CharlieMC (charliemc) wrote,

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Good (Long) Day!

I just woke up from my 'nap' -- and almost tumbled right back to bed. Then I remembered that it's Wednesday night (early Thursday) -- meaning garbage and recycling night. (sigh)

Happily, I've done the cat boxes. (woo hoo) And I took out all the garbage created today (which was a ton), too. I've rinsed out all the TONS of glass bottles (beer and hard lemonade) -- these are on the kitchen counter, ready to be put out. I've got the empty water bottles ready for the recycling bin, as well.

But I need to gather all the rest of the garbage and recycling in the house -- and haven't even started that! Most of what I've done we don't even normally have, after all!

No photos from today to share -- my bad! But we skipped our normal Staff meeting on Tuesday, and told everyone to come out this afternoon to our house, instead. Let's see if I can remember who all showed: Rich, Jessica, Jeff, deShauna, Jodi, Mandy, Christie, Madhu, Megan, Amy and Kathii. (Plus Marilyn mistressmarilyn and me, of course.) I just realized that made 13 of us (!!!) -- but I guess we can count the cats, too: Colin and Henry. Admittedly, though Henry was there with us the whole time, Colin was a bit of a whimp -- he didn't stay most of the time. Anyway, counting the cats brings our total to 15. (I'm not sure why I kept thinking we'd end up with 20, but that didn't happen...)

Sara was gone (out of state) on vaca, so obviously she couldn't make it. (She's going home to a mother who needs surgery and a dying grandparent, so that's not much of a vacation!) We'd thought both Carol and Peter (who are both on vaca, too) might come, but they didn't show. (I honestly don't blame them -- plus Carol is actually sick.) I can't remember who else I'd thought might come, but it doesn't matter, as I think I've listed the whole crew. So our deck was packed with people! (And I think a good time was had by all.)

Marilyn came home early to help me 'get ready' for everyone. I'd spent over an hour just trimming the roses in the corner of the back yard. I did quite a bit of other stuff out there, too. And I made our lawn guys come early so they could get done and be out of there in plenty of time.

Then I had to pick up around the house a bit! I didn't bother to vacuum or dust, though. What the hell, we were outside almost the entire time.

Again I'm struck by how GENEROUS Marilyn is. We ran out to Freddies to get 'snacks' for everyone -- to the tune of more than $100. (And that doesn't include all the booze, soda, water, cold cuts, etc. that we already had at home and used.) She doesn't plan to turn this in for the festival to pay for, because this little party (er... Staff meeting) was on HER. Well, it's 'only money' (as they say). (And who knows what the future will bring? Yes, much of the talk today was about possible layoffs, in light of the festival finances. But it was still fun, even so.)

We ended up with fruit, veggies, tons and tons of chips and dips, cold cuts and cheese -- plus a Mexican dip platter. There was enough food for every person to make a meal twice over -- and then some! (We sent a ton of it home with Jodi after.) And there's dips we didn't even open still... Plus all the taco chips we bought, huge bags of Ruffles and so on. Food everywhere!

I did get my bathroom relatively clean (!!!), and the living room was picked up -- as was the kitchen. I'm proud of our home (little or not) -- and our yard is very nice for guests! Not, perhaps, as big as many yards, but the deck was shady on what was a lovely, hot summer day. And there was a good breeze, too.

I'd planned to go by June's when I got up from my nap, but I was so tired out that it didn't happen. She did get her own Flip video camera (the pink one) -- and an USB hub port, too. (Her computer -- like mine -- doesn't have any USB ports in front. So it makes it easier to have the hub to plug the Flip into.) Originally she got just the USB cord, but I talked her into the hub. It's handy for other devices you need to plug in and out (like Jump Drives!).

I want to give her a little 'lesson' in using it, though she could probably reason it out for herself. Anyway, I think she'll enjoy it as much as I do!

I'm out of Starbucks (boo hoo), but am likely to remain that way for now, I think. That's a whole different story, so I'll save it for another time... (sigh)

Well, I've rambled (stalled?) long enough. I need to get this work done so I can get to bed! Henry is crashed on Marilyn's chair beside me in the office. Today wore the cats out! (smile)

Tomorrow is another busy day. I've got a TON of website stuff I need to tackle right now. (New pages that need adding.) And I need to check some Sponsor Audit-related stats (etc.), too. So it would be nice to have some (rested) 'brain power' when I get up!

I think I'll decidedly need to put out an extra bag of garbage, after everything from today. But that's cool! Marilyn never seems to mind the extra expense, anyway. (Again, she's generous as hell, even when she can't afford to be. I love that about her!)

Happily, she's been posting to her blog again recently (happy dance), and hopes to keep that up, too. I'm so glad!

I need to note that with Jeff's bday approaching, I decided to give him a 2 gig Jump Drive as a gift. That's seriously a sign of how much I like him, as I'd never part with one otherwise! (smile) He thought it would be perfect for keeping 'confidential' material, so he doesn't need to put that on our Server at work...

Well, stalling is over! Hopefully I'll write more tomorrow. (I still need to catch up things I failed to post before... sigh...)

Tags: 2008, august-2008, festival, food, jump-drive, marilyn, staff, staff-party

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