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Dec. 26th, 2005

Yesterday was a full day. I went caroling with some people from my chorus and some other
volunteers at Lytton Gardens, a residential care home in Palo Alto. It went pretty well,
although I was feeling tired. Some of the residents have Alzheimer's disease, so they
might start yelling or crying at any moment. It's a bit unsettling. I don't quite know
what to do in such circumstances. Holding their hands and talking to them works
sometimes, but not always.

Later on, I went up to Oakland to visit my cousins. The four-year-old daughter was cute
as usual. She was playing a computer game where you have to uncover and match pairs of
faces. It reminded me of another cousin I have who I used to play the "concentration"
card game with when she was four.

Since I didn't have to work today, I was able to do the types of things I used to do when
I wasn't working. I had a nice long walk along Stevens Creek Trail and was able to put in
some quality time on my new piano pieces.

I've been thinking about why work is so stressful. Part of it is because I have no idea
of what I'm going to be assigned to do, so I have no way to prepare for upcoming
assignments. A few days ago, I tried looking over some of the marketing literature to see
if I could find out what sorts of projects were on the horizon, but there was no
information on what I'm working on right now.

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