Friday, March 30, 2007
Thursday I had a doctor's appointment. I should have changed doctors a while ago. I really like my new doc. No, I didn't have an appointment for that. I had an appointment about my allergies and asthma. I'd 'accidentally' gone off all my meds just over two years ago. I thought I was doing OK. I still had a few times when an inhaler would have been nice. I've never had a "turning blue, rush to the hospital" kind of attack. I would always just breathe a little less well than usual and feel like I had a small child or elephant sitting on my chest. Well, my new doc ran a breathing test and it wasn't as bad as it could have been, but it wasn't pretty either. According to that, on Thursday morning, I only had about 60% functionality of my small airways. Anything under 75% is considered a problem. I didn't feel like I was breathing too much worse than usual. I did have a bit of a cough. I'm thinking it was a little worse than normal because today I'm having a hard time. Instead of getting majorly congested in my sinuses these days when pollen attacks, I just can't breathe right. So, I'm back on the Advair twice a day. I also get to pick up a 'peak flow meter' to monitor how badly I'm breathing. 'Normal' is around 400. I think the last time I tried it, I was around 100. Oh well. Other than that, I'm in pretty good condition.
After my doctor's appointment I came in to work. Without my computer. I'd taken Gak in to work and then was going to go home before heading to the doctor. Well, I didn't and went to JoAnn's instead. Without thinking about it, I headed on down to work and went to get my bag out of the car.
Nope, no bag.
Oh well. At least I got there in time for lunch. It was the end of quarter meeting (which I missed) and lunch. I managed to get lunch. I was actually somewhat curious as to see how we did this quarter. I know my numbers were down from last year's first quarter, but 2nd is looking packed. I'm sure it was more of the same; we didn't meat our numbers as well as was expected so we've really got to stretch next quarter. They say that every quarter, but it almost always seems that we make the numbers at the end of the year. Go figure.
Tonight Kat and Scott are coming over for pizza. We may play bunnies, we may do something else, who knows. It'll be good. I probably won't get to see anyone the rest of the weekend since Saturday everyone works and Sunday we'll be at my parents'. I'm looking forward to that though.
Well, I'm going to wrap this up, close up shop for the day and head home. I'll remember to stop by CVS on my way home and see if they have a meter for me. I'm actually somewhat curious as to what my average peak flow is like. OK, that's the science geek coming out in me, I know.
Peace to all and may your weekend be full (but not of pollen)!
Wednesday, March 28, 2007
Monday went well, as far as Monday's go. Yesterday, however, I must have woke up on the wrong side of the bed or something. I was all out of sorts and Gak was driving me insane. Mind you, he wasn't doing anything different than he ever does. It was all me. I have no idea why, but it was. He did his normal Gak morning routine and it just bugged the crap out of me. Why? Who knows! I sure don't. he was even trying to be helpful and sort the laundry! Nope, wasn't right. (I must be loosing it, normally when he does little things like that I truly do appreciate it!!) The day didn't get much better. I muddled my way through work. I managed not to screw anything up too badly, but everything was off just a half step or so. Just enough to keep me off balance and not quite happy.
I managed to pull off laundry last night, though. I timed it right that Gak and I ran over to Boston Market while the wash was in the dryer so we didn't end up eating late and I still got the chores done. I was cranky with him then though too. I don't know why. He didn't do anything to me. He was just his normal self. I admit, I was a little worried as his knee had been giving him major issues all day.
I muddle my way through the evening without hurting anyone. I did this by keeping to myself. I thanked Gak for hanging up the wet laundry and after surfing a little, went and buried my nose in a book. It kept both of us out of trouble.
(Did I ever mention I hate when I treat Gak this way? It hurts his feelings for no reason and doesn't do anything other than make me even more grumpy with myself...)
Well, this morning went OK. Minor grumpy issues on my part. I still have no idea why. Yesterday was beautiful! The bank thermometers on the way home were saying 82 or 84 degrees out! The sky was blue, the sun was shining and it was warm. I couldn't have asked for nicer. This morning was gray and looking like it might rain. (It didn't, it cleared up by noon.)
We get partway to Gak's work and realize he doesn't have his vest. I then realize I don't remember folding it last night. I remember washing it, but not folding it.
To make a long, frustrating half hour shorter, it turns out that I left an entire dryer of clothes in the dryer last night. Luckily the lady running the place found them and they didn't wander off. I was very relieved as my new jeans were in that load too. I was also still extremely mad at myself. That was the third time this year I've done something like that. The first was the camera in Atlanta. There was something else a month or so ago, and now this.
I know, I'm only human and these things happen. But I'm too good at loosing things and being disorganized, I always have been. I hate how disorganized the craft/back room of the apartment is. I hate how disorganized my clothes/laundry is, I don't even try and put stuff away any more. I hate how disorganized I am at work and with my bills. (What's funny is in my annual review the other week my boss commented on how organized I have all the training stuff... if only he knew how much more I could get done if I was actually organized, not just pretending...) I hate how disorganized I am in general and I just can't seem to fix it. I'm tired of attempting to just sweep everything under the rug and ignore the fact that it's the size of an elephant and not going away. I just don't know where to start of have the energy it seems. I've tried to implement all kinds of fixes, they never really get past the implementation stage. I know I need to clean out the dining room and the back room and put everything away and organize it at least to start. Then entropy can take over again and that'll be OK.
What I need is someone to just come in, make me take everything out of the room and put it back like it is supposed to be.
OK. I didn't mean to turn this into a rant/whine about my disorganization skills. But I guess that's part of what's got me cranky. My life seems spinning out of my control in little bits and pieces and I can't seem to stay on top of any of it for more than a few moments. None of this is Gak's fault, he just happens to live in it. I hope the rest of the week gets better.
Peace to all and may you find some organization or direction in your life.
Monday, March 26, 2007
This weekend was a good weekend. I spent a good bit of time being crafty on Saturday. You can see the finished objects of my effort currently on my Flickr bar. The rolled up thingy is a hook case for traveling. I can actually hold most of my hooks in it and it still rolls up pretty small. I made several other things, including finishing Sally's yellow and white sweater and the fuzzy vest. The vest is actually going to my niece for her birthday. Sam just looks a little like a thug.
I also got material to make some shirts with for me. I have a couple of patterns floating around my mom's that I need to retrieve and get to work on. I need new clothes. I can't find any that I like and are acceptable for work wear and can travel. I hate shopping. I did manage to find a few fabrics I liked though. It should be fun to get sewing again.
I didn't do a lot on Saturday. I played with yarn and fabric for a bit, and played online for a bit too. I spent a bit of time hunting with a couple of friends and then later with Gak. It was nice since we went up to the Kingdom of Sky, where I hadn't been much since Echoes of Feydwar came out back in November. I enjoyed being back up there.
Yesterday was a fun day too. I knew Kat, Zoe and Scott were coming over at some point. I put on some stew in the crockpot and a loaf of bread. We all ended up going out for lunch at Don Poblo's up in Allentown and to the hobby shop. Lunch was OK. I'd been there before, but for some reason it wasn't as good as last time. There just wasn't as much flavor. It was still better than the really lousy Mexican we had in Oklahoma last time we were there. (I'm still surprised by that.) We also stopped at a few other places. I finally have a booster seat for Zoe in the car instead of her car seat. She was just about too tall for it. It is now much easier to move if I have big people in the back too, nothing to unbuckle.
When we got back to the house we hung out, Zoe watched Danger Mouse (I think it was a mistake to ever introduce her to that cartoon...) and almost took a nap. She needed it. She's still fighting off a bit of a cold and you could tell she was just tooooo tired to think. Meanwhile, we played Killer Bunnies. Gak finally got the two sets he'd gotten off ebay back at the beginning of the month. Not happy about how long that one took. We only added the one set, the green ones. Man have they made life even more complicated! It turned into a very long game because none of us could get bunnies out or pick up the carrots. After the game we ate. We also watched the Disney Vacation video uncle Jerry sent home with me the other week. I am joining the rest of the family on vacation at the end of April. Gak can't come as he doesn't have the time. I wish he could though. It would be fun. Kat and I are leaving Saturday the 21st to go down and join the rest of the family that will already be there. It should be a lot of fun. After watching most of the video, it was time to get Zoe home and in bed for school today.
It was a good day. We had a lot of fun hanging out and just being together. It seems that just about every Sunday we all get together now. I like that. It's a nice way to end the weekend or start the week. It also gives me something to look forward to. This week however, we will be going down to my mom and dad's for Sunday. My Aunt and Uncle are coming in from California. It will be great to see them. I can't believe Sunday is April already!
Well, I've still got to sort out the travel and PO situation for my trip to Canada next week. This should be fun. Peace to all and may your week be easy.
Friday, March 23, 2007
Work has drug on this week. Not too productive, but not a total loss either. I think I've finalized my Canada trips. Or at least I hope I have. I haven't made travel arrangements because they haven't told me exactly where to stay or anything. I'm not really looking forward to the first trip up there in a week and a half. It'll be a two layover day. Oh well, it could be worse. I don't think I'll have to go through Chicago. I did finally find out that I am supposed to go to EPRI and our user group this year. It'll be in Phoenix the week of May 7th. That'll be a nice change since the week before I'll be up in Canada again. I think I can handle alternating weeks of warm and cold. I may also have a trip to Huston in April or May and another trip to Florida. It really looks like I'm going to be hitting the road again hard soon. I (and Gak) have been spoiled so much by this long respite in my travels. Oh well, it is my job and I do enjoy what I do.
Morale at the office is at an all time low though it seems. We've had several long time people leave in recent months and vacant positions that aren't being filled for various reasons. (Mostly head-count by corporate, but knowing the reason doesn't make it any better.) Management is complaining about how productivity hasn't been good and poor product and the like. If they'd take care of the morale issue, most of the other stuff would fall back into place as well. It is true that happy workers are productive workers. If I feel valued and appreciated, I'm more likely to actually care about what I do and therefore I'll do a better job. OK, enough rant about the office.
This weekend is a bit up in the air (as usual). I won't be going Orienteering because the event in NJ was canceled by the park because of permits and protected flora or some such. That's OK, I don't like Orienteering in NJ much, not enough climb to help you figure out where you are on the map. I'm sure there will be a gathering on Sunday, it seems to have become a trend the last few weeks. Mom will be going down to MD to visit Gram and take her taxes and stuff down. What a way to spend her birthday. Next Sunday we'll be going down to Mom and Dad's because my Aunt and Uncle will be in town for the day from California. Then on Monday they'll be going up to my cousin's in-laws up in New York. It'll be nice to see Beverly and Richard again. I do enjoy seeing them and it's been a few months. I haven't had any trips to southern California since their trip out here last summer. I really want to get back out there and catch up with my brother. I miss him a lot.
OK. I'm just wandering and being fidgety in my writing. I guess I'll end this post here. Peace to all and may you have a fun weekend.
Tuesday, March 20, 2007
I did it mostly to myself.
I'm just not too bright some days.
Either that or I just don't know when to say, not this time.
This weekend was a good one though. Saturday I was a lazy butt and stayed home and was just mildly out of sorts and did mostly nothing. Almost refreshing except the feeling mildly out of sorts with the world bit. Gak and I went over to the comic store in the Qmart and picked up some more meat for the freezer. That's about as good as it got.
Sunday I had a lot of fun, but am paying for it now. Earlier last week I told Uday that I thought I just might go to the orienteering event on Sunday this week. Then it snowed Friday. Well, Rick still wanted to go, and I'd already said I'd go, so the three of us carpooled. We went down to White Clay Creek which is in the corner of MD, PA and DE (the park entrance is in DE, but the park covers bits of all three states). There was still a couple of inches of snow and ice on the ground, but it was clear and bright, not too breezy or cold.
Just remember that there was ice on the ground with the snow.
I play it smart and decide that Yellow is my best bet. I haven't been out in months and the snow is going to make things harder. The good news is that I didn't come in last. I came in 6th out of 7. Yes, there were only 7 people or groups on the Yellow course. That should tell you how few people there were, because Yellow is probably the most popular course.
I got to control 1 in good order, if slightly slower than usual time.
I figure out how to get to number 2, and promptly land on my butt about 3/4 of the way there. I also go through some ice and into the trickle of a stream trying to leave number 2.
The rest of the course is more of the same. I fell some. I slid some on purpose. (Hey, if I'm going to loose my balance and fall and slide, I might as well avoid the fall part and try for a more controlled slide, right?)
I had problems with number 8. I would not have had these problems if there had been no snow. My plan was to follow the creek, as it led right to the control. Well, the side of the creek I needed was a little steep and on the north side of the hill. This meant it was pure ice and I couldn't break through to get traction. I decided to take the trails (which would have been easier to see without snow) instead of landing my butt in the creek. (See, I was trying to stay dry...) Well, I couldn't quite see the trail, slid several times into controls that weren't mine before finding the right one.
I eventually made it back. The last part was really hard, uphill in slightly melty snow. I figure walking in snow or on snow is almost as tough as walking in or on sand at the beach, either dry and loose or wet and packed. I got a huge workout.
Well, after I get home and stand in the shower for a few minutes Gak and I head over to Kat's house. We didn't have our Werewolf game this week because Stew was supposed to be out of town. But we all gathered at Kat's for spaghetti and Killer Bunnies. This was the first we introduced Stew to the Bunnies. It was fun. We had a good time.
I came home and crashed. I was going to write yesterday, but was still feeling a bit out of sorts (and much more stiff than today).
I'd better get back to real work. It looks like I'm going to be spending quite a bit of time in Canada next month if everything works like it looks it might. I've got stuff to get ready for that. Peace to all and may you find something fun to keep you busy.
Friday, March 16, 2007
Wednesday it was sunny and warm and beautiful. The temperature was up over 70 I believe. A wonderful day.
Yesterday started out nice, but then started getting grayer and rainy as the day went on.
Today, it's sleeting and snowing.
What is going on???
I give up. I just don't understand. And don't get me started about the fact that daylight savings time started over the weekend. I know, it isn't technically Spring until the 21st. But I'd like it to be spring now. We almost had it earlier this week.
I'm just writing this up and I'll be heading out the door. My boss just passed by and told me to leave when I wanted because I'm heading north. I agree. I was hoping to be out of here by 4, and now I can.
Yesterday Gak had a Dr. appointment. He likes being in the gray area. A lot of his blood work numbers landed in this gray area. The area between where a few years ago, it would have been fine, but they've adjusted the guidelines again so they're just out of spec. Trust Gak to be just a little off. Oh well. It doesn't mean any drastic changes, mostly on his part in what he eats when I'm not around and in the exercise domain. I try and cook healthy, or at least healthier. I grew up that way, so it's how I know to cook. It is all the stuff he eats while either at work or while I'm on the road. He's got a follow up in September. Hopefully changing a few little things will bring everything back into line.
This weekend's activities are looking a bit uncertain now. Kat had to cancel the gathering tomorrow because Zoe had a 105 fever overnight and was going to the Dr. this morning. Hopefully it isn't anything too major. She's had a cold off and on for a while of one kind or another and had a Dr. appointment on Tuesday about allergies. Everything Kat was told sounds so familiar... I've lived it most of my life.
Well, I'm going to wrap up and head out. Peace to all and may you not slide your way home.
Wednesday, March 14, 2007
Gak did pick up a second job this week. He'll be working at Quiznos a few stores down from UPS in the mornings and then at UPS in the afternoon/evenings and Saturday. He'll be picking up about 20 hours a week. That'll make a big difference. He said he did it because he was bored (and that leads to trouble...) and because he wants to be able to buy a new computer in about another 6 months or so. He's thinking he doesn't want to build his own now. Something about knowing all the pieces work together and don't need to be fiddled with every month or so just to keep running. I think he's right. As fun as that might be for some people, Gak would get frustrated way too quickly. Good thing though is that he won't have to buy a new monitor with his computer, we just picked that up a few weeks ago now.
Tonight Steve is holding a gathering at a local pizza place. This is one of the places he usually 'holds court' when he's in town. It'll be fun. We probably won't stay too long, but that's OK. It'll be nice to see him for a bit again. He leaves to head back to Iraq early Friday. I'll be glad when he gets to come home for more than a week or so. I know why he's there and I know why he does what he does, but that doesn't mean I enjoy seeing him (or any of the men and women over there) in harm's way.
This weekend is looking like it'll be a fun one. We have a gathering at Kat's on Saturday and either something there Sunday or I'm going orienteering. I really want to go orienteering. This is the second or third event of the season and I'm itching to go out. I won't be able to go next Sunday because it's Mom's birthday and the event isn't close enough to do both. I think it is over in New Jersey.
Ok. I'm rambling on now and procrastinating finishing up a work project. May your weeks be low key and your weekends fun. Peace to all.
Sunday, March 11, 2007
Yesterday a dozen of us descended on the PMA (Philadelphia Art Museum) for a fun and educational day. All of this was organized by Steve, our friend who is home on leave from Iraq.
We gather at the usual staging point and head out. Steve switched into 'Captain Voice' a few times, but only because people needed it. We've decided that 'Captain Voice' is the male version of the 'Mom Voice' which is even more attention demanding than the 'Teacher Voice'.
We pile into two vehicles and two more are meeting us at the museum. Kat directs us the back ways down there as we hear on the radio that the Schuylkill is majorly backed up. We make it down there with little trouble. Parking the trucks on the other hand, was an almost adventure, especially with Steve driving.
Why are we going to the art museum you may be wondering. This isn't a group well known to be overly 'cultural'. Well, Steve found us a game. Yes, a game at the art museum. There's a group that puts on these hunts at various places in various cites around the country. There was a 'murder' to be solved. We divided into two teams and competed against about a dozen other teams. The next two hours consisted of madly dashing from gallery to gallery trying to answer questions and figure out the clues. In some vague ways it was almost 'DaVinci Code' like, but only on the surface. We had a lot of fun. Neither one of our teams got the right answer, but we all had a lot of fun.
Next was our drive over to Chestnut Hill to get dinner and catch a show. Wow! Two majorly cultural events in one day! I'm impressed some of these people didn't explode from all the culture they were getting. Chestnut Hill is a very nice area. We park the trucks and walk a couple of blocks to a neat little restaurant for dinner. I don't remember the name, but the beef burgundy I had was fabulous. Steve's two cousins leave us at this point and we walk another few blocks to the theater. Steve got us tickets to see a production of "Noises Off" a very funny farce about the theater and love triangles. I was rolling laughing at the third act. I really wish Gak had been able to join us. He would have had a lot of fun, especially since his major was theater. He has lots of stories that are scarily similar to the play. The play was well done and fun was had.
We then pile back into the vehicles again and head back to the original staging point. Kat drops me off at home and then goes to join Steve and a few of the others somewhere else to continue the evening. I collapse gratefully into my bed at about midnight, or is it 1am with the time change. (Don't get me started on the time change thing... I'm beginning to sound like my father!)
Well, today I'm spending a lazy day with Gak and just going to hang out. Peace to all and may you find something fun and out of your ordinary to do from time to time.
Saturday, March 10, 2007
Originally uploaded by Addey Rat.
Well, today I get to see Steve for the first time since last summer. He's home for a little mid-tour leave. A bunch of us are going into Philly on an adventure he's planned out for us. We're going to the art museum and some other stuff. It should be a fun day.
I got a wooden hook off ebay (well, Gak did since he's the ebayer here...). I recieved it last night, so I had to play. I'm sending off a care package to my Gram today. I didn't get to make her any oatmeal cookies because my butter was all frozen and I was too tired last night. I made her this little heart instead. Maybe she'll tie it onto the basket of her granny-mobile. It's only a couple of inches tall, maybe 3 or 4. Anyhow, I know she'll think it's cute.
I'm off to get ready for the day. Peace to all and may you get to spend some time with a dear friend.
Wednesday, March 07, 2007
Sally is a shy little girl. She wasn't sure about the camera at first. You can see a good picture of the headband I made her. I used 1/8" ribbon. Her dress I modified from a pattern I found online. (The gauge that one was at originally, I think my 5-year-old niece could wear, 26" waist!) The dress was made with about 1.5 balls of Sugar 'n Cream cotton. It's a pretty little dress. Sally really likes it, even if it's too cold to wear right now, it's snowing.
Monday, March 05, 2007
Well... I have a rose bush. Or more accurately, Kat's Dad now has a rose bush. When my Gram lived in Delaware, I had helped transplant some fairy rose bushes that were cuttings from descendants of her father's bushes. I was about 12 at the time. When she moved 7 years ago to Maryland she took two of the bushes with her, one was mine. I’d loved those bushes ever since I helped plant them. It was a scrawny little thing. I think it had been the one living back amongst the evergreens that hogged all the sun. I had 'temporarily' moved it into a pot and put it out at Kat's, intending to transplant it to where I was living a bit later.
Later never came (which is a good thing really). Now, keep in mind, Kat's dad passed away in March of 1999. Where the pot with the bush finally got set 'temporarily' was at the edge of Dad's garden, right by a stone we'd placed there. Well, Dad's been taking very good care of this rosebush of mine. She's now a huge thriving bush that has grown through the plastic pot and firmly taken root around Dad's stone. Kat and I tried on a couple of occasions to free her from the last of the pot, but it’s so entwined in her roots and branches, it’s impossible. She's always there, peaceful but with a spark of fun. She was even a prime guest at my wedding. She gave me flowers to float in the centerpieces.
She's a constant. Trees have always spoken to me. The place that's been my anchor however is the steam that runs behind my parents' place. It brings me energy willingly. It takes away my troubles. It fills me with hope and comforts me when I need it. I can hear it still and I'm nowhere close. I miss my stream.
Like I said, Chelsea's post from today reminded me of this with her quest for Charlie. Peace to all and may you all have someone or something out in the world that can be your anchor, your peace.
Sunday, March 04, 2007
Yesterday we had new neighbors move in upstairs. I thought I posted about it earlier, but the same day the truck got hit the upstairs neighbors moved/got kicked out. I'm not sure what exactly happened there, but the tenants weren't happy and our landlady was livid. Just from the few interactions I had with the upstairs people, I'm inclined to side with the landlady. We've had a few minor misunderstandings about dates and stuff, but nothing worth really complaining about.
Anyhow, we have new neighbors. A young couple and their young son. I think he's about 18 months or so. They seem really nice, although I haven't had a real chance to talk to them.
Anyhow, today was our Werewolf game. I made soup and I don't think I'll be using the recipe again. It was decent, but the general consensus is that we all like thicker soups, more like stews.
We had a very good time. We had a little spirit quest and ended up getting/choosing Bear as our totem. The real fun came when we had to face down four vampires. One of which was a real baddy. I kept one occupied for a bit while Kat kept the baddy occupied. Scott took down his dance partner with relative ease and then Stew and he took down the fourth. It was almost comic. Stew punches into the vamp and then Scott grabs him. They laterally tear him into two. Oops. I guess that's what happens when you've got two strong as steel big hairy brutes playing tug-of-war. Gak's trying to answer some questions, like where Kat's been and where he and Zoe are, but I think he's raising almost as many as he's answering. I think this will be a fun romp, I just hope we can keep moving forward with the story. That long break we had didn't help the flow any. We had a lot of fun today with the game and some enjoyable company.
Well, I'm half watching the Dresden files while I type and it needs my attention now. Peace to all and may you find something fun to do with your friends.
Friday, March 02, 2007
Yesterday I had to come in early for a meeting. Nothing bad, just something that corporate says everyone has to attend. It was about an hour of corporate stuff and then on to my day. I was actually productive this time. I got a couple of quotes out the door and some other stuff updated.
Last night as I was driving home, on my way to the gym, I get a call from Kat. Where are you? Uh... about halfway home.
To make a long story short, she'd been having a bit of a rough day and was trying to deal with two customers at once and needed me to pick up Zoe. No problem! (*Sigh* I really was trying to get to the gym three times this week...) I tell Kat that we're having Boston Market for dinner because I hadn't taken anything out of the freezer and had already discussed this with Gak. Well, we have dinner and Zoe watches a little TV while we hang out for a little bit in the kitchen. Zoe never did find Jane this time, she hid well. It was a nice evening.
On Wednesday night we had a bit of fun ingame. They did a live update that day and added an are called the Estate of Unrest. Well, Charitee, Ulli, Gak and myself spent about an hour or two poking around in there. We had a lot of fun. The area looks amazing and is nice and challenging, without being impossible, for level 70 people. It would have been even more fun if the Rats had been along, but they're not playing much these days. Then we would have had the whole old crew and would have really been able to kick some zombie butt. As is, we had a lot of fun and got a chance to just hang out together. It was another enjoyable evening.
This weekend looks like it should be a good one as well. We've got another Werewolf session scheduled for Sunday. I'm making soup (and probably a loaf of bread too) again. It is supposed to be warm, but wet. Soup is good for either wet and/or cold days. I think I'm trying a tortilla soup recipe I got from Michelle last time I was down. I get to put it in the crockpot and forget about it. I like those kinds of recipes.
Next weekend Steve will be home from Iraq. Actually, I got an email from him overnight and he's on his way to Florida right now. I can't wait to see him. We're going out Saturday for something in Philadelphia at the Art Museum. Something about a 'murder in the museum' mystery party and then dinner. I just feel bad that Gak won't be able to come because he has to work. Wednesday Steve is hosting a dinner at one of the local pizza places and we'll both be there for that. He's only home on a mid-tour leave, but it will still be good to see him. I may not write him anywhere near enough, but I do worry and think about him. The army is lucky to have someone like him on their team.
Well, I've got Friday type things to be doing here at work. I just thought I should post a bit on the happenings (and procrastinate a bit). Peace to all and please, remember to tell your friends and family how much you care as often as you can.
Oh, I almost forgot. My Gram had a procedure done on Monday for her kidney, the one with the bladder cancer. Everything went well, the doctor is very happy with the results. She'll have to go back again in a couple of months to check everything out again to see if the cancer has come back or not, but that's OK. Having to go to the doctor every few months to get a kidney checkup isn't as bad as some of the alternatives. Mom was down there to play chauffeur and cheerleader.