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2/23/17 ftf, wren

I made good progress with the annual budget yesterday and am feel a bit less overwhelmed by work.  I am going in to work today for just one meeting, as a potential new faculty member is in town and it’s in my best interests to meet with her.  J is going to drive into the city with me, so it shouldn’t be too exhausting.



take a look at budget reports

2/22/17 ftf, wren

We’re in the midst of a big snow storm that swept in, with the fanfare of wailing winds, last night.  It looks as if a foot of snow has fallen so far, and we are immersed in Winter again.

The Washington Post has published a very clever graphic of the lies that Trump has told in his 33 days in office.  The chart is color coded – the more lies, the darker the shade – and it shows that he has lied every day of his presidency.  I don’t like his lying, but I do like the Post‘s ingenuity in confronting it.  I don’t know what to say about the fact that some people don’t seem to care about this pathological dishonesty.

I made some progress with work yesterday, although not enough to feel a sense of relief.  I’ll keep at it today, with the following work tasks on the list:


complete Eisai online thingamajig

write back to payroll dude

budgeting:  complete fund 5000

budget: personnel report

budgeting:  fund 6000

budgeting:  funds 2000, 2500 and 9900

2/21/17 ftf, wren

I seem to have turned a corner on Sunday and am no longer feeling constantly tired and in pain.  I have been considering an abbreviated return to work this week, with half days starting on Wednesday.  My brother, however, has just about talked me out of doing that, so we shall see.  I’m starting to feel some anxiety about a number of projects that have appeared, but perhaps if I focus on a first things first approach, I’ll feel less overwhelmed. 

work e-mail

INS invoice

start next step of annual budget

phone Peter

2/13/17 ftf, wren

We’re back from sunny Arizona.  It was really nice to soak up some sun and warm weather, and it was thrilling to see the moon again at night.  A lot of the post-surgical pain is now behind me, although I still tire very easily.  Surgery #2 is tomorrow, so I want to get some things done today.

phone work

phone Andrea

phone Peter

phone hospital

get surgery time

Valentine shop

two hours of non-phone call work

2/3/17 ftf, wren

I ended up devoting a lot of time to work yesterday.  It felt like too much, so I intend to limit myself to 2-3 hours of work stuff for today.  This will give me more time for reading The Goldfinch, which I’m enjoying a lot. 

J and I are planning a quick visit to my mom’s next week, leaving on Sunday.  We both want to get a break from the snow and cold!  Soon after we get back, it will be time for the second surgery, which is scheduled of 2/14/17.


2/2/17 ftf, wren

Happy Groundhog Day!  I have a feeling that Groundhog Day is just a North American thing – is that right?  It’s a silly celebration, but I’m very fond of marmots and am always on board to give them a little recognition.

The big two-week post-surgical visit was yesterday, and it did not go at all as expected.  The surgeon explained that a fairly invasive 2.5 cm endometrial cancer was found.  He was shocked by the pathology results, because he’d been certain that there was no cancer.  He was so certain of this that he didn’t take any lymph nodes for analysis.  One thing that I really like about this doctor is that he always explains various treatment options including “do nothing,” so I always feel as if I’m in control.   I decided on the most aggressive approach, which means having a second surgery to remove  some lymph nodes for analysis.  At least that can be done as an outpatient laparoscopic procedure.  Depending on the results, I’ll most likely follow with some combination of chemo and radiation therapy.  He also encouraged me to take another month off from work.  So I’m trying to adjust to all of this news.  I did have a good, long chat with the boss and am feeling more supported by him.  Oh, and the doc also gave me the clear to begin exercising again, so I’m happy about that.

Today’s to do list:

schedule surgery

schedule therapy


download funds

respond to e-mails

p card reallocation

spend an hour on budgeting

30 minutes cardio

30 minutes strength and stretching






1/31/17 ftf, wren

I have a bit more work stuff today than in days past, starting with reviewing a contract, then participating in a conference call, and processing payroll.  That should be enough for one day,  but if I’m seized with an unquenchable desire to do more, I can always do some more budgeting.  🙂

The biopsy report from my surgery was e-mailed to me this morning.  It looks like it’s a phase 2 carcinoma.  I’m meeting with the surgeon tomorrow and am expecting that he’s going to recommend radiation and/or chemo therapy.  Darn it.  I thought I was going to skate by with a precancer or phase 1.

Anyway, aside from the work stuff, I should do some more walking at the rec center, and I also want to devote a good bit of time to reading.  I finally started The Goldfinch and think it’s going to be a good one.