Canvassing

Today was the door knocking for Jobs Pipeline that New Haven has to provide Jobs for people in New Haven. It is something that Local 34 and 35 both support and we are getting the word out to get people to urge the city to do it (apparently the city hasn’t fulfilled its promise to get all of the citizens jobs from it.
I had gotten up early to feed the cats and decided to go back to sleep for a little while. I had some coffee around 7 and decided to get up and at least send texts to my sibs. I started getting ready around 7:30. I figured that traffic at 8 am should be fine and I was… I was able to find a space on the street.
I was still having reservations about walking around some neighborhoods with the different things that had been going on (crimes that probably go on all the time) despite reassurances from Alder Evette that it would be fine earlier in the week I still had concerns. At least I was getting my steps in. We met at the Union offices and the members of the New Haven Rises began to arrive. I was letting people in and then we got instructions of how we would approach people. We paired up with people and I met Chas and his son Robert. We were assigned Howard Avenue in the “Hill Section”. We managed to get about 8-10 houses and spoke to two or three people.
Once I finished with that I raced back to Milford for my session with Alex. I knew there would be some discussion about Wednesday. I practiced all week what I would say to him (“didn’t lie just changed my mind”). I did lose a little weight. We did some squats with two twenty lbs. Rows, and sit-ups. I thought we were supposed to do an hour but he couldn’t remember we will do another long hour.
After the gym I headed to Nardelli’s and got a garlic chicken wrap. It was delicious. It was nearly 1 when I got home. Watched a little of PBS and played with the kitties. Fell asleep, watched more TV and then made dinner for the furbies and myself.
Around 6 I went for a walk. Stopped a number of times to talk to people who had their pets with them and to rest. I forgot my water bottle and wish I had it because I was starting to feel sick and ended up having the runs. It must have been something I ate. I showered got into pajamas and watched TV and now I am heading to bed.

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Thankful Thursday

  1. I am thankful for my family warts and all. Everyone is doing well.    Some are vacationing with the Mouse.
  2. I am thankful for my kitties. They Bring me joy
  3. I am thankful for my job. Have a short week this week because the 4th landed in the middle of the week. Will be playing catch up again just for this week.
  4. I am thankful for the Medical profession that keeps me on the road to good health.  Didn’t make it to the gym yesterday.  I am sure I will hear about it tonight.  I have my infusion next week along with a dentist appointment for a cavity.
  5. I am thankful for my neighbors. Two of the guys in the helped me when my front door wouldn’t open.  They got me through the window.
  6. I am thankful for my home. Still waiting on people to help with the door repair.
  7. I am thankful for my friends. Everyone is fine.  Jolyn is in mourning for her husband who passed away last week.
  8. I am thankful for the organizations I belong to. The lady’s guild board meeting is in six days and now that I am thinking about it I am getting anxious.  The DTC meetings are for two weeks and we have a few things coming up.  I haven’t been to any candidate meet and greets or activities since the annual dinner.

9             I am thankful for the weather.  The weather has been hot and humid but I am still thankful for it.

  1. I am thankful for the men and women who choose to protect and serve their country and their citizens even at the worst possible times. Enough Said.

Independence Day 2018

Happy Birthday America! May everyone have a safe and wonderful holiday! Mine will be a fairly quiet one as I have to work tomorrow and my plans are to write letters, do some cooking, and go to the gym.
Yesterday was good day. I got a lot of scanning done and was pretty pleased with myself. I wasn’t able to get the mail done but Susan knew it and I told her I would finish it on Thursday. I have a feeling Thursday is going to be just mail.
I had a good session with Debra. Discovered I didn’t pay her for the last Phone session. So that went out with last night’s session. WE talked about my visit with Liz last week and we discussed therapy sessions in general. “How to respond to people who suggest what we should talk about in our sessions’. I told her I read a Psychology Today article about different methods of talk therapy. We do almost any of the methods listed. Debra says we go through situations and how to deal with them.
After the session I had to high tale it back to the office to catch the shuttle so I could at least show up at the gym. I had already sent messages to Alex letting him know about the shuttling and how late I would be. I did get there at 6 and he was free. I think he was okay with it. So we talked about today. I was supposed to be there an hour ago. I still plan on going. But I told him or asked him if I could also do the exercises we do at our sessions on my own as well. Not just the treadmill or bike. He said of course. Wouldn’t you know it he added something at the end. Stretching the legs while on my back.
After that I headed to Adams to get something to eat. Some angel hair pasta with beets and veggies. It was odd looking but good. I also had a protein shake. The rest of the night watched TV and then to bed.
I ran into my Friend Nancy (fellow DTC’er) we talked about things going on in Woodmont. The weather, big crowds etc. were also discussed.
The fireworks in West Haven went off after all the weather held off until well later on. A few of my friends posted pictures of the pre-show and I could see them a little. The cats didn’t seem fazed by them at all. Sky came up eventually to bed. He laid at my feet using my leg as a pillow and then he came to his regular spot for a short time. After that I don’t know where he went. I was more interested in sleeping.
Well I better get going…the gym is only up for another three hours…

Knew it

I knew when I got home yesterday I would have a great time at the dinner. I also knew I would eat some things I shouldn’t have (like the pasta with the salmon). I also knew I would talk about the cats to people and they would understand. I also knew I would stay until the very end. I didn’t place any bid for the auction. I did get to talk to the state candidates and to some old friends. I thought I got home by 11.
I knew when I got up this morning that I would not do what I had originally planned. My original plans were to get up early get the dishwasher emptied and the laundry started. Instead after feeding cats and taking care of the litterboxes I went back to bed for a couple of hours. I also planned on getting some letters written and then go to the gym.
I knew I would also let the cats down in the cellar at least twice this morning. Sky came back up and is currently sitting above my head on the sofa. I have a feeling tiger is still down there. I will probably have to brush them sometime soon as they are starting to shed and I want make sure they are not getting and any bugs from down there. I don’t think we have fleas or anything of that nature but I just want to make sure.
Liz and I were making plans to see a friend of hers at the local theater but we can’t find it anywhere (she thought it was this weekend) so she is continuing to look and will text me if she finds anything. If it is today great, it may be next month which is okay too. She tells me N is going to a railroad reunion and is taking a train in. I don’t know where (probably Stamford or NY). That’s a fun thing to do.
Just heard from my Brother he went to his Weight Watchers meeting. He is a huge fan of it. I am meh over it. I have had success over it but I like what I am doing now. He says he didn’t gain any weight this week. That’s good. We were talking about how important diet is as well as exercise. That’s true for sure.
I have to be at the gym in about an hour and half. Alex texted me to come in at 12 instead of 12:30. Once that is done I will come home. I think I need to do some cooking and then the write some letters and probably watch the NCIS marathon.

Not a bad week

It’s another Mid-Week and I have been trying to think of the highlights of the week.   Even though things went wrong near the end of the week as usual it wasn’t all that bad and the weekend turned out well for a Father’s Day holiday.  I didn’t have to do bingo which allowed me to just relax for the rest of the day.

Work has been good.  My goal to get caught up is moving along and have not had many problems.  I am making a dent in the backlog scanning.  Didn’t have a union meeting this week which is okay by me.  We have some things coming up that will need participation.

The 4th District meeting last week went well and we have a few things coming up including a dinner later this week.  Let’s hope I don’t get lost like I did yesterday for the Ladies Guild Meeting.   There are also meet and greets coming up for the candidates and of course the Summer Kickoff in ten days.  As I said we will have many things to do this summer pre-campaign season (technically we are always in campaign season).  There are a couple of things coming up that I don’t know if I can make it or not.

Last night was the Ladies Guild Installation and was lovely despite the fact I got lost.  Been to this place a million times and the google maps crapped out on me.  Incoming President gave us all gifts of Alex and Ani bracelets.   She also set the goals for the next two years in which Father A adamantly insisted will happen (the merging of both ladies’ guilds from St Agnes and St Mary’s) by July 31.  It will be tough.  The first of the Board meetings will be July 17th.  Incoming President will alternate meetings between the two locations.  She will incorporate members from both guilds into one for executive board and general.  It will be interesting because there are some not really wanting to merge and want to keep their own autonomy.

Been going to the gym on a regular basis and getting good results.  I have been tired more too and achy.  I am taking a break tonight as I see Health coach after work.

I haven’t done much pen pal writing this past week.  Not enough time in the day right now.  I am hoping the weekend will provide me with that.

Everyone in the family seems to be good.  Getting ready for summer vacations and activities.

A long Day Tuesday

This will be a long day between getting up early, work, working out, and the dinner I don’t expect to get home until 9 but in bed asap.  It was a little warm this morning but thankfully I had the AC in the car full blast and was quite nice.  It is already mid to upper 80’s and it is lunch time.  I hear its warm and humid out.

I made it to class last night and did well.  Despite whacking my knuckle on a Kettlebell weight. Its bruised now.  I also nearly fell of the ball we were supposed to lay on and do weights.  Tonight, I have my session with Alex and will be bringing shower stuff and change of clothes because it will be tight time wise.  He says we will work something out.  I am looking forward to the in-body check in.

After class I went grocery shopping and managed to get it done within 45 minutes.  I got everything on the list and managed to spend about $100.  I got a couple of steaks that looked good and a few things to make fajitas if I do it right.  More frozen vegetables and yogurt, and everything else I needed.  I was home by 7:30 quarter of 8.

It was a good thing because the thunderstorm rolled in just about 8.  I could hear the thunder rolling through.  The storm lasted probably an hour and drenched the street.  I had to close the windows in many rooms.  Once the storm ended I opened the windows and it was much cooler.

I had one of the steaks and asparagus and yogurt for dinner.  I also watched back to back episodes of the CT PBS The Weekend with Yankee.  It’s from the Editors of Yankee Magazine and highlights travel, things to do in the New England area.  Much like the magazine I guess.  I like it.  It’s been around nearly a year (somehow, I have missed it on the PBS stations).  I think this will be something to look forward to Monday Nights before going to bed.

As soon as that was done I opened a few windows and headed to bed.  I was tired and had some weird as dream again…this time I remember a little of it.  “Bionic” Steve Austin came to rescue someone.   Then I felt something sharp in my leg.  It was Sky clawing at me.  I am not sure if he was dreaming or not.  It’s the second time he did it yesterday.

When I got up this morning I did the regular routine and folded some clothes and cleaned the sink out.  I just sent a message to Livia to see if she liked the new vacuum cleaner…Still waiting to hear from her.

I talked with Liz today.  I wanted to know if she knew of a local pediatrician who passed away she had heard of him but that’s it.  It was just about then she told me that an old friend of our parents passed away.  They traveled the same circles that some other friends of ours did.  Liz remembered she didn’t have a very nice interaction with the husband when Dad died.

Going to be hot

My effort to get to work early was not overly successful.  However, I did manage to get to work on time which is a definite win.  With the few minor glitches (like nearly running a pedestrian over as he kept on walking (I was clearly wrong but) it didn’t help any either.

I stopped at the DD in West Haven on the Captain Thomas BLVD (the new one) and it was awkward to get to the window.  I don’t think I will be going there very often especially while driving to work.

It is supposed to have the three H’s today Hot, Humid, Horrible.  It was already 70 degrees when I left the house.  I made sure most if not all the windows were open and the water was fresh for the cats and of course the fans were on.  I can hardly wait to see what the bill will be like next month…(last bill was low)

Livia will be cleaning the house tomorrow instead of today.  That will allow me to get the clothes out of the Livingroom and dining room.

My morning consisted of scanning I managed to get three batches done.  Unfortunately, I put the wrong date on one of them and I hope it won’t be screwing anything up.  There were 24 packets and about 2300 plus pieces of paper scanned.   The rest of the day was mail related.

I called the tax office at lunch time and as of right now the new bills won’t come out for another couple of weeks so I have time yet.

I have class tonight and then I will go grocery shopping and then straight home to bed.

The last couple of days

Shortly after I posted my thankful Thursday yesterday my whole attitude shot to hell. First I discovered that 4th District meeting for this month was last night and not next week as I thought. Then someone put a newly posted batch in the wrong location and when I was explaining it to my girl Ann she just wasn’t understanding it and I just stormed off and headed to the car. Mary knew exactly what I was feeling. Oh and there is a sign with instructions plain as day on the wall above the treasury boxes for the new batches. Today Leslie another lady I work with was making excuses. We are all adults learn to read. Apparently not all the admins told people the new location either. Oh and I did apologize to Ann this morning she was great about it. I knew I over reacted even though I kept justifying it to myself until I got to work this morning.
I rushed home last night to make sure the house was in some order so I cleaned a few spots here and there and straightened the kitchen and dumped all the clothes into the washing machines. Then I set up the minutes to write in. Happily, we had a fairly good turnout (10 or 12). I was starting to lose my voice again too. I was glad I was in bed by 10.
Today while scanning I had to delete this one treasury batch in its entirety because the program was going wonky. The one thing I forgot to do is to save each individual packet so I would not have to do the whole thing again. Once AC reviewed it with me it clicked. Unfortunately, that batch took longer than I wanted it too.
The scanning delay caused me to be late for lunch so I went to Paula’s ordered my lunch and then after I paid for it the system went down and it took forever to make it (half a grilled sandwich and soup) they refunded my credit card and I left. I was pleasantly surprised to find one of the girls delivering my order to me. I ate it.
The rest of the afternoon I did some mail and the readdress mail. I reviewed stuff with DG (she still doesn’t get it). Well she’s on vacation next week so I will be doing it all so there should be little or no problems with it. Unless I mess up with it.
I decided to get some coffee on the way home tonight so I can hopefully catch up on things I have been letting slide.
When I got home I found the “For Sale” sign up in front of Neighbor Maria’s house. There is an open house this weekend. There have been some showings earlier in the week.
I also found the new canister vacuum cleaner that I bought earlier this week waiting at the door. I opened it and it looks pretty decent. I am not sure I want to use it yet. I think I will let Livia use it on Monday.

I have some news for all of you Jerry Springer fans. The 26-year-old talk show (sputter) that has been in production in Stamford shut down and it looks like it may be over FOREVER! It hasn’t been renewed but there is an agreement with the CW to rebroadcast old episodes. IF you haven’t guessed I hated that show.
WTNH channel 8 is celebrating their 70th anniversary this month and have been showing the highlights of their existence with the varied anchors and reporters and weathermen. Tonight they had some of the former newscasters and old promos. That included Geoff Fox (hey have you seen it?).
I finally got a hold of Roberta after many texts and phone calls. They found a house and it is going to be inspected next week. Now all that has to be done is moving across country.
The cats are doing their own thing. Tiger has been lying on the guest room bed and until I opened the cellar door I think sky has been under my bed. He hasn’t been doing here for a while.
This weekend I will be banking, gym, writing letters, volunteering and getting ready for the next week. I really can’t wait for 4th of July weekend. In the meantime I have a couple of dinners, doctor’s appointments and a couple of meetings.

 

Thankful Thursday

  1. I am thankful for my family warts and all. Everyone is doing well.  I spoke to Kristian via IM the other day and he is safe from Durango fires
  2. I am thankful for my kitties. They Bring me joy
  3. I am thankful for my job. Catching up with stuff that didn’t get done while I was off.
  4. I am thankful for the Medical profession that keeps me on the road to good health. Haven’t been to the gym since last Thursday maybe.  I don’t see me going tonight either.  I just had my infusion yesterday and I see Rheumy in August.  I have an eye doctor appointment next week or so.
  5. I am thankful for my neighbors. Neighbor Sylvia put her house up for sale again.  Neighbor Maria’s house has had some people looking at it this week.  It went on the market last week.
  6. I am thankful for my home. Everything seems to be working okay.
  7. I am thankful for my friends.   Congratulations to Mardi and her family as they welcome a brand-new baby into their clan.  YeHah.
  8. I am thankful for the organizations I belong to. The lady’s guild Installation is fast approaching.  DTC has a lot going on as well.  4th District meeting at my house tonight (I had forgotten about).   Our annual dinner is next Friday.  Lots of other things I know I have been invited to but haven’t responded yet.

9             I am thankful for the weather.  It has been beautiful for most of this week.

  1. I am thankful for the men and women who choose to protect and serve their country and their citizens even at the worst possible times. Enough Said.

 

This time last week

This time last week I was nearing the end of my week long vacation from work and still nursing my post strep throat and perhaps laryngitis. Happily, with the last two days of early bed times it seems to be getting better.
The weekend was semi quiet but as I mentioned before working my way back to a normal routine. I spent time with Liz and the family while we urged My nephew Nelson and his son in a 5k.
These last few days has been furthering the regular routine. I have been working, and doing some appointments. Haven’t been to the gym in a few days. Partially because the Trainers are having a great time with the Mouse. They should be back this weekend.
I have to admit haven’t done much in the way of daily chores but a conversation with one of the team leads made me realize that if I don’t want to I don’t have to. So for now the piles of clothes on the dining room table will stay there. Maybe tomorrow I will empty dishwasher.
Tonight will be fairly quiet. Tomorrow is garbage day so I need to get that out before it rains again.
I had a dream last night that Tiger was out back lying down and every time she tried to move her body she would meow really loud. I remember that I tried to pick her up but that’s about the time I woke up. When I got up finally I kept checking on her and she was moving around so I know she is fine…but it was unsettling. Now they are both sleeping somewhere around here and I think it’s time I did too.