Mister Eclectic (howeird) wrote,
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End of Day wrapup

It was so warm after work I rode the bike all the way home. I was a little late getting out of work, showing the programming lead on the latest pre-release product some minor bugs, and light rail was on its 20-minute schedule, so I actually made it home before the train did. I pushed pretty hard, stayed in the highest gear most of the way, maybe 11-12mph average. Between that ride and lunch I put about 10.5 miles on the bike today.

After a cool down out on the patio with the cats, I took off for Piazzi's market, in search of Scharffen-Berger 82% and various other luxury food items. They have a great olive bar, more kinds of cheese than anywhere else I know of (some they make themselves) and once in a while bargains in produce. Sometimes the bargain is in the price, sometimes in the quality. So I came away with 10 S-B bars, two kinds of olives, huge Fuji apples, bananas, 2 lbs of unsalted roasted almonds (at the same price as Safeway's raw almonds), a pot of mascarpone cheese (recommended by several people at the Armenian dinner), and on impulse (just to be contrary, edith_mf), picked up from the pre-made meals section a plate of falafel with tahini for tonight's dinner. Also got what I thought was a a frozen miniature challah which I was planning on giving to our token Israeli tomorrow for Sabbath, but when I got it home and read the label, it is actually just the dough woven into the challah shape, and needs to be baked. It's in the freezer for Some Other Time.

From there I went to Starbuck's, did some stuff on the laptop, tried to get the bluetooth mike/earpiece thingie to work with Skype, but it just didn't hack it. Horrible sound quality, way off-frequency too. I'm also supposed to be able to use the cell phone as a bluetooth mike/speaker, but couldn't figure out how to make that work after pairing it with the laptop. Skype didn't recognize it.

There was major eye candy, but as usual the laptop stole most of my line of vision.

In other news, I've gotten one step closer to my trip, arranged for someone to look in on the cats while I'm gone. It's the vet tech at my vet's office. The woman who did this for me while I was in Thailand has left the area (she had been a vet assistant at the same place) and recommended Patty M.. Looking at her write-up on the vet's web site, I suspect farmount may have worked with her in a past life. 

And the bride-to be is giving me English lessons. Today I learned her parents will be "dead chuffed" that I'll be staying longer than originally planned, and a couple of days ago she said the after-wedding champagne-influenced karaoke session will be "wonking". I am not sure, but suspect this is not related to "wanking".

It's tomorrow, so happy birthday to unseelie23!
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