Saturday January 31, 2009
Twitterings - January 2009These are my Twitter entries for January, 2009
- Happy New Year Pacific Standard Time USA! Wishing you all everything you hope for in 2009. Time to turn off lights and watch for fireworks. 12:00 AM Jan 1st
- "Facebook is about people you used to know; Twitter is about people you'd like to know better." Ivor Tossel, Globeandmail http://is.gd/elgN 10:32 AM Jan 1st
- @Scobleizer It looks like the Twply spam can be turned off at first use. That's better. But off should be the default. About to filter 12:08 PM Jan 1st in reply to Scobleizer
- @AnnRan5 1) Not all (291) post every day 2) I only get @ replies if I follow both 3) My Reader app pulls 24/7. I read when I have time. 9:21 PM Jan 1st in reply to AnnRan5
- @popoki http://twitpic.com/yw1j - That's a good sunpuddle you've got there. It looks like a fine place for an afternoon nap. 10:17 PM Jan 1st from TwitPic in reply to Popoki
- DUI checkpoint. Huh. Friday night I can understand. 7:45 pm in suburb, not so much. Do people make a long drinking weekend of this holiday? 8:36 PM Jan 2nd
- Reordered my supply of Victorian House concentrated coffee (I make a mug of iced coffee every day). Ryan Coffee Co http://tinyurl.com/89pc3n 9:04 PM Jan 2nd
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Wednesday December 31, 2008
Weekly Wrap-up 2008_52
The weather was rainy and cool.
We had a couple of nice rain storms. I went to bed with the door to the screen porch open so I could listen as I fell asleep.
Then rain turned to chill. There was SNOW in parts of the Bay Area (but not where we live), frost in others. A co-worker had ice on his car in the morning.
Sunday December 14, 2008
Weekly Wrap-up 2008_50
The weather was gray, blue, warmish, chilly, and rainy. Mostly in that order.
December dawned gray and foggy. Ugh. If there had been any cars on the road without headlights the morning of Dec. 1st, I would never have known it. It was grey all the way to work. The fog got higher and higher so by 4pm it was "merely" overcast. But still dismally grey.
I enjoyed viewing the Jupiter, Venus, moon conjunction. It was nice to know what I was looking at.
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Monday December 1, 2008
These are my Treasures for November.
- Yes We Can. Yes We Could. Yes We Did.
- Pennsylvania went Blue.
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Sunday November 30, 2008
Weekly Wrap-up 2008_48
We have had Rain. Otherwise, it's been cool.
We installed a new cat flap in the door from the bedroom to screen porch. Once again, the cats' reaction is "why should I push that with my head?"
Election Day finally came and went (I voted by mail, in October). I ignored the whole thing, checking results on Wednesday morning.
We won. No, we can't relax.
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Saturday November 1, 2008
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The weather was autumnal. Chill mornings, warm afternoons, cool nights. We got some rain on the 30th and 31.
We finally applied for permanent absentee ballots and voted by mail. This is an important election. Have you voted?
I've been doing more TWiki training, with three sessions for my department in the past 3 weeks.
Speaking of TWiki, the TWiki project has forked with acrimony and name calling. Bleah. :(
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Sunday October 19, 2008
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We had a little bit of rain at the beginning of the month. Just enough to say "Yes, it's October now."
Rich has been watching the debates. I have been reading the Twitter stream. I like my way better.
Rich and I worked through my three TWiki training presentations. Lots of good feedback and changes.
Rich bought a fancy ceramic knife. Sharp!
Then he made a knife holder out of a canister full of bamboo skewers.
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Wednesday October 1, 2008
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It's been a month! What have I been doing?!
The weather has gone from hot to warm to cool mornings with pleasant afternoons. It's officially Fall. I need my "sunrise" alarm clock in the mornings now, otherwise I wake up in the dark. I hate waking up in the dark (unless I can go back to sleep :-).
Rich took a leaf off the "Martian Bush" in our front yard and we stopped in at the Sloat Garden Center one Saturday morning to see if they knew what it is. The "Martian Bush" is a fatsia japonica or japanese aralia
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Friday September 5, 2008
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My parents and sister were in town for the weekend of Aug 23. Poor sister; it was cool (possibly, one could say, chilly). And foggy.
The following weekend was warm. This is the Way of Weather in the SF Bay Area.
Sister went for a run on Saturday morning. Mom and I went down to pick her up about half an hour before we guessed she'd be finished. We took a walk, turned back at our estimated halfway point... and sister caught up with us as we were reaching the entrance to the trail.
Friday August 22, 2008
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The weather was pleasant - warm with a light breeze. Well, "light" for where we live. :)
I started a new notebook at Work. Apparently, I do not attend very many meetings where I take notes anymore. My first six notebooks each covered as much as a Quarter: six notebooks for June 2006 - Sept 2007. My seventh notebook covers 11 months.
Cool. One of the groups I do work for gave me an Amazon certificate as a thank you. Nice!
Did you notice that Wednesday was a special date, at least in Europe? It was 20/08/2008.
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Sunday August 17, 2008
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The weather was lovely. Warm but not hot. Light wind, clear skies.
Raven's dental appt was last week. They did one extraction. Canines treated, not pulled! Now we have to learn to brush and apply "anti-plaque gel."
Lots of TWiki work with Rich. We're pushing the envelope with FOREACH, SEARCH, IFDEFINED and CALC. Some very interesting results, balanced by some very frustrating problems. Think of it as a Learning Experience.
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Saturday August 2, 2008
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The weather was pleasant, neither hot nor cold. WIndy, of course, but that's to be expected.
I'm doing more TWiki support help at the Job. I enjoy that immensely.
I've also been doing a lot of TWIki work at home to help Rich with a project. I'm learning new things. I can even mention them on my status report for Work as "Professional Development". :)
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Sunday July 27, 2008
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The weather has been cool in the mornings, warm in the afternoons.
We tried a new Halal restaurant for dinner on Sunday night. Saturday was their first day open. They'd had a lot of customers. They were running out of food!
The waitress needs to learn the menu better and she didn't add up the bill correctly. But the food was tasty. The lamb shwarma was really yummy, better than what we've had most places.
We'll give them a week or two to get settled and go back.
Rich suggested we stop by the trail on the way home on Monday night and take a half hour walk. So we did. Much fun but, Ouch. My left foot wants to start a blister. I soaked it when we got home.
Tuesday was the Tweetup in Half Moon Bay.
I offered a fellow Twittterer, @creativesage a ride. I picked her up at BART about 4:10 (perfect timing) after filling up the car with gas. We were back at the house at 4:20. Rich got home 10 minutes later and we headed to HMB.
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Saturday July 19, 2008
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The weather was foggy and cooler this week, at least in the mornings.
I watched a pigeon building a nest in the wall of the building next door to our favorite diner. She'd found a gap in the screening (screening meant to, erm, keep out pigeons :) and was bringing bits of twig. I hope the man who runs the store next door doesn't notice and get the screen repaired.
My TWiki Twitter Reader is working offline, copied to the laptop. I read Twitter "back issues" on the train.
I had to tweak some settings the first morning but all was for the afternoon.
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Saturday July 12, 2008
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The weather was hot again. I'm betting this is one of the warmest summers on record. It's certainly the hottest we can remember and we've been in this house 20 years.
I had a lovely holiday 3-day weekend that I turned into 4-day holiday by taking an extra PTO day on Monday. Also, I worked from home on Thursday and Tuesday. So... awesome relaxation! (Although, when I got back to Work on Tuesday, there was a lot of "stuff" in my Inbox. Gack!)
Saturday July 5, 2008
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The weather was mostly nice but the fog rolled in on Thursday. The 4th was completely socked in.
Rich and I both worked from home on Thursday. That makes the long weekend feel even more relaxing.
We went out to lunch on Thursday and I had the largest pile of onion rings I think I've ever been served. No supper Thursday night!
The Camry needed a smog check for registration renewal. That's so much easier now with everything computerized. We can renew on the Web without mailing anything.
We took it down to Quality Tuneup on Thursday and had lunch while we waited for it to go through the process. We passed the check. Toyotas are good for that.
I did lots of TWiki work this week
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Saturday June 28, 2008
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The hot weather broke last Saturday but it's been hazy and smoggy since then. There have been fires burning to the north and down the coast. Nasty.
California has been issued an emergency declaration and federal agencies have been ordered to assist in the firefighting efforts. Fire officials announced full containment of the Napa-Sonoma wild fire on Wednesday.
Most of the fiires were apparently caused by lightning.
Saturday June 21, 2008
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Another hot week, starting Wednesday. This is going to be a warm summer. By Friday it was 87 in our living room. I turned on alll the ceiling fans, opened all the windows, and drew the blinds on windows that don't open. The cats melted into various furry puddles.
We had Dim Sum on Sunday with friends from the East Bay. They agree with us that the Hong Kong Flower Lounge in Millbrae has excellent Dim Sum.
Good food. Too much food. Full to bursting but happy.
Something new this time - pastry hedgehogs! Three of them, artfully "carved" with prickles and two black sesame seeds for eyes. Nestled on a plate of deep-fried rice noodle "grass".
Fun with TWiki: I worked out some interesting tricks with INCLUDEs for table rows this week - how to create a table from which individual rows can be pulled to stick into other tables.
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Sunday June 15, 2008
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The weather was warm for several days. The fog and wind are back now.
As of June 12, I have been at this Job for 2 years. That's the longest at any Company since 1997 and the longest in a particular job since I'm not sure when.
I've been wandering through Twitter, exploring.
I found several new people to follow, including @Raqhun, @BluegrassPoet, and @Judith12.
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Saturday June 7, 2008
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The weather has been sunny, blue, and warm.
Are you following the Mars Phoenix in on Twitter? 19,000 people are!
Tonight, go outside and look up at the crescent moon. That "star" just above the moon isn't a star, it's Mars. I'll be waving :)
Sometime back, Rich and I were shopping at Beverages and More and I picked up a collection of various "sodypop" drinks. This week, Rich opened "Capn Eli's Bllueberry Pop". Wow. It's Very Blueberry. Quite tasty. We need to get some more of that.
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Saturday May 31, 2008
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Three Weeks since my last Weekly Wrapup. The days have contained much fuss and bother, full of sound and fury, but signifying nothing much worth sharing, really.
I called Mom to say Happy Mothers' Day. She said they'd taken the Brownies to the Community Theatre to see a production called "Queen Moya and the Magic Cupcake".
We had a heat wave, several days of Quite Warm weather followed by the fog coming in and the default breeze coming back.
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Saturday May 10, 2008
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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.
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Saturday May 3, 2008
and at the bottom of the Spanish Main ...
and best of all, you can enjoy these riches every day of your life.
- Walter Elias Disney
These are my Treasures for the past week.
- Waking up to cuddly cats
- Our new wireless anemometer
- License plate on a limo: LAVISH 1
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Friday May 2, 2008
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The weather was lovely, with wind speeds ranging from 1.3 mph to 15 according to our new wireless anemometer (installed Tuesday morning.)
We had a small flood on Sunday. A fresh water bottle apparently leaked. Five gallons of water soaked into the rug in the downstairs room before I realized what was happening. Ooh. Splugh.
Good news, no wood subfloor down there. It's concrete with linoleum tile over top.
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Saturday April 26, 2008
Weekly Wrap-up 2008_17Happy 25th Anniversary to Rich and me this week. W00t!
The weather started out WINDY, but ended calm. Unfortunately, the wind ate the giant pinwheel we had in front of the house. :(
I've ordered a wireless anemometer to replace it. It won't be pretty but it may hold up longer. As a bonus, we'll know the wind speed, temp, and wind chill factor.
We had rain on Tuesday night. Not so usual for April.
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Saturday April 19, 2008
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Interesting weather this week. It started out WARM. 80 F in the house! We opened windows; there was a slight breeze. That helped. By Sunday evening, the fog was rolling in. Then, by week's end, the wind picked up. FWOOSH! FWOOM! We usually don't get this until May.
Saturday April 12, 2008
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The weather has been cool in the mornings, warm in the afternoons, and windy at night.
April is Boston Creme pie month at Bakers' Square. Boston Cream is my favorite "cake". Bakers' Square makes an especially good version. The bottom layer is chocolate.
Our hot tub has a leak somewhere. Rich has been trying to find it and fix it. So far, no luck. Sigh.
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Saturday April 5, 2008
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The weather continues chilly and windy. On Tuesday morning I saw frost on rooftops as the train went by. The pinwheel we have installed in front of the house has been spinning too fast to see any colors.
I had a meeting on Tuesday (a day when I usually work from home) so I switched my second telecommuting day to Thursday this week. That gave me two work-from-home days in a row. The end of the week was very relaxing, but Monday - Wednesday was tiring. (It's a 70 min. commute each way).
Speaking of Work... The Company has a tendency to do crazy internal marketing schemes. This week's scheme involved scattering hundreds of flyers, each the size of a dollar bill, all over the floors. My thoughts (and those of other employees) ranged from "why are we littering?", to "I thought we were trying to be greener?", to "Oooh. OSHA incident just waiting to happen."
I had an interesting time explaining to the janitor who was servicing the restroom. No, today is not a holiday. No, they aren't special. Actually, I'm not sure what they mean.
What WERE they THINKing?
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Saturday March 29, 2008
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The weather was cool and windy with some rain on Friday evening.
I've been finding and filling gaps in our installation on the new server — mostly missing Perl modules with a few Apache glitches for that extra bit of fun. Ugh.
Quote (from a co-worker)
As in so many other areas of life, a bug's age will advance with apparently unstoppable frequency...Ain't it the truth. ...
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Saturday March 22, 2008
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The weather was chilly this week and Very Windy. Brrrr.
Squirrel was very bouncy on Saturday morning. The Crunchy Bowl was Empty! I went out to the living room and he was so excited. He Bounced into the air and turned and Bounced into the kitchen. Look! Look! The Bowl is Empty!
Last week we decided to upgrade cfcl.com to new hardware. On Saturday, we drove into SF to buy a G5 from someone who was selling it on craigslist.
The seller lives near the Great Highway. We were early, so we parked at the beach and watched the parasailors and the kites. Wow! Neat!
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Sunday March 16, 2008
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The weather was mostly pleasant, with some very foggy days. Friday night, it began to rain.
It's Girl Scout Cookie Time. The Brownies are in front of Longs Drugs and the Juniors are in front of Mollie Stones. Sorry girls, I already bought my cookies.
We went to Todai for lunch on Rich's birthday.
When we got home, I grabbed cats and headed off for a good nap.
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Monday March 10, 2008
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The weather continues to be springy and pleasant. March does not come in like a lion in Northern Coastal California.
I returned my bad hard drive for a replacement. This time I'm going with Firewire, not USB. I've also greatly improved my backup strategy!
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Saturday March 1, 2008
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The weather has been springy - warm days and foggy evenings, lots of wind. Blossoms are everywhere (often blowing!). When it's warm, the air smells wonderful.
We've moved SpamAssassiin processing off the delivery host and onto our front-end "email toaster". I think that's an improvement.
Whoever discovers the cure for spam deserves to be a gazillionaire.
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Saturday February 23, 2008
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The weather was nice... followed by drippy. It started raining on Tuesday.
We had too many hardware and software travails this week.
On Sunday, Rich put together a Mac OS X system for a friend of his. He tried one box that simply didn't work. He went through a couple of disk drives. He tested this and experimented with that.
The good news is that the friend had a PowerMac G4 he'd been given, so the box stopped being an issue. Rich eventually did find a drive that worked. It just took far too long.
Then we had to troubleshoot the machine that stopped working after Rich had used it it to test the various drives... that turned out to be a cabling error. All more trouble than we needed.
But that was just for starters.
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Sunday February 17, 2008
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The weather has been springy. The ornamental plums have started bursting out in pink blossoms.
My schedule was unusual this week. I typically work from home on Tuesdays but I had a scheduled meeting this week. I tried to reschedule, but the other people were booked tightly, so I obliged and swapped my work-from-home day for Wednesday.
Of course, the meeting was postponed at the last minute. No one could figure out how to contact me. So... sigh.
Note to self: pay more attention to the urgency of the meeting than to its potential interest value when rearranging schedules.
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Saturday February 9, 2008
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The weather was fair this week. Foggy in the morning, pretty in the afternoon. Spring weather starts in February here. However, this year the ornamental plums are late.
I've been doing a lot of work for our home TWiki. Miscellaneous magic. Unfortunately, uncovering a bug or two.
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Saturday February 2, 2008
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The weather was wet. During a brief non-rainy period, Rich cleaned out the roof gutters with the pressure washer. Strange noises. Cats were not amused.
I looked in the Camry for Rich's misplaced rain hat. I didn't find the hat but I did find 2 inches of standing water in the back. Ugh. Pump and mop.
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Sunday January 27, 2008
the things you are, the things you never want to lose.
-- From "The Wonder Years" (television)
These are my Treasures for the past two weeks.
- Lots of snuggles with the cats this week.
- Oooh. Aaah. Droooooool. The new MacBook Air is highly desirable.
- Bacon and tomato sandwiches on sourdough bread.
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Friday January 25, 2008
Weekly Wrap-up 2008_04
It's been raining for most of the week. I've enjoyed watching the weather widget on my desktop. Occasionally it changes to "partly sunny" but that doesn't last very long. Mostly it's been showing rain.
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Saturday January 19, 2008
Weekly Wrap-up 2008_03
The weather was chilly but clear.
Ouch. I lost one of my websites in last week's disk problems. The good news: it was backed up. The bad news: it took a while to find and restore. But we're back on the air. Things were scary there for a while.
Rich headed off to visit his Dad this week. It's been me and the cats. Purrr.
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Saturday January 12, 2008
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The weather was mostly grey, foggy, and/or wet. The big storm continued with heavy rain early in the week but not as much wind..
We discovered a disk problem on our primary server last Friday. :-( We spent much of Saturday restoring all of the data onto a new drive.
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Sunday January 6, 2008
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Clear, clear, cold, clear, cloudy, RAIN!
Happy New Year!
New Year's Eve was, as always, quiet for us. We stay home, drink eggnog, and wait for the fireworks at midnight.
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Saturday December 29, 2007
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This was the last full week of 2007...
The weather was chilly this week, with temps in the 40s (F). That's unusual for where we live. We also had another couple of nights with rain and a bunch of foggy evenings.
Friday December 21, 2007
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The weather was mostly clear, occasionally chilly, with rain mid-week. I woke a few times to the sound of rain in the night on Wednesday. Nice.
I received a nice squidgly fleece warmup as a Company Holiday gift. Very nice. Black microfleece with a grey stripe and the company name tastefully embroidered.
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Sunday December 16, 2007
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The weather has been chilly. I switched to a warmer coat and have been turning on the little space heater in my home office. I also bought myself a new pair of gloves.
Sunday December 9, 2007
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I heard a bird sing
In the dark of December
A magical thing
And sweet to remember.
'We are nearer to Spring
Than we were in September'
I heard a bird sing
In the dark of December.
It's been chillier. Rich suggested I might want to look at getting an electric blanket. So we went down to Target and found a nice one. I only need a twin-sized (just for me, not for the whole bed). Yum.
I've been turning it on a couple of hours before I go to bed. It makes the sheets nice and warm.
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Monday December 3, 2007
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End of November. The weather has been chilly.
I did a bunch of Sys Admin stuff this week. We now have (once again) only one TWiki installation on CFCL. It's updated to v. 4.12. I merged the "Vicki's TWiki" into the main TWiki, made some subwebs... fought and trounced a buglet or two.
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Sunday November 25, 2007
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The weather was pretty: blue sky, stripey clouds, cool.
Two days off from Work this week! Four-day weekend. Woo!!
There was a chartreuse green 1956 Nash Metropolitan at the curb when we were having breakfast on Saturday. Rich and I went out to admire it. When we came back in, we learned that the owner was eating breakfast at a table just inside the door.
Handsome car, sir!
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Saturday November 17, 2007
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Some rain this week. More fog.
Note: A king-sized bed will hold 2 humans and 3 cats but the comfort of the humans depends on the order of who gets into bed first and lies where. When one of the cats gets there first and lies diagonally across the center...
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Saturday November 10, 2007
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In November(From Fall poems at CanTeach.)
Dark comes soon.
We turn on the lights
In the afternoon.
The weather was... autumnal. Lots of morning fog.
Rich installed Mac OS X Leopard on both laptops. We'll try it for a while before braving the desktop installation. . The menu bar is no longer transparent as it was in the betas (phew!) and the new dock is cute.
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Monday November 5, 2007
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End of October
The sleepy brown woods seem to
Nod down their heads to the Winter.
- Dan Fogelberg
We've had a lot of fog.
Rich has started taking the train to and from his Job. We can ride together for his leg of the trip.
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Sunday October 28, 2007
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The weather was a bit cool but pretty all week.
Harry Homeowner (Rich's alter-ego) put boards on the feet of our teak coffee table and we put that on top of the pine coffee table to make a two-level thing at one end of the screenporch. Now the far end of the porch is less crowded and we can get to the windows to open them.
The cats approve of the new arrangement.
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Friday October 19, 2007
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It rained one day this week.
Up at 7:30 on Saturday morning We got ready to go and headed down to the diner for an omelette. Then we walked around the neighborhood for half an hour and then I took Rich to the airport. He was flying to Denver for a few days - a high-end audio show and a visit with friends.
I tripped over a cool feature in the vim editor. I was typing a comment (starting with #) and the line got long and broke to wrap (a setting I set). vim automatically put a # at the beginning of the next line.
Wow. Real DWIM.
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Saturday October 13, 2007
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It rained again, this week. First on Tuesday, all through the night. Then again for most of Friday. It really came down on Friday. It's difficult for me to work when it's raining. I'd rather be curled up with a cat or four.
I've been poking around the web, looking at Twitter tools. I found an RSS feeder (twitterfeed) so I can automatically feed my weblog headlines to Twitter.
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Saturday October 6, 2007
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The weather was mostly blue and pretty, cool in the evenings and warm in the afternoons, except for Monday, which was grey and gloomy.
Our favorite grocery store is undergoing a major remodel. ech! This week, all of the front windows are boarded over. It's plywood, inside, from wall to wall and floor to ceiling. I'm afraid I won't be shopping there until the windows are back. It's claustrophobic and a bit creepy.
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Sunday September 30, 2007
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It's officially Fall. The weather has been lovely, sunny and blue, but sunrise is later and later. I hate waking up in the dark. I've started setting my "sun alarm".
I have a new, light-weight, portable hard drive. Yes, that's it in the picture to the right. It's the size of a (small) stack of 3x5 cards.
Rich wanted to upgrade his 40 GB iPod. I had a 60 GB iPod that I mostly use as an external hard drive. So I upgraded to a 160 GB drive (USB 2; bus-powered) and Rich will use my iPod. We both got a great deal.
This was my first week using it. For some reason two of my links were broken. Perhaps aliases don't work when copied? How very odd.
Otherwise, iTunes played. Email and IM work. Everything seems good. No other issues.
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Monday September 24, 2007
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It was extremely windy and "nippy" on Wednesday. At the train station, a woman was sheltering from the wind INSIDE the station elevator, preventing the doors from closing. How rude!
On Saturday, it rained. Wow. We had a light shower at about 6pm the night before, then it started to rain steadily sometime in the night (I woke up and heard it).
I woke up Saturday morning at about 7:20 and lay in bed, loving on Bebop and listening to the rain. Rain in September is unusual where we live.
Monday September 17, 2007
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The weather was nice. Windy. Cool. Sunny and Blue.
My group at the Job moved last Friday so Monday was move-in day. Confusion, chaos, and noise. I'm SO glad I didn't have to move.
The new "bullpen" areas are large, open, and suboptimal. I feel sorry for the people who are in one of them. (Some people like it; that's ok. But some really don't and that's not good.)
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Monday September 10, 2007
Weekly Wrap-up 2007_36
The weather was nicer this week. Not as hot.
This was the week of my sister's birthday. Happy Birthday Sister.
We had brunch on Sunday at a Guatemalan restaurant on Mission Street in San Francisco. Unfortunately, we got there at 10:30 and they don't open until 11:00. We thought we'd take a walk around the neighborhood for half an hour.
Remind me never to think this again. That neighborhood is decidedly ugly at 10:30 on a Monday morning. Nothing is open. It's dirty and locked up. Also, Monday is trash day and it stinks. Ugh.
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Monday September 3, 2007
Weekly Wrap-up 2007_35(two weeks)
We had a heat wave. Yeeps! There were two Spare The Air days.
I took all the keys off my keyboard and cleaned out the cat hair and crumbs. Unfortunately, when I put it back together it didn't work properly. So I took all of the keys off again. Maybe it got a little wet inside? (We've cleaned the keyboards this way before and never had this problem.)
In the meantime, I "borrowed" a keyboard from another machine. It's certainly convenient that we standardize — all of the keyboards in the house are the same.
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Monday August 20, 2007
Weekly Wrap-up 2007_33
The weather has still been mostly foggy with a few warm and sunny days.
Work was pretty bad there for a few days but I seem to be regaining control. Most of the week of the 6th is in my Journal but doesn't need to be shared with anyone else.
Rich's brother and sister-in-law came through town on a vacation trip heading to Cambria, CA. We had dinner with them at one of our favorite restaurants in Palo Alto.
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Tuesday August 7, 2007
Weekly Wrap-up 2007_31
The weather was a bit less foggy. Perhaps we'll have more sun in August.
A group of geese flew over alongside the building where I work. I could see their tummies from the window by my cubicle. Honk.
There was a division meeting followed by an afternoon offsite. I didn't go. Because many of my co-workers did go, it didn't make a lot of sense for me to commute down to the Job. So I worked at home an extra day.
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Monday July 30, 2007
Weekly Wrap-up 2007_30
The weather was foggy. It's been a very foggy July.
There was another "incident" with CalTrain on Monday morning. We sat at Menlo Park for 20-30 minutes. We made it to Mtn View but after that I saw the train go north instead of south.
There are far too many of these "incidents". There has to be something we can do to keep people away from the tracks.
I've been watching carefully for mousies at the station in the afternoon. They're very cute, very small, and very fast.
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Sunday July 22, 2007
Weekly Wrap-up 2007_29
Catching up... three weeks of July to cover.
The weather has been largely warm (when its not foggy :-). We had one delightful out-of season rainstorm at night. I woke up to it, then lay in bed and listened. Mmmmmm.
We did the July 3rd Fireworks at Stanford as we've done for several years now. We ate leftovers at home, then drove down at 7:15.
I missed the turn (they're doing construction and things looked dfferent.) and we got lost; ended up on Serra almost to ECR. I fought my way back to Junipero Serra and we tried again, stopping at the map this time. Left turn on Mayfield. 50 yards to the parking lot.
We found a good spot and I read for a while. Rich lent me his keyfob flashlight when it got too dark.
The fireworks started at 9:45. Boom. Whistling weasels. Firefalls. Flares that exploded into balls of sparks.
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Tuesday July 3, 2007
Weekly Wrap-up 2007_26
The weather was lovely.
CalTrain had a very bad day on Thursday. First they had a bunch of "control points" fail on the line — the things that set the track indicators and signal lights. They were setting things by hand.
Then, in the afternoon, the 365 northbound hit a car on the tracks in Palo Alto. The 365 is the train I take if I leave work at 4:11 instead of 4:30. (I wasn't on the 365 on Thursday).
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Monday June 25, 2007
Weekly Wrap-up 2007_25
The weather was grey for several days.
I've been looking into web=based calendar apps that support iCal format calendar subscription. The two most promising are Thyme (pretty and powerful) and Monket Calendar (pretty and free).
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Tuesday June 19, 2007
Weekly Wrap-up 2007_24
The weather was warm. It's been nice to come home to our house and open windows.
Rich went into WWDC every day, attending sessions and learning new things. Lots of new things in Leopard.
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Monday June 11, 2007
Weekly Wrap-up 2007_23
The weather was summery — warm, alternating with foggy.
Rich got a reduced-price admission to Apple's WWWDC (next week). Then he thought he ought to have an iBook to run the Developer seed of Leopard...
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Monday June 4, 2007
Weekly Wrap-up 2007_22
The weather has been predominately grey.
Monday was the Memorial Day Holiday (Observed), so no work. We had a quiet day at home.
Tuesday was my usual day to work from home, so the weekend segued back into Work in a nice, quiet, way.
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Monday May 28, 2007
Weekly Wrap-up 2007_21
The weather was alternately gray and sunny.
Our group at Work was supposed to move this week, but now that's on indefinite hold, so I don't have to pack...
Rich had minor surgery to repair a small hernia this week. They do this as an outpatient procedure now. One of the nurses told Rich that, when she started doing this (10 or 20 years ago), he'd probably have been in the hospital for a week. Yeeps!
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Sunday May 20, 2007
Weekly Wrap-up 2007_20
The weather was pleasant.
Rich and I installed black sticky-back foam sheets in our tv cabinet to reduce the glare from the screen. They work quite well.
My Dad had minor surgery this week. Mom wrote to say he's feeling good and they were going out to dinner.
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Sunday May 13, 2007
Weekly Wrap-up 2007_19
We had a brief heat wave this week. It lasted for two days.
Rich and I tried a new restaurant called Au's Kitchen. They opened this week. It's Cantonese Chinese, quite good. The wontons in the Wor Won Ton soup are more like siu mai. Very solid, packed with pork and shrimp, the wonton wrap simply holds everything together; very good. There are some unusual things on the menu. The lemongrass porkchop was tasty.
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Tuesday May 8, 2007
Weekly Wrap-up 2007_18
The weather was typical for spring, varying sunny days with rainy ones.
Rich installed the Mac mini in the living room, hooked up to the new monitor. Wow! We bought a wireless mouse and a wireless keyboard. This is so cool!
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Sunday April 29, 2007
Weekly Wrap-up 2007_17
The weather was nice.
There were some interesting birds in the street in front of the house this morning. They were a bit bigger than blackbirds, similar coloring (but with brown streaks), and moved like quail. They were finding and eating worms left by the recent rain.
According to the bird book, they're starlings
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Tuesday April 24, 2007
Weekly Wrap-up 2007_16
The weather was mostly good. Windy. Rain on Thursday. The sun keeps rising earlier and setting later. This is my favorite time of year.
I joined the "after lunch stair walk" at work. One of my co-workers tries to do a daily walk, up to and around the 3rd floor twice, up to and around the 3rd floor twice, and then twice around the building outside. He's getting people to go with him. It's good exercise, although (huff) the 3rd floor (puff) is a challenge .
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Tuesday April 17, 2007
Weekly Wrap-up 2007_15
The weather was variable. We had some rain, some clear days, lots of wind...
Rich helped me put together a "cubicle curtain". We bought a large, tight spring and a length of dowel rod. Rich mounted the spring on a board and attached magnet tape to the underside. The dowel slips into the end of the spring and I can hang a curtain on the dowel. because of the spring, if anyone walks into it, it will move.
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Monday April 9, 2007
Weekly Wrap-up 2007_14
The weather has been lovely...
I moved cubicles at The Job. The new location is quite nice. I have a window (tra la) and plenty of Natural Light. It's still noisy, unfortunately; there are some chatty people just over the wall and we're also near the largest conference room. There was a big meeting on Monday (with applause, whistles, cheering... Sheesh)
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Monday April 2, 2007
Weekly Wrap-up 2007_13
The weather was pleasant and springy.
Monday March 26, 2007
Weekly Wrap-up 2007_12
The weather was variable, We had some rain this week.
The week was variable too. Some days were good. Some days were bad. Issues with the Job... Not much I can share.
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Monday March 19, 2007
Weekly Wrap-up 2007_11
The weather continues to be springy, varying from cool to warm, occasionally (once) almost too warm!
We had dinner at our favorite pizzeria in The City on Monday night. Because Rich likes mushrooms and I don't, we always ask for all of the mushrooms on only half of the pizza. This time, someone goofed and put mushrooms on the entire pizza and double mushrooms on one half.
But they were very nice about the problem and quickly made me a small pizza with no mushrooms anywhere.
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Monday March 12, 2007
Weekly Wrap-up 2006_10
The weather was pleasant and spring-like. Sunday was quite warm.
The train home on Monday was 10 minutes late because it had to work around a disabled train to the south. That meant our northbound train picked us up on the southbound side of the track. Weird! However, they recently installed a loudspeaker system at this station and so we were told to move over to the other side to catch the train. That's better than hoping we'll notice a change to the scrolling sign boards.
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Monday March 5, 2007
Weekly Wrap-up 2006_09
The week started out drizzly and wet, although there were some clear days too. But Monday was one of those days when I was just as happy not to drive to the Job - especially after listening to my coworkers' stories of their commutes, e.g the one who lives 6 miles away and narrowly missed being part of two (or was it three?) accidents on his way in.
Tuesday February 27, 2007
Weekly Wrap-up 2007_08
The weather was variable - blue when it wasn't rainy. There was a rainbow to the north of the train station one morning. I watched it till it faded.
Monday was President's Day. I'm working for a company that takes this as a holiday, so I had a three-day weekend. The downside of this was that we forgot to take the trash to the curb for the Monday morning pickup. That's not much of a downside. :-)
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Tuesday February 20, 2007
Weekly Wrap-up 2007_07
The weather was springy. Springs can be wet. The weekend was warmish and lovely.
Monday February 12, 2007
Weekly Wrap-up 2007_06
The weather was rainy for much of the week. But its spring. The ornamental plum tree in our backyard is covered in pink blossoms. There's still a bit of light left at 6pm. Besides, I rather like rain.
On Feb 5, 1887 (according to one of our calendars) San Francisco had 3.7 inches of snow. Yipes!
One of the more stressful things about taking the train is watching all of the people Running in the morning. Running running running. Why are they all in such an all-fired hurry?
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Tuesday February 6, 2007
Weekly Wrap-up 2007_05
The weather was nice this week. Spring is coming. Our ornamental plum tree is blooming. It's really budding out this year. I wonder if the cold snap was good for it.
I had a teeth-cleaning appointment this week. I took the iPod and headphones. Once I figured out how to make the iPod play (I usually run it via iTunes) I clamped on the headphones and just tried to ignore the scratching and the ouch! that hurts.
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Tuesday January 30, 2007
Weekly Wrap-up 2007_04
The weather was nice for the beginning of the week. Then we had rain (although rain can be nice too. :-)
They've been doing sewer construction work in our neighborhood. This past week, they started on the lower end of our street. It won't come as far as our house but it's a mess to drive through, and sometimes they close part of the road and set up detour signs. Some friends of ours have the work crews (and the big trench in the street) right in front of their house and driveway.
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Monday January 22, 2007
Weekly Wrap-up 2007_
The weather dipped into the low 40's and possibly the 30's a few times and we've had morning frost. That's pretty, but not good for the plants. We covered the jade plants for several days (and nights).
Monday was a holiday so I had a nice three-day weekend. Rich was out of town. The cats and I enjoyed the time in our favorite ways - napping, cuddling, hugging. I did some reading (when the cats allowed).
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Monday January 15, 2007
Weekly Wrap-up 2007_02
The weather was cold this week! We even had frost on the rooftops on Sunday morning (quite pretty really). I covered our jade plants overnight with old sheets.
Rich did a walk around the house looking for out-of-service UPSs. He found 6 (plus the ones in service). He tested all of these with an electric clock (to time the charge) and a 100W lightbulb (to draw power). We managed to find an electric clock at Longs Drugs; electric analog clocks are no longer easy to find!
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Monday January 8, 2007
Weekly Wrap-up 2007_01
The weather has been mostly fair, except for rain on Thursday. That was also the day someone parked a car on the CalTrain tracks in San Bruno and, apparently, walked away...
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Saturday December 30, 2006
Weekly Wrap-ups 2006_45-52
In the time I've been on hiatus, here's a brief rundown of the highlights in my life.
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Friday December 29, 2006
Hello, It's Been A While
I've been on hiatus. It's Winter (so I mostly want to hibernate). I have a job that's a 75-minute (one-way) commute by car, train, and shuttle bus. By the time I get home, it's dark, I'm tired (both physically and mentally), and I often don't even want to read my email, let alone write something.
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Monday November 6, 2006
Weekly Wrap-up 2006_44
October has given way to November. The weather has been variable. We had some rain as well as a lot of blue skies.
I moved cubicles at the Job and now have more natural light (and slightly less noise and commotion).
Overheard on CalTrain the day before Halloween:
"We're going to be Crayola crayons, all different colors, and our boss is going to be the box."...
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Sunday October 29, 2006
Weekly Wrap-up 2006_43
This was my first week as a FTE on the Job so I spent the morning in orientation. because I've been a contractor for several months, I got to skip the afternoon sessions.
We had an "adventure" this week. We got a flat tire!
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Monday October 23, 2006
Weekly Wrap-up 2006_42
The weather was nice and Octobery.
This was my second week telecommuting two days. Two lower-stress days each week. Delightful.
Rich's new contract started this week. For the first few weeks, he'll be driving down to Redwood City most days. Eventually, he should be able to work from home a lot.
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Monday October 16, 2006
Weekly Wrap-up 2006_41
The weather was pleasant. Very Octobery.
What a difference a year makes. This October, I'm in a company where my management LIKES what I'm doing and isn't trying to change me into someone I'm not.
When I got home on Monday evening, there were 9 bottles of water on the front porch. Apparently Arrowhead is re-working the delivery schedule (again) and our next delivery won't be until Nov. 27. Still, 9 bottles?!
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Monday October 9, 2006
Weekly Wrap-up 2006_40
It's officially Winter in the SF Bay Area. It was sprinkling a bit when I got out of the bus at the train station on Wednesday afternoon. It started raining shortly after I got home and rained steadily all evening, through the night, and into Thursday morning.
This week, I took advantage of working for a large Technical Company and attended a presentation by a a Senior Product Manager from Apple on Accessibility and Apple's "Voice Over" product, a "screen reader that's part of Tiger.
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Tuesday October 3, 2006
Weekly Wrap-up 2006_39
The weather was lovely. Other than that...
On Monday, I got stuck in Menlo Park for an hour when CalTrain stopped due to some Bozo leaving a car on the tracks. No one was hurt, but a lot of people were inconvenienced. Some days it really doesn't pay to take transit.
Tuesday's commute was uneventful and reasonably quick.
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Sunday September 24, 2006
Weekly Wrap-up 2006_38
The weather was very nice again. No rain yet this year. Last year at this time we had a thunderstorm!
I adjusted my schedule again. If I get up at 6:30 and keep moving, I can catch the 7:29 train. This gets me in to the Job by 8:15 (so I get in 8 hours, yet I don't feel like I'm staying later than I'd like). Traffic is much less congested. Parking is easier. AND the train is one of the newer ones, which I really like.
I can do this.
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Monday September 18, 2006
Weekly Wrap-up 2006_37
The weather was nice. Some days were even a bit warmer than we might have preferred.
After fourteen weeks on the Job, I finally have a Mac. My fingers work again. I can stop swearing at the computer. After the Mac was all configured and working, I requested, and received without argument, a second monitor. Apparently CRTs are not difficult to come by.
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Sunday September 10, 2006
Weekly Wrap-up 2006_36
What better way to start a week than with a holiday Monday.
Happy birthday to my sister. Which 35th birthday is this?
I came down with a cold on Saturday and kept it through most of the week. So, I worked at home when I could and then napped in the afternoon.
Nyquil is good medicine.
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Monday September 4, 2006
Weekly Wrap-up 2006_35
The weather was nice all week, although it's obviously not summer anymore. The sun is rising later and later every morning (and I tend to wake up better when there's light outside).
In response, I decided to change my schedule. I've started waking up one hour later and taking a later train. I experimented on Tuesday and started the new schedule on Thursday. So far, it's working very well.
Summer is officially over. The local kids started their new school year on Thursday. I have very mixed feelings, and memories, about school.
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Monday August 28, 2006
Weekly Wrap-up 2006_34
Week 11 on The Job. Plans to convert me to FTE proceed with typical corporate glacial speed. Apparently I have to have my contract extended first; the terms of the contract don't allow me to convert until I've worked for at least 90 business days. (Actually, I can convert, but there would be a fine. Apparently it's cheaper for the Company to extend the contract.)
From my perspective, it doesn't much matter if I'm considered an employee of the Company or of an Agency. I don't mind filing a time card (although I do tend to forget until Monday morning). I don't need medical insurance and I don't want stock. I do, however, need a Mac on my desk.
Monday August 21, 2006
Weekly Wrap-up 2006_33
The weather was nice.
This was week 10 at the Job. They like me. They've told me that they want to extend the contract, or even make the position "permanent". We're... talking. They keep telling me how much they like what I'm doing, yet they still don't seem to be willing or able to put a Mac on my desk. It's frustrating. That and the killer commute.
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Sunday August 13, 2006
Weekly Wrap-up 2006_32
The weather was nice again.
This was week 9 at the Job.
I've been commuting by train since the first day but I almost missed the train on Monday morning!
I got up as usual, fed the cats, got dressed. But a friend of ours was here (he'd stayed overnight on a trip north) and Rich had made tea and I sipped a mug of tea and talked to our friend.
I put on my shoes at 6:45, still in plenty of time. But I think some of the clocks were a little off.
Monday August 7, 2006
Weekly Wrap-up 2006_31
The weather was nice this week, just the way summer should be. There's a light breeze at home and it's warm, but not unpleasantly hot, in the Valley where I work.
I managed to get the web server working properly on the FreeBSD box at the Job - I can run cgi scripts (but not PHP) out of my home directory (because it's symlinked to the htdocs dir; user directories (public_html) don't work). It took a while and configuration was weird but, after a bunch of trial, error, and fiddling, things do work.
Monday July 31, 2006
Weekly Wrap-up 2006_30
The weather started out hot) at the beginning of the week but ended much cooler, thank goodness.
Rich and I met for dinner in Mountain View on Monday after (my) job and (his) meeting. We walked up Castro St. looking for a place to eat. Most of the restaurants were without power! We finally found one that was open, in almost the last block.
Later, I learned that some 60,000 people in Santa Clara county were without power from Sunday night through part of Tuesday. Ugh! Apparently a lot of transformers couldn't handle the load.
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Monday July 24, 2006
Weekly Wrap-up 2006_29
The weather was HOT. Unpleasantly, miserably, biggest topic of conversation, day and night, don't wanna do anything, too darn hot. Ugh.
Monday was a Spare the Air day, as were Thursday and Friday. Wednesday was muggy (muggy! here!!). By Friday it was most uncomfortable. On Saturday morning, it was 82 degrees in our bedroom at 10am. On Sunday evening, 90,000 people in the hottest East and South Bay locations were still without power, many because of blown transformers.
We're very happy that we live on the Peninsula. By 10pm Sunday, it had cooled down enough where we live that we could close the windows.
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Monday July 17, 2006
Weekly Wrap-up 2006_28
The weather was very pleasant this week.
I've had lots of work to do for the job. I enjoy editing documents and re-organizing the TWiki to be more accessible.
I got a nice compliment. One of my co-workers came by and thanked me for the work I did the previous afternoon on his proposal document. He said "I expected to be up half the night working on it and I looked at what you did and I didn't have to change anything".
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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.
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Monday July 3, 2006
Weekly Wrap-up 2006_26
The weather was pleasant - sunny in the South Bay, foggy at home. Home Sweet Fog Bank.
Monday was the third "Spare the Air" day although the weather was cooler on the Peninsula it was still hot (with high ozone levels) in the East and South Bay areas.
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Sunday June 25, 2006
Weekly Wrap-up 2006_25
The weather was warm this week, with two Spare The Air days on Thursday and Friday. The first three Spare The Air days of the summer are "free transit" days so I saved money on riding the train.
This was my second week at the Job. I like the people. The lunches are good. I'm still using Windoze. The commute takes too much out of me.
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Monday June 19, 2006
Weekly Wrap-up 2006_24
The weather was nice for most of the week but hot on Friday. The train station parking lot was an oven when I stepped off the shuttle on my trip home.
I took the train to my Job every day. I put in 40 billable hours and 10 non-billable commute hours.
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Monday June 12, 2006
Weekly Wrap-up 2006_23
The weather was very pleasant - summer on the SF Peninsula.
I have a contract starting next week. It was going to start this coming Wednesday, but they've postponed. So I get two more days of freedom. (Note the dual meaning of the word "freedom". It's free because there's no money involved. Sigh.)
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Monday June 5, 2006
Weekly Wrap-up 2006_22
The weather was mostly clear, although the week ended with fog.
Did you enjoy the Memorial Day Holiday?
The big news this week is that 1) I had an interview and 2) they liked me. Yes! I was beginning to be very concerned about the number of jobs I was almost getting, then losing. Especially now that my unemployment benefits have expired.
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Monday May 29, 2006
Weekly Wrap-up 2006_21
The weather was sunny and clear most of the week, with gusty winds most afternoons.
One of the burner switches on our stove went out as I was cooking scrambled eggs Monday morning. I swapped over to another burner when I realized I had been stirring the eggs for a while and they weren't changing. The light was also out on the burner panel.
After breakfast, Rich opened the stove and checked things out, then made some phone calls. he was able to locate and purchase a replacement switch. We're back to four burners again.
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Monday May 22, 2006
Weekly Wrap-up 2006_20
The weather was fair and cool for the first part of the week; however, we had a storm come through over the weekend, bringing rain on Saturday.
I had a phone screen pre-interview this week for an internal documentation position. I guess I "passed" because I'm scheduled for a real, in person interview on Monday.
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Monday May 15, 2006
Weekly Wrap-up 2006_19
The weather was. clear and warm this week, especially over the weekend. Forecast for the coming week is mostly clear and sunny.
Rich worked in the Back 40 this weekend, whacking weeds and grass.
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Monday May 8, 2006
Weekly Wrap-up 2006_18
It's May. The weather was mostly clear and sunny — nice Spring weather.
I had a chat with a company staffing person. She asked for writing samples. Cross your fingers this might lead to an interview.
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Monday May 1, 2006
Weekly Wrap-up 2006_17
This was a very slow week, all things considered.
The weather was lovely again for most of the week, although Saturday was extremely foggy. It was the "where did everything go?" kind of fog.
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Monday April 24, 2006
Weekly Wrap-up 2006_16
The weather was occasionally grey, often cloudy, even occasionally spritzy, but it did not rain this week. That makes this the first week with no rain since the beginning of March.
Monday was Tax Day this year; apparently the IRS decided that Saturday is not a good day for people to need to mail things, so everyone got two extra days. Rich and I both got our taxes filed in March this year (phew!) so April 15 passed without stress.
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Monday April 17, 2006
Weekly Wrap-up 2006_15
The weather was mostly wet (again). April is striving to be as rainy as March.
Rich channeled Harry Homeowner this week and we did some work on my desks, removing the center drawer from one desk and installing it on the other. Then we had to re-configure the arms on my desk chair because it no longer slid into the "knee hole". Sigh.
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Monday April 10, 2006
Weekly Wrap-up 2006_14
The weather was variable, mostly grey and frequently wet. March was the wettest (and rainiest) since 1904 and April seems to be following in the same path, so far.
I've still (again?) got a periodic, nagging cough so I went down to see my doctor. My lungs sound good. I have possible sinus inflammation. My Dr. made some suggestions and wrote out a prescription for a nasal spray. She told me to drink more water. Apparently the coughing / throat clearing gets in a cycle. The more I clear my throat, the more I irritate it; the more I irritate it, the more I feel I need to clear my throat. And so it goes.
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Monday April 3, 2006
Weekly Wrap-up 2006_13
The weather was wet. This has been a very wet March, the second wettest March on record. Gosh, only the second wettest?
Well, even if it's only the second wettest March on record, it was still the rainiest March since 1904. Yipes!
Now it's April and Daylight Saving Time has kicked in. Perhaps the weather will improve.
We can but hope..
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Monday March 27, 2006
Weekly Wrap-up 2006_12
This spring is wetter than winter was, with rain, then blue, then grey, then more rain. There's a big storm on the radar for tomorrow again.
Monday March 20, 2006
Weekly Wrap-up 2006_11
We had a couple of storms again this week, mostly at night, interspersed with cool sunny days. By the weekend, it was blue and lovely with California poppies popping everywhere.
We had lunch with a netfriend who works at Google. They have a terrific company cafeteria. It rival's Apple's for selection and quality. Wow.
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Monday March 13, 2006
Weekly Wrap-up 2006_10
The weather was weird this week. We had another cold storm come down from the north. There was lots of wind on Wednesday and Thursday. Friday morning there was hail on the ground at our house. "Higher elevations" (i.e. Los Gatos and 17 down to Santa Cruz) actually saw snow on the ground.
On Friday night we had a lightning storm around 7:00. One big Fratz took out the power for the west side of town. We ate a cold supper by candlelight. (We had just been looking over the leftovers, deciding what to have, before our choice was made much smaller...)
Monday March 6, 2006
Weekly Wrap-up 2006_09
Talk about March coming in like a lion. February ended with lots of rain, gusty wind, and some hail (and lightning!). The rest of the week was variable but usually cool and greyish.
It's been a very quiet and uneventful week. I keep applying for jobs. No calls or interviews as yet. :-(
In the News: Jupiter is growing a new red spot.
Sunday February 26, 2006
Weekly Wrap-up 2006_08
The weather was nice until Sunday. Then we got grey skies and rain again. Still, it beats last weekend. Not as cold.
News from the Job Search front: I didn't get the job I wanted. They "decided to go with someone else". Major bummer. :-(
I've applied at Google. It's nearly impossible even to get an interview at Google (if if you're good, which I am. Really!).
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Monday February 20, 2006
Weekly Wrap-up 2006_07
The weather was fair and cool for the beginning of the week, darkening on Friday and whipping up a northern storm front (with pea-sized hail mixed into rain) for Saturday. Yikes!
The people with the job I want have been checking my references... No other news on that front.
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Monday February 13, 2006
Weekly Wrap-up 2006_06
The weather was mostly fair this week (except for one night of heavy fog, just in our neighborhood). It was a full moon week too. That's been nice!
This was Rich's first week with the new job and it was a busy one. There's lots to do. So far they seem to like him. Happy clients and lots of work — sounds promising.
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Monday February 6, 2006
Weekly Wrap-up 2006_
The weather was drippy and grey early in the week, with rain on Monday night. It cleared up significantly by the weekend. Saturday and Sunday were blue and lovely, with little white sailboats dotting the Bay!
Rich had a job interview on Monday. He spent most of the day down the Peninsula running errands too. The interview went well and he now has a 4-week contract. If that goes well, we'll hope for an extension or a job offer.
I had two telephone interviews last week that went very well. I have an in-person interview scheduled for this coming Tuesday.
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Monday January 30, 2006
Weekly Wrap-up 2006_04
The weather was mostly fair, except for rain on Saturday evening.
I had a peculiar computer experience on Monday. Most of my address book was mysteriously... gone. Replaced, I don't know how, by addresses from a job I had in 2003?! It took multiple tries and several frustrating hours to find the files in backup (they are considered to be "databases" and not easy to locate) and then reinstall them so that the Address Book program would see them and use them. Gack!
Monday January 23, 2006
Weekly Wrap-up 2006_03
The weather was mostly fair, although we did have some rain in the middle of the week.
I've been trying to remember to use the stepper machine. I've got an alarm set to remind me once an hour during the day. I've made it to 100 steps several times now before going all rubbery.
I took my keyboard apart and cleaned it this week. It's amazing how much cat hair and gedunge gets into a keyboard over time. I popped all of the keys off, then Rich scrubbed it, then I put the keys back on.
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Monday January 16, 2006
Weekly Wrap-up 2006_02
The weather has been mostly sunny and cool, although we had rain overnight Friday (it cleared by Saturday morning).
I still have a nagging cough (mostly a lot of hrrm hrrm! throat clearing). Rich convinced me to call our medical group. They told me this is not uncommon, however my doctor did prescribe a stronger cough syrup that is (YES!) helping. In fact, I know exactly when it's time (hrrm hrrm!) to take the next dose.
By the way, I've been wondering when it was that "cherry cough syrup" flavor was invented. It's certainly a special taste all its own.
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Monday January 9, 2006
Weekly Wrap-up 2006_01
We started out with rain but the weather cleared by the end of the week.
It was a quiet week. We did a little shopping - a cushion for Rich's desk chair, pull chains for some ceiling fans, a trip to the bookstore (because we were nearby :-)
The ceiling fans are in our favorite diner. The ceiling is high and the original pull chains were short and it was difficult for patrons or staff to turn down the fans if they were blowing too strongly. So, being the sort of compulsively helpful people we are, we bought a 36 inch chain and some attachment doohickeys. Then Rich cut the chain in four pieces and lengthened the pullchains on the fans.
Rich continued playing Harry Homeowner by modifying the cat flap in his office door, removing the heavier outer piece of vinyl. Now the cats only have to push on the inner flap. Squirrel has been going in and out daily, usually in the morning to let Rich know that he's starving.
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Sunday January 1, 2006
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Happy New Year!
The weather this week was wet. The week ended with a big storm that started around 11pm Friday night and splashed its way into Saturday morning, ending about 7am (then returning for a small finale between 10 am and noon), with lots of wind and perhaps six or ten power failures overnight. There were leaves and branches all over the place on Saturday morning, and three more power outages throughout the day.
The power hits were all short (except the last one), but annoying, because the computers went down. At 4:40 the power went out for 20 minutes (even though the storm was long gone by then, having left us blue skies at noon).
The cats didn't like the overnight power failures. Every time the power comes back on, the CD player in the bedroom "reboots" and makes little sorting sounds with its three CD trays. Sometimes when the power comes back on, our doorbell rings (it did that at 4am and 8:15am). And, if the power is out for more than a minute, UPSs all over the house begin to go beep... beep... beep.
Now you know how I know we had so many power failures overnight - each one woke us up when it ended.
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Monday December 26, 2005
Weekly Wrap-up 2005_51
We've had a wet week... "And the rain rain rain came down down down...".
I had two interviews this week — one with an agency (for two possible jobs) and one with the hiring manager for one of those possible jobs. The interview went well, I thin, but the job is not my cup of tea... and I fear the company may be in a confused position right now (one tech writer and one tech pubs manager who've been there 2 months and 2 weeks respectively; new CEO and new VP of Eng. this year; a company wide plan to "get things back together"). No. Sorry. Have a good life y'all.
I also applied for a bunch more jobs. I don't expect to hear from anyone (if I do indeed hear from anyone) until January, however. Lots of people take one or both of these two weeks off.
I had a couple of very colorful, delightful dreams this week, including a delightful lucid dream with a fun sci-fi fantasy plot.
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Monday December 19, 2005
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Yeeps. 2005 is winding to a close.
The weather was highly variable this week. It started out overcast, turned sunny for three days in the middle, then started to drizzle on Saturday morning. It finished up with a solid day and a half of rain.
My cough seems to be pretty much gone. Finally!
With both of us unemployed, we've been trying to save money by staying home and (egad) cooking. So, lots of turkey sandwiches. Lots of soup. re we tired of soup.
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Tuesday December 13, 2005
Weekly Wrap-up 2005_49
The weather was very pretty early in the week, overcast by the end. Autumn.
I had my interview call from the California EDD (unemployment services). So that's moving forward.
I applied for more jobs. I've had one phone interview. Nothing further.
We went for a nice 2 mile walk on the lower Sawyer camp trail. We saw deer by the road on the drive down and again on the way back. There were lots of scrub jays and little brown birds along the trail. Also three bunnies (two chasing each other) and a Steller's Jay.
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Wednesday December 7, 2005
Sunday in the Park...
I've always liked Georges Seurat's "A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte"
I first saw this, I think, when I was in College. Twice a year, there was an art print sale on campus. Students who volunteered to pass out flyers were paid in free prints. This is one of the prints I chose.
So, I was surprised and tickled to see a parody advertised in the Wireless (friends of public radio) catalog.
I rather like it :)
Monday December 5, 2005
Weekly Wrap-up 2005_48
We had two days of rain rain rain last week. The rest of the time it was perfect autumn weather — blue and crisp and clear.
Unfortunately, my cold was followed by a lingering cough. Blech!
Rich has been cooking. Hamburgers stuffed with ortega chilies and jack cheese; turkey thigh sandwiches, turkey cabbage soup.. .
We went for one walk but mostly I've been hanging around the house, reading, napping, resting (and coughing).
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Monday November 28, 2005
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It's been a very quiet week. That comes from having a cold all week. My mind gets muffled in cotton. All I want to do is sleep.
I spent most of the week reading, eating (sharing turkey with Bebop), and napping. In other words, practicing being a cat. The cats approved.
We had rain this week, mostly at night. Winter is a-coomin in.
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Monday November 21, 2005
Weekly Wrap-up 2005_46
The weather was clear and warm last week. Quite "unseasonable" but delightful. We went for a walk along our favorite trail and saw a few deer.
On Tuesday, I had a call from a former co-worker (now an ex-former co-worker!). Apparently I was part of the shot across the bow. Thirty more people have been "let go" at The Company I Used to Work For amidst great speculation as to WHY. We now have a mailing list to discuss the topic. :/
I got caught by a cold this week. This was fairly mild as such things go but it made the latter part of the week pretty blurry.
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Monday November 14, 2005
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We had rain last week. There was a good hard evening rain on Monday night — nice to listen to while reading. We also had a terrific thunderstorm a little later in the week! Rich and I are fond of thunderstorms.
I was having trouble focusing on my computer screens. I don't have trouble driving, reading, or doing anything else... and an eye exam plus new glasses would be very expensive. I've adjusted my desk, keyboard, and screens so I'm a bit further away. The physical change is good enough for now.
We took the Scion in for its third complimentary oil change. Its yellow "Maint Req." light had also come on (some 13,000 mile thing) and it needed the tires rotated. Such a good car. No problems. I just love it.
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Wednesday November 9, 2005
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It was another Autumn week with foggy mornings and crisp, blue afternoons.
Rich and I turned off the porch light and closed the blinds on Halloween night. Living as we do in a hilly neighborhood, we rarely get any trickertreaters in any case. Plus, the cats don't like the doorbell ringing and we don't need leftover candy. So we just act as if we "aren't home" on Halloween night.
I reworked my web pages last week. They hadn't had a style change in a decade. Now everything uses CSS and PHP. The site looks better (or at least, I think so :-) and I learned some things.
Tuesday November 1, 2005
Weekly Wrap-up 2005_43
October can be pretty in the SF Bay Area when it's not foggy and you can see the sky :-). Last week was fair when it wasn't foggy. We also had one day of steady rain (which stopped by 7pm).
Rich made pea soup for supper Monday. Rich makes good pea soup!
I had some nifty and colorful dreams. An especially fun one involved penguins flying in the air — they were harnessed to helium balloons.
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Thursday October 27, 2005
Nifty Kitchen Gadget
I want one of these :-)
A nifty kitchen gadget, and a cool kinetic sculpture. Pull the ring to set the time. The tape counts minutes, not inches, as it slowly retreats into the aluminum cube, sounding a bell when the time's up. Because it's vertical, you can see it from across the room and know about how much time is left. Created by industrial designer Jozeph Forakis, a native New Yorker based in Milan. 60 minutes. 4" cube.
Sunday October 23, 2005
Weekly Wrap-up 2005_42
This was a difficult and confusing week. I managed to walk Through the Looking Glass at my job and into my own personal version of The Invasion of the Pod People.
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Monday October 17, 2005
Weekly Wrap-up 2005_41
The weather has varied. It's autumn. On two mornings in a row, I woke up when the sun came in the window at 6:30 am (I wake best to light). On the third morning, the clouds rolled in and I woke to my alarm clock.
After much fuss and bother and stress and frustration we installed a new monitor arm on my desk. I was concerned about a major change to my office configuration and this was giving me stress. Rich had a sore neck and shoulder and didn't need my stress to add to his stress.
The end result works... although at first it was very odd to have the screen "floating" in the air. But I can fit the scanner under it (which was what I wanted in the first place).
(if you want one, shop around. paid roughly half SRP at Staples.)
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Monday October 10, 2005
Weekly Wrap-up 2005_40
The weather has been mostly nice: fair, clear, and neither too warm nor too cold.
Rich called an impromptu ad hoc pizza meeting of the Bay Area Ruby group ("if no one shows, at least we can eat pizza"). One person RSVP'd (not required); eight showed up. Not bad!
We eat at Red Lobster once or twice a year. This week we went with a friend on his birthday. I took advantage of the opportunity to order shrimp and eat garlic-cheese bisquits.
The Mall has re-opened. We drove by on Friday night after dinner - and kept right on driving - Wow. Lights! Cars! More cars! I think we'll wait a week or two.
I had a short-term urgent project for the Job that I found out about on Friday. I did most of the work on Saturday. It was a project to put up a web site, not a big deal to do. The client was very happy with the results. I like making the clients happy.
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Monday October 3, 2005
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The weather was pretty nice all week. Even the one foggy day (Saturday) was warm.
When I went out to fill the bird feeder on Saturday, the garden was full of chirping (although I could only see two birds and one was a hummer). The bushes were making a lot of noise. Birds like the drippy mornings.
Somehow, there wasn't a lot of news last week...
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Sunday September 25, 2005
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We've had patchy morning low clouds and fog in the early mornings, turning sunny and clear by noon most days. Unfortunately, I need light to wake up well. I wake up poorly (groggy and sleepy) when it's grey and dreary outside.
Tuesday was fun we had the first rainstorm of the season, complete with thunder (and two short power outages). Squirrel was not at all happy about the loud growling outside. .
The power outages knocked out our network connection for the rest of the day. Rich ended up replacing a battery and a network card and got us back on the air around 10 pm.
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Sunday September 18, 2005
Weekly Wrap-up 2005_37
The weather was quite nice this past week, at least in the afternoons and evenings (if grey in the mornings).
We spent parts of Monday doing hardware swapping. We're going to send my old G3 to my parents. So we wiped the disk, re-installed Panther, swapped memory sticks and hard drives between this box and others, and generally made it ready to "move in.".
I played with PHP this week. I wanted to find a survey form that would let me ask questions, format the results, and mail those results to a specified address. I googled, investigated, and found a nice little program called Super Simple Survey. The, being me, I added some features that I wanted that were missing. I'm pretty happy with the results.
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Monday September 12, 2005
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Sunday was September 11. Take a moment to reflect.
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Monday September 5, 2005
Weekly Wrap-up 2005_35
The weather was, for the most part, quite nice last week. It was even warm for one or two days.
I hadn't planned to go anywhere near the Company's new building until things calmed down a bit from the move but I had a meeting scheduled for Monday afternoon. Things were still crazy; no one knew where to find anything. Some of the walls had "wet paint" signs on them. Some of the conference room doorways hadn't been framed in yet. Things were improving by the end of the week.
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Monday August 29, 2005
First Day of School
Today is the first day of school in our local school district. From now through May, children will walk past our house on their way to school in the mornings. There will be more traffic in the mornings and afternoons near the schools. Kids will be out at recess. "Caution - Children Present" signs will flash.
Where I grew up, school always started on the Tuesday after Labor Day. This was of particular interest to my sister, whose birthday is early in September. Sometimes her birthday would fall during the end of summer vacation. Sometimes it would fall during the school year. And occasionally (blech!) it would fall on the first day of school.
We grew up in central PA where there is a real autumn. September can be very pretty there. We generally walked to school (during the elementary years) as well as home from (all the way through high school) until mid-winter weather made that difficult.
I remember new school books and fresh notebooks. I recall the fat, blunt, number 1 pencils of 1st through 3rd grade (and the cheap rag paper tablets that went with them). I recall how happy I was when I reached a grade where I could have "real" (i.e. sharp) yellow #2 pencils and white paper to write on!
In junior high and high school, we made book covers out of brown grocery bag paper and my Dad decorated them with images appropriate to the book inside. One science book cover especially sticks in my memory, decorated with flasks, retorts, bunsen burners, and colorful liquids.
Has school started yet where you live? What memories does it bring back for you?
Sunday August 28, 2005
Weekly Wrap-up 2005_34
The weather was fair. Sunny even! Gosh.
We had good net connectivity all day Monday and all week. Yes!
I got a huge email letter from my Mom. I guess because she was too busy to write all summer she had a lot to say!
We had dinner at our favorite pizzeria on Tuesday. The kitchen goofed and put mushrooms on the entire pizza (we ask for mushroom free on one half) so the waiter had them make another small pizza without mushrooms. We had a Lot of pizza! We gave a third of the leftovers to a friend of ours.
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Monday August 15, 2005
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The weather has varied from fog to clear and back but never too hot. August is very pleasant here.
We got the newest Jasper Fforde book (The Big Over Easy) this week. Unfortunately, the book was incomplete. A signature is missing; it goes from p. 52 to p. 83. Oh dear. I contacted the store. and they'll send another. Meanwhile, we can't read it.
I think I've finally convinced Rich to try Circus Ponies NoteBook, one of my "must have" applications. If you use Mac OS X and you haven't tried NoteBook... what are you waiting for?
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Monday August 8, 2005
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Eek! It's August.
The weather has been nice during the afternoon, but very foggy in the mornings and evenings. Oh well, at least it's not hot. (I grew up in central PA where August was hot and muggy).
We had a small medical emergency this week. I was out for a meeting on Wednesday and, when I got home at lunch, Rich was on the phone with his brother-in-law Bill, an RN. Rich had gouged his finger on a piece of yard equipment working in the Back 40 and was wondering if maybe it should be looked at. Bill said that wouldn't be a bad idea, so...
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Monday August 1, 2005
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The weather was quite nice for most of the week
Well, July is over and thus summer is more than half over. Drat. Well, we still have August and part of September.
We've had our Scion xB for a full year now (and I still think it's a great car!). Have you test-driven one yet? Try it. You might like it as much as we did. :-)
A friend of ours was (temporarily) storing his (large, decrepit, 40-some-year-old) Dodge wagon in our driveway. He finally came and drove it away; it was here for just under 3 weeks. :-(
Yes! We have our driveway back!
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Sunday July 24, 2005
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The weather has been quite warm this past week, even to say Hot on Saturday!. Ugh. I had to open lots of windows and turn on all of the fans.
We ordered a solar-powered (water recycling) birdbath. The good news is that we can put it anywhere in the yard with no cords or cables to worry about. The bad news is it's kind of flimsy. Sigh. At least it wasn't particularly expensive.
Do you have a cell phone? (Doesn't everybody?). Do you have your name and land-line phone number on that cell phone? If not, stop reading and go make a label to attach to your phone! While you're at it, make labels for your handheld computer, your laptop, and any other gadget you might possibly lose and want to get back!
On Tuesday night, on our way to diner, Rich found a cell phone in the parking lot. Uh oh.
The phone wasn't locked so I used it to call 611 and report it lost (and found). I gave Cingular my cell phone number and we went on to the restaurant.
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Monday July 18, 2005
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The weather has been quite nice, with some fog in the evenings. On Saturday, for our day trip up to the North Bay, it was delightfully sunny and quite warm at our destination!
We ordered our Scion xB one year ago Monday. I don't think I've had a moment's regret in all that time (even when we were shouting at the people at the dealership :-)
I like this blurb from the Scion web site:
Let's be real - you're either an xB person, or you're not. There's nothing else quite like it on the road and we take pride in knowing that. ... If it's a spacious drive you seek, then all you have to do is step inside. The xB has got enough room for you to empty all your thoughts into it on that long drive home.I'm an xB person.
I've been wanting for ages to order a t-shirt with a theobromine molecule on it. Theobromine is the active ingredient in chocolate. It's very similar to caffeine. Theobromine is both a mild stimulant and an anti-depressant.
On Tuesday, one of my co-workers was wearing a caffeine molecule shirt, which reminded me again. This time, however, I did a web search when I got home and found a site with all sorts of "addictive" choices in "molecule wear".
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Monday July 11, 2005
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This week started off with a bang (several bangs in fact). We get a lot of neighborhood fireworks on the 4th and we can see them very well from our living room windows. I don't know how many were the most expensive "Safe and Sane" variety and how many came up from Mexico, Guatemala, or the Philippines, but it was a good show. There were lots of colored sparkles in the air as well as lots of booms and ratatattats.
The kitties were not happy. Bebop hunkered down in the guest room. Everyone tried to pretend to be blase'.
I read until 11. The fireworks must have gone on until after midnight; I could hear them long after I turned out the lights.
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Sunday July 3, 2005
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The weather started out grey and foggy early in the week but it's been pretty and blue for the past few days.
Rich was out of town last weekend. The cats and I snuggled and I read.
I decided to install Visio (under Virtual PC) for The Job. Unfortunately, I don't run Windows much or often (I think it's been two years) and hadn't updated in a long time. Visio insisted it needed the latest Service Pack before I could install. So... It took most of the weekend to get to where I could install Visio. Somewhere in the midst of the updating of Windows, Service Packs, and security patches, something went wrong and it wouldn't boot. I had to start over from scratch. Yuck! The second time I made a lot of intermediate backups just in case (the second time was successful).
I think there were some 70 service packs and security patches in all. Ugh!
Rich bought me a t-shrt at the Apple store. The front says, in small letters:
Air. Water. UNIX....
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Saturday June 25, 2005
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The weather has varied from blue to grey and back again, but no rain this week.
Did you see the gorgeous full moon on the 21st? That was also the summer solstice. We had some fog that night but the moon kept peeking through.
NASA posted an article on the "summer moon illusion". That's when the rising moon looks like an enormous sugar cookie. They say "this week's full moon hangs lower in the sky than any full moon since June 1987, so the Moon Illusion is going to be extra strong.". Unfortunately, we missed seeing the moon rise this week, but we do see it often. I love the huge moon effect.
Apparently, there are many possible explanations for why the moon looks so big, but as they say at NASA, it really doesn't matter which explanation is correct. The rising moon can be huge and beautiful.
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Saturday June 18, 2005
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The weather has been variable this week, from blue and pretty early in the week to another late-season rain storm on Thursday.
I've started using Mighty Mouse, a cursor customization program from Unsanity software. I like my new cursors.
I am using a combination of cursors from three sets:
- most of a set called "large arrow" (except that I'm not using the large arrow :-)
- a blue "wait" cursor that came with the app, in the sample cursors folder
- a "dragon" pointer from the Skreibe Two set (I really like this one)
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Saturday June 11, 2005
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It was an interesting week, weather-wise. There were several nice, almost warm days, followed by one full day of unexpected rain, then two days of thick fog.
On Sunday night, we drove into the City and had dinner with Rich's co-author on a Mac OS X book (still in progress). Said co-author was in town for Apple's World Wide Developer Conference (WWDC).
After dinner we wandered over to Moscone West and Rich registered for the conference.
Rich spent the week attending WWDC. He got back after 9 each night, so I was on my own for dinner. Then he'd tell me what sessions he attended, what he heard and what was interesting.
I worked. Things were pretty much as usual up until Friday morning when we had a meeting to learn about the new organizational structure in Engineering. So I have a new reporting manager now. I don't expect that to greatly affect anything I do.
This week I read Forgotten Truth, by Dawn Cook (if you enjoy Fantasy and time travel, this one is a delight). I also read Shop Till You Drop, by Elaine Viets. This was an entertaining murder mystery, well written. (I recommend it.)
In between and around the rest, I've had almost enough naps and plenty of snuggles with the cats. There have been good meals and interesting conversations with Spouse and friends. I've had a few chats with my Dad and exchanged email with my Mom.
Onward and Upward.
Saturday June 4, 2005
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The weather has been particularly nice this week - warmish and sunny during the day, not too hot, some wind at night.
Rich has been working on a software project; he's gotten it to the stage where he can ask other people to try it and give him feedback.
The fluorescent lamp we had lighting the base of the stairwell conked out, so we decided to replace it with rope light. We'll also replace the lamp we had illuminating the upper flight (that quit several months back). The good news is that we had one 12-foot stretch of rope light already. The bad news is that we need two and the buyers for the hardware stores have gotten the idea into their narrow little minds that rope light is a "seasonal" (i.e. Christmas) item. (I was so pleased when people started using it for more things, such as Christmas lighting. Little did I suspect the flaw in that usage pattern.)
Anyhoo, we finally found an 18-foot "outdoor patio lighting" strand tonight. It's too long (but it wasn't expensive). It's also not quite what we had in mind (it's exterior duty cord; Rich wanted zip cord) but he can make do.
Otherwise, this has been a quiet week. Work, dinner, naps... repeat the next day. The Monday holiday was wonderfully relaxing. Somehow, 3-day weekends are so much more relaxing than normal weekends.
This week I finished Mad Maudlin, by Rosemary Edghill (with Mercedes Lackey), the latest in the"Bedlam's Bard" series. I've also been playing with Palm software.
In between and around the rest, I've had almost enough naps and plenty of snuggles with the cats. There have been good meals and interesting conversations with Spouse and friends. I've had a few chats with my Dad and my friend Bari and exchanged email with my Mom. My sister is on vacation in Hawaii this week.
Onward and Upward.
Wednesday June 1, 2005
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate - Not!
Ever since I was ten or eleven years old, I've suffered mouth ulcers, aka canker sores. I've seen these referred to as "pesky" sores obviously that description was written by someone who never had one. They aren't pesky. They are acutely, aspirin-swallowing, can't-eat, multi-day painful.
I don't get them so much any more.
in 1997, I discovered Biotène Dry Mouth toothpaste. Not only is it mild (not overly pepperminty), but it does a good job at preventing morning "sweat sock mouth". The best thing, though, is that switching toothpastes has greatly reduced the incidence of mouth ulcers for me.
The reason? Biotène does not contain Sodium lauryl sulfate, a foaming agent. Sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) has been linked to canker sore outbreaks. Remove the SLS and canker sore recurrence goes way down.
There are now several toothpastes on the market that don't contain SLS. (If you like the really minty ones, try Rembrandt ;-)
Friday May 27, 2005
Weekly Wrap-up 2005_21
The weather has been quite lovely this week.
After dinner on Saturday, we investigated the newly reopened parking area at the western edge of Daly City. It's called Thornton Beach Vista; apparently the original road went down to the beach and was undermined in a bad storm in 1982. Thornton Beach itself is a state park. It's been closed off ever since we've lived here.
We knew they had been working on it over the past few months and now it's open with a parking area, solar-powered sidewalk lamps, benches, trash cans, and informational signage. Very nice. Also, the moon was close to full so it made the breakers light up nicely down below.
When we got home, I wrote a nice note to the Daly City Parks Dept., commending them on their nice work, and another to the State Parks people asking them to update the web page for Thornton Beach to mention the vista point.
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Friday May 20, 2005
Weekly Wrap-up 2005_20
The weather was grey and drippy early in the week but finished up clear and warm. Quite nice actually.
We did Dim Sum on Sunday. We had 7 people. I had asked for a table for 6 (there were 5 when we arrived; two showed up later) so we could squeeze 7. A good time was had by all. Dim Sum is good; Dim Sum shared is better.
Dim Sum followed by a nice nap with pussycats is best :-)
The meat department of our favorite grocery store has a daily selection of "ready to cook" choices. We've finally gotten around to trying these and have done so twice so far. Rich bought a rolled pork thing stuffed with sausage (last week) and I picked up a wild-rice-stuffed chicken breast roll this week. They're quite good. Just paint with olive oil or pesto or garlic and pop in the oven.
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Friday May 13, 2005
Weekly Wrap-up 2005_19
Still rainy on Monday but clear for the rest of the week. This was good because some people down the street decided to have their roof replaced (old roof removed Tuesday, plywood applied Wednesday, new shingles installed Thursday).
I had my performance review at the Job on Wednesday. It was... quite good actually. I got several 4's (exceeds expectations) and an overall 94%. (Hey! I got an 'A'). I guess they like me.
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Sunday May 8, 2005
Weekly Wrap-up 2005_18
This has been a wet week. Lots of drizzly days and even some windy lashing rain from the south! We're having a wet spring.
Rich picked up a couple of copies of the Mac OS X 10.3.4 (Tiger) family pack. We've been upgrading machines around the house.
There are some interesting things in Tiger. Spotlight looks cool. Rich has been co-authoring a small developer-oriented e-book on Spotlight. I like the "launch it again" button that appears if an app "unexpectedly quits" and the "More Info..." button in Finder previews.
In doing the upgrades, we were surprised to discover that two of our G3s id not in fact contain DVD drives - one of the perils of buying used equipment. So, after some discussion, Rich went down to CompUSA where he found a dual-layer DVD-Writer for $109 (before a $20 rebate) and a DVD-R (CDRW) for $50. The latter will go into the machine he used for his last contract (and plans to use for the next contract if they ever get the paperwork finished).
Unfortunately, I can't upgrade my desktop system yet because I use that to connect to the Company Intranet from home and Cisco's VPN client is not yet compatible with Tiger. Sigh. One or two of my other must-have apps aren't Tiger compatible yet either.
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Sunday May 1, 2005
Weekly Wrap-up 2005_17
It's been a quiet week. The weather was largely clear, even warm for a couple of days. Except, that is, for Thursday when it poured rain from midnight till about 10 am, then drizzled for much of the remainder of the day.
We took a run up to PetClub (for cat litter) on Thursday afternoon. I actually saw some juvenile pigeons in pigeon nests up under the eves. So, the anecdotal evidence that there is no such thing as a young pigeon is overrated. They cheep too :)
Bebop had his followup vetdoctor appointment on Friday - vaccinations and a check on his lip. His lip looks great. We still have a few antibiotic pills to get through. Bebop is being a good sport.
Rich drove down to Southern California for the weekend to visit his Dad and see a StoryTelling festival.
The cats and I had a nice quiet weekend. Lots of reading and long naps.
This week I watched A Series of Unfortunate Events, on DVD. Very true to the books. An excellent movie and Jim Carrey is perfect. Rent it. Read it.
In between and around the rest, I've had lots of naps and plenty of snuggles with the cats. There have been good meals and interesting conversations with Spouse and friends. I've had a few chats with my Dad and exchanged email with my Mom.
Onward and Upward.
Monday April 25, 2005
Weekly Wrap-up 2005_16
The weather was fairly stable this week :-)
Rich has been doing a bunch of weed whacking and general outdoor hacking and hewing. He trimmed the escalonia hedge between our house and the next door neighbor. Then he took out a lot of Scotch Broom and removed a bunch of dead branches from the piney woods in the back 40. We've filled the "green" trash bin twice now.
I ordered a set of Oneida Barcelona pattern soup spoons from a restaurant supply place. We used these at a favorite restaurant recently (they've gotten all new flatware) and I really liked them. Unfortunately, what arrived wasn't what I expected. I called customer service for a return and they suggested that perhaps I wanted the "boullion spoon" so I agreed and they sent me those.
The "boullion spoons" arrived later in the week and are pretty much what I had in mind. So now I have 2 dozen nice round soup spoons.
Rich tried some cookery experiments this week. First he tried a yam, chicken leg, and peach "casserole". That one needs some work. Then he tried a chili (I've been joking for years that we never have chili and aren't men supposed to be genetically programmed to be able to cook chili?). The chili turned out pretty good so we wrote the recipe into our "recipes that work" cookbook.
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Monday April 18, 2005
Weekly Wrap-up 2005_15
The weather has been generally nice, if windy. :-) There was one very foggy day but the wind blew that all away.
Ricch made a batch of turkey cabbage soup on Tuesday and we've been working through that, often with a salad.
Rich had his annual physical this week. Triglycerides are continuing on a positive downward slope (is that an oxymoron? Anyway, this is good and the doctor is pleased). His blood pressure was also good this time (Rich tends toward "Office high b.p. - high at the Dr's office, normal at home).
We also finished Rich's taxes (and sent the IRS a check), something almost guaranteed to raise anyone's blood pressure!
I took the Scion in for its second complimentary SLOF (Scion Lube Oil and Filter). We got three with purchase. It has 8000 miles now and I still love it. It's absolutely the most comfortable car I've ever driven. The Camry feels claustrophobic by comparison.
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Sunday April 10, 2005
Weekly Wrap-up 2005_14
The weather has mostly been lovely - cool and clear - with, of course, some rain on occasion. It rained overnight on Wednesday but Thursday was mostly clear. Friday was pretty wet on and off. The weekend was quite nice.
I had to go back to the Job Site on Monday because I forgot something. However, this turned out to have a good side because, as I was opening the car, I heard a funny noise. A crunching sort of noise... Some little underground varmint was eating a stalk of one of the palm-like bushes next to the driveway. Munch crunch, then the stalk would be pulled into the hole a bit more, then crunch munch, pull... I called Rich to come watch but by then I guess the critter had eaten as much stalk as there was and didn't want to eat leaves.
The Painted Lady butterflies are migrating north from Mexico to Oregon and Washington We're on the flight path. Lots of orange butterflies going past. Rich pointed them out to me as we watched the bush.
Monday April 4, 2005
Weekly Wrap-up 2005_13
The weather has been lovely and warm... except for the days when it's been pouring rain. Obviously it's still spring. We even had a thunderstorm on Sunday night!
Wednesday was the birthday of Vincent Van Gogh.
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Monday March 28, 2005
Weekly Wrap-up 2005_12
The weather was certainly interesting this week! It started raining in the latter part of Monday afternoon, rained all day Tuesday then cleared up until Sunday evening. Sunday night it POURED. The kitties were not happy about that. Much sound of rushing water on rooftops (especially the Lexan screenporch roof). Big kitty eyes. Both Bebop and Raven attempted (unsuccessfully) to look nonchalant.
I've been discovering the joys of shared iCalendars. I now have three - US holidays, Sabbats & Moon phases, and "fortune cookies" (refresh daily).
Unfortunately, DayChaser (a calendar app I like better than Apple's iCal) doesn't handle the iCalendar standard yet, but I'm told it will in release 2.0.
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Sunday March 20, 2005
Weekly Wrap-up 2005_11
The weather has again been variable, sunny in the early part of the week followed by rain on Friday and the weekend.
Rich was out of town for most of this week, getting home Saturday night. He attended the o'Reilly Emerging Technologies Conference in San Diego. I've been to that one when it was held in San Jose. Had it not been so far away, I would have loved to have gone this time! This is a fantastic conference with many wonderful talks.
Rich had his PowerBook with him and this is a very connected conference. It was fun to communicate over iChat during the week as he kept me up to date on things he was learning about!
In the meantime, the cats and I had a good week. I did a lot of reading in bed before dropping off to sleep, surrounding by mounds of softly snoozing fur.
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Sunday March 13, 2005
Weekly Wrap-up 2005_10
The weather has been mostly luscious this week. Warm. Sunny. Simply gorgeous. Friday in particular was much too nice to be indoors. The weekend sparkled. And we have two white lilac blooms in the back yard (yummmm). I love Spring.
During the Autumn and Wet seasons, the ornamental plum tree in the back yard became infected with lichen and what looks like spanish moss. I was quite worried for its survival. However, it's fighting back and it's putting out leaves (although there were no blossoms this spring). on Monday morning (before Work) and several afternoons this week, I went out and stripped a bunch of grey-green stuff off the branches. I figure a little bit here, a little bit there, and maybe it will help.
Monday night we drove into the City to a Chinese restaurant we like. We sat next to the fish tank so I could watch the fish. There was a bulgy-eyed black koi and a white one with colors who was picking up gravel in his mouth (eating things off of it?). I especially enjoyed watching the "vacuum cleaner fish" (Bristlenose catfish) who spent most of the meal sleeping but then woke up and roved around the tank, nibbling algae off of everything The most fun was when he was cleaning the tubes for the filter. His little whiskers stuck out on both sides of the tube. But then, it was also fun to watch him go up and down the glass (slurp slurp).
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Tuesday March 8, 2005
This is Fashion?
There's something about the world of "high fashion" that I just don't understand. This woman appears to be dressed, as near as I can determine, in a comforter with pillow. She's dressed as a walking bed?! This is not a Halloween costume.
Still, as Rich points out, this could be convenient if, erm, you wanted to take a nap on the bus? Or waiting in line at the bank?
Sunday March 6, 2005
Weekly Wrap-up 2005_09
The weather, once again, has been variable, but mostly clear. The weekend was lovely and blue.
We (finally) went for a walk along the new section of trail nearest our development. We've been for walks but simply hadn't tried out the new section before this.
It was a nice walk and we saw a mule deer in the grass and a pocket gopher zipping across the trail.
Rich has been working on the outline and slides for a talk he's giving on the afternoon of the 10th. He's coined a new word: "editerate".
It's Girl Scout Cookie Time. Support Girl Scouting; buy cookies.
This was a Cinnamon Bread week at the Job. A co-worker lives near a bakery in San Jose that makes the world's most wonderful swirly cinnamon bread. He's started taking orders every now and then. I always buy a loaf when he does this, then eat 1/3 or 1/2 over a few days and freeze the rest to get out a little at a time until the next time.
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Monday February 28, 2005
Weekly Wrap-up 2005_08
The weather was variable. There were some sunny days, intermixed with a lot of rain! That's Spring in the Bay Area.
Monday was a Bank Holiday (as they say everywhere in the World but here). Hoorah! A three-day weekend followed by a four-day week. We went out to brunch; I took a nap. It rained (a nice background for a nap). We even had a little bit of thunder. What a lovely way to spend a Monday.
Tuesday was sunny and warm (as I said, that's Spring). In the late afternoon we drove down to the South bay for dinner with friends.
I installed a new launcher for my Kyocera (PalmOS-based PDA phone). It's called Silver Screen and it's very snazzy. It's even better with the "OS X Mania" theme :-)
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Monday February 21, 2005
The weather has been largely wet all week, mostly at night. There was even a thunderstorm alert for SFO although nothing we could see or hear.
For Valentine's Day, I bought Rich and myself a box of Joseph Schmidt truffles (don't eat them all at once :).
Mezzaluna had her annual vetdoctor appointment this week. That was amusing, as often. (I was amused; the vet was amused; I don't think Mez was amused.)
Long day at the Job on Wednesday. I had a "seminar" that went until 1:30, then I was waiting for an engineer to get free to talk to me. I never did have lunch. It turned out when I got home that Rich hadn't had lunch either so we headed into The City to a favorite place that fills up quickly.
We had a moment of financial embarrassment after dinner. Rich reached for his wallet and it wasn't there. The bill was $42 (there were three of us) but I had only $37 and our friend had no cash. Oops. Rich remembered pulling his wallet out of his pocket earlier in the day when he had to pay for parking and sticking it beside the seat. Unfortunately, that was in the other car. Then I recalled that there should be an emergency twenty in the car we'd driven. So Rich went back for the car and what-ho, we were saved.
Better yet, when we got home, Rich found his wallet safe and sound on the seat of the other car.
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Sunday February 13, 2005
Weekly Wrap-up 2005_06
The weather has been fairly warm all week (to the extent that long-sleeved shirts were no appropriate for the Job. We had some drizzle starting Friday but nothing I'd call "rain".
Rich has installed a copy of FreeBSD 5.3 on a newly upgraded motherboard, etc. As is often the case with such projects, it took longer than expected and caused no small amount of frustration. I helped in some small fashion by coming along on the (last) trip to CompUSA, assisting with some cabling, and (most of all) donating my birthday present power supply to the cause!
The project took up a large part of a day; now comes the part where Rich and/or I start copying files and setting up the software side.
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Monday February 7, 2005
Weekly Wrap-up 2005_05
The weather has been mostly clear. It was a quiet week.
My cousin is a week younger than I am, so I always know to buy him a birthday card when my birthday rolls around (it's difficult to forget :-) This year I found a good one. On the front it says:
This card contains all of the winning lottery numbers for the rest of your life.On the inside there's a grid of numbers above which it says
Some assembly required.Coincidentally and serendipitously, the grid contains the numbers from 1 to 45. How convenient.
I wrote in the card: "Keri tells me she's decided to just keep celebrating her 38th birthday. If that doesn't suit (and you don't want to play the lottery), use this card to pick an age to be on any given day."
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Monday January 31, 2005
Weekly Wrap-up 2005_04
The weather was been nice last week although there's been a storm in the Pacific - I kept getting Coastal Flood Watch and High Tide warnings from the weather service.
We did a Perl & Egg Rolls SIG meeting (Perl programmers meet for Chinese dinner) in The City. Good food; nine people. We adjourned for ice cream afterwards (my fortune had said that "joy and contentment lay around the corner" :-) Rich and I split an "apple pie sundae" - apple pie fillng/topping (heated), pieces of "crust" (like shortbread, two scoops of ice cream. yummm. We could make that at home some time!
I had another dental appointment, this time to get the cavity filled ;-( I do that under nitrous. With the noise-canceling headphones and the iPod tuned to my favorite Air Pudding, it wasn't tooo bad. It was kind of funny though; this was the first time I'd used the iPod this way and I wasn't sure of the controls. Always before I've used it via iTunes through the desktop interface!
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Sunday January 23, 2005
Weekly Wrap-up 2005_03
Monday was a holiday so this was a short week. I like those ;-)
I had a dentist appointment on Tuesday. uh oh. I have a little cavity; they're gonna drill it & fill it next week :-( It's very small but they said it's better to fix now than wait & watch. Sigh.
We had dinner Tuesday night at Pasta Pomodoro; they were donating 10% of all sales on Tuesday to the Tsunami relief fund.
The traffic light at the corner was blinking red when I drove in to the Job on Wednesday. This usually indicates a power outage and it did this time. I went back home where there was light and power for the computer. I couldn't get into the company intranet till 3:00 pm (no VPN access) but I could work; I had downloaded the documents I needed the day before.
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Monday January 17, 2005
Weekly Wrap-up 2005_02
It rained heavily early in the week, then settled for being mostly grey, except for Wednesday which was gorgeous. There was frost on the rooftops on Wednesday and blue in the afternoon. On Thursday morning we had heavy fog. Friday and Saturday were just grey.
We went to a talk at SLAC on Monday, then to dinner in Palo Alto. By the time we left dinner (about 7pm) there was less traffic (good) but a lot more rain (nasty). It was a bad drive home made worse because we were in separate cars. I was pretty shaky when I got home. I took a hot neck-sock and went to bed for an hour. Then got up and sat in the hot tub, then went back to bed for the night. I'm glad I don't have a regular commute like that anymore.
Tuesday I stopped off at Sears to return a pair of Lands End Marinac boots (these are great boots but I had ordered the wrong size ;-( I was able to get the right size there at Sears. Hoorah.
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Sunday January 9, 2005
Weekly Wrap-up 2005_01
The first full week of 2005 has been off and on rainy and clear (somewhat more rainy than clear).
My new calendars arrived (I was a little late ordering a few of them). My office calendar this year is the Proverbial Cats wall calendar.
We've got a World Wildlife Fund songbirds calendar in the bathroom (pretty) and various other calendars around the house. The kitchen calendar, for the 5th or 6th year running, is Sandra Boynton's infamous Mom's Family Calendar (Who goes Where and When but not Why).
I renewed my drivers' license this week (it expires the end of this month). Because I have renewed twice previously by mail, this time I had to come in for a new picture and thumbprint. I gave myself plenty of time to get there and stand in the check-in. In fact, had so much time that I stopped off at Krispy Kreme (across the street) and bought a dozen pumpkin spice cake donuts (I froze 10 of them when I got home).
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Monday January 3, 2005
Weekly Wrap-up (Mon Dec. 27 - Sun Jan 2)
It's been a wet week. Lots of storms passing through. We've had rain followed by sun and blue sky, followed by more rain. The snow level has gotten down to 300 feet according to the weather reports, which means that if we could see Mt. Diablo (barring the fog) we'd see snow on the peak.
Last week's computer gremlins returned to nibble at us all when our friends tried to upgrade the OS and the system crashed. So friend Bruce drove the computer back down to us on Tuesday. We reinstalled it (and reinstalled it). We tried to upgrade it. Finally we ended up simply replacing it entirely. Rich found a 450 MHz blue & white G3 on craigslist.org for a good price. We swapped that for one of our machines (our 300 MHz media-server), then gave the hardware for the media server to the friends and are giving the "intermittently unstable" box to yet another friend whose son wants to try Mac OS X. That friend loves to tinker with hardware so this should be a good deal all around.
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Sunday December 26, 2004
Weekly Wrap-up (Mon Dec 20 - Sun Dec 26)
Happy Merry Ho Ho Ho
The Lab where Rich has been working is closed for the last two weeks of the year so Rich is home and we can have lunch together. Monday he went down to the chiropractor, then called me and we had lunch at our favorite diner. We haven't been able to do that very often for over a year.
We went into the City for dinner Monday night to a "21st Century Cafeteria" called Plutos. Yummmmmm. It was quite good (and now we know where to go to get real turkey.
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Saturday December 25, 2004
It started in low. Then it started to grow...
Every Who down in Who-ville, the tall and the small,
Was singing! Without any presents at all!
He HADN'T stopped Christmas from coming!
IT CAME! Somehow or other, it came just the same!
"Maybe Christmas," he thought, "doesn't come from a store.
"Maybe Christmas...perhaps...means a little bit more!"
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Sunday December 19, 2004
Weekly Wrap-up (Mon Dec 13 - Sun Dec 19)
It's been a pretty week overall, in the high 60s mostly.
On Monday I went to the PO to mail some packages. There was an envelope from the second grade class I volunteered with, containing notes from the kids. Awww.
I used up the leftover cranberry sauce from our turkey dinners by making my favorite cranberry jello fruit salad. I gave a quarter of it to a friend of ours who had commented how tasty it is.
The Company held a "white elephant gift exchange". They did it as one of those where you can choose to keep what you picked or trade with someone else. (Hint: Don't get attached to anything). I got stuck with a box of incense sticks. I was mentioning it to everyone I saw afterwards ("do you know anyone who burns incense?"). I found someone who did and I now have a very happy co-worker. I'm happy too.
Actually, I got what I wanted, which was the gift bag for another gift. The person who grabbed that one didn't want the bag so I snagged it. It's got a cute snowman on it.
The woman who ended up with the gift I brought is very happy with it (she traded the gift she "won" for "mine"). It's a small "aquarium" with two plastic fish that swim around and look quite real. She said she wishes she could have real fsh in her cube but is afraid they'd die. So she has fish and we're both happy.
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Tuesday December 14, 2004
When I finished my five weeks of Junior Achievement volunteering, I sent the class a thank you letter, telling them I had enjoyed working with them and thanking them for giving me the opportunity to come to their class.
Yesterday in the mail I received a response 20 handwritten Thank You For Coming letters from the students. That was a nice surprise. I really appreciated it.
I may not have been enthralled by the program but I did enjoy working with the kids. It's nice to know they enjoyed it too.
Monday December 13, 2004
Weekly Wrap-up (Dec. 6 - 12)
This week was much warmer and wetter. It started to rain about 5pm on Monday and rained on and off for the next few days. Thursday and Friday we had heavy fog. Saturday and Sunday were mostly grey but neither rain nor fog.
The parking lot behind the Company was a real mess on Tuesday morning after the rain. The parking lot is surrounded with eucalyptus trees and the storm brought down leaves, pods, and long strips of bark.
Rich brought home half a turkey from his visit to Forestville so on Tuesday night we had turkey dinner. I made cauliflower w/ cheese sauce, baked sweet potatoes, and mashed potatoes (in case our friend Gene came for dinner; he didn't; he didn't feel well, so we took a plate over to him afterwards).
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Sunday December 5, 2004
Weekly Wrap-up (Nov 29 - Dec 5)
We had a cold spell this week. We even had frost two mornings in a row! Rich was worried about the jade plants and I agreed. We covered the outdor plants with sheets or plastic for overnight.
Wednesday was my last day of Junior Achievement. I wrote up the whole experience in my other weblog, commentary.
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Monday November 29, 2004
Weekly Wrap-up (Nov 22 - 28)
This was a short week with a long weekend. That's the best kind!
I put my Job home directory into my iPod so I can carry it between the Job and home without having to carry the laptop. I plug the iPod in at the Company, work, then log out, unmount and eject the iPod, bring it home, plug it into my personal laptop at home, log in, and continue to work.
Dumbo mis-set the microwave on Tuesday and converted her lunch into charcoal briquets (i.e. I ran the convection microwave for 20 minutes on High instead of low-mix bake and turned two ham & cheese croissant into char and tar). I also filled the living room and kitchen area with smoke down to about 18" off the floor. Luckily, only one cat was in that part of the house and he was below the smoke; I wasn't. I coughed, I hacked. I took Bebop downstairs, then opened all the windows, turned on the ceiling fans and the porch fan, opened the front door, got two more portable fans, coughed, wheezed, closed off the bedroom wing, took Squirrel and Raven downstairs, coughed, apologized to Bebop who gave me a look. I could still taste smoke for the rest of the day. I left the fans running till Rich got home. The house smelled bad for the rest of the week.
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Monday November 22, 2004
Weekly Wrap-up (Nov 15 - 22)
It was foggy for much of this week, starting very foggy in the mornings but clearing by noonish.
Tuesday marked week 3 of Junior Achievement. This activity went much better than last week's.
We had a raccoon visitation on Tuesday night. That was a lot of fun (as usual). I worked onsite all day Wednesday. I had two meetings in the afternoon with only an hour between them, so I decided not to go home and come back. Then I stayed till 4:30 and when I went home, I went Home.
On Thursday, we learned that the new iPod Photos were in the Apple store. Woo Hoo! Rich drove down and picked one up and had a mocha with a friend who works at Apple. I waited till the weekend to unpack it, however.
Thursday night the Company held a pre-Thanksgiving potluck to which spouses and families were invited. The turkey was delicious as were the turtle bars and pumpkin cookies. I was able to introduce Rich to some of my co-workers and I think he enjoyed himself.
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Monday November 15, 2004
Weekly Wrap-up (Nov 8 - Nov 14)
We are still enjoying our new rugs ;-)
It was a slow week...
Nothing of record really happened between Monday and Friday. Mostly, I worked. I came home. I read. I went to bed.
Tuesday was my second week for Junior Achievement. This activity was... not well designed. I plan to start reworking the activities from now on.
We had a Benefits presentation at The Company on Monday. I thought it could have been better organized. All of the most important information (e.g. how to enroll, what is the deadline for enrollment) was at the very end.
Rich's brother and his family were in the North Bay for a brief visit so Rich drove up to Forestville on Friday to see his friends who live there and to meet his brother for the day.
I spent much of Saturday trying to debug SpamAssassin (the anti-spam email filter we use).
I also put together a weblog for a friend of ours.
Sunday was spent reading or napping, both activities in the presence of feline balls of fur.
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Monday November 8, 2004
Weekly Wrap-up (Mon Nov 1 - Sun Nov 7)
Autumn is more than half over. It's November already. Thanksgiving is the end of this month. Yikes.
There's been more light when I wake up. That's the only positive thing about Daylight Spending Time.
I wandered down to Target at lunchtime on the 1st. They didn't have any of the furry Elmo costumes I saw last week and didn't buy but they did have a Sully costume (no face) a big fuzzy blue and purple thing. I plan to sew the gloves onto the wrists, close the face and bottom of the feet, give him eyes and a nose and stuff him.
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Sunday November 7, 2004
It also Makes Toast
As we were walking through Bed, Bath, and Beyond the other day, I happened upon a nice little appliance. It's a combination microwave toaster oven. Neat!
A Google search indicates that Samsung introduced the first of these combo units in May of 2002. Now Rival and Sharp both have them; I like the look of the Sharp, as well as the name — Warm & Toasty.
Besides, we've been very pleased with our Sharp convection microwave. We hardly use the regular oven at all any more.
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Wednesday November 3, 2004
Weekly Wrap-up (Mon Oct 25 - Sun Oct 31)
It was a pretty week.
I managed to break Movable Type (my weblog engine) late last week, so I upgraded to the new release. That started me down a path of snafus and frustration. The good news the new release comes with tech support! I've been taking advantage of that Tech Support!
I started with server errors and difficulty logging in. Then, when I finally got those fixed, it turned out the upgrade script had not, in fact, upgraded some of my data files. :-( It took till Tuesday of this week to get everything back into working order (and a few things are still FUBAR. :(
At least I can post; that's a good thing! I've been posting some back-dated entries that had to wait during the "down" period.
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Monday October 25, 2004
Weekly Wrap-up (Mon. Oct 18 - Sun Oct 24)
The early part of the week was still rainy. I think we may have gotten safely out of fire season for this year.
This was my first week to work at home in the afternoons. My HR representative came through and approval was granted. I can work at home every afternoon. Yeay!
Tuesday we had a Junior Achievement presentation at noon. I've decided to play. I'll do 2nd grade.
Dinner at an Italian restaurant we discovered in the City a few months back. We shared two delightful salads (I learned that I like figs!) and a wonderful veal chop.
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Monday October 18, 2004
Weekly Wrap-up (Mon. Oct 11 - Sun Oct 17)
It was a warm week. Warm is nice but occasionally the weather bordered on hot, with ind, and I don't like that, especially in October. October is fire month in California.
On Monday, Rich joined me for lunch. We had a picnic in the little park about a block from the Job. Rich brought a sub sandwich and a couple of thermoses of cream of celery soup. It was a nice picnic (however, I had to beg some paper towels from a couple of mothers who were far better prepared for their picnic than I was for ours!).
Monday night, after dinner, we stopped by Baskin Robbins. Ooooooo. They had pumpkin pie ice cream! I bought a quart to take home.
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Tuesday October 12, 2004
Weekly Wrap-up (Mon Oct 4 - Sun Oct 10)
After a lot of effort (and completely replacing Palm Desktop with Apple's iSync and The Missing Sync (Mark/Space), I finally got my new Kyocera handheld to sync! The "missing" piece appears to have been that I needed a newer and better USB hub.
We had a fire drill at The Company on Tuesday. That horn is brutal! It's also 3 feet (horizontally) and 3 ft (vertically) from my head. Ouch!
In other Job-related news, I met with our HR manager. She's confident that she can resolve my telecommuting difficulties.
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Sunday October 10, 2004
It's Art! Who cares if it's misspelled?
Well, some of us do...
A colorful mosaic gracing the entrance of Livermore's new library is of a genre known as naïve art because of its whimsical design and childlike nature.Ouch. ...
Maybe that explains why 11 of the 175 names and words on the piece are misspelled -- from "Eistein" and "Shakespere" to "Van Gough" and "Michaelangelo.
[ San Francisco Chronicle, Friday, October 8, 2004 ]
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Tuesday October 5, 2004
Weekly Wrap-up (Mon Sept 27 - Sun Oct 3)
Autumn days. Autumn nights. Fog on the car windows in the mornings. Blue skies in the afternoons.
Another quiet week. Not much going on.
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Tuesday September 28, 2004
Weekly Wrap-up (Mon Sept 20 - Sun Sept 26)
The mornings are darker. The days are shorter. The prettiest time of day is 3 in the afternoon. I often go for a short walk at that time, just to get out of the building and out in the air.
It's been a quiet week in Lake Woebegone...
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Tuesday September 21, 2004
Weekly Wrap-up ( Monday Sept 13 - Sunday Sept 19)
It's been distinctly autumnal. it's a bit cool in the mornings but what I notice most is the angle of the light. It just feels... like... fall. Not my favorite season, fall. It leads into winter which is my decidedly least favorite season. Ugh.
I worked from home on Tuesday. I had approval from my senior director (the person I report to) for me to start working from home two days a week. It was wonderful. It took a little while to get everything connected but then I did nine and a half hours without once feeling like I had to "get away". I planned to work at home again on Thursday.
On Wednesday morning, I made a seriously stupidly naive mistake and notified the company of my new schedule so that people could find me if they needed to. It never occurred to me to keep things secret. I don't much care for secrets anyway.
Dumb. Dumb. DUMB.
At 4:35 on Wednesday afternoon (5 minutes after I should have left for home but hadn't done so yet) my same senior director came in and informed me that my work at home plan was summarily cancelled. I was fubar'd.
So, Thursday I did not work at home. Thursday I worked with gritted teeth. Thursday passed very slowly.
Friday a co-worker commented that he'd like to telecommute. I told him my story. He expressed shock, disbelief and sympathy and suggested I not give up on the idea. I'm not giving up. I can't give up.
Friday I left work an hour early to visit the chiropractor. Stress knots up my neck something awful.
If anything interesting happened on either Thursday or Friday I missed it... :-(
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Wednesday September 15, 2004
We Didn't Buy It For Its Looks
Although, to be honest, it draws the eye. :-)
Yesterday as I walked out of the grocery store to my car, I was behind another shopper. As he passed behind our Scion XB (about 10 feet in front of me) he turned slightly, looked at it, and pronounced "That sure is an ugly car".
I exclaimed "No it's not! It's cute!". He had the grace to look embarrassed and say "I didn't realize it was yours and you were right behind me."
But he stopped and I said "Seriously, it has a lot going for it. It has about 4 inches more head room than most cars and visibility to spare. And it's got a lot of legroom for the rear passengers. It's nice to drive too."
He agreed on the headroom (he said he bumps his head in his car). He also agreed that visibility is a good thing; he said he'd tried a Dodge Magnum and it was extremely comfortable but had essentially no visibility.
I agreed that the Scion is funny looking, mentioning that Rich has said that if we were buying a car for its looks we wouldn't have bought this one. I also mentioned that Rich says the Scion looks like "the box the car came in".
I guess I did a good sales job because the last thing the man said as we parted was "I'll have to get my wife down to try one out..."
Tuesday September 14, 2004
Weekly Wrap-up (Sept 6 - Sept 12)
Monday was Labor Day. To celebrate Labor, we don't work :-) I discovered (from reading "For Better or For Worse", one of my favorite comic strips) that it was also Labor Day in Canada.
Earlier in the day, my Mom had suggested that we drive north to Petaluma to a barbeque restaurant we all like, but that seemed like a lot of driving and potential traffic (and besides, I was sleepy). So I took a nap. When I woke up again at 3:30 , driving north for barbeque sounded a lot better so we did that.
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Monday September 6, 2004
Weekly Wrap-up ( Monday Aug 30 - Sunday Sept 5 )
The week started out cool but heated up again by Friday. Saturday was a real scorcher.
Mom & Dad spent Monday and Tuesday of this week in Arizona and Nevada, returning to San Bruno on Tueday evening.
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Saturday September 4, 2004
Today I came up with a theory that fit the facts, then looked up some references that supported the theory. Cool!
At dinner today I noticed a red area on my arm around a small scratch I got a couple of nights ago. Neither the red area nor the scratch hurt particularly. It's not infected. It looked almost like a bit of light sunburn.
We were out in the sun today for about an hour and the red patch was... hmmm, about the size, shape, and diameter from the scratch of the or=inrmtnet I had applied that morning. I wondered...
So I did a web search for the antibiotic ointment - Neosporin, containing neomycin, bacitracin, and polymixin. I found a useful page that told me there were "no problems expected" from sun exposure. Hmmm.
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Tuesday August 31, 2004
Back to School
The school across the street started the 2004/5 school year today. Some schools in the state started a week or more ago. This seems very early to me; when I was a kid, we didn't start till after Labor Day. In fact, the school system I went through (in State College, PA) still starts the day after Labor Day.
Several people were talking about this at the Company Where I Work today. We all remembered starting later when we were kids.
In honor of the occasion (across the street if not in Central Pennsylvania) I thought today would be appropriate to respond to a web meme from a few months ago. This was posted in the Saturday Slant on May 1, 2004:
You’ve been offered a full college/university grant, all expenses paid, for the school and study program of your choice. You can go to any school, anywhere, and study anything you want, without a single cent out of pocket for education, materials, or cost of living. Would you take the offer? Where would you go? What would you learn? Would you pursue a course of study related to your current occupation, or would you explore something all together new? Get your pencils and notebooks, let’s go back to school....
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Monday August 30, 2004
Weekly Wrap-up ( Monday Aug 23 - Sunday Aug 29)
As I type this, two soft balls of fluff relax nearby... the 40-pound marshmallow (aka the 20-pound pink Maine Coon) is sprawled tummy up on my desk. The Big Red Cat is by my elbow in "his place".
The weather has been interesting this week. It was cool and foggy until Thursday. Thursday through Saturday it was hot; it was 85 F in the kitchen (and 101 on the screenporch (with the windows open)) on Friday! The cats avoided the screenporch and hunted cooler climes... Sunday, it started to cool down again; we saw wisps of fog to the northwest in the afternoon. At least our heatwaves rarely last more than a few days.
I've been getting in to The Job by 7:30 am. I can do it and it gives me a good hour and a half before anyone else shows up; it also gives me the opportunity to head out earlier or run an errand and not feel like I've shortchanged the project.
We had dinner at one of our local Mexican restaurants on Monday night. They have great chile verde. Unfortunately, they also have a waitress with an attitude. On any given night, her English is proportional to her mood. She must have been in a pretty sour mood on Monday night. :-(
I ordered my usual dinner a chile verde super burrito, wet, and a side of chile verde, ala carte, no rice, no beans. I got a chile verde super burrito, wet, no rice, no beans. It was good but strange... kinda ... narrow.
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Saturday August 28, 2004
Not So Friendly Skies
I don't fly much anymore (hey; I don't travel if I can help it). But I used to fly at least twice a year to conferences, mostly, and sometimes to visit relatives. I can remember at least half a dozen times that we called the airline the day before we were supposed to fly home and changed our flight (usually to fly home earlier). The only hassle was making the phone call and sitting on "hold for a few minutes.
Those days seem to be gone, at least if you fly USAir.
My parents flew into San Francisco on Thursday night. The plan was that they'd fly back out (to Las Vegas) on Saturday, to visit my mother's sister for a few days, then return to SFO and stay with us for a week. So far so good and they did fly to Las Vegas on Saturday. But there was a glitch in the plans.
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Monday August 23, 2004
Weekly Wrap-up ( Monday Aug 16 - Sunday Aug 22)
The weather has been mostly warm this week. It even got hot in the car one day! I moved the car to a shadier part of the parking lot.
Rich was out of town last Thursday - the weekend but he got home in time for supper Monday night. Our favorite diner had Mahi Mahi (the one fish I'll eat an entire plate of). Poor Rich had managed to crack his knee on a rock on Saturday; it took him longer to get home because he kept stopping to walk around and loosen his sore knee.
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Friday August 20, 2004
The problem with a Full Time Job (especially one outside the house) is that there's so little time left over for Real Life. Sigh.
I make myself little notes throughout the day of things I want to remember to do that evening (or some evening) or the coming weekend. Then, when I get home, none of those things seem very important or urgent anymore. My primary interests when I get home are cats, nap, book... maybe I'll check my email. Sometimes I have an iChat with my Dad. I try to get in at least a half mile on the treadmill. I do laundry some afternoons... And of course, then Rich comes home and we figure out what to do about dinner.
My favorite evening activity is sitting on our La-Z-Boy couch in the living room with Rich on the matching La-Z-Boy chair across the room. We each have our feet up; we each have a book to read.
If we're lucky, we each have a cat. If we're really lucky, one of us will get two cats!
Although Mezzaluna does tend to disturb the reading (that book is in my way. Pet me; I'm here!), still, I look forward to her gracing me with her fluffy presence. I get a little less reading done but I feel better for it.
Tonight all six of us were in the living room. Rich and I were reading. Bebop was melted into the opposite corner of the couch. Raven was on the table by the window (just past my elbow). Mezzaluna was upside down on her favorite end table. Squirrel was sogged into the remaining armchair. Now That's what I call a Good Night at Home with Family.
Monday August 16, 2004
Weekly Wrap-up (Monday Aug 9 - Sunday Aug 15)
Rich has been out of town for much of this week, first visiting friends and then visiting his Dad. So the cats and I have been on our own. Much reading has been done along with much napping and cat snuggling.
The weather has been sunny and warm in the middle of the day, bracketed by fog in the early morning and late evening. That's summer in Beautiful Bay Area California.
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Friday August 13, 2004
TGIFI like the Job. If I must work outside the house, this is a good job to have. Still, I'm happy to see Friday afternoon roll around! Time for myself is very important to my sanity and stability. ...
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Sunday August 8, 2004
Weekly Wrap-up ( Monday Aug 2 - Sunday Aug 8 )
The weather has been pretty nice during the days this week; there's been fog in the evenings. We drove up to Joe's of Westlake in Colma one night and got to use the foglights on the Scion. That stretch of freeway can be nasty in the fog., foglights or no foglights.
I "solved" a problem I've been having with the Safari web browser; I couldn't select from certain form menus. I still don't know what was causing the problem but I made it go away. I pulled out my Library folder and put things back a few at a time. When I was done the problem was gone and there were a "invisible" dot files (including the .DS_Store file) left. I'm pretending they aren't there. At this point I don't care what caused the problem so much as the fact that it's gone.
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Wednesday August 4, 2004
If the Scion XB is the offspring of a mini van and a sedan, the Honda Element is the child of an SUV and a small truck. Until this evening, I wasn't very impressed. I don't much like the styling on the Element and I think our Scion has more window. But, if you're the right kind of person, the Element has some very enticing features!
The one we saw this evening was parked in the handicapped access spot outside the restaurant where we had dinner. Rich wandered over to look at it. Our friend Gene and I followed. While we were making comparisons, the owner came out so we asked him how he likes it. He loves it.
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Monday August 2, 2004
Weekly Wrap-up ( Monday July 26 - Sunday Aug 2)
We got up Monday morning and went down to Joes for breakfast, then to CitiBank (where I waited in line for 15 minutes and then took another 15 getting a bank check). Then over to Melody Toyota where Alex the salesman had put a big bow on our new car (awww) and a sales manager was there to shake our hands, shepherd us through (the last of the) paperwork, and repeat over and over how terribly sorry he was that things went awry the day before. (We were supposed to pick up the car on Sunday but things got snafued). Miss Manners would have been very proud. I drove away in our new Scion XB a little before 10.
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Monday July 26, 2004
Weekly Wrap-up ( Monday July 19 - Saturday July 24 )
The weather has been alternatingly damp, grey, drizzly, clear, cool, and slightly humid. That's summer in San Bruno.
A "Sunny Express" Delivery truck was behind the Company earlier in the week (on one of the foggy days). As I walked by, I said to the driver "So, where's the Sun you're delivering?" He laughed.
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Friday July 23, 2004
The friend who sent me the pointer to this little gem used the phrase "It is a big world...."
Continue reading "Clothing Oragami"
Monday July 19, 2004
Weekly Wrap-up ( Monday July 12 - Sunday July 18)
It's been a quiet week in Lake Woebegone...
The weather has been mostly pleasant with the occasional morning or evening fog. There have been a couple of truly spectacular sunsets as well this week.
We've placed an order for a
Black Cherry Scion XB:-) We ordered the fog lights and the cargo cover but no other add-ons. We're not sure when the car will be delivered to San Brino. On Monday it was still on a ship in the Pacific, bound from Japan to Long Beach, CA.
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Saturday July 17, 2004
A Strange Dream
I had a strange dream two nights ago. That's hardly unusual. Many of my dreams are strange; they are nearly all very busy and very colorful, with high production values.
A friend and former co-worker was in this one, along with lots of other people. Although part of it was at a conference or trade show I can't recall if I knew any of the other people (on the waking side). This is also not unusual; my dreams have very full casts as well as fancy sets. I often wake from dreams thinking, "Who WERE all those people?!"
During at least part of this dream, I was aware that I was dreaming. Again, this is not unusual; in fact, lately this has been a fairly common occurrence for my. I generally cannot affect my dreams (I occasionally have tried) but I often know they are dreams. The result is rather akin to watching a movie. I know I'm watching (in this case, participating or playing a part). I can't change anything about it but the knowing alters the experience a bit.
The reason I mention all this is as background to the telling of one small piece (one scene if you will) during this particular night's dream. We were walking along and I turned to my friend and said "This is certainly a strange dream".
It made perfect sense at the time.
I sent my friend a note to tell him; I thought he would appreciate the logic :-)
Monday July 12, 2004
Weekly Wrap-up (Monday July 5 - Sunday July 11)
The weather has been mostly sunny and warm with some fog in the evenings. It's a perfect July, so far. Monday was a holiday which made this a most excellent week.
After 6 months of hemming and hawing, starting and stopping, and occasional "rousing discussions" Rich and I finally took our PowerBook 2400 apart for the third time. We went down into it on Monday swapped back the original hard drive. This time I "drove", taking out (and putting back) all of the screws and such. It wasn't really a big deal. It wasn't trivial but it wasn't that bad and when I was done, it Booted! Yes! Third time's the charm.
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Saturday July 10, 2004
I Want a Flintmobile!
OK, it looks like something Fred Flintstone would drive. But it has visibility. It has headroom. It has legroom!. It's an amazing car. Have you tried sitting in one? Have you tried driving one?
I want a new car!
Wednesday July 7, 2004
Sit on a Ball
I have an "interesting" and unusual chair that I use at The Job.
It's a 65 cm diameter, puncture-resistant, inflatable
It makes a great conversation piece and it helps my back.
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Monday July 5, 2004
Weekly Wrap-up (Sunday June 27 - Sunday July 4)
The weather has been mostly fair, though we get a little fog in the evenings, but not heavy.
I was asked to "look into" documenting the system process manager at The Job, as a sort of "pre-employment" test. It's a different sort of documenting project than I've done so far. OK, that should be fun. It took two days. Now I'm in limbo again...
You know you're working in a startup when they tell everyone who wants to know how to disable/enable the alarm system...
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Wednesday June 30, 2004
What's in a Name?
When my sister and I were growing up, we didn't meet many other Keri's or Vicki's (not even many Kerry's or Vicky's). I don't think this was so much intentional on the part of our parents as was the fact that our mother simply liked the names Vicki and Keri.
The June 2004 Readers Digest contains a short "filler" piece on popular baby names. Apparently, some people really want their children to stand out from the crowd. The scary thing is, their choices still aren't unique.
In the year 2000, the most popular names were Jacob (really?!) and Emily. But some babies were named more... commercially:
|Armani (273)||Lexus (353)|
|Stetson (103)||Camry (56)|
|Evian 10)||Ikea (5)|
|Dannon (7)||Disney (5)|
I can hear the voices from the future third-grade playgrounds...
Hey Lexus! Where's your license plates?
Sunday June 27, 2004
Weekly Wrap-up (Sunday June 20 - Saturday June 26)Fathers Day has come and gone. We went down to our favorite diner for lunch (having totally forgotten it was a Hallmark Holiday). It was _very full_. We got a table (eventually) and had breakfast. Later we found out it was the best (sales) day they've had this year!
The weather has been windy but mostly pretty (although the week started out grey). That's pretty much par for June. We understand it's been hot (90's) up in Forestville (North Bay; where some friends live) the last few days, but it's been in the 70's here with a breeze.
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Tuesday June 22, 2004
The Neverending Saga
You may recall that back in May we were having a strange and frustrating experience trying to return a broken and unwanted shredder and get a refund. Apparently the experience isn't quite over yet. Some things just keep coming back to haunt you...
I returned home today after work to discover Yet Another brand-new Royal shredder had been delivered to our front porch.
What are these people Thinking?! Will they ever get a clue? Do they even know what clues are? Is there a charitable organization that will donate clues to the clueless?
I called UPS and refused the package; the UPS driver will come tomorrow to remove the latest shredder incarnation.
I keep wondering if it's the same shredder that was (mis)delivered in May... I'm not sure if I would really want to know.
Sunday June 20, 2004
Weekly Wrap-up (Sunday June 13 - Saturday June 19)
The weather has been variable all week: foggy, blue, drizzly, warm, cool, windy, still.
Rich was out of town last weekend, as was our friend Gene. So I went to Fresh Choice for dinner Sunday (as I try to do whenever Rich is out of town) but sadly, had no one to go with. So I sat and people-watched and ate tapioca pudding.
There was a major Oops over the weekend at The Company; a water leak from the second floor resulted in the presence of large industrial dehumidifiers in my corner of the building all last week.
Rich got home Monday night. We spent about an hour unpacking the new insulating lid for the hot tub, tearing up the old one, cleaning the tub, putting the new lid in place and re-filling the tub. Unfortunately, as we did all of this after 7pm, the tub was not hot enough to use that night. Sigh. It was delightful the next night and, for a while, we've got 4by4's on the lid to hold it down a brandnew hot-tub lid doesn't weigh much and May and June are the windy months in San Bruno.
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Wednesday June 16, 2004
The Company for which I am working suffered a minor calamity on Sunday. Apparently something on the second floor sprung a leak, or a pipe burst, or some such. On the first floor (where we aare), one cubicle was drenched, many ceiling tiles were damaged, and a large section of carpet was soaked. Several very large industrial grade dehumidifiers were in action when I arrived on Monday morning (and are still in place).
Continue reading "DrizAir"
Sunday June 13, 2004
Weekly Wrap-up (Sunday June 6 - Saturday June 12)
The weather has been quite variable; some days warm and sunny, other days foggy. It's been very windy at night. One day at The Job I felt chilled (my thermometer clock says 74F but I'm under a vent) so I went out to the car to get a shirt. I sat on the car for a bit. The car was nice and toasted. Sunload is amazing; the outside air was quite cool.
I trimmed the roses in the back yard (rescuing the lilac which was being
throttled). That gave me an armload of pink to put in a vase (after I shook
loose 4 earwigs, a ladybug, 2 small spotted beetles and a teensy weensy red
spider. I kept the vase in the screen porch till Monday and then took it in
to The Job where it lasted for two more days.
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Sunday June 6, 2004
Weekly Wrap-up (Sunday May 30 - Saturday June 5)
This week contained a Monday Holiday, so I had both a long weekend and a short work week. Wheeee.
The weather has been variable. A few nice days, followed by several days of heavy fog and low clouds. On Friday I could see bits of blue between the clouds from The Jobsite. It finally cleared up at the house by late afternoon. There's been lots of wind in the evenings as well.
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Saturday May 29, 2004
Weekly Wrap-up (Sunday May 23 - Saturday May 29)
The weather was warm early in the week (my car actually was too hot when I got into it in the afternoons). Then it was foggy for two days. The weather has been pretty nice since Friday.
This week marked my 4th week on The Job. The Job is a 6-week contract; I hope I get extended or converted or whatever... I rather like the place. I've had plenty of work to do lately. I've been revising 3 engineerig specs and a couple of how-tos. I've been to several meetings. I've made some suggestions that people liked. I think I'm doing good work. I know they could use my skills. I hope they think so too. And hey! I got my first pay check! I haven't had one of those since last November!
It's kinda worrisome that, as I look back over this past week, I don't see much worth talking about. I get up, feed the cats, eat breakfast, then get in the car and drive down to The Job where I work for 8 and a half hours and then drive home. At home I either take a nap, read, or check email (if I'm feeling up to it). Rich gets home between 7 and 8, we decide what to have for diner, go do that, come home and crash. Maybe I read before bed; maybe we sit in the tub. The next day we do it all again. Monday through Friday tends to be very much the same; only the meals have been changed to provide some differentiation between the days.
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Wednesday May 26, 2004
Sugar Free Sensation
Hershey's has announced (and begun distributing) Sugar Free York Peppermint Patties. They're not calorie free, of course, but the sugar has been replaced with maltitol and lactitol, two polyols or "sugar alcohols". Sugar alcohols have a minimal effect on blood sugar. People watching their carbohydrate intake can subtract the effects of fiber or sugar alcohols from the total carbohydrate numbers in the nutritional information on the package.
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Sunday May 23, 2004
Weekly Wrap-up (Sunday May 16 - Saturday May 22)
The weather has been partly cloudy to completely cloudy most of the week; there was also a little drizzle on Friday. It was never really bad though,
This was my third week at The Job. I filled in my first time sheet and turned that in, so I'll get paid.
I had a fair amount of wwork to do this week I reworked some tutorial web pages, worked on one engineering spec and started another, attended a couple of meetings, reviewed the User Guide and wrote 4 release notes. It doesn't sound like much, but it was enough to keep the mind alive. And, for the second week in a row, I resisted Friday's Temptation of the Bagels.
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Wednesday May 19, 2004
My Morning Start
I have been enjoying Atkins Morning Start breakfast cereal, specifically the Almond Crunch and the Banana Nut Harvest. (The Blueberry was too blueberryey for me and too sweet). The cereal is nice and crunchy and tasty. I like flake cereal.
I've been eating 2/3 cup every morning with a banana sliced in. (Don't tell me bananas have carbs. I eat fruit; live with it.) I also mix in a cup of Brown Cow Farms yogurt. I remove the cream layer from the whole milk version. (And yes, I know that Atkins doesn't "allow" yogurt, but South Beach does, so there).
It's a nice filling breakfast and I find that I can withstand the temptations of the donuts, crullers, crumbcakes, bagels, and assorted naughty free food at The Job if I've had breakfast before I go in.
Sunday May 16, 2004
Weekly Wrap-up (May 9 - May 15)
The weather has been mostly cool, with fog in the mornings changing to sunny and blue in the afternoon. The wind has been pretty strong for much of the days as well. Today it was really windy!
We tried to go out to breakfast last Sunday, but it being Mothers Day, most places had lines. Worse than that, the first place we tried had raised their prices by $10 for the occasion ("weekend night price all day") and I was offended.
We ended up going home, where I put together Eggs American Cafe. The dish is a favorite of Rich's and mine from the American Cafe, a restaurant in Washington DC. We couldn't bring the restaurant with us when we moved but we could bring the recipe. We don't make it often, as it's very rich (and a bit of work to do) but oh my is it yummy! I make a really good Hollandaise sauce, too, if I do say so myself.
This week, at least, I had a few tasks to perform at The Job. A Job is more interesting when there's work to do.
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Sunday May 9, 2004
Whew! It's Windy!
We were out in the hot tub, making like hippos with only our eyes, ears and noses above water, watching the trees in the Back 40 swaying. We've got a local weather advisory for the airport (SFO; 5 mi south-west of our house as the seagull flies) west winds 25 to 35 kt with occasional gusts near 40 kt. Unfortunately, our anemometer is busted and currently reads 0 all the time, so I don't know exactly how windy it is at our house, but it's windy.
Weekly Wrap-up (May 2 - May 8)
The past week was very busy (if not very interesting) because I started a new job on Tuesday. So, 9 hours a day (except 8 on Tuesday) was spent in a small, dark, cubicle exploring the new job. I have a computer; I have a keyboard. trackball, and small whiteboard (brought from home). I have a ball to sit on. I have wrist rests; I have the keyboard holder arranged to my liking. What I don't have, yet, is much work to do. Wish me luck that will change soon.
The Camry spouted a small radiator leak on Thursday night as Rich was driving home, so we got up at 6:30 Friday morning and went down to the Auto Repair shop at 7 to drop off the car. Then we dropped me off at my job at 7:25 and Rich took the Corolla down to his job. So I managed to get in 9 and a quarter hours. I could have taken the bus home in the afternoon; as it turns out; the bus runs every half hour and stops about a block from where I work. T the other end, it stops just over the hill from our house.
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Saturday April 24, 2004
For many years, I have noted the not infrequent presence of shoes along the roadside (more frequently, in one of the lanes, on the road itself). It's usually a single shoe. I've even read short articles and news paper columnists commenting on the single-shoe-on-the-road phenomenon.
Spouse has recently brought another such roadside oddity to my attention the orphan traffic cone. There it sits, blaze orange and forlorn, bereft of its companions, alone by the roadside. Why is it there? What brought it to this location? Why was it left?
How could anyone possibly abandon a blaze orange 24"-high rubber traffic cone by accident?
There's generally no sign of present or even former construction. Only the lone cone.
Today I had a thought. Perhaps the cones have not been abandoned after all. Perhaps they have migrated to their current location, having been brought there without their consent. I recalled an incident from years ago in Anaheim, California. As I waited to cross the major boulevard that passes in front of the Disneyland main gate, a van came down the street. Trapped under the front bumper of the van, being pushed along the road, was an orange traffic cone, carried who knows how far from its former location.
Perhaps, like spiders, ladybugs, and the occasional errant snail (all of which have, at one time or another, hitched a ride on my car), traffic cones are not to much left as brought to their lonely place by the side of the road, there to stand, guarding nothing in blaze orange vigilance until a passing CalTrans crew eventually happens by, takes notice, and takes them home.
Friday April 23, 2004
Cool Comic for Word (and Quote) Addicts
Do you love words? New words, Olde wordes, long words, esoteric words, foreign words?
Do you love to read (and collect) quotes?
Do you love to play with language?
Shoecabbage is a syndicated comic panel by Teresa Dowlatshahi and David Stanford. It's all about language and languages (especially lesser-known and endangered languages). I just discovered it recently and I'm hooked.
I've added Shoecabbage to my ucomics.com membership (comics by email). Check it out for yourself.
Wednesday April 21, 2004
Barkeater Lake follows the exploits of Delores Tanzini, of Brooklyn, N.Y., who decides to give up her crazy hectic life in the city for a quieter, saner existence. When she moves to a small town in the Adirondack Mountains of upstate New York, she slowly realizes she's stumbled into an entirely different brand of crazy.
[ cf About... ]
Thursday April 15, 2004
Happy Tax Day
Are you done?
Have you started? :-)
I'm wondering if the reason that my email lists have been sooo quiet today is because
many people are off somewhere glaring at IRS forms..
Tuesday April 6, 2004
Totem AnimalsA writing group I belong to recently discussed Spirit Guides and Totem Animals.
An Animal Totem is an important symbolic object used by a person to get in touch with specific qualities found within an animal which the person needs, connects with, or feels a deep affinity toward....
You can have several animal guides through out your life. Sometimes an animal guide will come into your life for a short period of time, and then be replaced by another depending on the journey or direction you are headed toward. Your guide will instruct and protect you as you learn how to navigate through your spiritual and physical life. When you find an animal that speaks strongly to you or feel you must draw more deeply into your life, you might fill your environment with images of the animal to let the animal know it's welcome in your space. Animal guides can help you get back to your Earthly roots, and reconnect with nature by reminding you that we are all interconnected.
[ cf. How To Find Your Animal Totem ]
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Sunday April 4, 2004
Daylight Shifting Time
Today is the first Sunday in April, the official "Spring Ahead" day. It's also one of my very most favorite days of the year. We lost an hour today not really lost so much as put in the bank. We earn a lot of interest on that hour; that one hour from an April Sunday pays for a later sunset and a longer-seeming day until the last Sunday in October, and then we get it back. Personally, I'd be happy to lose the hour entirely if we could stay on Daylight "Shifting" Time year-round. Winter is when we need daylight most!
But, given that I have little influence over the Powers That Be (much less, the government), I'll have to make the best of what I've got. I have seven months before "They" start turning the lights off much too early for my taste.
Monday March 29, 2004
Our new vacuum cleaner really sucks!(This is, of course, a Very Good Thing in a vacuum cleaner :-)
When I met my spouse, Rich, he had an Oreck vacuum; we kept it going for years. Finally, I decided it was well past its prime. Without really thinking, I went out and bought a new Oreck (XL) to replace it. (I had a job at the time).
Orecks are expensive. The XL cost (cough, wheeze) $370. (Well, what did I
know? OK, I should have shopped around. But I was replacing an Oreck, ok?)
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Our new shredder really bites(This is, of course, a desirable trait in a shredder.)
It also chews, chomps, engulfs and devours, and all with far less noise (at a
much lower pitch) than we expected.
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Thursday March 25, 2004
Wednesday March 24, 2004
Signs That You Are A Crazy Cat Lady
Your colleagues no longer ask how your weekend was. Instead they ask how your cats are doing.
People at work have stopped offering you their lint brushes. They realize it's hopeless anyway.
When you get your latest roll of film developed, there's not a single human being in the pictures.
You have more cats than the local pet store and there are several kitty litter boxes in every room of your apartment.
Your personal motto is: "You can never have enough cats."
You buy more than 60 pounds of cat litter a month.
You'd rather watch hours of boring infomercials than disturb the cat sleeping on the remote.
You choose your friends based on how well your cats like them.
The only time you leave your apartment is to feed the stray cats in the neighborhood.
You introduce your cats by name to the pizza delivery guy.
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Wednesday February 25, 2004
The inspiration for this essay came from a comment on the Purple Ink list group, to wit:
I dream in colour when it suits me.To which I responded, "Does this mean you also dream in black and white when it suits?"
And then I was inspired to write this:
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Monday February 23, 2004
If you're interested in journals, especially in art journals, I've found some great sites to recommend.
I recently discovered Karen Winter's illustrated online journal, "Random Acts of Inkness - art journaling, writing, and other nonsense". Unlike many online journals, Karen's site features scans of her paper journal in which she draws as well as writes. The page shown here is one I especially enjoyed! Karen also posts to a "regular" weblog called "The Creative Journey" (with pointers and links to the illustrated version) .
Another illustrated journal is Keri Smith's "Wish Jar Journal". This one is full of fun text and interesting little stories, richly illustrated by colorful sketches. Where many people would include photographs, Keri includes sketches. Be sure to read the text too!
For something slightly different, try "Trumpetvine", a site "dedicated to the study, appreciation, and promotion of personal sketching to enhance our travel logs, illustrated journals, nature diaries, art projects and more". Or surf over to "Bea's Diary", a pictorial journal done in a whimsical, cartoon style.
Last, but not least, I must recommend Danny Gregory's "Everyday Matters". I found the aforementioned sites, as well as several others, via Danny's blogroll,. Danny is a fellow member of the Purple Ink journalling mailing list. He's recently started his own list group called everydaymatters, an "ongoing discussion about creativity, drawing, journal making and seeing more clearly". The group has acquired 301 members since its inception on Feb; 17 (only 5 days ago!)