Archive for January, 2012

Chronicles, chronicles

Last night I finished The Small House at Allington, the fifth novel in Anthony Trollope’s Barsetshire Chronicles. When I finish the final novel, I will feel that I have accomplished something–I think. You can blame the Amazon Kindle for getting me into the Trollope reading project. Kindle offers the classics for free, or for next to nothing. Nine books for $0.99? Who can resist that? But sometimes problems present themselves. I love John Galsworthy’s The Forsyte Saga and have read and reread it over time. But I never read the last 3 novels, collectively known as The End of the Chapter. Imagine my horror when I realized that I would have to scroll through the first six novels in order to get to the three I wanted to read. If there is a way to avoid that, I haven’t found it. I suppose the next time I feel like reading the Forsyte Saga–next year, maybe?– I’ll finally get to The End of the Chapter.

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Guitar Practice

After almost two weeks of not being able to play, I got in three days of practice this past week and had a fairly disastrous lesson on Friday. Thank God Rick is a patient man! The reason I wasn’t practicing is because I had what is called “trigger finger,” an inflamed tendon in the little finger of my left hand. The swollen tendon won’t pass smoothly through the sheath to allow the finger to bend and straighten. After struggling with it for a few weeks I went to the orthopedist and got a cortizone shot to reduce the inflammation, but it took a full two weeks for the triggering to stop. Until then, I couldn’t stretch my left little finger to fret the notes on the guitar because it irritated the tendon.

However! That seems to be over now, and I’m starting a new set of arpeggios for daily practice. I also am using Carulli’s “Waltz” as a warm-up piece. The new piece I am learning is an exercise based on a theme by Vivaldi that is very pretty if played correctly. Unfortunately, it’s really hard for me because I have small hands and the stretch to finger some of the chords is really difficult. Nevertheless, I will soldier on with it because I like the music. I hope that by next week it doesn’t sound as much like the dog’s dinner as it did at my last lesson. We’ll see.

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First step completed

I went to HR today and got the retirement process started. I then sent my retirement letter to my chair and the HR director.  Next stop, Social Security office.

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The downhill slide

Monday, January 23, 2012 is the official beginning of my last semester of employment at SUNY Oswego. This week I’ll go to HR to initiate the paperwork for my retirement, and after that I’ll visit the Social Security office and get the process going there. It’s a great but scary feeling to be leaving regular employment behind, but I think I can handle it. Question is, can I handle this semester when I keep wanting to holler “school’s out!” and go home?

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Have I answered your question?

I’m having problems with PayPal today. I bought a small carved jade fish on ebay, and when I went to pay for it, PayPal said my account wasn’t accessible. After going through three agents at PayPal the very nice woman asked: “What was the price of the item?” “Twelve dollars with shipping,” I replied. “Twelve dollars?”  She repeated incredulously. I confirmed it. She was clearly taken aback. She allowed as how she couldn’t find any reason why PayPal was not responding appropriately and suggested that I either contact the seller and ask for an invoice or shut down my browser and try again using a different browser. I didn’t understand that last suggestion at all, so I contacted the seller and asked for an invoice. Stay tuned for Act Two.

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Snow

Okay, it’s here. But how much? 1-3 inches? 3-6 inches? 6+ inches? Blowing and drifting? Weather advisory until 7pm. Do I drive? Tennis lesson at noon at Drumlins. Do I cancel early or wait? I hate snow, but I hate the uncertainty much more!

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I need a personal assistant!

Okay, so maybe I’m not the most disorganized person in the world, but I am in the top 10. I am a ditherer and a putter-offer. I never do today what can be left until tomorrow. When I try to be efficient, I fail even more miserably than usual. Maybe I should run for Congress.

I could use a personal assistant if I could only afford one. There is a critter called a life management specialist, but my therapist says that’s just a word for a therapist/counsellor without the license to be eligible for third party payments. That being the case, I’ll stick with my therapist. But if I could get my insurance to pay for a personal assistant, that would be grand. On a positive note, I actually got on the phone and made four appointments today (2 for the dogs and 2 for me) and rescheduled another. I’m really pretty proud of myself for that. Question is: What will I accomplish tomorrow?

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