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Thursday, July 24th, 2014 06:36 am
First day of meetings went well.

As did the second & third.

Exhausting. I have anxieties about the impression i am making, totally died when i realized how i was adjusting my bra straps( as they slipped down my sloping shoulders) at the conference table. I am so frowsy. And then there are other dimensions of professional behavior where i feel i am slipping.

So here's some gorgeous camera trap bunnies: http://natureofaman.blogspot.com/2014/07/pygmies-of-great-basin.html
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Monday, July 21st, 2014 06:29 am
Did i get things done yesterday? No, not really. But i did do things. I prepped some veggies for meals: if i cut up the cabbage, Christine will make a delicious slaw. And i snipped up the green beans and peppers from the farm box, adding two beans and one tiny pepper from our garden.

I added amaranth leaves to my dinner. I think i'm going to start eating them much more frequently. They're an extremely easy green to grow.

I imagine a plot of mustard and amaranth and sunflowers. I'm sure there are other plants to add there. Indeed the thistle would be another: rich in seeds and greens. A bunch of vigorous colorful edibles, for humans and birds. I wonder if chickens would do well on thistle seeds. (This is filed away in my, "When we have a farm(ette) some day," speculation.)

Cooking is a stress because the microwave in the convection-microwave has become so temperamental it is useless. This is the second time the convection-microwave has died before its time: it was just earlier this year Christine went round and round getting a replacement for one. Care for elephants means she does not have the bandwidth to deal with this. (We use the convection-microwave because the oven is HUGE. Heating up that volume of air just for a small meal for the two of us seems insane.) I've proposed we just buy a tiny microwave. We'll wait a bit though. Other than popcorn, i think we can get by without. (Christine argues against stove top popped popcorn.)

The kitchen needs a purge of things we never use, anyhow.

Cirsium vulgare (Bull thistle)


I also began photographing a bull thistle we snatched from beside the highway. I'd scoped it out some time earlier, and on Saturday i nabbed it. My, the prickles are significant! I'd wanted to do some focus stacking of the seed with its plumes, but gravity pulls down the plumes too fast shot to shot. Thistle down is amazing: i can easily imagine stuffing pillows or quilts with it. I do want to take a series of images of the down expanding: its impressive how it expands. The down is so silky in contrast to the spiked leaves.

Cirsium vulgare (Bull thistle)


This week is all meetings, all day.

I have started walking in the evening, around the pool, listening to the biology lectures. At 36 hours plus, even at double speed, these lectures will keep me busy. However, with the walking, plus a commute every day this week, i'll be steeped in this section on how structure develops in organisms by Saturday.
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Sunday, July 20th, 2014 08:36 am
I spent a great deal of yesterday afternoon researching my bristly ox-tongue flower. I feel a little disappointed that all the background distills down into such a short essay:

https://www.evernote.com/shard/s59/sh/0c87acd9-af3a-44f7-9e9e-80ebaf995551/baaaf9de40b1eaee0dc97155cf75f6c3

On the other hand, what a delight is the internet to an independent scholar! JStor is opening up a little bit, there is also Christine's discovery of DeepDyve. Admittedly, the paper that changed the scientific name from Linnaeus' name in 1973 is over $40. And it does nothing to change my opinion of the commercial scientific publishing industry to see that the paper is owned by Springer-Verlag.

What would a voodoo doll of a corporation look like? Christine says this is the CEO's purpose.

Google Books and the Biodiversity Heritage Library have been delightful resources; some google search led to BioMed Central ("The open access publisher") led to discovering The Journal of Ethnobiology and Ethnomedicine. (OK, this may be supported by Springer-Verlag, but only after legal requirements for open publishing, i'm sure.)

The essay still needs some work on describing the images, and then a conclusion. I'm thinking of putting it in iBook form, and wrapping up my Borage iBook. I'm also thinking of contributing the work as a "treehouse" in the
Tree of Life web project. Maybe again in Medium, too.

--==∞==--

The topic i forgot yesterday had to do with the block of Pu-ehr tea. I think it was a purely ornamental block: poking into it revealed no highly compressed leaves but a greyish powder. Well, i didn't let it get stale, i guess.

--==∞==--

I've a thistle to photograph today.
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Saturday, July 19th, 2014 07:44 am
I inflicted the trailer to Zardoz on Christine last night. She had insisted on showing me a few early scenes of Connery playing MacBeth from about the same era: i thought it was fair play. Then again, you can't unsee things.

--==∞==--

I'm not sure where i got this link, but it is a depressing article about data management and why poor schools can't win at standardized testing: http://www.theatlantic.com/features/archive/2014/07/why-poor-schools-can-t-win-at-standardized-testing/374287/

I don't know where to begin. The layers of game going on here are heartbreaking: i hate games. This system is so horribly gamed for profit and not value.

--==∞==--

Something entertaining goes here but i've forgotten it.

--==∞==--

A very abbreviated rant goes here:
* News article about how Santa Clara County officials are working with "community organizations" to provide relief for unaccompanied refugee children at the US Border is posted to meeting mailing list.
* Several, "Wonderful, we should be involved posts"
* I post the contact info for the official to the mailing list, and a question as to contacts at the San Jose Meeting who could be contacted re whether they were part of "community organizations."
* More posts "What do they need?" follow.

ARGH. Call the bloody number and talk to the guy.
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Friday, July 18th, 2014 06:53 am
I am considering not seeing my current psychiatrist again, as well as contacting the health care company.


Dear [health insurance]:

It has come to my attention that you are auditing the records of the psychiatrist who is managing my medications, Dr M. I am aware because he called me one evening this week to ask me my weight, height, blood pressure, and waist size, data he has never enquired about in the past. Discovering that i do not know my blood pressure or waist size, he decided to make something up and that was the end of the call.

This reinforces my belief that he is not a particularly capable professional.

Why do I continue to see him? Because your organization has very few options for me. When i was looking for care in late 2012, the first professional I saw was not particularly a good fit. I had used your filter to find someone with experience in cognitive therapy, and it took several calls to people who were no longer taking patients or no longer with [health insurance] before finding someone who would see me. That professional did not use cognitive therapy. As my depression continued, that professional did recommend attending to my medication, and so I turned again to [health insurance] to find a prescriber.

This time, i called over five providers from your list to find them not taking [health insurance] or not taking patients. I then contacted you for help, and your organization found this provider for me.

While i am happy to discover you are auditing your providers to determine if they are competent and keeping the records they should, I hope you will work with skilled providers to bring them on to your program. At this time, my spouse is seeing a provider outside of the network and we are paying out of pocket. It is more important to us that my spouse see someone well recommended by other professionals than it is to find someone in plan. In discussion with my HR colleague, i discover i am not the only staff member in our office to have complaints about the providers offered by [health insurance].

Sincerely,

me
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Thursday, July 17th, 2014 06:57 am
I read in a friend's journal comments a thread about inflammation and depression. This got my attention knowing i consistently have lots of random chronic inflammations, in my lungs, on my skin (my biggest organ), probably my sinuses. There's still inflammation going on in my ankles due to the sprains. I wondered before, when i first started regularly treating the asthma and allergies and other irritations: if these had been addressed when i was a child, would depression have shaped so much of me?

I have wondered if one can get addicted to aleve or other NSAIDs. Now i can see a reason why they could make me feel so much better. And, oh my heavens, prednisone! I feel like i can do ANYTHING when i am on prednisone! I'm just suffused with energy. Coming down off it is the most horrible feeling: Icarus hitting the sea.

--==∞==--

An iNaturalist person i follow posted an unidentified flower in the past day, which showed up in my daily mailing. One was clearly an asteraceae, and i was able to get its genus through a little analysis. I'm not highly confident of the genus, having learned how important some features unavailable in the picture are to the ID, and having basic features like size (is it a shrub or a low crawling plant or what?) and leaf shape unavailable, but i have a sense of some confidence and pleasure in zooming in on the ID.

I had a discussion a week ago with the incoming clerk of meeting (i'm to be associate clerk). He said that he found people needing him helped with his depression. I've heard that before, doing things for others, etc. Since then, i've had waves of self recrimination pass over me: "What are you doing about the Palestinians?!" "What are you doing about immigrant issues?" "Why do you only know of these things from twitter?" "Shouldn't you give more money to the New Underground Railroad, regularly?"

Honestly, being needed isn't helpful for me. Perhaps because one chunk of the depression lands with work and being a manager and feeling very needed. Over-needed. What helps is time for curiosity and creativity. Associate clerkship and then, if nominated, clerkship in the following year, is not going to satisfy any creativity and curiosity needs.

(Yesterday's career efforts: found random conservation master's degrees would run me on the order of $30k, looked at BLM jobs.)

--==∞==--

Off to work, grabbing an NSAID on the way out.
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Wednesday, July 16th, 2014 07:28 am
Quick journal check in so i can ticky-box my list of things that i should do to keep an even keel. So, there must be some sort of transitive property of intent where the motivation of the ticky box is also the motivation of keeping an even keel.

The first thing that comes to mind is the distribution of the "You Rock" package at work. Many mixed feelings about the receipt of a fluorescent 9x12 envelope which had been trimmed to some length, the then open bottom folded up about two inches, a "You Rock" imprinted sticker band wrapped around the outside of this fold, creating a little pocket.

In the pocket were gift cards and specially printed thank you cards, and four staggered cut cards with the new "core competencies" of speed, execution, accountability, and inclusion printed on them. Inside the envelope were the envelopes for the cards and a FAQ that was on letter sized paper trimmed to fit the abbreviated envelope.

So first, excellent presentation. I can't help but marvel at the bespoke assemblage. Yet -- REALLY? I can think of a number of less bespoke yet equally impressive presentation package plans.

Second, OMG FUMES. I had a headache the rest of the day, despite aleve.

Third, was not my issue, but the issue of a friend, stuck in a very very dead end position. Her anger was -- unmitigated. She wasn't expressing it clearly, but i can: the money for this program comes from somewhere, and it doesn't take long to realize it comes out of the compensation pool. While a $100 raise doesn't sound like much, it's there year after year, and if you are unemployed or on disability, that raise is part of the calculation about what your benefit will be. By putting the compensation into a program that is going to show up as an expense of the company's budget, but not an increase in the year-to-year compensation line, the company saves over the long term.
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Saturday, July 12th, 2014 06:40 am
I read The Oldest Living Things in the World by Rachel Sussman yesterday, quitting work early.No insomnia was involved: Amazon's 2:47 am delivery was their commitment to have it in my email box between midnight and 3 am.

I enjoyed reading it, and file it in my mind as another model of book i could write.

I felt my photographic skills were reasonably validated, although i recognize she's using significantly more complicated film and formats. It's tempting to consider medium format photography, but i think i can be comfortable living between the extreme of professional kit and consumer tools.

My writing: oh, once upon a time i thought i could write! I now ponder that perhaps if i took time to go past first draft, i could write once again. (Three drafts of an email to staff this week in response to an outburst of unacceptable behavior.)

So, how to keep moving on?

--==∞==--

Christine has already been trampled byElephants this morning. I'm feeling steady, leading me to believe that a week ago i was, indeed, under the weather. It's so hard not to project. I know what spiral my thoughts would be in if i were her: but we are not shaped by the same deep chthonic forces. Empathy needs then to be able to project and yet not over project.

--==∞==--

I shared with my sister earlier this week that Elephant Wrangling on Christine's part is part of The Solution, the process by which we free ourselves from dependence on my salaried position. Elephant wrangling tools are accessible to us right now, and she's making good use of them. I know i had begun to feel trapped again, pinned against my career, but reminding myself that this work is just as much a part of The Solution as is learning biology has helped me recognize our forward progress.

We are not trapped.

We do have work.

--==∞==--

Meeting this week hasn't helped.

I ignited a great deal of consternation that has not been settled, and flared again this week. I will spend time discerning today.
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Friday, July 11th, 2014 06:37 am
I woke this morning to find Christine had given me the Kindle copy of The Oldest Living Things in the World by Rachel Sussman in the wee hours. I suspect Elephant induced insomnia led to a 2:47 am gift.

--==∞==--

My ankle is rather achy today. I want to believe i over-protected it yesterday, but the alternative of over-using it doesn't seem impossible either.

--==∞==--

Follow up from this post: $14,000.00 is how much the owner of colornoun.com wants for their domain. (I own color-noun.com.) Insert a derisive snort. To amuse myself, i found a random appraisal site. color-noun.com is worth $54 and change by their measures while colornoun.com is $56.

That seems about right. Also, i still would not pay that much to take over the privilege of paying the registrar fees every year.

I'll note that the appraisal site didn't know how old the domain was. Pft.
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Wednesday, July 9th, 2014 04:49 pm
I'm fighting depression with reading about phylogenic relationships, that is "tree of life" relationships where the branching is specifically considered to determine evolutionary relationships.

Mushrooms are more closely related to people than they are to any plant.

http://tolweb.org/Eukaryotes/3

Hrm.

Also, "Malawimonads." That just looks fun. Also, "Protists of uncertain placement."

Another diversion: single celled organisms, how big can they get? A single slime mold is one cell and can cover a square foot.

Here's this candidate, members of the Xenophyophore, a . See http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn18468#.U73XFI1dVBI "Shunning the convention that single cells are microscopic, Syringammina is a brute, growing to a width of 10 centimetres – and sometimes even twice that." It's much larger than this ameoba that also creates a "test" or shell of sand: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gromia_sphaerica . An inch and half is still pretty large for what comes to my mind when one sees the word "amoeba."

Why one particular species of http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caulerpa isn't the winner, i don't know: "A species in the Mediterranean can have a stolon more than 3 metres (9 ft) long, with up to 200 fronds." Then there's http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acetabularia. This has only one nucleus, but grows to 10 cm high and has a defined structure (more like a mushroom).

So, you know, when you look at the wiki page for http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Valonia_ventricosa and see the claim that this 2 inch diameter bubble is "arguably the largest single-cell organism" i really have to go back to the algae Caulerpa.

Wait, no "In the genus Halimeda, whole seabed meadows may consist of an individual, single-celled organism connected by filamentous threads running through the substrate." http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bryopsidales


I suppose i am not surprised that the single celled organisms get so large in the seas. They've had a very long time to evolve there.
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Wednesday, July 9th, 2014 06:30 am
I have a domain name i've been using since August of 1996 (near 18 years now, yow). We'll call it color-noun.com. When i registered the name, colornoun.com was in use by a guy running some MUD (a Multi-User Dungeon, online adventure game). I'd occasionally get irritated email messages demanding that their character be created already and i'd cheerfully (perhaps with a little snark) pass them on. Eventually colornoun.com slipped into the pile of domains that are used by domain farms. This morning i got a notice that colornoun.com changed hands from JJH INVESTMENTS to UNIREGISTRAR CORP.

Someday all the correctly spelled English language domain names in the dot-com space are going to simply be landing pages with lots of Google ads.
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Monday, July 7th, 2014 07:38 am
ARGH, lost a draft.

* mainlined "Witches of East End." Soap opera. Whatever. Meh

* Sister in law working for a NGO that trains North Koreans to understand international business law
* Niece S is 2, cute. Knows how to tantrum.
* Nephew D is doing Houdini escapes from rope and handcuffs. "Don't throw your brother into the pool, i'll do it" says the mom about her hogtied son. Soccer, triathalon, nascent 6 pack abs on the 7 year old, good grief.
* Nephew Z wonderful to talk to about fish and dinosaurs and natural history. He's brillant! And perhaps not as nurtured as i would nurture his interest: a geek among not-geeks. So, i've ordered John McPhee's Founding Fish to give to him when i see him next. He's not a geeky geek: he has a definite talent for social flair and attention (and i cannot help but project that as learned to cover his geekiness).

Elephant issues may have been pressing because I was under the weather: i noted a definite uptick in my energies yesterday. (I had worried so about having the kids over.) With a little more strength, i am able to be present for the Elephant.

In worship yesterday i reflected about the varieties of skill different folks bring to worship. Apparently, having the chairs arranged in one way or another causes significant distress for certain folks. My first reaction is incredulity with an undercurrent of "You're doing it wrong." But with reflection came some compassion. What is it like to first come? I think of a minister who joined a few friends and i for silent prayer ages ago and her restlessness and walking. For some, just the stillness is a challenge. Then, there's being present in the stillness, then learning how to actively listen. And it could be scary: i can appreciate that. I can imagine worship may be a wilderness for some. So, i understand that for some, the framework of no noises, chairs just so, is a signal to center, a framework to hold the center.

But i still come to this conclusion: if you are distressed because you cannot find "your chair" you need to be in that distress for a while and learn about it.

I imagined worship as a landscape: cultivated land on the edge of a wood. I remember walking with some kids at the retreat center through the redwoods and the fear one child had about being in the woods. For me, it's a delight, even though i have stories of being hurt or lost (in the real world), and while i can't think of an experience in worship where i have been hurt or lost, i know one can encounter unpleasant and difficult experiences.

I suspect, as someone who is chronically depressed, i can so easily be lost that i don't associate the experience with worship. If one did first encounter existential despair in the silence of worship - -that could make it a very scary place.

In my reflections, offering my impatience up to be changed by compassion, i then began to ask: if i feel so comfortable with worship, what is my responsibility to the community? How can i comfort others as i comforted that child in the wood? Also, with what am i so comfortable that i need to move out of my comfort to a place i feel uncertain and scared?

Well, the latter is offering vocal ministry. That is a challenge and a stretch for me: when my listening is rich and powerful for me -- what am i to share? The near sermons? The full lessons? How do i not ramble on to the point of distracting? Yet if i share just the queries, will there be enough signal to cut through the noise?

And i did offer vocal ministry yesterday. The noise of my poor speaking skills meant at least one person became certain i had said "competence" where i was trying to say "confidence." Had i offered up the stronger message, the instruction i was feeling so powerfully, would that confusion have existed? On the other hand, the person clarified the message for any others who misheard by understanding that the query was about confidence despite mishearing me.

So, adventures.

Work calls.
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Thursday, July 3rd, 2014 06:46 am
On Tuesday i posted to the Common Nature group some photos from Sunday, and here's one of the three.

Helminthotheca echioides

One lesson i've learned is flowers can droop quite quickly, between one focus and the next. That means the focus stacking -- using multiple images to get different parts in focus and then creating a composite with only the focussed parts -- can't use many images or there's blur from the movement.

I'm still working on jigsaw-like edits where i pull best pieces together and edit out the motion before applying the focus stacking.

Here's a different member of the asteraceae family, taken a month before:

Chondrilla juncea

I can see a significant improvement in my technique. I'm happy about the improvement in lighting and focus.

--==∞==--

In other news, wow, blue foot. But the swelling is down, and i'm going to give going into the office a go today. Traffic should be sane and i can get a baseline for next week. The office may be EMPTY, of course, but there are things i can do there, like look for some lost paperwork.
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Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014 08:50 am
1. Digital address books are RUINED by all the automerging. Ugh.
2. I just got a papercut opening a tissue box.
3. My mother and brother can't do calendar planning together At All.

I think that's it.

Which does does come down to a million blessings:

N. i am successfully working from home and don't have a conflict between work and taking care of myself.
N+1. family and friends have successfully come through surgery.
N+2. I will get to see siblings eventually, my brother sometime this month.
N+3. The weather will be very pleasant today.
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Sunday, June 29th, 2014 08:19 am
Yesterday was not an exciting day, but by the numbers it was useful. Inboxes and ticklers of all sorts are tidied up.

We are discussing time to be spent, vacation and travel, and my brother's family's travel dynamics are throwing a wrench into various plans. One minor point in this is that my brother's family lives in Singapore. Thus Tampa, Florida in August (a proposed gathering point) doesn't cause them to reel in horror as it does the rest of us. I'm pretty sure my sister has no desire to come west or go south.
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Saturday, June 28th, 2014 05:37 pm
On November 19th last year, i started using eBird to log my bird observation at the water feature at my workplace. Sometime this spring i even started counting the birds. I'm not trying to be particularly precise in my IDs: you'll see "gulls" and "ducks" listed. So, i may make some observations on Monday, but i thought i'd just go ahead and call it "half a year" and look at the data. I estimate the maximum number of checklists to be 26 weeks*3 days a week * 2 morning & evening = 156 checklists.  So, i make checklists better than 50% of the time, as there have been more weeks where i'm in the office less than three days than there have been weeks where i go in more than that.

I am all caught up with the data entry, whee!

Date range: 01/01/2014 - 28/06/2014
Total # of Species: 21
Total # of Checklists: 82

YEAR REPORT:  Species Totals

 
     Species Totals 
 
 
 
Report Details
Date range:01/01/2014 - 31/12/2014Total # of Species:21
Total # of Checklists:82
Location(s):   Work


Summary
 Jan
2014
Feb
2014
Mar
2014
Apr
2014
May
2014
Jun
2014
Jul
2014
Aug
2014
Sep
2014
Oct
2014
Nov
2014
Dec
2014
Number of Species71411111210------------
Number of Individuals18123188271415351------------
Number of Checklists41519131714------------


Total Number of Birds   (sample size) 
Species NameJan
2014
Feb
2014
Mar
2014
Apr
2014
May
2014
Jun
2014
Jul
2014
Aug
2014
Sep
2014
Oct
2014
Nov
2014
Dec
2014
Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)--
(4)
29 
(8)
12 
(3)
41 
(9)
45 
(4)
------------
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)--
(2)

(4)
50 
(12)
67 
(13)
64 
(11)
------------
Lesser Scaup (Aythya affinis)--------
(1)

(2)
------------
Greater/Lesser Scaup (Aythya marila/affinis)--------
(1)
--------------
Hooded Merganser (Lophodytes cucullatus)--
(1)
--------------------
Ruddy Duck (Oxyura jamaicensis)--
(4)

(2)

(2)

(4)
--------------
duck sp. (Anatinae sp.)--
(1)
--------------------
Pied-billed Grebe (Podilymbus podiceps)--
(2)

(4)
------------------
Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus)--
(1)

(1)

(1)

(3)
--------------
Great Egret (Ardea alba)
(2)

(3)
----
(1)
--------------
Snowy Egret (Egretta thula)
(1)

(3)

(3)
--
(2)

(1)
------------
Black-crowned Night-Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax)----------
(1)
------------
American Coot (Fulica americana)12 
(1)
21 
(5)
28 
(13)
16 
(7)
----------------
small plover sp. (Charadrius sp.)------
(1)
----------------
Spotted Sandpiper (Actitis macularius)------
(1)
----------------
Greater Yellowlegs (Tringa melanoleuca)
(1)
----------------------
gull sp. (Larinae sp.)
(2)
47 
(6)
78 
(11)
89 
(12)
159 
(16)
120 
(10)
------------
Rock Pigeon (Columba livia)--19 
(5)
24 
(6)
89 
(13)
123 
(16)
110 
(12)
------------
Black Phoebe (Sayornis nigricans)--
(2)

(6)

(6)

(8)

(5)
------------
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)--
(2)

(3)

(3)

(3)

(1)
------------
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)----------
(1)
------------

 
 

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Saturday, June 28th, 2014 01:06 pm
Guided by some post about swimming with a sprain, i "swam" yesterday, so Yay, movement. "Swam" -- gosh, doesn't that word look odd -- because i felt more like i was flailing my arms about as i floated on my back and rowed myself around the pool.

This morning, of course, my shoulder has been having words.

--==∞==--

Did i mention the squirrels found my tomatoes? Argh! It had been so promising.... At least we had four cherry-sized prizes to ourselves.

We are sitting on the deck, Christine programming, I going through piles of notes from the past two months. I cannot believe July is just around the corner. Finches whistle and twitter, hummingbirds occasionally visit the feeder. I've had cucumber and cheese for lunch, and we plan fish and slaw for dinner. The sky seems cloudless, an intense blue, and white seagulls gleam as they fly over, wingtips inky black.
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Friday, June 27th, 2014 06:53 am
Well, good heavens, no writint all week.

Part of this was the distracting and just the extra spoons of limping. Part was my sister in law's visit earlier in the week. Part was yesterday's 12 hour day.

There's also not much to write about. Work is work. Some coaching of team members, some people doing things sloppily, some attempt to foster discussion. I did, i should note, get to do what i think i do well yesterday as opposed to filling out painfully precise instructions.