The Diary of a Nobody/August 1

Meet Sparrow, an average man passing an average life…

Thursday, August 1
Boy, I had a really good workout today…This close to champion training…It was my first regular workout in a week or so…Recall I slept thru Tuesday’s session and while I was in the gym on Saturday and Sunday, I only had the time/interest in short workouts.

Not today…I was strong and focused the whole way and I even upped the bench press 20 pounds total…I am now up to 180 total, hardly the 220 I was able to move years ago, but still not too bad…I only was able to move it eight times, but as we’ve noted here before, that’s pretty good and we’ll take that…The squats were good, too, 40 squats after each superset which is not only good for your legs, it’s good cardio, too, contributing to an hour of your heart going at a pretty good clip.

The Wife – as she is wont to do from time to time – joined another goddamned co-op recently, which will supply us with an assortment of healthy, evidently bamboo-based stuff…Current marching orders are to never again buy toilet paper, dish soap, toothpaste and maybe even ink for all I know because those will all be supplied now at who-knows-how-much per month…I’m not entirely sure I want to dry a bamboo-based toothpaste, but ol’ Sparrow is nothing if not flexible. 

We had some rain overnight and this morning, so I was not able to do the lawn, which I am not complaining about…I was going to completely surrender to the weeds today   – instruments of surrender were to have been prepared and signed under the carport – because they are all over the place this year, but we can put that off until another time.

It was a very leisurely day…The Wife and I went into the next county to get our vacuum cleaner repaired…Her son had given her a Kirby his grandma had given him, which is quality gear, but it wasn’t working quite right and there is a Kirby repair/dealer in the next county…Based on the design, which apparently hasn’t changed in 30 years, I thought it was pretty old, but the lady field stripped it and said it was “borned” in August 2014, so it wasn’t as old as it looked…She said general maintenance ran $45, a steal, tho she had a couple ahead of ours to do…Evidently, new Kirby’s can cost over two grand nowadays, so we got a steal. 

We also went to the retailer in the next county, ostensibly for some of the mouthwash I can only get out there but, go figure, The Wife grabbed a cart and a half-hour later we’d spent $102…Then we went to lunch at the hospital of all places…The Wife loves dining at hospital and college cafeterias and it wasn’t too bad…It wasn’t as good as the chain restaurant out there, and certainly not as good as the 5-star Mexican joint, but it wasn’t too bad, maybe what you’d get in the service on an average day…And at $14 for both of us, it was a pretty good deal, too…Heck, $14 is less than I spend on myself at the Mexcian joint, tho don’t tell anybody that.  

Sparrow’s Sleep Log: 1830 Wednesday until 0330 Thursday…9.0 hours for the night and a breathtaking 34 hours for the week…Now, recall that Tuesday’s total of 25 hours was the highest Tuesday total on record so you might think 34 hours thru Thursday would be a record, but actually it’s a bit short because regular readers of this crap may – or they may not – recall that over the winter I was racking up some downright heroic Wed/Thu sleep totals and on one January Wed/Thu session I racked up a personal best 20 hours (1200 Wed until 0800 Thu) which brought the Thursday total to 37. 

Still tho, 37 hours ain’t nothing to sneeze at and with two sleeps and the Friday nap still to come, the possibility of the first 50-hour sleep week since before I started the VSO job simply cannot be dismissed. 

The Diary of a Nobody is a novel. All elements are either products of the author’s imagination or are used fictitiously. Anything else is a coincidence. 

It was inspired by the 19th century British novel of the same name. 

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