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January 12th, 2011

08:48 pm: Out, Carefully

Last night I was awake. I watched TV and read the paper and went to bed to read at 1:30am. I was still awake at 7am and when I woke up at 9:30am and couldn't sleep again, I decided to get up.

We had less than an inch of snow, but it was on top of a layer of ice. Management had shoveled the sidewalks and my ramp (and it looked like the zebra stripe might have been shoveled before the last batch of snow) so I carefully walked in that short snow to the van. I got the ice off the front windows and then, carefully, turned the van around into a spot across the parking lot, so the front was facing the sun. I used the scraper as far as I could reach and then just waited a couple minutes for the sun to melt the rest of the ice.

Our parking lot had mixed ice, snow, and clear, but all the roads were clear on the way to Kaiser to finally get my BP check and labs drawn. The LPN took the BP twice (my primary is having them take it manually, because they're still slightly more accurate than the machines) and was at 139 the second time. The primary wants to drop back down to 125, and I would, too, but I don't seem to have much control over this. We got all the blood out of a single vein, although the tech had to rock two tubes so they wouldn't clot.

I had lunch across the street at Olive Garden -- the standard soup & salad -- and was given a seat right in front of my van, just a window and sidewalk between. Would have been nice for a door there.

I got home at 1pm and went through the mail I picked up and almost all of it went into the recycled paper bin, and then I went to the bedroom and set the alarm for 5pm. I went right to sleep and Loki and Junie cuddled in with me. When the alarm went off, I debated staying, but I want to be able to go to sleep tonight at a more reasonable time. I'm about halfway through washing sheets and ready to start putting clean sheets on the bed. My back still hurts, but not as bad, and I expect I'll be pretty sleepy tonight anyway.

Last night, in order to get a large batch of protein at once, I had a can of tuna fish, mixed with some mayo on toasted rosemary bread. When Spirit hears the can opener, she starts non-stop yelling until I give her the can to eat from. I'm starting to have a lot of pain both with the manual can opener and the pull tab cans so I went looking for good reviews at Amazon. This is the one most people liked -- 165 #1s is pretty good -- and it does things I never thought about for electric can openers: never touches the food, cuts the lid off from the side so the edges of the lid and can are rolled and not dangerous, and the lever is easy to use. Do you guys know of one that's better?

A North Carolina School Board, backed by the tea party, plans to go back to segregation. They want poor students to go to school with poor students and well-to-do students to go to school with well-to-do students. In that area, it breaks down to black and white. In fact, some board directors "are embracing the provocative idea that concentrating poor children, who are usually minorities, in a few schools could have merits - logic that critics are blasting as a 21st-century case for segregation".

Sarah Palin has once again almost certainly used a phrase she doesn't understand: she says journalists are giving out "blood libel" and I doubt she thinks of them all as Jewish.

Consumer Reports says breakfast is really good for you, but their examples aren't so good for me!

Thinking about Drinking.

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