It wasn’t my fondest of weekends — Donald Trump officially became President of the United States, my birthday buddy uncle died on Friday night, the weather was complete shit, I never left the house, my weight refuses to drop, and finally the Packers lost. Of these the one that impacted me the least was the Packers loss (it would have been much worse were I still dating the woman from last year since she is a huge Falcons fan), though I would certainly would have loved to watch the Packers play for another Super Bowl win along with the Raleigh Royalty when I am up there in two weeks.
So Long Uncle
For fifty-one years I shared a birthday with an uncle; he passed away on Friday night. At eighty his passing was not shocking, especially since he was diagnosed with cancer and was unable to swallow for the past three months; he was fed via tubes and I believe he could eat soup. My mother, the second eldest of eleven children, has now outlived four of them. They are a fairly hardy bunch. She was understandably saddened when I spoke to her.
When I was a boy we had two birthday parties at our house. In the daytime there was my party, in which friends of mine came over and much cake was consumed. In the evening there was my uncle’s party, in which family friends and relatives came over and much alcohol was consumed. I know the past is glorified in one’s memory, but those were fun days.
The impact of my uncle’s death won’t hit me fully until I realize in July that I won’t have to buy a birthday card to send to him.
Current Duolingo Streak: 22 days
Current Workout Streak: 17 days
Unfortunately neither my German skills nor my waistline have demonstrated the benefits of these streaks.
Eating The Past, Coding The Future
The M6 never left the carport on Saturday and Sunday. After spending most of Friday out, including eating lunch with ITP-Reader Al, and then having a happy hour and dinner with my friends Hank and Bill, I decided that with the weather and my commitments that I should stay home.
I ate a lot of leftovers this weekend. With the cooking I’ve been doing this year I’m finally starting to see dent made in the contents of my refrigerator, freezer, and cupboards. I still have plenty of stock, but if I am prudent with my purchases when I go grocery shopping I can continue to cook them down. In this blog I’ll be posting recipes and photos (hopefully) of the things I cook this week.
I spent a part of this weekend crafting a coding exercise that I need to send to a potential employer when I am finally done with it today or tomorrow. This is the next step, which I believe leads to an in-person interview if they like what they see. Wish me well, I’d really like to get this job for many reasons.
Hoping To Start The Week Off Better
I have my semi-annual dental checkup today; I’m hoping it will go well.
I have to pay for the chalazion removal procedure; I’m hoping that this will be the only time I have to do so.
Make it a great day everyone!