July 11th, 2013


Relatively Quiet Day

Work was more of the same. Automation Guy left early to take his kid to the dentist so I have to wait to find out why his "framework" is throwing an error message at my program.

Lunchtime plan was to go to Cost Plus on Coleman (HUGE shopping center, many lunch opportunities after shopping) to buy coasters. The "Thirstystone" sandstones ones I just got are not thirsty at all, they will be a basfa auction item Real Soon Now.

My GPS did not know about this one, and I'd forgotten to write down the address, so I just drove to where I thought it was, but that turned out to be a Lowe's with no eateries nearby. So I used GPS to find the next nearest one. None of their 4 coaster designs looked thirsty, but they did have a 15-pack of British beer mats. Not as long-lived but 15 will last a while, especially for ~ $6.

By now it was too late for a restaurant lunch so I perused the food aisles, found Hokkien noodles with Thai peanut sauce in a Chinese food take-out box which doubled as a microwave container, a bag of Walkers chocolate chip shortbread cookies and a bar of dark chocolate with orange rinds. Back at work it made for a yummy at-my-desk lunch.

Home, wiped out from last night's 3 am bedtime. Had dinner out on the patio with the cats, gave them their treats, Collapse )decided it was early enough to take a nap so I could be awake at about 10 to go to the club down the block for an hour. Kaan was already curled up at the head of the bed on the left, and when I cyrled my arm around him and started petting him, Domino jumped up to the right side and snuggled, so I turned over to her side, since she never does that unless I'm very ill. She stayed curled up in my arm for about 10 minutes, a world record.

I used the Samsung voice thing (their version of Siri) to set the alarm for 10 pm, fell asleep, woke up at 9:45 and waited for the alarm to go off before getting up and going out.

Spent an hour at the club. Delightful time. Spent about $20 in $1 bills.

Home, did the Quicken thing, updated my FB cover/profile folders with shots taken of me at Westercon.

And now it's bedtime.

YOTB rehearsal 

Oy, What A Day I Had Today

Got to work early, started working and optical migraine hit so bad I couldn't read the screen. Tylenol and time helped that. And a bowl of oatmeal.

No real progress on the two projects. One because the automation harness is missing some key procedures, one because IT needs to set up something complicated in the lab for me.

Lunchtime, manicure. I was 10 minutes late, she was 15 minutes late. We chatted about Yelp and Some People Are Never Pleased. Her reviews are mostly 5 stars, but now and then there's a one-star or a 2-star. The 1-star reviews are all rants, and reading between the lines the issues are mostly the customer's fault. And when a bad review starts with "I'm in the cosmetology business so I know these things" my answer is "if you're in the business, why don't you have your mani-pedi at your business?"

I like the place, and yes, they sometimes mess up on reservations and can be too busy to accommodate a walk-in in a timely manner, but that's true with every successful nails place. There are two reasons I keep going back there even though it is massively out of my way: they use high-quality materials (After 2 weeks my manicure still looks new) and Michelle and her staff are good at what they do. And easy on the eyes, but that's just gravy.

Home, ate a couple of corn dogs, put the baritone horn in the car and went to Ye Olde Towne Band rehearsals in Los Altos. Fairly lean turnout, no French Horns, no oboe, and only two tubas. We played a lot of lip-destroyer tunes from the start, I was struggling with the last two pieces.

On the up side, I was pleasantly surprised to see J, who I think is our oldest member, there. At the concert 2 weekends ago he was having trouble reading the music, thanks to neuro meds he was taking. He sits next to me.

Home, gave the cats their treats. Checked the new litterbox, it has been used a lot. Kaan still plays archaeologist even with the regular clumping litter, but it has steep curved walls so all the stuff stays in the box, so far. And the clumping litter is easier to bury stuff in.

Starbucks, the laptop probably needs updates

Take the car to Audio Design and have a real alarm installed, and a set of listenable speakers, possibly with an amp to increase frequency response and signal to noise ratio.  This is an all-day job, so I'll use my Clipper card, probably after a trip to the nice coffee shop across the street.