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Sunday, December 11 2022
This morning before anyone got up, I went out into the snow (which had only accumulated a quarter inch or so) to retrieve yet another backpack load of salvage firewood from where the Stick Trail crosses the Chamomile. I split it up and brought it all inside, as I didn't know how badly the coming snow would affect my ability to salvage more firewood over the coming days.
I took a recreational 150 mg dose of pseudoephedrine this morning in hopes that, when it kicked in, it would help me power through the thing I'd taken pseudoephedrine to power through on Friday (only to end up doing other things with that power). Today, though, it actually worked, and I actually got the task moved out to QA. At some point along the way, probably because I was also drinking kratom tea, I started feeling jittery and not too pleasant. So I quickly painted a not-very-good lady beetle (some call them "lady birds" or "lady bugs") on an old credit card to buy myself the ability (under my drinking rules) to drink alcohol. This made me feel better, at least initially. But then I started feeling sick enough in my stomach that I needed to lie down.
I'd written my journal entry for yesterday earlier in the day, but somehow over the course of several reboots of my main computer, the entry got replaced with a blank document and saved that way, obliterating what I'd written. It's rare that I suffer data loss, but that's what this amounted to. Amazingly, though, I was able to systematically recollect every point I'd made in the entry and rewrite it in a form that likely closely resembled the original.
This evening, Ray and Nancy were having us and the dogs over for dinner. It had been snowing all day and there were four or five inches of snow on the ground. The road had been plowed, but not well enough to take the Bolt. So we drove to Ray & Nancy's in the Forester. Most of the other vehicles on the road at the time were snowplows.
Jack the Dog was so happy to see Ramona and Neville that he let out a squeal. But then he ran off to the neighbors' house to snort around for at least five minutes.
Since the last time we'd visited Ray and Nancy's house, a decorative theme seemed to have emerged: disembodied heads and skulls. These had been present in the past in scattered places, but now they comprised a theme. There was a red plastic skull with a fake flame flickering away inside and even a faux fur with a pattern that looked like skulls.
Nancy was doing the cooking tonight, and she was making a meal based on very well-cooked asparagus, rice that had been cooked even more, and slabs of tofu with some sort of spicy sauce comprised mostly of sambal oelek. But she'd only used a single block of tofu for the four of us, so it wasn't all that much food. But my stomach still wasn't feeling great, so I didn't have too much of an appetite.
By this point my drinking had moved from a diet 7-up vodka cocktail Nancy had fixed to a dry white wine.
Meanwhile, Ramona and Jack kept bringing out various toys from a toy box, including a bone that both Ramona and Neville found very and took reasonably-polite turns chewing on. At some point Nancy got out a fake lion's mane and put it on Jack (where it was cute) and then Neville (where, due to the match of colors, made him look exactly like a lion). This all had us laughing until it hurt. I tried putting the mane over my head, but my huge human head was too big for it, and it smelled like stinky dog in there.
Part of what we'd come over to do was to watch the season two finale of The White Lotus. It was a long episode and didn't disappoint, especially once Tanya started blazing away with the pistol meant to kill her.
Today's mediocre lady beetle painting.
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