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Marilee J. Layman

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09:00 pm: 79F Yesterday, 54F today!

We're supposed to go back to the 70s in a few days, but it will be cold for a while. I thought it would be 66 today and put on winter clothes, but when I saw a neighbor in her heavy jacket, I put on a coat to go out, too.

Last night I got Loki's previous litterbox cleaned out. He was the first one to see the new one, and as usual, he was surprised and then advanced carefully. He did use it. I think that Junie first used it during the night. She kept waking me up until 7am and had a half-dozen fights with Loki on the bed. She probably thought one of us was making her share a litterbox, when it was me, of course. When I scooped today, everything was very well clumped, so I think this will work well. The grocery didn't have the litter I wanted so I won't be able to do Spirit's litterbox for a while. (I left a note for the store manager and hope he calls me back tomorrow.) I looked for other places locally that carry it, and also found that there's a multi-cat version. No coordination between those, I'd have to call or go to find out.

I also watched TV then read the paper last night. I got to bed to read at 2am and turned the light off to sleep at 4am. The alarm was set for noon, but when Junie kept me awake until 7am, I slept until 2pm. I started my errands with lunch at Wendy's -- they have TV ads where you get half-size salads and one of the dollar items and that looked good. I had the BLT salad and the small chili, which I liked. I'm still full and figured I'm okay for eating, but I looked up their nutrition and I got 390 calories and 21gr of protein. I have to eat again today.

I went on to take the cardboard to the transfer station, to get a battery for a clock from Radio Shack, to get money from the ATM, and to the grocery to get Junie's meds and primarily soft bread/breadish things to go with the soft high-protein things I got Friday.

I got the mail and brought everything in, putting the sliced roast beef in the fridge, and took the van back to the guys who work on it. It's time for the state inspection, plus my left signal doesn't cancel (I've been doing it by hand, but it turns out it's a requirement of the law to have that work), and in the last month or so, I have twice had the van try to start and then stop. I had to give it gas and then it was fine. One of the guys up there brought me back and they'll work on it tomorrow.

The WashPost had a thorough painful article on military traumatic brain injury and how the soldiers came home different people. If you click on the second part of the black part -- graphics -- the orange part to your right is the temporal lobe. That's where I had both of my big strokes. All of the graphics are interesting to see how the brain is damaged.

This sounds funny, but I know it's important: The Post Office will be making people who mail a flat piece of mail, bigger than 10 inches, that droops too much, pay more to use bulk. It has to be hand-sorted which costs more to do.

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From:dragonet2
Date:October 5th, 2010 01:08 am (UTC)

And when I shipped a piece

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of Art to a friend, they measured it twice. Once to make sure it was within the minimum inches for their calculations for the three-day rate i sent it to (Dr. paisley makes boxes for a living, he made sure he made the minimum safe box for the framed artwork, including padding, to be sure we could get the better rate). Then they have a specific bin for specific size parcels in their system now. I asked because he measured twice, the first is a total dimension, the second for a different calculation...

He said I was very patient. i told him I'm a fellow federal employee and know about specific work rules. No need to be rude or impatient. (besides, it delayed getting to the vet and getting Badb Catha's ashes...)
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From:mjlayman
Date:October 5th, 2010 01:44 am (UTC)

Re: And when I shipped a piece

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Does he have pictures online of the boxes? I'm so sorry about Badb Catha. I have ashes from all of my dead kitties and I had lampwork beads made with a bit of ash from each cat.
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From:dragonet2
Date:October 5th, 2010 10:27 pm (UTC)

Re: And when I shipped a piece

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He can make boxes custom... sized to fit whatever.
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From:mjlayman
Date:October 5th, 2010 11:14 pm (UTC)

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I should have separated those sentences! I make jewelry with the lampwork. I have lots of boxes, though, and I was curious what his looked like.
From:(Anonymous)
Date:October 5th, 2010 01:35 am (UTC)
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That's quite a temperature range. We're in the mid-70s now after hitting over 100 degrees a week ago. I'll take 70's any day.
Doris
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From:mjlayman
Date:October 5th, 2010 11:15 pm (UTC)
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Weather has been very odd this year.
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From:evilrooster
Date:October 5th, 2010 05:36 am (UTC)
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I know that this is trying to map to a specific machine's operating characteristics, but it's going to be challenging to be both (a) accurate to what the machine needs and (b) predictable enough for customers.

For instance, paper's stiffness varies quite markedly in different amounts of humidity. The same item may pass on a dry day and fail on a damp one.

Software tester turned bookbinder...rarely do I use both skills at once, even in a comment thread.
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From:mjlayman
Date:October 5th, 2010 08:51 pm (UTC)
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LOL The article said the problems will mostly be for catalogs and local newspapers; I don't care very much if I don't get those. Someone from a mailing association said the Post Office had given in to some requests in that rule, so apparently it was stricter to start with.
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