Wednesday, May 31, 2017

31 May 2017 (Wednesday)

On this day in 1936:
Went to S.S. Bob came up and stayed after. Went to Ruth. Played paper dolls. Mom, Dad, Mrs. Helmich & Mr. Helmich came over.
And with that, May is in the books. I had a productive day. Slept pretty okay. Workout went very well, although I still can't do an incline press without my right shoulder hurting a lot. Getting sparse down there, but I notice that Friday is the last day of the quarter and then finals.

I did some emails here and then went to Cascadia. I got quite a bit done, mostly getting input from clients and getting reports ready for them and such. So far all of them are happy, so they will pay us money. Trying to get things done so we can invoice and finally get paid. I'm still waiting for the April 30 pay period to come through.

Went to Spam's Club and filled up the Honder and then went for lunch at NGate. Then home to give Jack lots of attention and make some phone calls trying to find some field techs for TT up at the watershed. I'm going out tomorrow after I work out.

Went to UVil to get supplies for tomorrow and for dinner tonight. Pleasant day out, around 72. I did sit outside with a hot chocolate. Did I see anything interesting? Couple of cute dogs.

Came home and washed the Honder so it's clean for the Spousal Unit to drive tomorrow, made dinner, walked, etc. We met a couple of the young ladies renting the house on the corner, who had a really cute little dog. Apparently he's a 10-month old rescued Thailand street dog. That is one lucky dog. Most areas of southeast Asia don't have big stray dog problems because they eat them. Which, of course, we find atrocious but they don't. One has to feel bad for all the dogs though, born into a poverty-stricken short life only to be captured, killed, and eaten. Probably not as bad as The Wild, but still.

Then again, we put tens of millions down every year. 

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

30 May 2017 (Tuesday)

On this day in 1936:
Got up early and went with Hebert's to Green River Gorge and Lake Sawyer Grove. Made friends with dogs. Went way down into Gorge. Aunt A fell down.
I slept well last night with a couple of exceptions. When I got out of the bed it felt like my right hip was collapsing. It didn't hurt but I must have slept on it wrong and put something to sleep(?) because it was buckling inwards for a few steps. Cleared right up though. Otherwise slept until 4:30 but back was ridiculously sore.

Went up to the watershed for the day. Little drizzly but no real rain. I screened and did a little monitoring. May go out again Thursday. Didn't find anything of particular interest. It's mostly torn up junk with a lot of burned material. One pile I was screening had a lot of coal in it. I brought home a few small chunks to try and burn it.

On the way home I stopped at the endodontists where I left my Starbucks mug last Friday. They still had it but didn't empty it out, blehh. Walked at NGate due to rain. 

Monday, May 29, 2017

29 May 2017 (Monday, Memorial Day)

On this day in 1936:
8 days & 1 hr. got out at 2:27. Had fun in English. Memorial Assembly. Saw Lloyd & Bob. Neither saw me. Bumped into Lloydie[sic] & he did not see me. 
I guess they didn't have a holiday for it then? Or maybe they observed it tomorrow on the traditional date of May 30? (Peeking ahead at tomorrow, they do some sort of holiday thing, or at least she doesn't go to school. Well, I just checked and it's a Saturday tomorrow anyway).

Slept quite well last night, until 4:50. Spousal Unit managed to sleep in until almost 7 which was good for her. I made breakfast here. Around 8:30 I started brewing up a new batch of beer and it went well, took until 10:30. I'm getting much better at it and not as messy either. Hopefully it will turn out well.

Went for lunch up at Pagliacci's on Lake City Way and 15th. Came home and I went to the IMA, but not before seeing something in the bird bath out back and discovering that it was a mostly eaten little bird. Rotten crows. Workout was very good, even though there were a lot of people there. Another sort of 'angry' workout which is a Good Thing IMO. Came home and started the dinner process.

This evening we drove up to Calvary Cemetery for Memorial Day (four of the flamingos carried flags today) and thence to UVil to get supplies for me for tomorrow (soda and donuts, except they had no donuts out). Nice little walk around both. 

Sunday, May 28, 2017

28 May 2017 (Sunday)

On this day in 1936:
9 days and 1 hr. Lightning this morning. Practiced and Read Girl of the Limberlost. It's swell. I'm almost done. [Vic/Vici] came over and worked on [honolours].
I slept in three different locations last night. I woke up in the bed after not too long because my knee hurt like the dickens and I couldn't find a position where it didn't, so I went to the TV room and the cats had taken over the couch so I went on the floor for quite a while and then up to the couch. I kept waking up and once probably around 3:45 (or so, I didn't look at the clock) when I started to get all wound up, but managed to calm back down (without assistance I might add) and dozed off for quite a while and had some interesting dreams. My back really hurt when I woke up. Damn thing.

Lately -- and this may sound really weird but it seems to be working somewhat -- when I wake up and start to get all worked up, I've been imagining sort of floating on water, but the water is supposed to represent the Whole World. For some reason, I am trying to, at some point, really feel like I've completely melted and become part of Everything. I don't know where that came from or how I decided on that as a goal, but it's been focusing my mind somewhat.

Anyway, I slept until almost 5. Did the usual morning stuff and the Spousal Unit came in at 5:45 because Jack was bugging her. I made pancakes. Didn't go to Mass. Oh I did watch the Gran Prix of Monte Carlo. Still boring, the finishing order is almost set after the first turn. I did some more work on the data entry form, changed the litter box, etc. Watched some of the Indy 500. HUGE crash on lap 56 I believe. Really spectacular, but it says something about modern engineering that both drivers walked away with really no injuries. Something like that 40 years ago, probably even 25 or 30, would probably have been seriously injured if not killed.

Went out to lunch and then did our usual Sunday shopping stuff at UVil just so we have tomorrow free. I practiced my guitar a little bit (hadn't done that in like 5 days), made dinner, walked. Went by Sunny's house and three generations were out front on the steps: Sunny, her daughter Leann, and her daughter Emma. Had a nice chat with them. Now home. Watching the Coca Cola 600.

86 today, supposed to cool off tomorrow. 

Saturday, May 27, 2017

27 May 2017 (Saturday)

On this day in 1936:
One Man's Family (Keen). Awfull[sic] tired. Practiced some. Did a little school work. Bob came up today baseball. Went to bed early.
I got quite a bit done this morning. Went out for breakfast and then I painted the patio roof stuff. Turned out okay. Then I worked on Engi's data entry form for a while. About 2/3 of the way done. I try to stay as busy as possible.

Went to a movie this afternoon, Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2. Pretty good, I guess. They kind of piled on the stuff that worked in the first one, and at the end tried too hard to get all emotional and stuff. But okay. Sequels are almost always worse.

Called Mom and finally got through. She sounded okay. Seemed happy to talk to me, recognized who I was right away -- I think she's cleared up some in the last year -- and I understood quite a bit of what she was saying. Very chatty, she was.

Was warm today, up to 84 I think. 

Friday, May 26, 2017

26 May 2017 (Friday)

On this day in 1936:
Boys[sic] it's hot. (Sultry) Gave puppet play. O.K. Both F.W.C. [DInn] & Brotherhood. Bob, Ruth & I watched Lightning Storm (pretty). Had fun played out (11:15)
Sultry. . . . .well, I guess it means hot. . . .

Backing up from yesterday: Went to Lopez Island. Trip went okay, Jessie is okay. Ride up was uneventful. Survey was pretty uneventful. My first probe was in a mucky area, although it turned out much of the area I was in was all mounded up so it wasn't super wet. The rest of the probes were pretty simple and relatively easy digging. Found nothing except a kiddy bike buried in grass.

We went to Watmaugh Bay after we were done. I tried to navigate there on my own but the stupid cell phone maps weren't coming up so we asked a couple people for directions. Turned out the little road down to it was semi-blocked by some downed trees, but I decided to go for it anyway. Ended up scratching up the side of the SuBAru some. Looked bacd out there but today I went over it with some cleaner wax and most came out fine. Should probably use some other junk and (finally) use the power buffer I've had for years. Trip back was uneventful as well. Thought the Spousal Unit would be mad about the scratching, but wasn't.

Here's a couple photos of Watmaugh:

That's me.

Today I rode my bike to the gym. Had a pretty good workout. As you can see by the photo, I've been able to do some work on my chest finally, which I hadn't been able to do for a number of years. My shoulder exercises are finally allowing me to do that.

I did a little work at home and then brought the gear back to Cascadia and did a few things there as well. Drove home and took the Spousal Unit to an orthodontist appt and I think I left my favorite metal SBux mug there, darn it.

Got the SuBAru washed and then I did some more work (finished a report) and then we went to the UVil for some supplies and some scratch remover junk. I had thought I would need it, but I tried the cleaner wax first and that did the trick. Oh, I also used the wax on the damaged portion of the Honder and I let the insurance company know that they should check the supposed damage to the other car very carefully because I think the damage that was there was not even nearly entirely caused by me. I just had a shallow depressed area in the sheet metal and she had a whole section of damage paint. No way I could have done that much and only got a little ding myself. So we'll see how that goes.

Piddled around some and then went to California Pizza Kitchen at NGate for dinner. Meh. Walked. I bought some more low sox for my Topsider-type thingies.

And the last batch of beer I made was spectacular. 

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

25 May 2017 (Thursday)

On this day in 1936:
Mary's birthday -- 12 days and 1 hr. Bank day. Practiced puppet play. Went to Mary's party. Played games, etc. 
I just typed this in the night before since I probably won't have an entry. Going to Lopez Island tomorrow (well, today I guess) and won't get back until probably 8. 

24 May 2017 (Wednesday)

On this day in 1936:
Went to Sunday School. Ruth stayed. Went to park. Met Bob and saw animals. Played paper dolls. Had ice cream.
Well, today was much better, although I suppose that's not saying much. First time I had to use minor assistance in a while last night. Wasn't exactly an anxiety attack (or whatever) but I couldn't get back to sleep. Note: When I lie flat on my back is when my back really hurts. Whether in bed, on the couch, or on the floor.

Had a really decent workout. I may have found the right ancillary exercise to fix my incline press problems. Hope so because my upper pectorals have always been a weak spot. Came home and went to Cascadia pretty quickly because I had a major report that I needed to do some stuff with. Sucia Island, which I never knew exists until now. Had to do the top and probe maps, add in some other figures, etc. Took a couple of hours. I left there at around 1:30. I drove the Honder to the gym and then the Mustang to Cascadia. Yes, I was driving very patiently. Came home and then went to UVil to get dinner supplies and some stuff for tomorrow. Sat in the SBux for a while. My friend who is going through chemo explained her latest malady, some. . . . .ummm. . . .well, radiation burns. In her nether regions. She is not delicate. So at least I know where the cancer is. I really hope it all works.

I got my gear ready for tomorrow and made dinner. Walked.

Started reading the TE Lawrence bio again. I feel totally inadequate, of course. But it's interesting and about something I know almost nothing about, the Arab revolt. It does go a long way towards explaining the current state of the Middle East. 

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

23 May 2017 (Tuesday)

On this day in 1936:
Cleaned up play room. Annabelle came and we took some books outside and read.
No countdown!

So, without much ado, today was a s**t day. Period.

Oh, it started out okay. Woke up at 4:15 (meh, but okay), rode to the IMA no problem, had a good workout no problem, rode back no problem. Saw a dead crow in the street so I went and picked it up, had a short burial ceremony at the garbage can, and went inside to eat my bagel.

Then the trouble began.

I had taken my wallet out of my gym backpack so I wouldn't forget it.

And of course I forgot it.

Had dropped off the Honder at the interior place, went into the NGate SBux where I realized I didn't have said wallet and at least got some caffeine using Apply Pay on my phone. Yay, that worked. I expected that they would let me just take the car and come back and pay them, but no, their policy is to not let the car go until payment. *harumph*

Texted Spousal Unit if she could call in a credit card # but she was in a meeting with senior manager and couldn't do it until she got out. Which was an hour and a half later. So I did some work and revised my old AMC Hornet Bond Car post because Roger Moore died today. Finally a little after noon we got that straightened out and I drove (carefully) home. Got said wallet and headed out to lunch and Cascadia.


First thing I did was close the door and realize I had left my keys inside. Grrrr. Happily we keep a spare key in a plastic rock out back so I got that. However, I failed to take the warnings and headed out anyway. Lunch went fine.

Then I had a minor accident.

All my fault, of course, I was hurrying and changed lanes into someone. Not much damage, mostly only paint swapping, although I later found my rear quarter panel was slightly dented. Still, IT WAS AN ACCIDENT I SHOULD HAVE AVOIDED.

The young lady I hit was actually very nice. She wasn't mad or anything and was actually doing more to calm me down than anything. I hope the niceness was genuine and she isn't claiming injury or anything.

After that, I gave up to reality and went home and did nothing of any consequence. I was even a little wary of doing laundry, all I could see were visions of flooding the basement. I sat out in the sun and read for a while (a biography of TE Lawrence which is fascinating). Came in and did some piddly things -- again, nothing of much consequence -- made dinner, walked.


Monday, May 22, 2017

22 May 2017 (Monday)

On this day in 1936:
13 days and 1 hr. Had fire drill today also [eight A] assembly. Took music lesson played a [tside] (nice day)
I can guess what the first line tomorrow will be. . . . .

We also had a fire drill at the IMA this morning, or rather, they tested the fire alarms. I kind of wonder what these people will do with the ear buds in if there really is ever a fire.

Slept pretty well last night. I woke up at 3:45 but actually managed to doze back off until 4:30ish. Rode the bike in this morning and it went pretty well, except on the way back when I kept missing the turn off and the &$)@)*%$@ thing kept switching gears on me. . . .UP while going uphill. Grrrrr. Workout was mostly good except I tried to do the incline dumbbell press and could only manage a set. Damn right shoulder was really hurting by that point. May try it with a machine tomorrow.

What else. . . . came home and debated painting but decided to go to Cascadia instead and get some things done. Which I did, I got one report out and arranged some other things for Thursday. Worked on another report as well, the one on Orcas. Turns out I can use a field tech Thursday so I don't have to get up at an ungodly hour.

Left there a little after 11:30 and had lunch at the 5 Guys. Home for a bit, and then I went to the paint store (oh, also stopped at the hardware store and got some small rollers) and had my old can of paint shaken (not stirred). Then I decided to sit in the SBux for a bit just because. Then home where I fiddled with the data entry app for Engi. I am stymied by one control that refuses to do what I think I am telling it to do. Started the dinner process. Walked at UVil cuz I needed chocolate milk for my mochas.

Sunny and like 84 today. 

Sunday, May 21, 2017

21 May 2017 (Sunday)

On this day in 1936:
14 days and 1 hr. Had fire drill today. Not very nice day. Stayed up till 9:30 working on puppet. 
Not only is she counting the days and hours but it seems like she does the diary at the same time every day.

Slept well again last night. Woke up for a while with a minor-ish anxiety attack (or whatever) but went back to sleep without assistance. Ate breakfast in. Painted (primed, actually) the posts on the patio and part of the support beam. The end of it is becoming a little rotten so I need to make sure it stays well painted. Changed the litter box. Did some more piddly things. Watched a little TV.

Oh, last night I bought some Sperry Topsider equivalents -- Magaritaville brand, one of Jimmy Buffets ventures -- and so far so good. I've been walking in them mostly without the usual left foot pain. Twice today my left ankle started to really hurt but then it popped and felt fine. We did lunch at the UVil outside because it's so nice out and then came home and did more piddly things. I watched most of a documentary on George Lazenby, the second person to play James Bond. It's hilarious. He was a character. For all that, I felt quite sad for him at one point -- and he got quite emotional about it, too -- because he had had an on-again off-again thing with a woman named Belinda who he apparently truly loved. But at one point he met her at a hotel in the south of France but said he had to go back to London for a press conference and would be back in a day or two. But he never went back and didn't see her again for 20 years. How sad is that? Sometimes we just don't recognize life's most significant moments while they're happening. I know I never did.

Anyway. Made dinner. Tried calling mom twice today and she didn't pick up the first time and it wouldn't connect the second time. Time was I would go weeks without talking to her and when she called I wouldn't say much. Now I can't talk to her when I want to.

Riding bike to IMA tomorrow. Hopefully I won't die. Well, if I do, whatever. 

Saturday, May 20, 2017

20 May 2017 (Saturday)

On this day in 1936:
15 days and 1 hr. Heard One Man's Family (good). Ate down at church. Came home and read Beckoning Road. 
Looked for an eBook of The Beckoning Road but no luck.

Slept well last night, all the way till 5. Ate in. I made pretty good hash brown and scrambled eggs. Made my stomach not feel so well so I had to go get a mocha. Watched a bit of Excalibur when I got back and then went out and taped off the posts to prime and paint. The Spousal Unit was doing yard work. It's been brilliantly sunny all day and only about 72 so perfect.

Went up to find an estate sale but couldn't find it, after lunch at McD's (Spousal Unit's guts needed something kind of bland). Went to the QFC and got some ribs for dinner, and home. I mowed the yard, it's very thick right now. Also cut a few branches off of various trees and one of the lilacs.

This evening we went to NGate and I was on the verge of buying some Sperry Topsiders, but switched to some Margaritaville ones at the last minute. They were cheaper (on the clearance rack) and also more comfortable. Partly for the wedding next month, but I also wanted something casual besides sneakers to run around in. Something I can wear with jeans or shorts. Will try them out tomorrow.

Pretty. . . . .I don't want to say 'sad' this afternoon because I'm not doing that anymore.

But Life can still go f*** itself. 

Friday, May 19, 2017

19 May 2017 (Friday)

On this day in 1936:
Ruth came over and we ate down at church. Played paper dolls. Bob came up for a while. 16 days and 1 hr.
I'm guessing the countdown is for the end of the school year.

Weird day today. I slept okay and had a really epic workout. I wore my older Captain America shirt which is my favorite workout shirt; it fits just right. This afternoon I found the same one on eBay and bought it. Came home and tried to call Mom, no answer. Went to Cascadia and wasn't going to stay long but then I realized I had to State Parks projects that I'd kind of let go into limbo. So I panicked and got those taken care of. One I'd let go for a month, the other for only a couple of weeks though.

Hit the Ace on the way back and got two bulbs for the sink light and had a house key made for my Mustang key chain. Ate leftovers for lunch and then played with Jack a while and then went to UVil to buy some more bonitos and a card for Emma's graduation. Cards are stupid, mostly. Too much dumb writing own the inside. Then I met Fiona at the SBux and we had a nice visit. A somewhat overweight female walked by twice wearing waaaaaay too short of shorts so you could really see her butt checks out the bottom. Even an older lady had to turn around and look.

Came home, drank some of my beer, and started dinner. Walked Oh, tried to call Mom again and no answer. 

Thursday, May 18, 2017

18 May 2017 (Thursday)

On this day in 1936:
Bank day today. Practiced. Read American Girl Magazines. 17 days and 1 hr. Saw Bob. Went to Shirley's Party.
Slept very well last night, stayed in the bed until 1:30 and then back to sleep on the couch until 4:45. Very nice.

Workout went very well, too. I tried the incline press for the first time in probably 10 years. Stuart was there and we were chatting about that:

Me: I am now about to do something I haven't done in 10 years.

[did the first set]

Me: See, I'm just gone up one shirt size right now.


Anyway. Drove home, ate bagel and then went downtown. Met with Engi and I said I would work on her big data form in ODK seeing as she was nice enough to put me on her grant. Besides, I like doing that stuff and I need to learn it in detail.

Had lunch with Lisa, she was very chatty. Gave me the same book she gave me last year and an SBux gift card. She really doesn't put much thought into gifts, but the gift card is always welcome. Randall sent me a text wondering if I had an old report that I could modify to make the file smaller but not to worry about it until tomorrow, but I spent maybe 10 minutes resizing the images in it and got it down from like 16 mb to 2.5. Sheesh. I need to make sure I do that with the other ones I do.

Did more work on her forms after coming back, took the bus home (uneventful), made dinner, walked.

Chris Cornell of Soundgarden killed himself last night. Many people have been wondering why could anyone who seemingly Had It All could do such a thing, but depression doesn't care about all that stuff. Not even a little bit. 

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

17 May 2017 (Wednesday)

On this day in 1936:
Went to Sunday School. Ruth's Uncle died. Stayed home and played with Ann. Went over to Ruth's at nite.
That's too bad about the uncle.

I slept well last night once again. Was supposed to go up to the watershed again but the construction crew didn't show up so I stayed down here. Which was fine with me. I had an extremely good workout. I did back and arms. Tomorrow I may throw in some more chest stuff again. Just checked my copy of The New Encyclopedia of Modern Bodybuilding: The Bible of Bodybuilding to find out what to do for my upper pectorals (incline presses). Damn useful book. I'll start doing those.

So I did some work here and then got my two shots and took more food to the church and lit a couple of vigil lights for Mom and Shannon. Then off to Cascadia where I finished a bid and did some work on the Orcas survey from last week. Fortunately Meg wrote down the client's phone number because otherwise I didn't have any contact info. Left there about 11:30 and went to Spam's Club for dish soap and peanuts for the local squirrel population.

BTW, we have three of them: Sheila who is very nice and gentle and not scared at all, Otis who is really a female who is more skittish but is now taking things by hand, and then the small male I have begun calling Neeble who I used to call "Asshole" because he keeps chasing the nice squirrels away. Jerk.

Anyway, I walked up to get the Honder after lunch and drove it to UVil to get a gift bag and a bow for Lisa's birthday gifts, sat in the SBux for a bit, went home. I did a little more work on the report and then started. . . .well, actually, I had some bourbon. No reason, just because I felt like it. Made dinner, walked to Slaveway for chocolate milk.

Mostly cloudy all day but I went to get the car and UVil without a jacket. 

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

16 May 2017 (Tuesday)

On this day in 1936:
Got up ay 7:30 -- Went down to Miss Guthries and worked. .Got Girl of Limberlost. Ate lunch at Annabells[sic]
Let me first say that for most of the morning I was in an utterly pissy mood. Not any particular reason, although several things kept getting in my way.

Anyway, I slept quite well, although I had to get some Pepto-Bismol in the middle of the night as I was getting some heartburn/indigestion. Don't know where that came from. But I had no assistance and, although I woke up at 4:15 (misread the clock, I thought it was 4:45) I laid back down and I think dozed off. Leastways, I "woke up" again at 4:45.

And it was f***ing raining AGAIN. I am so sick of rain. It might be gone for several days though.

Worked out and did a combined leg/chest one, but shortened because I had to drop the Honder off and then head up to the watershed. BUT TT texted me and said they weren't digging so I didn't have to go up after all. So I dropped off the car, walked home, and then did a somewhat normal day: ate bagel, went to Cascadia, home for lunch, to UVil for dinner stuff, home again. Did various work-related tasks in there, too. It was reasonably sunny this afternoon. Did some practice on the geetar, the last couple of days I've been working with the pick.

Otis the squirrel likes Wheat Thins. Sheila the squirrel does not.

Monday, May 15, 2017

15 May 2017 (Monday)

On this day in 1936:
After school went to town got slacks, shirt, overhauls[sic]. Saw Jimmy Allen in person and "Sky Parade" show. 
This looks to be the Jimmy Allen she's talking about.

I had a decent day, I guess. Had to take a couple of snorts of ambien at around 3 to get back to sleep, otherwise I would have been dead today. As it was I slept right until the alarm went off at 4:15. I stopped at the QFC/SBux on the way out and got out to the site by 6:15. Here is what Rattlesnake Ridge looked like at 6 this morning:

I wish I could have gotten one with that and the lake at the base, but no.

Workday went okay. TT said the one guy would be an ass but we got along fine. Did a little safety briefing and then. . . . .I waited. Actually, he started scouring out the swale pretty quickly, but then he went off to do something else and I was standing around doing nothing until I decided to do some screening myself instead of taking a sample out for tomorrow. So I did that. Then they started doing the trench for the building footings and that was a little more interesting. Never did get any samples since the area I was going to get one from ended up being all messed up with old pipes and junk. Some interesting stuff though. Couple of concrete areas, an old sewer pipe, a water line which was supposed to be off but wasn't, and then some interesting metal objects. They stopped to clean stuff up at 1:30 so I took off. Am going back up tomorrow but after I work out and drop the Honder off. Yes, it's having more problems. I think we may fix this and then seriously think about selling it and getting a new one.

Went to UVil to get stuff for tomorrow and gassed up the vehicle. Rained some today up there but is raining steadily now. 

Sunday, May 14, 2017

14 May 2017 (Sunday)

On this day in 1936:
Kids practiced for Spring Concert. Had a test in arithmetic and Mr. Purvus [told] us the first letter of each [unswes].
[Top of page] (Holland surrendered -- 1940)
Slept really very well last night, all the way until 5 with no major wakeups (and no assistance either). Just in time for the start of the F1 race, which was largely boring as usual, although the one ahead at the first turn didn't win this time, which is kind of unusual. Still, you can count on less than one hand the number of different winners in a season.

Made breakfast in and then I piddled around. Didn't go to Mass just because. Was supposed to phone with TT but apparently she left her cell phone in Seattle (she's in Oregon). DIdn't do anything particularly useful for the most part. The cats gave the Spousal Unit her Mother's Day present: a bottle of lavender water spray with the words "For our Mom because we DZ make(s) you use it a lot". Ummmmm. . . when one of them (usually Daisy, aka DZ) leaves a horrible dumper in the litter box we spray that stuff to be able to stand the smell.

Otherwise, went for lunch, then the UVil and shopping. I think I did more piddly stuff this afternoon before cooking the Mother's Day dinner. Walked. 

Saturday, May 13, 2017

13 (and 12) May, 2017 (Saturday and Friday)

On this day these days in 1936:
Practiced. Still lane. Read. Saw Bob. One month till schools[sic] out (June 12). Finished off day by going to bed.
One Man's Family. (pretty good). Practiced. Read. Didn't see Bob today. Went to bed early. 
I'm guessing 'Bob' is her little boyfriend.

So, the last two days. Wow, yesterday was something else. I, of course, went and woke up at 3, grrrrr. So that didn't start well. I heated up my chocolate milk and then met Meg at Cascadia and we drove up to Anacortes in her car. At the ferry terminal I went in to get some shots (espresso) for my mocha and decided to ask for three since I'd been awake since three. Well, turned out they can only make them in 2's, so she had an extra shot that was going to go to waste so I said she could dump that one in, too. OMG FOUR SHOTS. I nursed that sucker. Not sure if it was more of a wallop or not.

Anyway, made it to Orcas and started the survey. They had the whole family there, mom and dad (well off, bought the property on Judd Cove for) the son and daughter in law, and the three kids. The two girls were a hoot (5 and 7ish). They were just so cute and full of energy. They mostly hung out with Meg. I ended up doing most of the digging, but HEY, I WAS ON FOUR SHOTS so I didn't mind. They even offered to get us sandwiches for lunch (I declined; I don't eat much in the field). We probably could have made the 12:30 ferry but Meg decided to just stay longer and do as much as we could. So we finished around 2 or so. Went back to the ferry terminal and hung out in the Orcas Hotel.

Oh, the property was really nice:

A little o'l snake sunning itself on the shoreline (I also saw a small lizard):

A 'fairy ring' which, according to Wikipedia, is "is a naturally occurring ring or arc of mushrooms. The rings may grow to over 10 metres (33 ft) in diameter, and they become stable over time as the fungus grows and seeks food underground." Also part of a lyric to a Blue Oyster Cult song.

There were actually several of those around the yard.
And a few really ugly yard art pieces:

They had real tails and I believe the eyes glowed at night, meant to keep geese away. They apparently don't.

Way back was uneventful. Annoys talking to Meg although she's a dyed-in-the-wool liberal and brought up Trump like half a dozen times. I'm old school in not talking about politics with coworkers so I just ignored it.

Got home at 8. Was still feeling kind of amped up at bedtime so I took a preemptive 1/4 ambien. Slept mostly through the night although my back hurt and so did my piriformis on one side.

Today, went out for breakfast (good) and then did a few piddly things around the house and watched a couple episodes of Monk. Went to an estate sale (bought nothing), lunch at Ivar's on Aurora, pet store for cat food and litter, QFC, home. I cleaned the interior of the Honder but it's the trunk that still smells so I'll need to have that cleaned. Walked. Race on tonight. Yippee.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

11 May 2017 (Thursday)

On this day in 1936:
Gee I'm home. Bank day. Practiced a little bit went to bed early. Read. Mom read a Sunday School story. [Note at top of page: "Belgium & Holland invaded 1940"]
Remember, this diary covers the beginning of WWII. It will be interesting to see what she has to say about that.

Had another kind of rough night. I woke up at 2. . . .or was that last night? I think last night I woke up at 2:45 and had something of an anxiety attack (or whatever), one of only two since going on this Trazodone junk. Had 1/4 ambien, still didn't work, so took another 1/4 about 30 minutes later and that did the trick. Slept until 5. Wicked good workout. I did some legs and some upper body (chest and arms) since I won't get to go tomorrow. Went to the doctor at 10. Meh. She upped my dosage from 50 to 100 mg. Otherwise pretty useless visit.

I went to Cascadia after that and did a bit of work and then went to lunch at McD's and then home for a bit before going back to Cascadia because I forgot my coffee mug and also wanted to get some of tomorrow's gear ready. Talked to Randall for a bit, too. Then left and went to UVil for dinner and tomorrow supplies. I drank a bit of my birthday whiskey, too. Can't drink very much of that stuff, it's strong, but it's a nice little thing to drink every now and then.  Also had a decent guitar session.

Besides, straight bourbon in a glass, how cool is that?

Walked at NGate because it was raining a bit, but really could have walked here. I may buy some *gasp* Sperry Topsiders. I need something casualish for the wedding and I kind of need some sort of semi-casual shoe that isn't sneakers. I may splurge and go for the memory foam ones. Meh.

Probably no entry tomorrow as I won't get back until probably 7. And I'll be beat. 

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

10 May 2017 (Wednesday)

On this day in 1936:
Mother's Day. Went to Sunday School. Took Bob to Grandma's. Went on other side of swamp and couldn't cont.
Wait, what? Swamp? Maybe down at the UW?

I slept okay last night, but was awake at 2 and not getting back to sleep so I took a hit of ambien. Out cold until 4:30. When I woke up at 2 I was on the couch on my back and it hurt like the dickens. No matter where I sleep, if I'm flat on my back it kills it. Anyway, I practically leaped off the floor (I was on the floor by then) thinking I'd overslept until 5. Showered, ate, etc., left for the watershed at 5:30, stopping at the UVil QFC SBux for a couple shots into my chocolate milk.

I was up at the meeting place by 6:20. New crew is Meh. One is an older lady who is totally out of shape. One tall fat guy who is totally out of shape. The one other guys is okay. Beautiful day, probably 65 up there. We just screened all morning and then they were going to take out a big tree right next to where we were working so TT called it a day but asked if I could stay while they did a bit more scraping and stuff. I initially -- and I feel bad about this -- kinda tried to weasel out of it, but then I remembered what I'm supposed to be doing and assented. What I felt bad about was not immediately saying Yes. Later, Meg texted to ask if I could go to Orcas Friday and I immediately said yes. I really don't want to go but that's my life now.

Anyway, didn't really find anything although what I think is a leaf spring is sticking out of the root ball of the one big tree they pulled out. Otherwise it was largely uneventful. Drive home similarly so.

Got home and put my gear away and then . . . . well, read a while and then made dinner. Walked. 

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

9 May 2017 (Tuesday)

On this day in 1936:
Saturday -- Did school work -- practiced. Put up tent in back yard and played. Went to Carkeeks. 
Carkeek is a park in Seattle.

Kind of a. . . .well, I dunno. I slept okay but woke up at 4. Workout was decent. I am easing up on the amount of weight on do with my legs considerably, but doing more reps. Quite a lot of people there today, too. Came home, ate bagel, and went over to Cascadia. I mostly worked on the Orcas report. It's about done but I want to spend a little more time on it even though it was all negative. Also met with TT about the watershed work tomorrow. Have to leave at 5:30, blehh. May have to go out next Mon and Tues, too.

Had lunch at the 5 Guys at NGate. A small fries which was probably a large fries. Well, the squirrels and crows will feast.

When I got home I sat on Chat with the Cascadia internet provider and after 30 minutes I just quit because it was going so slowly. I went to UVil to cash in some coin rolls, and then sat in the SBux for a bit. Not many interesting people there today. I got a card for mother's day at the Barftells and then got dinner junk at the QFC. Very pleasant out today, like 70. Came home. Immediately went into a bad mood. I did have a good guitar practice session though. Oddly, my fingers hurt for the first few minutes but then they were fine and I was doing well. Walked up to post office to mail card.

My goals for the rest of my life:
-- Get a lot done
-- Be nice to people

I guess that's not much to shoot for, but its more than I've ever done before so there's that. 

Monday, May 8, 2017

8 May 2017 (Monday)

On this day in 1936 (Friday):
Worked on organization in Oakleys[sic] (one III-B). Took music lesson played out. Fixed yard.
Odd day today. Had trouble getting to sleep last night and required 1/4 ambien. But then I slept mostly through. On the floor. Daisy was on the couch (Jack was, too) and she was just too adorable to move. Woke up a little before 4:30.

Workout was really good. Quite a few people there today, too. Lots of females down there this quarter as well. Came home, etc., and then left for Cascadia. I didn't get a lot done because I was fiddling with email and other junk. I had dropped donations off at Assumption beforehand, too. I left there around 11:20 and then the saga began. I went to Spam's Club to get gas (in the Mustang) and the stupid pump wouldn't read my credit or Club card at various points so I left in a huff. I went inside and got a couple things where both cards worked with no difficulties. Then I went to the Chevron near me and that place couldn't read my Safeway card for discounts and then kept me in a loop asking for it. So I left in a huff. Went to the Shell station on 25th and they had no Regular so I left in a huff. I finally ended up at the Chevron on 25th and that one wouldn't read my Safeway card either, but I made it out of the loop and just bought the damn gas. Finally.


Then I got an email saying that I had suspicious activity on my debit card and it was restricted. Grrrrrr. So I went down to the UVil bank branch and tried to get it worked out, but they were busy so I made an appt for 2 (around 1:20) so I went to the SBux for a bit. Then it took an hour on the phone there to get it all worked out. Plus I ordered a new card anyway. There went the afternoon. . . . .

So, made it home and did some chores and made dinner. Steaks again. I'm getting pretty handy with the steaks. I prefer a top sirloin myself; it's not as tender (though I use meat tenderizer on it) but it still feels like a proper cut of meat. I made tri-tips for the Spousal Unit. I'm getting better at it because I learned to eat it pinker than I used to.

I admit that I kind of got into steak again after a scene in Captain America: The First Avenger where the general (Tommy Lee Jones) eats a steak meal he had brought in for a prisoner (The Hydra chief scientist, Dr. Zola). How's that for some pop culture?

Walked to the Slaveway for some supplies for the Spousal Unit tomorrow. 

Sunday, May 7, 2017

7 May 2017 (Sunday)

On this day in 1936:
Started organization (I.-C.). Played "jacks" at noon. Had mastery test in arithmetic. Teachers meeting. Bob came over. 
Today was productive. I slept through the night, but woke up at 4:15. So, no Mass. Ate in, Spousal Unit managed to sleep in until almost 7. I took a short nap mid-morning. Then I went out and washed the Mustang and also vacuumed the Honder's carpet lining in the trunk (not really carpet) and laid it out in the back yard in the sun to hopefully de-smell it. That was about it for the morning. After lunch and shopping at the UVil, I put the carpet thing back in buy found several of the clips to hold it in were gone. Must get some more. But it went back in okay. Hopefully, this will be the last time it gets taken out.

Then I waxed the Mustang. Probably didn't need to, but I do at least once a year. That took quite a while because, well, I don't know why. I kept going in to watch the Nascar race; Talladega. The end was actually pretty neat. After that I did a few more piddly things around the house trying to stay busy. Made dinner, walked.

Nice sunny day out, around 61.

I'm slowly learning what real "self-sacrifice" entails. It's an awful lot of doing things you don't want to do. But it will be worth it. Nothing for me. Everything for everybody else. Period. 

Saturday, May 6, 2017

6 May 2017 (Saturday)

On this day in 1936:
Had pastry[sic] test in social science. Started Book "The Orcutt Girls". One Man's Family.
I guess today was pretty good. I slept through the night, all the way until 5. Ate breakfast in. Did various chores most of the morning including vacuuming the basement. I mostly like Norma's vacuum. I've never really had a new one, although as I was writing that I remembered I got one as a gift a few years ago. This ones nice though. Very powerful and quiet. And everything works. Sheila the squirrel popped by first thing.

I did end up taking a short nap, after I had made the ganache for the cheesecake:

Ate some this evening. Not too bad. The bottom crust is made from chopped up Mother's Animal Cookies and is much too sweet for my taste. The actual cheesecake part is pretty good though.

We got a dozen donuts for Anne's birthday and took them to her sho where the Spousal Unit got her hair cut. I went to the used CD/record store up the street and then to the U Bookstore but bought nothing. We had lunch at a new place called Caliburger. It was pretty Meh. I had "Cali Fries" which are fries covered with fried onions, cheese and basically thousand island dressing.

Went to the UVil for dinner and breakfast stuff and then home. I mowed the yard and then bleached the trunk of the Honder to try to get the mold out. I may clean the liner myself while it's out of the car.


Friday, May 5, 2017

5 May 2017 (Friday)

On this day in 1936:
Quiz in Oakleys. Got pretty good grade. Listened to radio. Read book. Ate. Went to bed. 
Not really a good night, kind of back to normal. I woke up and then couldn't get back to sleep so I took 1/4 ambien and then I woke up at 4. *sigh*

Really good workout. Came home, etc., went to Cascadia and sent off a report and started on another one. This new med (Trazodone) might be doing something with my concentration because I seem to be losing track of time while working more often. Which is good. Let there around 11:40 and had lunch at 5 Guys and then got the Honder washed because it was full of cherry blossoms. That got me hone about 12:45. Gave the cats some attention and then went to UVil to cash a couple of checks -- yay, finally got paid for April! -- and get some prescriptions, and then went and met Fiona at the SBux. She gave me a couple of tiny pink lawn flamingos for my birthday:
Had a nice visit, too. Came home and put a load of laundry in and then changed the litter box because it was kinda smelly. I usually do that on Sunday but had to do it early this week for whatever reason. Practiced my geetar for a bit. I've been trying to do the chords for a song called Common People which is a cover of a song that has William Shatner and Joe Jackson (Star Trek and 1980s, respectively). The original song is pretty Meh but I really like this one, even apart from Shatner being in it. The chord structure is not complicated (C-G-F) but it takes some doing to switch them quickly.

Spousal Unit took me to dinner at Ivar's Salmon House. It was pretty good, but it usually is there. Not fancy but done well.

Rough day, but then they all are these days. Which is not a bad thing IMO. 

Thursday, May 4, 2017

4 May 2017 (Thursday)

On this day in 1936:
Practiced. Read. Did schoolwork today. Still some hot hot. Annabelle & Shirley still mad. Listened to radio. 
Well, an okay day for a birthday (55) I guess. I slept fine last night, on the couch the whole time (except the hour or so in the bed). I did hit my target of 700 lbs (actually 703). Two sets of four, although they weren't the best reps. I think I went maybe 2/3 of the way down. But still, not too bad for an old man. Rest of the workout went well, too.

Came home and did some work and then went to the church to check to see if Margie was there. Wasn't, but I called her up and arranged to meet for lunch:

She is 96 years young. Was a friend of Norma's. Had a nice visit for like 45 minutes.

Before that I went to the Ace hardware and rented a hand truck and got some 3-prong outlets. When I got home I spent a little while installing the outlet (behind the washer) and then moved the washer and dryer back into place. That went well, although the dryer vent is still a pain to connect (and have it stay connected). All done before going to meet Margie at 11:30. I took the truck back right after that and after a short stop at home went to UVil. I got me free bday drink and sat around watching the people and reading the web. It was pleasant. Sunny and 78 but I was unable to sit outside. Then I went to QFC and got stuff for my cake -- kind of a fail, but more on that later -- and then got a bottle of bourbon. That's my bday present to myself Knob Creek 100 proof. Man, that stuff packs a kick. Very good though. I think I prefer it to Maker's Mark. It's a bit sweeter, I think.

Started making the cake, but then realized that I hadn't really read the recipe all the way through and it take like 2.5 hours to make and then it's supposed to be chilled for several hours. So, no cake tonight. Seems to have turned out well though.

Spousal Unit got me a set of garden shears. Needed. I quit using a weed whacker because it's a pain to keep maintained.

Anyway, I am entirely indifferent to this birthday stuff. Just really don't see any reason to celebrate. Which is fine with me. I'd just as soon forget about it.

Except for the 703 lbs. I'm pretty proud of that. I didn't tell too many people about it. 

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

3 May 2017 (Wednesday)

On this day in 1936:
Went to Sunday School. Ruth stayed here. Played paper dolls. Listened to Radio. 
First night I needed a bit o' ambien in probably a week last night. I don't know, I was kind of wired up all evening. But I slept okay otherwise. Had a really good workout, too. I couldn't run, however, because my left foot hurts. Will probably ease up once I quit doing so much weight. After tomorrow I plan on cutting back on the amount of weight and just doing more reps.

Came back home and started working on a report and other Cascadia stuff. Went to get coffee and the floor guys came around 10. I had one of them help me haul the washer out, I hope they don't ding me $75 for that. Well, they shouldn't since they didn't help me get it back in. Took them until about 2:30 to finish it. Here's a pic:

Looks really nice, they did a good job installing it.

I worked on reports and such all morning and went for lunch at McD's for a break. Worked some more when I got back and then once they'd finished I piddled around on various items. Had to go to the grocery store for some chicken broth for dinner. I made what I call "Jew Bean Soup" because it comes from a book called "The Healing Jaw" which always looks like "The Healing Jew" at first. Anyway, I used the recipe with some of the pork loin. I ate a little pasta beforehand to make sure I have muscle energy tomorrow morning.

73 degrees today, even though it rained most of the morning. Walked down to the Metropolitan Market to get milk. Foot still hurts, but it was a pleasant walk. 

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

2 May 2017 (Tuesday)

On this day in 1936:
Practiced. Played out. Annabelle asked Shirley for her May basket back 'cause Shirley didn't give her one. Nice day.
Ha ha ha. Teenaged girl drama.

Slept well again last night, no assistance. I wonder if this junk is causing something of a slight drop in blood pressure because I seem to be getting the standing-up-too-fast dizziness more often. Kinda feels like my feelings have been muted too. Which is a good thing in my view.

Workout went well. I did 658 lbs already, and it went okay -- two sets of 5 with the last ones being kinda tough -- so I may just go for 700 on Thursday. It's a nice rounder number than 658 anyway. Although it would be more like 702 or something like that. Anyway, I think I should be able to do it.

I went downtown all ready to get the data entry forms set up with ODK. . . . .but then the server wouldn't respond. So it was kind of a wasted morning although I did some Cascadia work so it wasn't a total loss. Rowena was busy and couldn't go for coffee, and Sharon wasn't there so it was socially aborted as well. *harumph* I left at around 12:45 and when I got home I started clearing out the laundry room for the floor people tomorrow. We were able to move the drier out this evening but the washer is too heavy. I may try to get them to help me with it for free (they usually charge $75 per appliance) but otherwise I'll just pop up to the hardware store and rent a hand truck.

Other than that, I did some more minor chores and made dinner, etc.

I downloaded the soundtrack to one of the new Captain America movies "The Winter Soldier" last night and was listening to it today. Meh. Not nearly as good as the Tron: Legacy one, but not bad. The recording isn't great, I don't think. I played it on the big stereo and there was precious little bass. Probably mastered for earbuds.

One bit of modern slang for you reading this far in the future: Apparently, the word for a nice looking bottom is called 'cake'. E.g., if you are walking down the street and see a great looking butt you say something like "That's a great piece of cake". Although a bit of Internets research seems to indicate that it is more restricted to a big ol' female's butt. Probably has already morphed into a generalized term for a nice butt.

Thus enders today's lesson.

Monday, May 1, 2017

1 May 2017 (Monday)

On this day in 1936:
Gave little May baskets to every body. Annabelle gave Shirley[sic] a May basket. (miracle)[sic]. Listened to radio. 
Slept okay again last night. So far so good on this new junk. The voices in my head were in some disagreement about whether it would be effective or not, but most of them have calmed down.

That was a joke, btw.

Good workout, too. I've started doing more on my chest since that has always been one of my weak areas and now that I am doing a lot of shoulder exercises I think I can do more with the ol' pecs without screwing up my shoulders. Came home, had bagel, went to Cascadia. Oddly, I was so intent on the report I was working on I lost track of time and it was after 11:30 when I looked at the clock. Went to lunch at NGate and then came home and worked a bit more. I went to UVil to get some flowers for the Spousal Unit (obviously, my moodiness has been tough on her), and to deposit a small Cascadia check. I haven't been paid for all of April so far; he tends to have cash flow problems due to people not paying their bills. I'm dying to get involved and turn it into more of a business but I don't have much say so in that stuff. Anyway, did that and sat in the SBux for a bit.

Came home and rubbed the pork loin we bought yesterday -- it turned out okay, but I didn't like it much -- and practiced my guitar for quite a while, until my fingers hurt too much to play more.

I dunno, I guess I was just very focused today.

Walked. Only got up to like 47 today blehhh.