So … this is what the age of 59 feels like. Not really different from 58. Be nice if I found work, but otherwise … hanging in there. (Seems it’s been a few days since I last posted, going from posty-mcposterson to no posting at all … such is the way of things.)
Monday was my birthday. It’s now Wednesday. Monday we planned to have a nice dinner at a local restaurant (in Lafayette, Artisan). Went there for our anniversary, and were wowed.They were closed. Figures (well, Monday evenings a lot of restaurants close to give folk some downtime, not angry, it just falls into the “well shoot …” category). Tried ordering food from a restaurant we like through Door Dash, they also were closed. Sigh. Mondays. So, we went to Artisan last night (Tuesday) instead. We got wowed again last night. The name of the restaurant should give a hint — the chef really is an amazing artist.
Monday night (my actual birthday) we ended up ordering Schwarma from a place in downtown SF that was quite tasty, and herself made a carrot cake from a recipe from “America’s Test Kitchen” — they put out a book on baking for two. It was a bit dry, strangely enough, and tasted more like a spice cake than carrot cake. It wasn’t bad, but … The idea was nice, as carrot cake is one of my absolute favorites.
CJ has had the week off, which has been great for her, she can get some things done before “Golden Beltane” (SCA — more below). She event cleaned the upstairs bathroom yesterday … shortly after she started, I realized the toilets were messed up — turns out our annual issue with the roots in the outgoing sewer pipes were messing things up. Time to call the rooter. Yipee. They arrived a bit early, which was good, because I kinda needed to go. Erf. Took about an hour, and all was well. Sheesh. That was our excitement this week. Right now she’s off with her best friend (BJ) going to a museum in SF, having lunch in Berekely after, etc.
It seems that going to the gym has helped pull me a bit out of my funk, and last week I got the nerve up to try to fix the one coding issue that had been making me crazy. Figured something out, and now feel better about it. Still feeling a bit overwhelmed by the project, but making some progress. Need to get in and at least finish the admin parts.
Saturday we went to the Board (Bored?) of Directors meeting for the SCA. That was odd, but interesting in its strange way. Not sure I’d ever want to serve on the BOD. CJ needed to be there to hear decisions about a couple things she is involved in.
The rest of the last few days have been really dull, honestly. Since she’s been home, a lot of her time has been on the desktop computer, so I haven’t done a lot. Instead I watched some movies, zoned out … pretty dull, really.
I hit week 8 at the gym. Making some progress. 16 minutes on the elliptical, and last week I bumped the weights up on the weight machines. I will do that again on Monday of next week, and take the elliptical to 18 minutes. See how my body feels after that.
So, Golden Beltane is coming up. The SCA’s 50th anniversary (the beginning of the 51st year). I had put together a while back a “History of the West Kingdom”, and last week finally got all the permissions I needed (for photos and artwork). That’s now done-done. But that’s really for the SCA’s event in June. The West Kingdom (N. California, etc.) is having its own week-long celebration along the lines of 25 Year. Sadly neither CJ or I will be there the whole time. She has to work, and if I were working, I would too. We’re doing the weekends, and have a hotel room reserved … CJ of course has had to deal with a lot for this event, because she handles the money, but she’s also dealing with folk that aren’t the “usual” autocrats, and their way of doing things is often last-minute. Makes her a bit crazy. But we’re nearly there. Friday is when it starts. The fun part for me will be meeting some of the folk (who are still around) who started it. I have communicated with some of them over the years, but many I have never met. Considering I’ve handled the History of the West Kingdom for the last mumble-mumble years (early-mid 90s … so 20 or more?), that will be a nice bonus for me.
We started talking … one of our friends is less than a week older than me, and he and his family are going to Disneyworld next year for his 60th birthday. They suggested we do the same at the same time. Make it an adventure with some folk. Intriguing idea, and my niece and her fam live in Jacksonville (have to figure out how close that is to Orlando). Maybe a chance to reconnect in person with them. Have to think about it. It wouldn’t be cheap, but nothing Disney is really cheap these days. It would be before summer tourist season which is humid and hot. It would still be humid but less hot in April/May.
Well, I suppose I oughta try to be productive. Feeling kinda wiped, slept so-so last night (kept waking up from odd and complex dreams). We’ll see.