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.
40833.0
41319.0 return
Tuesday=
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:
Rain.
Yeeeup, that was it. Not much here though, it was a bit drizzly this morning, but cleared up some this afternoon, around 50.

I SLEPT IN THE BED ALL NIGHT.

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.
$12.48+36.17=$48.65.
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.