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Restful evening

I headed home at 4 PM as usual and started In Memory Yet Green on the train, which is a pleasure as always. I love starting the these two volumes of Asimov’s autobiography because they total some 1500 pages and 650,000 words and I enjoy them immensely. I am always wistfully sad when I finish.

I watched 24, which I had TiVo’d last night. I also wrote a brief note to Trevor and thepopeswife because they recently moved and because I owed them a letter but haven’t had time to sit down and write one at length. And would you know it, while I was writing the note, I got a call from Trevor. He was at a Minnesota Twins game and the Twins happened to be playing the Orioles. How crazy is that!

I did a few chores. No mail of significance this evening. In fact, it was all junk. Now I’m off to bed. I’m going to read for an hour or so, and I have a tall glass of chocolate milk sitting here beside me. I feel guilty for not going to the gym today, but I simply couldn’t resist the gorgeous weather we had. The rest of the week is going to cool off dramatically (below freezing at night!) and so I think it was worthwhile.

Back to the grind tomorrow…

Killin’ time

I’m done with work for the day, but hanging around until happy hour, which will begin around 5:30, so I have some time to kill.

I talked to Doug on the phone earlier today and it was good to hear from him. He sounded like he was as ready to get out of the office for the week as I am, although I have to say this week went by surprisingly fast.

Ah, the weekend! What to do? Reading, certainly. Spring cleaning, too. I still have the guest room closet to finish cleaning out. The kitchen floor could use some mopping, and I need to clean the bathroom. The entire house could use a good vacuuming. And the yard is starting to look like it could use some work too. I’d like to, perhaps, squeeze in a little bit of writing this weekend if I can. And there’s the Italian lessons. But I don’t want to overdo it. I need some time to just relax.

Baseball season starts up next week and I’m looking forward to that, although I’ve opted out of ordering the MLB package this year. If I ordered it, I’d just stay up late watching Yankee games and I have to get to bed at a decent hour, old man that I’ve become. Besides, I’m looking for some ways to cut back on my spending and the two hundred dollars or so that I save by forgoing the games is a step in that direction.

As part of the spring cleaning, I’m thinking about reorganizing my LJ tags, which have proliferated wildly out of control. To do this efficiently, I’d need to wrote a little PHP program, but I already have the PHP-LJ library so it’s just a matter of writing code and remapping tags. I haven’t decided yet.

Decisions, decisions

I met a friend for drinks last night so that I didn’t even head home until 8 PM and didn’t get home until 9 PM. That’s okay though, because I still managed to get into bed by 9:30 so I got a decent night’s sleep.

I talked to jen_ashlock yesterday and almost decided to go up to New York City this weekend. It was a last-minute thing. Mom is going to be in New York and I thought I might head up there too. Cooler (or, more tired) heads prevailed, however. After getting back to my office last night, I was tired. Train tickets are not cheap and I need to cut back on some of the spending I’ve been doing (after all, I’ve got a substantial tax bill coming). Plus, I’ve been going, going, going and if I went up to New York this weekend, I’d just keep going. I need a break. So I decided, reluctantly, not to go this weekend. I felt it was the right decision as soon as I had made it.

When I got home last night, I found that I received my order of the Rocky Balboa DVD in the mail. I was eager to watch it, but it was too late, and I was too tired to watch it last night so I’m saving it for the weekend. I did a little bit of reading so that I’m nearly 200 pages through I. Asimov but then lights out shortly after 9:30 PM.

We’re doing a happy hour after work this evening, which will be fun. I plan to take it easy this weekend, for the most part, reading, relaxing, and cleaning up the house.

How did I ever get this busy?

After a couple of weeks of phone tag, I finally talked to Michelle last night and it was good to hear from her. We were on the phone for almost an hour catching up, which explains, in part, why I didn’t get to bed until after 10 PM. I didn’t have to get up until 5:30 this morning, however, because I’m doing my workout with Bernard this afternoon (my last one with him).

I’m crazy-busy at work. Aside from tying up lose ends on projects that are more or less completed, I’m working at a mad pace to complete a project that’s supposed to be finished up this month (not going to happen), and I’ve started on a new project that’s schedule to last through about this time next year! I’ve been flooded with requests for minor changes and fixes on other projects on which I’ve worked. I literally cannot keep up with it all. I hate the feeling, and do my best not to put undo pressure on myself, but it’s still an uncomfortable feeling.

Before I went to bed last night, I tried to relax. I had a tall glass of chocolate milk while reading more of I. Asimov and for a time, I forgot about work and some of my other projects that have been stressing me out. I’ve got a full plate and it makes it hard to do just about anything else in my day. Among the non-work projects I have going:

  • Learning Italian with Rosetta Stone, which I haven’t used in a few days now
  • My SCIENCE FICTION AGE reading, which I’ve taken a break on so that I can read my Asimov autobiographies
  • Writing, in general. I haven’t done any writing in a month or so, and that’s not good, but there just hasn’t been time. I’ve got 5 stories in various phases of completion but haven’t touched them in a while
  • My workouts, which take up about 1-1/2 hours of my day, each day

This doesn’t really leave much time for anything else and things have suffered for it. The house is a mess, for instance, as is the yard. I think I’ll have to cut the grass this weekend. It’s likely that I will spend the entire weekend “spring cleaning” just to add some order to my life. I don’t have kids and I sometimes wonder how people with kids managed to get done all of the non-kid-related things they need to get done. I just don’t know how they do it. I’m up at 4:30 AM, typically, and I’m in bed between 8:30 and 9:30 PM. That gives me 16-17 hours in the day, 8 of which I am working. That leaves 8-9 hours. Roughly 1 hour is devoted to my commute and another hour and a half to workouts, which brings us down to 5-6 hours. It takes about an hour or so each evening to do my various chores (cleaning up the kitchen, packing my lunch, doing some laundry, etc.) That leaves me 4-5 hours. You’ve got to factor in meals which probably occupied 2 hours of my day–which leaves 2-3 hours remaining. I probably spend an hour or so blogging each day, on average. That leaves 1-2 hours on average for me to do anything else, write, read, learn Italian. And the softball season hasn’t even started yet. And that doesn’t count simple down time, where I crash on the couch for a little while and doze; or go for a walk after work. I have a literal dearth of time to get done what I want to get done. I could stay up later, but I wouldn’t be as productive. About the best I can do is pick and choose my activities carefully. Yet when I’m learning Italian, I feel like I should be writing. And if I sit down and try to write, I feel like I should be learning Italian, or reading, or any number of other things.

How did I ever get this busy?

It’s almost tax time and my new tax person told me yesterday that she received all my paperwork and would be contacting me with questions soon. Add another item to my list. I’d love to be able to sneak to L.A. for a weekend and see some of my friends out there but I simply can’t find the time to do it. Eventually, something has got to give. The question is, what will it be?

To-do list

Things that I need to get done before I head off to the airport. (Incidentally, since it’s a Wednesday and I don’t anticipate much traffic, I am experimenting with arriving at the airport so as I get to the gate with 30 minutes or less to wait before boarding the plane. I have this down to a science at BWI, but I’m leaving out of Dulles so I don’t have the timing down yet.)

  • Order wedding gifts
  • Get cash for trip
  • Confirm car pickup
  • Pay outstanding bills
  • Photocopy last year’s tax return
  • Mail tax papers to tax preparer
  • Shower/shave
  • Finish packing
  • Pack iPod, phone, camera chargers
  • Food and water for Zeke
  • Turn heat down
  • Print itineraries
  • Pack WDW will-call confirmation
  • Take out trash
  • Gas up car

There are probably one or two things I am forgetting at the moment, but I think that’s it. I could probably use a slight haircut or trim, but I could do that in Orlando if I find it to be totally necessary.

Still feverish

It’s really strange. I have a fever (and accompanying chills) but no aches, no stuffed up nose or head, and only a slight cough. I just took some more Advil (no NyQuil) during the day and hopefully this thing will run it’s course before the day is over.

I was up close to 7 AM after getting nearly 12 hours of sleep last night. I headed over to IHOP for breakfast and now that I’m back, I’ve got a list of things to do before heading to the airport, starting with Zeke’s vet appointment in about 25 minutes. He’s sitting on my lap right now, purring away, completely innocent of the fact that I’m getting his carrier out in about five minutes and that we’re heading off to the vet. He hates that. I’ve got to gas up the car, do some laundry, clean up the kitchen, get a haircut, go to the gym (if I feel up to it), call the accountant, print out my boarding passes, etc. etc. It’s a busy day off.


I got involved in my spring cleaning and lost track of time. Out of one small closet I have already tossed 4 large bags of stuff that probably should have been tossed years ago, but some things you just hold on to until you’re ready to get rid of it. Lots of pictures that I never looked at (and will never look at again–thank science for digital cameras!) but a small stack of photos that I held onto because I liked them, or thought other people would enjoy them.

I also got a call from work to help out troubleshooting a problem with the software they are rolling out this weekend. I ended up on the phone for over an hour but I did figure out what was causing the problem (but not why).

All of this put me far behind where I should be in my day and for that reason, my meals were off and so I decided a little while ago to skip the gym today and to go instead tomorrow, which is normally my free day.

Made several phone calls this afternoon. I talked to jen_ashlock, strausmouse, and left messages for AJ, Michelle, and Brittany and Meagan. No mail of interest.

Spring cleaning, part 1

Okay, so technically, we are still several weeks from spring, but I woke up this morning feeling like a wanted to make a substantial dent in some spring cleaning that have been putting off for a few years now. I have a closet full of stuff in the guest room that is just waiting for someone to pour through it and get rid of anything that I don’t use anymore. I get into these moods every once in a while. It’s an interesting mood because I completely shut off any sentimentality that I might have for the objects I am getting rid of. It might be something I have kept for years simply because it reminds me of something. But in one whimsical day like today: gone. We’ll see how it goes, how much I actually get rid of, and how much I cave on.

I got home from happy hour at about midnight last night. There was a package from FedEx waiting for me. Our season tickets to the Orioles had arrived! They didn’t come in the big fancy folders that they have come in in the past. Instead, each set came in a ticket book, kind of like the books that raffle tickets come in. At first glance, it looks like I’ll be able to make 11 of the 13 games that I have tickets for.

I’ve been listening to my 80s box set since last night. I don’t listen to it straight through very much (141 80s songs!) but it’s been fun to revisit that era this morning.

It hit 62 degrees here yesterday and it looks like it might get close to the same today. The sky was a deep blue when I headed out for breakfast this morning, but it’s smooth blueness has been interrupted by an occasional white cloud. Still, it’s a nice change of pace after so much cold weather.

A little bit of writing

I got out of work later than I wanted to and by the time I got back to the metro station, all thought of going to the grocery store had fled. Instead, I treated myself to a steak dinner, and cheated on my “no carbs at dinner” rule by having a baked potato instead of steamed veggies. My excuse is that it’s been a long three days, but that’s really no excuse at all.

I did manage to get some writing in this evening, doing about 700 more words of “Situational Awareness”. I have mixed feeling about how it’s coming along, but I am working at it regardless. I can put it into better shape once the whole story is on paper.

I did some laundry this evening and I’m debating staying up to watch Heroes when it airs, rather than on TiVo tomorrow. I haven’t decided yet. I’d also like to get my notes for SF AGE volume 2, issue 1 posted if I can manage to squeeze that in too.

Most of the snow has melted, which is good.

Today was a long day in the office, but tomorrow should be better.


This evening I took a break from everything to watch Parenthood. I hadn’t seen the movie in a long time and TiVo recorded it sometime last week. I forgot what a good movie it was, and I completely forgot about the ending. It was kind of like I’d never seen it before and it was great.

I did some work on the final draft of “4005 B.C.” which I now think I am renaming “The Folly of Man” once it’s in final form. Another evening or two and it should be done and all set to be sent out to F&SF.

I have a little more laundry to do this evening, but I’m wrapping up and cleaning up the kitchen, tying up loose ends. There are a few bills to pay, one of which I took care of this afternoon. I still need to pay the gas bill. I should probably just automate all of these bill payments, but I can’t quite let go of the control I feel when I pay them myself. In the end, though, a computer is less forgetful than me so I really don’t have an excuse.

No idea what my day is like at work tomorrow. I can’t remember what is on my calendar and there was no way I was going to log in and look it up over the weekend.

Long weekend

With the Presidents’ Day holiday, I have Monday off and that means a long weekend! I could use it. I’m altering my workout schedule this weekend. I’ve got a lot going on today, and late this afternoon, I’m heading over to AJ and Denisse’s where Denisse is preparing a traditional Peruvian dinner after which we are probably going to see a movie. Given all that, I don’t think I can get a workout in today. So I am making today my “free” day this weekend and I will do my lower body workout tomorrow. Then cardio on Monday (which is a holiday) and that puts me back on my normal schedule.

I was up at 7:30 this morning and headed over to IHOP for breakfast. After that, I got a badly needed haircut. I’ve still got to get to the post office before noon. I have to put gas in my car. I have to schedule Zeke’s annual vet appointment. I have to update some reservations that I have. And I’ve got a ton of laundry to do. In between all of that, I hope to get through more of SF AGE Volume 1, Issue 5.

It’s actually going to “warm up” today. The temperatures are going to approach 40 which means that the sheet of ice might soften up enough that I can shovel the driveway enough to be able to park the car on it, instead of on the street the way I have for the last 3 nights. Beginning on Tuesday and through next week, the temperatures are supposed to jump up to the high 40s and low 50s, which will feel like summer after this cold snap that we’ve had.