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11/30/10
Last of the attic cleared out: antique Shaker desk (which has been sitting there for eight years, growing more antiqued, which is going to Eric Marshall), and non-antique, but really old, daybed (going to Aunt Linda). And my closet door, which was removed eight years ago because it didn't swing properly with all the bookcases blocking its path, has seen the light of day again. This stuff was last because the attic stairs had to be removed in order to pass them down.

Feeling better, except for the large amounts of phlegm that sneak up on me at unexpected moments. Ready for work tomorrow-Thurs-Fri, then taking the desk to Eric on Sat (hopefully), and flying to Phoenix on Sun (definitely).

11/29/10
My throat is en fuego, as they say in Argentina. On fire. Hurts to talk (which I realize is a plus in some aspects).

later on 11/28/10
Check that - I left work early and called out for tomorrow. I can't breathe. And when I do breathe, I can't stop coughing. Ugh.

11/28/10
I hate being sick. I hate being not sick enough to stay home from work.

11/26/10
House Hunters:International on HGTV keeps showing places like Fiji, Belize, the Caymans... must be the winter programming lineup. Love it. Maybe I should move to an island. Nah, hurricanes.

I set up my Gmail account, and linked it to my Windows Mail client, easy as pie. So now I have an email address that I can forward anywhere. I have no idea why I didn't do this before, and especially before I had my "change of address" cards printed, which have no email address on them. Whatever. It's done now. So I can be reached at catseurat@gmail.com, hopefully forevermore. I can still be reached at my old email address, which I'll eventually phase out. There are so many places online that I need to update my mailing address and email address, I'll do that all at once when I'm officially moved.

All my holiday cards are ready to mail, and all my gifts (unless I buy more) are wrapped.

One week from Sunday, I'll be on a plane to 70-degree warmth, heading west to sign my lease and scope out the new 'hood.

11/25/10
So. Full.

Yet somehow, I managed to polish off a plate of leftovers after we got home.

It was snowing at Aunt Barbara's. I will not miss it.

11/24/10
I am thankful that the night at work is over (only got out an hour late), and that one of our toughest doctors complimented me when he said I was one of the best nurses he had worked with, and to use him for a reference if needed. That made my night.

Off to watch the Sondheim birthday celebration, and then get a good night's sleep for TURKEY tomorrow.

11/23/10
I'm planning my last week, down to the minute (which you know means something will go wrong). Working on Christmas, going to dinner with Dad on the 26th, hanging out with everyone I know at Marie's Crisis on Monday, driving up to Cooperstown on Tues, then over to Jen's in MA to spend the night, then up to VT on Wednesday (the 29th). No idea what I'm doing for New Year's yet. New Year's Day will undoubtedly be spent finishing the packing, and I pick up the truck on the 2nd.

Busy day today. Did some shopping for my aides at work (my work-partner and I are doing joint gifts for the folks we work with), followed by putting up the tree and the lights, and then went to see Russell Crowe's new movie, which was pretty awesome. And all of that after sleeping til noon, so it was a productive day.

later on 11/21/10
Yay, my friend Julia won two free passes to the Baseball Hall of Fame, and she gave them to me. Now I just need to find time to go!

11/21/10
Not only is it a full moon, but a blue moon at that! I was thinking the moon had been full since Thursday or so, judging by the insanity level at work. Can't wait to see what today brings!

11/19/10
Tesse and I saw what was probably the worst play of the year tonight. I will spare you its name. But it was free, so that counts for something. The night was not a bust, tho! The Bryant Park holiday bazaar is already up and running (I thought it didn't start til next week) - not all of the stalls were open yet, but more than half, I'd say. And the skating pond and carousel (that's new) are operating, and they opened a new bar and new cafe within the bazaar, too. I picked up a few cutsie things.

Had beers and sliders at O'Lunney's (we sat upstairs to avoid the noise and crowds), and as it turned out, our waitress was from Arizona. She was from Tucson (and well-acquainted with El Guero Canelo and the Sonoran hot dog!), and moved here for the "excitement." I offered her my winter coat.

I'm thinking of having my window-ice-scraper-thing mounted in a shadowbox.

11/18/10
We planned a surprise birthday get-together at work for one of the other nurses, and alas, she called out. It just meant more food for the rest of us! Yum. Off tomorrow, and then I'm working the weekend (the day I switched so I can have Thanksgiving off).

22 more days that I have to work. Three more paychecks. Getting there.

later on 11/17/10
Ooh, someone does make a waterproof case for the Kindle. Boy, does that look appealing.

11/17/10
New Dirk Pitt book! The world can rejoice. And I have something to curl up on the couch with (and then pack in yet another box full of books). I would think about the Kindle or something like that, but I actually love the feel of an actual book in my hands. Plus, I know I would drop it in the tub. When they make a waterproof one, maybe.

11/15/10
Aw, SiriusXM has two entire channels of Christmas music. I know, I know, bad Jewish girl, but I still love me some holiday tunes. Trying to get in the spirit. But I do not want a white Christmas. I want no snow at all until after I leave.

11/13/10
Oh, it'll fit. We moved the boxes downstairs, and I roughly measured out the interior truck space. I may even have room left over. And if I do, then I'll head to IKEA one last time before I go to get the other furniture pieces I'll need. I figure if I have strong men carrying my things up three flights of stairs in Arizona, then they can carry a few more boxes while they're at it.

I am thankful for my coworker Rose, who is going to work on Thanksgiving for me (we swap days a lot and I'll be working next weekend for her). Very kind of her to offer to switch.

OK, everyone can now go register to win the chance to buy 2011 All-Star Game tickets. The game is in Arizona this year, so naturally I will be there somehow. Go register. If you get picked, I will pay you for the tix.

11/11/10
As I watch the boxes pile up, I just wonder if it'll all fit in the 14-foot U-Haul (with the overflow in the towed Escape). There are an awful lot of boxes.

Ordered the "change of address" cards.

Booked some strong men to help unload the truck.

11/10/10
I solved the question of "when to give notice" by giving notice at work today. I told my boss I wanted to give her a good headstart on finding a new nurse for my shift, and she said she appreciated it. So my last day will be on Christmas. As a gift, my coworkers told me not to make anything for the Christmas party, which will be on the 23rd. Not cooking? Best gift ever.

I also put in the rental reservation for the U-Haul, so if anyone wants to come help load it up on January 2nd, come on down.

And then I got my car washed so it is shiny new. Shiny.

11/9/10
So the apartment people said that they did have a unit in the floor plan I want available for January. After thinking it over, I realized that this is the apartment I want, in the location I want, and it's a top-floor corner unit, which is awesome. So I called back yesterday and after exchanging some faxes, I am happy to say that I put a "hold" on the apartment. So pending my criminal background check, I will be moving to Peoria, AZ, in the first week of January. Super excited! Just have to figure out when to quit my job.

11/5/10
I talked to the building manager at one of the apartment complexes in Phoenix that I'm interested in. She's from NJ, too. I made an appointment to look over the apartments when I go out next month. Super excited, and she answered a lot of my questions over the phone. Said the bankruptcy shouldn't get in the way, worst case scenario is that I pay an additional month's deposit. They're also close to Sun City (land of old people and nursing homes) and a hospital, so my job hunting will not be too rough.

And the kitties will be welcome (for a small fee/deposit and PET RENT, can you believe it) - Mimi and Pippin will have to work hard for their $15/month rent. Sheeba will have to lounge around the house in NJ and do nothing.

So I'm looking forward to touring the place next month.

Spent the rest of the day (it was a mental health day from work) at IKEA and Bed Bath and Beyond, buying up more goodies. And several hours of filling in information on ancestry.com. It's addictive.

11/3/10
I am hooked on ancestry.com, if only for the inane joy I get out of filling in little boxes with information. It will be better when the rest of my family starts plugging in information. Hint hint.

11/2/10
I voted, did you? If you don't vote, you don't get to complain.

Spent the rest of the day shopping. I figure if I have to use a 14-foot truck to move, I'd better make sure it's filled to the brim. So I bought lots more kitchen and bath stuff, packed it all into neatly-labeled boxes, and stacked them in the library. Also bubble-wrapped the Lladro to death, and packed it into bubble-wrap-filled boxes. And now I'm going to update my wishlist on amazon.com with DVD's that I need to get my own copies of, so I don't steal Mom's copies.

Yes, I labeled the box with the Lladro in it as, "FRAGILE: LEG LAMP." It must be Italian.

later on 11/1/10
Well, if any non-Yankees team had to win the World Series, I'm glad it was a (former) New York team.

I am packing books. There sure are a lot of them.

11/1/10
It's COLD. Welcome to November. I have been keeping this website for over ten years, and noting the weather every so often, so I don't know why it always surprises me when it gets COLD in November. If I look astounded when it starts to snow, just shoot me.

The day-after-Halloween candy sale starts NOW!

I'm packing all the stuff I won't need in the next few months (the Waterford, the new kitchen stuff, etc) and the boxes are starting to pile up. In the library, where I won't trip over them. Since I'm going to end up renting a truck and towing the Escape, tomorrow I'm going to go to Macy's and buy towels and see what else is on my list, since I may as well fill up the truck.

-catherine

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