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My purpose is to live for Christ alone.

13bForgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, 14I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.
- Philippians 3:13b-14 (NIV)

For beautiful the prize, and great our hope.

2016/05/29 19:20 Sunday

Almost had my Internet and landline service cancelled. The credit card I used for auto-payment had expired, and even though I received a new card, I had not updated the expiration date in the auto-payment settings. Just wasn't thinking.

Had a rough night again last night. Finally got up at about 5am. Did laundry before the church service. After the service, I went to Costco. This was the last day for the May coupons, and there were some things on coupon that I wanted to get. Don't like doing chores on Sundays, but my vacation time is running out.

Did 25.34 miles of laps on the Sirrus. Averaged 14.1 mph. It was fairly windy, there was quite a bit of very slow-moving traffic, there were pedestrians who crossed the road in front on me without even looking, and there were stupid pigeons that didn't get out of the road. Besides, I was taking it easy, as I was very tired. Wasn't sure I would be able to finish the ~25 miles that was my goal, but I managed to hold on and finish.

Read two chapters of Nehemiah.

2016/05/28 19:20 Saturday

Slept about 12 hours last night. Slept well, except for awakening from the hot flashes a few times. Being female is a loathesome condition, and not just because of hot flashes.

Did 25.36 miles of laps on the Sirrus. Averaged 14.9 mph.

Read the first eight chapters of Nehemiah.

2016/05/27 19:30 Friday

Didn't sleep well again last night. Had trouble falling asleep when I first went to bed. It was over an hour before I finally drifted all the way off to sleep. Then I laid half-awake for about an hour after one of the hated hot flashes. Had another one at about 5:30am, and finally got up at about 6am after not being able to fall back asleep. Have been doing surprisingly well today, though. It seems the gluten-free diet is already helping.

Did 25.25 miles of laps on the Sirrus at an average speed of 15.1 mph. There was some wind, but it wasn't too bad. Got stuck behind slow-moving traffic fewer times than usual. Felt better than I have for weeks, thankfully. Will do ~25 miles again tomorrow. Don't want to increase my mileage too fast.

There is a ride I am signed up for on June 25th. It is one of the rides at the Alta Alpina Challenge. There are a lot of different distances to choose from. Last year, I signed up for the 37-mile ride, but the Challenge was cancelled because of the fires. The club that organizes the ride gave the entrants entry to this year's Challenge instead of giving refunds, so I am signed up for this year's. Don't know if I will be able to do the ride, though, for two reasons. First, I don't know if I will feel up to it by then. However, based on today's ride, I am hopeful that I will. Secondly, I don't know if I will be able to take the time off from work. I am scheduled to have the week off that week, but the guy who has worked the same shift as I do gave his notice on Wednesday. Presumably, they will move a third shift Tech 1 to days, but I don't know if whomever it ends up being will be ready to work alone by then.

Read Ezra.

2016/05/26 18:35 Thursday

Had a $10 off birthday coupon for Squeeze In. Took the downstairs neighbor there for breakfast this morning. Laid down to rest for a little over an hour after that. Didn't sleep well last night. As usual, I woke up quite a few times because of hot flashes. Had trouble getting back to sleep afterward a couple of times. Oh, how I loathe being female, and everything about being female.

Felt a little better on the ride today. It was windier than yesterday, but not as windy as the day before yesterday. Got stuck behind slow-moving traffic even more than usual. Did 20.04 miles of laps on the Sirrus at an average speed of 14.3 mph. Might try for ~25 miles tomorrow.

I don't know what to say about the "echo" illustration in last Sunday's sermon.

Finished 2 Chronicles.

2016/05/25 17:40 Wednesday

Happy 56th birthday to me. Birthdays mean little to me, though. Good thing, as neither of my sisters even bothered to text me a happy birthday. The downstairs neighbor gave me a bird bath, which was nice. Amy and Randy were going to have me over for dinner, but Amy had to have a medical procedure on short notice, so we will reschedule.

Did some more research on gluten withdrawal. Something I had read before was that ingesting gluten can result in opiod-like reactions in the brain, and eliminating gluten can cause withdrawal from that as well as other withdrawal issues. I had read that withdrawal can last a few days. Because it has been more than a few days since I cut out gluten, and I am still feeling very bad, especially when riding, I did more research. I read that withdrawal can take a few to several weeks, and it can take up to six months before gluten-intolerant people really start feeling better on a gluten-free diet.

Felt a tad bit better on today's ride. Did 15.87 miles of laps on the Sirrus Expert at an average speed of 14.2 mph. Early on, I thought about trying for 20 miles, but by the time I was at about 11 miles, I started feeling wool-headed again.

Am at Chapter 33 of 2 Chronicles.

2016/05/24 16:55 Tuesday

Rode to Costco with the bike trailer this morning before the rain started. It was a 4.79 mile round-trip. After the rain stopped, I did 15.81 miles of laps on the Sirrus. Averaged only 13.2 mph. Just didn't have it in me to go any further or faster. Am fed up with being exhausted all the time. My health is worse than ever.

Read Chapter 23 of 2 Chronicles.

Off to bed.

2016/05/23 18:55 Monday

Took two bikes to the bike shop this morning. Had the chain, and the cable and housing on the rear derailleur, replaced on the Roubaix. It now shifts well. As to the Sirrus Expert, they temporarily clamped the fender stay down until they can get a new one.

Today's ride was a little better than yesterday's, but not much. Did 15.86 miles of laps on the Roubaix. Felt like my head was full of wool, as it has on the last few rides. Averaged 14.6 mph without trying, though, which was better than yesterday's 13.5 mph.

After the ride, I did four large loads of laundry. Glad to have that out of the way.

Am at Chapter 23 of 2 Chronicles.

2016/05/22 16:45 Sunday

Paid bills this morning. Am making progress at cutting down my credit card debt. However, I did something stupid. I forgot that I would need to pay June's rent out of my most recent paycheck, and didn't leave enough in my checking account to cover it. Thankfully, I realized that, and transferred money from my savings account. Forgot to pay the power bill, also.

My health is worse than ever. My goal was to ride at least 20 miles of laps, but was too tired to ride even that far safely. Rode only 15.89 miles at an average speed of only 13.5 mph.

Slept about 12 hours last night. Have been awake for only eight hours, but am so tired that I am going to bed now.

Read 2 Chronicles 19.

2016/05/21 20:35 Saturday

Much to my dismay, my vacation may need to be rescheduled.

Read 2 Chronicles 18.

2016/05/20 20:00 Friday

It snowed heavily for a while in Stead today, but it didn't stick.

One more day of work, and then comes my vacation.

Read up to 2 Chronicles 18.

2016/05/19 20:50 Thursday

Two more work days, and then I will be on vacation until June 1st.

Am at 2 Chronicles 15.

2016/05/18 20:10 Wednesday

Am utterly exhausted. Got to bed late last night because of the cycling club meeting.

Read 2 Chronicles 10.

2016/05/17 16:10 Tuesday

Was in bed for about 15 hours last night. Don't know how much of that time I was actually asleep, though. Was laying there half-asleep for part of that time.

Did 15.89 miles of laps on the Roubaix. Averaged only 13.8 mph. It was windy and I was very tired. Was too tired to continue safely. Had hoped to do at least 30 miles, but just wasn't up to it. Besides, the rear derailleur isn't shifting right, and the chain dropped twice while I was downshifting on the front derailleur. Will be taking it in on Monday for a new chain.

After the ride, I laid down to rest for an hour and 15 minutes. However, Hope kitty didn't let me rest much. She wanted attention, and I don't have the heart to ignore her or try to make her leave me alone.

Will be riding to and from the cycling club meeting this evening. Am hoping it won't be a long meeting. Tomorrow is a work day.

Read up to Chapter 10 of 2 Chronicles.

2016/05/16 17:40 Monday

Was on bikes a lot today. Started off the day by riding to and from a doctor's office for an annual exam. Then rode to and from a grocery store. Did those errands on my Specialized Sirrus Elite. After that, I started doing laps on my Specialized Sirrus Expert. However, before long, the stay that holds the rear fender in place broke. Rode home for a total of 4.2 miles on that bike. Then I took off to ride more laps on my Specialized Roubaix. Did 15.82 miles on it. Averaged only 14.1 mph. It was windy, and I was tired. After that, I rode to College Cyclery to pick up some tires for the Roubaix. Specialized is having a buy one, get one free sale on some of their road bike tires. The total transportation mileage was 10.2 miles.

When the pastor introduced himself during the church service yesterday, it reminded me of his having spoken of critical incident stress debriefing years ago.

Will be taking vacation time after next week. Am looking forward to that. Won't be going anywhere, but it will be good to have time away from work.

Am at 2 Chronicles 7.

2016/05/15 17:30 Sunday

I called a coworker this morning, and thankfully, there really wasn't a problem with the server. It just took a much longer time than I expected for a password change to propagate out. I had thought the change would be essentially immediate. That there wasn't a problem was an answered prayer. Even so, the fact that I went through the stress of thinking I had caused a server problem has left me in a state of pain tinged with bitterness. I really, really just want my life to be over.

The downstairs neighbor wanted some prints made of a photo of her sister who passed away. I offered to print them for her if I could get my photo printer to work. However, I couldn't get it to pick up the paper. Ordered prints from Costco and rode over there to pick them up after the sermon webcast today. That was a 4.79-mile round-trip. Then I did a short and easy ride of laps. Did only 15.86 miles, and averaged only 13.3 mph. It was windy, and I was not feeling well. Had a fluttery sensation in my chest during part of the ride. Didn't sleep well last night because I was worried about the server issue, and I still haven't recovered from the gluten experiment. Have read that sometimes people get worse for a few days before they get better when first going gluten-free. Also, although some people start feeling better within days after going gluten-free, it can take quite a few months for others. By the way, the celiac disease test came back negative. There weren't antibodies, but even so, it does appear that I am gluten-intolerant. When I did the gluten experiment, the exhaustion got much worse, and I also have had other symptoms pointing toward a gluten issue.

Read 2 Chronicles 1.

2016/05/14 20:35 Saturday

Had a problem while working on a server today. I was using a standard UNIX tool to update the password file, and it apparently messes up the interaction between the password file and a database. Had no way of knowing that. I pray there will be an easy fix and that I won't be in a lot of trouble. I can't handle another disaster in my life.

Read Jude. Will go back to the Old Testament, specifically 2 Chronicles.

2016/05/13 21:05 Friday

Read 3 John.

2016/05/12 20:30 Thursday

Was swamped at work today. We were short-handed.

Read 2 John.

2016/05/11 17:50 Wednesday

Drove the downstairs neighbor to the funeral home today for her to sign the paperwork and pay for the urn. She is still concerned about driving due to being distracted by the circumstances, and is especially concerned about driving when she isn't sure where she is going. Also, I had to lend her money to pay for the urn until she gets the insurance money.

Did 15.88 miles of laps. Averaged only 13.8 mph. Was taking it very easy. Didn't feel up to riding, but wanted to put in at least some time on the bike. Still haven't bounced back from the gluten experiment. It hasn't even been two days, though, which isn't all that long given that I was basically poisoning myself.

Finished 2 Peter and read 1 John. The fact that I cannot trust people well enough to love does not bode well for me.

I do love Hope kitty. Trust isn't an issue; companion animals are easy to love.

2016/05/10 18:30 Tuesday

Drove the downstairs neighbor to the hospital (NNMC) yesterday at 12:15pm. Her sister was in the ICU on a breathing tube. The tube was going to be removed, and it was thought that she would stop breathing very soon after that. It was supposed to have been done at 1:15pm. However, it wasn't done until 3:30pm, and as of 5:15pm, she was still breathing. We left then. It was very scary driving home, as I was way too exhausted to drive safely. I was praying hard that I would make the drive safely and without mishap. Gave heartfelt thanks when we got home. Her sister didn't pass away until this afternoon.

Had the bloodwork done this morning. There is no doubt in my mind that I have celiac disease, based on symptoms I have had since I started the experiment of eating lots of wheat products. Am starting on a gluten-free diet as of now.

Read the first two chapters of 2 Peter.

2016/05/09 18:05 Monday

Took Hope kitty to the vet today for her shots. Poor little kitty is always traumatized by going to the vet.

Didn't ride at all today. Am too tired to explain why right now.

Finished 1 Peter.

2016/05/08 20:10 Sunday

Rode just 15.83 miles of laps. Planned on riding just 15+ miles, as I knew I wasn't up to doing much more than 15. Am getting more and more certain that I have celiac disease.

Read 1 Peter 2.

2016/05/07 20:25 Saturday

The work week is over, thankfully. Am exhausted beyond measure.

Read 1 Peter 1.

2016/05/06 19:45 Friday

Finished James. Am looking forward to reading 1 and 2 Peter. I like Peter's writings.

2016/05/05 21:30 Thursday

Made a quick trip to Costco after work. Was hoping to pick up some more naan bread chips, as they have wheat gluten as well as wheat flour. However, Costco was out of them. Bought wheat thins instead. Want to load up on wheat products before the celiac panel, to make sure that if I do have celiac disease, the antibodies will be present. Will be having the bloodwork done on Tuesday.

Read James 3.

2016/05/04 21:00 Wednesday

Read James 1 and 2. James is one of my favorite, if not the favorite, books of the Bible.

2016/05/03 18:25 Tuesday

It was probably 10:30pm before I fell asleep last night, and then I woke up at about 6:30am and couldn't go back to sleep. Have been utterly exhausted all day. Was too tired to ride safely, or even to do a run. Didn't even feel up to riding the trainer.

Read James 1. There is much food for thought in that chapter. Will read it again tomorrow.

2016/05/02 21:45 Monday

Felt better today, thankfully. Was able to ride. Did 35.93 miles of laps. Averaged only 13.7 mph. Was taking it easy, as I didn't want to push myself given that I wasn't even up to riding yesterday. Also did 12.04 miles of transportation riding. Drove to Costco to have the truck tires rotated, and rode home. Did the laps, and then rode back to Costco to pick up the truck. Also rode to and from the cycling club board meeting. Am bushed now, but then, it is way past my bedtime.

Made an appointment to see the doctor about getting tested for celiac disease, and then while I was riding, someone from the office staff called to say they had put labwork orders in the mail. That is appreciated, especially since the earliest they could get me in for an appointment was June 13th.

Read Hebrews 13. Verses 7 and 17 were especially meaningful to me.

2016/05/01 19:25 Sunday

Wasn't up to riding today. My legs were too unsteady, and I was too tired.

Am thinking it might be a gluten sensitivity issue that is causing my health problems. I eat very little that contains gluten, normally, but I picked up some chips made from naan bread last week at Costco, and took a turn for the worse right after that. Will call tomorrow and schedule a doctor's appointment to see about being tested.

Something the pastor talked about today was the current trend for churches to target groups. I agree that targeting is not good. It would seem that a healthy church family would have all age ranges.

Am at Hebrews 13. Hebrews 12 speaks of God disciplining His people. Maybe my legal troubles were due to being disciplined by God for leaving the church. However, I cannot imagine that God would see fit to discipline someone whose behavior was driven by delusions. On the other hand, I recall the pastor stating in a sermon a while ago that God's ways are not always the softest ways, but they are always the surest ways. In prison, I got the mental health treatment I needed. It shouldn't have come to legal action, though, in my opinion, and the fact that it did has added to my inability to trust people.

2016/04/30 20:45 Saturday

Am thankful that I have no interest in drugs or alcohol. I do have a pill container of a controlled substance, hydrocodone-acetaminophen, that I have had for a couple of years. It was prescribed in case I would have had pain due to one of my surgeries. Have had two surgeries, a root canal, and three wisdom teeth pulled since I had the scrip filled, and haven't even broken the seal. I'm thankful that I don't have pain from things like that.

Participated in the KTMB Great Community Cleanup this morning. Our Green Team from work was at the North Valleys Regional Park. I picked up trash. Went to Bartley Ranch for the barbecue afterward. Then took a nap for a couple of hours. Had hoped to be able to ride today, but was too tired.

My sister from El Paso is in town for tomorrow's marathon. She is staying with our sister who lives here. Went to her house this evening. We went out to JJ's for pizza with my nephew, his wife, his wife's four-year-old son, and their baby daughter. It took forever to get the pizza, and I don't like being around kids. Then we went to the nephew's house so my sister from out of town could see it. I wasn't interested. I just wanted to get home and get to bed.

Read Hebrews 10:26-29. Really believe those verses prove "once saved, always saved" wrong.

2016/04/29 20:10 Friday

It seems strange that it is Friday but I don't have to go to work tomorrow. I keep thinking that I will have the blessing of watching a sermon tomorrow.

Started reading Hebrews 10 again. Stopped at v.25. It admonishes not to forsake assembling together. Will contemplate that, but it is highly doubtful that I will ever change my mind about not going to church.

2016/04/28 20:45 Thursday

Too tired again tonight to read. There is no point to reading when I am too tired to focus.

2016/04/27 20:40 Wednesday

Too tired to read anything this evening.

2016/04/26 17:25 Tuesday

My health has taken a bad turn for the worse. Slept about 11 1/2 hours last night. Ran some errands this morning, and after being awake for only about four hours, I had to go back to bed. Laid there half-awake for an hour and a quarter. Then tried to do a ride. Did only 13.71 miles of laps before I was too tired to continue safely.

Read only Chapter 10 of Hebrews, and was too tired to focus. Will re-read that chapter, as there are some passages that I want to contemplate.

Tomorrow would normally be one of my Wednesdays off, but this week I will be working Wednesday - Friday so that I will be able to participate in the KTMB Great Community Cleanup on Saturday.

Off to finish getting ready for bed before I collapse.

2016/04/25 18:30 Monday

Read up to Hebrews 10.

Rode only 26.53 miles of laps. Wanted to do the usual ~36 miles, but was too tired to continue safely. Averaged only 13.6 mph. It was cold and windy.

Maybe I'm like the caterpillars in another way. If circling the rim of the planter is me watching church service webcasts, and the church is where the sustenance is, then that holds. Am still set against going to church, regardless.

2016/04/24 20:55 Sunday

I suppose I am like the caterpillars in some ways. My hard heart and inability to trust keeps me from getting much spritual sustenance.

Was at the cycling club Earth Day booth for only a little over an hour. Rode there and back. It looked like it was going to deluge, so we decided to pack up and leave. However, the rain clouds that were coming over the mountains dissapated before long. After that, I took the bike trailer to Costco. I don't like to shop on Sundays, but wanted to get it out of the way.

Paid bills today. Am making progress, despite having some extra expenses this month.

Read only one chapter of Hebrews. Too tired to focus. It is past my bedtime.

2016/04/23 20:50 Saturday

Went by REI on the way home to pick up a camp chair. Depending on the weather, I might be manning a booth the cycling club is having at the Earth Day event. Will watch the late church service webcast first. If it is raining, the people who will be manning the booth before I get there might close up shop. The person organizing the booth staffing will call me if they do, so I will know not to show up. Bought the chair just in case. It is a collapsible chair, so I will be able to carry it in my bike trailer. Would rather ride than drive, in part due to expected parking issues. Even if I don't end up using the chair tomorrow, it is likely that I will be manning the club booth at other events, so it will be useful.

Read Hebrews 5 and 6. It raised the issue again in my mind as to whether or not it is possible to lose salvation.

2016/04/22 20:15 Friday

Read Hebrews 3 and 4. My heart is hard. I wonder if I will ever enter into His rest.

2016/04/21 20:35 Thursday

The annual Earth Day event where I work was today. I took a lot of photos. Some will be posted to the electronic bulletin boards at work, and I will send some to the organizations who sent representatives.

Read the first two chapters of Hebrews. Chapter 2 verse 18 seems strange to me. It seems strange to think of Jesus as being tempted. I don't know if that is the only place where the Bible states that He was tempted. If it is, I wonder what basis the author of Hebrews had for stating that He was. It is said the Bible is God-breathed, so maybe the auther didn't need justification.

2016/04/20 20:25 Wednesday

Many years ago, when I was still in the church from which I am in exile, I used the spelling "worshipping." The pastor corrected me and told me it was spelled "worshiping." In a recent sermon listening guide, though, he spelled it "worshipping." I looked it up on my app, and found that the preferred spelling is "worshiping," but either way is acceptable.

Finished Titus and read Philemon.

2016/04/19 16:30 Tuesday

Had trouble sleeping again last night. Woke up quite a few times. Finally got up and ate some scrambled eggs early this morning, then went back to bed. Laid there awake for quite a while. Contemplated the last sermon and also my cringing at the mere mention of the word "love."

The only things the church has done for me, and of course these are important things, is for the shepherd man having provided nurture leading to my salvation, and having led me in committing my life to Christ. On the other hand, the church was a very difficult place for me to be for interpersonal reasons. I just don't fit in at church, in part because of the loathesome condition of my being female, and my not fitting in with females in a culture where women are expected to conform to traditional roles and to interact meaningfully with each other. I recall leaving church one Sunday and contemplating suicide in part because I couldn't deal with church. I also recall cutting on my wrists in part because I couldn't deal with church. And, of course, when I was having mental health issues and was delusional, the church took legal action instead of getting me the help I obviously needed. Need I say more?

As to the issue of love, as I have stated before, being able to love requires being able to trust. I am unable to love people because I have an ingrained, fundamental inability to trust people. This may be blasphemous, but I also have an ingrained, fundamental inability to trust God, and thus I am unable to love God. God made me with a female body. God made me with a defective brain, leading to delusions and legal troubles and other disasters in my life due to those delusions. I do have very much to be thankful for, but I sometimes fear that another disaster will strike and I will lose everything.

Did 35.83 miles of laps. Averaged 14 mph. Got stuck behind exceedingly slow-moving traffic a few times. Wasn't pushing the pace very much anyway.

Read the first two chapter of Titus.

There is a cycling club general meeting this evening. Don't really want to go, but the presentation is on places to ride in Truckee. It would be good to know of some different rides fairly close by.

2016/04/18 18:50 Monday

Had a bad ride today. Didn't eat enough before the ride, and ended up woozy starting about halfway through the ride. Should have cut the ride short, but was too stubborn. Did 35.82 miles of laps at an average speed of 14 mph. It was bad in another way, too... Was too light-headed to focus much on prayer.

The story behind that started last night. I stopped eating too early, and when I don't eat late enough, I have trouble sleeping. I woke up at about 2:30am and couldn't get back to sleep. Finally got up and ate breakfast, and then went back to bed and slept for a few hours. Just had some almond butter before doing my workout, and that wasn't enough food. As usual, I took two servings of Hammer Gel and two bottles of Hammer Heed, but that wasn't enough either.

Also, before doing my workout, I dropped my truck off to get the transmission pan gasket replaced. It had been leaking. Rode home from there, which was just a couple of miles or so. Then I rode to Natural Grocers for almond butter. That was only a few miles round-trip. After the workout, I had a protein drink, and then rode over to pick up my truck. The total transportion mileage on the bike was 7.9 miles.

Finished 1 Chronicles.

2016/04/17 19:35 Sunday

Had a good ride today, sort of. Averaged only 13.6 mph for the 35.93 miles, but I felt good while riding and afterward.

Am still mulling over today's sermon. As noted in the past, I strongly prefer not going to church. Also, I am simply not going to risk making a request to return to the church from which I am in exile, and in the past I have tried unsuccessfuly to find a church that I would want to attend that would have me.

Am at 1 Chronicles 26.

2016/04/16 20:15 Saturday

Thankfully, it is my weekend. Am exhausted beyond measure.

Am at 1 Chronicles 22.

2016/04/15 20:45 Friday

One more day in my work week. Am looking forward to my days off. The weather forecast is still looking good.

Read just one chapter this evening. Am too exhausted to read more.

2016/04/14 20:50 Thursday

It was snowing as I was driving to work this morning. Groan. At least the weather is predicted to be nice on my upcoming days off.

Am up to 1 Chronicles 17.

2016/04/13 19:10 Wednesday

Today's workout was pitiful. Did 35.83 miles of laps. Averaged only 13.1 mph. Part of the reason for that was that I was tired, and part was due to the wind. During part of the time when I was riding, the wind speed was reported as being 25 mph with gusts up to 32 mph. Another reason it was pitiful was that I was having trouble unclipping again. I keep raising my heel, but clipping out correctly requires dropping the heel.

Had trouble sleeping last night. Woke up at about 10 o'clock and had trouble falling back asleep, and the same happened at about 12:30am.

Am up to 1 Chronicles 13.

2016/04/12 18:40 Tuesday

Busy day. Did some housework, then pulled the bike trailer to Costco, then did a workout ride, and then did laundry. Will wash cycling gear tomorrow; had too much laundry to take it all in one trip.

Did 35.9 miles of laps. Averaged 15.2 mph.

Read up to 1 Chronicles 8.

2016/04/11 18:20 Monday

Slept a little over 14 hours last night. Was exhausted from staying up so late on Saturday night.

Did 36.1 miles of laps. Averaged 14.9 mph. There was just a slight breeze, and I was able to go around the slow-moving traffic most of the time. There was a slow-down in one area for the last several laps, though, as some ducklings had gotten stuck in a drain, and Animal Control was trying to get them out. One of their trucks was blocking a lane. I hope they were able to rescue them.

Read the first three chapters of 1 Chronicles. Tedious. I hope it isn't blasphemous to say that.

2016/04/10 17:25 Sunday

Am thankful to be able to watch sermon webcasts. Strongly prefer not to attend church.

Was too tired to ride safely today, so I did a run instead. Did 5.35 miles. The pace was only 9:50 minutes per mile. At least I'm getting some exercise, even though I am going embarrassingly slowly.

Finished 2 Timothy.

2016/04/09 22:05 Saturday

Read one chapter of 2 Timothy. Got sidetracked after work. The person who handles the cycling club website asked me for help doing something she didn't know how to do, and I just kept working on it. I like the result, but I should have stopped working on it a long time ago and gone to bed. Sometimes when I'm exhausted I lose track of time.

2016/04/08 20:35 Friday

Finished 1 Timothy.

2016/04/07 21:00 Thursday

Was swamped at work today. The girl who normally does the printing during my work week had to leave because of a family emergency, and it was my turn to cover for her. Plus, there were other things I needed to do.

Read 1 Timothy 2. Makes me loathe being female even more so than before, which I didn't think was possible.

2016/04/06 20:20 Wednesday

Read 2 Thessalonians and the first chapter of 1 Timothy.

2016/04/05 19:25 Tuesday

Did an even 36 miles of laps. Averaged 14.3 mph. Have decided to go back to riding the ~36-mile workouts at least until I lose some weight. Was taking estradiol for hot flashes, and gained a lot of weight when I started doing so. Have stopped taking it. Thankfully, the hot flashes haven't come back in force. Yes, TMI.

Read 1 Thessalonians.

1 Thessalonians 5:12-13 (NASB95):

12But we request of you, brethren, that you appreciate those who diligently labor among you, and have charge over you in the Lord and give you instruction,
13and that you esteem them very highly in love because of their work. Live in peace with one another.
The word "love" still makes me cringe.

2016/04/04 21:10 Monday

Instead of doing a recreational ride today, I ran 5.62 miles of laps around the lake. Then I towed the bike trailer to Trader Joe's. That round-trip was 4.63 miles. Also, I rode to the cycling club board meeting this evening, which was a 7.35-mile round-trip. Volunteered to man the club booth for a while at the Earth Day event at Idlewild on April 24th. That is a Sunday, so I told the person organizing our volunteers that I wouldn't be able to be there until after the church service. I told her it would be after 2 o'clock. That will give me time to get my club gear on and ride over there.

Finished 2 Kings.

2016/04/03 18:40 Sunday

The webcast froze on my Linux box at the beginning of the service right before the youth pastor started the sermon off with prayer. I hope I didn't miss anything important. The youth pastor is very talented at preaching sermons.

Did 35.76 miles of laps. Averaged only 13.9 mph. Was at 14.1 for quite a while, but then the wind came up to 20 mph and I had a headwind on both the east and west sides of the lake due to eddying. It wasn't that bad on the west, but the east side was quite bad.

Am at 2 Kings 24.

2016/04/02 20:45 Saturday

Work wasn't very busy until the afternoon, but then the sky started falling. For a while, I was on a bridge call, had two IM sessions going, and was getting reports from someone on a radio, all at the same time. Got to leave on time, though, but only because my coworker volunteered to stay late.

Am at 2 Kings 21.

2016/04/01 21:05 Friday

Wasn't as busy at work today. Got caught up on a few things.

Am at 2 Kings 18.