Thursday, July 31, 2014

31 July 2014 (Thursday)

On this day in 1952 (Thursday):
Stayed home all day and painted on the wood work and [dome]. Ate dinner and supper at Grandma's. About 8:00 I drove down town for about and[sic] hour and a half. Got in about 9:30 and went to bed. Monthly spending $39.78. TOTAL SPENDING FROM JAN $201.10
I had a weird day. Woke up at 2:45 and my mound started racing so I took 1/4 ambien and went back to sleep until 5, so I was reasonably well rested. Had a decent (leg) workout but started getting wiped out again 2/3 of the way through. Got back, did the usual stuff. Went to Cascadia around 9:30 and swore at Word for a while. It was being unruly exporting to PDFs again. Grrrrr. Well, I was there until 11:40 and I'd arranged to get my hair cut at 1 because it's too bushy to last until the 9th. So I went to McD's for lunch and sat with Marge the 95-year old which was a nice change. I parked at UVil and walked up to the Ave, got that done, and then Anne drove me back to UVil in her new(ish) sports car. Drove like a maniac to show me how much oomph it had. She's totally mid-life crisising in it. Sat and had a hot chocolate at SBux and then got some dinner stuff and stopped at Riot-Aid for some other items on the way back.

When I got home I did nothing really useful except practice guitar for a while, and prepare dinner. Teresa called and we tried to work out billing for one project. It was confusing, and she texted me later apologizing for being grumpy. No problem (I texted back). I know it can be a PITA. But I do need to start keeping track of time better, or at least in some fashion that makes tallying up hours easier, or more detailed. Or something.

Anyway, walked and then I watered some.

Felt kind of "off" today. Not sure why or how, just kind of. . muftig? I dunno. 

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

30 July 2014 (Wednesday)

On this day in 1952 (Wednesday):
Went out to the mill with dad to see some friends out there. We visited a few other folks and then ate dinner at [unk]. Left for Yakima about 2:00 and got home at 6:00. Went on a Tripple date with Barbara tonight to a show. Ted took their car. There was Barbara and I, Dad and Ted's sister and Ted and Shirley. We went to the Yakima theater. We took [Logi's] $1.80. Paid $.75 on gas. Got in about 11:30. Had more fun with Barbara tonight than I could have ever asked for. Spent $2.55.
"Had more fun with Barbara tonight than I could have ever asked for." Hmmmmm.

I also wonder if good ol' Dad's starting to date already. I notice he doesn't mention any brothers or sisters ever, unless Lola and Ray (IIRC) are one of his siblings.

Odd day today. Didn't sleep well last night, again. Maybe the heat but it's not been that warm in the house. But as of now I am officially unemployed again. More or less. I have an open invitation at Cascadia, but the UW money dried up and today was my last day there. I'll be going in once a week to work on grant stuff and schmooze though, so it's not that traumatic. Besides, it was six hours a week. But I have direction now, so it's not too bad. I actually think I nearly finished my paper. I went through the analyses once again found some background data on alcohol and nutrition, and I think I am happy with it, at least in bulk. It'll need some editing still, but I'm hoping to convince people that this is pretty much what I want to try to publish. That's good, so I can get on with the grant.

Ruth Nduati was at KRP today and Engi -- whom Ruth directed some ire at in Nairobi -- and she went out for lunch after the talk! Of course, that meant they both stood me up! But it was okay, I finished up the paper. Anjuli behind me did her orals today and was terribly excited once she was done. Also looked exceptionally fetching in a white dress. Talked some with her and Jillian (?) close by, also rather exceptionally fetching, and very pleasant.

I left early and took the 71 home. Crowded, but mostly uneventful. On the way down the street I chatted with Norma and Sunny for a few minutes. We did the church walk tonight, up the hill to the west, so the Spousal Unit's ankle is officially healed, I think.

So. I'm a bit muftig about the whole "unemployment" thing but only somewhat. As I say, its only been 6 hours a week, and I have a plan to move forward there so in most senses I'm not all that upset by it. But it's still got a tinge of scariness and a bit of . . . . well, the sense of not being wanted all that much. OTOH, I'm also aware that one must largely make one's own way in that environment and this is really the first time I've been serious about doing that. I'm going to quote a bit of "Hunters of Dune" here:

And always he fought the temptation to choose a clear, safe course, warning "That path leads ever down to stagnation".

That's what I'm trying to keep firmly in mind at these times, to twist it a bit into a pearl of wisdom: Always fight the temptation to choose a clear, safe course; that path leads ever down to stagnation.

UPDATE: I missed yesterday completely and didn't even know it!

Monday, July 28, 2014

28 July 2014 (Monday)

On this day in 1952 (Monday):
Went down to the church and worked today. Ate and washed my [head] at Grandma's. Fixed a flat tire on my car this afternoon. Went down to the church again about 9:00 and helped dad clean up after a wedding. Lola and Ray are staying here again tonight.
I had a decent day today. Woke up at 3 and had a big ol' anxiety attack, but 1/4 ambien took care of it and I slept until almost 5 after that. Had a really good workout, this is another hypertrophy week and I think I am more in shape for it this time. At any rate, I worked hard. Got home, ate, drank, moved my car for the contractors. They'll be here one more day I think, Friday. I did a little odd work, and then went to the shop for a while. Ate lunch there, too. Not a whole lot to do, so I worked on my alcohol stuff a bit while there, then came back home and worked on it some more.

I took out the guitar for the first time in a few days and it actually went very well. I think I'm really getting some muscle memory on most of the basic chords now and having a bit better facility with newer stuff. Still have a long way to go though.

We went to NGate to look for shorts for me, but didn't find any. 

Sunday, July 27, 2014

27 July 2014 (Sunday)

On this day in 1952 (Sunday):
Went to the church with dad this morning. Went back home and set the furniture back in the front room and stayed around until after the services. Barbara called me this afternoon and I took her for a little drive and pick up a girl friend on[of] hers and took her back to Barbara's place. Went to [peoples] meeting and church with Barbara this evening. After church Baraba and I drove around town for a while before I took her home. Spent $.50 on gas. Spent $.50.
Busy. Busier than me anyway. I got little done today. I slept okay, until a little after 4:30 but I got really tired all morning. Spousal Unit didn't arise until almost 7. Ate in and I didn't go to Mass because I was sleepy. I read my book (Hunters of Dune) out on the front steps, and then came in and read some more and took a short nap. Mostly I just read all morning, watched a bit of NASCAR (watched some F1 earlier, too), then we went to UVil for the usual stuff. The neighbor brought over some blueberries and vegetables they'd picked, and this afternoon I made the berries in a cobbler that turned out well. We did our shopping and then went back for a yogurt; I wasn't all that hungry all day for some reason. I didn't feel bad, just didn't feel like eating. Tons of eye candy at UVil though. Got home and I went out back and read in the sun to try to get rid of some tan lines. Didn't fall asleep out there either for some reason.

I made the cobbler and did some more little chores. Walked. My left foot hurts when I put on shoes and then in the morning, too. Might have to do with the one-legged calf raises I've been doing? Will stop those for a week and see what happens. This week will be a heavy workout week.

Sunny and 83.

Mom called and apparently aunt Marion is going to be appointed a guardian and go to a home. Apparently she's been vey difficult. It's bothersome that they're seizing her entire property as well. I'm not sure about that. I can imagine them needing to pay for the care, but they're just seizing her house and all her belongings and will sell it.

Otherwise I watched Enchanted this afternoon. A charming movie. I want Amy Adams as my second wife. 

Saturday, July 26, 2014

26 July 2014 (Saturday)

On this day in 1952 (Saturday):
Worked around the house a good part of the day. I also helped dad at the church some. Went to the [Skykomish] and [sat] the [Gray Shot Tee] and drove around town for a while. Spent $.10 on [pp]. Got in about 12:30. Spent $.10.
We had a more interesting day although that middle part I'm not sure about what he did. I slept pretty well. We ate in, I sat out on the front steps and read for a while this morning and then I wrote up the rest of my Mustang show post. Should be okay. We left around 10:45 to hit an estate sale and then head up to Camano Island. I bought a Kansas "Point of Know Return" LP, in good shape, but it was a mess of a house. I don't think he/she ever got rid of a single book they read. Had what looked like a VIC20 computer and a TRS-80 computer too. Interesting but nothing I'd want. We were going to eat at like McD's or something in Stanwood -- I needed bland and predictable after this morning (ugh) -- but only made it to Marysville before we got too hungry and it was noon. Traffic was very slow as at 530 they have a lane closed and for some reason it's horrendously slow northbound.

But we finally made it up there. We went to Camano Island State Park; I'd never been there before and wanted to see it. Meh. Not all that great, but not many people there. Mostly a stony beach, apparently good for clamming. The Spousal Unit walked the beach and turned over rocks and I just sat on some driftwood. Some little asian girls came over and started to play in the driftwood structure I was sitting on and eventually started talking to me. I was okay with it, but kind of felt a bit uncomfortable, wondering if their moms might be all creeped out by STRANGER DANGER and such. But no. Nice enough little girls.

Drive home I was sleet so I didn't like that. We didn't get home until after 3:00. Made dinner, went for a walk.

Despite that pleasant day and enough sleep I found myself getting some tinges of anxiety this afternoon. I don't know why, but then I never do. I found myself wanting to stay at Cascadia instead of pursuing grants at the UW, I'll admit. It's comfortable there. I like them, they like me. I can't say it would be a stunning career move though; Randall can't keep it up forever and then where will we be? It's nice to have them there though. 

Friday, July 25, 2014

25 July 2014 (Friday)

On this day in 1952 (Friday):
Mowed the neighbor's lawn this morning and spent the rest of the day painting on the house. Went to a Talent Show at the Capital Theater with Lee Roy tonight. Took [unk ink] Spent $.55. [Bored] the [unk] a [free] times after the show. Spent $.55. 
I missed yesterday. I should have written it up in the afternoon but I forgot. We had a little Bon Voyage pot luck at Cascadia for Jana who is going to New Mexico for 9 months. Good time, quite a few people there I made kofta. Brought my beer which went over well. Janet left kind of early and I did, too, I think around 8. It rained most of yesterday. I spent most of it writing reports and junk and then getting the stuff ready and waiting for the Spousal Unit to come home with the truck so I could use it to take over the toilet (for Meg) and the other stuff.

Today I had a smashing workout -- thanks in part to decent sleep last night. Once I was out I was unconscious until like 4:45. I went to the shop this morning and it was cold there. Their computers had been hit with a virus that was spreading, so I couldn't do anything network-related. But I finished a couple reports and then hung out a bit, ate leftovers for lunch, and then came home for a bit before going to UVil to hang out a bit. Got some dinner stuff. Came home and watched a movie, called Renaissance which was an animated thing. Pretty good although I didn't like the animation, it was all black and white of some form of animation whose name I can't recall right now. Meh. Better than watching the news anyway. Went for a walk.

Partly cloudy most of today but full sunshine later this afternoon. 

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

23 July 2014 (Wednesday)

On this day in 1952 (Wednesday):
Got up early and mowed Lee Roy's lawn then came home and went back to bed until noon. Lola and Ray came over this morning. At ate Grandma's and picked some [appricots]. Did a little work on the house this afternoon. Went to a show tonight by myself. Saw Uncle Tom's Cabin at the Roxy $.40. Walked home. Spent $.40.
What sort of day did I have? Not bad. I slept pretty well last night, I think thanks in large part to carrying out my little relaxation techniques all day. I'd been relying on the chamomile as sort of a magic bullet I think, and neglected to do those. It basically comes down to taking deep breaths and slowing down and trying to get into a sort of vacation kind of mood.

Had a dandy workout, including running on the track. It was raining all morning, so I got wet walking over to the Shuttle, although I discovered a hitherto unknown entrance to the parking garage. A couple of the gym chicks had disappeared when we all were walking over there one morning and reappeared coming out of the garage and I wondered where they'd gone to. Now I know! Short cut!

Working went well. I have the analyses figured out, now I just need to figure out how to explain it. Skyped with Christine, she's heading to Kenya this weekend and will be in Seattle next month. Went to Jen's talk for a while, vaguely interesting but I needed to make an appearance. Ride home was raining again. 0.75" of rain today, and we needed it. When I went out to the TV room last night I could hear the rain and it made me happy and I went right back to sleep. It stopped by 5:30 so we were able to walk around here. 

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

22 July 2014 (Tuesday)

On this day in 1952 (Tuesday):
Slept in until 11:00 this morning. Don came up and stayed with me unit about 5:00 today. We mowed the lawn and then just layed(sic) around. Picked Barbara up at about 7:00 and we went to a going away party for Boyd Gray (a boy from her church). Got home about 12:30 had a lot of fun. Spent $1.00.
Today was kind of an odd day. Had another attack last night but it didn't interfere with my sleep all that much. Had a pretty good workout. The contractors came over at 8:30 and were at it all day, finishing around 4. They got most of the work done, and the trim looks very nice. Couple of rough spots, but nothing too bad.

I ended up dealing with an asshat client, the one who we found the site at their house. Apparently they didn't both checking into the laws before starting building and they've been pissy ever since. The construction guys were okay, they'd dealt with this stuff before, but the owners and their representative are just kind of impatient jerks. I've been polite though. Sent them the report draft late this afternoon but I won't check the email again until maybe Thursday. Mainly just to annoy them.

The Spousal Unit came home early as El Presidente was coming to town to raise money on our dime. And when I90 is half closed. Hey, what's a hassle for tens of thousands of peasants when they've got big money to raise? At any rate, she got home and I went to UVil to transfer money to her account to pay for my computer. Errr, sat in SBux for a while, too. Not too long. Came home and did some more work.

Kinda cloudy and a bit drizzly at times today. I wore shorts thinking it would be nicer. Supposed to rain tomorrow though, I hope it does: we need it. 

Monday, July 21, 2014

21 July 2014 (Monday)

On this day in 1952 (Monday):
First thing this morning I went down to Grandma's and mowed the lawn for her. Bought Barbara a wrist watch today $15.00. Spent most of the afternoon polishing up the Dodge. Drove around town some tonight until about 11:30 with some other kids. Spent $.50 on gas. Spent $15.50.
That's like $165 in today's dollars so he dropped some coin on Barbara. I hope she's putting out for that kind of money.

I shouldn't say that.

(But I hope she was)

Odd day today. Had yet another major anxiety attack last night, I hope it's just a short period for this. It was kind of getting to me during the day as well. I slept mostly okay, had a very good workout -- used heavier weight, fewer reps today -- and came home and got stuff ready for the contractors. They didn't get here until 10. I was writing reports and such. I went downstairs while they worked up here, had the Nirvana going downstairs and one of the guys really liked it. I went out for lunch, planning on McD's but there was no parking so I went to UVil. Got back right when they were ready to leave, so good timing. I worked some more on reports in the afternoon.

At one point this morning I found a card someone sent us from when. . . .one of the cats died. Klondike maybe. Or Badger. It always gets to me and turned me in a sobbing puddle of goo. Probably a very sappy thing but it's very sad for me.

We went out for a walk but ended up talking to Norma most of the time. 

Sunday, July 20, 2014

20 July 2014 (Sunday)

On this day in 1952 (Sunday):
Went to Sunday School and church with Barbara this morning. Ate dinner at Grandma's. Helped with a wedding at the church this afternoon. Went to church with Barbara this evening also. 
I.Am.Beat. What a long day. I woke up around 3:30 and couldn't get back to sleep so it started off wrong. Tried again around 5:45 but no go. Worried about my car and stuff. We went for breakfast and I got to the show around 9, it was cool and drizzly. Saw Rob and Reina (neighbors), showed her a couple cars she might like, probably none they'll buy though. Wandered around, talked to some Mustang II guys, few other people. They had a few interesting non-Mustangs there. Here's what I wrote elsewhere:

My M-II got a Bronze in my category. They used to just give away 1st-2nd-3rd in each category -- pretty much guaranteeing me a 1st cuz I was usually the only one in my class there -- but this year they switched to a points system, so I could have easily walked away with nothing. Honestly, compared to the other non-II Mustangs there, mine (and the other two) were pretty pathetic. I think there may have been some controversy with the II judging though. One guy's really nasty looking Unrestored got a Gold, and one other guy's got a bronze, and I heard at least one person grousing about his bronze because "he didn't even do anything to it" (it *was* a really decent time capsule car). Mine may have initially gotten a nothing, but I think they may have bumped it up later; I didn't check my judging sheet in detail but the first page had a few numbers crossed out and increased. May have been my judge, who was really a decent guy; helped me out some afterwards by going over it and telling me what sort of things would be best to start with. But I also think he learned some things about II's (he told me he did as well) and I think it points to something: that the classic and newer Mustang guys don't really appreciate how difficult II-people have it in restoring these things. He seemed surprised when I mentioned that we just can't go out and buy new parts -- like door panels and consoles and such -- like the classic Mustang guys can because they just don't exist. We are stuck with what we have and have to work with that, for the most part. 

So I'm kind of pleased; it's only a bronze but considering what this car's been through (a LOT more than a lot of the other ones there that's for certain), I'm kind of proud for having kept it up enough to get that. And this is the first one that's really meant something -- the other two 1st place trophies I have are mostly just for showing up. Still, I have a ways to go to really get it up to show car snuff. 

So I'm not sure what to think. Or feel. The middle of the night will probably tell me what. . . .

Otherwise, Fr. Tony just called, good to hear from him. My mom was thinking he'd been pretty ill, and he might have been although he didn't go into detail about it.

Tired. Just watt to sleep tonight and work out tomorrow.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

19 July 2014 (Saturday)

On this day in 1952 (Saturday):
Got up early this morning and started to work on the house. Worked all day. Ate at Grandma's. At about 9:30 I took Lee Roy's car and went down to the Skate Ring. Got in about 11:30. Bought myself a Malt Shake $.30. Gas $.50. Spent $.80.
Tired right now. Car show went okay, although I increasingly felt bad about the way my car looked compared to all of the others. There were two other Mustang II's there, one which would have probably beaten mine, but it was in the Unrestored category, as was the other one. Felt bad also because all of the II's were in bad shape, comparatively speaking. Which is too bad, but there's not really the popularity of that range where people would really want to make them look perfect. I think it might be a bit harder to do as well.

So, got there about 7:15, got parked, and then hung out. Saw a few nice cars, or at least interesting ones. A pink one. One painted to look like an old GT40 racer. More tomorrow.

After lunch I sat under a pine tree and got up with my butt and the bottom of my shirt all full of sap and junk, and then my hands when I tried to wipe it off.

The one judge of mine must have liked it, because he was really helpful and even came back afterwards to go over with me what I might try fixing up first. Between now and next year I'm going to try for the front seat upholstery and the back panels for starters.

I90 westbound was down to one lane for the next week so I came back on 520 (tolled) and it was quick and easy.

Was mostly cloudy all day with some sun.

Friday, July 18, 2014

18 July 2014 (Friday)

On this day in 1952 (Friday):
Worked on the house most of the day. Ate at grandma's. Went on a long ride with Barbara. Ted went along with us also. It started about 1:30 and was over about 11:00. We drove around a while afterwards. [Gas] $1.00. Got home about 12:45. Had the Dodge out [tonight]. Spent $1.00.
Man, like 10 hours of driving. It still kind of amazes me that he just lost his mom a few weeks ago. I wonder if it was affecting him and he just wasn't writing about it?

I had sort of an up and down day. Started out well, I slept until 5 albeit with a lot of waking up. Had a really good workout, said hello's to the Fitness Model. Came home and ate bagels, but there was a LOT of editing that had been done with my one report. I felt bad, I thought it was pretty good. I still have a lot to learn and patience to achieve. Randall sent a nice note about a client (Lopez) I worked with who was complimentary, so it evened out. I spent most of the morning fixing that report, and then. . .well, at one point I went out and cleaned my windows because Word was giving me fits. I.Hate.Word. So at least I got that done. Went out for lunch at UVil, came back and tried a go at getting the needles out from under the cowl. Fail. I ended up using a can of air to just blast them off to the sides so they'll be hopefully less noticed. Also did the tires and wheels some more. At this point there's not much else that can be done short of some major work. So I'm pretty good with it. Not bad for a daily driver for 35 years, but certainly not a true show car yet.

But yeah, up and down. I felt great before, during, and somewhat after the gym. Just really Okay with everything. Went downhill for a while working on the report, back up again for a while, down again, now I'm doing okay. Saw Annie up the street again, she's very nice, I like her. Also saw Yoshi the Standard Weiner Dog. He had hip problems last year and is a little shaky but doing well, so that made me happy.

So we'll see what happens tomorrow. Will be a long day.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

17 July 2014 (Thursday)

On this day in 1952 (Thursday):
First thing this morning I mowed my own lawn. The rest of the day until five I worked on the house. About five we went over and picked some of Grandma's apricots. When I got home I went up to Ted's place and then we went to the park and heard a concert. I pick Barbara and some of her girl friends up   then at the park and took them home.
Such a ladies' man.

Bad night last night. First I couldn't get to sleep, went to TV room, still couldn't sleep, went downstairs at like 10:40. Probably didn't get to sleep until after 11, then woke up before 4, not even knowing where I was. Just anxiety attacks. No real reason, these things just hit. So, tired all day. But not all that bad. Oddly.

Workout went really well, even though I had to go out of order a lot. Sorority chick checked me out again. Came home and then went up to Cascadia to try to finish the one report and find out what I had to do. They'll need an excavation permit, so yay, I get to do one of those again. Was there until about noon, then went to NGate for lunch. I mostly worked on my car in the afternoon, finishing some stuff up on the interior. Found a place under the cowl that has a LOT of spruce needles in it which I can't really figure out a way to get to. Hmmm. Oddly, I'd never ever noticed them there before.

Did a little more work late afternoon, then watched a thing on TV about Bob Uecker, the Brewers' baseball announcer. What a treasure. Then they had a retrospective on Field of Dreams, which is one of my favorite movies. We walked sort of up to the post office with a box to mail, but to blocks up realized neither one of us brought a card so we just walked. With the box.

Just want to sleep tonight. Wonder if reading Walter Taylor's "A Study of Archaeology" had anything to do with it? 

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

16 July 2014 (Wednesday)

On this day in 1952 (Wednesday):
We are still working on the two front rooms. Went and mowed my lawn about 1:00. The rest of the time I helped dad on the house until I went to band practice at 7:30. Took Lee Roy's car. Saw Barbara a few minutes before I went. Drove around town a little while after it was over. 
At least he's staying occupied even if he doesn't have a job.

I had a decent day. Slept pretty well. Had a decent workout, worked hard, but I didn't feel all that strong. Still, the sorority chick kept checking me out. Got downtown okay, and I wore decent pants -- a pair of Savane's that I forgot I even had -- because it was very warm today. Anne was actually wearing a cute little short dress (but had really bad breath). I made something of a breakthrough on the paper; I used the comments from last week to do the model separately for males and females and it turns out females are the ones driving most of the effect. Mainly, I found out later, because the bulk of the non-drinkers are very poor. I hadn't been using "Income" before, but this looks like it actually works. Went to a KRP with a very attractive female talking about -- *gulp* -- male circumcision.

That was about it. Spent the whole day diligently working on that. I made good progress on the analysis, not much writing. But I think this is a good track.

Bus ride home was uneventful. We went to UVil because I needed bagels, crowded because it's a summer concert night. 88 today, supposedly cooling off tomorrow.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

15 July 2014 (Tuesday)

On this day in 1952 (Tuesday):
First thing this morning I went down to put in an application for work at one of the [Saftuny] stores. Spent the rest of the day [calimining] the house. Went to a show about 8:00 cost $.40 [unk] Street Car Named Desire. Spent $.40.
The movie with Brando came out in 1951 but maybe this was a stage play?

I have had a weird day. Had another killer workout, legs today, very tiring. When I came home I started in on the one report, walked up for a mocha, and spent the rest of the morning on that. I got most of it done by about 1:30. Had lunch at home.

I spent much of the time trying to install Parallels on the new Mac so I can run Winblows applications. I'd finally given up on finding my old copy, so I bought the new one and then 15 minutes later found the old one. Grrr. BUT it turned out that was incompatible anyway. I didn't know that. At any rate, the newer one kept hanging when it was installing Winblows XP, so I kept trying that, gave up, and tried installing the old one, which kept hanging. I was fit to be tied. Finally I found a method of making an image of the CD on the hard drive and this evening that finally worked. After I got on Chat with support. So far, it's successful, but I am again reminded that I am going through much the same crap I was going through 20 years ago. Nothing ever seems to change.

Anyway, I went to UVil for a break and had a strawberry smoothie at SBux for a bit, got some pork chops for dinner, and then came back and haggled with Parallels some more. Made dinner, we walked to Metro Market for our walk, and then came back and got this thing working finally. 

Monday, July 14, 2014

14 July 2014 (Monday)

On this day in 1952 (Monday):
Did Lee Roy's lawn first thing thins morning as he is on his vacation. I then went home and helped [Kemptore] the from[sic] room Went up & saw Barbara today. Ate [hope] at home today. We got the front room done today. Went to band practice at about 8:00. Afterwaards I drove around town and took some [unk] home I know from the church. 
I suppose we know he's still in high school as he's still going to band practice. So next year he'll either be a junior or a senior.

I had a very good day today. Slept okay. Worked out very hard. I tried to use the same amount of weight I usually do but do a LOT more reps -- I tried for 30 but couldn't manage it. Was really tough. Reminded me of when I first started a more bodybuilding routine years ago and realized I hadn't actually been working very hard. Good change though. I chatted with the Fitness Model and had her show me a new way to do the hip thrust things with a bar and a bench. Seems like a nice girl. Was d-a-i-d said by the end and felt really good about it.

Came home and did some minor non-work and then went to Cascadia for the rest of the morning. Turned out my budget was pretty accurate except for the report -- I estimated 18 hours and it took over 30. But the discrepancy between that and the invoice the accountant made up was because he used much higher hourly rates than I did in my budget. So, all was well.

I used my CD drive and got four project files filed away. Janet was there, very pleasant chatting with her, too. I had lunch at NGate and then got the Civic washed. When I got home I started on one of the reports. Was going to install a Windows thing on my new Mac but I can't find the Parallels disk. Hmmm. I'm going to look for that when I hang this up. We walked around here, the Spousal Unit is walking very well now,  probably up to 80% of normal speed. Did some watering. I think the weather will be hot for two more days and then cool down quite a bit. 

Sunday, July 13, 2014

13 July 2014 (Sunday)

On this day in 1952 (Sunday):
Drove Lee Roy's car to the [Maginoint] Church for Sunday and church. Ate at Grandma's. Spent most of the afternoon sleeping. Went to church with Barbara this evening. Drove the Dodge.
So, not a bad day. Slept okay. Went to Mass. While there I remembered why I wasn't giving the parish any money anymore: they get way too political in their intercessions. When I got back I worked in the car some, doing some waxing and then painting under the hood. Worked out well. I had some engine enamel in a spray can that I sprayed into a small paper cup and then applied by brush to various parts. Looks good. I got 3-4 pieces that were partially black but with rust spots. That should score some points, at least for trying.We went to UVil and had a salad outside. Not too many people there, maybe the heat or maybe the world cup (Germany v. Argentina, the former running away with it by a blowout score of 1-0). We lunched, shopped, went to Slaveway, and then came back fro frozen yogurt. Very pleasant. Got back, did some more waxing and painting. Almost blew it, I was backing out of the garage slowly, in neutral, and with the door open which went and hit the ladder! No damage. *whew*

So I did that for a while and then made dinner (teriyaki salmon). The power went out at 11:30 and came on a little over an hour later (we were gone at that point) so we didn't buy much perishable stuff. Walked to store for milk. It was cloudy most of the day, not as warm as yesterday (85 today) but a bit more humid. 

Saturday, July 12, 2014

12 July 2014 (Saturday)

On this day in 1952 (Saturday):
First thing this morning I went down and picked up my [shirts], [Paint] $1.60. Worked down at the church the rest of the day. Ate at Grandma's. Left the house about 7:00 and drove around town. Picked Barbara up after a wedding about 9:30 and drove around until mid-night. [Dad had] Dodge. Everything went very good between Barbara and I tonight. [Pop] $.20 Spent $1.80. 
I wonder what he did when he would "drive around town"? Maybe just driving? I suppose back then just going all over the place was fun in and of itself.

I slept okay last night although had a semi-major panic attack (or whatever) at around 2 and decided I should do 1/4 ambient for it. I might talk to the/a doctor at the end of the summer. I wonder if there's something else maybe more minor that I could take to get me through those things.

Anyway, went out for breakfast since the Spousal Unit was up before 6 (thanks to Jack). I had a not-very-good waffle for a change. Took them a while, too. I worked on my car most of the morning. I was going to paint but canNOT find the paint I bought. So I washed it and then pulled it in the garage and started waxing it, just a couple sections at a time so I would do a good job on it. There are only a few more things to do and it will be ready. I mean, there's LOTS of stuff to do, but only so much I can do for now.

We left around 11:15 and hit one estate sale on the way to NGate where we had lunch and then walked over to the Best Buy and Target. At the former I got a CD/DVD drive for my Crapintosh and the Spousal Unit got a gift card for someone retiring. Then we went off to a couple more sales, only buying a CD and a Coca Cola glass. Had a little snack at McD's. Got some oyster crackers for dinner (crab cakes) but I decided to just eat potato salad and corn instead, not overly hungry. Well, okay, I bought a key lime pie, too.

I did a little more waxing on the car and then did the other two wheels. I think next year will be the driver's seat and maybe getting the wheels refinished.

Very warm today, around 88 and supposedly 90 tomorrow.

I just burned The Killers' Greatest Hits to a CD on my new drive. 

Friday, July 11, 2014

11 July 2014 (Friday)

On this day in 1952 (Friday):
Went down to the church early and mowed the lawn. Went and got my [shirts] painted today. I went home and polished my car. After supper at Grandma's I went up to Barbara's and took her my ring. We went to a surprise party for some kid tonight. The fan [cag's] rods came loose and dad had to come and push us back into town from about 4 miles out on Summitview. Afterwards I took the ridge and drove around town. Things sure went good with Barbara.
I really want to learn this guy's name so I can find out if he ever ended up with Barbara. . . .

Kind of a busy day today. I didn't sleep too badly although my sunburn hurt most of the night. Slept until about 4 which was okay. Had a dandy workout, just did whatever I felt like. I came home and didn't do much until 9:20 or so when I prepared to take a bus and train and bus to Renton to get my car. I put stuff in my briefcase (soft, with a shoulder strap), walked up to SBux and got a mocha, and was going to go straight to the bus but I had time to pop home and switch to a backpack: I put in a magazine and the iPad, neither of which I looked at. I took the 71 to downtown, took the train to Tukwila, then a bus to Renton and The Landing. All totaled, took 2 hours. Made the trip back home in less than half an hour. Tell me again why I should use public transportation?

So the bumpers look GREAT. Can hardly tell they were so chewed up. I stopped at UVil on the way back to get a couple things for dinner, have a SBux, and enjoy the ridiculous scenery. It was pleasant. When I got home I piddled around a bit before starting dinner. We just went for a normal walk. I had to water the front this evening since it's hot this weekend and it's getting very dry out there.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

13 July 2014 (Thursday)

On this day in 1952 (Thursday):
Watched Television until about 1:00 we all eat a little after that then left for home about 2:30. We got back to Yakima about 5:30. Ate at Grandma's. When I got home I found a letter from Barbara. We have gotten things straightened out and are now going steady. I got back from Barbara's about 1:00 this morning. Did the rest of my unpacking then. Spent $.50. Spent $.50.
Long day, just got back. I;m glad Janet went along because we ended up doing 3 probes at each property and I probably wouldn't have gotten it done in time for the 3:45 ferry. Uneventful trip up and back. Nice locations near the west side and Haro Strait. We found disturbed midden at the second one and I got probable intact midden at the bottom of one. Nice sunny day but worked steadily. We got to the ferry on the way back at about 2:30 and then spent like 45 minutes getting a couple things and my AWESOME BLT+sauerkraut sandwich. YUM. No whales. Got sunburned. 

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

9 July 2014 (Wednesday)

On this day in 1952 (Wednesday):
All of us is[sic] still staying over here at Ray's. Went to the show this afternoon the Music Box $.65. Went for a drive around the city with Ray about 6:00 this afternoon. Watched Television and drove around a little myself when we got back. Spent $.65.
Yes, I actually forgot to make an entry yesterday. Just entirely slipped my mind. My KRP talk was today so I was a bit preoccupied. And I'd been in the field all day. That went well, we got done about 11, had lunch at Popeye's Chicken in Burlington, home by 1:30. Janet brought her son Jayden (actually hate that name) cuz he likes archaeology. Decent kid. Helped Janet do some digging, helped some neighbors grab their escaped dog. Found nothing much of anything. I came home and put the finishing touches on the KRP slides, practiced it in my head some, that was it.

I slept okay last night, but ended up taking 2 1/4 ambiens to get back to sleep a couple of times. Had a really good workout and did a limited leg routine as well since otherwise I'm gone both Tuesday and Thursday this week. Exchanged a couple words with the Fitness Model on my way out. Spent most of the morning just going over the slides and reading some material. The talk went well. Only 10-11 people there which was about what I expected, but it was good. Couple questions I was unable to really answer. Finally talked with Daisy for a few minutes. 

Engi was there, having some trauma about her fiancĂ©. I think she's not going to marry him (long story). We talked about some data I need to get. Then I left. Early. Because I was beat. Tomorrow we're going to San Juan. Yeesh. Can't wait until this week is over. 

Monday, July 7, 2014

7 July 1014 (Monday)

On this day in 1952 (Monday):
The world speed boat record was set this morning 179.454 M.P.H. I am still staying at Ray. I watched the G.O.P Republican Convention on Television this most of day. Bought myself some fender skirts for my car today $12.13. Watched the lights over television tonight. Spent $12.13.
Interesting, that record he cites still holds as the 4th fastest:
No. 4: Slo-Mo-Shun IV (178.497 mph)Slo-Mo-Shun IV was conceived by Stan Sayres and designed by Anchor Jensen and Ted Jones. Their dream was to build a speedboat that could win the Harmsworth Cup in Detroit.Unlike other big boat plans, the construction of Slo-Mo-Shun IV had no blueprint.The hull followed the three-point design. It was made of mahogany wood with Dural aluminium as riding surfaces. Its Allison propulsion engine once put a P-38 fighter plane up into the air.The Slo-Mo-Shun IV had its test run on Lake Washington on July 7, 1952, where she created a new world record for straightaway speed.
I had a horrendously busy day, but not by design. Started out sleeping until 4:30 which was good, then had a spectacular workout thanks to the pasta last night and the hydration this morning. No scenery. Came home, finished the Buoy Bay report, and a couple of other things, walked up to get a mocha; stayed cloudy all morning so I was a bit chilled. Came home, did some more work until around 11:30 when I got ready to go to Cascadia. 

Had lunch at NGate and then went to Cascadia where I was getting some stuff put together for the fieldwork tomorrow and Thursday, when I got an email asking for my bio for my KRP talk THIS WEDNESDAY. Sheesh, I'd thought it was next week! Happily -- and thank God, no doubt -- I'd mostly gotten the slides together. Christine was in (I'd sent her the slides earlier) and we Skyped through them. She had some good comments and insights into what people might ask me about. SO I'm really not too flipped out by the week bump. But I came home and implemented all of the changes right away, one less thing to worry about. 

The Spousal Unit cut her finger this morning on a paper cutter and had 3 stitches put in. Poor Stewart at the gym is having more troubles, his mom died, his wife is laid up with thyroid problems, and his sister has terminal cancer. Not his year. 

So I feel I should explain this Laurie thing more fully. We met in college, 1983ish when I was in the frat and her roommate (who knew Tim) brought her to a party we had. I don't know if I was immediately smitten, but I eventually was. And I fell hard. I don't know why -- obviously I thought (and think) she was (is) absolutely wonderful -- but I'm sure part of it was the anxiety and such of being in college and wanting something to hold onto. Or something like that. Anyway, turned out she didn't want a romance, just friendship, and I dealt with it badly. In hindsight, I probably should have just let it drop completely, but I tried to carry on as just a friend. Didn't work too well. We had some rough times, "broke up" a couple of times, and the last one before leaving was awful. Probably the single worst I've felt in my life. I remember sitting out by Picnic Point on a cold gray day the day after just feeling empty, miserable that I was facing living my entire life without her in it. That was part (most?) of the reason I latched on to archaeology: seemed like a good way to bury myself in something and maybe beat myself up some. OTOH, that may have come along on its own anyway.

Still, she contacted me later, after I'd moved to Seattle (I don't know how), maybe 1987/8 or so, and I ended up going back for her (first) wedding in Minneapolis. Me and Tim drove up for it. It was bittersweet, to be sure, but I felt far better for having done so. I think I may have seen her once before that, too. 

Lost touch again for a while, maybe we were still writing every now and then, but after I got back from Argentina in 1993 she kind of dusted me off again by phone. I think maybe she was having life problems at the time. After that I really never thought I would see or hear from her again. I wasn't totally busted up over it -- time had healed some of those wounds -- but it bothered me and it always has. A lot of regret. Deep regret. That I hadn't dealt with it better. 

And so her contacting me again via Facebook was a shock and eventually a pleasant surprise. And, as I've said, I consider it a true gift. Over the last couple of weeks I've had lots of different feelings about it. Sometimes I was almost angry at Life for making me go through all this time without her; that never lasted very long. I've felt good about myself that I at least meant enough to her that she would contact me and want to see me after all these years. 

I can honestly say I'm not looking for anything more from her anymore. Yeah yeah, if events conspired somehow to find us both unattached, I might consider making see more of her, but that's remote. I'm happy and content just knowing we're okay. And I can continue living my life with her at least one small part of it.

Sunday, July 6, 2014

6 July 2014 (Sunday)

On this day in 1952 (Sunday):
I am still stay [sic] over here at Lola and Rays place. Finished laying the linoleum today. Spent the rest of the day watching Television. Slept and rest a to today also. Having a lot of fun. 
Man oh man, I slept until 5 again today! Must be doing something right. Warm day today, sunny and like 83. I went to Mass, not many people there, lots of people on vacation I assume. But I was happy to go and give thanks for Laurie. Words really cannot express how grateful I am for that.

I spent the rest of the morning doing a bit of reading on the steps in the sun and then doing lots of nothing. We went to the UVil as usual and ate lunch outside, both chicken cobb salads (which were very good).

I just transferred $1500 to my Schwab account. I'm glad I can do that again. I didn't gets to do it much for a couple of years although I kept up my IRA contributions.

Anyway, we did the usual shopping, had an ice cream, and then came home. I spent a little while out in the back sunning myself a bit. I'm not trying to get a killer tan or anything, just get some color and prevent a total farmer tan from developing (which it mostly already has). I read my college football magazine, although the bug for it hasn't set in quite yet. Too much going on for the next couple of weeks to be really thinking about college football. I wonder if seeing Laurie again has anything to do with it? I'm really wondering how that whole thing changed me over the years and what might end up changing about me now?

We went over and chatted with Norma, Sunny, and her daughter Leanne (who is quite attractive) for a little while before walking to the post office. Lots of fun talking with them. Spousal Unit only made it part way and I went the rest.

So, a very good 3-day weekend. I didn't do much of any real work, except for some cleaning. After the last couple of weeks I felt like a break and the next two will be very busy. 

Saturday, July 5, 2014

5 July 2014 (Saturday)

On this day in 1952 (Saturday):
I am still staying here at Ray & Lola's. Went to town with them this morning to do some shopping. Bought myself a watch band for a dollar. This afternoon I helped Ray move out the furniture in the front room and got ready to lay some [unk].
I actually slept until 5 this morning. A very decent night's sleep for a change except for the extended dream about zombies. And zombies boooore me.

So the Spousal Unit didn't even make it until 6 so breakfast was early, at Burgermaster. Funny, some conference-goers -- Jehovah's Witnesses it turned out -- were sitting where a group of men always sit on the weekends. The men came in and sat somewhere else, but as soon as the Jehovah's left, the guys came over and sat there in their usual place! Heh.

I don't recall what I did this morning. Nothing exciting I don't think. Well, I read a Dune book on the steps for a while. We left for North Bend around 10:30, and were expecting an early lunch, but they were slow today. Really, first time it's been iffy service. We sat for 10 minutes until someone noticed us and then the food took like half an hour to feet there. I wonder if the ownership changed.

We went to the outlet mall after that and all we got was a new dig bag for me. My old old one doesn't really work well and looks gross, so I got an Eddie Bauer satchel type thing. That should work. We took the long way home via 202 and stopped in Redmond for an ice cream at the Dairy Queen, and then up 405 and back down 522. I was going to get the car washed but forgot and it was raining a bit anyway. I practiced G chords this afternoon for a while, made dinner, walked up to Riot Aid and such. Mostly by myself as the Spousal Unit turned around halfway there. Good walk although it was sprinkling the whole way.

Oh, I didn't hear hardly any fireworks last night. Some before going to bed, but once I was asleep I was o.u.t. out.

Friday, July 4, 2014

4 July 2014 (Friday)

On this day in 1952 (Friday):
[Staying] at Ray's yet. Stayed around the house most of the day except for going to the fire works down on the water front. The fire boat put on a demonstration and they had lots of fireworks. Watched Television when I got back.
Today would have been better except that I woke up at a little after 4. Bummer. It's also cloudy and a bitty drizzly here in the evening. But I made very good oatmeal pancakes for breakfast and then, well, I took a nap. Only for a few minutes though. Then I sat down and on a lark worked on a Car Lust post for the Nissan Maxima. I just always liked the way it looked at least the 1994-99 models. 

We went up to Alderwood Mall and the Kohl's up there and I bought two pairs of shorts, two tank tops, and a bunch of workout socks. A couple of mentions: tank tops are now supposedly coming back into style for the mens, which is fine by me because it lets me get less of a farmer tan. They were kind of verboten for many years. I mainly got them to do surveys in so I don't look like a total farmer at the gym. The socks are the kind that don't really show, they just cover the foot. I'm a bit late to that one as well -- my existing ones all go up the ankle a bit -- but mostly because they wear so long just wearing them at the gym. 

When we got home I took out the weed whacker and did some work with that, although I shouldn't have waited so long because it was kicking up all sorts of dust and junk. But it looks better. And I wrote the following post on Facebook:

"And later on the sixth day, God saw that the Man was struggling to keep his yard neat and tidy and keep the grass from growing over his sidewalks and driveways and decorative bricks. And He felt sorrow for the Man."So God created the weed whacker and gave it to the Man. And the Man said 'Whoa.'"And on the seventh day God rested from His labors and He watched while the Man used the weed whacker to trim the edges of his sidewalks and driveway and the terrace grass by the curb and around his decorative bricks and blow away the long quack grass growing around the rocks and trees and planter beds. And the Man was happy with the weed whacker. And God saw that it was good."And later on the seventh day, the Man invented beer and rested from his labors with the weed whacker and looked upon his yard and saw that it was good.
But God gave a warning to the Man not to use the weed whacker when it had not rained in a couple of weeks lest the Man stir up all kinds of dust and grass and clog his eyes and ears and get into his lungs. But the Man forgot and did it anyway and was all full of dust and coughing and vowed never to use the weed whacker after the 15th of June."

Heh. Anyway. Last night I watched the old movie Planet of the Apes with Charleton Heston almost all the way through. That was really a great movie. I think I saw it when it came out with my family at the drive-in. And this afternoon I watched almost all of Conan The Barbarian. May watch Tron: Legacy tonight. Movie movies movies! And I hardly ever watch them! 

Went for almost a normal walk this evening. Spousal Unit's ankle continues to improve. 

Thursday, July 3, 2014

3 July 2014 (Thursday)

On this day in 1952 (Thursday):
I am still staying over at Ray's. Slept in late this morning. Went fish with Ray out at Point Defiance about 2:00 until 6:00. Didn't catch anything. Stayed up late and watched Television.
Amazingly I slept in the bed until like 3:15.

Unfortunately, I didn't go back to sleep after that. =(

But it resulted in a really good workout. And I talked to three people: a new guy, Will, who played for the Huskies in the early 2000s, the Fitness Model, and one of the desk people. That's pretty good for me. What else. Came home and went up to Cascadia, but found that I hadn't transferred all of my files to the new computer so I couldn't do much of anything. Came home, worked on the report and some other junk (mostly installing apps), then we went for lunch at NGate. Worked most of the rest of the afternoon on the report, made dinner. Dinner was a pork butt that I pulled, first time, YUUUUUUM. Great stuff. Walked at UVil.

So yes, things are starting to go my way. I am trying not to be too optimistic -- pride go ether before the fall, they say -- and I hate to mention it like that, but I only do so because it's been a lot of work up until this point. 3-4 years ago I was at an incredible low point, and now I think I'm making some good progress. I do credit myself, but I've also been praying a LOT. Does God work that way? I don't know. I'll continue to do all of it though. 

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

2 July 2014 (Wednesday)

On this day in 1952 (Wednesday):
Slept in late over here at Ray's this morning. Went downtown and helped them clean up one of their rent houses. Watched Television until mid-night tonight after wrote a card to dad. It is a little after 1:00 [now] and I guess I will get ready for bed.
It was kind of neat reading that knowing that he was awake at 1 a.m. writing that down.

So today I was at work and wasn't going to go to the KRP but decided to anyway and was glad that I did: someone was talking about cervical cancer! Said a couple of things during that. Funny, it took about a half hour for me to get back into it and then I had all sorts of questions and observations but I kind of shut up. So I feel better about the one I'm going to do, showing once again that it's all this silly anxiety that wigged me out Sunday and Monday. Frickin' irritating. I wonder if it was a letdown from Laurie or maybe even the little bit of beer I drank Saturday afternoon.

Anyway, I slept okay. Wasn't in bed for very long. I went to sleep right away but immediately had a bad dream -- it was about a witch in a room in something of a den but everything was covered with money (JAYsus, can I get any weirder) -- and as I was backing up someone said "Just don't scream" which I did, and then as I was waking up I felt my self really breathing heavily. Oye.

So worked out really well, got checked out by the sorority sisters some, but strained a muscle in my back when I was putting my jeans in the locker. So later on when I was in the smaller room with some young female it kinda went again and I had to make sure to tell her I was making the funny noises ("OW! Grrr. Oomph, etcish) because of that.

So, got downtown okay, went for coffee with Anne and I got to talk about Laurie to her. I don't get to talk about her to anyone else so I enjoyed that. She liked that I said that seeing her again was like a gift. Which it was.

Anyway, I got most of the KRP slides done but need to go through them again with someone else. That's mostly what I did all day. Got Office set up on the new (this) machine, so all that's left is SPSS and this one is good to go mostly. And a few other things. I haven't really done any work on this one yet though.

We went for too long of a walk down to 55th and back. Sunny and 80 today. 

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

1 July 2014 (Tuesday)

On this day in 1952 (Tuesday):
I am still staying over at Ray's place. Stayed around the place most of day and listened to the radio and watched Television. Went downtown for a little while this morning.
I wonder if he's getting away from home because of his mom's death for a bit?

Today was a real up and down day. Last night sucked. I woke up and didn't get back to sleep for a loooong time, and when I finally did I had bizarre dreams and woke up before 4. Well, partly because some stupid robin started yapping right outside. So that sucked. And I really felt tired. I wasn't really worrying about anything last night, just couldn't calm down.

Worked out pretty well though. I came home and had bagels instead of the banana and cottage cheese I've been having, just because. Then I went to the shop for a while. Saw Janet again, that was nice, I haven't seen her in a while. Got a few things there taken care of and then came home. Got a message that my new computer was in -- typing on it now -- so after lunch we went to get that and I spent much of the rest of the afternoon trying to get it set up. Sadly, ran into some trouble right away and went off the handle, posted something mean about Apple on Facebook and then regretted it later. Turned out the drives I was using to copy files couldn't copy 2+G files but of course it wouldn't actually say that. So I deleted it this evening and said I was trying to be positive. We walked over at UVil because its warm and I had to get a prescription.

So, today was indeed up and down. Sometime this morning (or maybe last night) I decided it was perfectly OK to do the KRP. Grace said I should and I trust her. And I can get my slides together by then easily. And I think that giving them my background beforehand will maybe let them be "easy" on me, understanding that I'm really coming at this from a different direction. So I was okay with that most of the day. Then later this afternoon I kind of went the other way and was all anxious again. But now I'm okay again. It's really frustrating.

Hit 94 today.