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1/31/07
How can it be the end of January already? I'm still not used to writing 07 on things. And where is all our snow? It flurried, we got our three inches which is nearly all melted away, and then we had a dusting last night. Bring on the winter! My supervisor and I were talking last night at work, we're both hoping for several feet of snow, the kind that traps you someplace. Of course, we're both hoping for that place to be somewhere other than work.

1/29/07
Maybe it was the snow, but I just couldn't fall asleep last night. I was tossing and turning til 6am, and then the alarm clock woke me up at 10 (for the Yankees season ticket holder pre-sale). So I'm using eight of my well-earned sick hours today.

And I got tix to three additional Yankees/Red Sox games. Go me. So I can tell you right now the dates this summer that we'll have lots of rain, because last year, it seems like Missy and I got rained out for most of the good games. Except for going to Philly sometime in the Spring to see the King Tut exhibit and go see a game, my baseball ticket buying is done for the season. Promise. Well, and games in Trenton and Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, but those don't really count because we don't know when we're going to those yet.

I ordered more delicious English muffins from the catalog that I bought them for at holiday time. They were delicious, Mom and I went through six packages in less than a month, so I picked up six more. Each muffin is about an inch thick and needs to be sliced with a bread knife. I highly recommend them.

1/28/07
Snow! Finally! I mean, we're only supposed to get 2-3 inches overnight, but it sure looks nice coming down now.

later on 1/24/07
Sweeney! I knew it was Sweeney! He sung Anthony in the Lyric Opera of Chigago production, but I swear I saw/heard him sing the role somewhere else. Now I'm going to rack my brains to figure out where. And no, I was not in Chicago in December of 2002 to see it.

1/24/07
On the good side, I had my evaluation at work and got my raise - retroactive to my one year anniversary (which was in October), so I should have a nice paycheck this week.

On the down side, my car battery didn't want to start the other day (but we were able to jump start it, and it's been fine since). Note to self: don't leave electric blanket plugged into car lighter overnight. And Uncle Charlie is back in the hospital. He was just there and had had a stroke, and now he's back in. I hope it isn't too serious.

We've had small snow flurries the past few nights, but nothing has stuck. I wonder if we'll get any snow at all this winter. 48 days til Florida, where there had better not be any snow.

My friend Liz was kind enough to pass a Body Shop gift card my way this holiday season, so I went up to Woodbridge Mall where they have a store. Bought some delicious smelling peach shower gel, some tea tree oil face wash and some ginger shampoo. I will be yummy smelling all year long (or until it runs out, which - the way I use bath stuff - should be next week).

I like how on ESPN news, they noted that Robinson Cano offered to give up number 22 if Roger Clemens comes back to the Yankees. Well, yeah, that's kind of a given. If Clemens wanted to wear number 3, they'd dig up Babe Ruth to peel the number off his corpse, that's how badly they want Clemens back.

Watched Julie Taymor's adaptation of The Magic Flute on PBS tonight. I have a feeling that I've seen Nathan Gunn, who sang Papageno, in something else, but for the life of me I can't place where or when. He was really terrific, tho. I ordered the Barber of Seville that he recorded, and is only available at amazon.co.uk. Let's hope it survives the trip across the pond.

1/19/07
We escaped the three-cat house and did the one thing guaranteed to cheer me up: road trip. Mom and I hopped in the car and drove to Philly for an overnight trip, with the intention of seeing the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall. What we ended up doing was touring the US Mint (where sadly, they do not give you free money on the way out), going to the Franklin Institute (Giant Heart, so cool, you can walk through it), shopping at the Reading Terminal Market (real Amish people, delicious food), eating at the Melting Pot (delicious fondue) and seeing the modern dance/ballet production of Edward Scissorhands, directed and choreographed by Matthew Bourne (having never seen the movie, I have to say it was really enjoyable). We were going to do the history stuff today, but after seeing that it was going to be cold and rainy, kind of like it was yesterday, we decided to move the walking around bits until the summer, when we'll be back down there to see the King Tut exhibit and take in a Phillies game.

1/17/07
What a lousy week, and it's only Wednesday. Lowlights include working two doubles in a row, and having Merry "put to sleep." She's just skin and bones and starting to tip over and lose her balance. So it was time. At least I got her to have some tuna fish last night and then curled up on the couch with her for a while.

But it's only Wednesday, what else can go wrong? To quote a bad Ben Affleck/Sandra Bullock movie, I'll just sit down and wait for the locusts to come.

1/12/07
The vet said Merry's lab work is atrocious, which I guess I knew was coming. She's in miserable shape, and there really isn't anything we can do about it. She doesn't have much time, and I'd rather not have her suffer. If her red blood cells get much worse (and she isn't producing any, so they can't get better), she won't be able to breathe. So it's just a question of when.

1/11/07
Because I am a "loyal Orioles fan" (their words), I received the pre-sale invite in the mail the other day. Tickets went on sale today, so I picked up tix to see them play the Yankees on my birthday. First row of the club level, first base side. Can't wait! Yankees pre-sale is January 29th, but I doubt I'll be able to score any Red Sox tix, they always go fast.

Things that are no fun? Giving a cat medicine. Ooh, that is so not fun.

1/10/07
I hadn't been to AC in a while, and since I woke up early (early for me, around 9), I decided to take a drive down. Glad I did, since I came home $3500 richer than when I went. That's all in the bank already.

On the way home, I stopped at the vet to ask them what Merry weighed when we were there in November - it was 8.5 pounds. So I asked if I could make an appt to bring her back, and the receptionist asked, "How about 4pm today?" The vet checked her out, took some blood for lab tests, and said that yeah, it's either the leukemia starting to affect her, or it's some kind of parasite. He gave us antibiotics to give her (boy, is that fun) just in case, but there probably isn't too much we can do. Which we knew all along.

1/9/07
I'm worried about Merry, the littlest cat. She's positive for FLV (Leukemia), which we've known all along, but lately she's just been looking skinnier and skinnier. She's always been the little scrawny one, but now I can see her ribs when she's walking around. I took her on the scale tonight and it says she's only six pounds. And I don't see her eating, tho she does drink water and pee OK. I'm just worried about her.

1/8/07
Happy birthday, Mom!

1/6/07
It's 65 degrees out. Ah, global warming.

So the Braves tix went on sale today. Now my March trip is all planned. I have my plane tix, rental car, hotel in Orlando, and tix to: Astros/Braves, Yankees/Twins, Yankees/Braves and Braves/Cardinals. Actually, two Braves/Cards games, since they play in the afternoon on the day I fly out (flight isn't til 8pm) - and that last one is on St. Patrick's Day. How can you not see a game that day?

1/5/07
Huzzah, I have my Yankees Spring Training tickets. Braves tickets to on sale tomorrow, so I can see me some Tanyon Sturtze (and John Smoltz). I'm going to fly in and out of Orlando (which means in and out of JFK but whatever, the subway runs there), since that's where the Braves play and I'll be there anyway on the days I fly in and out. Now I just have to find a place to stay, rent a car and see if the Space Center does tours while I'm there.

JetBlue lets you pick your seat assignment online. Darn right I picked the exit row.

(Cheap hotel? Booked. Rental car? Booked.)

Things I am doing: watching baseball, looking at space shuttles, maybe going to the Wet-n-Wild water park. I love water slides. Things I am not doing: going to Disney.

1/4/07
I was awake before noon (ok, barely), which is amazing since my work schedule keeps me awake til all hours. And I didn't sleep well, kept waking up in the middle of the night. But I made it up before noon today. Which is forunate, because Aunt Paula and Uncle Joern came down from Rhode Island for dinner. They're only an hour or so from Boston, so I asked for tips on parking in Boston ("don't") and getting around. We'll probably see them on our trip, since they live right near Newport, and I want to swing through to see the insides of some of the "cottages" like The Breakers when we go on our trip in May. Newport - the one time I was there - is a very pretty town, too, so it'll be nice to see it again.

I have to move my surgery back a week, to March 26th - because the doctor will be on vacation on the 19th (now they tell me). I'm glad I didn't get in my LOA request at work yet because the dates are going to change. Unfortunately, I still have to take my vacation during the week of the 12th, because of the Yankees schedule in Tampa, so I'll have to use vacation days for that. I'm bummed, but what can you do?

Good news tho - farewell Randy Johnson! I never liked you.

The DVD of The Prestige is coming out next month. I already pre-ordered it. I can't even say how much I enjoyed the movie - I'm almost tempted to go see it a third time in the movies.

later on 1/3/07
Yes, I know other people have worse things to be frustrated about, and that's a stupid thing to get worked up over, but darn it, I'm in the mood to see Boston get a good ass-whupping.

Who isn't?

So when I went bankrupt in 2004, it was mainly because Allstate didn't have the right coverage on my (totaled) car, so I couldn't pay the car loan from Sovereign Bank. And let me advise you against doing business with Sovereign Bank, they were most unhelpful with the loan business. So - being bankrupt and all - you'd think that I would never have to deal with SB again. Then I wonder why today in the mail I got a book of those slips you send in monthly for loan payments. Since I don't have the loan. I need to call them tomorrow.

1/3/07
What I wrote to mlb.tv's customer support today:

I was told that you can download individual games via mlb.tv. Well, the website would lead you to believe that the only thing you can do is subscribe to the Offseason mlb.tv plan, since every link seems to take you to that page.

I'm trying to download the five Yankees/Red Sox games from this past August. The only way I was able to get to any page that lets me add them to a shopping cart is by:

1. looking up the Yankees "highlights" page
2. scrolling to the August games
3. clicking a highlight
4. clicking "buy this game" or "add to cart" or whatever it says
5. Voila. I have a shopping cart. Fantastic.

But there are no highlights for the second game of the doubleheader on 8/18/06, so I can't find any way to add it to my cart. When I click on "continue shopping," in the shopping cart, I get taken to the mlb.tv "buy the offseason package!" page. And I can't find a way to search for individual Yankee games to buy.

There must be an easier way to buy individual games. Please tell me what it is so I can give you my money.

Life would be so much easier if I knew anyone who actually taped the games when they were on. mlb.tv and mlb.com are on my bad list today. I'm frustrated.

In other news, I still can't believe it's 2007. There are so many times I was charting on people at work last night and had to stop myself from writing "06" in the charts.

1/1/07
I did it, I wrote "06" at first. Happy new year. It's drizzly and gray here, which I should have guessed would happen by the way my knee was aching last night at work. So things can only get better!

Tesse's having a New Year's brunch, but I think I'm just going to stay in and watch Yankees Classics on TV and enjoy the rain.

Things to look forward to this year: Spring Training, surgery, going to Boston in May, and I want to plan a trip to Chicago to go to Wrigley and maybe to Texas to road trip from Arlington to Houston (and see Uncle Bob, too). Someday I will see every ballpark. Oh, trips to Trenton and Scranton, too, but they don't count as vacations because they're so close.

I can start to plan my Florida trip in earnest on Friday, when tickets for the Spring Training games at Legends Field go on sale. I think I'm going to buy the ones for the Yankees games, since they're the most likely to sell out, and then wait until I'm there and see about going to the Braves or Astros fields. I'm sure they won't be sold out, and that way I can manage my schedule a little better instead of being locked into going to the games.

-catherine

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