I meant to be up at 7:30 but I didn’t get up until 8:30, thanks to a case of insomnia last night that kept me from falling asleep until sometime after 3 AM. Nevertheless, I got up and started right in on some chores, vacuuming, sweeping, running some laundry, cleaning the bathroom, usual stuff for a Sunday morning.
I started The Best Time-Travel Stories of All-Time edited by Barry N. Malzberg this morning. I’ll read that until my Amazon books arrive.
Part of what kept me up last night is that I think I finally worked out what has been preventing me from writing a story that I’ve been wanting to write for more than a year now. I’ve made at least a dozen false starts on the story, but last night, it occurred to me to turn the time-line of the story on it’s head and I think now it will work much better that way. It was Damon Knight’s book, Creating Short Fiction, that helped untangle this knot. I finished the book yesterday and it was great; I’d recommend it to any one who wants to write. He really helps you to see the structure of a story and when you can see the structure, you can see what’s wrong with it.
I’ve got an Orioles game early this afternoon. They’re playing the Twins.
I allowed myself to sleep in until 9:30 this morning, which is a rare late morning for me. The house is more or less a mess, but I’ve felt lazy today and haven’t done much about it. I have some grocery shopping to do, as well as a ton and a half of laundry, not to mention countless other little tasks. So instead, I’ve spent the morning reading and updating my 2007 budget with stuff that I missed while I was away in July.
We have a softball game tomorrow after work, which I am looking forward to. In the meantime, I’m trying to decide what I want to do for the rest of the afternoon. At the moment, I’m leaning towards: (1) head downtown to get something to eat. (2) Walk around the Mall for a while, find a spot to read, and sit there for a few hours reading. (3) Head back home, do the grocery shopping. (4) Start some laundry and take out the trash.
I’ll let you know how the second half goes later this evening.
My freshly cleaned laundry was delivered a short time ago, so I jumped in the shower to wash away all of the ichiness from my previous clothes. I noticed that the acoustics in the shower are amazing. I did what I consider to be my best-ever acapella version of “Basin Street Blues” and it sounded terrific, if I do say so myself. Chalk up another plus for Starwood hotels: good singing showers.
And speaking of Basin Street, now that I’m all cleaned up and in fresh clothes, I’m heading back out. First stop on my list is 221B Baker Street and I will give you a few hours to figure out why. No Googling allowed. Scouts honor.
Hours since I have slept: 9
I don’t think the weather could have been more perfect for baseball today. Game time temperature was 82 degrees with a strong, steady breeze of about 13 MPH. The sky was bright blue with some scattered clouds here and there. Best of all, it was not humid!
This turned out to be one of the quickest O’s games I’ve ever attended with a game time of just over 2 hours (2:20, I think). The O’s lost, but generally, it was a good game and a lot of fun to watch. It’s also the last O’s game I’ll see until I’m back from vacation.
The last of the laundry is finally done so I can finish up my main packing effort. All of my travel documentation has been collected and organized so I am finished up with that effort as well. This evening, I’ll be doing house-cleaning: vacuuming, sweeping, scrubbing, etc.
I also made a relaxing pool-side playlist for me to listen to while I am sitting by the various pools and beaches.
I completed a whole bunch of work-related tasks today and feel pretty good about where things stand with me about to head off on vacation. I also got several more travel-related tasks taken care of today.
I picked up my suit from the cleaners.
I contacted the local police and filled out a “vacation patrol” request form. This means that the police know I will be out of town and will be keeping an eye on the house.
I called vickyandnorm and left them a message regarding a question about hotel-to-airport transportation in Rome.
I got rid of just about everything in my refrigerator and emptied out a bunch of other trash (tomorrow is a trash pick-up day).
I’ve still got a number of things to take care of tomorrow, and I know that Saturday will be a busy day, cutting the grass and cleaning up the yard a bit. But Saturday is also supposed to be somewhat cooler than it was today–it hit nearly 100 here with the heat index. It’s a good think our softball game was rescheduled.
I’m also more than 420 pages through American Prometheus. I’m going to squeeze in a little more reading tonight and then lights out.
I was up at 8 AM this morning (after going to bed close to 1 AM last night), headed out for breakfast and started reading Joe Haldeman’s collection of short stories, None So Blind. I’ve spent a good portion of the morning reading it, in between various chores, and I’m about 70 pages through the book. I especially enjoyed the story “Passage” so far and was very pleased, since I wasn’t expected to enjoy that one so much.
Took care of a bunch of email stuff this morning. I’ve got a ton of laundry to do in preparation for the trip to L.A. tomorrow, not to mention some chores around the house. I finally shaved off the gotee and light stubble I had accumulated over the last week or so, getting sick of it, as usual, just as it was beginning to become something substantial. I guess I just like clean-shaven better.
It’s overcast right now, but up in the 70s, and I plan on sitting outside for a while in order to get some more reading done today.
Back from grocery shopping. I also went to get Zeke some more of his canned food. They were completely out of the small cans (which is the first time that has ever happened) and so I had to get him some of the larger cans. But I was told they should have the small cans soon.
When I got home, I unloaded the groceries and then did a little cleaning up of the back yard. I’d been meaning to clean out the recycling bin for a while now, and I got that taken care of, as well as getting rid of a bunch of trash.
I took care of four bills that needed to be paid
I spoke to Mom, wishing her a happy Mother’s Day. I spoke briefly to Dad as well.
The laundry is underway. It looks like I’ve got 4 or 5 loads to do.
And I spent about 15 minutes on the phone with customer service for a service issue that I needed to get cleared up. I hate being on the phone with customer service because try as I might to explain things in the very simplest terms, using as few words as possible, and as clearly as I can, I inevitably have to repeat myself two or three times.
I just finished cutting the grass, 15 days after the last time I cut it. It was very long in places, and I’m surprised that the City of Riverdale didn’t leave a note for me telling me to cut the grass, but perhaps they were too busy with their recent election. Anyway, both front and back yards are now all done and hopefully won’t need cutting again until I am back from L.A.
Next up: grocery shopping and laundry.
I finally cut the grass for the second time this year this evening. I was nervous to do so on two accounts. First, the last time I cut the grass, it snowed a few days later and I want no more snow this season. Snow’s over folks. Second, I’d but off cutting for quite some time (25 days to be precise) and the grass in both the front yard and back yard was rather long. Plus it had rained last night. Anyone who has mowed long, wet grass knows how tough it can be.
But I’m pleased to say it is all done! It’s likely I won’t be able to wait another 25 days before cutting the grass again, but at least it’s finished for now.
I’d like to get a haircut this evening but I’m not sure I’ll have time to do it. It can probably wait until Sunday. I still have some house cleaning and laundry to do before he11o_sunshine arrives tomorrow morning.
I slept in this morning, not getting out of bed until just after 9 AM. I ran up to IHOP for breakfast, stopping at Petco on the way home because I needed more litter and dry food for Zeke. Once home, I did some more spring cleaning. I cleaned out old files in the office, shredding 4 bags worth of documents I no longer need. I also cleaned, dusted and in general tidied up the office. I scrubbed the kitchen as well, sweeping and mopping; I mopped the bathroom while I was at it. I’m in the process of finishing up the laundry.
I had mentioned my support of libraries yesterday and in cleaning off my desk today, I found the most recent Adopt-a-library renewal, that I hadn’t yet sent out, so today I mailed off a check, renewing my support of both the Franklin Township and Granada Hills libraries. I also paid the T-Mobile and Comcast bills while I was at it.
I’m 268 pages into In Memory Yet Green and as usual when I read these books, the desire to write is growing stronger. I have to get back on the workout wagon this week, and I’m planning on being up at 4:20 AM in order to be at the gym before 6 AM and get back to my early workout routine, which worked best for me. But I’m gradually watching less and less TV in the evenings, and once this season is over, I think I’m done with TV for a while. That leaves me more time in the evenings for writing, if I can summon up the discipline.
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…
I’m getting ready to do a bunch of house cleaning and wanted some new music to listen to while I attend to these chores. So I purchased my second and third Pearl Jam albums today, Vs. and Vitalogy. I figure I’ll listen to all three of the first albums while cleaning house.