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March 20, 2017

Here we go.....

Texas sunrise

Don't ask me why I'm wasting my time blogging, when I need to finish an assignment, and put my pack together for the new class that starts today.  I guess I just need a "warm up"!  

Last week was spring break at UNM...I had all these plans of organizing and catching up with note taking, and I didn't do any of that.  I justified it by telling myself that I really did need a break before the craziness of the new class starts.  I might kick myself later, or be glad I took that little break.  Seriously, today is the first time I've turned my computer on for a week.  

And the computer was a bit snarky this morning too.....I think I forgot to turn it off, and put it on sleep because the intention was that I would be getting back to it soon.  So, the battery was down to nothing and it always takes awhile to come on when I do's never intentional, but it happens once or twice a year.

Feeling a little foggy....

Although I have been trying to be mindful about maintaining a certain level of activity, I do have an annoying issue right ear is plugged up, and has been for about 4 days now.  I have been noticing that I have been developing a bit of tinnitus, it is louder in the plugged up ear.  Which is probably allergy related, but geez, I wish it would open up's driving me nuts, and I can't hear as well.  Suppose I will sit toward the front of the class today so that I can hear what the prof. is saying.

I did find two classes I can take this summer, which is the semester I was most worried about.  There just aren't as many classes available, and I do want to continue with my goal of two classes per semester.  One class is every Friday, so, without saying anything to anyone at work, I quietly put in for two Friday's off (I'm already off every other Friday).  The only class I can't make it to is the last one.  I figure I will let the professor know after 2 weeks, and make sure I can submit any assignments due that day early.  Of course, this is assuming that I will get into the class.  I've noticed that 3 credit classes that are "short" (like the history class that starts today, which is 8 weeks instead of 16) are really popular.  So, there's always the possibility I won't get in.  All I can do is try, and then make plans if I don't.

Otherwise, things keep rolling along.  Romeo is really happy to have his spring break this week.  I know he has a list of things to do (and none of it is from me), but I figure he will do about half of it.  He's always underestimating how long it will take to get things done....don't we all??

If you're on spring break, enjoy!
Love, 365

March 12, 2017

Hey! Where'd my hour go?

One of my sister's chickens...note the beautiful feathers around her neck...

Of course, I know where my hour's in a time bank that I can't access until November.  So, for 8 months (give or take) that hour is just hanging out.  Probably taking a nap, ha ha.  I really hate losing that hour, but love the extra hour of daylight after I get home from work.  I can garden, or walk the dog (because I hate walking in the dark).  When my classes start in just over a week, I will leave that class and still have lots of daylight left ~ not to mention feeling safer walking back to my truck.  

I am not a morning person.  So losing that hour makes for a tough one to two week adjustment of a fairly regimented schedule.  I know how much sleep I need to feel good....but even though I will go to bed at my usual time, I will not be able to fall asleep easily.  And when that alarm goes off, I will hit the snooze button often enough to create the rush to get to work on time.  You know, the one where you get to work and discover you forgot your lunch....or like the time I got to work and discovered I completely forgot to put on my makeup.  Horrifying, lol. 

Here in the Land of Enchantment (New Mexico) there was a bill proposed that would eliminate the time change completely, so we would be on DST all the time.  But that bill was shot down, so for now, we will have to continue to lose and then regain an hour.  Does it really save energy?  I believe that studies have showed that the answer is "no".  I'm not sure why we, as a country, continue to engage in DST....but my guess is that it has to do with money.

Love, 365

March 11, 2017

Have you bought a bed lately? And dealing with salesmen....

Approximately 17 years ago, I bought Romeo and I a sleep number bed.  And yes, it was expensive back then as well.  But I wanted something that didn't have springs, and the sleep number bed was the only game in town ~ that I knew of, anyway.  It has air chambers that allow you to soften or firm up your side of the bed.  That was also one of the main reasons I purchased it.  Romeo likes a firmer feel, where I prefer something a little softer.  Ours was pretty basic.  No "remote control" for adjustments, we had "add/remove" buttons (one on each side) that are attached to the motor (which is quite loud - unless you're an idiot, you don't decide to firm up your side at 3am - if you want to live to see the sunrise).  It is time for something new.  My side of the bed must have a small leak, as I have to firm it up every 2 to 3 weeks or so.  I don't like the Tempur-pedic mattresses - a friend bought one a year ago, and I just didn't like it.  Everything else is either memory foam or spring based.

Sleep Number has a confusing web site, so I decided to walk into the store yesterday to see and try the beds myself.  I did find the bed I want:
It is not cheap.  Drat.

Then I tried this one:
Intersting option.  Considered only because Romeo snores.

The second option is basically twice the price of the plain model, due mainly to the base.  I asked about bedding, and apparently you could put two twin fitted sheets (with some modification, I'm assuming) instead of purchasing the specific sheets that fit it ~ also quite expensive.  

So, I spoke to Romeo, and he doesn't believe that raising the headrest would make any real difference in his snoring.  I read a few reviews that state that the adjustment is only for mild snoring, and then tried to convince the reader that if the snoring is worse than mild (what ever the hell that means) then the person should be evaluated for sleep apnea.  Thanks for that.  

The sales person I was working with was a really nice guy.  But while cruising through the web site, I noticed that the offer of free delivery is good until 3/19, where he told me the free delivery expires on Sunday.  You see?  That's the kind of BS that really pisses me off.  

Romeo mentioned that the flex bed would be great if he was disabled, but not really necessary at this stage of the game.  I'm the one who's thinking that with a 25 year warranty, perhaps we wouldn't have to buy another bed again......and then a few minutes later realized how stupid that thought is.   No matter how great a bed is, you're not going to want to have it for that long.   When you look closely at the warranty, it's really not all that spectacular, although I have no idea what the warranty is on other mattress brands.

It's the second line that hits ya in the wallet, and obviously between years 21-25 they don't expect you will still own the bed. 

So, I guess I've decided, although spending that much money on a freaking bed is irritating.  Especially when I'd much rather spend it on furniture.

Happy sleeping!
Love, 365

March 2, 2017's been a tough week.

Petrified clam...

I have been cognizant of the fact that my current class requires tons (100 pages the week before last), and then writing a decent assignment nearly every week.  You probably have already read how excited I get when I have to write.  Yep.  Last week I was on vacation, and was able to postpone the assignment until today (4 days late, technically).  I finished it a few minutes ago.  Not too bad, considering I haven't finished my notes on the second video lecture.  Luckily I have spring break coming up beginning on March 12. Instead of catching up on tv, or embarking on a small project, I will be catching up on my notes and organizing my notebooks, because on the 20th, my history class starts.  I am already concerned about how to manage both classes, knowing how much reading I have to do for one, and I just realized I haven't purchased the book for history.  Crap.

I enjoyed my time with the family though.  And although Romeo and I have been talking about moving back to Texas after retirement, I have serious reservations now that I have experienced the traffic both in Austin (notoriously known for how horrid it is) and San Antonio.  After I texted him that I arrived, but I don't know if I could deal with the traffic if we decide to move back, he replied that perhaps we would have to be way, way out of town.  But the sad part is, that even if we do, there will be occassions where we would have to drive in either of these places.  I'm so spoiled with Albuquerque traffic......even though I've bitched about it in the past (& probably will do again, lol), we just don't have anywhere near the population in either of those places.  And that's the thing ~ it's the sheer number of cars on the road.  
~I would miss having the mountains just behind our house.  And the four seasons.  I don't know if I can give it all up, even though I know that it would be great to be near family.  And son #2 is planning on moving to Austin in April.  So it would just be Romeo and I here in New Mexico.  I guess I will not fret about it and just see how things go.  It will be at least 4 more years before we would be ready for retirement, so it's not like we have to decide right now....but the older one gets, the less exciting it would be to move that distance.  Ugh.  

Love, 365

February 27, 2017

Home again, home again......

Me and my Grandson at In & Out Burger....

The first couple of days I spent hanging out with my eldest son and grandson.  He is autistic, or "on the spectrum".  He has grown so much, he is taller, but small for his age.  More importantly, he speaks much more, and doesn't have as many "melt downs", which is what my son calls them.  These occur when the environment frustrates him, or, like any child, when he doesn't get his way.   He takes care of himself more, like brushing his teeth.  He also seems to have grown out of staying up much of the night.  Other things haven't changed...he is so attached to the i-pad that he never goes anywhere without it, or a smart phone.  In many ways, it's like a security blanket.  I wish I lived close enough to have more time with him.  My son was a bit surprised that he felt so comfortable around me, but I think it's because I didn't focus on getting his attention all the time.  I'm the grandma, not a therapist.  It was great that he sat with me on the sofa and leaned into me while playing his game.  He does not seem to have the touch phobia many autistic children have, but he does want it on his terms.  It was a great visit except for the few hours we spent at Chuckie Cheese, where the decible levels of games and kids screaming (both in joy and in anger) nearly drove me insane.  I guess it is a treat that they do once a month.  I would do anything not to experience that again.  

My son's cat...cute and very vocal.  At 14 she still plays like a kitten.

I stayed at my sister's place...a small ranch.
Early one morning I woke to see this fog, and ran out to take a bunch of photos.
I wish the spide webs were more visible, which is what I was going for.
I particularly like this one.

I enjoyed the visit, and even more so now that I have more vacation time!  I was able to stay for a whole week, whereas in the past I only stayed for 4 to 5 days, which always included a weekend.  

My sis and I spent a whole day at the San Marcos outlet, mostly looking, but buying as well.  We found a birthday gift for Mom, a bonus!  She is so hard to buy for.

Me & sis with their dog, Buster.  

Well, I need to get busy catching up with class work.  I did pretty well on the first test, an 85.  Of course I would have loved an A, but ah, well.  

Have a great week, everyone!
Love, 365

February 17, 2017

Too much to do, not enough time to do it all.....


It's week 5 in my Human Behavioral Ecology class, and although I only bought one book (less than $10 on Amazon) we have a great deal of pages to read each week that is posted on "Learn" ~ the format they use for online classes.  This has meant printing between 50 and 100 pages every week, that sadly, I have to read & comprehend.  

In the meantime, I decided in late December to take a trip home to visit family (Mum, Sis, older Son, Grandson) for a week, Sunday to Sunday.  I leave for the trip this Sunday.  About 2 weeks ago I realized that our first exam is this weekend.  Typically you have until Monday at midnight to complete your assignments, and the exam is no different.  But, not wanting to lug my computer and class notes with me, and realizing I probably wouldn't have free time to study/take exam after I'm already there, I decided that I really need to take the exam on Saturday ~ tomorrow.  I completed my assignment for the week on the 13th, printed up the 100 pages to read for this week.  (Truthfully a bit unsettled that he gave us 100 pages to read the week before an exam!)  So, every day this week I have schlepped to work, reading at my lunch hour, watching the video lecture then work on studying for the exam.  For the past 5 days, I have literally had only about 2 hours of "nothing to do" which includes getting ready for work in the morning and eating dinner & spending a few minutes with Romeo before retiring to the office to work and study.  

We finish the work day early on Friday, so I decided to treat myself to a pedicure and ended up with a manicure too, which was a nice break, right?  I was reading while she was doing the pedicure, but started feeling anxious during the manicure, when all I could do was sit there thinking that I should be reading or studying.

I have done nothing but put a few clothes on the sofa in our bedroom for the trip.  Usually I get the suitcase out a week before and gradually add stuff to it ~ you know, so that I won't forget anything.  
Hmmmmm.  I foresee forgetting something in my near future.  Lol.

Of course I am nervous about the exam, as it is the first one of the semester, with a new professor and no idea of what to expect.  Although I anticipate "short answers" for part of it ~ writing.  I hope I at least do decently on it.

Co-workers notice this increased activity of course, and say things like "I really admire you for doing this!", when what I believe they are thinking is "You're crazy!".  They could be right.  

Love, 365

February 12, 2017

Blow it out.....

Today's forecast.....wind gusts up to 50 mph

There is no sleeping in when it's windy in Albuquerque.  As I sit here in my office the entire house shuddered from the force of it.  Everything creaks, rattles, and groans.  Ugh.  I really hate when it's windy.


Is it just me or does this sound like a really bad idea?

Just goes to show that Trump isn't the only one...
We've had news stories about nabbing the #1 spot for car theft.  Many of these are because Albuquerqueians tend to "warm up" their car in the driveway without locking it.  
Studpidity abounds.

Ha ha ha ha ha.....

Love, 365