We slept in late this morning. Actually, we got up for a while and then went back to bed. I’d been working hard all week and I had to work more today but I needed some rest. We finally got up and showered sometime around 11 AM.
Around noon I started to work. Kelly headed off to the movies with Leanna and some other friends. I worked for about 3-1/2 hours before calling it a day. I decided to be lazy for the rest of the day and started watching the Lord of the Rings trilogy on DVD.
Kelly was home around 6 PM and I started dinner. Tonight I made cheese quesadillas with Spanish rice, and I was particularly pleased with how well the rice came out.
No gym today once again.
My 9 hour workday seemed to pass by in 15 minutes or so. I continued my work on the PowerPoint slide deck for the training session I’m leading in mid-March. I started as soon as I got into the office, worked on it nonstop until lunchtime. I paused at lunch to eat, read more of Steal Across the Sky, and nap. Then it was back to work on the slide desk and suddenly my phone was ringing and it was 4 PM and time to head home!
For dinner tonight, I made strausmouse ‘s recipes for Thai Salad and Roasted, Spiced, Sweet Potatoes. Both came out really well and we enjoyed the meal.
Got the 400th issue (April/May 2009) of ASIMOV’S in the mail. Also the latest issue of NEW SCIENTIST.
I’m sequestering myself in the office this week in order to complete some training material for a 3-day train-the-trainer session I’ll be leading in mid-March. I started the work morning off by putting together my annual self-appraisal. With the exception of one meeting, I spent the rest of the day working on the training stuff, and I’m pretty happy with my progress.
After work, Kelly headed to the gym and I prepared dinner. Tonight I made strausmouse ‘s recipe for tofu lettuce wraps. They turned out pretty good. Kelly liked it and wished that I had made more. As I side dish, I made a kind of cucumber dill salad that also came from strausmouse . Kelly really liked that one.
Spoke with he11o_sunshine earlier today. I returned a library book, and picked one up that I had on hold. That one is for Kelly’s book club. I received the books I ordered from Amazon today: Ray Bradbury’s We’ll Always Have Paris, and Nancy Kress’ Steal Across the Sky. The Kress book is next after I finish up The Way the Future Was, which will likely be tonight.
Chest and back strength workout tomorrow morning.
Today was one of those days where I couldn’t focus as much asI’d have liked to. The work day passed slowly and despite having no meetings, I didn’t make as much progress as I hoped.
This evening, I finished reading Adrift, which was just a remarkable survival story. It’s incredible what Callahan went through in his 76 days in a raft out at sea. The book was very well written and thoughtful, and I really enjoyed reading it. Next up is Frederik Pohl‘s The Way the Future Was. I went to the library today and checked out Journey to the Center of the Earth, which will follow Pohl’s book. I remember reading an abridged version of Jules Verne’s book which I was a kid, and I was completely engrossed by it. I’m looking forward to reading the complete story.
The latest NEW SCIENTIST arrived in the mail today and I’m going to head off to bed reading that. Also got a bill from one of the doctors which I’ll pay later in the week.
Kelly is at her book club this evening. I may be in bed before she gets home.
I’m finally crashing and so there’s a chance at a decent night’s sleep tonight. Work was busy all day long. I even worked through lunch, but I completed an important milestone on my project and that felt good. At 4 PM, there was a memorial service for Susan held in the office and lots of people came to remember her. Kelly came by at about 3:30 or so and she was there for the memorial, too.
After work, we headed home and then immediately went out into the warm (mid-60s) weather and walked to the grocery store to pick up some bed. There was a strong spring-like wind blowing. It was really nice.
Got a package from
secret santa in the mail today which contained two t-shirts from Powell’s books. The first one was a great t-shirt that I can wear to work on Friday. The second one was an adorable yellow "one-zee" for Zach that reads "Book Monster" across the front. Awwwwwwww!
Though it’s 7:40 PM, I’m in bed. Going to read for a little while and then likely crash for the rest of the night. I’m tired. And I’ve got a full lower body workout in the morning.
Well, I made it through the day yesterday without feeling overly tired. I was up at 4 AM and we headed off to bed at 9 PM (after watching Tivo’d episodes of Big Love and Battlestar Galactica). I didn’t sleep great last night, but my body is still adjusting to the new schedule. Busy day in the office. I was in meeting from 11 AM until 4 PM, and as usual, I was the one doing much of the talking. It was nice to get home from the office and not have to feel bad about not going to the gym–I’d already gone!
We enrolled in a series of "new baby" classes last night. There’s a 4-day course on childbirth preparation, another course on baby care, and another is a tour of the hospital. These courses take place in the evenings and don’t start until April. So when the spring arrives, it’s back to school for us.
Apex Magazine is having a special issue and I have a story that fits the theme of the issue well. Last night I submitted the story to Apex for the special issue. I also got some additional feedback on "Homecoming" and plan to spend the rest of the week working the various suggestions I’ve received into the story. I’d like to get it into the mail as soon as possible, but I’d like to make sure it works well before I do.
Busy day at work today, one of those days where time flies by virtually unnoticed. I got fed up with a project that seemed to have lost all forward momentum and so I took charge today, and I felt good about that. I think things will start moving again.
After work, Kelly went to the gym and I walked to the grocery store. I needed some kind of exercise. It was cold, but I walked quickly. There were some dangerous patches of ice on the sidewalks but I navigated them safely (nearly sliding to the pavement only once). I lugged two large grocery bags home and felt that I not only got a decent cardio workout, but that my shoulders and arms got a good workout as well.
Lots of miscellaneous mail: stuff from the accountant, some bills from various doctors, the latest issue of AOPA Pilot. Still no word from ANALOG. Tomorrow will be 60 days, I believe.
Read more of Dick Winters’ book, which I am really enjoying. Watched the new episode of Smallville and then decided to watch the first episode of Band of Brothers.
Another busy day in the office tomorrow. Looking forward to Saturday evening. We have theater tickets to Les Miserables at the Signature Theater in Shirlingon. That should be fun.
Today is the official halfway point of Kelly’s pregnancy. Exactly 20 weeks. Assuming the baby will be around 6 pounds (96 ounces) when he’s born, he will increase in mass nearly ten-fold over the next 20 weeks, which is remarkable when you think about it.
Very icy this morning. There was a layer half an inch thick covering the car, that must have added 200 pounds in weight. It took a while to get it all scraped off. The streets weren’t great, but we only have 2 miles to travel on a relatively empty road to get to the office. Work was a busy today. I was occupied from the moment I got into the office. Tomorrow won’t be much better. I’ve got meetings beginning at 11 AM and running continuously through the end of the day. And I’ve got about another 200 pages of reading to do before that first meeting tomorrow morning.
I got the latest issue of NEW SCIENTIST in the mail today, which puts me 2 issues behind, to say nothing of the latest issue of SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN. I think this weekend will be spent catching up on those issues.
I’m absolutely loving Major Richard Winters’ book, Beyond Band of Brothers. I’m a little more than a third of the way through the book and finding Winters observations fascinating, especially in the context of Stephen Ambrose’s book, Band of Brothers.
Looking forward to the new episode of Life of Mars tonight…
Another long workday. My hours are going to increase for a while until we get over the hump, which will hopefully be sometime in mid-March. In the meantime, I expect longer days. More than likely I’ll start getting up earlier, working from home until Kelly is up and ready to go and then head into the office. I’ll do my best to keep the evenings clear, but we’ll see how things go.
I ate lunch today, but didn’t take a lunch break.
Finally got around to moving an automatic payment from an old account to a new one. That took way longer than it should have. Paid the auto insurance bill. I’m annoyed as all heck that in Virginia you can’t pay the entire year in advance (I was able to do that in Maryland). Apparently, in Virginia, the policies are written to be six months. I just hate having to remember to pay these bills. I went to set up automatic payments for it, but they automatic payments are deducted monthly and charge a $5 service fee. You can’t do automatic payments if you pay the whole thing up front.
Avalon finally got the new website up so that I can once again pay the rent automatically. Recall from a while back that I had this all nice and working, and then Avalon decided to cancel it all so that they could revamp their website. After a few months, they got the new website up and announced it today. Thrilled, I went to it and couldn’t for the life of me figure out where to set up the payments. Long story short: the site only works with Internet Explorer; no Safari, no Firefox. Fortunately, I figured this out by logging into the site on a whim using Internet Explorer on my work laptop. The message that indicates this is not displayed when you log in using another browser, only using Internet Explorer. I was able to set up my recurring payments, but I’ve got to say that this has been a customer service disaster from end to end.
I also paid the water and cable bills today, now the only two remaining bills that have no eBill mechanism and no way to do automatic payments. (Not entirely true. Cable does, but it involves calling customer service, and I’m through with that for a while. It’s easier to pay the bill via BillPay.)
We booked our travel to warm and sunny Albany, New York. Yes, there’s no place like Albany on Valentines Day, and that’s where we’ll be, visiting strausmouse and rmstraus in the dead of winter. The original plan was to drive but I’m in no mood to spend 14 hours of my weekend in a car. So we bit the bullet and bought fairly reasonable plane tickets. Nonstop from Reagan-National. Total travel time should be under 2 hours and that includes going to the airport.
Kelly’s belly seemed to have a growth spurt over the last few days. She is looking increasingly pregnant. We have a doctor appointment tomorrow morning.
I’m going to try and squeeze in a little pleasure reading before heading off to bed. I’ve got the fireplace going, now all I need is a glass of chocolate milk.