Sunday May 2, 2004

Weekly Wrap-up (Apr 25 - May 01)

April marked Rich's and my 21st anniversary, Squirrel's 4th anniversary with us and Raven's 1st anniversary! Happy, happy, everybody!

The weather for the first half of last week was HOT — record high temperatures caused by a strong high pressure ridge. Yuck. We opened windows, turned on fans, and wore shorts. The weather finally broke on Thursday and the rest of the week was lovely, sunny, clear, and warm but not too hot.


Raven and Bebop had their annual health checkups on Monday morning. Neither of them enjoyed it much. I was treated to kitty stereo on the drive to and from the vet. AwroOOOOO.


On Tuesday night, Rich gave a talk for the San Francisco Perl Users Group (SFPUG). The title was "Modularity through Frozen Data Structures" and discussed his current project. Rich is doing "document mechanization" for a software development project at SLAC (the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center). Every morning, his scripts harvest the latest information from the build tree, turn it into YAML, and then produce several hundred web pages (most with generated diagrams) and a scattering of PDF files.

We had a minor snafu at the beginning, when it turned out that the projector had not been left in the designated place that afternoon and was not to be found! But we persevered. Rich gave a short talk on the science of the project while Quinn (current captain of SFPUG) went off to get a 21-inch monitor. Then Rich plugged the laptop into the monitor, hooked up to the web, and gave the rest of the talk with visual aids.

We had about a dozen attendees. I think everything went well.


Wednesday, I had a job interview. I thought it went very well. Apparently, so did the people on the other side of the table because I got a call on Thursday evening to ask when I could come in on Friday to sign various papers so we could move forward. Whoo hoo! So, on Friday afternoon, that's what I did. I have a 6-week contract (possibly extensible (I hope!)), starting Tuesday.


Friday night we discovered, to our dismay, that one of our favorite restaurants, a Greek place in Burlingame, is no longer there! We'd just been there a few weeks ago; there was no indication they were pulling out. But on Friday night the building was empty. There's another branch that opened in San Francisco three years ago; we may go there sometime, but it's a lot farther. Sigh. I hate it when restaurants we like disappear; it wasn't as if they didn't have much business. They always seemed to be doing well.


My latest Two Cents comment was published on Friday. The question was: "How much would you pay for a gallon of gas".


Rich wandered up to Forestville on Saturday morning to visit friends so I was on my own after lunch. I mostly spent the day reading and napping with cats. I had dinner with a friend at Fresh Choice, a restaurant I like but Rich doesn't much care for, so I take the opportunity to go whenever he is out of town. I ate too much but the peach streusel cake was sooo good!


I finished The Tail of the Tip-Off, the latest in paperback from Rita Mae Brown and Sneaky Pie Brown, a good series for lovers of mysteries and cats (or dogs) and started another book before bed.


In between and around the rest, I've had several naps, some excellent meals (Joe's does the best pork chops :-), interesting conversations with Spouse and friends, and many snuggles with the cats. I've "chatted" several times with my Dad, kept my weblogs reasonably up to date, enjoyed my many mailing lists, and exchanged letters with my Mom. It's been a good week, overall.

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