March 10th, 2021



Tiredness, I AM it. Gah.

Monday night, I was up late working on my Idol Survivor entry. There was a 51-hour turnaround this week, and I think I had the start of an idea on Sunday night? (Sunday is a little fuzzy at the moment) I definitely got sleepy early on Sunday, so I went to bed but then it took me 2 hours to fall asleep. \o?

On Monday, I did a LOT of work on it all the way up through 3 a.m., plus a quick follow-up detour back to the PC to jot down a key subsection that helped tie in the original idea. In bed at 3:30 a.m. Solid re-ordering, editing, and completion on Tuesday, and I finished posting it 2 minutes before the deadline. Yaaaay! I'm pleased with how it turned out, and there are lots of fun details in it. It's linked off the poll here. Please read and vote if you can—every vote helps toward Individual Immunity!

So, what happened Tuesday night, then? Well, there was catching up on WORK-work after a day spent mostly writing, and also... This last weekend, I really dived into trying to make sense out of all the stray personal photos, school photos, and sports photos dating back from when I got my first digital camera. Which was approximately 18 years ago. (Kill me...) :O

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Bring it on home: So last weekend, I gathered all of the "unprocessed" or unorganized physical photos from the various piles/boxes/what-not where HalfshellHusband and I had stored them these last 18 years, and tried to at least pre-organize them. There were scattered photos from HSH's childhood, which are now all in the same Ziploc bag to be dealt with later. I amassed early "un-albumed" kid photos into a group, mostly by date, and collected random school photos of nieces and nephews into a common envelope. I decided I could make a standalone album with the kids' large school photos for each year, and separated those out along with the sports photos and Girl Scout Camp photos. Then I realized I was missing some years of school photos, and repeatedly searched through the house and the filing cabinets in the home-office and garage looking for them. Mega-flail!

Then HSH announced that the housecleaner was coming today, which meant I needed to square away the large living room quantity of assorted mid-project crap beforehand. And while putting a few things away, I found the missing school photos as well as more sports photos! SOooo I was up until 3 a.m. again last night, sorting those "irregulars" by child and type, putting them in folders for later, and then temporarily boxing stuff up in such a way that come next weekend, I'll be able to remember what I was doing.

I feel exhausted just explaining all that. /o\

And do you know what I still have no plan for? All of the sweet school "project" mementos and such that are too big to fit in a file folder. Some are huge! WTF do I do about those?



We had an impressive storm here this afternoon—thunder, lightning, rain, and a lot of hail. Big-ass hail!

I've heard people talk about huge hailstones, but in all the places I've lived, the size only ranges from "rock salt" to "pea." Today was the largest I've ever seen—it was marble-sized!

The cat was unsettled by all of that racket, and decided to run around and howl (because that's fun for everyone), and then watch the storm through a window for awhile. I miss the house in Portland where I lived as a kid. It had two stories, and on the top story, there was an enormous half-circle window in the eating area next to the kitchen. That was the perfect place for watching storms, up above the forest level and with all of this big, open sky stretching out on both sides and running all the way to Vancouver. \o/

A couple of hours after the storm peaked, there was still some rain and hail going for awhile. My home office is in a corner room, and it's on the other side of a wall from a drainpipe. That gets noisy during storms, but today it was all,

BUM-BADA-BUM-bum-BUM-bum-BUM-bum! BUM-bada-bada-bada-BUM-bum-BUM-bum!

I felt like I was back at Disneyland, on my way to the Jungle Cruise or Tarzan's Treehouse or the Indiana Jones ride, just strolling through Adventureland and enjoying the escapism. That's certainly where I would rather have been, especially when yesterday marked the one-year anniversary of being sent home to work remotely. Boy, it's sure been a long year... :O