Thursday, January 31, 2013

31 January 2013

On this day in 1967:

Frost -- Clear! to ail[?] -- Hattie Bluemke [phased eat?] 12:30 so 80[?]
Cut wood. Pull alder into field, go to Kiwanis dinner 1.80 Vietnam
Well, a little more interesting, but not all that clear. This was a Tuesday in 1967, btw.

Had a very disturbing dream last night. I was in Alabama -- where my dad is from -- and was in what was supposed to be his boyhood home, which we visited several times when I was a kid although this was definitely not it, and was talking with someone who I suppose was supposed to be his mother, who actually died while he was young. Can't remember what we were talking about, but it went on into other weirdness after that (including aquatic pigs sleeping in a river!), and I ended up arising feeling. . . .troubled. I dunno, it was kind of a welcome feeling for a while, but then it turned to just kind of being in a bad mood.

Had a decent workout and behind the cycle I was riding at the end was a pair of spandex shorts and little lacy red female panties on the floor. Which was odd. And then some old lady was clipping her fingernails on the bus to downtown, yuck. Work was actually okay, although I was mostly just running a big program all day, which I shall probably have to run again, but, oh well. Met a new person sitting near me, Laura, very attractive. Met with C. as well and we'll be going over some more stuff on Monday.

So I dunno, kind of a dreary day, but overall not too bad. I made garlic mashed potatoes and steamed vegetables for dinner with the remaining cream sauce I made earlier. Good recipe from Julia's book, definitely a process to make but we can reheat it so it might be worth doing again.

Tonight it also heavily misted again. I checked the radar before walking and it was clear but it was misting almost like rain.

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

30 January 2013

On this the last two days in 1967:

(29 January, Sunday) Dinner at ESS[?] + Maxine 1:pm. Heavy rain on way to *ev[?]. Back at 4:05, Sunshine showers at Lake Stevens. Visit Lee Skater injury
Need Jan 22 4836.28
Recd " "  " " 4685.82
Need each Sunday 143.42
1-22- 139.84
(30 January) Sunshine split maple, 2-3:30
82.40 Mrs. Gardners 1 bale hay to Steve
John Bunch radio PM [Dup?] upstairs
Bramer's food store 920 3rd Ave Seattle
Leak in disposed [days?]
Mon, Tues, Wed, Thurs
Weird stuff. The handwriting isn't the greatest so much of this is difficult to read. Apparently this wasn't used as strictly a diary but as an appointment book (which is what it is) and reminder of bills and such. Wish I knew what the numbers were all about.

ANYway. I didn't post anything yesterday because we went to NGate to walk (raining) and then had to watch a Styx concert from 7-9. Yes, Styx, at one time my ultimate favorite band. They were the first concert I went to see, too, I think a group called New England opened for them. It was good, they played Grand Illusion and Pieces of Eight, in order. Only two of the originals are part of the group full time (JY and Tommy Shaw) but Chuck Panozzo (the bassist) played a couple of songs. Decent stuff. I'm listening to Equinox on vinyl right now.

Yesterday was okay, slept well, went to Cascadia for a bit in the morning to work on my dirt samples and finish up a little from last Friday's project (photo log mostly). I did busy work in the afternoon. Oddly, my workout wasn't that great, I just felt kind of blehh despite everything seeming to come together for a good one. And my left knee hurt but I think I just slept on it wrong.

Today was okay as well, better workout, and I woke up around 4:35 so I was able to hydrate with a Diet Pepsi (that always works wonders). Rain, rain, rain, but mostly a heavy mist. Boring day at work, just stared at computer screen all day getting the programs to run. I was going to run the final one tonight, but I'll just do it tomorrow. I can still do other things (slowly) while it's running. We actually went for a walk in the heavy mist this evening and it wasn't too bad. Found I'd left my car window open since last night, but it didn't get too wet.

On an utterly sad note, I got a latte instead of a mocha this morning. It was awful but I drank it anyway.

Monday, January 28, 2013

28 January 2013

On this day in 1967 (Saturday):
1 ton hay Harold Cline
Rain see Vern Rice + G.I?
C.E. Bukes{?} Fixed
Hay delivered sprinkle!
Hmmmmm. Well, it rained, which is unusual for around here in January. Hahahahaha.

Well, it rained today, too. I slept through the night, albeit half of it was on the couch. I woke up after an adventure dream where I was escaping from some Powers That Be for some reason and I was just about to jump over a fence when I woke up kind of sweaty and stuff. Yeesh. But I managed to go back to sleep in short order and didn't wake up until the alarm went off at 5. Yes!

Another epic workout, and then off to work. I tried carrying everything in an old laptop computer backpack that I've had for years. It worked okay, but barely fits in the IMA locker, and it's kind of awkward so think I shan't be using it again. I'll just go back to my trusty old Lands End canvas briefcase and if I stumble across a nice backpack/computer/brief case type of thing I might go for it.

Work was kind of, well, not "fun" but the 12/31 data was uploaded from Kenya so I got to work on that. Fairly productive, but of course it had bugs in the data (as usual) so I spent all day getting through about half of the code. I can't figure out how to stop the code from running when I see an error. I looked it up once and it was like command+. or shift+command+. but that isn't working. So harumph. Also found that I somehow neglected to save all of the changes I'd made to one program last Thursday so I had to do it all over again today. So harumph again. And it rained all day. Around 2 I had to go for a walk so I went through the tunnel over to the hospital for a stroll.

Mostly leftovers for dinner. We went to UVil to do some additional shopping, but nothing exciting. Lots of sorority girls (probably) all out shopping in their black tights and boots. I rather like the look of them (the tights anyway) but when every other female is wearing them it gets a little monotonous. Really, Al Qaeda could bring down Western civilization by simply disrupting the supply of black spandex tights and boots.


Sunday, January 27, 2013

27 January 2013 (Sunday)

On this day in 1967:
Rain. 9:30 take G.I. to VERN RICE! to see Mose(?). No G.I. work?
Saw Alder down use(d) wheelbarrow.
I picked up 6 more diaries today, there were probably another 4 or 5 still there but they had not as much written in them. $7.50 each. I learned from one of the estate sellers that Edward was a milk/dairy inspector. Also listed in the back is his license # and that he drove a 1963 Mercury. There's various bits in the back that are amusing that I will transcribe on occasion as well.

I also looked in the front at the later December dates and he has written down a whole lot of data which I am unable to decipher right off the bat. E.g.
11-2-67 39322.7 - 16 = 13.8+ FARM 9554 152TK
Most are like that. Hmmmmmm.

But back in 2013, I actually slept until almost 6! Unheard of. Had to go to Mass because of that, and there was a baptism which I usually hate, but FrOliver cuts out some of it at the beginning so it doesn't go too long. Didn't do much the rest of the morning. We went for the usual shopping and junk, but the Spousal Unit didn't feel well (GI distress) so I took her home after minimal grocery shopping and went off to the estate sale myself. None of the other diaries had sold so I picked out the ones with the most written in them and got those. Rained most of the day, including a heavy mist for our (shortened) walk this evening.

Because of the Spousal Unit's internal distress, I made a bland supper/dinner of rice cooked in cream of mushroom soup (meh) and steamed vegetables (meh). I had cherry pie for dessert, but Spousal Unit had some rum cake with rum glaze she made last week. Blehh. She can have it.

I wrote both "dinner" and "supper" as I have largely changed over to calling the evening meal dinner, even though I grew up calling it supper. "Dinner" was reserved for a large mid-day meal, bigger than lunch. Even though there are regional differences, I think this probably grew out of the farming culture. A little family history of my maternal grandmother described their work day this way:
During the threshing season, wives did the milking and most of the barn chores in addition to preparing four meals a day – breakfast at 6 am, lunch at 9 am, dinner at noon, and supper at 5 pm – for the workers. 
The main meal was thus the mid-day one, to get the workers through the rest of the work day. Since they retired early,the evening meal would not be as large and heavy. This is actually the sort of schedule we follow in the field in Egypt: light breakfast first thing, a "second breakfast" -- really a lunch -- at around 9:30 or 10, a large meal around 2 (dinner) and then a light meal (supper) in the evening.

Saturday, January 26, 2013

26 January 2013 -- A New Year!

In diaries, that is. I picked up a new diaryat an estate sale today, and will hopefully get more tomorrow. Same guy kept diaries for several years starting in 1947, I believe. I bought 1967 today as it was the fullest and will probably grab whatever is left tomorrow (Sunday) when they are half price. Will also try to get more information on the guy. Here's what I know so far:

His name was Edward W. Soper. I wonder if this is him, although this say he died in 1976. In truth, I don't know if this was <I>his</I> estate sale, it could very well be one of his offspring's. But the diary does list it as "Arlington" which is north of Seattle here. Here's the brief blurb at the link above:

Edward W. Soper, Arlington Co. K, 361st Inf. Corp. Edward W. Soper, Arlington Born at Kansas City KS, in May 1891. Son of Mr. and Mrs. Fred W. Soper, R.F.D. 3, Arlington. Entered Camp Lewis 1 Nov 1917, and became a member of Co. K., 361st Inf. 91st Div. He was with the A.E.F. from 6 Jul 1918 to 15 Apr. Corporal Soper was with the 91st Division in the St. Mihiel salient, 11-13 Sep 1918; Meuse-Argonne, 26 Sep to 12 Oct 1918; and in Lys-Scheldt, from 31 Oct to 11 Nov 1918. Discharged 1 May 1919.

It also says he was married although it lists no children. He had something to do with the dairy industry. I also noticed a letter from Clarence Spears, head coach of the U of Oregon football team in 1930, responding to a letter of his (Edward's) that apparently inquired about the althletic/health value of dairy products. That would be in line with the chronology if this Edward was born in 1891; that would put him around 40 in 1930. His apparent burial place can be viewed here. The entries don't seem to be as long as the previous diarist's, but seem to have more "data".

So here goes!

On this day in 1967 (Thursday):
Showers. Brief sun. Trip to OSO. FISH Maud & Bat(?) [serv]? Geo of Entsminger daughter. Jim [Montgomery?] coffee at OSO store! Leah & me 3 for 10 cents, 150 clear GE bulb 36 cents.

Not sure what the "OSO" is. It's in caps, but may represent Oso, Washington which is up by Arlington.

As for me, I missed yesterday because I was in the field all day and didn't get back until after 7, a 12-hour day in all. A small job up on Lopez Island. I drove up with Mike in the morning, crossed on the 9:20 ferry, and met Teresa at the site, an overgrown lot on Mud Bay. Seems to have been cleared (fire) some time in the past as it was all underbrush, not wooded like nearby areas -- and we found burned sediment and root burns. There were already four large percolation test pits and there was shell visible in one, along with small amounts of shell in two other probes I dug. It doesn't appear to be midden because it was too light in density. But it will probably require monitoring when they do more work there. I think someone wants to build a house. We stopped at a place for a milk shake on the way back and got the 4:20 ferry back. It rained most of Thursday but Friday up there was mostly clear and pleasant.

This morning I woke up at 3:30 and couldn't get back to sleep. After breakfast (Burgermaster) I came back and took a nap, thank God. Took a bus (65) to UW and worked out pretty well at around 10:30 when the Spousal Unit picked me up and we went to lunch at Rainin' Ribs on Lake City. The estate sale was up there. When we got back we just vegged. Oh, errrm, I also had some intestinal distress this morning. Ergh. Don't know what the source was. But I watched the end of Animal House that I started watching this morning. I haven't watched the uncut version all the way through in a while. Still hilarious.

It stopped raining around 5, so we were able to walk. Tonight is just starting this new diary and thence to a movie. And hopefully a decent night's sleep. . . . .

Thursday, January 24, 2013

24 January 2013

Pretty good day today. I slept in the bed all night so I felt decent, had a really, really good workout, but left a little early to catch the earlier bus home so I could take the Honda in. Sadly, I left the gym earlier than I needed to and had to stand at the bus stop too long. Oh well. But the car went in and then I came home and did work work all day. Which was actually quite productive. Here is the snippet of code that came up with:

begin program.
import spss, spssaux
vdict=spssaux.VariableDict() # This gets the list of all variables, the data dictionary
nvars=len(vdict)
FirstVar=vdict[1].VariableName
LastVar=vdict[nvars-1].VariableName

varlist=vdict.range(start=FirstVar, end=LastVar)

for i in range(nvars-1):

    myvar = varlist[i]
    mynewvar = myvar+"_AMS"
    spss.Submit(r"""
        rename variables ( %s = %s) .
                        """ %(myvar, mynewvar))
end program.

The part in bold is new. It's part of the Coptic merging program and it adds a suffix to every variable that indicates which form it came from. I had been having to specify what the variable names were, between which all would be suffixed. Trouble was, the order would change or new variables added and that would screw it up. This new stuff just renames everything between the second and last variables. Should fix a lot of problems. I was quite pleased with myself, albeit a bit annoyed that I didn't discover that earlier. But there's more reference material out on the Web now than when I first wrote that.

We went to McD's for lunch, a little late, all I had was fries, yum. Worked more in the afternoon. The weather this morning was quite pleasant, sunny and in the low 40s, but it turned to rain in the afternoon. Hopefully it won't rain too much tomorrow when I'm out in the field.

This evening we retrieved the car and went to UVil to get some prescriptions. I got the low-dose antibiotic again, but I will try not to use it, opting instead for some cream to keep the acne-type junk controlled, which it is doing kind of well so far. And more Ambien.

Last night I watched the end of First Blood for the umpteenth time. It's a very good movie and the last scene is very powerful. That and I switched to a show about the best songs of the 00s.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

23 January 2013

Well, I woke up at 4:15, but that meant I could drink a soda before really getting going which further meant for an entirely awesome workout. Started out kind of slow, but it went great. Part may have been due to the unnaturally large number of females down in the man cave, but probably just a lucky coincidence. I also realized that I've been leg pressing almost 500 pounds again already.

Today was a work-at-work day so I took the HS Express down and settled into my carrell, my little world for the day. I started out thinking I'd have trouble finding anything really important to do, but then I started looking at the actual variables that were being created by the last run, and there were a bunch of changes that resulted in a LOT of them not having a form-specific suffix attached. These don't usually generate errors, they just make variables where you don't know what form they came from, unless you know them very well. So that took most of the day.

I met L. for lunch, we went to a noodles place. I tried to eat a lot because I used all my cash on the lunch, but I was still hungry in the afternoon and wasn't going to use plastic to buy a $1.50 cookie or something so I just left it be. Eh, whatever. Had a very nice chat with L., some times she can be difficult, but was utterly delightful today.

It started raining in the morning, a refreshing change from the cold and fog we've been having. Not a heavy rain, but I forgot my umbrella. Happily, I wore a raincoat so at least I kept reasonably dry.

Was tired when I got home. The bus was late and crowded and all I've wanted to do is just. . . .nothing. But I still ArchaeoBlogged and now am doing this. We walked down to Metropolitan Market on the corner of 40th and 55th for some items. I was actually mesmerized by the whiskey selection. I dunno, I've been wanting to drink bourbon lately. I had a small bit of some very good scotch whiskey in Egypt and it was something else. I have a couple of opened bottles of scotch in my room here, but I never drink them. One of these days I'll get a decent bottle and just pour some and drink it every now and then. He says. . . . .

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

22 January 2013

Why do I keep missing a day? Well, last night I was working on a Car Lust post, but still, you'd think after more than a year at this I'd remember every night. Oh well, now I have two days to catch up on.

What did I do yesterday. . . . .well, I worked from home, it was MLK day so the UW was closed but I worked anyway and will put down the hours for Tuesday (today) instead, for the following reason: years ago when I was hourly at King County I worked on a holiday and put my time in for that day. Turned out that because I entered it on a holiday they had to pay me time and a half (which I didn't know, I didn't think I was eligible for holiday pay). So I worked, went to McD's by myself for lunch, worked some more and then. . . .oh! I tried a new Julia Childs recipe! It was a basic white sauce, but made with egg yolks and cream. It turned out really well, nice and creamy. We'd been making the basic sauce for some time now, but I did it the 'correct' way this time. I might go back to the normal way, albeit with better technique. But it was good.

Today was an off day, so I just worked out (AWE-some) and then went to Cascadia to sort through more dirt. Nice and pleasant, almost finished the one box. I got some noodles from the Safeway for lunch and had some difficulty eating it because it had the consistency of earthworms. I left there about 1:30, and spent the rest of the day being marginally productive. I went on the roof and cleaned out the drains, that was about it really.

I made a nice post for Car Lust called "1970-1981 F-bodies: A Lust Story". Mainly just an excuse to post pictures of those cars (Camaros and Firebirds). I love them. Of course, all day today I've been contemplating trading my Mustang II for one. Which I would actually do, I like those much more than Mustang IIs.

Sunday, January 20, 2013

20 January 2013

Funny thing happened today. I looked up at the sky and saw something. . .couldn't quite tell what it was, but it was very bright. Almost too bright to look at. I believe in other lands they call it. . . 'the sun'.

Felt really good, it's been foggy/overcast for the past few days. Almost felt like spring.

I slept in the bed again all night (*gasp*) and therefore went to Mass. Had a visiting priest there, some guy from New Yawk. He actually sounded like Frank Sinatra. . .not that I think all New Yawkers talk that way, but he did. Kind of funny, too, although he started out talking about Obama's inauguration (he's based in DC) and I was thinking "Great, a homily praising the wonders of St. Obama" but he merely used it as an analogy of making a first impression one time. Other than that, I don't remember too much. Heh. But I enjoyed going. Kind of a sparse crowd, I think maybe the lack of sun has gotten people moving later in the day.

We just did the usual UVil stuff, although this afternoon we went up to near Northgate to the fabric store. I popped in to the Big 5 Sports and snagged a couple of workout shorts for $10 each, and then wandered around the TJ Maxx for a bit. Some chick was in there that used to go to the IMA. I probably should have said hello (we never talked then) -- she's kind of attractive in a goofy sort of way -- but I kind of thought she might think it's creepy or something. That's one reason I don't talk to too many people (okay, females) down there, I feel kind of skeevy doing so. And we had an ice cream while there as well.

I'd planned on making a new Julia Child recipe, a white cream sauce, but I'd had a salad for lunch and wanted bean sh*t instead, so that's what I made. Watched some football (SF beat Atlanta) but mostly an old Star Trek movie, the God one, which I like. It's one of the least popular ones, for a few good reasons, but I far prefer it to the other Big Message movies (Save the Whales, World Peace is Great) that basically club you over the head with their PC message.

One good thing about this weather is that we don't miss any evening walks due to rain, even though it's kind of cold out (like 35). The other football game is over, hopefully Baltimore beat New England. I don't know exactly why I hate New England, they're basically a really well run team, even built their stadium themselves without public funds, and the QB (Brady) is a good Big Ten guy. I dunno, probably just the whole northeast stuff. Besides, they won too much a while ago.

Saturday, January 19, 2013

19 January 2013 (Saturday)

Another cold and foggy day, all day, never lifted. I managed to sleep in the bed all night, at least until 4:30-ish when the cats decided they needed attention. Spousal Unit was even up around 5 or so due to the selfsame felids. Strange being finished with breakfast and shower before 8 on a Saturday morning but there we were.

The morning was kind of a waste, although we walked up to the Top Pot to get donuts (breakfast just doesn't stay with one that long). The rest of the morning I mostly fiddled around, although I listened to my old Koss headphones for a while -- Albinoni -- while reading Pumping Iron and falling asleep for a bit. Mostly a very quiet morning. We decided to go up to Woodinville for an estate sale and lunch, etc., which was kind of an adventure because we took a new route. Well, partially: I was going to go up I5 and around and down on 405 to 522, but I got a brilliant idea to cut over on 175th, thinking it would go straight across no problem. Eh, no. We ended up going all over NE Seattle until we hit Lake City Way/Bothell Way or whatever (522) and just went up that way. But we found the place okay, so no harm no foul. Neat hosue and neat stuff but nothing I'd really want to buy -- and we didn't.

THEN we were going to eat at Ezell's chicken by the Molbak's up in Woodinville, but turned out it was take-out only, so we went to Panera instead. Which is usually pretty good but not today. We both got chicken noodle soup and it was kind of cheap, brothy, with not much noodle or chicken or anything. Really disappointing. But we hit PetSmart and the Top Food and got various things, and because the lunch wasn't that big and filling we got a big ol' ice cream at the Cold Stone Creamery. Yum.

We just drove home after that, I cooked up a chicken for dinner, Spousal Unit made potato salad, and I steamed some cauliflower. I made gravy, too, which I rarely do anymore, but it was delicious, I love it. We just walked after that, and now are about to sit down and watch a movie called Snow White and the Hunstman. It's a "reboot" of the classic fairy tale, which they've been doing a lot lately: take a fairy tale and make it kind of darker, more sinister, more action-packed, etc. I like most of them. I think the Sci Fi channel got that started with their reboot of the Wizard of Oz called "Tin Man" which I thought was quite good. Now, of course, everybody's doing it, especially ABC's "Once Upon a Time" which mashes together all sorts of fairy tale characters. We watch that one, one of the few TV shows we watch regularly.

Friday, January 18, 2013

18 January 2013

Wow, slept all night in the bed again. Until 5! Possibly partly due to the "difficulties" I had last evening. But I'm not complaining. I have, in fact, slept better this week having been off the vitamin E, but I have to see how it works out over the longer term.

Had another epic workout as well. Fewer people there today, and mostly guys which is usual on Fridays. Went to Cascadia to sort through some more flotation samples, found nothing all that interesting. Note: these are the 'heavy fraction' of flotation samples, samples of sediment that were dumped in water where the mostly charred plant remains would then float to the surface, to be collected and analyzed. The remaining junk, minus the finer sediments which were screened out, is called the heavy fraction (the 'light fraction' is the stuff that floats). I did a lot of these for my MA project, but others I didn't use and I'm sorting through these to see if there's anything of interest and also to collect some basic data to see if I can use it later.

I went to McD's for lunch and had yet another! McRib. Apparently, that location has a bunch leftover from December and they'll sell them until they're gone, so lucky me. We did our usual Friday SBux, although I got a call from Teresa at Cascadia and I may work next Friday. Probably a long day, it's on Lopez Island. But good for the wallet.

Did nothing when I got home except play Macklemore's song again and it was running through my head. I've had to put on a Rush album while typing this to get rid of it.

My mood was good today. I felt much like my old self -- that is, self before getting PhD. Hard to explain. I wouldn't call it "feeling good about myself". . . .more like not feeling bad about myself and not particularly caring. I really think the Egypt trip did me well by focusing more on work as sort of a goal in and of itself, although there's more to it than that. Perhaps I don't need a Big Goal to work towards as much as, well, just working and having a constant supply of good and interesting work that I can excel at as the 'goal'.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

17 January 2013 (Thursday)

Did I miss a day again? Sheesh. Must be the stress of these 3-day weeks. . . . .

So, what happened yesterday. Slept okay, I guess. Well, I got out of bed at 4:30 and drank a Diet Pepsi so I had an epic workout. Went to work. Mostly sat and programmed junk all day. Came home.

Today I woke up on the couch, which wasn't bad as the alarm woke me up from a deep slumber. But I slept through the night except for the trip to the TV room. Did not have too epic of a workout though, for some reason. I dunno, just didn't feel all that energetic. But I worked from home today for the first time and it went okay. Actually a little better than at the office because I could run something on one computer and do other things on the other one. Worked out some issues, but when I ran something that I thought I had all squared away days ago, it bombed for very confusing reasons. Oh well, Monday.

The evening started out on an ill note, as the leftover burrito from Tuesday hath caused me much gastrointestinal distress. We didn't walk, I did the floors, in between dashing off to the bathroom. Actually, I didn't much leave the house since getting back from the gym. It's been foggy and sunny and cold the last week or so and that is supposed to continue until later next week.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

15 January 2013

I can't believe I missed yesterday. I shall blame Daisy because she was bugging me for attention. Yesterday was okay; took the bus to IMA for the first time while working, had an awesome workout (checked out by a couple females, too, always an ego boost) (young ones, that is), and spent a pleasant day at work. I passed someone in the hallway whom I recognized, said hello, went past. Then I realized she was from PATH, Carol something. We were on good terms there, so it's nice to have a familiar face. Had a nice little chat in the lunch room. I spent most of the day running the programs, kind of boring actually. I will need to branch out.

After work I went to the dentist, said I had a little more recession, but otherwise fine, save for the jackhammer she apparently used on my mouth. Saw Mary, had a nice little chat with her before leaving. That was about it, although we went to McD's for dinner because I just wanted soft stuff to chew on.

Last night I actually slept entirely through the night in the bed. I woke up at one point and assumed it was 2 or 3 and I was bound and determined to stay there. . . .when the alarm went off! Yeah, baby, talk about well rested for a change. Had yet another awesome workout (legs this time, didn't get checked out), and then came home. I drove over to Cascadia to start sorting through these old Kom el-Hisn samples, which went okay. I'm only sorting them into ceramic, bone, rock, other and weighing them. Nothing much found so far, except maybe a faience bead blank.

And today a quest came to an end: the donut shop up by Northgate has French crullers. OMG, how good. I got two, one with chocolate topping. Deeeeelish. Didn't do much after that except for some dishes, and a few little busy-work items. We went to UVil and got more bagels. And two pomegranates. The Spousal Unit took all the berries (or whatever) out of one we had and I just love love love popping handfuls into my mouth. We had big bowls of them in Egypt and I decided I loved them that way. We bought two more tonight. Yum.

Sunday, January 13, 2013

13 January 2013 (Sunday)

Slept until 5 this morning, albeit with a move to the TV room and 1/3 of an Ambien. I've not taken a vitamin E today and will stay off of it for a week or so to see if that assists with the sleeping. I've gone off of it before and I can actually tell the difference. There's the, um, libidinous aspect to it -- which is real, btw -- but I also seem. . . .I don't know, maybe not an energetic? We'll see what happens this time.

Otherwise, that meant I could go to Mass, which I did. The last Mass I attended was Nov 30 in Cairo, so it's been a while. It felt pretty good and my back didn't even act up. Fr. Oliver is still there and his hair seems to be turning white in patches, looks very odd. The SeaChickens played at 10 and we watched the first quarter before going to a Mercer Island estate sale -- I mainly wanted to go because they had a bad-ass stereo for sale: a Tandberg receiver, a famous turntable whose name escapes me, and a pair of Magnaplaner speakers. The former two were gone, but I was surprised to see the speakers still there, although they had them at $450. They were taking offers but I demurred. I'd probably play $100 for them, but the Spousal Unit would have a fit. Oh well, I'll check Craigs List this week and see if they come up. They're not my favorites but I've always kind of wanted a pair. If working becomes regular again, perhaps I can start buying such things again.

We went back to the UVil and had lunch at Pallino and afterwards saw the the Chickens had come back from a 20-0 deficit at the half to 27-21! We listened to the radio in the car in the QFC parking lot and they scored to go ahead with 31 seconds remaining! But then let them (Atlanta) drive down and get a field goal. JAYsus. Oh well, I can now officially put football to bed for another year. I start to lose interest after the Rose Bowl, and unless Seattle or Green Bay is in, I usually don't even watch the Stupor Bowl. And Green Bay got thoroughly beaten last night by SF.

Listening to an old Herb Alpert LP right now, Going Places. Just felt like being retro.

Saturday, January 12, 2013

12 January 2013

Hallelujah, slept until 5:30. We went out for breakfast (Burgermaster) and I only ate a small amount: I tend to get full easily when well-rested. Bought a donut at Safeway on the way back as well as 3 24-packs of Diet Pepsi ($5 each!). We went to an estate sale over in Wallingford and on the way I tried to run down a pedestrian. I only note this to get it out of my head so I hopefully won't wake up worrying about what an awful, terrible person I am in the middle of the night tonight. Suffice it to say, I thought I heard the Spousal Unit telling me it was okay that way, when it wasn't. Of course, later in the day someone tried to do that to me, but I didn't get all demonstrative about it. As a pedestrian, I assume that drivers don't see me.

The estate sale wasn't all that great, it was from an older artsy woman so nothing there for me, save for a lot of attractive females for some reason (actually the former was probably the reason for the latter). Why anyone goes to estate sales in a skirt and heels is beyond me, but appreciative.

For lunch, I just had a side order of vegetables from the Panda place, because all I'd eaten thus far was eggs, sausage, and a donut. I really should eat more vegetables now that I'm working out harder, along with fewer breads and junk and more protein. Don't know if it will make a difference or not, but there you go. We also got our hair cut at Anne's place -- I've been going to her for probably 20 years now. One of their people it turns out is a singer in a blues band and they have their own CD even. I'd like to go see them perform, I've been meaning to see more live music the more I watch the Palladia channel. Live is just better. Most of the time. We just came home after that and watched the rest of the Denver-Baltimore game (the latter won) and now are watching the Green Bay - San Francisco game. I don't care all that much -- it's just pro after all -- but I'll still watch. We ordered a pizza from Domino's for dinner and it was pretty good. They are hyping their pan pizza now and I've been meaning to try to find some sort of pan pizza here on par with Rocky Rococco back home and this wasn't too far off. And I ordered it all online!

What else. Nothing much. Sunny but cold again today, I walked mostly without a hat on tonight just for the fun of it.

Friday, January 11, 2013

11 January 2013

Not the best night. I had some difficulty falling asleep, at least I believe I did. I may have been dozing on and off but I remember the Spousal Unit talking to Daisy every now and then. I got up before the dishwasher finished, so before 11:30, took 1/3 of an Ambien and went to the TV room. Then I woke up again ad 3:45ish and that was it. So I didn't feel too great all day. My third 'body-building' workout was thus not quite up to snuff. I'm enjoying working harder, but I might have to curtail increasing the weight and pyramiding the sets, as I think I'll end up injuring myself like I used to. But I can do far more sets than I had been doing.

Went to the the skin Dr. about my rosacea. I'm not sure he's that big of a help. He doesn't really examine me all that much, and basically just gives me suggestions for meds to see what I might try and and up using. In a way, he's probably right; all I've read about rosacea says that it's a mystery disease and there just isn't a consistent set of treatments that work. But still, I feel like there should be more interaction or something.

After I got home I mostly just piddled around although I did do a couple of minor projects: washed the dishes, tossed the old stuff in the fridge into the yard waste, etc. I was almost on my way out the door to go go McD's for lunch when I turned around and came back and had soup instead. I didn't want to arse around UVil for an hour before meeting F. Which was a nice time, again. Lots of eye candy for me, even a couple for her. My Koss headphones came in the mail. They don't seem to fit quite right although they sound very good. Not entirely sure they're going to work out. We just went for a walk, nothing exciting. COld today, 27 in the morning, 37 high, and sunny. Supposed to stay this way for several days.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

10 January 2013

How on earth did I miss posting yesterday?! It was my first day at real work in months! Back at Global Health. That was Wednesday, today is Thursday, my second day there. I was on the verge of not sleeping well the night before, having woken up at around 1:30 and definitely NOT going back to sleep. I looked at the clock at 2:30 and decided to risk it and took about 1/3 of an Ambien. It took a while but I did doze off again and the day wasn't too bad. I was reading Pumping Iron that day so I was also primed for a massive workout, and I did. After I read this book the first time, probably back in 1992 or so, I changed my workouts radically, doing more reps and sets with less rest in between -- more of a bodybuilder-type workout. It was actually wonderful: I realized I'd hardly been working at all before that, usually just doing three sets of ten. After that I was doing more like 5 sets of 15. And it was very tiring. I think the first two weeks I got back to the locker room and felt like I was going to throw up. But ever since I've worked out much harder, although I also realize now that I've tapered off somewhat. I even injured myself less after that as well, largely because I was using less weight.

So yesterday I got back into that, as I did this morning as well. May have done a number on my back though (today was legs) because it's been hurting a LOT all afternoon. But boy did it feel good.

This morning I also woke up around 2:30 and did another 1/3 of an Ambien, and it worked out well, didn't feel any effects either day.

Work was. . . .well, different. I'm sitting in a very small carrel/cubicle all.day.long. It's tiring just sitting there staring at a computer all day. I really hope I can keep doing this half time and do archaeology the other two days in some fashion. It was nice though, because several people came to see me and seemed happy to have me back. C. talks like I can be there indefinitely, too, so I'm hoping 2013 will be the start of a turnaround for me anyway. This morning I went and left my headphones at home so it was really kinda boring, but not too bad.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

8 January 2013 (Tuesday)

What a strange night I had. I've been having trouble falling asleep so I took a preemptive Miss Ambien and, naturally, went right to sleep. But I woke up out on the couch. Which isn't unusual except that I don't really remember going out there. Or maybe I did. Some have reported sleepwalking on this stuff, but it was only half a tablet and that's never happened before. Probably I just don't remember because I do it so often. Let's hope so anyway.

I didn't feel very well either, scratchy throat and kind of. . .just ill-feeling. Like the first stages of a cold. Had a very average to suboptimal workout but that was okay I guess, and took the early bus home. The driver missed my stop and was very apologetic but I just said it was okay, no big deal. Which it wasn't, really.

I ended up not doing very much. Have to wait to print the stuff I was going to print, but RJW was pleased that I'd found the ST-1 drawings. So that was out, although I scanned them in to the Mac for a first. The St. Vincent people came over but didn't take the couch as something was poking out in the back; apparently they don't fix anything there. But they took the old TV, which was good. We were a bit hesitant to get rid of the couh anyway, it's very comfortable. Oh well.

After that I just fiddled around for things to do. Looked after Jack who has a sniffle. Gave Daisy attention, as she kept demanding it. Unloaded the dishwasher. Oh, and got my Airbook ready for work tomorrow. It needed some tweaking and a HAL-9000 screen saver. I tried putting it on my iMac, but it won't load. Hmmmm. I typed in some more of my Memoir document, just a thing I'm using to write down everything I remember from my childhood and such. Ever since reading grandma Scholz's little biography I've wanted to make sure I at least leave some record of what life was like in my life. A lot about just me, but I also want to mention stuff that was happening in Fond du Lac and how things were generally.

We went to UVil to get some more bonito flakes for the cats and some candy for gifts. It's raining anyway. Been raining all day.

I also started reading Pumping Iron, about Schwarzenegger etc. I read it a long time ago and that changed my workouts for the better. One bit caught my eye this time: they talked about the Gold's Gym being a happy place. People working out were having fun and were happy. I admit I'm missing that. I should be happy working out. I'm good at it and I enjoy it. I want to work out very, very hard and have fun doing it. I'm going to try to remember that tomorrow morning. 

Monday, January 7, 2013

7 December 2013

Not a bad day. I had an awesome workout: it was kind of crowded (mostly guys, unfortunately) but I did another "quick" one where I did lots of sets and reps with little rest in between. I woke up a little before 5 which wasn't bad, except that I couldn't get to sleep for a while last night. I think it's probably "stress" from going back to work on Wednesday. I put that in quotes because it's probably stupid stress that I don't really feel consciously but my stupid mind has to get all worked up over. I've suffered from this for a long time, not really consciously feeling nervous about certain things -- fieldwork on my own, for example -- but end up not being able to sleep the night before, waking up at 1, etc. Hate. It.

But it was a decent day. I'd made a list of what needs doing and got most of them done. Tomorrow the old couch in the basement is going away, although we almost went back and didn't do it (Spousal Unit kind of got cold feet). I was going through my excavations chapter for the Kom el-Hisn monograph and found there are quite a few details that still need working out, including some figures. But I think I found some that had been eluding me, from Richard's (Redding) step trench from 1984.

Also went to Cascadia to drop off stuff; J. inquired as to whether I'd still be able to do the odd project here and there (as did T. earlier) so I'm hoping I can supplement my half-time office gig with some fieldwork fairly often. That would be ideal: desk job three days a week and a field project a couple of times a month, with associated writing.

We went to McD's as usual -- probably the last time during the week for a while -- and then I worked on various little things all afternoon. Went to UVil, got bagels and a sleeve for my Macbook so I can take it to work every day.

The BCS National Championship game is on as I type this. . .and I'm not all that excited about watching it. I find my interest in college football tends to start waning after the Rose Bowl and by the time the over-hyped BCS game is on I'm almost done with football for the season. Alabama is right now handily beating Notre Dame; I hope they stomp them. Not that I am one of those ND loathers, although I haven't liked them for a while for a number of reasons. They tend to get over-ranked just because they're Notre Dame, they are living on past glories when power has definitely shifted south, etc. And, it's Alabama, my dad's favorite team. I'll watch the rest of it when I'm done writing this. Both Green Bay and Seattle are still in the NFL playoffs, but the NFL is, at most, a bit of a wind-down while I wean myself off of football for another 7 months.

Sunday, January 6, 2013

7 January 2012

Not the best day overall. I managed to sleep until 5-ish but took a long time getting to sleep last night (with a helpful assist from Miss Ambien). Felt more tired than I should have and missed Mass yet again. I took a nap around 9:30 but, alas, I think it made me feel even more tired. *sigh*

The morning was kind of wasted, I did next to nothing productive except change the litter box. We went to Northgate for lunch and some Xmas shopping -- yes, that is correct -- for workmates of the Spousal Unit. Stores we visited: some bath store (Bath & Body Works), Barnes and Noble, and See's Candies. The usual UVil stuff and then home to watch the Seattle-Washington football game, Seattle won and looked pretty good doing so; I actually give hem the edge next week at Atlanta. I didn't watch a whole lot of it because I was busy cooking and junk (brats); I even drank a little bit of Miller High Life beer! Like 1/3 of a can and it was absolutely heavenly. God, I love beer.

We went for a walk in the light rain. The last regular bowl game of the season is on right now, the GoDaddy.com Bowl with Kent State and Arkansas State; never seen the former play, I don't think. I far more prefer college ball in almost any form to the pros.

Saturday, January 5, 2013

5 January 2013

Saturday, a day of rest. . . .in which I woke up at 4:30. Part of that was due to Jack who decided he needed to wake us up at that time, including sitting on the nightstand right next to my head meowing. Wasn't too bad though, I'd slept through the night. The Spousal Unit didn't get up until 7, so I had a lot of time to kill, mostly watching Imus and flipping around to news, videos, etc. I took a half hour nap later in the morning and watched Pitt and Ole Miss in the . . . inaptly named bowl game. Only two more left!

We went to Taco Bell for lunch up on Aurora around 150th and then tried Sears for some more cheap workout shorts (unsuccessfully). Then we hopped over to the Goodwill on 145th and 15th on the way to an estate sale -- couple of Advent Legacys, but nothing I really wanted -- which was. . . .interesting. It was an old lady's house so not much of interest to me, although I did pick up a University of Wisconsin Badgers scarf! Odd that. Weird house, too. That was on like 20th NE and 130th. We stopped by UVil for dinner and other food and hit the Menchies for frozen yogurt. The students are back this weekend so it's a little more crowded down there.

After that, well, I tried to do the Spousal Unit's license plate again: one screw was stuck. I got the other one out but had to cut through the stuck one. I found that there were four points of attachment, so I could usefully attach it with 3 screws. So off to Ace Hardware I went and got four of them. . . .of the wrong size. I measured the one while there and thought it was 1/4" but they are just slightly too big. So, back tomorrow.

Tried making a new recipe, chicken breast in corn flakes. Meh. I thought it was kind of bland but the SU liked it. We walked to the Wedgwood Rock.

I found out I can start working on Jan 9, 50% until at least July. It may or may not be extended then. Yay. I'm looking forward to it. I also decided I could usefully do a 1970s week soon. Football will be over and I don't really have anything to watch for a while. I decided on my days not working during that week I could perhaps sort through my Egyptian sed samples at Cascadia so I wouldn't be useless sitting around home. If I do go through with it, I think I'll stay completely away from the computer and just write stuff down by hand to enter later. It will be a useful exercise, I think.

Friday, January 4, 2013

4 January 2013 (Friday)

Somewhat of a momentous day: I put my old Toshiba PC up on the closet shelf. Wow. I've been using those things for 20+ years now and now all I have sitting on my desk is the iMac. True, it's got a copy of Winblows XP on it, with which I will run my few old Winblows applications, but I have fully migrated to at least the Mac hardware. I figured out the Parallels software that runs a virtual machine copy of WinXP on the Mac; so far it runs well, no "penalty box" or anything: it runs applications like they were native. I can now scan from my old scanner, use Illustrator to doctor photographs (mostly for CRM report maps) and even work in Access. There may be one or two others that might come in handy, but those are the only things I've been doing with it for the last couple of years. I even wiped out and reinstalled XP on the old Toshiba.

The day started out inauspiciously: I woke up around 2:30 sweating and went to the TV room. Couldn't get back to sleep there, so at 3:15 I turned on the TV and watched that for a bit, fully expecting to stay awake for the duration. But, I laid down in a little while and actually went back to sleep. That is always such a relaxing sleep, too. Weird dreams though. I made pancakes for breakfast, odd for a weekday. Then I got started with the computer work. I still have more to do, mostly making backup CDs of a lot of the data and photographs. That took a good chunk of the morning.

I left to have lunch at McD's around 11:15 -- eating just a burger there is about the right amount of food to get me through the workout -- and then parked at UVil. That was something of an adventure: I was certain the security people were following me, suspecting me of parking there to go to the UW (which I was, of course). It was creepy. One of them was always hanging around where I was walking, and talking into his radio. Really! I went into the Sony store and he was a little ways away; I went into the camera store and he was outside of that and a ways down when I came out. Yeesh. I finally thought I'd lost him and went to work out. I was a little miffed because I'd wasted a bunch of time, but I ended up having a really intense workout: lots of sets and reps with little rest in between. Those are what I should be doing all the time actually. Then I met F. at SBux and it was a nice little visit, accentuated by a lot of eye candy. . . .for both of us. We disagree on the recent trend of wearing black spandex tights: she hates it, I love it. Well, I mean, it does make for a lot of nice figures but it also beats the neck out of the previous hip-huggers and bare midriffs -- often with "muffin tops" -- so it looks. . . .better.

After that I came home, watched TV, made dinner, blah blah blah.

Thursday, January 3, 2013

3 January 2012

Day 3 of 2013 and still not working. I think they're all in Kenya, which does me little good.

Today was almost a waste, even though I slept until almost the alarm. I managed to wash my car this morning (cold) and do the kitchen floor, but otherwise I was kind of a schlub. I did walk up to the SBux to get a mocha, that was pleasant. Also had a stunning workout -- seems like most of the students are coming back, a few of the morning crowd was there this afternoon. I drove to UVil and parked there and walked over to the IMA, which I shall also do tomorrow. I didn't do much work today either, although admittedly I haven't much of that to do either. I do need to start working on the TB data; tomorrow I think I shall start on that.

One bad thing: Me and Jack were sitting in the TV room early this morning and heard kind of a loud crash. Sounded like it was from outside or maybe the garage. It made Jack jump, but I was going to ignore it but thought I should check it out. So I went out to the garage and saw nothing amiss. . . .until I noticed the car was kind of far back towards the door. O.M.G. It had rolled back against the garage door! Sure enough, I'd left it in D without the parking brake on. Wow. Happily it had rolled so slowly that it did no damage to the door or the car. Odd how it took like 10 minutes to roll back like that. Counting myself lucky.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

2 January 2013

Not a bad day. Started out fairly cold, around 30 degrees overnight (I know, I know. . . .) but was sunny most of the day and warmed up to around 43. That made the walk back from the IMA via UVil fairly pleasant. I slept until 4:30 which was good, and spent much of the morning fiddling with SPSS on my Airbook. We went for lunch at McD's and then I worked out. UVil SBux was pretty crowded but I found a seat at the window. A remarkable number of females there today.

Football's on and I have to put another blanket on the bed so this is a short entry.

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

1 January 2013 (Tuesday)

Well, first day of the new year. Have I mentioned that it sucks to be a Big 10 fan? Yet another year where they sucked in nearly all of the bowl games. Michigan lost, Purdue lost, Nebraska lost. . . .and Wisconsin lost. They did okay mostly (20-14) but they spotted Stanford 14 points right off the bat. Apparently, their passing game sucked so bad they barely tried it. Kinda easy to defend when you hand it off to one guy 80% of the time. Good bye, Bielema, and good riddance. Northern Illinois and Florida St are playing in the Orange Bowl now. At least Northwestern won. . . .

I slept until 6 after moving to the TV room at 1:11 after waking up from a bad dream. The morning wasn't too bad, just spent watching football. We went to UVil for lunch and found the wraps place had closed. No warning either, it was all papered up. Sad, that was one of only two places we'd eat there. The rest of the places are all expensive frou-frou joints for the upper income crowd. Really, that whole place is becoming way too frou-frou, we only really ever go to the QFC and Bartell's, and now one less place for lunch.

I went for my traditional New Year's Day run and it went okay, my knees started hurting but I managed to sprint home with little pain once I got close enough. Felt really good. I even did some new things I'd seen people doing at the gym beforehand and it was really a pretty good little workout. I think I'm going to find some small dumbbells and on off-days I can at least get a decent workout at home.

Otherwise, just kind of a pleasant start to the new year, although I expect not much good to come out of it. Same useless people in power spending money we don't have, wasting what they do spend, and letting the economy rot. Let posterity know that the decline has started. Well, it really started decades ago, but it's finally coming to fruition now. We'll be Greece by the end of my lifetime.