Sunday, April 27, 2014
Still a Chill
Some of the trees are beginning to bud but it is still pretty chilly here, going down into the 30s. Oh well, I don't have any warm weather clothing ready anyway. And I still have my winter weight to lose before I want to show even the littlest bit more body.
At the suggestion of a friend, I read Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Slayer and World War Z last week. Not my usual reading choices, but kind of fun. Now I am reading Guns, Germs and Steel. It's kind of fun to let other people direct my reading list instead of having to find things on my own. Sort of like taking a class. A pretty odd class, but still fun.
I went on the air last week (the 40 meter band) with my second attempt at Morse Code. I was a disaster. Terrible terrible terrible. I had a heavy hand and made countless errors. I was nervous the whole time and can't say I took any joy out of my second attempt at ditty bopping. And yet I survived, and even had a pitiful little conversation with a polite 82 year old man (who also had a pretty heavy hand, unless he was just mocking me!) Still, I'm no less nervous than before. I find myself thinking that I should just give up, but the idea makes me sad. Learning Morse Code has taken on symbolic meaning for me, although I'm not sure exactly what it represents. I only know that I have to force myself to do it, but I will be sad if I let myself quit.
Friday I went shooting with a couple of friends, my first time to shoot outdoors. We shot 9mm and I didn't do well, but did better than I thought I would. Saturday I took a search and rescue management class. Then the Grands stayed overnight at my house. Junk food, DVDs, playing school and building fairy houses. We had a lot of fun. But I am exhausted. Next week I am going to a three-day FEMA seminar that I'm nervous I'll flunk. But the sky is blue, the sun is shining, and I have nothing to complain about. I've said it before and I'll say it again: Life is Good.