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Thursday, April 18th, 2019 10:23 am
Yesterday, for the first time in my life, I saw the green flash at sunset.

Bucket list item.
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Tuesday, April 16th, 2019 06:22 am
I am beginning to wonder if I am losing my mind.

1. I’ve always had times when I couldn’t think of the word I wanted. Am I more aware of it now, simply because I’m hanging with folk for whom the right word really is required, or is it actually HAPPENING more?

2. I used to be smart, able to learn new things rapidly and able to come up with solutions to problems. I don’t see that now. Is this a normal situation for a 50-year-old coming back to a profession ditched more than a decade ago, or is there more going on?

My mind has always been pretty much my only ally and my only asset. I don’t know what I’m going to do if it too is abandoning me.
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Wednesday, April 10th, 2019 05:49 pm
Drones in the health care sector:

The Trick to Achieving Universal Health Care? Drones

I am ridiculously proud of having passed their interview process and am now quite intimidated about contributing. These people do some AMAZING STUFF. Everyone I’ve met so far here is simply phenomenal.
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Wednesday, April 10th, 2019 06:49 am
Well I sure haven’t been around here as much since starting the new job!

So far it looks really nifty. People there are good folk and the work is fascinating.

I’m slowly coming up to speed. Slowly. I’m always antsy to become a useful contributor faster, and yeah that gives me some drive to make the effort, but god I’m tired and I judge myself for not being THERE already.

The commute isn’t as bad as I feared. Yet, anyway. Ask again in a few months. :)

I do read here, just in larger batches at a time. I apologize for commenting less.
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Saturday, April 6th, 2019 06:13 pm
Today I shot a crossbow bolt through a pomelo.
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Wednesday, April 3rd, 2019 10:29 pm
I learned something this evening and I am pretty angry.

I now have two tasks: 1) don’t let this affect my sleep or my job, 2) don’t act out of anger or impulse until I can be sure it is the right action.

Edit: OK, on further reflection, a third task. Don’t just forget this. DO choose a response and actually do it.
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Wednesday, April 3rd, 2019 09:56 am
First few days on the job have felt a bit hectic with no particularly good cause. I’ve been thinking for three days “I will do laundry this evening” and for various reasons it hasn’t happened.

I can take restroom breaks at work. (There’s a server rack in there. At Old Job it was a big organizer full of medical supplies. Plus ça change...) I can even eat lunch, and what’s more, it’s brought to us automatically every day for free.

Yesterday on my commute I had to brake to avoid a heron.

Funniest headline I’ve seen today: “The Man Trying to Make Sense of Brexit is Tired and Would Like to Stop Now”. (NY Times so I won’t link it, paywall. Posted on work’s #random Slack channel.)
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Saturday, March 30th, 2019 07:59 am
Woke up "way too early" (?) and instead of trying to get more sleep, I just got up. What a concept. So far this morning:

- did a tiny code-related thing I've been meaning to figure out for a week
- fed the cats and made myself tea and all the usual morning stuff
- made a full backup of my phone, and learned the last time I'd done that was 2017, oops
- figured out how to extract key stuff from that backup, such as years of texts, so I can clean up storage on the phone
- then spent over an hour READING some of those old texts, heh

All the copying and such took loads of time, but I had loads of time. This is nifty.
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Saturday, March 30th, 2019 07:18 am
Yesterday I started reading You Are Getting Sleepy, a book about lifestyle related approaches to insomnia. In the first chapter, the author asks some questions about the reader's experience of being unable to sleep. I now wonder if I don't have insomnia so much as I simply don't need a lot of sleep. (I do have bad nights. Many people do. But overall, five hours a night of really solid sleep actually sorta seems to work, and perhaps I should just stop worrying about it.)

Info for anyone else interested in the book: He writes about how various conditions are linked to insomnia, such as chronic pain, depression, etc. He asks the insightful question of which came first - do you wake up because you hurt, or do you hurt more because you're not sleeping well? Studies suggest the latter! But after that, he disappointed me by recommending all the usual sleep hygiene stuff, things good sleepers simply don't do. By his own thought process, good sleep hygiene should be evaluated as a possible cause of insomnia. Fah.

Anyway, I'm going to try to stop worrying about sleep. It seems I'm mostly okay.
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Thursday, March 28th, 2019 04:04 pm
Side effects of having lived through some pretty bad storms: When weather forecasts say there's a bad storm coming, you spend a few minutes thinking about whether you'll need to get up a bit early in the morning and whether you remember where the heck you stored your raincoat.

Side effects of NOT having lived through some pretty bad storms: When weather forecasts say there's a bad storm coming, you spend a few minutes sneering at the "panic" and working up some witty remarks for the moment that the storm does not exceed expectations.

Yeah, human nature hasn't changed much since 2014, nor has the fact I'm a curmudgeon. Okay then. Good to have that all checked out. In other shocking news, gravity still works and the sun rises pretty much in the east.
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Wednesday, March 27th, 2019 03:01 pm
After a very long and singularly useless thread about getting oil varnish off nonstick cookware, I bought some Barkeeper's Friend (the liquid/spray). For a while, though, it was clear I didn't have any actual use for the stuff.

Well, I found out what it's good for. Stainless steel. ... Wait, let me rephrase.


There, that's more like it.
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Monday, March 25th, 2019 03:54 pm
Never truly had to do this before. May I say for the record that it is a major pain in the patootie?

1. Attempt self clean cycle. Minimal to no effect.
2. Repeat attempt (in the hopes that "minimal" was progress). No effect at all.
3. Buy oven cleaner and apply according to instructions. Gunk in oven is loosened but now the entire oven is gray-white and I can't get that off no matter how much rinsing and scrubbing I do.

At this point I would be happy to have the oven back in the state it was in before I started. Why do I try, people? Somebody, somewhere, tell me the answer to this fundamental question?

So now I'm doing something that I know is a not so good idea, but I'm out of options:

4. Repeat self clean cycle. Maybe it will burn some of this stuff off. (From the fumes, I can tell it's doing SOMETHING.)

Wish me luck.
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Saturday, March 23rd, 2019 02:11 pm
Today I WENT HIKING. [personal profile] hitchhiker and I took a short route to the Picchetti Winery.

Granted, it was only 0.6 miles. And yeah, my feet hurt. But there were trees and hills (and rocks and things)... and poison oak, and it FELT like a hike.

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
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Wednesday, March 20th, 2019 05:20 pm
A tiny bit about the United States green card process. I am sad.

That Viagra can cause partial vision loss. I am a terrible human being to recognize that this does have a humorous aspect to it. ("You'll go blind.")

That Rwanda does have malaria, a lot of it. Ouch.

That this Saturday there is an open house not far from me where I could go try elementary archery, sword fighting, and knife and axe throwing.
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Wednesday, March 20th, 2019 12:14 pm
One last bit of leftover haleem, and some tiramisu, for breakfast.

Got both cabinet doors installed. Now they need adjustment (right now they thwack each other when closing) and locks. But already this enables a lot of cleanup of that room - putting tools away and the like.

I get to decide between finishing Atul Gawande’s Better and seeing if I can get an extremely basic web app up. If I read fast, maybe both.

I have lunch with a friend (edit: TWO showed up!) AND hanging out with another friend AND dinner with yet another friend AND maybe a group hang-out-and-chat after that if dinner isn’t long. The group event is one I used to attend roughly thirty years ago in its earliest incarnation, and it will be fascinating to go back.

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Tuesday, March 19th, 2019 03:05 pm
- Passport application in person
- Lunch with JP yay!
- One more try getting a door on that cabinet by myself GOT ONE!
- Forward one veterinarian’s contact info to two clinics who are hiring
- Concert thing this evening with person who has the flu god help me
- Two glow in the dark stars stuck to bedroom ceiling (I am nine)
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Monday, March 18th, 2019 01:08 pm
I have a SUPER bunch of social things set up for this week! Every single weekday dinner time slot is taken, with one even double booked (early dinner with a friend and then possibly a group thing later); lunches T-W-Th are set up with three different friends; and the entire weekend is going to be awesome.

THIS IS EXCELLENT. If there is one single thing that will buoy my mood, this right here is it.
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Saturday, March 16th, 2019 09:17 pm
When I need a bookmark I’ll just use whatever’s to hand. Every so often I’ll be looking for some important thing and it will be between the pages of a book. Where’s that application form? Oh, I used it as a bookmark. Where are your Very Critical Tax Documents? Oh, I must have, umm, what was I reading? You get the picture.

I’ve just now reached a new low. I used an iPad as a bookmark.