Sunday, January 26, 2014

26 January 2014

On this day in 1952:
Slept in late this morning. Got up and called Barbara and told her I was low. Worked from 12:00 to 5:00 at the church. Ate at grandma's. Went to the  [unk] by [SHot Tac?]. It looks like I have a heck of a cold.

I slept like a log last night, but unfortunately only for about 5.5 hours; I woke up right at about 5 and couldn't get back to sleep. Fortunately, Engi had a bottle of water for me last night so I was able to make tea this morning and had an oatmeal packet and some protein bars. That kept going reasonably well.

Now, something very nice. Engi, who is Coptic, went to the Mass this morning and I tagged along. It. Was. Wonderful. Well, the ending part anyway. Most of it was kind of dull and tedious Mass-like stuff, but then at the end around communion time they started singing what I think are traditional African songs. Wow. It was. . . .not "moving" exactly, although I was getting a bit choked up. . . .I was very happy to be there experiencing it. Probably one of the best things I've ever done. I'd kind of like to go back next week and record at least that part of it. Also at the end, Fr. Mena had everyone new stand up and a deacon took a microphone around and had the newbies say who they were, where they're from, etc. I, of course, being just the local Catholic observer, didn't stand up, but Mena saw me out there and had to announce such, so I had to stand up and say something and then he said a bit more about "Dr. Tony". It was rather nice but I could have done without the attention. We went up to see him afterwards and he gave us each a slab of the consecrated bread, for which I was thankful because I was STARVING. But yes, I will remember that as one of the finest things I've ever done.

It lasted for like three hours, too. After that we found someone to drive us over to the supermarket complex where I got out some money and did some grocery shopping. Got PB & J, bread, milk, cereal, etc., and of course Diet Coke. Got some Indian-ish food for lunch and brought it back here, ended up eating at 2:30, late but that's okay. We're both sitting around my little apartment because it's sunny and has lots of windows and a big table. I went through my slides again and fixed up the script in case I have to run through it tomorrow; I didn't get the email about it and I'm scheduled to be data training, but I may have to anyway. A little annoying, but I suppose it will make the actual presentation better if I've already done it once. Outside of my head, that is.

25 January 2014 (Saturday)

On this day (and the day before) in 1952:
24 January
Took the car to school today. Had a Lettermens assembly and the Spirit Cup assembly this morning. Took Barbara home after school. Ate at Grandma's tonight. Studied on Social Studies about an hour and [timespread?] some music $.15.

25 January (Friday)
Took the car to school again this morning. Play in the band [orchestra?] for an evening concert at Franklin. It started at about 8:00. Took Barbara and her mother home from the concert. She tried to flirt with every boy there tonight and I am about [full? fed?] up. I intend to call her up tomorrow and find just where I stand. I am just full up.
(plane on the way to Nairobi)
Here on the second leg of the journey. At the moment I am pretty tired although the sun is shining brilliantly through all of the windows. It's 4 am my time but probably 3 pm Kenya time. The first flight wasn't too bad (more later). I slept pretty well last night -- meaning the night before the 24th -- and took the bus to the gym. I was trying to make the day as normal as possible, so I worked out and came home, ate bagels, etc. Only the last hour or so I just sat around and waited until it was time to leave. The Spousal Unit did pretty well this time, only got a bit weepy the last couple of days. That's progress for her! I, on the other hand, was remarkably calm. I don't know if it's been the chamomile, the relaxation techniques, or finally coming to grips with this, but I haven't had much anxiety the last almost week.

Trip to the airport was uneventful, as was screening and boarding, except for I forgot the contact lens solutions in my carryon which used to be a no-no but the guy let me through it after testing it and explaining his method of lens cleaning. The flight to Amsterdam was pretty full. Had a nice entertainment system, but I didn't watch much. I finished an ebook. The guy next to me drank two beers and didn't go to the bathroom for like 6 hours. I got up several times just to stand up and move. I didn't get too restless and the time (9 hours) actually went by fairly quickly. It was an Airbus A330-300

This second one is also quite full; I think there's a big tour group. Odd, but it's a flight on Kenya Air to Nairobi but it's like 90% white people. It's an older-ish 747-400 with a distinctly inferior entertainment system, but probably state of the art 10 years ago. The other one had a USB port! The crowd here is very talkative which is why I think they're in a group. They're up and chatting and taking photos and having a good time. The couple next to me is Dutch and talkative between themselves (younger people).

-- after arriving --
We got in at around 8 and it turned fiascoish after that. We disembarked from stairs and took busses to the terminal. Pretty crude, bare concrete floor, visible pipes, etc. Took probably an hour to get my Visa, but then the bags came out okay. The only other hiccup was the computer. The guy wanted to charge me for it, and kept asking how much money I had (he wanted $100), but I played dumb and kept saying I'd just leave it there and someone would come and get it. He eventually just let me go with it, after I promised him that if he ever went to Coptic Hospital I'd make sure he got treated well.

Found the driver okay, and made it here. Engi was waiting, bless her. The rooms are great; it's really an apartment they've got me staying in. Plenty of room. I managed to remember to turn on the hot water heater and the shower works okay, but sends water on the floor.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

23 January 2014

On this day in 1952:
Had about 7 inches of snow to shovel before going to school this morning this [new?] makes us over a foot total. Barbara said she wanted to go with me again today. Studied about 3 hours on my Weekly [unk] and Algebra.
Well, I guess that seals it: this is a guy's diary. For some reason I'd thought it was a girl's. Oh well, I guess I'll see what it was like from a male's perspective and compare it with my own late high school years from back in the 1970s.

Day before leaving and it's been busy. Managed to sleep okay last night, although had an assist from Miss Ambien. I even took 1/4 of one at 3:30 this morning. I tried 'meditating'  (I need a different word for that) but it didn't work. Had a really great workout though. When I got home I put some laundry in and did a few other things before heading off to downtown to pick up boxes to take with me. They liked my car. Matt even sat in it for a few minutes while we waited for Anne to go back up and get some stuff. I drove down to Renton after that and had lunch with the Spousal Unit, and went to Target for a few more supplies. Stopped at UVil on the way home, had a hot chocolate at SBux one last time, and then took my paperwork over to Cascadia. By the time I got home (ca. 2:30) I did most of my packing and getting everything organized.

Oh, when I went to UVil I got my Oracea prescription but they wanted $462 for it! I didn't remember I had to use my discount card for it, so I went home and called the insurance company who was manifestly unhelpful. We went back this evening and got it straightened out.

Been quite calm today, either the chamomile or the 'meditation' is working, and has been for a few days now.

Next time I type. . .well, I'll probably be home, I think I'll make entries in Word or something while I'm away. See ya!

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

22 January 2014 (Wednesday)

On this day in 1952 (Tuesday):
Dad took me to school this morning. Nothing new in school today. Ate supper at grandma's. Studied about two hours on Algebra and Social Studies. Snowing like mad outside will have lots of snow in the morning.
I wish we'd get to more juicy Barbara stuff, all this studying and eating at Grandma's is getting kind of tedious. OTOH, that's what a young person did back then, mostly. I'm more certain it's a boy since he/she is playing basketball quite a bit.

Had difficulty getting to sleep last night but then slept well for the most part. I woke up before 4, laid there 'meditating' (what I call just trying to clear my mind of all thoughts) and drifted back to sleep, thank God. I woke up again at 4:43, got up to get a Coke, but then decided I was going to 'meditate' for 15 minutes. It felt good. This may help keep the anxiety down. Anyway, I felt pretty good all day.

Had a decent workout (legs) and made it downtown okay. Discovered I have to take a couple boxes of stuff with me, which actually makes me feel better since I have something to do en route. Also means I'll have to take a larger suitcase which is kind of good because I don't have to worry as much about space. Anne and I went for coffee, which was a nice little visit with her. Mostly I worked on my slides all day. Some of the fixes M. suggested were easy but then he got into more analyses and such and I didn't quite know what to do. Hopefully we can sit down Sunday and figure the last few things out. Should go well.

We went to the Apple store because I was thinking the iPad battery was getting bad since it's at 50% already and I don't remember using it that much since the last charge. But the (really really attractive) Apple chick did some diagnostics and the battery was apparently fine and had been in use like 22 hours since the last charge! So I guess it'll get me to Kenya.

I'm actually starting to look forward to going. The last couple of days my anxiety level has gone down, although still nervous about the talk (but hey, 10 minutes, what could go wrong?). (knock wood)

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

21 January 2014 (Tuesday)

On this day in 1952:
Took the car to school today. Nothing new at school today. At at Grandma's today came home and did my Algebra, looked over my drawing book for a good [unk] [unk] and went to bed about eleven thirty.
Interesting day. Slept okay, woke up at 4, did some 'meditation' until 4:30, blah blah blah. Excellent workout, partly because I was stressed out about the trip and really desperately needed to work out hard to get it out of my system. Did I mention I had yet another minor epiphany? This time it was, stated succinctly: Having anxiety isn't what's important; what's important is what I do despite having it. Another way of putting that is going from 'I have anxiety, poor me' to 'I have anxiety, so what?". We'll see how this works out.

When I got home I started working on the summary for the work I did yesterday (finished, sent off to client), and then started on the report. I got most of that done, at least the parts that relate to the work and my findings. Had lunch at home (Korean ramen) and then went to UVil to get some banking stuff done for the trip and sit at SBux for a while. Came home, worked a bit more, and started dinner.

And I just finished writing up my 10th anniversary post for ArchaeoBlog: see here. Long time. Like 50 years in blogging years. . . .

Monday, January 20, 2014

20 January 2014

On this day in 1952:
Went to church early this morning to shovel the snow off the sidewalk. After dinner at grandma's I went tobogganing with Lee Rays church bunch. Took the car and our church's tobagin[sic] also. It was [out pass maxing?]. Ate supper at the church. Did about [unk] hour work on Algebra after I got back. Gas $1.00.
Saw a falling star -- i.e., a meteor -- on our walk this evening. I did anyway, the Spousal Unit didn't. That's like the 6th one I've seen. I saw one last year in Egypt as well. Good sign? Hope so. Well, no sign, sayeth the rational me.

A decent day all around. Slept okay. I did a survey up in Brier at Brierwood Park. Small park, nothing too special, although Scribner Creek runs through part of it making a nice natural marsh area. I left around 7:15 and got up there by 7:45 with a stop at the store. Cold this morning, <40. I was half expecting a long day as I may have had to dig down six feet, but it turned out to have all been graded with fill dumped on top so I just dug down to the glacial stuff, usually around 60 cm. So I got done by 11:30 and had lunch at NGate (a gyro). Stopped by Cascadia and dropped off the gear, and then came home. I wrote up a quick summary to send to the client and then washed my car because it was nice and sunny. It was actually sunny by 10 so it was pretty pleasant out in the field today.

After that I went and filled up the propane tank because I wanted to grill something out as it was so nice. Did that, came home, made potato salad and hamburgers. Pretty much it.

Thought I might whig out when Michael sent an email with several changes to my slides, but I calmed down. Last night I determined again that I should really train my mind to relax and not think so much. And I tried it last night when I woke up and started to get all anxiety, and went back to sleep. Then when I woke up at ca. 4:30 I did the same thing instead of getting up. Train the body, train the mind.

Oh, Engi sent me an email saying she's staying at the guest house, too. I'm happy I'll have company with someone I like. And a dinner companion! So, looking more forward to going.

Sunday, January 19, 2014

19 January 2014

On this day in 1952:
Slept in late this morning. Finished my Social Studies and started writing out some music. In the afternoon walked down town with [Lee? Les?] [**g] and look at the new 52 model cars that have just come in. Went to the dance at the [*y] [Sket?] Tac, got in about 12:15.
FWIW, I've been entering some future entries for when I'm in Kenya and I'm beginning to think this may be a guy's diary. Hmmmmm.

At this moment most Seattleites are celebrating the SeaChickens going to the Super Bowl. They just beat San Francisco 23-17 on an end zone interception with about a minute left. I really thought they'd lose this one. Oh well, doesn't matter, I'll be on a plane for that game.

Odd day today. Felt pretty melancholy and anxious much of the day. But halfway out on my walk I started calming down with the old pretend-vacation deep breathing I'd tried several months ago. That, more than likely, will be the key to dealing with this long-term. I did manage to sleep until 5, but the Spousal Unit slept in until 7 so I practiced the Sacrament of Cleaning instead of hitting Mass. I did get a lot done, although not as much as I would have liked to. Spent much too long trying to get Google Maps to make a stupid printout of a map, too. Didn't get done working until a bit after 11. Went just did the usual UVil thing; it wasn't very crowded there, probably people getting ready for the game which started at 3:30-ish. But it was nice enough. We mostly cooked and did some more stuff once back home; I'd put a pork shoulder in the crock pot this morning (yum).

I went for a walk at the start of the 4th quarter. I just needed to get out and get some fresh air and I walked extra far just because it was so quiet and peaceful outside. Very little auto traffic and only a few people outside. Heard a few shouts from people watching the game. BTW, as I type this I'm listening to Pandora, a streaming music station on my computer. It's a new age station and playing Liquid Mind which I'm liking quite a lot these days.

Saturday, January 18, 2014

18 January 2014 (Saturday)

On this day in 1952 (Friday):
Took the car to school this morning. Got my report card today. It was a lot better than I expected. Ate at Grandma's came home and draw about 2 hours. Finished my first drawing at home with my set. Social Studies folder $.10.
Yay, I slept until 5 this morning! Today was the first day in almost two weeks that I felt not particularly sick. Finally felt somewhat decent/normal. The Spousal Unit didn't arise until almost 7 so we ate in. I didn't do much the rest of the morning but we had to go to get our hair cut at 10:30, a bit earlier than usual. Stopped at the U Bookstore for just a few minutes and then headed to Lake City Way and Rainin' Ribs. I have to say it wasn't a great experience for a change. They may have new management, and are starting to do table service instead of ordering at the front counter. Took them quite a while to come and take our order and then the Diet Pepsi was out and they didn't have any more. Food was still great, service just not all that hot. We'll go back, but have to give them a strike on that one. Their 'dining room' is really just a big tent with a wooden floor, which is really perfectly adequate and actually really cool for a BBQ joint.

We stopped at UVil on the way back and got frozen yogurt and some groceries for dinner and tomorrow. Wasn't very crowded. When we got home I watched a bit o' TV and then sanded and replastered the hole above the garage door. I think if I get the corner straight it will look okay. Kind of a lazy afternoon. I'd been watching a program called "How the States Got Their Shapes" on History which I quite like. The host (Brian Unger) is very good. Very good with people.

Oh, we did stop at NGate to check on power adapters for Kenya, but they appear to be the same as Egypt so I think I can take my old Egypt-o-phone.

Friday, January 17, 2014

17 January 2014

On this day in 1952:
We had our mid year Junior Review test today. After school I came home and drew about an hour and went to the church pot luck for supper. After that I came home and studied my Algebra.
"Junior Review test" looks to mean she's probably a junior in high school. Meaning she's 16-17. I kind of miss algebra; I took out my old calculus book a few months ago just to start working through it for brain exercise, but got hung up on a lot of the basic algebra. I've been considering getting an algebra book and working through that, just for fun. Jesus, old nerd much?

Slept mostly through the night again last night, although I woke up shortly before 4. It was a sound sleep so I didn't feel too bad. Darn good workout, too. When I came home I did some more edits to my Nairobi slides, did a couple of emails and then. . . . .well, walked up to Safeway SBux for a mocha (only ate one bagel this morning). Piddled around. Shortly before noon I went up to NGate for lunch (noodles) and then got a new bottle of chamomile. I think it. . .might be working. I haven't been getting very many night attacks although some of that may be the cold I've had, too. So I'll keep it up for a while.

Stopped off at home and gave the cats some attention, and then I headed out again to get a case of beer bottles (12/$24) and then hit the UVil SBux. Saw one of the gym rat females there; interestingly, she was dressed quite well and was wearing makeup. She works very hard, but doesn't seem to be the 'fitness model' type, more like a real gym rat. I think she's okay though, since she'll wear the little short-short nylon shorts but with spandex shorts underneath; it's a bit more modest so you know she's there to work out, not show off her butt cheeks. At any rate, I ignored her.

I got some sole for dinner and then came home and finished bottling up my beer. I just filled another four to make an even 12. Sampled a bit more of it; still warm and flat but really not too bad. I drank. . . .well, probably less than 6 ounces but I didn't even feel a slight buzz so I'm thinking it's not too alcoholic. By the time I started cooking the Spousal Unit came home. We went to UVil to find some soap to clean the barrel but were unsuccessful.

Kind of melancholy all day, not sure why. Muftig again, I guess.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

16 January 2014 (Thursday)

On this day in 1952:
Dad took me to school this morning. Saw the school play today. The title was Cold In Them [Thar?] Hills. [Unk] this evening about 2 hours on drawing and an hour prepping for a [Junior?] Review test tomorrow.
I looked it up and there is a play called It's Cold in Them Thar Hills.

Sad right now thinking about Mr. Kelly. I gave him an RIP post at ArchaeoBlog and it made me sad thinking about everyone from my youth starting to pass away. In the 4th Indiana Jones movie there is a line: "We seem to have reached the age where life stops giving us things and starts taking them away." So very true.

Last night I was lights out; did not wake up once until 3. . . but then I couldn't get back to sleep. Oddly, I didn't feel too bad all day. Maybe because I slept so soundly for the time I did sleep. Cold seemed worse today, or at least I was more stuffed up, if not coughing quite so much. Still managed a decent workout. There was an accident on the way back on the bus, so it stopped for a while and I walked home from there (I should have waited a few more minutes though), but no biggie, like a 15 minute walk. I didn't do much most of the morning, save for walking to the Safeway for a mocha. And a load of laundry so I could wash all of my hankies which I've been using one per day with this cold.

My beer was finished fermenting so around 9:30 I sampled some and. . . .it's beer! Well, flat, warm beer, but it actually worked. Looked like urine. I went to Cascadia after lunch at McD's (only a large fries) and got equipment and a briefing on the survey next Monday (a solo one). And stopped at the home brewing store for a couple more bottles. Also went to UVil SBux and had a hot chocolate and got my drugs from the pharmacy so that's all done. When I got home I bottled the beer for carbonation (put some sugar in and seal it up). So in 3 weeks I should have true beer. Have to get more bottles tomorrow because I still have beer left in the keg. I should make another batch before I leave.

When we walked, we noticed a neighbor's house's front door was wide open with no signs anyone was home. When we came back it was still open so we checked with a neighbor and she called the police. We waited until they came and checked over the house -- nothing, they must have left and forgot to close the door.

So, sad today. Will think of Mr. Kelly tonight.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

15 January 2014

On this day in 1952:
Dad took me to school today. Had our mid year Algebra test today. Practiced with the Baritone player after school at the house until 5:00. Ate at grandma's. Studied 4 1/2 hours for Social Studies tonight. One roll masking tape $.35.

Does she hate her parents or really like her grandma?

Another weird night with none-too-adequate sleep. But okay. Decent workout. I tried something new today, something I saw the Fitness Model doing a while back, sort of a cross-back. . . .thing. I'll see if anything's sore tomorrow and if it is I might work it in as part of my regular routine.

Went to Harborview today and spent most of my time making up a 'script' for my Nairobi presentation. Mostly just a bunch of notes to go with the slides so I remember the main points. Around 10 I sneezed and then got all stuffed up. I think there's something in that building that my sinuses don't like, it's kind of happened like that before, but with this ($@^*$ cold it was worse. I left at 12:30 and came home. Mostly piddled around because I was still stuffy (though less after I'd left the building) but I did sweep up some floors. Leftovers for dinner. We walked up and dropped off a card for Kelly's family and then got some simply awful tasting cough lozenges that worked well. Icky though. Nice afternoon, kind of partly sunny and 51.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

14 January 2014 (Tuesday)

On this day in 1952 (Monday):
Took the car to school today. We had about a 12 inch total of new snow. Went to dance band practice from 7:00 to 9:30. Studied Social Studies for about an hour tonight. Spent five cents of pop $.05.
Jesus, I wonder how many parents these days would let their kid drive the car to school after a foot of new snow. I'm really wondering what sort of car she had, although being a girl she probably won't say.

Last night was a looong night. Couldn't get to sleep due to Spousal Unit coughing, Jack crawling over me and meowing, and general wired-upness. Then I woke up at 4, and possibly some time in the middle of the night, too. So, tired. Decent workout, I guess (legs), lots of people down there this week, mostly guys; the last two years we've had quite a few females down there, but not too many this year. Haven't seen Hannah this quarter yet either, hmmmmm.

So when I got home. . . .I didn't do much all morning, really. Put in one load of laundry. Couldn't really do anything with the drywall because it wasn't dry yet. I ventured out to Target, Sports Authority, and Best Buy up by NGate around 11. Tried to find the Spousal Unit a SeaChickens jersey, which I did at Sports Authority: for $100! Man, I was expecting like $50-60. I walked around Target for a while before going back and getting it anyway. Then I walked to the other end of the mall and had lunch there just for fun.

Went home and gave the cats some attention before heading out to the Church to "light a candle" for Kelly (neighbor who died). The vigil lights aren't candles any more, just candle-looking lights. You put in money and then. . . .flip a switch on one. I know, I know, cheaper and no fire danger, but it's not the same as seeing a real flame burning for your thoughts.

I hung out at the UVil SBux for a while before going to Dr appt. New chick. Indian or something. Okay, I guess. I got some meds for Kenya, a re-do of my Miss Ambien prescription, and am caught up on all relevant vaccinations. We went back to UVil to get the drugs but there were long lines at the counter so I'll just go back Thursday.

Still coughing a lot today. Cloudy and around 52.

Monday, January 13, 2014

13 January 2014

On this day in 1952:
Went to sunday school this morning. Went to grandma's for dinner. Ate supper at church. We are having [work?] suppers for the next six weeks. After church came home and worked Algebra. Esquire Calendar $.50
Sad day today: Our neighbor, John Kelly -- whom everyone knew as simply "Kelly" -- died this morning. Mom called around 3 (our time). Apparently the last couple of days he went downhill and just expired around noon today. Good man, Kelly. Always a decent neighbor. He was good to my parents, especially Dad. The two of them for years walked up to the Hardee's (about a mile) every single morning, except perhaps Sunday, at around 6, rain or shine, warm or cold. Kelly quite after Dad died, but I think it was good for both of them. Kelly always called my Dad -- whose name was Len -- 'Glen' for some reason.

I was incredibly productive today. Slept okay, although I realized that I'd mis-set the alarm clock (PM instead of AM) but I was awake anyway. Took the bus in again since the Spousal Unit stayed home again -- she was kind of set on going in but I convinced her otherwise. We're both coughing today.

Had a great workout, and then came home, polished up my slide show for Nairobi, and then did the patch above the garage door! Yes, patience won out -- more on that later -- and I got it in properly. I put one coat of plaster (or whatever) over it and it's still drying. But it looks okay so far. I think I did some laundry in there somewhere, too. And that was just the morning! We left for Sam's Club and lunch (Jimmy John's) around 11:20, did that, and stopped at Lowe's on the way back and returned the light fixture I bought last week that the Spousal Unit nixed, and she picked a new one out. . . .and I installed that this afternoon! Did another load of laundry. Practiced my geetar a bit although my fingers kind of hurt.

We mall-walked up at NGate after dinner so the Spousal Unit could walk in warm air, and we got a card for Kelly's family. Still coughing. Nice day though, cloudy and around 52.

This morning I had yet another little epiphany at the gym, although this was a bit more. . . .illuminating than others. Much of what I've read about anxiety says that people try to control things in their life to deal with it in some way, such as hoarders who are able to control the junk they accumulate (at least in some ways). It's something I've thought about and I realized that I do it a lot. Not to get into details, but I believe I have tended to assume that everything really ought to work in ways that make me feel better and I try to arrange things as such. I assume, for example, that inanimate objects ought to work like I think they should. Or that people should do the same. When I realized that, it felt almost like waking up. I was looking around at everything in a new way. Sort of like the end of the movie The Matrix, but in reverse. In that, Neo finally saw the Matrix as it was and that he could control it at will; I kind of saw everything as non-Matrix that I couldn't control. . . .and that's okay. Or it should be. The last few years the more I tried to control things, the worse things got. I used to get really angry when it snowed because I didn't want it to! I've always had a short temper with objects that don't behave the way I think they should. That's one reason I think I was able to do the drywall patch so easily: I finally saw it, not as something that should bend to my will, but a truly inanimate puzzle that I needed to work out.

Admittedly, I did cuss a bit at the light fixture. Oh well.

But out of all of that, I don't believe I should try to find another Big Goal to work on. That's a control thing again. I need to learn to deal with things (and people) as they are, not how I think they should be to ease my anxiety.

Sunday, January 12, 2014

12 January 2014 (Sunday)

On this day in 1952 (Saturday):
Slept in late this morning. Went to a show at 11:00. 55cents. Came home shoveled off the walk and went to grandma's for supper. Left about 8:00 and went to the dance at the [Gay Slot Toe?]: Hamburger .30 [**p] 20. $.95.
No, it's not "Gay Slot Toe" but that's as close as I can figure out what the letters are.

Weird night again last night. I woke up at "3:30" (more on the quotes later) and thought "Crap. Well, I'll lay here for a while and see if I go back to sleep." Which I did, and then woke up again at "4:30" which was okay. Got up, went to the kitchen and noticed the microwave clock said 6:04. Hmmmm. Apparently, when the power went off for a second time yesterday afternoon I neglected to reset the TV room clock. Although I remember seeing it later in the day and thinking it was correct and that it must have at least some battery for shorter periods of power outages. Most would think an extra hour and a half of sleep would be grand, but I often feel worse getting too much as sleep as too little. Was kind of out of it today, too.

But I went to Mass and enjoyed that, and when I got home did a bunch of chores. Spousal Unit was still ill but somewhat better. I got kind of impatient with her yesterday which I am kind of sorry for, but not really. Well, I called her lazy, principally because in the morning she was banging and yelling for me to get her a towel after showering. . . she had one but wanted a clean one and didn't want to walk THE THREE FEET to the linen closet. Kinda got riled again today, too, when she kept not deciding whether or not to try to go to lunch and shopping. Grrrrrr. A bit of a failure on my part, which I am trying to work on. . .but she still acts like a big baby when she's sick. Next time someone suggests to me that men are whiny when they get sick I'll get a good laugh out of that.

But we went to UVil and tried parking in the new parking garage. Yeesh. Place was crowded and they've closed off the big lot close to QFC while they make a new parking garage there, too. Mad house.

When we got home I made vanilla chip pan cookies (turned out well), did many chores, made dinner, etc. Spousal Unit walked up to 70th and back after dinner, which is progress. I walked longer after that.

Kind of muftig today. That's a word Fr. Tony told me about. Seems to not be a real word. Means kind of melancholy. Not up, not down. Just kind of "meh". While walking last night I got to thinking about my Big Goal or minor obsession or whatever. . . .wondering if I should try to latch onto guitar playing. There's abundant room for improvement from here out until I die and it's a pretty neat skill to have. OTOH, there's no real standard end point to it, except possibly performing at some point. I dunno though, perhaps I should latch onto something a bit more lucrative? Then again, this is outside of everything and might make me more likely to not stress out about employment-related things since I have Becoming a Guitarist to occupy my mind. Hence, I spent a lot of time practicing today. =)

Saturday, January 11, 2014

11 January 2014

On this day in 1952 (Friday):
Took the car to school today. Had my mid year [drawing?] test. I think I made a good [unk]. Played for a basketball [unk] game after school. Franklin[?] [unk] 5 points. We won 37-36. At 7:00 o'clock I played with the dance band for the Senior High prom in the armory. Yakima High [played etc.?]. [Unk] 59-30. Went to the last [post?] of [unk] night at the church.
Many more unknown words. I believe she said she played with the dance band at the senior prom. Still no word on what set Barbara off.

Odd night last night. I was awakened in the middle of the night by some noise which turned out the be the ill Spousal Unit coming to have me turn off the alarm that was beeping. Turned out the power went off about 3:15 and then came on briefly which set the alarm to going (not loud, but it beeps a lot). I read a while to calm down -- Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde -- and managed to go back to sleep until around 5. Power was still out, so I drank warmish Diet Coke and read a book on the iPad until around 7. Spousal Unit was arising around then (doing better) and I was getting ready to go to McD's for breakfast, when the power came back on about 7:15. I still went. I don't even remember what I did the rest of the morning. Not much except watch some Top Gear.

I had thought the Spousal Unit would have enough energy to at least go do something today but she was being all whiny around noon so I just went off and did stuff on my own. Hit two estate sales and had lunch at NGate. I think the power went out again just before I left and didn't come back on until almost 1:30. It was very stormy overnight and most of today, hence the power outages. Didn't get anything at any of the estate sales although the latter two were in very nice houses. Stopped at Baskin-Robbins and got shakes for me and Spousal Unit.

I watched a bit of the SeaChicken game (playoff against New Orleans) but then had to go out and get different medicine for Spousal Unit, and went to Safeway as well to get some supplies. Watched more football (they won 23-16 I think) and then made leftover pozole for dinner. By then it had stopped raining and I walked around the neighborhood for a while before settling in here to write this up.

Friday, January 10, 2014

10 January 2014 (Friday)

On this day in 1952 (Thursday):
Dad took me to school this morning. Still have a lot of snow. Not much new in school except for a mid year English. Didn't seem too hard for once. Ate at grandma's. Spent about two hours studying for mid year algebra and O****ing tests. 
Don't know what that one word is. I wonder why she eats dinner at her grandma's house all the time?

Weird night last night. I must have woken up a half dozen times, but kept managing to go back to sleep without assistance. Jack slept with me all night, too. He doesn't do it that often so it's nice when he does. I woke up at 4:30, drank a Diet Coke, etc., took the bus (65) to UW to work out. I decided to cut short my weight routine today (I worked really hard though) and went and ran for 15 minutes on the track upstairs. I thought doing so would help my cold; often in the past on the downside of a cold I found that if I did a good hard run it cleared up quicker. I think it worked, too: by this afternoon I was coughing some but not nearly as stuffy.

Spousal Unit very sick today, lots of sinus pressure and such. She gets hit hard by such things since she has trouble with her sinuses anyway.

I went to Sam's Club this morning to get printer ink and Kleenex, and stopped at PetsMart on the way to get stuff for the cats. Stopped at the Goodwill on 145th on the way back in case a neat pair of speakers or something were there (not) and got three Coca Cola glasses for the Spousal Unit. She likes those for some reason. $2.27!

I walked up to Subway for our lunch, and then went to the Ace hardware to drop off some old Christmas lights for recycling and tried to find a new outlet for the kitchen (no luck). Then I went to UVil and sat in the SBux for a little while for a break. Wasn't too crowded today. Got some supplies for dinner at QFC and went home to practice guitar and fix dinner. Someone linked to weird vintage recipes in Facebook today and one was an igloo-shaped meatloaf and mashed potatoes so I made that! Meh. Well, it tasted great, but didn't look much like an igloo. I walked by myself after dinner. Thought a lot.

Cloudy all day and started lightly raining around dinner time.

Thursday, January 9, 2014

9 January 2014

On this day in 1952:
Took the car to school today. We had our mid-year test in Social Studies today, hate to see my grade. Yesterday was Barbara's Birthday I guess. Didn't get a [chance? shot?] to talk with her today. Ate at grandma's and came home and did about an hour of algebra.

I was hoping for some more dirt on the Barbara Affair.

Sheesh, had some trouble sleeping last night. I woke up twice before about 3:15, looked at the clock at 3:30 and then. . . .what? I don't remember dozing back off again but the next thing I knew it was 4:30. Hmmm. Had to take the bus because the Spousal Unit stayed home sick. Workout went okay, I guess, nothing spectacular, although Mr. Knee wasn't doing too bad. I'm going to hold off piling on the weight again for leg presses and hold at about 400 until I get back from Kenya.

Most of the morning I worked on my burials chapter for the Kom el-Hisn monograph. I needed to get the figures all set, integrate them into the text, and print out two copies. Took me a while finding the original Corel Draw file for Figure 1, a map showing where the various excavations took place. I finally located it, made a couple of changes in Illustrator, saved it as a native Illustrator file, exported to a JPG and stuck it in the Word document. . . .and then saw that it had made the whole background dark blue. Hmmmmmm. I was trying to caption a photograph (for the 1984 step trench) and could not for the life of me figure out how to make an arrow! Spent a half hour trying (I did at one point probably several months ago). I finally gave up and installed Corel Draw and did it all in about 15 minutes. But I got the burials chapter done.

I went and got us lunch at McD's and then I went off to do some errands. Got a fly shot, got some soders and hominy at Safeway, and dropped off the burials at the FedEx store to print while I sat in the neighboring Tully's and sipped a hot chocolate. That whole adventure took almost two hours. Home again and started dinner: pozole. I had it on our peninsula trip last summer/fall so I used the leftover pork loin from Monday. Turned out okay. Spousal Unit wanted cream of mushroom soup and rice for dinner, which she hated. *sigh*

It was raining so instead of walking I vacuumed the basement to the Conan the Barbarian sound track.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

8 January 2013 (Wednesday)

On this day in 1952:
This has been a hell of a day. The first thing when I got to school this morning Barbara told me she did not want to go eat with me anymore. The first half hour of the first period today I got a headache and [went?] home and slept most of the day. Why Barbara got mad I am sure I don't know. I [had went went?] her for two months. Went to grandma's for supper then came home and did about a hour-and-a-half of studying. 
Drama! More words I can't quite figure out. Barbara seemed to be her best friend, I wonder what happened? Soooo high school.

Okay day here in 2014. It rained most of the day, but I slept well again and ye olde cold seems to have dissipated considerably. Had a smashing workout, but had a surprise when I went to catch the shuttle to Harborview: They'd moved the stops! Starting today. Of course, I hadn't been on it for over two weeks so I didn't know what they were up to. I think it's permanent, or might have to do with the stupid choo-choo stations. Either way, it's on the other side of the horse-pistol meaning more walking for me. Not that much but I feel like whining.

Work was okay. Good to see Anne again (we went for our usual coffee). I worked on my Nairobi conference analysis (alcohol) data and presentation most of the day. I have ten minutes to give it so there's not much there. I sent it to Xtine who, in her usual OCD fashion, started changing stuff immediately. Good changes, I will admit. Bus ride home was uneventful, except for the slight amusement of the guy walking around with a ukulele.

When I got home the Spousal Unit was ill, complaining of an aching body, etc., which she thinks is my cold but sounds suspiciously like influenza. At any rate, I am keeping my distance. I went to the UVil to fetch my bagels (got the trivia questions right! Only one today!), walk around a bit, and then went into Bartell's and inquired about a flu shot. The nice young lady even started my paperwork for me so I can do it tomorrow in less time. I like her; she looks very severe but is very capable and actually quite pleasant (she's been there a while).

Felt really quite good starting last night and most of today. I am wondering if the chamomile finally kicked in. Hope it lasts more than 24 hours. . . .

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

7 January 2014

On this day in 1952:
Took the car to school this morning. Nothing new in school. Ate supper at grandma's. Went to dance band practice at 7:30 got home at 10:00. Last night to study for mid year tests. Studied a [unk 'sawted a quarter'?] to me. Still don't think I have it well enough. Spent 15 cents on Social Studies folder. 5 [cents] of a [unk 'cost'?] $.20.
That was the first time there were words I really couldn't make out. I included what it sort of looks like in quotes.

Still sick today, although I slept pretty much through the night, waking up at 4:30. Had a decent workout, not spectacular. Still having trouble with the ol' right knee. When I got home I started running my alcohol code again, trying to get the data set so I can crank out a presentation. Shouldn't be too difficult: A few slides on alcohol generally, alcohol and HIV, alcohol and Kenya, and then a bit on the analyses, ending with some Directions for Further Research. Pretty simple really.

I walked up in a light rain to the SBux for my free beverage. I have one of those Starbucks Rewards cards and they gave me a free drink for some reason. I didn't think it was raining as hard as it was, else I would have driven up. After fighting with the code for a while, I loaded two sets of speakers up into the Mustang -- the two Baby Advents and the KLH 22/24s -- and headed to the downtown Goodwill with them. I learned some stuff with both of them and got to listen to them for a while so I don't really mind donating them. Someone will buy them and enjoy them and the fairly small amount of money I spent on them gave me some good experiences. I looked for some more stuff, but they had nothing of interest.

I drove down to Renton to see the Spousal Unit for lunch (Popeye's Chicken, dayum them biscuits!) and went to the Lowe's, Uwajimaya, and Sam's Club. I got some Korean ramen at the Uwajimaya along with a couple of 2014 posters (this is the year of the horse). I like them because they have the whole year on the one sheet. Got another 32 60-watt incandescent bulbs, too; I should be set for a while! Watch, someone will make a decent LED bulb and I'll be stuck. But whatever, eff you, government.

I made pasta for dinner. We didn't walk because it's raining out so we cleaned instead.

I felt pretty good first thing this morning, sickness-wise, but have been up and down the rest of the day. I'm really hoping it will be significantly better tomorrow.

UPDATE: I should mention that I discovered "real" ramen in Egypt in 1994. Up until then, I'd just had the cheapie 25-cents-a-packet stuff, but I found some actual asian stuff in a grocery store in Maadi when I was there doing my (awful) Fayum stuff. It was deliciously spicy, not just salty like our stuff. 

Monday, January 6, 2014

6 January 2014

On this day in 1952:
Got to church about 7:30 this morning to shovel snow off the walks. Went to Sunday school at our church then went to the Nazerene Church with Barbara. Ate dinner at grandma's today. Went to church with Barbara in the evening. Spent a dollar for gas today $1.00. 
Quite the church-going young lady.

Not the greatest day today. Last night I sneezed and started to get all stuffed up and it just got worse. Today I have a full-blown cold, so so much for the zinc. I slept okay thanks to a couple doses of Miss Ambien, and had a halfway decent workout. I finished (almost) sanding up the bathroom drywall patch, but had much difficulty with the one above the garage door. I haven't decided whether I've given up on it or not. I did okay most of the morning cold-wise, but around 1 it just wiped me out so I spent the rest of the afternoon mostly reading. I Skyped with Christine at 3 and got some more information on Kenya so I have more of an idea about what I'll need to do and bring, etc. Kind of more stuff to get an anxious about (yadda yadda yadda), but it's looking better now.

Can't write much, head's all stuffed up.

Sunday, January 5, 2014

5 January 2014 (Sunday)

On this day in 1952 (Saturday):
Picked up Barbara at 8:30 and went to American River. Stayed all day. Drove on up on the passes for as far as we could go. Got back about 5:00 o'clock. Spent about an hour studying. Gas and eats came to $3.80.
"Gas and eats" Heh. I like this chick.

Am dealing with a cold at the moment. A mild one to be sure, but somewhat annoying. I started feeling it in my throat Friday and started taking zinc lozenges. Today it seemed mostly better but then I sneezed a couple of times this afternoon and my head got stuffed up. I'm pretty much sold on zinc; they've either prevented what I thought were developing colds or, as in this case, made them very mild and short.

Managed to sleep until 5:40 this morning after being up yet again last night with an attack (albeit a relatively mild one). We ate in and I went to Mass this morning. Pretty sparse today, and Dr. Oliver wasn't there. Had a youngish retired priest who I rather liked although he was a bit stiff. Felt good to be back again.

When I got back I sanded and re-plastered the bathroom patch and it's looking okay. The trick is to not sand too deep over the tape: the slight bump from it will mostly disappear when painted, I think. So it looks way better than I thought it would. Watched a bit of football and then went to UVil for lunch and groceries. Lunch was, meh. There are really only two places there to eat anymore that aren't sit-down and more pricey than we'd like for lunch. That place has just become much too upscale, even though Windermere, View Ridge, and Laurelhurst are nearby. But whatever. When we got home I did a few chores and watched the Packers lose to SF 23-20. I didn't expect them to win but they did better than I thought. Actually, I didn't even expect them to make the playoffs; they lost a bunch of people last year and Rodgers was out for like two months. SeaChickens play next weekend (New Orleans).

We just went for a short walk and now I'm going to watch the last bowl game.

Saturday, January 4, 2014

4 January 2014

On this day in 1952:
Took the car to school early this morning. Drove around a while before school. Had a basket ball game with Washington of H. at the armory. Got beat. Snowing tonight. 
Must be 16 or 17 years old. I really wish I'd asked more about the person whose diary this was. She is apparently from around here but where? I tried finding something about "Washington of H." school but no luck. [Update] I checked the addresses in the back of the diary and the few that are there are mostly in Yakima, so I think she is living there.

Woke up in the middle of the night with a vicious anxiety attack. Blergh. But I slept until 5:30 so it was a decent day in that regard. We went out for breakfast and when I got back I went ahead and attached and plastered the section of drywall in the bathroom. Not sure how it's going to turn out, but it's started. I need to sand it tomorrow and put on another slabbing of gunk. Can't figure out how the tape can possibly be hidden.

I don't even remember what else I did. . . .finished an old science fiction book on the iPad I started last year in Egypt, 'Starliner'. Meh. Then I downloaded a new one and started it. I'm going to try to read more fiction on a regular basis. I think it gives my mind a rest. Or at least an imaginative workout, which I think may be good for me. We drove up to Alderwood Mall in Lynnwood to return some stuff (Xmas) and had lunch. Tried to find a Mud Bay Granary there to get some bonito flakes for the cats, but no luck. We stopped at one in Greenwood instead.

On the way back we hit an estate sale. Tiny little house by Green Lake, nothing really of interest there. Then home where I started putting my new guitar book to good use. It had me starting out learning the Em, Am, and Dm chords, the latter of which I hadn't learned yet. I spent a while just learning those (again) and practicing switching back and forth. The first two are easy, but the Dm I'm not used to , so my task now is to drill myself on those three until I can do them effortlessly. I'm actually kind of looking forward to that because at least I know once I do that I can move on to something.

One of the outlets in the kitchen was buzzing so I had to disconnect it. I might go buy a new one Monday, or perhaps have an electrician come out and do it -- he put it in anyway. Plus there's some other things that need doing. We just walked outside around here for a bit.

Daisy is my friend again. She was still kind of avoiding me until later this morning when she let me give her some pets in the TV room. She really doesn't like the vet.

37 degrees when we walked and it was a beautiful sunny day. Most of the midwest is below zero now and for the next few days.

Friday, January 3, 2014

3 January 2014 (Friday)

On this day in 1952:
Dad took me to school today. The weather was about 5 above this morning. Had a long algebra lesson today. Stayed home this evening and studied for mid year tests. Have had snow for last week. 
I looked up the weather for 1952 and the first week of that year was very cold. She seems like she's in high school at this time. If we posit that she's about 16, she was born in 1936. My mom's age.

I slept in the bed last night! Until about 4:15 when Jack decided it was very confusing for me to still be there and stood on my butt and meowed. But not bad, I was surprised.

Spousal Unit slept until 6:30 and I made my famous oatmeal pancakes for breakfast. I didn't do much this morning, certainly nothing work-related on the computer. I dunno, I just felt like not doing anything on this infernal machine most of the day. My throat felt scratchy, too, and I've been feeling 'off' all day, so I started sucking on zinc lozenges. I think they work, there's some clinical work to back that up, too. So kind of a lazy morning, although we did take Jack and Daisy to the vet; that's always an adventure. Our other cats have not liked going, but they weren't so difficult to corral. We have to get them into one or two rooms and then close all the other doors. Jack went okay, but Daisy wouldn't come out of the TV room so she kept wedging herself under the couch. But all went okay eventually.

I did a quick dustmopping of the floors and then watched a bit o' TV before we headed of to McD's for lunch and then I went to the gym. Still not feeling very well, so I did light weights and more reps. I felt much better afterwards, walked to UVil from there, had a hot chocolate at the SBux and listened to the two chicks next to me talk about girly stuff; it was amusing. Although I think one may have been posing nude for a painting or something later on today. And they thought some guy with a baby was cute.

I walked home from there. Pleasant afternoon, partly sunny and around 49. Nice walk. We had leftovers and some carrot cake cookies! YUM. Went to NGate for a walk, stopping at the post office to mail a card to Mr. Kelly, the old neighbor. I wrote:
You were always a great neighbor and a great friend to my parents. You are in our thoughts. 
I dunno, what else does one say to someone who's dying?

Oh, and I bought a guitar lesson book at B&N.

Thursday, January 2, 2014

2 January 2014

On this day in 1952:
Took the car to school today. Back to the same old grind of school. Had supper at grandma's, came home and studied the rest of the night. A good 4 1/2 hours. Spent one dollar on gasoline. $1.00.
Well, she's still in school. High school? College?At least we know she's of driving age. Interesting she uses 'supper' instead of dinner.

First day of the rest of my life? Maybe. The thought struck me around 2:30 this morning that I will eventually shed this mortal coil and that all that I do from here on out (and, obviously, what I've done before this) will be my legacy. Everything. That is a worthy goal: working to leave a good legacy.

Needless to say, I was awake anxietying in the middle of the night, but made it back to sleep. We ate in this morning, and then I did yet more work on the chronic disease stuff. We went down to Southcenter Mall before lunch, at there, and returned some stuff and kicked around a bit. Nice mall but too far away and really heavy traffic all around it, so we don't go there much.

We got back before three, I did some more work for a few minutes and sat down to practice the guitar. . . .when I decided I should brew up some beer! Took about an hour and I think I did everything right. Mostly I paid attention to sanitizing everything properly. The malt came in a can, a viscous liquid, and it is brewed in a plastic barrel. I put it on top of the refrigerator so it will hopefully maintain a good temperature up there. Weird. . . actually making beer. Dinner was just leftovers.

We went to UVil for same stuff. Got a card for my old neighbor in Fond du Lac, Mr. Kelly whose kidneys are failing and he is not doing treatment. Hence, he's dying. He was a good neighbor, did a lot of walking every morning with my dad. Very typical mid-century midwestern man.

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

1 January 2014 (Wednesday)

New diary time: This one covers five years starting with 1952. It's a 5-year diary with five days each on every page. The writing is more free-form than the previous one and more of a true diary than an appointment book. I know nothing about the diarist except that it was a female. It was obtained from an estate sale in 2013 from the family. I meant to go back the next day and ask some more about her, but never got around to it. I've perused it some but haven't seen any indication of who the owner was.

The writing is also very tiny, but seems to be fairly legible. It's obvious she tried to cram as much as she could into each entry. She even used different colored ink for each year! I'm starting this on January 1 so I can better keep track of where I've been. The day of the week is one day behind us in 2014. Onward!

On this day in 1952 (Tuesday):
Went to part of the watching services at our church. Played two solos, Winter Wonder and the merry-go-round waltz. Left at 9:30 and went up to the Nazarene church. Barbara had to baby sit so at 11:00 I went up to where she was and saw the old year out and the new year in with her. New years day I spent most of my time at grandma's and the rest of the time I was at home.
I have a magnifying glass to read parts of that with! But I was able to make sense of everything so I'm looking forward to reading it all. I may stay with this one for all three years so I get a better sense of who this person was. She seems like a nice person, spending New Year's Eve with someone who was baby sitting.

I was asleep at midnight, but woke up to the soothing sounds of M80s going off, which I assume was at midnight although I didn't check the clock. Happily, I went right back to sleep and stayed that way until 5. We went out for breakfast at Burgermaster and I started off 2014 with hash browns and four slices of bacon. Heh. And then I watched football. All. Day. Well, mostly. Badgers played at 10 and they lost to South Carolina 34-24 (Capital One Bowl, formerly the Tangerine Bowl. That's 4 or 5 losses in bowl games in a row for them. At least Nebraska beat Georgia, and Michigan State beat Stanford in the Rose (24-20). This was the 100th Rose Bowl game. The Big Ten hath sucked since the '90s in the Rose and most other bowls.

We went out to NGate Panera for lunch and came home hoping the Badgers would be ahead, but alas, no. I watched a bit more and then went for my annual New Year's Day run. It's largely symbolic anymore since I don't run much; I'm in great shape, but I only run in small doses on occasion due to my knees not reacting well to that activity. Nice run though, partly sunny and around 43. My hands got cold but it was okay. And I forced myself to do a short run so my knees didn't hurt at all (I did the treadmill Monday and Tuesday, too, to get them warmed up).

After that I watched the Rose Bowl, had dinner, and then we just got back from walking.

Started to get a lot of anxiety this afternoon, not sure why. Well, I should know by now that there's no real reason for it, it just comes of its own accord and I find things to fixate it on.