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This weekend included re-arranging my bedroom. I've got some things to sort but I can't even believe it's done. I normally keep everything in the same place because I don't care too much about aesthetics and my surroundings. The vacuum really had a work out, I think I had to empty it more than 3 times. I've got the inspection report on the townhouse, a little more work than I thought but I think I can make it happen. After I close on it, I'm going to have an open house and make a list of things I'm asking for help on the townhouse. It will be hard for me to ask for that help but it will be a good step for me. I've got lots of people asking to help and I don't know how to choose, it's overwhelming for me. 

no parade due to weather which is ok, didn't meet R but that's ok too.

Dinner with my Dad's partner. Tomorrow is off so I'll have to see what kind of trouble I can get into. 4 days left of work before summer schedule. I really liked having Friday and Monday off as a slow slide into it.

I'll be helping my mom move way up north in about 10 days. She dropped some stuff off at my house that I will enjoy using at the townhouse. I need to start coming up with a list of things I'll need at the townhouse.
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I don't want to go back to the real world yet. We do need to start packing for the drive home. I also need to figure out what to do about my lost wallet. It's been a reall lovely weekend as far as I'm concerned. We watched movies, painted and had the time all to each other. P did have a lot of ups and downs but I think she's starting to even out. I wish I had another weekend here...we haven't had a whole lot of time alone for a while. It was good.
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I'm going to try to do a quick post now that I'm back to work. I've got to get organized for the next semester.

Saturday was the annual gala that P and I have gone to for the last three years (minus the year when she was sick) it would have been four if she didn't get sick. The first year was just really wonderful. She wore a tux and was just so attractive. I wore this cute little black dress. She splurged for a really nice room at the hotel. We danced to almost every song, she had a beautiful smile on her face the entire time. It was like a dream.

This year we went despite our heavy hearts, we ate at Ichibans **and then went to the dance. We didn't dance as much as the first time but she still had that beautiful smile on her face. It just brought me right back to our first dance.  It was good to see everyone that I know and we even got free pictures from the photographer since I knew her.  That was great to see the photographer and her partner (she's pregnant and adorable!). Afterwards those that stayed over at the hotel went for brunch at Hell's Kitchen. It was a very cold walk for 4 blocks but my love went to get the car and picked me up.

** funny story about Ichiban's, Our group was 15 and they had to add a few extra chairs to seat us all at the same table. One of the folks taking our order asked us if anyone was celebrating a birthday or something and I impulsively said "we could if you want us to"  and he asked for my name.  At the end of the meal when he brought out ice cream, he also brought out a little sundae and then proceeded to sing "Happy Birthday" to me, which made me laugh until I was practically crying.
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I had comp time to take off Friday. It was the annual camp trip where P and I met. We were part of a small group that went up a little early. I'm glad we did, it's always so hard to get us going. We arrived after 9pm.  P didn't feel great through out the weekend but could nap as she needed. I got lots of social time in, met some really great and interesting women.  It was a good group of new and old friends, young and more "mature". P and I saw our next step up in a camper. It would be perfect for us, 22 mpg and all the luxuries but brand new it's pretty pricey. I did get sleep but I still feel tired, perhaps because it's just a little too much outside my normal routine. Tonight hopefully will be dinner with a friend. I've got to call her and see if she's still up for it.

Next weekend we're going to go camping again, to celebrate a friend's birthday. The forecast looks good! Cool nights and warm days.  Great sleeping weather in the camper! I hope to do some hiking and geocaching. I also need a weekend off with my honey.

Our anniversary is coming up next month, 3 years together. I can't imagine spending my life with anyone else, don't even remember what it was like before her. I'll have to figure out how to celebrate it. I love spending my time with her, even if we don't do a thing.
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Teh boy started school today. I can't believe he's a junior in high school. When I got home from work today we ran to Target to pick up some school supplies and etc. He's okay with Target tennis shoes so I won't complain. I did end up buying him this brown leather zippered planner (which he will take out the planner part and insert his school planner). I think he just wants to have a zippered planner with little tablets for taking notes with). I enjoyed hearing about his classes.

This weekend was good, we camped out at our friend J's house along with 3 other couples and a handful of kids. P wasn't feeling so good after pushing herself too much the last couple of weeks at work so she slept in the last couple of mornings. We had good times with friends we haven't hung out with for a while. She did her watercolor painting and I assembled some peace signs that I'm going to send to family and etc to honor my Dad.

Monday we went to the state fair. I didn't think that we'd have lots of energy especially with as hot as it was. We volunteered with the Sesquincentenial booth for a few hours and then had some food (cheese curds, slice of pizza, ice cream, lemonade, corn dog) attended the Toby Keith concert. We had great seats, 5th row center. I just hated sitting next to the lady who sat too close to me (I tend to have big private space). We got some really fun pics. I'm not much of a Toby Keith fan but P chose to surprise me with a date night. I like it when she plans things for us.


On a sad note, her friend J (who lives in Iowa) lost her sister on Sunday. She had late stage brain cancer and lost the war. She was younger than P which makes me worry a little bit. J is also chronically sick with wegeners disease. P wanted to go down there but J didn't want her to do. I feel bad for P because she obviously cares deeply for J but she keeps everyone at arms length. I met J once when she came up here, she's a riot but I do get a sense of sadness about her.
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I've been so busy lately. This weekend was a wedding in Rochester and then a quickly planned BBQ at the city house. I drove the truck and got 27mpg. Today was the first day of school. Tomorrow I will have an instruction session in the nursing department.

My son had his open house for school. He starts next Tuesday.

We also went over to his Dad's house. He's moving from a one bedroom to a studio apartment. He has to downsize but doesn't really know how to do it besides throwing things away. We ended up picking through the stuff. Teh boy wants to try and sell stuff to make some money. There's some decent stuff there, two wooden stools, telephone, aquarium and etc. Teh boy already sold a fish net to the neighbor. We're going to keep a couple of things too like the blow up aerobed and etc.

I'm thinking I might try to go to ACRL in March. We can apply for professional development funds and I think it would benefit the library. It's also in Seattle which would be fun. I bet I could do it without much out of pocket.

Okay, I'm gonna go to bed now.

Tomorrow is my little sister's birthday.
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 It's been a good weekend. Saturday we went to camping world to check it out...we didn't find anything for our camper. We stopped at Best Buy and I picked up a new laptop. The one I had before had a problem with the display. If I wanted to use it as a desktop I could buy a monitor. If I could find a new display, I could repair it but we couldn't find one. It's really too bad that computers are now disposible. I did find a nice vaio which was a demo, $200 off. P said she'd buy me a nice laptop bag as a congrats on my new job. Saturday night we had dinner with some friends at the local german restaurant. P and I got the sampler platter, yummy. They brought P a prize, she was given Squawkers McCaw it's hilarious to play with. 

Sunday we had a great time visiting with friends at a BBQ. Nice gathering and good to see folks. Although there were comments that some of our friends felt that others weren't as close as we had been. I'm not sure what that is about...I enjoy everyone as individuals and if some folks are "pulling away" or whatever, that's okay. I just enjoy them when we have time for it. I brought a DQ cake to celebrate with the crew. I dropped P home and then I ran into town to pick up an order at REI and my computer (they had to re-do the hard drive). 

less than 4 weeks left of my "old" job. I'm looking forward to being done and after that we're going to disney world to celebrate P's birthday. Who knows what's going to happen after that. I'm looking forward to finding out when I start my new job. I do want to get going on dealing with my Dad's estate, finishing the bathrooms, organizing the house and etc.
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 Friday I took the boy (and my mother!) to the Chatterbox Pub for dinner and then off to the spoken word event at the Heart of the Beast theatre. My mother and I split a meal and the boy enjoyed the cranberry spritzer more than his sandwich (despite the fact he didn't want to take his leftovers home, I did but then HE ate them!). He went on and on about how he needs to be in the city. I don't disagree, he's outgrown where we live. He's ready to move on to bigger and better....so was I at that age. My mother talked on and on about various things, she really seems lonely. I think she spends enough time with my little sister and was ready for a fresh ear. The spoken word was really fun to go to, wide variety of audience members, really great performers. The accoustics weren't as good but perhaps because we were on chairs on the side of the stage. I also had to tune my ear to the speed and cadance of the various performers. Entrance fee was higher than originally indicated but I was okay with it, to support the event. 

Saturday morning, I slept in. I cleaned up the bedroom some, started the laundry and tried to get my outlook to work with my phone. I don't know what the problem is because it worked before. I gave up and eventually took a bath (cause the new bathroom is still in progress - one thing after another). Once I got out, I realized that it was time to meet the girls for dinner. The boy wanted to go, which is nice since he so rarely wants to come with me. Dinner was okay, nice to see everyone. The only problem was pretty much as soon as he was done, the boy wanted to go. Thankfully L and S came to the rescue and dropped him off at home. I had to run to the store and shortly afterwards, I was home. He was asleep and despite my sleeping in, I fell asleep for the night soon after.

Sunday I was up early, decided to go geocaching, found 3 of them before getting ready for brunch. My younger sister loves tradition and between her and my mother they planned this. It was intended to be 6 people but it turned out to be only 3. Them and me, out of obligation I went because I promised french toast. It's so hard to be the only one there because then the conversation and etc is focused on the three of us. They're use to talking to each other and so they want to focus on me. Since I had dinner with my mother on Friday, I felt she knew most of what was going on with me but she kept talking. UGH I knew that I couldn't just eat and run so I kept trying to figure out how much time would be reasonable before I could leave. Home, more laundry and to bed. 

quiet weekend, not ready for the week. want to stay home and watch movies or something.
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 Ugh, things have been too busy lately. Friday I was very happy to go have dinner with friends. I enjoy the restaurant and friends are always great!. Saturday the boy went to an orientation to the arts high school in this state. His father actually showed up to join us. P let me drive her car to keep us safe in the first measurable snowfall. I brought home lunch and then proceeded to take a nap. I meant to only sleep an hour and P was going to wake me up but she fell asleep too. 

Sunday I woke up and spent too much time shoveling the driveway. The boy helped but he kept trying to get out of it. It was a lot of work because my driveway is so wide. He even took the shovel I was using when I put it down. He's old enough and should be strong enough to work at least as much as I do, but he didn't. Of course, Sunday night my arms were ACHING from the work. I had to take some advil to get rid of the pain so I could sleep.

That night, we had dinner with R from Pittsburgh, she was in town because her Grandma died. It was a good dinner at the Caspian Bistro which is just like this restaurant but in MN of course! After that, P went to work and drove L(R2's gf back home because she has finals) R, R2 and I went to Dunn Bros. down the street. This is where everything got worse! R was driving her dead grandmothers car. She couldn't figure out how to turn off her headlights so she just left them on while we went in. She figured it would be fine for a half hour. We went in, had our warm drinks and then when we went to leave. She realized her lights were dimming. She went to unlock the car but only had the electronic lock thingy and it didn't have enough power to unlock it. This meant that it slowly dimmed until it went out as she tried to figure out what to do. Dunn Bros. closes at 10pm. She doesn't have an auto service and lucky for her, I do and had a few weeks where my old one and my new one crossed over. We needed both a lock out AND a jump. The guy got there about 9:45 and had some trouble popping the lock on her car. It took like 45 minutes+ before it was popped. The coffee shop had closed and kicked us out. R was in sucyh a rush to leave Pittsburgh she neglected to bring a winter coat! She was standing in a t-shirt and a hoodie in weather that was 10 degrees! Thankfully there were lofts right there that had a heated entrance where we waited while the guy worked his magic. R2 waited in my car, I'm sure he was frusturated. I was HUGELY frusturated but what could I do.  R was just as mad at everything herself but mostly kept it together. The car had some trouble being jumped and that took a while too. After the car was running, we sat in the parking lot waiting for the guy to leave because I was sitting in her car since I was the passenger autoclub card holder. I was afraid that he'd report this and I'd loose my membership. After about 15 minutes, I realized that it was my "old" membership and if I did get a bill, I'd just send it to her. I didn't start to leave until 11pm. It takes an hour to get home, it was Sunday night and I had needed to do laundry before Monday. She was going to drive her grandma's car back to Pittsburgh and I meant to call her to see how she's doing but so far I'm too frusturated to care yet. 

Today, it's snowing some more. I got some laundry done, changed the sheets on my bed FINALLY. I also updated my ipod with new episodes of "The Story" and "This American Life"

Work is boring, I've got to teach tomorrow and I've got a list of things to do. 

Yeah, there's another job I'm going to apply for, I would LOVE have it. It would be perfect, close enough to home and PERMANENT.
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 I'm really ready for a little time off. This weekend was good but I'm procrastinating for next week. Friday P, teh boy and I went to see a good friend's art show opening and then for a very good dinner. Teh boy was very excited about being in a very different place with interesting food, architecture and people.

Saturday with a lot of help from a friend and P, I got my office cleaned. It's very cool. They're getting me to think of all that I should be doing with my house besides cleaning (new windows, and etc).  I feel a little bad because I didn't do a whole lot of the cleaning but I was getting off all the files from my old computer and putting it on the laptop. I'm giving my old computer to my sister who doesn't have one. Saturday night P and I went to hear a favorite local musician of mine see petermayer.net  it was good.

Sunday we woke up for church but didn't make it, went back to sleep. P made lunch and was telling me that I need to replace my stove. Then she went to open the oven and the handle came off....I suppose it's time. Only problem is that I won't be able to get to it until after this week. Good thing is that I won't be home most of the week. I've got to go to the Library conference where I'm presenting and doing a poster session. I'm currently working on my poster session stuff. (yeah, really I'm procrastinating). It just feels so much like grad school!

Okay, back to work I go!

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I had a good weekend. We made it to church despite the bonfire that went until 2am. We never did do the intervention we planned. She seemed better for some reason. Although in the cover of the darkness, we did switch her beers for O'Dooles, she never noticed but did go to bed early.

We even went to the early service at church. My Dad's partner was there, it was good to see her. One of the musicians was a young man who my son knew at one time, he's phenomenally talented and my Dad would have loved to hear him play.

I'm really tired today and can't wait until I make it home. I hope to sleep in tomorrow. I've got a headache right now and just took something. I'm listening to the last Harry Potter book on tape.

The weather is so dreary which kinda matches my mood and I don't want to be here.

I got the new lawnmower working. I also finally "fixed" the burnt-out headlight in the red car, turns out the bulb just fell out of the headlight. I just need to clean it out and change the oil for the boy to start practicing driving again. I also want to fix the "stuck" door.

Okay, I better go start working on the ST-200 work. The appointment with him is in 5 minutes.

My weekend

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P came home early on Friday morning. It made it very hard to go to work. I think I'm finally coming back to my regular life slowly but surely. P says I've been gone, I say I've been grieving. Obviously, it's all new to us on how we grieve together. I know I definately do go inward when I'm not taking care of other people. I don't even know what I need really....  I'm a talking she's not so much. I know that she's been trying to be there for me, helping me out in ways. I need to watch for them to recognize it since she doesn't say anything. Sometimes in my grief, I'm oblivious or don't recognize her efforts, I think it's important to recognize people's efforts. Last weekend, she stocked my freezer. 

This weekend she wasn't feeling well on Friday when I came home from work. I let her sleep, she needed it. The boy and I cooked dinner, hoping she'd wake up but okay if she didn't. The boy talks about how he doesn't know how to cook despite having taken years of home ec. I finally said that we could cook together, I figure it would be good for us to have some time together. We made baked pork chops with stuffing, mashed potatoes and corn on the cob. I think it gave him some confidence in cooking. Hopefully we'll keep it up. The boy went to sleep and P woke up just as I was going to go to bed early. We ended up running to the store that must not be named walmart. It's what's open 24 hours a day in my area. She needed her coke. She ended up spending quite a bit of money, including an automatic catbox and two collars for the cats (Jinx already took his off and it's missing). She bought the cat box to try and make my life easier. She stayed up and I went to bed after the store. She wants to clean up the basement so that we can do crafts with our friends. I think it would be fun but cleaning the basement is just not one of my priorities. 

When I woke up on Saturday, after a slow start we first picked up a new lawnmower (the old one is finally dying) went to Bob and Scooters,  I mean, Dave and Busters.  She wanted to do this in support of finding things to do with the boy that he would enjoy. We ended up staying there a couple of hours and had a good time. The boy said it was better than Space Aliens  Food was pretty good. We ran into friends on the way out. At home, P wasn't feeling well and laid down. We were going to go to games night with friends but with P not feeling well, I was okay staying home. 

Sunday the plan was to go to church (early service because going to the late one runs the risk for P to run into T which makes her uncomfortable). I love going to church with her. We stopped to look at a camper (16 ft scamp) for sale before I dropped her off and I went to coffee. While driving to church we talked about our friend B who has a drinking problem. I think it's time for us to sit her down and tell her how much we're concerned about her.

After I got home, P was ready for a nap, I snuggled her down. very nice! The boy and I made fake frappicinos, dinner and then laundry. P left for work but we had a very good weekend. Good conversation with the boy, he's interested in going to same high school as [personal profile] anterastilis, I'll have to ask her about it.
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 I literally spent all but my lunch at the ref desk. I wonder how it's going to be when there are no more fixed termers, will they always have adjuncts to cover the weekends? It really wasn't bad. I just don't want to work anymore. I'm writing a list of things to do between now and the end of the weekend. I'm trying not to fill it up too much. I know how my energy levels have been. 

I've got A this weekend and I know that I've been neglecting him. I hope that we can cook dinner together either today or tomorrow. Okay, I'm going home now....

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 I had a really nice weekend despite the rain. When I got home from work on Friday, P was suppose to pack so we could go when I got home. She had woken up but she fell back to sleep. After we finally got packed, I thought she should go to our brand new minute clinic. She'd be having a sore throat for the last 4 days. Sure enough, she had strep. The woman running the clinic was great and she even did me free! P was convinced that the woman knew about us, frankly I didn't care it was great.

We went to bed pretty early on Friday night after putting up the tent in the dark, hanging out at the fire. I woke up pretty early just about 9am wheras the sick girl didn't wake up until after 1pm. Although, I do admit I ended up taking a 4 hour nap Saturday afternoon. P did crafts with the kids Saturday night, they did an amazing job of sitting and working on the claydough. We went to bed. It rained and I had to run to the bathroom in the middle of the night, I drove the car.

Sunday I went to church, I'm glad I did. It was solidarity Sunday, GLBT honoring....my ex T came out to church as ftm. Her coworker talked about her experience with her. They did REALLY well. They also had a woman who is a seminary student say a few things, she also played her guitar and sang some songs. Unfortunately or fortunately, she also sang " Be Thou My Vision" which was the song my cousins sang at my Dad's service. I had to step out bawling and my Dad's partner also came to church. I was really glad she came to know that she's not hiding away. She did say it was good for her to come.

I got back to the campground and then P and I took another brief nap in the heavy rain. We took down the tent and packed everything up. Everything was so wet.

I miss P already. Man, I got to go to sleep.


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 yep, interview next week. This weekend will be designated "car day Saturday" where I hope to clean out both cars (I live in my cars so they are often full of crap), change the long over due oil in the red car and get new tires (2) put on the white car. Sunday I hope to FINALLY make it to church and have coffee on Sunday at a new coffee shop in my town.

I also want to hide under the covers and cuddle with my girl for an extended period of time.
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 Yeah, I never made it to my meeting on Friday night. I got home to get my computer and just couldn't make it out the door. Saturday we went to my Dad's land to spread some seed for grass near the house. We really only had enough to get to the first foot out from the house. We'll have to bring more. We also felt that we should post a no trespassing and no hunting sign "cause we're freaked about liability issues. Sunday was spent working on cleaning the bedroom. I ended up with lots of laundry and P got enough of her stuff out of the bedroom too. Now we just have to clean the room she put it in. It didn't help that she's sick.

Busy day at work. I hardly had time to do anything but meetings and ref desk.

Oh, the other thing that is really exciting, a friend of mine who is a carpenter had her tools stolen from her garage. Unfortunately, she didn't have renter's insurance. Another friend of ours who is an artist, put up a painting of hers to auction off to raise funds. The Exciting news is that we won! Check out the beautiful picture!

Okay, I'm going home...nice thing is that I'll work late tomorrow so I can sleep in tomorrow morning! YIPEE I'll probably spend the morning organizing and making calls regarding my Dad's estate. If I'm lucky, I might get some more cleaning in.

Camp is next weekend. That's where P and I met. We have to go...looks like it will be a bit cool.

Friday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 58.

Friday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 39.

Saturday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 63.

Saturday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 43.

Sunday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 65.
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Oh boy, my sleep schedule is messed up. I feel totally behind in my LJ. Did I tell you I went shopping? I so rarely go shopping but I figure that I need to start dressing a little better for work. I had gone to a leadership institute for work and met a woman who while thinner than me was similar in stature and rounder like me. She dressed really sharp as far as I was concerned. Professional but designed for short and squatty girls, not too trendy but not old lady either. So I stopped by CJ Banks and ended up leaving with 9 things for a little more than $100. 2 skirts and 7 tops. I just need to find some shoes to go with the skirts.

So this weekend the boy went with his father to visit  his Aunt(the boy's father's sister) he had an adventure, very different family than either his father or I have. S(the aunt) is 4 years younger than me, married and divorced 3 times with 3 kids from each husband. I guess the fun thing was that they were in a parade promoting her hair salon she runs out of her garage called the "Hair Yard".

Friday night I worked out ***  and than went to dinner with friends. It was a good time, I had been waiting for P to wake up and perhaps join us or let me know when she was coming out. She ended up sleeping 21 hours! That's just not right, there has to be something wrong. I knew she was more tired than usual but it's crazy. After dinner, I stayed up a little but was asleep by 12:30 or so, P showed up around 5:30. She was feeling pretty good. She cuddled with me some and than I went back to sleep. She was working on cleaning the TV room because my friend R was coming over.  I got up and was helping her too. We were going to put up the new shades but I couldn't find my drill for the life of me. Finally gave up on that and P was tired so she layed down and I ran to the store for snacks for the evening.

We had a good time, LAUGHING LOUD and playing guitar hero and karaoke with Singstar game. It was absolutely hilarious! The funniest part was that it came with a camera thing(I think~P set it up) and would take random video of you singing and you could play it back complete with audio. We were dying! P went to sleep earlier than we did, as she wasn't feeling well. R and I finally crashed near 4am. I was up by 10am to visit with R before she left. P and I went back to sleep and slept quite late. The boy is back from his Dad's, but they were late because he had "car trouble" whatever that meant.....I'm just glad he's back. Tomorrow we're going to the MN history center with my mother....hopefully go okay.

*** I've started working out again....let's see if I can get into a habit. As I stayed up so late, my sleep schedule is so messed up so I'll probably go sometime in the wee hours of the morning. If you don't hear from me again....you'll know why!


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