Monday, July 03, 2006


I have spent a lot of the day at the computer, working on various things. I haven't felt very motivated to do much else. My great plans for getting industrious in the house evaporated as this bladder infection got worse all day.

I finally got the antibiotics at about 4 this afternoon. I started the process at 7:32 this morning. It's a good thing it wasn't a serious medical issue. So, whatever little bug I have had extra hours to reproduce - always good news. But, I'm feeling better after only one dose of medication and I'm taking another one before I go to bed. They say two a day and I'm sure they meant more than five or six hours apart, but I meant I wanted them early in the day when I started calling at 7:32 a.m. So, this is the compromise.

Well, I'm heading up to bed early tonight. We had a nice little rain storm and it cooled things off a bit so it should be pleasant sleeping tonight - aside from the fireworks in the neighborhood.

Close Miss

Well, we've all survived the night and we probably didn't even know we were in danger. Asteroid 2004 XP14 passed closest to Earth last night - shortly after midnight Eastern Time - and is now moving further from our orbit.

I'm always amused that some people actually worry about things. If it had hit it would have created a crater about 20-30 miles in diameter. Yes, that's a big crater. But, compared to the size of the Earth, it's a tiny speck. The likelihood it's going to hit in any particular place is miniscule. I'm not up to doing the math on the probability of that, but lets just say it's minimal and leave it at that.

So, see, you have even more to be thankful for today and you didn't even know about it.

But, hey, mark your calendars for April of 2029, when Asteroid 99942 Apophis is expected to be visible in Asia and North Africa. It's huge - about 1000 feet wide - and will pass within 20,000 miles of Earth. In orbit terms that's like your next door neighbor's deck. Ones that big only come that close to Earth about once every 1,500 years. But, Apophis will likely be making another trip in about 2036.

So, depending on your approach to life, either chalk it up to oddities or start laying in the canned goods.

Bright Monday Morning

I love the early morning hours. I woke up about 5:15 and got up about 30 minutes later. Here before 7 I've already accomplished quite a few things, including waking up Sondra. She's ordinarily an early riser, but was sleeping in until about 6:15 when I woke her up. I never imagined she would still be asleep then. Oops. She had called yesterday asking if I wanted to go have breakfast so I was calling to see if she wanted to this morning. But, she had a full agenda today and was distressed she was still asleep. I may just head out to Dutch Kitchen in a few minutes.

I'm waiting on the Doctor's office to open so I can go visit their lab tech and get some nice little pills for this bladder infection. Thank goodness for over the counter stuff that helps the symptoms, but it won't do a thing for the real problem. I need some antibiotics for that.

I'm laughing at myself a bit this morning that I always go to the computer as soon as I come downstairs and check email. I rarely have anything in the morning. Of course not. I went to bed about 1 and am checking email about 6 - not very many people are going to written epistles in those hours. But, every day I check it first thing. I'm either very optimistic or very foolish. Lets just go with the former, shall we?


I have been working in the house today - doing exciting things like organizing kitchen cabinets. Yes, I know, my life is thrilling - try not to be too jealous.

I need to get on my knees with a bucket of soapy water and a brush and scrub the floor in there. I can only think of about four million things I'd rather do.

I've also got a little bladder infection. So, I guess I'll get to go visit the doctor's lab and the pharmacy tomorrow. Thank goodness for over the counter medication. At least I'm not miserable from it. I'm not sure how I got this - not the usual way one gets them. I guess this is just a little surprise. Oh well... nothing major... some antibiotics will take care of it... just an inconvenience.

I have also taken some time today to work on some computer things. I have a ton of things I need to do yet, but at least I got started. I have trouble focusing on one thing at a time, so things tend to drag on for a long time. I have thought about trying medication for the ADD but I just don't like messing with brain chemistry unless it's absolutely necessary. And in my case I don't think it is as I'm able to function without it. But there are times when I need to focus that I think it would be nice to be able to do it more effectively. But, I manage to get things done anyway.