Stupid Hiccups

Song: “Limbo Rock” by The Champs

Mood: 6.5

Nightmares: 1

My evening medications hit me like a dump truck last night. They don’t often do that but when it happens, I feel like heavy chains are draped over my shoulders and my mind get cloudier and cloudier. I think J finds it amusing, especially when I’m trying to put sentences together. But, that’s why I take them before bed.

I slept okay last night but I woke up a couple of times, and once for a pretty bad nightmare that took me quite a while to calm down from. I’m not sure why I woke up the other times but I didn’t have too much trouble getting back to sleep from them. I was unable to get back to sleep when J left for work again. I don’t know why that’s been happening.

I had a good morning. My exercises went well and I wasn’t interrupted by the phone, or the house making noise, or when mail was delivered. I didn’t do a walk today because I was going to be out of the house for an hour and a half in the afternoon and figured that would be sufficient.

I worked on the quadcopter for a while. A few of the screws had come loose so I went over the whole thing, tightening every screw. I also did some calibrations (take that, Garrus) and ran the battery out so I had to put it on the charger. J picked up a bottle of threadlocker this afternoon (thank you!!) so I will take out the screws one by one and put them back in with a bit of threadlocker to keep things together.

I’ve been trying to get into the habit of trimming my facial hair once a week so it doesn’t get out of control. I’ve been keeping it up for the last few weeks. Things were going well today, too, but I had the hiccups. It was fine when I was trimming my sideburns, but I take the guide comb off to do my moustache. I thought I had the timing down but unfortunately I hiccuped unexpectedly and gouged a bald spot into my moustache. I haven’t told anyone and nobody has said anything so hopefully it’s not that noticeable. If I can hang on for a few days it’ll grow back a bit and fill in the patch (I hope).

My Dr P appointment was difficult again today but I was able to concentrate on what we were talking about a little better than in past weeks. I think I may have rambled on a couple of times and put together some sentences that weren’t really coherent, but he didn’t seem to mind.

Next week we’re going to try something different – he’s going to come over here and we’re going to try some exposure by opening the garage door and leaving it open, or turning on a stove element and leaving it on for a while. I am not looking forward to that because it sounds like something I would really rather not do, but on the upside, I won’t have to leave the house to go to my appointment. I’m fortunate that I’ve got a therapist like Dr P – I don’t know anybody who can say their therapist helped them work on stuff at home.

I spend a fair amount of time on Wikipedia and I am always amazed at how I got from where I started to the topic that I end up reading. For example, I was looking up Chivalry and, after an hour or two and a bunch of clicks, I ended up at the Matchgirls’ Strike of 1888. Today, I ran across an article that had a link to an interesting site: You put in two topics and it figures out how many articles it takes to connect them. Usually there are tons of connections, lots of which make me scratch my head, but after playing with it for a while I finally found one that only had one three-step connection:

Six Degrees of WikipediaI just had an idea for another one to try:

Six Degrees of WikipediaI think it’ll be a neat thing to play with when I’m bored and have a few minutes. It might also be a good way to find new and interesting articles and topics to read about.

J was away at her class this evening so no Columbo tonight. The one we watched last night was decent, but I think we’re going to skip the next one – we watched it last time around and it’s awful.

Stay safe.

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