Sunday, August 20, 2017

20 August 2017 (Sunday)

On this day in 1936 (Thursday):
Made our breakfast & cookies. Made more paper doll clothes. Played in sand (I thought we'd grown up). Read and played piano. Went to bed.
Slept well. Had planned on going to Mass but the Spousal Unit slept in -- which is good -- so I didn't. I made pancakes. They are good pancakes. I use 1/3 oatmeal instead of the flour. My dad had always made pancakes in our house (I guess that's something dad's do) and he always used either Bisquick, which is a southern habit I believe, or Aunt Jemima or Hungry Jack mix. I don't remember him ever making them from scratch. I did not like the pancakes from a mix that I had always made, and I looked up some recipes and tried a couple and this one worked out the best, especially after I had added the oatmeal. Here is the recipe:
1 C flour
1/2 C oatmeal
3 t baking powder
2 T sugar (I use Splenda sweetener)
(mix that all together)
3 T butter, melted
~2 C buttermilk
1 egg
We have also started using real maple syrup which I have found tastes quite nice although I may be getting a little tried of it and may go back to the Hungry Jack stuff.

Early this morning before becoming fully awake I had decided not to take the Mustang to the car show next weekend, but I decided to anyway. It's not judged so I don't really have to try to make it perfect, just a nice, clean driver. So this morning I started cleaning the engine bay. It was not very dirty since I have not been driving it much. It was very relaxing cleaning it. I mostly finished the engine bay. Then we went to lunch at McD's and then UVil for the usual Sunday business.

When we came back there was a rabbit in the back yard. There have not been very many rabbits here until this year. I believe it is because of all the composting and gardening people are now doing, also possibly the chickens people are raising. We have many more rats as well. At least the rabbits are cute. He hung out in our back yard for most of the afternoon. I washed the Mustang as well. All I have left to do to make it show-worthy is wax it and then clean up the interior. I am still embarrassed about the last show it was in, it was not nearly ready for a judged show. I even overheard someone complaining that it had gotten a bronze award when the owner "didn't even do anything to it". IN my defense, however, I did not know they had gone to a non-1st-2nd-3rd format. But I was still embarrassed about it.

I made dinner and then we walked over in Laurelhurst. 

Saturday, August 19, 2017

19 August 2017 (Saturday)

On this day in 1936 (Wednesday):
Got up early. Made cookie dough. Made old Fashion doll clothes almost all day. Bobby came down. Cleaned out drawers. Jeanne & I went to bed.
Me, right after typing the diary entry: "What's all this red s**t? [on the desk and keyboard]"


Went out for breakfast this morning. I could only manage four bacon and one pancake, because I slept well last night. Didn't do much this morning, although I did change the litter and a few other odds and ends. Did I do anything major? I do not believe so. We left around 11 for errands and lunch, consisting of Home Despot and Spam's Club (work gloves at the former, other stuff at the latter). Lunch at Ivar's on Aurora. Then to the pet food store and back to car wash and then an estate sale. The sale was by our old friend Marianne who is fairly old and not walking too well these days. We hadn't seen her in a while but apparently she had sent out an email asking everyone who still wanted to receive them to respond and I guess we never did. It was good to see her still at it. I bought a small pedestal to put the small dragon tongue plant on to keep away from Jack, I hope it will work, but he may try to climb up it and knock it over.

Once we got back we started a project, removing the planter boxes from the back yard. They are ugly and we don't use them as gardens so they are going away. The first one came out and we spread much of the dirt out by the southwest corner where it is low. It looks better without it. Later on I will remove the other two and also the trellis and large rose bush on the side of the patio. I have no compunction about changing things anymore. As far as I'm concerned my entire life before this is dead and gone and I am making a new person. 

Friday, August 18, 2017

18 August 2017 (Friday)

On this day in 1936 (Monday):
Got up late. Had books. Made fudge. Mary E. and Annabelle came over. Jeanne and I played piano. Concert next [radio]. Talked in bed till concert stopped.
I guessed that it was 'radio'.

Man, woke up at 3:30 again and was all wound up. Maybe this trazodone is wearing off. Anyway, I took a half an ambien and went right back to sleep and was out until the alarm. Ate in and went up to North Bend around 6:30 and I stopped at the Starbucks there and got two shots of espresso for my drink and sat there for a little while. I drank a little bit of the coffee and read some Internet things. then I left to go to the site.

I had very little to do. The drillers weren't in anything to monitor and I screened the sample from yesterday and then the bigger sample from the other trench. I only found a rusty nail. I did some busy work for a while because I wanted to go to lunch in North Bend at the "RR Diner" in Twin Peaks. It's actually a place called Twede's and we don't really go there anymore because it's not very good. It used to be a real dive that was kind of nice in the way that dive's are, but then new owners took it over and there was a fire and they remodeled but the service and food was not very good after that. The Twin Peaks Return is on television now so I thought that because I had time I should go. So I went to the outlet mall and bought some new work jeans and some underwear which is probably too long, but it was cheap so I bought them anyway.

I got to the cafe at 11 and it was very crowded. I took a seat at the counter. The person behind the counter was an older woman and kept calling me honey. I ordered what I thought was a hot dog but it turned out to be a massive hamburger with a hot dog on top of it. I only ate the meat and the pickles and the lettuce that was on the bun. I also drank coffee which I never do (except in a mocha) and it wasn't too bad. I ordered a slice of pie because that is also what you do there, and she asked if I wanted ice cream with it and I said no but it came with ice cream anyway. I took a couple of photos of the pie and the coffee mug which had the "RR" logo on it and also bought one of the mugs as a souvenir for my sister who loves the show. She likes coffee and drinks it a lot so the nice big mug will be nice for her.

I drove home and after a little bit of unpacking stuff and changing clothes, Margie called me and asked if I would go check on Sunny because she had been calling Sunny several times and it was always busy. I was riding my bike down to the UW so I checked on her. She was sitting on the outside steps so I told her that Margie was concerned and then we chatted a bit. She says that Margie really likes me and talks about me a lot. I think it is because I am kind of like a retarded puppy that way.

The UVil was busy as usual and it was pleasant to sit in the SBux a while. I got some stuff for dinner and also my prescription for the trazodone which had expired. I walked around a bit more and then rode home. Both rides were uneventful.

I believe we will have to sell our family home in Wisconsin in the next 6 months. I was hoping we could keep it for longer. We Skype with Mom this evening as well, with my brother, sister in law, and niece. It was a good call although Mom didn't say much. 

Thursday, August 17, 2017

17 August 2017 (Thursday)

On this day in 1936 (Sunday):
Woke up about 8:30. Got up for a while. The "Anne" books came. Annabelle came over. Got up some more. Mary Elizabeth is visiting Farlow. Jeanne came home. 
Yet another odd day. Had a long, brutal anxiety attack (or whatever) last night. I think I was in the bed for a long time though. Needed assistance getting back to sleep and then I was out like a light until the alarm went off. Showered her because I had to be on site at 7:30, and made breakfast here as well.

So I was on tie at 7:10 because they said they started at 7:30 and when I got there they'd already dug the trench. Not deep enough to hit anything, so I decided I really didn't need to be there for these things. There's still some confusion about what parts are going deep enough that I need to be there, and it's almost looking like only one thing might be that deep.

So, came home, and went to the IMA. Saw Stuart leaving and he just shook his head at me (kind of far away). Good workout although a bit shortened since I started at 9. I had to stop by McD's and get a giant Diet Coke because I was parched. Went to the Shop. I just did a little bit of stuff for a couple of proposals there, and then went for lunch at NGate, and then home for a bit more work before heading to UVil for supplies. Useless information: I had a Kroger-brand musli cereal that I sometimes had before going to the field, but couldn't find it last time. It's not as bulky as a granola, but not as light as something with a lot of flakes in it. Last time I tried one of the latter and I was starving 90 minutes later. Turns out they'd repackaged it and moved it over by the other granola-type things.

I feel certain that everyone reading this is thrilled with my cereal digressions.

Um, so where was I? UVil was pleasant. Came home, did a little more guitaring. I'm using only the pick now and it's strengthening my fingers. There is no hiding things with a pick. Walked. 

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

16 August 2017 (Wednesday)

On this day in 1936 (Sunday):
Woke up at 7:05. Ate breakfast etc. Jeanne got up at 11:00. Ruth came up from S.S. Aunt Petra, Uncle Bill, Marlene visited. Jeanne went to [Kripners].
Still don't know what the operation was.

Weird day today. I slept okay except not long enough (4:15), but was okay for the day. Really good workout. Chatted with Stuart for a while, turns out he's Catholic and goes to the hippie woo-woo Lady of the Lake church up on 35th. Good getting to know him a little more.

Oh, Fucsia Leggings chick was there but in a lighter shirt and didn't take it off so I guess she was just too warm the other day. Off the hook.

So anyway, I came home, ate the bagel and then went to Cascadia where I was going to start working on the tools. Well, I forgot my license, etc. Not my wallet, because I'd taken the important stuff out of that. And left them on the kitchen counter. Grrrrrr. So I came home and just worked on the database and more or less worked out the analysis variables. Then the SDOT peeps texted around 10:30 and said they'd be excavating in about an hour, which put it right during my other meeting. So I panicked a bit and then texted them to not dig below 3.5' until I got there. Emailed the SDOT contact about that, she got a bit irate with the contractors, called Randall to apologize, but then I called her and said it all worked out okay, but they're going to make sure at their project meeting tomorrow about all the deep digging they'll be doing. I have a feeling there won't be much. I got there and checked that they'd not gone too deep (they hadn't), and then waited around a bit until they said it would be an hour or so until they were digging again so I went to a nearby SBux and hung out. When I came back, well, no, they weren't going to dig anymore today. Grrrrr. So, have to be back at 7:30 tomorrow. Probably watch for 20 minutes and then go off and probably do some work at the SBux (I will bring my computer with me tomorrow). So, came home.

I drank some of my beer, too. Made dinner, walked to the Riot Aid to use a paper cutter to make up some business cards because I'm all out. This week and next are just crazy busy. 

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

15 August 2017 (Tuesday)

On this day in 1936 (Saturday):
Luella's birthday[top] Going home (sounds like a song). Came home at 4:30 pm. Hebert car. My rooms all fixed up swell. New dresser everything. Surprise. Oh I'm happy even if I haven't [bathes].
Have I mentioned I really like this chick?

Busy day today. Slept okay, mostly on the floor.Sleeping on the floor doesn't seem to make my back hurt unless I am on my back. The cats had the couch. I believe the couch hurts my back the most.

I drove to the gym this morning and forgot my workout socks (when biking I wear them there). It was not too uncomfortable without them. Quite a few people there today. Had something of an angry one for a while. But a good one. Am doing 570 lbs leg press regularly again.

I worked on understanding the lithic analysis most of the morning and then drove down to Georgetown to monitor but found out they are not excavating and may not until "tomorrow afternoon at the earliest". That kind of throws a wrench in my scheduling. It's not a bad area although I parked by several of these homeless RV areas where people live out of old RVs on the streets. None seemed particularly dangerous or anything although I did worry about my car a bit. Said hello to two nice people walking their dogs (I do not believe they were part of the RVers).

I came back and had a quick lunch at McD's and then came home and worked on the report for this SDOT project for a while and then went to UVil for dinner stuff and a coffee. Lots of people down there, too. It was pleasant. A few interesting people; all seemed happy with their afternoon.

I came home and started dinner which consisted of meatball meat -- it is a meatball recipe but I just cook it up to make a meat sauce -- and some pan cookies made with a cake mix. Both turned out only okay, because I had bought maple-flavored pork sausage for the meat and may have used too large of a pan for the cookies which were kind of dry.


I also made a Facebook post today singing the praises of my siblings for all they've done with Mom. I have good siblings. I try only to make posts now that are about other people and always positive. 

Monday, August 14, 2017

14 August 2017 (Monday)

On this day in 1936 (Friday):
Hope I can go home tomorrow. Jeanne came down about 1:00. Mom came later. No company. "Jackie" (Miss Jackman) goes on vacation tomorrow. Having [Fun].
Once again I slept reasonably well. I had thought this week would be very bad but so far it is turning to be not as bad. I had a very good workout this morning. I will relate one thing: A tall blonde female came in (no one I'd seen before) in a pair of bright fuchsia leggings and a light jacket type thingie. Not anything totally abnormal. But then I guess she got warm and took off the jacket thing and was just in a sports bra. I am not sure that is really appropriate, and I don't know if she was just too warm or if she did that on purpose. I think maybe the latter because it was a sports bra meant to be seen, with spaghetti straps and mesh on top. She got attention. However, that seems to me to be a bit inappropriate for a public facility. Or maybe I'm an old fuddy duddy.

Still, epic workout for me.

I had ridden my bike and stopped to get bagels as well. This will not be the last time I ride my bike but I got a parking pass because it is getting darker and colder and I will need to spend more time at the archaeology shop. That was probably too pricey.

I went to the Shop and did some things, including getting TT's equipment ready for tomorrow. I didn't have to but I thought it would be a nice thing to do. Met with M as well to go over the lithics analysis and recording. I can start on some of the bifaces already but we need to decide how they want to analyze the debitage and what cataloging system they'd like us to use.

I left there around 1 and came home quick and then went to get a parking pass. After that I had to go to the UVil to get some teriyaki and forgot donut holes, but I sat in SBux too because I was parched.

Walked. Also had about 2/3 of a Model beer this afternoon, partly because I felt like it but I also want to get rid of it because it's kind of flat. 

Sunday, August 13, 2017

13 August 2017 (Sunday)

On this day in 1936 (Thursday):
Nurses all tired. Mom came late 11:35. La Jeanne came later [in] after noon. Elwood came to visit me. Daddy came down. Found another nurse "Jean". 
We were promised rain overnight but did not get much. The airport only registered 0.02". Barely wet the sidewalks, I think, although it rained late last night so much of it may have evaporated. I will still have to water the rest of the week at least. Because of the cool, and perhaps the lessening of the smoke, I slept very well last night. I only woke up once, to go to the TV room. That was very nice.

I did not do much all morning. I did not go to Mass because I'm sure that Fr. would blather on and on about the dope who ran his car into protestors yesterday. I took a short nap instead, while watching some NASCAR programming. Then I cleaned the kitchen and bathroom floors and changed the litter. Both my dad and I took it upon ourselves to take care of the floors. I'm not sure why this would be the case. Perhaps we both like the idea of vacuum cleaners.

We went to the Taco Slime on Lake City Way for lunch and I reported some negative comments on their web site. That location is not very good. It is not very well managed. The staff are not entirely professional and they often get the orders wrong and take a long time doing so and often the soda machine is not working properly. I did it not really to complain but to hopefully get them to make some changes.

We did the usual shopping at UVil and F was there, and she texted me to tell me so but I didn't see her, only the Spousal Unit did. We came home and watched the race and then I did some laundry folding and some other things. Walked.

I took two books out of a Little Free Library, one is an autobiography of Pete Townshend (The Who) and the other ins The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand. The latter is something of the god mother of libertarians. I consider myself libertarian-ish. Or a Weak Libertarian. Primarily, I believe government -- any person or group with power, for that matter -- is inherently incompetent, corrupt, and dishonest. Perhaps they are competent at corruption but that is about all. 

Saturday, August 12, 2017

12 August 2017 (Saturday)

On this day in 1936 (Wednesday):
A girl 15 in the other bed. Had tonsils out. Cried terribly. Mom bought me a flower. Aunt Carrie came. Grandma came too. Nurses Ball tonight.
Today was much cooler. I don't know if it was the cooler evening or being very tired or having worked all day but I slept well last night. I needed some assistance to get to sleep but once there I only woke up twice and went back to sleep readily both times. The alarm woke me up. The change in the weather also chased the smoke from the forest fires in British Columbia away and I think that had been making my contact lenses dry and irritable. Today they were much better. As I type this, we just returned from our walk, this time in Laurelhurst. It's pleasant and quiet there and the houses are big and nice and expensive. An older lady in a car asked us for directions and although we don't know the street names very well, I think we got her headed in the right direction. She was very nice.

I tried a new breakfast recipe this morning, although it wasn't really a recipe, it was just something I threw together. It was not a rounding success. I mixed frozen hash browns with scrambled eggs and backed it, but it took a long time and was not flavorful and a little dry. Next time I will do better because I think it is still a good idea.

I did nothing useful this morning as I was still tired from this past week. I watched most of an old movie called Top Secret. It is a very funny movie although it was overlooked when it was made in 1984 and I have always loved it. Today I also found an easter egg in the DVD that I had not known about before. There is a scene that was filmed where the actors were moving normally and then in the film it was shown backwards. The easter egg was the originally filmed scene. Then I watched most of From Russia With Love (a Bond movie). I think it is, all in all, the best Bond movie because it isn't silly and there are not many gadgets and much of it is very intense, especially the fight scene in the train car.

We went to Briley's for lunch; it is a BBQ place on Lake City Way, just a small building with a big tent with tables in it. They make good food, especially the collard greens. It did not agree with my stomach. Next we drove to Aurora to Lynwood to a Walmart. I needed Nestea iced tea mix but we got several other items as well. I haven't been able to get the Nestea here until a few years ago at Walmart. I used to drink gallons of it when I was in my 20s. It's not very tea-like but I still love it. We also went to a Dairy Queen up there as a treat.

Once we got home I started to take down the awning in the kitchen window but halted; it will be more difficult than I had thought and I will need to place the ladder correctly but I can't do that now with the planter bed where it is. When I remove those I can take down the awning.

I did not drink beer today as my stomach still did not feel well. I got pizza and salad from Pagliacci's for dinner and then we walked at Laurelhurst. We also saw a bald eagle flying very close by. There are dark clouds in the west heading our way and it is supposed to rain overnight and into tomorrow morning. That will be refreshing and I hope it rains a lot. 

Friday, August 11, 2017

11 August 2017 (Friday)

On this day in 1936 (Tuesday):
Miss Ferguson went home this morning. Annabelle & Mrs. A. came down. Jeanne, too. Played. Ruth, Mrs. Hebert, Mrs. Helmiche & Howard came.
Sorry about all the French yesterday. I was in a bad bad mood.

Didn't sleep well either. Needed ambien to get to sleep and then woke up at 3. Just stress is all. Because of all the work next week and the lithics and going home. It's always kind of a fight around here whenever I go back there. Whenever I go anywhere.

So yeah, woke up at 3, so I could take my time this morning. Drive up to the site was fine, mostly a boring day though. I did spend a pleasant half hour photographing some of the metal objects we have found. Otherwise, it's a complete waste of time. We have to watch them when they're doing simple grading and backfilling and junk, involving stuff that's been excavated and pushed around a lot. So, useless. Boring and useless But we're making money at it.

A little chipmunk was running around looking for grub. He even snuck into one of the guys' backpacks. Cute little buggah.

Drive home was kind of slow. I had to sort at the Shop to drop some stuff off. Came back and stopped at a Slaveway to get beer. Sheesh, it was pricey. I got some Modelo which, interestingly enough, was the first beer I ever drank. Did it in Mexico as a 16-year old. This stuff was really Meh. Not nearly enough carbonation. Mine is much better.

After getting all of my junk put away, I did some piddly things and started dinner. Spousal Unit came back and we walked at NGate because I didn't want to be outside anymore today.

Cooler today and it's clouding up right now. I'm hoping we've seen the last of the upper 80s and beyond. 

Thursday, August 10, 2017

10 August 2017 (Thursday)

On this day in 1936 (Monday):
Miss Jackman is my nurse today. She's an angel. Jeanne came down. Mrs. King & Woody visited. Dad came later.
Let me get one thing out of the way right now:

I am sick to death of this 90-degree shit.

To think, a month ago I was wondering if we'd even use the AC unit this year. I took a shower this afternoon so I wouldn't have to take one in the morning and here I am sweating like a god damn pig. Fucking high pressure area. . . .

So anyway, enough of the cussing. Slept a little better last night. Probably a combination of heat and stress but it's been difficult to sleep the last couple of nights. I think I just worry about the lithics and the various projects that are all piling up. Like everyone decided to wait until August to do everything after waiting around for months. But I managed okay last night.

Workout went very well. It was leg day but I threw in some upper body stuff because I'm out monitoring tomorrow. At 5:30 AM. Grrrr. (See Fucking Heat, above). Tried a bit of chatting with a female who's been down there a lot but she wasn't having anything to do with it. I think most women at gyms, or at least at the UW one, assume every male who tries chatting is trying to pick them up. They may be right, in general, but that's always kept me from doing much chatting. Feels awkward. Some of them are more "guy-like" and really hang out with the guys, but most I think just want to be left alone.

Anyway, I went to the Shop right away and got a decent amount of work done, mostly looking into the lithics and how they'd been done on another project, starting to look at the database requirements, etc. Once I got into that I started thinking more along the analysis lines and that kind of got me all interested in doing it, so at least that might not be so bad after all.

Fuck this, I'm going downstairs where I can stop sweating. 

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

9 August 2017 (Wednesday)

On this day in 1936 (Sunday):
Miss Pat Smith. Auntie visited me. Mom came late. Dr. Baker came late, too. Dr. Lowe took my clips out. Gave them to me (14). Ruth & Mr. & Mrs. Hebert came over.
I may have had the wrong days of the week for the past couple of days. This one is correct though. Sunday now is Thursday then.

Slept badly last night. Probably just worried about stuff. I fell asleep real quick but then was awake for a while (ambien) and then woke up at 3 and was awake for a while (more ambien). Sheesh. I did get back to sleep for a while so I didn't really feel too bad. At some point after the first wakeup I just could not get comfortable and ended up sleeping for some amount of time on the couch on my back with both feet up on the top of the back of it.

Workout was really good. I did extra chest stuff (today was back day) because I might have to go monitor Friday. No one there to chat with!

Went right over to Cascadia, and I was the only one there. I'd forgotten my wallet so I just did some basic work for a while and drank hot chocolate without espresso in it. I could have gotten some at the Safeway SBux I go to over there because they know me, but I didn't bother. Came home, got wallet, did some stuff, and then went up to NGate for lunch and to get my watch battery changed. I was going to walk to the other end but then noticed that one of the "islands" did watch repair. So I asked them and yes indeedy, they did it. The wife was there and we chatted a bit (she looked bored). One of them, usually both, are almost always there, weekdays, weekends, you name it. They're young and asian so I assume they're the usual sort of workaholic 1st or 2nd generation. Anyway, it was nice to meet one of them.

I went to the UVil because I needed dinner stuff again; this weekend my guts felt so bad I didn't really plan anything. Ended up with three big chicken thighs for $1.89! Quite a few people there, too.

Came home, did yet more worky stuff. Trying to set up various projects. That's what I was worried about last night, just getting everything scheduled next week and junk. Also had to cancel a Dr appt next week and reschedule.

Some guy called from some tech placement company I'd submitted a CV to like in 2011. Wants to talk. Maybe they're getting hard up for people. Everything seems to be picking up. 

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

8 August 2017 (Tuesday)

On this day in 1936 (Saturday):
Grandma, Uncle Henry & Aunt Lula, La Jeanne, Uncle Jack & Auntie Beth all visited me. My nurse, Miss Sears (Minnie) she's a twin. 
I wonder what this operation was that she's in the hospital for 3 days?

Forgot to take my crazy meds last night, but not a big deal. I woke up a lot. Had weird dreams. But slept through. Workout was a little slow, but did very well. Mr. Back was being grumpy though. Back up to around 570 on the leg press. Had a short chat with one of the desk girls who has been gone, who is also very nice. She looks like she'd be a Mean Girl, but she's really very pleasant. She'd been in London for a time (I think her parents are very well off). Also, I can probably count on one hand the number of times I haven't seen her wearing leggings. Ha.

I stayed home and worked. Of this morning I will only say that I hit a terrible, terrible low for about 15 minutes and then leveled off.

We have so much going on there lately. I have SDOT monitoring starting next week, the one big project is still going, and there are a couple of surveys going on next week, and monitoring, and we're just swamped. Good problem to have I guess. I did some background on the lithic stuff so I think in the next day or so I will start looking at the actual lithics. I dropped some stuff off at the church and lit a vigil light for Mom. I also called her before we went walking. She was okay, but mumbly. My brother will be getting there Saturday night.

Went for lunch at McD's. Sunned myself for a while to get rid of the farmer tan, and then worked some more. Also went to UVil to potentially get supplies for monitoring tomorrow, but TT texted to say I wouldn't be needed. So I got some dinner stuff instead. Came home, practiced guitar a bit -- I'm just re-starting out again doing nothing but picking and fingering simple patterns -- and made dinner.

52 days without rain. New record. Might fall next Monday. 89 today. 

Monday, August 7, 2017

7 August 2017 (Monday)

On this day in 1936 (Friday):
Miss Meenash and Miss Whitchair are my nurses. Their[sic] both swell. One month till my birthday Sept. 7. Miss Allen nice. 
Busy day. Slept well. Guts still a bit off all day. Workout was a bit weak, still from the effects of whatever it was. But a good one.

I went to Cascadia pretty quickly, for no good reason since I didn't have a lot to do. Or so I thought. Actually had a couple of old proposals that I had to either get out or check up on. Did that, than talked with R for a bit and it turns out I'm going to do the lithic analysis for the big site up in the mountains. *gulp* Well, it probably won't be too bad. The classification is pretty straightforward (I think). Probably a good move on my part although it's a bit stressful, since I haven't done much of anything with lithic for over 20 years. Should at least keep me busy.

I'd gone to lunch at NGate and then come back to the office to talk all that over, and then I went straight to the UVil to get some dinner stuff and chocolate milk. Had to sit down for a bit because I was feeling a little queasy and weak. I wonder if I got some minor food poisoning. No doubt it would have been worse had not my Egyptian intestinal microbes fought the intruders. "No, he's ours! He's ours!"

Came home and did some piddling stuff (like chores) and then dinner and then walking. Margie brought over some figs from her yard so I'm going to try to eat one tomorrow and probably end up with yet another gastrointestinal instance. Actually, I may wait a couple days before trying one. 

Sunday, August 6, 2017

5-6 August 2017 (Sat-Sun)

On this the last two days in 1936:
Slept most of the day. Nurse here are fine so is Doctor Adams he's young and handsome. Wonder if he's marryed[sic]. Going' to find out.
Rev. Allen visited & Uncle Jack. Still got the same nurses their[sic] swell. Miss Parker is engaged and Miss Allen goes with Pat.
That's adorable.

Missed yesterday because after dinner/supper my guts felt awful. Like I needed to throw up (didn't). I just laid on the bed from 6 until almost 8. Just felt awful. Had trouble sleeping in the bed -- my stomach didn't seem to like being horizontal -- so I took an ambien and went to the TV room and propped up the pillows against the wall. That helped. Slept all the way until 5.

Yesterday was okay. Met Norma's daughters and Margie and Sunny at the Wendy's that they used to go to a lot. It was nice visiting with them all. Went to an estate sale after that and I got two albums, REO Speedwagon's first one and also Frampton Comes Alive. I never owned the latter. I dunno, I wasn't big Frampton fan back then. It was a totally classic album though. I still haven't bought it on CD or digitally, but I thought I should have a copy of the LPs just to say I do.

Rest of the day was okay. I'd gotten a recipe for German potato salad from my Wisconsin peeps and I made that (just like I remembered it) but now it has a bad memory associated with it. Maybe all the bacon grease did it to my guts.

Today was okay, too, although I never really felt good. I just ate a little oatmeal for breakfast and then a mocha, which made my stomach feel a little better. Mostly sat around all morning, although I watched a little documentary on Adam West (Batman). He was truly a fine man.

Did the usual UVil thing, came home, watched the race, etc. My deep root irrigator came and I tried it out. We're going on 51 days without rainfall tomorrow and looks like it will last at least through the weekend.

Walked at UVil tonight so I could be close to a bathroom if needed (not). Crowded down there, lots of people at the restaurants, etc. It was nice actually. Everyone was very happy and having a nice time.

Friday, August 4, 2017

4 August 2017 (Friday)

On this day in 1936 (Monday):
My nurse is Miss.Helen Parker. Had operation. Dr. Baker. "Either". Not bad. Another nurse not bad. Miss Helen [Pentisk] and Miss Meany Allen.
Still hasn't said what the operation was. I'm dying to know.

I think I woke up at 3:30. . . .yes, I did and got all wound up, so I decided to take 1/3 ambien and it did the trick. Slept until almost 5 after that. Workout was epic. Just felt strong the whole way through. Ride to and fro was uneventful.

Came home and made yet another summary email about monitoring yesterday, and again it failed to send and Outlook is a big fat smelly ass. If you get even a single address wrong it just refuses to send. Then I found out that four of the email addresses I painstakingly copied Outlook decided to make their names. Duh. It's just plain stooooopid. We dropped off the SuBAru at the shop and then I went to The Shop and got my photos logged and a proposal prepared. Lots going on this month.

Came back by 11:30 and we went for lunch at NGate Panera. Meh. I think it's overpriced and not all that great, but it's decent enough and besides, what isn't around here anymore? Came home and I did some more work (actually I logged the photos at home here), and then we went to UVil for a yogurt, cash a check, and get dinner stuff. I tried to make German potato salad, but it was pretty much a fail. I have called upon my Wisconsin peeps on FB to provide me with a proper recipe. It was edible but nothing like I'm used to. Also made some decent margaritas. I'm learning some bartending skillz again. Did I mention I tended bar for a while at the Knights of Columbus Hall at home? Not for very long and I sucked at it. 60% of all I did was make brandy old fashion sweets from a mix. I liked pulling beer though, I could do that all night.

Watered some this afternoon and ordered a deep root watering thingie from Amazon. Some of our bushes are looking pretty bad. Watering the lawn now.

Walked up to pick up the SuBAru and then up to Riot Aid for nothing, it turned out.

Warm again, thermometer read 95 out back this afternoon. 

Thursday, August 3, 2017

3 August 2017 (Thursday)

On this day in 1936 (Sunday):
Monkeyed around. Read.Played piano. Came to hospital for operation. Dr. Atwood took my history. My nurse is named Miss Whitehair. 
Oh dear, I wonder what she's in for. Tonsils?

Day started early at around 3:45. I woke up a little before that though. Got out on time (4:30) but forgot my computer. Didn't make much difference though. Morning actually went pretty quickly as I was busy most of the time. Right off the bat they hit a couple of walls with wood cribbing/forms on them. One had collapsed. I toyed with the idea of stopping it, but there wasn't much point as just getting it cleaned off would have taken a long time and it didn't appear worth it. So I documented and photographed and then did some more futzing with the concrete they pulled out. I also found a neat little ceramic fragment that had a painted design on it and some writing on the back. Found another little colored piece, too. I did some screening for about an hour and didn't find anything interesting.

They finished around noon so I buggered out. Was trying to make the I90 bridge by 1 before it shut for the Blue Angels practice, but I was cutting it too close so I went back by 520. Not bad time. Stopped by the shop on the way and dropped off some stuff. Back at home I showered and then we went to UVil for some dinner comestibles. Came back, diddled around, made dinner, walked.

94 today.

Seriously questioning whether to continue with the guitar. I dunno, I haven't even picked it up in four or five days. Just doing the same damn things over and over and only getting marginally better is frustrating. I may give it one more shot and then cash it in and maybe try the piano. I will have to carefully contemplate how to try starting over from Square 1. Trouble is, I have no real goal in mind. I don't really want to perform, but I would like to have something to work on and learn that is both mentally and physically challenging. Well see. 

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

2 August 2017 (Wednesday)

On this day in 1936 (Saturday):
S.S. went to Brotherhood Picnic. Swam. Bobby won't go out in water. Went in boat with Bob. He scared of waves. Got lost coming home. Went up by [Sillsek].
I just sent off another nasty email to SDOT. And, unlike the other day with the tech support guy, I shall not feel bad and apologize. Fuck 'em and their stupid bike lanes.

Anyway. Slept okay last night. Woke up at around 4:35 and then Daisy threw up twice (in the kitchen) at 4:50, so I cleaned that up, sat down again, and then the Spousal Unit came in to say she'd thrown up in the living room, too.

Got a ride to the gym and had a decent enough workout. Went downtown and started working on database issues for the new study. Don't know if I'm on the payroll yet, but I need to get some things straightened out first. When I got there a young lady was sitting in my carrel, along with another 3 or 4 in our little area. I just took an open one, didn't thing it was important.

Had to meet Janet at 11 for lunch because she had a noon meeting. Good to see her. We always have a nice time visiting. Didn't talk about a whole lot of Cascadia stuff, except she didn't think TT "got" me for a while. Mostly my sense of humor. She said TT didn't understand why the two of us got on so well, but she eventually let TT know that I was, in not so many words, just full of sh*t. I think TT accepted me then.

Went back up and worked for a while and left there around 1:45. Trip back was uneventful. Once home, I changed into shorts and got some stuff ready for tomorrow, and then went to the UVil QFC to get a couple of things. Chocolate milk and a box of cereal because I don't want to cook anything in the morning (have to leave the house at 4:30).

Penney's called that our blinds were fixed and we could come and get one of them anytime. They actually called twice. So we went up there and got one, came back and installed it and it actually works! Like night and day. Both of them came to us broken.

Also continued reading The Sun Also Rises. So of course when the Spousal Unit asked if I'd make her a little cocktail, I made one for myself and drank it in like three slugs. Because I totally slip into Hemingway mode for like an hour after reading his stuff. I wish I could live like that all the time.

At the end of chapter 4 he writes: "It is awfully easy to be hard-boiled about everything in the daytime, but at night it is another thing." That is Truth.

Also my friend Rachel has a wonderful BF and she's very happy and I am very glad for her. She deserves it and in the photo she sent of the two of them she was just glowing.

As for me, sometimes it hurts just to live. 

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

1 August 2017 (Tuesday)

On this day in 1936 (Saturday)
Went with Dad up to top of church. Played dolls in playhouse. Verl Doss is 5 ft 6. Light complected[sic]. Blue-gray eyes. Went to show ""[Quints]" "Pride of the Marines".
Wonder if she likes this Verl guy now. . . .

Quick entry. Just got back from block party thing. Very nice. Met some new neighbors. One of the neighbor girls (she's probably like 25) cut her hair verrrry short. Looks nice, but I wouldn't have recognized her. The Spousal Unit told me beforehand so I wasn't surprised. Helped bring some stuff out with the neighbor, too. Nice group of people.

Slept until the alarm went off at 5. Very good workout. Went to Cascadia and mostly did some of the email, file stuff. I did chat with another person at the place yesterday where I used some foul language. I really felt bad about that so I asked that guy to please send around an apology from me. That's really not what I'm trying to be. He said they would appreciate the gesture but not to worry about since people get frustrated a lot. I felt somewhat better for it though.

Didn't plan to, but met F at the UVil SBux because I was there to get dinner and field stuff for Thursday, and had a nice visit. Made brownies for the street party, blah blah blah. 

Monday, July 31, 2017

31 July 2017 (Monday)

On this day in 1936 (Friday):
Read movie books. Read library books. Went down to creek wadded[sic]. Fished. Heard a bear about ten yrs on the right of us. Ran.
This kid cracks me up.

I'm not sure if the following newspaper clipping goes with this date as some of them have fallen out, but this was stuck on this date (or the 30th):
Mr. and MRs. N.J. Hebert, 2349 N. 59th St., entertained a group of friends at their summer home, Clique Inn, on Lake Shoecraft, Sunday. Included were Mr. and Mrs. M.P. Clausen and daughter Jean, Mr. and Mrs. Willie and son Harold, Mr. and Mrs. William Hecker, Mr. and Mrs. A. Carkeek, Mr. and Mrs. J. Redlin, Mr. and Mrs. George Thomas, Mr. and Mrs. J.D. Reichelderfer, Mr. and Mrs. G. Helmick, and Mr. and Mrs. H. Hebert and daughter. 
Can you imagine something like that being published today?

Anyway, today. Slept the usual last night, although I woke up a little before 3:30 with an anxiety attack (or whatever). Chanced taking half an ambien (2.5 mg) and that did the trick. Also had a nasty dream about some sort of black and white cat that kept attacking me. I really wanted it to calm down and let me just pet it, but it kept being a jerk. That saddened me.

Workout was fairly epic. Nothing much hurt today, although still having some left shoulder trouble on shoulder press. I did dips with no difficulty though. Ride home was uneventful. Went to Cascadia pretty quickly as there were some things I needed to get done for J's report. I was also checking on disk space and was trying to find out how I got space listed by user on the ISP's web management site, but the dope on chat just gave me a stupid Unix/Linux link. I said I'd gotten to it via the web before, and he just replied that he'd given me a link that should provide everything I need and I replied back "Oh for f***'s sake it did not".

I did not use asterisks.

I cut it off right after I sent it. Never did figure it out. I did figure out how to archive emails from Outlook and have access to them. Must show the others how to do that. Left there around 11:30 and had lunch at McD's and then came home and sat in the sun for my weekly half hour of farmer tan control.

Then I went to the ACE Hardware and was going to have the scissors' sharpened but they were like 7 days out so I just bought a whet stone and did it myself. Felt the need for a SBux so I went there for a bit. Came home and tried some stuff with the new shades but failed. So I called Penney's and checked with the lady that sold them to us, and I'm going to take them in and a company rep will look at them Wednesday and advise us what to do. It might be operator error, but I did everything the instructions said and I've hung blinds before. So harrumph.

Walked. 85 today, heath starts tomorrow. 

Sunday, July 30, 2017

30 July 2017 (Sunday)

On this day in 1936 (Thursday):
Played dolls. Had examination at hospital. Went to Gramas. Picked apples. Went swimming. Slept crosswise in bed. Got up many times to fix bed.
That's hilarious.

Woke up may times again last night. I'm starting to think it's because my back/hips/whatever are hurting. Because they almost always do when I wake up. I did manage to sleep until almost 5. I made cinnamon swirl french toast for breakfast which the Spousal Unit enjoyed as a nice change. I also went to Mass. Firs time in a couple of months. Decided to go since I was well-rested and thought I might give it a try again. I kind of enjoyed it I guess. I didn't get much out of the Mass per se, but it was a good hour of getting angry and setting my direction. Fr. Basso was there and he's somewhat entertaining and he also made us all sing happy birthday to Margie again. She enjoyed that.

Came home, did basically nothing except take a nap and watch racing stuff. Went to lunch at McD's because the Spousal Unit's guts were not doing well. The usual UVil stuff. We went to one estate sale and the Spousal Unit bought a little union membership booklet from 1942-44 for a woman who worked at Boeing. . .a Rosie the Riveter! Neat. Did some other stuff before starting dinner and then walking. We chatted with Sunny and her daughter and granddaughter again, and her son and his wife were there, too. Such a nice family.

Before I go, I thought I should add this. I may try to load this into my GIS app later to get rid of some of the junk, but. . . ..this is an aerial photograph of Jean's house!

Kind of small, I don't know if you can click to enlarge or something. It's in the middle under the 600. King County has aerial photos of much of the County and it's searchable. I love this. I can read about what she's doing while looking at her house at the time she lived in it.

Saturday, July 29, 2017

29 July 2017 (Saturday)

On this day in 1936 (Wednesday):
Went bike riding. Rode around Green Lake in 20 min. Met Bob when we had 15 min left. Mary & Helen stopped. Played dolls with Jeanne. [Dolls] were of [reyobte].
Did the usual stuff last night: Wake up, go to TV room, sleep on floor, sleep on couch. Only until about 4:15 which kind of irritated me but whatever. Even the Spousal Unit was up by 5. Too much worrying for her (job stuff). Well, and also because Daisy made a horrendous dumper (like she's been doing a lot lately) and the smell woke her up or kept her up or something.

Did chores first thing this morning, then installed the new shades. Took about 10 minutes from unpacking the box. Clicked right in and it worked. The first one I held up, loosened the shade part and it just dropped to the floor. Looks nice, too. I think it works okay.

I took a decent nap this morning, too. Like 20 minutes total. Which is a long time for me. Then we went off to estate sale. Lunch at Pagliacci's. One was up by Crown Hill, nice area of town. Wait, no it wasn't. I had the wrong address. But we went to Swanson's Nursery looking for the elusive deep root waterer. No such luck. Then up to Shoreline and another nice area near the water for a BIG estate sale. Lots of junk. I mean, LOTS of junk. Some good stuff but nothing I really wanted or needed. I'm really looking for a nice 50s or 60s cocktail set. House was packed though. Had a 1959 Triumph TR3A which was a really good condition (considering). Take beaucoup bucks to restore it though. Nothing else of interest. Did entail a lot of driving around though.

Back home, did a little yard work, watched a bit o' TV and then went to NGate for lunch and a walk. 

Friday, July 28, 2017

28 July 2017 (Friday)

On this day in 1936 (Tuesday):
Went to town. Got coat. Bathing hat. tennis shoes. Went swimming at Echo Lake. Had swell time. Bob stayed with us while mom was at [Newmer].
Busy day today. I bolted awake at some point in the bed, and I would have sworn the Spousal Unit would have noticed but she was dead to the world. I went in to the TV room and was on the floor for a while and then on the couch. I woke up really awake at some point (probably around 4) but managed to doze off until almost 5. So was well rested. Workout was okay again, I worked hard but still felt pretty wiped out. I can't do dips for a while because my right shoulder isn't liking them. Otherwise my chest work is doing really well. Ride home was uneventful.

Went right over to Cascadia and did some work on the one report again, and got as much done as I think I reasonably can. I may end up doing the rest of it because J is really getting bogged down on this other project. Or we may get an extension. Either way, I have plenty to keep me occupied. Got out of there around 11:30 and drove home (in Mustang today) and grabbed Spousal Unit's shoes to take back and went back to NGate. Had lunch and then took the shoes back for store credit and then went to BB&B and got a new fan. I've had a fan next to the bed for probably 25 years. I think it helps me sleep with the white noise and also the air circulation. Not like I sleep well anyway, as anyone reading this knows, but I think it helps.

After that I came home and Skyped with mom and sister. Mom wasn't really chatty today and was in one of her moods where she talks about weird stuff. Today she didn't like the fact that she was the only one unable to enter her dorm room. But she was in a decent mood.

After that I popped up to the UVil and had a drink and then got dinner comestibles. I had the margarita operation ready to go when the Spousal Unit got home. She got suboptimal but not unexpected news about her job today. We'll see how things shake out over the next 18 months. She wasn't really mad or really sad which was unexpected. But then, she pretty much knew what was coming.

Oh, she's also going to be a great aunt. Yes, the sister's daughter is having a kid. I think that's like three generations that have just gone down the same path.

Anyway, walked, got to see Puddy the cat who is very talkative but then after 2-3 minutes of petting starts swiping. And a greyhound.

One other thing, the replacement cocktail glass came today. Perfect match. And intact.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

27 July 2017 (Thursday)

On this day in 1936 (Monday):
Went to La Jeanne's friends house. Stopped at Ravenna Park. Ran all over park. Flew airplanes. Jeanne and I are little babies, we played dolls. 
I do so adore this chick.

Spent the day monitoring. Slept very badly last night, at least until I finally got to sleep. Took half an ambien and that didn't do it, so I decided to take a whole one (5 mg anyway). So I shook one out of the bottle, tossed it in my mouth. . . . .and discovered I'd shaken out two. Well, it did the trick, I was out like a light most of the night. Woke up at 4:15 which was okay, I was going to get up at 4:25 anyway.

Most of the day went well. Wasn't very tired, just kind of run down I guess. I screened when I got there, monitored a couple of trenches. Found some neat stuff. Mostly it was the usual industrial junk -- nails, insulator fragments, bricks, blah blah blah -- but in one patch I got some domestic debris. A part of a plastic comb, some plate fragments (nice ones), and a neat little plastic bow, which looked it came off a girl's barrette. That was off and on most of the morning. They also hit a burn pile, which I screened some of but there was nothing in it. I worked on a report when they weren't digging, did some other piddly stuff, and they were done (or at least they decided they were done) a little before 3. So I was home before dinner and beat the traffic. Cool and misty a drizzly most of the morning. Then it got sunny and pleasant. I was actually outside of the admin building at a picnic table doing my work. Very nice.

Came home, dinner, walked. 

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

26 July 2017 (Wednesday)

On this day in 1936 (Sunday):
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Old Timer's Picnic. Played with Bob. Saw animals. Went to Grandma's for a while. Pulled out a tooth. Got home at 12. La Jeanne likes a boy named Perl. (He kissed her once).
She pulled out a tooth! She's way too old for deciduous teeth. Well, may have not had the best dental care then.

Had something of an anxiety attack (or whatever) at around 3:30 this morning. At 4 I looked at the clock and decided to risk 1/4 ambien and it worked. So I felt halfway awake today. Workout wasn't all that great though, just felt kind of weak. Decent enough one though. Maybe it's just the heat.

I went right to the Shop and worked on the one report. And more of the map. I learned how to put a scale bar and a north arrow on it. Very nice. You just set the distance you want the scale to be and it automatically adjusts it when you zoom in or out. And it keeps both placed in the same place if you zoom. Never using Google Earth and Illustrator again. Stayed there until around 11:15. R talked to me about maybe analyzing the Roos Lake lithics. I'd done some and I may be able to do them, but I'm not sure. I'd rather be the GIS Person. More marketable.

Went to Lowe's, Home Despot, and Ace Hardware looking for a deep root waterer but no luck. Said Swanson's Nursery had them. May try them or Molbak's up in Woodinville. I got glue and a hook at the Ace though, so that was two of my projects done. Except I need to cut the hook because the hose thingie can't hook on to it.

Did a little more work at home and then went to UVil to get supplies for tomorrow. Then came home and washed the Honder (another task checked off) and then did some other stuff including dinner. Walked to the MM to get milk. 

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

25 July 2017 (Tuesday)

On this day in 1936 (Saturday):
Went to library. Made airport. Elwood asked me how I'd like to have a cousin-in-law. ([Buehl] is the lucky gal). A Colorado car stopped at Charlie Merle's. Hope it's Hi (for [Jim's] sake.
She's been writing in pencil so much of it is difficult to read.

Day was okay, I suppose. Another weird dream: it was about aliens, kind of a mashup of the aliens from Signs, Mars Attacks!, and Predator. They were jerks. I killed one that was invisible with a hat and a cigar in its mouth stealing stuff and threw its head (which had turned into a rubber mask) into the basement (of my parents' house, which is where they were at the time) and that ticked them off so I was in the middle of an epic sword battle with a bunch of them (although I'd been told Earth would lose eventually) when I woke up, a few minutes before the alarm.

Kind of a boring day after that.

Workout was. . . .kind of meh. Just couldn't get the energy up. Probably because it's been warm. It was okay, I was doing light weight/high reps, but just not really exceptional. Not too many people there though. Stuart didn't even show up until I was leaving. I'm getting a little worried about him. He seems sluggish lately.

Came home and was going to just work at home but then I found that J had left an updated version of the report on the network so I had to go in to get that, and also TT wanted me to check her email for a message. Went out and forgot my wallet, but the nice chicks at SBux gave me my shots for free. Admittedly, she's already started them when I walked up so they would have been tossed anyway, but it was a nice gesture. Only stayed there for a few minutes, long enough to get the file and such.

When I got home I was frustrated with the GIS but eventually got it to the point where I could get a sat photo of the site area inserted into the map so it looks really nice: Sat photo as a base with the building plans and our probe/trench points overlain over it. Looks really nice and professional. I'm going to keep fiddling with this, although I really need the GPS stuff first.

Lunch with the Girls turned out well. I got Sunny and then Margie and we went to McD's. It was very nice to chat with them for a good hour. I drove them to the post orifice to mail a couple of Margie's letters, too. Then I came home and did more on the report (was also writing it today). Laid out in the sun for about a half hour because I'm going to be monitoring Thursday and will get more farmer tan. Came in, did stuff, dinner, walked to the Riot Aid to get Jordan almonds for the Spousal Unit. 87 today. Still no rain.

Oh, also Skyped with Mom and sister this afternoon. Mom looked pretty good, was pretty awake and chatty for most of it. 

Monday, July 24, 2017

24 July 2017 (Monday)

On this day in 1936 (Friday):
La Jeanne & I went with Dad. Got toy airplanes. Went to locks. Patty stood in the middle of lock and they started opening. She came running. I was scared. 
Kind of a weird day today. I managed to sleep okay. . . .the pattern the last few days has been: Go to TV room relatively early; sleep on the floor because the cats have taken over the couch; Wake up a couple of times; wake up another time and see the cats are no longer on the couch so move up to the couch; wake up a couple more times until around 4:30-4:45.

Still, didn't do much for my workout. I felt kind of blah. Decided to do a low-weight/high-rep workout this week and had trouble getting into it. I managed to get angry a few times, but it was still tough. Then I had to ride to the UVil for bagels and then home and that wiped me out, too. Probably because no pasta last night.

When I got home I found email from J at work asking for a lot of help on her projects because she's overwhelmed and going on vacation on the 3rd. So I'm going to try to finish her report on the project in which I clunked my jaw. Seems pretty straightforward, but I have to spool up on the methods and such. And find appropriate photos. Made some progress with the GIS today, mainly getting some labels in. Still need to overlay it on an aerial photo, which I am having trouble with. I did that all morning and then. . .oh! I had stopped off at the church to drop off some food and then have a quick chat with Margie to see when we could do lunch. Well. Turned out today was her 97th birthday instead of tomorrow which she had earlier told me it was. And they were having a little party after Mass. Of course, Fr. Basso was doing the Mass so it went long (he likes to talk), so I hung out there for like a half an hour. Did a quick happy birthday song (I vaguely pretended to sing) and told her happy birthday and I'd call her later about doing lunch. then I went to Cascadia.

Called her later and she was worried that the Spousal Unit might be mad if she didn't know we were going to lunch tomorrow. Hee! I told her the Spousal Unit would only car if she were at least 40 years younger. Heh.

I did more work after lunch at McD's and then hit UVil to get dinner comestibles because I'd forgotten to put the pork butt in this morning. Did that, had a beverage at SBux for a few minutes, then came home and did some more work and then started the dinner process. Walked to post office to mail a CD to Fritz. Grand Funk Railroad. It's got a song called "Big Buns" on it. 

Sunday, July 23, 2017

23 July 2017 (Sunday)

On this day in 1936 (Thursday):
Had swell breakfast. Went shopping. Got suvonior[sic]. Went to airport saw [Cana]. Trans. Saw University of B.C. Saw [mt too] in shape of Indian. Ate lunch in Stanley Park. Beautiful. Started 4:00.
More weird dreams last night. Slept until about 4:40. Which was good. Spousal Unit was up early. Ate in. Did lots of chores this morning. Mostly sat around this morning after the chores, although I did do some watering as well. Or was that this afternoon? I don't remember. We took the small table and two chairs to the Goodwill. They were kind of nice pieces, but took up too much room and never got used all that much. Much easier to sweep around now. Although I haven't done it yet. Did the usual UVil thing. Also rolled up some coins this morning, but didn't cash them in yet. I took the pennies to one of those CoinStar machines where you dump them in, it counts them, and takes a percentage (like 12%). I don't mind paying it for pennies since there are so damn many of them and they aren't worth all that much. Turned out to be 83 cents for about 700 pennies so that's worth the time saving to me.

Came home and did a little more chores and then watched the race. Brickyard 400 at Indy. Everybody I didn't want to win wrecked so that was good, but they had way too many wrecks and so it didn't even get done until almost 6. I think almost half the cars were out by the last overtime lap and they didn't even finish that on green because. . . .there was another wreck. Sheesh. Walked.

The neighbor lady, Sunny, was out on her porch with her daughter and granddaughter and we stopped to chat. They're all very nice. I think it's very sweet that they all get together like that, three generations. Kind of sad that the menfolk aren't around. 

Saturday, July 22, 2017

22 July 2017 (Saturday)

On this day in 1936 (Wednesday):
Started at 5:30 for Vancouver. Stopped at State Park in between Mt. Vernon & Bellingham. Chuckanut Drive beautiful. Stopped at customs house. Passed out of my
Really, that was how the entry ended.

Usual sleeping pattern last night, woke up several times, no assistance, but slept until 5. So, decent morning. Went out for breakfast. Came home and did some chores (litter, sweep and Swiffer kitchen floor, etc.). I also made brownies and Crispix treats for Rebecca at the hair cutting shop; this was her last day. I never got to know her very well although I thought she was the best at doing my hair. Oddly, all these years I've never remembered her name -- usually I just referred to her as The Skinny One -- but now I know it. She's very nice, probably not a mean bone in her body. Probably.

After that had a minor lunch at a place called Caliburger. We went there once before and were not impressed, same thing once again. Then to the estate sale form yesterday, although someone had already bought the old beer sign. I think I missed the cheap period in old beer signs, they seem to be really expensive.

After that we went to Spam's Club and the PetsMart and the QFC. And ice cream. Then home. I'd gotten some brats and a 16 oz Budweiser. As I say, I never cared much for Budweezer, not so much because of the taste (which is unremarkable) but it was the anti-Milwaukee company. I used most of it on the brats and drank maybe 3/4 of a pint of it. Like I said, unremarkable. But I also cracked open a bottle of my last batch and it was wonderfully foamy and. . . .not sure about the taste. Seemed a bit. . . . thin. I'm going to drink a solid pint tomorrow afternoon over maybe a half an hour to see what the alcohol content really is. But I'm getting good at it. I may try to make a lighter lager-like thing next.

Walked in Laurelhurst. 85 today. 

Friday, July 21, 2017

21 July 2017 (Friday)

On this day in 1936 (Tuesday):
Got up pretty early. Ruth came over for a few minutes. We ate lunch in park. Went for a ride. Read. La Jeanne went with. [Rally].
Not sure what that 'Rally' business is for, it was sort of written at an angle.

Woke up several times last night and always managed to get back to sleep without assistance. Just keep doing that for some reason, mostly getting on towards 5 or so. Workout was epic. Muscles didn't even get tired, thanks to the pasta and sleep. But, sort of an angry workout again, too; that always helps.

Came home and was going to start painting the cabinets downstairs but then I got stuck on a proposal and ended up having to go the the Shop, and then I got roped into some other stuff, too. So, worked there all morning. Went for lunch at NGate and then went to an estate sale nearby. Lots of stuff. Some of it interesting. There was one old Budweiser beer sign I might have gone for but it was (IMO) a bit overpriced. Not in as good of shape as mine either. But I would prefer to get some old midwestern signs, from the 1950s and 60s. Mostly Milwaukee brands that I grew up around.

Came home, gave the cats some attention and then went to UVil to gather dinner stuff and some grenadine and sit at SBux for a bit.

Also this morning I found a CD full of photos from our 2002 trip to Maryland. I believe it had the last picture of my entire immediate family all in one place:

Yeah, bright and tiny faces. . . . .

I posted that on Facebook this morning, about the first person one since June. I'm really trying to stay away from it as much as possible.

Anyway, I tried the one beer that I put in a mason jar and had to put it out. Totally flat. Should have at least gotten a little carbonation, but no. Oh well.


Thursday, July 20, 2017

20 July 2017 (Thursday)

On this day in 1936 (Monday):
La Jeanne came - met her at the train. Walked around. Played on Chuck's bug. Had lots of fun. Mother stayed at church & helped for dinner. 
Wish I knew what this "bug" was.

First time in I don't know how long that I had an anxiety attack (or whatever) in the middle of the night. Probably not really that, I'm guessing the usual sort of thing most people get every now and then. But I needed assistance. Also first time in a while for that. Didn't wake up again until the alarm went off at 5.

Darn good workout though. Back up to doing 560 on the leg press. Knees are doing fine, too. Even the ride home wasn't difficult, although a tail wind helped.

Went right to Cascadia (almost) and started working on a proposal for something on Shaw. Interesting little project. The person representing the client doesn't do anything by email, but sends paper everywhere. I think he's kind of an older architect. I bet he doesn't even have a cell phone. Anyway, I got that worked out and need to call him tomorrow and see about a couple things. Before sending it. Probably by snail mail.

Ended up chatting with R about some stuff. Work stuff and about our coworker who died last September. Probably mentioned this before, but he was kind of a strange guy but not a mean bone in his body. Sad how he went, but that was the way he did things.

Anyway, got lunch at 5 Guys and then came home and did a bit more work, and then went to UVil to get some comestibles for dinner. Fashion note: There were far too many teenaged girls there wearing way too short shorts. Some of them I think just aren't appropriate, and I don't think I'm being an old fuddy duddy. When the bottoms of the butt cheeks are clearly visible, that's not a good thing (although that one might have been older).

Oh well, came back home and made a cold pesto pasta thing that the Spousal Unit didn't care for. I liked it though. Walked. Supposed to rain some today but it didn't around here. 

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

19 July 2017 (Wednesday)

On this day in 1936 (Sunday):
Finished "Anne of Avonlea". Went to show "Follow the Fleet" with Ginger Rogers Fred Astaire. And "Silly Billies" -- Wheeler & Wosley.
You can see a clip of the movie here. Also Silly Billies.

Slept about the same, no assistance but woke up about 4-5 times. Workout was pretty good, too. Went downtown from there. I did mostly Cascadia work, on the Navy bid. Mainly I proofed a couple of documents and did some cost estimates for "Level C Personal Protective Equipment". Basically rubber gloves, boots, etc. In between that I ran the programs to create data so I could test a database designs for the Breathe II study. That took a while because they take a long time to run through all that data. J stood me up for lunch (well, okay, she cancelled) so I sat out behind the hospital. Came back in, did some more work, and then went to the SDOT meeting. It was okay. The person I was working with seemed very thrilled to have me there and I did a little bit of talking but not much. I tried not to hiss while I was in SDOT's midst.

F was at the bus stop, having been on jury duty downtown so we rode back up here together and had a nice chat. She got off and then some weird guy sat next to me and did tai chi stuff with his hands the whole rest of the way. Saw Sunny on the way back down the street and chatted with her a bit, dinner, walked, saw Sunny again on the way back.

So I guess a decently busy and productive day. 

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

18 July 2017 (Tuesday)

On this day in 1936 (Saturday):
Went to a party at Miriam's. Made Hollyhock Dolls. Got a cold. Ruth came for few minutes. Got telegram[sic] from La [Jeanne]. Made paper doll a lot. 
Had no idea what a Hollyhock Doll was.

I had a productive day. Slept really well last night but woke up a lot. As usual these days. Workout went fine, too. Stuart noticed my chin and asked me what happened. Told him it was a bear. Told him what really happened. "Oh, I thought your wife finally wised up and slugged you."

Went right over to Cascadia and got a decent amount done there, too I made my first official GIS map! I got two shape files from the client, added our GPS data et VoilĂ ! A map. Now I just need to learn a few things about editing it and adding labels and maybe using some other shape files from the County. Also was working on a bid for the Navy, ended up being around $75k. TT seems to think we won't get it, which means we will. And I started on another project out on Shaw Island. Productive day, I was there until almost 2.

Came home and laid outside in the sun for 45 minutes to, yes, get rid of this farmer tan. Was relaxing, but I didn't fall asleep. Did some other little chores and then made dinner, walked. 81 today. 31 days without rain. 

Monday, July 17, 2017

17 July 2017 (Monday)

On this day in 1936 (Friday):
Saw "Mr. Deeds Goes To Town" with Gary Cooper & Jean Arthur. It was swell. Went over to Hebert's. Went to a shower (Maries & Franks). They got lots of things. 
Didn't spend too long in the bed last night, I had a bad dream and woke up. Don't remember what it was though. Ended up on the floor the rest of the night (thanks, Daisy) and woke up several more times but slept until the alarm went off. Morning routine went well, although Daisy left a huge dumper uncovered and a dingleberry on the floor so I had to deal with that at 4:30. Drive up to the watershed went fine and I ended up doing a walkover, some screening, and a little monitoring. Found a clear glass bottle base with a 5-point star in a stippled circle that I have been unable to identify as of yet.

Left there around 9:45, drove home, dealt with a couple of things, and then had a bit of lunch and rode to the IMA to work out. Very hard workout. Lot more people there than early morning, of course, although one guy from the mornings was there, too. Didn't see anyone else familiar. Some chick on the mat next to me kept coughing like she had a bucket of phlegm in her lungs, ewwww. At least she didn't do it while I was down there.

Came home, watered plants, got trash, etc., out front, did some dishes, made some cake cookies, dinner. Walked at NGate to ask the Penney's ladies what to do with our defective blinds. They're going to call them tomorrow and ask. Probably just re-order. Bought some shorts. I'm giving up on the cargo shorts since I'm not liking them anymore. Pockets are way too big, too baggy, and they make my scrawny legs look like a 12-year old's. Am doing either jeans or some new Docker's ones.

That is all.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

16 July 2017 (Sunday)

On this day in 1936 (Thursday):
Grandma came over. Practiced. Painted Rex's old (car) bug. Charles had paint from head to foot. So many pretty airplanes tonight flying over. Had ice cream. 
That's kind of charming, mentioning that they had ice cream. I guess it wouldn't have been something you would keep in the freezer and get any time. It's hard to remember how different things were.

Slept very well last night, until alarm went off at 5. Spousal Unit slept in until almost 6:30. Made pancakes here. One would think that if I got all that sleep I wouldn't nap. But I did, kind of a long one (for me, like 20 minutes) and I was really out. Odd that. And yesterday when I was awake at 4 I didn't nap at all.

No Mass as usual although Fr. Basso is there and I don't like his Masses. I did the usual chores (litter box, etc.) and watched the F1 race, although it was boring as usual, except for several breakdowns in the last few laps. Watered this morning; it hasn't rained for 26 days so several plants in the back have to be watered almost daily. I'm hoping we get some rain soon.

Went to UVil and such, and while there I managed to lose $40 by getting it out at the grocery store and then walking off and leaving it. I went back in the vain hope some kind soul and turned it in, but they didn't and I wasn't really expecting it either. So whatever. Be an airhead, you have to pay for it.

Back home we watched the race and then did the usual dinner-making. As a side note, for most of my life I would boil corn on the cob and eat it off of the cob. Then about 15 years ago (or maybe less) I saw a show called A Nero Wolfe Mystery, and one episode had something to do with corn (Wolfe was a stickler for food, I take it), and he went on and one about how it should always be roasted and not boiled blah blah blah. So I tried it and that's the way we've eaten it ever since. Not on the cob, however, I always slice it off onto the plate. "Corn off the cob" we call it. I remember my brother and SiL when they lived in Germany, their neighbors thought it was funny how Americans would eat corn on the cob because that's how pigs eat corn. Heh.

Anyway, walked to Metropolitan Market and I got a sandwich for tomorrow (field). Pleasant day, like sunny and 72. 

Saturday, July 15, 2017

15 July 2017 (Saturday)

On this day in 1936 (Wednesday):
Read "Anne of Avonlea". [froned] some. Played with Mimi & Chuck on Rex's bug. Rode around with Mom & Dad. Saw stadium. Beautiful U. Watched [aiylaneng Iamchllichts]. Pretty.
The last couple of days have been hard to read because she used a pencil.

Slept well last night but woke up at 4, grrrr. Got all wound up on these maps and junk. I ended up spending a couple of hours scanning and tracing and scanning this morning. Ate in. Went to SBux to get some caffeine. Finished those around 10:45. We drove out to North Bend and had a decidedly sub-par lunch at a Burger King. I think I shan't go there again. Went to the Outlets there and I got some jeans shorts and a pair of sneakers. Skechers this time. They seem wide enough at the front that they don't pinch and make my left foot hurt. Also exceptionally light. Wore them on our walk this evening and they did fine.

Oh, this morning I shave for the first time since last Saturday. The cut part of my wound doesn't really hurt but it's very bruised and still swollen and that hurts to the touch. Might wait until next Saturday again.

Stopped at an Albertson's and got some comestibles and then home. We tried to put up the new shades but it didn't go well. Okay, the actual installation went fine but the dumb thing doesn't wind itself up like it's supposed to. I think it's defective. It will roll up a little if it's on the ground flat, but when it's in place it just rolls all the way down and then does nothing. Probably have to take it back.

Went for a walk and it was pleasant. Supposed to cool down tomorrow.

Friday, July 14, 2017

14 July 2017 (Friday)

On this day in 1936 (Tuesday):
Shrine Parade. So many people going. Couldn't get on 5 street [curo J & o] full. Rode clear out to 85th. Met Hebert's at parade. Ruth came home with us. Aunt Anne came over.
Difficult reading some of that.

Slept well again last night. Was on the floor at one point and I rolled over and heard someone close by starting to purr loudly but I didn't look to see who or where it was coming from. Workout went really well, very hard. Ride both ways was uneventful. I stayed home and worked, getting the one map done and done well. I installed my old copy of Corel Draw and managed a decent trace of the contour map. Only a few spots needed cleaning up. No swearing involved! I think Illustrator is easier to work with in most ways, but it can't do the auto-trace thing.

I took some stuff to the church and lit vigil lights for Mom and Shannon. The latter is scheduling surgery and is also having trouble with employer/insurance. She really doesn't need all that; she's had some tough going the last year or so, I hope things start going her way again.

Well, same thing with Mom, obviously, but that's a given.

Finished that up around 11:30 and went to McD's for lunch, then sat in the sun to lessen the farmer tan, and then met F at UVil. Had a nice visit. Then I got some tequila and margarita mix for the Spousal Unit. Went over somewhat better than the daiquiri. I tried straight tequila for the first time. Hmmmm. Not as bad as I'd thought. Still not something I'd drink straight up so therefore it remains inferior to bourbon. Well, what isn't?

Came home and started to drink my last bottle of beer from the last batch. This one was fine, unlike the last one from that batch (was flat and blehh). Walked.

Walking we looked in two Little Free Libraries and both had copies of some book called Moving Past Anxiety or something. WTF? I probably have it but I don't give a f*** anymore. As long as I can sleep at night, anxiety can kiss my ass. 

Thursday, July 13, 2017

13 July 2017 (Thursday)

On this day in 1936 (Monday):
Ruth came over. Went to parade. Big balloon people and animals. A lot of shriners & sailors here. Ruth and I walked around alone awhile. Read. 
I admit this has been kind of a sad day. Tried calling my Mom and she didn't answer. Sad because -- and I do feel bad about this -- I hardly ever called her in the past and when we did talk on the phone I never said much. I don't know why. But now that I want to talk to her I usually can't. So, sad.

Be that as it may, I slept well last night. Had a decent enough workout. Ride home wasn't as brutal as I had anticipated, since I'd just spent over an hour working on my legs. Went to Cascadia and worked on the mapping. I like making maps. I need to do it more often.

My favorite mechanical pencil also broke, darn it. I bought it in Egypt in 2003. Probably should have used it more, but I didn't want to lose it so I just used it at my desk at home. Really nice Staedtler.

Stayed there until about 11:30 and then went to Krisy Kreme to get donuts for the Spousal Unit's Krispy Kreme donut bread pudding. Then Spam's Club, then lunch at NGate. Came home, did some more mapping, sent it off, and then. . . .hmmmm. I went to UVil for some comestibles. Interestingly, I saw the same group of Asian people at the KK and also at the UVil. How weird.

Came home, practiced geetar and then made dinner. Walked at UVil again because we had to get some other things for the Spousal Unit for tomorrow. 

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

12 July 2017 (Wednesday)

On this day in 1936 (Sunday):
Shriner's Convention & Fleet Week! Went to Sunday School. Went with Ruth to Salt Water Park (also with her cousins, Meg, Charlotte & Evelyn). Had fun. Went swimming. 
Funny, I recently did a survey at Saltwater State Park.

I slept well last night, although had to go on the floor for a while. Ended up not waking up until almost 5. I think I woke up around 4 and started to get all worked up, but just starting to do some multiplication tables and a couple other things put me right back. That's the difference this Trazodone junk makes: I can actually halt the mind-going-100-miles-and-hour.

Rode to the IMA and had a really pretty good workout. Started off kind of weak, but eventually got into it. Someone said good morning to me, a new chick. She looks kind of fierce.

Ride home was uneventful as well. It's getting easier going uphill as my legs get stronger and more used to riding. Left pretty quickly for Cascadia as I had actual work to do. I looked over a proposal for TT and then started some mapping for MN. I do enjoy making maps. I need to trace parts of it in Illustrator though. It's a bit tedious. Probably worth it though.

Left there a little before 12 and had lunch at 5 Guys. Tried to find a mouse/rat live trap at the Ace but they didn't have any. Went home and started tracing the maps and getting them into Illustrator and it's working out well so far. Then I went to UVil and found some live traps (one now sitting in the basement) and got some stuff at the QFC. Spousal Unit is having lots of stress at work and today seemed more than usual (based on texts) so I got some stuff to make daiquiris. Didn't turn out well (for her, I thought it was fine). We emptied the one closet downstairs to check for mice activity, but nothing. I believe they are/were behind the entertainment center.

Dinner, walked. Mood: Excellent (i.e., very angry and determined). 

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

11 July 2017 (Tuesday)

On this day in 1936 (Saturday):
Read "Treasure Hunting." Made a cake. Practiced. Went to library. Got "Anne of Green Gables" and "Anne of [Annolise]" (some spelling). Read some more. 
Don't know what that one word is. I looked it up online and came back with nothing.

Busy day today. Also this Crapintosh is living up to my nickname for it.

Slept okay. I didn't go to the TV room on my first wake up, but did on the second. That is some progress. Rode in and had a decidedly mediocre workout. Was Kind of worn out, probably because I didn't eat much yesterday: for lunch I had a donut and half an apple, then a half of a donut and a little salad at dinner, until my chin started bleeding. It was okay though.

Went to Cascadia and worked in the morning, then came home and went to McD's and then worked a little more at home and thence to QFC and SBux. SBux was interesting, lots of teenagers were coming through today. Also saw one of the females from the IMA and she did NOT dress like I would have expected. Kind of Goth. Didn't see that one coming.

At Cascadia earlier I had first planned on going to Port Angeles tomorrow, this afternoon it was switched to the watershed tomorrow, now it is maybe watershed on Thursday. Yeesh. So the donuts I got today at the QFC might wait until Thursday if at all. I did some cleaning and then started to read The Sun Also Rises while sipping a little bourbon. Best line (of many) from that book: "I do declare. There is an actual harlot. I'm going to dance with her. . . " Ha!

Then I made a text to TT in Hemingway-speak. I don't know why, but for some reason after reading him I feel like thinking and writing like that.

What else. Found some mouse droppings by the furnace area. That may be where the flies are coming from, although we haven't noticed any food items being broken into. But tomorrow I'm going to clean out a couple of closets and then get a couple of live traps. I'd kind of been wondering why we haven't had any mice around here, but maybe it's finally happened.

Just did a normal walk. Spousal Unit is very disgusted with Boeing. She doesn't think she'll get an off to relocate to Arizona, but a couple of useless suckups will or already have. But then, she also thinks they'll get people down there and then cut 'em loose after a couple of years anyway. Much distress and everything is up in the air. Good thing I am in such a Who Gives A F*** mood. Not that I don't care, but it's a matter of Not Giving A F*** and just doing what is necessary.

That's all I want. To do what needs to be done, don't bother anyone, and make other people happy. 

Monday, July 10, 2017

10 July 2017 (Monday)

On this day in 1936 (Friday):
Took music lesson. Ate. Went over to Ruth's. Played paper dolls. John (Herrick) a friend of Ruth's fell and got a big cut in head - Bad.
Hey how about that, I got a cut too! On my chin. More about that later.

Slept pretty okay last night. Woke up to Daisy puking at 4:40 so I cleaned that up (badly). Rode to the gym this morning, Stuart was there looking like something the cat dragged in. Decent workout although a short one because I had to come home and then go to Cascadia before going down to the site, by Boeing Field and Museum of Flight. Basically a large field with some wooded areas down by the river (Duwamish). They were using a track hoe to excavate 14' trenches and screening some of it and I was there to do some probes down by the river. All mucky and stuff and I managed three probes and describing a cut bank of a stream without falling in or doing a face plant in the mud. I bushwhacked through the brush to the first one and got down about 8 feet, and then next to the brush for the next two. Then I tried a fourth one by bushwhacking again, when I tried pushing a dead branch out of the way and it broke and snapped back and whacked my on the chin. I was angry and swore a lot. Then I noticed I was dripping blood. Went on my shirts, on my pants, all over. Wasn't too bad, really, but by the time I got home I had a bloody chin and it was all dripped down my neck. It kinda stopped but just kept starting again so I went to the urgent care place and the dude cleaned it up and glued it shut. Looked worse than it was. Can't shave for 5 days though so I'll look like a vagrant by the weekend.

Otherwise, pretty bland day. You know, the usual. 

Sunday, July 9, 2017

9 July 2017 (Sunday)

On this day in 1936 (Thursday):
Went to park. Mom's Circle. Played with Ruby, Barbara, Polly. Those girls staying at Mrs. Nigard's. Read "An Old Fashion Girl". 4th time. 
It's a Louisa May Alcott book.

I slept well last night, until 4:45. Didn't go to Mass. Well, Fr. Basso was there and I don't really like him. I mean, he's a nice guy, but I don't like the way he does Mass. Spousal Unit made waffles.

Started to watch a movie last night ("Passengers") but I thought it was boring so I kinda missed a bit of it and we turned it off and went to bed before it was over. Will watch the rest tonight. I read the plot synopsis and it gets better, supposedly. I mean, pretty standard stuff. Mostly.

I was lazy all morning, just sat and watched TV. Saw the F1 race which was okay, also watched the IndyCar race this afternoon. Did the usual lunch and shopping thing at UVil. Nothing spectacular there either. Really didn't do much this afternoon either.

I may sleep better when I have a little alcohol in the late afternoon. I may continue trying this, although I would probably just do a little snort of bourbon instead of beer or wine. I also made a blueberry cobbler this afternoon.

Oh, one nice thing was that I went down to get the propane tank filled up and Sonny Sicklier was there. He was a really good QB for Washington back in the 1970s. Chatted a bit. He's a decent guy.

Walked south and back this evening. Sunny was out on her steps so we chatted with her a bit. She's looking her age. Had a bruise above her left eye though. Must call Margie this week. 

Saturday, July 8, 2017

8 July 2017 (Saturday)

On this day in 1936:
Went over to Gran'mas[sic]. Ruth and I put rug in clover and played. Went to Aunt Beths. Had giggles all day. Started with squeaky bed. Oh boy.
I love this diary.

So, last night. I had two bizarre dreams that I remember, both (I think) after a period of being awake for a while although not enough to require any assistance. The first had me working on a report at Cascadia (I was the only one there) and some gangsters came in and were doing something to some guy. They were nice enough to me, but when I got into the Honda and tried to speed away, the Boss stopped me and. . . well, I don't remember what, but he let me go.

The second had all us kids at home in FdL at Mom's house and it was raining really hard and I noticed all of the ceilings and walls were soaked. In the dream, they were all drywall, but theirs are lathe and plaster. Anyway, I went up into the attic -- much bigger than the real one -- and found some sort of pump was gushing water into it. I believe that was supposed to represent the sump pump. Mom was also there and she was talking very well. Anyway, didn't like either of those. But I slept until 4:45.

Then the power went out right about 6 am. So we showered and went out for breakfast, which hadn't been the plan. Power was on when we got back. Goofed around (mostly) the rest of the morning before going up to the SuBAru dealer to get the new key. Ended up costing like $340. And it took them over an hour. I took a short nap while waiting. Lunch (Arby's), the work wear shop (where I bought a pink hi-vis t-short (clearance!)) and then a couple of estate sales. I got a book of Hemingway stuff, The Sun Also Rises and a few other things. The former I've been reading a biography about; not about Hemingway generally, but the lead-up to The Sun Also Rises. He was such an ass. The only reason people tolerated him was because of his writing.

At home we did some more searching for the source of the flies. I sat before the window for like 20 minutes to see if they were coming in the window somewhere, but no. Then I cleaned out under the stairs; negative as well (though I did get rid of a bunch of stuff). Called my siblings. Watched the pre-race and some of the race. I made fish on the grill (not very successfully). Meh. But my beer was once again delicious. It's a Leinenkugel's light lager, which is pretty okay. I could use a bit more hoppiness but it's about what a lager should taste like. I believe I may actually sleep better when I have some alkyhol in the late afternoon.

Walked at NGate just to see if they had my college football magazine. I don't know why I still buy the sump thing, but it's kind of a July ritual in preparation for the season. My interest has been declining somewhat as it's gotten more elaborate with the playoffs and what not, but it's more like the pro game's spectacle. I enjoy watching the games still, but I'm not quite as rabid about it. 

Friday, July 7, 2017

7 July 2017 (Friday)

On this day in 1936:
Got thirteen mosquito bites. Don't like the city now. Practice [Isoned]. Helped Mom clean house. Surprise. Ruth stayed all nite. 
Not an altogether normal day. Had lots of trouble falling asleep last night. Was stuffed up and just unable to. Had two whacks of ambien, but then I was okay all night. I dunno, just sort of restless and uncomfortable.

Rode to the gym, uneventful. Chatted with some chick for a bit; she's been down there a while and doesn't wear earbuds so I figured she'd be safe to say Hello to. Was a shortened workout as I had to get back and take the Spousal Unit to an endodontist appt. but I still got most of what I wanted to do done.

I hung out at NGate SBux while she was in the chair. I looked up a map of where I'm going to on Monday to try to find an easy route. That whole area -- South Park/Marginal Way -- is really confusing so I try to avoid it as much as possible. I can take 102nd in unless it goes through Boeing property. Did some emailing and then just read stuff.

After that, I fixed the broken awning -- the string broke and I thought it was a goner, but was able to tie the two ends together so it at least works -- and then did some watering and got lunch for myself and a shake for the Spousal Unit. I got a hot dog from 5 Guys. Damn thing made me incredibly thirsty for the next couple of hours. After lunch I took down a limb from one of the front trees. It was growing out horizontally and, although I'm too short to hit it, I noticed that anyone over 6' would probably have to duck. Needs to grow up more anyway.

Then I went and got the Wonder washed and picked up some hamburger and landscape tape on the way back and used the latter to tie the top of the small maple out front to the top of the pole it's next to so it goes straight up. Did some other things, read, made dinner, etc. Flies still a problem, but I think they may be starting to wane a bit. Walked in Laurelhurst.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

6 July 2017 (Thursday)

On this day in 1936:
Got up at 6:30. Folks went berrying. Ruth & I played. Went swimming. Drank bottles of root beer."     " again[sic]. Best time I ever had. Came home at 9:00.
Don't know what the bit in the quotes is all about, but that's what's written.

Back when I was her age, we used to spend the summers doing things like that. Sometime when I was young the County Pool opened about 10 blocks from our house and we would spend many hours on many days down at the pool. We would go down there around 9 or whenever it opened, swim (meaning goof around) until noon, go home and eat lunch, and then go back in the afternoon. Sometimes in the afternoon we'd go over to the little Dairy Queen nearby -- it was a small one then and only had a couple of walk-up windows -- and we'd each get a Dilly Bar: chocolate for me, lime (green) for Jeff, and vanilla (yellow) for Barb. I don't know why, but we always had to get "our own" flavor. When we got older we'd mostly ride our bikes all over town. I was probably bored a lot of the time, but the memories are all warm and fuzzy.

Didn't sleep very well last night I'm afraid. Actually, once I got to sleep (again) I made it through until a little after 4 but that was it. Workout went okay. Actually quite well. Spousal Unit took me to the gym and I went downtown. Talked with Sharon and got some things straightened out that I will need to do about the Coptic data, said Hi to Rowena -- who had lost her iPhone yesterday -- and then piddled around until I went down to meet Janet for lunch. Jen at GH was leaving as well and we walked down the hill together and had a nice chat (at least from my perspective).

Janet is doing fine. I told her that, unselfishly, I'm glad she left Cascadia. She's doing very well in her new job and is much happier than she was. I do rather envy her and her little family, and told her as much, and I think she was touched by that.

Unfortunately, the lunch did not agree with me. I felt all shaky and like I was going to throw up. I wasn't worried since every now and then certain foods do that to me, although mostly Asian ones and this was tacos. Took the train home and then the bus. Didn't do much at home because I still didn't feel well. Stood in the basement for about 20 minutes trying to figure out where the flies are coming from. Jen said that they had had something similar and that she eventually found a dead rat somewhere, even though they couldn't smell it. I looked around but could not find where they were coming in from. Maybe there's something dead behind the wall by one of the basement windows because that's where most of them congregate. Probably 20 on the fly roll and a couple more in the pitcher plant.

Anyway, walked. 84 today, a little cooler tomorrow.