8/22/17 ftf, wren

I forget that these posts can be viewed by others outside the ftf group.  That’s a bit inhibiting…

Yesterday’s eclipse was fun, although not nearly as dramatic as advertised.  A whole lot of people must have traveled north to see the total eclipse, because traffic was exceptionally light on a day when its usually at it’s worst – the first day of school.  The entire eclipse lasted about 2.5 hours.  I went outside from time to time to watch the changes and then stayed a bit longer for the peak.  Although we had 93% coverage, the sky did not grow dark and the temperature did not cool.  That says something about the power of the sun.

Today starts off with a personnel meeting, and in the afternoon I’m spending time with a potentially needy new faculty member.  After today, my work attendance will be spotty.  I’ll miss part of tomorrow, because I must take J in for a medical procedure, but I won’t know which part of the day will be missed until we get the appointment time tonight.  I’m taking Thursday off for my birthday.  I’ll be in to work on Friday, and then am taking Monday and Tuesday off for a trip to Bryce Canyon.  The point being that I need to do some more accomplishing while I still can!

morning

meditate

happy dog time!

cardio

work day

e-mail

am meeting

email SA about new debit card

pm meeting

job description

deposits

letter for SA

negotiate correction to amendment 1

update SOP

July EOR

Eisai uTRAC

change of PI forms

research payroll companies

p card documentation

Abbvie invoice

evaluations

complete first RATS class

after work

hike

garden

read

Had a very nice time with Cate yesterday – we had avocado toast which was lovely, and then the famous Cronut! Cate thought she’d had one before, but it turned out she’d been misinformed and had actually had something completely different, so it was her first Cronut too. Very delicious and flakey with a lovely jam and custard filling. We had a nice long catch-up.

Back in the office for the rest of the week now and today’s priority, once again, is dealing with the payroll and setting up the payments to go on Thursday. Then hopefully I can turn my attention to the backlog at last. Hoping for a good chat with Z today too as we only have lunch together twice this week and then she’s off on her hols for a week.

  • STLs
  • deal with emails from yesterday – various needy people
  • payroll
  • set up confidential payments
  • whatever else there’s time for
  • sort out plans for the rest of the week 
  • writing

calypte 21st August

T-8

Schools being back has made a nice positive difference to the noise levels, thank goodness, and fingers crossed no more bugs lately! Sleeping a bit better, and reasonably pleased with energy levels, so doing a one day of stuff, one day of lazy pattern. Today is lazy! 😉

Friday I went to the cinema by myself in the afternoon, and saw The Hitman’s Bodyguard, which I really enjoyed as a bit of daft fun and so am surprised at the vehemence of the negative reviews. I swallowed my irritation with K and hung about with a cup of tea until she showed up for their evening viewing of Dark Tower – which I’ll see tomorrow – so I could return her keys that she mistakenly left with me weeks ago. The temptation to make her come and fetch them was huge, but she seems completely oblivious to how p’ed off I was. Ho-hum.

I do acknowledge that I’m just generally quite touchy at the moment, as my nerves ratchet up ahead of next week. For instance, during this morning’s phone call from the hospital nurse, she apologised for ‘disturbing me at work’, which really irritated me – no, I’m waiting for you lot to finally give me the surgery that’ll give me my life and energy back, cheers! It was a weird phonecall all ’round: something about last week’s blood test – which was the 10 days before op request – but apparently no knowledge that I’m booked in for surgery next week. I’m none the wiser as to what it was all about, but I’m working hard not to be too anxious about it – they’ll surely phone back if it’s anything other than lack of communication.

Spent yesterday with my folks, relieved to find town not as hectic as feared, so had a nice lunch and long wander in Paperchase – got some freebies on my Treat Me card, hurrah! Treated myself to some pretty ribbon, although been very restrained of late on craft supplies as I’ve not touched any in months. Really hoping that I can pick some of that back up again in my recovery phase. So, one of my to-dos for the week is to try and declutter a bit so I come back to a craft room with usable surfaces!

Also on today’s list: reviews, as ever, and making honey plum chicken. And lots of TV 🙂

J’s birthday yesterday was a great success.  This is no small feat, as he tends to be rather grumpy about his birthday.  He worked on Saturday, so I set the kitchen table up with a beautiful bouquet of flowers, a home-made, sugar-free birthday cake, and a few wrapped presents and cards to greet him when he walked in the door.  He really enjoyed the cake, and he was especially pleased with his painting (I need to take a photo of it!).  BTW, I like painting on that smallish size canvas with acrylics so much that I am going to do a painting of my mom’s dog for her October birthday.

I also got tickets to a matinee performance of The Book of Mormon on J’s birthday.  We both thoroughly enjoyed it.  It seemed especially perfect to be seeing it in Salt Lake City, since it features so prominently in the show and also since everyone in the audience has the shared experience of living among Mormons every day.  I thought the portrayal of Mormons was spot on.  Everyone in the hall roared with the laughter of recognition at the opening number with the missionaries ringing the doorbells and also at the “Turn it Off” song.  Those pasted on, squeaky clean smiles are not only funny, they are also exceptionally accurate!

Today is the first day of school, which means that traffic will be heavy, and it is also the day of the big American solar eclipse.  A whole lot of people have traveled to places within the path of totality, so many that there are signs on the highway warning to expect very heavy traffic tonight when all of the viewers return home at once.  We’re to have a 93% eclipse in SLC, which is darned closed to total, starting at 10:30 and peaking at 11:30.  I have my special glasses and intend to pop outside from time to time for a look.  In between all of that excitement, I’ll also try to get some work done.

morning

meditate

happy dog time!

cardio

work day

e-mail

find job description for LW

reply to sponsor

watch eclipse!

Enroll in Excel classes

July EOR

Eisai uTRAC

letter for SA

change of PI forms

 

negotiate correction to amendment 1

research payroll companies

p card documentation

Abbvie invoice

evaluations

complete first RATS class

after work

therapy

sleep

 

Had a nice time away at the crime conference in Oxford. They really pack in the talks – there were 8 on Saturday and 3 yesterday morning. Highlights included a talk from the UK’s top soil forensic scientist all about how they can find where you’ve been based on the soil on your shoes, car tyres etc, a two-part thing about whether you need to visit a location to write about it, and yesterday’s talk from Yrsa Sigurdadottir about Iceland. She was so charming and funny that I felt slightly bad for not enjoying the book of hers which I read a while back, it creeped me out, but it was certainly very atmospheric! She had some photos of Iceland including one of a little fluffy white fox – needless to say, my mother now wants to go to Iceland 🙂

It was also nice to see my mum, my aunt and uncle and their friend. Unfortunately my aunt’s baggage didn’t arrive and apparently the airline doesn’t look for bags over the weekend so that was pretty annoying for her. I hope they get it back today.

A half day for me today, as I’m meeting Cate for a cronut at lunchtime – very much looking forward to seeing her and sampling this famous product!

  • get stuff ready for D who is coming in to do small set of accounts
  • STLs
  • clear up emails from Friday
  • start collecting everyone’s bank info so we can get them paid on Thurs…
  • whatever else there is time for (hopefully a chat with Z!)
  • Cronut Time!
  • home admin
  • ironing 
  • Twin Peaks possibly?

8/18/17 ftf, wren

I’m feeling pretty sleepy this morning!  When we were hiking yesterday, Becca starting yiping and shaking her head, so we went home, and then I rushed her to the vet.  We got there just before closing, but our vet very kindly made time to remove some foxtails from her ears.  Poor girl, I imagine it to be an awful feeling to have those things in the ear canal.  All’s well that ends well, but it did mess up my sleep routine, and I’m not feeling rested this morning. 

The boss will be in the office today, and he doesn’t have a lot on his calendar.  That means it could end up being a crazy day at work.  Hope I’m wrong about that!  This weekend will be a busy one.  Tomorrow I’m going to make a few final changes to the painting.  I also need to do a little shopping, bake a sugar-free birthday cake for J, and wrap his gifts.  Sunday is J’s birthday, and we are going to see The Book of Mormon in the city!

morning

meditate

happy dog time!

yoga

work day

e-mail

unscheduled meeting

unscheduled conference call

write PTO policy

internal budget

schedule Daniels Fund meeting

Eisai uTRAC

letter for SA

change of PI forms

July EOR

Enroll in Excel classes

negotiate correction to amendment 1

research payroll companies

Abbvie invoice

evaluations

complete first RATS class

after work

hike

garden

phone mom

calypte 17th August

I’m starting to believe my attempts at an early night are cursed! o_O

Started so well last night: turned everything off nice and early, headed to bed feeling sleepy, and got in some extra meditation and some reading before midnight. Downstairs were utterly silent: first time in months at that time!

First issue was the rain, once again making me twitchy at the dripping noise coming from the non-window side of the room! I’m 99.9% sure it’s to do with the walled-up chimney, but I still get paranoid. So, light on, go to check, turn back – in time to see a large, many-legged ‘visitor’ marching its way above my window. Eeeek!

In fairness, I’m way better than I used to be. I once jammed a towel under the livingroom door and refused to go back in until my dad visited the next day and found the thing! Last night, I only briefly considered sleeping on the sofa! Alas, it did mean I pulled the duvet up over my ears, and woke about 4am cramped from the tensed position, and stewingly hot. Argh!!

So, today’s plans will probably be dialled down a notch o_O

In nicer news, took wren’s advice and made the enchilada sauce yesterday – and it was delicious! Good call 🙂

  • mp/sl
  • decide what to eat today! Have the other half of the enchilada sauce, potatoes (and about to get more!), and plums needing used in honey plum chicken (but no juice or maple syrup, hmm!)
  • make yogurt
  • make banana oat bars
  • put enchilada recipe on AJJ before I forget my tweaks
  • another review
  • paint toenails
  • watch a movie – in lieu of cinema?
  • bath?
  • still try for another early night, although I’m half-predicting an earthquake LOL!