Sunday, April 29, 2012

29 April 2012

On this day in 1948:
Mottled day. Washed clothes, they almost got dry. Had the lines full of sheets, pillow cases & towels & the rest hung in basement. Mrs. Payne gave me jar of jelly, dill pickles & tomato pickles. They are moving to West Seattle. Mr. Payne to work at Ketchikan Alaska on a fish boat. Mrs. Payne was in to have coffee & ginger snaps, which I had baked. Dad not working.
Also attached a short clipping about temperature staying low in the area and snow east of the Cascades. Interesting phrasing, "mottled day". Haven't checked my temperature data for April 1948, so I don't know how cold it actually was. This morning I woke up at 4 but watched a bit of TV, drank some decaf soda and went back to sleep a little after five until six -- with Jack nestled beside me which made me very happy. He was ill yesterday and it was good to hear him munching down first thing. Since I slept well, I went to Mass where they had a baptism, but it didn't bother me this time; I used to hate those. We went to the Libraries book sale, a smaller one this Spring, and I bought one archaeology book which I shall take with me tomorrow. Otherwise we had lunch at UVil, did usual shopping & came home after a quick stop at an estate sale by the UVil -- they have commercial space where they hold estate sales. Neat stuff, but nothing I wanted. I mowed the yard and packed stuff for tomorrow -- back to E Wash for continuation of fieldwork. I'm looking forward to it, I really enjoyed it last time despite my cold. Leaving the iPad at home. Fiona brought me cookies for my early birthday.

Saturday, April 28, 2012

28 April 2012 (Saturday)

On this day in 1948 (Wednesday):
Rainy yet warm (N?) wind blowing. Up late, after lunch went to see Ray, for a while am learning to knit - bootee. After lunch went to see Mrs. Sunberg who isn't well took her some white camillas from Ray's yard. Had early dinner & played (pinochle?). Served ice-cream & crackers. Made ginger snap dough.
Busy day here in 2012. I woke up after 5 for a change and we went to Burgermaster for breakfast. I decided to work out at the IMA and good thing: I leg pressed 568 pounds. I'd been planning on doing something special for my 50th, and originally had planned to squat 300 as I'd done that on my 30th and 40th. Sadly, Mr. Lower Back decided that wasn't gonna happen, so I switched to pressing 500 instead (or maybe 600, I couldn't really decide). Trouble was, last week I was in the field, and next week I am in the field so training was an issue and I might not even be around on Friday anyway. So today I decided to go ahead and just go for it a week early, loaded up 10 45-pound plates and figured the carriage was probably 45 pounds and there you go. I did two sets of 5 each, though only a few of those were really adequate form-wise. But hey, I did it! Then I asked Jed -- a buddy there -- what he thought the carriage actually weighed and he thought 45, too, but it was probably on a tag somewhere on the machine. Well. Turns out it was 118 pounds, so not only had I done a lot more than I thought. . . . .I'd actually done 500 weeks before! Dropped off the Mustang at Brad's after running it to fumes (and putting two gallons in so I'd make to the gym and back and there), then lunch at a new BBQ place on Lake City. Good stuff, way too big to eat at one sitting. Then we hit the UVil QFC for dinner stuff, went to the pet store on Roosevelt and also had custard at Peaks (YUM), and then went to a mansion estate sale on Cap Hill which was, eh. We stopped at the other estate sale nearby again, and I got a poetry book for $3. Mostly diddled around the rest of the day, although I finally started talking to "candygirl270" who'd been messaging the iPad -- turns out it was my niece Veronica who was talking to my sister on her new iPad. I managed to figure out how to log out of her account; some spy she is! We just got back from walking a good long walk and will now veg out.

Friday, April 27, 2012

27 April 2012

On this day in 1948:
Sunshine day but a cold north wind blowing. Cleaned house to-day was terrific dirty. Mended rug & put in hall. Dad went to work at 9 p.m.. Knitted awhile to-night & looked at new geographic that came to-day. It was time I had better be in bed it's 12:20 a.m.
Seems odd that "Dad" went to work at 9 at night, but he worked at the port so it's likely that a ship came in or something. Presumably the May edition of National Geographic which you can check the contents of here and see the cover here. At an estate sale this afternoon one of the sellers was telling someone how they just can't get rid of old NG's anymore. Man oh man, I slept WELL last night. Woke up once to go to the other room and then not again until a few minutes before the alarm. Felt great, although my throat was sore. Feel much better today, cold is definitely on the way out. Consequently, I had an epic workout. I spent most of the morning downloading and working with Filemaker 12, a database for the Mac. I've been an Access user for years and never made the switch to Mac and Filemaker, but now may be the time. It's a trial version and I'm seeing how it works for my Calvary database since they have a tool to put it on iPad. Hopefully, I can get it working the week I come back from the field and try it out in the field proper -- even if "the field" is 8 blocks away from me. Met Fiona at UVil SBux and we sat in the easy chairs for a change. I didn't see her so I was sitting outside for a few minutes. Quite busy around there this afternoon. I wore my brown shoes (Rockports) and she had a kerfuffle over them. I stopped at the estate sale about 2 blocks away on the way home and bought a mint condition WHAM! LP (Make it Big) for $1 and Wasn't much into them back in the day, but I'm quite enjoying it now. Nice little album. I've already played it through twice! Kind of in an '80s mood today; a good mood, though not over the top or anything. A good frame of mind.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

26 April 2012 (Thursday)

On this day in 1948:
Cloudy day. Again in bed all day just resting. Lou(?) Sells called by telephone. She has a date with an eye specialist to-morrow, and goes home by bus next day. To-day the record coldest April day. Snow on all the mountains and some parts of town had snow.
Sleep, glorious sleep. I started out in the TV room last night and ended up waking up only once and then not again until just before the alarm. When I did wake up I had started to have an anxiety attack but managed to fend it off by thinking furiously about anything and everything. Just about everything that gets me all worried tried to rear its ugly head, but I kept them all in check. Pretty good workout, too. I mostly worked on the PHEgypt paper this morning and got quite a bit done on it, and started on the Discussion section this afternoon. . .and promptly ran into a snag. I'm going to have to go back and re-read it all and probably make a more general argument throughout regarding the actual public health aspects of each example so I can tie it together at the end. Also walked up to the barber shop and luckily walked in and sat right down. Didn't really get a lot done. Oh, I also wrote up a short report on the car-related material we discovered last week and sent it to Meg, who answered that now we will have to record the river bank site if it's in our area since it's all >50 years old. Kind of cool and windy this evening on our walk. Not as cold as '48 probably.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

25 April 2012

On this day in 1948:
(Sunday) Rather nice day. I was in bed sick all day. Dad took Cheryl to bus for Bellingham. They say it snowed hard in the hills.
Also a newspaper clipping of a wedding announcement. I was confused here because the photo caption reads "An attractive bride of the month, Mrs. Norman O. Smith, of Seattle until her recent marriage Miss Betty Sylvia Slater, daughter of Mrs. Glen J. Slater, 2836 Broadway. Her wedding was solemnized April 10 in Our Saviour's Lutheran Church." Was having some difficulty figuring out who Norman Smith was and what she/he had to do with Betty. I did a search on her, btw, and she was born in 1926 and died in 1990 at the age of 64 (see here). Did a search on FindAGrave, too, but no luck. Quick entry today because Daisy is sitting here staring at me. Couldn't get to sleep again last night, but slept until the alarm. Really excellent workout even though I am still rather ill but it's breaking up. I worked on my PHEgypt paper most of the morning, getting all I could on infectious disease in Egypt. We went to Mickey D's for lunch, and then I dropped off the loan papers, neglecting two sets so I had to come home and then take them back. We also got our tickets for UW this season at the Sea-chicken stadium, Section 11 Row EE, seats 1&2. Eh. I don't even know how many games I'll be here for. Daisy and Jack slept most of the day. Kinda cruddy out, and it was raining like crazy a little while ago.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

24 April 2012 (Tuesday)

On this day in 1948:
Rained hard all day. Poured. About 12M Dad & I went to the opening of the new 15th NW Bakery. Had coffee cake & doughnuts. Don & Frances came over for dinner. Had meat pie & orange cake & prunes. Dad went to Republican 44 district caucus meeting. We played hearts. Frances getting the most & I the least.
Yum, prunes for dessert. . . . Continued sick and feel like I'm not getting much better. Slept okay last night but woke up several times coughing. At the gym I over heard some guys saying he was just getting over a cold that lasted a month so I am perhaps not optimistic. Busy today. I shampooed the TV room carpet, which only took about an hour, then tried to do some ancient Egyptian communicable disease writing, but did not get much done. This afternoon I dropped some food off at Assumption, FINALLY bought the right light bulbs for the micronuker, and picked up the Yamaha receiver: $82. So, not much of a deal for the original $25. Still, a good learning experience (lesson being, only buy receivers that work perfectly). I hooked it up to the TV this afternoon with the Boston A40s and there is still the delay, but with the TV sound totally off it sounds okay. Well, more than okay, pretty darn good. Speakers need to be elevated though. But it does sound great in there and once I'm done typing this I'll probably go in and listen for a while. We walked down to Metropolitan Market cuz I needed more lozenges, in addition to the 40 I've already gone through. Nice walk, although it started to drizzle a bit.

Monday, April 23, 2012

23 April 2012

On this day in 1948:
Rather nice day. Shopped at Ballard went to meet Cheryl on 7:15 p.m. bus from Bellingham. Dad went to Ballard at [Kishblue?] office for a meeting. Cheryl & I went to bed rather early. Also went to Circle 3 at Mrs. Stuart's on Phinney Ridge. Had for lunch Spanish rice, molded salad, hot bread & lemon pie. Very good.
I find myself quite liking her descriptions of meals. Always seems like a lot of food, and some that I don't recall seeing much of anymore, the Spanish rice for one. I vaguely remember my mother making it, but can't for the life of me recall what exactly it was. Slept okay last night, but still have the cold, only a bit better from yesterday. Felt good to work out though. This morning I finished working on my photo log from the fieldwork last week, and then dealt with the refinance papers, and I think we have everything in order, just need to sign a few things. I did the floors early this afternoon and then went to Cascadia to drop off my files and see what's what. Looks like we'll be going back to the same area (Winthrop/Twisp) next week, This distresses me somewhat as I have been training hard to leg press 500 lbs on my birthday (next Thursday) which I shall now spend in the field. Oh well, I'll have to bump it back a couple of weeks. I also broke down and took the Yamaha to the repair guy, as I was in the area. He seemed sympathetic at my attempt to fix it myself: I was expecting a couple of weeks turnaround, but he called once to ask how I stuck the new unit to the board and then called a couple hours later to say it was all done. Real decent guy. So I'll get it tomorrow and then commence trying to figure out the audio delay problem. I've read some stuff online about it, but I'm still not sure how to fix it. It'll cost $75, so this was an absolute disaster from a financial perspective (well, relatively speaking anyway), but I suppose it is a "learning fee". Still, absolutely beautiful unit and I hope I can get it to work properly on the new TV. You know, I should hook it up first to the old TV and make sure it's the TV and not the cable. . . . Oh, walked to UVil to get bagels and the Spousal Unit came to get me and walk a bit there.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

22 April 2012 (Sunday)

On this day in 1948:
Cloudy day. Minnie was up early & wrote 2 letters. Had breakfast and about 9:20 a.m. taxi came to take her down to Olympic Hotel for the plane south to Eugene. About 10 a.m. Pearl Swanson & little Bill & Deanette visited us until about 11:30. Her husband was going to a salseman's school of the Belnap in Seattle. Cliff is staying at Ray & Sam's for a few days having field work here visiting locks, Bethleham steel & U of W.
Minnie from Eugene Oregon, I guess. One day when I get around to posting the days I missed, I'll figure that out. I may do it retroactively. I woke up at 4, watched TV until a bit after 5, and then went back to sleep until a little before 6, so not a total loss of a day. Felt AWFUL upon awaking the first time, damnable cold. I finally broke down and took some decongestant-type stuff and it actually worked well: much less snot and coughing. I even felt good enough to weed in the back yard and mow it! We just went to UVil for lunch (outside). Beautiful day, sunny all day and 74. I read a book out on the front steps for a while this morning. Visited Norma across the street for a bit before our walk, too, I am going to offer to mow her lawn tomorrow.

Saturday, April 21, 2012

21 April 2012

On this day in 1948:
(Wednesday) Rather nice, tho darkening clouds rolled about the sky. Minnie & I went to town & st stopped at Rhodes Dept. store walked up to the 10-cent stores & to Frederick's waited in line for table for 2. Good lunch of crab salad & coffee & Frango pie. Shopped during the rest of day at the store. Minnie bot candy. We stopped at Bon Marche at the bakery. That evening Minnie showed me how to make baby books.
Frango chocolates were made by Frederick's Department Store for many years and are now being sold by The Bon Marche, nee Macy's. It has a somewhat sordid recent history. Sunny and beautiful today, the third nice weekend in a row; it's been perfectly timed, cruddy during the week and nice on the weekends. Of course, I am suffering from my cold still. I managed to sleep mostly through the night though. Did nothing much all morning except spend an hour or so on the front steps reading in the sun. We had lunch at Taco Smell (aka, Taco Bell) on Aurora and 145th-ish, then hit an estate sale we saw on the way, then to Lowe's for light bulbs, another couple of estate sales around Laurelhurst, Basin Robbins for ice cream, and then Safeway for dinner fixins (gorgonzola hamburgers and lentil salad). Also made a yellow layer cake. I now have a first-gen iPad from my sister although I haven't really fiddled with it much. Not a big deal since I've had my iPod Touch and the Spouse's Nook for a while now. I'm hoping to use it for data entry (and Crossword, of course). We went for a slow walk up by the church and now will probably watch the Top Gear 2-hour season opener all evening. I'm picking, tentatively, next week (April 29 - May 5) for my 1970s week. Fitting, seeing as I'll be turning 50 that week. Will have to do some minor planning, including getting a tripod for my video camera so I can document some of it. And I hate being sick.

Friday, April 20, 2012

20 April 2012

Will catch up on 1948 entries tomorrow. I slept mostly through the night and woke up a bit before 5. Feeling like crap. Stupid cold. Throat wasn't sore, but I was stuffed up and such, but I still went to the IMA to work out, which made me feel much better. I half thought about taking the 65 straight home but couldn't remember when it left so I went to the Rotunda instead and at my bagels, then checked the time and went for the 65. . .and the one before it was late so I got right on! So, came home and did a few things -- field clothes laundry, dishwasher -- and then started working on the photographs. I managed to identify a couple of the junked cars, a 1951-53 Plymouth Cranbrook (which I'd never heard of) and one was a 1959 Plymouth Fury, the only one that looked like this one. Will put the others up on Car Lust to see if anyone can identify anything else. The Spouse left some mashed potatoes, corn, and crab cake so I had that for lunch. . .eh. Was not going to meet Fiona, but then she called and said she wasn't tiling after all, so I conned her into taking me to Brad's to get my car on the way. Turned out a line at the gas tank is seeping gas, which might be the smell, but the tank needs to be nearly empty for them to work on it, so I took it back and will drive it around a while. We went to Northgate instead of UVil so she could hit the tile store up that way, and it was okay despite my feeling lousy. I think she's going to get this County job. And then, despite my feeling poorly, I went off to UVil to cash my per diem check and buy some more bonito flakes for the bears, after which I came home and tried to relax. We went for a slow walk after dinner, and now I shall try to rest and hope I don't cough too much tonight.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

18 April 2012

In the field in eastern Washington so no diary entries. It is Wednesday and we have been here since Monday. "Here" is Twisp at the Idle-a-While motel. We met at the Cascadia office at 6:30 Monday morning, and left from the Mercer Island Park & Ride at about 7:15. Long drive over here. I woke up at 1:30-ish in the morning and did not get back to sleep so I was dead, and napped from just outside Seattle to up at Sno Pass. First time in 20 years I've driven over the pass. Still lots of snow on the ground and lots of meltwater. We stopped in Cle Elum for a donut (yum) and then onward. I got to look at the scenery a lot which I quite enjoyed. We went straight to the site and started work (at about 12:30) and worked until 4:30 so it was a long day. The motel is okay -- I got a cabin by chance. Notty pine all over, ugly brown carpet, no microwave but a full size stove and refrigerator. Tiny TV. Pretty comfortable though. Tuesday was a glorious day, sunny and mid-upper 50s. We mostly did shovel probes and at the end of the day went to another location and did more. Only Meg and I went out to dinner last night, to a Mexican place which was, eh, okay. Very friendly and decent waiter. Didn't sleep all that well last night, woke up at 4 and then I think I dozed off a while, but I felt okay, APART FROM HAVING A COLD. Darnitall. Throat's still scratchy/sore today, but I'm not stuffed up or overly wiped out. Today had some adventure. We had two islands in the river to survey which meant obtaining some hip waders and fording the river. First time it was very shallow, but he second one was knee-deep and fast. Very scary the first time over. I made four trips because we had to hand off the one set of waders to Meg. The first island had a large dump on it, mostly Rainier beer cans from pre-1975 or so, but lots of other junk as well -- couple of irons, toys, a wagon, and various items. Second island only had the front quarter panel of an old car on it. Andy the dog managed to cross over and back without problem. Finished early today so I have time before hitting dinner, probably some Italian place in Twisp (other two days in Winthrop). Tomorrow we will also finish early and head home, which makes me happy, since I can work out Friday morning.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

15 April 2012 (Sunday)

On this day in 1948:
(Thursday) Warm day with a few sprinkles. Ray DeMoss & I went shopping to Ballard came back & had lunch with Ray. After lunch went out & worked in the yard & cleaned out one bed of weeds & dandelions. Dandelions looked so good put in bag & brot home & cooked for dinner. Delicious greens.
Well, that's one thing I've never done, bagged up dandelion greens for dinner. I've only heard of plaintain being edible, but I suppose dandelions are, too. We have enough of those. . . . Doing this in mid-afternoon today as I am dead.tired. Couldn't get to sleep last night and then woke up at 4:30ish. Not worrying, just waking up. Maybe some subconscious worrying about the field tomorrow, I suppose. Beautiful day today, sunny and low 60s. I went to Mass today, thankfully, first time in a month probably. Then I came home and took a short nap in the TV room. We only went for lunch at Mickey D's and thence to UVil for shopping. We stopped by the estate sale and got the little brown chair, which is now sitting in the living room. Small and brown and vinyl, looks probably early '60s to me. Cute little thing. Otherwise, I've been preparing for tomorrow, getting some clothes packed and other junk. Trying to take as much food as possible to save per diem $$$. Will probably eat dinner out just to get vegetables and such, as everything else is bread and stuff. They're saying snow over there: low 30s in the morning and upper 50s in the afternoon so layers are a must. Might or might not be able to make entries while there; I'm bringing my Macbook but I won't have the diary, so may just make my own entries.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

14 April 2012

On this day in 1948:
April day, "showers". Washed clothes and mended a rug.
Boring day, I guess. Today, of course, is the 100th anniversary of the Titanic sinking. Actually struck the iceberg between 7:50 and 8:07 this evening, and sank between 10:30 and 10:47, our time. I shall be asleep for the actual sinking. I suppose I shouldn't think too much of my problems after all those people died. I slept okay last night, but woke up at 4:30 thinking it was later. I actually ended up going back to sleep for a half hour at a little after 6 though, so today was pretty good. Weather was beautiful, 60 and sunny. We went out for breakfast at BurgerMaster and then I went to work out at the IMA around 9:15. I dropped the Mustang off at Brad's for the gas smell and some creaks. The gas smell kinda seeps into the front passenger compartment and has for some time; can't find a leak and I think it's the charcoal filter. Oh, I also finished the little Bost A-40s this morning, just putting them together. They sound quite good, really. The bass is almost as deep and strong as my Advents and will make great TV speakers. I'm glad because I botched up the Yamaha. I think nearly all the solder just rand down the posts and down the holes and now it's cemented in with no real connections. So, screwed that up at last. I think I'll take some of my unspent per diem money from next week and see if it can be fixed -- by a professional! -- for a reasonable amount. I feel kind of bad for messing it up like that. Think I'll stick to speakers. Anyway, mowed the yard after screwing up the Yamaha, watched a bit of Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom -- not my favorite, but it does bring back nice 1980s memories. We were going to walk in Laurelhurst, but went to UVil instead to find some prescription mouthwash and light bulbs and ended up no walking. There was an estate sale in Laurelhurst by the ladies with the big boobs (the school teacher) so we thought it might be nice to walk there. Ah well.

Friday, April 13, 2012

13 April 2012 (Friday)

On this day in 1948:
(Tuesday) Days are real April showers. Dad &I went to town. Looked in at Frederick's Bon Marche, Rhodes & the Ten Cent stores looking for lace. Went to Pike Street Market for vegetables. Came home early in afternoon & went to bed & slept until 5 p.m. Had lunch at Frederick's basement -- Individual chicken pie & coffee.
Frederick & Nelson had in their basement a deli and restaurant and in the late 1980s had a whole set of food-related little areas; I went there a few times for lunch when I worked at FHLB. I kind of missed it when it went away. I just finished gluing in the woofer surrounds on the Boston A-40s. The first one was kind of messy on both the inside and outside -- only my third one and I hadn't done any in several months so I forgot how much glue it took and how to best do it (put a tiny bead of glue on the foam instead of the cone). But they look okay; dry overnight and I will play them tomorrow. Also picked up some conductive paint at Fry's in Renton & had lunch with Spouse at a Greek place -- YUM. I drove right to UVil after that to meet Fiona; very pleasant time with her. Slept BADLY last night: woke up at 2:30 and never went back to sleep. Oddly, I had something of a revelation at around 3:45: Imus had a guest on named Anna-Sigga Nicolazzi, a DA in NYC. She seemed very personable but straightforward (quite attractive too, obviously). It struck me right then that she was the sort of person I would like to be able to. . . I don't know. . .impress? Yes, impress, at least in a sense. Really struck me as what I should be doing: everything to impress a professional person. In fact, I immediately straightened my posture and have kept at it all day; no more slouching, just straight up and it's not really uncomfortable. I feel like that first cave man who straightened up and walked upright for the first time (to use a tired and inaccurate metaphor). It goes back to an idea I had of a sort of life goal, to "do all things well". I haven't kept up with it all that well, but now I understand: do things well to impress other people and it is both for myself and for them since they will feel more comfortable around me and, well, content. That takes it off of me as the only beneficiary of The Goal which makes it more meaningful. Not impress as being a know-it-all or anything, but just to be, well, competent, compassionate, and decent. That is something worth carrying on with. Hence, my new moniker for everything I do: WWAST: What Would Anna-Sigga Think? A little weird, I know, but it might work.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

11 April 2012

Nothing on this day in 1948. Thanks to Miss Ambien, I slept quite well last night. Managed to sleep until 4:30, downed a Diet Pepsi before starting the morning routine and had an utterly epic workout. Mostly this morning I worked on my PHEgypt paper, the beer section. Still has some work to do on the drunkenness aspect, for which I must await a paper from a journal the library is supposedly PDFing for me. Also to finish out the Nutrition segment, I need to address water sources in some fashion. After lunch I went to the bank to drop off the refi papers, found out I didn't need all of them anyway, but we are locked in at 4.125%. Which is over a full point lower than what we have now and will save us something like $500 monthly. Also stopped into Radio Shack for a solder sucker so tomorrow I can have a go at the receiver again. Bought Daisy some more BFF food, and the nice young lady said her cat liked one with pumpkin in it, so I am giving it a try. Spouse is under the gun for an assignment so I am bearing the brunt of her wrath. But we went to UVil for a walk -- raining -- and I got some new soap to try washing my face with pre-shave (Yardley lavender). I'm kind of particular about my morning soap. Otherwise, just a bit of blogging. Oh, got word I shall be working in the field in eastern Washington next week, probably all week.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

10 April 2012 (Tuesday)

On this day in 1948 (Saturday):
The Week's Worst Wheeze Teacher -- What would you do for a sick duck? Biology Student -- 'Call a 'quack' doctor". Teacher: And what would you do for a sick frog? Biology Student -- "Nothing. Let him croak."
Hmmmm. Well, I've heard better jokes. . . .seemed to be written in a different hand, actually. Today: Sadly, could not get to sleep last night and woke up again at 3:45. I think I'm ill or something. Got very little done today, mostly. Did some cleaning this morning, went to UVil QFC for soda (on sale) and dinner fixin's this afternoon, but then took Jack to the vet. His eye has been drippy and kind of red for the past few days, so I had it checked out. Probably a cut via Daisy. Doc said it should heal on its own but gave us some drops, too (that should be fun to apply). Jack did NOT do well, whined the whole way there and back and in the office. Did not like getting weighed. I, being the human, used my superior intellect and cunning to trap him in the bathroom while I went to get the carrier, thus capturing him easily. I don't know what's more pathetic, that I had to think about how to trick a domestic cat or that I'm bragging about it. At any rate, he's home safe and sound. He is also a nervous eater: right when he got home I gave him some treats and he scarfed them down like he hadn't eaten in a week. And then ate more! Meg from Cascadia emailed to see if I could spend next week working in eastern Wash. in the Methow valley. Kind of don't want to -- will cut into my training for my 500-lbs-on-50th-birthday, but I think I can swing it. Besides, it's money. Plus I haven't been over there in ages and the weather could be really nice.

Monday, April 9, 2012

9 April 2012

On this day in 1948: Newspaper clipping, a letter to the editor:
False Teachings With the Freedom Train fresh in our minds, let us give a though to the manner in which the history of our country is being taught in our schools, especially in our colleges. . .etc
I guess it was going on back then, too. Kind of a busy day today. Went and woke up at 3:30, so tired all day, but I drank a soda before starting the morning so I had a smashing workout. Did a little job hunting this morning and applied at Starbucks -- not that I have any thought that I'll even get an interview, but I thought I'd mention that -- and then. . . .actually, I don't remember what else I did this morning. Well, started working through a French paper on Egyptian toilets. I don't think there's a whole lot I didn't already know. In the afternoon I walked up to UW to get another book, this time "The Papyrus Ebers" by B. Ebbell. Will go through it in some detail though I should put that on the back burner and finish this paper, at least in draft form. Nice walk, sunny and in the mid '60s. I read some of it when I got back but fell asleep. We went to the UVil for bagels and ended up buying a cherry pie and collard greens. A word about the greens: I don't know why we started eating them, must've been a few years ago, but we both decided we loved them. For the first couple of years we just steamed them, but someone mentioned sauteing them with onion and garlic in olive oil and they turned out delicious! Probably eat them once every other week when possible. They go great with my faux fool beans. My dad is from Alabama, but we never ate collards as a kid, I don't think. Anyway, Spouse's mouth is still tender so we won't be making them for a few days, but for a while the local stores didn't carry them, but the QFC does and we.are.happy.

Sunday, April 8, 2012

8 April 2012 (Easter Sunday)

On this day in 1948: Newspaper clipping:
WAY TO HEALTH Recently four young Americans, two girls and two boys, were honored by being crowned the healthiest 4-H youngsters in the nation. Chosen among 1,700,000, the titles were bestowed at the national congress of that organization. Previously-held state competitions had chosen those who were to participate.
Etc. One of them walked two miles to school every day, one had eaten two eggs every day for 17 years and one had drank 3 pints of milk every day for 17 years. Nowadays, of course, the latter two would be put into child protective services. . . . Anyway, Easter Sunday. The long Lenten season is over once again. Technically, it was over yesterday, or so I was told a few years ago. I didn't do anything really sacrificial this year save for substituting yogurt for dessert most days. Well, all but a handful. And it was a simply gorgeous day: sunny, few high clouds, high of. . . .70! We went to the UVil for lunch and shopping and it was very dead. Guess everyone was still Easter egging and such. We sat outside and ate, very pleasant, not a lot of screaming kids. Came home and went to the estate sale, but the line to get in was looooong so we left and I washed the car and did some chores around the house. We went back to the sale at 5:30 and I snagged a pair of Boston Acoustics A40 speakers. Beautiful condition, although the woofers need foam. They should work well in the TV room. Spouse's mom says we can probably easily sell speakers in her antique stall; says they've sold a couple pairs and they go quickly. Good, because I am addicted. Slept exceedingly well last night, made for a very good day. BTW, I didn't go to Mass last week or this: I stay away, too crowded. Shall start back next weekend.

Saturday, April 7, 2012

7 April 2012 (Saturday)

Nothing on this day in 1948.

Beautiful sunny day, but not as warm as I thought, though it got up to at least 61; nice in the sun, cool in the shade. I spent a pleasant 1.5 hours in the back reading (the Ghaliongui book). Just went to UVil for lunch and then to a rummage sale at the school up the hill -- didn't buy anything though they had a couple of nice newer receivers for sale. I also finished finishing (again) the one KLH speaker and then put them up on Craigs List for $40. Hope they sell quickly.

Short walk this evening as the Spouse still tires easily. Fairly boring day.

Friday, April 6, 2012

6 April 2012 (Good Friday)

On this day in 1948:
Mostly showers to-day.
Up rather early to-day ironed clothes but still have a good share to do another day. Changed furniture in bedroom. Jim Rahm was in a little while to-night. He is Republican Chairman of 44th District.

Slept exceptionally well last night: Half an Ambien before bed, woke up a couple times, but then not until 5. Yay. Good workout. Came home and had to make Spouse breakfast (cream of wheat). FINALLY started on Nutrition segment of paper, deciding to concentrate on only a few areas such as differential diets based on socioeconomic status. Otherwise, that would be the whole paper. Met Fiona at UVil SBux as usual; she's getting more positive about finding a jobber (wish I could say the same). We went to an estate sale, too, big one, lots of stuff, but nothing I'd want to buy except for some Boston Acoustics speakers, small A40s which would be perfect in the TV room. Need foam, hoping I can snag 'em for <=$10 Sunday. My Easter post at Car Lust went up: What Did Jesus Drive?. Heh. I was thinking of doing an Easter post, and the WWJD thing struck me, but I couldn't figure out a decent way to do it, but then thought of what did Jesus drive (which would be nothing, but a neat way to bring some archaeology into it).

We went to Menchie's frozen yogurt after dinner at UVil for a treat; Spouse wanted to get out of the house and eat something different. Had Tuna Helper for dinner. Now just TV.

Very nice day, low 50s sunny, looked warmer than it really was although exceptionally pleasant in the sun.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

5 April 2012

On this day in 1948:
Spring day showers. Went shopping with Ray to Ballard. Melbourne & Hank are coming to dinner. Hank is going to Glenwood in Klickitat Co. on the east slope of Mt. Adams. Will be there doing field work of his last quarter of his Forestry course graduating June 12, 1948 from the U of W. Guess it's surveying logging work.

Good for him. Wish I could look him up and see what his last name was, what degree, etc.

Holy Thursday. And sucky Thursday for me, mostly. Here is what I wrote at ArchaeoBlog for last night:
What middle age looks like
At least from my perspective: lying awake in the middle of the night worrying about the most idiotic things imaginable. To wit: Last night I was awake from 2 on worrying that I'd. . . .ruined this stupid Yamaha receiver. Yes, the thought entered my mind that in my zeal to remove the old solder holding the old part in that I probably scraped off some of the traces around the contacts, thus wrecking the circuit. Of course, I suspected that there is some product available for fixing such things, but that didn't stop me from going whole-hog anxiety attack on it. I did manage to doze off for a bit around 4, but woke up again at 4:30. Hence, tired.

Some combination of mid-life crisis and age or what have you. I've been doing this for a few years now, waking up in the middle of the night and worrying things to death. I've gotten better the last few months thanks to various mental exercises, but it still hits me every now and then. Still, it can be the most stupid minor things that set me off. "Oh my God, I forgot to water the plants today! I am the worst plant caretaker EVER!" Junk like that.

And, of course, today in the cold light of day I found the right part and the aforementioned repair item.


The Spouse went in to have a gum graft at 9 this morning and I drove her downtown and when she went in I walked over to Westlake to get a mocha from the SBux, walked back, sat down, read on my iPod for a bit and fell asleep in the waiting room. Took 1.5 hours. She did okay. Got home and I went to UVil Bartell's to get some prescriptions, went to Mickey D's while waiting for the scripts, got them and then went home and made bulk cream of wheat for her for lunch. Hungry, she ate the whole thing. I did a little work, and then mailed a package to Wenke (old papers and photos). Researched Egyptian water for the rest of the afternoon before watching a bit of baseball -- Dodgers v. Padres, Vin Scully announcing. What was really great about Scully was that he was the only announcer: no "color" guy. How refreshing for a change! Mostly they talk too much. Actually Scully talked more than I am used to but. . . .I think I liked it.

Walked Spouse around the block for a little exercise, then I walked to Safeway (35th & 75th) for some milk. Now blogging and listening to sacred music for Holy Thursday.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

4 April 2012 (Wednesday)

On this day in 1948 (Sunday):
Sunshine & heavy shower & lightning. Donna was over here about 2:30 p.m. Came over from Bellingham with Judge Olson. Frank & he going to Beta Theta Pi initiating Dan Olson's son. Don & Frances, Ray & Sam were over for tea at 5:30 p.m. Frances brot a white frosted chocolate cake. Good visit. Don has a promotion in the Telephone Co. no will go to a school for three weeks then will sell phones & switch boards in Seattle.

Kinda like the news about Don and his promotion; that would have been good ol' Bell Telephone, the phone company. I remember when there was only one phone company, much simpler, but oh-so basic. I recall the first time I bought a non-"Phone Company" phone, it was COOL looking, not the basic black thing. I think Sprint was one of the first after the breakup. Had that not happened, I'm pretty sure we might be getting wireless handsets finally. . . .

Slept okay, decent workout, came home and read new library book, "Magic and Medical Science in Ancient Egypt" by Paul Ghaliongui, which I've been meaning to get. Good stuff, although limited, but it does have several medical papyrus references. After lunch (McD's) I went to Ace Hardware to get some lawn fertilizer and solder, and then came home and. . . .removed the protection relay! And I did it! I finally figured out that I had to melt and remove the solder on the back and then pop out the whole thing. Heard one crack when I was doing it, I hope nothing broke. May have trouble finding a replacement part; may have to Deoxit it and then install it again and hope it works.

First baseball game of the season, too, the new Miami Marlins opened their new ballpark against St. Louis (latter won 4-1). About 8 years ago I got really into baseball for a while, actually shortly after Stephan J Gould died (baseball fanatic) and it's tailed off some since, but I might be getting into it again. Such an odd sport; guy throws a ball and a guy with a stick tries to hit it. And no timer! Will never be a big fan, but I'd like to watch it more if only to give myself something to do between football seasons. . . .

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

3 April 2012

Nothing on this day in 1948.

Woke up at 3:45 and might have gone back to sleep except the cats made a big noise that scared me to death so I was awake. No biggie, I drank a Diet Coke and got all nice and hydrated for my workout. Came home and fiddled with the Yamaha and it is indeed the protection relay switch: I jiggled it and it did exactly what it was doing. So, now I need to figure out how to replace or get the connection better. Did a bit of research into Egyptian diet and nutrition: big subject, will have to narrow it down a LOT.

Then I went downtown to meet Fiona and Lina B at KCPH for lunch. Went to Zaina's? Greek place. Good gyro, but too little meat. Stopped at Big 5 in UDist on the way back and got another pair of new spandex underwear for the gym and then picked up a book at Suzallo. THEN waited far too long for the stupid 65 bus. Criminy. I literally could have walked home in less time. Made bean s*** for dinner -- DEEEEElish -- walked at Northgate, that was it.

Monday, April 2, 2012

2 April 2012

On this day in 1948:
A newspaper clipping: Too Cloudy for Sleeping by Sol H. Lewis
Second-hand tobacco smoke affects my throat membranes and the bad manners of many smokers irritate my disposition. On a journey southward recently, I traveled in a constant cloud on trains and planes. etc.

Basically calling for some sort of segregation of smokers. Ahead of his time!

I actually slept WELL last night. Decent workout but not spectacular. Wrote a bit on my paper, and then took apart the Yamaha. . AGAIN. Still not working right. It's either something actually wrong with the volume control or. . .something else. I did a little searching this evening and found someone with a similar problem and it was the protection relay switch. Will try cleaning that tomorrow and see what happens. Hope Hope Hope.

Beautiful spring day today. . . .FINALLY. Weather people said it was supposed to rain but it was sunny and 60, just gorgeous. I mowed the back yard and did some other yard-related stuff in the afternoon. They're saying tomorrow will be blustery, so eh.

When I got back from working out the Spouse said she'd had diarrhea and threw up a couple of times, but continued to work (at home) so it was apparently just a quick GI-emptying thing and she's been okay the rest of the day. Went to Noah's Bagels to pick up my order but they miscommunicated and didn't have it an no decent bagels either. So tomorrow I must forage at the Health Sci rotunda place. GOing downtown to meet PH peeps and the library in the morning. Taking off early tonight to go play with the cats and get my junk ready for tomorrow.

Sunday, April 1, 2012

1 April 2012 (Sunday)

On this day in 1948:
Sunshine & showers. Went to Plymouth church to Women's Association good lunch. Creamed chicken & peas on biscuits, half peach on lettuce with grated cheese, butter rolls & butter jelly roll dotted with whip cream.
Mrs. Dodd before she was on missionary to Asia Minor & married a professor at Beirut University & is now at U of W teaching Sociology. She gave a very fine talk on their trip to Jerusalem a year ago Easter. The lovliest place was the Mount of Olives. Best place for meditation.

Writing this up in mid-afternoon because I'm bored and need to vent. Slept very well again last night, and went out for breakfast at Burgermaster, so I wasn't very hungry most of the day. This morning I finished reading "Shoeless Joe" by WP Kinsella which is the book the movie Field of Dreams is based on, one of my favorites. Very different from the movie, more characters, etc., but mostly all there. Got very emotional and broke down sobbing at the part where the one character mentions people who, "money they have, and peace they lack" which is really what I've determined has been my problem for several years: lack of peace. Typical mid-life crisis stuff I'm sure, but between unemployment and various getting-older physical stuff, it's been a rough few years.

I did feel much better, if a bit bittersweet afterwards.

Also this morning I put together the Yamaha, thinking it was largely fixed: attached the case and put it below my turntable to listen to, test out, etc. Going fine, but this afternoon I turned it on again and the right channel keeps cutting out. Thought I'd had it pretty well under control, but I guess not. I fear it may require taking out the volume control unit itself and cleaning it manually. Which I don't know how to do.

We just went to UVil for lunch & shopping and came back here. May or may not walk tonight, seems like a big batch of rain is moving in for this afternoon.

Oh, this morning I realized that the "beef roast" we at for dinner last night was actually the pork roast we made week before last. Urgh.