My Hands are Killing Me

Let’s review the task list for today…

Cut the front grass, including plugging a hole in the gas tank and running the weed wacker.
Cleaned up the current cellar water crap.
Put away six megatons of groceries.
Did two loads of laundry.
Started a new character in World of Warcraft and made it to level six and died a lot.
Broke the shit out of a fingernail while taking my guitar out of its case.
Started a new song, put rhythm guitars onto it and one other song, then put leads onto three songs.
Surprised myself by how tired and sore my hands got after playing the guitar for about an hour.
Finished the binge watch of Community (well, it will be done in three and a half minutes).
Started thinking about cooking dinner.
Stood up from my desk to walk into the kitchen to start making dinner.

I am pretty sure I’m forgetting something. I don’t mean that I am forgetting to put the lawn mower away, I know it’s still sitting outside waiting for me to put it back under the tarp, I just haven’t gotten to it yet. I mean I am forgetting to list something that I actually did today. Shit.

Oh well, I took the obligatory I’m-done-playing-guitar-so-here’s-a-pic pics.

Here you go.

Have I mentioned I hate wordpress.com’s block editor? I think I have. If I haven’t, I hate wordpress.com’s block editor.

What Should We Talk About?

My lunch break is ending and I haven’t thought of anything to talk about.

It’s hot. There’s that. It’s not as hot as it is out Oregon way and the Pacific Northwest, but it’s hot. It’s 94 degrees here in Tewksbury, MA right now. We might get another degree or so, but it’s about as hot as it’s going to get today. The heat index, whatever that is, says it could feel about 10 degrees hotter than it is. The forecast for Portland, OR calls for afternoon temps around 113. It’s still June. Summer isn’t even 10 days old and already Portland is looking at 113 degrees. Nothing to see here. Please disburse. Nothing to see here.

I just took out the trash and the recycling. We have security alarms on the doors because my mother went wandering at the crack of dawn recently and snuck out silently enough that she didn’t wake anyone. So now the doors make noise when we open them. At night they make tremendous noise a la a rock band in a stadium volume level noise. I took four trips to bring everything out and didn’t want to keep setting off the quieter, daytime noise so I just left the door open… and now there’s a fly in here with me. Sonofabitch.

Hold it a second, I have to give mother her 2:00 pills. Be right back………

Okay, I am back. It’s 2:00 so I have to get back to work. I was trying to think of what to write about and didn’t come up with much. Here were the rejected topics, all of which might come up again later. Should I call Mike the Bass Player and ask if he’s going to be around this weekend so that I can pick up my amp and my little pedal board, both of which have been in his cellar waiting for a band practice since the first day of February 2020? Should I finally shut up about it and bring that guitar and that amp over to Guitar Center in Nashua and trade them in? On Saturday, maybe? Should I try again to make an eye doctor’s appointment for this weekend? We tried last weekend and their online appointment scheduler was down. Ugh.

Okay. Back to work, you. You have code to patch!

The Weekend is Close

Just under four hours left in the work week. The weekend is almost here.

I’m not sure what the plan is. I want to get an eye exam. I haven’t had a chance to try and book anything yet so it probably isn’t going to happen. Our passports are going to expire soon and we need to get new pictures done so we can send them in with the renewal application. Good thing I got my hair cut, huh?

Guitar, guitar center, trade in the strat, all that stuff. I’m Nana Sitting again on Sunday night but we can get a lot of stuff done between the time I get home tonight and the time I come back on Sunday. Granted, we could also get a lot of flaking and resting and relaxing in too.

So many options, you know?

Music Plans and Weekend Plans

I failed to play the guitar last night, but I did come up with some kind of running order for Quarantine Tunes Volume 4. I can sense your bliss.

I have one song for May that is close to being finished. There are a few more that I might be able to get done by the end of next week. I also have a potential batch of songs for a fifth round of re-recording, but I am seriously at the bottom of the barrel. So far I have tweaked a song lyric here or there, and one song had the lyrics rewritten. I think I’m going to have to do that a few more times. Of the 10 songs on the new list, three are actually written about the RPM Challenge. That’s no good. I see some new lyrics in my future.

Plans for the next few days include:

  • Finish watching this week’s episode of The Bad Batch (nine minutes to go)
  • Work
  • Nana sit overnight tonight
  • Nana sit tomorrow until around dinner time
  • Hang out with my family tomorrow night. If time allows, maybe play some guitar.
  • Sunday, celebrate Bellana’s birthday by watching The Godfather and The Godfather II and cooking a steak dinner on the grill.

Not a bad weekend.

Plans

The plans for the next 12 hours include:

  • Finish my Nana sitting shift, about an hour from now.
  • Go to the grocery store for the first time in 14 months to stock up on sugary breakfast-esque foods and bottled caffeine
  • Top off the gas tank in the Mazda
  • Go home and spend a lovely evening with my beloved bride, Jennifer.
  • Hopefully go to bed early, or at least early-ish.
  • At approximately 4:30am tomorrow, wake up, get out of bed, drag a comb across my head.
  • At approximately 5:30am, get in the Mazda with my breakfast-esque junk food and my caffeinated beverages and start driving North. More like North-Northwest, I think.

Unmotivated

I’ve been pretty much crushed for the last week. It’s getting worse. I just want to curl up in a ball and go away. I can’t though. I have too much to do. Is it necessary stuff or is it distracting stuff. Yes. Tonight I hope to finish up the bed room. New mattress pad, new mattress, new end tables. Tomorrow we start on the kitchen which includes the closet in the mudroom. It’s going to take a few weeks to get through everything on the agenda. There are so many boxes waiting to be opened that I don’t know what to do with them all.

So. Many. Boxes.

At least a new mattress could potentially mean that Jen and I aren’t overwhelmed with back pain when we wake up tomorrow. That’s a plus, right? My foot issue which may or may not be Plantar Fasciitis started sneaking up on me eight or nine days ago, and it was a nightmare through last weekend, but now I think it’s gone. I probably just jinxed it though. At least I’ve got that going for me.

The work day is ~88% complete. 60 minutes to go. At least I’ve got that going for me, right?

Weekend Wrap Up

On Saturday I posted my to do list for the weekend. How’d I do?

  • Wrap Christmas Presents. I only have one person’s gifts left to wrap.
    • Every Christmas present I had in the house that was not wrapped is now wrapped. I’m still waiting on a couple of deliveries, but that’s not a big deal. Almost done!
  • Do Christmasy things with the whole family, specifically we need to watch Elf.
    • Oh hells yes. Elf, Polar Express, Christmasy stuff all over the place. WOOHOO!
  • This is a late arrival to the list but I am going to help Jen make a shit ton of cookies. Hell yes.
    • So many cookies were baked. So many delicious cookies. I’ve done a decent job not devouring all of them, but I doubt my will power is going to hold out for very much longer.
  • MUSIC
    • Holy crap! 48 hours ago the December music was nine songs, seven of which had rhythm guitars. That’s it. Now? 10 songs, all of the rhythm guitars are done, all of the lyrics and melodies are done, eight of the songs have vocals done, two of the songs have all of the tracking done, and one of them is mixed. I did a car music yesterday, and another today, and I’ll need one more tomorrow. December music is suddenly on fire.

So there we have it. My weekend to do list may have been short, but it’s complete. Big time complete. I like it when a plan comes together. Now we just have three work days, and a Christmas Eve to go before our first and hopefully last ever Covid-19 Christmas. Here’s hoping the little bastard goes down in history as a unique little blip on the universe. HoHoHo.

To Do List for This Weekend

It’s the last weekend before Christmas and here is my to do list. It’s pretty short.

  • Wrap Christmas Presents. I only have one person’s gifts left to wrap.
  • Do Christmasy things with the whole family, specifically we need to watch Elf.
  • This is a late arrival to the list but I am going to help Jen make a shit ton of cookies. Hell yes.
  • MUSIC

I had a tough time with the intermittent fasting last night. We went out to deliver Christmas presents (successful) and check out some Christmas lights displays (woefully pathetic). We left right after dinner and we didn’t get home until 9:00 PM. I am supposed to start my fast at 9:00 and I was seriously hungry. I had a snack and started the fast at 9:45. I’m still going to get the full 16 hours in before I eat again, but it was just a sign that it’s going to be tough this week. Add that to the to do list, keep on schedule if you can.

HoHoHo.

Weekend To Do List Review

Here is the to do list I wrote up on Saturday. How did I do?

  • Vacuum the rug in the living room. (already done)
  • Sweep the floor in the living room. (already done)
  • Sweep the floor in the hallway, the dining room, and the kitchen.
  • Wash the floor in the kitchen.
  • Do something with the ever growing piles of cardboard boxes in the hallway, the kitchen, and the back porch.
  • Take steroids.
  • Use mass quantities of calamine lotion.
  • Take mass quantities of Advil.
  • Try to not get calamine lotion on the bandage on my hand.
    • I tried… I failed.
  • Add at least two more song ideas to the 50/90 pool.
    • I don’t think so… I think the last couple of ideas I added to the pool were done on Friday, but I’m not sure.
  • Add guitars to at least six songs in the 50/90 pool.
    • Four songs, not six.
  • Write lyrics and a melody for at least five songs in the 50/90 pool.
    • Epic fail
  • Record car vocals for at least five songs in the 50/90 pool.
    • Epic Fail Continued
  • Decide whether or not the tendinitis in your hand is in a good enough condition to put together the new cabinet we bought for the dining room.
    • Pushed off until next weekend.
  • Watch mass quantities of Marvel’s Agents of Shield. I’m in season two. Is season two the best season? It might be.
  • Get some take out for dinner tonight via doordash or some similar internet service. Preferably Indian food.
  • Be sad because I miss the kids.
  • Be sad because Bellana is leaving us next week.
  • Watch the Bruins game tomorrow night. Or at least listen to some of it on the radio.
  • Try in vain to not scratch the poison ivy.
  • Clean the litter box.
  • Pet the kitty because she’s furry and fluffy and adorable.
  • Tell my wife I love her (already done, will be done again).
  • Take two more days worth of photo-a-day pics. You’re almost there, Robbie. Constant Vigilance!

Weekend To Do List

Things I want to accomplish this weekend, despite my injured/itchy state.

  • Vacuum the rug in the living room. (already done)
  • Sweep the floor in the living room. (already done)
  • Sweep the floor in the hallway, the dining room, and the kitchen.
  • Wash the floor in the kitchen.
  • Do something with the ever growing piles of cardboard boxes in the hallway, the kitchen, and the back porch.
  • Take steroids.
  • Use mass quantities of calamine lotion.
  • Take mass quantities of Advil.
  • Try to not get calamine lotion on the bandage on my hand.
  • Add at least two more song ideas to the 50/90 pool.
  • Add guitars to at least six songs in the 50/90 pool.
  • Write lyrics and a melody for at least five songs in the 50/90 pool.
  • Record car vocals for at least five songs in the 50/90 pool.
  • Decide whether or not the tendonitis in your hand is in a good enough condition to put together the new cabinet we bought for the dining room.
  • Watch mass quantities of Marvel’s Agents of Shield. I’m in season two. Is season two the best season? It might be.
  • Get some take out for dinner tonight via doordash or some similar internet service. Preferably Indian food.
  • Be sad because I miss the kids.
  • Be sad because Bellana is leaving us next week.
  • Watch the Bruins game tomorrow night. Or at least listen to some of it on the radio.
  • Try in vain to not scratch the poison ivy.
  • Clean the litter box.
  • Pet the kitty because she’s furry and fluffy and adorable.
  • Tell my wife I love her (already done, will be done again).
  • Take two more days worth of photo-a-day pics. You’re almost there, Robbie. Constant Vigilance!