Weekly Goals, May 10, 2010

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Weekly Goals, May 10, 2010
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Mon, 05-10-2010 - 3:14pm

Spring has definitley sprung, even though we had a severe weather event (tornado warnings, high winds and hail) on Friday night and frost the last two nights in a row. Everything is blooming and green and we even have young robins learning to fly (well, teh one flies but has difficulties landing on branches! LOL).

So what happened last week? And what is planned for this week?



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Mon, 05-10-2010 - 3:15pm

Last week, I had hoped to…

1. Stamping Demonstration Tuesday night === DONE

2. Stitchery - Continue to stitch on Floral Alphabet === Another row of letters nearly done
as well as work on the challenge quilt === cut the April blocks
and my April Bead Journal Project === DONE but I think it needs something more

3. Housecleaner coms on Wednesday === DONE

4. Haircut on Thursday === DONE

5. Pick up prescription renewals for this month === DONE

6. Bills and computer records - there's that pesky Quicken program… === bills paid but the Quicken program still untouched

So this week…

1. Stamping Demonstration Tuesday night

2. Stitchery - Continue to stitch on Floral Alphabet, as well as work on the challenge quilt and start my May Bead Journal Project!

3. Housecleaner coms on Wednesday

4. Bills and computer records - there's that pesky Quicken program…



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Tue, 05-11-2010 - 2:35am

Don't think I had any goals posted last week.

Goals for this week
Put away desktop PC - haven't used it since I purchased the laptop and its just taking up space.
Get some more done on the current cross-stitch project. I've got a full weekend off again, so I should definitely have a chance of achieving this.
Create a list of everything I own so that I can double check what contents insurance I should have and update the coverage I have.
Do some more research for my cabinet government essay. (I'm looking at parliaments in NZ, Australia, Canada and the UK hold the members of their executives to account.)

I think that's enough goals for now, I can't think of anything else I have to do anyway.

Lyn

Lyn

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Tue, 05-11-2010 - 2:58pm

As predicted, last week was eaten up by projects involving the pouring of new sidewalk at our house. They guys were very thorough, checked with me about plants to avoid, etc. DH & I are both suffering from what appears to be grass pollen allergy, he more so than me because I begin taking meds BEFORE I go outside & feel any symptoms.

Our DGrD(9) did come for a sleepover and wanted to work on her ongoing project - a crazy quilt piece. She was delighted that we could design & add her initials to a center piece, using the new embroidery machine. I believe I have her hooked. We've decided to trim the square with all kinds of notions, then add panels & make it her first wall hanging.

THIS WEEK -

No construction - they will delay until after this big weekend of DSs graduation. I'm cleaning house like mad, but will take off Weds & shop for new outfit to wear. Then it's down to getting my hair done Fri. PM, picking up balloons & making sure I haven't forgotten anything. DS has tickets for us to go to his college's (LAS) convocation on Sat. AM, but he's not that interested in the University wide graduation on Sunday where thousands of faceless grads will march in. His diploma will actually be given to him at the convocation. I'm thinking we'll all be pretty worn out after the party anyway. Just hoping our out of town guests will understand that I can't entertain them for lunch on Sat, as we'll be at the ceremonies. I figure they can just head straight towards the hall for the party.

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Tue, 05-11-2010 - 10:17pm
Snide and cynical comment coming... do parliaments actually hold their executives to account? Our congress sure doesn't seem to...



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Tue, 05-11-2010 - 10:19pm
Have fun at the graduation parties. It only happens once...



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Wed, 05-12-2010 - 12:29am
Not a snide or cynical comment at all. That's actually part of what my essay will end up looking at. One think that political science students learn very quickly is there is a lot of "this is how things should work, but this is how it really does work". As the four nations that I have chosen to focus on are Westminster democracies there is a lot of conventions involved that may have held executives to account in years past but (at least in my NZ) experience certainly don't now.
Given the time I have spent doing various political science and international relations courses I can't help but be cynical, but have mastered writing essays that hide my cynicism.
Lyn

Lyn

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Thu, 05-13-2010 - 12:15pm

Well now that I finally posted pics of my latest three projects Sunday, I've been busily hand quilting the last border on my Trip Around the World quilt (2nd side almost completed), & have the chunk of fabric ironed & laid out to cut the bias stripping for the binding.

Last week, DH completed the reconstruction of the replacement fort we bought used last year - w/only pictures we took as we dismantled it for directions to the puzzle of putting it back together - is finally up for the G'kids. I finally called the tree guy to come & start on the trim down work on the two huge Eucalyptus trees remaining along our front fence (decided to use tax refund $$ for that little project). It's going to be quite an expense, but I don't want to go another year (especially w/the winds we've been having this year) not getting them trimmed down. They've never been trimmed, we've been here over 12 yrs & every monsoon season have at least two or three very large branches hit the ground. The replacement fort is replacing our original fort that was demolished 4 yrs ago when a microburst uprooted one of the Eucalyptus & it came down right thru the middle of the fort. The weather has been so cooperative that the tree guy got caught up in catch up work & couldn't make it out this week between other scheduled jobs, as hoped, but will start by next Tuesday for sure.

S23 flew home Monday nite from Boston after completing his last paper Saturday. After 7 years of university & grad school, he is now officially done w/school! :) Plans are all set for flying back to Boston the 24th for family day at Harvard on the 26th, & the Harvard University AM & Law School commencement (lunchtime) ceremonies on the 27th & celebrating w/my sis's family back in Maine. Looks like we'll postpone our party here locally til the after the AZ bar exam end of July as it's very difficult to get all the kids together at one time in one place anymore & not knowing where a job will come open or where he'd be by this time, it's difficult to plan far enuf ahead to make it work for everybody. University friends from Tempe drove up last nite & they all headed out this AM for another friend's graduation from culinary school in Napa, CA coming up Friday.

Speaking of winds, as we walked outside yesterday afternoon to set up a telescope we got from a friend's estate recently, a microburst caught the patio table umbrella (which was open at the time), lifted it enough to catch the lip of the table as it blew over & flipped the whole thing over. I managed to catch the umbrella as it fell, but today will run up to Home Depot to replace the 16 tiles that fell out of the top & hit the brick patio... After that it was a beautiful still day - & S23 thoroughly enjoyed learning the ins & outs of the telescope 'til his friends drove in about 12:30am!

Am scheduled to sub at the jr hi tomorrow, Mon, & Tues again for my math teacher friend as she escorts a group of students to Washington D.C.. And, hopefully over the weekend will finish retrofitting the vinyl topper from the old fort to fit one of the topper crossbars for the replacement fort. We're thinking of checking out the tarps at the local hardware store to see if one of them will work for the 2nd topper, or whether I can still buy shade fabric locally to make one.

That's this week. S20 flies in next Friday nite (the 21st) from Denver, to spend the week w/us back in Boston for the graduation goings-ons. By then I'm sure my fingers will welcome the rest from the quilting I've been doing lately. I've been taking Advils pretty regularly the last couple days.

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Thu, 05-13-2010 - 1:08pm

Congratulations to S23! Harvard Law! WOW! Good luck to him on the bar exam *and* and on finding a job in this nasty job market (We have a young friend who passed the Ohio bar last spring and is still looking for a permanent position... so he took the Michigan bar this year in hopes of expanding his search area and prospects. Seems to me that we should have a national bar exam system so they don't have to do this state by state, but who am I to dictate to the ABA?).

Those microbursts are scary. We had one catch on of our umbrellas last fall and it (the umbrella) now is missing one of it's little spokes as it landed rather hard on the deck! Was lifted straight up out of the table --- luckily the table survived (it is glass topped and would have been a total loss otherwise).

We have a regular tree service who has been thinning and "cableing" our large trees (we have two multi-trunk maples and one large multi-trunk river birch which are vulnerable to such winds. And since we are at the end of tornado alley (a tornado warning last Friday, with at least three confirmed touchdowns within 50 miles of us, and three days out of six of severe storm warnings just in this past week!), we are trying to make certain that our house is not going to be crushed by one of them...



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