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Yesterday Fell Apart
Friday, March 17, 2017      5 comments

Today will be better. First, there's the clear dawn sunlight streaming into my room. I always feel capable and optimistic when I see the morning dawn. Second, I am grateful that I have this new opportunity to continue what I was doing ... Read more
Is Acceptance the End?
Monday, March 13, 2017      1 comments

It's morning. A cold, clear, end of winter morning. The day is full of possibilities and I look forward to taking care of the things I think are important. I list these important things for myself, particularly in the morning. Professional ... Read more
Morning Has Broken...
Saturday, March 11, 2017      7 comments

Broken open, I mean to say, and looks lovely. Sunny, clear, chilly. I've been able to get up at 6 am the past two mornings without an alarm, and find that having breakfast, scanning the paper, checking into SparkPeople, and checking for ma... Read more
A Beautiful Day Ahead - An Opportunity
Thursday, March 09, 2017      0 comments

Today is a lovely, sunny, chill, but not cold day. House is quiet. My wife is off on a genealogic project and I have 9 AM to 5 PM at my disposal. It feels good to look ahead at the opportunity to make what I will of the day. We'll see how it tur... Read more
Routine is Helping
Wednesday, March 08, 2017      4 comments

Routine is helping. And getting up earlier would help more. I can generally be sure of getting three blocks of work done: professional study, French study, and gym (surrogate for climbing hills). Also getting home admin generally fits in. T... Read more
Gathering Thoughts
Monday, March 06, 2017      1 comments

It's Monday morning. I have a cup of tea, and I'm typing, not writing, as I look ahead at the week and review a bit the week just passed. I feel good that my wife and I are working together, not separately, on the issue of how ot retire, an... Read more
Focus - seems to be working
Saturday, March 04, 2017      4 comments

Setting priorities is a constant requirement. I've got these goals. How to accomplish? For me the issue is something akin to focus. I have set professional study, French study, Spark, email, and finance management as the big things, and in ... Read more
Dinner Party Went Well
Thursday, March 02, 2017      6 comments

I enjoy entertaining. Particularly at dinner. I get to cook something I like (or hope I'll like), and the atmosphere is likely upbeat. Last night we had a neighbor over, a single woman who's been living alone for some 30 years. I modified t... Read more
Brain dying
Monday, February 27, 2017      6 comments

I used to feel I had a facility with foreign language. I took Latin in high school, followed by German in high school and college. I learned some Spanish visiting family in Mexico, and learned some basic Italian while stationed in Italy. When I ... Read more
Great Flight
Thursday, February 23, 2017      4 comments

We were lucky. Although completely full, the flight took off on time, had a very smooth cross country trip. Getting through both origin and destination terminals was smooth, all baggage delivered quickly to the carousels, and ground transportati... Read more
Off We Go
Wednesday, February 22, 2017      2 comments

Into the wild blue yonder - flying to the DC area where we'll stay for a few months. Amazing what five hours in an airplane can do, compared to a few days in a car or train, a few months on a bicycle, or even a year in an oxcart or on foot... Read more
Beyond Frustrating
Tuesday, February 21, 2017      2 comments

Working to copy some old cassette language tapes to my computer for ease in working with them. But the copying software interface is unfamiliar and the difficulty of getting the files recorded has been beyond frustrating. But it's working now. G... Read more
Heading East - Getting Ready
Monday, February 20, 2017      1 comments

Big chore for today is planning what to carry back to our home in Virginia. And packing it. And making sure the information needed to do the taxes all comes with us. The steady rain makes it easy to stay inside, and I've already done my hi... Read more
Calm Day - Feeling Good
Sunday, February 19, 2017      3 comments

Dinner party last night went well. Great time with friends. Kind of late when clean up was complete. Promised rain has not shown up - will get some walking in. Still looking at consistently keeping intake 500 cal below output. Finding... Read more
Scored Mr. Robot (at the library)
Saturday, February 18, 2017      0 comments

Of the endless serials that have been prepared for television, Downton Abbey being the index case, I've watched only two: Game of Thrones and Mr. Robot. I got into Game of Thrones when I began to feel, while watching the first episode, that it w... Read more

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