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I’m feeling much better now, though not well. I slept 10 hours yesterday and about 13 hours today. Minnie woke me up mid-nap to drop a dog toy next to my head and make mouth sounds next to my ear.

I don’t know about this Nyquil. The sleep is delicious, black, and dreamless, but I suspect much of my dullness and lethargy today may have been the Nyquil rather than actual illness. But will I be able to sleep tonight without it? Julie suggests taking one instead of two.

Returning to Things

Just for the heck of it, in anticipation of Cultured Code launching a new version of the Things app – finally! – this coming Thursday – I fired up Things for the first time in a while. I imported my OmniFocus tasks using Cultured Code’s auto-importer script.

And I like it.

I like being able to use tags to quickly set aside a couple of tasks to do right away. Particularly useful in the late afternoon, when I say to myself, ok, I know I had these 8 items starred for today but what am I really going to get done?

I like the way items with a start date automatically show up in the Today view on that date – but they’re in a separate place, so I can decide whether I really want to start them that day, or kick them down the street a bit.

I like the way Things, unlike OmniFocus, doesn’t care whether I use Projects and Areas of Focus.

Hot beverages I drink

Tea: Lately I’m favoring PG Tips. I never drink tea out, always at home.

I use the bags twice. Second brewing has nearly no caffeine, suitable for drinking anytime day or night.

Coffee: But never when I’m home, always out. Starbucks and Peets are preferred. Conference coffee is dreadful, and requires white stuff (soy milk if I can get it, nonfat, whole, or half-and-half if not) and Splenda.

Rooibos herb tea: Not often, but I drink it when I’m out of second-brewing teabags but still want something hot and decaf. Ditto decaf coffee when I’m on the road.

When I drink hot beverages: Year round, until the temperature hits the high 90s, when I switch to iced tea for caffeine, and water at other times.

I need my caffeine dose to get going in the morning, and to get it I’ll drink a Diet Coke or Diet Dr Pepper if necessary, if I need to be on the move as soon as I get out of bed and don’t see a time in the early morning when I’ll be able to sit with a hot beverage. I know this is barbaric of me and yet I do it without shame or remorse.

The coffee at San Diego Airport is surprisingly good, and significantly mitigates the annoyance of travel.

That moment when you change “unpack” on your todo list to “pack,” because you missed your opportunity to unpack.

In the years leading up to the Civil War, the southerners who supported slavery were convinced they were morally right. They sincerely believed that slavery was a positive institution, good for whites and the enslaved blacks, and that people who opposed slavery were morally depraved fools and villains.