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1/31/09
I gave in and bought the Cirque du Soleil Anniversary DVD set. Visa bill be damned. I'm just so amazed by their shows.

later on 1/30/09
Oh, Joe, still classy. I can't wait to read the book.

My right heel hurts. Must be from too much Wii.

And Sheeba is doing 90% better. The hardest thing is feeding her some soft catfood (easier on her teeth than the regular stuff) - not because she dislikes it, but because Pippin keeps trying to come over and eat it all. Last thing Pippin needs is more food.

1/30/09
Brr. Cold out. Can't wait for March, to get to Vegas and Phoenix, and then to Tampa.

After a quick trip to the city today (to be photographed for an upcoming magazine thing that I can't talk about until it's on newsstands), I went to BJ's to get popcorn (the kettle corn that I love), to Subway for dinner (and I didn't fall this time), and now I'm home. Going to veg out on the couch and watch Joe Torre on CNN, and then tomorrow I'm going to watch some of the Cirque du Soleil DVD's that I ordered (I picked up two 13-part TV series).

I love having weekends off again. Every other one, at least.

1/27/09
I watched the DVD of La Nouba from Cirque du Soleil - and wow! I've never seen a Cirque show before. We're going to see O in Vegas, and I picked up a ticket to see La Nouba live when I'm in FL (it's playing in Orlando). Also picked up other DVD's on amazon.com (except of course for the anniversary set, which I can't afford right now). Wow wow wow.

I discovered that my laptop has a built-in wireless modem. It is SO coming on vacation with me!

1/26/09
OK, so I bought a ticket to see the Phoenix Coyotes and the San Jose Sharks for while I'm in Phoenix. Why not?

We're waiting for the incoming snowstorm. It says we're getting - once again - the wintry mix. So that means we'll get three inches of slush which will freeze overnight and the roads will be icy. I wish we would just get some plain old snow for once. It's the curse of buying that snowblower a few years back - we haven't had a big storm since then.

I had no idea that Harrahs had a casino in Phoenix, since it doesn't show up on the harrahs.com main page when you're looking for hotels. Therefore, I had no idea that I could have had my four nights in Phoenix for free. I just found out when I saw an ad in the side column on facebook and clicked on it, thinking "Wait, Harrahs doesn't have a casino in Phoenix, do they?" Anyway, can't cancel the resort, because that's non-refundable, so I will just find a way to take my annoyance out on Harrahs, somehow.

The new book coming out about Joe Torre and his Yankees years indicates that A-Rod was unhealthily obsessed with Derek Jeter. Well, come on now, who isn't? I'm interested to read the book (and I will be at B&N on the day it comes out, never fear), because I keep hearing that Joe says a lot of unfriendly things about Brian Cashman and some players on the team, and I always figured Joe for a classier guy than that.

Actually, I'm going to order it on amazon.com, where it will be cheaper, because I know I won't read it until I go on vacation. It's perfect Spring Training vacation reading.

And Andy! Staying a Yankee!

I love that Senator George Mitchell - of the infamous Mitchell Report (on steroids) - is being sent to the Middle East. This is payback for mention Roger in the report, and NOT mentioning any of the Red Sox. Thank you, President Obama.

1/25/09
In trying to figure out what to do with my spare time in Phoenix, I thought maybe I'd go to a hockey game. I've never been to one - in fact, I don't think I've ever even seen one. Is it cold indoors to watch? Do I need to pack more than a pair of shorts and my bathing suit?

I also had no idea hockey games had only three "periods". I'd be the one sitting there after the third one, waiting for the fourth quarter to start!

1/23/09
It was a balmy 40 degrees out today, so after Wii'ing away another pound (am less achy today, after taking a break from the Wii for a day yesterday), I walked to the diner for lunch and back. Didn't need a winter coat, either. And I walked to the post office and back, too. Have to enjoy this weather while it's here, because tomorrow and the early part of next week it's supposed to be cold and windy and possibly snow-y again. Can't wait for Spring. All of my Spring Training tickets have come in the mail - so now I can work on the fun part of looking up driving directions to get to all of the ballparks.

The papers are reporting that ex-President (oh, it's so good to say that) Bush did not pardon Roger Clemens. Of course not - as his lawyer said, innocent people don't need pardons. In that spirit, I started reading Facing Clemens, a book about, well facing Roger Clemens on the mound.

Also reading this intriguing novel called Obedience, which has me enraptured, if that's the right word. I can't put it down. I'll be up til 4am reading it. Luckily, I have a stack of books on the to-read pile, I'm trying to save some of them for vacation reading!

1/21/09
My Wii balance is so good that as I was out running errands (BJ's for Diet Coke, Wal-Mart, Subway for lunch), I slipped and fell on a patch of black ice. Now that's balance!

I'm just glad I didn't do it yesterday, when I actually needed my writing hand for the six hundred admissions we got at work. It was a busy day. Today = day off = blissfully un-busy.

1/20/09
Welcome, President Obama! Yes, I did get out of bed before noon to watch the ceremony. It was moving and touching and I can't wait to see how Obama turns this country around.

1/19/09
One day more! One day more til George W. Bush goes back to Texas and hopefully stays there.

Welcome, Obama!

My abs are sore from the Wii Fit. I love that thing.

1/18/09
My balance sucks, according to the Wii Fit. I knew it wasn't great, because of the Achilles tendon surgery etc, but I thought it was better than it is! Must practice on the Wii. It's really fun - I did some of the yoga bits, some of the stretching, and the hula hoop. I can see this becoming an addiction very easily!

I also got the Wii hooked up on the internet, using the handy LAN adaptor that I picked up at Circuit City. This means I can get news and weather on the Wii (altho that's what TV is for!), and play games against friends who also have Wiis (Wii's?), somehow. So if anyone has a Wii and wants to bowl against me and my mad bowling skills, let me know and I'll send you the number you need to add me as a friend.

I thought I was going to have to poke around upstairs to find where to drill the hole to run the cable for the Wii LAN. But - to my surprise - when I pegged the "drilling spot" as being in my upstairs closet, I found a "trap door" in the closet floor that hides the heating pipes. And it was just where I needed to drill to get the cable down to the living room. Good thing, too, since there's about eight inches of space between the ceiling and floor, and I didn't relish having to cut a hole in the floor and then find a way to get to the ceiling below. The trap door was in the perfect space. No, I didn't find any secret stash of money or anything inside, just the heating pipes that come from the living room below.

Watched the football playoff games, too. Go Cardinals, I guess.

later on 1/17/09
I have found the elusive Wii Fit! But not at Circuit City.

I did go there to check out the sale, tho. Picked up a handful of new DVD's (20% off), some blank DVD's, the Wii LAN adaptor and an ethernet cable (now to figure out how to run it through the ceiling to the router), and a laptop case. I got there just before 10am, and there was a line outside the door. Luckily, we only had to wait about ten minutes for them to open up - good thing it wasn't longer, what with it being 0 degrees out.

So after that, I drove up to Tesse's, and we went in search of the Wii. First, we went in search of lunch. We went to an Irish pub up in Inwood for delicious burgers. Hopped the train down to Rockefeller Center - to the Nintendo Store - and voila! The Wii Fit is mine! The damn thing is heavy, so we took a cab over to Times Square to go to the movies. There are a bunch that I wanted to see (Milk, Slumdog Millionaire), but luckily for us, Defiance was the first one starting. And oh my, it was fantastic. Run, don't walk.

So after watching all of the credits roll, we subway'd it back up to Inwood (I found what my friend Kevin calls "princess parking" right in front of Tesse's) and hiked up the Stairs of Death, and I drove back home.

I think I got more exercise looking for the Wii Fit than I'll actually get from using it.

My Mariners and Cubs Spring Training tix arrived today! Just waiting on two more tickets to come in the mail.

And I always get a kick out of WCBS880 - the radio station. Their alternate traffic guy is named Bill Buckner. If you know me, you know why that's funny.

1/17/09
The problem with falling asleep at 10pm is that now it's 6.30am and I'm wide awake. So maybe I'll head to Circuit City after all when they open.

1/16/09
Still cold. Nine degrees today. Can't feel toes.

No luck at Best Buy for the Wii Fit. Tho the guy there said something like, "Yeah, we have them, but we can't put them on sale until Sunday." That made no sense at all. Circuit City is declaring bankruptcy, and everything is going on sale starting tomorrow. I would check it out, but it's NINE DEGREES out, and I might not want to move. I'm planning on going to the city tomorrow for movies with Tesse, and am planning to stop by the Nintendo Store to pick one up.

One thing you can rest assured of - Barnes and Noble will never go bankrupt as long as I am around.

1/15/09
I finally found a program that will convert my Eudora email files to Windows Mail. It is evil, this Microsoft, but I was sick and tired of not being able to export or backup my email files - or, thanks to Vista, even FIND them on the damn laptop. So I converted everything over, and it's working smoothly so far. Now I have to make sure I can backup the Mail files, and then I can un-install Eudora. I'll miss it, I used it for over ten years.

Next geeky thing I have to do is manually move over all of my contacts from the Palm Pilot to the laptop, so I can then transfer them to the iPod. No, there is no way to convert from the Palm to Windows Contacts, I already tried. I hate Windows Vista. It sucks eggs.

My weekend goal (three days off in a row!) is to find the elusive Wii Fit.

And to stay warm. It's SIX DEGREES out. I'm going to have to knit the cats together into a blanket for warmth.

1/14/09
I had the weirdest dream - I was packing to move (I've had that dream before, I wonder what it means), but was having trouble getting the bed-things packed because I had friends over, and we were watching Sweeney Todd being performed - or auditioned for - in the bedroom. By tiny puppet figures. And then I left, and went downstairs and out on the screened porch (which we do not have) into the backyard, and got on my bike with Dad, and we biked into Keyport, only I stopped in front of one of the elementary schools because he was far behind me. And then I got back to the house to finish packing.

Must stop taking Benadryl at night.

1/13/09
I watched Nine Innings from Ground Zero tonight on the MLB Network (which is stupid, because I have it on DVD). I'd never been able to even put it in the DVD player before. And I couldn't get through the first five minutes without crying. I got over that once Curt Schilling stuck his ugly face into things, however.

Seems like it's been a full moon for an awfully long time this month. The natives at work are getting restless. The staff, too - we're waiting for the annual state visit. They're usually here by now.

1/11/09
That was a winter storm? We got an inch.

Sheeba is looking better - she's eating some "real" cat food again, and jumping in and out of the bed and the "cat tree" climbing thing like usual. What a relief.

And with the Giants losing to the Eagles today (like I care about football), we can now look forward to a Manning-free Super Bowl this year. Less time ogling quarterbacks = more time to watch commercials.

1/10/09
Yay, all of my Spring Training tickets are now purchased. Two more months til vacation(s).

It's snowing (we're supposed to get 3-6 inches, but my money is on "wintry mix" of sleet and freezing rain).

1/9/09
Movin' right along... got my tix for the two Yankees Spring Training games (against the Reds and Pirates).

And Sheeba is eating and drinking and peeing and pooping, and today she was up on Mom's desk, basking in the sun. She's definitely more alert, which is good.

Bath and Body Works is having their post-holiday sale, so I took my gift card over to the mall to stock up on girly, smelly stuff for the next year or so. Delicious. And since I had two Barnes and Noble cards to spend, I stopped by and picked up a handful of novels. Hopefully I will not read them all in the next two months, because I need something to take on vacation!

We finished up the holiday gift-giving at Dad's tonight. No traffic at all driving in or out of the city, which is always a plus (esp. on a Friday night!). I came home with a fluffy Yankees blanket ("What, Dad, I didn't tell you I was going to root for the Padres this year?"), some Lush goodies (mmm), and more good books to read. Plus the two-DVD special edition of Fiddler on the Roof - I can't wait to watch all of the extras and commentaries, always the best part of the special editions.

Back to work (for real) tomorrow.

later on 1/8/09
Cate Blanchett is going to win the Oscar, and I should have brought tissues.

1/8/09
Happy birthday, Mom!

Smoltzie to the Sox? Say it ain't so!

It would have been my first day back to work, but when I got there, the DON said there was an extra nurse on the schedule and did I want the day off? So I get to extend my vacation by two days and just go back on Saturday (to start my six-days-on-in-a-row). Perfect, too, because I wanted to tape the Home Run Derby on the MLB Network, and maybe I'll go see the Brad Pitt movie.

1/7/09
Well, the vet said Sheeba looks better. They gave her some fluids, said to keep giving her the antibiotics, make sure she eats and drinks (which she's doing better today), and to call on Friday and let them know how she's doing. She gained almost a pound, too, which is encouraging.

I have my car back from the car place, too. They said the "check engine" light is on because of some kind of internal computer error. But since the car is running fine, I don't need to replace the computer (yet).

And oh! The patented Peter Luger's food coma! There was indeed bacon as an appetizer - but I was disappointed. It was more like Canadian bacon, which is also known as "ham." However - the rest of the meal was heaven! There was steak - and lots of it! I like that they don't have individual listings like strip steak, filet mignon, porterhouse. That's too much decision making. The menu just reads "steak for two," "steak for three" and so on. Much easier that way. Plus potatoes, fries, broccoli, spinach (ick), tomatoes... and pie, cake, wine, Diet Coke... it was fantastic. I will never eat again.

Today.

1/6/09
Arizona and it's silly little "let's not do Daylight Savings Time" is throwing me off. I'm buying tix for a Cubs Spring Training game. Due to start at 3.05pm Central Time. Which you would think is 2.05pm Mountain Time. But - because of the aforementioned silliness - it's actually 1.05pm. I am so confused. I'm just going to drive there from Vegas (where I will have no idea what time it is, because there are no clocks), and look at the ticket, and look at my cellfone (which will hopefully not be confused), and show up at the ballpark early.

The rest of the Spring Training tix that I need should all go on sale in the next week or so, and then my vacation(s) (except for scheduling some spa time) will be all good to go.

Carl Pavano to the Indians with a one-year deal. Cleveland is going DOWN.

Pete and Corrie are off to the city, we're all meeting up for dinner at Peter Luger's tomorrow night. They serve bacon as an appetizer. Can't beat that.

Sheeba has spent most of the day curled up, asleep, either under Mom's bed or on my pillow. She's eating a little but not drinking great (at least, not when I can see her). And getting her to take the antibiotic pills is not fun, tho it's slightly easier with one person to hold her and one to pop the pill down her throat. It only took us three tries to get one in her tonight. Tomorrow we're back to the vet for labs and some subcutaneous fluids. But I don't think it's promising. Mimi and Pippin aren't too happy - they're hissing at Sheeba, and I don't know if it's because we took her away to the vet for a week, or because she has that "sick cat" aura about her. But neither of them will get close to her.

later on 1/5/09
I'm playing catchup on my movie-going. Went to see Valkyrie last night, and I really enjoyed it. Plus, good preview for a Russell Crowe/Ben Affleck movie. I wonder if they went and hung Nazi flags all over Germany, or if they used studio sets. Anyway, I thought it was well done, and I kept going, "isn't that so and so?" - so many well-known actors in it. I even found Tom Cruise bearable.

Oh here we are - from IMDB: "Germany has strict laws against displaying the swastika, though artistic displays are specifically exempt. Filmmakers usually use incorrect swastikas to avoid causing pubic outrage. The producer wanted swastikas for authenticity, so the crew posted warnings around the filming locations. Still, a local resident filed an official complaint with the city, who pressed charges against the owners of some filming sites."

1/5/09
And home from vacation - and the best news is that Sheeba is home, too! She's about 80% better - we have to give her antibiotics (fun!) and make sure she eats and drinks, and then she goes back on Wednesday for more labs.

Williamsburg was fun, tho I wish we'd had better weather. It was cool and gray, and just a little rainy yesterday. Didn't stop us from walking our feet off, tho! I found a rental on hotels.com at the King's Creek Plantation, which does mostly timeshare stuff, but also rents their apartments. So we had a two-bedroom, two-bath apartment for the same price a hotel would have cost. Also a full kitchen, and use of the indoor (heated!) pool, it was a no-lose situation.

We did two walking tours of Colonial Williamsburg. One was about the holiday decorations (they do wreaths and stuff every year) - we especially liked the tour guide, who made it interesting for the guys by talking about how they impaled the apples with the cinnamon sticks etc, and showed the blacksmith's wreaths, made out of axes and dead squirrels. Also a night-time lantern-guided tour that went inside some of the trades shops. Lots of walking alright, my feet are ready to fall off.

I have to say tho, I was disappointed that all of the "colonial" restaurants in the Historic District were closed for the season. I can understand it being a slow time of year, but come on - they're such a big draw, and I was looking forward to eating at some of them.

Right down the street from our hotel was this creepy Presidents Park - I thought it looked cool on the website, but in person, 43 giant granite carved "heads of our presidents" was mighty bizarre. We expected them to start rotating or spitting blood or something.

I'm glad to be home and out of the car (Pete and Corrie are giants, so I'm cramped from sitting in the car with the seat pulled forward). And doubly happy that Sheeba is home.

1/1/09
Happy happy.

Pulled off the biggest surprise in the world - Pete and Corrie are here! We were planning the surprise for about six months, and managed to pull it off. They flew into Boston on Saturday, then did Newport for New Year's Eve, and we met at Foxwoods up in CT today. Let me tell you, that's a long drive to the middle of nowhere. But worth it. Tomorrow we leave on the mystery vacation - down to see the holiday decorations at Colonial Williamsburg.

Back Monday night.

There's still a few things to do before we leave tho - call the vet first thing to see how Sheeba's doing, and drop off my car at the car place to get its tuneup.

Loving the MLB Network so far. I'm taping Don Larsen's perfect game, because I'm too tired to stay up for all of it.

-catherine

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