6:00 a.m. – Guess I’ll be seeing the sunrise this morning.  Haven’t seen it for a while.  In fact, I’m tempted to go out to the spa.  I don’t have to be at work for two hours.  I guess I should have stayed in bed a little longer but it’s hard to know how long it will take me to get ready this morning.  DGS has to be at work at 8:00 and so do I so that’ll probably show me down a little.

I’m going to try to be more upbeat today.  It should be an easy day and I’ll be able to chat with Barbara, the librarian at school.  She and I get along well and she works extended days into the summer.  I think she works until the end of this week and comes back a week before teachers do.  At any rate, I’ve been so stressed and worried lately I’m going to make a concious effort to stop dwelling on the situation with DS today and relax.  As for vacation, it’ll be what it is.  I know the kids will get on my nerves a little but I’m going to throw them out in the pasture with a croquet set or a baseball bat and concentrate on getting my kitchen counter, cabinets and sink installed.

We used to work on the cabin a lot.  After clearing land, getting electricity, setting up a pad and septic tank for the RV, we started building the cabin a few years ago.  Used to go down just about every long weekend we could get.  Then we burned out a little bit.  We still like to go down but we got tired of all the hard work and haven’t done much the last two years.  The summer before last, we went to Hawaii, and last summer we took a 5,000 miles road trip out west in the RV.  This summer, it’s all about the cabin.  It seems like you get things 75% done and the last few things take forever.  The upstairs is pretty much finished but the downstairs is pretty rough.  In fact, I have a few old cabinets with plywood over the top and two big plastic tubs.  That’s my kitchen sink and counter.  I wash dishes by filling one tub with wash water and the other with rinse water and then go to the front door and throw it off the porch when I’m done.  Pretty rustic….

What is that noise????  I keep hearing something that sounds like a loud scraping.  I thought it was the neighbors dragging their trash can down their driveway the first time I heard it but I looked out the window the second time and their house is dark and I don’t see any sign of trash cans.  I just heard it again and investigated and I can’t figure out what it is….Better get my shower.  Weight is at 184.5 this morning.  That’s another half pound.  Yay!

7:00 – Ack!  Work was hard!  I thought it would be an easy day but it turned out to be a killer.  I had to get a big old TV on a huge cart, hook up a DVD player or VCR and then push it all the way down the hall to a room, open the room, push all the junk out of the way and get it setup, then go back to the library and start on the next one.  Some wanted VCRs, others wanted laptops and projectors, some wanted speakers and DVDs or CD players.  I thought I had a handle on it  and then some of the presenters started coming in and I realized they were pretty clueless about a lot of things.  They were supposed to fill out a form about a month ago telling me which room they were using and what equipment they needed.  I thought I had everything ready to go and then they all started changing things.  One woman who requested a TV and DVD player came in and told me she made a mistake.  She didn’t realize that what she needed was a computer with a projector and speakers.  I’d already set the room up and had to redo it.  Another guy said, “Oh, yeah, I need some speakers, a CD player and an overhead projector, too.  Lots of last minute changes that kept me running all day.   One of the presenters told me she needed a computer and projector to run a powerpoint presentation.  Then she wanted me to show her how to run the presentation.  She’d never used powerpoint before.  Lots of surprises kept me running all day.  I didn’t get breakfast and didn’t stop running from 8:00 to 4:00.  yeah, I know.  I was supposed to stop at 3:00.  I was so tired when I walked out to my car I actually felt pain in my legs when I finally sat down for the first time in 8 hours.  Somehow, I thought I was going to have an easy day and a  long relaxing lunch.  NOT.  I didn’t even get time to go to the bathroom, much less lunch.  Anyway, tomorrow should be pretty easy.

I got home and threw a Lean Cuisine in the microwave but 280 calories was NOT doing anything for me.  I was starving.  I ate some of DH’s gross sauerkraut and sausage but it wasn’t much.  I may have been hungry but I don’t like sauerkraut and sausage so I didn’t eat much.

Found out what that noise was, Joy.  One of the kids left the computer on in the family room and it was on a weather alert.  Every few minutes, it was making a loud thunder roll to let me know a storm watch was in effect.  Just about made me crazy until I figured out what it was.


Joy says 16th June @ 6:34

Good job Patty on losing the 1/2 pound on top of the other weight loss.
Thank you for the salad /book ideas.
I hope that you have a nice relaxing day/week at work. I really hope that your stress level goes down.
Take care and enjoy that sun!
When do you leave for Florida?

patty says 16th June @ 6:45

We’re leaving Saturday morning, Joy.

Sunny says 16th June @ 8:43

congrats on the half pound, and have an awesome day! 🙂

paperskin says 16th June @ 13:34

Wow.. I just got caught up with your blog and all the drama you’re poor family has been through. I hope things settle down soon.. You are a great grandmother! Your grandkids are so lucky to have you. Glad to hear you are having a good day today!

brseay says 16th June @ 16:24

Your comment about doing the first 75% and then losing momentum (the cabin) reminds me of most of our journeys to weight loss. We start out like gangbusters, all motivated and ready to make things (our bodies) look nice. But then the hard work starts to get to us and we realize that things are better than they were and look nice enough. Who wants to look “nice enough”? Keep working and eventually the cabin and Sistah Pat are going to look like they belong in a magazine 🙂

Joy says 16th June @ 18:23

BTW ? What was that sound??? 🙂

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