I had to work today on my normal day off (a co-worker asked if she could take today off and switch with me and I agreed) and it was a looooong day with an hour and a half drive home. Then I found a big yellow puddle in the middle of my bedroom carpet, which is very light tan. It really shows the yellow. :( Not Katie's fault. I left at 7:45 a.m. and got home at 6:00 p.m., longer than her usual day being cooped up in the house. She went out in the morning at the usual time, and I'm home two hours later than usual. That's a long day for her, too.
When I agreed to take this job almost 3 years ago, it was with the provision that I could set my own hours, and I chose 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. because of the terrible San Diego traffic. Those hours help my commute immensely. I pretty much get to drive the speed limit all the way to and from work.
However... when I work in place of this other employee, I have to work her hours, and I get off at either 4:30 or 5:00, depending on the day. Driving home on a Friday, leaving at 4:30, increased my commute by one hour. And I took some detours and made u-turns to speed things up.
I decided when I got home and saw the puddle, and took Katie outside and she still had to go more, that I'm not doing this anymore. From now on, I'm taking Katie to work with me if I have to work anyone else's days or hours. Otherwise, it just doesn't work for me. Or for Katie. I'm sure it will be okay with my boss, but I just hate to ask for favors, you know? But since I'm doing a favor, I'm going to ask for one in return. I'll let you know how that works out next time.
So... now that I have that off my chest... : ) ...
Other than the above, this is going to be a short post. Because, I'm tired (see above) and going to climb into bed and watch TV until I fall asleep.
I wanted to tell you, in case you don't already know, about www.ch131.com.
Now that the new shows are out and THANK GOODNESS there's something to watch on TV again, especially for us frugal folk that only have Basic Cable, I'm really enjoying my old shows and some new shows. Unfortunately, sometimes I'm too tired to stay up to watch them, or there are two on at the same time.
I know, I know. Can you say TiVo? Or DVR?
But, being one of the frugal folk, I don't want to pay for them. I did call my cable company yesterday to ask about the DVR, and it costs almost $20 per month. Just to tape shows???? I have a DVD Player/Video Cassette Recorder. I have cassette tapes. Then I thought, TiVo? What would that cost? I did some Internet searches, but couldn't quickly find the cost of TiVo, but the TiVo machine looked pretty expensive.
So, those two are out. But ch131.com is in!
If you haven't heard of ch131.com, it's an Internet site where someone in the mid-west or on the east coast films TV shows without the commercials, and puts them up on this site. So, I can watch them an hour sooner than they are showing here on the west coast, which gets me to bed an hour earlier, and also, I can watch them any time after they are up on the site, so if I want to catch up a week later, I can.
I just caught up on the shows I've missed this week (the ones in the purple color). I don't think it's as good as a DVR or TiVo, but maybe it is. I don't have to set anything, just go to the site and pick what I want. Of course it doesn't have everything that's on TV, but enough for me.
By the way, when you click on a show you want to watch, a screen comes up with a box in the middle with an ad on it. Wait for a minute, and another box will appear at the bottom that says: "Close to Play." THAT'S WHAT YOU CLICK ON TO SEE THE SHOW.
So, that's my tip for the day.
I just let Katie out for her final final, and when I stood up I could smell the most wonderful smell. I said to myself, "Boy, someone is cooking something good!" That's when I remembered the chicken I put in the big pot of water when I got home from work. Thank God I put it on LOW! The remains of a roasted chicken I got at Costco - they are so good. To make soup tonight that I can eat over the weekend. I have all the veggies and chicken pieces all cut up on a plate next to the soup pot, ready to throw in once I drain the broth out.
Well. I sure do have some potent soup broth. To throw the other ingredients into. Tomorrow.
From me and Katie, have a good night, everyone! : )