Monday July 10, 2006

Weekly Wrap-up 2006_27

The weather was nice this week - pleasant at home and not too hot elsewhere (except in the afternoons while waiting at the train station.)

We went down to Stanford to watch the fireworks on the 3rd. This year we didn't take a picnic but ate at home, then drove down. We arrived in plenty of time to get good seats.

With the Tuesday holiday, many companies, including the one I'm working at, gave Monday as a holiday as well. so I had a 4-day weekend and a 3-day week. While this means I didn't get paid for those two days, the time off was worth it.

My toe is still very sore. The sandals are great. Ibuprufin is a very effective pain killer.

We had a power failure Wednesday night around midnight. I woke up when the 3-cd changer in the bedroom cycled. Power was out for at least an hour later. In between, the UPS in Rich's office beeped. I didn't want to crawl around under the desk in the dark with a sore toe so I just shut the door of Rich's office and the door to the bedroom and tried not to hear the beep        beep        beep.

I me" a fellow CalTrain rider this week. I've seen this woman every day for the past 4 weeks. We both get on the train at the same station, generally ride in the same car, and both get off at Mtn. View.

Today I asked if she was done with part of the newspaper she'd been reading. A few minutes later she asked me a question (which I didn't understand), then started to write MV on her palm with her finger and the lightbulb went on above my head.

Communication became somewhat easier (and more interesting) at that point as her face lit up and she realized she could use finger spelling and sign. She asked me to wake her when we reached our destination, if she was asleep.

When I got out of the train on Friday, I smelled smoke. It seems there was a small shrubbery fire. Someone set the part of the hedge between the sidewalk and the parking lot on fire – about 8 linear feet of hedge was burnt and smoking.

The fire truck arrived simultaneously with us passing in the shuttle. By that time, a homeowner across the street had walked over and put out the fire with his garden hose. I heard him say "It's all yours" to the fireman as we drove past.

Rich now has three, 24" LCD monitors on his desk, all rotated to portrait (vertical) mode. on his desk. They look GREAT! I am green with envy.

There's a feeling of space in his office. He says they remind him of Shoji screens. That's a good description.

We saw the Oscar Mayer Weinermobile on Friday night. We'd gone to the Post Office to pick up the mail and the Weinermobile drove past.

Wuth the long weekend, I had more time to read this week. I read three mysteries: Footprints in the Butter, by Denise Dietz; The Trouble with Magic, a delightful first book by Madelyn Alt (I'll watch for the sequel!); Close Quarters, a Thames Valley police procedural by Clare Curzon. I also read two urban fantasies: Thunderbird Falls, by C. E. Murphy, and Moon Called, by Patricia Briggs.

In between and around the rest, I've had almost enough naps (especially this week!) and plenty of snuggles with the cats. There have been good meals and interesting conversations with Spouse and friends.

I'm still spending very little time on the computer when I get home. I barely keep up with my email. If you've been expecting to hear from me, I apologize. :-(

Onward and Upward.

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