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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Well, it's almost 3pm and I'm still trying to catch up on emails, etc. - kinda crazy when you don't get into the office till 2! I did a cool site visit this morning, took a tour of the Siemens plant here in Sacramento. They manufacture light rail cars for Sacramento, Portland, and Charlotte, plus they're now doing diesel electric locomotives for Amtrak, and they just landed a contract with San Francisco Muni. And they're hoping to snag the high-speed rail contract, when and if high-speed rail ever actually happens in California. Anyhow, a fun tour.

Then I met up with a bunch of former coworkers for a long lunch. We all worked together back in 1997-98, and we still manage to get together at least once a year, which is fun.

Otherwise, got 40 minutes of yoga in this morning. Plus about a mile of walking at the Siemens plant! In my hiking boots...we had to wear good shoes since we were walking through all the work areas.

Paul and I finished Episode 5 of "The Roosevelts" last night. Sooooo good! We're huge Ken Burns fans. It's just amazing, all the footage he finds - it was fascinating to be able to see and hear FDR speeches! And it really is "an intimate portrait" - I feel like I know SO much more about Teddy, Franklin, and Eleanor now. Really worth watching, though it's taking us a while to work our way through it. Though that's partly just because we don't usually start watching till like 9:30, and we don't stay up very late since we get up at 6am!

All right, I've got a conference call at 3:30 so I'd better scoot.

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FLORNH 10/1/2014 8:18AM

    I'll have to check out the Roosevelts!

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GHK1962 9/30/2014 7:40PM

    I think we caught the first 2 episodes of that on OPB about a month ago. It had a lot about Eleanor on it I recall. It really does suck you into it once you start watching!

Good luck to California on the HS rail cars. I remember when we were trying to get them up our way. The railroads were not going to redo the tracks themselves ... so the cars were designed in a way to mimick how the cars lean when going super fast. Kind of a cool concept. But in the end, there were wayyy too many stops and other freight lines using the shared tracks to make HS rail viable here. If you all get them, then I think the railroads would start looking northward.

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Monday, September 29, 2014

Whew, sometimes the weekend is so busy, I wonder why I look forward to it, LOL! We packed some fun and relaxation in, but there was also some hectic in there.

Let's see, Saturday...Paul was out of the house at 6:30am (UGH!) because he had to go walk precincts (campaign work) in Hanford, which is about three hours away. Yes, only crazy campaign people would think it's reasonable to send Capitol staffers to go walk precincts three hours away, as a day trip. Sigh.

Anyhow, I got up around 7 and took the pooch for a walk. Kate had promised one of the karate teachers she'd help out with the beginner class, so I dropped her there at 10 and then headed off to the grocery store. I had time to get that done, zip home, and unload most of it all before heading back and catching the last part of her regular karate class (which is right after the beginner class).

Then we headed over to a friend's house to feed their cat - they've been on vacation and Paul's been doing it, but of course he was gone all day. Then we headed home and had lunch and crashed out for a couple hours (whew). Then I dropped Kate at a birthday party and stopped by my dad's for an hour or so, then came home and Paul was back by then so we went and grabbed some dinner and then headed to pick up Kate.

Yesterday I took about a 9 mile bike ride. Then spent the morning running around getting the place picked up, and running errands, while Paul and Kate made homemade pretzels and a batch of cookies. Around 1:00 a bunch of friends came over and we watched the Niners game (which they won, YAY!). That was really nice, to just hang out and catch up and relax. Then we had a quiet evening after everyone left.

This morning Bam-Bam was still totally beat from all the excitement of company yesterday, so we skipped the walk. So I figured okay, no excuses, I need to get out and do some running! Nothing stellar, just ran 1 minute, walked 2, but I got 10 minutes of running in (35 min total, 2.5 miles), so that's decent I guess. My legs feel tired so I must have done something! :-)

This week looks MUCH better....I'm phonebanking tonight (more campaign work), but only till around 7, and Kate is going to skip the last band practice tonight because last week's was just a mess. Next week school band starts up so she's good on that front, we basically just joined the Sacramento Youth Band to keep her practicing all summer. Then we've got karate tomorrow night and that's about it for the week. YAY! After two weeks in a row of having something every night, Mon-Thurs, I'm ready for a quiet week.

And week after next is vacation, woo hoo!!!

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GHK1962 9/29/2014 4:36PM

    I agree with SuGirl06 ... I am tired reading haha.

What kind of help is your daughter helping the karate class with? That is kinda cool.

And ... 35 minutes - 2.5 miles .... with a run/walk with 1 mins of running and 1 walking? That is awesome! I get barely a bit more mileage in that time ... and I am "running" all the way haha. You rock!

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SUGIRL06 9/29/2014 3:28PM

    I'm tired just from reading all that! I love being busy like that though. I always feel so accomplished at the end of the day. Keep up the amazing energy girl!

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UMBILICAL 9/29/2014 12:26PM

  Monday Monday

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Friday, September 26, 2014

Woo hoo, it's Friday! I got a half hour or so yoga workout in this morning, while Paul walked the pooch.

Last night was the Back to School BBQ. Paul went straight there from work because he worked the bbq's from 5-7. I went home and got the girls and we walked over. By the time I got all the way through the long line, got my food, delivered a plate to Paul, and found a seat, I had about 5 minutes to wolf down a burger and half a bag of chips before my shift started at 6:15!

I was handing out slices of watermelon, but we ran out around 6:30. So I asked the guy in charge what else I could do to help, and he asked me to take a stack of trays into the kitchen. Where I found poor Beth, the super sweet cafeteria lady, washing everything all by herself. I asked if I could help and she said, "well, I'd really like to go home, since I've been here since 6am." So I told her "go!" and I started tackling the pile of trays. Paul came and found me when his shift ended, so we got through it pretty quick. Dishwashing is something nobody ever seems to volunteer for! More fun to serve, where you can interact with everyone. :-)

Anyhow, then we found Kate and stood in line for like 15 minutes for ice cream. By that time it was basically dark, the event was shutting down, and we were totally beat, so we headed home.

Tonight, we have NOTHING on the calendar! Sheesh, this is the second week in a row where we've had something every night Mon-Thurs. Next week looks better though.

Happy Friday, all!

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GHK1962 9/26/2014 1:49PM

    It sounds like the Back to School BBQ was a hit! And that was super nice of you to take over for the cafeteria lady. They always seem to go unnoticed. So yahhhh for you for doing something great for someone else again!

Now ... have a relaxing night!

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PHHHISC 9/26/2014 12:52PM

  You deserve some rest.

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Thursday, September 25, 2014

It was RAINING this morning!!! You have no idea how exciting that news is to a Californian right now...we're in a major drought and it barely rained at all last winter.

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Took Bam-Bam out this morning for a long walk. I was SO stiff and sore, probly a combination of all the work yesterday, plus the change in weather (which doesn't agree with my arthritis)...I knew I'd better get moving or I'd really be hating life.


Fortunately, it was only raining really lightly while we were out...about 10 minutes after we got back, it started pouring! Timed it perfectly. Poor Bam-Bam, she's barely experienced any rain, and not in months and months, so she kept stopping and giving herself a huge shake, it was funny.


My busy day yesterday continued into the evening....I spent about an hour and a half at the computer and plowing through a pile of bills and receipts and by the time I finished it was almost dinner time. Then after dinner I had a Girl Scout leader meeting. The fun never stops!

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Anyhow, it's 11:15 and I've barely gotten any work done today because I had a looooong (but useful!) meeting this morning. Better get back to it!


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PKBOO3 9/28/2014 10:46PM

    You just reminded me that I'm 2 months behind on balancing my checkbook. Thanks!

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PJMX18 9/25/2014 2:43PM

  I hope your arthritis gets better emoticon

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Project Deep Clean Continues

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Took today off to work on Operation Deep Clean. Not exactly a relaxing day, but productive!

Bam-Bam and I walked Kate to school, then I took her on a loop around back home - about 1.8 miles total. Then Paul and I attacked the living room. Oy, kind of horrifying! Dust bunnies, dust, dog hair, dirt, you name it. We took the leather wipes to the couch and wow, it looks brand new! You really just don't realize how dirty things are, till you do a big clean. We have a weekly cleaning lady, but she just does the very basics, and we're terrible about doing the extras.

Anyhow, then Paul got to work on Bam-Bam's doghouse - when he originally built it, he intended it to be shelter. But she loves to jump up and sleep on top of it - yup, just like Snoopy - so he shored it up and added some structural support.

Meanwhile, I got the dining room done, along with the coat closet by the front door and the linen closet in the hallway.

I am such a sweaty mess! 5 hours of housecleaning will do that to you. Man, cleaning ladies should all be skinny, LOL! But it's soooo satisfying to see how good it all looks. And as usual, we ended up purging a bunch of stuff. And there will probably be a little more, because I want Kate to go through a few things, like all the movie DVDs on the shelf.

Anyhow, I'm trying to stop sweating enough to get in the shower, since Kate and her friend will be home soon - school gets out in about an hour. I'm a little too scary looking for company right now! Sheesh, sitting at my desk all day tomorrow will be a relief. ;-)

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PKBOO3 9/28/2014 10:44PM

    What a great feeling to get it all clean.

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GHK1962 9/26/2014 1:46PM

    Cleaning is always "ugh" when you are doing it ...but when you finally get done ... and get cleaned up yourself, it always feels good and like you got lotttttssss done!

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FLORNH 9/25/2014 6:42AM

    Deep cleaning is so rewarding! It makes the effort worth it to see how great things look when you are done. Enjoy your "relaxing" day at work today emoticon

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SUGIRL06 9/24/2014 8:49PM

    Cleaning is so much WORK! My leasthe favorite thing to do but at least it burn calories when you have to finally do it, right??

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