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Spring is literally taking a Spring Break

Tonight's weather makes me wish I could have gone to Texas for Furry Fiesta this year. Right now, the wind is picking up and I'll wake up to at least an inch of snow Friday.

Southside Johnny's restaurant is closing this weekend. I'll be there Friday night to hear The Psychedelegates play. One of the singles groups I'm in is going there Saturday night, but I already RSVP'd for another meetup that night.

Robit? ROBIT!

There was a technical screw-up during a show on Sunday. For some reason, the automation system skipped over the first segment of The Thomas Jefferson Hour, going to the first PSA break. I quickly loaded the first show segment into another area of the playlist and played it from there, then reset the playlist to start with segment #2 afterward.

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Prepping for next vacation

I'm getting a larger-than-usual tax refund in a few weeks. This year, I'm able to write off more of my medical expenses.

Saturday marks 40 days until my singles cruise reunion in Washington, DC. I got a hotel room by myself, but I'll offer to share the room/cost with someone (either specific dates or the whole weekend) since the rooms have two double beds. For the KRCC membership drive in two weeks, I need to sign up for 5-6 phone shifts to make up for the work days I'll miss next month.

Cool cash and cooler fridge

I bought a thermometer for my refrigerator tonight. Years ago, I had turned up the fridge's temperature beause all the liquid items I put in it kept turning to ice. More recently, I suspected it was too warm when my container of coffee creamer started to spoil a month before its expiration date. The current fridge temp is just inside the safe zone at 39 degrees, but I'm making it cooler just to be safe.

Another insurance refund check came in the mail over the weekend!

Emotional Even Steven

I was on an emotional roller coaster Sunday. Since I now begin my Sunday shift at 6 AM instead of 5 AM, I planned to get an extra hour of sleep Saturday night. Of course, that was nullified due to Daylight Saving Time taking away an hour. I was yawning all morning despite having a few sodas and cups of coffee.

"Asked a girl what she wanted to be
She said baby, can't you see
I want to be famous, a star on the screen
But you can do something in between [my legs.]"


I usually don't do this on weekends, but I took a member's pledge during my shift. The station's new automation setup meant I didn't have to worry about being away from the studio when I needed to play/announce something. Also, taking the pledge actually gave me something to do instead of just sitting in the studio (and yawning.) My mood was dampened by a caller complaining about "Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me" airing at 9 AM Sunday instead of the last hour of "Weekend Edition." I felt better about 10 minutes later when "the weather lady" called. She's an elderly woman who often calls the station in the morning and asks about the weather forecast.

Yay, toast and golden balls

I did my first KRCC shift with the new weekend schedule earlier today. My Saturday shift has the same shows as before, with some of the new/moved shows airing during the next announcer's shift. My Sunday shift starts the same way with Weekend Edition, then Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me, A Prairie Home Companion, the Thomas Jefferson Hour and the TED Radio Hour. I play Weekend Edition live off the satellite, while the other shows are now fully automated on the station's ENCO computer system. Most of the air breaks are now filled with prerecorded announcements, meaning I don't talk on-air as much. (That could be good or bad, depending on the listener.) The weekend semi-automation more closely resembles my Part 15 home "station" which I run Tuesday through Friday using both podcasts and live shows. I had to insert a few underwriting spots that were on the printed log but not on the computer playlist. Also, the automation system forgot to switch to the top-of-the-hour news feed one time. Other than that, and the engineer scaring the shit out of me when I first arrived, my shift went well.

One of the shows I aired today mentioned a cheese called Gjetost, which the hosts pronounced as "Yay, toast!" Another show mentioned a game show on ITV called "Golden Balls."

The station's membership drive starts in 2-1/2 weeks. I'm hoping the reduction in music shows doesn't severely affect the amount the station raises this time.

One paycheck (or two?) next week

I should receive my end-of-February paycheck next Wednesday. I tried to submit the hours for my mid-March paycheck on Monday, but I forgot my password for the payroll site. I got the password reset today and submitted my hours (hopefully) on time this time.

I had lunch today at the Arabian Nights restaurant on the north end of town. I had the shawarma beef lunch.

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Struck out

My bowling scores this weekend were... non-existent. I was unable to view the official Facebook post about the furry bowling meet this time because it was set to private, and I wasn't given access to it for some reason. A post by someone else on the Colorado Furs FurAffinity page invited people to RSVP for the event, but it didn't mention the participants needed to pay in advance. (Everyone paid at the bowling alley during previous meets.) When I went to enter my name on the scoreboard, another fur mentioned the advance payment. I had a burger and a "Whiskey Orchard" drink, then just stuck around until around 12:20 AM.

Earlier on Sunday, I made a chocolate martini with coconut vodka, creme de cacao and coffee creamer.

Good and bad work changes

This is the last weekend before KRCC switches to its new schedule on Monday. The station is switching to only having music from 7 PM-midnight, with news/NPR programming the rest of the day. When the station last changed its schedule, I got plenty of both good and bad calls about the changes. The latest change will eliminate some of the less-liked shows. "A Prairie Home Companion" will return on weekends, having been dropped after Garrison Keillor retired. Still, the elimination of the late-morning/early-afternoon music shows has already garnered lots of complaints. As much as I hate the reduced music content, I know KRCC has to do what it can to compete with the new Colorado Public Radio affiliate starting up in April.

I'll be doing some more furry bowling on Saturday night. My fursuit's maker is hosting the meet, so I'll ask if she can make adjustments to the suit body next week.

I forgot to pick up my medication refills today. I'll need to do that on Monday.

I've got plenty of nothing

My end-of-February paycheck wasn't deposited for some reason. I've called the payroll office and left a message for them. The radio station didn't mention anything about a delay, so I will likely be nearly broke until March 15. I'll bring my change jar to the credit union tomorrow to put a bit more into my account. I'm disappointed because I have a couple of bills due before the 15th.

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Getting back on track

After forgetting to do this for a few months, I've resumed keeping a food log. Instead of counting calories, my goal is to keep better track of everything I eat and drink, including zero-calorie things like water and diet soda. I previously left off the water/soda to save space. Now I'm making sure I drink enough water during the day.

I actually felt completely clean after my shower today. I took the time to make sure I thoroughly washed myself instead of rushing through the process as I often do.

I went through the rest of my old mail and found the remaining tax documents I need.

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Heading east again

This year's Spring membership drive at KRCC will be in early-April instead of late-April (actually starting on March 30th.) This means I will be able to attend the singles cruise reunion in Washington, DC at the end of April. I reserved a hotel room and booked the flights, using my frequent flyer miles to save money on the flights. I missed the deadline to get a spot on the group's White House tour, but there are other sites I'll be able to visit. I haven't been to DC since I was a teenager.

Unburied treasure

PAY for Sunday, February 19th: 10 hours (5 AM-3 PM)

I'm glad I went through the mail that's been piling up over the past couple of weeks. I found a couple of refund checks from my health insurance company. I'll deposit the checks later today.

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Perfectly-sized weekend

Things I need to do this week: Get a haircut, get my car's oil changed and tires rotated, and go through the weekend's mail.

It turns out the plastic tote my fursuit was put in is the perfect size. It's big enough to hold all the fursuit parts, yet small and light enough to carry and fit in my car. For some reason, it just seemed bulkier at first sight.

I went to Tony's Downtown Bar yesterday for a Happy Hour meetup. There was a good-sized group this time: around 65 people. I ordered a Frito chili pie and a mini pitcher of Pabst. Steelwoulfe's game night ended earlier than usual since fewer people showed up this week.

One step closer to RMFC

I reserved my hotel room for this year's RMFC yesterday. Only 172 days away!

I had a few nice nights out over the past week. Last Friday, I went to Benny's Lounge to hear the Psychedelegates play. I read a good review about the lounge's food, so I had an order of their bacon jalapeño poppers. On Sunday, I had dinner with the international cuisine group at La Bella Vita Italian restaurant. I ordered a Primavera salad and lasagna. After work tonight, I'll join the Happy Hour group at a downtown bar.

Kindly pass the Sauerbraten, Herman

I had a great lunch today with the ethnic dining group at the Edelweiss restaurant. I ordered the Sauerbraten (which reminded me of the "Hungarian Goulash" song) and a glass of König Ludwig Weissbier. The group will meet at an Italian restaurant for dinner next Sunday. I'm not completely sure I can make it then, but I hope to.

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Super FoxTrot Saturday

PAY for Sunday, February 5th: 10 hours (5 AM-3 PM)

I decided to bring my kigurumi instead of my fursuit to FoxTrot last night. I currently don't have a container that's both large enough to store the fursuit and small enough to fit in my car. I plan to buy a container in a week or two so I can bring my suit from now on.

The meet's new bar, the Denver Wrangler, is in the building where Howl-O-Ween had been held for a few years (formerly the ExDo Annex and the Eden nightclub.) I ate dinner at home before driving to the meet, but the Wrangler does have food service including pizza, burgers and nachos. During the meet, an RMFC staff member let me know the director's chair I forgot to pick up last year would be shipped later this week.

Ready for a warmer weekend

Colorado Springs got more snow today. I had to go to a Toastmasters training tonight, but luckily the roads weren't slick. After the training, I used the Visa gift cards from Christmas to get gas for my car and (with a coupon) dinner/Friday lunch at Burger King.

I'll see if I have a smaller container to store my fursuit. The maker had put it in a giant container which isn't really portable. I still need to have the suit's crotch lowered a bit, but I can't seem to coordinate a repair time with the maker. Since it's still jacket weather, I can just wear the "partial" parts of the suit with my clothes and jacket at FoxTrot. Saturday's weather will be back in the 50s and low-60s.

Getting better at budgeting

PAY for Sunday, January 29th: 10 hours (5 AM-3 PM)

I did a much better job of budgeting my latest paycheck. Since my credit card payment isn't due until the 17th, I will only pay about two-thirds of it this week in order to buy a tank of gas and have more than enough left over for FoxTrot. My life insurance and PayPal Credit payments will also be withdrawn this week, and I'll still have a decent balance left in my accounts. I need to get my car an oil change and get myself a haircut before the weekend.

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Fun on a budget

My co-workers' band, The Psychedelegates, played at Jack Quinn's Pub last night. I only had $40 in my wallet, so I spent $29 on one martini and three local beers. I ate dinner at home beforehand, both to save money and soak up the booze.

The organizers of the FoxTrot meet were able to find a new club for next weekend. The group will be at the Denver Wrangler bar, which also has food service. My next paycheck will be deposited on Tuesday, so I won't have to worry about skimping.

I'm glad I didn't get the large!

PAY for Sunday, January 22nd: 10 hours (5 AM-3 PM)

I had dinner with the local Happy Hour group Friday at Jose Muldoon's on the east end of town. I've been to the downtown location with the group a few times, but the east location is less than a mile from my home. I got a dinner plate piled high with nachos (and this was a HALF-order!) I wanted to get the restaurant's Horni Blue margarita, but they were out of blue Curacao. Instead, I had a couple of Black and Gold margaritas.

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Another year older

"We need to take a break. Mr. Jefferson has a hot shit in the chamber."

My voice sounded much better on Sunday. My throat still has a tiny bit of congestion left over from my latest cold, but my nose and head are otherwise clear. For Friday's dinner, my dad made a birthday cake which came with Krispy Kreme doughnut glaze as frosting. I bought two slices of German chocolate cake at Safeway yesterday and had one last night for my actual birthday.

Rolling along

I did much better at furry bowling last night. My first game was mostly open frames, but the second and third games were much better. My scores were 88, 138 and 128. The listed host for the meet didn't show, but another furry got everyone set up.

My voice is a little rough this morning due to the last little bit of congestion in my throat and only getting about three hours of sleep after the bowling meet. I have some cough drops and green tea handy. The congestion will hopefully go away tonight since it's no longer getting worse while I sleep.

Fresher weekend

I was running low on groceries this weekend. On Friday, I made four sandwiches to take to work: two bacon, turkey & Swiss and two salami. After work on Saturday, I used some online coupons to buy some sodas and a few frozen and non-frozen meals at Safeway. I need to make sandwiches more often. I didn't feel as sluggish as I sometimes do when I have two or three pre-packaged meals during my work shift.

The head congestion part of my cold is gone. I still have a bit of congestion in my throat which is a pain. I'm making sure to keep hydrated to help get rid of it.

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Cold's still clinging on

My cold seems to clear up during the day, then get worse when I sleep. I put on more clothes to sleep and an extra comforter on the bed, and have also been taking Vitamin C and DayQuil. I still have a bag of throat lozenges in my briefcase in case I need them at work this weekend. I need to get more Kleenex tomorrow since I'm down to my last box tonight.

At dinner, my dad told me he had rented the movie "Sausage Party," not knowing it was rated R and had plenty of cursing.

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