Monday so far -- MLK day
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I went to bed a little before midnight, I think.  I got up around 9:00 a.m.

I have an appointment today, and Mom and I will probably end up doing some shopping.

I texted with WhiteSheepCBD, since she had the day off.

Later: I made it to my appointment.  I came home and had a late lunch, and then Mom and I went on a big grocery shopping trip.  It was very busy at the grocery store.  We saw H.M.  We saw Z., who had worked late today.  She was happy to see that my knee was better.

I am exhausted.  

Sunday so far
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I went to bed before midnight, which is rare for me.  I got up for the day a little before 10:00 a.m.

I used rosewater and pink peppercorn shower gel for my shower.  When Mom and Dad got home from church and Mom went upstairs, she complained about the fragrance.  She's gotten super-sensitive to any kinds of scents in the last several years.

I did a line editing job.  It felt good to finish that.

I chatted briefly with Jules and with Riah.  It was good to touch base.

I sprayed insecticidal soap in the dining room, after taking all the food away from that area.  I had sprayed the yellow jasmine about a week before I brought it in, but that didn't seem to have helped quite enough.  We'll see if today helps.  Once again the mama was not happy with a smell, but it was way too cold to open the windows.  I think 20 degrees or so was the high.  The royal jasmine has a flower open currently, but I can't really smell it.

I asked A. if he wanted to chat tonight.  He said he thought he could.

When it got close to 7:00 p.m., Mom was still sitting and staring at the TV with no signs of being motivated about anything.  I told Dad that I was going to fix myself dinner.  "Are Mom's arms and legs broken?" he asked.

"Are yours?" I asked in reply.  I shared some of my food with him, but I still think he was being ungrateful, considering how many meals Mom has cooked for him over the years, and how much other homemaking she's done in addition to working.  I asked Mom if she wanted me to make her scrambled eggs.  She said her stomach had been off all day, and she didn't think it was any particular scent that had done it.  She ended up making herself soft-boiled eggs.

I talked with A. for over an hour.  We caught up on our own little day-to-day news, and discussed national news.  I said how T.J. had been rather long-suffering over the ESL book we're working from.  She hadn't wanted to do the reading that used a "country" dialect, when I kept saying what the correct grammar should be.  She said she could learn non-standard grammar anywhere, and wanted to learn standard grammar.  I read through that, correcting the grammar as I went along.  I still want to know why the first four readings in the book, the whole first section, are all stories that deal with theft.  Several of the other sections include stories written in the 1800s, when T.J. wants to learn modern English.  I've spent time here and there critiquing the book.  She asked why some words were pronounced a certain way.  I said it depended if the words were from the French.  I keep agreeing with her that English is a really tough language to learn, seemingly random silent letters and all.

That reading with "country" dialect and expressions had an exercise afterwards about expressions involving animals.  I was trying hard to think of the words in Spanish.  At 3:00 a.m., it occured to me that "bull" was "toro," but the lesson was long over by then.  The last lesson had words about emotions.  I realized much later that when I was trying to explain "calm," I could have said "serenidad" or "tranquillodad."  (However those are spelled.)  I also realized why she thinks "qu" should be pronounced "ki."  We'll work more on that, and how she puts a bit of an "e" sound before words that begin with "st."  That's what you do in Spanish and French. 

Saturday so far
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I went to bed a little after midhinght and got up for the day around 10:00 a.m.

Mom and I went out and about, including to get gasoline and pick up a couple of things from the store where J.-PA works.  It was super-crowded, and the parking lot was crazy, as I knew it would be on a Saturday.

Most times we take the car that was Mom's old car, and that I am paying her installments for.  Her new car wouldn't start, so we called AAA.  They charged the battery, and said Mom should keep the car running for about 45 minutes.  We went to Delaware.  I had been calling and texting people, and J. called back just as we got near the Delaware border, so I missed telling Mom that she needed to turn at the first traffic light in Delaware.  She ended up going in and out of some very confusing entrances and exits to the shopping center that has its other side on Naaman's Road.  I had gotten lost in that shopping center a number of times, and obviously always made it out, so I wasn't panicked.  We got out and got gasoline for Mom's car, then went to Trader Joe's.  That parking lot was very crazy, and it was super-busy in the store.  We got what we'd come for and got out.  We were most of the way home before full dark.  We were glad to get home.

I caught up on some of my e-mail, and chatted with Mom.  We both went to bed relatively early.

Paul Neyron rose 2
I went to bed just after midnight, I think, and got up at 8:00 a.m. or so.  I'm backdating this, and I don't really remember.

Mom and I went to the Amish Market.  We got ribs and salads and fruit and cheeses.

I signed up for Friday Night Friends and met up with the group at Cosi's.  The YMCA's little bus was out of service, but most of the group got there before me.  I got there a bit before 7:00 p.m.  The group members were told that if they wanted dinner and a drink, they'd have to pay for it themselves.  We had had the ribs, so I just went with the dessert the Y covered.  Cosi's no longer does s'mores, so we got other desserts.

We checked out the Bath and Body shop, which was having big sales.  I made a mental note that they had C.O. Bigelow products again.

We went to Barnes & Noble.  I didn't get anything, but mostly just chatted with L., a new girl, who I had chatted with at Cosi's.

Thursday so far
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I went to bed a little after midnight, and got up at around 8:00 a.m.

While Mom and Dad are off for Dad's procedure, I will experiment with perfumes again.  I'll wash them off before they get home.

A short while later: I called B., A.J.'s sister, who was surprised that I'd called at 9:00 a.m.  She gets up very early, so I wasn't afraid to wake her up.  We had talked about going to the Philadelphia Premium Outlets.  I drove to their house.  B. drove to the outlets.  We went to the Crabtree & Evelyn store first, and had lots of fun sniffing all the scents.  The salesgirl was very patient with us.  B. got a good amount of stuff, and treated me to some tubes of hand cream and a shower gel "bauble."  We went to a nearby perfume store, and resumed sniffing different fragrances.  There were some good sales there, as well.  B. got a couple of perfumes.  They looked in a couple more stores.  B. got some clothes on sale.  We headed back to their house.  We read the perfume book, and saw what they'd rated fragrances we liked.  Most Barb liked got 2 or 3 stars.  Mine also got 2 or 3 stars.  I had thought Ange ou Demon was interesting when I'd smelled it in the perfume store.  Luca Turin gave it 1 star and a fantastical description of how he imagined they came up with the smell.

Later: I made it to the ESL tutoring.  I hadn't been moving as fast as I thought I was, but I made it there.  T.J. and I had a pretty good lesson.

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I fell asleep in the overstuffed chair in the den.  Mom told me to go to bed a little before 11:00 p.m.  I got up at midnight to finish a few "getting ready for bed" tasks, then went back to bed pretty quickly.  I got up for the day a little before 8:00 a.m.

Mom and I went out and about.  We went to K-Mart, and to a Rite-Aid.  I looked in a Hallmark to see what they had in the way of Crabtree & Evelyn products.  They had a small variety.  I tried the sampler of the Rosewater and Peppercorn hand cream.  A little went a long way.  I got a "Cu-Pug" for J. and K.  We went to the liquor store, and Mom got white zinfandel.

We went to Kohl's, which I had heard had a nice selection of perfumes.  I tried "Beautiful," but it came out in a big spritz.  It turns out that a little of that goes a long way, too.  The mama was overwhelmed.  We drove home with the windows open.  Fortunately, it's not as cold today as it was for a few days.

Later: I got boxes of perfume samples and had a lot of fun sniffing the different scents.  Most were of roses.  I tried a little bit of "Iris Nobile," too.  I like that one.

After my bath, I put "Rose Delight" perfumed body oil on my hands.  I liked the smell, but it was too strong for Mom.  She said that Dad said that I needed to get a different hobby.  Even though Dad was on the prep for an examination of his intestines, his mind still seems to be pretty sharp.

Tuesday so far
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I went to bed a little after midnight, and got up a little before 9:00 a.m.

I went to the orientation for home health aides that T.T. told me was today.  Dad scraped the ice off my car beforehand.

I talked to A.J.'s sister B.  She said that the family was stuck in the house today because the driveway was icy.  We will reschedule our trip to the Philadelphia Premium Outlets.

Later: Mom and I went to the library, then to two grocery stores.  I am exhausted.

I am meeting T.J. at the library tonight.

Later: T.J. and I got through the lesson.  It was again about skimming money off accounts.  I don't know why theft is the theme of this section of the book.  I looked through the book more after T.J. left, and saw that the answers to the questions in each lesson were in the back of the student workbook.

After that, I sat down to watch CNN, but I was having trouble staying awake.  Mom came by a little before 11:00 p.m.and said, "You're asleep.  Go to bed."  I went to bed, but got up at midnight to finish some "getting ready for bed tasks."  I went back to sleep again shortly.

Monday so far
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I went to bed a little after 11:00 p.m., I think. I got up for the day a little before 10:00 a.m.

When I e-mailed the production loop about finishing the line editing job, I commented on a scene with the single mother's children.  Her love interest had gotten markers and glue and things for the toddlers to do crafts with.  The mother said that he should not give toddlers glitter.  She made a "Team Edward" reference that the man didn't get, but he still figured it must be something horrible anyway.

Sunday so far
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I went to bed a little after 10:30 p.m., and got up around 8:30 a.m.

Mom and Dad went to church in temperatures that were below freezing.  I don't know if I'll go out myself in the very cold temperatures.  I expect the grocery stores and the mall will still be super-busy.

I talked to A.J.'s sister B. to tell her I might have to reschedule, depending on how long a home health aide orientation went.

I wrote to J.A. of the Friday Night Friends.

I talked briefly to J.  I had sent him an e-mail last night saying that there was a Lush store in Towson, and by coincidence, he and K. were at the Towson Town Center today, though their focus was on different things.  We talked about how sometime when K. felt up to it, she and I could go explore the Lush store.

A few minutes later: J. texted to say that K. was still in the massage chair, and that he had gone to explore the Lush store and gotten a bunch of stuff for himself and K.  That made me laugh.

I worked on an editing job for a while.

Later: Mom and I went to a K-Mart west of us, then to a grocery store, then to a Target north of us.  The grocery store was the only really productive part of the trip, but I think it's good to get out of the house.  I was wearing a lot of layers, and kept my big aqua-colored scarf over my nose and mouth when we were outside.  We stopped at a Wawa on the way home.  I got a bunch of food, but dropped the bag I carry my Kindle in.  Dad and I went back there, and I got my Kindle.  The cashier recognized me, and gave it right back.  Dad looked for a sandwich for himself.  "Watch that you're not getting something spicy," I warned.

"This isn't spicy..." Reads the ingredients...  "Jalapeno dressing.  Never mind."  He found a turkey sandwich instead.  I got a Reuben with Swiss cheese.  It was very spicy.  I was looking to see if there was horseradish in the dressing for that, but apparently it was all spicy mustard and vinegar.  The other part of our dinners was the soup we'd gotten at the grocery store.

I talked with A. for almost an hour.  I finished up the editing job.  I think I'll go to bed pretty early again.

Saturday so far
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I went to bed at 11:00 p.m.  I got up briefly around 6:00 a.m, then went back to bed and fell back asleep.  I got up again around 11:00 a.m.

I watered the flowering house plants with flower fertilizer, and watered the ferns with water that eggs had been boiled in.  Presumably that will give them some calcium.  As for the flowering plants, the Christmas cactuses are still going.  The yellow jasmine ('Revolutum') is blooming, and the royal jasmine (Jasminium nitidum) has buds.  The plants on the windowsill and plant stands in the dining room make it look like a miniature tropical area.  The zonal geranium has salmon pink flowers.  The pink begonias have buds.

After Mom had had lunch, we went out into the Arctic-influenced air.  It had reached about 10 degrees out then, but with a windchill that made it feel much colder.    We went to the dollar store for cards for Uncle R.'s birthday, then stopped at the post office to mail them.  The post office was extremely busy.  We looked at the Walmart parking lot, but there were no spaces.  We headed home.

I don't think we'll go out again today.

I texted with L.B. a bit, and with WhiteSheepCBD, and texted with A. about chatting tomorrow evening.


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