list someone posted the reason she was writing a book. It seems she was molested by her brother when she was a kid. A couple of other girls posted they had the same thing happen to them. It made my skin crawl.

Well I can start writing out checks now. My check order came in the mail this morning as well as the MFCU statement. Cool.

Today is Jim’s Birthday. I am going to send him a card. I don’t want him to think I missed his birthday. The way things have been for him lately.

The clothes are still drying and I am waiting on them. I am beginning to throw some papers out and hopefully it will be okay.

It is after 6 and I have just finished dinner while Mom is at the Destefano and Lamont “Town Hall Meeting” at the Democratic Headquarters. She should be back in another 45 minutes.

Donny came by to help Mom with her computer and then asked me if I wanted a Ghost Image made of my system/computer. It took may be an hour or so. W also tried to do an update to IE 7. It didn’t completely work for what ever reason. I will give it a try some other time. Mom’s computer is running a little faster now. Donny removed some programs that were not being used or needed.

Mom went to the store while all this was going on. When she got back it was pretty much all done. Mine was finished probably by 4.

Jennie is going to be okay. Has to take some antibiotics for a few days and soak it. (That’s how I understand it) Marc has been a real sweet heart taking care of her. J

Well I am going to read some other journals.

Friday, November 03, 2006

Thinking about Thanksgiving

Today I decided that I would do all that was necessary to prepare for Thanksgiving in three weeks. I told Mom that I would take care of the house cleaning, preparing the table for the actual day.

The computer was acting a little weird. As though it froze a few times and wouldn’t move and I resent when that happens.

Now as for the Thanksgiving plans I told Mom what my intentions were and I think it pleased her. I think I might have to make a list (elsewhere because who the hell wants to see a boring to do list?) We are not sure of who will be here but I am guessing Jim and us. Mom hasn’t asked Bob and Ethel yet but I think as the time gets closer she will. Once she does that she will start making a menu. Roast beef will be the main course I believe. We are probably going shopping at Costco for some of the basics for the dinner as well as for the house.

Mom ended up going to the pre election party and I am not sure when she will be back. I am guessing probably by 9. I found my picture here today. I nearly died. Tuesday night I will be at the headquarters from the time I get home until the numbers are counted. Then we party…

Today went well. I was able to get most everything done. Still have more letters to fold. I got those this morning. They will be able to go out Monday. I still have a number of readdress stuff to deal with but again that will either get done this week or by the time I go on vacation in two weeks.

I had a great session with Debra today. She noticed that when I tell stories of situations in which I get angry I may handle it at the time but in the telling I get angry. I don’t think I am really explaining that very well but that’s pretty much how it came out. We also talked about finances. If what I spent was a comfortable level for me. I told her ye.

I talked with Liz today. She slept late. Her knee has been bothering and she doesn’t know why. She was very impressed with the way I have been sending the addresses from Mom’s address book. We also talked about what to get Audrey E as presents. Liz suggested I get soy milk formula and diapers. She suggested I go to baby’s R Us. I can do that sometime tomorrow. She did tell me they are still in Cromwell.

I know it isn’t really late but I am getting tired and so I am going to close out for now and check some more emails and then get going with the laundry.

Thursday, November 02, 2006

A Girls Night Out

It is after 10 and I will be heading to bed soon. Today was good despite the fact I wanted to stay in bed because it was raining... It had stopped mid day. I got to work on time and the garbage was out as well. I had the printed pictures to give to Jennie when we met up.

I was able to get a lot done. I have the readdress and the rest of the letters from Angela to do. However, because Daphne and Carol will be moving tomorrow I need to make sure certain cabinets and drawers are empty for Daphne’s use. I did mange to empty a few of them today but there is certainly plenty more to do.

I did manage to update the birthday list and hopefully will get to do more tomorrow. It is a short day for me so I must make sure that everything is done that needs to be done.

Lee Ann and I were talking today. Some of the topics included the gift contribution to Shirley. She urged that I only contribute five dollars and nothing more. I told that in the past we have exchanged gifts. She was adamant. I did tell her that Shirley had caught me on the internet. She said were you on break…and I said I was clearly in the wrong. She just reminded me to do right by it. We also discussed the fact that Daphne was moving into my office and we discussed is it for my back up. She again urged me to ask. I did and no she is not.

I left the office by 4 and got to the car shortly after that and picked up the garbage and it’s in a bag in the back seat. I drove to Jennie’s house and it was about 4:30 by then. We went to the post office and then to Chili’s for dinner. We had started off with the awesome blossom and then we had our main meal. Jennie had a cheeseburger and fries while I had mushroom and chicken fajita. It was incredibly filling. We didn’t have dessert.

We talked about pen paling, and work, and family. She heard from Nicole whom we met during the spring and had a girl’s night out. Nicole is going to school in January in NY. She has already met a guy and it sounds serious. J

After we ate we still had time before the movie so we came back here. Mom was just getting dinner. Bob C had just left and you could smell the fresh paint in the back. Mom said he was supposed to come back and reset everything. While Mom had dinner we came upstairs.

Jennie was a bit taken back I think with my room. I had warned her but that didn’t help any I don’t think. We checked some of me emails. I even replied to one from Brenda on the email list. She complained she didn’t get any emails. I told her that I know it is frustrating but we all have different schedules. We stayed up here until quarter of 7. We left for the movie.

We got there by 7 I guess and we got our tickets and got some refreshments. I got soda, and Reese’s Pieces and Kit Kat Bites. I couldn’t eat either of them so they are now in my bag to bring to work with me tomorrow. Jennie got some M&M’s and soda. We were running a little late so we got into the auditorium and I think there were only 10 people at the most. The previews were on. The Good Year was previewed and so was one other. I can’t remember the title. Then the feature was starting.

Overall I enjoyed the movie. I was making fun of the fact that every second Marie Antoinette was in France she got pastier and pastier. I have no idea what they fed their kids back then but in this movie they had fast growing kids. One second they would be infants the next they would be three years old. The only thing I didn’t like was the rock music in most of the movie. It just didn’t fit.

It was nearly 9:30 or so when we left the theater. We headed to Jennie’s home by the long way. I wanted to find a short cut to get to ocean from Jones Hill. I went into the neighborhoods used to be known as the Airport neighborhood. We got lost. We finally made it out of there and got back on to Jones hill and up to South Street. We passed Danny and Sheila’s street and finally got to Ocean Avenue. A few minutes later we got to Jennie’s house. I was home a few minutes later. I woke up Mom up out of sound sleep. I said good night to her and came up here.

Now Mom is in bed and I checked out some forums and should be checking out my emails. However, I am so tired and have so much to do.

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

A New Month

It is after 10 and I will be heading to bed soon. Today went really well I left here after 7 and managed to get a great parking space and then got to the office by 20 of 8. I started doing my work a little after 8 and through out the day got a lot done. I have almost everything done exception being the readdress mail.

We welcomed back Karn McKane from a sick leave and she is doing pretty well. I didn’t get to talk to her a great deal because we both had worked to do. Mary Ann and her staff had a welcome back breakfast. They shared some cake with me later on in the day.

Daphne Lynch came in and inspected her new desk assignment today. She was not exactly thrilled there wasn’t a lot of storage. I told her I would empty out a few things and I can do that in the next few days. Ann told me that Gloria O would be moving in as well. Yeah this should be fun.

I talked with Mom today she told me she had gotten an email from Jim informing us that Claudia wants to take the kids on a trip during Christmas week. What’s the big deal you ask? Well it’s the same week that Mom got tickets for a show for all of us. It’s our traditional thing we have been doing for the last several years. Mom was disappointed. She can’t refund the money. Yes Mom checked with Claudia before she bought the tickets and Claudia said that would be fine.

Personally I think it’s unfair for someone to do that. She knew for weeks this was going to happen and NOW she decides she wants to take them on a trip? Fuck that shit. When I saw Mom at the DTC HQ she said she heard from Jim and he was upset by the whole thing but Mom just said its only money. She basically was telling him not to worry about it. Claudia should pay Mom.

It was after 4 when I left the office and about quarter after 4 when I finally left the garage. I managed to get home just about 4:30. I spent the next 45 minutes having dinner and watching Charmed and a little bit of ST: TNG.

I left for the HQ a little before 5:30 and there seemed to be a few people. Eventually Rich Smith came in and a few others including Mike Brown. Scott B stopped by with cake and left after awhile. Gayle’s husband came in and after a while Gayle did too. Apparently on Saturday Ned Lamont and John Destefano will be at the HQ for a gathering. It is around 4:30 pm I think. I am also going to the Pre Victory party at Stonebridge on Friday. Mom stopped by and made calls too. I stayed there until 8:30 or so and then came home.

Mom was already in her pajamas and eating dinner while watching TV. She was a little annoyed that Bob Colandrea didn’t come and finish the paint job in the back. He pulls this frequently. I may have mentioned this over and over a few times.

I have put the garbage out as well as the recyclables. We don’t have a lot of that this week. It is kind of foolish to put a small amount out but it’s what we have to do.

I managed to get the pictures for Jennie printed out. I will give them to her tomorrow when I see her for dinner and the movie. I am really looking forward to this.

I have gotten into my pajamas and heading to bed.

Not doing very much this morning