Friday, May 31, 2013


Went shopping today - got some new clothes for both of us, but not new shoes for me (though we did look).  Stopped by Barnes & Noble, picked up a couple dvds since they were on sale.  Saw After Earth - it was ok.  I don't think I would have paid to see it on the ultrascreen, though.

We came back to the hotel, had a snack instead of dinner, watched some of the tornado news, and I played LOTRO till bedtime.

Tomorrow will be a very busy day.

Thursday, May 30, 2013


Slept in today, did some laundry, then we took the mother-in-law to get her biopsy results - they were inconclusive, which means more tests in a couple weeks.

After that we hung out at sister-in-law's for a while, went to Long John Silver's for dinner, Dairy Castle for dessert so I could get my Peanut Butter Malt (extra malt).

After which we finished the laundry and played a board game.  We watched some of the weather - severe storms coming in tonight, and I played LOTRO for a little.

Tomorrow we spend the day alone - we're going to the movies probably, and maybe find me some clothes I can wear to graduation on Saturday.  Saturday is graduation, and visitation for her uncle that died yesterday.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013


Didn't do much today.  Hung out for almost the entire day at the mother-in-law's.  We did play a card game for a little while, some of us anyway, but for the most part it was a 'sit around and do nothing day'.

Kinda boring, actually :)

Tuesday, May 28, 2013


19 years - hard to imagine.  Of course, 50 is even harder :)

We drove to French Lick via US 231, so we got to see some countryside.  We spent a few hours at the casino, losing about as much as we would have at home.  We drove back on highway 37, and stopped in Bloomington for dinner at Cracker Barrel.

That was the bulk of our day - a long country drive, a casino visit, and back to try and find something on TV to watch :)

Monday, May 27, 2013

Memorial Day

We had the cookout today - hamburgers, hotdogs, baked beans, and fried morels.  Well, I didn't have any, but the rest of the family went nuts over them.  Everybody doted on the new baby (well, he's one now, but still a baby).

We came back to mother-in-law's for a while after, had sandwiches and peach cobbler for dinner, then came back to the hotel, where once again I armwrestled with the computer to play my game.  I finally long, but it took longer to log in than it did to do the festival stuff.

Tomorrow we're taking a scenic drive to French Lick.

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Double Header

Not much to blog about for Saturday - we drove in the rain for what seemed like forever.  It was really only about 10 hours.  We checked in, I fussed with the computer to try and play LOTRO, and that was the day!

Today, we slept in till noon.  We went to breakfast at the truckstop with the mom-in-law, then over to the sister-in-law's for a while.  We went to Walmart to do some grocery shopping, and to get some things for us - like a replacement hairbrush that I must have left in Avoca, things like that.

Tomorrow is a cookout back the sister-in-laws.  Not sure what we'll do tomorrow night.  Maybe just hang out.

That's the nice thing about being on vacation :)

Friday, May 24, 2013


Today went pretty fast, helped by the fact that my boss let me leave about 3 hours early.  I did some of the prep work - feed the birds, started laundry, etc.  Then we went to the comic book store and the book store, grabbed a bite at McDs and then came home and did more laundry.

I packed a little, but we're going to be doing a lot more packing in the morning before we go.  Hopefully we can leave at a halfway decent time!

Thursday, May 23, 2013


Work went pretty fast today, considering I spent a half day off.  Mostly that was for a trip to the dentist, but that was downtown, so there was some travel time to work involved too.

After work we went to see the new Star Trek movie.  I didn't care for it much.

After we got home, I played LOTRO for a little bit before bed.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Quiet Day

Relatively quiet day at work - at least no sudden emergencies.

when i got home I did another load of laundry, finished the dvd gifts, transferred some videos over to my phone to watch, copied some songs to and from the usb stick for the car for our trip.  I had some more leftovers for dinner, then played in the LOTRO spring festival till dinner.

Tomorrow I get to go to the dentist.  Woo hoo!

Tuesday, May 21, 2013


Another long day at work.  Left about 7.  Came home, did a load of laundry, had leftover chinese and played lotro till bedtime.

Looking forward to next week when I can recharge my batteries.

Monday, May 20, 2013


Or is it Catsup?

Either way, that's what today was at work.  Some of it spilled over to after dinner, but not too much, thankfully.

We watched Person of Interest and Hawaii 5-0 while we had Chinese delivered for dinner.  I burned off a few DVDs for our trip next week, and worked on the cover inserts as well.  Since these are a gift, I want them to be relatively nice looking :)

I played a little LOTRO too, but not much, as my free time vanished pretty quickly!

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Home for a blink of an eye

Made it home today - missed all the exciting weather, which was just fine by me :)  I drove all but the last 100 miles or so.  We didn't do much after we got home.  checked the mail, snacked a little.  She watched Deadliest Catch, I watched Wicked Tuna.  I played LOTRO for a while, since I could, and then started thinking about work.

Only working 5 days this week.  Then off for a while.  I plan on thinking about not working about Tuesday :)

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Saturday Already

Hard to believe.  Heading home tomorrow for another fun filled week of work and getting ready for another trip.

Tired tonight though.  Had fun hanging out with my sister at the casino, but i've run out of energy!

Friday, May 17, 2013


Spent the morning catching up on stuff I couldn't do remotely.  I even had people lined up at my desk to talk to me.

Spent the afternoon driving to Grandma's.  Construction and weather made the trip longer than usual.  We had dinner at the truckstop across from the motel.  It was something to eat, but wasn't that good.

Afterwards, we came back and rested.  Put Triple D on in the background while she slept and I tried to get into my game.  It kept timing out over the wifi.  Don't know if this'll happen when we go to Indiana next week.  Hope not.  Maybe I'll use the cellular doohickey when we go instead.

Tomorrow we get to visit my grandma - I enjoy those visits, even though they're necessarily short because she tires so easily anymore.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Home. For a bit.

Worked right up till time to go to the airport.  Flight was ok, but full. no breathing room.

We had some burritos for dinner, watched a couple of 19 kids and counting, got stuff together to pack for tomorrow.

Tomorrow it's work right up till time to leave for the Iowa trip.  I'm hoping I get to sleep in a little bit on Saturday :)

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Work "week"

As of 1130 tonight, I had put in 41 hours this week.  Still have a day and a half to go.

On the plus side, I won't have to take vacation time Friday afternoon to go to Grandma's!

Tuesday, May 14, 2013


Well, that's one way to put today.  Another 13 hour day.  It'll all be over soon.  At least this portion of it.

Not much elase I can say about today!

Monday, May 13, 2013

Once more unto the breach

Back into the 12 hour work days  Only 2 more to go this week.  I get to go home on Thursday, so I can do laundry and pack to leave for Grandma's on Friday.

We had a fairly productive day, at least.  Here's hoping the next few are the same.

After I got back to the hotel, I tried to update my game (there was an update released today).  I had to download something from Microsoft before I could run the updater.  It hadn't finished updating after over an hour, so I'm guessing no gaming tonight!

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Happy Mother's Day

Spent part of the evening at mom and dad's, had a quick dinner and chatted for a while.

Then I came back to the hotel, got my clothes unpacked, watched most of Clash of the Titans and tried to get my game to connect over the hotel's wireless.  Didn't have much luck.

Odd that work stuff can connect just fine, but the game couldn't.  Maybe it was a sign :)

Saturday, May 11, 2013


Spent all day with a headache.

I did copy a couple of tivo'd shows over to my phone so I could watch them om the plane tomorrow.  I didn't do much today. Laundry, a little LOTRO, then we went to the movies and saw Iron Man 3.  I liked it.  The extra ending after the credits was pretty good too.

I've got both laptops packed for this trip, so I can play after work, assuming I'm not too tired.

or that I get rid of this stinkin headache.

Friday, May 10, 2013

Home.. for now

Made it home by 530 or so, then we ran out and picked up a few things at the comic book store and the book store, since we hadn't been in a while.

We stopped by Chili's for dinner, then came home and watched Hawaii 5-0.  I paid a few bills that are coming due next week since I won't be here, and that was about it.

Going to be busy tomorrow that's for sure!

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Here and there

I get to go home I can do some laundry, repack my clothes and come back to Denver on Sunday.  Monday through Thursday another set of marathon meetings, and then back home to quickly pack again so we can visit Grandma and family in Iowa.

Then I get a week of work at home before we head off to Indiana for a week.


Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Who'da thunk?

Sitting in a room for 12 and half hours could be so tiring?  I'm mentally exhausted.

After working for that long at the office, I came back to the hotel and worked for another hour and a half, catching up on the 'urgent' things I couldn't do during our working session.

Got another one tomorrow, hopefully not quite as long.

And I wish it would stop raining.  I'm tired of getting wet going to the tank...err, rental.  They gave me a Yukon.  The thing is huge.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Well, that was a surprise

In the middle of a very long conference call, my director asks if I can come to Denver to finish these meetings in person.

It was really weird to be able to hop on a plan, rent a car, and drop in a hotel, all with only 5 hours notice.  I guess it helps to have a corporate credit card  :)

But here I am in Denver.  Won't be able to see family or friends, as the meetings are running 8am to 8 or 9 pm, and I fly back Friday.

Maybe next time.

Monday, May 6, 2013

It was nice out today

Of course, I was inside, so I couldn't enjoy it.  Kind of a slow day at work, for a change.

We had leftovers for dinner, I played LOTRO till bed.  The end.

(pretty much, anyway) :)

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Laundry Day

That was about it for today.  Played DDO for a little in the morning, then played LOTRO most of the day, in between batches of laundry.

Tomorrow it's back to work.

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Pretty much as planned

Dealership to get the work done.  Shopping to the book store and the grocery store.  The only thing I didn't plan on was my knee hurting so much.

I ended up taking a painkiller, and used an ice pack while we watched Elementary, Person of Interest, and Chopped All Stars.

After that I played LOTRO for a while, watched Restaurant Impossible and a couple of old Iron Chefs.

Then went to bed.  Not sure if tomorrow is stay at home and do laundry, or head out to the movies.  Guess we'll see!

Friday, May 3, 2013


Started the day with snow - it snowed probably half the day, then switched to rain.  We had a potluck at work for Cinqo de Mayo, and I ALMOST got to go to Lincoln to do a demo.  At noon I was going, by 430 I wasn't.  I had to cancel my hotel reservation I had made during that time. 

After work, I went and had dinner with a friend.  Because I had that Mexican food for lunch, I went simple with tomato soup and grilled cheese.  We talked for over 3 hours, closing the place down.

I played Eve and watched Restaurant Stakeout before heading to bed.  Tomorrow is the dealership in the morning, and then...probably some shopping in the afternoon.

Thursday, May 2, 2013


it missed our house - east side of town, and south got quite a bit.  15 inches in some places.  It was weird to drive into work and see 4 inches of snow on the ground, when there wasn't nothing when I left.

Work was another stressful day.  I was glad to get home.  We were going to go to the movies, but decided against it since today was the day Iron Man came out (I thought it was going to be tomorrow).

We watched CSI and pretty much called it a night.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013


Tired of snow.  Tired of stress going on at work.  Tired of not having time to clean up the house the way I want.

I need to win the powerball so I can retire and then have time to work on the house and the yard.  While I still can, at least.