Dorian and I were on in racquetball this morning, winning all our games against Glenn and Steve. It was sweet. Work was demanding and busy. Afterward I came home and managed to put together another two hours worth of chores. Wow! To bed by ten after finding out Emily won't be coming this weekend. She has the flu so her weekend is postponed for the time being.
I spent the day revising Zombie Cookies and putting all my revisions into the computer. The novel is what it is, but I hope Elizabeth's able to help bring it to the next level. I like it. I stayed at Alice's for the night and left at 4 a.m. the next morning.
I had a come-to-Jesus moment with my boss today in which I basically set a boundary that stated I was not available for any of his anger in any way, shape or form. He may have a few slip-ups going forward, but today was a good turning point in straightening him out. He's lucky to have me and needs to treat me like gold 100% of the time. If he can't do that, I will move on so fast it'll make his head spin. I am so not available for bullshit from anyone.
Racquetball from 5-6:45, came home and had breakfast, changed, went to work until 3:30. There was some kind of threat on our floor, so we went home early, which was nice because I was able to pick up Alice at 5 and head to her aunt and uncle Vicki and Bill for dinner with Elaine. We went to a cute little French bistro on Union Street. I had lamb stew and it was tasty. We shared mussels, brussels sprouts, french onion soup...all delicious. After dinner, we went to see a dance performance choreographed by Marissa Wong. It was very good. I drove Alice to her house and ended up sleeping over, even though I was planning to drive back that night. I left early in the morning.
We woke up early and had breakfast downstairs, joining Dorian and Delma. We were on the road by 8:40 and drove up to Gilroy and hit the outlet stores. We were home by 5 p.m. I was totally wiped out after dinner. A long, fun, wonderful weekend down south with Alice!
Alice and I drove down to Buellton, CA, about 4.5 hours from the Bay Area, to attend Ron and Yolanda's wedding. We made the wedding right on time at 3 p.m. The reception was wonderful. We sat with Dorian and Delma and Glenn and Amy. I ate lots of good food and the wedding favors, small little plants, were so cute.
I do like working for someone who's really good friends with Sandra Day O'Connor. That's pretty cool. No racquetball today. Drove to Alice's in the evening and will head out to Buellton, CA, about four and a half hours away, tomorrow.
Very little time is spent on my own writing right now. The days blur together. Trump won four states tonight. The Republican party really should be ashamed of itself. He is unqualified and lacks temperament.
I spent the day with Alice, resting, watching Bill Maher and Downton Abbey, and FaceTimed a few people, including Brenda Arend and Emily. Emily went to school in Arizona for a semester, but things didn't work out for her and now she's back at home. She's visiting me and Alice in three weeks. I love spending time with her; she's such a great person. We've always had a special connection. I drove home after ten and immediately went to bed.
Very busy day, editing a chapter of Zombie Cookies, two loads of wash, haircut, five hours of work with the economists on Broadway, plus cleaning out the garage. It started raining very hard in the afternoon and it still going strong. El Nino is here.
Racquetball, a long day of work, then Star Pizza, salad, beer, wine and root beer at Richard and Lisa's for a few hours, catching up, talking politics, life, Downton Abbey, everything. Too much going on in life and not enough time to do all of it. To bed at 10:45.
I drove to Alice's this morning and we hung out all day with Austin. We had chicken wings for dinner. I drove Austin home at night and it was pouring outside. I went 50 mph max the entire way. It was so dark and wet. The road to Saint Mary's is dark. Made it home by 10 and went right to sleep. Another busy week awaits.
I have two ongoing projects that won't be wrapped up for another few weeks, so I spent all day downtown working on an economics report for a consultant. I worked from 9:30-6, then came home, tidied up, and called it a night. Tomorrow I'm off to Alice's for a few hours of R&R.
I woke up early to edit more pages of Zombie/Harmony, then went to work until 5:30, then put another two hours in at Varinsky, editing the PowerPoint charts I'd created earlier in the week, and prepared copies for the reports that are going out on Tuesday. While working, I listened to the lasted GOP debate on Fox.
What a disaster and embarrassment for that political party. It was a new low in national politics. The crowd was awful and the gutter-level discourse was so beneath the institution of the presidency. Trump's shtick had gotten old so that now he just sounds like a con-man and a bully. How that party can continue with Trump as the inevitable nominee is beyond me. He is the third most unqualified candidate ever to run for president. Fortunately for him, the first and second most unqualified GOP candidates are Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio. Instead of a win-win scenario, the GOP is offering a lose-lose-lose scenario, expressed so deplorably in tonight's debate. It was just horrible and ridiculous. I truly, truly hope Hillary Clinton wins in November by a major landslide. The big problem with the GOP is they are utterly incapable of re-inventing themselves. They are stuck in their own false narrative. The extremists of that party are so very dangerous. It's shocking to see history played out like this. Trump as the nominee...what a farce. He's nothing more than a grand narcissist and TV entertainer, but he's winning because he's on stage with a certified sociopath and certified empty suit.
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I went home at 9 and after talking with Alice went right to bed.
Racquetball in the a.m., then home at 7, breakfast, dress for work and out the door at 8:15. I've been giving Margaret a ride to work because she works right next to me. So convenient.
Work was busy and intense but once I know how to use the systems, I'll be fine. I came home and edited a chapter or two of Zombie/Harmony, then talked to Alice before calling it a night. I was exhausted.
I began my new full-time job today in Emeryville at Physicians' Advocates, a small law firm specializing in representing physicians and hospitals. The head attorney is Charles Bond, a very nice, seasoned pro who can someone with my skill set to manage his hours, edit his documents, and brainstorm ideas. Learning the various software programs he uses should take a few weeks. Along with Charles is Moe, Yolanda, Boz, Jane, Matthew, and Phillip. The offices are beautiful and have spectacular views overlooking the Bay Bridge and San Francisco. I have parking so that's nice. I'm looking forward to getting in the groove.
In the meantime, I'm working with Elizabeth Law on Zombie Cookies first, then La Stravaganza when's it's finished. We have our first Skype conference next Tuesday morning. I have to set aside la Strav for the time being and pick up Zombie/Harmony for the next two weeks. I haven't read the manuscript in a while, so it'll need some fine-tuning. The days are really busy right now.
Racquetball from 5-6:45, then a full day at Varinsky, wrapping up my latest report. Home to continue cleaning up from last night's party, then a few hours reading over Zombie Cookies in preparation for Elizabeth Law's editorial assistance. Went to bed at ten. Tomorrow, I'm back to full-time work, which means I won't be as productive as I once was, but will at least take care of all the upcoming expenses heading my way.
Spent all morning and afternoon preparing for the Oscars party, which started at 4. The regulars were in attendance and there was more food than was necessary. I was surprised Stallone lost Best Supporting Actor and I haven't seen Bridge of Spies yet so the win by Wolf Hall actor Mark Rylance didn't mean much to me. The other awards were expected except for Spotlight for Best Picture. It's a great film, but I thought The Revenant was the year's best.
Went to Farmer Joe's, Safeway and Costco this morning, then met up with Lisa and Margaret at Starbuck's to talk movies for a bit. Spent the rest of the morning and afternoon cleaning and preparing for tomorrow's Oscar party.
Another full day of work, first at Varinsky, then downtown at 1202 Broadway, formatting a complicated Word document. I'll continue this project later in the week. Staying at home this weekend in preparation for the Oscars party on Sunday. After the weekend, I begin a new job working for a renowned attorney who represents doctors and hospitals. Should be interesting.