Today the train crossing wengt off for at least five hours by my house.
I'm getting better at eating less, even if I can'gt post about it.
I ordered a really cheap $500 mirror lens! It's going to suck, but should also be fun.
I'm playing more GW2 than WoW lately, but Shadowlands is really tempting.
Darkness used to always jump up onto my shoulder from behind me to rub his face against my face. Now he is jumping up from the front, but that buts if his face near the back of my head if he lands on my shoulder, so instead he is aiming for my chest and simply grabbing on with all of his claws to hold the position.
I'm going to watch Bladerunner 2048 finally. Assuming I can get the player to work.
I pulled some weeds today. Mostly goatheads. A few were creeping towards my door. The rest of the yard is infested with them, but I deal with that by not riding my bicycle in that part of the yard.
Chuck roast definitely makes a better tasting beef stew than arm roast, no matter how cheap the arm roast is.
I have a real cough. I'm not sure where I got it. I went to the supermarket on September 12th, wearing a facemask, and avoided people like I normally do.
Apparently it is possible to get sick of rutabaga. I still like beef stew, just maybe without rutabaga in it if I cook more this month.
My back still hurts, but all up high, and it is getting better. I haven't been out walking, and I really want to be. I'm getting close I think.
I stepped on a plastic pill bottle, which broke, and hurt the bottom of my right foot. That took about a week to resolve before all the swelling went away.
I'm slowly learning to eat less pasta. It sucks. I love pasta. But it is bell pepper season at the local farmer's market finally. I've been learning to eat stir fry without rice! I love rice.
I think my street is divided in trash pickup. Maybe it always has been. But the opposite side of the street seems to happen on Thursday, and my side of the street on Friday. I've searched dilligently online for the trash pickup schedule, but the city doesn't seem to publish it anywhere, and it doesn't come with my bill.
I also need to update this more often, take more pictures, and get the Daily Page moving again.
Supermart had new york strip steaks on sale for extremely cheap. Cheaper than any of the bad roasts, like the arm roast. It had no visible marbling in it. It was going to be nothing but terrible if eaten as a steak. So I made beef stew with onions, rutabaga, and carrots. I added extra gelatin, bay leaves, whole garlic (most of a head), black pepper and some USDA Organic beef broth that was on sale. It was fantastic. Oh, and a pinch of salt, because the boxed beef broth wasn't quite salty enough for all the food.
Chicken broth made with equal parts Pilgrem's Pride chicken wings and drumsticks is noticeably inferior to chicken broth made from a single whole USDA Organic chicken. Hopefully the store can get deceng chicken back into stock next week.
I have a huge improvement in how my back feels. My left arm feels like I lost ground on the strain in though.
My back still hurts, but up high again, not down low in the old back injur that has had multiple spasms over the years. This is good.
It has suddenly become chilly at night in Socorro.
I finished reading "All about the Burger: A History of America’s Favorite Sandwich (Burger America & Burger History, for Fans of The Ultimate Burger and The Great American Burger Book)" which has quite a long title. It's a fanboy book about hamburgers, so I can't call it a good book, nor a good history book, but it was fun to read.
My back is in bad shape. The upper back pain transitioned down to my lower back and right leg. A sure sign of impending back spasm, so I'm doing lots of preemptive stretches and core building to avert it this time. I've had too many go all the way and I should have learned long before this.
I've clearly failed again to keep a log of all the food I eat. I did eat ground beef with fresh tomato on it today. I'm kind of surprised that I'd forgotten how good ground beef is. It's sort of a poverty food, but it works well in a pandemic when I try not to go to the store more than once a month, and then only for prescriptions. Not that I succeed, pandemic fatigue has me going almost weekly at this point.
I fully intended to walk tonight, because my back feels better. But I forgot. Now I'm naked and in bed. So it is too late.
My arm is feeling better as well. My method of trying to heal it is to find any movement I can do without pain, and do that a lot. I've been doing many of them with small weights. I still have pain in lots of motions, but not in as many as I used to.
I should go camping again. Alone, because no one showed up last time.
A package from the Netherlands arrived! According to the customs declaration, it is a book. I don't remember ordering a book from the Netherlands. Opening the package I find a shipping manifest from Italy. The book I do recognize, I ordered it from Amazon.
I've been eating lots of choclate since I went to Wal*Mart, but since I carefully only bought one bag, I'll be out soon.
Last night I made a ground beef steak and experimented with seasonings. Garlic powder, salt, and black pepper. It was sort of ok.
No, news.google.com responds, but not www.google.com nor mail.google.com.
It appears that google.com is completely down. At least to me.
Bacon and eggs! Thawing some cod as well.
My back hurts a lot. High up, betweem the shoulder blades. I think maybe the water carrying plus all the digging for my camping trip are what stressed it. Just muscle-soreness pain, so nothing critical. Still trying to be gentle with it.
Not sure if I have ever talked about my left arm here. I pulled a muscle in it some time ago (on the order of months), and it has been slow in healing. It still hurts, but I can usually lift it over my head now!
Bacon, eggs, and spinach.
I still have pains in my back from the walks with the water. I want to do it more, but I'm worried about the back pains.
I tried to eat some scrambled eggs with spinach and cured pork cheeks (I can't spell it). I failed. I'll probably just throw it away.
I return from camping a day early. No one showed up except me. The road was rough, and needed some work with a shovel in a couple of places to make it passable. I strung up my tarp over my hammock really well. Perhaps the best tarp hang I've done in decades.
I "ate" a couple of paleo dehydrated meals. One of them I ate all the meat out of and discarded the rest. The meals suggest adding ghee, and I think that might help. They smelled really good, but were unappetizing. I drank some gateraid on the way out.
My motivation to track my food is waning fast.
Today I had 4 peanut butter cups, some meatloaf, and some muskmelon.
I bet I didn't record any meatloaf yesterday.
My Subaru had been warning me of low tire pressure. Unrelated I've been having terrible gas mileage. I tested and found all my tires were at or just under 30 psi. My tires are all now at 40 psi. I suspect that my gas mileage will improve some when I drive tomorrow.
The headlamp I used to evacuate off Timber Peak late last week seemed incredibly dim to me. I could see with it, but not a lot. Today I tested the battery, and it wasn't a lot battery that caused it. I looked the headlamp up online, and discovered (remembered) that this headlamp has a variable brightness setting. It could have been much brighter if I had remembered how to use it. The sad thing is, I only bought it in February, I should have still remembered. It was, however, the headlamps first real usage. Hopdefully I will do better next time.
Camping on Friday appears to be me and two co-workers who are committed to going. Another co-worker, with a wife and two children, might also go. Two other people I asked are definitely not going.
I ate a chocolate bar, and some almonds, and some meatloaf.
Almonds with some bad chocolate bar, and meatloaf!
I ate two little chocolate pies.
I also returned my copies of the Heathers TV show to Apple. It was missing episode 10. When I found it on itunbes.apple.com via google it showed me 10 episodes, but when I bought it I only got 9.
Doctor visit, after which I had 4 peanut butter cups and a steak!
I ate some carrots and some chicken broth. 2 cups.
2020-08-17 17:58:06 After the bacon I made hash browns. Today I've also
eaten a bad og lettuce, some cocolate chips, and some pistachios.
I ate some bacon.
I didn't sleep.
Sore enough it is another rest night for me.
Today I've eaten some chocolate chips, almonds, and two red bell peppers.
One person can't go camping on Friday, and one person wants a backup plan in case the road is impassable. I've never seen the road impassable, but it is possible it could happen. I'm not sure of need for a plan for that eventuality though. We could just camp at the impassability for instance.
Still sore. Getting older has apparently made the onset of sore come later, and also take longer to resolve. Sore is a good sign though. It means progress! Or something.
I forgot: the short climb (500ish feet) from my car to where I camped did cause me to feel a little sore in my quads today.
I just ate 6 ounces of egg noodles (storebought) with beef stew in sour cream with paprika.
Yesterday's camping trip wasn't successful, but I don't want to call it a failure. I knew there could be lightning, I was just not expecting it. The storm did mostly miss, as predicted by the weather service, but I wasn't exepcting the cloud to cloud lightning being directly overhead. It was nice looking down on the storm passing by. The pack out went pretty well. I was under my tarp shelter for all of it except for taking down the tarp shelter. I didn't bother to pack the backpack effeciently, so it was quite full, but still ahd room to close. The route I had hiked up to my camping spot was an exposed ridgeline so I had to improvise my out, but that wasn't terribly hard in the dark. My car flagged a low tire on the drive down, but I saw no evidence of a leak, nor did I see any evidence today, so I think it was just generically low from the cold. It's probably been a long time since I last checked the tires, not really having been driving in long time. My attempts to photograph the swarms of ladybugs didn't go as well as I had hoped.
Four ears of corn, and two chocolove bars.
Camping in Big Rosa next Friday.
Upon returning home, I made 300 grams of spaghetti with sauce and sausage and I ate a chocolove bar with no almonds.
I woke up to thunder and rain. So I rushed out in hail and lighting and came home. The weather mostly missed the area. I could see the ground strikes 40 or 50 miles off in the distance. But cloud to cloud strikes were arcing from horizon to horizon, and I was too close to the clouds.
I'm packed and ready. My pack without camera, trekking poles, and hat weighs 15kg. It has the water in it. Far too much water. It's light on clothes, because who cares.
Timber Peak sounds good, except that area is #2 for lightning strikes in the United States, and it is mid August.
I need to decide where I am camping. I also need to plan gear. I bought the barocook recently because we were in stage 2 fire restrictions until January, unless rescinded early. Since buying the barcook, they were rescinded, so I don't actually need it now. I'll probably still take and use it, I want to see how easy it is to use.
But the question of where remains. The little campground near Copper Trail is simple and easy, but not a great view. It's down in a valley so all I'd see is trees, and all I'd hear is probably vehicle noises. The spur that leads to the old mine has some nice spots, and a view, but I remember that is is dry and exposed and there aren't many trees for a hammock. Sure Woody is high and has lots of trees, but not a great view because it is sure woody in there. Which leaves either a hike out on the South Baldy trail, or perhaps a shorter hike on the Timber Peak trail. I might be able to get away with doens of yards on the Timber Peak trail and be out of sight of my car and with both trees and a view. Lastly I could take the longer walk up Mesa trail, and camp up there. Nice, but not a great view unless I walk extra far.
I had two more oranges of orange juice, and I ate a peice of cod. It was a little rubbery. Not sure if I'm not cooking it enough, or cooking it too much, or thawing it too quickly. I'm new to cod eating, I only started about a month ago.
I had orange juice, 2 oranges worth, minus what I spilled, with my broth last night.
Time for 2 cups of chicken broth with 1/2 teaspoon of salt.
I should mention I've taken the trash out, changed the kitty litter, and talked to a neighbor down the street that neither he nor I think have every actually talked to each other. He didn't seem to know my name, but I don't know his either!
I plan to go camping tomorrow after work. Somewhere simple, close to the car, just to spend a night out in the woods. I plan to take a book and my new barocook, and probably two sets of meals for it, one for the evening, and one for the morning.
I am finished with another mile and three-quartersish walk, half at fourteenish pounds, half at 37ish pounds. I'm sweaty now.
I ate a chocolove bar with lots of almonds while playing WoW.
About to go hike another 3 gallon glass carboy to the Water & Ice Store. I won't bother to GPS it again.
I can hear a mosquito in my room, which means a male, but if a male is in here, then a female probably is too. I clearly shouldn't have left the window without a screen in it open today.
Making chicken thighs breaded and fried with tomato slices. And of course I going to fry and eat the skins too.
My Garmin eTrex H now displays the correct date.
I just noticed paragraphs aren't working correctly. I need to fix that.
My new usb to serial cable arriveed. Garmin's current software doesn't support serial at all. There does exist a "webupdater" for Windows XP Service Pack 3, which does seem to run on Windows 10. My GPS is updating.
Of course, this old GPS seems pretty terrible now that I own a newer, but not the newest, etrex. When I have some spare money I might just upgrade to the newest version and keep my cheaper but slightly older model as my spare.
Half a muskmelon and 2 cups of broth.
I didn't go for a walk or a bike ride. Let's call yesterday a rest day!
I ate 2 cups of broth with all the remaining "dumplings" I think there were seven of them.
I had pasta instead of chicken. 200g of it, with sauce and sausages.
My chicken isn't thawed, so I couldn't make dinner. At least the dinner I wanted. So I ate a chocolove bar and some almonds to compensate.
Half a muskmelon!
I did much better on the salt. 1/2 teaspoon for 2 cups.
Broth and 4 "dumplings" for breakfast.
I'm starting to wonder if exercise causes nightmares. Normal-person nightmares, not the kind I typically have.
Aside from the salt, this new chicken broth is fantastic. Just chicken and water, 2:1 ratio of water to chicken. I pressure cooked it for two hours never really letting get it up to high temperature. In theory it never boiled inside the pot, and this broth is very clear and very yellow, so I think it worked out for me.
I completly forgot that 1.5 teapsoons of salt is too much for 2 cups, it's twice as much as it needs. This tastes salty.
Cooking up 2 cups of broth with four storebought frozen potstickers as dumplings. I didn't like the potstickers as dumplings the first time I tried them, but I have a whole bag of them, so I might as well try more than once. If it doesn't work out, they do make fabulous potstickers.
I have returned from a very brief bicycle ride, roughly three miles. Not having done this in a long time, I can already feel new aches and pains in new places that walking didn't touch
I'm about to go try a leisurely bicycle ride.
I ate a chocolove bar with almonds. Lots of almonds!
Oh yes, two nights in a row of a short hike with a glass carboy of water has left me feeling things in my back. I strongly suspect that I'll take some time off today to let it rest up a little.
My doctor has emailed me to let me know that my CBC looks perfectly normal. No idea why it took so long to stop bleeding yesterday.
I'm about to eat a bunch of beef stew, but without any noodles because I'm too hungry to wait.
I took 3913 steps by the pedometer. I walked 1.72 miles, at 3.3 miles per hour (moving average) in 31 minutes and 14 seconds by the GPS/GLONASS. I don't know what happened out there, but the cats are fascinated with smelling me upon my return.
I rearranged the menu order on my GPS to more accurately reflect the menus I seem to be using.
I ate a bowl of pistachios, and now I'm about to walk another 3 gallon water bottle.
I ate two white corn on the cob, and a chocolove with almonds.
The doctor went badly, in my eyes. I normally stop bleeding immediately from a blood draw, but today it took several minutes for the blood to abate. After the doctor I made some beef/tomato/sour cream/paprika stew with 6 ounces of egg noodles. Then I ate two little chocolate pies!
Hungry. Have to go to the doctor though.
I seem to be about three pounds short on my weight. I'll blame the scale.
I am home. The backpack weighs 36 pounds and 8 ounces. I took 4246 steps supposedly. I walked 1.74 miles, in 34:23 moving time, and a moving average of 3.0 miles per hour.
About to walk. The backpack weighs 14 pounds and 4 ounces. My scale, which I've had for decades, doesn't do metric, because no one measures fish in grams.
Made some mapo dofu. Less than a cup of rice, uncooked.
I took some diphenhydramine last night. My eyes don't feel itchy today, but I slept early and I slept hard. Good practice for Tuesday I suppose, except I still slept in. The effects are definitely lingering though.
I made a beef and tomato stew overnight. I really shouldn't have, it simmered a bit too long. It didn't get the onions and rutabaga either. I'm sure it is salvagable still. I need to reset the gelatin in the meat by refrigerating it, then I can add the remaining vegetables and recook it real fast. And salt. It needs salt.
I have enough latent pains to think I'm not going to try hiking a carboy of water tonight.
I am eating a chocolove bar and a big bowl of almonds though!
I ate "four" ears of corn. Two were under pollinated, and one was short.
My new chicken broth, a careful 2:1 ratio (by weight) of water to chicken, is tremendously better than my previous chicken broth. I didn't add any vegetables or bay leaves this time. Just pressure cooked it at high pressure for 2 hours. The bones were brittle, so it did a good extraction. The color is wonderful!
I'm eating the last of my old chicken broth as a soup with four potstickers thrown into it like dumplings. I want to see how this tastes. The old chicken broth had bay leaves and red onion and carrots. And leeks I think. It surely had leeks. It has a dark color to it. I remember when it was fresh it almost looked purple from the red onion coloring it.
I'm eating a pair of Marie Callender's mini chocolate satin pies, because I'm a bad person.
Can't sleep, eating pistachios.
My attempts to software patch my Garmin eTrex H have been a failure, but I'm getting closer. Windows doesn't support my usb to saerial cable, and tells me so so I suspect that is reason my mac failed as well, just the mac didn't tell me. The mac also needed a usb to usb c converter, which adds another layer.
I'm eating 2 cups of homemade chicken broth now. 3/4 teaspoon of salt this time.
My back hurts still, but my feet feel better. I'll likely walk tomorrow night.
I think I'm mostly happy with this. I even made URLs work nicely I think. I only have one URL, so we will have to see what happens in the long run. Perhaps there is hope for making a petrichor page!
I'm cooking 200grams of cut ziti now, to eat with some unknown amount of sauce and sausages.
Having this as a monolithic page makes it easier to see mistakes, and loose ends. One loose end, from February, was my Princeton Tec Corona 8 LED Headlamp. Princeton Tec honored the warranty, and mailed me the part to fix it! I really like that headlamp, and I was quite glad to get it fixed.
Tonight I had planned to pack up a 3 gallon glass carboy and see just how hard it was to hike that to the Water And Ice Store to fill it up and hike it back. It needs to wait now.
This is now a single monolithic page, and not a daily page type of page. We will see if I like it more this way.
Eating a Chocolove bar and a bunch of almonds! Cooking sausages to make pasta sauce.
My extra long walk last night was definietly too soon. My feet hurt in ways they haven't hurt in a long time. There was one time I went on a surprise hike from Water Canyon campground to the top of Strawberry Peak down to Socorro. That hurt a lot. This is a lot like that. No walking for a day or two. And it wasn't even that long of a walk last night.
Eating some muskmelon.
Eating(?) 2 cups of homemade chicken broth. A pinch more than 1/2 teaspoon of salt.
I almost forgot, 9348 steps.
I am home. Trip odometer is 4.18 miles, max speed is 5.1 (another glitch I'm sure), moving average is 2.9 (it was higher at the start, but I did get tired and sore), moving time 1.25 hours. I did deliver my box to the FedEx box, which at the far end of town.
About 19:15 I ate a chocolove bar with a lot of almonds. About to go on a walk. A really long walk, to the FedEx box. The furthest I've walked in years.
I just ate three chicken skins off of three thighs. I'm cooking up the meat with a smalo onion and a red bell pepper and oyster flavored sauce. I marinated tghe mat in a tiny bit of soy sauce and xiao sing. I'll probably add some black pepper too.
I should keep track of my excessive eating.
Right now I'm eating half of a muskmelon, and 2 cups of homemade chicken broth. I put rough 1/2 teaspoon of salt into it. I think it's a good amount.
It appears I went about 2.67 miles. Not far at all.
I walked. Down to that street with La Pasadita on it, over up, back to the p laza, the south and the jog to the old KOA with the two side trips.
I didn't reset the trip, so it combines with yesterday. I'll hand edit the gpx file and repost in a little while.
4.93 miles, 1 hour 34 minutes moving time, 3.1 miles per hour mov ing average, sunrise in 7 hours and 21 minutes.
I haven't been wearing clothes much, so I don't have the pedometer on much. Not that I'm walking around my house much either.
I spent a lot of time leading up this new GPS, and too much time after I got the GPS, trying to find out how to read the data off of it. There doesn't seem to be a current python port for accessing it, and the gpsbabel didn't seem to work for me. Then I typed dmesg, and saw that the GPS exposed two filesystems. So, mount, cd, ls, more, and there it all was. A huge improvement over the last time I tried to download a gps via a garmin-to-serial cable plugged into a serial-to-usb cable plugged into a FreeBSD box.
The old website I used to use https://www.gpsvisualizer.com/ is still there. Google has made it harder to use, but it still works. It took me a while to figure out what I liked in all the menus last time, and I'm sure it will again. I should probably donate to him.
The tracklog showed some weird diversions that I didn't actually make. Those could be the source of the 14.4 mile per hour max speed which I definitely didn't do on foot.
Just took a walk. Same route as last walk, but it took 4967 steps instead of 5887 steps. I doubt I walked better, so it is probably uncertainty in the pedometer.
I used my new Garmin eTrex 30x GPS/GLONASS. It said 2.22 miles, with a max speed of 14.4 miles per hour, a moving average of 3.2 miles per hour, and 41.36 minutes for the trip. Sunrise is in 7 hours and 13 minutes.
I shall have to see if I can find a way to download the trip data.
No walk tonight. Tired and sore from doing roofing. I'm sure that counts as exercise.
I need to remember this more often.
Today I learned what "TikTok" is.
I've also threatened to kidnap not one, but two flocks/herds of chickens (plus a dog and a couple of cats).
Notable things I did today include going to a building filled with wet open holes waiting to be filled, and I dumped my dirty load into one of them in excahnge for money. $4.50. That seems, expensive, compared to the cost of just buying one to keep at home and have for deacades. Unfortunately the one I have at home only has an upward facing wet hole, and I needed a horizontal facing wet hole for my dirty load.
My Princeton Tec Corona 8 LED Headlamp, which I purchased June 14 in 2009 for $43.47, has failed. It seems unrepairable, though I could probably use a little tape to hold it together. It still works just fine.
I walked almost 2 and a half miles today. The most since the foot thing in October. I'm very beat.
I'm trying to only post positive happy things here, and not let this be a secret pit of despair like it was.
Today is day 18081. I finally got my camera back from Canon after two repairs, one I paid for, the other free because they didn't fix it.
SCA a d ruygby tomorrow. Sometime after the hard drive crash of 2013, but not long after, I lost about 100 more images of someone. Kind of sad. The index inages still exist, but the raw and jpg images are all gone.
The latest version of macos has abandoned emacs,and is abandoning bash. Mac is starting to lost its "not quite as a terrible" edge that was holding over Windows.
At at the Buckhorn today. It was still good.
On Monday, when I left for work about 06:00 it was still very dark. This morning it seems quite light outside when I got up at 06:00.
It feels like winter is over. My cats aren't shedding though, so more cold must still be coming.
I don't think I mentioned yesterays huge accomplishment. Recently I had bought three avocados. Yesterday, after having waited for them to riped but before they rotter, I ate them. This is the first time I've managed to eat a ripe avocado that wasn't rotting that I had purchased myself.x
I had another frustrating phone call with Canon. Depite being told repeatedly that they could ship my camera back to me via a carrier that would deliver it, they still shipped it FedEx, and then told me I had to deal with the problem. Ultimately, when I complained that I am not a charity dedicating my time and money to delivering packages for them, they finally said they would, "as a courtesy" ship it to me via UPS so that it can be delivered to me.
I found a weird comedian on youtube. From there I was led to the song Bad Guy by Billie Eilish. When I watch that video, I see a story of a girl who is beaten to give blowjobs, and ultimately murders the man. I appear to be unique in this view.
I cooked aji chicken today, sort of. My own recipe, because none of the Columbian recipes I found held any interest for me.
I think I have all my data copied from old disks to new disks. Now I'm making final backups of the old disks for long term storage. Very exciting.
I don't feel like playing video games. This is a weird feeling to me.
Since it is a new year, I just dug into licensing fees for upgrading some software, specifically PTGui and Photomatix. All told, it came to $29 for me. Which I'm quite happy about. I don't do Photoshop anymore and I'm trying to learn to live with Affinity Photo, and that hasn't made me pay anything in quite a while, which is also quite joyful.
Lunch at La Pasadita today. Still trying to slowly and carefully transition my server to 16T disks from the old disks which are probably more than ten years old for the oldest ones. They could be as old as fifteen years.
I kind of want to do this again, but for public consumption. And so I shall I guess. We can see how well I do at it.