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1/29/15
My job and I have decided to part ways.

Time to find the interview clothes - after I get back from vacation.

1/25/15
Massive blizzard heading up the East Coast? Why yes, I would be *delighted* to watch it on CNN.

1/21/15
Gigantic sinus headache decided to attack me on my "weekend" off. I did nothing but sleep and pop painkillers, and slather myself in essential oil-based scrubs and masques. Come to think of it, that's not a bad way to spend a weekend.

Dad asked me to bring down two things he can't get in CR: Keurig coffee pods and Tic-Tacs. I'm hoping I don't get stopped by Customs, trying to explain my carry-on.

1/19/15
As you well know, I am not the biggest football fan. But - Seahawks! I have been cheering for the Seahawks because Pete and Corrie are, of course, Seattle fans. So it is with great joy that they are going to the Super Bowl (which is here in Phoenix!) again. We had the playoff game on at work and it was actually one of the most thrilling games of the season (so I am told).

Two weeks til I'm in Costa Rica with Dad. I'm really looking forward to the trip and to seeing him. I have so little interest in the country itself, but I do miss Dad.

Work has been super busy and challenging, to the point of frustration most days. But I am "waiting and seeing," as they say, to see if/how things change.

Cats are well - well, DH woke me up this morning at 6am with some massively stinky poop action. The kind that involved scrubbing the tile floor in the bathroom with bleach at 6.15am. I need to get my outside hose hooked up, so I can scrub the litterboxes. I wound up buying a bigger box with high sides, to take the place of the two boxes that I had together in the bathroom, perhaps the higher sides will prevent "leakage" in the future.

1/12/15
Starting off my "weekend" in the usual way, by sleeping all day. I was up til about 4am, and as soon as I managed to fall asleep, the phone rang. And then I went back to sleep.

Tonight, I went to get some ice cream from the freezer and noticed that there were little icicles on everything, and my ice cream was melted. The stuff on the bottom shelf was fine, but the top shelf was all melted. So - after rescuing the vodka in case it goes bad - I threw out everything from the top shelf and emptied out the rest, and then wiped it down in case I accidently blocked something that's needed for making things cold, and I'll re-assess tomorrow.

I think the most likely cause is "expired warranty," since the fridge is about three years old now.

1/8/15
Happy birthday - and more importantly, happy retirement! - to my mom. Mark my words, you'll be bored in a week.

And happy "four years in AZ" to me.

1/7/15
Back up to 77 degrees where it belongs. I took DH to the vet to get his booster shots and pick up some kitty antibiotics for his sneeze.

Signed up for Traffic Survival School for the end of January. Arizona police just don't appreciate fine NJ driving skills. I hope to have no traffic drama at all in Costa Rica. I booked the rental car (surprisingly affordable - it was $8/day for a manual transmission, so I splurged at $14/day for the automatic) and added the extra collision insurance, tho if I can handle the crazy dirt roads in AZ, I'm sure I can handle the roads in Costa Rica. I did some guidebook reading last night - the Rawlings baseball company makes all of the MLB baseballs down at a factory/sweatshop in CR, but there are no tours. Probably because of the word "sweatshop."

1/5/15
Ahh, after two weeks of "cold," it's back up near 70. I had the heat on for the past two weeks, but today I turned it off and opened some windows again.

Been using my essential oil diffuser to pump relaxing scents into the bedroom. I also made some salt scrubs (which I am testing out on unsuspecting coworkers) and toner water sprays. I just love the yummy smelling, relaxing goodies.

Mom's retiring this week! Counting down the days til she gets bored. When I moved here, I went a month without working before I was bored (and well, getting broke). With the stress level at my job approaching an all time high, I wouldn't mind a month off about now. With pay, of course. I'm going on vacation to see Dad in Costa Rica in just about four weeks. I'm really looking forward to it. I still need to do the car rental, and page through my guidebook to see what I want to do (other than veg out at the beach with Dad).

1/1/15
It snowed in a great deal of Arizona last night. But not in Verrado, and that makes this year pretty great so far.

-catherine

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