one of those days

Tuesday, July 13, 2004, at 05:42AM

By Eric Richardson

Today's one of those days where I just can't seem to wake up, even though I've been out of bed two hours, driven to work, taken a walk in the sun, and listened to music. I just walked down to the cafeteria and got root beer, though, so we'll see if that does the trick despite a lack of caffeine.

Only two more days after this in my shortened work week. Friday my mom flies into LAX, and I'm taking that day off along with the first two of next week. I don't have much of a plan for her visit yet, but I know what some of the pieces will be. Friday night Lee Beth's band Yardley has a show at the Hard Rock in the Beverly Center, so I told her we'd come out to that. Sunday morning I'll be taking her to Bel Air Pres. But that's really it as far as set time things go, I think. I know one of the nights I want to take her out somewhere fancy, I'm going to bring her in to see around JPL, and we've talked about going hiking. That still leaves a good bit of time to plan, but I'm sure things will come together.