Saturday, January 31, 2015
I left about 6pm and headed out... went looking for a large outdoor thermometer that goes down to -60 below, so the next time my thermometer pegs out at -40, I can look at the new one to see just how cold it is (and providing it doesn't get colder than -60). It's supposed to be above zero tomorrow, I'll believe that when I see it. I think today it hovered around the -20's.
Tomorrow I'm hoping to go get my nails done BEFORE the Super Bowl game, then come back home and watch it. I need to think about packing for my upcoming trip to Hawaii.
Okay... signing off...
Friday, January 30, 2015
Work went okay today, I had to do "intakes" all day, had one cancellation, so it made things a LITTLE easier.
At the end of the day my friend Kathy called me and told me they were going out to celebrate her 58th birthday and asked if I wanted to join them. So I did, but it was a LOT of hustling. I basically had an hour from the time I got off work to make it out 20 miles out of town. I had to stop and get gas, and I had to run home to let the dogs out and THEN head out... and then of course, there was an accident tying up traffic along the way. We went to a restaurant that we used to go to when I lived up here before. We only went for special occasions. I probably won't go again very often. It was almost $40 JUST for MY meal. I had 2 appetizers. I had Lobster & Crab stuffed mushrooms and beer batter halibut. Portion-wise it was just about right for me. I had to eat and run though, because I had tickets to the Ice Dogs game tonight. We lost 4-3 or something like that (or 3-2). What was really junky about the game was their darn goalie kept kicking his net off its posts every time he felt threatened. AND, we had one goal right at the end that was mis-called (in my opinion and of the majority of the folks there) and that caused havoc (people started throwing things on the ice). And, the goalie kicked the net off AGAIN. I'll bet there will be some brawls tomorrow night! I'd like to give their goalie a swift kick in the backside and make him pay $50 every time he kicks the next out tomorrow night.
Okay... it's about 1am, time to sign off and head to bed. I am SO looking forward to sleeping in tomorrow.
Thursday, January 29, 2015
Work went okay today, I didn't have any appointments scheduled (I had a couple cancellations this afternoon and we had training this morning). I was able to get some paperwork done that needed to be done by tomorrow. So, it wasn't a wasted day. AND, I got a free massage! Apparently they have a person that comes twice a week in the afternoons and does 30 minute massages. I'm usually busy with clients and you have to book your time way ahead. Anyway... it was a nice treat today.
Tonight I went to my granddaughter's hockey game. Her team won 4-1 (She didn't play). I got to know one of the other parents on the team (another goalie's parent). Tonight was their last hockey game of the regular season, I think they have a couple games coming up in the tournament after the season. I may go to the "Ice Dogs" games this weekend, they are actually playing 3 nights this weekend - they played tonight.
Okay...it's almost 11pm. I'd better sign off.
Wednesday, January 28, 2015
Tuesday, January 27, 2015
So... I woke up to about -43 degree weather this morning and now at a little past 10pm, it is -40. It did get up to about -31 about the time I had to get off work today.
Speaking of work, it went okay. I had a couple cancellations, mainly because people don't really want to get out in the frigid cold in this kind of weather. And there's no impetus to do so (they don't get charged if they don't come). I got most of my notes done... all but 2 from this afternoon. I did get some peer reviews done, but we have to do 10 a month, so I still have 3 or so more to get done. Maybe tomorrow?
After work I came home and let the dogs out and then I went out to watch my granddaughter's hockey team play. She was in a bad mood yesterday because her car battery was frozen. Her dad went and bought a new battery for her today, but it still wasn't starting. So she was mad (and hating her car... which at 17, she should feel lucky TO have a car!). Apparently her attitude carried over to school and she got suspended at the end of the day for mouthing off to a teacher. Apparently she didn't tell her coach tonight... and she dressed out for the game. Had they won, they most likely would have had to forfeit the game because of her suspension. She needs to get her anger under control and not let her anger control her. They have one goalie out for the season and their original goalie just came back to play a couple weeks ago, he's been out with an injury, but tonight he was looking like he may have re-injured himself. The team plays again on Thursday... and I'm not sure my granddaughter will be allowed to play. It was only a 1 day suspension, so she would be back at school on Thursday, but if I had been her coach tonight, I would have been more peeved than he seemed to be acting.
Oh well... I'm going to sign off and get ready for bed, it's past my bedtime.
Monday, January 26, 2015
Speaking of frosty trees... we also had some "ice fog" this morning.
So... this morning when I woke up at 5:45am it was -39. And I didn't want to get out of bed. I got out of bed about 6:15 and it had gotten COLDER! It was down to -48. BRRRRR! Needless to say, the dogs have been wearing their booties every time they go out.
Work went okay today, I had six appointments scheduled, but I had two "no-shows" and a couple cancellations. At least I was able to get all my notes done from Friday and I did get my notes from today done. It *was* a nice break this morning (not sure if it was a cancellation or a no-show) and the mama and baby moose showed up outside the front of our building. I even got a "selfie" with it that I put on my facebook page.
After work I went out to my daughter's place. She had gotten me a tee shirt from the Grand Canyon. I'm sure I have one somewhere from there, but the fact that she picked it out especially for me, makes it special. I took her a jar of my mama's secret recipe Ranch Dressing. I made 3 jars worth, I keep thinking I am going to take a jar over to my neighbor's but it has been pretty darn cold out. I didn't go outside at all yesterday.
On the way home I stopped and filled up with gas, I was down to about 1/4 tank and when it cold as it has been, you don't want it to get any lower.
I also stopped and picked up some Fried Rice while I was out in North Pole at the Pagoda Hotel. Not sure I will do that again, it cost over $15.00 for a pint of Fried Rice.
Tonight I've been watching "The Bachelor" and I've been posting some photos on Facebook. But... now it's after 9pm, and I need to think about getting ready for tomorrow and bedtime.
Sunday, January 25, 2015
Tonight I have just been watching some TV. Thinking of my oldest daughter as she has been on the plane all day flying back from Arizona where she has been visiting her Dad. It's going to be quite the drastic change in temperatures for her. It's -30 below right now, and it is supposed to get down to -36 tonight. Brrrr!
I did fill my pellet stove up tonight (I have to do that every couple days). And I stacked all the remaining bags of pellets together. I think I have about 10-12 bags left. They cost about $6.00 a bag. I go through about a bag a day. I'm not going to have it running while I am in Hawaii. I'll turn down the heat in the house as well during that time. (like mid-60's).
I made my traditional Sunday night dinner... Steak and Potatoes (I wish I liked vegetables better). I did have a small ice cream cone for desert tonight. *smiles*
And tonight I've been watching "Miss Universe." Unfortunately, I already know that Miss Columbia wins (thanks to my facebook feed).
Okay... it's 10:30pm, I had better sign off and go get some things done before I head to bed. And I have to try and get the dogs out one more time. I've been putting their booties on them today and yesterday as I have let them out (They do wear their coats out). They are getting better about letting me put their booties in, although Bruno isn't too sure about it. They are getting better about walking in them as well.
This afternoon I talked for a little bit with my middle daughter, she got her "birthday present" and it made it there safely. It didn't get broken. Looks like I packed it pretty well. *smiles*. I also spent about an hour on the phone with my friends Walt and Bette. It was good to talk with them, although I found out Walt had been in the hospital with pneumonia! (WHAT????) and hasn't been eating too well. He'd better take care of himself so he is well enough to meet me in Hawaii in a couple weeks! And Bette! She fell and fractured a rib... so she will be a little sore when she comes down as well. These two are NOT getting any younger... all the more reason for them to do what they need to do to stay well. (Both are of "hardy" stock though and they will be 89 and 90 in April!).
Tonight I went to the Ice Dogs game. Last night they won something like 7-1, tonight they lost 2-3. Darn! They were playing a team from Wenatchee. I sat with a family I used to go to church with when I lived here before... but man! They were cussing worse than sailors! I've never been fond of cussing... I hope I never develop too much of a comfort for it.
Okay... it's about 1:40am... guess I had better get off here and get the dogs out one more time and head for bed, otherwise I won't get ANYTHING done tomorrow.
Didn't do too much else today, but at least I did get *something* done in the house (in the guest room). I didn't even take a shower until about 5pm.
Friday, January 23, 2015
As it was, I didn't leave work until about 5:30pm. Then I came home and quickly made some cookies to take tonight to a Memorial Service. The memorial service was for someone I used to go to church with when I lived up here in Alaska before. It was like a huge (church) family reunion and I got to see about 50 people I used to know (and hadn't seen yet since coming back). And some recognized me before I recognized them.
I didn't get home until almost 10pm and now it's almost 1am (I watched some TV).
Time to head to bed. Oh yea, and we've gotten about 3" of snow today. I hope we don't get too much more right now.
Thursday, January 22, 2015
I had a cancellation this morning at work, but then ended up seeing someone for 2 hours that was in a crisis. But, all my afternoon appointments came in, so I still have to do those notes tomorrow. And I have a fairly busy schedule for tomorrow, with someone coming in at 3pm. Hope I get through the notes.
After work I stopped by a local grocery store and ran into three people I used to go to church with. It was good to visit with them and catch up on news.
Tonight I made up my Mama's Ranch dressing (from scratch). They recommend waiting a day to use it, so the flavors can really come out. Num, num. For dinner I had leftover Caesar's Salad. I need to go eat some strawberries before they go bad.
Okay... I'm going to sign off...
Wednesday, January 21, 2015
"Light pillars are a kind of optical phenomenon which is formed by the reflection of sunlight or moonlight by ice crystals that are present in the Earth's atmosphere. They are also called the crystal beam phenomenon.
The light pillar looks like a thin column that extends vertically above and/or below the source of light. The light pillar is prominently visible when the Sun is low or lies below the horizon. It normally forms an arc that extends from five to ten degrees beyond the solar disc. Light pillars can sometimes also be seen arising from the Moon.
Light pillars are formed by reflection from ice crystals with roughly horizontal faces."
Other than that, it was an interesting day today. I only had 1 appointment. I have to say I appreciated the cancellations (and the one no-show... someone I had not met before)... because it allowed me to get caught up on all my notes, including the intakes from last Friday. AND... it allowed me to work on the lengthy paperwork I needed to get done to get reimbursement for my stay at the hotel when I got here. I knew I had set my intention to get the paperwork done, and my schedule (miraculously) opened up to allow (although I did stay at work until about 6pm tonight, because the paperwork is rather tedious and cumbersome to fill out, as are most government-related forms).
Rather than come home and make dinner... I stopped by Kentucky Fried Chicken and picked up some chicken strips. I asked for the 3 piece and when I got home, I think there were about 6 pieces in the box. The dogs appreciated that! *smiles*
Okay... it's just after 9pm, I've been watching a "Globe Trotter" show (about Texas) and then watched some American Idol. I'm going to try and head to bed soon (but have a few things to do to get ready for the morning).
Tuesday, January 20, 2015
Work went okay, but our computer systems (for entering documentation) was down almost all morning, so guess who didn't get their notes done from Friday. Yep, me. And I didn't get any notes done from today either. And it didn't help that there were two times when I could have gotten at least one note done, but I had co-workers in my office (well, one time it was my supervisor). Argh! I do have one cancellation tomorrow (they call appointments the day before). I hope I can get some notes done then!
I finally got some information about what I need to do to get reimbursed for my moving expenses after I got here. I printed out 40 pages of instructions... so at least now I know what I need to do to go forward. I hope I can find some time at work to get the forms completed and scanned and get them sent in this week.
Tonight I made a steak for dinner (didn't make one Sunday night) along with some potatoes (small golden potatoes that are about the size of a golf ball). It was delicious. Of course, I shared the steak with the doggies... they get the fatty parts I don't want and they get the bone. I gave the bone to Peanut first (after dinner) and let her have it for about 5 minutes... then told her she had to give it up to Bruno and she got right up and came to me so that Bruno could chew on it awhile. Bruno got it a little longer (Peanut had gotten the best part), and then he came to me as well, so Peanut could go back over and chew on it again. They've switched out at least 4 times. They made me so proud that they are sharing without being grumpy about it. *smiles*
Oh yea... one other thing I got done today was I mailed my middle daughter's birthday present off to her. I sure hope it makes it okay. I mailed it priority mail, so she should get it soon. Her birthday isn't until the 12th of February, but since I didn't know for sure how it would go (surface, 1st class, or what, I didn't really expect Priority), I wanted to make sure I mailed it in plenty of time. And I hope she likes it.
Okay... signing off....
Monday, January 19, 2015
After the movie I ran some errands... I had to return a lampshade that didn't fit. I also paid some bills... the water/sewer bill and the trash pick up bill. Then I went to one of the local banks and opened up a checking account. I need a local bank/checking account. So... it feels like it has been a productive day, although no boxes got unpacked. When I got home I went out and tried to fix my mail box. The front isn't staying shut and when I tried to force it... I popped off the top part that the front part latches into. I used Jungle glue. And then I used a rubber band around the mailbox to try and keep pressure onto until hopefully it dries. I hope it works.
I'm posting early tonight... it's only 6:30pm. I just got done watching "Jeopardy" and now will watch "Wheel of Fortune." Sure wish I could go on WoF with my older sister... between the two of us, we'd knock it out of the park!
Sunday, January 18, 2015
I had to take a break from watching football and I went and had a late lunch with a former neighbor/friend. She also taught my girls in High School. Then it was back home for more football watching, although I think I did more napping than watching football. I have to say, the Patriots did a pretty good job and it should be an interesting game to watch next weekend.
I had a late dinner... haven't gotten anything done (oh yea... I did get my hair colored today, but other than that and going to lunch... nada!).
Okay... it's 11:20pm. I'm going to try and get to bed earlier tonight.
I have to say... and I've probably said it before... but I think one of the things I've enjoyed the most about moving back to Alaska and into my house (WITH A YARD), is that for the first time in about 6 years, I can choose to stay in my pajamas ALL day (and night) if I want to! Which is pretty much what I did today. I got up around 9-10 and lazed around on the computer... then made a bite to eat and then laid back down for a nap with the dogs. I didn't get much done today. I did spend a significant amount of time trying to box up something to send to my middle daughter for her birthday (I may have mentioned that UPS and FedEx both wanted $200 to pack and ship, give or take $25 or so (over and above). So... I decided to package it up myself and I've been trying to figure out the safest way to pack it up in hopes it won't get broken in the mail. It's an odd size. And as I was putting the finishing touches on it tonight, I ran out of packing tape! GRRR! Now if I can just find the 1-2 rolls I know I have around the house here, all would be great.
Tonight I did get dressed and I went to the UAF-UAA hockey game. We lost again tonight, although we had tied the game with less than 2 minutes left on the clock. But, UAA won in overtime. I have to say, their goalie is awesome. UAF outshot UAA something like 14-1 (for every 14 shots on goal we had, they had 1 on our goalie). Anyway... kudos to their goalie. AND, everyone pretty much kept the penalties to a minimum, UAA had more penalties than UAF, and they did get a game misconduct with one of their players getting ejected from the game. After the game I went by the store because I wanted to pick up some buttermilk because I want to make my mama's home-made ranch dressing. And I ran into a couple I used to go to church with and catch up with what their kids are up to.
But... now it's 3am and I'd better think about getting to bed. THAT is the downside to taking a nap.
Guess I had better sign off and hit the sack.
Friday, January 16, 2015
Work went okay today... I had 4 intakes. One of them I couldn't help and that makes me sad (we cannot do home visits and that's what they were asking for). And then of course... I get a "walk-in" that comes in at the end of the day, so I ended up not finishing up til 5. It wouldn't be so bad, but because we had a potluck at work today at lunchtime... I didn't come home to let the dogs out. Thankfully they made it through the day just fine.
Okay... signing off...
Thursday, January 15, 2015
Work went okay today, it felt like I stayed steadily busy. I came home at lunchtime and the folks remodeling my kitchen were here to finish up. They ran into some minor snags, but they were able to finish it up this afternoon.
Tonight I've been baking Chocolate chip cookies. I used my KitchenAid Mixer for the first time (the stand mixer). I have to say, for all that it is hyped up to be, I'm not sure I'm really that impressed with it. I had to keep wiping the edges of the bowl with the spatula because it didn't seem to get all the way to the outside (of the inside) of the bowl. The cookies turned out really good and I am sure that my co-workers will enjoy them tomorrow. We are having a potluck tomorrow. I also made some Rotel Cheese dip (browned hamburger in tiny pieces, a 3 lb block of Velveeta cheese and a can of Rotel Cheese). I'm going to heat it up tomorrow morning at work in a crock pot. It will be the first time using my new crock pot too (I had sold all my 110 items before I moved to Germany, and then had to sell all my 220 stuff before I moved back here). Anyway, between making both of those up tonight, it's been a long night... and now it's 10pm and time to get ready for bed... so I'm going to sign off.
Wednesday, January 14, 2015
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Thursday, January 8, 2015
Wednesday, January 7, 2015
Tuesday, January 6, 2015
Just a short blog tonight. Work went okay, I had 2 cancelations. That just means that I was able to get my notes done for the day. One of my appointments was interesting, as I used to work in the same company with the parent of the person. I didn't work directly with the parent, but close enough that once I heard the name I was able to visualize the parent. Its a small world up here. After work I went and did some grocery shopping. I did pick up some baking soda, but after making home made Chicken Fried Rice, I'm not up to making the Oatmeal cookies that I was planning to make.
Not much else to write about tonight, so I am going to sign off and hopefully go to bed early tonight. It was about -30 below most of the day. Its about 7:45pm right now.
Monday, January 5, 2015
Sunday, January 4, 2015
Friday, January 2, 2015
Thursday, January 1, 2015
Today has been a LAZY day... although I did empty the last big box that has been sitting in my living room and I put quite a bit of stuff away and I have my dining table cleared off. I still have a LOT to do... Still haven't found some things... but I know they are here. As far as damage goes, other than the Turkish lamp globe... this move has had the least amount of damage.
Today I even took a nap! What a way to start the New Year! At least I got *some* things done. I did take down my Christmas tree too... but I just put it in another room... I still need to take it apart and put all my Christmas stuff together and put it away.
Okay... it's about 10pm... I'm going to sign off.
Work went okay today, there was some shuffling around in my schedule, (I had one no-show and one person needed to switch their time... so it worked out). This afternoon I got all my notes done.
And oops... I just realized I didn't finish this last night... didn't do much in the evening. Got some stuff put away here at the house, one more box is empty and I now have 2 kitchen counters cleaned off to use! YAY!
Okay... signing off.