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Saturday, May 29, 2004

We are all still trying very hard to have this baby. We've even scheduled a special gathering for family and friends tomorrow, something that has nothing to do with him. It's elaborate enough that a call sending us all to the hospital waiting room would be a major inconvenience. If that doesn't convince Aiden to make an appearance, I don't know what will.

Tammy is doing her part. Actually, she's doing more than her share, above and beyond as it were. She's also keeping herself busy and active. It hasn't helped so far, but once the baby comes we'll say that whatever she did that day was what worked. As usual, she has plans for every day during the coming week. She hopes she doesn't get to do everything on her schedule.

As you can probably tell, I don't have much to say about my own day today. I'm trying to use the long weekend to get some work done, and I did cross three major items off my to-do list today. It just doesn't feel as if I'm working hard enough. If I'd kept going, I could have done a lot more. (There's a duh statement if I've ever written one.)

I just tend to let my thoughts trail off sometimes. Any time I reach a stopping point, I stop, forgetting about all the rewards of staying on task. Blah, blah, blah, tomorrow. That's my unofficial philosophy for working on weekends, and it seems to be seeping through to actual work days.

Before I know it, everything is happening at once and I get overwhelmed. I have to have a little talk with myself, and it turns out to be just as hard a job to keep my spirits up as it is to get the work done. So far I haven't been sucked into the black hole, and I plan to keep my head above water, whatever it takes. These little inspirational pep rallies I hold for myself are quite helpful.

When that baby does show up, I plan to be still in one piece. Every time I find things breaking up on me, I remind myself of that part of the plan.

28 May 2004


I'm still behind, and I'll still be behind for a long time to come. The progress I made today didn't seem like much at the time, but I'm starting to see the possibility of eventual daylight. That's the most positive sense of the situation I've had in a while.

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The Giants hadn't had a lead in tonight's game going into the sixth inning, but that's when Barry Bonds doubled in the tying run and scored the lead run. They went on to beat the Rockies, 5-3. Their eighth straight win brought them to the .500 mark for the first time since early in the season. Hitting and pitching have finally come together the way they did last year, and they're only two and a half games out of the division lead.

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So, let's get a boat, and some snorkels and go on out to the reef
We'll leave the fat folks, who wear shoes and white socks with cameras back on the beach