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5/31/12
Irene is here, spending the first nine days of her two-month "see if I can handle the summer" trip with me. We spent the morning getting our nails done (my toes are now a deep indigo), and then I had to go to my every-other-week supervisor meeting. During the meeting I found out that a coworker who had surgery last week was still in the hospital, so we made a detour over the hospital to visit.

Met up with Elizabeth to say hey, and then we drove around downtown Glendale a bit (beers at Haus Murphy's, because it was 110 and not humid out). Drove back to Buckeye to meet up with Chris and Staycie for dinner, and then we went over their house to go in the pool. Ahhh. Long day, but a good one.

And congrats to Michelle and Sean who are expecting a baby in December!

5/30/12
Here, something else: Cirque du Soleil is bringing Kooza to Phoenix in two weeks. I saw it in NY, I was underwhelmed. I think I was so impressed with Ka that everything else pales in comparision. But anyway, the big top is going up in the parking lot of the football stadium, so I pass it every time I go to and from work.

The kittens have learned where the big litterbox is, so I was able to take the little litterbox out of the guest room. Irene will, I'm sure, be thankful. I left the bedroom door open last night while I was at work, so they could roam free, and all four cats were alive when I got home this morning.

5/29/12
Pippin has stopped hissing, and now just watches the little ones tear up the joint. Mimi (as expected) is still under a chair, but at least I know which one.

I'm sure I have other things to talk about, but why bother? Kittens make people happy.

5/28/12
Well, Toby is definitely the bolder of the two. I opened the bedroom door so they can explore the house a bit, and she's all over the place. CC is still in the bedroom. Pippin, while not exactly welcoming, is sitting on the couch watching Toby explore. Mimi is (as expected) under a chair somewhere. No shock.

Excited for Irene (who may move out here!) to come visit later this week.

I saw baby quail this morning, out walking across the street with Mama and Papa quail - so cute!

5/26/12
The little white one isn't a Claire, so I'm calling her CC. The little tabby is definitely a Toby.

later on 5/25/12
Kittens! I have kittens! I had been thinking about it for a while, and today I drove down to the AZ Humane Society and came home with two energetic bundles of fur. They're sisters, 13 weeks old and spayed already. I've tentatively named them Claire and Toby, we'll see if the names fit them. So cute. SO CUTE.

They're in new-kitty quarantine in the second bedroom until they calm down a little, and then I'll see what Mimi and Pippin think of their new charges.

The Humane Society's Center for Compassion, down in South Phoenix, is a lovely facility by the way. Clean, well-staffed, the animals look happy and well cared for. I enjoyed it.

5/25/12
A good morning - worked the evening shift last night, which went smoothly. The nurses all asked me if I could work evenings fulltime, which I thanked them for. But there's no way - when I worked evenings in NJ, I would sleep til 1.30pm, go to work, stay up all night, and get nothing done. I love my current schedule, and working nights oddly lets me get more done. Having three days off in a row helps, too, so I can explore the state etc.

But anyway, I was asleep by 3am, woke up at 7. Went rollerblading to Main Street and back, spent some quality time with my Kindle in the ghetto kiddie pool, did laundry and colored my hair. Tonight is the DBacks/Brewers game - my cousin Mari will be there, too, so we're going to meet up during the game to hang out.

5/23/12
I was getting ready to go to bed yesterday, after watching House, when I noticed that my ceiling fan wasn't spinning. And that my alarm clock was off. I flipped some switches and nope - no power. Went to the breaker box but nothing was flipped. So I went out front and ran into some of my neighbors, and it turns out all of the power was out across Verrado.

Long story short - it was out for about four hours. Plenty of time to finish emptying the kiddie pool, refill it, soak in it. I ended up calling off from work since I got no sleep at all until the power came back on. And then I managed to sleep for about 14 hours straight - must've been all the sun wearing me out.

My plan for today was to get my Bose speakers working with the living room TV. Thanks to the digital audio converter box that Dad sent, they work great! Without the converter, there was a weird buzz through the speakers. So happy to have better sound.

5/22/12
After eight years, House is over. I cried.

5/21/12
I finally summoned the energy to go for a walk after work. Usually I get home, take off my sneakers and scrubs, and have no desire to go back outside. But I need to get moving more. So this morning after work, I took off my sneakers and scrubs, put on shorts and a tank top and flipflops, and walked three miles or so - down to Main Street and back. It felt so good to come back home to the AC and take a shower.

5/19/12
Worked the evening shift last night (first eve shift as supervisor), had a great time. It helped that it wasn't super busy so I had time to get (almost) everything done that I needed to.

Had the weirdest dream, it started with my brother and I being late for something, which morphed into Jen and I running around the city, with me panicking the whole time about being late for work. We wound up seeing some guy get hit by a bus (and neither of us had a phone to call 911), and we were in such a rush that we just kind of stepped over him. Then we ended up at the opening night of some gala, and after fighting our way through the crowds and up and down these massive levels of escalators, as if we were in a giant department store, we wound up in a theatre where they had all of the opening night freebies. So of course we grabbed a bunch. Anyway, somehow we got out of the city, I hopped a train to NJ where I had to get to work. No scrubs, no proper shoes, and there was some kind of very important meeting going on that I was supposed to be hosting.

What does this mean? It means stop eating pizza at 2am.

5/17/12
My friend Erin is getting married in July, somewhere in Colorado. Close enough to the Utah border that I can make it part of a roadtrip to Canyonlands and Arches National Parks. Super excited - I put in the time-off request at work. I (briefly) went to Canyonlands about 15 years ago, don't remember much except that it was stunning, and it was wintertime. This time I'll enjoy it much more.

I have joined the masses and bought an iPhone.

Also got a much-needed pedicure, nails done, haircut, replaced navel piercing (after twenty years, I lost the little ball somehow), trip to Target for lunch bag and tarps (damn you, butter crunch cashews), work meeting, mall - busy day. Gotta go set up the iPhone.

5/16/12
So one of my coworkers makes homemade chorizo, and she sold me a gigantic link. It went straight into a paella (which until now had been made with Italian sausage) - what a difference! So good! I took half of it to work to share with my night crew, and it got raves.

5/14/12
Even tho it wasn't a terribly busy weekend at work, I am super tired today.

And here is why the DBacks are a fan-friendly team. This is the email I got today, for season ticket holders:

Have you ever wanted to sleep on the grass at Chase Field? Here is your chance! Please join us on Friday, June 1 at 6:30PM for our first-ever Season Ticket Holder Sleepover event.

Sleepover Details:

This event will end on Saturday, June 2 at 8:00AM. More detailed information will be communicated closer to the date.

For less than $50. Since that's when Irene will be out here, we are so there.

5/11/12
Home sweet not-raining and not-humid home!

Dad and I had a lovely morning at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, which was beautiful. I'd love to go back when everything is in full bloom (we're a little late for cherry blossoms and a little early for roses). We walked all over, saw the entire place.

And I had an uneventful trip back - it was a direct flight, and not full, so I popped an Ambien and stretched out across the entire row. The flight sped by.

Now I'm home, doing laundry, snuggling kitties, and looking for something to eat.

Came home to find that the dust storm hit Buckeye - my front and back porches were covered in dust, my pool is full of dust, and it must've been windy, because the metal decorative screen on my back porch fell over and knocked my Talavera cat planter in half. I glued it back together, it's resting now. Also swept off the bench and cushion, and beat the pillows against the wall to get the dust off. The pool, I'll deal with next week. Probably going to have to empty it out and wipe down the inside.

5/10/12
Well, Evita yesterday had some pretty horrendous singing. Or rather, screeching. And Ricky Martin? Not an actor. I was incredibly underwhelmed. The best part of the show was sharing the horror with Jen. I seriously turned around at intermission and she had her hands clasped to her head in horror. Also good - meeting up with Dona and Jen and her friend Tracey for lobster rolls downtown at Luke's Lobster before the show. That was pretty awesome.

I do not miss traffic at all. People in Phoenix talk about how bad the traffic there is, and to them I say, "you have obviously never waited to get through the Lincoln Tunnel during rush hour." And it was doubly bad traffic because we had to drive down to Dad's to pick up my bag, and then to the tunnel. I completely bailed on Lori and Julia (we were going to get together for beers), and instead fell asleep on the couch during the Yankees game. I did go to Julia's this morning (er, afternoon) to give her a hug and a promise to meet up next time I come home.

Today I meant to go and see Eve (this was a trip of failed meetups) but she wasn't home. She called me during dinner, and yes, we too will get together next time I come home.

Again, traffic at the tunnel. Met up with Missy for dinner (so-so Mexican food, have promised to take her and Oliver and unnamed-Osterwind-baby-to-be out for real Mexican when they make it out to Arizona) - Tesse got there in time for dessert. And then Mom, Tesse and I ogled Nathan Gunn (in Billy Budd) for a few hours, which made for a lovely evening.

Hit the mall earlier today, found a linen blazer in the first store I went to. So in order to make everything fit in my suitcase, I'm having Mom mail me a box with my other shoes and my dirty laundry, so I don't have to pack it. I also left my Yankees "winter" coat in NJ, since I won't need it until Thanksgiving or so. I know I'm tempting fate, but it isn't supposed to be cold tomorrow. Unfortunately I think I left the keyring with the keys to her house and Dad's apartment in the pocket. Good thing my Arizona keys aren't on that ring.

later on 5/8/12
How much do I adore my friend Rob (yes, the hot guy from Vegas)? Knowing my love of the Yankees, he got us tickets IN THE FRONT ROW of the field level, with access to the inside, avoid-the-rain, bar with free food. Kind of like how Mom and I sat in Pittsburgh. We were down the first base line right behind the guy that catches the foul balls. Awesome.

The rain, of course, not awesome, but not unexpected.

Before the game, I went up to Roosevelt Hospital to visit Jim Allen, pianist extraordinaire, who's in their inpatient rehab unit following back surgery on top of thyroid surgery. He's slowly getting his singing voice back, and general strength (there was a snafu in the surgery that left him partially paralyzed on his right side, he's getting better every day). We sang a bit in the dayroom there, and it was great to catch up.

Off to veg out on Dad's couch and watch Yankees Encore to look for me and Rob.

In the front row.

5/8/12
Hey look, it's gray and windy! Welcome home!

I was lugging my bag through Penn Station (after 12 hours at work, no sleep on the flight to Dallas because it was too short and full of children, brief nap on the flight to Newark, despite the screaming baby), and I run smack into my friend Jennifer from Marie's Crisis. Small world moment. I got down to Dad's in time to watch Smash, and since Mom taped House for me, I won't have missed my Monday night TV lineup. I did set the DVR for them at home, but now I won't have to worry about staying up late Friday to catch them.

So proud of Dad for six weeks smoke-free! I know how hard it was for me to quit, and to quit after 50+ years, that's impressive.

We grabbed breakfast at the diner this morning, and then went up to Dad's office so he could brag about his fantastic daughter, who looks so stress-free from having moved out of the city.

Then I walked about the big library on Fifth Ave, and walked over to Lex and 49th to say hey to my friend Eddie, who works at the W Hotel. Hopped the train downtown and went to Century 21, and then over to the Seaport. I'm looking for a new casual linen blazer, haven't found one yet. I did find a fabulous embroidered Indian-print shirt and long sundress at one of the kiosks near the Seaport tho. Awesome. I may have to mail some stuff home from NJ so I can fit everything in my suitcase for the flight - that's the problem with shopping and tryng to travel light.

5/6/12
I am all packed for my trip - leaving right after work tomorrow (that, combined with a layover in Dallas on the way out, will guarantee a cranky Catherine tomorrow night). I made my last-minute packing list, too, since I know I'll be tired as I'm walking out the door to work. Last thing I want to do is head to work without my suitcase! Super excited to see Dad and Mom and my friends. I wish I had time to see everyone - but alas, the rest of you will have to come visit me in Arizona.

5/5/12
Mimi's labs are perfect! The vet left me a message that the thyroid and liver labs are just where they should be. Of course, this means I get to keep giving her medicine. I called back to ask about re-ordering the med, since there weren't any refills, but their office is closed already. I know they're open on Sunday mornings, so I'll call tomorrow after work.

5/4/12
May the Fourth be with you.

Mimi has gained a pound since starting the thyroid med - super news! I'll have her labwork back in a few days, they'll let me know if I need to change the dose.

Gonna have to win the lottery to pay for the vet bill.

5/3/12
Errands day - kind of. I had my list of things to do, and did all of them except "get oil changed" and "go to symphony" - too tired for either one. But yet, not too tired to watch a nice rainy Yankees game (on the road! rain!) on TV.

Also scoped out some neighborhoods for Irene, who fell in love with Phoenix. Fingers crossed that if she decides to move, she finds work easily and can bear the heat. I told her to come back and visit in the summer to see how it is.

I am distressed that Mariano tore his ACL while shagging flies before the game. This bodes not well.

5/2/12
I checked the weather report for NYC for next week (I leave on Monday for a week) - it's going to be sunny on Monday, sunny on Friday, and rainy for the rest of the week. No surprise, since I'll be at Yankee Stadium on Tuesday. In the rain.

-catherine

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