Woke up around 5, Spook was on the bed, I was feeling achy and not able to find a position where I felt I was getting enough air. Breathe-right strip was not doing its job very well. Slight panic triggered by that phrase "difficulty breathing" which is a red flag for us heart attack prospects. But it wasn't that kind, it was just my nose feeling pinched. Deep breaths through my mouth helped calm me down.
Went into the kitchen and took a blood sugar reading just in case it was an insulin reaction. Just the opposite, it was 248, so I shot up some high-test.
Back to bed, fell asleep probably close to 7, alarm woke me at 7:30.
Somehow between doing stuff online and just being slow I didn't get to work until 9:30.
More frustration at work, getting conflicting info about two of the tests I'm running, and whether a feature is missing which should be there or not. I couldn't find it in the requirements, but the lead tech did. My copy was somehow missing that whole section.
Lunchtime was scheduled to be Costco to return the HP "Envy" laptop, but as I was getting close my insides decided it was time for the immodium to wear off, and I just barely made it to the nearest restaurant's rest room in time. I would not have made it to Costco's, which is up a long ramp and all the way across the warehouse.
Back to the car, got the laptop, only waited in line at returns for 5 minutes, but it took them 20 to process the return. Since I bought it online they needed to use two workstations, and she also had to pull out the unit and compare the model and serial numbers on the unit with the ones on the box with the ones on the order. When she was done and a manager did the register key twist dance, twice, the only question was whether I wanted cash or a store credit. They can take Discover Card online, but not in the store, so they had no way with the in-store system to refund the money to the card. You would think they would fix that. Anyhow, my psychic powers told me that cash would take a long time, we're talking almost $700, so I got store credit, which turns out to be a prepaid credit card which can be used in store or online.
Back to work, did a doc editing job for Boss, and installed new software on my current machine, then went back to running tests on the new machine until at about 5 pm it decided it no longer had a video card. Unplugged it, re-seated the video card, plugged it back in, and it still failed. And there's a red light on the front where a green light belongs. Tried some other things until a bit after 6, decided I'm not in the office tomorrow so I'll wait till Thursday to ask the hardware guys to check it.
It was raining moderately hard, enough to put the intermittent wipers on the fastest setting. Plan A if it was not raining was to go to El Camino and get some items from CVS and Safeway, but I can do that tomorrow do I just went straight home.
Spook is now meeting me at the carport door, sort of. She stands in the door frame (there's no door, just a frame) between the kitchen and the laundry room, and the carport door is at the other side of the laundry room. As soon as I come in she makes a leisurely dash for the door, which I close before she gets there.
Caught up on TMZ, had the last orange turkey leg and some veggies, and watched the Graham Norton show. He gets the most amazing talent on there. That Keaton guy (Batman/Betelgeuse) in the first segment and One Direction with Sir Ian McKellen, who apparently is a fan of theirs and they, of course, of him. He's a wonderful talk show guest. He said that it is young children who know him as Gandalf, the adults know him for XMen. And he said it was amazing because none of those children were even born yet when the first Gandalf movie was made. He did an interpretive reading of the lyrics of one of One Direction's songs, and it was very different. And amusing.
Onto the PC, made copies for my USA sisters of a CD from a long ago friend called Back In Seattle Again, and a copy of another of his CDs, this one parodies based on old movie posters he has. That one is going to my very macabre theater buddy Jeremy, because it is dark and twisted and amusing just like him. He owns a murder mystery theater company, and is the star of many very violent and bloody indie movies, having been adopted by a local filmmaker.
No deliveries today, none expected until Thursday - the SDD and RAM for the laptop. Unless the NFL shop surprises me and gets my custom Seattle 12 t-shirt done early. Or ships the Raiders Howard t-shirt separately.
It has been painful getting out of a chair and walking, all day. Sciatica. I looked it up on Kaiser's web site, and the symptoms fit.
Plans for tomorrow:
Take Mathilda Ave to El Camino and do some lightweight surgical shopping
Petfood Express, finally need indoor cat food and another bag of litter, and the 20% off coupon they gave me at 9Lives expires at the end of the year.
Do some reading
Maybe get a massage.