I actually acomplished somethings during these days off! Some weeks by noon on Thursday I feel like I’ve done nothing but dishes & laundry that I can point to as acomplishments from my days off. This week, we got pumpkins, I have new spring bulbs to plant & I put insulation behind my bathtub to try to keep the bathroom warmer this winter (of course I haven’t gone to the basement to staple more insulation up beneath the bathroom where it all fell down last winter nor have I stapled any in the garage where a couple of the walls are still bare) But I did the bathroom, I also did a ton of laundry, cooked a nice meal last night, picked up the house a couple times (it keeps getting messy – damn gremlins) listened to a dozen books read by mr 7, helped miss 10 with her homework in general & thoroghly pissed miss 16 off about ten times, just by giving my opinions on the dramas she has going on in her life- I guess I’m supposed to just listen, not express an opinion? I also wasted a lot of time playing mahjong solitaire, my new personal favorite game & definitely a time waster. But like many time wasters, video games, piano playing, embroidery & painting it puts me into a state of mind in which strange things come to me, I’ve been thinking about a guy I talked to at work on the phone who was from Woodstock Vermont. a place I’ve been multiple times, an old friend of mine had been there with annother friend of hers who was a native. the friend took me there to see the places her friend had shown her. Then I visited at least two other times on my own, once with a boyfriend & once with my grandmother. All the times I went there we stopped at a really lovely resturant which served probably the best french onion soup I’ve ever had to this date. I told this guy that I’d been there & asked if the resturant was still there & he said yes, it was & that they still had great french onion soup, that was the entire exchange but it was a moment which I still remember, (it was probably about 2 years ago now) I think about all kinds of weird things while I’m playing video games or doing the other things I listed. I belive I do quite a bit of healing mentaly doing things like that, I know when I am busy or read a lot during my days off & don’t get much time to just play around I usualy feel very not-ready to go back to work at the end of my time off.
Mahjong holds an odd facination for me also because when I was a kid I recieved my mother’s doll house & a large box of stuff to go with it, there was furniture, miniatures & dolls in the box but also a lot of little things, dominoes, dice of all sizes & colors, game pieces of many descriptions & even little statues of some of the presidents, about 3 inches tall with their name inscribed on the base (there were about 5, Madison, Polk, JQ Adams Taft & Taylor. I still remember the names!) & about 20 or 30 mahjong tiles, I didn’t know that was what they were, my mother didn’t seem to either, she had many of them wrapped in paper & decorated to look like cereal boxes, books & gifts in her doll house but didn’t know what the tiles were for (or at least she told me she didn’t) she plays mahjong solitare too though so I guess she knows now! she grew up with 3 younger brothers though, & always said that the doll house was not just used by her – her brothers all used it too.
Theres all kinds of stuff I’m supposed to be doing, my kids get state insurance, the state recently confirmed my ex’s military status & now are pestering me to get my kids hooked up with the ex’s military insurance. never mind that we’ve already had very bad dealings with the military insurance when he was in the navy back when we were only seperated, not actually divorced ( I went to counseling to determine if I wanted to stay married & to help me deal with him getting involved with a 19 year old girl right in our small town & moving in with her, he went awol from the navy while I was still in counseling & they ended up charging my doctor’s office – where I was seeing the counselor- for visits they’d already paid for. It took me 4 years to pay that off- $20. here, $10. there. I don’t want to be in that postition again & I hate to ask the doctor- same doctor for me & all 3 kids- I prefer a gp that way. To run that risk again.)
Today is a ladybug day too, This is one of those things I never saw in Massachusetts which I love about Virginia, it’s 73 outside after 2 miserable, cold rainy days & ladybugs are swarming everwhere it’s sunny at my house, on my porch & my back door. I took a picture but you can’t really see them all hovering in the sun, Later I found they’re swarming in at my back door- so here’s a picture of that too.
I’ve been alternately working on a meme & looking at pictures of ghosts, I love scary stuff & there are tons of websites which have all kinds of stuff real & photo shopped available to look at, I bet they all get a ton of traffic at this time of year but I’m into that stuff all year long. I’m also looking for info on how to put some of the pictures I have on my hard drive on a disc, more at my ex’s request than my own, he sent a ton of pictures to miss 10 & they’re clogging up her email storage- he suggested we move them to a cd rom for storage, easy for him but I’m something of a computer novice, I know how to do what I do every day but I don’t even know where to look to move them to a cd- maybe miss 16 does. Of course, I can’t do anything until I actually invest in some cd roms!
Just got my Receptor on my satellite dish for my internet changed out, this guy just showed up at my door & said he was here to replace it free of charge! Up on the roof he climbed & changed it out & climbed back down, took all of 10 minutes, I didn’t even have to reboot the computer! Maybe that will help with my intermitent signal problems, (I think it’s a tree- the guy said a different tree than the one I was worried about though- annother reason to take down the pines behind my house! Now I just need a chain saw or someone motivated to do it- preferably not with cash) He was telling me that what we’re hearing at my work is correct no new installs until December- I had the option to learn to troubleshoot that too. but there was no raise involved, more work, more to remember but no financial compensation? I don’t think so- anyway I’d have had to change shifts too & I LOVE my shift!!! After all, I only work 2 days in a row, it’s always a Monday or a Friday for me (Credit to my boss for those immortal words!) & there’s not that many 4 day a week 10 hour a day shifts available. The only valid reasons to learn to troubleshoot wild blue would have been because I wanted to go on days 9 to 530, (I don’t) or because I wanted to learn about it (I do- but not enough to change shifts)
I’m looking forward to halloween week because I took a paid day off for the monday of that week, just for something to do! I have 3 or 4 left & while I have to save one for Christmas & I’m taking one for my birthday I didn’t have any other reasons to take any, I might not even need one for Christmas, Last year we were supposed to work & were swapped off, we worked the tuesday after Christmas & had Christmas day off. I’m hoping they’ll do that again, it changes every year, I’ve worked 2 out of 5 Christmases, I don’t like to do it (I’ve actually changed my schedule in other years in order to have the holiday off) Lately though, we’ve been swapped off so we didn’t have to work that day, this year though, because my group had it off last year, I think I may need that paid day off. I’ve started setting an alarm on my phone to make myself get off the computer before my little ones get home from school on Wednesdays so I can really concentrate on them & my song is playing on the phone so it’s time to sign off- I’ve been rather incoherent & rambling if I do say so myself!