Saturday May 10, 2008

Weekly Wrap-up 2008_19

The weather was Windy (Duh. It's May)

Rich was away for the weekend, visiting his dad. The cats and I cocooned together.

On Saturday. Bebop jumped onto the table by the couch. The table shifted, pulling the wirelss keyboard off onto the floor where two of the keys flew off when it hit. Ping ping! It took me quite a while to find the second key.

On the positive side, the floor is now cleaner behind the table. Lots of dust mice and paper balls (i.e. cat toys) removed. :) And the keyboard is now stored in the cabinet with the DVD player.

The kitchen smoke detector has been driving me nuts. If we burn a piece of toast, it goes off, and it's too high to reach to silence easily. So we pull it off the ceiling and then it doesn't work at all and...

I think I found the perfect replacement: the First Alert Dual Sensor Remote Control Smoke Alarm SA302CN

The SA302CN has extra features that many detectors do not, such as remote-controlled alarm silence and test, Intelligent Sensing, which differentiates non-threatening conditions (i.e. kitchen smoke) from real emergencies, and an automatic daily self-check test.

This week marked my 100th week at The Job. Given that I started with a 12-week contract, I'd say making it to week 100 is impressive.

We had a power failure around 6:15 Monday evening. A transformer blew on one of the big power poles at the end of the street (boomph). The line came down. Power was out for about 40 minutes. The house made a lot of beeping noises until the UPSs all ran out of backup power one by one.

Our local Chinese restaurant told us they'd be willing to prepare Toffee Banana on a night when the kitchen wasn't busy (if we provided the bananas). We tried Tuesday. Not many people on a Tuesday.. Yum. No sesame seeds but still, yum.

We used to have this desert a lot when we lived near DC, but it's less common near SF. They're batter-dipped and deep fried banana pieces. The fritters are then dunked in caramelized sugar syrup, then fast-cooled in ice water. Hot and squishy on the inside, cool and crispy on the outside. Don't burn your tongue.

I have a Perl script that checks on recent entries in my weblogs, then sends notification email. It had stopped working for my TypePad weblog, commentary.

With help from the TypePad Tech Support folks, we finally solved the problem. I have been trying to reach Now it's http: Unfortunately, the error message just said "Can't connect to". Insufficient Information for troubleshooting.

Following last week's minor flood, our downstairs water bottle machine is now installed in the garage, bungied to a rack next to the toolchest. It's a good location. If it leaks again, the water will run across concrete and out the garage door into the driveway.

Twitter: Twoosh!

Direct from tweet140: @vlb You tweet like an eagle. A perfect 140 avg and 13 twooshes! Nobody soars higher than you soar. You are an inspiration to every tweeter.

Lunch at Long John Silver's on Friday. W00t!

This week I read Protector of the Flight, book 3 in "The Summoning" series, by Robin D. Owens. I am really enjoying this series and can't wait to read book 4.

I also read White Lies, by Jayne Ann Krentz and The Duke's Ballad, by Andre Norton and Lyn McConchie. Liking the latter was a given; one of the primarty characters is a large cat!

In between and around the rest, I've had nearly enough naps and oodles of snuggles with the cats. There have been good meals and interesting conversations with Spouse and friends. I've chatted with my sister and found topics to twitter.

Onward and Upward.

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