Sunday, May 31, 2015

31 May 2015 (Sunday)

On this day in 1953 (Sunday):
Took Barbara and [Glena] to church this morning. I did not go. Barbara and I got into it today and she is mad as hell. [Same old, same old. . . ed.] Worked cleaning up the garage today and saw up some of the old [pile organ] wood. [Dyre] around with some of the kids tonight until about 12:30. [Bougle] $1.00 gas. Plymouth $1.00 Dodge and $.15 some eats at the drive-in. Monthly spending $45.50. Spent $2.15.
Just got back from a one hour walk up to Calvary for two laps and back. Am trying to drop some weight this week by eating smaller, working out harder, and walking a lot in the evening. First day of a week of bachelorhood. The bathroom door shall remain open all week!

Slept great last night (downstairs again) and we ate in for breakfast. Piddled around (actually did some cleaning) until I took the Spousal Unit to the airport (we got to 55th and came back to make sure the back door was closed). I'd gotten a mocha earlier because my stomach felt awful. Something about eegs and cheese makes it feel awful. Trip down and back went smoothly. I got back around 10:30, did nothing except sit in front of the TV and take a short nap. I went to the UVil as usual, and got a salad at Specialty's. They can be very slow and get it wrong a lot; I wanted it to go and they didn't. But it was okay. Ate outside, then did minor shopping, and went to the adjacent Safeway and then back for some yogurt (salad was small). I really just strolled around, just wanting to savor the relative quietness of being on my own.

When I got back, I mowed the front yard and pruned up the rhody there as well. Changed the bedding. Dust mopped the floors. Made brats for dinner. I used some of my beer and it was okay, a decent amount of head on it, so I think I can serve it to others. I drank a bit, yes. Then walked.

I will say a couple of things. First, I want to play my trumpet but am worried it will really hurt my arm again. Today it was okay, but. . . .I'm happy to want to play it though. Second, I admit I can get used to being on my own. I think perhaps at heart I'm kind of a loner, or at least one who likes solitude. Probably why I like traveling by myself so much. I don't think it's selfishness, just. . . .I don't mind being alone. Recall that I've said that some of the nicest times I've had were holidays by myself, even when I went in to campus to work on Thanksgiving or something. I don't mind. I like it. Perhaps that sounds sad; don't. 

Saturday, May 30, 2015

30 May 2015 (Saturday)

On this day in 1953 (Saturday):
Took my car up to the service station about 8:30 this morning and had the [tran] check. $.50. Picked Barbara and [Salena] up and we drove up to the [Morzemann] church camp at about [Rank] and spent the day. Came back about 6:00 and then went out to the cemetery. Picked Barbara up about 8:30 and took her [and] to the dance with me tonight. After the dance we went to the drive-in for some eats. $.75. [Cokes] $.31 Spent $1.26.
What a day.

I slept really well last night, although I had to go downstairs because the couch in the TV room was occupied. I woke up at 4:45 and before opening my eyes I was wondering which end up the (TV room) sofa I was sleeping at and what I would see when I opened my eyes. Ha! Talk about confusion when I opened them and saw the basement. . . . .

Stayed in for breakfast. I showered by myself while the Spousal Unit tried to nap (Jack was having none of that). We bought some Coast soap a couple of weeks ago (maybe last week) because it was the stuff my mom always bought and I felt like having the bathroom smell like that stuff. It's not a spectacular smell but it now reminds me of home and the summer time.

I spent an hour or so on the front steps reading and then goofed off for a while. I found my next Car Lust post, the original Datsun pickup (1959 on) that spawned the compact pickup craze. We left to do stuff around 11:30, going to Taco Time (aka, Taco Slime) for lunch, and then up to an estate sale in Shoreline. Neat guy, a Boeing employee. He had lots of cool Man Stuff, but nothing I was overly interested in. He did have a Chris Craft blue rain suit I kind of wanted. But I doubt I would have any use for it.

Stopped by NGate on the way back so the Spousal Unit could buy some clothes for her trip. And an ice cream. Popped into a Haagen (grocery store) on the way for dinner stuff; Haagen bought a bunch of Safeway stores. And at the fabric store by NGate.

We ended up not getting back until almost 3. I took the propane tank up to be refilled, it turned out to be almost empty. Oh, 4.7 gallons = about $21. Was going to cut the front grass but forgot. Piddled around until dinner. Went for a longish walk. Sunny and 73 today, I wore shorts and was very cold all morning. 

Friday, May 29, 2015

29 May 2015 (Friday)

On this day in 1953 (Friday):
Barbara didn't go to school this morning. The band played for commencement practice at [davis] field this morning. I checked out of school right after second period and came home and fixed myself up a [sign figs] for tomorrow. Took Barbara down to get her eyes tested about 2:00 this afternoon. Stayed home this evening and got the car ready for tomorrow. Worked on it until about 10:30. [Leave pat] Barbara's place [was] tonight. Gas $3.50. Spent $3.50.
He must be going on a long trip tomorrow for all the gas he bought.

What happened today. Meeting last night went well. Slept through the night. Had a decent workout although my shoulder wasn't doing real well. I tried doing a few upper body stuff with very light weight, but it was still bothering me. I think Monday I'll do the same but maybe even easier on the weight. I drove my Mustang and went straight to Cascadia. We got the signed agreement for the South Lake Union thing so I started working on that. They did a bunch of borings around there so I don't think we'll need to do any sort of monitoring or survey. I'm going to try to do a good thorough job on this one. Did a couple other minor things, went for lunch at NGate because I had to get some more chamomile at a place near there.

I left there around 2:30 and went to Spam's Club to get a Fitbit for the Spousal Unit. . .well, "the cats" got her that for Mother's Day. For you future folk, it's some sort of device that you wear on your wrist and it counts your steps, tracks distance, calories burned (don't ask me how), etc. Seems kind of dumb to me, but a lot of people have them.

Came home and after a while mowed the back yard because the rat in the compost bin was starting to smell so I covered it up with cut grass hoping it will reek somewhat less over the next few days. Did;t do much else.

Sunny and about 80 today. 

Thursday, May 28, 2015

28 May 2015 (Thursday)

On this day in 1953 (Thursday):
Took Barbara to school this morning. Had a history test this morning. Barbara went home about 1:00 today and I came home about 2:00 and went to bed and slept until about 5:00. Bought myself some [loaf classes] $.55. Went to a reception for the [Movie] Masters Society. Got my [pir] and [morbu] chips. Took Barbara out to a [Hobo] party before I went to the [reception] and then went back after [town] over. [Parked] until 1:30 this morning. Gas $1.50. Spent $2.05.
I just finished picking up a big dead rat in front of Norma's house. I felt good about that, not only for Norma but also for the rat. Just a creature who left this life and ought to be either eaten or turned into compost; guess it'll be the latter.

The rat that is; Norma's still around.

Slept reasonably okay last night. I put in the new contacts and they felt like they'd been in for 12 hours most of the day. Nice to be able to work on my computer without glasses though. Still undecided. I had a decent workout, came home and started to work. I finished up a document describing the whole ARV start date problem, and sent that out around 2, along with a list of the start dates for the 400 randomized patients in the LEEP study. I hope we can get this worked out next week so I can move on to something else.

The heating oil people called around 10 and asked if we'd like our annual servicing today, they had a guy around and could do it today so I said okay. He came over the noon hour so I didn't eat lunch. Everything was okay and we'll get them to bid on the furnace and junk, too. Decent guy; better than the other one they used to send out. At around 2:30 I decided to stop working and go get an ice cream in recompense for not having much lunch (I had some chips and four tortilla chips with cheese on them), so I got that, came home and played my guitar for probably 45 minutes. I'm enjoying it more than I used to. And taking things more slowly. If I can't play a song like it's supposed to be, I just play it simpler and practice the chord changes instead. It's working. Fingers hurt though.

We went for a walk, saw Yukon the big dog, and the former neighbors (Rob and Rowena) with Reggie the dog, who we had feared may have departed this life because we hadn't seen him in a while. She's just slower these days (she's 14). (Yes, they named their female dog Reggie).

Sunny, 82 today. Meeting at 10 again tonight. *sigh*

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

27 May 2015 (Wednesday)

On this day in 1953 (Wednesday):
Took Barbara to school this morning. Left school today right after [5th] period and went and picked [hfy] and[sic] old car dad bought us just to get some parts off of. Had to put in a new fuel pump in my Plymouth tonight. Barbara and [Uno] went [swingfing] after school tonight. Pick Barbara up down town about 5:00 and took her home. Fuel pump $6.00. Spent $6.00. 
So here is how stupid computer software still is: I've been exporting SPSS data sets into Access (2003) and depending on what other format I run it through -- Excel, CSV, etc. -- because Access can't read SPSS files directly, I kept getting ID #s that wouldn't match up. They're the same exact number (like 630.11) in both data sets, but for whatever reason Access would think they're different. Tried copying and pasting it elsewhere to see if there were hidden characters or something in it, to no avail. I was going to give up and just use SPSS, but I gave it one more go today. Yes, I "fixed" it. What I had to do was import the new data in, change the ID format from a real number to text, change the ID format in the base data from a real number to text, make a query and join the two, and then go back and change them back to real numbers again.

How.Dumb.Is.That.

I still don't know why it works or what it's doing -- I can't, for example, just change them both to text and back, I have to actually go in and join them in a query -- but it does. JAYsus.

Anyway. Weird night again. Took me a while to go to sleep, then I woke up again for a while, sheesh. But I felt okay most of the day. I took the bus to the gym (babe-land today for whatever reason), and then went to work downtown. My forearm hurt this morning and I was ticked -- I'd done my forearm exercises yesterday -- but realized it was just muscle sore, not injury hurt. So I did those again today, and some triceps stuff. I'm going to slowly work stuff back in.

Did the aforementioned fixing, and actually made progress on it all. Still don't have anything definitive to use as an ARV start date, but I think we have all the information we need to make a decision.

On the way home I got a text that my niece-in-law was at the Harbourview burn center (right across the street from where I work), and I imagined a fiery car wreck that had her clinging to life but it turned out to be a nasty wrist burn. Not nothing, but not awful.

Went back to my old lenses today. They felt better, but I can definitely tell the difference reading things, I had to wear my glasses almost all day. 

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

26 May 2015 (Tuesday)

On this day in 1953 (Tuesday):
Took Barbara to school this morning and also took her home tonight. Played an[sic] graduation for the [Manour] Music Masters Society at the high school tonight at 7:30. Took Barbara to it and after the program we went out and parked. [Many five]. We drove to the drive-in about 12:30 and had a soda and we got in home about 2:00 this morning. Picked up my room after I got home. Eats $.20 Gas $1.00 Spent $1.30.
I had a quite decent day today. Had a nasty little attack in the middle of the night though, but went back to sleep pretty quickly and slept until almost 5. I had a halfway decent workout (legs) but went low weight/high reps for this week. I went straight to Cascadia and got to work on the two reports, finished the one up (Bear Creek), and got most of the other one done. Sadly, I seem to have lost all of my photos from copying to the network and back. Grrrrr. Might have to have the landowner take some or go back out on my own dime. But I was busy until 11:30 when I left to meet the Spousal Unit for lunch. McD's. I came back and worked on the one report more and did the site update form, etc., and also got the one developer client stuff done (which Randall approved of). So it was a productive day and things went well.

I went back to the old contacts and did need my glasses more, but they felt much better. I wonder if I could get another trial pair to make sure. Can't decide if the discomfort would be worth the (limited) ability to see closer. I finished working about 2:30, did some puttering stuff, and then played m'geetar for about a half hour. It's more fun now.

The one thing that was running through my head last night was that maybe I should break everything up into little discrete tasks and just concentrate on getting each one done. Wondered if that would maybe lessen the need for a Big Goal (which is still what I think has straightened me out in the past), perhaps having lots of Micro Goals would have the same effect. 

Monday, May 25, 2015

25 May 2015 (Monday, Memorial Day)

On this day in 1953 (Monday):
Took Barbara to school today. Checked out of school after third period to take Barbara down town to get an appointment with the eye doctor. Went down to the [cafe] and had a [dinner] $1.75. Picked up some pictures that I had developed. $.60. Went to a show at the Liberty about 2:00. Didn't do much studying tonight because I don't feel very hot. Got a bad cold. Show $1.30 dinner $1.75 Picture $.60 Spent $3.65.
Apparently, Memorial Day wasn't on the last Monday of May until after 1968.

I actually slept quite well last night, until 5:15 with no major interruptions. Felt really great for a change. When I woke up I felt very nostalgic for my graduate school days. I felt like just reading something all morning. I suppose even then I was kind of miserable in many ways, and I wasn't really in any kind of shape financially or socially or anything like that, but I still look back on the late 1980s and much of the 1990s nostalgically. I guess because for much of it I had a set goal in front of me and, despite the sacrifices (or maybe because of them), I look back on those times with a certain fondness. I knew where I was going! I knew what I had to do!

I wonder if I'll look back on this period with any of that. Quite possible.

I didn't do much this morning. Washed the Honda is about it. The Spousal Unit hacked away at the front rhody. We went up to Pagliacci's on Bothell Way for lunch and then went back to St. Edward Park. If you recall, the Spousal Unit nearly broke her ankle there last year on Memorial Day weekend, so we decided to have a go at it again. Not bad. The hike down to the lake was okay. Would have been nicer but it was cloudy and cool (only to 60 today). The Ranger chick said she would show us the inside of the seminary building on Mondays or Tuesdays. I would love to do that, it's supposedly almost a time capsule of when it was closed in 1977. May go there some Tuesday when there's no archaeology to do.

Drove back, stopped at QFC and Riot Aid on the way and got the vehicle washed (sap). I took the garbage and stuff out this afternoon. Was going to watch part of a movie but ended up slumming for a while until dinner time. We walked to Calvary. I tried to observe mostly vertarans' graves. One was a Rear Admiral in both WWI and WWI. His whole family was Navy. Well, one of them was in the Army in WWI. It really struck me how easy I've had it. I'm not going to make anything out of my anxiety having said that (it's not situational), but in reality I've had it easy compared to 99.99999% of humanity. They are part of the reason for that. 

Sunday, May 24, 2015

24 May 2015 (Sunday)

On this day in 1953 (Sunday):
Got up this morning 7:00 and rode down to the church with dad and then brought the dodge back home with me. Didn't go to sunday school or church this morning. Barbara is still down in Oregon. Worked on my car most of the afternoon and got it running about 5:00. After supper at grandma's I came home and did a lot of study[sic] on my history. Drove around a little tonight but got in about 10:00. Gas $1.50. Spent $1.50.
Odd night last night. I had a dream that I was going over in my head early this morning but now for the life of me. . . .wait, I remember. I was somewhere in a foreign country and headed back to whoever home was when I got out of whatever vehicle I was in and got in a bus/train and there was my old advisor Rob Wenke in the back, so I rode for just a bit with him, and then decided to get off at the next stop. I decided I should give the driver something so I dug in my pocket and found some change, gave him some, and then got out.And as the bus (it was definitely a bus by that time) roared away, I realized I was somewhere in Cairo and had no idea where I was supposed to go or how to get there. Then I figured I cold just check my phone so I reached back into my pocket and it was gone! And I had no wallet! So I was stuck there with no phone and no money. Then I woke up. I was downstairs by that time, the TV room couch having been taken up by the cats. That was around 3:45 and I thought I was doomed, so I just laid back down and tried to get back to sleep which I did, mostly, I think. I kept drifting in and out.

Got up around 5:15. Ate breakfast in and went to Mass, although I was really sleepy throughout. I thought I was rested enough.

Anyway. . .oh, I watched most of the Monaco Gran Prix before Mass as well. When I got back the Indy 500 was on so I watched that (Montoya won, almost miraculously), and then we went to UVil and did our usual stuff. Came home, had ice cream from yesterday, and I went down and played the guitar for a while. Enjoyed that, too. The next race (Coca Cola 600 NASCAR) started around 3:30 and I'm going to watch the end of that when I finish this. Cloudy again today, but I enjoyed mostly doing nothing.

Put little flags on the flamingoes this afternoon as well. 

Saturday, May 23, 2015

23 May 2015 (Saturday)

On this day in 1953 (Saturday):
Carl and I slept in until about 11:00 this morning and then got up and went down to grandma's for supper. bout 1:00 we went down to the junk yard and got [another trans] for my car and worked on it until time to go to work tonight. Dad took me to work. After I got home about 1:00 this morning I changed clothes and went out and work on the car until 4:30 this morning. $.10 pop Spent $.10.
Sheesh. I can see what he kept that car his whole life. . . . .still trying to track it down, btw. I just posted a Wanted ad on Craig's list.

I slept quite well last night. We had nothing in the house for breakfast so we went out. I swear, the Burgomaster cook doesn't know the definition of eggs done "medium". Criminy, the ones I got this morning were practically drinkable. But the bacon was good. After that I watched a bit of TV -- we got back before 8 -- and then we finished putting the screen door on. Had to sand the bottom again to make it close easily, but once I got that done, I put the latch thingie on and it works great! Looks fabulous, too. One side has kind of a wide gap because of the way the old door was in, but that's not crucial. It closes tightly (enough) but the gap needs to be filled, either some wood or maybe just some weatherstripping. Need to urethane the bottom, but otherwise, done. I am pleased with it. Not bad for a first try.

We went to North Bend today. Nice drive up, had lunch at the NBB&G (HUGE plate of nachos which we barely dented and will be having for dinner tomorrow) and then hung out around the outlet mall for a bit (I got some PJ pants). We drove back on 202 and stopped at the DQ in Redmond. Very pretty young girl took our order, very personable, nice red (colored) hair, but got the order wrong and took a while on it (she was a Trainee, so not a big deal). Well, we asked for Minis and we got (and paid for) Smalls. Again, no biggie, we brought them home and will eat them tomorrow. She needs to settle down though if she wants to make it in the Real World.

What else. . . .got home and I went downstairs and. . . played my guitar. I figured if I would just shovel and screen a bit and my arm hurt I might as well play that stupid thing again. Still deciding to keep with that or my trumpet though. There's something about the trumpet that is suitably eccentric that I could distinguish myself on (besides it being a very good instrument); but guitar is probably more useful. Heck, maybe both; they might complement one another.

Walked at NGate just because. Cloudy all day, around 65. Usual for Mem Day weekend. 

Friday, May 22, 2015

22 May 2015 (Friday)

On this day in 1953 (Friday):
Took Barbara to school this morning. Skipped 4th period and took her home. She was leaving for Oregon with her father this afternoon. Went down to [Kroger] with her before taking her home. $.30. Had a lot of fun in swimming class today. Earl and I took the transmission out of my Plymouth tonight and work on it until 2:00 this morning. Earl is staying all night with me tonight. [done] and tired and [dulg]. Spent $.30.
I had a reasonably decent day today. Meeting went okay last night, went to sleep okay, but woke up at 2 or so but went back to sleep relatively quickly. Had an average workout. I wore my work cargo pants and a blue long sleeve thermal shirt and it must have looked good because some older lady was checking me out in the McD's this morning. That's always nice. I went straight to Cascadia and got stuff ready for the field. Easy morning doing that. Found the place okay, only spent about an hour there, didn't find anything. The owner and his son were there, nice people. Learned some about the immediate area. There was an old building next door and it had a nice looking 1979-ish Firebird sitting there; no engine, transmission, or front seats, but it looked pretty neat. If I were independently wealthy it would have followed me home.

Accidentally got on I5 northbound on the way back. No biggie though. Went back and had lunch (me and Andy had chowder) and then worked on the reports some. I left around. . . .1:45? Yes. Went to UVil and cashed a check and then had a strawberry smoothie at SUbx. . . .$6.59! They must have really jacked up the prices, it didn't used to be that pricey. No more smoothies for me. I even asked the guy if that was the right price. I didn't even finish it, it was pretty blehh. Got some stuff for dinner and then headed home. That was around 3, I guess. I unpacked my field junk and started a bit of dinner, took a short nap on the couch watching TV. The usual.

We went for a walk and then I got rid of some snails from under the big planter on the front steps. I don't think they'd been hanging out under there before but this year at least they congregate under it during the day, like 7-8 of them. Which I wouldn't mind except they poop all over. So I blasted them (gently) out with a hose and then put a piece of wood under it.

So all is well at Cascadia.

I will say something, last Saturday morning I woke up and the line from a current song popped into my head -- "This is gonna be the best day of my life" -- and for whatever reason the thought struck me that I could choose to either be all anxious (or whatever) or just deal with stuff like I used to and make every day whatever I wished from it. And for 2-3 days I felt great. I mean, really, really good. Like I was in my 20s again. I'd even considered telling my (last) doctor, hey, I'm okay now, I'm over it! Thought my days of ambien were behind me. I didn't say anything here about it at the time because I didn't want to, well, jinx myself. Because that's happened before, I'd have some Big Revelation and feel great for a couple of days and then sink back. And same thing. By Tuesday I was all wigged out again. I'm going to keep this one in mind however; I think, at base, that is probably true. 

Thursday, May 21, 2015

21 May 2015 (Thursday)

On this day in 1953 (Thursday):
Took Barbara to school this morning. To[sic] cold today to [swim] in gym. Took Barbara home after school and then went to supper. Took Barbara down to the Concert at the high school where I had to play [tonight]. Lola and Ray came to hear it to[sic]. After the concert I took Barbara to the Liberty to see a Ma and Pa Kettle show $1.50. The transmission on my Plymouth went out tonight and the way to the show so went and got the Dodge and left mine sitting down at grandma's. Pop $.10. Spent $1.10.
I checked the numbers again and he missed 50 cents.

Today was really a good day but I didn't feel all that great about it. I got quite a bit done, worked at home and really stayed here the whole day except running down to McD's for lunch (just a mess of fries). While something was running for a while I went out and finished the door, too. Looks pretty good. Not perfect, but no one will notice it in 2 years after it's weathered some and been beaten up a bit. This afternoon I figured out the handles and put those on, too, so now I just need to get clips for the screens and then put it on the hinges and do the striker thingie. So far so good.

I woke up around 3 this morning and got all wigged out, and for a while thought I wasn't going to get back to sleep but I finally did. First I said a rosary (most of one anyway) super-fast -- otherwise I can be saying the words but also thinking about something else -- and some other stuff. I went down to the floor and really, after going back to sleep there I was totally relaxed.

Had a decent leg workout although my knees were grumpy on the squats. Seems like everything is falling apart at once. I wish I could go to the field for at least 6 weeks, that would heal everything up.

Eh, that was lost of my day. Stuart is bugging me to get a steroid shot in my arm. I may end up doing that because it's still kind of bothering me. I would have thought by now it would be not doing anything, but I can still feel it at times. So harrumph. 

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

20 May 2015 (Wednesday)

On this day in 1953 (Wednesday):
Picked Barbara up and took her to school this morning. Had an [school] assembly this morning. Also a test in Ancient History. Took Barbara home after school and then went down to Grandma's. Lola and Ray were over today and is staying up here tonight. Did about 3 hours of studying in my [unk] tonight. Call up Barbara for a pay phone $.10. Got to bed about 11:00. Spent $.10.
Bad night last night, at least for about an hour or so around 2. Just had a mess of an anxiety attack, mainly because I thought I was doing horribly at Cascadia. Of course, I'm not, but you know. I had actually been kind of beating up on myself as being, I dunno, lazy, forgetful, etc. In the end, however, I came to two conclusions several hours apart: 1) The same traits that make me forgetful, absent-minded, etc., are a weakness, but also a big strength; and 2) Whatever, dude, everyone has strong and weak points. I still felt kind muftig most of the day though, but in kind of a good way.

Had a chat with Laura at work today, she is from Milwaukee. Probably can't see the two of us becoming besties or anything, but it was nice to talk to her. Mostly I worked on getting the ARV stuff figured out, turned out there was some problem with the old code, but it took most of the day to figure that out. And some guy from Redmond called up needing some monitoring out at Bear Creek. That ended up being the second thing about Cascadia to wig me out some, as I emailed people to see who was available, but not Randall because I didn't want to bother him until we figured out if anyone could even do it. Janet said "there was some frustration" because of that, which kinda made me feel bad, but I eventually decided it was no big deal; we don't email him with every stupid thing we do, and I made the call and if they don't like, lump it. I ended up texting and calling him up to work out how much we should charge and how to get a written OK to go forward, etc. So f*** it.

OOOoooo yes, I swore! Sort of. A censored swear. I should really do more of that, perhaps internally. "F*** 'em" or "F*** it" has made me get over a lot of stuff in the past.

Anyway. Got home, walked, urethaned the door again. Beautiful day, cloudy in the morning, sunny and 71 in the afternoon. 

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

19 May 2015 (Tuesday)

On this day in 1953 (Tuesday):
Got up in time to get myself a bite to eat and [then] I went and picked up Barbara and took her to school. Had a swimming test today to find why we [felonyel]. Mowed the lawn after I got home from school and then went to grandma's for supper. Saw Barbara at her place for a little while tonight. Did a lot of English and history tonight. Had to get another english workbook $1.00. Gas $2.00. Spent $3.00. 
Odd day today. Woke up like 3 times last night. I had a really good leg workout this morning though. Went straight to Cascadia. Meg said I owed her BIG TIME for the monitoring plan last week, although she was the one that dumped it on me initially, so no biggie. I did it. GK at DAHP is being all nit picky lately so I had to make a couple changes (stupid ones). Also got most of a cost estimate done for what turned out to be a really attractive real estate person. I dunno. Went okay there. I left at 11:40 to get lunch at McD's and then come home and work and wait for the furnace guy. They said they wouldn't add a heat pump to this furnace. As in, they won't do it. Looking like we'll probably end up just replacing the furnace with a gas one.

I spent the rest of the afternoon doing some more minor work, sanding and re-urethaning the door. Found out later we shouldn't have put the newspaper underneath it as some of it stuck to the door and we had to sand it off and do a little re-staining. Some bad spots, but we're learning. It should look pretty okay. Way better than the aluminum one at any rate.

Beautiful day, high of around 70. Warmer tomorrow. Short sleeves!

Monday, May 18, 2015

18 May 2015 (Monday)

On this day in 1953 (Monday):
Got up early and went and picked Barbara up and to school this morning. Had our first day of [sucmoning] in [figure] today. Ate supper at grandma's and then came home and did a little work around the place. Went up to see Barbara and came home and did my English and got to bed just as early as I could. Got to bed about 10:00. 
So, 25 years ago today me and the Spousal Unit went on our first date. We went to Northlake Tavern again tonight.

Slept weirdly last night. Got up to go to the TV room at around 11, but it was occupied by two cats so I went downstairs. . . .and set my phone alarm to 5:30 instead of 5. And the heater didn't kick on at 4:30, like usual, so I didn't know what time it was. Hence, got a weirdish later start.

Workout did not go well. My biceps didn't hurt from the guitar playing (much), but when I benched my right shoulder hurt (it was hurting when I stopped for a couple weeks). So I decided I need to go the full month after all. Sucks. But sometimes the parts just need time to heal up.

Work went pretty well. Jillian sat right next to me and we chatted some. Sharon sent me her abstract and I edited it up, and I think she used most of the edits. Felt good to assist her, and I hope it gets accepted. Rowena and I went for coffee. Beautiful day, so I got a scone and sat outside and ate lunch, with a little finch. Bus ride back went fine. We went to Northlake Tavern, then to UVil for a yogurt, just like a real date, heh. So, pleasant.

Oh, John Rutherford (Ruther-hotep) died last year. He was a great guy, taught me a lot about surveying, and living well. Wish I'd kept in contact more. He was born in 1923. 

Sunday, May 17, 2015

17 May 2015 (Sunday)

On this day in 1953 (Sunday):
[Sake] in until about 11:00 and went and picked Barbara up after church and took her home. After dinner I picked her up and took her to the [ayter saw]. After supper I picked her up and took her to the show at the drive-in theater. Got out about 11:30 and then we went down to [Kempers] and had some eats. Got home about mid-night. Did some English after I got home. Am a little sleepy. $1.00 gas $1.80 show $.15 candy $.31 eats Spent $3.86.
That first word probably is sleep or slept but it sure didn't look like either one.

I slept pretty well last night, until 4:30, part of which was on the floor, but I still slept well. Oddly, I was very sleepy all morning. Didn't go to Mass because the Spousal Unit didn't arise until almost 7, but was also sleepy. We ate in and instead of having a nap I decided to go to the hardware store (and SBux) and get sandpaper and a block for the back door and did that this morning. So far, so good. The teak oil I had sitting downstairs that we were going to use had solidified, but I had some stain and we used that instead, which is probably better anyway. Spousal Unit stained the one side this morning, and the other in the afternoon. Looks very nice. About the same color as the wood floors in the house. Wench sent me the bibliography for the monograph and I actually went through my references before the hardware store, so I got that done right away. Didn't do much else in the morning? Changed the litter.

We went to UVil and they had the Beat the Bridge run so the sandwich place was packed. We stood in line for like 10 minutes, barely moving, and a window table opened up so I sat there to save it. And then I ordered online using my phone! By the time I was done, the Spousal Unit was still like 5 people back. Picked it up in about 15 minutes. Awesome. Decent enough sandwich.

We just did the usual shopping, and then came home. I put a chicken in for dinner (actually on the grill), and we finished the door, I put the old one back on for the time being, and mowed the front yard (back doesn't need it yet).

And then. . . . I played my guitar. Actually went quite well. My fingers didn't really hurt and I was very patient with it. I just fiddled with some chords for John Denver's "Starwood in Aspen" but only a bit of it to get my fingers working at it again. I was playing it very well for having taken pretty much 2-3 months off. It felt really good. Actually, in part because I saw some thing on Geddy Lee (Rush).

That's about it. Walked up to the post office to mail the bill for the car. I learned I only had like a $1000 credit limit but the charge was for $1242, so I guess I can go over. They'll probably up the limit after it gets paid off.

Pleasantly sunny. 

Saturday, May 16, 2015

16 May 2015 (Saturday)

On this day in 1953 (Saturday):
Sleep in lots this morning. Did about two hours of school work before noon. Had dinner down at grandma's and at 2:30 had to march in a Boy Scout parade. After the parade I went down to the church and [unk] the [unk] down there. After supper I went up and saw Barbara until it was time to go to work. After I got off from work I came straight home and worked on the car a little and practiced some. Got to bed about 2:30. Eats $.10. Spent $.10. 
I wonder what "eats" could have only been 10 cents.

Busy day today. Am right now listening to a William Ackerman CD I got at an estate sale. It's solo guitar stuff, sorta new agey. In my headphones. Again.

I really slept quite well last night, only waking up the one time to go to the other room and then slept until 4:30. When I awoke my right leg was drawn up against the back of the couch and my arms were up over my head. Lawdy, but when I got up my back hurt like the dickens. Took me probably a full minute to get across the room to the bathroom because I could barely stand up. Spousal Unit got up around 6 and we went out for breakfast. I ate too much so decided to go to the gym. All I did was ride the cycle for 45 minutes but it felt really good after pigging out so much. Well, I didn't eat all that much, but enough that I would have felt too full all day.

We hit two estate sales, and then had lunch out at NGate. Then we hit a final sale and went to Spam's Club and then went to the Door Store and got out screen door. It, needless to say, didn't go right on. We had to remove some trim pieces around the door before it would fit. But it looks like it will work. It hits at the bottom but we expected that, so we just need to sand it a bit. But it looks okay.

The Spousal Unit made pizza dough. Turned out okay, but not really good. But it made up reasonably well and I actually tossed it around! She'd cut it in half so I was trying to twirl a semi-circle so it didn't work all that well, but I think with a round one I could do it. I think I might try it again.

Went for a longish walk because I drank some wine before dinner and, well, drank a bit too much. Not tipsy by any means, but more than I should have. 

Friday, May 15, 2015

15 May 2015 (Friday)

On this day in 1953 (Friday):
First thing this morning I had to march with the band in a cattlemen's parade they had this morning at 8:15. Skipped [unk] class today and went down town to look about a job. Took Barbara home after school tonight. Went up to an[sic] her about 7:30 and went down and had supper with her brother and all of them. This Mr. Bell's birthday. Left there about 10:30 and then drove around town a little. gas $1.00. Spent $1.00.
I think my natural sleep pattern is for about 5.5-6 hours and then wake up. On our Thursday 10 pm meeting nights I end up sleeping just until about 5; other nights I wake up around 3-3:30. That is my empirical generalization. Meeting went okay.

Had a decent workout, too. Last all-cycle workout; next Monday I start some pushing stuff again. I'm going to give it until the end of the month without pulling anything. I was going to go straight to the Shop but forgot the headphones to give to Janet for her kid (they can't find anything that goes all the way over the ears, these do, and I never use them). So I stopped at home first, then went on. Found out they'd been kind of bitching about me "never being there" from Janet but she just thought it was because they were all stressed out and they like to bitch about people when they're not there. She defended me, I think. So I'm not really weirded out about it, I've been around when they do this. I do wonder if it's a female thing though.

I worked some more on the report and set things up for next Friday, did some work on another report, a few other things. What else. . . .left there a little before 2? I drove the Mustang today, had some smoke coming out the exhaust a couple of times, I think it's probably just not been run enough (I hope). Came home, gave the cats lots of attention, dinner, etc.

Listening to my headphones again. These really do sound nice (Koss Pro 4/AA's, ca. 1978) and I need to listen to them more often; it's kind of nice being really isolated just listening to them. I have on Christopher Cross's first album (self titled) which is one of my older albums and I still love it. It's the archetypal late 1970s'-early 1980s "soft rock". BB King died today as well, although it's not that big of a deal to me; he was never one of my favorite guitar players. No reason, I just didn't care much for the music he did or the way he played. But he did influence a lot of my favorites so there's that. 

Thursday, May 14, 2015

14 May 2015 (Thursday)

On this day in 1953 (Thursday):
Had an assembly this morning. Didn't have to [land] a day in school today. Took Barbara home after school. Also went up and saw her a little while after supper. Played for a U.S.O. dance tonight at the Y.W.C.A. Got home about 11:30. I am just as tired as a dog. Payed out some of my clothes for tomorrow and hit the hay. Dad is still staying down at grandma's. Gas $1.00. Spent $1.00.
I'm listening to my headphones again while writing this. It is kind of fun zoning out like this.

Slept meh last night. Stayed in the bed until 2 though, which is good, but had kind of an attack after that, grrrr. And I was feeling really great most of the evening. Huh. Workout was a little funny. I had a really good one, but then when I was doing squats my left knee almost felt like it was buckling on the last two sets. Hmmmm. It hasn't been feeling funny, but I wonder what a torn ACL feels like beforehand? I dunno, it doesn't bother me when doing 400 lbs on the leg press so I don't know why 135 on squats wold bother it.

I drove in and then came home to eat my bagels and then took ye olde bus downtown. I worked mostly on the ARV problem and actually made some good progress. Between Rachel and Christine I mostly figured it out. Had to do with women getting PMTCT for only a short time and then not staying on ART after that; hence, using that as an ART "start" date wold be kind of wrong. So I just need to work out a solution. Met with Michael and Sharon and it went well, we made decent progress and I think he was pleased. I was able to leave before 4 so I got home at 4:45, so earlier than I had thought.

What else. . . . .nothing exciting. 

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

13 May 2015 (Wednesday)

On this day in 1953 (Wednesday):
B.B. P.G.R.
Things went about the same in school except we had a [scopantes] test in our American [Obasser] this morning. Stayed after school to catch up on some English. After supper I went by myself to a show at the [unk] $.50. I don't think it was worth seeing. Did a lot of History and English tonight from [Bosnia] a little [salish] tonight. Sure am tired. Show $.50 gas $1.00. Spent $1.50. 
Don't really know what those initials at the top mean.

One note from last night/early this morning: For the first time in a long, long time I woke up in the middle of the night, heard the rain, and. . . . .really enjoyed it. That used to be one of my favorite things: Waking up in the night and hearing the rain knowing I can just go back to sleep. For several years about all I did when I heard it raining was worry about one thing or another, whether it be the roof leaking (it doesn't) or the patio getting wet or what have you. It goes to show all the progress I've made.

I kind of didn't sleep all that well though, I enjoined assistance twice, once around midnight and once at 3. I went to the floor for that last bit and ended up waking up around 4:45. Workout was okay, my abs were tough to do though; but the cycling went great. Got to work okay, and then started in on getting the duplicates worked out. I found pretty good matches for many of them, but I think there are quite a few that are typos. I was pretty busy most of the morning. I went to Laura's KRP talk and it was interesting (as interesting as it can be for me), looking at children and ARVs and how their viral loads (HIV) can stay high despite ARV use. I followed it pretty well.

Felt bad because the monitoring plan had to have some additions to it.

Afternoon went kinda slow, I mostly re-ran the computed variables to get the viral loads. Ride home was uneventful. We went up to NGate because it was raining and the Spousal Unit needed some items. 

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

12 May 2015 (Tuesday)

On this day in 1953 (Tuesday):
Went to school this morning. Came home during an assembly to change my clothes because I found out I had to play for and[sic] Kiwannis Club dinner out at the Country Club. Got a free dinner. Stayed after school and did some drawing. [Dad came] down to grandma's from the hospital. Drove Barbara and her Mother [am] down to see dad tonight. Sat out in the car with Barbara until about 11:30. Did some English after I got in. Got to bed about 1:15. Eats $.30 Gas $1.00. Spent $1.30. 
Yay, Dad got out!

I still felt crappy this morning. Backing up, lunch made my guts feel awful all evening, and I still didn't feel great first thing this morning so I decided to work out really, really hard. . . .and I did. Killed myself d-a-i-d daid, I did. Felt great. I came home and ate my bagels and was going to put the chicken in the slow cooker but it smelled again, so that went out the window (not literally, I bagged it up and put it back in the fridge). Went to Cascadia and did some busy work and then started on the report for the survey up in Snohomish; haven't done it yet but I can start the report already. Janet and I went to the Burgermaster on Aurora for lunch and ate there; it was a nice change. And we talked about her leaving and stuff, she told Randall and Teresa today. They're okay with it; we're just not busy enough to justify having her around full time, really, and she's realizing it's kind of a dead-end profession. I should get her something nice as a going away gift, as she was wonderful to work with.

I left there around 2:30, came home, and puzzled over what to make for dinner, finally deciding on leftover mac-n-cheese and vegetables. We went to the Safeway to return the chicken, and then to QFC to get more stuff because we found the broccoli and cauliflower was bad as well.

I did sort of play my guitar this afternoon. I don't want my fingers to totally lose their callouses so I kind of fiddled with pressing the strings with it on my lap, and then did a little strumming with the pick. I might do that some instead of actually playing it as I really need to learn picking better.

Not much else exciting. Well, assuming any of the above was even vaguely "exciting". . . . .

Monday, May 11, 2015

11 May 2015 (Monday)

On this day in 2015 (Monday):
Stayed home from school today and worked most of the time on my Plymouth. Ate at grandma's and went up to see dad couple times today. Took Barbara home from school this [evening]. Worked down at the high school until about 10:30 tonight helping Carl rebuild his motor. Came home & got myself a bite to eat and got to bed about mid-night. Eats [a] the [Dairy Queen] $.20. Spent $.20. 
Not sure if that's really Dairy Queen, but that's what it kinda looked like.

Odd night last night. I went to the other room around 12:30 (probably normal) and then slept mostly through the night albeit on the floor. I think I woke up around 4:30 and Daisy was wandering around making a few tiny little meows here and there. Then when I got up with the alarm I found Jack on the couch! He must have been up there most of the night.

Crap, just lost most of this entry. Lately the browser has been fouling up. Anyway, had a really decent workout, such as it was, although the last 20 minutes on the cycle I was really working hard, no doubt helped in part by the hot little asian chick who got on the one next to me and kept looking over at me. Gotta work hard then! But that was the first time I really pushed it in the second half. Most of the morning was spent testing out getting the ARV start date from the pharmacy data. I tested it by using the old code and seeing how much it differed from the way we'd been doing it, and it looks like it was missing 10-15% which isn't that good. Hope I don't have to re-do my alcohol analysis because of that.  

Afternoon went slowly. Really wish I had a standing desk for the afternoons. Michael was there near the end and I chatted with him for a bit; I don't have to get this stuff perfectly done ASAP, we can get it right later on, but for now it's okay for the abstracts. Yay.

Bus ride was uneventful. Walked down 38th and back up 37th. Two friendly cats. 

Sunday, May 10, 2015

10 May 2015 (Sunday)

On this day in 1953 (Sunday):
Didn't go to sunday school or church this morning. Had a real nice fight with a kid from town after church this morning. [Kellher] and I went to the [anto spree] this afternoon. $1.50. Went up to see dad this afternoon and also took Barbara and her mother driving. Got around with Barbara up at her place until almost 7:00 o'clock and then came back and went to bed early. gas $1.00. Spent $2.50.
He must be at home by himself with his dad in the hospital. Weird. Probably was fairly independent already with his mom sick and then dying.

I slept vaguely okay last night, and woke up around 4:45. Still felt really tired though and didn't go to Mass but took a short bap which was a mistake because I felt listless afterward. The beer last night didn't agree with me either. I did some cleaning later in the morning, and then used the heating pad on my arm for a while. We went to the Taco Time on Lake City for lunch (Spousal Unit's mother's day request) and then the usual UVil thing. Afterwards we swung by the estate sale and I got a Roman-style oil lamp ($7.50). I would have grabbed them all but they were overpriced. When we got home I put some olive oil into it, used the wick from my British Museum one, and it worked!

Pretty cool! It;s just fascinating to me: a wick, olive oil from a bottle in the pantry, and I have a small lamp.

The Spousal Unit made some macaroni and cheese with lobster for dinner. Turned out very well, although maybe not as cheesy as I might have looked. Lobster was good though. Finished off my birthday cake, too much and I felt bloated, but we walked all the way up to the Riot Aid (85th) and I feel better now.

I've been really itching to play my guitar or trumpet or something. But I'm going to stick it out for at least another week with that. After that I may try to do the guitar for a little at least, and maybe start working in some non-biceps stuff at the gym, but maybe not. I really want this to get better.

Saturday, May 9, 2015

9 May 2015 (Saturday)

On this day in 1953 (Saturday):
I got up at 4:00 this morning, got myself breakfast and got down to the High school and [sought this age] with the band to the Wenatchee Apple Blossom Festival. Sure had a long hard day up there. Got back about 11:30. Went out to the dance after I got home and drove around a little afterwards. Dad is still in the hospital. [On] eat $1.95. A show [up there] gas in the Dodge $1.55. $2.95.
Hope nothing too serious is wrong with Dad. . . . .

So this morning I was sitting on the front steps reading and went to get Mabel the crow some bread and when I came back out I tossed it in the yard and sat down and she brought me a worm. Well, she picked it up off the sidewalk and dropped it in the grass. I assume it was for me since she didn't eat it.

I slept okay last night, until around 5. Ate breakfast in. Stomach felt kinda icky so I walked up to SBux for a mocha and felt better. Pleasant, sunny, cool morning. I spent some time on the steps reading, actually quite a while. I drove up to Brad's to see about getting my car up on a rack for a photo but they were all in use and couldn't be taken down. Came home, took a short nap. We went to the BBQ place for lunch, very good. I had what is called a Swamp Donkey which is just pulled pork and beans (no bread for me) and collards which are spectacular. We went to the one estate sale and, man, it was like my ideal house! Hundreds of books, mostly non-fiction history and science and what-not. I wish I had the time and patience to just sit and read them all. Had some cool stuff, too, I'm going to go back tomorrow when it's half price and hopefully buy some junk. Especially a Roman oil lamp or two.

Came home for a while, I read some more out back in the sun, drove down for ice cream, read some more (took another short nap), and then fiddled around before dinner which was pizza and salad from Pagliacci. We walked over in Laurelhurst and then drove around a bit.

For history's sake, we eat at 5, go for a walk at 6 for anywhere between 30-60 minutes, then I do this and other blogging until 8, TV for an hour, bed at 9 to read, turn out the lights around 9:30.

I am hopeful that all of my praying is getting me to where I want to go, at least by slow degrees. 

Friday, May 8, 2015

8 May 2015 (Friday)

On this day in 1953 (Friday):
Had a short marching practice this morning. Had an assembly this morning. The candidates for election gave their speeches. Got out of school this afternoon and we worked until about 3:00. Dad went to the doctor and found the [he] [memforms] and had to go to the hospital. Went to a [wener rapt] out to [cashier]. Took Barbara home after the party. About got in a fight tonight. PARTY $.25 Spent $.25.
Really couldn't make out what was wrong with his dad, but odd that he went to the hospital. Hmmmm.

Meeting went okay last night, but long, I didn't exit until after 11:45. But I learned a lot. Slept very well, albeit not enough, but that was expected. Had a decent workout as well. Did I talk to anyone? I don't think I did. Huh. Well, as much of a "workout" as I'm having anyway. I went straight to Cascadia. Oh, drove the Mustang, too. FUN. I'd forgotten how much fun that car is to drive. The last couple times I've had it out I was kind of gentle with it but today I was tossing it all about.

Didn't do much at Cascadia, just got some things archived. Later on Janet texted me and said she'd gotten the Safeco job. I was/am very happy for her, almost as happy as if I'd gotten hired somewhere. It's good for her to leave and start back on a good career track. Might have been good to get archaeology out of her system without losing too much in the way of a real career. I wonder if Randall just hired her because she was young and fairly hot. Well, I mean, she did very well at her job there and was useful, but not enough to warrant full time. Does that make sense? She didn't have enough useful things to do essentially. So I'm happy she's going somewhere she can really shine at.

I left around 11 and went to Spam's Club, stopped by the Goodwill to check for speakers (nuthin'), came home and then drove over to the McD's to meet the Spousal Unit who got off work early. After that we went up to The Door Store on 175th and 15th and got a new screen door for the back. Haven't gotten it yet (probably not until Tuesday). Yeesh, like $300. It will last a good long time though. I think we came right home after that, with a stop at a QFC to get some corn.

Didn't do much the rest of the afternoon. Oh, spoke with Norma and Sunny for a few minutes, Norma called my flamingos "pink ducks" at one point and I laughed while the other two tried to correct her that they were flamingos. Heh. What else. . . .I replied to aunt Nancy and she wrote back right away and said Hank is probably going to a "memory care" facility next week. Place outside of Milwaukee. I suppose it's the best thing. I think he's the first person I know to have some form of dementia.

We just went for a normal walk, it's beautiful out. Some teenaged girl went running by us wearing nothing but a sports bra and short little volleyball/booty shorts. While nice to look at, I'm really somewhat uncomfortable with someone that young (I mean probably around 17-18) going out and about like that. Egads, do I sound OOOOOOOLD?

Thursday, May 7, 2015

7 May 2015 (Thursday)

On this day in 1953 (Thursday):
Went to school early this morning for a good long marching practice. Had a flat tire after school. I just drove it home andI am going to just let it sit for a while. Took the Dodge tonight and took Lee [unk] [by]and we went and played for a U.S.O. dance tonight. Got home about 11:30. Took a couple of the [girls] home. Got to bed about 12:30. 
Busy lad. Wonder why they're marching so much? I thought he was a senior?

I had a decent day. Slept okay. Had a pretty good workout, actually really good. I did squats with 25 lbs. on each side and didn't feel anything bad in my back. Don't feel sore yet though. Came home and started right in to work. I got quite a bit done, too, although much cussing at Access/SPSS ensued. It's been a pain to import/export between the two. For some reason, SPSS keeps dropping cases when I was exporting it. Then when Access was importing some things it would just not get the ID. Frus.Tra.Ting. Also got the paper distributed to coauthors so now it is finalized and set in motion!

I did walk up to SBux. That was about it though, otherwise I just gave the cats attention and not a lot else. Well, I did the dishes. Stopped around 3:30. Really nice day today, sunny and up to around 70 so the back door was open all day, even the cats hardly ever went back there.

Contacts did better today. They didn't feel as funky as they have been, so my eyes or my head are getting used to them, I think. Data meeting at 10 tonight, blehh. 

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

6 May 2015 (Wednesday)

On this day in 1953 (Wednesday):
Got to school early this morning for a hard marching practice. Ate supper early and then did some reading in my Anc. History and also some English. Went to Davis field for another marching practice at 7:00 tonight. Picked up [George] on the way and we drove around town some [cam] with [here] after our practice. Got home about 11:00. Did a little English when I got home also. gas $1.00 Tel. $.10 Spent $1.10.
I, sadly, woke up at 4 this morning although I did manage to sleep through the rest of the night.

Had a decent "workout" although getting to 300 ab reps was a bit tough at the end. Stuart thinks I should get a steroid injection if it's not better at the end of the month. Amazingly, after I got to work and Rowena and I went down for coffee at 9:30, we got in that elevator, went down a few floors and. . .Stuart got on! What are the odds of that? They have a kidney research office in that building.

Work was kind of boring but productive. I got most of the LEEP data squared away for now, and the junk for my alkyhol paper set to go out. I'm going to work at home tomorrow, since it's borrrrrrring there. Despite the nice (and attractive) people.

What else. Not much. Got a call on my cell phone from some rob-caller telling me my -- non-existent -- BECU debit card was reported missing. Ha. Most of my spam is hilarious.

We went to UVil because we needed milk and astringent. Listened to an old Garbage album which I have taken to loving. Meh, nothing much else. Good day. Nothing exciting. Nothing terrible. 

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

5 May 2015 (Tuesday)

On this day in 1953 (Tuesday):
Got to school early this morning. Played for a P.T.A. Convention down at the Capitol Theater this morning about 8:00. After I got done with supper I came home and mowed the lawn. About [x:00] I went down to [Packard] Field and watched Yakima High beat Naches 5 to 0. Took [Kevin] home after the game. Picked Barbara up down town and took her home also. Gas $1.00. Spent $1.00. 
I have some new contacts in as I type this and I am able to read the screen easily without my reading glasses! They are new(ish) "multifocal" lenses that act something like bifocals. They feel a bit. . .I dunno, drier at this point than my normal ones, but that may be my eyes. Nice to be able to read most things without the glasses though. The distance stuff might be a bit fuzzier? I don't know. Would have been nice to have been not told about that so I could determine it for myself. But I'm going to try them for a couple of weeks and see how they work.

I woke up last night three times and was certain it must be 3:30. No, 1. Sheesh. I got a minor assist and then slept (on the floor) until 5. Had a decent leg workout, although I think maybe my right shoulder might be having problems from the front squats. Hmmm. So we'll see. From the car to the door I got soaked from a downpour. I went straight to Cascadia, spent the morning doing a couple of cost estimates, one on the old Red Robin on Fuhrman. It's the original RR location and they closed it a few years ago. I went out there and the parking lot is still there but the building is gone. The floors and foundation are still there though. Not much to do probably.

Anyway, I left the shop at 11 and met Lisa for lunch. Gorgeous hostess in a very close-fitting little black dress. I note only for information. Nice lunch though, good to see her. She has four job offers. Sheesh. Then I went home and brushed my teeth and went to the NGate Target to get my eyes tested (same), new contacts, etc. I stopped at the NGate SBux for a smoothie as a treat for my b-day and then went home. But forgot to go to the Red Robin site! So I drove over there and had a look. Came back and made dinner. Went to UVil to cash checks, it was raining again. Saw a big bolt of lightning on the way back from NGate. 

Monday, May 4, 2015

4 May 2015 (Monday)

On this day in 1953 (Monday):
Had a long marching practice this morning. Things were about the same [athouise]. [Was] down to Carl's place a little while before supper. Had to go back to the school at 7:00 tonight to practice for and[sic] [playing] tomorrow. Had a flat tire. When I got home I did some practicing on my Sax and did a little studying for an English test tomorrow. Gas $.75. Spent $.75.
I am 53 today, as of 1:08. . . .well, hmm. Technically 12:08 a.m. Not a bad birthday. Slept well; turned on the dishwasher at around 2 (forgot). Really, then I slept until the alarm woke me up. Had a decent "workout", did my 300 ab reps, rode the bike for probably 40 minutes. Went downtown. It was nice doing work I was interested in getting done. I spent most of the day getting the CD4 data squared away. Not the best data, but sufficient, I think. I combined the LEEP data with the regular Coptic stuff and got most readings taken care of.

Bus ride home was uneventful, save for the driver (a new one) going the wrong way at first, but someone got her back on track. Came home, made leftovers for dinner (yum), had ice cream cake for dessert (yum) and got four pink plastic yard flamingos! And a hose sprayer. But the flamingos were the best!

Went to UVil for bagels. 

Sunday, May 3, 2015

3 May 2015 (Sunday)

On this day in 1953 (Sunday):
Painted my white sidewalls the first thing this morning. Didn't go to church or sunday school with Robert went home about dinner time. After dinner Carl and I went out to  [Cabledad] Park for the afternoon. Drove around town during church tonight. Took Carl home after church. Had [some] refreshments at the [Tuof] before we went home. Eats $.30 Candy $.10. Gas $2.00. Spent $2.40.
The paragraphs at the bottom here I wrote this afternoon.

I woke up at 3:30 but managed to go back to sleep for a while, but not enough to go to Mass. Took a nap around 8 or so. And another short one around 11, so I was tired. Beautiful day though, sunny all day and in the low 70s. I read my book on the front steps for a while, came back in and watched the race for a while, then we went to UVil. I wore shorts and a short sleeved shirt and was chilly eating in the sun because of the breeze. I eventually came home and changed into jeans. But we did the usual, and then came home, I mowed the yard, did a few other piddly things. Tried to make this a no/low tech day. We walked up to the Riot Aid and got some mints and a few small plants for a hanging basket which I made up when we got back.

The following was written this afternoon and I honestly haven't changed my mind about doing things broadly the same way. Almost. You know, I might have changed my mind and gone to New Mexico State instead. Gosh, I wonder what difference that would have made. So simple a decision, and so quick, and maybe making a major change in my life's trajectory. Well, I'll never know. But I'd still not change things in a major way.

This afternoon I was pondering the fact that I moved out here 30 years ago this summer (May, perhaps, or June), largely because it is my friend Virgil's birthday today and we drove out together. I asked myself "What would I do differently if I could go back to 1985?" Stay in archaeology? Stay in Wisconsin? There are hundreds of little things I would do differently -- invest in Microsoft and Starbucks, for example -- but if we were to take just the major arcs of my story. . . . .I would have done the same thing but better. I would continue to get my degree, but I would have put it in context of developing a real career at the same time. Perhaps not public health, but maybe so. I would have gone to Egypt in 1988 and done a better job. I would not have messed around the Fayum but gone straight into analyzing Kom el-Hisn. Might still have gone to the Valley of the Kings with Don, but I would have been working on my dissertation at the same time. Public health would have been a viable option; I guess I would still have worked there, but spent my time developing a research area of my own. And then when I got my degree. . . . .well, that I still bat around. Would I still maintain some ties to archaeology? Go back to Egypt on occasion? Or just dump the whole thing and live my life in public health or whatever? I found that it's very hard to serve two masters. Impossible were I to get some sort of full time permanent position. But then, knowing what I know now, I might well have set myself up in more of a consultant role and found some way to maintain the two tracks, but be productive in both.

Of course, if I'd invested in Microsoft and Starbucks I could have retired by now. . . . .

That has, I admit, been one of the things that keeps me awake at night: The regret or embarrassment that I'm not more established. . .that I didn't concentrate in one are enough to make a solid career, that I kept hanging around archaeology (even after I realized academia not only wasn't for me, for the most part, but that I loathed it in many ways), and neglected to establish myself somewhere. On the other hand, I'm not so naive to think that any other way would have necessarily been better. Maybe if I'd concentrated somewhere else I'd have gotten laid off and been sitting around with only one broad skill and regretting not having done more in archaeology. I had many good experiences with archaeology, in Egypt and elsewhere. Parts of my graduate school days are some of the most pleasantly nostalgic of my life. I guess the answer is that I probably would have done much the same thing, only better. 

Saturday, May 2, 2015

2 May 2015 (Saturday)

On this day in 1953 (Saturday):
Got up this morning just in time to eat and I had to play for a T.V. Show at the [Aragorn] at 10:30 this morning. Came home for a minute and then went to dinner. [A jog] after dinner I had to march in a parade. Got a little [sleep] this afternoon. [Rohan Loinbook] went out to the dance with me tonight and came home and stayed all night. Got to bed about [3:00] this morning. Spent $.30.
I might not have mentioned it before but he played his sax most if not all of his life and was in at least one band here in Seattle.

I actually slept properly last night! Without assistance! Good stuff. Slept until around 4:40 (which is good). Felt okay all day, too. I had several projects set out for myself, most of which got done by 10 this morning: Wash the Mustang, vacuum the TV room floor, put away the winter clothing, and straighten the little tree. Had to do the latter this afternoon. Otherwise, I got all that done (we went out for breakfast), and then went to U District for hair cuts. Opening day of boating season and some other event on campus so no parking. We went up by 130th to an estate sale and I got one CD but that was it. We drove the Mustang for a change. Worked great, but smelled kinda like gas for a while; it's done that for years and I cannot find why.

We went to UVil for dinner and breakfast material, stopped at the garden store for vector garden tape (tree), and then came home and did all that stuff. I chopped up the quince away from the rhody in the back hoping it would come back (the rhody); we think the quince is spreading and choking it out. May have to dig that thing out, it's running wild. But the jasmine is growing! Slowly.

Walked at NGate tonight, partly so the Spousal Unit could look at sun glasses. I want a pair of Wayfarers at some point.

Really pleasant day, like 65 and sunny. 

Friday, May 1, 2015

1 May 2015 (Friday)

On this day in 1953 (Friday):
Dad took me to school today. Skipped second period and went down and got the car. Had a long marching practice this morning. Went down and got my Plymouth after school. After supper went down and helped dad at the church for a while until about 9:00. After that I drove around town with [was Sid] until about mid-night. Had some hot [chocolate] at the Drive-In [unk] $.15. Spent $.15.
Odd day today. I slept okay, and cleanly. I didn't work out, except for doing ab stuff -- I'm going to try to do five sets of 20 on each one of those for 300 reps every MWF -- and then cycled for 45 minutes or so. Went to QFC, ate a bagel and then went to PT. Said I was not going to work out for a couple-few weeks and will go back in. . . .well, she wanted in two weeks, but I think I'll wait 3 or 4. Plan is to not do anything upper body or at least arms for the entire month of May.

Went straight to Cascadia after that, and got some archiving and stuff done. Left around 11:30, had lunch with Spousal Unit, and then fought with various databases all afternoon. Had a moment (actually a while) of panic when I thought I'd lost all of my Filemaker cemetery data! I'd definitely lost the Filemaker but was able to download a new copy, and I did have the data. But my old iPad won't work with it anymore. And I couldn't get the ODK to work on my phone, so I'm kinda stuck with. . .I dunno what. I may go back to Pendragon and use it on the Mac under emulation. I dunno. I was thinking that to get database stuff on a portable device is damnably difficult because everything is designed for tween girls anymore.

I planted the pumpkins this afternoon, hopefully covering them sufficiently so critters won't get them. Really kind of did nothing, since I'm not playing my trumpet or guitar for a month either. We went to Target at NGate for our walk and bought some supplies. Nothing much else exciting.