Sunday, December 31, 2006

New Years Eve 2006

Well it is 8:30 and I have been up since 6:30 probably awake longer but I decided to stay in bed a while. I got up of bed and watched the sun come up a little after seven. I emptied out my mailbox on outlook express and managed to get over 200 more emails. Yeah that’s fun.

Today will be a quiet day today. I will be doing bingo and going to church and hopefully get some stuff done around here.

Well it has been several hours now and it isn’t quite over yet. It is after 6 now and Echoes with John Diliberto is playing on the radio. The third hour of the Charmed Marathon on TNT is beginning.

I went to West River Nursing home and found that I wouldn’t be doing bingo after all but I decided to help out with the New Years Eve Party that was being planned for the residents. I helped decorate stuff and put balloons and stuff. There was doughnuts and sparkling cider (yuck), and egg nog (semi yuck-it reminded me of turpentine). I was there until 11:30.

When I left there I headed to St Mary’s church for the 11:30 mass. Father Labarca said mass. I was 8 minutes late for the service so I had just gotten there as the Gospel reading was starting. At one point this little boy not more than a year was making sounds (noises) and it was starting to annoy me. I don’t know if this was the “official Crying room or not but it really wasn’t when you have an open door leading to the altar. I really couldn’t wait to get out. A woman who sat in front of me was leaving at the same time and she expressed some frustration as well.

It was 12:30 when I got home. Mom was already home from church. When she didn’t see a calendar in my hand she thought (yes assumed) that I didn’t go to church. She asked why I didn’t bring home a calendar. I told her because I knew she would. Besides that I have enough date books that I don’t need a calendar.

Mom told me that Donny next door called to warn us about a virus and asked us to do an update and virus check. So I did both. It finished around 4 or so. She did hers as well. Neither of us had anything which was a relief.

The rest of the afternoon I did some laundry (actually still doing that). I spent time watching TV as well.

We had dinner around 5. We had the roast beef sandwiches and watched the cooking shows on PBS. There was a Holiday Cooking show and then our Sunday night regulars.

The rest of the night has been quiet.

Saturday, December 30, 2006

New York

I have been up since 5 but started getting ready for NY around 6. I also managed to get online and get very frustrated. I went to answer a few emails from outlook express and I kept getting message interrupted because of some stupid reason. It is inexcusable and not really welcomed at this point in time. I have a feeling it’s because I have over 4000 emails in the inbox.

Anyway, I am all dressed and waiting on Mom. I got her up after 7 and now she is having coffee and reading her paper and then will get dressed. We should be leaving here by 8:30. The ride should be 1 ½ hours to get there. I forget where we are having brunch probably close by the Met.

Well it is now 8 p.m. I have been in the house five minutes. The whole day was very cool. The train we wanted to catch was cancelled due to technical difficulty so we had to catch the next one. We were lucky enough to get seats. It was very crowded. We got into the station around 11 and called Jim and then took a cab to the restaurant. Jim was waiting for us at the corner.

We had been there an hour and ate a nice meal. I had my very first turkey burger with the fries (which I could have done with out). As it got closer to the curtain time we headed over to the Met opera house.

We had wonderful seats. Mom did have a hard time walking but Jim was with her. One of the ushers was like a hawk. Claudia wanted to take pictures of the girls in their seats and the woman was really obnoxious about it. She also was being obnoxious to Jim as well. She thought he was giving another patron a hard time about sitting and she needed to chill. The performance was two hours long. I have to admit I did doze in the darkened hall but luckily there was a display of what was being sung in front of me. There was a note in the playbill that today’s performance would be on in three weeks on PBS. After the performance we went to the coffee shop across the quad and had dessert and soda.

I mentioned to Jim that he seemed cranky and testy. What I wanted to do is to tell him to jump in the fountain outside. I even said to Mom when we were alone that he better knock it off. She tried to make excuses for it. I told her he was acting like this since we arrived. I later apologized to Jim and we were fine.

It was five when we finished there and took some pictures and said our goodbyes. Claudia and Jim and the kids went back to their car and headed to PA and we got a bus and headed to the train station.

We drove through Time Square and I noticed all the production crews setting up for the various shows for tomorrow night. We saw where Carson Daly will do his shtick and where Ryan Seacrest will be as well. We also rode by the restaurant Diane works at. The entire Square was hopping.

We got to the station around quarter of 6. We made a bathroom stop and then headed to the 6:07 train. WE ran into an old friend of Jim’s and we visited for a bit then got on the very full train. I had to stand for the first 35 minutes and then by the time the train got to Stamford I was able to sit. There were two guys who were sitting beside us and they were a little weird. One was really cranky and being a bit of prick. The other guy was fine. I chatted with them a little bit. The other guy who was a prick was anxious to get home.

Since I have been home I have been checking emails and emptying out a mailbox . I have been trying to send out emails and getting stupid messages. Now I am going to bed.

Good Night.

Friday, December 29, 2006

Well today is the last Work Day of 2006. I left here around 7:15 and managed to get to the office at reasonable time. I chatted with Lee Ann who wasn’t at work yesterday. I managed to get rid of a lot of my old papers that are no longer needed. I did get the bad addresses and the bulk mail done but not the readdress mail.

Shirley wasn’t in which I was having mixed feelings. I was disappointed because well I wanted to wish her a Happy New Year and I was slightly relieved because I wasn’t sure how much pressure I would have been under.

I took a few moments before going home to chat with Sally T. She is the Director of Patient Financial Services. We talked about Family, and Health, and kids in general. She has two adopted children and we connect through that most of the time.

I got home a little after 2:30 and relaxed. Mom was out doing some errands and picking up a few things for the kids tomorrow. I had gotten some snacks and looked at my mail. I got a bill and a card I sent to my pen pal Kristi Brand back. I had looked through the pictures I dropped off at the CVS yesterday and looked through them. A number of pictures didn’t come out very clearly. There were some really nice ones of Jenny and me.

I took a run over to Jenny’s house and dropped the pictures and the letters I printed for her. I stayed for a short while and visited with her and Marc. When I left it was 4. I came home and started to watch TV.

Mom came home shortly after that and started to work on various things. She finished making some Turkey soup while I had a bowl of cereal and continued to watch TV and got on the computer for a while.

I ironed my blouse that I am wearing tomorrow for the trip to NY. Mom says we are taking the 9 a.m. train to NYC and having brunch and then go to the show and then have “dessert” after the show. This means I am not having anything to elaborate.

I did some laundry and watched TV. I waiting for the dryer to finish so I can go to bed.

I will see you all tomorrow…

Thursday, December 28, 2006

This week is going by fast

This week is going by really fast. I found myself thinking today was Friday. I knew it wasn’t considering I had put the garbage out last night and the rest of it this morning. I thought I would get a lot of stuff done and I haven’t. Work wise I still have a lot of readdress mail to do and the bulk mail to do. I have been trying to get rid of stuff but I take the time to record it on a log sheet. As I drove home I realized I can just dump it all out.

When I came home Mom asked me if I was alright because I was very quiet. At one point she says I am low key. I laughed and told her I thought you would like that. I didn’t tell her I was concerned about finance. This damn checkbook I am working on is giving me some anxious moments.

My Cousin Chris wasn’t here when I got home but made lots of progress on the bathroom. He came to the house a couple of days ago to repair the tile. Instead he took apart the entire bathroom and redid the entire floor. It should be useable by Sunday the latest.

Jennie and I saw Charlottes Web tonight. It was pretty good. It wasn’t exactly as the original movie was done but it was good nonetheless. I was reading the message board for the movie and some people didn’t like the cast choices for the movie. Others felt it should be exactly as the book and exactly like the original movie. After the movie we went to a couple of pharmacies.

Tomorrow is the final day of the recess. Shirley should be in by then and I hope to have a lot more things done before going off for the final holiday. I am hoping to go see liz for a few hours tomorrow and then come home and make sure I am ready for our trip to the city. Mom wants to leave by 10. The play starts at 1:30 on Saturday.

I will see you all in the morning….

Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Gerald Ford, President

I woke up this morning to the news that Gerald R Ford; the former President of the US had died yesterday. As I laid there dozing and listening to the news report and his accomplishments I realized I remember a few things from that time period.

I had just turned 11 years old that year when Mr. Ford became Vice President (1973-1974). It was a time when Liz had run away and started her life with Tom. The boys were away at college and living their lives. Grandma Phelan had been dead by then and Dad was starting his road to recovery through AA. Both he and Mom were working and beginning to do the things they do best (volunteering for her). Nanny was 77 by then and volunteering as well. I didn’t realize that at the time Vice President Agnew had done anything wrong but I am sure it came up later on in History and Social Studies Classes. I was more interested in watching Bonanza or what ever was on at the time. OF course reports about the Viet Nam War were prevalent on the news like the current military actions of today.

I do remember seeing Former President Richard Nixon a few times during the following years and then of course the whole Watergate fiasco. Of course there is the famous resignation and departure from the Whitehouse.

It was three weeks before my 12th birthday when President Ford took over the reigns of the Oval Office. I don’t remember much of what when on during that time. Again family events were more prevalent and I was beginning 6th grade then. I do remember the assassination attempt on him by Lynette “Freaky” Fromme. It had made the news that week and later on when his term as president would end. Of course I had to look it up here.

In later years we would hear about Former First Lady Betty Ford’s battle with Breast Cancer and alcoholism and I just read she wrote a couple of books. Their children grew up and made their own lives.

Funeral arrangements according to Reuters will be a private funeral mass for friends and family at St Margaret’s in Palm Desert. He will lie in State at the Church until Saturday Morning. From there he will be flown to Washington DC. More info can be found here at Reuters.com.
As I am writing this I am also trying to remember other things that may have occurred during this time. I am also trying to remember some of the other Presidents and the highlights of their careers. What was I doing during those times? Aside from growing up and going to school, I remember I did some traveling, and volunteering myself

Tuesday, December 26, 2006

December 26, 2006

I got up around 7 this morning and was out the door by 7:15. I got to work with no problem and got to my parking spot on the 4th level. I was in the office by quarter of and started working shortly after that. I did manage to chat with Shirley and told her what I got for Christmas. I am not sure why but I did. I managed to chat with Lee Ann as well.

I got the collection letters folded and ready to be mailed by 9 or so. Then I started working emptying out old files that didn’t need to be taking up storage. I also did it while doing the post office mail as well. We were told there wouldn’t be any mail. Anyway, tomorrow I will finish up emptying out the files and do the bad addresses and the other stuff. Shirley will be out tomorrow.

The drive home was okay. The traffic was heavy but moving and of course it was fifty degrees out but it felt colder. It is about 47 degrees and partly cloudy. It was raining for a bit but now it’s just overcast.

Mom wrapped up the Christmas Dishes and I put them away downstairs. The rest of the time we were doing our own things. She was/has been watching TV and cleaning and rearranging stuff on the counters. She was doing this to find a nice spot for the Toaster Oven she got from Diane.

Mom also told me she talked with Bob about the situation and she agreed she (Diane) was way out of line. It was something I said and she basically agreed. Like I said yesterday Diane better watch her step because I can tell you Liz and I won’t put up with it and I don’t think Mom would either. I would be surprised if anyone put up with it.

I have been getting rid of papers, and shredding them as well. Now that it is 9 pm I think I might go to bed.

Monday, December 25, 2006

Christmas 2006 Prologue

Well it is after 8:30 and everyone is gone. Some of them left earlier then the rest because they couldn’t behave themselves. Is that Cryptic enough for you? I swear my family can be such fucking assholes. Didn’t I write in previous entries that Diane called yesterday and ASKED to have dinner be served at 3 pm? Well we were ready but where the hell where they? Not here. OH and they invited Janie H for dinner without consulting us. How godddamn rude is that? She was the first to arrive. Everyone else showed up around 4. The kids came after that and the prim Dona arrives around 4:30.

Just as we were sitting down she was making jokes about Rob and stuff and then they did their “special language” between the two of them. Right as we were having dessert. Mom had asked if john was okay because he didn’t participate in “the nonsense” that usually occurs with the kids. Diane volunteered that John was hung over. Mom sort of new that because Ethel told her earlier that the boys were out drinking last night.
Bob just looked at her and told her she didn’t have to volunteer that info and she acted all innocent! He suggested she use a little decorum. That’s when she left. During dessert we also opened gifts. After that everyone started to leave. Mom mentioned she didn’t say goodbye to Diane. I told her that’s because no one did and she left abruptly. Right after her father put her in her place. Mom almost yelled at me for taking that attitude. I am fucking here to tell you if Diane continues to pull this sort of crap again she will not be welcomed here.

Oh and Mom and I were getting agitated with each because of our attitudes and tones to each other. It was over really stupid stuff and I really don’t want to go over it again.

Christmas 2006

Good Morning! It is quarter of 11 right now and I am getting ready for church. I am going to the 11:30 mass. I have to leave soon because it gets pretty crowded at Christmas time. For what ever the reasons people have.

Mom and I got up around 8 or so. I opened my presents and those from the Dolan Family. Mom got me a pair of jeans and rose colored blouse. I also got two DVD’s, “The Polar Express” and X-Men 3 (one I have been waiting to see). Mom loved her presents. Unfortunately the gloves do not fit and for some reason the lining doesn’t go all the way to the end.

I watched the X-men Video and it was very good. I am glad I got it. Then I got ready for church.

I hadn’t checked my mail in a few days. That is so far from the outlook express mailbox... There was a message from IMDB and JBondloveLucy.





In short he seemed to make excuses for what he did. He seems to know the law pretty well or at least to work towards his advantage and he manages to turn everything around to me as if it was my fault that I had info that he HACKED into. I sent a copy of the message to Mardi.

Anyway, back to the holiday goings on. Mom and I went to the 11:30 masses at St Agnes and Mary’s and it was very nice. I got home a little after 12 and got the gift for Diane’s Boyfriend, Dutch ready. It isn’t anything big (yet) just a couple of instant lottery tickets for him. IF he wins big I want a cut of it. J

I got the blue room straightened up a bit but my own room is a disaster. I will have to close the door to it for now. We got a phone call from Liz around 2 and we chatted about the gifts. Nelson is very pleased by the electric knife I got him. Liz loves the Boccelli CD I got her. Mom talked with her for a bit.

After the phone I the gifts for the others brought down and helped Mom with the dishwasher (emptying it).

I should take a few minutes and continue the check book stuff but I am just too tired. Oh well that shall pass.

Sunday, December 24, 2006

Christmas Eve 2006

It is now after 10 pm on Christmas Eve. Mom is downstairs cooking and preparing for tomorrow’s dinner. I have been working on the check book. I will do as much as I can with it and then go to bed.

The temperature for tonight is 43 degrees and clear. There is no sign of snow in the forecast and probably won’t be until New Year’s Eve.

My time with Patrick and Dave was fun. We had eggnog, cookies, exchanged gifts and took pictures around the Christmas tree. I was there until after 5.

When I got home Mom was getting ready to go. We decided to go in Separate cars. For the next several hours we ate, talked, laughed. John looked great even with a cast on his lower arm. He hit a wall apparently. It is really weird because when I had thought about John coming home from Iraq I would think he was injured or maimed. There were some pretty amusing moments too. A cell phone falling into the punch Diane was making. Mom realizing she had someone else’s coat (after two weeks). Of course there were some annoying moments like the children literally banging on the drums in another room so that everyone could hear it.

I can’t remember what time it was when I got home. I can’t remember what I did last night probably worked on the checkbook because my wrists and hands were hurting for the second night in a row. I know it was late when I went to bed finally.

This morning I got up worked some more on the checkbook and surfed the net for a while. I got ready for Bingo and decided not to get dressed up as I originally planned.

Bingo went well even though a few people were grinchs and really annoyed me. The room was incredibly hot too.

After Bingo I went to church at St Mary’s. Father Cronin gave the mass while someone else did the homily. Afterwards I came home and finished wrapping the gifts and working on the check book and did some vacuuming.

I had called Mike R asking him how to get on his website for the Credit Union I wanted to see old statements because I thought I lost some. I didn’t. I set up the checkbook Register for MFCU just the same way as Webster and that came out.

We got a visit from the Dolan Girls today. They gave us a tray of cookies and we chatted about the holiday and how tall they both were getting.

Around 5:30 we left for Liz and Nelson’s. I left home after Mom did and managed to get there before she did. For the next two hours we talked, ate and I got to spend time with Jason and Audrey Elizabeth who cheesed all over her new dress that Liz got her. Around 6 or 6:30 Mom left to come home and finish cooking. I stayed until 8.


Everyone loved their gifts. I got a shredder for the waste paper basket and Rich gave me one of those funny calendars with 365 Stupid things to say. Mom got some really nice gifts from them as well.

Since I have been home the check book was my project and helping Mom a little with some of the stuff. I can feel my hands starting to ache. I better stop for now and get some rest.

Bob and his family will be coming around 3 for dinner tomorrow. We were originally going to eat around 5 and Diane called to ask if we could eat at three instead as they are returning to the city.

Well I will Close with one finally thought:

Merry Christmas! From My family to yours!

December 23, 2006

It is almost 11 in the morning, it has been raining and right now it is foggy. When the song Rudolph the Rednose reindeer came into fruition I have to wonder if this is the kind of day they were referring to. I would prefer to have snow. Not just at Christmas Eve but for the next week or so.

Donny and Pam just left for the airport for their Holiday week in Florida. They must have taken the pups (all 4 are collectively 40 years old) to the kennel earlier today. It was really quiet not hearing the dogs bark like they usually do in the morning. I will be picking up their mail while they are gone.

I have to say I am feeling a little better than I was yesterday after the IMDB discussion. There have been some replies to the post. Some have felt I should at least report him (which I did). I also saved the thread so that in case something happens. Anyway, his post has been removed from the thread by the administrator.

I did go and check my credit card balance and it is up there but so now is my credit limit. The nice people at the company raised my credit limit $2,000. That’s just great. I am going to pay bills as soon as I finish dressing and picking up the room a bit.

I called Dave this morning but he was just getting into the house so Patrick said he would have him call back. Dave called back a little while ago and said he could not come to the party tonight because he had an early flight out tomorrow. Anyway we are going to get together around 4.

Friday, December 22, 2006

First Day of Recess

It is quarter of 9 Friday night. Mom is out food shopping. She came home tonight to tell me we are having the Christmas Day dinner here. She expects to eat around 5. Well mom came home around 9.
Today was long. I finally got to sleep after having a mug of warm milk after 2 am. I slept until 5 and was getting ready by 6:30 and left after 7. I got work by before 8 said hello to Shirley and thanked her for her help yesterday. I then went to my office and began working. Ann gave me $20 gift certificates to Paula’s downstairs. It was very cool. I got some coffee fro there (so I could function). It was great. She left later on in the day to begin her recess vacation/holiday plans. The only downside was the fact Shirley saw the old stuff (of the collection letters). I did make a promise to her to do better next time. Of course I felt guilty and was almost done with them before leaving but I had to go to Debra’s. I will have to do it Tuesday.
It was cloudy, Gray and beginning to sprinkle when I was heading to Debra’s office. Unfortunately I was running late because I stopped at the car to drop off my bag and Jennie and Marc’s gift. The session went well. She could tell I was agitated by a lot of things. The things that were agitating me were work, home, and things in general. We figured if I take the next day to get myself back on track (taking medications, getting sleep) I should be okay. At the end of the session we set up our next session. It will be January 5, 2006.
It was quarter of four when I was heading back to the car. Once I got back I drove to Jennie’s house to exchange presents with her. Jennie and Marc were dubbing some ZZTop tape and watching Christmas themed shows on TV. I got some wonderful gifts from her. It is a beautiful candle with a definitition of Kathleen. I also got a body wash ensemble. She also gave me a framed picture of her and Marc. JShe also had these new kisses they were candy cane and absolutely delicious. After about a half hour I left for home.
When I got home Mom was shopping and I hung out. I checked my mail and got some beautiful cards and I got one of Jason and Audrey from Christian and Stephanie. Its adorable. I decided to watch TV and do some laundry.
When Mom came home she told me about the Christmas Day dinner plans and from there started some preliminary planning. We did some more during dinner. Mom got dinner ready and I came up here to write and check stuff.
I went to the IMDB for Kevin Sorbo to check out a discussion with JBond (a Lucy Lawless fan) and I got the shock of my life. In his last post to me he admitted he saw my credit card information. I thoghut I would shit in my pants. The discussion over the last few days was about how we knew each other at an EZ Board and how several other members of Xenite Nation tried to ban him and get him in trouble for his nefarious activities. IMDb :: Boards :: Kevin Sorbo (it’s the thread discussing Kevin Sorbo’s built).
I am now under the belief they had every right to do so. I posted to a brief entry prior to this one to the journaling lists and to my 360. There were two responses to this so far. I haven’t checked any where else yet.
Anyway, I have no idea what I am going to do. I have to think about the suggestions that were given to me. “Dave” (his real name) hasn’t responded as you can see but it still freaks me out. It angers me even more that anyone visiting that board hasn’t said anything to him.
Well I better go make my to do list for tomorrow.

Thursday, December 21, 2006

Party Day II

Good Evening. It is after 8 now and my wrists hurt a lot right now. I have taken the meds and some Aleve® type stuff. I am also very tired. I am trying to wait up long enough to see tonight’s The OC. Kevin is on it and I am hoping to see it. I hope the VCR will tape it but the way things happened last time I messed up on it.

I got sick during the night from all the partying I had done yesterday and last night. I finally got to sleep shortly after that and woke up around 5. Of course I stayed in bed until 6 or so. I got up and got ready and then took the garbage out and left for work.

I got to the office and started working. I am trying to remember what I did first second or third. Actually I found a few gifts on my desk. Shirley Chatman gave me a note pad ensemble and new umbrella. There was also an angel ornament that I thought she gave me but it turned out to be Shirley Hall.

We had our breakfast this morning. I still wasn’t feeling that well (and I told Shirley and Ann about getting sick) but I did have some stuff. There were bagels (I didn’t take any this time) eggs, bacon, sausage, home fries, pancakes, and fruit and juice. I had the rest of that list. Later on in the day the raffles were announced and I won a poinsettia plant. The annual gift this year is a nice bag. It has many compartments.

I received a few more cards from people and I gave some to the Go For group and of course I got some more gifts. Tony gave me some Belgian chocolates that I am eating as I write this.

We had our second day of the luncheon and I tried not to eat as much. I did take a lot of Cream soda (as indicated at my lupus journal) everything was finished up.

I gave Ann her gift today. She will give me mine tomorrow. She got a lot of nice gifts as well.

We had to evacuate the building today. There was a fire alarm going off but it turned out to be a false alarm. It was quite scary at first and annoying secondly. This was not part of the plan to have an evacuation.

I did something really stupid today. I got to my car and realized I didn’t have my car/house keys with me. Instead I had the lobby mailbox key and the other keys for the padlocks. I nearly screamed. I had every thing at the car. I left everything right there and had to go back. I found them on the table. Now I went back to the car and then realized I didn’t have my id holder. The one CC gave me yesterday. It also has my credit card and my insurance card.







I called Shirley after I got home and had already checked the bags. She did offer to go check my office but I said that would be okay. As it is she wants to reorganize my office again. There are a ton of letters I haven’t finished folding and I would rather she didn’t see those just yet. I did make a promise that 2007 I would do better things.

I had a lot of great mail when I got home. There was Christmas card from Dr Adams, The new dental plan from work. I also got a pen pal letter from Me’Licia Wright, and Alumni stuff from Endicott College.

Mom came home around 6. I had been home an hour by then and watching TV. I wasn’t hungry so Mom had French toast for dinner. Now she is watching TV and I am about to do the same thing.

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Party Day

It is after 6:30 in the morning and it is still dark outside. I have been awake since 5 and was in bed until after 6. I got Gloria’s Gift ready for this party. Now I am going to hop in the shower.

It is now 14 hours later. I have been to work and to my parties and now I am going to bed. Once we started eating at work there was no return. I didn’t feel like doing much of anything. I managed to get the mail opened and delivered the piles for Monday but other than that nada.

I had a great day to be honest. Sue C was my secret Santa and she gave me homemade cookies and candy, Bath oils, and a wallet. Gloria didn’t even say thank you to me for her gift. I don’t know if she caught on that I was her secret Santa but I played it off as someone else was hers. I got most of my cards for the work place out. I have sent the revised list home via email. I will have to download it later. I have also a picture of me and Shirley. It was taken by David. I might put it up in myspace.com or something.

When I got hoem I found some emails from Mike Brown with revised notes. I sent them out this evening. He had sent it Monday.

Tonight’s party was awesome. There is a potential mayoral candidate starting to get groomed. It will be interesting to see how this developes.

Right now though I am tired.

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

December 19, 2006

I am not sure what is going on here but this is weird. I am not sure if I have done something or not to the page set up but it seems very weird.

Anyway, the day was a little hectic. I got a lot done but still have lots to do. I have a ton of collection letters to fold and they are getting old. If I don’t get them done I am so dead.

Mom really annoyed me today. I called her to see how she did at the doctors today and she started to ask me if I was doing any of my holiday cards at work. I tried to explain to her these were for the people who work there. She insisted on telling me what I should or should not be doing at work and on Yale time. I told Ann about it and she said Mom meant well.

Rhona Haynes came back today and called me a few times to remind me about our brunch/luncheon tomorrow as though I fell out of a tree or something. She then had the nerve to tell me or I should say ask me to bring something other than what I had planned. Well excuse me but Mom was already working on it when I called her this afternoon. Now Rhona wants me to bring cheese and crackers. Get your own damn cheese and crackers girl.

I went to the bank today. I wanted to pay my dues for the birthday clubs and for the chicken that’s being ordered for tomorrow. I also stopped at Subway and got myself a wrap and chips. I had gotten some soda when I got back.

I also had a lot of candy. Reena Mathur gave candy to Ann and it was rich. I think I had at least five pieces. Ouida also gave me a piece of cake from Mary Ann Alberino’s farewell party. I don’t expect to get sleep tonight.

Well customers of the United Illuminating found out today what the breakdown of the rate increases would be. Starting January 1st it will go up to 24.7%. June 1st it will be 45% and then 50% in July. CL&P customers got the bad news last month. I asked Mom what are bill usually is and she said its $100 a month. Now it will be $125 a month until the next increase.

There was a report today that Elderly people raped in Stratford earlier this month and senior housing complex. Milford is looking to see if there is any connection to that and the one that happened on Forest Road Senior Condominium Complex That would explain the comment made by Vaughn asking anyone who may have had the same experience to contact them. The suspect in Friday’s incident has not been located (that’s scary).

I have been trying to revise and update my msn.com address book for then pen pals. It seems to be working for now. I have been trying to see (with no success) who I can send e cards to for the holiday. I did manage to revise the Christmas card list.

Now I am going to bed.

Monday, December 18, 2006

December 18, 2006

It is Monday night and I am listening to Fred Childs (spelling?) do a special Holiday musical show. I was just getting ready to go to bed when I thought I would pop in.

Today was a busy day but good. I did notice I was online quite a lot today. I have to make sure I don’t let that happen tomorrow. I have way too much to do. Shirley wanted to know what days I would be working the recess. I told her all of them. We decided that if the mail is light I would spend the time straightening up the place (get rid of old stuff). I am hoping that I can do all that and have everything in order by the start of recess on Friday.

I got more cards today from coworkers. I still have to do the rest of mine but I gave Mom all of the cards tonight. I may have to get more. The office is starting to get in to the holiday spirit. Mary was setting up for the raffles for Thursday. There is a Gingerbread house being raffled off and you have to guess how many jelly beans there are in a jar.

I called Stella Cretella today to enlist her aid in getting the list of people for Mom’s party. I called Liz this afternoon to tell her but Rich got on and I wanted to wish him a happy birthday. Just as I was still talking with him Mom walked in. I will email Liz later. Anyway, Rich and I agreed to see each other at Bob’s on Christmas Day.

There was an unsettling news report tonight. An elderly Woman was raped over on Forest Road by the highway. There is senior Condo Complex and some guy broke in and raped her. This was Friday night. The whole thing is still under investigation. Police are urging anyone with info to come forward. They are also reminding people to take precautions.

Connecticut has lost another soldier in Afghanistan recently. His name is Joseph Phanuef. He was 38 years old and leaves behind his wife and three children. The oldest is a high school student. He was from Eastford Connecticut and a volunteer fireman and a coach in the local sports. I can’t help but think I know that name.

Well it is getting late and I need to get to bed. I have to update a few addresses for the various mailboxes.

My Sunday

My Sunday started out like every other Sunday. I was on the computer working on a bunch of things as well as surfing the net for my favorite Kevin Sorbo forums and entertainment forums. As well as answering some emails.

I managed to get ready for bingo and have breakfast. I left after 9 while Mom was getting ready for her jaunt to Madison. I got to the nursing home by 9:20. There was a huge sign on the door of the stock room to keep the door locked. I later found out Bunny had placed it there in order to protect some valuable antique toys for her Teddy bear tea party.

Bingo went well. As usual it started late and finished late. I had 16 people Margaret S and Sam were their usual selves. She was ordering me to move stuff while I was trying to serve coffee and interrupting Lucille while she was talking. It made for an interesting hour. After the hour was done took some of the residents back to their rooms. One of the head nurses gave me a gift bag of candy and a pen. It was really sweet of her. I had one of the candies (Ghirardelli) on the way home. I put the others in a bag and in the freezer when I got home.

When I got home I finished emptying the dishwasher and sprayed the shower stall and spent time on the computer just fooling around. I should have been working on the District meeting minutes but I didn’t. I saw Telka arrive over at Kim’s to pick up the wagon for our gift delivery. I totally forgot that I was doing that. We chatted briefly and then I came back here to relax.

Mom came home around 12:30 and quarter of one. She was talking to Donny about saving pictures to CD. They decided he would come over later and help her. I left for the nursing home for the gift delivery.

Telka had warned me that we probably would be the only two adults from the group doing it with the girls. I was pleasantly surprised to find Ronnie there as well. There were about 7 or 8 girls from the girls club. We got last minute instructions and visited with Chilly. Bunny and Chilly arrived shortly after I did. We started on the second floor and worked our way down to the first floor. We were done by a little after 2.

Once every one else left Telka told me what her week was like. She had told us about some parents who were going to complain to her principal about the grade and comments she had made about their daughter. Well she had the meeting for nearly 2 hours on Thursday and shortly after that had become ill (high blood pressure etc). So short story she ended up in the hospital on Friday. She had chest pains and it really scared her. So now she is going to the cardiologist tomorrow for some tests. She had some base tests down during the summer so they can compare them with what she will have done tomorrow. Heart disease and strokes are prevalent in her family history.


She even scared me because this job isn’t worth the hassle and the health scares. She says she expected some rumors going around about what happened and apparently there was some misinformation going on. When we finished talking we said goodbyes and she left for home and I struggled to put the wagon in my car. As in the past it took a few minutes for me to get it in the car. Once in the car I headed home.

I was going to stop at the mall to buy the final gift for Mom but went to the post office instead and dropped off the cards and letter I had written yesterday. I headed home after that. Mom was still here when I got home.

We talked about how she looked getting dressed. Then we talked about the room. She explained that she needed the sharpie that Donny gave me. She didn’t yell or swear at me and I reacted just fine. I responded with “and you had to go in my room right?” I told her when she asked about the bed that the sheets are on there but I toss and turn when I sleep. I don’t like having the sheets and the comforters folded under the mattress (not that you could with the comforters). I also told her I would be working getting it in shape. She accepted it. We then turned to the gift delivery. I told her how it went and what had happened to Telka Thursday.

After a while I started my laundry. Before Mom left we discussed dinner. It was decided I would have the tuna steak for dinner. Mom and I discussed the best way to prepare it and the time it would take. I deiced I would start it around 4. She reminded me to preheat the oven and thaw the fish 15 minutes before cooking. Well I preheated the oven for 5 minutes and cooked it for thirty minutes. We coated the dish lightly with Wesson oil and I seasoned the fish. I reheated the eggplant melee and creamed cauliflower and ate the small thing of mashed potatoes.

While I was eating Donny came over to ask me why I have been parking in front of their home. He pointed out that there was enough space in front of the house and in the driveway. He asked if he perhaps parked over to far. I was shocked he would even think of doing that. I told him I really didn’t have a good reason but that I would move it. He said it was okay he was just curious. I was really annoyed actually. I didn’t let on. At least I don’t think I was obvious but after he left I was saying how rude. I told Mom about it later and she figured that he reacted the way we do when the Dolan’s park their car in front of our house.

After I had my dinner I cleaned up and headed to Target. It was crazy. You can tell its crunch time for the holiday shopping. People were walking in front of cars and cutting in front of others to get stuff. There were no workers on the floors to help anyone. It took me a while to find the Brita filter pitcher. I found it and got some extra filters. A few people asked me if I worked there. I just laughed. The whole thing came to about $50.

Once paid for it I came home and watched TV (had some ice cream), worked on the minutes from the district meeting (it came to three pages long). My wrist started hurting and it still does.

I did watch the Lord of the Rings trilogy and now that I saw the last half of The Return of the King I am thinking of reading the trilogy all over again. Unfortunately it will have to wait until later. It is now after 1 in the morning and I have to get to bed.

Saturday, December 16, 2006

Saturday

It is mid morning and I have been up since 8. I have been working on the checkbook and reinstated a different budget. One I used once before. I hope I did it right and use it properly.

I also took some time to visit some Entertainment forums and replied to some of the threads. One of them was about the OC and the others were about Tawny Kitaen.

I am about to through out the budget forms I had for April & May 2005, and from 2004. I don’t need those at all.

I just got rid of an email that had all the birthdays from one of my groups. It was from 2002 there were emails and documents from various years that I have put into “the misc Journal folder”. Those will get inter filed with their appropriate binders I guess.

Later on today I will be getting Mom’s final gift and then I will be done shopping and I can concentrate on getting the cards out.

It is now after 11:30. Mom and I almost got into it over the fact I still have cards I was doing. It’s none of her business. She needed to borrow some of mine and she feels I have other things to do and that I should have gotten the cards done sooner. It’s none of her goddamned business. I did do some cards. I don’t need her permission and blessings on how to spend my vacation. I happen to have a very large list which again is not her business.

What ever is left I will do e-cards or newsletters. I did look over a few that we got this year (from Mom’s friend Priscilla) and they were pretty good.

Its Friday again

It is after 9:30 and I had hoped to get a lot done tonight. Unfortunately a headache changed all that around dinner time. I had eaten dinner with Mom and then decided to lie down for awhile. I had taken my ibuprofen and such. It took the headache a while longer to go away. It is fine now but it wasn’t making my stomach all that well. Now as I said its better now.

Today was a rushed start. I got up at 7 and rushed into the shower and then got dressed. I left after 7:30 and made it to work after 8. I was going to start on the letters but Mike came with the charts. I ddi those and then did the readdressing of the mail. After a quick call to Alise about the lockbox I got that and worked on it. It took me an hour.

The rest of the day I did the mail, did the charts, and did some holiday cards and straightened up to leave by 2:30. I hiked it over to Debra’s office for our session.

The session went pretty well. We talked a lot about how I felt Liz was manipulating me into doing things in order for her to be vindicated or to be right about how I am doing things. At the end of the session I paid her for two sessions from August I believe. I have to check whne I finish here.

I got some really nice cards from Mrs. Williams, Aunt Pat, Linda D from NC. I also got a Gift card for $10 from LL Bean.

I have been spending a lot of time with this check book stuff and making some progress with it.

I better post this….

Thursday, December 14, 2006

My room is a mess. There are clothes in a heap in a corner and next to it are the Christmas gifts I will be giving out this year. There are also papers that I am trying to go through (or will once Christmas is over with) on the floor. I have piles of papers from one end of my desk to the other. I have tried to pick up stuff as I go along but it just doesn’t seem to be working right now. To say I am overwhelmed would be an understatement. To my right I have a laundry basket with clothes that were folded and now they are not. They have a Rand McNally road Atlas and my CD carrier in it as well. I hope to get this all done this weekend.

How did my day go? Well I was woken up by the City of Milford Recycling Truck at 6:30 this morning. Actually I didn’t mind it because I had to get up anyway. It was overcast and cloudy. The drive in was fine. I checked in with Shirley who returned from a three day training session. She looked great.

I worked on some collection letters, sorted the rejection piles and then worked on the charts that came. When those were done and delivered I did the more of the letters I think. I also had to let Shirley know about the rally the union was organizing for lunch time.

When it came time for all of us to leave several people were given a hard time by the team leaders and managers for not clearing it sooner. Lee Ann had recommended we tell them and fill out the papers. We started off at Cedar and then went into a building further down and crashed a meeting that was the hospital administrators were conducting. This is where I had a few problems. One people were getting pushy and used hand gestures that were utterly inappropriate. I don’t care if figuratively the Management side is doing it. What we do as an organization will reflect on all of us.

(PS the reason for this rally was to show the YNHH we don’t like their intimidating their employees into NOT joining the Union. The employees were to take a vote next week to bring in a union. This past week Hospital administrators have been giving out misinformation to their workers and intimidating them into not joining or wanting the union. Here is more info on what was going on.)

I was back at the office by 10 of 1. I had done most of the work before leaving for the rally. I had to finish a few things from he daily mail. The rest of the day I worked on the bad addresses and the collection letter folding. ..

It was hazy and cool when I left for home. It was nearly 4:30 when I got home. Mom was at the Dr’s so I watched TV and checked my mail. One of the cards I sent to Robbie and Judy came back. I will have to re address it and send it out.

After a while I got dinner ready. I had ziti. Mom was just coming in and had to go back out again. She had a meeting to go to before she went to the 4th District. It was just about then when I noticed my knee was hurting. I took my medication but it didn’t kick in.

I went to the meeting and I had to wait because I was early. Eventually people started to arrive. We had the meeting. By 8:30 or so I was home.

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Oy Vey

I am just heading to bed. However, I said that an hour ago and it hasn’t happened yet. Today went pretty well. I got a lot done still have more to do. I got some very pretty cards today from co workers. I got my Girl Scout candy order and managed to eat a lot.

Shirley was out today. She should be back tomorrow. Personally I think I would stay out since there is only two days left of the week. However, no one asked me so. It will be nice to see her.

Things are heating up with the union at the hospital. There was supposed to be an election next week for the workers to decide about unionizing or something and right now they are being intimidated. That’s a clear violation of the agreement they have made with the union. So there is a rally tomorrow. Not sure what the time it will be.

I talked with Mom a couple of times. The first time was in the morning to say hi and she told me she had a wedding to perform. The second time was late in the afternoon. Mom had just gotten back from city hall. While she was delivering the documents from the first wedding she was asked to perform another one. Right there! So she came home later then she wanted to. We decided I would pick up the paper she needed for the computer. I also needed to pick up the cream puffs and milk.

When I left it had gotten dark. It had rained through out the day and it was starting to let up. I headed to Costco and got there probably around 5. I picked up the stuff (and nearly got into it with this other couple and realize I was partially to blame. They were not moving fast enough and we exchanged words. I got the stuff and checked out. I got to the car and drove home.

Mom was on the computer when I got home and so I put the stuff on the floor. I refrigerated/freeze everything else and watched TV. Then I came upstairs and got the present ready.

We had dinner and watched the news. After it was nearly 6 and so I relaxed and got online again. As I was leaving Donny came over to help Mom with some pictures. I don’t know if it was successful or not.

I left around 7 and got to the library. I parked in front and went into another doorway and saw Telka emptying out her car. Betty who joined us after also helped. After awhile many more people came in and help set up.

We had our meeting. Then refreshments and the gift exchange. That’s when hell sort of broke loose. Dottie who wasn’t feeling well was discussing an issue with Telka in relations to the baby contest. She raised her voice a few times. It really made things sticky. Telka later told us it was over the fact that one of the places we asked for donations didn’t get a certificate of appreciation. We usually give those out to sponsors and donors get thank you notes.
Dottie was supposed to write the thank you note (months ago) and didn’t she also should have brought it up at the board meeting instead of tonight. Telka seems to think also that Dottie feels that Angie (the current co president of the girls club) should be the only president and not she and Kelsey. Telka asked Angie months ago if she would mind being co president. She said no. Well apparently Angie hasn’t been really pulling her weight. Now this is all difficult because I happen to like Angie and Joyce but they have just not been doing their fair share. I don’t believe they did very much during the pie in the sky event either. I also made the fact known they did something like this once before. Anyway, they all left early once again. What Telka said makes sense. If you have issues come to the board meeting or do it at the general meeting or call her. She wouldn’t hide it. Telka seems to think this has been coming for some time.

I have to say I feel awful too because she gave me a bottle of sparkling cider and I dropped it before we left and it went all over the floor. I couldn’t help but cry. I went to Roberta and cried on her shoulder and then to Telka’s. They all reassured me it was nothing to worry about. I don’t know why I did that (although I think I may have an idea). All I know is I am tired.

Tomorrow is the District Committee. I will begin my secretarial duties too. I asked Mom if I should get a recorder to help me with the note taking and she said no and we agreed that perhaps following the agenda and adding my notes would be better.

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

December 12, 2006

Well it is after 10 and I should be heading to bed but just like everything else today it isn’t happening. I woke up at 7 this morning and had to rush around and get things done. I managed to leave at 7:30 and got to work okay but it was rushed. I did my work but did get online a lot and did stuff I really wasn’t supposed. Tomorrow for sure I have to stay off line.

I left work late because I was finishing up the bad address/special project late as well. I had to recreate one of the documents. I had to ask Nina where she put the document and the rest of the copies for the first few days but they are all there. I still have to do today’s for that.

When I left it was dark and cloudy and a bit cool. I managed to get home before five. Mom was in the kitchen. She wrapped my gift to Roberta for me. At first I suggested that I give it to her tomorrow but decided against it. Mom thought I was getting my nails done at 7:30 tonight. No. 5:30.

I checked my mail. I got a card from Lucille and Joe Baluha and my check from Aetna. Yes!!!! It is about time! I will take it to the bank tomorrow and deposit it. This should help in ways I am not even sure.

I freshened up and then left. I almost left with out the gift but Mom stopped me and I came back for it. I got on the highway at Old Gate Lane. Soon I was at the nail salon. Roberta was already there getting her nails done. I thought for a moment I was late. I wasn’t she was early. They got me started with a pedicure/massage and soaking. Then I got my manicure done. They gave me tea and did wonderful things to my feet and hands. They did bleed a little but took care of it. We were done by 6:30. A half hour later I was home.

Mom was out shopping and I had dinner. It was chicken and potatoes. Mom had it breaded and I loved it…there was some on the sides that I ate with a spoon. I called Liz to get some ideas as to what I could still get Mom and Liz called me back after 8.

By then Mom was home. The kitchen was almost finished straightened up. While Mom was in the bathroom and my door was slightly open Liz called. The answering machine picked it up and so I grabbed it. Something told me she would give away what I was doing. She was so freaking goddamned loud. I even told her. Yet she continued. During the conversation she realized I couldn’t really talk. I finally thought after we went through the list (and she made a crack about Mom not liking any thing we give her which is just not true) I finally realized I would get the Brita water picture. After we hung up I did some laundry and that just got done.

Now I am going to bed…

Monday, December 11, 2006

I had a Great Day!

Despite the fact I wanted to stay in bed and was waiting for the radio announcer to tell the time. I got to the garage with no problem. I mailed the car payment and headed to work. Everyone was welcoming and glad to see me. I hugged Nina and Gloria and thanked them for all their hard work (even before getting to my office). I saw Lee Ann Scott and chatted with her for a bit. She updated me on the progress of the grievance for the six terminations.

I got to the office and went over some of the stuff the girls left me. Nina told me she had to do a whole new disk for the bad addresses and the medical records request because something happened to the other one. I had a hard time getting started actually but I managed to get going. I did some of the readdress mail and sorted through the other piles. I got some coffee and then came back and got going. The morning campus mail came but no charts. They came an hour later. There weren’t that many but as I told Ted they do need to be here by 9:30 10 pm. Daphne was out today so Debra Donavon did some of Daphne’s work through out the day. There was a new girl in the back of the room named Andrea. She is really nice.

I started on the lock box but because I was still on slow mode there is a lot still to be done. I did manage to get the post office mail done (even though it came late). The MR request list for tomorrow is very light.

Some very interesting news Mary Ann A (the team leader for Workman’s Comp/Case) is leaving for a new developed position for Compliance for Research grants over at 155 Whitney Avenue. She has been at Yale 5 ½ years but in billing for quite some time. I almost cried when she came in to the room and we hugged.

Shirley will be out for the next couple of days. I will have to make sure I do all my work and not get online much (truthfully that’s part of why I didn’t get a lot done today). I am not sure why she took it off. I think Ann said she wasn’t feeling good.

Ann was very distracted today. Her brother was hospitalized this weekend and has been preoccupied with that. She was happy to see me though. I asked her about doing e-cards. She suggested I do it on my own time.

Christine M had a baby while I was out. Dottie/Mom told me this today. I can’t remember if it was a boy or girl. I will have to ask her tomorrow.

When I left for the office the traffic seemed to move along. I got to the car and headed home. When I got home I checked the mail. My card to Cousin Celia was returned. I got a card from Dave, and stuff from union plus and benefits enrollment reminder.

Mom and I talked about stuff. She said Liz called to let us know that Nelson wanted an electric knife. We talked about getting the package for Jim mailed. I decided to go to UPS store.
It was also decided that we would eat when I got home. I told her we had a luncheon today and that I ate late. I also decided that I would get some more shopping done.

My first stop was the UPS store. There was some woman being waited on. She was dumber than rocks. She was very spacey. She made the guy print out the shipping receipt three times. I even wanted to slap her. As I was holding Jim’s dishes to be packaged and shipped I got this spasm in my back. I had to put the box down. I have never had that happened. Anyway, after a while it was my turn. I found a cute card and put it in the box and paid for it to be shipped. It came to $20. I chatted with the clerk. He was having a really bad day.

My next stop was Linen N Things. I went to the store clerk and asked them for the electric knifes and one of them helped me pick it out. It was a Cuisinart with board. After that I checked the place mats and didn’t like any of the ones there. I went to pay for the knife and the cashier was having a problem trying to help the person who was there. I moved to another line (and that was busy). There were only TWO people working the cash registers. Is that stupid or what? Finally another one opened up and I paid for the knife and soda. I decided to go to the mall and see if I could find the dickeys’ Mom wanted. They didn’t have any. By then it was after 6. I left here and headed to Christmas tree shop and got 7 boxes of Cards and a small holiday bag.

I was home by 6:30. Mom was on the computer and I showed her the knife and she liked it. She was shocked at the price of the shipping/packaging for the dishes. Mom continued working on her computer and I came in here to update the gift list and surf the net.

I decided to watch TV for a while. We finally ate around 8 pm. We had Ziti and watched Antique Road show. After that I have been on the computer and have been listing to Luckysevenradio.com there was one piece from Celtic ladies that was the theme to Titanic (the part of it that was the humming?). Now is Karanush. I have no idea who or what it is. I am going to leave it on all night if I can.

Tomorrow I will finish today’s work and get a look at the other two bins with the stuff in it. After work I will wrap Roberta’s present and then meet her at the nail salon. I will have to write out the rest of the cards.

Sunday, December 10, 2006

Another Long Day

It is now Sunday night. There is two hours left of this day and I hope I get some sleep. It was another sleepless night again. I got up worked on the bank book. It was nearly 4 when I went back. The alarm went off and I stayed in until 8.

I worked on the checkbook stuff for another 25 minutes and then got ready for Bingo. I got in and out quickly because Mom needed to get ready for Father Whitson. I left for Mediplex and got before 9:30. I started getting the coffee ready. I did get some soda because I really needed it. Natalie came after awhile.

Bingo went well even though I felt like crap. I shared the news about the bowl-a-thon with everyone. After the bingo session I chatted with Claudia from out front. I left after awhile.

I didn’t go to church again. This will be the 4th in as many weeks. I went directly to Linen’s and things and looked around saw nothing I liked. I went to Dress barn and got Gloria’s gift card. I couldn’t find my car very well and it was frustrating.

I went home after that and got on the computer. After a while Mom came home. We talked about Gifts and so forth. She heard from Bob and he suggested for me to get a gift card for Diane. I did some online shopping for about an hour and did some work on the computer.

Mom went out shopping for the afternoon and came back around 6:30. I had my dinner and got ready for the board meeting. I waited for Roberta and she picked me up around 7. I thought the meeting started at 7 and it really started at 7:30. I was batting 1000 today.

There weren’t that many of us so we had the meeting and then talked about the movies we wanted to see. As an group activity. The Will Smith one looks good.

I did my secretarial duties for the 4th Dsitrict. I had to send the message out twice. I am not sure why.

I have to go to bed…can’t keep my eyes open..

Saturday, December 09, 2006

Today was busy

I can’t sleep. It is almost 3 a.m. and I really can’t sleep. I tried but it is just not working. This usually happens when I have had too much coffee or have things on the brain that is making me anxious. For example I keep thinking about last night at the bowl-a-thon. Did I make too much noise? Did I remember to say good bye to everyone before leaving? Did I snub anyone?

I am also thinking about what I need to do about Christmas. Who do I need to get presents for. Where do I have to go after the gift wrap session? Who is left for presents? How many people do I need to send cards to?

Well around 4 am I decided to go back to bed. I managed to get the gas cards for John and Robert online so they should be here some time next week. I tried to find Andre Rieu’s concert for around here and there isn’t any. I think there is some for next year sometime. I didn’t want her to have to travel.

It is now after 6:30. I am listening to some Christmas songs on the CD player. I have been home since 2:30. The gift wrap went okay despite the fact we found out we were supposed to supply tape, ribbon, and boxes. After my time I went shopping. I got a CD for Mom but will keep for myself. (She really doesn’t want to see or have Rieu) I got Rich’s gift. I also got a gift for Liz. I also picked up Jennie’s gift as well. J I stopped at Liz and Nelson’s and talked with Nelson for a bit.

When I got home mom was starting soup. We then went into a discussion about the bank. I had gotten the insufficient notice from the Bank and she insisted she wanted to see it. I flat out told her not she isn’t and I wasn’t having this. We went back and forth for about 20 or 25 minutes. I opened it and it was for the one for Debra. She got agitated but she says everyone makes mistakes. We dealt with it and went on from there. She says you see me go around here flying when I bounce a check. We talked about the rest of the day and how I did wrapping and shopping.

Mom gave me a few ideas about Dave’s gifts. Order it from LL Bean. It would come here. Mom says she wants to have gloves, dickeys (sp?) and dinner table trays. I have to go on line and see what there is.

Mom went out shopping for a while and I decided to work on my bank book. (Adding the statements and stuff to the log I have.) I was thinking out loud to my self that she doesn’t have the right to DEMAND to see my bank stuff. It IS an invasion of privacy (and I did tell her that. When she heard that she told me I could get my own place-we don’t keep from each other.)

So I have been trying to get stuff done while watching a little bit of TV. I better get back to it. I still have lots to do.

Friday, December 08, 2006

Finances

I am so bad about finances. I think my check to Debra bounced and now I am charged $30. Luckily I got paid today so I am okay but I really need to get these winnings from yesterday into the bank.

I also have been revising my budget (or my version of a budget). I spent most of last night listing all my bills for the month. I have to add my car taxes to it. I think I should be okay come next year. AT first I thought I could get my credit card bill down by April. Now it won’t be until august and that’s if I don’t charge anything on it from now on.

Mom gave me a list from Liz. Unfortunately I have gifts for most of her family. She also has the new addresses for Chris and Stephanie and eventually for Adam.

I told Mom I would have the shopping done by tomorrow and the cards done soon. Well it’s hard for the cards because I am updating the address books and the pen pal files. What I am doing now is printing out the email addresses from the pen pal mailbox and will send some today. Then I will letters for those whom I don’t have emails for.

It is after 10:30 and I am exhausted. I left here around 2:15 because I couldn’t find my ID holder that had my license and credit card and what ever else I needed. I tore this place apart because I couldn’t find it. Of course that made me get angry and I was yelling at myself to get this room cleaned tomorrow. I looked every where. I decided I would look for it when I got back home. As I approached the garage in New Haven I found it. My frustration level was far to up there.

I parked the car and hiked it to Debra’s office. It was very cold. The streets had looked like they were abandoned (it was that cold out). I had my session with Debra. I told her about vacation and holiday and the things that had been going on. She told me her father had passed.

She didn’t get any thing from Aetna. I was really looking for that. The big amount that I was expecting we aren’t getting. Anyway, after the session I went to the bank and deposited the remainder of my winnings from Mohegan and then headed to Antonio’s. I found it by 4:15 and then headed back home. Mom was home by then and it was getting dark.

Mom had put some pasta dish on for me to eat but we decided I would have the spaghetti and clams from last night. Mom got ready for her meeting and literary club and left for it and I did some address book straightening up. I also discovered that Scarlett came for a visit which would explain my intense feelings of anger.

I got ready for the bowl-a-thon. Then I left. I had collected $30. As I got there people were starting to arrive. We waited for a bit and then got our teams. I did pretty well and played against some excellent people. By the end of the night we raised over $4000 for Toys for Tots. My scores were 121, 135, and 143
I saw Donna and Bob Hall and Brian and his wife. They were playing a few games of their own several lanes down. Kerry finished up before I did and left around 9:30. Some of us were still bowling.

At one point I called home thinking Mom would be here. She wasn’t. I left the message on there.

It was ten by the time I got home. I watched TV and had some juice. I am going to go to bed soon but I want to finish updating the address book.

Well Mom came home around 11 and we had a piece of her cake she brought to the literary club tonight. It was delicious. I told her how the night went. She was impressed.

Now I am going to bed….

Thursday, December 07, 2006

Went to Mohegan Sun today

Today Jennie and I went to Mohegan Sun for their breakfast buffet. I wanted to get up at 5 but because I woke up around 2 this morning I rolled over and stayed in bed until 6. I got showered and dressed and left by 7:05. It was dark and gray. Day break was just starting and the sun hadn’t risen yet. It was sprinkling just a bit.

As I was leaving I saw Sylvia and Boppie. They were doing their morning routine. Sylvia was telling me that our neighbor Marian suffered a mild stroke and was staying in a nursing home and will be going to her daughters in West Haven. She then talked about how Marian’s insurance was running out. Soon we had to say goodbye. Sylvia had to go to work and I knew Jennie would be waiting for me.

I got to Jennie’s house and went to the back door. She was playing with her kitty (can’t remember the name right now). It was really cute. We left and drove to the highway and by then the sun was coming out in between the clouds. We had no problems getting to the casino. We got there by 8:15 or 8:30 or so.

We parked in the Garage and headed to the buffet. We discovered it was in the other casino. There is two there. We probably could have parked closer but hey it was still fun. We had to stop and renew Jennie’s breakfast card and I got myself a player’s card. We then walked to the buffet. The lines were short and not bad.

We were seated at our table and we went on line. I ate mostly egg related foods. Scrambled eggs, Egg and ham on the English muffin (and yes I know there is another name for it but my mind is blank). I had breakfast burrito. Fruit filled pancakes (two small ones) European style hash browns, and some other type of potato. I also had roast beef, ham and corned beef. Actually I didn’t finish all of it.

We spent the next hour or so talking about work, family stuff and life in general. Afterwards we head to the slots. We ended up near the buffet and I had to pick the one with smoking allowed. We sat at these games and played for a while. I managed to win some money but Jennie wasn’t having any luck. At one point I had almost $60 in coupons and then I played a little bit more and managed to finally get the $40. Jennie tried another machine and still no luck. I was going to start the one next to her but we decided to go looking around.

We got a camera because I wanted to take pictures of the various displays. We stopped at Odyssey and The Discovery Channel Store and the Yankee Candle Factory and then we to Imus Coffee shop. We then got ready to go. We took a few more pictures and then walked to the car.

By then the sun was out and it was beautiful. The drive was very pretty light. The hour went by pretty well. Traffic seemed to build a little by the East Haven area. I think we got to Jennie’s house a little after 1:15 and then I was home by 1:30.

Mom was in Hartford at her meetings by then. The mail was on the table and I saw that I got some labels from GFWC and a holiday card from Sherri Redinger. I also noticed we got a card from Cheryl and her family. Mom is not ready to open them so we will later.

Since I have been home, did some email reading and forum reading and watched some TV. Around 3 the sky changed and the sun went behind the clouds. It got colder. I did vacuuming downstairs and up the stairs and the hallway. Tomorrow I am going to vacuum the bathroom and my room.

Apparently Jessica Vampyre had a bad morning and started swearing and several people on the “nameless” list objected. Some didn’t make a big deal. Heather Collins I remembered demanding the moderator doing something about it.

I think I am going to lie down for a bit. At least until Mom gets home. I am not sure what time she will be ehre. I have a feeling she will be home by 5.

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

It was a slow day for me

Well I spent the day just updating the Christmas card list and updating the address books. I managed to send out e-cards to the woman’s club. Mom even suggested I send to the 4th District.

The sun was out for most of the day until 2 or so where it got gray and colder and windier. I don’t know if it is supposed to get rain tonight or not. I am going to have to go to bed early tonight if I want to be up in time to take Jenny and me up to the breakfast buffet.

I got an email today from Telka. We have been invited to an awards presentation by Gary Smith from the VFW. It is on December 18th. That’s the day I go back to work. I have no idea if I will be able to go. I am going to be tired that day.

I heard on the news tonight that the man who was stranded in the Oregon Mountains with his family and went out to get help was found dead today. His wife and two children were found on Monday. They had been stranded for 11 days in the mountains.

I did call Dottie about the phone messages. I hope she understood them. She has been really busy these days. I will make the rest of the calls tomorrow.

Well the garbage is out and NPR is playing on the radio and I have my newly received pedometer from Mom and I am going use that tomorrow. Jennie called to remind me that we are going tomorrow. I even asked her if she would call me as a wake up call and she said she would but then I thought it would be unfair of me to ask her to do that. I have to be responsible enough to get myself up.

Mom and I were talking about the drive up. She reminded me to drive safely and to stay in the slow lane. We both realized I would be in the heart of the commuter traffic. I told her I would just drive as safe as possible and not worry about the traffic.

I better get going…

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

December 5, 2006

It is gray and cloudy right now. I am not even bothering to pay attention to the weather report on the radio. It is supposed to be sunny today and probably in the 30’s. Just checked weather.com and it is 29 degrees and cloudy. Sunrise was 18 minutes ago. The sun came out a little after 8…yeah...

I spent the morning updating my address book surfing the net and watching TV. I took my bath around 11 and got dressed. Mom came home

Dave came for me around 12:40 and we headed to the movie theater. We got the tickets and then got some food. I really over did it. Two slices of pizza, fries with cheese and chili and a shake. We went and saw Casino Royale. It was good by at one point I noticed it got really long. Afterwards I had to use the ladies room and then we went to Borders.

We found a CD for Patrick and Dave got his card and then we headed back to the car it was just 3:30. Mom was on the computer. She had gone shopping we talked about dinner and around 5 we ate.

We had salmon and rice and vegetables. I couldn’t finish it because I was full. Mom did ask me if I had anything at the movie theater I told her a shake. She was not pleased but guess what I don’t care.

I was offended that Mom continues to brush off any offers to help her with moving something or just even chatting. I was telling her in a fun way that I would be sitting in her chair. She got all flustered and acted as though I was intruding on her all important emails. It was hurtful but I walked away.

Telka emailed about the gift wrapping and I realized I am working from 11 to 1 that day. I have to wear black and something else. I also emailed her about the bowl-a-thon money. She will give it to me on Saturday. I had told her in the email I needed to bring it on FRIDAY. Something else came up as well. Apparently the Chamber of Commerce requires the girls who have written grants to attend the meeting at 4 pm. They need a ride and an adult there I guess.

I haven’t had any responses from Rich Smith or Barry Kasdan in regards to the request yet. I hope they call soon.

I need to finish the card list tomorrow and get the newsletter written. I looked on line for some ideas on how to write them. I can’t to a few sites that had good ideas. I can’t find the links right now but I am going to do a search.

I had a few emails from guys. One was in regards to the Hobby Kat which I thought was a legitimate site but apparently it was spam. I had replied to it via the list and it was an invite to check out the site. He then emails me and asks me to look for a job for him.
I sent the reply confirming that he spammed the group and told him I didn’t know him so what would be the point. I told him not to email me again. I don’t know if he replied. I think I may have blocked his email.

Gloria Woodward emailed asking me if I was interested and I didn’t really recognize the email. She was wondering if I was interested in swapping or buying a poster of Green Bay. She was getting a little pushy but I just said thank you no.

This guy emailed me wanting to be pen pals. He is married and has written to women only for friendship. I told him I don’t write men. I was going to give him the reason being I had that experience last spring.

It is now after 10 and I am exhausted. I need to get to sleep so I can get up fairly early and get these cards finished up as much as possible. I am thinking I might go to the store and buy more. I am not sure.

Monday, December 04, 2006

No Snow

Well it is nearly 1 AM Monday morning. Mom went to bed shortly before Midnight and is probably still reading. I have been checking emails and reading the different message boards I belong to. It is truly amazing just how mean and cruel people can be on the IMDB forums for the various actors and movies.

I did something stupid (again). I left a pen in the pocket of one of my pants that I washed today and it is all over the white pants the denim pants and perhaps the shirt as well. I hadn’t noticed it when I put them in the dryer but I did when I took them OUT of the dryer. I washed them again and hopefully I will get them out. If the stains do not come out I will have to do them by hand.

I will have to find another way to contact Barry Kasdan tomorrow. I received a message “undeliverable” or rejection because it wouldn’t accept my email. Liz liked the email I sent. I am going to have to go on Mom’s and find another email for him. IF that still doesn’t work I will have to call him.

I am going to revise the birthday list for a bit...

I went to bed shortly after 1 and slept until 7 this morning. I woke up to sun. There was no snow no cloudy rain. I was bummed It must have moved out to see and passed us completely. L

This morning I spent time on the computer. I wrote my emails and checked the forums and printed out calendars for Mom to check out stuff for her employees at the mental health department or what ever one it is.

I resent the email to Barry Kasdan as it was rejected last night. I am hoping it works this time. I will give it until the end of the day.

I got a lovely card from Tina Puentes my pen pal from TX. It has a teddy bear on it. I will add her name to my card list.

I haven’t heard from Carol yet. I sent her an email asking for her brother’s address so I can mail them a card. I also asked for his son’s and daughters address as I don’t think I have it anymore.

Well I managed to buy Bob’s gift. Not sure when it will get here but it seemed tough to do it. I did put auto order and hopefully I put the right dates in it. We will see.

It is after 7 and I just got off the phone with Dave. He was a little annoyed and in shock. The reason behind that is the tree they were decorating came crashing down today. It broke several of the ornaments he collected over the years. We talked about our weekend activities, how the shopping went, and how if I didn’t get out of the house soon Mom would be going crazy.
Anyway, he is picking me up for the movies tomorrow. We are going to see Casino Royale. It is playing at the mall. Then perhaps we can do a little shopping. He has to leave tomorrow night for his flight for work.

Even though I am letting something go (okay so maybe I am not) but Mom pissed me off once again. She was reading something in her office and it was dark. I suggested she put the light on and she was incredibly rude to me. She said if she wanted to she would put the light on. She accused me of harassing her! Can you believe her arrogance? This is the same woman who missed her goddamned chair in the dark Thanksgiving night and I am harassing her? Well so is constantly telling me I shouldn’t be watching TV all day long (on my vacation no less).

Around 8 the spy sweeper went on and that should take about an hour. I guess I could go watch TV. I am just very tired though. Nahh..I don’t want to. I guess I could work on my birthday list and Christmas card List…J

Sunday, December 03, 2006

This weekend

Saturday, I woke up around 5 maybe and was dozing. I could hear the early morning show on NPR. I finally got up at 7 after having some really weird dreams. It was a mixture of things that I can’t really remember.

The sun rise looked very pretty. Mom stayed in bed until 8. My plans started to go feed the cat and then pick up the printer paper for Mom at Costco. Instead it was shopping and I managed to get a lot done by 11.

Before leaving for the day I checked my bank account and noticed Liz cashed the check I gave her for Mom’s party. She told me Friday afternoon the boys do not have money. That it will be mainly her and Nelson providing for this party.

I made sure I sent a thank you e-card to Mardi for lunch Friday. It was really cute. It was a bear saying thank you in different languages and basically saying no matter how I say it. It is from the heart. I had heard from Mardi later on in the day.

Yesterday my duties as kitty sitter ended for this round. Roberta and Mike came home from Aruba. Once they have settled in and back into routine they will take me out to dinner as payment. It will be good to see them and probably tanned.

As I mentioned after getting some ideas from Mom I went shopping and I managed to get gifts for:

Ethel
Nelson Jr
Adam
Chris and Stephanie and their kids-stop and shop card and I will get little toys or something for the little ones
Gift cards for Emily, Jamie, Kristina
I also got the Yankee gift swap for the woman’s club. I spent a little more than I should have for that but who cares.

I will do more shopping as soon as I get some stuff done here (read: Room cleaning). The people I still have to get for now are:

Diane
Robert
John (For the last two Mom feels gas cards would be good)
Bob I need to order the coffee TODAY.
Rich
Nelson
Liz
Jennie. (Surprise!) (No I am not listing it because I want you to be surprised)
Mom
I also managed to get most if not all of the cards for the family done. I found out one of my cousins is no longer married so I had to combine theirs with their mother Stella. That should be a clue for future reference to who I am referring to.

I need to check with Carol about some addresses. I think I better do those soon. I also want to get the ones that I have addressed done and out of here by today.

This morning it almost got sticky because Mom saw the mess of clothes over flowing from the basket and my first reaction was to get pissed and I did not at her directly but in my room. Then I started picking up stuff and realized I either have not enough closet space or I need to be better organized and I approached it from that point with Mom and I apologized for being a bitch lately.

Of course I happen to pick the most inconvenient time. It was when we both needed to be out of the house by 9. I did get to bingo and it went well. Sam did get a little fresh but I had to ask him to stop and he did.

When I came home I opened the car trunk and took some stuff out and put the bowling ball in the back. What I forgot to do is close my car door. Mom came home around 12:30 and told me I left it opened. By then I had started my laundry and emptied the dishwasher.

While updating my Christmas card list Roberta called we talked for about 45 minutes about her trip and about things that happened while she was away and family stuff. We will get together to get my nails done sometime this week.

Around 3:30 I got a call from Jennie. She has a client on Wednesday so we can’t go to the Mohegan Sun Breakfast buffet. We are going to try for Thursday. Well I did tell her I would check my schedule and get back to her.

Around 4:30 I took a ride to the post office and on the way there I drove up behind a horse drawn cart with three people on it. It was heading up to Woodmont Road and going very slow. I was afraid I would spook the animal and cause problems. I just waited but I think the drivers behind me were peeved. I turned off at Pepe’s Farm Road.

While I was dropping off the cards there was this woman who was using the APC and it turned out to be Darren Murray’s ex wife. She was very pleasant and had really nice things to say about him. Which is rare I think. She acknowledged that they married way to young.

When I came home I parked the car in the driveway just in case the snow storm comes during the night. Right now I am watching Van Helsing.

Saturday, December 02, 2006

What a dayI had Friday

Oh what a day! I had some rough patches with Mom over directions to Wallingford. She got over it after awhile but it still bothered me. I left around 10:30 in the pouring rain and when it came time for me to get off at the exit indicated I got confused because they were going to have me go up to route 22 and onto the Merritt/Wilbur Cross pkwy) and route 5 was right there! I had started going in the direction they said but had doubted it and turned around I drove all the way out to route 5 and it was long. There was an accident on that highway and it was stressing me out.

I finally found Applebee’s (after stopping at car dealership and asking for directions) and found Mardi waiting for me. We sat in the car and chatted until 11:30. We were not sure what time it opened but we got in were seated quickly and we spent the next half hour 45 minutes talking about our family, and health, and work. When we finished we said goodbye and we went our separate ways. I had the best time. Mardi is someone I could talk to and she doesn’t judge or anything I love it.

I got home around 12:30. The rain had subsided and started up again a while later. I checked my mail and talked with Mom. After that I called Liz and we decided to get together then. I drove over by 1 or so and we went through the list and I have to make some calls. Liz made some comments I didn’t really like…

It was nearly 3 when I got back home it was raining again and dark. I watched TV and wrote up a Christmas gift list. Around 4 it got darker and I got online for a while and Mom came home by then.

I went to see the cat around 5 and was going to Costco for mom but couldn’t find my id holder so I came back. It was really pissing me off. It was on the floor in the back. I will go tomorrow.

The rest of the night I was checking emails, and watched the Polar Express which is a great film.

The virus scan is still going on but I am going to check some emails and get ready for bed.

Not doing very much this morning