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Sunday, July 24, 2016

the beginning of the end

Good morning.
It was a fairly busy week in the Salon. And after work Saturday, we headed over to Reno's for drinks and popcorn.
It's been a hot muggy week. Customers have come in saying we're getting a taste of Vegas. I respond by saying, except Vegas has low humidity.
We're also starting to get moving/retirement presents. This enormous bouquet was delivered Wed.

We've also gotten gift cards to restaurants and such.
With all the goodbyes, I'm realizing how many customers I have that I've been doing a very long time. I have dozens and dozens I've been doing for 20-30 years.
And I'm apparently causing stress and anxiety  because of my impending departure. I've been trying to reassure them that my recommendations for them will be fine.
I have my physical tomorrow, and yesterday got a copy of my blood test results. I was pleasantly surprised that my test results were the best they've been in years. And I haven't been exercising, or eating that good.
My bad cholesterol was the best it's ever been! Go figure. I'm beginning to think diet and eating is a lot more complicated than they lead us to believe. I've eaten more fat before these blood tests than I ever have before. Oh well.
Now time to get going. This weekend will be more packing and starting to empty out the freezer and pantry over the next few weeks.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

blast from the past.

Good morning.
Here's a little blast from the past. I was going through boxes I brought up from the storage room and found this ......

The annual report from the Junior Achievement company I was in.
My senior year in school, I was in Junior Achievement. I was actually voted in President of our little company.
Interesting I ran across this at this time. I was just about to begin my working career and now I'm just about ending it. Wow. Oh, and I'm in the front row middle. We actually returned the most money per share in the history of Muskegon's Junior Achievement.  We made and sold cookie sheets. I was second in sales only behind a guy whose mother sold Mary Kay. I think he had help.  :-)
Anyway, I went from president of that little company, to owner of a real business. Not bad.  :-)
Now time to get to work

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

a new dining experience

Good morning.
It's been a nice couple of days weather wise, and we've gotten in some nice walks.
I spent most of Sunday hauling boxes up from the storage locker. Monday was repacking and rearranging the living room to accommodate all the stuff.
For dinner Monday, we were treated by a friend who wanted to give us a going away dinner. He took us to Brody Hall on the campus of Michigan State University.

MSU has spent the last dozen years or so upgrading and remodeling the dorms and dining halls and Brody is one of the largest on campus. Brody mainly serves the 6 large dorms that surround the hall, but anyone can actually dine there.
They have a food court that rivals any you'd see in malls or large hotels. It's on the second floor of this building. Right up these stairs.
With over a dozen 'stations' for dining options and choices galore, there's truly something for everyone.

The best part is you pay when you go in. For lunch or dinner...$9.99. One price for anything and everything you want to eat. That is good and bad.   :-)
 Of course, I ate to much. Started with nacho's made to order, then pizza, then a big salad with too many toppings to mention followed by a tasty brownie. It was all very good, and a lot of the dishes are made to order, not cafeteria style. Funny we've lived in Lansing all these years and never thought to eat on campus.
Now time to go for now.

Sunday, July 17, 2016

weekend update

Good morning.
It was a fairly busy week in the Salon. But I did manage to get out early enough Friday and Saturday to get a couple of long walks in. The goodbyes have started in full now. I'm starting to do a lot of customers for the last time before we retire. A lot of other customers are booking a 'last' appointment the last week I'm here. Looks like my last week will be crazy busy.  :-/
This weekend, I'll bring up all the boxes we have in the storage locker in the laundry room. Need to go through and make sure we want all that stuff in Vegas, and make sure it's packed well enough for shipping. Monday I have blood drawn for my physical the following Monday, and Tuesday I have a 'house call' to do. A customer who has a herniated disc and can't drive.
We also went through and got rid of all our old VHS tapes. The movies we wanted to keep, I went online and downloaded them. I'll burn them to disks so we'll have them on DVDs.  There's only about 15 of them that we want, but they'll take up less space packing and I won't need the VHS player either.
So gonna be a busy weekend.
And with that, I'm off.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Craig survived

Good morning.
Well, Craig survived his latest Colonoscopy..

All went well. They found just one tiny benign polyp, so the doctor said he could wait 7 years for the next one.  Craig was a happy camper. Then we went to Cheddar's where he had a cheeseburger and fries.
Now, I'm off to work for another busy week. Working late every day.
Retirement isn't coming fast enough.   :-)