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Monday mentions

February 19th, 2018 at 02:17 pm

I've been feeling so impatient waiting for the wheels to churn with my pull-back in work hours. I raised the subject with my manager late January, and they finally will be discussing candidates, and who to call in for interviews, no doubt, this Wednesday. I had hoped to begin abbreviated work hours sometime in February.

I suppose it's still possible if they meet on Wednesday, schedule interviews Thurs/Fri, and have someone start on Monday.

I've recalculated some numbers to make sure I could still safely work full-time into March without exceeding the $45,000 cutoff for healthcare exchange subsidies. I think I can.

There are things I want to help my dad with. He's been talking about getting one of those mattresses where you can adjust the height and he saw TV commercials for a certain store that seemed to have a lot of these. It's in New Haven, and I don't want him driving there alone.

My friend R. had his 2nd chemo treatment. I have not seen him lately, but he said probably 25% of his hair is falling out and he is feeling more fatigued. I feel so bad for him, and I started calling him more often, just to talk and be a support if I could, but he seemed to not want that. I don't think he wants any pity. He actually asked me why I called him last time when we had exchanged emails that morning. So I guess I need to back off a little.

I have not checked my portfolio balances since the market downturn, and I'm glad it's recovered somewhat since then.

We had a 4 or 5-inch snowfall on Saturday but it was in the 40s yesterday and much of it has melted. I took the occasion of warmer temps to do some winter pruning of a large azalea bush I have in the backyard.

The weekend, especially Sunday, was pretty nice. Dad and I went out to lunch at our new favorite haunt, Connecticut's oldest inn. I also squeezed in some more buys at BJs in advance of my membership expiring at the end of the month. I filled up the gas tank, shoveled the driveway Sunday morning, did my state taxes (I owed about $185, only because they eliminated the property tax deduction for residents under age 65!) and I caught up on the last episode of Victoria on PBS after the Winter Olympics displaced it.

In the past, the maximum deduction for property taxes (which here in CT includes your home and car, which is taxed) was $200.

There was part of the Victoria episode i really loved, where Victoria and Prince Albert take a trip to Scotland to get away from all their worries at home, and they accidentally get lost traveling the countryside on horseback, relishing their time alone, away from their guards/militia.

While the palace mounts a search party, Victoria and Albert stumble upon a small cottage at nightfall and ask to spend the night there. The old couple living there have no idea they are entertaining the Queen of England and her husband, but the queen and prince are delighted at the simple fish dinner and sitting by the fireside as Victoria learns how to darn socks.

Somehow, I could really relate to the whole experience of wanting to get away from life's responsibilities and to reacquaint myself with life's simpler pleasures.

The forecast is calling for warm temps in the 40, 50s and 60s this week and next, so I'll have great walking weather. I do a half-hour before work and another half-hour at lunchtime.

4 Responses to “Monday mentions”

  1. rob62521 Says:

    Imagine the queen darning. LOL

    Hope you get some good news on the work front.

  2. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    I keep hearing about Victoria - is it on PBS or available online? I'll have to check. I've pretty much watched everything royal related on Netflix. Smile

  3. PatientSaver Says:

    FT, it's on PBS, and possibly your state/local public TV station.

  4. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    It looks like it's on Sunday nights. Drat. I doubt I could get DH to watch it. It looks like PBS has some kind of streaming service for $5/month where I could watch all the seasons plus other shows. Hmm ...I'm going to check interlibrary loan first - even if it costs $2.50/loan (my library doesn't have it.)

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