September 22nd, 2010

under the weather

TMI -- Charlie's Tuesday Wasn't Very Healthy...

The focus of my day was our cat Henry -- which is why I stayed home from work today. Yes, I did do festival work from home (as I often do), but Marilyn and I felt I needed to be here with Henry and keep an eye on him.

I'm very glad I did stay home, as I wasn't all that healthy today...

Sister Sue and I went to Starbucks, prior to the two of us going to Freddies to shop. (I needed kitty litter for tomorrow.)

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The good news? We both ate dinner (meatloaf) and seem okay. I had a long (long) nap after dinner. The HAPPY part of that was that Henry took the nap with me! That's normal behavior for him, but he hasn't done it the entire time he's been sick -- so we were both delighted!

I just ate more meatloaf and all seems good. (I was starving, in spite of dinner. But little wonder, I suppose.)

Now Marilyn and I are watching a classic episode of "Frasier" -- "RDWRER" (Road Warrior). All is well with the world! (grin)

I did some website work today for the festival, along with some other things. I have more to tackle tomorrow (from home), so it's bedtime soon. Hopefully I'll be in the office on Thursday! Today (Tuesday) was the last day of summer. So summer and vacation are now officially over.

Moving on!

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The More You Do, The More You CAN Do...

On the work front, I'm frustrated that I really (really, really) need to get in the office to do some work there.

On the opposite side of that coin, I figure much of the work I did get done today wouldn't have happened if I'd been in the office -- instead of working from home!

As it was, I got tangled up in tons of IT-related work. Rich's computer not working (even after I had him trade out one computer for yet another), Rosanna's on-going issues with Excel and so on. The first computer upgraded to MS Office 2007 will be Rosanna's, as the Finance Director needs her applications (especially Excel) to be in good working order! (I thought this situation was resolved when we swapped out one computer for another, but apparently not. I find this slightly odd, to tell you the truth. I get how it could be corrupt on one machine, but on a second one, too? I suppose so, but it's still a bit odd...) I eventually want ALL the computers to have MS Office 2007 (about damn time!!!), so I hope that's going to happen A.S.A.P. (I love how 'summer projects' roll over into autumn. No choice when there's so much to do, plus vacation to work in!)

So what did I get done today? Glad you asked! The list is long. Or, as Marilyn always says, the more you do, the more you CAN do. That really does seem to be true, by the way!

I made numerous important phone calls. So many calls that I lost track. Anyway, I spent ages on the phone today, that's for sure.

I wrote a ton of important emails, too. (Yeah, welcome to my sister Marilyn's average day, no lie.) My last count was 30+. (And I'm not talking any one or two sentence, easy-typing emails, either.)

I set a meeting for tomorrow for Marilyn with Mark and Ross about the Auction video (woo hoo), contacted NW Auction Support to discuss their contract (and other details), talked to Kris three times about IT Projects (and getting together at the office). No, I don't remember how many times Rich and I, or Marilyn and I talked. Nor do I recall how many times I talked to Ashley. Lots of times for all three, anyway. I also had a long phone conversation with Rosanna about numerous things that I need to address. (She needs me in the office big bad time, it appears...)

On the home front, I cleaned the cat boxes, took out a bunch of recycling, cut down the big box the vacuum came in and have gather about half of the garbage to take out. (Yes, it's my garbage night.) I did one load of dishes and hope to do a second load.

This morning sister Sue and I went shopping (I forgot several items yesterday, and she kindly took me back). I woke with bad allergies early today and took meds (I coughed myself awake, choking and unable to breathe), which made me sleepy, so getting up was hard again today. Whatever! (The good news was that my blood count was excellent today.) And, yeah, I'm still dealing with my issue from yesterday (!!!), so I'm not all that healthy, as you can see. TMI: After Marilyn heard how many anti-diarrheal pills I took yesterday, she'd said I wouldn't poop for a week. I guess I took a few more than I should have. (grin) As for her prediction, I wish! Today even drinking was setting me off -- so a couple of sips of soda would have me dashing...

I had a bowl of cereal for breakfast and a bun with meat and cheese for lunch. No coffee today. I had one soda and a couple of bottles of water. I have a backache and I feel a little punk, but not terrible, considering. My energy could be better, but I'm managing to keep up a decent head of steam, regardless. Dwelling on the negative never got anybody anywhere, and I'm determined to keep on keeping on. (There's too much to do not to!) Sister Sue told me twice that I should lie down, but that's not advice I can listen to today...

Good news!!! Henry (our cat) seems better! Last evening he took a nap with me, like he used to -- a good thing. And last night he slept with me! No hiding away in the utility room. He also ate a lot and even drank some water (!!!), so he's much improved. No, he's not 100% by a long shot, but Marilyn and I had been resigned to the fact that he might die, so this seems like a miracle to us! Again, thanks for the good thoughts and prayers! We love you guys and so appreciate everything.

We're not convinced Henry is totally out of the woods. The vet (Dr. Barnes) was worried about a potential condition that would be terminal -- and there's no good test to check for it. We'll hope for the best, of course -- even if we're prepared for the worst.

On that note, back to work! I think we're looking at meatloaf again for dinner tonight. (So easy.) I should have fixed the acorn squash, but I didn't get to it. (I wonder if there's enough time if I do it right now?)

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And There's More Done Now...

For dinner tonight? Freshly baked acorn squash (with butter, brown sugar and apple to flavor -- the apple came out after cooking) STUFFED with roast beef hash -- DELICIOUS, if I do say so myself! Easy to do, by the way. Remember to lightly cook the squash in the microwave after washing off. This makes them softer to cut in two, and starts the actual interior cooking. It also seems to make them easier to gut of seeds.

I finished up the rest of the garbage and recycling -- so that's totally done (and was done before darkness, happily).

I forgot to mention previously that I did some festival website work today. I have more that needs doing, but it was a good start!

The first load of dishes is done, so now I need to unload and load up more. The second load is neatly rinsed and stacked in the sink, so it's not nasty having the 'dirty' dishes there right now.

Today was a lovely day. Dry and warm, with blue skies. I went out and gathered up all the cushions off the deck and put them on the picnic table. This is against the house, so it's somewhat protected by the overhang. They were SOAKED by recent pouring rain (!!!), and aren't totally dry yet -- which is why I didn't put them in the garage. We're getting more rain tomorrow, but expecting some lovely weather after that. Marilyn and I plan to put them over the rail of the deck to finish drying out, brush them down and store them away for next year. Sadly, we never really got a chance to use them this year!

I managed not to get sick after dinner -- so far. And I even allowed myself a cup of coffee. We'll see how that goes. Anyway, it's now around 8:00 p.m. and time for our evening nap. That's where I'm headed next!

I've pretty much decided I won't try to go to work tomorrow, in spite of everything I need to do. So I'm planning to be there on Friday, instead.

I almost took a hot bath today for my achy body (plus I have a backache that runs up and down my entire back -- which I'm pretty sure is internal), but I just couldn't find the time. Maybe I'll start my Thursday morning with a long soak! (smile)

I need to work on Friday, so I'll plan for it. I'd love to get some LAUNDRY done tomorrow (!!!), so that's a plan for housework (non-festival work).

Marilyn just called up from the family room that it's time for make-overs on "America's Next Top Model," so I'm off to see!