Shanah Tovah

Sep. 20th, 2017 04:29 pm
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 May the old years and its curses end.  May the new year and its blessings commence.

Best wishes for a joyous new year to everyone!

Rosh Hashana 5778

Sep. 20th, 2017 02:55 pm
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Tonight at sundown marks the start of the Rosh Hashanah and the year 5778. May all of you reading this be inscribed in the Book of Life for a happy, healthy, and prosperous year ahead.

לשנה טובה

Three sentences about 2017-09-14

Sep. 20th, 2017 07:00 am
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A sleepy day after the long one yesterday, but I made good progress at work nonetheless. I think that not eating during the day helps a lot; I've noticed that I'm often very tired, and also often somewhat more grouchy and impatient, right after dinner for an hour or two. The school's annual "ice cream social" was tonight, which basically involves Richardson's ice cream, some chocolate and caramel sauce, and lots of running around on the playground. :^) It started to rain partway through, but not for long, and stopped and started fitfully after that. Junie headed out with a friend who lived partway between school and home after one drizzle, though, and she then walked the rest of the way home by herself, because she is Big. :^) Q and I stayed basically until the very end, and had a good time.

Three sentences about 2017-09-13

Sep. 20th, 2017 06:31 am
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Up at 05:30 for some off-hours work; my only other note is that there was frisbee. :^) It was ok; we were playing against an "indie" team, of people who had signed up as individuals, and they were a pretty mixed bag of skill levels, and pretty uncoordinated as a team, which I suppose is how the indie team I played on last fall must have seemed to everyone, but there wasn't an indie team in the spring league, so I'd gotten used to playing against folks who'd been playing together a lot. Anyway, it was ok; we scored the first six or eight points, and then started to slack off somewhat, and offered to mix up the teams and play just for fun, but they wanted to practice playing together, which seems legit. I didn't play very well, but was pretty tired after the early start to the day, so didn't beat myself up about it too much. I stayed up a little too late, but more like midnight than like 02:00, so not disastrously bad on that front.

Three sentences about 2017-09-12

Sep. 18th, 2017 09:53 pm
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Heh, I guess the last time I posted was me saying "I feel reluctant to post things". I didn't mean that to apply to Three Sentences. :^p Time to catch up!

...but I have no recollection of Tuesday, and no notes. Probably there was work! Q had his first day of basketball at ABGC -- I'm never sure what to call this, it doesn't feel like a "class", it's not a "league", there's not a "season", he's not on a "team", he's not "practicing" for anything, who knows; anyway -- and seemed to like it. (I wasn't there, but based on his reports, and Amy's.) Junie's LEGO robotics class (see, that one feels like a class! shrug) is a week shorter, so it starts next week but ends the same week as Q's basketball. That's all I got.

Done last week (20170911Mo - 16Sa)

Sep. 17th, 2017 07:56 pm
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Rough week. Especially yesterday, when N and I took a very sick Bronx to the emergency vet in Seattle. He had a fever of 106; apparently I can't tell at all from his nose and ears. He was also throwing up and not eating, and wasn't anywhere near his usual rambunctious self.

Note: apparently a virus. He's recovering well, and we'll be taking him home tomorrow.

The house seems very quiet and lonely without our Bronx boy. Brooklyn and even Ticia are rambuncting as best they can, but it isn't the same. Meanwhile, apparently cats really are liquids. Or should I say that cat is a liquid?

Thursday, one of our neighbor's cows got loose in our yard. One of those things that's very funny in retrospect. We've also been having a hard time finding a caregiver for Colleen.

As I said, rough week.

Two public service announcements:

  1. Breach at Equifax May Impact 143M Americans; How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Embrace the Security Freeze
  2. If you happen to be on Whidbey Island next Sunday (the 24th, a week from today), drop by our house for music and food. "The usual potluck bash", as we used to say of the Starport.

I'm trying to establish a schedule, so that I actually get things done, have some time for Colleen, and don't spend all my spare time online. 9-11 on Tuesdays and Thursdays are earmarked for "Unpleasant Chores" - unpacking, cleaning litter boxes, finishing up the taxes, taking out the garbage, and so on. Tag "UC:"

Notes & links, as usual )

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It pretty much kills any real social media time, especially longer-form stuff like DW. I could probably do more if I turned the computer on at night but I really try never to do that when I'm on a project. There's no reason to.

Maybe things will even out a little. I'd made a commitment to myself to write here regularly, and I haven't quite been able to do it for the past few weeks.

On the bright side, Baltimore is a nice town so far. I'm sure there are parts that aren't nice, but that's true of every city, isn't it?

Done last week (20170903Su - 10Su)

Sep. 12th, 2017 07:13 pm
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Somewhat eventful week, and I see that I didn't get it posted yesterday. Grumph. And today is a busy one, so this will be worked on only in the interstices.

This was our first week of school for both of N's kids, and in particular of homeschooling for j. N and I are taking turns, with N on Tuesday and Thursday, and me on Monday and Wednesday (when C has a caregiver in, although it's a little more hectic right now because we're between caregivers). Friday is for catch-up and projects. J also got the first weekly call from his teacher, where we were able to determine that we have a lot more freedom to choose which activities (e.g. science experiments) we actually do. It's still a bit of a scramble.

This weekend (ok, last weekend -- I'm finishing this up on Tuesday at this point) one of our neighbors, Dean, threw a huge party. He apparently does this every year for his birthday. He's 67, and has been building his house and "landscaping" his property since sometime in the '70s. It's awesome. "Landscaping" in quotes because landscaping doesn't normally include secret tunnels, grottos, and water slides. I only found out about it because I was standing behind him in line at the grocery store. Fairly large amount of music. He's a fiddler! We have a lot of songs that could use fiddle. He also repairs pianos.

The hash I made of "Wheelin'" on Saturday afternoon prompted me to finally reprint the LgF songbook -- two-sided, using my new style definitions. Worked great. There are still a few glitches, but on the whole it's a big improvement.

I made fudgies for the party. Recipe in the notes.

We hired a new caregiver for Colleen. As soon as we saw her purple hair we knew she was going to be a good fit. She'll start on the 25th, after giving two weeks' notice at her previous job.

Notes & links, as usual )

Question re: OVFF

Sep. 12th, 2017 05:41 pm
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Can someone who has driven from the DC Metro Area to OVFF give me some idea as to how long this takes and whether it is a better option than flying? 

A restatement of an old cliche

Sep. 12th, 2017 06:54 am
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On Government:

The ideal government will have the values of the Federation, the business acumen of the Ferengi, the sense of honor of the Klingons, and the subtlety of the Romulans. Our current government has the values of the Romulans, the business acumen of the Federation, the sense of honor of the Ferengi, and the subtlety of the Klingons. 

-Harold Feld



(Original for reference: 
Heaven -- Is where the police are British, the chefs are Italian, the mechanics are German, the lovers are French, and it is all organized by the Swiss.

Hell -- Is where the police are German, the chefs are British, the mechanics are French, the lovers are Swiss, and it is all organized by the Italians.)

Three sentences about 2017-09-11

Sep. 10th, 2017 10:37 pm
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A very good day at work today, lots of progress on Omni stuff, and some more this evening too. Shopped on the way home, and made tacos for dinner, yum. A bit of kids in the evening, including a difficult part of Hat Full Of Sky (upsettingly cruel bullying), but they kids didn't seem too upset by it, and we had some good conversation about it afterwards, so yay. Now it's gotten late and I gotta sleep.

Approximately weekly diet report )

Three sentences about 2017-09-10

Sep. 10th, 2017 01:29 am
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Day full of playdates today! In the morning, I picked up a friend of Junie's (Cl), and took the two of them plus Quentin over to Joey's Park. We'd also invited along Quentin's friend I, but he couldn't make it, alas. I spun the kids in various combinations on the tire swing, gave boosts on the zip line (although frankly the eight-year-olds are too big for me to be pulling them back and sideways for extra boosting power), threw frisbees around, and even flew a kite for a bit. That was a little harrowing, because Cl was doing the flying, and I was somewhat distracted with Q, and before I knew it, Cl had it probably fifty or a hundred feet in the air, without having a great sense of safety about it, e.g. when it came down, the line was running across a big field that wasn't super crowded, but did have other kids playing on it. Nothing bad happened, but next time I'm gonna make sure to give the kite safety lecture before letting kids fly it, especially if I might not be standing by while they're doing it. Anyway, we dropped Cl back off at her place, and then headed home for lunch, after which Junie had a second playdate planned with another friend (Ch) at Hardy -- and, Q's friend I was also planning to meet us there. Unfortunately, Q was feeling rebellious, and managed to piss both me and Amy off to the extent that finally Amy left with Junie, and without him. He was *really* sad about that, but I managed to comfort him some, and we had a long talk about feeling like everyone's always telling you what to do, and not having enough control over your own life, and how yes this is no fun but it's even more no-fun to throw things at people, even if that is a way you can exercise some control and make people react to you instead of the other way around, and even if it's very satisfying in the moment, it's not safe or respectful, and also won't get you what you want. We eventually texted Amy, he apologized for throwing a thing at her, and she apologized for calling him a mean name and said that it'd be ok for him to come join them, so I walked him over there, and then back home to nap. Got up in time for dinner (a big bowl of spinach, and then one of carrots, to start, and then Amy made pasta), showers and bedtimes, a somewhat late evening but a good end to a pretty good weekend.

Three sentences about 2017-09-09

Sep. 10th, 2017 01:19 am
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Happy 9/9! Today was cirus-alicious, with the kids' first day of this session of circus class at Esh -- they've done classes there before, but not since like early 2016 I think (and I'm too lazy to check). They remodeled the space somewhat, during the last session we were there, in ways that I imagine gave them more space to do actual circus stuff, but which have the side effect of not really having anywhere for grownups to hang out and watch the kids. There's a separate lobby area now, but there's only the glass door that people come in and out of, and one small window off in the corner, looking into the main room, so I didn't really get a chance o see what all they were doing. It's just general circus stuff, nothing particularly exotic or fancy, but still. I suppose they're getting to be an age (well, Junie is anyway) where they'll be off to do activities without a grownup hanging around the whole time, but we're not quite there yet, so. Anyway, we boogied out of there after their classes were over, and hustled downtown (eating a sandwich in the car) to meet Betsy & Sean, who were taking us out to Reversible, a circus arts performance by a Montreal group called 7 Fingers. It was pretty cool, not much in the way of story (which was fine), I especially liked the hoops and the teeter-totter bits, but there was a lot of other good stuff too. We then headed down the street to Fire+Ice for dinner, where we'd made a reservation this time, and that was pretty successful -- Q had only one plate and didn't eat much, but Junie had two plates that she enjoyed a lot, I had like four small ones (the better to enjoy a variety of sauces), and everyone seemed to have a good time. Home after that, where I made milkshakes for the kids -- they'd tried my salted caramel shake from Five Guys when we were in Portland, and really wanted more, and it occurred to me that I could probably make them in the cuisinart, so I tried it, and it was a resounding success. :^) Three generous scoops of ice cream plus 1/4 cup milk made two pretty full glasses (of the little bar glass glasses), for future reference. Bedtimes, including a particularly funny stretch of Hat Full Of Sky, and then a bunch of catching up after being offline all day, including all this catching up on journaling, which I am now caught up on! But up way too late, alas, so to bed now finally.

Three sentences about 2017-09-08

Sep. 10th, 2017 01:02 am
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Successfully wrapped up the notepasser POC phase of the Omni project, huzzah. Did some planning for the next phase at the end of the day, and I'm more optimistic again than I have been for a while. One non-work-related thing that was bothering me at work is that I was having the thing where I feel cold, and especially that I have cold hands, starting in the mid-afternoon; it's not particularly unpleasant per se, but it feels weird when I'm typing, just sort of a mild gitchy feeling. I'm pretty sure it has to do with the short eating window, so I tried something different diet-wise. ) I got stuck at work a little late while doing the next-phase Omni planning, and got home somewhat later than I'd intended, but Amy had made a delicious mushroom and smoked tempeh thing, plus fresh corn on the cob, and there was time to enjoy a plate of all that before heading off to the actual first night of Fall Grand Masters frisbee. It was fun; I was involved in a couple of very good plays early, and then felt like I sort of lost my way later, being out of position on offense and not keeping up with my receiver when on defense. I was feeling very energetic early, which led me to stay on for too many points, I think -- I should've been subbing more frequently early, and ended up pushing it a little too far and then being a little too winded for the whole rest of the night. Still, it was fun, the team seems more upbeat and positive than the spring version, and I'm looking forward to the season. I then stayed up way too late, as I am wont to do, and also ate too much, in the form of like three bowls of cereal, which I probably didn't need, but which felt very good at the time. Not a big deal, but it'd be nice to find a way to resist that urge; we'll see.

Three sentences about 2017-09-07

Sep. 10th, 2017 12:54 am
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Hmm, no notes about Thursday either. I think I finally confirmed at work that my laptop worked fine on wireless *except* at my desk, like it's the access point near my desk for some reason that's losing my packets? That's just bizarre, though, there's no obvious explanation why that would be affecting me and not anyone else. It definitely seems to be fine from conference rooms, though -- and when I walk back to my desk, with the laptop open, running a ping, all of a sudden I'm losing packets when I get within range of my desk. Actually, I think I was suspecting this strongly by the end of the day yesterday, and confirmed it as I was heading out the door -- and then today, it stopped happening, and everything was fine. Or maybe that happens tomorrow, unstuck in time a bit. Anyway, more Omni and notepasser progress, I didn't take notes on the details but things are good, and it's time to close the book on this one and get on to the next big thing. After work, it turned out that Amy and the kids had gone to Junie's shotokan an hour early due to a mixup about the time, so I swung by there to pick up Quentin, who was getting antsy and bored. He and I went shopping at TJ's, and then came home and someone did something about dinner, but I don't remember what. And then presumably some bedtimes? Gotta post every day, or at least take better notes.

Three sentences about 2017-09-06

Sep. 10th, 2017 12:40 am
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Hmm, Wednesday, I forgot to write down notes. I think I was cranking along at work modulo ongoing firewall vs wireless stupidity. I came home early to wrangle the kids, so Amy could go to a DACA rally downtown, because Jeebus McFuck I have no words. Took Q to shotokan, ordered tasty Indian takeout because no one was home to make dinner. :^) Discovered that our usual Indian place Punjabi Tadka is now apparently Singh Saab, a fact we didn't actually find out unti the delivery driver told us. Things seemed generally fine, if slightly different in various non-essential ways. I've now found http://bostonrestaurants.blogspot.com/2017/06/santa-banta-in-waltham-reopening-as.html which claims that it's not a name or ownership change exactly, but a restaurant that was in Waltham, moving in to the Punjabi Tadka location. Who knows, they seemed fine, we'll keep ordering from them I imagine. :^) Oh, also, the first game of the Fall Grand Masters season was tonight, but was canceled due to rain, which was good because I didn't want to go anyway...

Three sentences about 2017-09-05

Sep. 10th, 2017 12:08 am
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Happy first day of school! For Junie, anyway; Q has some sort of hour-or-two-long visit thing today, and then half the kindergarten class has their first full day on Wednesday, half on Thursday, and then everyone on Friday. I walked Junie to school, she found her line just as they were getting ready to head in, and it was nice. :^) At work, spent much of the day getting back up to speed, and also fighting through some laptop firewall freakoutery, they made some configuration change that somehow led to massive packet loss when connected to the wireless network. Went to TJ's and Penzeys after work, where at the latter I picked up some jerk chicken seasoning, the latest in my attempts to come up with an additional thing the kids would enjoy... It didn't work out well: It was too spicy, which meant that when I put only a little on, it was too bland, but more of it was too hot for our tastes. This was further enweirdened by the ingredient list on the bottle being rather different from the ingredient list on the web site -- "ginger, brown sugar, sweet chili, garlic, paprika, allspice, lemon grass, thyme, nutmeg, black pepper, cumin, red pepper and jalapeno", says https://www.penzeys.com/online-catalog/jerk-chicken-and-fish-seasoning/c-24/p-195/pd-s, but the bottle actually has ancho pepper as the second ingredient, and no sugar, so my hope of a sweet-ish garlic sauce was not to be. I may just try to make a sweet garlic sauce from basic spices, rather than trying to find a blend, will see. (What I really want is the yu hsiang sauce from Dragon Garden, but recipes for things by that name seem to be complicated, and I haven't found it in a jar at TJ's or either of the local supermarkets.) Anyway, I thought the result was ok if boring, but the kids weren't into it, so cross that off the list. Finished the evening with a bunch of miscellaneous logistics, and a major breakthrough in Omni and notepasser stuff at work, giving me hope that we can actually get this thing wrapped up this week.

(Here's what I actually ended up using: 1 tsp jerk chicken seasoning, add 2 tsp water, let it sit for 5 minutes, add the juice from half a lime, add that to 12 oz of cooked chicken in a frying pan, realize there's nowhere near enough liquid there, add another probably 2/3 cup of water. Cook for a minute or two, reduce heat and let simmer for 5 mins or so, add to previously-cooked 10 oz shredded carrots and 8 oz peas. Meh.)

Three sentences about 2017-09-04

Sep. 9th, 2017 11:50 pm
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Happy Labor Day! A pretty laid back day, I started by catching up on a bunch of finances type stuff, and then took the kids to Hardy, where a friend (I) of Q's joined us to play. Junie ended up sitting and takling to I's mom for like an hour, which they seemed to enjoy, and which I was alternately amused and annoyed by -- I was hoping she'd run around a bit and get some exercise, but she just wasn't feeling particularly energetic, and they did seem to be enjoying talking to each other, so. :^) Amy took the kids for the afternoon, and I've forgotten what they did, but I took a nap, and then spent the afternoon reading outside on the deck. :^) Not in the hammock, which I haven't enjoyed as much hung tight and low on the deck since getting a chance to use it after hanging it more properly; I'm now thinking that I would like to get a stand after all, maybe the next time we get a 20% off REI coupon, we'll see. Still, a nice relaxing day which I don't seem to have any other notes about. :^)

Except my usual approximately weekly diet report )

Three sentences about 2017-09-03

Sep. 9th, 2017 11:44 pm
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More catching up at home on Sunday, including a TJ's run that was interesting enough that I wrote down "TJ's", but not so interesting that I remember why it was interesting. The kids watched How To Train Your Dragon 2, and I caught most of it too; I'd seen it before (as had they), and I was reminded again how annoyed I am by the ending, but it has a lot of other good things going on, so is perhaps forgivable. We then headed down to Providence to go to WaterFire, which I'd never heard of, but which sounded cool when Amy pitched it. :^) We first spent the afternoon at the Providence Children's Museum, which was perhaps less glossy than the Boston Children's Museum, but had a lot of cool stuff that the kids really enjoyed. We had planned to have dinner at the nearby Providence Place mall, but had sort of not realized that the food court might close at like 18:00, so we made it barely in time to throw together a hasty dinner, but it worked out all right. Then down to the river to watch them light eighty or so bonfires on metal dishes, and walk up and down the river while music played. (https://waterfire.org/ for pics and more descriptions) Headed home, the kids fell asleep in the car, and I imagine I did too shortly thereafter.

Three sentences about 2017-09-02

Sep. 6th, 2017 07:26 am
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Oof, I really fell off the wagon here. I jotted down some notes, and will try to catch up.

It was cold overnight in the hammock, even in my sleeping bag, probably because the insulation below me gets very compressed between my body and the hammock. I put my sweatshirt and jeans back on and slept better after that. Doug lit a fire in their portable fire pit thing in the morning, and there was a nice campfire vibe to the whole thing, if somewhat jarring because we were in a backyard in suburban Portland. :^) D&S made pancakes for breakfast, we hung around and chatted, and the kids swung on the tire swing and jumped on the trampoline while we packed up the camping gear. We drove home, unpacked, took showers, read some Hat Full Of Sky, and put the kids to bed. I then stayed up way too late catching up on stuff, overate a ton of cookies, for no obvious reason that I can remember now, and watched the first two episodes of Steven Universe, to see if it was something I'd enjoy watching with the kids -- I think so, and maybe we'll pick it up this winter, when we'll have some weekend free time that we don't want to spend running around outside.
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