July 31, 2001
I've been biking to work in sandals lately, but today was the first that I really noticed how sweaty my feet had become on the bottom. They were sliding around with almost zero friction on the rubber insoles while I pedaled along and made things that much harder.
July 30, 2001
Something about how I'd rollerbladed the previous night must have tweaked something in my torso. When I woke up this morning, it felt like I'd been sucker-punched in the ribs, and it didn't clear up until I'd been moving around for 30 minutes or so.
July 29, 2001
So so sweaty. It's not the heat, it's the humidity. Oh, and the rollerblading 10 miles.
July 28, 2001
After a good portion of the say was spent wrestling emotions, it was nice to just relax with friends at night and laugh for awhile.
July 27, 2001
A few tiny gnats have infiltrated my apartment, apparently because I forgot to completely rinse out an empty soda bottle that I had put into recycling. I don't know how many I've now squished between two clapping hands.
July 26, 2001
After insulating myself with newer music for the past month or so, today I focused on the old-school electronic for my listening. Specifically, releases from the nearly 8 year old (I can hardly believe it's that long now) "Artificial Intelligence" series on Warp Records. Some great damn bleeps and bloops.
July 25, 2001
Finally a break in the weather. Went to bed without the air conditioner on for about the first time in a month.
July 24, 2001
I could swear there is a little more definition than there was a month ago. The ankle is healed and I'm back on track with the rollerblading over 40 miles a week and biking almost 50. Now the challenge is to keep it up.
July 23, 2001
I will foil the dastardly squirrels yet in my quest to grow nice tomatoes on my deck.
July 22, 2001
90 plus degrees at 9 p.m. at night. I'm really hoping this weather will break soon.
July 21, 2001
The whirlwind 2 day trip came to an end tonight after 17 of my last 40 hours were spent in an automobile and a double-jump across time-zones (not to mention 30 degree temperature changes). Nothing like crashing in my own bed after it all.
July 20, 2001
Went to the wedding of a cousin and had a couple glasses of wine at the reception. Still couldn't be coaxed into doing the conga-line, though.
July 19, 2001
Unexpected bad news this morning. A friend and co-worker passed away at far too young of an age. I'm still in shock and sad about it. All the memories are good ones. Wendy, you will be missed greatly.
July 18, 2001
It really really sucks when someone young is dealing with health things that nobody should have to deal with. Get well soon Wendy.
July 17, 2001
It's always a sucky trip to the dentist when they tell you that you not only have a cavity, but that you need to have two wisdom teeth removed, as well a root canal.
July 16, 2001
I slept so lightly last night that the flashes of lightning from an impending storm woke me up even before the first crashes of thunder came. And when the arrived, they were like something out of the creepiest, darkest movie you could possibly imagine. Still, they helped lull me back to sleep.
July 15, 2001
There's something about me, that when I eat hot food, my face often sweats. It doesn't even have to be something that's too spicy, because my face will just end up sweating. Sometimes it's a bit embarrassing (like when I'm at a nicer restaurant), but most of the time I just have to laugh at it a bit while I dab at my face with a napkin.
July 14, 2001
I held out for quite some time, but I finally got a water purifier and I must admit that even though I didn't think I would notice much of a change, my water now tastes _so_ much better that I don't think I'll ever go back to tap.
July 13, 2001
Officially the best pizza that I've ever eaten in my life was consumed tonight. There was no meat on it as usual, but this one came from a special local place that had a secret ingredient of cream cheese and it made the stuff absolutely sinful.
July 12, 2001
When the sink is full of dishes and the fridge is slimmed down on items to cook with, sometimes it's just best to say the hell with the whole cooking experience and go out to eat.
July 11, 2001
It's like really funny when you find out some little tidbit of information that would be totally meaningless to most people, but upon seeing it you jump around like a giddy fish.
July 10, 2001
I could see the little dances it made on the ceiling and walls and when I looked over at the candle, it was dancing out of control. It was moving around so much I could hear the flame breaking this way and that from several feet away and even through all this, it somehow managed to stay lit. After going on like that for some time, it finally winked out, but my my eyes had adjusted to the dark by then and it was just about time to sleep anyway.
July 9, 2001
Work was dragging this morning until I put in a CD that I used to listen to way back in college. 21st Century Jesus by Messiah is about 45 minutes of the cheesiest, goofy sample laden early 90s techno you'll ever hear, but damn if it didn't sound good today.
July 8, 2001
When I got home from rollerblading tonight, I went into my bathroom and took off my shirt and actually was able to wring out a sizeable puddle of sweat into my bathtub from it. I rinsed it out, though, I'm not that gross.
July 7, 2001
I looked through the book again and although it was tattered and falling apart, it was almost 110 years old. Even though a rubber band holds the worn leather cover to the rest of the book, there's something pretty neat about holding something so old.
July 6, 2001
The heat index here today was 112 degrees. I just thought you should know that.
July 5, 2001
I've been screaming a lot lately.
For ice cream.
July 4, 2001
I walk down my back stairway to change my laundry and it feels sort of like I'm in a free fire zone. There are bottle rockets and large fireworks going up from in the alley just to the right of me and through the trees I can see the explosions from more colorful shells. I don't know if I'm getting old or what, but I honestly think I'd like fireworks more if they were just color and light and didn't make any noise.
July 3, 2001
Sometimes it's refreshing to just have the radio station on to the oldies station and sing along with that instead of listening to all the newfangled bleeping and blooping.
July 2, 2001
It's easier to sleep to the slight drone of an air conditioner than to the crazed squawking of crows.
July 1, 2001
And then when I thought about it, six months seemed like a long time and no time at all. And yeah, happy is still the key word.