Monday April 24, 2006

Weekly Wrap-up 2006_16

The weather was occasionally grey, often cloudy, even occasionally spritzy, but it did not rain this week. That makes this the first week with no rain since the beginning of March.

Monday was Tax Day this year; apparently the IRS decided that Saturday is not a good day for people to need to mail things, so everyone got two extra days. Rich and I both got our taxes filed in March this year (phew!) so April 15 passed without stress.

I was scheduled for Jury Obligation on Tuesday but I lucked out and was excused by recording ("Your presence is not required") the night before. This was my 4th call in 5 or 6 years. They could move on and put another set of names in the hat. Pick someone else next year. They really don't want me on a jury. Honest.

I attended a talk by June Timberlake, a family counselor and "energy psychologist" about how your thoughts, positive and negative, affect your life (and, in this case, your job search). This was a free talk at the weekly PenPro meeting. PenPro is a Career Development Network for (SF) Peninsula Professionals. PenPro holds a regular meeting with a speaker three times a month plus a "networking party" on the first Tuesday of the month.

Rich channeled Harry Homeowner in Electrician Mode this week and installed a ringer mute switch on my office telephone. I screen all calls using Caller ID. If I don't know who is calling, or if the call is for Rich and he's not home, I just let it go to voice mail. In the meantime, it's nice to stop the persistent ringing.

Harry also reworked the side table in my office, putting on a slightly larger top so I can slide in a "drawer" (actually a nice wooden tray I found at Target). The cats like it too. [Photos]

I got a call from a recruiter for a Web content job in Emeryville (across the Bay, possibly BART-able). The pay isn't very good — $5 per hour less than my minimum desirable — but maybe I could work some from home to offset that. In any case, it was worth having the recruiter submit my qualifications to the client. After all, why cry before the milk is even out of the fridge?

In similar news, Rich filled out lots of paperwork to start his new contract...

I have ordered some OXO Good Grips ice scrapers. Our cars don't ice up here but our chest freezer does and it's difficult to defrost.

On Sunday we drove down and attended the O'Reilly Maker Faire. Not sure if it was worth the $12 (each) admission but it was kinda fun nonetheless.

Have you tried new Kellogg's All Bran Yogurt Bites? They're crunchy wheat bran flakes with Yogurt Coated Clusters.

"Clusters of what?" asked Rich. Apparently, toasted oat clusters, says the (very) fine print. Tasty and nutritious. Give them a try.

This week I read The Cold Hard Fax and The Fax of Life, two Molly Masters mysteries in the series by Leslie O'Kane; Another Word for Murder, a crossword puzzle mystery by Nero Blanc; and Death Prone, a Thames Valley Mystery by Clare Curzon.

In between and around the rest, I've had almost enough naps and plenty of snuggles with the cats. There have been good meals and interesting conversations with Spouse and friends. I've exchanged email with my Mom and my sister; my sister is considering starting up her weblog again.. Stop by and read it. Leave her a comment.

Onward and Upward.

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