Recording

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Ten tracks on the hard drive thus far.  Third day of recording.

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Lake Travis is up 17 feet above stage.  It has risen 39 feet in nine days.  It’s pretty wet, though not flooding here.

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Myka is doing well at Grandma’s.  The pack here isn’t suffering either.

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Eating well.  No real take out yet.  Mostly stuff from the freezer.

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Life is good.

 

Austin

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Settled in Austin, two days since rolling in.  Shopped for food, did a take out, pretty much got everything squared away.  No need to go anywhere in the immediate future.

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Rain may curtail my runs out to see Myka.  It looks like the rest of the month may be rainy.  I’ll see how it plays.

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Not much to add.  Pretty quiet passing the time thus far.

Shift

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Another packing day today, getting ready for the shift to Austin.  Myka will be staying in Grandma’s, and I’ll visit her a few times.  She’ll do better better here than in Austin, not to mention two fewer trips.

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Rainy weather overall, and today is forecast to be a wet one.  First real cold front moving through, yeilding sunny skies tomorrow, with a 10 to 15°F drop.  Lows projected in the upper 50’s.  Glad I brought warm clothes.

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Got the truck washed, though there is still more to do.  But it shows a marked improvement.  I got various cleaners for the second round, interior and exterior, as well as rust treatment and a spray wax.  (Not going to do a full wax, not worth the effort.)  Now that the heat has abated, I can spend some time getting it looking a bit better.

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Life has been good in exile thus far.  Miss my internet, but it’s not for that long.  Stephen’s seafood gumbo was superb.  Can’t complain.

The hush

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We had a jam session tonight at Cheryl’s.  Was a many talented, many styled group.  There was plenty of chaos between songs, as we didn’t spend a lot of time talking at first.  I started playing If I Could Only Fly, and the chaos was all around through the first verse, until I got into the chorus.  One measure was chaos, the next was nothing but me, it was a deep silence of group recognition, very sudden.  Unusual to be singing through the conversations and then suddenly being the focus of everyone.  Probably the single most impressive moment of the evening for me.  It was a lovely evening.  The music was great.

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Laundry tomorrow, as I have the place to myself in the am.  Still a few things to get done, but not many.

The Good Life

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Settled in.  Have had two wonderful dinners in the 39 hours since I arrived.  Myka has been outside, and while not overly enthusiastic about it, she is having a good time.  So all is good since the arrival.  My body is starting to recover from the transition, aided by occasional ibuprofen.

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The internet is usable, though a bit slow without the booster, unless I’m on the porch.  I’ll probably set it up today.  Haven’t particularly missed the speed yet.

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Not complaining.  Exile is good.

H-4

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Less than four hours to scheduled departure.  Most things are packed and staged, and the loading begins soon.  I’m well within margin, but departure time isn’t that hard set.  Only the last minute stuff hasn’t been packed.

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Myka is bugging me to feed her.  I wish I could, but…   All she gets is calming treats in three hours.

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I’ll be glad when I get to Elgin and everything is unloaded.  I am tired.  It’s been a long week, and my body hasn’t been all that perky.  I’m glad I’m packing fairly light.  Myka will be glad too, when we get there.  She’ll get to eat well when we arrive.  Not looking forward to her misery in transit.

Rib eyes, jambalaya, and tails

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Meals and cookings are being scheduled for the rest of the week.  Rib eyes were last night.  Pastrami and baby swiss tonight.  Eggs and jambalaya are tomorrow.  The rest of the sirloins on Thursday.  Burger for lunch and pot pie for dinner.  Friday morning is garbage pick up.  All the big waste meals are done.   Chicken strips and shrimp (fried/frozen) on Friday.  Saturday, whatever is left over in the fridge.  More than listed will be consumed (bacon and cheddar tacos, cheesecake, ice cream, etc.)   I will be working on bundling steaks, ribs, chicken, pork loin, and more from the freezer for the month of October’s road trip.  I might be bringing some of it home with me.

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The biggest gecko lost its tail, nothing but a fat stub.  Either a cat or a bird are my prime suspicions.  Maybe an anole, a big one, but they tend to go for the head in a scuffle.  It looks awfully funky.

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Made Myka a three box castle with ample little windows.  She loves it.

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Mental fundamentals for the scale of packing has been the big chore, though it is by no means all.  I have hard drive cleaning and prep, as I’ll only be taking one external drive with me.  Only a few changes of clothes, not the whole wardrobe.  12 string and mixer for recording.  Lots of scaling for one month duration in three segments.

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Doing pretty well, but my back still needs ample breaks.  So that is a major consideration in packing, even on a light scale.  Five days and counting.

Pan smoke

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Cooked a 3 quart pot today.  Boiling 6 eggs, dozed off, wondering what the smell was when I woke.  I found out when I left the office.  Yikes!  The idea was use up the 10 eggs before the end of next week.  That much I made good progress accomplishing.  Doh!  Fortunately, it was a cheap pot to replace.

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It will take a while to air out the house.  It’s going to linger.  Vanilla Fabreze in the meantime.

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Sirloins have been postponed until tomorrow.  At least I got them trimmed down before garbage went out.

Singing with teeth

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Went to Music School last night and had my first experience in singing with dentures.  Over all, it was successful, but I did learn a few things.  Adhesive on the lower plate is a must to avoid irritation to the gums.  Breathing will be different.  More power on the bass notes is needed.  And lots of little things that aren’t easy to describe.  But over all, I now know that I will be able to perform in public with them.

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Slept 15 hours since I got home.  Whew!  Not just napping, it was lights out.  Sore too, upper legs and back fussing big time.

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Ten days until exile.  The countdown begins.  Four chunks of sirloin to be tenderized and marinated, broiled and frozen for the stay.  They’ll join already cooked ribs, pork loin, chicken, etc.

Freezer

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Doing what I can to reduce the load in the freezer.  Rib eye…

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Gas Tank

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Just a quick model and first render in modo 12, a propane tank.

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Back

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My three day stint is behind me.  Back home.  Been raining a bit this week.  But everything is going well.  No complaints, other than a little sore from the waist down.

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I’m going to take it easy for a few days, settled in, relaxed.  Chance of rain for the rest of the week.  Highs in the mid 80s.  A good time to relax.

Bryan

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Headed tomorrow to housesit in Bryan, Friday to Monday morning.  Feed birds and Squirt and new feral cats.  I’ll take care of business while I’m there.  Haven’t made any Music Schools recently.

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Paid auto insurance today.  Ouch.  Still staying afloat though.  Only have storage left to pay for the month.

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Starting to look at next month’s exile.  I will have fresh 90 day scripts for everything, so no pharmacy juggles.  Looking at what I need to pack for a 30 day w/ Myka jaunt.  I will probably take the audio mixer and do some recording.  I expect to do a little jamming as well.

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Not much to worry about in the meantime.  Lots to eat.  Just killed off a loaded pizza.  Had a chicken/broccoli alfredo before that.  Steak, ribs, and smoke turkey/provolone sandwiches are filling out the main courses.  A risotto is for when I get back from Bryan.  Still not gluing the plates in yet, but the partial helps a good deal when eating without them.  That is about to change, though.

-ember

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Finally resolved the digestive issue in this morning’s wee hours.  It had kept me at home for a couple of road trips, so I’m happy to resolve it.  The bloating was getting uncomfortable and straining my repaired abs.  The new hypertension med will hopefully not repeat the problem.  I was happy with the valsartan.  A shame they recalled it.

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Speaking of meds, the pharmacy has been problematic.  Actually, the online refill function and the insurance were the issues, not the pharmacists themselves.  One more refill toward the end of the month, and I’l be set for exile in October, no refills until I get back (knock on wood).

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Had a strange dream about being tattooed.  It came from a video I saw of a band’s performance, the singer had strange tats on his neck.  I dreamed that I joined some social/political group (that part was fuzzy), and the requirement was getting tattooed.  In the dream, I woke up with a flower on each bicep, didn’t dream about the actual imprinting, and I wasn’t happy.  The flowers were the same as on one side of the singer’s neck.  I tried to make them go away, but none of the dream resets was successful, and that was quite frustrating.  I was glad to wake up.

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Weather starting to change, the heat fading ever so slightly, with a continuation in the near future.  Triple digits to lower 90s is a welcome change.  I’ve had my fill of peak summer, though I’m sure I will miss the heat when it turns cool.  It will help in thawing and cooking the freezer contents.  Ribeyes, sirloins, and more to be cooked.  They’ll join ribs, pork loin, chicken, and more that are already cooked while in exile.  I will be fed and dining out during my stay, so no large masses will travel.  But I will have plenty variety to tide me over when I have time to myself.  I just want to empty the freezer as much as possible for my absence, considering the last exile’s debacle.  I will stop replacing what I eat this month.  (Skipping the baby back ribs sale isn’t easy.  But the $4 Blue Bell won’t be a problem.  I’m near the bottom of the tub.)

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September is an expensive month, auto insurance being the big ticket.  But I am still above water.  Now that I have taken care of my digestive tract, I can make a run to Bryan and do bank business.  Maybe even take in a Music School.  All in all, things are looking up, though they weren’t all that bad.

Sirloin

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Two halves of an inch thick sirloin is tenderized and sitting in the fridge marinating.  Photo-op to follow.

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Upped the dose on the irbesartan to 300 mg/day.  A little dingy, but manageable.  Able to drive, no problems.  I think I can maintain it.

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Today was not triple digits, after a week of them.  It only got to 98°F.  I slept through most of the heat.  Hanging close to the nest.

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Washington is getting interesting.  I’m enjoying it.

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Sirloin, tenderized, marinated.  Yummy tacos.

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T-bone

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A post of few words.

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99°F

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We’ve been having a string of days with highs at 99°F, with a couple more due this weekend.  Needless to say, I’m not hanging out outside much during the afternoon.  In fact, I’m pulling graveyard shift, sleeping mostly during daylight.

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It started Thursday, the day after I went to Music School, debuting Egee and my chompers.  Got back about 2 am, stayed up a while, then sawed logs until late in the afternoon.

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Music School was fun.  There were ample leaders, so no one got worn out.  The Egee did well, and I discovered that it has the same body as Doug’s Takamine G Series Bass. (Well, he has the two piece back, Egee is a three piece.)  But from the audience, it’s the same body with a different neck, bridge, and guard.  Both have the same jumbo body in honey burst.

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I also sacrificed my 20 month old open bottle of Patron Anejo, my getting the first shot.  It was a good way to celebrate being permitted to drink lightly again (hypertension med change).  The bottle didn’t last long.  It was a pretty rowdy night.  But we had fun.  My pipes were in good shape.  It was a good night of music. The ears and spirits were well treated.

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But since I’ve been back, it’s been a snail’s pace.  Not in a hurry for anything.  Myka has taken to the air conditioning, and I’m her doorman.  (In and out and in and out…)  6 am store runs.  Avoiding the heat as much as possible.

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Thawing out a T-bone.  First steak in almost two months.  Part was dental, but part is the kitchen heat.  More to be thawed in the weeks ahead.  I have a freezer to empty as much as possible by the end of September.

More Summer

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August remains fairly mild, mid-90s, high humidity, symptoms of a typical Gulf coast summer.  A little rain here and there, not excessive, but enough to keep things green.  Staying in the A/C most of the time.

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Still waiting for the sore on my gums to heal.  It’s almost there, but not quite.  Not suffering, but not gluing in the lower plate yet.  Spending most of the time without them, which suits me fine at this point.

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The headphones are working fine.  I’m familiar enough to use them properly, powering up and down as needed.  They charge with the same charger as the phone uses.  All in all, what I wanted.

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I will probably make Music School tomorrow.  Was at Julie’s yesterday, playing the Egee.  Voice has been neglected the last month while healing.  But I’ll blow out the pipes soon enough.

Creed

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Defense attorney creed:

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When the facts are against you, argue the law.

When the law is against you, argue the facts.

When both the law and facts are against you, wave your arms and yell that the entire case is a set up!

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/For those who are not attorneys or know any personally/

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The original creed has the third line reading:

When both the law and facts are against you, plead guilty.

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Hence, the logic is that if you see a lawyer denying the validity of a trial or investigation, guilt can pretty much be assumed.

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Ordered a set of quality Bluetooth headphones at a great price from Amazon yesterday.  This will allow me to go cordless on the laptop which has blown its internal speaker circuity.  They are due to arrive tomorrow.

Unleashed

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No medical appointments until February.  After over a year of slice and dice and prick and prod, I have finally exited the experience of doctors and dentists for the next six months.  Knock on wood.  Woohooo!

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Granted, everything I’ve been through began as an elective treatment, something I chose to do.  And at this point, I have finally reached the point where it was all worth it.  I have everything the way I want, I have the medications I want.  I’m in pretty good shape, over all.  Not saying that I have the body that I had when I was 18.  But I’m not complaining.

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Now I can relax, nothing on the schedule, live life as I see fit.  No more counting off the hours, getting prepped, being there on time.  And no more surgery, no more healing, no more special care in the things I do.  I can just be me again, as I please, full time.

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Roasted the bag of chicken quarters last night, restocking the freezer.  There was room for it, but once again, there is not a lot of room to spare.  Oh well, I need to work on it as I learn to eat again.  As soon as the sore in my mouth from chomping down on a wayward cashew heals, I will be thawing steaks and ribs and loin and relearning to eat.

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I need to go stock up on fresh veggies.  And I need to get bagged peas and beans, but not until it cools down a little.  Small pots and pans rule until the weather cools.

Shopping

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Got my complete denture maintenance kit together in a plastic container.  Cleaning, adhesive, padding, pain.  All there in one place, clean, travel friendly.

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I also got more honey roasted cashews.  And a bag of chicken, more alfredo mix, some cheese risotto mix, and some replacements for things I’ve wiped out.  A moderate shopping spree.

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Today was payday.  Nice to see a balance left after the smoke has cleared.

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Things are slow after the burn session.  Plenty more catching up to do, but a little rest and concentrating on day to day stuff is useful too.  Won’t be going to Bryan yet, so Music School is not on my schedule this week.  But that’s okay.  Not quite ready for it.  And I haven’t learned to sing yet with the dentures in my mouth.  Playing a little music here and there, but it’s not a primary focus at this point in time.

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Myka is thoroughly enjoying the box for the laptop battery shipping.

Whew!

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Burned out.  82 discs total.  15 minutes a piece, plus an hour for logistics.  21.5 billable hours.  Took closer to 25 hours though.  It was a pain, but it’s nice to have the 400G available on the catch all drive.  I can procrastinate again.  I have another 6 (maybe 8) DVDs to burn from a different external drive, but I’m in no hurry there, as it won’t change what is stored on the drive.  I need to do some sorting before that happens.

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I still have the hard drive to hard drive backups to do.  But I can sleep during those.  And there is some sorting needed before that happens.  Plenty of time in the schedule, no hurry.

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Scanning is next, but not today.  The rest of the day is rest day.  I’ve been waiting for the computer battery to arrive today, which it just did.  It arrived 80% charged.

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Nice to have the primary browser back online full time.

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Used up the milk.  No spoilage.  The chicken/broccoli alfredo turned out well.  No leftovers.  Almost out of recipe chicken.  Time soon for another bag of leg quarters.  I think I’ll have room for it in the freezer, though I should think about peeling those crawfish tails from the fling.  They would go well in dirty rice.  Thinking about a tenderized sirloin.

Argh

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End of day 2: 63 down, 17 to go.  Procrastination, like karma, even for good reason, is a β!†©#.  Fortunately, I am well overstocked in DVD blanks, cases, and labels.  But I am tired.  At least the third day is a half day and not a full one.  I’ll make it.  The catch-all hard drive has lots of available space on it now.  Hardest part is doing without the main browser during the burns for the sake of RAM usage.

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Cooked the third batch of sausage gravy today.  Tonight will be the chicken and broccoli alfredo, when it cools down.  Then the milk will get used up on time.  No shortage of food to eat.

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I used the dentures to eat a ham, egg, and cheddar sandwich.  The teeth work well, but the gums are still a bit on the sore side where the extractions were made.  Adhesive will help, once I get the brushes to clean them.  I ordered the brushes from Amazon to get free shipping for the laptop battery.  I could have gotten then locally a week ago, but I couldn’t think of anything else as the shipping balance item.  Just as well, I’m not quite ready to use them, though the dentures work quite well.  Sharp little suckers.  Got pastrami, smoked turkey, gouda, baby swiss, and provolone as an incentive for future sandwiches.  Until then, I’ve got plenty to eat.

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Feels good to be on my own time and feeling up to making use of it.  Between work, medication side effects, medical procedures, and other people making use of my time, it’s good to finally be in the clear.  The last 12 months have been an ordeal.  I’m happy to see some free time that I can call my own.

Nothing happened today

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Well, I did make a store run.  Got DVD blanks, a prescription, cat litter, etc.  But otherwise, nothing happened.  Well, I did dishes and cooked pasta, got Myka some grass to munch.  Seriously, it was a lazy day.  I went through some old photos, looking for stuff to scan.  (Seriously, who was that girl?)  Some of them will show up here.  But I really didn’t do anything.  Don’t mind following the news in Washington, or playing guitar, or wearing Myka out.  It was a nothing day.  Nothing happened.

Chomp

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I think they’re stable and usable.

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I also think I have reached the point where it’s finally all been worth it.  Today was my last doctor appointment for six months.  (Okay, one more dental follow up just to check progress in adapting.  Nothing expected to happen other than talk.)

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Doctor appointment today went well.  Going to test a step up dosage on the valsartan.  Everything else went well.  Testing won’t be done for half a year.  I am off the hook.  I think I finally reached the point where I can say that it was all worth it.  Whew!

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Now if I don’t get called for jury duty again.