March 3rd, 2006

Lola1

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I saw my gastroenterologist today. He's happy with how I'm doing so he won't be on any new medication just yet. My belly was soft and he said my face isn't looking as puffy as when I was on the steroids. My next appointment is in August. If I need refills before then I'm supposed to give his office a call.

I've been reading Housekeeping by Marilynne Robinson. For the longest time I hated the format of the book (the print is justified) and her descriptions took so long and seemed so pointless. Now that the main character and her sister are in high school it's getting much better for me.

I've been listening to Rebecca by Daphne du Marier on CD. For the first 7 chapters I thought the main character was a big whiner. I'm starting to like her a little more now that she's at Manderlay.

Tonight my husband drove to Cleveland for a movie. Usually I get to eat fish, relax and not do too much when he's gone. I did have salmon for dinner but I feel like I've been working non-stop. The virus that we had seems to have allowed a trojan onto the computer. I couldn't boot past a black screen when I got home but things are much better now. Norton found a file but can't get rid of it or repair it. In addition to what I normally use I've downloaded SpyBot which helped make the pc run faster. It took me a while to delete most of the files that seemed to cause the infection. Downloading and installing XP Service Pack 2 took about two hours.

I'm ready for bed.
Lola1

Friday Afternoon Update

Zilla finally calmed down around 10:30pm last night. He stopped barking but would whine every once in a while because I was in the office working on the computer. Everything was taking so long because we have filled up just over 70gig of the 80gig hard drive. When I built the PC I didn’t buy a bigger hard drive because I didn’t think we would need so much space. But this was before we started downloading music from iTunes or burned compilation CDs for friends.

I was surprised when I saw my car this morning. It’s so dirty! The front license plate has iced over snow on it. It’s so opaque you can’t read it. In Columbus it couldn’t decide if it would rain or snow but apparently in Cleveland it was snowing.

Last night one of the things I did get accomplished was contacting someone for payment for some stories I wrote for his site. This morning I got an email stating he’d have the money for me in a few hours. He’s a man of his word! It feels nice to have a little bit of extra money. The writing isn’t my best work but it’s true… the more you write, the better you get.
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Friday Night Update

I finished Housekeeping this evening. It ended a lot better than it began. The narrator's voice comes through loud and clear. I think towards the end is when the book really begins to come alive. I wonder how many people have put it down thinking that it wouldn't get any better?

After work I picked up some meat at the store (cheap cheap prices!), some water, and then went to the pharmacy to get some prescriptions. I've done two loads of laundry. My husband will be home in about 30 minutes so I had some popcorn as a snack to tide me over before dinner.

Tomorrow morning I have an appointment with ~E~'s cousin to get my hair cut.

I rented Two for the Money from the library earlier this week. I should have watched it tonight while waiting for my husband to get home from work.

I am so happy it's Friday. I could do a Friday Dance!