Tuesday, December 31, 2013

31 December 2013 (Tuesday)

On this day in 1967 (Sunday):
Drizzle. Cloudy.
SS & Church Youth. Bertha to Palmer Dethen[?]. Bone dishes to Leah. Wood in basement Hayto
Letter to Helen B. Wortley.
And thus we close out 1967 with Mr. Edward W. Soper of Arlington, WA. I've decided to restart these things at the beginning of the year so I remember where I started off a diary. I will leave Edward behind for the time being and start on a new one. I got it at an estate sale this past year and it covers five years. The writing is very small so I may need a magnifying glass, but it seems more diary and less appointment book. If I can find it. . . . .

So today: Cloudy and drizzly. Slept okay. Didn't do any drywalling (had to get the goopy junk up to room temperature first). I spent most of the morning piddling around doing things I should have done yesterday, such as setting up doctor appointments and such. Have to go see a new dr. at the same place since the old one (Olson) has gone on sabbatical or something. Did some cleaning. Fairly busy but I don't really know what all I did. We went to lunch at UVil and then I worked out; a decent workout, nothing to write home about (although worth writing here about!). I went to a home brewing store while the Spousal Unit went to the yarn store. I got some bottles and I may start the new year off by brewing up some beer.

We went to Ivar's Salmon House on Lake Union for dinner. Very good meal, I've never had a bad meal there, although the service came close to iffy once a few months ago (I probably wrote about it here). We walked around Laurelhurst afterwards. Then I came home, ate some cake, and bit my lip really hard. Grrrrr.

So 2013: Something of a pivotal year, I guess. I'd like to say I turned a few corners. I've managed to stay on at Global Health and things are looking up there; leastways, I'm making inroads into getting funding for my own work. I guess the biggest thing was deciding/learning I had anxiety disorder. Lots of stuff makes sense with that, both now and through most of my life. At least I know it's not just s failing on my part, it's just a fact of my personal biology. That was kind of late in coming, although I've made a lot of progress anyway. I'm generally sleeping better. I still don't have a single Big Goal to work towards, although now I realize that having one is and has been mostly a way of dealing with the anxiety. As I start 2014 I at least feel like I'm heading. . . .somewhere. I know that by applying myself to certain things -- public health, playing the guitar, etc. -- it will help to lessen the anxiety and make me more productive in the process. In fact, I'm beginning to look at dealing with it as something of the Big Goal: it's kind of a constant struggle and there is inherent nobility in that.

2013: Didn't suck too bad. Not too bad at all.

Monday, December 30, 2013

30 December 2013 (Monday)

On this day in 1967 (Saturday):
Cloudy a.m. Cool.
Leah to Dr. [Shepla?] 9:30. $1.09 milk & cranberry. Pipe joint compound 24. Hook up gas pump!
I think I may put this diary to bed after tomorrow. I started it sometime mid-year and I can never remember when, so I may just go ahead and start a new on on Jan 1. I have one waiting in the wings that seems to have more interesting prose in it.

Woke up at 4 after waking up a couple of times earlier. The first time I woke up in something of a panic because I was dreaming I was stuck in a tube. My one phobia is being trapped so that I can't move. Scares.Me.To.Death. Got back to sleep though, but kept waking up. *sigh*

Had waffles for breakfast -- still break so I don't go to the gym at 6 -- and I only ate like two squares of it I was so tired. Took at nap around 8, too. The big news is that I started patching the drywall. The one above the garage door is difficult because it's at a corner and there's no support near the corner. And part of the corner is sort of mashed up. It isn't even -- there's a gap by the corner -- so it will take some building up of plaster. Will try to make it look good. But that meant a trip to Dunn Lumber and a bit of swearing. I'd actually promised myself I was going to not swear any more earlier in the day, but that lasted until I couldn't find the glue. =/

We had lunch at McD's and then I went to the gym and had a spectacular workout. Just had tons of energy. I walked back to UVil from there, had a hot chocolate at SBux, and then the Spousal Unit met me at QFC for grocery shopping. Once I got home I just watched football and fiddled with guitar. Still just drilling myself on various picking patterns and chord changes. Pizza for dinner (Pagliacci's) and then a walk. Also took down the tree. More football tonight! Oregon beat Texas in Mack Brown's last game.

Oh, Christine thought my numbers for diabetes and hypertension looked good and thought looking at that data would probably get a manuscript out of it. Also sent the data to the requester. So that should be done.

Sunday, December 29, 2013

29 DEcember 2013

On this day in 1967:
Cloudy. Send for 25 cent Marshmallow Treats Detroit Mich 48232
Leah to [Suto's?] 1 p.m. Fix gas pump?

"Suto's" might be "sister's".

Just got back from Gig Harbor. Back when we were first going down there it would take a minimum of 70 minutes; now if the traffic's light we're door to door in less than an hour.

Slept okay last night although had an attack last night, mostly about this data, but I came up with what I should do and. . .well, didn't get back to sleep for a long time, so I took 1/4 ambien. That did the trick. Probably lost an hour and slept until 5:30. Breakfast at McD's. I'm rather addicted to their sausage and egg McMuffin made with egg whites only. They seem much fresher and less dry than the regular one.

Worked another couple of hours on the data thing and found I'd made an error in the coding; too many people getting classed as diabetic and hypertensive. Good thing I checked! They look good now. 3/4 done with it anyway, the other 1/4 I'm not even sure we can do.

I watched a bit o' football after that and then we headed down. Watched more football there, too. The SeaChickens won, and have a bye week for the playoffs. The Packers won, too! Last minute TD pass from Rodgers (out the last 7 weeks) with a minute left to beat Chicago. Even better beating them! We didn't eat until around 4 and after dessert (b-day cake) I had to go for a walk, I felt so blah. I drove down to the newish big shopping area and walked around. Mostly outside, but I went into a couple of stores just to look around. I felt WAY better after that. Came back, watched more football, and we left around 7. Not a bad day, probably a decent one. Showers in the morning, cloudy the rest of the day, maybe around 45?

Saturday, December 28, 2013

28 December 2013 (Saturday)

On this day in 1967:
Nice day. To Everett Leah's Medicare 2520 Colby Ave -- Dr. Drumheller -- Penny
Goodwill saw Lou!
Hay fork Handle $2.50 Arl Hdw. Saw Viola Anderson, Ella Evans & John Coles. sister Penney's. (cable stolen tonight?) Estimate Gardners dog bark
Not a bad day. Woke up in a sweat at one point and moved to the TV room (I think I fell asleep before making the move though). Almost had the start of a major anxiety attack but I (somehow) managed to nip it in the bud and slept until 5! Go me.

Worked on the data request again this morning for a couple of hours, getting most of it done and formatted. Can't do much else but I want to check it some more first. The high %s of people with hypertension and diabetes (almost 50%) seem too high. But I should be able to get it to them Monday.

Watched a bit of football -- the Pinstripe Bowl (Notre Dame v. Rutgers, the former suckwads won) -- and then we went up to North Bend in the Mustang. Lunch at NBBG was fine, bought a few things at the outlets including a couple of spandex thermal underwears for me. I've been wearing longies almost every day but the normal ones can be too warm, so these should be a bit lighter. Unexceptional little road trip otherwise. We got home by 3 and I watched yet more football before starting dinner (leftovers). Walked up to Post Office and Safeway. And now. . . .more football!

Oh, found out I can't really hook up my Yamaha receiver to the new TV; it works, mostly, but some channels just send some bizarre sound through to the receiver. Now I need to find a receiver that accepts digital optical audio output. The one I have downstairs doesn't. I'm hoping I can find one for not much $$$ that does. In the meantime, I may have to connect the DVD player directly to the receiver.

Friday, December 27, 2013

27 December 2013

On this day in 1967:
Rain. 2 wheelbarrow loads wood in basement. To Seattle with Lee & Clyde & boys & Alice Martin to play house Civic Center 8 p.m. Back home 12:30. Clyde drove Rambler! Cleaned Air cleaner (gasoline). 195 gal Shell $60.65 @.311
A Rambler! I used to drive to a pizza place in high school once a week for lunch with a guy in a Rambler.

A decent day today, which is a Friday. I woke up in the middle of the night to the Spousal Unit talking in her sleep ("Are we there yet? Yes.") and took a little while to get back to sleep, but not a whole lot and slept until 5. We ate in, and then I mostly worked on Coptic stuff the rest of the morning. Got a good chunk -- most of it actually -- done so that's coming along.

We went for lunch at the UVil and then she dropped me off at the IMA. I had a really good workout, but it was kind of cool in there because I wasn't sweating very much. Hence, I did not shower afterwards. . . plus I've been itchy like crazy from dry skin so I'm trying to avoid showering too much (i.e., more than once a day). Took the 65 bus home.

Watched more football and the Huskies are playing BYU tonight in the Fight Hunger Bowl in SF, which is a really stupid name for a bowl but whatever. WIll put most of the lights away, too. And we went for a pretty long walk. It's 42 degrees and kind of foggy, but it was quiet and pleasant.

While working out, it struck me that this anxiety stuff isn't all negative; in fact, it's been something of a strength for me. I don't think that I would have done some of the things I'm most proud of if I weren't doing them to deal with this (the whole Big Goal thing). I got through high school with (eventually) decent grades; I graduated college with (eventually) decent grades; got a PhD while working full time; and I'm 51 and still working out like a 20 year old. There are strengths to go with the weaknesses. Would I have done better had I not been anxiety-ridden? Or should I call it anxiety-driven? Would I have gone to Egypt? Argentina? China? Kenya, upcoming, if I hadn't had something Big to work towards? I think it does tend to make me very aware when I am doing things wrong, or where I need to do things better. A bit too strongly perhaps.

Do the positives outweigh the negatives? I can't answer that and I can't do a rewind without it to find out how I'd turn out differently. It does feel like there's some truth in that though. And it makes me feel better.

Thursday, December 26, 2013

26 December 2013

On this day in 1967 (Tuesday):
Rain home. 243 miles. 11:30 a.m. leave Arrive home 4 p.m. 243 miles? Shell station Olympia tried to sell air cleaner. 
Back at home, in the rain.

I woke up at 4 this morning. Darn it. Oh well, wasn't too bad, I took a nap around 8 anyway. About the only thing I did this morning was run some code to get the hypertension people at Coptic. I think it worked. And walked up to get a donut. Worked out at 11, and just did some minor leg stuff and then rode the cycle for 25 minutes. Not many people there today, although most come in after noon.

We went to McD's for lunch and then up to NGate where I got some new shades with my gift cert. Same kind as I had before, Ray-Bans. I tried some other ones, but I really like these, they're nice and light and look okay. Also went to Bon/Macy's where Spousal Unit got a few items including a couple of Christmas gifts for next year! We just came home after that.

I watched a bit of something on TV and then around 2:15 went out and took down the outside lights. Day after Christmas, they come down! And I cleaned the bird bath as the crows use it to dip their food in all winter. Kwazy Kwows. Then I watched football (Bowling Green v. Pitt, didn't really care). We had leftovers for dinner and then went up to Best Buy, Target, etc. I really almost bought a receiver, a Sony, the same one I already have, but it's now $99! I need to pass though, since I'm not working much anymore. Besides, I still get a kick out of using the old Yamaha, and it's only the TV room one anyway -- and I don't know what I'd do with the Yamaha if I got a new one. I got some more LED lights at Target, too. Our checker was named Kizzy Kate. Really!

Oh, at Best Buy I got an HDMI cable for the new DVD player. Which I am about to test.

Sunny, 43 today. Very pleasant this afternoon.

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

25 December 2013

On this day in 1967:
Portland, Oregon
Yup, that's it.

So, Christmas is come and nearly gone. Not a bad one. What did I get (not an exhaustive list):
-- Blue-Ray DVD player
-- $150 gift card for sunglasses
-- A beer making kit
-- Bose ear buds

I got the Spousal Unit flannel sheets which her female relatives seem to think was an awful sort of gift. I disagree, obviously: it is a wonderful and thoughtful gift. But whatever. I was awake for like an hour last night but then I slept until 5:30 so the day was okay rest-wise. We didn't do much all morning, left for Gig Harbor around 10:30-45 and traffic was light so we got down quickly. Mostly sat around, had dinner around 3:15, opened gifts, had dessert, they played some game named Rook, then we came home. Traffic was light again and we were back in less than an hour. Weather was foggy and then sunny, although when it was sunny I wasn't outside.

This wasn't one of those Christmases I'll feel all nostalgic about later. I put up the lights, listened to Xmas music, shopped, etc., but I wasn't that into it this year. Dunno why, maybe just all of the stuff I've got going on in my head and such. It wasn't a bad year by any means, just not a particularly memorable one is all. I'll be glad to take down the lights and put the Xmas music away for another 11 months.

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

24 December 2013 (Tuesday)

On this day in 1967:
Rain. To Portland.
41319.0 return
Hmmmm. Portland round trip would be that much. He drove to Portland and back in one day?

Weird night last night. I went to the TV room later in the night -- or so I thought -- went back to sleep, and then woke up again, hoping it was at least close to 4:30. In reality, it was 2. 1/4 ambien and I was zonked out again. . . .until almost 6! Felt really good, too.

We went for breakfast at Burgermaster and then I thoroughly vegged the rest of the morning. Really, I did next to nothing except for watch TV. I think I watched. . . .I don't remember. Well, the first Star Trek movie came on at 10 so I watched that. Many don't like that one, but I do, for the most part. The opening scene with the three Klingon battle cruisers is amazing -- probably my favorite ship design from that show, they should have used it more instead of the 'bird of prey' thingie.

At any rate, the Spousal Unit was out buying my Xmas gifts while I was doing that, and we left for the zoo around 11:20. Decent day at the zoo, although there were more people there than usual, probably because of the nice weather -- it was partly sunny and mid-40s. Not too much interesting, although I got a selfie with the big male orang who was sitting by the window. Well, and then in the tropical rain forest building I saw a bird carry something off and I swore it was like a newborn baby mouse or rat or something. Still pink and hairless and it took it up to a branch and ate it. I thought all those birds ate was fruits and stuff! I wonder if the place has mice or rats and they've learned to hunt.

We had to take the car (Honda) to a car wash cuz we parked under some tree that dropped berries on it while at the zoo, and when we got home. . . .well, more vegging. Dinner was leftovers, and then after that, the Spousal Unit started cooking stuff. And I watched the Hawaii Bowl where Oregon State seems to be killing Boise State.

Kind of a nice relaxing Christmas Eve.

Monday, December 23, 2013

23 December 2013

On this day in 1967:
Yeeeup, that was it. Not much here though, it was a bit drizzly this morning, but cleared up some this afternoon, around 50.


Most of the morning didn't go too well. I thought making up this report thingie for the grant people would be pretty straightforward but it wasn't; I ended up messing with it for like four hours. I started the chicken in the slow cooker but forgot to plug it in for like two hours. By 10:15 I sent a couple emails asking for help and then left to take some stuff to Cascadia. Only Jana and Randall were there, so it wasn't a long visit. I stopped at Lowe's on the way back and snagged four boxes of 60 watt incandescent bulbs: they're banned as of January 1 so I'm stocking up. Well, they didn't "ban" them; oh no, that would be far too crude and obvious for our Ruling Class: they just made the standard such that none of them would qualify. So I'll be hopefully buying enough to last me the rest of my life or until LEDs become ubiquitous enough. Fluorescents just plain suck. But hey, they're making GE rich(er).

I went to the gym and had a pretty good workout. The Fitness Model was there and talking to some guy; couldn't tell if it was her BF or not, though it didn't look like it. Odd to see her smiling and talking though. UVil was a zoo, I had to park up between C and D levels. I sat in SBux for a few minutes when I got a text from the Spousal Unit saying she was leaving early so I beat feet home so I could wrap her gifts before she got back. Didn't have to rush, I had plenty of time.

We walked up to the Hunter tree lot to feed Juno the reindeer/caribou an apple but she had already gone home for the season. But we stopped at Safeway on the way home and filled up the pet food donation bin; spent probably $90. It's our thing every year, we buy a snotload of food and make sure the bin is filled, or in this case overfilled.

Jeez, it's almost 8. . . .

Sunday, December 22, 2013

22 December 2013 (Sunday)

On this day in 1967:
Rain. [unk]
Had much trouble getting to sleep and then woke up at 3:30. =( The usual, mostly worrying about Kenya. Finally got up at around 4:15 after almost making it back to sleep. It was close. Spousal Unit got up around 6:30? Made oatmeal pancakes. I took a nap around 8:30 or so. And then I didn't do much. Well, I drove up to the Safeway to get a mocha; I drove because it was heavily misting and I was too tired to walk. Helped a lot though. We left for UVil around 11, did some Xmas shopping there, lunch, groceries, etc.

Once we got home I headed out to an estate sale up by 100th and Lake City that had a bunch of audio stuff and other junk suggesting it was a big ol' man cave. Most of the audio equipment was already gone, all that was left was a Hitachi cassette deck and a couple of cruddy old speakers. I came close to buying an old tuxedo shirt from the '70s with the frills in front. . .it was even a Joe Namath signature! But I demurred since I had nothing to wear it with and couldn't find anything it went with there. It took grit and determination not to.

I cooked when I got back, mostly. And a few chores. We didn't go walking because it's raining, instead making cookies for the peeps at Cascadia and replacing the litter, etc.

So I'll tell you some more about this anxiety crap. I was thinking of this in the middle of the night -- well, probably between 3:30 and 4:15 (when I finally got up) -- when I was being all worried about the upcoming Kenya trip. I was kind of startled awake when I wondered whether I needed a visa or not before going, which is kind of a stupid thing. But I recalled that, during the 1990s, I made four trips to Egypt: 1991, 1993, 1994, and 1996. I don't remember being very nervous or worried about any of them, except maybe 1994 when I was on my own. Nervous, yes, but also excited and such. You know, pretty normal.

Fast forward to 2003 when I was going over once again: I seriously wanted to back out and I think I even talked them into delaying it for a few months because of some troubles they were having. I mean, I was crying the night before I left, I was that upset and worried about it. As I've written, I think I've been dealing with this all my life, but for whatever reason it sort of left me alone during much of the 1980s and 1990s. My hypothesis is that I had undergrad and graduate school to keep me occupied and therefore it kept a lid on the anxiety. This, as I've read, is a common coping mechanism: getting some big goal or something that tamps it down in some fashion. Since I got my degree in 2001, it came back with a vengeance. This is a challenge. I've already started sleeping badly the last couple of nights and I'm concerned it will continue until I leave.

Saturday, December 21, 2013

21 Dec 2013

On this day in 1967:
Snow a.m. 1 1/2 inches
Rain about 12 noon snow melt. Grader up this way 4:30 p.m. Wash dishes, feed cows, write some cards. Leah cook all day bread looking for Mary Lou & family at 6-7 p.m.
Their snow event was pretty much the same as ours: a couple inches in the morning and then rain and it all melts.

I should probably make note here that the chamomile hasn't been particularly effective over the last several days: much anxiety. So it's not quite a panacea, at least not after two weeks. To give the future reader a sense of what it's like, imagine you go through nearly every day looking forward to an exam that you haven't studied for and that is a major part of your grade. Sucks.

At any rate, it took me a looong time to get to sleep last night thanks to the Spousal Unit and Jack, the former asking "What was that noise?" as I was falling asleep the first time (it was the cats) and then the latter deciding he had to make everyone know that he'd brought up the stick toy from the basement. Then I woke up in the middle of the night and worried for a while. Grrrr. But I then slept until 5:40 so it wasn't too bad.

Didn't do much all morning, I just decided to spend one day just being lazy. So I watched TV for a while (mostly Top Gear and James May's Man Lab) and then we went downtown. Eh. I think we bought one book at the B&N downtown. Had lunch in the Westlake Mall. Mostly just shopping around. Saw a cute cute cute little dog getting his picture taken with Santa at Macy's (along with his cute cute cute mom). We came home and I laid around watching bowl games. Went out for dinner at Bai Pai on 65th and 24th and then hit Northgate. Bought one stupid little candle holder. This had better improve or someone will be madly demanding we go shopping Monday night.

So that was my Saturday. It was in the mid-40s all day and drizzly. Had a lot of periods of worry, mostly about the Africa trip. As I say, it's really an unconscious thing. Need to practice my breathing more. . . .

Friday, December 20, 2013

20 December 2013 (Friday)

On this day in 1967:
Cold. Pt. cloudy. Get meat 3-4 p.m.? [unk] of snow a.m. FLorence Sparks 10 a.m. Arrangements? Go to bed late p.m. 11+ p.m. Hal Sundberg paid me 64 bucks 160 lbs [unk] 1/4
Stressful morning trying to make nice flight arrangements for Kenya. I tried and tried to go through DC but it was either too expensive or the flight times were even worse. So I'm just going direct from Seattle. Around $1300. Won't be pleasant -- 20 hours travel time -- but on the other hand, I'm flying to AFRICA in less than 24 hours! I know I shouldn't complain after reading the travails of travelers from bygone days, so I will try to hold my bitching in check. Hopefully between my iPad, iPod, and phone I will have entertainment for the whole time. So I'm feeling better about it. Felt better all day as a matter of fact. I really didn't do much besides that all morning, at least anything really useful. It snowed and was still snowing when we got up, but not a whole lot and it's all melted here by evening. The Spousal Unit stayed home and worked instead of driving in though. Which was good because the hot water in the shower was almost gone! The cartridge was full of rust, but we still had to have the plumber come out to fix it (I think I can do it next time, if needed).

So we went to lunch at McD's and Norma the neighbor (85) was there with Marge (95) so we sat near them and chatted. I went to the IMA from there and had a really good workout. Much fewer people there today. Monday will probably be pretty dead. That took until about 3 and I just piddled around after that, just waiting for the plumber. We went up to Fred Meyer on Lake City for our walk (raining), but only got some buttermilk. Dullsville, baby.

Started out at 33, finished at 45.

Thursday, December 19, 2013

19 December 2013

On this day in 1967:
Cold. Fed cattle & 2 bales hay. Vac[?] and get ready for Mrs. Heines burial Arl-cemetery. Register at Mary [Rejolin's?] [unk]
Doris Marsh Vera Finley Alice Marsh, Connie & June, Louie & Harold, Rube & Mary help carry casket to grave site (cold). Write note to Lt. Fingate no color [unk]? 2 roll film $1.62. Put up porch color lights tonight. 3 wheelbarrow loads wood from pile. 
Bummer of a time to have a funeral. I tried looking up the person at FindAGrave.com but no luck.

Today was such an up and down day. Most of the morning I was morose. Pessimistic about this whole alcohol/grant stuff, anxious about going to Kenya, etc. Just.Felt.Awful. Looking at leaving the UW altogether, giving up the IMA, libraries, etc. Sheesh. Started feeling a bit better later on after I'd done more reading and gotten some more ideas though. Also had annual Xmas lunch with my old friend Lisa. We went to a place called The Lodge, a sports-bar type place near the stadium. Decent food, too. She gave me a weird gift, a Nautica. . .really, a man-purse. I think I'll fill it with goodies, take it to Kenya, take a photo so she can see how much I appreciate it and used it to go to Kenya, and then leave it with someone there. Heh. I mean, nice bag, but not something I think I can use.

I decided to go to the gym, too, which was good. My knees are hurting a bit so I just did non-knee-intensive stuff and rode the bike for 20 minutes. Felt pretty good, although my stomach was starting to growl by the end (started around 1:30). The Fitness Model was there, too. I mean, the original one.

Happily, I got another Email that was much more positive, so I'm feeling better now. And discussed going to Kenya with Spousal Unit -- we'd thought she might go over, too -- but it's getting a bit late to plan that. I'm trying to work it so that I can fly to DC a couple days early, go to Kenya from there, and then stay a week or so on the way back for a little vacation. May be difficult to wing the flights for a reasonable price though. At any rate, I feel a lot better this evening. I AM, however, also going to start talking about branching out to areas other than alcohol for grants just as a way to back things up.

Cold today, supposedly snow overnight and in the morning.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

18 December 2013

On this day in 1967:
Cold. School board 8 p.m. [to 10?] p.m. To Arl[ington] shop hay checks to bank. Forgot corner clips for Christmas cards Leah & [unk] visit Otto & Bert [Monter?]. Few [unk]. Get series 1959 A Bank. Also [FINANCE FUND CERT?] 1961.
12.92 + 36.17= total 49.09
Weird day. But not bad. Slept through night thanks to two 1/4s ambien (sheesh). Had Spousal Unit drop me off at Express bus location so I didn't have to walk up the stupid hill to HView. Mostly worked with new alcohol data they happily put up for me, composed a response to The Email, and found a potential problem with the merging code. I was integrating the new alcohol data with the rest of it and found a problem trying to mash together too many files. Hmmmm. Also got word my Nairobi trip was financed so I'll be heading there in January. Must make flights soon. Was getting kind of anxious about it, but starting to work through that. I know that will be going on for the next month.

Felt kind of bad when I got to the gym, like I hadn't eaten or had too much sugar or something. Possible. Had a decent but not spectacular workout. Came home and went to frame store for my old poster. Looks good. I'm glad I got it done.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

17 December 2013

On this day in 1967:
Cloudy cold 33-degrees F.
Clyde strep throat in Bed. Norman Mason PREACH! SS & Church. Snow & ice road.
Budget 4569.20 Rec'd 12-10 4340.64
Week 163.20 Rec'd 187.20
Took Nan & Bertha home. Open house for Geo. Bowers.
Looks like they're having ('had' I suppose is more appropriate) their cold snap now; we had ours a couple of weeks ago. But we didn't have snow! I haven't had strep throat in decades. Do adults get strep? I remember getting it several times when I was a kid.

Ugh, woke up at 3:30 this morning. The Kenya trip started me off. Finally got up at 4:15. Jack slept with me all night, too, I liked that. So the morning didn't start out great. I made pancakes for breakfast and took a nap before 7 for 1/2 hour and felt much better. I think.

I spent most of the morning doing laundry and trying to work out the step trench for KeH. I think I mostly know what's going on and what needs to be shown, and I have a profile drawing that should go in, but I don't know what it's really showing. Sent emails to Richard and Rob, but no response yet. Once that was petered out, I took some stuff to Goodwill, got gas, and then went up to Target to get something for the Spousal Unit. Was trying to find something particular in a children's item and eventually found a woman pushing a small kid around in the cart and said "Hey, you're a mom! Do they make these in microwaveable form?" I think she liked that. So I got that and I am d-u-n dun with XMas shopping. When I got home the last present was being delivered, too!

Had a quick lunch at McD's and left my seat a bit earlier than planned: a woman and a couple of developmentally challenged girls were looking for a table -- there were plenty open but they looked like they wanted a booth -- so I left and they slid in. Good deed for the day. Parked at UVil and then walked to IMA. Right knee is still kind of hurting, not sure what I've done to it. Stopped at UVil SBux again; I need a sugary beverage after working out. Got a couple of apples at QFC, one for me, two for Juno the reindeer at the tree lot. Came home, made dinner, blah blah blah.

Felt pretty bad all day due to alcohol junk, but as the day wore on I decided it didn't matter. I've been through worse things, gotten over a lot of humps, and accomplished a lot so far, so I'll get through this. 

Monday, December 16, 2013

16 December 2013 (Monday)

On this day in 1967:
Cloudy snow a.m. Snow. Bev Hathaway here 8 a.m.. Lottrean[?] Mermaid[?] for family (only). Hay Dickson owes me 2.50
Jerry Abbott 20.00 48 bales should have been 24.00.
I really want to know what this "Lottrean Mermaid" is. . . .

So, not too bad of a night. Slept okay. Started out the morning -- no workout -- by putting all the alcohol references into EndNote and it went okay. Composed a reply to The Email and I think it was a good one. Was in a really rotten mood about it all day, especially since I learned that A) They'd been collecting all sorts of alcohol data that I didn't know about AND doing counseling, etc., for it also, and B) That because of that it might not even be fundable since they're doing it already! So was in a funk. I do have a tradition of picking the wrong projects for myself. My first dissertation topic bombed for example (Fayum lithics). But the second one I did in five years and it was accepted on the first draft. So who knows. Have another important email to compose tomorrow as well. May go a long way towards determining my future.

Also looked into the step trench issue, which meant going over the old forms and junk and I even pulled out my old Toshiba PC to look at old data on. I was going to do Surfer stuff on it, but I didn't need to. This Mac has a copy of Windows on it, but it slows things down considerably. Tomorrow morning I'd like to finish with this chapter and be done with it.

At lunch here and then headed for UVil and the IMA right after that. Crowded weight room. Really good and focused workout, due to the above. I stopped a the UVil SBux on the way back for a hot chocolate, very much needed after that. So I guess it was a good day all around. Oh, I did make an attempt at the post office around 3, but too many people. We walked up this evening and got the last package mailed out.

Beautiful day, a bit foggy in the a.m. but sunny-ish and in the 50s this afternoon. Heavy fog this evening.

Sunday, December 15, 2013

15 December 2013

On this day in 1967:
Heavy frost a.m. Pt. cloudy.
Vacuum? Leah to Dr. Shepler 1 p.m. Eat at Palmer's. $2.09. Darigold check $2.23 used!
Rummage sale VFW hall!
Cards p.m. write! (liver trouble)
Mary Monty Rojahn died today 3 p.m.
The last two lines were written in an apparently different hand and perhaps later?

Last night = anxiety attack. =( Admittedly, I neglected to take my 5 pm dose of chamomile and took one at around 9:30 instead. So who knows. I tried to get around it, but with only marginal success. I tried the phrase "I will live simply, unselfishly, and devote myself to serving others" but it was. . .well, it helped I guess, but not a whole lot. Have done my dose today though!

But I slept until 5 so that was okay. We went to McD's for breakfast as I've been jonesing for an egg white sausage McMuffin. I find them much better than the regular ones for whatever reason (probably fresher). Following my brainwashing phrases from last night, I spent most of the rest of the morning busily engaged in either cleaning or helping Rob with some KeH stuff. Cleaned up more of my desk and room, put away a bunch of junk in the living room, etc. I finally sat down around 10:45 to watch a bit o' football and fiddle with the guitar and. . . I promptly took a nap. Good one though. We went to UVil for the usual stuff, we were the only ones in the Italian place for a while, I guess everyone was out watching the SeaChicken game (started at 10). We did that and then came home and then went out and got a tree. It was a 6' douglas fir for around $32. Looks nice. Daisy has already sat under it.

I did more cleaning and stuff before starting dinner. Kind of went on a downer this afternoon after an email -- which wasn't really bad, but I tend to take things badly and after last night. . . .-- and so I've been keeping busy and such. I had to go find my old copy of EndNote and install it and will definitely have work to do tomorrow morning. But tonight may be rough.

We went to UVil for Xmas shopping at Eddie Bauer and around a bit. Checked out some of the new shops and restaurants that we'll never go into. . .bought a new candle/grill lighter and a box for Fr. Tony's stuff.

Really, a pretty productive day although it's been a bit of a downer later.

53 today and cloudy and rainy some of the time.

Saturday, December 14, 2013

14 December 2013

On this day in 1967:
Heavy frost.
Guy R. Lusignan $10.00 Simpson Forrester. Alder cut on Eby Hill 8:30 a.m. Leah to Les Lothian's 12:40 p.m. Grange Aux. lunch. Meet Frances Pierson Mormon church 3:55.
A pretty decent day. I slept in the bed most of the night, until Daisy decided she was very proud of herself and was wandering around meowing. She doesn't talk much. Must've been around 3 or something, maybe later. I was awake and went to the other room and laid there a while, which was okay, I started thinking about my alcohol research and a potential grant. I think it would probably suffice to use as our 'hook' that we're getting good alcohol data for HIV patients that will have good followup in Kenya, which is, if not a first, at least a strong proposal.

At any rate, I slept until almost 5! Go me. We went to Burgermaster for breakfast and I got hash brown and gravy and bacon. I ate half of it; the remainder will get consumed Monday morning. I don't think I did much all morning. . . .well, the Spousal Unit was baking cookies and junk for the Hair.Comb ladies so I had to assist. We did that (hair) at 11:30 and then went to Pagliacci for lunch on the Ave. Got a couple books at the U Bookstore, one on WWI and one on the Pig War on San Juan Island. The latter involved the British and American military contingents on SJI and is a major part of local history. I know the sketched version but not the whole thing.

Hit three estate sales after that, I only bought a single CD, one by David Arkenstone who does really nice New Age music. Pretty dull stuff all around, although I liked the wedding dress at the one. We thought about getting an XMas tree this afternoon but the one place on 35th (Hunter Tree Farm) was packed so we'll do that Sunday evening. We went to Target at NGate this evening. I didn't do much except enjoy the scenery.

I have, however, just downloaded the HAL-9000 screen saver for my iMac. I love it. It replicates screens from 2001 and does a really nice job of it. I dunno, why, but that movie's tech still holds up and still seems 'futuristic' even though we're 12 years beyond the date set in the movie. OTOH, the movie version of '2001' is way ahead of where we really are.

Friday, December 13, 2013

13 December 2013

On this day in 1967:
Heavy frost. Clear sunshine.
Cut alder log 4 loads in basement. To Arl[ington] p.m. mail packages with cards. 
Decent day today. Slept well. No ambien. Decent workout, too, though not spectacular. Last early morning workout for three weeks, too; IMA doesn't open until 11 from now until after New Years. I suppose it's a nice little change for a while, but it's kind of irritating after a while. I find it easier to get down there first thing.

Missed the bus on the way back from the gym, it was early. I was going to just get a bagel and soda at the HUB but couldn't get a soda. Fortunately, I decided to just go wait for the bus, and it was only a few minutes. So, eh. I spent most of the morning trying to figure out Kom el-Hisn's 1984 unit "ST-1" or the step trench. Rob really wants it in the monograph but there's little on it. Can't find the 1984 photo log either, probably sent it to Wenke. I just need a couple of photos where I know what I'm looking at.

McD's for lunch, and then I replaced the struts on my hatchback -- it was pretty easy, I didn't have to unscrew them (although I did that for the first one). Seems to work fine now. Then I went to NGate to pick up the penultimate gift for the Spousal Unit, and saw Ruby there. Haven't seen her in a long time. We only chatted a couple of minutes. I got a hot chocolate at the SBux, sat in the food court for a while with that, and then came home. Fiddled with guitar for a while. Dinner = leftovers. Walked outside. It's nice out this evening, almost 50 and not raining. It feels wonderful compared to the 20s we had just last week.

So far so good on the chamomile, too.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

12 December 2013

On this day in 1967:
Plan to Everett 8:30 a.m.. Heavy frost a.m.
Clear sunshine no go to Everett or Aurora Vill. 
Aurora Village is still there, up in Edmonds.

A decent day today. Kinda started off not so great as it took me forever to get to sleep last night, but then I slept almost all the way through. Decent workout although it started out slow for some reason. My right knee was kinda iffy too. But it all worked out and by the end I felt really good.

I came home and managed to eat both bagels, ye olde tongue was doing much better. I left for downtown around 10:30 and we had our Xmas lunch with our group in a conference room where Anne had had Mexican food brought in. I think I gave her the idea. Otherwise all we have around us is asian. It was pleasant. We also got gifts from the Kenya crew: I got some thong sandals made from old tires! I remember they were making those here in the 1970s. They look like they'll fit. Got to see Engi again (the Copt, I really like her) and some other people I don't see very much. I did a little bit of work while there.

Left there around 2 and globs of kids got on the bus from Roosevelt HS at 65th. Sheesh. Actually they weren't too bad. A nice couple of asian girls sat/stood next to me and just chatted (it, like, amuses me to, like, no end hearing teen girls, like, talk and stuff). I think one was Diana's (a neighbor) daughter. Once I got home, just piddling around. We went to UVil to get some stuff, uninteresting mostly.

Pretty cold this morning (34) and rainy this afternoon. A nice change from the last week or so.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

11 December 2013

On this day in 1967 (Monday):
Hail showers 2 p.m.
Scout Dinner at Arl[ington] Methodist Church 6:30 p.m. yes? School board meeting? To Stanwood & Marysville Leah's gloves! 8:30 cut alder log thrown in basement [unk]. School board meeting 7:15 p.m. 1 a.m. home school board meeting LONG!
I'll say. Who these days would spend 4 hours at a school board meeting?

Well. Meh, had to take 1/4 ambien last night, darn it. Didn't sleep real well. And then I was halfway through my second bagel at work and bit my tongue HARD. JAYsus that hurt. Bled a lot, too. I went to the bathroom to rinse it out a bit and I was just spitting out lots of blood. Hurt all day. So much so that I had some difficulty talking. I stayed until 3:30 and took an hour out to take some files to HRA, and went with Jenny to the Starbucks where I ate some oatmeal. And even that was difficult! Ate a bit of my PB&J, too, but not much. Met with Michael and we talked mostly about possible grants for alcohol work. It was a bit pessimistic, at least in so far as we had no clear idea of what sort of hypothesis we could use to get $$$$ for.

Ride home was uneventful save for the utterly gorgeous young lady sitting across from me on the bus on the way home with a short plaid skirt on. Difficult not to stare but she knew that so I didn't. We walked to the Safeway for some milk and pomegranates (how's that for a combination?).

Oh, I also started composing an abstract for our KeH panel. Rob thinks I should do something on the history of work there and include our own stratigraphic work. Easy to work up a presentation on it, but I only have to days to make an abstract for it. Will probably do that Friday morning. Well, and work on it some tonight and tomorrow as well.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

10 December 2013

On this day in 1967:
Cloudy. Showers.
Church [Unk] & Bertha Dineher[?]. Note your cheerful neighbor here [unk]/
Dec 3 Budget 4406.00 Rec'd 4153.??
Weekly 163.20 12-3 368.36
252.56 behind.
Clyde sing solo pt in quartet (Church).
So far so good on the chamomile stuff. No apparent side effects up to this point and I haven't needed an ambien in the middle of the night yet (he says. . .) because I haven't gotten all worked up yet. So, maybe. I found a local store that carries the stuff so at least I don't have to go mail order. Consequently, I slept okay and had a really good workout (legs). Fewer people down there this week, should only be a couple of us by Friday. When I was walking down the hill from the bus the Spousal Unit texted me and said she forgot to bring her computer in and could I drive it down? So I horked down my bagels and then went down to Renton. Stopped at PetSmart and got some junk for the guys, too. When I got back I. . . .what did I do? Fiddled around with some stuff and then headed off to NGate for lunch and finishing up Xmas stuff. Got all of my family's stuff purchased and mailed this afternoon.

I put together some alcohol stuff for Michael (meeting tomorrow) and did a few other things this afternoon that kept me busy until 4. We went to UVil and got the bagels I [hadn't] ordered, and now just goofing off.

Monday, December 9, 2013

9 December 2013

On this day in 1967:
Cloudy showers. To Arl[ington] groceries, hair cut ($2.00). 12 bales hay to ZERFOSS [$5.00?]. Bertha to Thrifty Foods. 10 gal gas Merc L.N. 1 1/2 ".
Not sure what that last bit means, except for the gas part.

Not a bad day today. Slept well except for a bit of excitement around 4 when a couple of raccoons decided to wander up to the porch and planter bed in search of food, which sent the cats into a tizzy. I didn't get up but the Spousal Unit did and watched them for a bit. I got up a bit before 5 and had a soda, meaning an AWESOME workout. Almost missed the bus, too, I had to sprint for it, but I caught it. Most of the morning I spent working on a gas station post for Car Lust, ate lunch in, and then went and got a gift for Barb (sister) and some other things. More work on the post, a bit of guitar practice, and then I started dinner. Yeah, yippee. But I should be able to mail out the Xmas stuff tomorrow.

The cold is finally letting up, it was 26 this morning and is hanging out in the 30s now. Tomorrow morning may be dicey as rain moves in, but by this time tomorrow we should be mostly back to normal, weather-wise.

Sunday, December 8, 2013

8 December 2013

On this day in 1967:
Cloudy spot of sun. Rain 4 p.m.
Clean up in basement -- pull alder from woods, saw up top log. 3 wheel bar [loads?]. up to see Lawrence Fry Naome[sic] Betty & Ray Fungate. Cake. Orange serbert filling, coffee. Leave about 9 p.m. up at 7 p.m. saw & [double?] tree. Cleaned up [stall?] of Bill [received?] magnet covered with small parts wire. [Radio?]? No phone. Bev Hathaway. F.L.L. 20 bales hay.
Still bumming about Bill. =(

Yeah baby, slept until 5:20 today. Decent. Icky buckwheat waffles for breakfast. They stick to your ribs more than the normal ones -- no doubt why they were popular -- but taste like eating sand in them. Went to Mass, too. Fr. Oliver is a hard core liberal and it occasionally leaks into his sermons. Had a guest speaker from Catholic Community Services and I'm thinking of switching my Church giving to that instead of the general collection.

Came home and fiddled on computer a bit, did some cleaning, etc., watched a bit of football and took a short nap around 11:30. We did the usual UVil lunch and shopping. It wasn't very crowded for a couple of weeks before Xmas, probably owing to the continuing cold weather. This morning I put out the hummingbird feeder just as it was getting light and one was on it before I got the door closed. I like those little guys. Sunny, but still cold, only up to 36 today.

In the afternoon I. . .didn't do much, I don't think. Did a few puttery things around the house and fiddling with guitar while watching the SeaChickens play San Francisco (they lost), dinner, walk, etc.

Saturday, December 7, 2013

7 December 2013

On this day in 1967:
Cloudy drizzle.
To Locker pay rent 113 & 118 -- 14.00. Put beef liver [ed.: Bill's?!] in locker 118. Took 1/2 liver to Sky & Myrtle. 1 [Beet?] pulp 1.70 10 logs $1.15. Gas SO 40304.4 8 gals $2.87. Candy to Jim & Mary $2.70 postage.
Yes, I'm afraid Bill the cow has been turned into beef. A few of days previous I think he'd mentioned Bill had not been eating or something so I'm thinking he was just at the end of his life anyway.

Missed an entry yesterday because we had the HRA Christmas party. It was at a pizza place in Greenwood (Razzi's, 8523 Greenwood N). It was okay. I mostly talked with Jenny and Dawn, chatted with a couple others. Cold again, barely got above freezing. I'm not sure the chamomile is making a whole lot of difference thus far, although I suspect it has to be taken for several weeks before the effects become noticeable? At any rate, no apparent side effects either.

We finished the project yesterday as well, the sorting of the Bangor site material. Jenny had been thinking it would go for at least another week yet, but almost all of it was done yesterday afternoon. I mostly entered data in the afternoon and Sarah (STT) finished up the stuff I had been working on. So, mostly unemployed again. I'm not exactly sad to not be sorting anymore but the regular work was nice and I enjoyed the people there (except Amy). Hopefully I made a good impression at least.

Also found out that my Kenya trip is on, I'm supposed to be there on January 25 for 6-7 days of work. I'm planning on staying on a few days and meeting the Spousal Unit for a little vacation. Must start looking into where I'd like to go.

Today was okay, slept until around 5, waking up only once! Well, twice, that was the second. Spousal Unit didn't arise until 7:30 and we had oatmeal for breakfast. This morning I put up the first set of blinds in the downstairs bedroom. These, of course, were the things I'd been worrying about whether I'd measured them correctly and junk in the middle of the night. And, of course, I did a magnificent job of it and they fit perfectly. First one took over an hour and the screws went in with great difficulty. We went out and did a little Xmas shopping at noon for a while, and got some groceries at UVil QFC. I spent the rest of the afternoon putting up the other two sets of blinds, a little easier but the screws were murder still! My hands hurt. But they're up and they all look very nice.

This evening we went to NGate, didn't get much. Watching much football. 

Thursday, December 5, 2013

5 December 2013

On this day in 1967:
Cloudy. Sprinkle a.m. Leah at Pats 2 p.m. if no rain butcher Bill. Snow at 12:50 snow to Kellog [unk] dry & sun at Marysville. To Thompson's packing 3:30. Home after taking Sky home 4 p.m.? Get Leah at Pats 5:45 p.m. snow! Sky 1/4 - 185 lbs, Gertrude 1/4 160 lbs. [unk] 1/4 178 11/33/unk <==25% bones etc. ESS 1/4 167 lbs.
Poor Bill the bull! I think he was butchered and given away in quarters. =(

I have just taken two chamomile tablets and begin attempting to partially control my anxiety via chemical means. I'm not expecting it to work miracles, but I hope that eventually it will at least allow me to keep it easily under control, especially in the middle of the night. Well, really, the middle of the night is the time I can least control it.

Last night was weird, I think I woke up like 5 times. The first was when Jack came in meowing and I thought it must have been 1 a.m. at least. He ran ahead of me into the TV room, clearly having accomplished his goal. He ran around a bit and then settled in at my feet. He doesn't often sleep with me, but when he does he really wants to. Oddly, when I went out there it felt like I was going to have an imminent humongous anxiety attack, but I just didn't for some reason. The next time I woke up I swore it should be 3:15 like usual, but I went back to sleep, woke up again. . .still no alarm or furnace kicking on. Lather, rinse, repeat a couple more times. Finally I woke up to the heater at 4:30. Whew! Actually a decent night's sleep all things considered. Consequently, I had an awesome workout (legs). Cold this morning, I think 29? Ride downtown went okay, if crowded. Work was fine, did some of the report for Jen G. and sorted 1/4" the rest of the day. I may be doing this one for the rest of the time, it's going slowly. We may be done next week anyhow. Fairly quiet day.

This evening we walked up to Safeway and got a few gift cards for gifts, so now I only have Barb to take care of and then I can mail stuff out. My new passport came as well as the chamomile.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

4 December 2013

On this day in 1967:
Cloudy. Phone Lawrence Fry try [Tuesday?] Snow on top Stimpson hill after 8 a.m. Leah owes me 6.00 + 4.80 +.82 = $11.62. 

That would be $78.82 in 2012 dollars. That's quite a bit. I know I often forget about inflation when seeing dollar amounts from a few decades ago.

Slept badly last night. I woke up at 3:15 (usual), took 1/4 ambien and I think dozed off for maybe 20 minutes? Maybe more. Got up at 4:30. So I had a decent workout anyway. 30 degrees at 5, colder tonight. And I forgot to put out the hummingbird feeder this morning! I feel bad. Of course, I'll probably be awake tonight thinking I'm the worst bird feeder EVER.

But I spent most of the day fiddling with my alcohol data and not getting much. Was stuck on adherence, or calculating how many times people were late for their refills. Still nothing. Had a nice walk over to coffee with Anne. Pretty much just coding all day.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

3 December 2013

On this day in 1967:
Rain. S.S. & Church. Bertha to Ev[erett]. Milt & Mrs. Morris also Arl[ington] [Flo?]
Guget9sic) 4242.80 Rec'd Nov 20 1967 3785.08
Needed 163.20 Rec'd 11-26 47.82
Bertha buy dinner $1.49
No rain here except last night. Oddly a thundershower! Around 5:15 we saw a flash outside and thought a light went out but then the thunder rumbled. Rained quite a bit most of the evening and I was worried it would freeze overnight, but it didn't get below freezing. Around 34 when we got up at 5 and got up to 41. Supposed to be in the 20s overnight.

Decent day, although I took Ambien twice last night, sheesh. Slept very well though, so I think it was worth it. Haven't located any chamomile pills anywhere, so I ordered some online. Hopefully they'll get here soon so I can start experimenting with them. Had a great (leg) workout, and made it to work in good time. Jen was back! Their Oregon work was canceled because they thought it was going to snow (it didn't) so she's back here for at least a couple of days. Nice to have someone to talk to again. Supposedly we're wrapping this stuff up by the 19th. I like the regular hours but I won't miss sorting. Eh, maybe they'll keep me on to do something else. Otherwise, I'll start drywall patching.

Monday, December 2, 2013

2 December 2013

On this day in 1967:
Rain! Rain! Rain! Sold 12 bales hay $5.00. [unk] owner! Crack nuts! 2 loads wood in basement. Jackie Gleason show 7:30-8:30.
Rain! Rain! Rain! At least this evening. It was dry and sunny most of the day but then some convergence zone rain started around 4:45 and it's been raining since (it's now 7:20). Bad news if/when it freezes overnight. I think it'll dry up though.

I started formally looking for chamomile stuff today. Didn't find it in the Bartell's or QFC, so I will try some hippy-dippy natural junk store on 65th tomorrow. I guess most people just drink the tea. Might get a cup of the tea tomorrow as well. Will track the results here.

Slept mostly through the night and had a dandy workout. Work was uneventful, I mostly worked on the survey report from last week, until around 2 and then sorted the rest of the day. Bus ride home I stood most of the way. Went to UVil this evening for bagels and hunting the elusive chamomile tablets.

Sunday, December 1, 2013

1 December 2013

On this day in 1967:
Cloudy. Weather report said 50-50 chance of H2O. Fed cattle 8 a.m. Bill no like Murphy fat food. Leah to Everett a.m. Leah owes me $6.00. Grange meeting $50.00 voted for community Christmas party?
You know, when I first read that I thought it said 'communist' Christmas party. . . .

Well, today started at 4 a.m. Meh. I've been sleeping okay all the long weekend so this was okay. I took a half hour nap later. Didn't do much all morning though, save for cleaning up the floors a bit and changing the sheets. We left early (11:15) for UVil assuming it would be insanely busy, but it wasn't; when we left at around 1:30 there was gobs of parking. Maybe people were shopped out. I got Robin (niece) a charm for her bracelet and Veronica (other niece) an Apple gift card, and a small gift card for Lisa. We just did that, had lunch, then the usual shopping. Stopped by an estate sale on the way back; neat house, a man lived there, but there wasn't much interesting. Well, there was some cool stuff but nothing I wanted to buy.

The afternoon I blogged a bit, got stuff ready for tomorrow, etc. We had Pagliacci pizza for dinner and then just walked. It's been in the 50s all day and was supposed to rain -- it has been raining, but all around us while we sit in a nice rain shadow. Starting tomorrow cold air moves in so this week will be chilly. I'm hoping my anxiety doesn't whig me out with this like it used to.

Saturday, November 30, 2013

30 November 2013

On this day in 1967:
Banquet Mt. Vernon [#62?] 6 p.m. $2.00 each $4.00. Derrel[?] Martin & Clyde & us! Saw Herb Nelson Sultan Pres. Men's Club? Eliason Mt. Vernon 7 [Ozzie?] Anderson?
A $2.00 a person banquet? Well, it was 45 years ago. . . .

Today was. . . .decent. Slept until 5. Went out for breakfast at 6:30 because the Spousal Unit awoke at like 5:30. So heck, we were back and awake and fed by 7:30! I did diddly all morning. Cleaned off some of my desk, did some other bits of work, watched football starting at 9 for the Ohio St. Michigan game (OSU 42, UM41, I think). Wisconsin had Penn State at home and performed abysmally. Really, it was like a 3-7 team playing. Penn St. just outdid them in every aspect of the game. And Auburn beat Alabama. I was kind of rooting for Auburn even though my dad was a dyed-in-the-wool Bama fan; mainly because Bama's won the last two BCS championships and I want someone else in there this year. This evening I'm watching the USC-UCLA game and probably the Az-Az St one too. The USC-UCLA one has gone back to both wearing their home colors for this game, which I like. It really reminds me of watching them back in the late 1970s.

We didn't do much else all day. I put up more lights when I realized Wisconsin was really sucking, made dinner of Thanksgiving leftovers and collards with. . .bacon! I liked it but the SU thought it was too salty. Just did a basic walk around the neighborhood.

Friday, November 29, 2013

29 November 2013

On this day in 1967:
Rain. 127+23=150 bales total hay @40 lbs/bale. 3 ton to date. Joe & Maxine Dinner & Floyd Langdon here for lunch leave 2:30 p.m. Put cedar pole up apple tree. Looks like Thurs will be clear?
150+20=170 bales
Yes, I missed yesterday as it was Thanksgiving and didn't get home until. . . .7:30. It was a decent day I guess. Slept until 4:30 or so, Spousal Unit didn't get up until after 7:30. We left for Gig Harbor around 11 and thence to the sister in law's house. I like the location. Steven (nephew in law) I didn't even recognize because he'd gotten so fat. But a decent day. They had a new 7-week old kitten that slept in my arm for a long time and played next to me for quite a while, too. Cute little thing. Dinner wasn't until 4:40 after we'd been told it would be at 2. Grrrrrr. But not much traffic so it went okay.

Today I slept until after 5, had breakfast here (it's Friday), and then noticed a large, white goose was sitting out in the front yard. Yes, a goose. It belongs to someone a block or so away and we saw it once before wandering around near their home. They need to keep that thing penned up because otherwise it's going to be road kill. The Spousal Unit went down there to see if she could find the owners (no luck) but while she was gone it flew away in that direction.

We went to the game around 11:30, getting lunch at the supermarket on the way. Decent game, 27-17 against WSU. The people around us were in fine form today, i.e., bad. One guy was spitting his chewing tobacco spit out near someone else's seat and they were mad when they showed up, other people were cussing up a storm at the refs, etc. etc. Apparently, when WSU scored a couple of Cougar fans were cheering and someone spit on one of them. Yeah, people wonder why I'm not a Husky fan. I might if it weren't for, well, Husky fans. But it wasn't too cold and for the most part it was reasonably pleasant.

I'm becoming a bit more concerned about the whole football thing. I think the drinking has gotten worse this year, although it might just be the people around us this time. I've heard NFL games have gotten to be one big drunkfest, although I'm not sure if this is a new thing or if people are just talking about it more. But really, the fans around us are the main reason I've really been considering not getting season tickets next year.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

27 November 2013

On this day in 1967:
Cloudy. Me & Angela & Rosalie & Judy cut alders [unk] get 1 gal jam from locke. Board swear in!
Very good day today. I slept in the bed all night! I was truly exhausted last night. Around 4:30 Jack walked up to my face and meowed at me; guess he was concerned. Had a decent workout to boot, although I didn't do the full-body thing again: my knee and back were so beat up from yesterday that I decided to give them a rest and just cycled for a while instead.

Today was GH day and it went well. They're trying to get me to Kenya so I had to write up an abstract for my alcohol stuff for that conference (due Dec. 2), then got ready for Skyping with Michael. He seems pleased with my work although doesn't think the alcohol work is publishable since my results are all negative. I'm somewhat more optimistic about that. But he seemed more positive about me staying on and assuming more roles. Got a decent amount done with the alcohol data, too, mostly with the adherence issue. Still nothing though.

I left at 3:30 but stopped by HRA to drop off the camera and Trimble, but went and forgot the charger for the latter. Hopefully they won't need it Monday right off. Ride home was uneventful. We made Chex mix for the first time, although we didn't have two of the ingredients.

I read a long profile of Tim Tebow today. One thing I gleaned from it that I think is very relevant to me right now is his insistence on "finishing strong". He used it specifically because he did better in the 4th quarter, but he also talked to prisoners and such and would tell them that it's never too late, they can still 'finish strong'. Which is more or less what I've been trying to convince myself of, and really is a massively concentrated version of Tennyson's "Ulysses":
Old age hath yet his honour and his toil;
Death closes all: but something ere the end,
Some work of noble note, may yet be done,
Not unbecoming men that strove with Gods.
. . .
Though much is taken, much abides; and though
We are not now that strength which in old days
Moved earth and heaven; that which we are, we are;
One equal temper of heroic hearts,
Made weak by time and fate, but strong in will
To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield. 
Good advice for anyone of any age. 

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

26 November 2013

On this day in 1967:
Pt. cloudy.
Joan & Allan & chicken here 3:00 a.m. [???]
Rosali & me to church
Nov 19 Budget -- 4079.60 Rec'd 3737.26
Needed 163.20 Nov 19 86.90
I think I read that correctly, 3:00 a.m. Yeesh.

Well, what do I care? I was awake before 3! Yes, just couldn't get back to sleep. I almost did but became wide awake a bit before 4, so today kinda sucked. The Spousal Unit dropped me off at the Mercer Island park & ride -- which, before leaving, I almost thought was across the 520 bridge -- and they came and got me in the truck at 6:45. We got out to the site a little before 8, after a few missteps. Kind of an ugly place. Some logging roads through previously logged areas, meaning lots of big old tree stumps surrounded by ferns and newer trees. Not very scenic. Tough to slog through. We only dug 13 holes which covered the area pretty well. Fortunately, we got done around 3 so I was home by 4 when I was expecting to get back around 6 (though I don't know why, it would have been pitch dark by 4 anyway). Hard day although I enjoyed it for the most part. My legs are probably bruised up and down. Back hurts, right knee hurts. . . .yup, I was in the field!

The Spousal Unit didn't get home until after 5:30, they were filming some sort of presentation. I'm not even walking tonight I'm so beat.

Monday, November 25, 2013

25 November 2013

On this day in 1967:
Pt. cloudy.
Yup, real busy in 1967. . . .

Had a really bad anxiety attack in the middle of the night, sheesh. I'll tell you what it's like: remember when you were in school and had nightmares about it being finals week for a class and you realize you'd never actually gone to the class? It's like that, but everything seems that way. In fact, I was thinking that it is a good example of what anxiety disorder is like anyway: it's that sort of feeling but nearly all the time. Not quite that intense all the time, but always kind of there, feeling like you're not prepared and not up to the task, etc. I know everyone gets that way sometimes, but it's like that a lot. I know I used to kind of work through it either by having a Big Goal (usually school related) and also, well, alcohol.

But I worked through it, using all of my tricks (thinking fast, "writing" a story in my head, multiplication tables), and 1/4 ambien. I think the latter really does settle my mind down. Need to investigate that after the holidays.

But I did okay, and had a very hard workout. Decided to to both upper and lower body as I have only two days at the gym this week. Man, the leg part sucked. It was killin' me. I ate my bagels at the HUB and then took a bus downtown to HRA to get ready for the work tomorrow. Ended up being late because I wasn't paying attention to the time, but no big deal. Got everything worked out; should be a fun project. Weather should cooperate as well. I'm going to treat it in best George Mallory tradition and look upon it as a great, albeit mini and safe, adventure. Hopefully with a better ending. . . .

Anyway, I got home by 11, started jeans washing, and then went to McD's for lunch. Did some piddling around and then stopped by Assumption to ask Carol about contractors (busy, no answer right away), then went to UVil SBux for a treat, and then QFC to get some stuff, mostly soda that was on sale and some for tomorrow. Mostly did chores the rest of the afternoon, changing the bed, getting the recycling out, etc. We walked to Subway for a sandwich this evening, for tomorrow.

Sunday, November 24, 2013

24 November 2013

On this day in 1967:
Windy. Pt cloudy!
Haul 80 bales to Bud Rogers $40.00. Bought bex[?] stumping powder $14.47. Forest D. Bice G'Falls.
Mike Rogers help me haul hay!
Today was. . . .odd. I slept halfway decently, until around 4:15-ish. I thought that would be okay, but by 7:30 I was really tired and ended up not going to Mass, but napped a good chunk of an hour around 9. I felt okay, but just kind of tired and out of it the rest of the day. Did a bit of work around the house and then we did the whole UVil shopping stuff, including getting a bunch of Thanksgiving junk. We're making dessert and two of them are on special diets (diabetes and kidney) so we don't really know what we're doing.

I don't like Thanksgiving. It's my least favorite holiday.

I spent most of the afternoon putting up the Xmas lights along the roofline. I think I used the multi-colored ones a couple years ago because I had them marked as "roofline" and "vine area". But the staples were in the wrong places for the north half so I had to redo them. Odd. That took almost an hour. I also washed my Mustang after that, it was filthy. Since then (ca. 4) I've been puttering around. Fed Daisy dinner; she gets half of a small can of canned food in the morning and evening. She really likes it, but it's also a way to give her some probiotics twice a day, because she has sensitive guts. She's fat so I'd like to stop that, but she really does love her canned food and it does work on her internals.

Saturday, November 23, 2013

23 November 2013

On this day in 1967:
Rain. Feed cattle a.m. Lee & Clyde here 1:50 p.m. Turkey dinner. Stay til 7:30 p.m. Still raining. Boys swing & carve totem pole. 
That's kind of cool, making a totem pole. Ha, I was going to say it was odd that they're having a turkey dinner a week before Thanksgiving, but in that year it was the 23rd instead of, as now, the 28th (next week).

I'm kind of happy right now: I discovered I still have my old Jethro Tull Aqualung album. I've barely played it I think. Anyways, it's in remarkable condition. I was thinking about it a couple weeks ago when I was playing bits of one of the songs, I think. I was thinking I'd have to buy a new one because there was no way I'd have kept it since I never played it! Go me. Pack rat. . . .

So I slept through the night, until 5, drug free. Go me again. It felt good to just sleep properly. I did wake up and move to the TV room, but it was still a reasonable night. Let's face it, every night's kind of an adventure. Did NOT go out for breakfast. All I accomplished this morning was to finish refoaming the Advent woofers. I think it went fine. Can't put them back together until I get the one fixed, which I'll probably try to do next weekend. Or start anyway. But we did move out the big brown bookshelf and took it to the Goodwill, so that's gone. Now just the big black one to go and I'm almost set.

We went up to Alderwood, mostly to go to Kohl's and got a few gifts for the nephew. Had lunch there. Walked around a bit. On the way home we stopped at an estate sale by 55th and 43rd. Interesting. It was a lady's apartment -- a big apartment -- and packed full of stuff, mostly clothes and knick-knacks and framed prints. Nothing interesting for me. At home I watched the second half of the Wisconsin-Minnesota game (won, 20-7) and sorted out Xmas lights. I was going to put them up on the front eaves but decided to watch the game instead. I did, however, swap the big Advents in the TV room for the Smaller ones in my room, which (the big ones) are playing as I type this.

Oh well, Washington and Oregon State at 7:30.

Friday, November 22, 2013

22 November 2013

On this day in 1967:
Leah to Mt. Vernon Dr. Shepler. Visit Fred Theubit. split alder blocks throw in basement also some dry wood.
So, my first day as an amygdalar-challenged person? Okay, I guess. Still woke up in the middle of the night although it wasn't much of an "anxiety attack" although I was worrying that I'd left a bunch of gravel in my samples (which I, of course, learned today that I was correct to do so anyway). But it was a pretty decent day. Still not certain what effect this all will have over the long term. I certainly feel a bit different knowing I've (probably) got something wrong with me, even though I realize it's rather minor in the great scheme of things. I continue to think that I can largely overcome it by training my mind to think in different ways than I have been. "Train the body, train the mind" I keep saying. I have felt much calmer today, whether that's due to my newfound enlightenment or just adequate sleep I hazard to guess.

But, I had a really good workout, did a decent amount of work, and just came home. Had chow mein from Westlake for lunch. We went to the Apple Store "Genius Bar" to get the stupid Epson projector off of my system. It had been installed last year in Egypt and was still listed as a sound device and kept defaulting to that, with no readily apparent way to remove it. Turned out it had installed itself as a "USB External Screen" or something, so he just removed that and it worked. Took him a half hour though. So, yay.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

21 November 2013

On this day in 1967:
Frost a.m. Cattle in barn? p.m. Not 9 as they should! clam chowder Kiwanis [unk].
Similar weather today: cold overnight (28 I think) and frost.

Slept okay last night and so felt good today. Decent workout although my left knee still hurt. Work was okay, pretty typical. Jen went over next Tuesday's fieldwork with me, should be not too bad although will probably be a long day.

But more importantly, I finished my audiobook on anxiety called Poe's Heart and the Mountain Climber by Richard Restak. It's more of a clinical examination than a "self help" book. It was. . . .enlightening. And I'm fairly secure now in believing that I have some sort of generalized anxiety disorder. Many of the symptoms he mentioned described what I've been going through to a T: excessive worry about minor things, difficulty sleeping from it, etc. On top of that, many of the suggestions he provided are things I've stumbled on myself, such as doing something consciously thoughtful when having one of these anxiety/panic attacks. He explains it as having to do with the brain's amygdala which controls anxiety. It's sort of a basal part of the brain and many of the symptoms have been observed and controlled in animal studies such as monkeys. Consequently, I'm starting to call my anxiety-producing process as my 'scared little monkey brain'. Kinda helps me personalize it.

I think my major anxiety-producing situation or effect is that I am scared of doing something wrong or embarrassing or not being perfect at all times and in all situations. I think it might arise from the reading and TV and movies of my youth: I got it in my head at an early age that you were supposed to be sort of, well, hero-like. Always having the right thing to say. Or doing the right thing. Always getting the girl. Sort of James Bond-like syndrome I think. A lot of books I read involved people who somehow developed certain skill easily, like prodigies. And on TV the characters seem to, say, learn guitar or sword fighting or what have you with ease. I think I assumed I needed to be able to do that and when I couldn't there was something wrong with me.

I have trouble in smaller groups, too, which really manifested itself in recent years. One or two other people, I'm okay. A room full of people I am giving a presentation to, I'm okay. But three or more others and I get anxious that I won't be able to follow along or I'll say something stupid or whatever, so I just clam up. I think that's why I'm also problematic with women. I must have the attention! I should be able to woo them with ease and when I don't, it's a personal failing instead of "they're just not into me". But I end up having to try too hard.

There's really a lot in my life that makes sense in this context. He mentioned that by focusing on a certain task or a goal, it can lessen anxiety, in his view because the frontal cortex -- the rational brain -- overwhelms the amygdala and keeps the anxiety at bay. I note that when I've been working on some Big Goal I have less anxiety. Before I realized I wanted to graduate grade school, I sucked and hated it and was anxious all the time and it screwed me up good. Same thing happened in college before I decided I needed to go to grad school. And once I finished my PhD and had no more Big Goal, I started sliding back down again. Only recently have I started to find some other Big Goal to get my mind focused again.

So I dunno how this will work out. It's a bit of a relief to think that yes, what I've been feeling all my life isn't because I really am a doofus loser, it's my amygdala freaking out because of the junk I read when I was a kid. Who knows, maybe realizing this will let me put it to rest more easily. Already I've been getting a bit of worry about things and thinking "It's just my scared little monkey brain acting up, it'll be okay". I may also imagine myself "consoling" the poor little scared monkey and calming down that way. Who knows. But things feel different now.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

20 November 2013

On this day in 1967:
Frost a.m. Nice day. Myrtle & Al Rue & John, Olive & Clifford Rod here 7 p.m. DInner Stay till 11 p.m. talk etc. [Unk] alder blocks & burn brush a.m. to Arl[ington] 2:30 p.m. get flowers give Jan Ruth Munings[?]. Davis not home English walnuts?
Happy today. Slept okay, although it took one entire ambien spread over three times. But I managed to sleep until the alarm went off. Very good workout. Went to GH today and got right on the alcohol model because I had a meeting with Barb at 10:30. Anne and I went over for coffee together before that. Meeting went well, I think I am understanding what's going on. Mostly. Rachel and I went over some stuff and that worked out, so I spent the rest of the morning and most of the afternoon getting my model together and sending some results out. Met the new 'Rowena'. Young. Wearing a blue suit and heels. That probably won't last. I mean the whole business suit thing. Seems nice though.

On the bus home the lady I barely knew from EMS got on when we got off the freeway and came and sat next to me. That may seem minor and weird, but several years ago that probably wouldn't have happened. I was kind of a sour puss for a long time and I think some, especially females, avoided me. I've come a long way in the last couple of years. I try to remember that.

We just went out and got a new light bulb for over the sink, plus some unfortunately too-stretchy clothesline.

36 this morning and up to 46 during the day. Sunny but cool.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

19 November 2013

On this day in 1967:
Lovely day. Church -- help Leah vacuum. Bertha Myrtle & Sky here for 1:30 dinner. To see Lawrence [Fry/Amy] & Ray & Betty etc.
Budget Nov 12 -- 3916.40
Rec'd " " " 3650.36
Each Sunday 163.20 Nov 12 236.83
Well, this day had its ups and downs. Started off by waking up too early, like 4, and had difficulty getting to sleep again. So, tired. Had a decent workout though, thanks to the Diet Coke before the alarm. Odd, all the females showed up today; they've been petering out lately.

And I forgot my phone. Kinda ticked me off, but as I say "If you're going to be an airhead you have to pay for it". But I had my computer with me so I was not devoid of outside contact. Probably did me some good. And I chose wisely in my bus riding: the 74 was jammed, but I saw one a couple blocks behind it and gambled that it was a 72, so I passed on the 74, and I was right, so I got to sit down for a change.

Work went okay. Had no audio book to listen to (although I re-downloaded Coolidge to the computer and listened for a while this afternoon). I listened to my iPod most of the day. Jenny was worried she'd been too hard on poor Adam, telling him he needed to dress more appropriately at work (his underwear was sticking way out yesterday), but I thought it was okay, because someone else had brought it up and she said it all in context of us all making sure we're not too slovenly. I finished the bags I'd been working on, so Thursday I can start on 1/8" stuff I guess. Supposedly Jen may be back, which would make me happy.

Ride home was okay, crowded bus though. We just went for a walk. Am trying to leave plenty of time to practice guitar tonight as I listened to Frampton's "Do you feel like we do" on the way home, it raawwwwks.

Monday, November 18, 2013

18 November 2013

On this day in 1967:
Nice day. Showers. Burned hazel brush, cut alder.
Phone to locate butcher. Lawrence phone, he will help dress "Bill".
Awww, one of his bulls must have died.

See, I never should have mentioned how well I'd been sleeping! Couldn't get to sleep last night and then I woke up before 4. Grrrr. Sadly, I took 1/4 ambien right before I realized it was almost 4:30. Oooops. Not that it mattered much, it's only 1/4, but I hate wasting the dumb things.

Anyway, still had a really good workout and made it to work okay (HRA, sorting). Pleasant day all around. I started a new audio book on anxiety and much of it resonates with me; I fear I actually have some bit of generalized anxiety disorder (BDA). A couple of the symptoms are interfering with sleep often (check) and excessive worry about relatively minor things (check). I shall continue to attempt to get better by mental discipline and becalming myself regularly. At least, it's getting better than it was.

Looks like we're probably going to be still sorting well into December, and doing 1/8". I think Serah is going to join me in the little lab room (i.e., the "closet"), which is nice, I like her. I actually look forward to going in when there's someone to talk to, although I also like just sitting there listening to a book all day. My Detroit one ran out, but I'm not too eager to renew it; it was kind of depressing.

Rained all afternoon and fairly heavily.

Sunday, November 17, 2013

17 November 2013

On this day in 1967:
Pt. cloudy. Lovely day. Sun a.m. Burned hazel Brush.
To Silvana p.m. Methodist Prayer -- sold 10 bales hay @ $5.00 horse man!
I think that says "Horse man". Or "men".

Well, last night I was telling the Spousal Unit how I'd been sleeping really well lately and that, by saying it, I'd jinxed myself.


I woke up around 1:15 and went to the other room. Fine. Except both cats were on my couch! I was able to crawl in and they stayed there, which was quite pleasant. But then I started getting all wound up about something (female related) and that led to other things and next thing you know I was not going right back to sleep. Since I couldn't roll around with the cats there, I decided to go downstairs, which I did. Still took quite a while even with 1/4 ambien. I was probably awake for over an hour and a half. Finally dropped off and didn't wake up again until the furnace kicked on at 4:30, but I managed to doze off again until after 5 when Jack decided he needed to find out what I was doing down there so he wandered around meowing at me, walking over me, etc. He did lie down on my lap for a bit which made me happy (he hardly ever does that). Even Daisy came down to see what was going on.

Consequently, with the minimal sleep and still affected by what I was all worked up about, it was kind of a weird day. I think I'm ready to do something about it; it's something I've been dealing with for a long time -- my whole adult life maybe -- and I'm hoping this is finally the time I deal with it. Although. . . .I kind of did about 15 years ago as well. How's that for mystery?!

I was quite productive today anyway. We went to McD's for breakfast but I ate too much. Came home, wrote up a short Car Lust post, and then started doing some cleaning: the floors, making the bed, etc. Also went through the pile of mail and got rid of most of it. Watched some football and took a short nap.

We did lunch at UVil (I had a cabbage-based salad and didn't much care for it), shopping, blah blah, home. Once at home I trimmed the roses (except one that I just remembered, drat!), and was going to put up the Xmas lights on the roof line but decided it was too windy. Instead I did a couple of ArchaeoBlog posts and glued the new foams for the Advents to the cones. Will do the other part this week. Hopefully Thanksgiving week I can fix the tweeter issue.

Dinner and a walk afterwards. Rained south of us all day but nothing here.

Saturday, November 16, 2013

16 November 2013

On this day in 1967:
Moon shine 5 a.m. BRIGHT. Sunshine.
Lovely day. Leah, Gertrude & me to Aurora Village, Edmonds. Lynnwood, Everett, end Marysville [B&M?]. Thompson [unk]. Geo & Viola phone congratulations 2 votes ahead of Martin Nerland. 
It WAS Edward (the diarist) running for election to some office! And he's winning by two stinking votes! I think I may have misread the initials in the earlier post?

Decent day today. I actually slept until after 5. I made my famous oatmeal pancakes for breakfast and then watched football (Wisconsin blasted Indiana 51-3) while I cleaned off my new Advent woofers for refoaming. I watched a video on doing these last night so I'm not at all nervous about it. We went to a place called Panera for lunch at NGate, Spousal Unit didn't like it for the second time in a row, so we shan't be going there again probably. Kinda pricey and frou-frou anyway. Then we went to Lowe's and got a new dimmer switch for the bathroom. I've decided that a bathroom dimmer switch is an absolute necessity since you can slowly turn up the light first thing and let your eyes adjust instead of just blasting the light on. It only takes maybe 15 seconds but it's much more pleasant.

Then we drove over to Ballard to an estate sale; neat house, lots of stuff, but I only bought an old Herb Alpert LP (SRO). Then to NGate again for ice cream. And home. Ordered a Domino's pizza for dinner in addition to salad. I like it, you can order it all online and pay with a card so it's easy peasy.

Didn't rain all day, barely did yesterday, so we ought to be able to go for a normal walk this evening.

Friday, November 15, 2013

15 November 2013

On this day in 1967:
Rain. 2:25 p.m. County Library truck passed. Pull [unk] black & line. (Rain). [unk] etc. To Arl[ington] see Mere 39658.5 17 gals. Speedometer cable out about 100 miles? Jan Kraetz says 2 votes diff. Martin Nerland[?] & E.W.S. Recount to be made! Ray Larson [hx?] to Millard Lord. 1st of Bob Murphy, Dick Larson PUD Everett 5 children. [Becker?] not home. New corner Catholic Church. 

Guess he was busy today. And apparently the voting he was talking about wasn't him? We'll see.

I slept through the night with only one awakening, to move to the other room; after that, I didn't wake up again until almost when the alarm went off. Oddly, even with that my workout didn't start off too great, although I got better and ended up having a really good one. That's four good workouts this week.

I mostly did some GH work after coming back home. All for Engi the Egyptian-American grad student. Probably should have worked on my alcohol model but I didn't feel like thinking too much. At noon I went up to NGate for lunch and ordered three sets of blinds from JC Penney: $450 altogether. Not a bad price. Can't wait to get them up, I'm tired of those shutters. I also noticed a gap at the top of one of the opening parts of one window down there, so I need to look into new weather stripping for those.

After the blinds, I sat around the food court with a hot chocolate for a bit. I stopped at an estate sale on the way back, one I'd been to before; nothing exciting. A newer Kenwood stereo. When I got home my shampoo (Amazon) had arrived along with the new foams for the Advents. I watched a video on YouTube about how to do it and it looks not that difficult. I'm a little concerned about the stuff I need to do with the crossovers, but I am set on learning how. I should change the capacitors while I'm at it.

Nothing much else. Oh, we elected our first openly socialist city council member. I emphasize 'openly' because, well, most of them are socialists in practice anyway. And people wonder why I want to leave this place. . . .if any of them had an ounce of intelligence, I might give them at least some credit but, alas, such is not the case.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

14 November 2013

On this day in 1967:
Rain. Big boy sick? Floyd & John Langdon. Pick up 30 bales total to date 130 bales.
Paid for 200 bales, 70 bales due F.L.L.
Loan Nick Gardner Bible Mother gave me.
Loaned  " " to " "  " " Edw. gave me!
To Everett County Committee Mukilteo & Edmonds transfer!
I think the "Big boy" may be his bull.

Am listening to the Allman Brothers as I type this, on LP. It's been a busy and sort of bittersweet(?) day. Started off rather badly, waking up at (probably) 3:30 and not getting back to sleep. I got up after a while of laying there thinking I might pop a 1/4 ambien, but the clock said 4:09 so I didn't bother and just got up. Worked out well enough though, had a dandy workout. Admittedly, both Tuesday and today this week an exceptionally attractive female was on the squat rack by the leg press so I felt obligated to do a lot of weight (damn you, Y chromosome!). Funny though, I do 5-6 sets in the time it takes her to do two. But, I worked very hard all week and that's good.

Came home in light rain, scared the cats at the door with my umbrella, and immediately set to doing. . .nothing much except eating my bagels. But THEN I set to clearing out my room. . .and clean it I did. Got rid of lots of stuff: numerous old sci fi books I haven't read (or finished) and probably won't because I don't have time, some knick-knacks that don't mean a whole lot to me, and assorted other doodads. I cleaned off the entire brown book case and most of the big black one and consolidated it all into the new ones. I still have a few items on the black one but I think I can put those in a box temporarily while I get rid of the book cases. May need a small unit where the black one is for a few items, but I think it will look much better without those huge things in here. None of it was particularly trying to get rid of, with a couple of minor exceptions.

This wasn't all about 'getting rid of stuff' though: I found an old poster from 1984/85 that I bought on State St. in Madison (WI) that I've schlepped around ever since and rarely ever hung up. In truth, it reminds me of Laurie F. although I got it in the first place just because I liked it: it's a dark blue and black wide one with the silhouette of a piano player at one end and 5-6 little rainbow colored lines emanating from his hands. It's very simple but I think quite pleasing. It's in amazing shape for being moved around so much. I took it to a frame store and am having it laminated onto wood. It makes me feel good to finally give it a good treatment and be able to hang it up. . .for really the first time in 30 years.

But it feels good to clear stuff out. I think all that old stuff does tend to keep one's mind in something of a rut, thinking the same sorts of things you've thought for years.

We had leftovers for dinner and walked. No biggie.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

13 Novermber 2013

On this day in 1967:
Nice day a.m. Clean spuds 40! Lion's Club. See about speedometer? [Souls?] or [Roe?] near? $4.60. 
I really don't know about most of that. I assume he harvested and cleaned a potato crop?

Slept okay last night although I woke up like 4 times sometime before the alarm went off (I mean with an hour or two of it). Very good workout. I'm out of Luzianne tea this week so I'm having to drink two cans of Diet Coke before I leave to get all nice and hydrated. It was back day.

Went to NJB and someone was already in Michael's office so I had to go find a carrell to sit at. Meh. I mostly did my alcohol models in the morning and then Anne and I went out for lunch at the Greek place down the street which is now a Chinese place. Nice to just chat with her for a while. Came back and worked with Rachel a bit on some Coptic stuff, and then Skyped with Michael. I think he's pleased with our progress on various fronts. After that I fiddled with the alcohol stuff some more. I'm still not really getting how I'm supposed to construct a model by picking and choosing variables. But whatever, the alcohol doesn't seem very relevant, statistically.

Ride home was largely uneventful. Dinner was our "simple supper" of canned soup and grilled cheese, largely because we hadn't planned out the week very well. Sheesh, tomorrow will be all leftovers, too. See, all this time this week and I can't even plan a dinner menu! 

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

12 November 2013

On this day in 1967:
Nice day. S.S. & Church. Bertha to [unk]. Visit Hal & Gertrude OSO store.
Budget Nov -- 3753.20
Rec'd  " " -- 3413.53
Needed -- 163.20 Rec'd 207.56
To Les Lothian gravy boat.
Keith Numa at Store!
Egads, I totally forgot to make an entry yesterday! I don't know why, I had the day off and was just kind of busy. Hmmmm. Oh well, I mostly did errands yesterday (Monday) and was quite successful at it. Didn't work out (Vet's Day) so I did some work on an abstract first thing, did some emailing for work stuff, got a mocha, and then headed out around 9:30 I think. Went to Cascadia first to drop off some files, then to Lowe's for some lawn stuff, then to Comcast to trade in my old faulty remotes. And then to Sam's Club because the latter three are all in the same area on Aurora. Gas was $3.13/gallon. On the way home I stopped by Brad's and got a new bolt for the front quarter panel support. Whew. Home, lunch, then. . . .hmmmmm. I did stuff in the afternoon, too, but can't remember what. I cleaned somewhere, I think. Well, tested my new Advents, one tweeter doesn't work. I WILL fix it properly.

Today I worked out very hard (legs) and then came home and fiddled around for a bit and then decided to paint around the windows and ledge in the basement. That necessitated getting a new roller and some paint because I couldn't remember which can we were going to use. So I did that and finished it this morning, had a bad lunch of chicken and faux fool, and then wet to UVil SBux for a bit of a break. Nice to just sit in there for a while. Also dropped some stuff off at Assumption, but Carol wasn't there to get the name of any contractors she might know of. When I got home I put the shutters back on and got the basement straightened out again. Dinner. Walk. Beautiful evening, slightly breezy and mid-50s, my favorite Seattle weather.

Sunday, November 10, 2013

10 November 2013

On this day in 1967:
Rain a.m. Loaf all day.  8 a.m. John Hillis phone do not concede! [Nerland?] 264 @ 258. Count absentee ballots [next?] week.
Richfield cards 2 -- good thru April 1968 came today. Moved rake to calf shed a.m.
I wonder if Edward here was running for something? He was some sort of government official but I didn't think it was an elected position.

Anyway, neglected to post yesterday (Saturday) because our football game started at 5 p.m. Was NOT looking forward to going, and it had started raining, but we went anyway. . . .and it was okay. It was Colorado, who are really bad this year, so it wasn't crowded and the drunk rowdy people near us mostly weren't there. Hey, turned out we knew one of them anyway! Katie who used to cut hair. She was a ridiculously attractive girl back then (maybe 10 years ago) but apparently she's gained weight since marrying so I didn't recognize her at all. It rained lightly but not much. It was a blowout (59-7) so we left at the end of the 3rd. We may get tickets again next year. I was disinclined to, but last night was pretty good and I think if we get near non-drunks it might be better. Besides, I watched a show on the Michigan-Ohio State rivalry this morning and started thinking I would probably kick myself later if I neglected the opportunity to attend college football games at a major university when I can literally walk to the stadium.

I slept really well both nights, thank God. We just mostly hung out yesterday until game time (watched Wisconsin beat BYU), and today I went to Mass for. . .well, I was well rested and I needed to do some praying for a slight personal crisis. Part of the whole rehab thing. We went to UVil and then to Marianne's estate sale on Capitol Hill where I bought another pair of old Advents. $20! DAMN IT, I wish I'd waited and not bought that other pair. These are in better condition and WAY cheaper. But, eh. I can always sell a pair.

This afternoon was kind of quiet. Plan on walking to post office tonight to mail my passport in to get a new one.