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Checking in. Hope everyone is doing well.

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Where is BERN & Steve???


Where is everyone?

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I'm great. I just got back from a week vacation from O'ahu with 21 of my closest friends.

I missed you guys. I've been kicking my butt back in gear.

How are you?

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LOL, I'm here, sporadically, but I think Stevie boy found greener pastures and as gone missing. How's that Mandy girl holding up? As long as you don't get arrested its fine by me.

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Where are my boys at?

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I'm trying Bern, some days are better than others.

I'm jealous that you live in Flordia.

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Erika decided to fizzle, which was good, but is busy dumping buckets of rain mainly on Tampa. We get some of it once in awhile. Sunny out right now. I need to take advantage and walk down to the park and back.

You seem to be hold steady Mandy, proud of you.

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Stay safe in the strong winds.

OKC is nice and warm. In the uppers 90's.

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Friday so soon again. The weatherman says Erica is coming and she's going to be a direct hit. I'm not looking forward to that 75 mile-per-hour and more winds. She won't be here until Monday. And there's still a chance she might fizzle out. We're all just in a wait-and-see mode.

In other news, a week ago everything looked like it had tanked out in the stock market and it was time to go to the surgeon and get stitched up. But things have rebounded nicely the last two days. Still no champagne, but if I weren't on the diet I could be drinking the champagne of beers.

Hope all is well in your sector of the world with no idiot governor trying to make points with Reince Priebus. I have an idiot governor.

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Oh good, no head and the electric oven. emoticon watch your calories, I know when I used to go through a break up I always ate myself through it, which was not a good thing to do.

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Hi guys. I'm all good and well. Just wanted you to know.

Hope all is well!

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If one of us goes into the garage for something, Sherman will usually follow. A few minutes later, we're walking around the house calling for him. I open the garage door, and there he is, sitting patiently for someone to let him back in.

I try to remember to check when I come back from the garage, make sure no dogs are left in there. Sounds like you'll have to do the same thing with the closet!

We went to a party last night at our friend Bradley's. A bunch of gay men, swimming in the lake, wine consumed, and good food. It was great fun and nice to be outdoors. One of the guys was flirting with me, and boy did it feel good to be complimented like that!

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I walked to the park today, yay me. Fed the squirrels, it was warm. Think sauna.

So I woke up with Rhory next to me. Got up, went to pee, walked into the walk in closet to weigh, gargled & massaged my gums. Proceeded to do coffee and catch up on Facebook. About three cups later was wondering where Rhory had zonked out at, checked his water and food and putzed around another few hours. Mom called, and as I passed by the walk in I heard, meow? So he was on lock down for 5 hours this morning.

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I love watching animals sleep, especially when they're having kitten/puppy dreams. Adorable!

The fire is now 62% contained, and our highway has reopened. That means I will get to go to new employee orientation in Marysville on Monday morning, but will have to leave the house at 6am to get there by 8. Wednesday I will ride with the Dean to Woodland for fall convocation. So much for vacation!

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Oh I watched the Republican debate, it was very entertaining, the Donald did not disappoint. I had to look for Fox on my channel lineup I never watched it before.

I took the day off today didn't mean to but I did. I'm talking about exercise, I didn't do any exercise today.

New kitty is wonderfully busy when he's awake, into everything just like a two-year-old. And when he is asleep he's really a wonderful cat.

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And unless you buy your wine in a box, the rest of the bottle goes bad if you just have one glass of wine with dinner. I like a good buzz too, but would rather get mine from bourbon. I am going to cut back on the alcohol when I start my new job, because it's the right thing to do. Right now, I'm enjoying my vacation.
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Steve is working the rest of the week, but not the late-late shifts he had when he started. He'll be home tonight at 8pm, just in time to watch the Republican debate. I will have to find somewhere to hide so I don't have to hear the TV.

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Dr's visit went OK. She suggested I cut back to just one glass of wine with dinner. The whole reason I like wine is buzz and one glass does not a buzz make. So I'm just cutting it out all together.

Mandy, hang in there. Lesson's presented and learned. Stand tall.

Steve, glad you are taking a little me time, after working with a moody terrible boss. Enjoy the time off.

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I am beyond excited for the new job! I haven't even started it yet and already the communication with my new boss has been fantastic. My old boss wouldn't even reply to my emails.

I'm on a mini-vacation until the end of next week. It was a pleasure to be able to sleep in today - and I needed it!

Mandy, I hope those setbacks make you stronger. emoticon

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I'm not much of a wine drinker.

Yes, just when I'm having a great day bam something happens but it always comes back to a good point.

Are you excited about your new job?

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I wrote a blog post about the fire. It is still about 8 miles from us. We are safe and secure, although our exit routes are limited with the closure of highway 20 - our normal route for driving to Sacramento to see the folks. It will be another week or so before the fire is under control. I keep checking the CalFire website for updates.

So Bern, how big are the glasses? A couple glasses of wine doesn't sound too bad to me, unless the glass holds an entire bottle's worth.

Mandy - my heart breaks for you. I'm so sorry that it didn't work out, especially after so many years together.

Today is my last day at Habitat. I'm finishing up my tasks so I can get out early and have a mini-vacation before starting my new job on the 17th. I would say I was looking forward to sleeping in, but Stella has other intentions. She woke me up at 4:30 this morning. I can't get her to stop doing that, and she is doing it earlier and earlier.

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Tuesday already. I've a doctors appointment tomorrow, I have to fess up to her that I have been drinking two glasses of wine a night. That was true up until about week ago. I do like the Vino.

Glad you're doing better Mandy, this stuff takes time. Sometimes you think it's over and it's not over yet, so be patient.

Steve & Steve? Hopefully the fires are far from you.

Happy Tuesday!

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Steve we have been together five years.

Bern, that is tempting, thanks for the offer.

I'm doing much better now. Just needed to get through the pain.

Hope you all have a fantastic Tuesday@@@

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After seeing the news on TV last night, and also seen the trending news on banjo this morning, I am a little concerned that you are going to be burned out by the Clearlake fire. Please tell me you guys are okay.

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What a great name and a great picture of you both!

Hi, RoRo!

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Picked Kitty up on Friday night. He was not happy with the new environment which caused him to sequester himself in the front bedroom. That was Friday night, it was a whole different story on Saturday. He was exploring kitty on Saturday night.

The name game ended up going from Sebastian to Judah to Tab Tabby to Yael, and finally ended up with Rory. When he is bad I can call him RORY, and when he is good I can call him RoRo.

Every one have a good Sunday!


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Congrats, Bern! Having a new fur baby can be a joy! Good luck and let us know what you end up naming him. Don't forget to post pictures!

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News from home, I'm getting a cat. My friend Lucinda took him in back in January and now she has 13 with the new litter of 5 that happened a few months ago. He is all updated on his shots and has been neutered. My last cat, Jazzi made it 17 years but then her kidneys started to fail. We moved from Kansas to Florida together in 2011 but then her age caught up with her, I can so relate, and June 2013 she was gone. Have a few clues on a name. My mom wants me to name him Tom. *cue eye roll* I'm favoring Sebastian so far. But we will see.

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Give me a moment to pick my jaw up off the floor!
Mandy, no!!!
So sad to hear this news. Let me know if you need an emergency pitcher of margaritas or a Jimmy Buffet mixtape. I'm here for you. Bern

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I'm so sorry to hear this, Mandy. How long had you been together before you got married?

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Hi Guys, I'm back from HOT Oklahoma City. Temps in the 100's

Sorry I've been MIA but I'm getting a divorce. It's sad because we have only been legally married for a year and half.

With my bad news out of the way. How you are all?

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Agreed. It was a beautiful day today.

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All I've got to say is I would much rather visit Michigan in the summer rather than the winter.

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On my way to Grand Rapids, Michigan.

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Our waiter was so cute too! We had a great time celebrating, and came home for some homemade peach cobbler that was yummy! AND I still stayed within my calorie range for the day...

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Oooooooough I love Mexican, and the food is not bad either. Haveth thee fun!

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Today is my last day as a 57-year-old. We're going to our favorite Mexican restaurant tonight for dinner with friends. It will be fun!

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It goes a long way when your boss respects you, gives you constructive feedback and also receives it from others. Richard is a tyrant who has run the organization his way without pushback for about 10 years. He doesn't like it that I stand up to him. He originally hired me because he thought I was someone who could take over for him. That is technically still true, although he's ruined the organization so much that nobody wants it.

I have an interview on Thursday for a position at the local community college (Campus Operations Director). I was so happy to get the call last night. Perfect timing, because it put my head in the right place for my conversation with Richard today. It will not go well, and I will tell him that I'm not quitting, but if he wants to fire me, he is free to. He just needs to know that I've documented all of our conversations, and will use it if necessary.

I can't wait until Thursday!

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Over my working life I have had a slew of bosses that I just did not care that much for. Seems like I could always get so much more work done when they weren't around versus work done when they were around. The last boss I had was a dream which I wasn't too sure she would be because she mentored at the knee of my boss I really didn't like a lot. I like my current boss a lot, (me), because I get away with murder.

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Richard won't be in the office today, so I have a bit of a reprieve until tomorrow. I wonder how much s#!t will hit the fan then...

Have a good week.

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Richard sounds like a dream. As in nightmare. I'm glad you're looking at the whole situation as if you were a cat playing with the cat toy.

I can't believe that we can passed so quickly. Can't say have anything to show for it but I feel I got some things done. I just can't put my finger on what.

Glad Steve is doing well at his new job. Sounds like he might actually be enjoying it.

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Lots of fun yesterday. At the Boatique Winery, a guy came up to chat with me because I was wearing my "Pentwater, Michigan" t-shirt. He was visiting from Ann Arbor. We chatted for a while, with lots of common themes (we went to colleges in the same conference - he went to Hope, I went to Alma College). He was from the town where my sisters were born. At the end of the conversation he put out his hand and said, "I'm Steve!" I did a double take and then said, "I'm Steve!" We both laughed, and he said "I guess I was destined to meet you today!"

Then at Mike and Sandy's cookout, I had a great conversation with our realtor Carol. She asked how my job was going. When I told her about Richard, she said, "Oh, darling, I didn't want to burst your bubble because you were so excited about the job, but that man is crazy!" Apparently he has quite a reputation in the community as a cantankerous old man with a big ego and no empathy. It helped to validate my feelings and confirm my resolve to hold on and make his life miserable until he fires me. One can only hope!

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Richard wouldn't allow any discussion to happen yesterday. He is still acting like a jerk. I need to get serious about finding a new job.

More positive stuff: our friend Bill came over last night at 8pm and we chatted until midnight. Steve got home from work about 10:15, and the conversation just kept going and going. I was able to sleep in until 8, which was nice, but Stella still woke me up at 5:30 to have breakfast.

Today Bill and I are going to the grand opening of a new winery called Boatique. The owners collect wooden boats ranging from $50K to $500K and up. It should be a lot of fun. We're meeting our friend Robert there.

At 5:30 I'm heading over to our friends Mike and Sandy's for a cookout. Yesterday was Sandy's birthday, and I suspect that this is a birthday party for her, although that hasn't been specified. It's too bad Steve has to work tonight.

We're adjusting to Steve's new work schedule. It is mostly evenings and weekends, but once he gets settled in, we hope that might change. Scheduling is done based on merit, not seniority. He already got a nice compliment from the manager last night that he's doing really well after just a week.

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I wonder if the Chattanooga shooting will get people talking seriously about gun violence. I assume that some of those marines were armed, but they were still killed by crazy. That should silence the NRA who said such awful things about Charleston (the preacher didn't allow guns in the church; if he did, they might still be alive).

The Aurora, CO, shooter is found guilty. Whatever the sentence, it isn't going to stop someone else from doing the same thing.

On a lighter note, I haven't killed my boss yet! I plan on having a serious discussion with him today to find out if he thinks I'm good at anything and worth keeping around.

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Walking through the cemetery plan foiled by rain coming off and on here today.

Sad about the attack on the recruiting offices in Chattanooga. People get lone wolf crazy in their heads. That whole mind set is completely foreign to sane people.

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Oh, now it makes sense.

Thursday already! All's well at this end. Doing good with watching my calories and everything is balanced. I'm avoiding the bakery section when out shopping and leave the house with a list. I definitely shop like a man, to the item, pick up the item, go cash out with no stop and looking in between.

Once my morning catches up with itself I think I'll go out to Georgiana to walk through our historic cemetery.

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Happy Thursday! Not much on the docket today. Steve is off, and has some errands to run. I'll have a low-key day at the office, finishing up a couple projects and working on the Safety manuals. I'm having a hard time staying motivated for the job right now. I don't like my boss, and the work isn't as stimulating as I hoped it would be.

I'm hoping to hear from the community college about the job I applied for, but so far, nothing.

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Well, it didn't. I left at 4pm because I'd worked through lunch thinking we were going to be let out early.

Our board of directors meets once a quarter in our conference room, which isn't an enclosed room (our office is a converted house, and the dining room, which is open to the living room in the front of the house, the kitchen, and the hallway to the back bedrooms, serves as the conference room. Our president prefers that the board meetings be closed, so that they can discuss personnel matters, so everybody goes home early on board meeting days.

He couldn't get a quorum for the meeting yesterday, so it was moved to August 4. He didn't tell anyone until after lunch.

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Now you have me wondering why the office would close at 3pm.

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Looking forward to a great day. Big question: should I come home for lunch like I normally do, or should I stay at the office because we might be sent home at 3pm? Steve has class until 2pm, so it would be good to come home at least long enough to let the dogs outside.

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Is it Monday already?

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You have to decide what you want and how it compares with what you are able to get away with. If you want to be fit, then you have to make it work. Any excuses are just that.

I'm exhausted from this weekend. I can't wait for this week to help me recover.

The fact that Steve is adjusting to his new job is just icing on the cake! (not in a good way).

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Just remember to lift with your legs.

I need to get outside and hit it. Exercise wise. I keep on thinking mowing the grass will take care of that but I'm very talented at finding excuses not to. I am very bad at self-spousing. It's like any excuse and I say fine, that's good, let's go with that. It takes so long for the welts to go down and to be able to lean back and use the back rest in a chair with the other kind of spouse.
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I still think he should have taken care of the cavity during the exam, then it would already be done! Probably an excuse to bill you for another office visit.

My parents are moving into their new apartment today, so I'm driving down to Sacramento to help. Steve starts his new job tomorrow morning, so he's going to stay home. I'll stay through tomorrow and go to church, then head back home to the lake. Not much of a weekend, but hopefully the move won't take too long (but still provide some good exercise).

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I'm usually OK until the day of, then there's no time to hide, I have to face the music. Joy not

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You're getting a cavity filled on my birthday, Bern - they should fill it with cake!

I'm surprised that they're waiting two weeks just for a filling. Do they really enjoy giving you that much anxiety?

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And I have a cavity. I'm scheduled on the 23rd to have it filled. It's a old filling that has gotten some decay in the 30 years it has been in my mouth. Otherwise the dental visit went OK. Thank you nitrous.

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I'm suffering the slings and arrows of outrages worrying today. Yep, you guessed it, dental cleaning today at 2. And of course my teeth are extremely sensitive today. Live in the now, live in the now, live in the now!

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Fabulous thunderstorm last night - a good downpour. We needed it, but hope that the lightning didn't start any fires. I probably saw 16 lightning bolts driving home from work yesterday, most going straight down to the ground. We don't get thunder and lightning out here very often, so it is a real treat.

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Happy Wednesday! Our new air conditioner for the sun room is being installed today. It will allow us to keep the door between that room and the dining/living room open all the time. We may even take the door off completely. It will be nice to have better climate control out there.

Our friend from Indiana comes over for dinner tonight. Need to come up with a menu, stat!

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Don't catch fire, Bern. Then I'd have to start calling you Burn. Not good.

I'm feeling very well rested today. I even woke up before Stella did this morning. It's all good.

We have a busy week socially. A friend from Indiana who moved to Santa Rosa is coming for dinner tomorrow night. Our friend Diane is coming by on Thursday, and then Friday we're going to our friends Mel & Kurt's for dinner down toward Lake Berryessa. I better start some meal planning.

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The sun does tend to zap you if you are in relaxation mode. Hopefully by this time all the tiredness is gone, and you're caught up, and everything is all bright eyed and bushy tailed again. It did the same thing again last night, rain from 8 PM to about 10 PM. My lawn is loving it, it's green and luscious and needs to be mowed. I'll probably get to it sometime today normally after about 7 PM . If I mow the grass during full sun daylight I tend to catch fire.

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Congrats on the refund! Great news!

We took the boat out yesterday for about an hour. Ended up seeing our friends out swimming in the middle of the lake, so we stopped and chatted with them. The sun was starting to get to me, so we headed back in about 1pm. As we were putting the cover on the boat, we saw some people looking at the cottage next door, so we went over to chat with them. They're very interested, and seem like nice people. I hope they buy it.

At 2:30 we went over to our realtor's house for a pool party. I swam for a bit, drank some wine, visited with friends, got too much sun again.

We came home about 6 and watched some TV. By 8, I was falling asleep on the sofa. I went to bed at 8:30 and watched the sunset from my pillow. I dozed until Steve came to bed an hour later. I'd like to think I got 8 hours of sleep last night, but it was a bit restless, so I'm not sure.

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We are into our summer pattern with a shower every afternoon, although tonight it was a 2 hour rain that started about 8pm.

I'm feeling good because every other day I kick myself for not doing taxes, got them done today. I get a whopping $77. refund back. Yeah! We a little worried I would owe with some dividend income I sort of forgot about, but the bottom line said refund.

I need to call Lisa tomorrow and get her story about the Hollywood sign hike.

Have a good week!

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We had about 35 people over last night for a cookout and to watch the fireworks. It was great fun, although we should have worried about side dishes more than appetizers. That's what a potluck is all about, right?

We are going to have a lazier day today, maybe take the boat out for a spin. This afternoon we're going to our realtor's house for a pool party, more wine and delicious food. I'm doing my best to stay within my daily calorie allowance, but tracking every nibble and bite has been difficult!

Have a great Sunday!

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Last night we had dinner at our friend Bradley's house with some of his friends. We then took the boat out to watch the fireworks in Clearlake Oaks, a tiny village a few miles from us. Taking the boat back in the dark was a little scary, but Bradley obviously knew what he was doing. I'm glad we won't have to go out on the water tonight with everyone over.

Have fun people watching, Bern!

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Sounds like a blast. I may walk down to the park and watch the fireworks across the river. The fun part for me is always the people watching.

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It's nice to have a day off today. We are going to start cleaning the house and run a few errands. A bunch of people are coming over tomorrow around 5:30. We're cooking tri-tip on the smoker, everyone else is bringing a side dish and/or beverage. It will be loads of fun. We'll watch the fireworks from the boat dock (some of our guests are taking their boats out closer to downtown, but the view is just fine from our house). It will be great fun!

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Happy Thursday! I'm so excited about the 3-day weekend!

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I am still taking one prescription medication: gabapentin for my neuropathy. I don't have any refills left, and don't think I need to continue it, so I'm going to use it up and be done. Since the weight loss, I haven't needed my atenolol, so I stopped taking that months ago. I still take a lot of supplements and one non-prescription drug (Zyrtec generic) for allergies. I like being drug free though!

Stella woke me up early today, so I'm a bit ahead of schedule. My boss is out of the office today, so I'm looking forward to getting some stuff done. It is going to be a scorcher the next three days with temperatures well above 100. My guys will have to stay out of the sun when they're working.

Just 3 more days and then a 3-day weekend!

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Seems we never run low on stupid. Still a good day. We had rain for about an hour in the afternoon. Went grocery shopping and to pharmacy to pick up my prescriptions. So far I'm running about $50 a month for old people stuff, thyroid, blood pressure & cholesterol. No fun but the alternative is worse. Have a good week everyone!

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I had to unfriend a cousin on FB for posting a hate-filled meme. She tried to tell me that she loved me and wasn't trying to bully me. I called her on it and told her what she could do with her post. Then I clicked Unfriend and immediately felt better.

I saw a great meme on that very subject:



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There have been some awesome posts on FB countering the haters.

I loved the meme of all the Twitterers saying "This country is going to hell after this decision. Time to move to Canada!" or something to that effect.

I am too overjoyed to be taken down by a$$holes.

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It was a good day today as well. The other side is starting to gear up its backlash. I ran across a couple of sites that said because you are a homosexual you are a sinner, not pure like me. A few "well at least I know I'm not going to burn forever in an eternal lake of fire." Basic mean girl stuff, you know. So all these wicked evil idiots that have been lying dormant for all this time are now gearing up to cause misery. As if gay marriage has any thing to do with them!

San Francisco sounds like a marvelous place to spend pride weekend. Well at least Sunday. You and Steve have a good time.

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It's funny what a difference an hour makes. I posted that message at 6:15am, and one hour later we had marriage nationwide! It has been an amazing 24 hours, and the hardest part was trying to stay focused on the things that are important (like the tasks at work) instead of just checking Facebook every 5 minutes to see who has changed their profile picture to the rainbow colors.

There was nothing that the other side could say yesterday to dampen my exuberation!

We have decided to drive down to San Francisco tomorrow for Pride. I wish we could go today, but the dogs would rather we didn't. The chorus concert today would be so much fun (all Elton John music) and I am eager to see all our friends.

What a great day!!!!

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From 10am to 11 I was laughing and crying and laughing and crying and celebrating and laughing and crying. Wonderful beautiful momentous day that I'm glad I lived to see.

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Happy Friday, team! Things are moving right along... We are accepting a bid today to put solar panels on our roof. One more thing on the list to check off...

We're going to have a great weekend - some relaxing, some outdoor activities - and I'm looking forward to catching up on sleep!

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Happy Thursday! I need to keep my confidence up today. There is a job posting that I am very interested in at the local community college. The application process is pretty rigorous, including an extensive cover letter that needs to answer about 30 leadership and management competencies (up to 5 pages). It would be a great opportunity for me, and even though I've only been at Habitat for 3 months, I think this is a better fit.

I have a tendency to question my skills and abilities when writing my resume and composing the cover letter. I need to avoid that. Because I know I can do this!

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LOL, that would be a big YES on the evil of donuts!

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Yes, I would say so! Now we REALLY know how bad donuts are for you. LOL

Happy Wednesday!

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Maybe that was the university saying don't eat the donuts.

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The truck story is so ridiculous! Steve was in the left turn lane. A guy in another truck was in the thru-lane, and decided that he wanted a donut. So he turned left right into Steve's truck. He said "I didn't even see you."

Seriously? It was a very expensive donut - $2300...

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Oh no, not a fender bender on the new truck!

I thought I had stopped in yesterday, but obviously I didn't make it here at all.

Glad things went well at your parents house.

I'm wondering what's up with Mandy. Hope whatever situation was presenting has been resolved.

Got nothing on the calendar for this week at all so I get to be a lady of leisure, sans the fuzzy slippers and eating bonbon's on the couch while I watch the soaps. Ah, those were the days.

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We had a great weekend in Sacramento. The family of our next door neighbors stayed here at our house while we were away. They are leaving today, and we'll get the house to ourselves again. Busy week! Steve's truck is going into the body shop, so he'll be driving me to/from work the next couple days. Fun times!

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Happy Sunday! We're here in Sacramento celebrating Father's Day with my folks, going to church, then having lunch here with my sister Janet. We'll head back home this afternoon. It has been a good but exhausting weekend!

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My mom is doing surprisingly well. She's calm, not at all nervous about the move. She even talked like she was excited to make the move. I'm very pleased. Steve is a whirlwind when it comes to packing and working, so I let him be the supervisor, and the rest of us do what he says. Well, I'm not because I'm sitting at the computer, but you know what I mean.
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Oh Steve and Steve, I don't envy your weekend. Just the thought of doing something like that on my side is enough to send shivers up my spine. It is definitely hard to stay positive when dealing with situations like that. I'll grab my beads check the batteries and send up a prayer for you.

Hang in, Hang on, the cavalry is just over the horizon!

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It will be hard to concentrate at work today, anticipating spending the weekend with my parents in Sacramento. This will be the first time back where we're staying over, a big change for all of us! They are moving into a senior apartment complex where they will have all their meals provided. This is a very good thing, but mom still has lots of anxiety over the change. We are there this weekend to help prep for the move and maybe get a few things taken over. The apartment is already theirs, but they weren't planning to move until the end of July. I'm trying to convince them not to wait. They will be out of town the last two weeks of July, and vacating their house will make it easier to go on the market.

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Sorry to hear that, Mandy. I hope everything is ok, and that life calms down some. Prayers said and sent.

Without a few curveballs, life would be much less interesting. If only they didn't cause so much stress and anguish.

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