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Journal 07-22-2015

Good morning or whatever part of the day it is for you. Today is Wednesday, July 22, 2015. The temperature is 70.3°F and the humidity is 86% at 4:22 a.m. PST (-8 GMT). Weather Underground shows sustained winds at 0 mph with gusts of 1.6 mph. It was overcast and quiet when I stuck my head out. I listened to the crickets for a bit. Weather Underground is predicting a 10% chance of precipitation and a high of 80° (“nearly the same as yesterday”) today.

I’ve been getting up and going to the gym, which opens at 5, then going to Starbucks to write, getting home about 7:30 or 8. I’ve gotten some work done on Siegfried, a lot on “The Song of the Harp,” (that just keeps getting longer) and a lot especially on “Dirt.” I’ve also gotten some reviews done for Examiner. It’s worked out nicely in that respect, but I haven’t been spending a lot of time here. There is a trade-off. With the work Mr. Siduri is doing on the house, I have to be available for him. I can’t just hide in a bat cave all day. Additionally, he is my husband. I didn’t go to all the trouble of marrying him if I didn’t want his company.

Tonight, it’s just too hot and sticky. I haven’t slept much. I woke up the first time about 10:30. And getting dressed to go to the gym just ain’t going to happen. Plus, I don’t need to be spending money for tea every morning, particularly when I don’t have any money. But that’s beside the point.

We did get a bit of rain over the weekend. I enjoyed it. People in the canyons in the hills behind us had a bit of a rough time, and then there was a bridge collapse in the desert, along a main thoroughfare. Happily, no one was killed, though one person was injured. They’re going to reopen the road in the next couple of days.

Word is, an El Niño is coming that’s going to be the strongest on record and this summer rainstorm, the aftermath of Hurricane Dolores, is just a forewarning. I am in no position to judge the merit of this statement, or of the strength of the coming El Niño. One can only hear predictions of the end of the world so many times and before the drama gets tiresome, of course, but there’s also no sense in not being prepared: Is now the time to put on the new roof we’ve needed? (No sense putting it on during a drought when we won’t see the leaks until the company that put it on has folded).

But El Niño also means some areas of the world will be dry. There might be famines. It’s a worldwide phenomenon, beginning with warm water in the Pacific Ocean.

Thanks for reading. Hope you and yours are all well and happy. Hope the day brings you good things.

Off to write another day—

Writing schedule (again):

1. Spend an hour with Siegfried.

2. Review “How to Die in the Anthropocene.”

3. Another entry in 30 Day book challenge

4. Finish review of On Writing .




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MegL wrote on July 22, 2015, 9:08 AM

What's that song "Seems it never rains in Southern California"

msiduri wrote on July 22, 2015, 10:01 AM

Ya never know. I haven't started stockpiling rice and canned beans yet. The yard is a little green because of the rain this weekend. That's nice.

wolfgirl569 wrote on July 22, 2015, 10:06 AM

I am looking forward to it as that means a warmer winter for us here in Ohio. The last 2 years the temps have went well below zero

msiduri wrote on July 22, 2015, 10:11 AM

And from there, I got to listening to Joe Walsh "Life's Been Good." Go figure.

msiduri wrote on July 22, 2015, 10:13 AM

And we'll have a winter, as opposed to summer just stopping. I'm looking forward to that! Mr. Siduri isn't though. He gets cold when the mercury drops below 70.

deafdiva wrote on July 22, 2015, 2:39 PM

I am so glad no one was killed when the bridge collapsed! I hope the person that was injured will be okay!

Ruby3881 wrote on July 22, 2015, 5:10 PM

"How to Die in the Anthropocene" sounds interesting!! I'll be looking forward to the review...

msiduri wrote on July 22, 2015, 6:35 PM

So am I! I haven't heard of the condition of the injured person, but I got the impression that his injuries were not life threatening, happily.

msiduri wrote on July 22, 2015, 6:36 PM

Uh-oh. I better get cracking. emoticon :smile:

Ruby3881 wrote on July 22, 2015, 9:50 PM

I'm going to say, "You're welcome!" because if you wrote up the goal, you probably wanted to be held accountable emoticon :winking:
But honestly, don't rush on my account. I'm patient emoticon :smile:

Carmelanirel wrote on July 23, 2015, 9:14 AM

We have had such a cool summer, we had maybe 5 days of hot and sticky, however we finally have days with no rain. I notice one of your goals is to review On Writing, that is Stephen Kings book, right? I love that book. It was a required book for one of my classes and one of a few books I decided to not sell back to the college.

msiduri wrote on July 23, 2015, 9:58 AM

Carmelanirel Our summer has been not and sticky as well. We got a bit of rain over the weekend. Last year it was just scorching, so I guess that's an improvement.

King's book is great. Thing is, I don't enjoy his other books all that much. He's fantastic at creating suspense, but I find his endings to be letdowns. But this book, aside from what is says about writing, was funny and enjoyable. Other books I've read on writing are DULL.

msiduri wrote on July 23, 2015, 9:59 AM

I did get around to writing it. I was actually in the process when I saw your note and just has to leave a smartypants remark 'cause that's sorta what I do. Most importantly, thanks for your lovely notes.

Carmelanirel wrote on July 23, 2015, 6:26 PM

Yes, King doesn't write in the genre I enjoy and though the language in On Writing was pretty colorful, it did make a wonderful textbook and if I ever get the time, I might take him up on the offer to submit a story using the prompt he shared.

CoralLevang wrote on July 24, 2015, 9:15 AM

Glad the bridge collapse wasn't more serious. Everyone else is getting rain except here in Seatttle area. Go figure.

msiduri wrote on July 24, 2015, 11:51 AM

I saw that and figured I'd pass since the book is 15 years old now and he's probably had enough responses to it to make him regret ever putting that in the book.

msiduri wrote on July 24, 2015, 11:53 AM

I know! Well, if the doomsday prediction are even half right, Seattle will be getting a bunch.

Carmelanirel wrote on July 24, 2015, 6:20 PM

True, but it was not a year ago when I took the class and this was the textbook,so I'm sure he is still getting submissions from students. I'd give it a try, what harm will it do? And if anything, you may become a best selling author.

msiduri wrote on July 24, 2015, 6:54 PM

All right. I dare you. I double dog dare you. You mention time, so I'll give you say, two months. By the end of September. Whaddya say? We'll meet here again on October 1st, if not before, to confirm that we've each submitted something to the URL in the book. You've been , Carmelanirel ....

Ruby3881 wrote on July 25, 2015, 11:28 PM

I saw it shortly thereafter, and enjoyed the read! It sounds like a somewhat depressing theme for a book!

CalmGemini wrote on July 26, 2015, 7:49 AM

It seems such a long time since I have been here. So much catching up to do.I have read '' On Writing'' by Stephen King some time back.

msiduri wrote on July 26, 2015, 9:14 AM

Good to see you again. I wondered where you where. Hope all is well.

Carmelanirel wrote on July 27, 2015, 3:30 PM

Yikes! I surrender!!!! Hahaha. That is so tempting msiduri but I will only have a month of free time before next semester starts. However, I think I will at least try. I'll read that section tonight and see what I can come up with.

msiduri wrote on July 27, 2015, 6:26 PM

OK, you're on. Sounds good. Honor system, Submissions by October 1st?

peachpurple wrote on July 28, 2015, 10:25 AM

Stock up food and water since the weather is turning bad now. Take care

msiduri wrote on July 28, 2015, 11:17 AM

Well, it's not that bad here. Are you faced with severe weather where you are, peachpurple ?