Monday, October 22, 2007

Full Schedule this Week

Posting here at Stonekettle Station may be a little light this week. I've got a fairly busy schedule - yeah, yeah, I'm supposed to be retired. You'd think I'd have some friggin' time, but no.

Actually I'm not bitching here, the VA has finally gotten around to me (can't fault them, I at least have all my fingers and toes - I'd be pissed if they gave me higher priority at the expense of some poor Dog Face who's missing significant portions of his anatomy). I've got a number of appointments at the VA this week, a bunch of medical exams to assess some ongoing injures as part of the disability assessment process. Hopefully this will lead to a fix for some of the problems two decades of Navy service have inflicted on me. As I've mentioned elsewhere, I'm in fairly constant pain these days, mostly low grade stuff, but it's irritating and distracting and I'd really like to get it fixed, especially the shoulder which is killing me at the moment.

So, anyway, I've got to drive into Anchorage for the next couple of days and I've got to leave early to make the appointments. On the other hand, I'm sure my visit to the Veteran's Administration will lead to some interesting posts, so hey, no downside here.

Today, I've got to finish a project in the shop, a carved birch heartwood bowl that I promised my wife she could have tomorrow. It's for a charity raffle she's doing at work. I'm fairly tickled with how it's coming out - I may even post some pictures of it this afternoon.

Once I've got that done, I've got to outline my project for NaNoWriMo. I have an IDEA I've been playing with for a while, it's been gathering dust and cobwebs in the idea bin. So my intention is to pull it out, dust it off, and flesh it out for National Novel Writing Month. I promised myself that I would get back to professional writing full time come November 1st, and NaNoWriMo is the perfect excuse.

So, what are you guys doing today?


  1. Shopping for Weight Watchers food at Walmart. Yay. (Not for me, but I've a very supportive husband)

    I'm also installing open source games on a lab of computers for an after school gaming extravaganza that starts tomorrow at the school district. It'd tied in with tutoring At-Risk kids, so I'm hoping to tantalize those kids with multiplayer awesomeness.

    I'm going to try the NaNoWriMo thing this year too. Good luck in Anchorage.

  2. That's I'm a very supportive husband. I've apparently been reading too much damn news about Dumbledore being gay. Now I'm having gay slip-ups in my commenting. Ugh.

  3. Shawn, glad you cleared that up, I was a bit confused there.

    Good luck with the VA, Jim.

  4. Today I'll be taking Barfy Butt to the vet, to find out why he's barfing (my guess - worms), and then I can proceed with calling him other things like Fuzzy Butt, Your Majesty, Walnut Brain, etc.

    Good luck with the VA. Make sure you get over to Moose's Tooth for some brew, and if you like Japanese, rumor is that Kumagoro makes their own noodles. Yummy.

  5. Boy, blogspot really, really needs to implement that comment edit feature, eh Shawn?

    It's OK, man, we loves you no matter which way you swing.

    Hope your ploy to pull in the at-riskers works. Some people will probably piss and moan about kids playing games on school computers, but I say Hey, whatever gets their attention. That's about 90% of it, right there.

    Tania, yeah I'd guess probably worms. Yuck. Which remains me, it's about time to go dig out the pills and play "let's see how many times we can spit this out" with the dog.

  6. Today I'm on a mission - a mission, I tell you - to score some World Series tickets for games 3, 4 or 5. I'd like all three, but will be ecstatic with one game.

    At first I thought I was SOL, but it turns out there was some sort of server meltdown at the outsourcer that does ticketing for the Rockies.

    So there's hope! As in, "Hope springs eternal," and "Abandon Hope, All Ye Who Enter Here."

    Wish me luck, fellow Stationites.

  7. Good luck with the tickets. :)

    As for me, I'm just hoping to survive this week. I just got back from my halfweek of gallivanting around Indiana, haven't had adequate food or sleep in days, and now I'm signed up to be a night guard for a group of schoolkids visiting the aquarium next door. Naturally, the institute director has decided to call an all-staff meeting at 8:30am tomorrow morning, right after I'll have been nightguarding until 6am, so it looks like I'll be napping in the car until the meeting. Then I get to night guard some more tomorrow night. Oh well, I'm sure I'll figure out how to fit my dayjob work in there somewhere...

  8. Janiece, don't mention 'server meltdown' around me. My main server is still dead, despite a new motherboard and power supply. I'm thinking that the P4 is actually toasted. Argh! Damn, damn, and double damn just for good measure. I need that machine. It burns us, Precious, it does.

    OK, got that out of my system. And, yeah, looks like the Rockies are on fire.

    MWT, jeebus, man. Standing watch like that, you might as well have joined the Navy. Can't tell you how many times I had the mid watch (Midnight to six) and then had to work a full day on top of it. Glad those days are over - I don't miss midwatches at all.

  9. Turns out the unspeakable term Server Meltdown isn't so unspeakable...the vendor was actually a victim of a "malicious attack" which crashed their North American operations. No details are being released, but I'm betting on some sort of DOS attack.

    So my mission has continued into today - to noon mountain time, to be exact. Still needing luck, Stationites!

    And Jim, good luck with the V.A. I know they do the best they can, but that system is woefully overwhelmed.

  10. I am saddened by my complete lack of World Series tickets. I guess I'll watch from home. Hmph.

  11. Sorry to hear you are ticketless, Janiece. The only people I know who have tickets are enormously wealthy. Ok, let me amend that. The only people I know OF who have tickets are enormously wealthy (amd were on their way to Boston today). Grrrr.

    Good luck on the VA, Jim! I didn't know you did NaNoWriMo. I look forward to hearing about your progress. Good luck with that too! I'll be participating too, but on a very limited scale.

  12. Alas, I am not enormously wealthy. Or even a little wealthy. Upper middle class, maybe. In any case, I will be sitting at home eating buffalo chili and drinking beer instead of sitting at the ball park eating hot dogs and drinking beer on Saturday night.

    Bummer, Dude.


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