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I believe the animals miss him.
That is the only reason I can come up with for their actions. Waking me at odd hours, burrowing under the covers on the bed to search for my hands to pet them (that's really NEW), following me around and mewling.

Honestly, creatures, the human in this house needs sleep.
But evidently only according to schedule of the animals.

Things are good. The housekeeper comes today, the laundry is done, the paperwork is in order, the sorting goes as slowly as I can manage and one big project is out the door and invoiced.
Sure, I'm tired. And definitely ready for the Bearded Guy to come home next week. But it's not been so bad that I've fallen apart.
Not yet.
Ha!

I'm quite ready for spring to arrive, however. This rain is definitely better than more snow, but it's still breezy, still dreary. Yeah, a little sunshine would be a good thing.

And it's possible that I have missed what sunshine may have been here - with the way the animals are acting, I've been on a weird schedule again and sleeping during the day - did I miss the sun?

Goodmorneve, Giggleplus!
Do you ever wish to hibernate? How close can you get to that?
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Greetings, 3 a.m., yet again we meet.
If the sleep interruptions continue, I will be forced to seek assistance from another source.
At least this time, it wasn't the animals. This time, it seems, it was my own body fussing at me.

Preparations continue for a longer upcoming trip for me. They also continue for welcoming home the Bearded Guy, whose longer-term Berlin Adventure ends in a little more than a week.
At that point, he'll come home and we'll debrief and reset.

I did not expect this trip to be so difficult for both of us. Though I did indeed understand some of the issues, I was neither aware of, nor prepared for, some of the more annoying things that came up.

All that said - it's been good. For both of us. And he will return soon.

Goodmorneve, Giggleplus!
I did not expect to see 3 a.m. again - but here it is.
What other tips do you have for staying asleep once in the bed?
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Oh, I do wish that dropping to sleep was so easy, +Deyana Deco  - there are days when I feel like that will work - then 20 minutes to 3 hours later, I am up again. It's like a nap time. Meh.
I managed some sleep and got up way too late today. Thankfully, nothing was begging  for my attention!

I did try to get up and do some stuff, +April Brown  - but my body simply would not give in. Almost everything except jumping jacks. ahahahahha!

Then back to the "prepare for sleep" mode.... Ah, well. Maybe tonight! 
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Way too early for a Sunday morning.
Played with some of the top coats over the ModelsOwnIt blue gel-type.

The Canon camera battery would recharge faster if I had plugged in the charger instead of just plugging in the battery to the charger. Silly person.

Been to a birthday party for the child of dear friends, started laundry, done dishes, remembered to shower and eat. But that's about all I've managed since coming home from London last week.
That trip, a slight cold and trying to be outdoors since getting back really kicked me.

I can not keep up with my own desires - barely keeping up with my own needs.

I did unpack the suitcase - but I have not yet put it away.
There's a computer bag that wants unpacking. I got out the important stuff and left the rest inside.

This is rather sad, actually.
I shouldn't be confined to the couch from pain. But I am.
Paid work projects are getting done... in bits and pieces.
Honestly right now, it's more about keeping warm enough and trying to get sleep.

Goodmorneve, Giggleplus!
With a hip that is being annoying, walking is a little hard.
What movements are you stuck on? What exercises do you do to make those muscles work?

I'm thinking maybe a pool....
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Even the bathtub can make some of the pain a bit better, +Pieter Kuiper  - guess it's time to look for the pools in my area.

Some days are quite easy, +April Brown  - but then I'll go and do 3 or 4 in a row of being out and active for most of the day and after that.... Need 3 or 4 to just rest.

Meh, I am not liking this aging stuff!
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No stress today, please.
Paid work to be done. Empty, cleaned nails to polish - must do that, meeting other nail girls on Saturday! Trash to take out. Phone calls to be made. Must pack tonight, the train tomorrow is well before noon - because I'm delivering one more of the Bearded Guy's prints at noon.
And for tonight, I am seriously considering a bubble bath.
It's on the list - but the list is actually rather long and I got up late.

Last night, a cat decided to burrow under the covers, searching for my hand to pet him. More than once. Woken up several times by that particular beast, he also walked on me, padded the blankets where my body parts were, even licked me.
Is there something wrong with me and he's trying to let me know? Or is he just missing his scratching times from the Bearded Guy, who is in Berlin?

Goodmorneve and a little more coffee, Giggleplus!
This file must leave my desk today, I travel tomorrow.

Do you pack the night before or do you rush around the morning of travel, finding more things to put into your bag - even for just a long weekend?
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Thank you, +Christine Bogart!
Wednesday was fabulous - it was Thursday that nearly killed me.  hahaha

Forgot my passport, had to go all the way back home.
But with that out of the way, the weekend went well.  :)
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So much to say, and nothing to say.
Goodmorneve, Giggleplus!

I'm here, I've read a bit, plussed a bit, tried to keep up. 
How are you doing?
:D
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Thanks +Debi Vaught-Thelin .  Going to move t summer curtains today and take don winter's plastic.  Let the sunshine in!  Let it wash away winter's heavy breaths.
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So the London trip is happening.
And since it's just me and my best friend here in Sweden who are going, us girls are going touristy.
Thames tour, Eye, Tower of London, Buckingham Palace...

However - 
We are also getting an airport transfer on arrival, thanks to recommendations and easy booking with +247 Airport Transfer.
Would it be rude of us to take a photo of the driver holding the card with our names? Maybe with us?

:D

Since her birthday is Friday, Friday is all about my friend. Saturday is meetups with other Londoners and shopping day. Sunday is more touristy stuff - whatever we might have missed on Friday.
But seriously, has anyone ever been able to take that photo without being rude or weird? Or should I just have the camera ready?
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A need exists to remove the nail polish.
However, in learning to package the art prints, I took a small chunk out of my thumb with the knife. It's not large, honestly, it barely bled. But it stung when it happened. A couple of days later and I'm still touchy about it.
There used to be this stuff called NuSkin. I could get it in the USA. Paint that over a sore and go about your business. But my last bottle of NuSkin was emptied a long time ago. Not even sure I can find it in Sweden.

One other thought today - the US and some other places have done their "Spring Forward" this morning... but we are waiting until the end of the month. 
So while I am accustomed to a 6-hour time difference between me and calling the East Coast US, now we're at 5? or is it 7? and I don't know.
Plus, when can we give up this change of clocks, anyway? 

Goodmorneve, Giggleplus!
Awake too early and it's not even a spring forward weekend for me! Where's the coffee?
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I agree, they don't.  Missy is so confused this morning.  She isn't doing well.
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I'm awake. I've slept. Not fabulously, but there was sleep.

Out the window this early March morning? Snow. Again. Not my favorite way to wake up, that's for sure.

Just checking in for now - still need coffee and a morning of a few things to do before I brave the winter weather, leaving the confines of my couch fortress to continue proper caring for hearth and home.

Goodmorneve, Giggleplus!
Does anyone have coffee ready yet? It looks like I'm getting my own for the next few weeks. Yeah, yeah, I know how, but it sure was nice to have someone else make it sometimes.
:D
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Rest, +Darryl Mouzone  - last night, I finally got more than 5 hours straight. I feel so much better this morning!

THanks, +April Brown  - it was good, I'm expecting to have to go out once today, but it can be later ... after the sun actually starts to show up. I hope!

I also drink tea, +Osamisan Tau  - mostly in the evenings. These days, I'm more about the coffee. I'll probably go back to tea again soon enough!

:)
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The to-do list for today is rather long.
But it includes coffee in several places.

I think my 5-25 is going to be put to heavy use today. Between paid work and some additional cleaning indoors, trying to stay away from outdoors where it's raining, breezy and cold, plus getting a few other just-for-fun things done around here, I'm already tired.
But it's 10 in the morning and time to get started.

Goodmorneve, Giggleplus!
How difficult is it for you to start a day? The whole day - just get up and get going?
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Just a few hours later and I'm already on the last load of laundry, the dishes are done and it's just the putting-away-of-everything-else! left to do.
Thanks, +Mrs. P. Kwok  - enjoy yours, Birthday Girl!
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As I learn more and more about photography, I find myself more and more grateful for the digital cameras.
If I'd taken my photos with film, the blurs and photos from behind less-than-sparkling windows would have saddened me for wasted film.

Digital, however, means I can delete the garbage, remember those shots from being there and get on with more!

Next time, I will remember to pack the spare battery too. 

Taken on tourist day - and with the Birthday Girl (my best friend here in Sweden) on her special day. Yes, I went up in the London Eye. And wandered around the Tower of London, took a boat trip on the Thames, rode double-decker buses.
These are the best shots of the day.

Goodmorneve, Giggleplus! I know many of the photographers in my circles started with film. I remember the days of watching my Dad with contact sheets, choosing one shot from 100 that might be worth printing.
Do you miss the days of print? Or are you happier now with digital?
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Thank you, +Michael B.  - 
It's an experience, to be sure. Learning to use a camera all over again!
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Beginning a trip without your passport isn't usually a good sign.
But all-in-all, it was a really good weekend.

London, you were lovely. Sunshine for 2 days out of 3, and the overcast/rainy day happened on our day for indoor things at museums. 

A little shopping, a little touristy stuff, a little wandering, a little food, a little drink.
Yeah, but it's good to be home!

The photo? Okay, maybe more than a little shopping.  :D
That's the nail polish shopping.

The bottle in the middle? Anyone recognize that Louboutin?
That actually was a GIFT! From two friends I met with while in London, thank you so much, +Sarah Short and +Keely Gallagher  - I'm still nearly in tears for that.
Who has the photos of our nails in the wild?  

Goodmorneve, Giggleplus!
The camera holds more than 500 shots of London all taken on the first day. It will be a day or two before I can sort through them.
How long does it take you to decide on your best 10 shots from a weekend trip?
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+Debi Vaught-Thelin : I've been there umpteen times, so I guess it was your turn ;P
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It hasn't yet been a week of the Bearded Guy in Berlin, but I've still barely had time to be online!
So much to do around here.
At least I did manage to deliver one of the prints ... two more in process, a package to Berlin, planning a trip for me for next weekend, cleaning and stuff.

And even my little Moleskine hasn't seen all that much love. A paragraph or two now and then and that's it. I can barely manage to write in it once a day.
There simply isn't time yet.

What is it I do all day? Really? Wow, what a difference. While it's good to have the place all to myself and the animals, there's a definite hole in the couch where the Bearded Guy should be sitting.
Hmpf.
We'll see about this Berlin-without-me-thing and we may have to re-think this.
:D

Maybe.

Goodmorneve, Giggleplus!
Offline nearly all week getting other things done. How has your week been?
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I hope not!
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