Mister Eclectic (howeird) wrote,
Mister Eclectic

Journaling Out Of Habit, Not Necessity

Not much earthshaking happened today. Woke up at about 6:30, Spook was in the new doggie bed by the hampers. 7:30 when the lights came on she was sprawled across the bed past my feet. I told Alexa to turn off the lights, and the next time I woke up around 9, Spook was back in the doggie bed. She spent a lot of her day there.

Played online,  Acronis was doing its monthly full backup of my 6TB RAID drives, which means leaving the PC on all day. Actual backup is 3.03TB onto an 8TB NAS drive. That's "just" drive E, which has all my photos, docs and music. Saturdays it backs up 5GB Drive C, which is the system and program files. Now I need to erase the previous E backups, to make room for a month of incrementals, and I see I also have a month of C full & incrementals to delete prior to the last full backup.

Done. 4TB free on the backup drive.

The backups start at 6:35 am, today's completed at about 8 pm. A full C backup only takes till 8:05 am.

Email from Worldcon announced the final progress report, and it is a beautiful piece of work. About 30 pages of pdf, which I foolishly printed it out (double-sided) then came to my senses and copied it to my phone and the Kindle folder on my tablet.

It listed some field trips, and one I emailed asking to sign up for is a bus trip to the nuclear power plant for a tour, the day before the com starts, which is the day after I arrive. It looks like the bus may return to Helsinki in time to get to the con site & register, which means getting a free transit pass. They also make it sound easy to get to the island fort by ferry, another trip I was thinking of taking.

Lunch was a disaster. I had it all planned out, a cold plate. But the last of the container of cole slaw had gone grey, the half a package of lox had turned as well. The packet I bought the other day was okay but not as good quality and it was a small portion. The sardines and hard boiled egg were fine, and so were the last two marinated artichoke hearts, but when I opened up a new container for more of them, those were spoiled. There was only one slice of Muenster left, so I sliced some Velveeta. While digging for more edibles in the back of the fridge I found a last "everything" bagel, miraculously not green and fuzzy, toasted it and buttered it. And poured a glass of milk.

Set up a second tray table and read while I ate. First the progress report and then some of the Witch book.

Running out of things to do before the planned trip to BB&B for SodaStream syrups prior to coffee date, I realized I had not watered all the plants yesterday, so got that done. My butterwort has sprouted a flower on a long stalk, and the scraggly New Zealand sundew is well on its way to one as well.

BB&B, it was 93° outside, the car's aircon worked fine. So did the store's. It took a while to find, because some genius had put all the SodaStream things on a wall facing an aisle which was packed with display cases. While I was plucking items from the wall, nobody could pass by. And I was plucking a lot of items because none of the other stores even stock them, and BB&B has priced them $2 below MSRP.

Much eye candy, so I cruised the store a little, but also because there was a line for all the cashiers about 3 deep.

Drove to the other end of the shopping center and PetSmart. Plan A was to buy another doggie bed, but they didn't have the one Spook likes, and the next closest were >$50, way too much. Plan B was a replacement pump for her water fountain, which was making too much noise. Nope. But my eye was caught by a large capacity fountain on sale. I was getting nervous that her fountain was just barely going to make it through the 2-week vacation. So I bought that.

On to Starbucks, where I got lucky and managed to snag a table indoors while waiting for my drink to appear. It was packed, as usual. The place thins out around 5:30, but it was 4:45 with Janice due at 5.

Home, put stuff away. Set up the new water fountain, and watched Spook inspect it but not use it. I know she will figure it out soon enough. But as with any change to her world, she whined at me for a bit.

This morning I started a packing list on the whiteboard, initially to remind me to bring badge ribbons. I just remembered that and added them to the list.

Dinner was Marie C chicken fried steak, which is probably her 2nd most Meh offering, first being the chicken version.

Janice asked me to watch a Netflix movie, Valley Uprising, so I did. It's about the rock climbing culture at Yosemite through the decades. I ran out of patience when they started base-jumping. I'll watch the ending at work. Maybe. 17 minutes left. There is a lot of incredible photography, and a lot of pure crap.

Took out the garbage & recycles. No garden waste this week, and won't bother with cardboard with only 2 empty boxes. Watered the seeded patch and the new ground cover plants. Topped off the water under the lime trees.

Ordered a replacement pump for the original water fountain, my plan is to set that up in addition to the new one, just in case, the day before my trip.

Plans for tomorrow:
If the aircon isn't running, move to the big building.
I wishbasfa wasn't at the other end of Commute Hell Highway. I would like to go once in a while.

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