Song: “Walter, Walter (Lead Me To The Altar)” by Gracie Fields

Mood: 7.5

Nightmares: 0

Ghosts: Pack

I didn’t sleep quite as well last night. No nightmares, but I woke up quite a few times and had to get up to look at things once. I woke up and talked to J when she was getting ready to head out to write her exam, but I fell back asleep and slept through my alarm. Then, somehow, I coherently texted with J a few times and finally ‘woke up’ half an hour later. So, as usual, I was running late. I did kind of a slow shuffling scramble and got myself all beautiful and got the various tools, drawings, and parts ready for when FA showed up.

Since I’ve been going around clean shaven (or ‘face nekkid’ if you want to use the appropriate industry parlance), I’ve been using my old razor. It’s seen a lot of whiskers over the years, and J and I decided I should get a new one, and she was nice enough to pick one up for me on her way home from work. I used it for the first time this morning and was gobsmacked to see how well and quickly it mowed through the stubble on my face. I got quite the case of razor burn from it but I think I just need to get used to it.

FA arrived around 10AM and we immediately got to work on her project. I did some work on it yesterday and got the power figured out and tested, and since she’s leaving tomorrow, today was mainly a ‘put it together and hope it works’ day. We ran into quite a few hiccups but managed to bludgeon our way through them, and by 6PM we had a machine that did what FA was hoping it would do with reasonable reliability. There was just a bit of software that needed to be knit together, and FA did that this evening after she got home.

The first time FA ran her program and the motor started turning and things started moving, I wanted to wave my arms in the air and hop around. I was very pleased to see things working, and it made me feel good that FA asked me to give her a hand with it and I was actually able to contribute. I’m a troubleshooter at heart, and being involved in a project that spans several different technical areas really got my brain working. God, I love that feeling of satisfaction! I’m pretty tired, but it’s a very good tired!

After FA left, J and I had supper, then did our own stuff for a while. We lost track of time so we didn’t watch any shows this evening, but we are both planning to sit down and watch a couple of shows or maybe a movie or two tomorrow.

As for weekend plans… aside from the aforementioned show/movie watching, I have none at this point. I’ve got to do some cleaning and put a bunch of stuff away, but there aren’t any places I have to be or any time restrictions.

I still can’t believe that thing works! What a great feeling!

Stay safe.

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