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  Monday 1/16/17

Good morning! Happy Martin Luther King Day!

I posted an animated GIF of Dr. Martin Luther King, and I played Stevie Wonder's "Happy Birthday" on YouTube in the background. When I went to Facebook, I was shocked that it said that my video had been muted because the music playing might not be mine! WTF? How was this not "fair use?" Crazy. But then there was a "more options" link, so I clicked on that and it let me post it with audio and video. Whew! So bizarre.

I have the day off from classes. I'm probably the only student who wishes they were in school instead. The semester just started last week, so I don't want a holiday! I'm enjoying going back to school so far.

I got up pretty late (after 1, I think) but did go on the treadmill to exercise.  I ate the last of my eggnog low carb ice cream. I've been eating a lot of stir-fry lately. I should eat salads, but I prefer hot food.  Stir-fry is kind of like a hot salad. I make sure to put plenty of healthy greens in it like spinach and broccoli as well as carrots, onions, green peppers and herbs. I tried it with the last of my barbecue sauce tonight...I have to say, I didn't like it that much. It just didn't work for some reason.

Although I work daily on my site, I do most of the work on the weekends, and then about half the week I spend catching up on the rest of it.  I'm trying to manage my time better and get the important stuff done early, then later I can do whatever. I'm trying not to waste as much time on social media.

I stayed up pretty late working on the first presentation for my Trends in Media class. I've never used Power Point before, so I was learning how to use that. It wasn't that hard. I had used similar programs, like Microsoft Publisher, and some online apps.  It took me hours, but I was really into it, and I got it done. Then, I thought, hmm, it's probably too wordy. We're probably supposed to make it more like an outline and then speak the other stuff.  We'll see what the professor says. I sent him a copy and asked him to let me know about whether it needs more work or not.  Anyway, the project was about Netflix.

This is the description for the first presentation:

Media Presentation 1, 25 points

Television Programming – Traditional television audience viewership continues to decline.
Broadcast networks, cable/satellite channels and video streaming services are producing less expensive programming genres. Examine a network, program or service of your choice that
caters to a specific target audience. What is its structure? Are repeats shown on the Internet or smartphone? How is online publicity encouraged through social or mobile media engagement?
Readily available online research, graphics, and video material are permissible to use, including assignment-related readings posted on the instructor’s Website.
Microsoft PowerPoint (8-10 slides minimum), Internet materials, online videos Length 6-8 minutes followed by 2 minute Q & A session.
 
So I chose Netflix, in part because I have access to their press site. It was a lot of fun. Right down my alley! :)  If you want to see it, click on the link above. (If you don't have Power Point, you can download a Power Point Viewer  for free. If you have a Mac go here. If you're on a phone or tablet, there is probably a free app you can find in the Play Store to view it.

  Tuesday 1/17/17

I slept in a bit today because I stayed up so late last night. I was really tired.

I mostly just worked on my site and did some household chores. Nothing very exciting!

I made more stir fry and it was pretty good.  I went to bed about 2am. I spent way too much time working on my site, and my back was hurting a lot. I took a shower before bedtime, so I wouldn't have to take one tomorrow.

  Wednesday 1/18/17

I woke up around 6:15 and made some Starbucks Peppermint Mocha. I needed the caffeine! Then we went in to SAU at 7. It's been raining a lot the past few days. I didn't want to bother carrying an umbrella. I have a light cloth zip-up jacket with a hoodie. I thought that would be enough, but it was raining a lot harder than I expected. I got a bit soaked walking from Overstreet over to Reynolds. I had breakfast again at the little coffee place there. The woman who works there (darn, I forgot her name) is really nice, and we had a bit of a chat.  There was no one else around so early in the morning.  She'd been to Hawaii, so she had great sympathy for the fact that I had to leave there to come here.  She even offered to let me use her umbrella! So nice. 

After I had breakfast, I went to the bookstore and got a thicker hoodie, swapping it for the other one. That worked nicely when I walked over to the library.  I spent some time there, doing work etc. on my laptop.  Then about 10, I walked over to Bruce Center to get a soda at the Subway before class. I sat there for about 40 minutes before walking back to Overstreet for my class. This is pretty much my morning routine for now.

I spent some time working on my paper for my first class. It's not due until 2/10, but I wanted to get a start on these things rather than wait until the last minute. Writing is so easy for me now. I remember how much I hated it back when I was in school last time.  Of course, it helps that these are position papers, so there isn't too much research. Also, the subject matter is easy for me. The questions on this one are about our media usage.

I don't want to sound ancient, but boy, is it a lot easier today to do research when you can just go online. I mean, even if I wanted to use an actual book, their library has online stuff, too, I believe.

The class before mine is some sort of drama class. I recognize the instructor from some of the plays we've gone to here.  I had a little chat with him the other day, but I doubt he remembered who I am (different context).  I told him that I was looking forward to their next play, "Dial M for Murder." That's in February.

My two classes went well.  Afterwards, the professor went over my presentation and he said it was fine just the way it was. He said it's a little long, but that's no big deal. So next time I know to make it a little less wordy, have more graphics and make it shorter.

After that, David took me home. I went back to sleep for about 3 1/2 hours.

I watched some TV and worked on my site as usual. I finally feel a little caught up. I caught up on last week's blog, too.

I still can't get the motion-sensitive camera to work right, so I can take a photo of the mouse. All I keep getting is sound. 

I made a sort of tuna casserole stir fry. It was good, but a little dry. I guess I know now why they put soup in those tuna casseroles! LOL!  It was still good, though. I'll have the rest tomorrow for lunch.

I went to bed around 1 am; slightly early for me, but I had trouble sleeping, so I got up again, watched some TV for a while, and then went back to bed. I had a really hard time staying asleep because I kept itching and waking up. UGH.

  Thursday 1/19/17

I woke up around 7:30 and couldn't get back to sleep. I had a pretty bad night of itching,  tossing and turning, and stomach pain.  I probably had gluten yesterday morning with those sausage and egg biscuits. A few crumbs always manage to stick to the cheese, but it may have been more than that. The sausage may have gluten in it, too. Who knows! I should ask...

I had breakfast and then went back to sleep around 10.  I had a phone call interview around noon. It went pretty well.  Then I went back to sleep until about 4. My stomach has been upset off and on all day. I've been eating stir-fry a lot lately, but that's a bit heavy when my stomach is already sensitive.

In today's mail, I finally got my NIMA Sensor. This lets you instantly test for gluten, which will come in handy when eating out. However, I'm a little disappointed that it says you can't use it to test for vinegar or soy sauce, or "brightly-colored foods," whatever that means. It won't be nearly as useful as I'd hoped.

I'm trying hard to manage my time better. I had a To-Do list today and actually got most of it done! Yay!

I started finally putting the Christmas decorations back in the boxes. I hope to get done by the end of the weekend, but we'll see.

I stayed up until about 3 am. I wasn't tired because of all the sleeping I did earlier.  Fortunately, I was able to sleep pretty easily for a change.

  Friday 1/20/17

I'm very tired this morning. I didn't want to have coffee because my stomach's been upset the past few days. Coffee upsets my stomach, anyway, so that seemed like a bad idea.

As usual, we went in to SAU and I went over to Reynolds, which is the student center, more or less. I tried their all-you-can-eat breakfast, which is OK. I probably should have asked about gluten, but it's hard to do that when there's a line and everyone's waiting. So now my stomach is a little upset again and I've been sneezing my head off.

I went to the bookstore briefly and the poor girl there is very sick with a kidney infection. She felt like she had to come in and open up, since her boss lives farther away, and she just lives down the street. She definitely looked in pain. I felt very bad for her.

The weather report said that it would be sunny today and in the low 70's, but instead, it's rainy and in the 50's. :( It did get warmer later on.

Oh, I'm so tired. I don't know how I'll get through these two classes without falling asleep.  And then I have a routine doctor's appointment at 2, so I don't know how I'll last or when I'll be able to sleep. UGH.

Looks like we'll be going to Washington DC for a very short trip in March.  David has a conference there, like before, where he's busy all day and I'll barely get to see him.  We're flying out of Little Rock because he has another meeting after that, in some small town near there.  I'm disappointed that I will miss 2 class days, though. I don't have much choice, since I can't get to campus without him.  Even if I did drive, he'll have the car.  There are some real drawbacks to living in a town without a bus or cab service.  Maybe I'll know someone by then that can give me a ride, but I doubt it. I hate to impose...

My professor is fine with me missing class, and he'll let me make up a test from one of those days. He's a very laid-back kinda guy, which is nice. Somehow I managed to stay awake today! He did cut the second class a little short, so that was helpful.

After class, I went over to Chik-Fil-A for lunch. I love their grilled chicken sandwich and their waffle fries, both of which are gluten-free. I had texted David where I was. He had a meeting and stopped by the Chik-Fil-A right about that same time, but he had to take it back to the office. He used his lunch hour to take me over to my doctor's appointment at 2.  After I hate, I went over to the library for a little while. I love that you can bring food and drink into the college libraries now. I wonder if it ever causes any problems for them?  I was pretty tired at that point.  My back was really hurting, too.

My doctor's appointment was just my regular checkup for diabetes. I saw a different doctor. I don't recall her name. She had a thick accent of some kind. She seemed nice, and a lot more competent than my previous doctor. Then a lab technician took my blood, for my regular test.

I was very tired when I got home, so I just went to sleep for a few hours. I woke up after 5.

David brought home McDonald's. I need to stop eating that kind of thing, though.

I didn't do much of anything, otherwise, and ended up going to bed around 9. Then I woke up again later around midnight and couldn't get back to sleep.

  Saturday 1/21/17

I woke up around 2:30pm, but at least I did get a lot of work done today on my site.

We did the grocery shopping and then went to Flying Burger for a early dinner. This is a type of fast food place here, but it's also one of the best restaurants on town, so that's kind of funny.  They serve not only burgers, but lots of types of fish. They have fried or grilled catfish, fish tacos, and shrimp kebabs.  All of their food is cooked up fresh and is high quality, so it's not really "fast" food, in that sense. It takes a while, especially if it's crowded.  But you order at the counter and the decor is all plastic booths and tables. You get your own fountain sodas or tea. They have a drive-through as well.  Anyway, we go there every once in a while because it's pretty good. Oh, it's also a lot more expensive than your average fast food joint.  You're paying for the quality, for sure.  Usually I get either a burger or the grilled catfish, but I tried the fish tacos today (with grilled tilapia) and they were delicious. They put cole slaw in them, which is a Southern sort of thing. 

We were planning to do our walk at the SAU trail, but there was a big thunderstorm coming. So instead, we went for a nice walk around the neighborhood.  When we were turning into this one cul-de-sac, this big beige dog started barking at us (I think he was a yellow lab). He was not on a leash, behind a fence, or chained up, so we were a little worried at first.  However, we soon figured out that he wasn't dangerous. We avoided him, but he kept following us, and then he was very energetic and running around, playing with us, or trying to get us to play with him. He was very funny. Reminded us of Bugs.  We kept laughing at him because he was so cute.  He was all bark and no bite, though. I turned toward him, and he backed off, so that's how we knew that he was not barking out of malice.  Eventually he jumped up on me (in a playful, friendly way) and then he licked my hands (probably from the tacos!).  We thought he had gone away, but then he ran up and nudged David's hand from behind, startling him, so that was hilarious.  Nothing like a cold wet dog nose when you're not expecting it! LOL!  He stayed in his cul-de-sac, though, when we left it. We walk around twice, so we saw him again on the second lap.  He was a little more scared then because there was a lot of thunder.  He had enough and went running back to his house's garage to hide from the scary noises. Poor puppy! LOL!  So cute.

Most of the rest of the time was spent watching TV or listening to music while I worked on my site. I did some cooking as well and also put a few of the Christmas decorations away.  The hard part is finding the particular ornaments that have a box or other packaging and putting those away first, and then also making sure that anything breakable is wrapped up.  After that, it's easy. For me it's just been a matter of finding the time, with everything else I have to do.

I tried making these cauliflower pizza bites that I saw online, but they were terrible. Just a yucky taste. I don't know why. I thought the whole point was that cauliflower is pretty tasteless, but these were not. Ah, well.

I stayed up way too late again... like 6:30am.

  Sunday 1/22/17

I slept in too late, too. About 2:30 again. Tomorrow is not going to be fun.

I really wanted to go get my hair cut this weekend, but I just kept sleeping late instead...Ah, well. Maybe next weekend! I wish there were a hair cutting place on campus, like there was at the University of Alabama. This is a much smaller campus, unfortunately.  I do like the way the ladies at Wal-Mart cut my hair, though.

We walked around the neighborhood in the evening (usually takes us about 20 minutes or so to go around it twice). It was already dark.  It had been raining all day, but it stopped.  It started up again later on. It was a bit chilly, but not too bad. I wore a sweatshirt. It was just windy and in the 50's.

I made some more yummy stir-fry for dinner. After the olive oil is heated, I always put in onions and spinach, plus whatever other veggies I find. Sometimes carrots, broccoli, green or other types of bell pepper, or zucchini. This week, I found bags of butternut squash already chopped up, so I put that in, instead of carrots. I also added a little gluten free pasta and some hamburger meat. I always also add Italian herbs, some cayenne and regular pepper, and garlic powder, and then after it's all cooked up, I added lots of grated cheese.  (Of course, you want to first cook the thicker veggies, so I cook the onions, broccoli, carrots and peppers first, then add in the zucchini and spinach, then lastly the cooked meat)  Here some good tips for stir fry.  I don't always put in the pasta because it's not low carb. I don't usually eat it with rice, either, for the same reason.  Sometimes I'll add barbecue sauce or soy sauce.

I got a lot of work done because I stayed up all night. I tried to go to sleep, but it just wouldn't work.  I guess I spent too much time on the computer because all day I had pain in my right side - from my neck down to my arm pit. It was pretty painful. I took a hot shower and a muscle relaxer, but it didn't help all that much. Later, I put on Ben Gay as well.

I still didn't get my Christmas decorations all put away yet!

Have a great week!

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