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Thursday, January 31, 2002


I, on the other hand, have been sick with the flu for 3 + days now. I have progressed from feeling like a truck ran over me, with every muscle aching and sleeping all day, to coughing incessently and finding it almost impossible to sleep. However, I have rediscovered the pleasure of drinking tea, which really has been helping my throat and my cough. I wish I could be drinking tea with honey, which is the tried-and-true remedy, but I have no honey in the house and it's not a fit night out for man nor beast, so I'm doing without. But I do have a nice variety of teas on my shelves. I started off with Darjeeling and am now moving on to SleepyTime for the evening. Hopefully, tonight I'll be able to sleep and will feel up to going to work tomorrow.
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My friends Amy and Matt Landau have a new baby girl today, born this morning. Samantha Lee Gladys, weighing in at 5 lbs 12 oz. Mother and daughter are doing fine; father is in a tizzy. I am so happy for them. They are going to be great parents.
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Sunday, January 27, 2002


Oh Wow! The Patriots just beat the Steelers and will be going to the Super Bowl! What an awesome game and what a season! And I was SO happy that Drew Bledsoe got a chance to play again, and played so very well. Amazing!
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Friday, January 25, 2002


Since I've been working, I've tried to be frugal and save as much as I can, but lately I couldn't resist one extravagance - an Applie iPod (portable digital music player). The ads for the iPod say "1,000 songs in your pocket", and they are exactly right. I walk for about a half hour almost every day as part of my committment to the diabetes prevention program, and sometimes it can get a little bit boring. I've tried using a portable radio, but often you don't get good reception, and it's hard to find stations that play the songs I like (mostly 60's folk/rock oldies, with a smattering of classical, broadway, soundtracks, and new age). Portable CD players are bulky and they skip and you have to carry around piles of CDs. And I never built up much of a collection of cassette tapes.

But the iPod is perfect. It is light, portable, and amazingly easy to use. Before getting the iPod I had loaded a number of CDs onto my Mac using the free iTunes software (which will play them on your computer, as well as allow you to tune into web radio stations). When I got the iPod, all I had to do was attach it with the included firewire connector, and it automatically charged itself and synced up with iTunes. It only took about 5 minutes to download about 200 songs. Since then, I've been reading in a CD or two each time I sit down at the computer (it all happens in the background, while I'm doing my other work). Plug in the iPod to sync up and I'm ready to go! The bad news for you PC-lovers out there is that it currently only works with the Mac.
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Went out to retrieve the newspaper from my front walk this morning, and noticed that the snow had melted and the air was cool and damp and smelt of spring. January thaw! I spent a few minutes walking around the yard, enjoying the winter greenery - ferns, ivy, mountain laurel - and really wishing I had the time to get down on my knees and start cleaning up the dried-out perennials and matted autumn leaves. Had to go to work, though...
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Wednesday, January 23, 2002


I found out recently that my e-mail address will have to change, due to a legal issue with the name 'mediaone'. Too bad, as I've got to notify all sorts of people. From now on, I will use two addresses that should never change: my domain name: leslie@leslie-turek.com and my Harvard forwarding address leslie_turek@post.harvard.edu (that's with an underline).
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