Wednesday, April 30, 2014

30 April 2014

On this day in 1952:
Drove to school today. Everythings about the same in school today. Went to Toppenish with mom about 7:20 [unk] Karen and talked to her while I was there. Did a lot of Algebra when I got back. Monthly spending $39.86.
Yes that was in CAPS at the top of the page. He seems somewhat anal about spending.

Weird day today. I slept okay I guess. Had a really good workout and did some chest and arm stuff on a normally back day because, well, I was wearing short sleeves and had a lunch date with a hot babe, soooooo. . . . .it was Anne, her b-day was last Sunday and mine is this coming Sunday so we decide to go out for lunch for our b-days. Perfect day, too, we went to the Frye cafe and took it back to the terrace behind Harborview. Really nice time, we had a good talk. Sadly, her mom has breast cancer, but is apparently doing well with the treatments.

Had ups and downs today. Was all jazzed after talking to Susan about potential grants and like this was really moving along, but then later got kind of down on it like I really didn't belong there and I should just go work in archaeology, blah blah blah. I know it's just the anxiety, but it's still kind of a bummer. I eventually snapped out of it mostly, mainly by thinking of it as a "Who cares, I'll try my best and if it doesn't work I'll do something else". Last night I watched an old Magnum, p.i. show and got back in touch with the '80s. The decade where I was young and fearless and just did what I wanted and had fun without thinking about consequences. And afterwards I really kind of marveled at where I was now compared to then. I mean, really! I'm sitting here typing on a little Macbook Air with more computing power than the biggest mainframes from back then. And I have a smart phone that's got more computing power, not to mention connectivity, than the biggest mainframes from back then. And I live in a nice house and am in the best shape of my life. I wish I could really keep that attitude all the time.

Anyway, it was up to 82 today so everyone was enjoying it. We walked to the Metropolitan Market for milk, saw some cats and dogs, etc. A really nice evening.

Oh, I started learning Supertramp's "Give a Little Bit" last night. Kinda difficult but not too bad.

UPDATE: Forgot to mention, one the way home I stopped to talk to the lady in the house up the street that has the stream open in their back yard. She remembered me from when we talked last year at the Night Out so she took me to their back yard so I could see their section. Pretty nice. Theirs is lined with cobbles on both sides and about the same size as ours, width-wise. I probably shouldn't still refer to them as The Borings, she's actually quite nice. 

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

29 April 2014 (Tuesday)

On this day in 1952:
Walked to school today. Had locker clean up today. After school I looked around for another fog light and did a little work on the car. $.40 oil. DId a lot of Algebra tonight. Drove around town a little while. $.40.
OMG he actually walked to school!

Don't know what to make of today. Slept. . . .well, I woke up at 2:30 and had a wicked anxiety attack, sheesh. I did, however, manage to go back to sleep within an hour until 4:30 so it wasn't too bad and I had a decent workout for it. When I got home I didn't do a whole lot but left for the insurance people and Cascadia around 9:15. Insurance went well, I am now covered via collector rates. Drove to Cascadia just to talk with Randall and got roped into doing a cost estimate and then a monitoring agreement. Looks like the Lopez fieldwork will take place next week. That's a bit. . . .I dunno, anxiety-producing. I realize, of course, that it is all in my head, that I have done well with this project, and that it will go well. But I've just been in that frame of mind the last few days, maybe just due to lack of sleep, or perhaps the causation goes the other way. It should go well though, but I hate not working out!

Once I got back I ate lunch and then wrote up the agreement and sent it to Teresa for checking and then went to UVil to meet Engi and talk about grant stuff. She was sitting outside and I didn't recognize her! Had a decent chat. Damn fine scenery there today, too. Got home, did some stuff, made dinner, went walking.

Before walking some bicyclist stopped and asked if I'd like to talk about the cycling plan, and he was a decent chap; think he wanted to find out what residents along the route think. We both pretty much agreed most of it was a waste of money. So heck maybe there's some hope for cyclists after all!

Monday, April 28, 2014

28 April 2014

On this day in 1952:
Took the car to school from Don's place this morning. After school I went down to Toppenish to the doctor with mom. Took the car down to the garage after I got back and got the bumper welded $1.00. Looked around to find me another fog light to replace the one I broke Sunday night. Did more Algebra tonight. $1.00.
Not the greatest day today, although I'm still above ground and that counts for something.

Woke up at 3:45ish again and just started worrying about everything under the sun. I think I've just got lots going on and haven't been working much the last few days. I did, however, have an awesome workout. Really stupendous. In the middle I noticed I was getting all worked up about various things and have lost touch with my goal of being calm and vacation-like -- which helps immensely with my attitude and sleep habits. I need to get back to that.

Anyway, when I came home I mostly worked on Coptic alcohol stuff, including starting to develop a research plan. I looked at data as well. I checked on my insurance and found that, contrary to what I was told and what is all over the web site, I was eligible for health insurance and they've been taking like $80 out every month for it. The first place I called was kind of funny:
Health Care Stasi: Hello, how can I help you?
Me: I need to find out why I have insurance through the UW when I was told I was ineligible.
Health Care Stasi: You want to know why you have insurance when you're not supposed to?
Me: Yes, that's what I said.
Health Care Stasi: Are you serious?

Yeah, no sh*t, lady. So another waste of money.

Hate these people.

Anyway. Will do car insurance tomorrow. The collector license plate came today. =( It really is retired now. I also scheduled my KRP talk for July 9. Margaret didn't like my "Or how to go from stone tools to HIV in 7 easy steps!" subtitle. I dunno, these biomed people seem to be rather humorless. Even though 90% or their (our, I suppose) research is ultimately going to turn out to be wrong.

Dinner was peanut sauce, pasta and veggies. I somehow flung a drop of hot sauce into the Spousal Unit's bowl. Ha. She doesn't do well with hot sauce.

Nice day. 60 and sunny for most of it. 

Sunday, April 27, 2014

27 April 2014

On this day in 1952:
Left from Don's place for Sunday this morning. Didn't stop for church. Went to the [races?] at 12:30. The [treat?] was the worst I ever seen it. Drove around town tonight. Ran into the rear of a Hudson downtown. [unk] of wet pavement. Stayed at Don's place tonight also. Got the fender pounded out. Spent $1.00.

Man, he is being a bad little boy! Staying out all night (two nights!), skipping church, driving around and having accidents. . . .tsk tsk tsk.

My Sunday started out inauspiciously. . .at like 3:30. Grrrrr. I did sleep for maybe 25 minutes around 6, and then again around 8, but still didn't feel well all day. That's two Sundays in a row I've woken up like that and just started worrying. Oh well. Consequently, didn't go to Mass. I cleaned up my desk and then started cleaning under the hood of the Mustang. The show's not until July 29 but since I'm not driving it much I can afford to start cleaning now. Besides, it's kind of relaxing just sitting out there cleaning. I had Deep Purple CD on today, man that rocks.

I watched a bit of TV before leaving for UVil. Lunch was nothing special, shopping was nothing special. . . .although after the Safeway we went back to UVil to have a yogurt. Meh. We sat in the sun but it was kind of windy and cool, but nice enough. When we got home I started some ribs and then went to that one estate sale to see about getting some old Christmas candle lawn decorations, but they were gone. I was going to snag a couple more CDs but the line was too long. So, nothing. At home I piddled around, made dinner, etc. Just a basic walk.

Was supposed to be showery all day but we got nothing. Kinda windy and 57ish. 

Saturday, April 26, 2014

26 April 2014 (Saturday)

On this day in 1952 (Saturday):
Slept in until about 10:00 o'clock and got up and mowed the lawn the first thing. I worked on the car and cleaned it up some. Don and I drove around town from 7:00 o'clock until 1:00 Sunday morning. I stayed at Don place tonight.
Yet another busy and decent day altogether. Slept okay. Ate breakfast in. I changed the cat box right away, etc. What else did I do? I read some of the Duane Allman book for a while (along with a short nap) this morning. We went to Sam's Club around 11 and got some stuff. Some Oklahoma lady demonstrator snagged me for some weight loss junk, ha. We went for lunch at NGate and thence on to some estate sales. The first one was a nice NICE house in Windermere but it was mostly high-end female type stuff. We skipped the second one because it was the hoarder's one from a month ago. The third one was the second one for one a couple weeks ago and I snagged six CDs, mostly older metal stuff (Rush, Deep Purple). We had to wait in line to get in and some older lady was constantly bitching about it and telling the estate people it was 'disrespectful' to make us wait. Sheesh. Might go back tomorrow for some Christmas decorations.

When we got home I started The Cleaning of the Car. Started out in the hatch area; I really need to do something about the plastic back there that's very faded. I spent over an hour on that. We ordered pizza for dinner (Pagliacci) and then mall walked at NGate.

So, not a bad day. Vaguely productive. Sunny but cool (57) and rain coming in later in the evening. 

Friday, April 25, 2014

25 April 2014

On this day in 1952:
Took the car to school today. Had a Talent Show today. Went down to the church to talk to dad after school. Went with mom and dad to the [loster?] in Toppenish. Talked with [unk] while I was there. Spent this morning $1.50 for gas. Spent $1.50.
I wonder if his dad is a pastor.

Okay day today, mostly. Slept okay. Very good workout again. When I got home I first did some work on the photos I took yesterday and got them squared away. Took a while to figure out what I was doing  in Photoshop. They turned out okay. Walked to the Slaveway SBux this morning, too, and when I got home I smelled something. Turned out Daisy had pooped and had a dingleberry which I was unable to get. Ewww. Finished the photos and then worked on a presentation for the KRP.

I drove my Mustang to lunch at McD's and then went to UVil to cash a check and talk with the photo guys. I need a Daylight light bulb. I also need to study my camera's functions because apparently it can correct for various things. Well, it can do a lot more than I've been using it for. Sipped a hot chocolate at the SBux for a while and then came home and took photos of said Mustang for insurance purposes. Will do all that next week. I also practiced the geetar for a while. It's nicer to practice with the new strings; my fingers don't get worn out so quickly. I've been trying to use the pick more, but still get lots of buzzing. So I;m not sure how much progress I'm really making. But it's more fun to work with now.

Sunny day today although only in the 50s. Had a nice walk. 

Thursday, April 24, 2014

24 April 2014 (Thursday)

On this day in 1952 (Thursday):
Took the car to school today. Had a boy's large assembly today. After school went to the Drug Store and [unk unk unk] $.25. After supper I drove around and then went to the last part of the ball game $.25. Spent $.50.
Kind of a boring day for him.

I had a good one. Slept well again. Decent workout (legs). I went to Cascadia around 9:15 and finished up some stuff there until 11:30. T. asked if I wanted to photograph some artifacts so I said I'd go get my good camera, tripod, etc. So I went to NGate for lunch (gyro) and then stopped by home to get my stuff. On the way back I stopped at the dentist to see Mary and give her a little Kenya souvenir. Nice talking with her. On the way out:

Mary: A patient said he wants to date me, and he's like 10 years younger than me. What should I do?
Me: Is he hot?
Mary: Well. . .he's rich.
Me: Why are we having this conversation?


Long skirt, too, what sadness.

Photographing went okay, although using a normal light bulb made it really change colors. I ended up just putting it near a window and the natural light worked well. I need a new cloth though, and to find out what sort of light to use. But they turned out okay eventually. When I got home around 2:30 I piddled around and made dinner, installed Photoshop on the PC, etc. Dinner was meh. Well, pretty good, leftover brats, mashed potato salad (don't ask), and pea salad. We just walked around here because it wasn't raining. 

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

23 April 2014

On this day in 1952:
Took the car to school today. Took Barbara home after school and spaded the garden. Went down to Toppenish with Mom and Dad when she took [by?] treatment. Drove around a little around [unk] & got back and did some studying. Spent $.30 on [unk] and $.90 on a talent show ticket. Spent $.35.
May have gotten the amounts wrong there. Some of that was difficult to read. Still not sure what the deal is with his mom and dad. Mom seems sick.

So, busy day. I slept okay. Had a dandy workout. Went up to Harborview. I tried some more analyses on the alcohol paper, but mostly I kind of responded to emails and such. Apparently my suggestion to someone about getting funding to convert all that Coptic data from SPSS to SQL and had people talking about it including Grace! So I kind of got that ball rolling again. There was also some stuff with doing a KRP meeting/presentation. Eek! So, things are moving forward. I went to Anjulie's KRP today -- she's a quite attractive one and her name is the best -- and was sitting there kind of thinking I really belonged in archaeology because I just didn't fit in, when I started thinking, you know, I'm kind of like the blueberry in the tomato soup, but so what? I have something to add that they don't. I have a different background and I should use that instead of being afraid of it. I felt better after that.

So I left a bit early and went to the licensing place down the street and got a new plate for my Mustang, a collector car plate. Only $51 and I don't have tabs for it. So that's pretty much set now, just have to wait for the plate -- only the front one -- to arrive and I'm set. It took less time than I expected so I popped over the EMS to see people but hardly anyone was there. Ride home was uneventful. It's kind of raining so we went to City Peoples and Ketterman's for our walk. 

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

22 April 2014 (Tuesday)

On this day in 1952:
Took the car to school today. Got some oil and gas this morning $1.80. Every about the same at school. Took Barbara home of she got done with after school sports. Drove around town this evening until about 10:00 o'clock. Spent $1.80.
Kind of a boring entry today.

I had an okay day. Slept decently well although I woke up like five times last night. But I had a decent (leg) workout and even went running up on the track. I am thinking perhaps my knees hurting wasn't from running but from the heavy leg presses I'd been doing, so I might try running more often. Kinda overdid it, with a couple of sprint laps and my throat/lungs were kinda burning all morning.

Didn't have much work to do although I finished the one report and did a LOT of cussing at Word. I just cut-and-pasted some text and it completely fouled up the formatting! I mean, it stopped halfway down the page and just stuck some words on the next page! JESUS F CHRIST!!! What a piece of crap. Anyway, I swore up a blue streak at it AGAIN, and finally just typed the dam thing in. It really is some abysmal software. Good thing they were ruthless with their monopolizing because they sure as hell didn't get so big writing good software. . . . .

So after all that, I ate lunch at home and then. . . .drove up to the Lynwood Guitar Store and had my geetar restrung. Got some lighter strings and it plays MUCH better now. I didn't come home and immediately play way better but it was a lot easier and I can concentrate on technique more without worrying so much about not being able to push the strings down. Nice guy that did it, too. So that's my birthday present to myself. When I got back I didn't do a whole lot except futz some with the guitar and go chat with Norma and . . . .the other lady. Nice little talk.

We had leftover Easter dinner for dinner and then went to UVil to cash my Cascadia check and get bagels.

Really rainy this morning but nice most of the day although cool, only around 50.

Monday, April 21, 2014

21 April 2014

On this day in 1952:
Took my car to school today. Barbara and I are back together again. 


Took her home after school. Took her to a [unk] at their pastor's house and afterwards drove all over the place. Sat and talk with her a good while after we got done driving. Too tired to study tonight.

I wonder if those two ever ended up getting married. Probably. And then divorced after 6 months. . . .

I was out like a light until probably 3 this morning, didn't wake up a single time before then, which is unusual for me. I was tired yesterday. But I woke up at 4:30, had a soda, and then an AWESOME workout. Dunno why, I just felt really good. Well, okay, there were quite a few females there this morning, too (= must work harder when the Betties are around). But mostly because I felt really good.

I didn't do much work today, really. Paid work. Got a couple things done on the Orcas report and then, went to the office and helped with some network stuff. New person, too, Janet. Seems okay. Wears makeup. Ate lunch at NGate, stopped at Silver Platters (bad me) and got to Allman Brothers records, a live one (Filmore East) and a studio one. The latter seems to have their big early hits, but without Duane, which surprised me. The live one is awesome. Wow. So I like them. On the way back I mailed my keyboard back to be fixed. It's not that high of quality, I don't think. This is the second problem I've had with it since 2010. I pulled out the old IBM one and it felt a lot better. But I still like it. I may or may not end up using it again, if I stick with using a notebook. It's much easier.

Then I went through the Excavations chapter that Richard went through and found all sorts of crap in it. Like figures that showed DUs when I thought I'd changed them all to Strata and such. Yeesh. Well, I've been looking at that stuff so long I don't notice that sort of thing, so we needed a third set of eyes on it.

Made brats for dinner and we had to go to UVil. Beautiful sunny day today, but supposedly rainy all week. 

Sunday, April 20, 2014

20 April 2014 (Sunday)

On this day in 1952 (Sunday):
Went to Sunday School this morning. Skipped church and drove around town. After dinner Dad an I polished up the Dodge. We went to the creek and shot up some bottles. Drove around [town?] until [unk] lots. Dad stayed all night with me tonight. Worked until 1:00 o'clock in the morning on a Social Studies paper. Spent $1.20.
Still wondering what the parents' situation is. Are mom and dad separated?

Easter Sunday and it didn't start well. Woke up at maybe 3-3:30 and never went back to sleep even trying all of my usual tricks. So that sucked. We went to McD's for breakfast and I took a short nap but that didn't help. I felt so cruddy I even put my foot down and didn't go to the in-laws for the first time in 24 years. I felt I'd earned it. So instead I went to UVil for lunch (outside!), got some car washing soap and then washed the Civic and vacuumed it out. Rested. Swept the floors. Rested. Changed the bed. Rested. Listened to Jesus Christ Superstar. Made dinner. Mowed the yard. Spousal Unit got back around 6:30.

It was mostly sunny all day and maybe 62 degrees. So not a bad day apart from being wiped out. 

Saturday, April 19, 2014

19 April 2014

On this day in 1952:
Mowed the lawn for the first time this morning. Went driving today up towards Ellensburg. Went to a show with Dad tonight and went to the [Solo?] Theater. Also went to [land?] at the [unk unk] [Toe?]. Spent $1.00 on gas. 50 cents for the show. Aunt Lola came over this evening on the bus. Spent $1.50.
I had a reasonably busy day. I slept okay last night, until 4:30, which was okay. Stayed in for breakfast. I was just going to do nothing all morning, but I copied some files off of the iMac and then put it away until I get the keyboard fixed. Or for good, mostly. I should really only use one computer.

We went to the one Laurelhurst estate sale around 11. Meh. Nothing really exciting. And it was raining. We went to UVil for lunch and did some grocery shopping, both for dinner tomorrow and for next week, though mostly the former. After that we came home for a bit and -- oh! The Safeway has French cruellers! YUM. They were a bit dry but yeah!

Anyway, we walked up to the other estate sale and I was almost ready to grab some Cerwin-Vega speakers. Well, cabinets anyway. They had no drivers in them. But then I found the woofers in a closet and one of the tweeters (a horn) in the basement. I probably wouldn't have kept them, but I could have gotten them in pieces for cheap. Probably would have been profitable anyway, but I need another speaker project like a hole in the head. So, nothing. Spousal Unit bought some old Bible book.

We just had dinner and then walked. Nothing else much exciting. I wrote most of a Mustang post today.

So Holy Saturday. The end of Lent. I didn't give up desserts or anything this year so there wasn't a big "finish" to Lent this year. It was good though.

Wow. After getting rid of the big monitor I can really hear my computer speakers a lot better. Whoa. Hello notebook from now on?

Friday, April 18, 2014

18 April 2014 (Friday)

On this day in 1952 (Friday):
Took the car to school today. Had our Weekly Review tests today made some fairly good grades today.  After school I worked all evening on the car connecting the back up light and polishing it. It has been [unk] today but was [unk unk unk unk] a rain storm right now about 12:30 o'clock.
I am typing this on my old, old (well, 1990s) IBM clicky keyboard. My newer (clicky) one hath died, or at least must be fixed: it constantly double-clicks which makes it purt' near impossible to do anything. This one is actually a much better keyboard, but it is fatally flawed in not having a "Windows" key, which is crucial for working on a Mac. Sure does type nicely though.

Decent day today, mostly. FABulous workout this morning. Partly because I slept well and hydrated well beforehand, but also had to show off for a very tall brunette. I spent the entire morning working on my Orcas report, made more difficult by the keyboard problems. But Word was also being a PITA. Kept changing styles for stuff I didn't tell it to change and such and I was cussing and yelling at it so profusely the cats got a little nervous. I eventually switched to my notebook computer and I may just use that one for. . . .well, until I get the keyboard fixed. I've been meaning to only use it since it's been difficult keeping files straight between the two. But I think I got most of it done well.

Had a simple lunch at home (it's Good Friday) after listening to Jesus Christ Superstar. It's still rather powerful for me especially the second to last two tracks, 'Trial Before Pilate' and 'Superstar'.

After lunch I did a bit more work on the report and then went to UVil SBux for a bit. On the way back I stopped at a Laurelhurst estate sale but it only went until 2 (it was 2:30), but there was another one a couple blocks down from our house. W.O.W. This was one weird guy. His house was never finished: all the floors were bare plywood and most of the walls were bare drywall. Had tons of electronics. He also had a Mcintosh amp that probably sold in the first 10 minutes (for $750) and three guitars that all sold quickly, too. Otherwise, nothing I really wanted, just a bunch of junk. I walked to that one. When I got home. . . .didn't do much. Spousal Unit got home and we walked up to 65th and 24th to Bai Pai for dinner.

All in all, a good way to spend Good Friday. This morning walking into the gym I really thought "I'm okay now". Perhaps I am. 

Thursday, April 17, 2014

17 April 2014

On this day in 1952:
Drove the car to school today. Spent 1.50 on gas this morning. Had a rough day at school today. [Got?] a backup light on the car when I got home from school and the rest of the time I studied Social Studies and Algebra. Spent $1.50.  
Wish he'd said why he had a rough day. If it's like he's been lately he mouthed off to a teacher or something. Or maybe Barbara was mashing on some other guy.

ANYway. Rained pretty much all day today. I slept okay again and had a decent workout. I felt my back tweak some, which bums me out a bit since I've been doing these new exercises that really felt like it was strengthening my lower back muscles. It didn't go anywhere so maybe they helped keep it from really going out. Still, a pretty good workout.

Came home and worked on the Orcas report most of the day, much it it cussing at the computer. The iMac is starting to be finicky. First Word started crashing on me. Then my keyboard started double-clicking all the time, so that needs to get fixed. I dunno, a new computer might be in the offing anyway. The contractor came over at 11:15 to have a look at what we want done, mostly drywall patching and junk. Seemed okay. Had some good ideas, too. I went to McD's for lunch and then back home to keep working. I found out it's a Section 106 after I'd already started so I had to re-do some of it. I think I got most of it done. Tomorrow I should just need to do the graphics and the references.

We went to NGate for our walk and I got a new pair of Pumas. Sort of grayish. My old white ones are getting kind of ratty. Since I switched to these old-school shoes my feet are doing much better. The Pumas were the first ones I got like this -- simple thin flat sole -- and it took about a month to get used to them, and my feet hurt during the process, but once they broke in my feet I won't go back. Then I got my Converse Jack Purcells and those are even better.

We just had a double rainbow and there seems to be some blue sky headed our way, although it's 7:45 and starting to get dark. 

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

16 April 2014 (Wednesday)

On this day in 1952 (Wednesday):
Took my car to school today. Sure felt tired all day. Right after I got home from school I went to work on the car and got some fog lights on it. I did about 3 hours of Social Studies tonight.
No, I didn't make an entry yesterday. I didn't get back until 8 p.m. from a survey on Orcas. Yesterday was pretty okay. I went to the IMA at the usual time (6) and had a somewhat shortened workout, and then instead of going right to Cascadia and out I went home and scarfed down bagels first. We left from there around 8:30 and got to the actual site at 12:15. The work didn't take too long since there wasn't much of any places to dig, just two on each side of the road down by the creek and one up top. It was beautifully sunny on the way up; had a nice few minutes down by the water at the Anacortes ferry dock and on the boat ride I found a little corner on the opt deck that was sheltered from the wind and in the sun. Just perfect. It rained for a little while when we worked, but nothing major. We finished around 2:30 and so drove up to Mt. Constitution. I'd never been there before! Really neat. Ride up was a little harrowing, lots of twistys. Once I came on an unexpected hairpin and Mike kinda braced himself but I just let off the gas and it was fine. Heh. So that was a nice thing. We had a minor dinner at the Orcase Hotel or whatever at the dock and then headed back.

Today was meh. I slept in the bed all night (yay!) but I felt really tired all day. Workout was funny because I felt kinda of wiped out but strong at the same time. Work was also meh, I just ran stats on my alcohol junk all day and again found nothing. So I'm left with trying to figure out what to say about it. It rained most of the day, too, and this evening. We went to UVil for our walk. 

Monday, April 14, 2014

14 April 2014

On this day in 1952:
Took the car to school this morning. Spent $1.50 on gas and two quarts of oil. Barbara and I broke up today. I knew it wouldn't last. Worked on the car after I got home for just a little while and then spent about two and a half hours studying. Spent $1.50. 
I think this is like the third time they broke up. Seemed to be arguing a lot.

I slept most of the way through the night, without assistance. Had a really good workout, too. I mostly spent the day working, first on the report for the survey on Orcas tomorrow -- we can do the background work before we do anything -- and then I went to Cascadia after lunch and did some more housekeeping type stuff, getting reports printed, figuring out what else needs to be done to archive them, etc. I was alone for a while until Meg came in. Went to McD's for lunch. I loaded up the Civic to take over to the shop before going to the field, but Mike can't drive so I moved it all into the Subaru instead. I'd rather he drive so I can eat my bagels and junk, but whatever. We went to UVil for our walk to do some stuff, like getting bagels, and I got some lunch stuff for tomorrow as well.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

13 April 2014 (Sunday)

On this day in 1952:
This morning I went to Easter sunrise service at [Terrist? prob Terrace] Heights Cemetery at 5:30. Ate breakfast at the church but went to the service at Barbara's church then went out to [Fruitripole?]. Went out to Del's place for about a hour and then [unk unk unk]. Saw Barbara before church tonight and she made me so mad I didn't even stay for the service. I [unk unk unk].
Hmmmm. Wonder what she did this time.

So, slept decently again last night. Pretty routine Sunday morning. Ate in. Didn't go to Mass because it's Palm Sunday and it would have been really crowded and I had to take a nap anyway. I performed the Sacrament of. . . .well, Yard Work. It was pleasantly sunny so I cut up the little Japanese maple out front that finally died. It half-died a couple of years ago, but we brought it back but then after the plumbers dug the trench nearby it gave up the ghost. I think it just didn't react well to root disturbance. Also our rhododendrons aren't doing well, probably root rot from all the rain we've had this spring. I may plant a small maple out front like the one that was there when we moved in.

I also sat out on the front steps for a while and read, probably from 9:30-10:30. Am reading yet another Dune book, this time Hunters of Dune. It takes place after the last book that Frank Herbert wrote. I'm kind of pacing myself so I can read them for the rest of my life. Heh. Well, it's about the only fiction I read anymore, and that's not much.

We did the usual UVil thing although we ate lunch outside today which was oh-so pleasant. I went back to the estate sale on the way home -- dropped Spousal Unit at knitting store and she walked home -- and got three vinyl LPs, Foreigner's first and second albums and a live Nugent. When I got back home I started making my mead which took longer than I thought. Went okay except that it took way longer to cool down than I anticipated. But we'll see at Christmas!

I also made kofta for dinner. Too much garlic. We went for a basic walk around here, in short sleeves!

Saturday, April 12, 2014

12 April 2014

On this day in 1952:
Went down to the church this morning and helped dad set up [church? ink blot]. Went to the show with Les this afternoon spent $.55. Got some pictures developed $.30. Drove around town a little tonight and got to bed early. $.85.
Early to bed on a Saturday night? No date with Barbara? I'm kind of wondering if his dad isn't the 'pastor' or whatever Mormons have.

Another halfway decent day. Slept okay, at least until 5 but I woke up several times. We went out for breakfast. I cleaned up my desk when we got back and then read my beer book for a while. We had to get our hair cut at 11:30-ish, so we went to the U District for that and had lunch at Pagliacci's after that. And then three estate sales! The first was a small one over by Ravenna and Roosevelt near our dentist's office. Neat house, probably going to be moved or torn down. Nothing much there. The second one was in Laurelhurst and was a hoarder's house. Lots and lots of stuff everywhere. And mostly junk except for the African stuff: she'd traveled to Africa frequently volunteering. Didn't get anything but met some nice people.

The last one was in View Ridge, close to us, sorta. Much nicer. Had to wait in line though, but it was sunny so it wasn't too bad. They had some great stuff especially audio gear. I'd expected most of it to be gone but most was there. Probably sell quickly tomorrow. Mostly newer stuff but some old Sony and Yamaha equipment. ADS and Polk speakers. I was thinking of buying the Yamaha integrated amp and tuner because it was 50 watts, but then when I got home I looked my Onkyo up again and it was 50 watts! For some reason I've been thinking it was only 35 for years. So I can't think of anything there I might want. Might go back again just to see if there's anything else I might want for half off.

Oh, I tried my new batch of bitter. Very good! Turned out really well, just as I would think it would taste. So, good effort there. The Spousal Unit worked outside this afternoon and is now feeling ill. I walked by myself. 

Friday, April 11, 2014

11 April 2014

On this day in 1952:
Left Everett this morning for Yakima about 8:00 o'clock. Mrs. Lewis came over to see [ink smudge] on the bus. I just worked a little on the car when I got home and drove around town a little while tonight. Spent $2.00. 
Oh, I didn't realize he'd been in Everett for a couple of days. I thought he drove back the same day. Remember that: Yakima, not Spokane.

Things continue to go well. Last night was odd sleeping. Sheesh. The Spousal Unit kept me from going right to sleep because she was trying to coax Daisy under the covers from my pillow -- she likes to come up and sit on my pillow to get attention from the Spousal Unit in the night. Went to the other room, went to sleep (assisted) and then woke up like four other times. I think the second time was at 3:15 and I thought I'd not get back to sleep but I kept a running blathering dialog in my head and eventually dozed off again, but woke up another couple of times. Probably just stress.

Anyway, not the greatest workout either. Started slow, got pretty good, but then I lost energy. The only thing that saved it was being in the small room upstairs with like 3-4 hot young babes, so I couldn't get all wimpy at the end. Grrrrr.

So I got home, did a little work and then went to Cascadia to finish this assessment. Which I did, but then found out I needed to do the full scope of work proposal too! Which, happily, I'd actually already done but don't remember. Finally got it out at 5:45 this afternoon after waiting for R. to review it all day. So that's out.

I went to UW at noon to looks at SJI stuff, stopping at UVil for a quick lunch on the way. Found some stuff, talked with the GSA a bit -- pretty fat, but pleasant -- and then went back to UVil for a little while at the SBux doing some emailing and such (I had my computer for a change). Came home and made peanut soup. Meh. Just walked around here afterwards.

Nice day. I liked being on campus. 

Thursday, April 10, 2014

10 April 2014 (Thursday)

On this day in 1952:
Drove around town for a while this morning. Took Mary to church and back about 11:00 o'clock. And dinner at her place. Drove around town some more and then slept a little while. Went to Mary's about 7:30 and played games and listen to records until about 10:00 o'clock had a wonderful time. [unk] oil $2.70. 
Mary? Who's Mary? What happened to Barbara?! I looked back at the days I missed an he didn't mention breaking up again. Hmmm. But his Plymouth had broken down with a busted timing belt.

So, not a bad day. Pretty pleasant and sunny all day but not overly warm. I had a really good workout (legs) although it started out slow. Really killed 'em. My back is doing much better, I think, since I started this new thing that supposedly strengthens the lower back muscles. I'd never found a way to do that without setting them off. But so far so good. I'm still doing much less weight but quicker reps.

I worked most of the morning on the Lopez assessment and then went over to McD's for a quick lunch and then to Cascadia to get a jpg of the map so I could put probe locations on it. Did that when I came home, after stopping off at the Safeway for a hot chocolate. I think some female was checking me out because she kept looking at SBux junk around where I was while I was waiting and then happened to walk away when I did and followed me out. Not creepy following, but, errrm, something like I would have done when I was younger. I felt flattered since she was reasonably attractive.

I also mowed the lawn today. It had gotten pretty long after the rain and then some sunny days. Will probably have to do it again next week.

I was talking (online) with some women about slips. Nobody seems to wear them much anymore. Another one of those fashion things that just seem to have slipped away from the female repertoire, like hosiery pretty much. 

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

9 April 2014

On this day in 1952:
Left for Everett about 8:00 o'clock this morning. Spent $2.00 on gas. Got there about 1:00 o'clock. Didn't have a bit of trouble with my Plymouth. Stayed at [Mrs?] Lewis's place. Went [to?] see [unk] and took her out driving. Went to Seattle and Marysville and part way the [unk]. Spent $2.00 on gas again. Sure had a [unk] might got in a little after twelve. Spent $4.00. 
That is about a five hour drive from the Spokane area to Puget Sound. Kind of a lot to do in one day.

I woke up in the middle of the night sweating, went to the other room, and was still overheated so I had to lay there uncovered for a while having a weird anxiety attack type thingy or whatever. Nothing about me this time. Happily, I went back to sleep (assisted) and woke up around 4:30. Really good workout because of it.

Work went okay. Finished a draft of my paper and sent it off to a couple of people. Tried to set up a running of the syntax for March. The guy from the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Institute (ADAI) at UW came by for a talk and that went well. Now a few people know what I'm working on. I'm really hoping this pans out. It feels good to be more plugged in and I find that I want to kind of keep what I had last weekend going.

I had a PB&J for lunch and it wasn't enough and I was starving by 2, but had no snack to eat. 

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

8 April 2014

On this day in 1952:
Went down to the church with dad this morning and worked for a while. Went home for dinner. Went back down town and got my car out of the garage. Oil $1.00 Gas $2.00. [Dad had?] to leave for Everett in the morning. Spent $3.00.
I feel like I neglected to mention something from yesterday, but I can't remember what. . . .

I slept okay last night. Assisted a bit. Woke up at 4:45 having a bad dream. Actually it was a bad work-related dream and then this afternoon it went the other way: Randall said he'd like to talk about bringing me on for more time and more regular. So that's good, although I'm leaning heavily toward global health at the moment. So my work is beginning to pay off. Well, their increasing business is starting to pay off.

I worked on the assessment this morning at the shop, and left for lunch at NGate and got some honey at the Sam's Club. Five pounds' worth for my batch o' mead. Worked a bit more and then came home and did some piddly stuff and then practiced guitar for a while, first time since last Thursday I think. Or maybe before that. We walked at UVil because we needed groceries. Rainy this afternoon. 

Monday, April 7, 2014

7 April 2014 (Monday)

On this day in 1952 (Monday):
Slept in until about 12:20 today. Got up and took a bath and went down to the church and got the car brought it home and cleaned it up. Drove around a little tonight. Took my Plymouth down to [got?] [field?].
I think I woke up once last night and that was it. Once to go to the TV room and then not again until 4:40. Had an awesome workout, too. I worked on a couple of reports almost all morning, and then went to the Apple Store this afternoon, after a little SBux sitting and the QFC for dinner fixin's. Bought a Mac Mini for about $600 total. For the Spousal Unit. Of course, I let her set it up herself and it's been "TONY! I NEED HELP!" every five minutes. *sigh*

Mostly just a busy day for the most part. Still feeling very good and realizing that if I want to keep this up I need to interact far more than I usually do. Actually, I've known that for a while; whenever I travel I interact quite a lot and I'm always happier doing that. At home here I get far too comfortable and internal. 

Sunday, April 6, 2014

6 April 2014 (Sunday)

On this day in 1952:
Went to Sunday School today. Drove around with Ted during church. Was a little [mad?] at Barbara today. Went driving this afternoon with a lot of the [Suite Todath Dads?]. Went to my church tonight and afterwards the to the [pasta?] place for a sing. Sat [unk] this morning. Spent $1.50.
At this moment I am very tired but very happy. I exorcised a lot of demons this weekend.

I drove down to Portland for the ARCE conference and it was an incredibly fulfilling weekend. Busy, but very good. I got down around 5 meaning it took four hours to get there, and oh by the way, driving in downtown Portland sucks. I went up to Wilma's room almost as soon as I got there where Rob and Richard were working on his slides. Chatted and such for maybe 45 minutes and then we went to dinner, a nice fish place. It was good to see Rob again. He was mostly the same; a little slower but didn't look too bad. I managed to sleep through the night okay.

Saturday I went for breakfast at the hotel and spent over $20 on that. Good, but a lot of money. We met at the conference area at 8:30 to work out our slides and junk -- all went well -- and then I went to various sessions. Had lunch in my room (a salad) and went through my slides a couple of times then went over to our session. I was nervous, but it went well. I barely looked at my notes (I hardly ever do anymore). Sarah's was next but the computers had problems so it was kind of a nightmare for her. But they all went pretty well, content-wise. Lots of people left after mine, I think because mine was the most general. I was happy that Willeke attended; that was one demon. Ryan was there as well. And a couple of attractive young ladies who shall make an appearance below as well.

So that was done around 4:30. We all went to the bar area and had a beer and reminisced a bit, and then we broke up until the reception at 6:30. I had a slice of pizza because I was dying. Went back and wandered around a bit looking for Wenke and Redding, found them, got in the buffet line (I wasn't going to eat), and some older woman kept looking at me across the table. She eventually started chatting and invited me over to their table -- her and her students -- because she saw I was from UW. I almost didn't, but decided, what the heck. Turned out she was from PLU, had a bevy of (female) graduate students, and knew Ryan, so I sat with them, and met a really bright up-and-comer (also a very attractive one) who'd had cancer, and decided to research paleo cancer. Very nice young lady, we chatted about skeletal stuff for quite a while, Ryan came by and invited me to his annual Big Party in his room. I almost didn't, but decided what the heck. I even bought some beer to bring.

Anyway, that was great fun. I nursed a single beer from about 8:30 to midnight. Lots of people there, including the usual bevy of young attractive graduate students, including the ones from the reception. Chatted with them a lot. And one of the attractive young females from my talk was there, she was very quiet but we talked quite a bit; nice girl, goes to UA (Tucson). I left around 12, but didn't get to sleep until probably 1:30.

And then woke up at 5:30. Grrrr. Went for breakfast, thinking I'd come back and nap, but didn't (I tried though). So I went over for the first talk, and while in the lobby saw the other young, attractive female from my talk and it turned out she was really looking forward to meeting me because. . . .she'd used my data! From my dissertation! And she liked what I'd said about some ceramic stuff. So I went to her talk, asked a nice question, and then when that was over, I walked over and got a mocha from the SBux because I was dying. Came back and went to the posters where several of the women I'd been meeting had some. Talked with them some more, and with Rachel from Karanis who also had a poster. Good to see her, too. I was actually almost kind of avoiding her, wondering if she didn't want to see me or anything, but she seemed happy enough. I eventually found Wilma who wanted to talk about getting 1984 data, and then found the young attractive ceramics lady again and we talked some more about ceramics, and I suggested we maybe do something together for next year's meeting and she seemed quite taken with that idea.

Drive home was largely uneventful, although I was surprised I wasn't sleepy.

All in all, I felt far more at home and plugged-in than I have in years. I enjoyed myself. I liked talking with the various people and it felt like I was actually somewhat accomplished, especially around the grad students. I don't think Karanis was the disaster I'd been imagining it to be. I can do this. I will do this. It is a new day dawning. 

Thursday, April 3, 2014

3 April 2014 (Thursday)

On this day in 1952:
Took the car to school today and took Barbara home from school. Went down town after school and bought me a steering wheel cover $.80. Went to the Rafael Moody Concert at the High School. Took Barbara of course. $1.00. Spent $1.80.
What a nice typical American teenager in the 1950s: likes his car, likes his girl.

So last night Jack decided he wanted to sleep with me in the TV room so sometime after I went to sleep he started meowing and junk until I got up and then he ran ahead of me to the TV room and snuggled next to my feet. About 1:10 I woke up with a bit of indigestion, so I rolled over thinking it would go away but it got worse and I had to sit up and gasp for breath because it hurt so bad (I don't get this often). So I got up and rummaged around in the bathroom to find some Alka-Seltzer, took that, and went back to sleep in a. . .well, probably a half hour. I was still out cold when the alarm went off. So apart from that I actually slept quite well.

Had a decent workout. Not very busy down there so far this quarter, and very few females. Oh, yesterday I sent Kelly Miyahara -- a Washington alum, and semi-famous TV personality from Jeopardy -- who I am (one of probably 5000) Facebook Friends with, a photo I took of the Quad with the cherry blossoms with a short note thinking she "might appreciate this". She sent me a nice little note back thanking me for making her smile that day, which I appreciated.

Anyway, I worked pretty steadily throughout the morning on the Lake Sammamish report, slogging my way through the background, history, etc. Ugh. Well, it went okay I guess. I went to SBux in the morning and McD's for lunch, at the latter only having a Big Mac Snack Wrap. FInished up the report and then went over to Cascadia. . . .forgetting both my wallet and the North Lopez folder. Talked with Randall a bit about the assessment, and found there's more that I need to do before making up the assessment proper.

Came home and got some packing done and made dinner which was mostly leftovers anyway. Spousal Unit was late. We went to UVil because we needed a couple of items.

So, no, I'm not all that anxious about this weekend. Just a couple of years ago I would have been majorly stressing by now. I believe I can thank the chamomile. If I'm honest, I suppose I'm a bit worried that I'm not very worried since I might forget something if I'm not worrying! Is this what other people are like all the time? 

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

2 April 2012

On this day in 1952:
Took the car to school today and took Barbara home after school. Went downtown after school a bought me a new reed for my sax $.90. Bought some varnish for the car $.59. Put it on when I got home. Drove around with another kid most of the night got in about 11:00 and did a little Algebra. Spent $1.49.
Kind of a busy day, but nothing to write home about. Slept okay, assisted, because I woke up after a bad dream breathing really hard (part of my nose was all clogged up). Good workout. Work was okay, but boring, got a lot done on my paper. Stopped at Denny to meet the RA or whatever, but she never showed. Nice being on campus though. Took a couple photos of Denny and 115 (the lab). Went to UVil. Worked on slides and didn't have much time for this.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

1 April 2014 (Tuesday)

On this day in 1952:
Took the car to school today. Also found out that Wanda is pregnant! What am I going to do? We were only seeing each other for a few days. And we did it in my new car. I can't tell my dad either. Maybe I should ask Barbara what to do.
Okay, little April Fool's joke.

Took the car to school. Took Barbara home after school. After I got home I worked on the car. Put my name on the dashboard. Took Barbara to the hospital tonight for some kind of test the health department is making. Did about a hour of studying tonight.
Test, eh? Maybe my little joke wasn't that far off. . . . .

Well, my streak ended and I woke up at 3:45 this morning. Was kind of feeling anxious this morning, too. Nah, I'm not out of the woods yet, if I ever will be completely. But I tried to work it out at the gym and did a bunch of work on the Lake Sammamish report. Made horrible progress most of the day, mainly with the background, although Teresa sent me a couple reports for the area that we'd done so I think I can get the background done a little easier. I did find out what the concrete thing was, probably an old outdoor fireplace that neighbors probably used for burning stuff and maybe picnics or whatever. Probably not old but at least I can say something reasonably intelligent about it.

I also went to the Credit Union and took out $10k for the car. I didn't feel bad either; this is exactly the sort of thing I was keeping it in there for. I deposited that at the UVil bank of mine and then sat in the SBux for a bit. Full of Asian females today for some reason. Not that I'm complaining. . . .

I worked until about 4, made dinner (leftover pozzoli), walked up to Riot Aid. Nice day, too, sunny and about 60.