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Tuesday, June 22, 2004

This was the kind of day I've been dreading, although I'm not sure I ever truly believed it would happen. It wasn't even a particularly stressful day, and I didn't have to work especially hard. But I did have to work, and that was the problem.

Usually I can pace myself. That's what makes me so productive, in fact. I can work at my own speed, and when I need a break I can take one. Today it was different, because I needed a break more than I ever have in my life, but I was so loaded with tasks that had to get done that I didn't have time for a nap.

This was work that I'd sail through like butter on a normal day, but on a day like this, when my head keeps bobbing, it might as well be molasses I'm trying to sail through. (Instead of butter, I mean.) Easy becomes hard when all I want to do is lie down and close my eyes. Hard becomes impossible.

So I didn't get everything on my list done today. And I didn't get a nap. That's why it was such a dreadful day, but I made it through and I'm looking forward to tomorrow when the to-do list will be shorter and maybe I can pace myself a little better.

17 June 2004

My garden (what's left of it).

One thing I'm trying to do to make my own life easier is cut down on the caffeine. In fact, I didn't drink any regular coffee today, just one cup of decaf and a lot of herbal tea. That might make sleeping easier tonight, but it also might have contributed to the feeling I had all afternoon that I wasn't alert enough to react to a crisis. It's a good thing there weren't any crises then, isn't it? It's also a good thing there were no foul balls hit into my section of the stands.

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What started as a pitchers' duel between the Giants and Dodgers tonight turned into a classic slugfest. The funny part is that the Giants won by playing the Dodgers' game. They played aggressive baseball, taking chances and putting them in position to win. Instead of relying on their usual strength as a team that hits home runs, they won by stringing together singles and doubles. It seemed that every time the Giants went ahead, the Dodgers would come back to tie, but they ran out of time at the end, and the Giants won it, 11-5. Edgardo Alfonzo, the guy who hits behind Barry Bonds, had six RBIs in this game, after hitting game-winning homers against the Red Sox both Saturday and Sunday. So let teams keep walking Bonds; we've found a solution to that problem. (And oh by the way. The Giants are now in first place.)

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"It's impossible to get less exercise than I did today and still claim to be a living, breathing human being. So I've got that much going for me."

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