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(Just as an aside, I note the fact that I think it necessary to put a question mark after my mood whenever it's "ok" or better. This says something about me, but I have no idea what.)

The week was bracketed by two excellent celebration meals -- brunch at Salty's last Sunday to celebrate Colleen and my anniversary, and dinner at 13 Coins to celebrate N's birthday.

Within those brackets were car problems. Our new van ran out of gas while parked on a hill; we have not been successful in restarting it, so it's going to require towing. That's complicated by the fact that there's a car parked in front of it that hasn't moved in weeks, so that will require knocking on the owners' door and talking to them. Our old van needs to have its right rear tire replaced -- that's scheduled for Monday. I do have to give myself credit for making the call, but mostly I just want to crawl into a hole and hide.

One of the guinea pigs died. We've had them for almost five years; she apparently passed quietly in her sleep after a day or two of lethargy. Poor little critter.

Moderately productive at work. Less so at home.

Notes & links:

  * up 6ish; W=205.6; shower, laundry, dishes
  : (guinea pig) Marieke died during the night.  So sad, but she was nearly
    five years old; 4-6 is typical.  The other two are ok for the moment.
  * 11:30 Brunch at Salty's with -G and- N
    We had a delightful time.  Lots of good talk, a lot of it about houses.  
  @ Hide Away Desk Bed | Wilding Wallbeds Their power beds are especially cool, but
    too pricey for us.  Still, a Murphy bed looks like a good option for me and Colleen.
  @ Tiny Houses | MODS International (shipping containers - lovely)
  % 15:15 P=147/87
  * Gradually converting as many of my home page links as possible to https.
    Most of the top section done; linkedin and livejournal are among the hold-outs.
  @ Classic Collection — Cubicco USA unfortunately they "only work with developers
    building 10 or more units in a planned community setting".  Nice looking, though.
  * 15min:  puttering with paper sorting, books.
  # 6:26 grumph: haven't done the weekly post yet.  Well, there's time...
  % I've been spending a lot more time in the Rainbow Room with Colleen.  In
    part this is because it's warmer than the Great Room, but it's also
    friendlier.  It's about the size of the central room we're planning for
    the downsize, too.

  * Up 6:15; W=204.8; laundry, dishes
  @ Opposition in the Age of Gish Gallops – Jonathan Crowe (siderea)
  * clean out and reassemble the shop-vac.
  @ Professor Pete’s Eclipse watching guide: peteralway
  : Emmy here overnight for am doctor's apt.
  * up 6:15; W=204.6; laundry, dishes
  ~ C - UNW -> I stupidly forgot to tell G that C needed the van.
  $ $15 CD sale to Alex K. at work.
  @ Begin The Trump Resistance Plan Before It’s Too Late -
  @ How Much Equity Do You Need for a Reverse Mortgage? |
    " For most reverse mortgages, you have to have at least 40 percent equity in 
      your home to qualify. "  ... so we wouldn't.  Not that we'd want to.

  * Up 6:30; W=205.4; laundry, dishes

  * up 6:25; W=206; laundry
  : Rosie out of gas; van developed a flat on I90 (G called)
  * write check for G' to pickup Fr
  : rebooted Nova and found that the mirror drive is screwed up somehow.  Grump.  And
    because it's Ubuntu with Gnome, it keeps trying to mount it.  And it apparently tried
    to boot from it, which kind of makes sense since it's currently in the USB cradle.
  % This is not shaping up to be a good day.
  $ $15 CD sold to Dharni at work

  * up 5ish; W=206.6; laundry
  * large team lunch at Lunchbox Lab, at $A's expense.  But it meant I wasn't all that
    hungry at dinner time.  Not really a problem.
  @ ysabetwordsmith | Coping with Stressful Situations
    Everything Is Awful and I’m Not Okay: questions to ask before giving up 
    21 Things Everybody Should Collect And Keep For Their Emotional First Aid Kit
    (many of those don't feel like they would work for me; possibly because stress,
     alexithymia, and chronic depression don't fit the standard "emotional crisis" model)
  % 10pm bath -- helps with both pain and sleeping; need to remember to take more.  The
    reason I usually don't is that I don't want to go upstairs early.

  * Up 6:45; W=205.6; laundry, dishes
  @ Neanderthals Were People, Too - The New York Times (amaebi)
  @ A Smog-Inspired Poem Goes Viral In China: Lung Cancer Is The Narrator : NPR 
    (Chinese lung cancer poeticizes in English - Bits of my life)
  * Tire's scheduled for Monday; Rosie is close--G has gone to get STP, since it's quite
    possibly water in the line.  -> nope.
  * PAY AX
  * 13 Coins for N's birthday dinner.  N observed that I paid for both this and our
    anniversary dinner, but...

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