Wednesday, July 29, 2015

my friday

My Friday is today! Hubby and I are heading north for a long weekend to see friends and family. Just us. No kids. Wow.

That's two 'solo' vacations in one year. The shape of things to come. Speaking of vacations, I had dreams about London last night. Of course, the Beckhams were involved?! lol

I guess pizza for dinner will do that to you.

Enjoy the day. Catch up on Monday. Toodles.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

and the beat goes on

Tuesday! Here you are. Good to see you. Why does it always feel like an accomplishment to survive Monday?

Still hot, but they say hope is in sight and the temps may drop on Thursday.

The back to school procurement process has started. The middle kid needed new bedding as her apartment comes furnished with a double bed, not a twin. UGH. Target had a decent sale going, plus we had additional coupons and discounts.

The big adventure will be taking the boy shopping. Oh how we both dread that. But, it must be done. Unless, I ask the girls to take him this weekend? Hmmmmm. That might just work.

Off we go.

Monday, July 27, 2015


Lots of stuff going on in the next three days before we leave for a quick trip north. Sort of feel like I'm on a carnival ride. Wheeeeeeeeee!

But up first, some coffee, some breakfast, and some reading.

Everything else will fall in line and before I know it, we will be on the road, again.

Happy Monday.

Thursday, July 23, 2015


The abstract editing has started. I worked on a group yesterday and will work on them again today. It is tiring work. Sometimes, it is interesting work. I'll be glad when we finish them.

In other news, a rainy morning yet again today. The oldest is off to Arkansas for work and will be back tomorrow. She and hubby will head to T-town on Saturday to start moving furniture into her apartment.

Summer is winding down. I'm not ready for school to start for the kids.

Happy Thursday!

Wednesday, July 22, 2015


The rain has moved in! Yippee!! We really needed it, so I'm not feeling too sad about not getting a walk in this morning.

Had a lot of fun at the olive oil/balsamic vinegar class we went to last night. Very neat recipe ideas, so many good flavors to taste, and crazy combinations. Who would have thought vinegar is good on ice cream, or in tea, or drizzled on fruit? Yum Yum.

Even more fun was just hanging out with the girls and watching them have fun and enjoy the night.

The ribbon cutting was fun too. a good sized crowd showed up and over half the library board was there, which made me very happy.

All in all, yesterday was a really great day. Wonder what today will bring?

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

cutting ribbons

The ribbon cutting is today. The library is under town control and a party is in order. I went into work early yesterday and will again today to make up the time I'll be gone.

Still hot.

No rain.

Yep, Tuesday has arrived.

Monday, July 20, 2015

the week ahead

Monday. Here you are, again.

I have to go in early and possibly stay late in order to make up time for being gone tomorrow. I'm going to attend the ribbon cutting for the library. Heck, I even went and bought a new dress for the occasion! Talbots had a sale going, and I picked up a cute dress for $60. Guessing it might be what I wear to the daughter's graduation next May. Yes, I had that thought as I was looking. Unreal.

Nice weekend. Quite a bit done, not nearly as much as last weekend, but enough. The house still needs to be cleaned, but hubby rearranged the garage so I can pull the van in now. First time since the house renovations began back in the Spring.

In other news, we finally watched "Gone Girl." Good movie. Wished I had read the book first!

Still super hot.

Off we go!

Thursday, July 16, 2015

just early enough

Fifteen minutes does make a difference and I woke just early enough that Duke and I can take a walk this morning.

In other news, the webinar yesterday went off without a hitch. The articles are pouring in for the September issue. It is still hotter than HELL outside. I'm ready for the weekend!

Enjoy the day. Happy Thursday.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

the last three

Up first, the big storm that roared through yesterday knocked our power out for 3 hours! So, once everyone was home, we went out for dinner. Had a great time at Lee Kan and came home, drove the neighborhood, and by the time we circled back around, the power was on. Yippee! Cranked the a/c down and settled in for the night.

I overslept, again. I guess I'm going to have to set my alarm if I want to walk. UGH.

In other news, my weekend reading recap: the two books I finished and the one I started.

Alexandra Ivy's "When Darkness Comes" is a typical vampire romance novel, but it was better than most. More action, some interesting  characters, and a quick pace. If another one of her titles becomes available via BookBub, I'd be tempted to spend the .99 cents to get it.

"Witch Hunt" by SM Reine was another Book Bub deal. Good Stuff here. Don't get male protags that often from women writers or in urban fantasy fiction. Nice world building, good characters, and a twisty plot. I liked it. Again, if Book Bub runs a deal on other titles, I'm in. Heck, I might even venture to B&N to see about just buying the next one at full price.

Last, but not least, is the latest from Erika Johansen, "The Invasion of the Tearling," I've been waiting for this one for a while. I'm only about half way through it, and wishing I had more time to read it. Love the characters, love the murky nature of our heroine, excited to see what happens next.

So, that's it! All caught up.

Happy Hump Day!

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

catch up

Totally forgot to blog yesterday. Oops. Today, due to the fact I had to take a melatonin last night to sleep, I overslept and didn't get to go on my walk. So, here I am trying to blog.

Weekend update: I read two books and started a third. When you have loads of laundry and bedding to do, reading happens. We shopped at the new Sprouts store and had a fun time and walked out with some good deals. We cleaned the house, top to bottom, and with all of us pitching in, it only took 2 hours. We also cooked a nice Sunday meal and had fun just being together.

Yesterday was crazy. My boss was out ill. It was our dry run for Wednesday's webinar. Thank goodness the IT guy was there and could take charge as I had no clue on how to use the webinar software and the new audio equipment. UGH. Then we had problems with the journals. One article needed a new figure, which we obtained. Then it didn't fit the layout. So, I fumbled around and made it work. UGH. Then someone called that their fast track article wasn't the final version of their work, plus the graphics looked fuzzy. Lovely.

In the end, I think we got it all sorted. I think. Guess, I'll find out this morning. Oh, and my work I needed to do? Well, I started on that about 1:00 in the afternoon! Ha! So much for writing the feature article and weaving together talking points about human on a chip technology. That is for sure a before lunch endeavor. For sure.

Okay, off we go. Wonder what today will bring?

Thursday, July 9, 2015

and so it goes

The van is fixed and the price tag wasn't too awful. Yeah! What a relief. In other news, the boy has picked up a few volunteer shifts at the library. Service hours are always needed. He is making progress on his summer work and we learned yesterday that he earned a 5 on his AP world history test. Yippee!!

A few of us from work ventured over to the new Sprouts grocery store on our lunch break. Dangerous place, but the prices look to be good. Sampled a few things, strolled through the store, and laughed with folks stuck in aisles because it was so crowded. I think I will go next week and stock up on the sale items. They had some awesome $1 deals that would be nice to buy. This will be an easy stop after work and is much less expensive than Fresh Market on pantry staples. The meat counters were so crowded I didn't get a chance to check those prices, but did learn they have a 'wild game' section of frozen meats. Yes, saw ground kangaroo, wild boar (feral swine-ick), elk, and buffalo. The Aussie work friend was quite impressed with the kangaroo and said back home that is cheap meat. Interesting.

Okay. off we go on the walk. They've been promising rain all week, but it has yet to appear.

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

off she goes

My van is going off to the mechanic today. UGH. Got in yesterday and the a/c wouldn't turn on in the front. The blowers work in the back, but aren't cooling well. It was a warm drive to the office. The oldest will follow me to the garage and then take me back to get another car to drive for the day. Lovely. Just lovely. At least we didn't take this car to Florida and have this happen on a 7 hour drive!! This will be our fist big repair on my 10 year old Honda. Pretty good run.

Okay, in other news, a college friend is moving to my old hometown. I've already web introduced her to my two friends up there who have kids in the schools her two will be attending.

Been reading "The Falconer" at night. Good stuff. Steampunk and fairies. Nice combo.

Off we go. It's Wednesday!!

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

no blog

oops, no blog today.

Monday, July 6, 2015

second half

The second half of summer is about to begin. The slide towards school is on. But, what a way to start! The USWNT won the World Cup and brought that soccer trophy back to the States. Yes!! The team seemed to peak at just the right time and played some magical soccer.

The boy managed to earn an A in microecon and and A in logic during his summer session down at university camp. Now, he just has to finish all that summer work.

The rest of us are back to work after a lovely 4 day weekend and a quick trip to Florida!

And that is how the first day of the second half of summer will begin.