#600 – Playing Around

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So I was going to write a bit longer today about what’s been going on lately. The morning was quiet, but the afternoon and evening were very busy. I went to run errands with our house guest after my wife’s lunch break, and only came back home for a few minutes before going to pick my wife up from work. We were home for a little while, but went out to eat with another friend we all know. We had a great time, and afterwards all came back to our place for a couple games. We own one of them, but the one our friend brought was one of the most amazing concepts I’ve ever seen in a game. It’s called DropMix, and it uses an electronic base, NFC-enabled cards, and a phone app to create unique musical mixes for points. There’s a competitive mode and a cooperative mode, and the songs involved use various tracks from popular songs to create a sometimes surprising and always creative, ever-changing mix of music. We both decided that we have to own this game, so hopefully after we’ve settled into the new apartment we’ll be able to pick it up.

I’d write more but we have to be up early to get my wife to work and then go straightaway to the airport to drop off our house guest, and I could use the sleep.

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#595 – Not the Best of Days, Not the Worst of Days

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Sometime around 7:45 or so this evening, I noticed that my mood was rapidly tanking, usually a sign that my blood sugar is low. My wife got me to eat a couple yogurts before heading to dinner with friends around 8:15. (More on that in a minute.) My mood stayed down throughout most of the meal, however, and persisted beyond that to an outing to a local game shop afterwards.

I really don’t know what’s triggering this downward swing, but I dislike it intensely. I feel isolated and alone, even with friends around me, and the only thing I can do is grin and bear it.

Having said that, dinner this evening was fantastic. We went with our house guest to meet three more mutual friends of ours for an all-you-can-eat Korean BBQ. The food was very tasty, I tried kimchi for the first time (not bad, but nothing I’ll go out of my way to eat in the future), and I actually had a great time, even though I was fairly anti-social throughout the meal. It was good to get out and see folks that I know and like.

#592 – As Advertised

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Yesterday I mentioned that today we were likely going to do laundry, and maybe show our houseguest our new apartment complex, before heading off to one of our favorite restaurants to grab a bite to eat. That’s pretty much what we did today.

Except the part where my wife stayed home from work because her sinuses were absolutely exploding and she could barely move. And the part where we all went to a coffee shop and played Pokemon Go for a couple hours.

The Pokemon outing was lucrative. Restocked on supplies, and caught a couple of rare Pokemon, including my most powerful capture to date.

Tomorrow is likely going to be spent putting laundry away and generally taking it easy. Neither my wife nor I are feeling particularly well right now and I think a relaxing day is in order for us.

Sleep Deprivation

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So apparently my recent sleep habits reached up and bit me on the bum today.

For the last several nights, I’ve been getting interrupted sleep, thanks to a backache (which needs my heating pad on the couch) or a headache (which needs Tylenol, water, and an upright position to keep my head from throbbing so badly I can’t get back to sleep) or, on one night, both at the same time. Combine the sleep that I’m losing being awake with those situations with the relatively early hour that I’m up and starting my day lately and I’ve been getting about five hours of sleep a night for the past week or so.

This morning, my body said no more.

I was up for a little bit overnight with my back, so once more I lost sleep. My alarm to take my vitals and meds at 8:30 went off, and I killed it and went back to sleep – at least, I think that’s what happened, I don’t remember the 8:30 alarm today. My alarm to feed the cats went off at 9:30, and upon noticing that my wife was already up I got out of bed and went into the couch, started my heating pad up again, tossed my new lap blanket over me and promptly fell asleep with my head leaned back against the wall. I woke up a few times over the next hour and a half, each time for only a few moments before drifting back off again. Finally I woke up, checked my phone to see what time it was, noticed it was 11:00, and got my day started at last.

It’s been a very low-key day. Over in Secret World Legends, my main character is stalled because of a bug, and I’m awaiting a response to my petition, so I can’t play her right now. Instead, I’ve been on another character that I’m teaming with my wife most all day. There have been breaks throughout the day – we went to the complex office to pick up a package for my wife, a cold-brew coffee decanter that we ordered through Kickstarter, and out to our usual go-to barbecue restaurant for potato salad. (One of my wife’s coworkers is a competitive pit boss in her spare time, so she smoked several pork tenderloins, vacuum sealed them, and brought them to the office to sell. Nine bucks for a pound and a half of really well smoked meat is a great deal, and that was our dinner tonight.) We’ve messed around on the Internet off and on, and really there hasn’t been that much for me to do today, so I’ve been taking it easy and enjoying myself.

Tomorrow we’re going to have to do laundry at some point, hopefully earlier rather than later as it’s habitually getting to be a hundred degrees outside these days, and we’d prefer not to melt going to the on-grounds laundry with all those dryers running in a poorly-ventilated room. But I think that other than that it’s going to be another slow day.

And given what we have to deal with next week, I’m okay with that.

Another Step in the Right Direction

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Once again, I spent most of my day in Secret World Legends. Yes, I know I’m hyperfocusing on it. However, dinner was something of a step forward. We went out to dinner on a Friday night, to a very crowded barbecue restaurant. No anxiety at all. For someone that even at his best still avoided restaurants on Friday and Saturday night like the plague it’s certainly worth noting. I’d like to start going out on a Friday night about once a month to a restaurant that I know is going to be crowded and have a wait list, just to continue to expose myself to that particular anxiety.

I’m still enjoying the direction things seems to be moving toward.

Birthday Dinner #2

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Tonight we went to one of our favorite restaurants, Haymaker, for some comfort food on Moms’ tab I had a Cuban pressed burger – think Cuban sandwich, with a burger in it – with sweet potato waffle fries on the side, and my wife had the Oregoner – oven-roasted turkey breast and applewood-smoked ham with honey mustard, sliced apples and Tillamook cheddar cheese – and coleslaw. We split an order of poutine for an appetizer. Our server’s name was Savannah and she was great fun. We had a blast. Thanks Mom!

And because I really can’t remember much of what happened today, that’s about all I have to say for the day.

Socialization for Dinner

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Tonight we had planned to go out to dinner, since it’s been a long day and neither one of us felt like having last night’s dinner twice in a row or waiting to eat until we could get to the store and buy something for dinner. (Sunday is our usual store date but that got messed up because of my wife being out of town.) So we decided on going to one of the pho restaurants near our apartment and, on a whim, invited a friend we hadn’t seen in some time out to join us.

We had a good time catching up with him, talking about everything under the sun. Dinner was lovely and very filling, and we agreed that we should be doing this more often as we left one another’s company.

I don’t know why we don’t invite people to come along with us more often on those rare occasions that we eat out. We enjoy our friends’ company and both of us could certainly use the socialization.

Pho in belly, we went to pick up a prescription for me and headed back home to unwind for a few hours before bed.

It’s been a good day.