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#280708 - Tue Oct 11 2005 08:54 AM Re: Good Night & Good Morning/High and Low of Day/
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But I can't relax, I am just getting more and more stressed. If I am going to end up waiting about six weeks then I might as well go to work instead of sitting at home bored to tears. I have cardiac rehabilitation for the next couple of weeks but I could still fit that in with work, I WAS going to return to work yesterday.

My daughter is scheduled to come over here on 10th November for a few days, it is going to be just my luck that I could end up in hospital in the UK at that time. If the timing does work out like that refusing the date would just put things back even futher.
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#280709 - Tue Oct 11 2005 06:00 PM Re: Good Night & Good Morning/High and Low of Day/
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I guess I am a day late on mine (my days run together anymore ), but it's definitely a HIGH! I had a bit of time to kill between work and picking up my dad, so I went to see a former coworker of mine. She and I met when I filled in almost four years ago at a (then) new store. She was 16 at the time, and acted like it too. She and I then worked together for almost a year when she was 18, and she hadn't really matured any, even then. Just over two years later, I drop by her workplace in Plano and surprised her. She asked if I was getting a cup of coffee (mind you I'm not a coffee drinker) or if I had come to see her. I said I came to see her. She was so happy, and I made her day. She is now 20, and I tell you, she has grown up in the last two years. She is nothing like that 16 year old girl I met in December 2000. She knows one of my coworkers, and she asked him about me a few days prior, so I had to go see her. She now wants me to come to her store once a week (it's about a 15 mile jaunt one way) to see her and get a cup of something. She is now engaged to someone, and I couldn't be happier for her! She even said I should work where she does. I don't think I should just because we are close friends.

I am one that can remember someone's birthday, and if her fiancé forgets it, I would feel bad for her, just because he should remember dates like that.
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#280710 - Tue Oct 11 2005 10:05 PM Re: Good Night & Good Morning/High and Low of Day/
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Sue, at the risk of sounding naff, perhaps you needed a good cry? I am hopeful that you have now had some time to take it in and some sleep and are feeling more on top of the situation. You don't strike me as the type who would let this kind of thing keep you down for long. But remember you don't always have to be strong, either, it's okay to 'lose it' sometimes...

My mother worked in university administration for years and always used to say that the place would run much more smoothly if it weren't for the students. I often get the impression that those in the medical profession feel the same way about patients, whereas I actually think it's often the doctors who make more trouble!

And Gats, I return the unneccesary but hopefully as welcome best wishes.

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#280711 - Wed Oct 12 2005 01:46 AM Re: Good Night & Good Morning/High and Low of Day/
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You're right, a good sleep and a good cry sometimes seems to help us see things more clearly.Everything will turn out for the best in the end Sue....someday
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#280712 - Wed Oct 12 2005 02:27 AM Re: Good Night & Good Morning/High and Low of Day/
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Ing, you are so right. I think doctors just have no idea. In theory what he suggested is fine, but he doesn't take into consideration the time lapse between each stage and how soon days turn into weeks. I can appreciate that he doesn't know what sort of operation I need until he sees the CT scan but since I have to be in hospital for five days prior to the operation in order to sort out my blood (I am on anticoagulants) that would give him ample time to arrange the CT scan and make a decision.

While I was so upset I emailed his secretary once more and she worked on him, it looks as if we might be going along with my suggestion after all - so I guess that is my high.

With my luck I suspect that I could end up in hospital in the UK when my daughter is due over here to stay with me! I obviously won't be able to turn down any offered date as I have made so much fuss to get the ball rolling.
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#280713 - Wed Oct 12 2005 04:54 AM Re: Good Night & Good Morning/High and Low of Day/
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No, you can't really turn down any offered date, however it might be a comfort to her to be there for you.
Conversely, perhaps she can change the time of her visit. There are lots of possibilities, and something will work out.
With what you've been through so far this year, this should be like a walk in the park!
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#280714 - Wed Oct 12 2005 04:59 AM Re: Good Night & Good Morning/High and Low of Day/
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The visit was timed to be a couple of days after my birthday and a couple of days before her birthday. It was a cheap flight so no changes possible. She lives a the far end of the country so wouldn't be able to visit me in hospital. Everytime I have seen her this year I have been in hospital, it would be nice to actually go out to a restaurant for a change. Ah well.
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#280715 - Wed Oct 12 2005 05:52 AM Re: Good Night & Good Morning/High and Low of Day/
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You're one step ahead of me Sue, my next suggestion was going to be to go through the secretary! I do hope things turn out so that you can spend some time with your daughter.

Meanwhile, my low is that it is my least favourite time of year, when I seem to be even more prone to colds etc than usual. It's spring, of course, and while the days have gotten the message, apparently no-one sent the memo to the nights. So it's t-shirts during the day, and thermals and heaters at night. It just ain't right I tells ya! And for some reason it seems to make my insomnia worse, too, so I get to be awake but tired and crabby to really hate nature!

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#280716 - Thu Oct 13 2005 12:49 PM Re: Good Night & Good Morning/High and Low of Day/
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Sue,
Even though I know you'd rather see your daughter outside the hospital, it's good you'll have her there when you are in the hospital. When I have had to go, I've had no one to drive me there, since my family is far away. Wish it could be better timing, though.

Joy
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#280717 - Thu Oct 13 2005 02:34 PM Re: Good Night & Good Morning/High and Low of Day/
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Joy she WON'T be at the hospital when I am there. I live on an island near to France, she lives in the north of England. She is flying to this island to visit me, the hospital I will have to go to is in the south of England. I am hoping to have been in hospital, had my surgery then travelled home before she arrives. It would be just too bad if we end up flying in opposite directions and miss each other.

She has visited me in four hospitals so far this year, I think that is enough.
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#280718 - Fri Oct 14 2005 06:25 AM Re: Good Night & Good Morning/High and Low of Day/
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High was phoning the Income Tax Department and telling them that I don't think they have assessed me correctly for January, that they ought to charge me 4% extra! That threw them, so far they hve only received complaints about charging too much.

Our system is changing in January. So far we have paid our previous years income tax in September the following year but now they want us to pay the previous years tax on a monthly basis during the following year so they have taken the previous years tax figure and based the percentage on that. My daughter was a fulltime student until early this years and I received an additional allowance for her, they haven't removed that allowance.

I foresee a dreadful mess for a while until they get the new system up and running.
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#280719 - Fri Oct 14 2005 01:26 PM Re: Good Night & Good Morning/High and Low of Day/
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Good afternoon everyone! Glad it's not the morning anymore, as mine was crazy! (see low point!)

Sue, I'm sorry, I misunderstood. I hope you don't cross paths, for sure! And it sounds like your tax system will be jammed up for a bit. Hope it's not as bad as you fear.

I'm going to start with my low, because that's how it started today! (Grumble!)

LOW LOW point: Waking up at 9:08am when I have a 9:15am class! We get a point off for being late (I agree with the policy because next semester we will be in the classroom and our professionalism will be affected by things like that) and I was like, grumble, rumble--just go girl! I got to class 30 minutes later, needless to say I wasn't in a good mood! But we had some important presentations being presented and I got to hear two out of the three! And besides then,...


My HIGH of the day: Visiting with a classmate over a long lunch. She is another non-traditional student who has come back to school. She was in a comma two years ago and is trying to relearn what she lost. She was telling me what the campus looked like years ago when she was a student here. I enjoyed visualizing it all.

She asked if the log cabin (an old, old school house) was still on a hill a ways from where we were at the moment. I said, yes, and next time you can share with me what it was like to go to school there! LoL We laughed together, over her response (there are hand gestures that could go for that comment) and mine (I know you aren't that old, so I can tease you!) It was just fun to visit with her!

I have to create a story, using our children's book that my teacher has been reading (to model how we'd use it in the classroom) in class. I get to tell the first two chapters to my classmates! Yeah! It'll help me learn how I'll do it in my future classroom and perform for my classmates!

Well, I'd better get going. I have lots of work to do before the end of next week. Next week is my LAST FULL WEEK on campus! Did I tell you?? I'll be doing my field experience, and then I'll be student teaching in the Spring! Where, oh, where did the time go??

I hope everyone has a great weekend!
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#280720 - Fri Oct 14 2005 05:00 PM Re: Good Night & Good Morning/High and Low of Day/
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Life in Kingsbury becomes more banal by the week, so my highs and lows have become a flat review of neutrals...

Well, here goes. I had a long list of household jobs this week, and by tonight I'd done nearly all of them. I judge my chores not by the time they take, but the unpleasantness of them, and that is the one time I leave things to hang around.
So as well as doing the back lawn and weeds, the sheet mountain in the corner of the room (used to be the laundry basket but if you imagine an ice cream cone with a whip 10 times the size, that was my sheet mountain) is now down to a small molehill. My books could not, however, find a permanent home off the floor as my bookshelves are now officially overfull, despite selling about 50 some time ago. The cat's had her checkup, and besides expensive dental work recommendations, is now in good shape. I've also started painting #5 in my local series, which is nearly finished as I was asked to stick to 6X4" as they sell better (not in my case yet...).
Despite turning out various drawers and cupboards the missing items still haven't turned up, and as my cleaner can't understand English (who may have tidied some away) it may take an earthquake before my house gives up its hidden secrets.

But one thing I can say, an average or boring chore in the house becomes interesting or unnoticeable when there's someone else in the house. I can race through a list of jobs and barely notice when a friend's over, and now feel like dragging people off the street to hang around when I'm at home to let me get through a lot more and enjoy it as well. Maybe we could set up a local volunteer register?
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#280721 - Fri Oct 14 2005 05:52 PM Re: Good Night & Good Morning/High and Low of Day/
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Well, Guru, I'd be happy to lend you my father to come and sit in your house while you clean! And you know he won't annoy you by offering to help or anything - he's been sitting back watching my mother do it for years! And speaking of my mother, I'm sure my husband would be even happier to lend her to you...so long as it was 'lend' on a permanent basis, of course!

Joy, how exciting that you are nearing the end of your studies. I have nothing but admiration for anyone who is brave enough to even contemplate teaching, let alone undertake mature age study (I was classed as 'mature age' when I started Uni, but that doesn't count, as I was only 21!!) Best of luck with it all.

Sue, your tax situation reminds me of mine when I started Uni. I was still technically dependent on my parents, and my father had retired at the end of the year before. So, in order to calculate my Austudy (Student Allowance) we had to estimate my parents' income for the following year based on the previous year - taking into account dad's lump-sum payout, of course - take away the number we first thought of, fill it out in triplicate, tap our ruby slippers together, think pure thoughts, and sign on the bottom line. Needless to say we calculated incorrectly (very surprising after all the 'help' we'd had from the various departments we had to consult on the way) and I was devastated the next year to receive a tax bill which - to me at least - seemed larger than the gross national product of several small Island Nations combined. Once I'd finished hyperventilating and read the fine print saying I didn't have to pay it all back at once I felt a little better. But it still rankles me to this day. In particular I find it 'interesting' that Social Security and the Tax Office make me fill in separate paperwork and prove to each of them who I am in 900 exotic ways because they can't disclose information to each other, yet when it comes to reclaiming money from me the lines of communication are wide open...

My high this morning is in seeing that my brand new quiz is doing really well.

My low is in the pressure I feel to follow it up.

Which just goes to prove the old saying "there's always a drab lining to every silver cloud"!

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#280722 - Sun Oct 16 2005 03:38 PM Re: Good Night & Good Morning/High and Low of Day/
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Happy Sunday night!

Now, ing, you passed the pressure to put up a good quiz in the first place, don't be so hard on yourself!

Thanks for the wishes. I cannnot wait to get on and out of school but... it's also nerve racking! During this time there have been times I never thought there could be an ending! So, seeing the ending is rather daunting. But I was looking back at my posts to this thread last year and how I shared what was happening at the daycare job and how much I enjoyed the kids and I realize I'll find that same feeling once I get of school (cross my fingers!)

My low today was sleeping too much. I seem to do that when I can, which isn't so bad in itself (because I do enjoy it!) but the weekend goes toooooo fast!

My high? Hmmmm Do I have one?? I suppose it'd be I still have time to do my homework. I dreamed I went to class and had forgot to do it! LoL

It will soon be (and for some it already is...)
Happy Monday!!
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#280723 - Sun Oct 16 2005 04:07 PM Re: Good Night & Good Morning/High and Low of Day/
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My Low this week was fighting off a bug of some kind then Friday night we had a arson attempt in the apt building.

Thank goodness it went out before it got to serious but it did damage to a sign and the wall in the lobby.

We are all ok but it was a tad scary.In the 13years we have lived here this is the first time that has ever happened.

My High is being over the bug and back to sort of "Normal".LOL LOL.
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#280724 - Sun Oct 16 2005 06:22 PM Re: Good Night & Good Morning/High and Low of Day/
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Wow, arson...that is scary - glad to hear that you're well and unharmed.
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#280725 - Sun Oct 16 2005 07:08 PM Re: Good Night & Good Morning/High and Low of Day/
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Quote:

don't be so hard on yourself!




Ohhhhh, but being hard on myself is my favourite hobby, I won't know what to do with myself if I give that up!

PF, very glad niether the fire nor the bug really took hold.

I'm not really having highs or lows at the moment, just a semi-comfortable blur. I think it's called 'life' or something...

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#280726 - Mon Oct 17 2005 09:38 AM Re: Good Night & Good Morning/High and Low of Day/
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Slight Lowpoint for me is that Dad was due to start his chemo treatment today. However, when Mum and Dad got to the hospital the specialist had been in a traffic accident, so Dad didn't have the treatment. He's going again tomorrow so fingers crossed
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#280727 - Mon Oct 17 2005 10:10 AM Re: Good Night & Good Morning/High and Low of Day/
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Oh no JaneM! I mean you don't want to hassle the guy for having an accident (and I hope he's alright), but it's pretty inconsiderate! My fingers crossed for you and your parents too.

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#280728 - Mon Oct 17 2005 10:27 AM Re: Good Night & Good Morning/High and Low of Day/
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I was reading a weekly column in our local newspaper this evening when I suddenly saw my name. The columnist said that he had read 'an excellent letter' written by me (I wrote to the editor last week and they published it). How nice to have my letter praised. Yes, a high.
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#280729 - Mon Oct 17 2005 03:38 PM Re: Good Night & Good Morning/High and Low of Day/
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Nice one Sue!

I've got an anticapatory low this morning. It's a horrible windy day and I'm hayfeverish already. I have to spend the afternoon clearing out my uncle's house in preparation for selling it. I predict I shall have a very red nose by tonight.

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#280730 - Tue Oct 18 2005 09:48 AM Re: Good Night & Good Morning/High and Low of Day/
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Yay, Sue ! I've had a couple of Letters To The Editor published but, in my case, it wasn't so good. I was shocked at how many people read those things AND at how many folks knew who I was (and, naturally, my letters were not exactly of the "God Bless America" variety - I just wrote from a different angle than most do). I'm sure your letter was much more diplomatic than was mine.

I have been bubbling around on low points [but remain afloat a little] all morning. I gotta be honest and say that I had mostly given up but, out of nowhere, this burst came out in me last night assuring me that I could have no more of that business. So I've been talking to banks endlessly today seeing if I can turn this paid for house into some winter cash. I can number crunch and do business with any banker that lands in my path and I know I'm a bad risk and I know money has to be paid back. I also know how much I hate to have to ask for some. Swallow that pride, I reckon, or expect a v-e-r-y chilly winter as it looms.

Then I called up an old friend who I hadn't heard from in months and told him about my friend's death from cancer (he knew the wife). "Oh," he says "he must have smoked and drank then." My jaw dropped out of joint and I was nearly speechless...but only for a second . What to say but: "Yeah, probably. He and the 7-year olds at that Ronald McDonald house who have cancer partied with the best of 'em." Obviously another of those grown men who never learned that saying nothing is far better than saying anything ridiculous, not to mention cold and insensitive. I wouldn't have equated smoking and drinking with pituitary gland cancer when I was 12! But, then, this was the same guy who rooked his dying Dad out of $100,000 and then got all fired up when he was cut out of the will. Is it ANY wonder that I like my friends on FT so much? The ones that live a mile away make my brains rattle (not that that takes much effort) .
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#280731 - Tue Oct 18 2005 09:59 AM Re: Good Night & Good Morning/High and Low of Day/
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One slight high...still very early days....but Dad had his first treatment today. And so far there has been no ill effects. Maybe there will in the future, but we'll deal with it when they come.
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#280732 - Tue Oct 18 2005 10:07 AM Re: Good Night & Good Morning/High and Low of Day/
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Not sure that my letter was diplomatic, I said that it was a nonsense to plan an emergency exercise to test the system but to notify everyone that it was to take place! That means that people make arrangements to be on call at that time and in real life that wouldn't be the situation. They did a simulated anthrax powder attack on our main government administration office last week and some people complained that they hadn't been forewarned.

Several days later there was an ammonia gas leak for real in town so what they learned during the exercise was put to good effect. No one was forewarned that THAT would happen.

My lowish... Have hard from the urologist and STILL haven't got a date, we could be talking late October or if not then, could be late November as one person necessary for the procedure is going to be away early November.
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