Starting the Training

I went away to a place with an open pool to begin my swim training. I’m glad I did it in a no pressure place.

Day one, my swim watch decided that it was out of batteries. Part of that, maybe, was that the pool water was at 90 degrees. The maintenance guy told me that he turned it down, but it hadn’t cooled off yet.

Day two, several children needed to be in the same place that I was, and their parents decided to put all of their setup within two feet of mine, so I left.

Day three, I pulled my earplugs out of my ear to hear what someone was saying. The plug part stayed in the ear. We almost went to the emergency room, but I got it out before the tweezers arrived.

I learned that I need a bone conducting mp3 player so that I can use real earplugs. I also learned that my swim watch was lying to me since it worked fine once we got home. Also, I need to go to a pool with lanes and no kids in the way. Thankfully, my gym’s pool has recently opened. Now, to fit it into my schedule!

Neatening up the book stack

In my post Productive Long Weekend, I mentioned redoing my book stack. Here’s the mostly done stack and its contents.

In the upper right, you’ll see my headphones. These are perfect for Zoom meetings and for reminding my family that I am reading or writing.

Directly under them, is a boxed set of books resting on the air purifier. The surge suppressor/hub is in front of the purifier, powering the things like my Nintendo Switch (lower left), reading light (left of headphones), and my chargers (phone, kindle, fitbit, etc).

My tablet is right behind the reading light, holding the TV remotes and mp3 players. Right on top of the tablet is an empty hydroflask that’s waiting for its tops to be washed. Under the tablet are two books and small shelves that hold my kindle, my night guard, ear plugs, my nightly medicine, and my dress watch. My reading light is here, too.

Next to the hydroflask is a tinkerbell pouch for bookmarks and other things I might need. There’s a light purple bag next to it with similar items, plus cords for things I don’t charge much right now, like my swimming music. The boxes to the left of that hold more bookmarks and pens and pencils. The bag (New York Public Library) in front of the vertical books has special bookmarks and trinkets that I got from the library in New York City. The back of the bag is shown in the other photo here.

The books that have their titles turned away are books that I haven’t started yet, but want to soon. The books that are stacked vertically are works in progress or reference books.

While my little book stack could be neater, it’s certainly more accessible than before. I am happy with it.

Playing Catch Up

I have several draft posts waiting in the wings. Most of them need attention before I can actually post them. I got quite a few up today, along with a few new ones.

Over the next few days, I will probably be working on and posting some of the posts that I had previously partially written. I have also thrown out some outdated and unwanted posts, so I feel like I am making progress, and I will be making progress.

Rob will be writing a few guest blog posts, too, so I look forward to reading what he has to say, also.