August 27th, 2018


Last night, in my dreams, I was trying to get edits from my boss off a fax machine. My boss liked the piece but had two changes. That she faxed to me. She faxed 5 pages - none of which were the right ones. Then she came to my office and didn't even bring the right page with her. It was a very frustrating dream.

My Garmin watch collects a boat load of data and can display most of it on the watch face. Some of the watch faces you can install are so cluttered with data that telling the time is not possible. All I want is the time, the day, the date, and how many steps I've taken. And all of that in as big a font as possible. There are a bascillion watch faces in the Garmin 'store' and none of them do what I want the way I want it. Of course. I've toyed with designing my own but too much trouble.

Finally yesterday I found the watchface I didn't even know I wanted. It grows a flower!!!! As I move closer to my steps goal every day, my flower gets created. It's so cool. Also I can change the color of the flower.


It's the little things.

It's only supposed to get up to 71 degrees today. I love that. So much. I will absolutely be taking a nice little walk today. There's this guy - Ernie - who last week challenged me on the Garmin app. I know nothing about him except he bikes and runs. It's only me and him. I kept up with him most of the week but he pulled ahead. And at the end, he had 98,258 steps and I only had 78,533. I'm not sure I can make up those 20,000 steps BUT... maybe. I did not go out much last week due to the crappy air. So there's a chance...

I was thinking 'wonder if he knows he's up against and old lady?' and then I realized, heck, he could be 95 for all I know!

No ballgame today. And precious little on the TiVo. I think I'm down to about 6%. Netflix and Acorn for the next month.

I have a shirt in the sewing room that is about an hour from being finished. If it fits like I hope, I'll then be doing some changes to the pattern.

My two big jobs on my ToDo list are:

1. Go through every pattern and cull out the ones I will not be using again. I know there are a lot. I need to get the group paired down for space savings and also so I don't use a pattern that I didn't like the first time.

2. Clean out the cabinet under the bathroom sink. Seriously. This cabinet is my nemesis. Back when I used to move every 18 months, I joked that when my bathroom cabinet got out of control, I'd just polish up my resume and find a new job/location. I've probably pulled everything out and thoroughly cleaned maybe twice in the 25 years I've lived here. It's time. Way past time. I have makeup down there. I have not had makeup on my face in more than 20 years. I mean ugh.

But, not today. Gotta save the joy, right?


Wait... I could just go to the store!

I grew the rest of my flower while in the Japanese grocery store. Where I found my favorite Japanese jelly candy. It's fruit flavored but delicate and not too sweet. It's coolest trick is that it is wrapped in plastic but when the plastic comes off, it's wrapped in edible cellophane. It's delicious and fun.


I used to have to go to 99 Ranch - about 30 minutes from here. But now, I can just walk over to Uwajimaya! So to celebrate, I got a poke bowl for dinner. And the eggs I forgot to get on my grocery run Saturday.

I finished my latest shirt and it's perfect. So I made changes to the pattern so that the next one and all the ones after that will be no brainers. I did have to move the pockets I'd sewn on what turned out to be the back, to the front. DOH! I'd been very careful to sew those pockets down securely, too. Ugh. Also has anyone seen my magnifying lighted headset? I have put it away somewhere and I have no clue where.

Anyway, I'm excited to have a perfectly fitting raglan sleeved top to make a bunch of.

I want to swap out my big fat Keurig for one of the new tiny ones. Turns out that Target not only has the best price, they have the best color and they will ship free and I can get it on Thursday. OK! I could drive to Target but, too far. But wait! There's a Target between here and Pike Place Market! And they have them in stock. And I can go into the actual store and buy it. NOVEL plan!

So tomorrow, I'll hop on that free shuttle and just go do it. I'd go today but 1. I have already made my flower and 2. The sun is out and it's hot. Not horrible africa hot but hot enough.

Tomorrow morning it will be cloudy (I hope) and cool and I'll need to top off another flower on my watch so Good Enough.

My other big project is digital. I have several excellent mindless computer games that I've played for years on various phones and tablets. And, it has come to my attention that these games are no longer in the Play Store! They aren't modern and by modern, I mean offering you opportunities to spend money every 3 minutes. But, I have them installed on some old hardware so today I am going around and scarfing them up with an APK extractor and putting them into a folder on Google Drive for safe keeping and future installs. Kind of a PIA but, hey, better than not having them at all!

I have one more tablet to do and then the backup phone and I'll be done.