Yesterday I went to the research center, and I finally got placed in a high blood pressure study that I've been on a waiting list for since the beginning of this year. It will pay $2060, before taxes of course, two weeks after the end of the study, which is mid-November. I will miss the September Encounter at church (first Friday night of the month), as well as needing to re-arrange a few work days, and I'll miss church on the last Sunday of the month. Four times I will be wearing a portable blood pressure monitor for 30 hours, and have to stay at the research center in an upstairs room for four overnights; two of these will cause me to miss Encounter and church, as mentioned. That's still a lot of Christmas money! No, they can't rearrange the days to fit my schedule. That's the way research goes. So, since I don't know if I'll have internet access on the overnights, I might not be online as often. But I'll ask at next week's appointment.