What’s the point?

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I’ve been thinking about higher order stuff this blog interval. Not sure if anything will come of it. Had one of those “alien visitation” dreams too. Just wondering which paradigm is the right one (Steiner vs Bardo), and how we just can’t know for sure. Plus also “what’s the point” sort of thoughts. Think it’s part of the whole current shitshow we’re in. It’s hard to keep that sunny disposition when everything is dissolving. No worries-just gotta keep hanging on and saving money. Hopefully I can continue my contract or quickly find another one. Working remotely might be a plus…gotta get up to speed on React.

Does it matter how far you are, or where you have to go? No. You take this place as it is, and work your work the way you work it. As long as your awareness is clear, and you’re working on making progress, what happens is and is what happens. The Goal is the goal, and the Work is the work. Every pinnacle is the beginning of the next pinnacle. Seven inside one inside seven, forever. It’s school and not school, you learn and you bliss.

Okaaaay, that’s enough depth. Time to make music. While I’m still here. Recap: ran, worked out. M did t’ai chi. Slept OK, up 9ish. Morning, tidied, vacuumed. E & S & E-S to rally. E downtown.  M and I drank, plus. Up and up and up, forever.

Monday morning, start of sprint. Recorded a bunch of music Saturday night. M had a bit too much to drink, but did the proper prep to not get hungover-his meds magnified things a bit. Ran early yesterday, shopping in the afternoon. Pretty mellow otherwise.

Tuesday midday.  Was up late last night, so I bagged getting up early to run. It’s going to be 80° after work, so I’m debating whether to run after work or tomorrow morning.

Porch at Cook Ct.-curtain
A look out the back door through the sheer curtain.

Thursday morning. Listening to a Nat Geo thing on the ‘Rona. Ran after work on Tues. Not much else-Kamala Harris is the veep choice. Work, tidy, dishes and laundry, cooking, food shop Sat or Sun, workouts on the days-that’s really it. E goes out and shops, everyone else sits and plays on their devices. M works twice a week. I want to make more music, but… E put up a sheer curtain on the back porch-now it looks like fog or smoke.

Friday morning, in the stand-up. Glad it’s Friday-didn’t sleep well last night. I don’t think E did either. Got up early to run-going to be warm today. It was almost cold, but sunny and nice. Almost ran into 2 girls running on Fuller. Don’t feel great-maybe breakfast will help. We’ll see. Going to be super hot this weekend. Def. running early Sunday. Here’s a chart of my speed progression. Nice to have it upwards through almost 3 months.Running speeds

A week, Sunday, late afternoon. On the bed, computing. Been playing a golf game on my phone a lot. chill Friday, finished some UI design stuff, one other issue is a conundrum. Mellow Sat., E went to protests, I picked up S, not much else. Forgot t’ai chi. Church, shopping, got a pull up bar and a cheap brew keg-want to make ginger beer-need yeast. Maybe I’ll get a concentrate and make regular beer too. Had lunch at a dim sum place by Wal-mart. Need to run when it gets cooler.

Monday, sprint planning day. Bailed on the run last night-dinner instead. E came to bed late-riots in Wisconsin-one guess why… Need to go over the budget and pay bills-slacked all last week.

Now Friday afternoon. E is at the freedom march. Pretty quiet week-not working out because of the heat-don’t want to get up early. Went to the ER on Tues. because of E’s kidney pain-the issue from last week disappeared and they don’t know what’s up with her pain. Paid bills, finished up my paper cranes, played my shakuhachi a little.

Monday afternoon. Busy getting stuff done. No shopping yesterday, no workouts either. It’s getting cooler, we switched to the heavier comforter. E went downtown for the fun Saturday, got a tattoo yesterday. I cleaned. S’s 13th birthday today, she’s getting a nose piercing. Mess with the right-wingers visiting our town. They caused a bunch of trouble, and no one is saying anything about it.

Wednesday, lunchtime. Trying to get stuff done before the end of sprint. Not much else-going to be hot, didn’t plan meals this week. Time to call this entry.

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Sound up! 🔊 The *actual* song the American Woodcock uses to teach chicks the dance for luring worms. 😂#TEQUILA

Posted by Pee-wee Herman on Friday, August 14, 2020

Sound up! 🔊 The *actual* song the American Woodcock uses to teach chicks the dance for luring worms. 😂#TEQUILA

Posted by Pee-wee Herman on Friday, August 14, 2020

Not so bright: don’t even want to go there (especially now).

Page 23, sentence 5: “The difference was one of perspective-the view from different frames of reference.” Einstein’s Clocks, Poincaré’s Maps.

Fake curses, quiet life.

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So the old, fake Chinese curse-“hope you live in interesting times” is certainly applicable. And I’m pushing 60. Wonder how interesting my kids’ lives are going to be. Anyways, “it is what it is.” Such a lame phrase for the President to say. Just goes to show you. Read a Foreign Affairs article today about how we’re experiencing all 4 risks to democracy-gotta fix that, stat. So, like last time, my life is fairly quiet but the world isn’t. There was a huge explosion in Beirut, cv19 is flying along, there’s an election looming. Definitely interesting times. The thing is, all times are interesting times, so the fake curse has no teeth.

Saturday noon. Sitting on the back porch with coffee. Quiet week-work, tidy. E & S went downtown last night, came home early. Ran and worked out last night. Going to be hot next week, so maybe not then. Or maybe just indoors. Planning dinners. Oregon took my tax refund, but I don’t owe them anything! The feds, still have lots to go.

Sunday early evening. Quite hot, but a/c is keeping us cool-we have 2 units and fans distributing the cool air everywhere. Ran at 11 and it was too hot even then-maybe at 8 on Tuesday? Ugh. House is tidy. Blazed through the Earthseed books. Chilling, that dystopia, and closer than you think. Onto the next book. One left after that. Protests continue, with support from everywhere.

Wednesday noon. Busy working. Going to be hot today-glad I’m inside and we have a/c. Not much else going on-ran early yesterday and it worked out fine. Think I’ll do it Friday too. M is working for a few hours on Wednesdays.

Late Friday afternoon. End of sprint-trying to finish up the last bits. Everyone else is too, so I’m getting tugged around. I skipped a whole week, but not much is different. 59th birthday last Thursday-got some sleep shorts, and an Artiphon Orba for myself-I really want a Gecho, but the guy is on hiatus. Busy doing production support this week, but got my stuff done. E is still going to protests, but doesn’t have a lot of stamina. Been running early, but not today. It rained yesterday. Think I’m going to call it.

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Bunnies Having a Great Time in the Grass

It's so cute watching bunnies play leapfrog 🥰🐇

Posted by ViralHog on Tuesday, July 21, 2020

😴 ❤ The most precious footage has been shared of Zoe the platypus snuggling her way into a peaceful slumber at Wildlife Sydney Zoo

Posted by Daily Telegraph on Friday, July 24, 2020

Not so bright: don’t even want to go there (especially now).

Page 23, sentence 5: “She and Mrs. Sims were sugary sweet to each other.” Parable of the Sower, “But for nearly five months now, we’ve had no trouble while salvaging.” Parable of the Talents.

Summer is here, and a comet!

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My birthday’s coming up-inching closer to 60. Odd, just odd. Def. don’t feel 60 most of the time. Much of everything else is the same-people are still in the streets-will this effect lasting change? Not certain yet. Didn’t the last time. It may cause the Orange Menace to be a one-term president, though, if the polling holds. It doesn’t look narrow this time, but it’s still just July-nothing matters except what happens in Nov… Seeing as we’re facing an ongoing pandemic, an economy reflecting that, and an administration with massive voids all the way through, prospects aren’t rosy, but it wouldn’t matter which party was in the White House. Anyways, my little life is OK-got work extended until after Thanksgiving… We’re in a safe place, and it’s OK!

Monday afternoon-time to stop work. Got a little done, but more to come. Pretty quiet weekend, no meal planning/shop, but vacuum/tidy and laundry, so not a waste. Good w/o’s, but no t’ai chi Fri. M worked Sat., he’s still sore. C is totally on a reverse schedule.

Tuesday afternoon, lunchtime! Got stuff done. Car is getting regular maintenance, they gave us a loaner. Trying to stay on top of keeping the house clean. S is eating our pie at random and all the ice cream as well. rrrrr. Not sure if I’ll get a run in today-been rainy. I’m definitely progressing-need to chart it.

Wednesday noon. Now 2. Now 5. Need to get this stuff finished by 5:30. Didn’t. Took ’til 7:30. Had to call the shop about the car too. I did get the run in-I’ve been using Strava to track them-pretty cool.

Friday afternoon. Hot. Time to be done with work. Ran, got almost done and strained my right adductor. Rrrrr. We get Friday dinner from a local place, and we were going to go to Mike’s, but it was slammed, so went to Roake’s. Just as yummy. The whole fam went. Having a delicious peanut butter cookie from Bob’s Red Mill.

Thursday night, bedtime. Quiet week, no meal planning. Still sore adductor. Have to redo something at work. Got ripped off for a Switch. Have a sleepy time tincture, so done.

Totally been slacking on this…and now July 13th. Maybe I’ll call this. Been same old. Couldn’t finish my run on Fri., slacked this weekend. Hopefully getting contract renewed for 4 more months. Been easing up on workouts. Still running decent pace-between 5 & 5 1/2 mph for a half hour. E’s back to going out every day. M is driving more, C is using our car from time to time. S has gone to 2 protests downtown. I’ve at least been keeping things tidy, doing laundry and dishes. Need to do taxes… There’s a comet out there. Played my guitar a few times.

Weds evening. Short of ca$h. Taxes are done-getting a refund! Woo-hoo! And M needs his wisdom teeth out. There goes the refund…plus I think they’ll probably take it for back taxes… Hot today-have the a/c on. Went up Mt. Scott with S to see the comet-no go. Have to go to the office tomorrow to return my old laptop-thing? (nothing)

Now next Tuesday. Been hot. Delivered the laptop, visited S’s teacher. Was sick Thurs-Sat. No workouts because of the heat and being sick. Went out to Beaverton to see the comet with M & S on Sat. night-it was pretty cool. Made horchata. E went to the protests-I took her and picked her up-thing! She went last night too. Had a hard time falling asleep too. I’m going to call this-a month tempo…

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Mama Nola 🥰

Posted by Mookie the Magnificent on Friday, June 19, 2020
Puppies
puppy
waves

Not so bright: don’t even want to go there (especially now).

Page 23, sentence 5: “He was bracingly clear-eyed about the New World project, and he seemed to understand better than any of his proto-American contemporaries the distorting power of wishful belief, how fantasy can trump fact.” Fantasyland.

change brings uncertainty

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Well, this is a long one, mostly because I haven’t been finalizing it regularly. I blame the lockdown. Anyways, it’s been uneventful in our household, but the human world is having a bit of a turn. No idea if this will mean lasting change, but there is certainly unrest. Cv19, plus protests equals unrest and uncertainty. Troubling politics and economic mayhem doesn’t help much. In any case, it’s scary and unsettling. I’m also getting close to my contract end, which makes me nervous.

Monday morning, start of a new sprint at work. Slept rather badly last night, didn’t want to get up…but I did. Achy back from working out. I’m in good shape, but also aging and don’t recover as quickly from things as when I was younger. Pretty quiet weekend, worked out, sold my Mirage, E got food, S was up late-starts school today.

Wednesday morning-time for coffee. Pretty quiet-a bit rainy, S is Zooming for school, not really motivated for w/o last night, worked late too. Sometimes feel oddly-disassociated, and sometimes like the walls are closing in. The house is staying pretty clean, and everything else is OK.

Sunday noon, time to think about lunch. Remote church, cleaned our bathroom. Pretty mellow-w/o Friday, tidied, laundry, vacuum Sat. Not much else…

Monday, noon. The days are sort of running into each other. Getting stuff done, but it’s not easy. Bailed on working out yesterday-had to pick up our food, and it didn’t go perfectly, so tired afterwards.

Wednesday, noon. The walls are closing in. There’s an old SF short story where that happens, but it’s because of no sleep rather than isolation. Went for a different run last evening with M-better, in some ways-that last hill is still tough, though. S wants to watch Coraline tonight. Now “sun over the yardarm”-having some gluhwein-got stuff done, but not deployed-that’s next.

Friday, work is done for the week. Mostly finished…I’ve been working late, so not tonight. It’s been wet and cool. Not much else going on. It’s a rent week, so short of $$$. We now have a cushion, and more once the gub’mint money gets here. I think I’ll wait until after August to do anything. Hopefully I’ll get an FTE or longer contract. Given that we’re in a massive uncertain spell, better to have savings and wait to see what happens before jumping into a house or some such. Read Snow Crash until late last night-on to The Diamond Age, then Cryptonomicon.

Wednesday noon, working. Yesterday was a mess-a complete loss as far as work goes. Good w/o, though, and fresh tortillas. Weekend was fine-quiet, shopping was about it. C’s birthday was on Monday. Trying to stay sane. Everyone is struggling.

Monday morning-ish. Tough sleep last night, achy legs, tired this morning. Mellow weekend, food shopping Sat., church, Mother’s Day, called my mom. Hot over the weekend, cooler now, good w/o’s. I don’t want to dwell on the outbreak or the election or anything else, especially here. I’m a Green, so nothing on the local primaries-I’m absolutely NOT voting for Jesse Ventura in the main. Maybe I’ll put my thoughts down after it’s all over.

Wednesday, noon. Same ‘ol… Skipped w/o last night-rainy, no motivation. Didn’t sleep well-need to get to bed earlier, that might help.

Friday. Rushing to prep for a code review-bleh. Worked out on Weds. evening. Not much else-we got our stimulus $$$, which went straight to savings. I’m actually saving. I may pull some of it to pay off collections.

Monday evening-time for bed. Finished up most stuff for code review. Decent weekend-w/o’s, stuff for back porch, online church, but rainy. M got his new laptop, C got his keyboard. Bills paid, never ends.

Wednesday evening, finishing work on time! Worked super late yesterday. Good w/o-jump rope because of rain-ankle still not liking it. Not much else, fortunately. Getting a pretty consistent 25+ mins for t’ai chi. Need to read and practice. Maybe tonight-M is making tamales. Maybe laundry too.

Friday evening, waiting for M to go run. Tamales were a failure. Not sure why-recipe and too thick maybe? Need more practice. Long weekend. Got stuff done, one bad thing still. Maybe I’ll call this.

Lol. Another week vanished. And Monday was a holiday. Riots over killings. Slowly reopening. Work. Workouts. Yummy dinners made by yours truly. A sore hip, so restless sleep. Talked to my mom. I think I’ll call this.

Didn’t call it. Another vanished week. Protests are ongoing-maybe this means change? Not much else-work, workout, shop. Got a new to me iPod shuffle-perfect for running. Been rainy, so jump rope. Got a shiny tiny new laptop last week, and a thing. Almost all my stuff for sale is sold-4 big things left. Been remembering my dreams but not writing them down. We’ve been planning our meals on Saturday/Sunday and doing all the shopping at once, but this week has been a bit not holding to plan.

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Cats…
Kittens ready to go to sleep

I wanna snuggle with them🥺

Posted by 9GAG on Thursday, April 30, 2020
Kittens
Otters.
Otter

We ❤️ hedgehogs

Posted by Ma Baby Love on Sunday, May 24, 2020

Well this is adorable 😍🐹🛁

Posted by Herstory on Saturday, June 6, 2020

Not so bright: don’t even want to go there (especially now).

Page 23, sentence 5: “A given pathway develops under the developmental constraints created by many others: none can occur before its component parts are ready, and none can be too disruptive to the others or to the overall process.” Becoming Human.

stay-at-home blues

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Well, I’ve been at home since March 2nd. This is fine in some ways, but tiring in others. We’re all stuck in a smallish apartment, E goes out a few times a week for groceries, we step outside a few times a day, and M and I have been working out as best we can. We were talking about how we’re in pretty good shape-I’m still working full-time, we’re all healthy, we live in a quiet suburban complex, in a state whose leadership took it seriously and doesn’t have a ton of knuckleheads running around doing stupid things. So far so good. Everyone I know seems ok so far too. As with all things, this will pass.

Haven’t picked this up for a week…working from home, distracted. Spent it mostly at home-insane shopping on Saturday, sold my MidiVerb and iBook (wish it was working right, because it’s such a lovely piece of hardware). Got a monitor from work, and that’s about it. S is at home and sitting next to me for schoolwork-she’s doing well. We’ve walked after work twice. The complex closed the gym, so Tuesday I ran around the trailer park with S, and M and I used water jugs for weights and did t’ai chi in the living room.

Sunday evening, eating a fajita burrito from Super Burrito Express. Not quite spicy enough… Pretty quiet-finished work, ran around the trailer park with M & S-M overdid it…Watched Conan the Barbarian yesterday. Memories of college. Online church today, shopping, jumped rope instead of running.

Monday noon, on the start of sprint meeting. S is next to me, doing schoolwork. And taking apart a Barbie. Now 2nd meeting. Drinking a cup of diluted apple cider vinegar and maple syrup (no cayenne). No idea if it’s helping…I feel pretty good, though running in Friday messed up my left Achilles tendon. Not sure if I prefer Kombucha or this. This is way cheaper, though. Need lunch.

Tuesday afternoon. Busy working-glad to have work to do. S is sort of working next to me. My calves are still super sore. I started on a Coursera class about happiness.

Wednesday noon. Trying to get stuff done, only partly succeeding. It’s hard to focus. Good w/o last night, even though my calves are still super sore-I used Soothanol afterwards, and my skin burned all night-stuff works, but I’m quite sensitive to it. I filled up another 5 gallon jug, so we now have 2 8 pound, and a 25 and a 40 pound weight. That and alternating running and jump rope should work fine for the duration. S is cutting up AriZona tea cans for her constellation work.

Thursday afternoon, meeting time. S is demotivated. I got stuff done, though, even though it’s super hard to focus and keep her on track too.

Friday, after work, waiting for S to finish her week’s work so I can scan it and ship it off to her teacher. Got all the rest scanned and in a Word doc. Got a decent amount of work done. Time to work out.

Here’s Thursday. Feeling a bit stir-crazy. And work is over. Got stuff done, but f’n admins changed AWS permissions without notice. Now I’m stuck going to UAT with untested changes. bleh. Jumped rope Tues., calves are OK, but my left Achilles is achy. We’re actually doing OK with the home w/o.

Friday, noon. Now 1. Stuff is sort of stalled right now-waiting. I have one task I can work on. Not much else-stuck at home. We planned meals for next week.

Tuesday afternoon. Pretty quiet because of everything. Skipped w/o Sunday, sore ankle and hip. Not much else-it’s been sunny and nice. House is staying pretty clean.

Thursday morning. Working on a large-scale query thing to update production data. Thursday, end of work. Got the prod thing done, added a logging bit. Notified people about data issue, need resolution of another issue. Missed a meeting at 8:30. Got an extortion spam email.

Friday afternoon, time to stop working. Have to get up at 9 on Sunday to run this production thing. Trying to fix another thing, waiting on access for a 3rd. Aaaah, work. At least I AM working, so… I keep looking at CV Stats and Oregon CV. House is doing fine, C is Spring cleaning, E is shopping, all garbed up. The temp is nice, so the back door is open. Mr Duck has visited, without Mrs. Duck. She’s either brooding or dead. Our neighbor quit feeding the squirrels, thankfully. Going to work out tonight. Maundy Thursday service last night, Bible study on Tues.-E was impressed at my insights. Read an interesting study of Fortune’s The Cosmic Doctrine.

Mr. Duck after a snack

Monday morning-I think I’ll call this. Monday evening-didn’t. Maybe now. Wednesday mid-morning. Now? Busy at work on a trans-gender thing-pretty cool, that, though the implementation is completely mundane-change objects, update a spreadsheet… No t’ai chi last night, ran and lifted only. All 3 Sunday. Not much else-maybe selling the Mirage and DDD-5.

OK, so it’s Friday morning. Def. going to call this. Guy wanted a barter for the Mirage, so no. Worked late-a thing we deployed failed-I fixed it, deployed and it ran OK. Not much else.

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Fuzzy Baby Otter Grows Up And Swims Back To The Wild

The moment this fuzzy baby otter realizes he can swim 💙

Posted by The Dodo on Monday, March 9, 2020
Adorable skunks.

Not so bright: don’t even want to go there (especially now).

Page 23, sentence 5: “People who have this talent are great at making sure that everyone feels involved and part of any team effort.” StrengthsFinder 2.0.

Time stands still?

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Well. Time to record this-“this is the time, and this is the record of the time” Time just keeps moving. At this juncture, it’s all about “so, you’ve been in a pandemic, what do you do now?” The answer is, of course, panic. Which is why there’s not one roll of TP on the shelves. <sigh> Not minimizing the severity of this-it seems to have a pretty high death rate, at least among old and sick people. And we’re not even 3 months in-so I’m working from home for now. Not much else-politics is much the same-we’re beginning Spring, DST, but still cold out. I need to sell stuff and go through my white bin.

Saturday morning, sitting in bed and making rice. Pretty quiet-w/o last night-lightened the load a bit, less deep on t’ai chi. Got work done, pretty decent… S got a new bed, living room is still a mess-hopefully this weekend.

Monday on the train to work. Busy weekend-shop, libe, laundry, put up blinds, stuff into the outside closet, no church, w/o. We’re planning the week’s meals. More genealogy-tracked back to more English royalty. S has a temp and is staying home-E wants to finish up her room and the living room.

Tuesday morning, trying to do stuff. We’re short of $$$ this week, but there’s a cushion. I want to keep the budgetary discipline and save more. We’ll see. It would be awesome to keep moving $ to savings, and maybe to Fidelity! Wish me luck… Coronavirus is causing market panic-maybe I don’t want to be in the market until everything hits bottom. I’d like to buy a house, too, so I need a down payment. Plus also retirement savings, but that’s next…or never. I’ve resigned myself to working until I die.

Thursday morning in scrum. All online, so I can skive…busy working, getting stuff done. Filed for TA, laundry, keeping stuff tidy. Short on ca$h for the next week too. E did drive by Ash Wednesday at church-got on the local news. Back to regular weights on w/o-I think I’ll start back to regular routines rather than the cut down one-I’m not as injured as I was… Afternoon-E is in the ER-we’ll see.

Friday morning-waiting for scrum. E had right side pain, but nothing wrong, so they gave her pills and we were gone in time to pick up M from the train. Got S from a classmates’, then got dinner. E is supposed to eat lightly. She has a neurologists appointment this morning.

A week has passed. It’s Friday morning again, on the scrum. Worked from home this week, because of the coming plague. Wait, it’s just an outbreak of bat flu. So, not much the last week-we think E had a pulled muscle, the neuro thing went well. S has ADHD, but a mild case. Good w/o’s, church, M and C are fine, C had an interview with GameStop. Not much else. Shopping, tidy-the house is staying that way because I’m home. I do a few minutes here and there-going through my boxes, white bin next, need to sell my extra stuff.

Monday, noonish. Sitting in sprint planning meeting #2. Pretty mellow working from home-S’ alarm didn’t go off and she came in at 8:08 and woke us up-had to hurry and get lunch made. Quiet weekend too-w/o-started back on the regular routines, tidy, shopping, no church, thing, binz-picked up 2 pairs of shoes-hightop Chucks and Clark’s desert boots. $180 worth of shoes for $20. Cleaned, fixed up, looks nice!

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NEIL DIAMOND: touching handsCDC: no don’t touch hands NEIL DIAMOND: reaching outCDC: please avoid thatNEIL DIAMOND:…

Posted by Joy Hughes on Friday, February 28, 2020
Coronavirus humor…

Not so bright: don’t even want to go there.

Page 23, sentence 5: “Getting all anxious about them, or about the possibility of what might happen, was embarrassing.” The Nordic Theory of Everything.

Another Installment in…

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Hi, it’s me again. Back for another installment in “my exciting life”. Woo-hoo. See whining below. News summary-no conviction, authoritarianism to follow, coronavirus, Brexit, primaries (more to follow), Boy Scouts are bankrupt-sex abuse lawsuits… There’s a current events portal on Wikipedia-handy. Not really much else, trying to stay afloat, keep house tidy, save some money. As always, need to carve out some time to be creative, learn stuff. In other words, same ol’. See you next time.

Haven’t touched this last Monday. Not surprising-I’ve had much longer hiatuses…12/01-4/04 for example… Since I don’t have an audience, it really doesn’t matter. Eventually something will happen and I’ll get noticed, if only for longevity. Whatever. Anyone who’s been doing it as long as I have and hasn’t been recognized, probably doesn’t care about recognition. Since that’s probably only me and maybe a very few others…I guess I’m still saying whatever, but passive aggressively.

Ok, so sour grapes aside, another completely typical week. Except for a visit to one of E’s friends for a Super Bowl party, where we didn’t watch it. Ate, drank (M made drinks-he went to the liquor store for the first time), and played games. I fiddled with an acoustic for a while too. Worked out before, which was odd. S’s teacher’s daughter spent the night. Not much else, the usual try to keep the house tidy-E worked a lot on organizing her stuff, I finally put the Xmas stuff in the outside closet. Church, shop, M did some driving at the cemetery. He drank straight whiskey for the first time and hated it.

Weds. afternoon, busy. Figured one thing out, two others require changes, one is a moving target. Anyways, not much else-good w/o last night, C needs to gain weight. Short of $$$ this week.

Friday morning, trying to get stuff complete. E’s computer had a bad memory chip-had to take it completely apart, pulled the chip, works now, only broke one component…E did a bunch of purging. I just need to sell some stuff and repair 2 instruments for sale.

Monday afternoon, in a meeting-many meetings today. I got most things done Friday, and a mess that I fixed. Quiet weekend-shop, binz, clean, laundry, good w/o’s, a thing. No church. E is pretty close to getting all her stuff organized-I did a bit in the closet, but I need to go through my white bin some time. There’s a lot of stuff I want to do, if I have time. Want a new laptop, and E needs one too.

Tuesday, late morning. Now noon. Pretty quiet-getting things done. Keeping things clean-laundry last night, E is really getting rid of a lot-she moved my books. Practiced a little last night-went through my rolling music suitcase and put stuff into the Pod bag. I need to test out the cheap amp I have with the Pod. The rolling suitcase is now too big-if I get the stuff on my wishlist, probably not then.

This. It may be behind a pay wall, but it basically says that we’ve squandered our opportunity to make the world a better place. ‘Ya think? Known that for a long time… Foreign affairs is a good list to subscribe to, if you’re interested in politics and foreign policy. Stratfor too.

Saturday in be. Messed up my back yesterday. Need to get up and make breakfast and coffee. Sunday morning in bed, back still hurts…not nearly as bad as I’ve done before. Being in better shape helps, I guess. No w/o, no housework. Ripped cds and tried to fix E’s laptop again-gave up-pulled the hdd-we’ll get an enclosure for it.

Wednesday noon. Waiting for a job to finish and deployment config, specs on another. Back is largely better-skipped w/o again. Off Monday, shop, E’s chiropractor app’t, laundry, tidy-living room is a mess, as E & S are redoing her room, and everything is piled in the living room-the kitchen, bathroom and bedroom are tidy…I’m going to call this.

Links/viddys-brighter side:

This pianist plays Beethoven for rescue elephants 🐘

Posted by NowThis on Thursday, January 30, 2020
Elephants
Baby Elephant Gets a Bath

Such a giant puppy 😂Credit: ViralHog

Posted by Funniest Family Moments on Thursday, February 6, 2020
Baby elephant

Not so bright: don’t even want to go there.

Page 23, sentence 5: “This is surpassingly ironic because the software industry has long cherished its self-image as a pure meritocracy.” Coders.

week after week, on and on and on

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It’s another week and another week after that, and on and on. Nothing has really changed. Though if you subscribe to certain cosmologies, the entire universe is destroyed and created every instant. I need to get on some of my new practice/study/etc. stuff-not easy when you do a lot of housework. Politics continues its mess, Kobe Bryant and Neil Peart died (that was tough), coronavirus is causing stress. Maybe I should make this section a quick news summary too…

I’ve been slacking on this, but it’s not like anything new is going on. I am, however, getting my contract extended, which is nice-I was ramping up the search, and worrying.

Anyways, I’ve been skiving on keeping the house clean, so this weekend is busy picking up the piles of stuff that have accumulated, and keeping the kitchen clean. I’ve fully moved to my little black book for keeping track of things.

Monday, noon. Busy doing stuff. Got the house cleaned up, except for Xmas stuff back to the closet, and a pile in our room. Need to do more laundry, and E needs to put them away. She did get rid of a bunch of stuff. I need to rip a bunch of cds. I also bought a Pod HD400 for cheap-it’s cherry and sounds great. C got my Pod XT-he wants a guitar.

Weds. morning. Trying to finish up this requirements heavy program. Pretty mellow other than that-good w/o, though I sped up T’ai Chi so I could pick up M. He has new boots and they’re stiff. S is busy on a project about Sweden. Not much else-trying to stay on top of things.

Friday morning, trying to get things done for sprint end. M’s birthday was yesterday-we’re going to Gaffers tonight to celebrate-just us over 21 year olds. Not much else-keeping the house reasonably clean-E still hasn’t put away her clothes… Finished up “Fall”-long, but a fast read. Compelling, if you like your SF mixed up with your fantasy…

Monday morning-in sprint meetings. Fun. Pretty quiet weekend-Gaffers with M Friday night, the usual clean-no vacuum though, shop, no church. Went to Ikea with M and S, drove around looking at pet snails. M wants to make Moscow Mules with lingonberry syrup for Super Bowl party at friends’.

Links/viddys-brighter side:

Golden Retriever Dog Carries His Favourite Blanket To Bed

This is Henry's nightly routine before bed. He has to have his blankie to cuddle 💕😴

Posted by Woof Woof on Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Weekend plan: Wake up, then go straight back to sleep 😴

Posted by Woof Woof on Saturday, January 25, 2020

Not so bright: don’t even want to go there.

Page 23, sentence 5: “After that, young Richard had overcompensated for his earlier naïveté by becoming hypervigilant to its onset in family members of even modest decrepitude.” Fall, or Dodge in Hell.

Onwards, always onwards

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so it’s been about a month. 2020 is here. The Christmas season is always busy, with not a lot of time for posts, and it’s not like I have a big following. it’s really the usual-work, home, etc. politics is still just a disastrous shitshow. The House impeached the orange menace, but that’s all. He’s flailing like a drowning man in the middle of the ocean, doing anything to distract. I have no idea how it will all end, but you can bet it won’t end well. Anyways, onwards.

Monday afternoon-had a yummy leftover lunch-no sugarrrr. E made a yummy peach cobbler from oatmeal leftovers yesterday-I’ve been doing the usual Japanese rice and oatmeal for weekend breakfasts, so… We did have Biscuits yesterday, and more biscuits when we got the brakes done last week, plus also yummy cider.

Weds. noon. Working through QA stuff-not my specialty… Got a lot done at home last night-kitchen, laundry, tidy. S had a hard time getting to sleep.

Friday, mid-morning. Getting QA done. E did a bunch of purging and the house is messy. I did get laundry and kitchen done. She also picked me up a work, even though I told her not to-it took us a loooong time to get home. Friday on the way home. Got stuff done, but it was a struggle. Glad for the weekend. Not sure I can work out…

Noon on Monday. Getting stuff done. A pretty normal weekend-no w/o because my adductor is still sore. Went to the hot tub with E-she messed up her leg. Went to Cha-cha-cha for dinner, shop. The usual, delivered wreaths to old church, church Sun., Menchies, home, laundry, kitchen, a little tidy and prep for Christmas-not really motivated to do much more. Thought about getting a massage, but the place where I’m sore is mighty intimate… E got us new silicone rings.

Weds. night-chilling on the bed. Worked out last night, pretty mellow. Still having twinges in my leg. Didn’t sleep well last night. Getting work done, though. Not much else-doing laundry…

And it’s Monday, at work. Got one thing solved Fri. Busy weekend-w/o Fri. & Sun.-still sore, so walking and super basic routine, there are a few t’ai chi moves that aren’t fun, and some stretches too. Class meeting Sat., church Sun., and cleaning-the house is back to decent. The car…not so much. The usual shop, S went to Tiffany with E & classmates for a gift, then to Peacock Lane. S’s Christmas present, not a thing, but not for lack of desire. Need to get a flu shot. Watched Dr. Strange Sat. night.

And after a week, it’s Christmas Day. Didn’t get anything of interest. We did go to the binz and filled our stockings with fun stuff. Recap: work week was busy trying to get soap going-finally reverted to soap via web. Moved other stuff forward. W/o, shop, tidy, cleaned the car, pretty usual stuff. Working from home this week.

Haven’t picked this up since, well, Christmas. And now it’s the week after New Year’s. And not much happened-quiet at work, M got a job, C quit his. M & S are back in school, a tree fell outside our building. Not much else out of the ordinary. At least in our small lives. The new library opens today. I’m going to call this-I started a new book and got my small journal begun. I abandoned the Coptic bound one as too bulky-going with a small Moleskine type instead.

Links/viddys-brighter side:. Not so bright: don’t even want to go there.

Page 23, sentence 5: “A few had grown up in their suburbs as children, left for college and careers, and decided to come back.”, Radical Suburbs.

Thanks, for giving. Okaaaay.

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It’s after Thanksgiving, and I’m dreading the holidays. M is the same way. Other than that, pretty smooth sailing-need to find out whether I need to start looking for a new job. Left our church, busy at work, etc. And politics is the usual horrendous mess. Reading Burroughs.

Thursday, afternoon. Getting stuff done. Out of $$$, glad it’s Thursday.

Saturday afternoon. Not wanting to do stuff that needs to be done.

Thursday, trying to get stuff done-slow going. Thursday, bedtime. Not enough got done. I did get my book binding done-not a bad job… Recap-quiet week-skipped Tuesday w/o-school meeting-bad stuff. C locked his keys in the car. The usual otherwise.

Weds. of the next week! noon. Getting stuff done. Pretty much the usual otherwise-S had 2 really loose teeth pulled, got the house cleaned over the weekend, chat with Mom, a thing. Not much else-impeachment hearings, global protests. I’m reading the Foreign Affairs emails. I decided to do most stuff on my phone now-I have to get the big book started-planning that. I want to get my storage unit available online so I can push/pull it.

Sunday, in church. Now Monday. Now Wednesday. Now Thanksgiving. Maybe I’ll write something later. “the story of life” is really weird, but the last page is glorious.

Monday, back at work. Pretty busy last few days, but got nothing much done around the house, so it’s a mess. I think I’ll call this after a recap.

So, recap. It’s been a while, but here goes… Got stuff done at work, but not everything. Thanksgiving at school friends’, ate so much. Lazy Friday-w/o…skated with S Sat., pulled my left adductors-ouch. New church Sun., no w/o because of pain. Shopping, that’s about it. C is working at Walmart. Our new library is done-opening in Jan. Need to switch to long sleeve work shirts.

Links/viddys-brighter side:

Playing fetch with a beluga
Sliding otters.
Flocks of AI robots.

Not so bright: don’t even want to go there.

Page 23, sentence 5: “However, this does not mean you should only exercise every 3 days.”, A Man’s Guide to Healthy Aging, “a new life has begun “, the story of life.