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Awesome Day

I had such an awesome day today.Work went well.I got a lot off my desk.Now I just have to through tomorrow and then make sure all that is taken care of.I will have left everything in the capable hand of my team mate JN.I stayed and did OT.
I came home and Mom’s meeting was just nearly ending.I took a moment and talked with a few people who were having a side bar conversation in the back room.It was getting later than I had expected so I decided not to go to the DTC meeting.I opted for having Dinner and watching TV.
I heard from Jim a couple of times today.It was about Monday’s activities.He wanted to let me know that he would meet us at the hotel around 3 on Sunday.When he called later he asked if all my papers were in order.I had explained that the certificate was mailed a few months ago.He did make a very good point that they would not know what it was about.I think I better call them tomorrow and fully explain.I will be very annoyed if there were papers to sign and neither parent nor…
The last two days have been very busy for me.  Work has been busy with every thing and both nights I stayed until 6.  I might be able to stay for only two more nights this week.  Tomorrow night I have an appointment with the Hematologist. 

I was supposed to be writing up the minutes from the 4th District meeting last night but after I got home and made shrimp for dinner (baked) I just got so tired and fell flat.  Tonight has been the same thing. I did manage to send out an email to the 4th asking them to pick a date for our next meeting.  As it stands it conflicts with the membership cocktail party.

Mom gave me her left over spaghetti and eggplant from her lunch this afternoon.  It was delicious.  She wasn’t all that hungry and opted for cereal.  It was during dinner that I felt weird.  I got light headed.  It was not the only time.  It has happened three times already.  When it happened at the table Mom asked me if I told the doctor.  I will when I see him at the next appointment.  …

I really had a hard time getting up

I really wanted to get up early so I could get some stuff done before leaving for work.It didn’t happen.I kept turning the snooze button on the cell phone.When I finally did get up I was rushing around and managed to leave just before 7:30.The weather wasn’t helping any either.
Work went well.I had to train JanetN to fill in for me while I am gone next week.We managed to get the mail done by 1 or so.It should be fine. I spent the late afternoon thinking today was Friday.I still have two more days before that happens.
The weather all day was rainy and cold.It basically stopped late this afternoon.Now in the dark I can see the stars and the clouds.The rain filled the wetlands and you can’t even see where the marsh is anymore.It looks like one big lake.
I saw the Hematologist tonight.He says everything looks good (except the swelling of the legs) but that may be soon I won’t have to take the meds anymore.He wants me to take them for now until at least maybe march or April (it will be a year…

My Calendar is getting full

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I noticed that my online calendars are not coordinated with my appointment books.I have a lot of stuff that need to be added to both.For Example DMarcus emailed us about two upcoming activities.The first is the Military Whist at her Synagogue on March 9th, and then the dinner gathering at Vito’s in Newington on the 16th.
Tonight DMarcus called with updates.She had talked with M&R and they are all set for the 9th.So I will be riding up with them.I still have to coordinate the time.It starts at 7:30.They are not how ever going to be at the Vito’s with us.So Debbie and I discussed the possibility of me driving to her house in Wallingford and then we drive to Newington together.It will be late by the time we get back to her house and then of course back home.
In April our group will be attending DMarcus’ Synagogue’s Anniversary Dinner and that’s on the 20th.I will have to get a new outfit for that one.(OMG Did I really say a new outfit?)
The woman’s Club has a lot of things coming up.The…

Lazy Afternoon

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The weather is not conducive to an active afternoon.The sun has been playing hide and seek for most of the morning with the clouds winning out in the afternoon.I did manage to get the rest of the laundry going and it’s finishing up as I write this.
I just took a look at Weather.com and almost all around us there is snow, ice and a mixed precipitation.I don’t envy the residents living in the Cape Cod Area.Can anyone tell me the difference between Weatherbug.com and Weather.com?Don’t they get their information from the same place?
The rest of the time I have spent watching the NCIS weekend Marathon.I figured it was on only yesterday (Yay USA) but it isn’t.I have seen most of them at least a million times.I did surf the web for a while too.
I am glad the marathon is on because I just do not want to watch the Oscars.They bore me to death.Besides I can find the winners online as soon as they are announced.I saw a portion of Shindler’s List last night.It was very good.It has gotten me consider…

So Many things I wanted to write

There were a number of things I wanted to write about this week.  The meteor hitting Russia, The newest addition at Sea World, and one other that all of a sudden popped out of my head.  Well any way it will come back.  It may be a connection soon.

Anyway so a meteor hits Russia.  When I saw the pictures and the video I couldn’t get over the damage it did.  It was beautiful yet frightening that it could happen so quickly and so what I believe is widespread.  It also reminded me of all the disaster movies that have this as a possibility of ever happening.  When I did some checking the first thing I came across was the article in the Palatinate Online that was posted yesterday.  I will be the first to not understand what it is saying but it is scary.  The picture from Fox Network reminds me of the ribbon in the Star Trek: Generations Movie in which Dr. Soran is trying to manipulate the ribbon to get him into the Nexus.

My heart goes out to that little Russian Boy who was killed.   The stor…

Saturday Goings On

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It was cloudy when I got up this morning.I left here by 7:30 and stopped at the Dunkin Donuts for breakfast.The two cream and chocolate brownie features this month.I had the two Brownie ones and of course the hash browns and coffee.I got to New Haven just before 8 but into the office after 8.I spent the next six hours scanning.It was a good day’s work I think.
By the time I left it had been raining so it was pretty raw out.I got home by quarter of three where I found Mom preparing our dinner.She was making tomato sauce for spaghetti.She had been shopping earlier so now she was just relaxing until church.
I had lunch and watched TV until 3:30.I decided to get some laundry done and get bills paid.I didn’t do any of that last night.It was also just about then I decided I would get in my jammies for the night too.I didn’t have any plans for the rest of the night other than what I said I would do so there it is in a nutshell.

Lots going on

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Hey everyone I just wanted to let you know I am fine.The last few days I haven’t had a lot of energy to do much of anything and the sleep quota had been low until last night.
Yesterday my Nephew John Eldest Son of Brother Bob and Sister in Law Ethel turned 30 years old.Ethel had a mass said for him at St Lawrence church at 7:30 and Mom went with her.I don’t understand why it’s so early but next time I hope to participate.Anyway he has many birthday wishes posted to his wall on Facebook.After getting his address I sent him a birthday card and he should get it next week some time.
I have been trying to get to talk to Sis all week but she has been busy.Earlier this week one of her closest classmates lost her battle with Cancer and they were close.However, she must be dealing with it well because she has been on the go all week.Everyone in their family is well.Oh Liz will be serving communion on Sunday morning and doing the readings at the late Sunday Mass.
I heard from Jim yesterday.He thou…

It was a long Day

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Today was pretty long. I wasn’t feeling all that well and at some point my back was really hurting.I took some Tylenol and it was infinitely better but not as much.It was hard to breath at times.
Because of the federal holidays mail was a bit skewed but it was done by the time I started OT.It was just about then my back began to hurt again.When I left it was after 6.I got all the way to the car and discovered I left my keys on my desk.I was really frustrated.It took some effort to walk from the office to the garage and now I had to go back and do it again.I think it was just before 6:30 when I got back to the car and headed home.
Luckily the drive wasn’t bad.No traffic jams so I made it home by quarter of 7.Mom was waiting for me and dinner.I knew I should have called her.She understood.
I had the left over Shepherd’s pie (comfort food I called it) and Mom poached some eggs.After dinner I came upstairs and watched the Entertainment shows until NCIS came on.
I enjoyed the episode.I am not …

Finally Got some Sleep

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Well I couldn’t sleep very well after three.  I have discovered if I sleep with that pillow chair it would be okay (but slightly uncomfortable) because I am at incline and there isn’t a lot of pressure on the sides bothering me.  If I don’t sleep with it-it can be uncomfortable.  I know this doesn’t make sense but it is the truth.   I took the night time Tylenol and it let me sleep until 8.  Overall no pain but I am sure it will wear off.   Well I know I still have the problem when I yawn it is still catching.

I woke to a fresh blanket of snow this morning.  It didn’t start until some time after midnight.  Before going to bed last night I checked out twitter and saw some tweets to Channel 8’s Gil Simmons (he is the weatherman there) and there were reports of snow. 

Mom was just getting up when I was leaving.  She still wasn’t feeling well and it would see she had a lazy day so far.  She was sleeping in the chair out back when I came home from my morning activities.

How were my mornin…

Long and Busy

Good evening everyone I hope you are doing well.I am very tired and still not feeling completely well. The shoulder is getting better but I still have some pain in the lower back (and when I am in the cold air and walking fast) and or when I yawn.Although I did find I was able to lie down this afternoon with little or no problem.I am not sure what that is about.
I went to work this morning for a few hours and got a lot done.I was hoping to get there fairly early but after last night’s crappy sleep fest.It wasn’t prudent.Getting to the garage was somewhat of a chore.I was hoping to park near the building but that wasn’t the case.Public works was also doing some major snow removal at the intersections and caused some what of a delay.
After work I went to the nursing home for the Valentine’s Delivery.The club every year makes home make cards to deliver to the residents of the nursing home (120 residents).We then pick a day (usually before Valentines Day) and deliver them.We were supposed t…

There is something Different about the Street

Whoa…I leave bright and early this morning to a very crowded street (filled with the snow) and tonight the street is much wider.  Thank you Mallico Construction.  Neighbor Don was not pleased.  I bet he is now. 

I had a great day at work.  I stayed until 6 and then came home.  I will be going in early tomorrow.  It also depends on the weather.  I have heard several conflicting reports about this weekend.  I have gone on record as saying Enough no more snow.

I talked with Mom today she was barely awake.  She isn’t feeling completely well yet.  We both feel she may be catching a cold.  She really doesn’t need this on top of every thing else that’s been going on.

I had a good session with Debra.  WE talked about the storm and how we dealt with it.  What my weekend plans will be etc.  I also expressed some concern about Mom.  Now that is in mid to late 80’s her health isn’t the greatest.  On some level it hasn’t been and others she is fine.   As I told Debra I don’t think she will be gainin…

Thankful Thursday 2/14/2013

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I think it’s been weeks since I did a Thankful Thursday post.Let’s see where to start:
I am thankful the snow is melting.I really enjoyed it while it came down and it was nice to have a couple of days off but truthfully I was getting cabin fever.I am thankful for my family, friends, job, volunteering.
I had a great day at work.It was busy and I managed to get a lot done.Everything about it is just wonderful.
Mom is not feeling well again.It’s her stomach this time.I am not sure about the incessant itching she had earlier this week.She said the previous meds for is completely out of her system and she has not taken the new stuff yet. She got some grocery shopping done and some other stuff too.
I haven’t talked with Jim in a while.He did call after the storm was over and compared storm stories with Mom.I guess he is doing alright.He has reserved a room for us in March for Jamie’s’ Confirmation ceremony.The kids are doing well as well.
I haven’t talked with Ethel since the comb…

Today went as expected

Today went pretty much the way I expected-lots of mail and very busy.  I did some scanning while waiting for  the second round of work.  I also found more lockbox waiting for me so it was just about then that I asked to stay late for the mail.  I kept going.  I have a few small piles to open and will do that in the morning.  I worked through most of my lunch but was able to get something lite.

I decided to take a taxi home since I would miss the buses to Milford.   I was home not to long after I caught one.  I actually called for one but this one was just driving around.   I am not sure what time it was when I got home.  I had a few minutes to relax before dinner.

Mom was cooking spaghetti for dinner since it was Lent.  She said oh there is plenty of meat for you…I reminded her that it is Lent.  Unfortunately I had already blown it because I had sausage for breakfast.    I didn’t want to compound my actions any further.  It was delicious but now is making me extremely thirsty.

We found o…

Wednesday Mid Week Reflection

So it is that time again for Mid-Week reflection.  What has happened this week that impacted my life.  Well for me along with many in the Northeast was the biggest snow storm of 2013.  It like Thor’s Hammer to many cities and towns causing enormous consternation.  As of right now Clean up continues.  Some streets and roads have yet to be completely cleared of the snow.  It has irritated many because it makes for dangerous driving.

Roadways, businesses, and schools were all shut down  for several days for safety and protection until the storm passed. Many schools will be opened by Thursday.  I return to work today.  It was suggested that we make arrangements with our administrations to use our time and continue to remain home.  No.  Not going to happen.  I am already expecting mail to backed up from Friday.  Besides I can’t stay here another day.  I would be bored.

Milford had their share of accidents and storm related deaths.  Sadly someone had died of a heart attack while shoveling.  T…

The Sun is shining

The sun is shining now but I wasn’t too sure it would stay out.  Anyway I managed to get some if not all the slush off the side walk.  I did it from our sidewalk to the driveway.  I pulled the snow away from the muffler/exhaust pipe and  pulled it way from the door where Mom nad her passengers do not have to climb over snow to get in.  However, that will all change when  the temps drop later tonight.  We are supposed to get more snow by the end of the week.

Mom had a CAC 6 meeting (I am hoping not far) at 2 but it was cancelled o she is getting ready for the day.    However, she is so uncomfortable.  She is still itching all over and she couldn’t sleep.    Even the Gold Bond Lotion didn’t work for her.  Sorry Gold Bond..  She later told me she got an appointment for 2 and left here around 1:30.

Dr. T sent out the cancellation notice for tomorrow night’s meeting.  It will be rescheduled for next Wednesday at the same time.  Again barring any  weather events that may happen.  Later on mor…

Just Realized

I was  sitting watching TV when for the umpteenth Ad for seafood came on that I realized that Wednesday begins the Lenten Season.  It is also Valentine’s Day the day after and I haven’t gotten any cards mailed out .  When ever there is a storm or event and I don’t  leave the house for any reason I forget that time is running out  to get certain things  done.  So I do have to get to the store tomorrow sometime and get them and mail them out by noon.

The Borough sent out another Post Storm update.   Senior Warden of the Borough  gave a report that almost all of the streets are passible and will continue to be worked on.  He urged people to drive safely   They are going to be trucking the snow away (not sure where they are going to put it) .  The6y reminded residents to have the sidewalks cleared as best as they can.

The City of Milford says  all offices will be closed so they can concentrate on getting the city cleaned up from the snow.  That should go well with a lot of residents.

Well I …

Another Day off Tomorrow

I just got word via email that we are being asked to stay home tomorrow.  I have mixed feelings about this.  A part of me is now officially over the storm and want to get back to routine.  I am expecting now what would be few days of mail  waiting for me come Wednesday.  It is a bit overwhelming.    The other part of me is saying “cool”.  However, I know Mom will not want me watching TV all day either.  So I expect to be working on taxes and bills.

Dr. T sent out emails regarding the club.  First she sent out the newsletter and then about the decision to cancel Wednesday’s meeting or not.  She also has tentative dates for the Creative Writing contest reception planed for late April and Late May.

Neighbor Don sent me an email regarding the Garbage Pick up schedule resuming.  It looks like ours will be on Saturday again for this week.  That’s good because it will take me that long just to get them out to the curb the night before.

I just remembered I have to send out an email to the 4th Di…

Wow this is quite a shock.

I was watching TV this morning when at the bottom of the screen the news that Pope Benedict XVI is resigning his papacy scrawled across.  He announced yesterday and then I read more here.  Mom was shocked when she heard this.  She has never known any other Pope to do this.  When she asked I said probably due to the Sex Abuse scandal.  Then I admitted I didn’t really know.  According to the article above now I do.

The first questions that pop into my head are What will happen next?  Well the process of finding a successor (for a lack of a better term).  The last time they did this  was eight years ago when his immanent was chosen and he became the leader of the Catholic Church.  How will the world react to this news?  What will this mean for the Catholic church will the rules that the Pope had made be rescinded?  Can they be rescinded?  According to this article much speculation has already started.

The reasons for his resignation slated to take affect at the end of this month were is hi…

Not going to work today

Well it looks like I won’t be going to work until Tuesday.  I actually found out from Facebook and then I checked my inbox at work.   They said non-essential  personnel need to stay home so that the University and the city can continue clean up methods.  I made some calls and sent some emails to confirm the information.

Yesterday was a little stressful.  Mom and I were snapping at each other.  I didn’t like the way she was talking to me and she wasn’t thrilled with the way I was responding.  It was frustrating.  I don’t think it was because we were literally in the house together the entire weekend.  Its just because I don’t like how she responds to anything I say or do.  Part of it is basically attitudes from both  of us.

For example I cleared off the cars.  She didn’t like the fact I didn’t do hers while I was out there  doing mine.  I figured she  didn’t ask me to do hers yet..  So needless to say I had to do it a couple of times.  Neighbor Don did an awesome job on snow blowing the …

I didn't know

Last night I was looking out the window towards New Haven Avenue when I saw a car driving towards West Haven and I was shocked and confused.  It wasn’t until an hour and half later that I found out the travel ban had been lifted around 4 pm yesterday afternoon.  I posted it on twitter after midnight and my friends from the NCIS world replied.  They said most of the parking/driving bans were lifted by 4 pm.

Hopefully that means that in the next 48 hours our streets will be user friendly.  I don’t know if we will have to go to work  tomorrow or not.  I know I won’t be leaving the street for bingo either. 

I called the nursing home to let them know I wasn’t coming in.  I took  a few minutes to chat with the woman and she said they were tired but still doing okay.

I am not sure what time I finally fell asleep.  I continue to have problems getting comfortable lying down on the bed with what ever aches I am having and also the breathing at first.  I had this wild idea that perhaps I have a bl…

Still Cold

It is after 10.  The digging out around the neighborhood has stopped for now.  Don finished probably around 3 or 4.  I also noticed in several different places that the snow was melting quickly.  This is one time I hope it is all melted by Thursday as it is recycle day and garbage day for us.  It took me some time to pick up the recycle bin from the ground and it still has snow in it.  The garbage can is firmly planted in the  snow by the stairs.

The travel ban is still in effect for the state.  We even got email alerts from the Patch.com asking residents to be patient with the Public works department as they begin to plow and get things back to normal.  So the only thing I will be doing tomorrow morning is making a path on the porch to the sidewalk (still a lot of snow there).

I was watching some videos from around the New England area to see how they faired and how much the storm hit them.  It was very pretty to watch but yeah every one got hit.  I even looked at pictures on Weather.c…

Digging out

Well good morning my friends.  The storm has ended for most of the South Eastern part of the state.  All that’s left is the digging out.  Earlier this morning Neighbor Kim and her girls were digging out but it seemed to be too
snow blower now and I am thinking we will have to move our cars eventually.  I have heard that Milford got 40 inches of snow.

I have heard from some of my friends Like T and of course Dave.  They are buried in snow completely.  I sent out a general email to my lists of friends and groups that I am on and have heard from at least a couple of people so far. 

Mom got up this morning but had no actual newspaper.  Of course she went on line to read as she does when there is no paper.  She is feeling much better then she did yesterday so now she is going to be doing stuff (within the limits of the house).

I am all showered and have (what I hope is ) a final load of laundry for the weekend going on now.   Then I probably will spend some time straightening up the room and…

Storm update

As you can see I haven’t gone to bed.  It isn’t for a lack of trying but I decided I didn’t want to go yet.  I was checking out Facebook and some other sites to see how others are dealing with the storm.  My neighbor Kim shared a video of their dog Finian playing in the snow.  He liked it at first but I think with the wind and the deep snow and the ice pelting against the windows and house it was too much for him.  Others have a predicament on what to do with their fur babies when there is a lot of snow and not too much walking space. 

Like I said it is still snowing but the ice is no longer hitting the house or windows so it is a little quieter.  Even the wind is barely audible.  The accumulation is now closer to the 2 feet they had predicted.

State Rep Kim H Rose announced that many of my fellow Woodmont  residents are currently without power.  She said repair crews are out there now.  Happily we never lost the power.  I am thinking those closer to the beaches then we are lost the po…

Not slowing down

It is 8:30 and the storm is going strong outside.  The snow and ice is hitting the windows very hard.  So hard it sounds like the glass is breaking.  It hasn’t really let up all night.

The various reports I have heard and read is that Milford it self should get anywhere from 15 to 25 inches of snow by the time this is through tomorrow afternoon by 5. 

Governor Malloy issued a travel ban by 4 pm this afternoon.  Many of the reporters who had to be out in this weather noticed that almost everyone listened to the ban and stayed inside. 

I spent the afternoon watching TV, surfing the net and reading and answering emails.  One of them was from my brother J.  He wanted us to know that he reserved a room for us at the hotel Wyngate(?) in Allentown for the weekend of my nephew’s confirmation.  This particular hotel is literally right off the highway there and definitely down the street from Dorney Park.

Mom got up around 6 after the phone rang.  The call was from my Cousin Lee in NJ.  We we…

It is snowing

Well the snow started this morning before I left the house.  The drive in was fine.  I got to work and just started working on re-address mail.  It kept me busy until about 10.  I spent time working on the scanning and then opened what little campus mail that had been here when I arrived.

We had gotten an email from the Top admin sending everyone home by 12 so those of us who had not left already were getting ready to go by 12.  I took the highway home at the advice of one co-worker.  It was the best advice too.  I noticed that the highways were much better than the side rides.  I was over on Oxford/Marshall Hill Road when this Toyota started sliding and drove right on to the corner property and drove on to Merwin Avenue.  I was a little nervous that I would slide but it didn’t happen and the person behind me must have noticed what was going on because they gave me wide berth as well.

When I got home Mom was at Costco getting her prescription.  Her car had been returned from the garage …

Batton Down the hatches

All day long people were talking about the impending storm that is coming.  We have heard almost different forecasts.  Most of them agreed it was to all end by Saturday some time.  Anyway people at work were making plans to miss work tomorrow because of the storm.  I am also among those.  I plan on going in tomorrow but if it gets really bad then I am leaving early.  I probably will not be going in to work on Saturday either.

Most of the schools around the state have already cancelled school for tomorrow.  Most businesses and stores have also closed as well.  I was able to cancel the Valentines Delivery for Saturday and the only time that is available is Sunday afternoon.  I have sent the info to T but haven’t heard from her yet.

When I got home tonight I could hear Neighbor Don gathering wood for his wood burning stove for the next several days. He has it all stacked and stored in places that he has access to and won’t run out.  Literally.    He is already planning on not going to work…

I was so tired

I was so tired that I forgot that I had already posted the Wednesday Mid week reflection post this morning.   I am heading to bed very soon.

First I wanted to tell you about last night.  It was snowing when we left for the restaurant.    SIL & Sis were waiting in their car for us and then we walked in  and were seated.  We chatted and ordered our food and then half way through “R” joined us.  We had a blast.  I ended up having Surf and Turf for the main entrĂ©e.  Instead of  the lobster I had stuffed Shrimp.  The waitress recommended that.  The salad was delicious and so was the dessert. 

Work went very well  I got everything done and was able to do over 400 pages of scanning (about 45 batches) by the time I left tonight.  We had a brief meeting with Huron  (the consultants) they basically explained what they will do and for how long. 

When I got home Mom had been “kidnapped” by our Friends Mike and Tessa for a post birthday dinner.  She got home just about 9.  They had dinner at th…