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Staying Asleep

Even if I’m up closer to 1AM, I’ll still snap awake early. And it’s starting to feel like I’m now having trouble staying asleep. I’ll try to sleep in on the weekends, but it requires a more concerted effort (no alarms, and with me deciding to set my phone back down after waking up at 6:30 AM).

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Enjoying the Bird Bath

From time to time, birds will gather at the edge of our driveway and fluff their feathers around for a dust bath. This little guy though, really got into the water and seemed to enjoy an actual bath.

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Backyard Painting Day

With a few dry days behind us, and a few dry days ahead… along with the phenomenal weather we were expecting this weekend… Saturday was an outside work day. On the docket: touching up the fence and painting the garden boxes.

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Buddies

It’s always so nice to see these two getting along so well. Daisy has chilled out a lot, over the years. And while at times there were questions of who the top bunny was, things seem to have settled into a more relaxed pace. They genuinely do seem to like one another, and it’s always delightful to see the evidence.

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A Walk to the Park

There were more folks out and about today, which was nice – but the park wasn’t overly crowded. People kept their distance, and there seemed to be the standard mix of those with and without masks (most folks who were moving had masks on, and most who were settled in place did not).

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Daytrip to Valpo

We had an impromptu trip out to Valparaiso today, right in the middle of the work day. The temperatures have gotten really warm this week, and our goal was to head out to borrow the large AC unit from Julie and Bob for another summer.

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Buzzing and Alarms

Around 8:00 PM, we decided to open up a laser level we purchased from Home Depot. The item they brought out to use (via curbside pickup) actually still had the security device attached to it. We weren’t sure what to expect, but we took it down to the basement to use the wire cutters.

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A Day of Errands, a Day Outside

Back home, we finally set the chicken in the front yard. Prior to that though, Liz added a small Tile tracker, out of concern that someone else might come along and love the chicken as much as she does… and deem it worthy of theft.

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Overclocked

The lack of motivation is a topic for another day, I think. With all of this, I’m wondering if lack of sleep is a factor. Our schedule the last few weeks has been to go to be later and later, with our lights-off time closer to 12:30 AM. But I still find myself getting up at the same early hours – usually 6:30 or so.

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The Confessions of Marcus Hutchins, the Hacker Who Saved the Internet

“Over just a few years, Hutchins had taken so many small steps down the unlit tunnel of online criminality that he’d often lost sight of the lines he was crossing. But in this IM conversation with Vinny, Hutchins says, he could see that he was being asked to do something very wrong—that he would now, without a doubt, be helping thieves steal from innocent victims.”

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Liz Door Work

Just documenting this, more for Liz’s progress really. I’ve been incredibly under-motivated of late, but Liz continues to plug away working on house tasks after the workday ends.

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The Hop ‘n Flop

A week or so ago, Daisy started to hang out here on a semi-permanent basis. It’s definitely “hers,” if you go by claimed territory as Phineas hasn’t really done the same. After a long period of dormancy, this thing is now someplace you can frequently find Daisy. Just stretched out and relaxing.

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Video Chatting with Julie and Bob

Despite it being all video and a little laggy… it still felt nice to once again hang out. Something we really haven’t done in a long while. We got to talking and joking towards the end, and it felt a bit more “normal.” Or as normal can feel, done entirely via video.

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