Set up the el cheapo Windows 8 laptop in the livingroom and gave it one more try. It is unacceptably slow, thanks to "only" having an i3 CPU and 4GB of RAM. At about the same time Tony Romo was being sacked for the last time I hit the "reset" button, to start the machine erasing everything and returning it to factory defaults. It took till most of the way through the next game to finish. It's an ASUS X201E, and I probably can't get much for it on eBay, may give it to a poor starving student or something.
Made a late lunch, cheesy chicken and bacon pot pie. Some ice cream for dessert.
Spook spent most of the day trading off between playing soccer with her velour ball, looking out windows I opened for her just a couple of inches (all my windows have stops at about 2"), and curling up in the cat tree house.
I waited for the 49ers-Seahawks game to get under way about half an hour, and watched it vis Tivo so I could FF through the commercials, which are now all Xmas crap. Actually they have been for a month now. After 3 minutes of inane rambling on the part of the commentators, I pulled the plug on the center surround sound speaker, which still gave me most of the crowd noise, all the field sounds and the referee calls, but totally muted the non-stop, mostly self-serving ridiculous announcers. It also meant missing Michelle Tafoya's breathless sideline blurbs.
The game was much much worse than I expected. The 9ers offense never showed up, but their defense mostly kept Seattle out of the end zone. Refs were handing out flags to Seattle like they were on sale, at least two robbed them of legitimate touchdowns. Meanwhile a lot of SF fouls were not flagged. Pretty disgusting.
But Seattle won handily, so I'm happy.
I was happy with all three games. Detroit stepped all over Da Bears, Dallas was trounced at home by the Eagles. One good thing about the Dallas game is country zombie Lee Ann Womack sang the national anthem, the arrangement was with slide guitar and country chords, but not enough twang to make anyone barf. She did a good job, and it was an interesting exercise in "what would this music sound like if it had been written by <x>". In this case, Willie Nelson. It was also heartwarming to see young people of color in "Play60" T-shirts, singing along, mouthing words which did not quite match Lee Ann's.
Late snack during the 4th quarter of the final game, mac and cheese with extra Velveeta. Mint oreos for dessert.
I only got outside for about 10 minutes, between games, to sit on the porch and enjoy 68° weather.
Did three loads of laundry, and Spook sat on the bed while I was sorting the clothes. First time she has been on the bed without me putting her there. The quilt my sister made lo these many years ago is good camouflage for a calico
She also slept on the sheepskin rug as I watched the post-game shows.
Amazon advertised a sale on an SSD drive I have been wanting for my laptop, so I bought that, along with a disc copier.
Plans for tomorrow:
F&E - restock ice cream
Mercado - see a movie or two
Stay out of the stores