Saturday, May 31, 2014

31 May 2014 (Saturday)

On this day in 1952 (Saturday):
Total spending from Jan $119.27. Slept until about 9:30. Got a bit to eat and went down to the church and helped dad mow the lawn and do some other work. I went to Grandma's for dinner and spent the afternoon sleeping there. Pick up a roll of pictures $.50. Stayed all night at Don's place tonight. We [bunch] the [givens] a [midnight] and saw a big wreck [unk] at Terece Heights. Spent $.50 Monthly spending $30.75.
Geez, I spend that much in a couple of days. Well, a few days I guess. Maybe in a week.

Not too bad of a day today. Weather was beeyootiful, sunny and 74. I wore shorts. Slept until almost 5, which was good. Had breakfast in. We had to clean Daisy's butt this morning so she disappeared the rest of the morning. I grabbed her and she did her armadillo thing, curling up into a ball and tucking her tail in tight. Ick. I cleaned the TV room this morning, read some, did some other piddling stuff. We went to an estate sale around 11, got a CD and a book, Jimmy Buffet's "A Pirate Looks at 50" which I will probably not get to until the Fall. I read one of his fiction books once and liked it. The CD was a collection of songs from 1971. We had lunch at McD's because it entailed little walking for the Spousal Unit. Went to another estate sale after lunch, some cool stuff in a nice house in Laurelhurst but didn't buy anything there.

When the Spousal Unit was in the yarn store I waited in the parking lot and got all nostalgic. There's something about warm summer weather that makes me think of old times, not just my old times back in Wisconsin, but old times generally. Not sure why. Maybe it's all the old movies that seem to take place in summer, or maybe that was when I wasn't in school and had time to notice things more -- or just had more fun. But Summer always makes me feel connected somehow to the past. I was looking at the building which was kind of old and the weeds and ivy growing around and thinking of how many summers had gone by since the building was built and who all else had sat in the parking lot there and maybe how similar it was to what I was doing.

Then I fiddled with my cell phone. Heh.

When we got home I did a little weeding out back and washed up the grill. Just had hamburgers and cole slaw salad for dinner and I made a cake. Walked up to Rite Aid and the ATM. Much scenery.

Have to get up at 3 tomorrow and go monitor at 520. Hopefully not too long.

Friday, May 30, 2014

30 May 2014 (Friday)

On this day in 1952 (Friday):
Played in the Memorial Day parade this morning. Pick Barbara up about 9:30. After the parade I mowed the neighbor's lawn. Went up to Barbara's about 7:30 we drove around town until about 10:00. Tel. $.10 Gas & oil $1.00. Spent $1.10.
Well, today we found out the Spousal Unit tore two ligaments in her ankle area and is now in a plastic boot. Apparently a very bad sprain. She had the first appt. at 8 so I only worked out for about 45 minutes (still a hard one) and then dropped her off there and I went over to UVil to have my bagels and soda. They sent her to an ortho doc up by Northgate so we went up there and didn't get back until like 10:30.

Went into a minor dive when Steve commented in my report that he thought they'd definitely hit midden and shouldn't we recommend monitoring and maybe bulk samples? Of course, I took it badly, as I am wont to do. Note I'm not saying I drop into utter despair or anything and I realize people go through this every day, but this kind of stuff really affected me in the past few years so I feel the need to mention it. And in fact I started to get over it fairly quickly. We went up to the Lake City Wendy's for lunch, haven't been up there in a long time since I don't really like the location, but it was okay. I went to Cascadia afterwards, but only AFTER finding out that I'd already bought The Killers' greatest hits album. Huh? Well, I guess I did. Seriously thinking about a new computer, too, this one just keeps getting slower and slower. It's fine as I type this but once I open up more than a couple apps it starts chugging. Maybe in a week or two.

I really didn't get much done today. The morning kinda ruined it. I went to UVil this afternoon to get some dinner stuff (red snapper) and an Rx, but also got an SBux hot chocolate and sat in the sun for a while. I figure next week is a lot of work so I might as well unlax a bit today. May have to work Sunday morning, too, at 7 am out on 520. Won't probably know until early Sunday morning.

What else. Spousal Unit walked to the end of the block and back. I went up to the post office and mailed the package. Sunny and like 70 today, just perfect.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

29 May 2014 (Thursday)

On this day in 1952 (Thursday):
Took Barbara to school today. Had a assembly this morning that I had to play for. We also had a play [part?] on [unk] the [climactic?] [chorus?]. Then band went to [Atathun?] this afternoon to play and march on the field [day?] celebration. Took Barbara to a formal banquet at the [Galchen?] Wheel tonight. [unk] after the banquet we went to the church to see a movie. After the movie we drove around a while. Gas $1.00. Spent $3.60.
I think it's neat that he plays an instrument and does quite a few functions. I'd kind of like to be that way with my guitar eventually, playing a few functions every now and then.

Odd night last night. Woke up and had an anxiety attack (or whatever) and then a bunch of weird dreams, one of which involved me digging a shovel probe buck nekkid. But I ended up sleeping okay. Worried about this project, I guess; when I woke up what set me off was that I hadn't arranged lodgings yet and OH NO WHAT IF I CAN'T GET ANY AND WE HAVE TO POSTPONE IT AGAIN??. See below.

Another really good workout. The last couple days I've been reminding myself that I go there every morning because I really enjoy it. I mean, I love working out and I should be happy and friendly down there.

Anyway, came home and went to Cascadia and within 30 minutes had contacted my contact on Lopez and he'd arrange for us to stay at a really nice B&B for almost within budget. YAY. Janet's going with us, which will be nice. So it's all working out. So far. Got a couple other things done as well and came home for lunch. We went to NGate. When I got home I went to UVil and cashed our per diem check and I'll get those to them tomorrow. Stayed a bit at the SBux, although I'm getting a bit tired of going there alone. I mean, it's pleasant, but I'd like to chat with someone again.

Leftovers for dinner. Walked to post office to mail a package.

My niece, Robin, graduated high school today. Errgh. 

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

28 May 2014 (Wednesday)

On this day in 1952 (Wednesday):
Took Barbara to school this morning. Had marching practice this morning. We had our final Algebra test today. Took Barbara home from school then went to grandma's for supper. Dad and I pick mom at Mrs. Green's and took her to the doctor in Toppenish. When we got home I grabbed a bite to eat and maybe I'll get me mighty good sleep.
Yeah, Mom goes to the doctor a lot so I think she's ill with something.


I had a reasonably decent day today. Slept okay. AWESOME workout, due to the sleep and Diet Coke beforehand. Yeah, from reading Arnold's book. Well, okay, a few well-placed coeds this morning helped with the inspiration (damn them). Well, not 'damn them' if I work that hard when they're around I suppose they should be there every day. ANYway, very hard workout. Made it downtown okay -- oh, had to take the bus to the IMA -- although I'd forgotten to bring my bagels so I had to buy some (inferior) at the cafe. Went over to coffee with Anne. She's gained some weight since she started there, not enough to look bad, of course, just a bit more curvy. But it's noticeable in her face.

Spent most of the day chugging through alcohol stats and by the end of the day I had discovered that hazardous drinking leads to better outcomes. Hmmmm. Well, we'll see how that turns out. Otherwise, kind of a ho-hum day, but that's good sometimes.

Had a pleasant walk by myself. I think I walk more slowly when I'm alone. When with the Spousal Unit I tend to look at it as something of a workout so I'll walk faster, but seeing as I was already worked out, it's just a pleasant little end to the day. I picked up the habit in grad school walking to the UW every evening to work on my dissertation and after that was done we kept doing it. Back then the walk back -- around 8 -- was a good way to unwind from working all day and then working on that at night. Now, it's the same function, putting a quiet end to the working part of the day.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

27 May 2014 (Tuesday)

On this day in 1952 (Tuesday):
Picked Barbara up this morning and took her to school. Had our final Social Studies tests today. Mowed the lawn after school this evening. Went out to Playland and heard Jimmy Dorcies (sic) orchestra. Tel $.10. Barbara's pictures $.50. Spent $.60.
Neat that he actually saw Jimmy Dorsey's orchestra. Shrouded in the mists of time for me, but he actually went to see them. I think he was one of my dad's favorites.

A very decent day today. I had to take a half an ambien to get to sleep but I think I slept all the way through without waking up until 4:45. Had a reasonably decent workout; actually very good. I decided to change it up again some after reading some more of Schwarzenegger's book -- they would change their exercises regularly to keep the muscles from getting used to one thing -- and so it was kind of a lot of work in places. Mainly I used less weight on some, more on others, more reps, less reps, etc. Will try the same tomorrow.

I actually worked pretty steadily all day, too. Finished the site form update for 45SJ50, finished the survey report, and I think mostly finished the Lopez-San Juan report as well. That leaves Thursday and Friday to plan for the Lopez one next week.

Spousal Unit stayed home because of her ankle and will work from home the rest of the week. We went to McD's for lunch. It was a nice day, weatherwise, mostly sunny and pleasant. I went to UVil by myself after dinner to get some dollar coins and a couple other things. Nice walk around there. When I got back I finished my excavations chapter and sent it off to Richard. I hope it's done enough to send out. What a struggle!

Realized (did I say this yesterday?) that my left wrist is probably hurting from the guitar playing. Don't know what to do about it, but I started using a foam thing to do grip exercises on, hoping that strengthening my whole hand will ease that up. 

Monday, May 26, 2014

26 May 2014 (Monday, Memorial Day)

On this day in 1952 (Monday):
Picked Barbara up this morning. Had marching practice this morning. We had our final English examination today. Went to Toppenish with mom after school. Mom is now staying [unk] at MRs. Green's place and she is taking care of her. Went to a [sing?] tonight with Barbara. Spent $.30 oil $1.00  [venetian?] blinds for the cars. $1.50.
I can't tell if his mom is the one being taken care of or taking care of Mrs. Green. It's seemed that his mom is ill, but nothing specific.

Today was a good day. Supposed to rain today a few days ago, but it turned out mostly sunny and pleasant. I slept again until almost 5 and we went out for breakfast. Spousal Unit's foot isn't much better, but she is able to walk around some on it. I did some cleaning when we got back from breakfast and then read a while. Or read a while and then did some cleaning. Tried not to watch TV or fiddle on the computer. Then we went to UVil for lunch; I dropped the Spousal Unit off at the restaurant and then parked, and vice versa when we finished. Dropped her off at home and then went back and did the grocery shopping, or at least some of it. Took almost two hours between that and the drug store and the car wash. But it was pleasant driving around and doing it myself. Also put the ribs in the slow cooker this morning. When I got back I put things away, and did a few more chores and reading and got the rest of dinner going. Walked by myself afterwards, of course.

I'm enjoying this Schwarzenegger book. In a way it's inspirational, but not being inspirational. He just worked very hard for what he wanted and didn't think too much about what could go wrong, etc. Which is exactly what I had been doing for oh-so long. As I think I typed the other day, Don't think. Try. And assume you'll figure it out once you get in. I think I had that attitude way back when but managed to lose it.

My left wrist has been somewhat hurting and I've been trying to figure out why but I finally figured out it's probably from the guitar. I've been doing basic chord changing drills over and over the last week or so and that's about when it started hurting. That's a good thing, really, as it's not some chronic thing. 

Sunday, May 25, 2014

25 May 2014 (Sunday)

On this day in 1952 (Sunday):
Went to Sunday School and church with Barbara this morning. After dinner Lee Ray and his cousins and I went swimming down at the pier. Barbara didn't go to to[sic] church tonight so I just drove around during [unk] time. Spent $.15 eats $.50 car. Spent $.65.
Well, this was a fairly quiet day. I woke up at 3:30 -- again -- but managed to get back to sleep until a little before 5. Spousal Unit arose around 6:30 I think. Pancakes. Went to Mass. Cleaned some when I got back. Actually early this morning I watched the Monaco Gran Prix for a while, then watched some of the Indy 500, and this afternoon and evening I'm watching the Charlotte Coca-Cola 600 NASCAR race. Sheesh. I dunno I'm kind of getting into racing.

The mother-in-law said the Spousal Unit should see a Dr about her ankle so I spent a while calling a nurse and then trying to find a non-ER place to go get it looked at, getting very irritated in the process. Finally found a UW walk-in/urgent car clinic up in Shoreline. So up we went, stopping at a nearby Panera for lunch beforehand. She was in there, I stayed out in the lobby and chatted with the (bored) receptionist, and it took maybe 30-45 minutes. No breaks, just a sprain. Came home, I watched racing and fiddled with guitar, and then made (leftovers) dinner.

Went up to UVil by myself to get a prescription and a couple of items at QFC and walk around a bit. It rained constantly since around noon, so I just went to the cash machine, Bartell's, did a couple of laps, and then scored some mislabeled baby back ribs for almost half price (yes!).

Tomorrow is Memorial Day and probably a similarly lazy one at that. I suspect Spousal Unit will want to go grocery shopping just for some light exercise.

Saturday, May 24, 2014

24 May 2014 (Saturday)

On this day in 1952 (Saturday):
Mowed the lawn the first thing this morning, [eat?], and then went swimming at the river. Had the spring concert at the church tonight. I played two solos. Dixieland and Always. The best I think I have ever played. My Plymouth ran out of gas tonight before I got home. Gas $1.00 Tel. $.10. Spent $1.10.
Sometimes I wish I'd been more into my trumpet when I was in school. Playing it certainly got me places with the band: Nashville and Mexico. But I was never very good. Didn't like practicing and didn't really see what it would get me. I don't understand people running out of gas. I've never done it. *knock wood* For some reason it's just never been an issue. One time I may have. . .well twice. Once when I was driving up to Hurricane Ridge with Laura I let it get very low -- so much so that I put it in neutral and coasted a lot -- and once when I was driving to Wisconsin from here and didn't have much cash with me. I'd brought a Mobil gas card to use, but there were no Mobils between WA and Minnesota.

At any rate, today was pretty good. I slept until after 5! Wow. Amazing what sleep will do for one's mood. Felt really great for a change. Had breakfast in. Didn't do much this morning, as far as I remember. Read Arnold Schwarzenegger's autobio for a while. Interesting. He was very driven all his life. We went to one of Marianne's estate sales (bought nothing) and then went to the BBQ place on Lake City for lunch. Had my first hush puppies! They were good. Spicy little things. Heavy though. Hit another estate sale up in Kenmore -- I got a Boz Scaggs and Steely Dan LP, both firsts -- and then we went to St. Edward State Park. Neat place, an old seminary. Beautiful grounds. Unfortunately, while we were hiking down to the lake, the Spousal Unit tripped and twisted her ankle pretty badly, so we never made it and she's pretty hobbled. Stopped at Dairy Queen in Redmond. Or Kirkland or something. Came home, I went to another estate sale nearby (unlisted) and got a Cole Porter CD for Norma (she really liked the Al Martino) and a Mickey Mouse watch for the Spousal Unit. Came home, made dinner (hamburgers and broccoli-cauliflower casserole, meh), and then went for a walk by myself.

I changed the litter and did some dishes when I got back. May clean a bit more before settling down. I'm feeling very disciplined right now. Like certain things wont distract me. It's good. 

Friday, May 23, 2014

23 May 2014 (Friday)

On this day in 1952 (Friday):
Took the car to school today. Picked up Barbara today and took her to school. Went to Toppenish with mom this evening. Drove around some when I got back. Don is staying all night with me tonight. Social Studies book fine $.15.
At this moment I am listening to Jimmy Buffet's Banana Republic, perhaps the best song ever. Well, perfect for summer by the ocean. Even if you're not drinking.

Kind of a bad day today. Woke up at 4 blehhh but had a really good workout. Didn't feel too well when I got back. I did a bit of work before heading out to Cascadia around 9. I did some work on the report there thinking I'd need an old report off the server, but I didn't use it after all and pilfered what I needed from someone else's old report. Heh. Also found out I have to do four days of fieldwork in a row the first week of June. Oh well.

I came back by 11:15 and did some more and then we went to McD's for lunch. It was crowded and the developmentally disabled person they have working there chatted with us for like 10 minutes while she swept the same little area the whole time. Nice enough young lady and I was happy to entertain her for a bit although I was starving. Came home, did some more work, and then we went to Baskin-Robbins for a snack and then to QFC for comestibles. I don't think I did much after that. Well, I wrote a new Car Lust post on the Justy, a short one, mostly to get their old commercial in it. Classic.

So that was it. Felt kinda lousy anxiety-wise, too, I think just because I was tired. But, meh, not too bad. I only mention this in case I need to look back some day and see how I was doing.

I feel like totally taking this weekend off to just do nothing. Nothing. Except maybe fiddle with my guitar. 

Thursday, May 22, 2014

22 May 2014 (Thursday)

On this day in 1952 (Thursday):
Took Barbara to school this. [sic] Took Barbara home after school. Practiced my solo for saturday[sic] night at Mr.[Mrs?] [Pervis's] house. Played the spring band concert tonight at the High School. Drove around after the concert a while. Gas $1.50.
Today was a pretty good day. I went and woke up at like 3:45. . .BUT: I think I dozed off until 4:45. I was doing multiplication tables in my head and I never made it through two of them, so I think I must have slept some although I didn't really notice it at the time. And I felt okay. So, had a really good workout. When I got home I started right in on Cascadia stuff, the Lopez thing mostly, planning what we'll do. Then I took the Goldstein women to the airport at 10. This is like their first major trip -- to NYC! -- so they were pretty excited. I hope it does something for them. That went fine, I got home by 11:15. Kept working on the OPALCO report, talked to Christine for a few minutes (Skype) at around 1:30, and it looks like I'm going for a K-01 grant. I think I can do it. No. . . .I know I can do it. I worked until around 4 and then slowly started dinner: crab cakes, corn off the cob, and faux fool beans. Had ramen for lunch. Spousal Unit didn't get home until like 5:15. We walked up to the Safeway for bread and compost bags.

I got a little bit of anxiety over the grant. . . .just like a fear that I would have to do all sorts of work! Like full time! But it was short term. Five years ago I would have never even considered it and been completely wigged out just thinking about getting it. I have come quite a ways. Still wondering how much of it is/was true anxiety and how much is/was me just getting into an awful funk after finishing with school after so many years.

I posted this on Facebook this afternoon:

Through intense observation and analysis, I have determined that there is an X-chromosome-linked gene that confers on its possessor the unfortunate consequence of losing their sense of fun in direct association with age. I have chosen to name it the NAG-US gene. Happily, there is a Y-linked correlate gene that prevents the expression of this gene in males.
I eagerly await my Nobel.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

21 May 2014 (Wednesday)

On this day in 1952 (Wednesday):
Picked up Barbara this morning. Had a marching practice this morning. Got out of school about 2:00 to go to the High School for practice for the spring concert. Play in the spring tonight with the orchestra. Play my solo just perfect. Polished the car this evening [unk]. Gas $1.00. Spent $1.00. 
Kind of a good day for me today. I thought for sure when I woke up that I'd slept well and was hoping it wasn't too close to 5 so I could get my Diet Coke Hydration Therapy(TM). Of course, it was like 4:10. *grumble grumble* Still, I didn't feel too bad. Had a really good workout though; worked very hard and spent less time resting in between sets. Beefy, one might say.

Got irritated on the way to the shuttle because they're detouring pedestrians all over the place. All for their damn choo-choo. But I made it. Work was fairly uneventful, although I met with Barb the biostat and she was very helpful. I think we may have gotten confused on one point: doing 12-month CD4 tests on all the variables before putting them into the regression model, which you can do with categorical ones (e.g., Gender) but not with something like Age. Hmmmm. A single variable regression? I suppose. But I worked fairly steadily.

Lisa and I went to a restaurant called Boiling Point. Asian. All they serve is soups. They bring it in a metal bowl on a metal box with one of those flame things underneath, so it's sitting there boiling as you're eating. Chock full o' weird stuff, but I ate most of them. Odd for me. I dunno why, mind control rays or something. "EAT THAT THING REGARDLESS OF WHETHER YOU EVEN KNOW WHAT PHYLUM IT BELONGS TO". Felt too full the rest of the day though. Won't go there again, by my own volition anyway.

Ride home was uneventful. Mostly. We went to UVil to get bagels.

I felt good at work. Like I really belonged there. I keep swaying back and forth between thinking I really belong in archaeology and that I really belong in global health. I guess I'm okay in both, but would rather go the global health route. 

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

20 May 2014

On this day in 1952:
Picked barbara up this morning. Drove around quite a while before school. Had marching practice this morning. Got out of school to go down to the High School to practice our concert at 2:30. Got home about 4:30. Got my Social Security card through the mail this evening. Went to the school and practiced a solo that I have to play Sat. night. English book [fine?] $.15. Gas $1.00. Spent $1.15.
Busy and kinda stressful day. Slept okay but woke up before 4. Pretty good workout, too, lots of people there, and the females invaded the free weight rooms again. Not that that's a bad thing. . . .

I got home and started working on the excavation permit crap again. Had to re-do the cover forms again, too, which meant a trip to the bank which meant waiting for 20 minutes because they didn't open until 10. Sheesh! Anyway, came home after that, got everything squared away and then determined that it was all set and sent it off. She got back to me later in the day and want still more clarification on what we'll do if we find stuff, soooooo. . . . .I got a little stressed out and irritated, but I think after reading again we can make it work. I also worked on the other report as well, actually spent much of the day quite busy. Making me think more and more that I don't really want to do this for the rest of my life. Which amounts to like 15 years at this point. . . .

I mowed the lawn too. The Goldsteins want me to drive them to the airport Thursday morning and I agreed to. I don't really want to, but I think I should be a good neighbor and do so. "Serve others" as I have said over the past couple of years. This is what it means. 

Monday, May 19, 2014

19 May 2014 (Monday)

On this day in 1952:
Picked Barbara up this morning and took her to school. We had marching practice this morning. We also had a Junior Review Test today. Took Barbara home after school. Went to Toppenish with mom this evening. Took Barbara to church services at the High School and then went to the show [unk unk] I saw yesterday. Spent [unk] key holder $.50 school supplies. $1.10 show, $.10 Telephone Spent $2.20.
Egads, I completely missed my entry yesterday! I mean, I forgot about it completely. That's unusual. Anyway, what a neat thing this is; I'm actually getting a small glimpse of what some person did over 60 years ago. Just a normal guy doing normal things like taking a test. This seems to indicate he's a Junior in high school.

Yesterday kinda sucked as I -- AGAIN -- woke up on a Sunday at 3:45. Don't know why I keep doing this. We just did the usual stuff. Today was busy although I had a truly magnificent workout. Just felt strong the whole time. Came home and went straightaway to Cascadia to work on some stuff. Back to the San Juan thing, too, but we may be making some progress. I will hopefully have a good permit app to send in tomorrow. Ate at Ivar's NGate for lunch. Worked most of the afternoon on that stuff and the report for what I did last Thursday as well. We went to UVil this evening to cash my Cascadia checks and get various items.

Nice day, kinda partly cloudy to sunny. 

Saturday, May 17, 2014

17 May 2014

On this day in 1952:
Went swimming at at Lions's pool for the first time today. $.20. Picked Barbara up at 9:00 and we went to [school?] and had practice at the high school which lasted until about 12:00. Worked on the car the most part of the evening putting on another horn. Went up to see Barbara about 7:00. Stayed around her place and talked for a while. Then went out driving with her brother-in-law and sister. Went to the Dick-not[?] and got a cheeseburger. Gas $2.00. Spent $2.20.
I think that might be a Dick's Drive-in? Not sure they had them over there in that year though.

I've been thinking that if I lived in a more rural area I might like to just go driving in the evenings as well. Not that fun in the city, but I think maybe it might be nicer in a smaller city or town.

Managed to sleep until almost 5! I was settled in for a couple of hours by myself but then the Spousal Unit got up at like 5:30. That's unusual. Had breakfast in. I worked on the Kom el-Hisn map the rest of the morning and I think I got something decent worked out. Had our hair cuts at 11:30 so we headed to the U District which is, unfortunately, holding the Street Fair this weekend. Happily, we got to park on campus with my parking pass so didn't have to pay. We had lunch at Pagliaccis instead of street fare because most of it kinda sucks anyway. And it was quieter inside. We walked from Hair.Comb to like 43rd and saw nothing of real interest. Hippy jewelry. Hippy clothes. Hippy art. Etc. Hit two estate sales after that, one was meh but the other one had lots of neat stuff. I got a Linda Ronstadt and a Simon and Garfunkel album, a new agey CD, and one by Al Martino for Norma across the street. She seemed quite pleased with it. Was going to decant my mead this afternoon but couldn't find my sanitizer. I should get some riesling anyway, in case I have to top it off. We just walked around here. 

Friday, May 16, 2014

16 May 2014 (Friday)

On this day in 1952 (Friday):
Picked Barbara up this morning [ed. Oh Lord. . . .]. Had a play this morning first period. I played for the assembly. Went to a band concert at 1:45 in the [unk] theater and got out of school. Took Barbara home from school. Went to Toppenish with mom this evening. Drove around a little and then was home. Went to a park concert at [Lion's?] Park. Worked on the car until 12:00. Wiring spent $.20.
Dude, you're never going to get away from Barbara. . . .

I had a decent day. Slept until 4:30 unassisted (yay). Pretty good workout, eventually: I started out feeling kind of slow, but then got going. I worked on the emergency report thing steadily until I sent it around 11, and then went to Cascadia to drop off the equipment from yesterday. I was bad and got nothing done this afternoon. After going to the Mall for lunch (noodles) I came home, filled out my expenses and then went to UVil. Sat in Sbux and had a strawberry smoothie. Got dinner stuff. Came home and . . .did mostly nothing. Made dinner, walked, etc.

I think going back to two doses of chamomile a day has helped. 

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

14 May 2014

On this day in 1952:
Took the car to school today. Everything about the same. Right after school I went down to the Larson building and signed up for my Social Security. [unk] to Toppenish with [unk] tonight. Drove around town a little when I got back. Did a lot of Algebra tonight (review).
I just looked at the next year's entry and he seems to be still in school in 1953 and looking down one more he seems to be in school in 1954 as well. I would guess he's 16 and a sophomore at this time.

The day started off on an inauspicious note by my waking up at 3:45. Grrrr. I woke up twice before that and the previous time I thought it must have been around 3:30 or something, and then the last time I could her some birds chirping so I was thinking it was around 4:30 at least. Alas, 'twas not to be. I didn't even. . . .well, no, that's a lie, I did have a great workout, but it didn't really feel that great. I worked very hard but felt d-a-i-d daid at the end.

Went to work downtown and actually had quite a decent day. Met with Michael and Dennis Donovan at 9:30 and that was very positive. Dennis remarked that he thought what I was doing was really useful, especially my interest in the home brews which he thinks is probably significant. Then Michael and I met and went over my paper, which he thinks is very close to being ready to shop around. And he said that after talking to Dennis he really felt like this could expand. So, away we go. I was feeling really anxious all morning but by the time we got done I was back to "normal" and doing okay.

The State physical anth guy looked at my photos of the bones I found and didn't think they were human, so I'm okay there.

I had lunch out behind Harborview. Afternoon was kind of slow and I was sleepy, but stayed awake. I left a bit early because I didn't have a lot to do that I could do right then, so I left around 2:30 (which is when I theoretically should leave anyway). Bus was crowded. But okay. When I got home I set up the AC. It didn't vent up the flue and I just let it rest against it, but it made the house smell like creosote, which I think is that "old wood smell" I often smell in old buildings. After our walk (to post office) I fashioned a little cone out of a soda box and stuck it up there and it seems to work okay. So we have air conditioning! After a fashion. Cats don't like it. . . . .

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

13 May 2014 (Tuesday)

On this day in 1952 (Tuesday):
Too the car to school today. Had a Social Studies test today. Stayed after school and watched the Faculty and Team baseball game. Drove around a little. Stopped and talk a while to [Janice?]. (Don's girl friend) Did some algebra tonight.
No entry yesterday, got home just a little before 8. Man, what a long day. I left at 6:15 and got home almost 14 hours later. I went up to San Juan to do the Big Survey. It went well, I suppose. Beautiful day, sunny and probably 70 on the island. The soon-to-be owner was there and seemed quite positive about the whole thing, not set to back out or anything. Nice man. Also stopped into the real estate office before going out there and talked to a local celebrity, Pat O'Day. I guess he was a Seattle radio guy before I moved out here (maybe while I was here, too), but was a raging alcoholic, went into rehab, and now owns a real estate business on SJI and does TV and radio commercials for the rehab place (Schick-Shadel, I think). Nice guy. Anyway, the survey was a lot of work, I did six probes, and found disturbed midden in two of them, including some potential human remains (I kind of don't think they are, but maybe). Forgot sun screen and got nice and burned, thank God I at least had a hat in the car. Trip back and forth was uneventful, but a long, long day.

Today I slept okay, and went to the gym and had a decent workout (legs). Came home and immediately started on the report. I got the Results mostly done, and found out this afternoon I can submit just that for the time being so we can get going on the excavation permit. This afternoon I was pretty anxious about the whole thing, mainly because I was working on the background section and just started worrying I'd totally missed something or other. But I got over it (mostly).

On the way back from Cascadia (went there after lunch at NGate) I stopped at Sam's Club and bought. . . .an air conditioner. Yes, finally. A portable standalone room one. AND IT WOULDN'T FIT IN THE CIVIC. At. All. So I left it there and we went back after dinner and got it in the Lezbaru. Supposed to be mid-80s this week, but we've been talking about getting one since last year.

So kind of an up and down day in some ways. 

Sunday, May 11, 2014

11 May 2014 (Sunday)

On this day in 1952 (Sunday):
Cleaned up the car before I went to Sunday school this morning. Slept through church. Went to [lake Aunt Dacia?]. I [dsa?] went to our church tonight. I am too tired to do any studying. Wrote Barbara a note telling her I don't care to go with her [anymore?].
Oh, here we go again, back on the outs with Barbara. I don't think I had as many breakups in my entire life as he's had in the last 4 months!

Today was pleasant enough despite WAKING UP AT 4 FRICKIN' O'CLOCK IN THE MORNING. But I watched a movie, Wreck It Ralph, between 4 and 5:30 so it was at least entertaining. Not a bad movie, although entirely predictable. I learned a few months ago that there's a well-known formula for screenplays that follows an exacting timeline of what happens and now I've begun noticing it all over the place.

So made breakfast here, took a nap -- 45 minutes! -- and then we walked up to SBux and I got a mocha. I read on the front steps for a while, in the sun. I fed my girlfriend the crow and watched her bury some of the pieces in three different places and cover them up. I'd heard about crows -- corvids generally -- caching food like that but I never saw it in person before. Very cool. Didn't do much else all morning, too tired.

We drove over to Wallingford because the Spousal Unit wanted Taco Time for lunch, and thence to UVil. Pleasant day there, fairly sunny and nice out. We did the QFC and Safeway thing and then went back to UVil for a frozen yogurt. At home I cleaned up the inside of the Honda a little and was going to Lemon Pledge it but I dropped the can and broke it. >=/ (that was an emoticon, btw). Made meat loaf for dinner. Called my mom for mother's day (I hate these fake holidays). Walked. Feel better, got a note from Laurie. =) 

Saturday, May 10, 2014

10 May 2014

On this day in 1952:
Pick Barbara up about 9:15. We played for a [policiced?] convention at the armory at 10:00. Slept most of the afternoon. Went to the dance at the [Gag Shot?] Tol. Stay until about 10:30. Came home and studies Social Studies until 1:30 sunday morning. Spent $1.25 for gas and oil. Spent $1.25.
Odd day. Slept okay. I woke up at 3:50 and even sat up to look at the clock but I actually went back to sleep. We went out for breakfast and I decided to go to the gym, which I did around 9:45. Just did some leg stuff and ran a bit and cycled. But it felt good. After dinner last night I felt like a fat blob of goo and kinda still did this morning.

We drove up to Alderwood where I consumed a large amount of Diet Pepsi at lunch. The Disney Store there is closed, sad to say. We didn't go there that often, but they've gradually been closing stores all over. It's kind of sad. Spousal Unit bought some clothes at the soon-to-be-closing Coldwater Creek. I wandered around the REI for a while. Stopped at an estate sale on the way back, really nice house in Laurelhurst, but not much interesting there, mostly furniture and art. I went back to the other sale to write down the name of the guy whose diary I bought: Lenore R. Aagaard. Odd name, that. The Dynaco speakers were gone, thank God, so I didn't have to decide. I also went to the Safeway while out and got a chicken for dinner and managed to cook it long enough. I dunno, I've felt okay all day, but it seemed like kind of a drab day.

Cloudy and a little rain, high 50s. 

Friday, May 9, 2014

9 May 2014 (Friday)

On this day in 1952 (Friday):
Took Barbara to school this morning. Had a music assembly this morning. Took Barbara home after school. Also took [him?] to the concert we played at Franklin tonight. I played in the band and [unk] extra both trying. Took Barbara home after the concert. She made me so god darn mad tonight I don't know whether I will sleep tonight or not. Telephone $.10.
Probably mashing on some guy while he was playing. . . .

Had sort of an up-and-down day today. Slept until 5 again (yay) and had a dandy workout. I must've looked extra buff or something because I kept getting checked out. When I got home I did a little bit of work here and there, got the last two Mustang posts ready for next week, and then did some work on. . .something. Well, we left around 11:15 for a big Laurelhurst waterfront estate sale. Mostly expensive knick-knacks. Then we went for lunch at McD's and then Sam's Club for some junk. On the way back we hit two estate sales and I bought another diary. This one is pretty lightly filled out but it's from 1935-38.

Got home and worked on the mapping for the monograph. Still having difficulty showing all of the excavation units with labels. They're so close together on the map that it's hard to get a scale where you can read all of them. I've fought with this ever since I started working on it. So, left it sit.

We went to NGate for our walk and returned a Calphalon pan that had started to flake away. They ha a 100 year warranty so this is the second one we've returned and gotten a new one. I bought socks (white). Came home, meh.

I dunno, part of the day I felt great, but parts I was just feeling very anxious. Probably because I wasn't busy. So I dunno. And my scope of work had like 5 typos in it. I realize it's because I kept changing it all over the place, but it still irritates me. 

Thursday, May 8, 2014

8 May 2014

On this day in 1952:
Took the Plymouth to school this morning. Missed Barbara. Got in a fight to a sprained my wrist. Took Barbara home after school. I also was up at her place for about an hour tonight. Sat up until midnight studying my Social Studies. $.10 Telephone. Spent $.40.
Jeez, skipping school, fighting, getting kicked out of school. . . . the rebel years, I guess.

I slept until 5 this morning! Woke up like 3 times but that's normal. Felt pretty good for a change. Had a decent workout, nothing spectacular. I made some calls this morning to get the utility locates on the SJI thing going, fiddled around with some other items, and then went off to the shop. Jana went over the permit with me; good thing too, since I didn't know I couldn't dig through midden. That only lasted until like 2. I drove home and stopped to get a hot chocolate and then an estate sale which was close by. Meh. Mostly a lot of junk. Some old records but nothing good. Although I kind of want to get the Disco compilation one. Heh.

I practiced guitar for quite a while, just switching chords over and over. Sometimes I can do that, just get into a chord switching groove. Almost feels like I'm not making any progress though. It's kind of a dual thing: I think if I have a bit of a song to do it's more fun and I perhaps think less about doing the chords and more about making the song right, but I'm not sure if I get real finger memory that way.

It rained all day starting around 11. Not heavy, just a usual soaking spring rain. More like a winter rain really. We went to NGate to walk. Penney's is still there but I'm not sure how long it will last. They've been in trouble lately. Another one of my childhood memory stores on the chopping block. That's about the only one though; I never got into Montgomery Ward. Our kind of local big department store in Fond du Lac was Prange's, which is long, long gone. Sears I never went into much, not sure we even had one. Heck, Prange's (pronounced prang-ee's) even branched out a bit with their own little K-Mart type store called Prange-Way at one point. 

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

7 May 2014 (Wednesday)

On this day in 1952 (Wed):
Pick Barbara up this morning. Drove around quite a bit before school took up. Everything about the same. Took Barbara home after school as usual. Went to Toppenish with Mother to the doctor. Don {unk unk] to. DId about an hour of Algebra tonight. Gas $1.00. Spent $1.00.
It just occurred to me that this guy is about the same age as my dad. Dad was born in 1930 and this guy would have been born about 1935 or so.

I had a good day today. Started out feeling pretty bad, anxiety-wise. Was very antsy last night, really for the last couple of days. But I slept pretty well last night, had a really good workout, and kind of got my head straight in the process. I was thinking (while working out) that I really need to turn this whole anxiety thing to my advantage. I've mentioned that before, and also that it has been an advantage when I apply the sort of obsessiveness in the right direction(s). Getting a PhD for example. One thing I thought was that every time I get all worked up and 'afraid' to do anything I can treat it as an obstacle to go through head first. That's got to make one stronger.

So, once I got to work (Harborview) I went straight to it and got quite a bit done, I think. I was even writing up my paper and almost forgot to get coffee with Anne! I ate lunch out behind Harborview in the sun, that was pleasant. Went to Daisy's KRP talk, which was interesting. She's trying to add some qualitative work in. Afternoon was kind of slow, but. . .oh, the attorney called and wanted to go ahead with the survey. She totally wanted someone out there TODAY and would have flown me up! Apparently, the prospective buyers are flying up from Texas Friday and she wants an answer (in some form) for them. I arranged to go up tomorrow, but as I was sitting on the bus on the way home I looked up at one of the ads and it was about calling before you dig. Oooooops. So I called Cascadia and asked Teresa if I could go up with calling in utility locates. No. Illegal. Big fine. So I had to cancel tomorrow and can only go up after Friday. She might want it done Saturday, who knows.

So, came home, dinner, went to UVil to get bonito flakes for the cats and some other stuff. Nice sunny day. My knee was hurting a bit every now and then, just a random pain. I strained something in my mid-back this morning though. 

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

6 May 2014 (Tuesday)

On this day in 1952:
Took the Dodge to school this morning. Picked Barbara up and took her to school. Had a test in Social Studies today. Took Barbara home after school. Worked on the car a while after school. [Went up a new?] Barbara tonight for about an hour. Telephone $.10. Spent $.10.
Stressful day for me today. I slept okay, until 4:15 which was decent. Had a very good (leg) workout. I wonder if it was the pasta I had last night? Someone mentioned she had good runs the morning after eating carbs like that so I wonder. Hmmmm.

Anyway, I checked me email before leaving and the meeting was cancelled so I was looking forward to a quiet day at home, but then all heck broke loose on the SJI project. Talked to DAHP and they're going to require a survey beforehand which the attorney/owner aren't happy about ($$$), so I had to talk to her a bunch and try to figure out budgets for those. Then I got comments back on the permit and they're going to require more than just a basic survey, together with curating artifacts, analysis, etc. Yeesh. Who knows, maybe the deal will fall through. So I felt very lost and didn't know what I was doing a lot of the time. And very anxious. But you could have guessed that. Anyway, I spent most of the day at the shop. Went to NGate for lunch and got a battery in the Spousal Unit's new/old Mickey Mouse watch.

Just walked up to Riot Aid after dinner. Will just fiddle with guitar this evening to try to relax. 

Monday, May 5, 2014

5 May 2014

On this day in 1952:
Took the Plymouth to school today. Everything about the same in school. Took Barbara home after school today. Right after school I went with mom to the doctor in Toppenish. Took Don up to see his girl when I got back. Telephone $.10. Spent $.10.
Well, my day did not start auspiciously. Unless you consider WAKING UP AT 3:15 AUSPICIOUS. Probably subconsciously worried about this stupid excavation permit. But I got really irked and went and got my computer and started working on it. After swearing at myself quite a bit, of course. I worked on that until about 4:35 and then watched TV. And made iced tea. Workout went great. I came right home and ate bagels, and then went to Cascadia. I worked pretty steadily on it all day and did, in fact, finish it by around 4. There wasn't a lot of writing, but a lot of piddly stuff that I had to get right. Part of the day was going to Bank of America to get a form notarized. So, done. Go me.

Not much else to the day, really. Kinda rainy in the morning but steadily got sunnier. We went to UVil to walk and get a few things. Tired.

Sunday, May 4, 2014

4 May 2014 (Sunday)

On this day in 1952:
I picked up Grandma and Grandpa and brought them up to stay with mom today before[unk]. After sunday school I drove down the [Sunnyside?] to a church [unk]. Took the [unk]. Spent $1.00 there. [Dad?] [rode?] down with me. Got home about 4:00 o'clock and [unk] took Dad home and took Barbara to church tonight and brought her home. Did some studying after church. Spent $1.00.
I am 52 years old today. On this day in 1962 -- 10 years after this diary -- I was brought into the world. Well, still above ground anyway.

Kind of a pleasant, if boring, day. I managed to sleep until 5 this morning -- yay! -- although I think I took 1/4 ambien in the middle of the night to forestall an attack. Yeesh. So it worked out well. I hung out until the Spousal Unit got up and made breakfast and did the dishes; the last couple of years I've tied to make my birthday about everyone else. Went to Mass and thanked God for bringing Laurie back. She sent me a birthday greeting on Facebook which made me very happy.

We just did the usual stuff today. It was rainy most of the day although we had a break at 6 so we could walk. I didn't do much all afternoon although I assisted with the birthday cake which turned into a big mess. I watched another X-Files, this time the baseball one called The Unnatural. I went through a baseball phase around 2002 for a couple of years (maybe a few years) and I think this may have played a small part in that. Don't care much for it these days though. 

Saturday, May 3, 2014

3 May 2014 (Saturday)

On this day in 1952 (Saturday):
Slept late today. Went down to the church and helped dad. Mowed the lawn at the church and at home today. Took Barbara to the show [unk] to the Liberty saw Retreat Hell. Drove around a while afterwards. Show $1.00 Spent $2.50.
That sounded like a nice little Saturday.

Mine was okay. I think I slept until almost 5 although I may have woken up shortly after 4 but I can't decide if I dozed back off or not. But I felt okay, that's the important thing. Ate breakfast in. My main task this morning was to clean the TV room carpet. I'd hopefully fixed the cleaner because it wasn't sucking very well last time I used it, but it seemed to work okay this time. Looks better but not really clean. Note to self: Self, don't buy white carpeting ever again. I read the Duane Allman bio the rest of the morning and took a short nap.

We went to a humdrum estate sale later in the morning and then lunch at. . .Arby's! Yippee. Made a couple of stops along the way, one where I talked vacuums with an English gentleman. Grocery store. Found out that our favorite pet store and cat rescue place had moved up to 125th and Lake City Way, Animal Talk. We got Jack there. They used to have a cat named Larry that they rescued after he was dumped by the side of the road when he was a tiny kitten. Unbelievable what . . .well, shitheads people can be. But he had a long and happy life as the store cat. When we got home I watched a couple of X-Files episodes, including my favorite Jose Chung's From Outer Space. It's hilarious. Has both Jesse Ventura (back when he wasn't a total nutcase) and Alex Trebek.

We went out for my birthday dinner to the NGate Ram. It's been around for like 45 years and by the UVil for a long time, too. We went to the UVil one a couple of times, though the last time wasn't that great. This one opened up probably ten years ago? Kind of a noisy sports bar kind of place, but that was the kind of thing I wanted, just to get a slab of meat. Which I did. Not a bad one. We walked around the mall for a while (it's raining) but the Spousal Unit's guts reacted badly to whatever she ate so we had to come home a bit earlier than planned. Sometimes she'll eat something innocuous and her guts go into overdrive. So, home it is.

Like I said, raining. A nice rain though, and it's a treat for it to be relatively warm when it's raining for a change. 

Friday, May 2, 2014

2 May 2014

On this day in 1952:
Drove to school today. Went down and took Barbara back from the hospital about 12:00 ([unk] some test) back to school I skipped the last half of the day after that. Took Barbara home after school. $1.00 gas. Ted and I drove around most of the night tonight. Had [unk] and had to hire a guy to [unk] in to get a [unk]. $2.25.
Well, if hearing from Laurie had fixed my anxiety it didn't last very long: I went and woke up at 3 this morning and never went back to sleep. I tried, but around 4 I just got up. Sucked. Just worrying about various things, as usual.

Still had a bad-ass workout though, really killed it. The rest of the day was actually kind of hectic. I went to Cascadia -- just to talk to Randall, of course -- and got two more projects dumped on me. One is dealing with an attorney and I have to make an excavation permit ASAP. The other one's pretty humdrum. But then we had more changes on the Lopez project so I need to work around that one as well. Yeesh. But at least it won't happen for a couple more weeks at least and the excavation permit won't entail me doing the work. So, busy.

I only stayed at Cascadia until around 11 and then dropped by the car wash (had the Lezbaru) and we went to McD's for lunch. I mowed the yard this afternoon because it's supposed to rain this weekend. Showered a bit around 5:30. Otherwise pretty sunny and 65ish. Tired. May use Miss Ambien tonight even though it's a weekend, just to get some sleep.

Thursday, May 1, 2014

1 May 2014 (Thursday)

On this day in 1952 (Thursday):
Took the car to school today. We had the Mother's tea this afternoon [throughout?] every [was?] about the [unk]. After school I went down to church and helped dad [easy bassie?]. I got myself a fog light and put it on tonight. Drove all over the place tonight. [unk] $.75.

Laurie Friended me on Facebook today.

I was surprised. It said I had a Friend notification which I assumed was someone I didn't know or some spammer, but there she was. I admit I hesitated for almost a full minute before hitting the Confirm. I guess it was a combination of shock and I also wasn't sure whether I should open up that can of worms again. I finally decided it was just as likely to close that can of worms. Wow. She messaged me later and said her family was coming to Seattle in June and would like to see me again. Apart from immediate family, she's probably the single most influential person on my adult life. We were never "involved" (though I desperately wanted to be) and it was very strained for a long time. The last time I saw her in person was probably 1989 or so and then talked on the phone in 1993 and that was it. So this came out of left field. It was because of her that I threw myself into archaeology and went after the PhD and had no compunction about moving out here all by myself. She set the course of my life from when I was 22 years old or so -- the last 30 years!

I can't tell if a huge weight has been lifted or not. I wasn't expecting anything to happen were this to ever occur -- I'd looked her up on Facebook before (with minimal luck) but had decided I would not make first contact -- but I admit I was somewhat subdued and. . . .relaxed. . .the rest of the day. As if. . ."It's okay now". We'll have to see how this works out.

At any rate, apart from that minor little event. . . .decent day. I slept almost badly last night, having a horrible anxiety attack in the middle of the night (probably around 3). But I went back to sleep and was still out cold at 5. Workout was meh. God checked out by a female a few times on the bike -- always a nice little ego boost -- and then came home. Didn't do much except send emails and then went to Cascadia. Had a message there about the Lopez project and now that's on hold. There's apparently more areas they might dig in so I think it will need more work to define the area and for that they'll probably have to do some more work with DAHP et al. So no fieldwork next week. I helped Teresa inspect boxes for ant infestations for a while, but then came home and pondered and stuff. Went to UVil and sat around SBux for a while feeling quite pleasant and aligned with the universe. Then I got dinner stuff and went home.

Sunny and 85 today. Walked around here.