Thursday, September 08, 2011

The season is slowly turning, as are the little apples

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  1. Howard Dean, 2012

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  2. Sorry this took so long to get posted! For some reason I set it to post but couldn't see it. So I started from scratch, but Blogger didn't "schedule" anything even though I gave specific date and time. Then I did a restart and Blogger had posted BOTH Thursday's photo AND Friday's (including the date!). WEIRD!!! So now I'm going to leave this open ended until tomorrow evening in hopes Blogger is feeling more cooperative by then. Heh.

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  3. Ah, marvels of modern technology...

    Tomorrow I'm off to the optometrist for a new prescription; it's the first opening in the morning (0745), so ought to be pretty much on time. My astigmatism seems to be a little worse (most evident when driving at night), and for really fine work (like adjusting tiny screws or reading a slide rule) I have lately needed a magnifying glass in addition to my reading glasses.

    Pretty busy at work this week, what with folks drinking and driving or otherwise coming to the attention of the police over the Labor Day weekend. It's a little odd to make a living from other people's misbehavior, but it's pretty reliable work...and I make another part of my living working in a hospital, so I guess it evens out. The (home) air conditioner got temporarily a little cranky today, so I called the A/C folks who installed it 15 years ago to come out and service it. That's one of those things I should have done before, but put off while Naomi was in school. Coolant has probably leaked out, and service will probably be cost-effective. But fifteen years without any problems is pretty good, IMO. The compressor is spiral, basically an Archimedes screw, that turns faster or slower as needed, but always in the same direction; much quieter and more reliable than the older reciprocating compressors.

    Temperatures have been running around a hundred degrees here during the afternoons.

    TTFN

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  4. Alan, your descriptions are always so interesting. Perhaps all that courtroom work has honed your descriptive powers well.

    I do not envy your 100 degree days. I'm no good beyond 80.

    It's a little odd to make a living from other people's misbehavior, but it's pretty reliable work.
    This statement almost made me spit out my iced coffee! LOL!
    Anyway, in my opinion all the work you do is worthwhile and needed.

    Gotta sleep.
    Under the Wing...

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  5. I believe it's a fair bet that people will continue to misbehave, lol! Lucky Alan that it doesn't just go to waste.

    Sunny, cool. Trip to town in my future. Near future.

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  6. Bill Thomasson9/08/2011 11:52:00 AM

    Alaan ~~ Interesting you should mention the optometrist. Yesterday I finally, finally picked up my new glasses. Great to have a telescope abain, and the regular glasses are also an improvement. In a decade my prescriptioin had changed just enough to be noticeable. Just wish I could have had these glasses in Reno.

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  7. YYYYEEEEAAAAHHHH

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  8. Psych department would rather give the newly created full time adjuncts OVERTIME than allow me ONE section of intro. After I've been teaching there for 15 years. That's just freaking awesome.

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  9. Crap, Renee! I'm so sorry!

    *hug*


    So, were you able to give the bastards a piece of your mind? I hope so, and that you nailed them but good!

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  10. Got to town, and my, oh my, a LOT of really good sales. Been buying chicken for 89 cents a pound for months. Today: 59 cents. Got thirty pounds of chicken in the car, lol! Mountain Dew knockoff at 79 cents for a two liter bottle. Ten pounds of potatoes for $2.49. And finally broke down and got some vine ripened tomatoes, since the critters ate most of mine.

    Beautiful day, good trip and now I don't have to go back for a VERY long time. Yay for me!!

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  11. So, I'm a rat for telling Sis to give me back my iPhone and buy herself one of of her own.

    "But, everybody has this number."

    "Well, you can just give everybody the new number."

    "Oh, okay...

    Are you sure you wouldn't rather have a Jitterbug?"

    "No. I want my ipPhone."

    "Okay..." Pout,, pout.

    Really! It's as bad as having a teenager. Only, since she's not my child, I have to pussyfoot around her rather than giving her direct orders, like put up or shut up!

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  12. I really have to watch my step. I *do* have work from the school,and don't want to mess that up. But it's going to be a lot of work. And it's so few hours--three sections, two hours per class. ONE intro class would be 5 hours. And I've already *prepared* the intro course before.

    And I don't get ANY income for all this prep time until like Halloween time. But all this prep--ONCE I'M DONE MESSING WITH SON'S SCHOOL STUFF AND CAN GET STARTED ON IT--is going to take up all my time. So it's not like I can be out looking for other work, realistically.

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  13. Don't know where this came from: I refreshed twice, and it was just me since this morning.

    Renee, I really am so sorry. Very, very tough. And I wish with Cat that you could paste them a good one. Eating dirt is damned hard, I know, I've been there.

    Minny hugZZZ!!

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  14. Hint, Cat, nobody wishing to live gives teenagers direct orders. . . .

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  15. Thanks, puddle and Cat. It's just been one thing after another lately. I thought I could get some temporary income while my church is between secretaries, and then I decided even having the volunteer experience to fill in some gaps in my resume would be a good thing. Anyway, I think my priest was having a bad day yesterday, but the upshot is that we had a very unpleasant interaction. And there's one less person I can confide in.

    Today is Daughter's 16th birthday, but that's kind of bittersweet, because she and I have been having a rough time since her 12th birthday. Things at home have been rough going in general for quite some time.

    I'm really ready for something to go right for me. I still try to put out positive energy and do right by people. To smile, offer an encouraging word--generally be part of the solution rather than part of the problem. But for whatever reason, it's starting to feel like the universe has just decided to take a big old dump on me, and there's nothing I can do to make things better.

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  16. Glad to hear you got your glasses, Bill!

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  17. LOL, puddle. I was thinking the same thing!! :-D

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  18. =HUG=

    Man, Renee, I just do not understand the school being so stingy towards you nor your priest having words with you. Is he usually a good soul or kind of toady? Any chance it would help to go back over and talk things out with your priest? Email me if you want to talk.

    Meanwhile, for what it's worth, a woman who occasionally subs for us at the Library, finally got a good job. For years she has been scraping by between her part time job at the high school and a bit of work for us, along with some alimony payments. But her daughter just left for college, so half the alimony's done. Her ex has been so rotten to her. He married a woman who is a millionaire and has been "buying" the kids ever since, making home with mom seem really poor and helping the two teens have attitudes. She spent the whole Summer barely making ends meet. But! Just today she got a full-time job at UVM, with benefits...! The whole lot of us at the Library are over the moon with joy for her, and I am looking forward to just such a day for you.

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  19. {{{ Hurrah for such an excellent day in town!! }}}

    You must be the Queen Bee of Good Deals!! You really ought to write a book (even a booklet!) on how you manage to get by so well on so little. People really need to know how, and you could make some nice change that way.

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  21. Bill Thomasson9/08/2011 11:52:00 PM

    Renee ~~

    Did you know there is a black hole at the center of the universe? It sucks!
    (Sorry, couldn't resist.)

    Don't know if this will help, but thre is something in the Bhavaghad-Gita that essentially says, Do the right thing and don't worry about the outcome. That has to be good advice because there is so much that is simply and totally beyond our control.

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    http://www.gratefulness.org/candles/candles.cfm?l=eng&gi=Renee

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