Life has a way of giving you surprises.
Just when I’d thought I’d gotten things working well enough to pick up the pace of posting (back toward a more normal level) “stuff happens”…
I had 3 cars here in Florida. Now I have one car without working air conditioning, one “project”, and one “in the shop” with a blown top end. That has put certain “challenges” in place, things like getting to work, driving the spouse places, lots of visits to the car repair place…
That “we have 2 senior folks and we are adding two” job, that had turned into “3 folks, one of them senior” that had turned into “2 folks, both of us new to the company” had my workmate coping with a parent and medical emergencies. So it became “one guy and a 1/2 time maybe” for a few weeks. Since I’m on contract, I got a bit more money from the hours; but less sleep…
At the same time, the seasonal work slowdown turned into a “special projects” needed right now for annual audit and similar events.
Through that (and the stuff below), I had about a month+ of what seemed a whole lot like the “walking pneumonia” I had a couple of years back – minus the antibiotic treatments. (Thanks to Obamacare, I have a $2000+ deductable. As that is more than I pay in medical care pretty much ever, health insurance is functionally useless to me. So it’s back to DIY and ‘tough it out’ for a month or two before heading to the doctor…) Eventually the chest tightness eased, the coughing backed off, and the lungs cleared. I think it’s all gone now. But yes, I worked through it. Why? Because I could. But something had to drop… Work pays the bills, so it was “work and sleep and not much else” for a while.
Now, the fun bits…
The spouse had come out to join me. Turns out she expects some attention ;-) Also, she has been working on becoming a Catholic. OK with me. (Dad was a Catholic…) But seems that means I have to be at church some of the time too. Today, for example, was spent from first “out the door” time about 9 A.M. until about 4 P.M. at Church. First was her presentation (or ‘acceptance’ or some such… where you get a Bible and are officially pronounced far enough along that communion comes in a few weeks and maybe folks ought to start getting to know you… or something…) Then there was “class after the sermon”. Followed by the sacred hour, or hour of confessions and singing the same line of verse 50 times… yes, we did that. Then the Polish / Italian Pot Luck to honor the two Popes being canonized. All in all, it’s a lot of work being married to someone who’s becoming a Catholic.
Oh, and I’ve been introduced to Arena Football by my Florida Friend. So that’s about 1/2 a day every few weeks. He likes it a lot. I like it some (and we get to have beer and snacks while shouting a lot for no reason).
There were a few other bits, too. Nothing major. I started fishing some, just to get some “clear the head” time. But there isn’t a lot of WiFi at the lakes. I stopped going to Starbucks on Sunday (as I was sitting in church more giving “support”…) and the spouse sucked my portable WiFi account dry a few times, so it didn’t often have connectivity. And I didn’t have time to keep juggling ways to get connected.
In the end, I just hit a time and energy wall.
After 8 to 12 hours of working at a computer on a keyboard, it was just not tolerable to try putting in another 2 to 4 to make a posting. After a day of “stresses”, the last thing I wanted was to get “jinned up” over climate, or put in a day analyzing climate codes and data. Cooking dinner for two ( I’m the chef in the family…) and “sharing” in front of the TV was a lot more comforting. Forget, too, spending 4 or 5 hours keeping up with climate news, WUWT, etc. et. al. After a while, the lack of “input” means a lack of things to say, too.
Yeah, I had a dozen posting ideas. But an idea only becomes a posting with about 4 hours of work. Then a few days later it fades. Then after a week the idea is gone. Priming that pump and cranking the handle takes time and toil. It was easier to let it lay.
OK, I’m trying Yet Another Restart.
The workmate is back (hopefully full time). I’ve caught up a couple of the major “surprise” projects. I have a line on a (4th!) car that will be explored in the next day or two. The mechanic is set to fix the 2nd car (over a couple of months). And I can commute to work and return home without AC for a while. I’ve also set up Yet Another WiFi access method at home, so hopefully connectivity will be more consistent. Oh, and the spouse is now presented / accepted / on her way to being “regular”, so I can start skipping church until she gets her first communion in a few weeks ;-)
Tonight I was actually able to read all the listed postings on WUWT. (Not the ones “off page” into the past, just the current crop). Even made a couple of comments. So I’m a bit closer to ‘up to speed’ with current events. Maybe even a bit on the “primed the pump” side. We’ll see.
Tomorrow or Tuesday I’ll likely be sucked up into ‘yet more car stuff’, but hopefully the rest of the week will be less “out of control demands on my time” and more “I can direct my interests”. Doing more of what I want to do, and less of what other people need me to do, or what I have to do to cope with being “over driven”.
Things to do?
Follow up on the DIY chemical stone samples. Maybe even try the second batch using CaCO / CaCO3 / MgO / MgCO3 adjuncts.
A comment or two on economics and the value of having rich folks – is it still what it was?
Maybe get that Raspberry Pi set up to do some climate data analysis… I’d like to compute the expected temperature profile over a day (and over a year) as the sun rises / sets ( shifts north / south ) if you just used “solar energy in” calculations (i.e. insolation energy sin wave) and compare that to actual historical temperature cycles. How much does simplistic energy in diverge from temperature profiles? The difference shows feedbacks / dampenings. Which dominate? That’s a bit big, but will likely happen over a longer time.
Actually read my email. It must be in the thousands by now… And get out that contact info and call the two folks who I’d promised to contact… Heck, I might even get to read the comments on my own blog and find out what all folks have been saying ;-)
There’s a few more, but I think you get the idea.
For now, it’s after midnight, and I’d like to get this posted. Just so folks know I’m still doing things.
Oh, and my two kids have both informed me that they are engaged… So at some point we’ve got a couple of weddings to get through with people on two coasts and in Chicago. But that’s a few months away for now ;-) Yeah, it’s been that kind of hectic… the kind where a wedding or two is not the big time sink…
In short: Sometimes “life happens” and all you can do is drop some things on the floor while you cope. Then pick them back up later and dust them off and start over.