Friday

January 21st, 2022 — 8:00pm

Errands this morning — Office Depot for graph paper, envelopes, and ultra-fine Sharpies for me; chair mat and file folders for Dave. Then Ace, which is right next door, for some hardware bits for Dave and just browsing for me, except I bought a suet bird feeder and a block of suet/seeds to put in it :D

Then we picked up lunch at Rigoberto’s!

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Thursday

January 20th, 2022 — 7:39pm

Henry and Co. came over because their internet was down and he needed to work. Absolutely lovely to be able to see them so often!

Obsessed with Wordle, like all my friends on the twitter: https://www.powerlanguage.co.uk/wordle/ The first thing I do every morning is solve the new puzzle!

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Wednesday

January 19th, 2022 — 9:27pm

Lovely day! I finally had the nice late sleep and lie-in I’ve been waiting for since we moved. Slept till 10:45am and lounged about for another hour before becoming vertical. Ahhhh.

Dave had errands to run so I built a fire and pulled my great-great-grandmother’s rocking chair up to the woodstove and read the new-to-me Liane Moriarty novel, “The Hypnotist’s Love Story” that I got from our little library.

Gentle drizzle all day. So peaceful.

I made fantastic veggie-barley soup tonight and Henry came over to help Dave shift his desks from upstairs to downstairs, where he will have his home office and his ham radio set-up and his music studio.

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Tuesday

January 18th, 2022 — 1:54pm

Yesterday was rough. Woke up nauseated. None of my usual remedies helped. By evening it was really bad but at bedtime I finally puked and immediately felt much better. Weird. Good ol’ medication side effects, I guess.

My god I love living here in our cozy house in the land of rain. Yesterday I kept a fire burning in the woodstove for extra coziness. We have tons of windows so no matter where I am I can look outside and see misty trees and distant hills and quiet neighbors. We’re on a dead-end street set well back from any high-traffic roads and it’s QUIET. Hope to get my audiobook recording mojo back soon!

This morning was Sit On Hold time. First to the SSA so they know I’ve moved and can adjust my SSI benefits, and then to Alameda County social services so they can terminate my CalFresh food benefits and Medi-Cal. Eventually reached a helpful human in both instances, but after that I gave up on changing my address with my bank after sitting on hold wayyyy too long with them. It’s less urgent. I’ll try first thing in the morning.

Now imma work on my embroidery project and listen to an audiobook.

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Monday

January 17th, 2022 — 9:59pm

hideous nausea

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Sunday

January 16th, 2022 — 7:15pm

I went to the library today! It’s a 4-minute drive, and they’re open seven days a week! I took my post office change of address notification to prove I live here and a very friendly librarian signed me up for a card. So happy. And I found a Lianne Moriarty novel that I’ve never read. It’s a small library and very pleasant.

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Saturday

January 15th, 2022 — 8:08pm

Henry and Co. came over today, in the daytime so they could see our yard and stuff. There was even a bit of sun so they took the baby outside for some bare-bottom time :D

Henry brought ingredients for Chloe Sandwiches (aka capresi sandwiches). So delicious. And he helped me unpack and put away all the rest of the kitchen stuff and he didn’t even need direction. He just DID IT. And he also carried things to the basement.

Lulu ran around the house and in and out of the yard and was very very busy. She is a wonderful child.

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Thursday

January 14th, 2022 — 6:26pm

Errands today. Ace, Costco, Trader Joe’s. Costco made me VERY cranky but TJ’s cheered me right up again. Now we have a fridge and freezer full of good food. The fridge here is nice: double doors on top, and a freezer beneath, that has a smaller upper drawer and a larger lower drawer. The upper drawer is great for ice cream!

Speaking of ice cream, I discovered a trick! Coffee ice cream is my favorite, but the caffeine keeps me awake if I eat more than a couple spoonfuls. But if I mix those two spoonfuls with some vanilla, i can get more of that coffee flavor!

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Thursday

January 13th, 2022 — 8:46pm

Spent some hours this morning flattening boxes and folding packing paper for reuse. And then, ugh, more unpacking. Ugh ugh ugh. We can’t find the kitchen trash can! We can’t find the garbage bags! Ah well. Everything will turn up eventually. Got tired and had a lie-down in the afternoon (with the window at the head of my bed cracked open so I could smell the rain), and then Henry and Co. came over in the evening to help and visit! Henry carried heavy things to the basement, and Lulu helped me unpack a few book boxes, sort of. Lol.

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Wednesday

January 12th, 2022 — 7:46pm

Stayed in bed till noon. Dave brought me OJ and a hash browns puck from McDonalds and I absolutely LAZED. First morning without an alarm clock since last Friday. Then i got up and took a shower in our new bathroom, and then spent the rest of the day unpacking kitchen boxes. Good lord. Dave has a huge set of dishes – 12 place settings – and about a million glasses and every utensil ever invented. I got about 3/4 through it. For dinner we tried a hole-in-the-wall taco shop, Rigoberto’s, that’s a four-minute drive away. It’s a proper San Diego-style place, with a salsa bar and, frankly, better burritos than anywhere in the Bay Area! And omg inexpensive. $15 total for two huge burritos and all the salsa and lime wedges I wanted to take (obviously we’re only doing takeout because of THE PLAGUE). They’re open 24/7, even!

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Tuesday

January 11th, 2022 — 8:07pm

We froze last night because a) air mattresses have no insulation from the cold floor and b) the thermostat was set to 64 overnight! But tonight we have our lovely beds and I re-set the thermostat to a more comfy temperature so I’m sure we’ll be warm.

The moving van came today, as expected, and they were only four hours late. A team of polite, burly men schlepped all our stuff in and unwrapped the furniture. Our house looks like a cardboard box bomb went off. I wish we had left everything behind! Ugh! Too much STUFF!

But, as I said before, we have our beds and our wonderful leather sofa so things are beginning to be more civilized.

From time to time throughout the day I stepped outdoors to breathe great lungfuls of cold damp clean tree-smelling air. My god it’s delicious. You can practically taste it!

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Monday

January 10th, 2022 — 8:47pm

Slept well, nice breakfast at the adjoining restaurant, and we were on the road before 9am. Easy drive, no traffic, no inclement weather, and we got to our new house just before 3pm. Henry, Jayla, J‘s brother Geno, and both little girls came over in the evening to help unload the car. Super helpful, and so much fun to see them! Lulu had a ball exploring and running back and forth in our big empty house. We got excellent takeout Chinese food from a place 5 minutes away. Exhausted, bedtime!

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Sunday

January 9th, 2022 — 9:20pm

Up early, drove to Union City, waited for the movers, who were an hour and a half late. Lol. But we had a nice time hanging out with K and M and Em. We ate great burritos for lunch. Movers finished about 1:30 and we were on the road by 2.:00. Easy drive, got to Mount Shasta City at 7pm. Staying at a really nice Best Western. Time for bed!

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Saturday

January 8th, 2022 — 10:33pm

Moving day! In theory. Movers were three hours late and didn’t finish Dave’s apartment till 8:30pm. I sat in the car, out of the way, all freaking day. Exhausted. They’re gonna do my room in the morning… let’s hope they’re not three hours late again. Spending the night on air mattresses in empty apartment instead of already driving to Portland. But my phone taught me to play Spades, which is super fun. https://apps.apple.com/us/app/spades-card-game/id1585858397

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Friday

January 7th, 2022 — 9:44pm

We spent the day prepping for our big move tomorrow!

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Thursday

January 6th, 2022 — 9:03pm

The NYTimes crossword had such a fun theme today! The kind where you figure it out all of a sudden and say “Ahhhhh I see“!

Dave was out all day making his antenna trailer fit to tow over the mountains and clearing a path in his industrial unit so the movers and get his piano and fridge. I packed a suitcase full of meds and prepared my pill organizer for the next few days, did laundry and dishes, and made a big list of stuff that needs to ride in our minivan rather than the moving van. Two more days!

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Wednesday

January 5th, 2022 — 10:03pm

Suzanne canceled our appointment because she woke up with a sore then, poor thing. We’ll have a virtual appointment tomorrow if she feels well enough. So that stop was crossed off our list of errands today. We had to go north anyway, to pick up my meds and to stop in at the house to drop off and pick up some stuff. One of the kids in Em‘s school carpool had contact with another child who tested positive, so I only ran in to the house for a moment and kept my N95 mask on. Poor Em. She’s so happy to be back in school, but she only started on Monday and there’s already been a covid exposure.

Tonight we watched our English cops for a while (24 Hours in Custody, on Amazon Prime) and then the first ep of the new Pottery Throwdown on Channel4! Ahhh lovely Judge Keith and his tender heart, weeping at beauty.

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Tuesday

January 4th, 2022 — 10:41pm

Hoo boy the weekend is swiftly approaching! We’re still waiting to find out if the movers are coming on Saturday or Sunday, but either way it’s excitingly soon. Tomorrow: therapy, pharmacy, and a stop in UC to have lunch with fam and droo off/pick up some stuff. Thursday Dave needs to get his trailer set up and clear a path to his piano in gis industrial unit, and I’ll do laundry and other house chores. Friday we‘ll pack up all the stuff that’s going in the car with us, and Dave will uninstall his good toilet and reinstall the original.

We’ve been trying to eat as much fridge food as possible. Some of the freezer food will travel with us in a cooler and keep Dave’s insulin cool, but we’ll need to toss the ice cream so, y‘know, I’m doing my best to east it up :D

The first Winne the Pooh book is in the Public Domain! Henry and I are planning ro record it as a Librivox duet, trading chapters, after we’re settled in OR!. Disney still owns the red-shirt version. I saw this handy poem on twitter:

If shirt he wear, artist beware. If nude he be, your Pooh is free!

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Monday

January 3rd, 2022 — 8:40pm

I started watching The Tourist on BBC1 today — first ep was GREAT. Unpredictable, gripping! I hope it stays good till the end.

Here’s a song my therapist told me about. I love it. So sweet. Plus the guy’s voice is exactly my range so I can sing along without bouncing into a different octave all the time. :)

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Sunday

January 2nd, 2022 — 7:25pm

The new season of Queer Eye is so good! I especially liked Angel, Dr. Janeka, the homeless advocate guy, and the gumbo guy. Only two more eps to go, but then I have some older seasons to catch up on since I think I only watched one season with Chloe a few years ago.

I made fantastic roasted veggies for dinner again. Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, and mushrooms (in a balsamic sauce). Dave loves my cooking! *heart eyes*

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