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I woke up at 4 am again and couldn't go back to sleep! I had some low carb cereal for breakfast. We went in to SAU as usual. I had a soda at Reynolds as usual. :) See a pattern here? LOL! I went to the library for a while, as usual. I did spill some of my soda at the library, but fortunately it was only a little bit, and I was able to get it up with a paper towel. Then I went to Brinson and practiced for a while, warmed up my voice.
It was raining in the morning, but then in the 60's and 70's the rest of the day, and not raining too much. I had a nice voice lesson, but my allergies were really bad, so my voice was kind of hoarse, and I had trouble singing without my voice cracking. My voice teacher is very understanding. She's getting over some kind of bronchitis herself, so she understands.
I then went back over to Reynolds and stopped in the bookstore for some snacks and other things. I got one of the ham sandwiches and another soda there at the cafe. I saved a little piece of the ham to test later with my NIMA gluten sensor, and unfortunately, it does have gluten in it, so I won't be eating it any more. Too bad, I liked those sandwiches.
Then I went to my two classes. I guess I had more energy than usual today and was kind of chatty. The professor had been going over various social media types in class, and he asked us to raise our hands if we used different ones. I noticed a lot of them used Snapchat, so between classes, I asked one of them to help me with it. I've used it a little but don't really understand how it works. The main thing is, I wanted to figure out how to put the little animal pictures and other effects on my face like I've seen others do. Now I know how! Yay!
I got quite a lot accomplished today, which is rare! First on my site, and then at home I put a lot of the Christmas decorations away. I hope to have it done by Wednesday because the pest control guy is coming on Thursday, so I want to make sure it looks halfway decent, anyway. He came today by mistake. Apparently the person who made the appointment with me put down the wrong date, so he came while I was at school. Whoops!
I did some more singing at home today as well, but my voice was kind of shot. I need to get into the habit of doing it every day, with my exercises. I think after today's lesson, I have a little better idea of what to do. I also did the dishes, so all is right in the world.
I stayed up until about midnight.
I woke up at 9am. I was sick a lot today, probably from that gluten yesterday in the ham sandwich. UGH.
I took a little nap and then took a shower and checked the mail. I've gotten quite a lot done on the computer today, but I haven't really had the energy to do much else so far.
Various things have been really upsetting me today, stressing me out and making me feel upset. Probably in part because of being so sick today. I hate that out-of-control emotional feeling. I got better later on.
It got up to 84 degrees today! Of course it's nice, the day I'm home, sick all day and not going out...!
Besides my usual site work, I worked on my presentation for tomorrow (the class is Internet Communication, and my presentation is about the gluten sensor, NIMA). I finished the Power Point presentation and emailed it to the professor (he will then convert it to PDF and it will be ready for me to use tomorrow). I then worked on my first position paper for the other class (Trends in Modern Media - we're supposed to talk about our media usage). It's not due until Monday, but I wanted to get it done. It may be too long. I sent it to him and asked if the length is okay, and I said I can always trim it if need be. I have trouble being concise, especially if it's a subject I'm passionate about.
I didn't really feel like doing anything else after that... I went to bed about 1 am.
I woke up at 6. I'm very tired today, but I don't want to have coffee because I don't want to be too nervous for my class!
It's supposed to get up to the high 70's today. So weird for Winter weather.
This is so funny.... when I woke up and looked in the mirror I had this big zit on my face...that's like something out of a high school movie, right? When I have my presentation today. Fortunately, it was near my nose and easily hidden.
I might have to stay a little bit later at SAU today because of David's meetings. We'll see! I have plenty to do, always. I brought my power cords just in case.
I went to SAU's all-you-can-eat cafeteria for breakfast. I had scrambled eggs, sausage, potatoes, yogurt and some fruit. I brought 3 test capsules for the NIMA. I tested the sausage, but with the first one, I got an error message. The second test said it was gluten-free, so that's good. But then I only have one capsule left to use for my presentation in class. So I don't know if the potatoes, eggs and yogurt are safe. I guess I'll have to find out another time. I should have kept some for later testing. Ah, well. Anyway, at least I know I can eat the sausage. Too bad none of their cereals are gluten free. No Chex or Cheerios. Bummer!
For class, I'm going to test a Chick-Fil-A grilled chicken piece. It's supposed to be gluten-free, but I want to make sure. In researching that, I found out that they now have grilled chicken chicken nuggets, and perhaps even gluten free buns. Not sure, though, if the one here has those because it's not a full Chick-Fil-A. For instance, they don't serve breakfast like most do. They have a salad that sounds very healthy, too. It has kale and broccolini.
I went there and got the chicken. I just bought a piece of chicken, nothing else, and that surprised them, but they were good about it. It actually looked delicious, but I wasn't hungry yet, so I just took a tiny little piece for my presentation and threw the rest out. I'll probably go there afterwards for lunch.
My first class was fun and interesting. Now I'm about to do my presentation. I get so nervous! But I'll do OK.
Although I was very nervous, I think it went fine. My voice shakes when I'm nervous, so that was irritating. However, I stayed on point and got through all of the material, and used my NIMA as a demonstration. There was some slight problem with the second video, but otherwise it went fine. He said the video problems don't count against my grade.
Originally, there was a possibility that I was going to have to stay later because David had some meetings, but one of his meetings got canceled or something, so I went home at one as usual. I had a lot of energy because of the relief of my presentation being over. It was like how I feel after I interview someone on the phone-one part relief and one part happy that it went well. It was warm in the afternoon. It got up to 81!
I had my low carb, gluten free cauliflower pizza for lunch. It's not the best pizza, but it's very healthy as well as tasty. Because I had so much energy, I did some singing and re-recorded a few old songs. I also did some of my vocal exercises for my voice lessons.
I had intended to do some other stuff, like put away the Christmas decorations, but I was just too tired. David's been watching hockey a lot lately, so we watched the movie "Slapshot" that was airing on the NHL station. It's the 40th anniversary of the movie, apparently. I don't think either of us had ever watched it all the way through before. It's pretty funny, and it's got great 70's clothes and other stuff in it.
I was tired and went to bed about 9.
I woke up around 7 am and got up, for a while. I had breakfast and started cleaning up the house. Then the pest control company called around 7:30 to say that the guy is sick, so we rescheduled for next Tuesday. Great news for me (not that he's sick). It means I have 5 more days to get the house in order. Yay! I went back to bed for a while and then woke up for good about 10am.
I got some stuff I ordered from Amazon, including some socks, these turkey sticks that I like, and a new Chinese calendar for the new year (year of the rooster!). I used to get one every year at the Flower Fair in downtown Honolulu. They are really nice ones, made out of bamboo. Very pretty. This one is nice, too, though, but it's made out of wood.
I've been sick a little bit today from the gluten allergies, but not too bad. I did some singing and recording for a few hours. Then I worked on my site, as usual. I did the laundry as well.
I made us grilled turkey and cheese sandwiches for dinner. They were yummy. Then I made some sugar free mocha ice cream.
I had emailed our school paper, The Bray, last month about possibly writing some articles for them. I finally heard back, and apparently they only accept applications in the Fall. Ah, well.
I started having some computer problems in the afternoon. I restarted my laptop because I wanted to transfer some music files from my old computer (the one I use for recording) and it wasn't recognizing the other laptop (which often happens, and rebooting fixes it). But when I went to use Firefox after the reboot, nothing would load. I checked my other devices, so I figured out that it wasn't the Wifi. I kept rebooting and I got it to work for a little while, but then it stopped again. It wasn't just Firefox, either. Chrome and Edge also wouldn't work. Yet it wasn't the internet connection because I was able to connect just fine to my websites with Frontpage and Expression Web (which are website design programs, not browsers). I called Dell and they transferred me to their Premium Software Technical Support (glad I paid for that because it comes in handy). The woman there fixed my problem by doing a Sytem restore. I forgot about that..I could have done that myself. Ah, well. Then after that, I let her have control of my computer, so she could go in and do a few other maintenance things, like deleting my temp files. She was very nice, although sometimes I had trouble understanding her. She also gave me her phone number to call if I had any further problems and said I could leave a message if she didn't answer, and she would call back within a day. Then I spoke with her supervisor, who asked me how it went. The only irritating thing was that both she and her supervisor felt they had to warn me about scams over the phone, where someone calls and pretends to be from Microsoft or Dell. I told them both that I've been online since 94. I wanted to say, "Oh, and I'm not stupid." I mean, seriously, you have to be a special kind of stupid, in this day and age, to fall for that one. The whole thing took over an hour and a half.
Anyway, it seems to be working now, so that's good. I went to bed not too long after that, about 12:30. I was so tired. I finished the laundry, at least.
I'm still tired this morning. It was hard to get up. Then I was sick from the gluten allergies (that rarely happens in the morning). I was sick later on, too. UGH.
I had breakfast at the Mulerider Cafe like usual, in Reynolds. I had two of their sausage and egg biscuits (without the bread) and half of a hot chocolate. It's in the 30's this morning, but I didn't feel like having coffee. I plugged in my Nima gluten tester last and then forgot to bring it with me. D'oh! The woman who works there forgot to bring her cash register key, so I couldn't pay at first. Then later, after paying, I went over to the library (again as usual). So tired!
We were talking about going to El Dorado this weekend, but he's too tired to drive there...
Well, this is disappointing. I use my ice cream maker a lot, but it only makes about 2 quarts of ice cream, maximum. I had found one on Amazon that makes 4 quarts, and I put it on my wishlist. My SIL bought it for me for Christmas. Then I found out that it requires that you buy lots of ice and rock salt. I've been looking around, and apparently there is no ice cream maker that makes more than 2 quarts at a time, that doesn't require rock salt and lots of ice. That's very disappointing. The one I use doesn't require rock salt or ice. You just freeze the canister. I guess the technology doesn't work with more than 2 quarts, or else someone would have made it by now.
I stopped at the Chick-Fil-A for lunch. I had their gluten free grilled chicken nuggets! They're very good, especially with their excellent honey BBQ sauce. Then I went to class. It was fine. The professor is often amusing and likes to joke around with the students. We have more presentations coming up in my first class, Trends in Modern Media. I'm doing my next one on "Star Wars!" We have a paper due next week for the other class.
I was really tired, though, and also still sick off and on, so I was glad to go home. I had ordered Katz gluten-fee donuts from Amazon as a Valentine's Day present for myself, so I had some of those when I got home. They're yummy. Then I went to sleep for about 4 hours. Too much sleep. I just worked and did a little bit of singing and listening to music, among other things. I think I went to bed around 1am, but I'm not sure.
I got up around 8, I think? Then I went back to bed for a while. We went out for lunch to this new place called II Brothers. It's an Italian restaurant. The food is ok. At least they had some stuff without flour. The salad was pretty good, and big, so I took it home for leftovers later. I just had veal piccata and part of the salad. David had spaghetti and meatballs. That garlic bread sure looked good!
Then we went to Wal-Mart and did our grocery shopping. I was still very tired and had a nap, which was not a great idea. I'm having such a hard time keeping a regular schedule.
In the afternoon, we went out for a walk at the university trail. We had to work off that huge meal! It was really warm today, in the 80's, so it was pretty hot out there. The walk was really tough on me, and I was exhausted. I was tired pretty early but wanted to stay up to watch SNL (it was terrible, so I shouldn't have bothered). I think I went to bed around midnight. I was just so exhausted.
Other than work on my site, I didn't get too much done. Those donuts didn't last long...
I woke up around 9, but it took me a while to really get out of bed and get moving. I'm a bit sore from that long walk yesterday. We went to lunch at Antigua's Grill, one of our regular Mexican food places. I had the tamales (something different). Around here, they always cover tamales in cheese sauce. It's very good, but also very heavy. They were also very spicy, so my stomach was kind of upset for a while. I had a short nap later, too. It was a very restful weekend, let's put it that way!
Later on we stopped by Wal-Mart again for some things I forgot, and to pick up my prescriptions.
Valentine's Day is on a Tuesday this year, so we're not really going out. We had our Italian lunch, so that was pretty much it. There aren't a lot of places to eat out here, anyway, and none that are "fine dining." Tuesday we're going to a choir concert at the university, so we'll probably just have dinner at McDonald's beforehand.
I've started picking up around the house, and I hope to motivate myself to finally put away those Christmas decorations. At least I'm not the only one...my Facebook friend Wally said he just took his tree down! LOL! Will I be able to put it all away this week? Stay tuned! :) Have a great week and Valentine's Day!
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