July 11th, 2017


Too Late

I think CalTrain has Howeird Radar. As soon as it see me coming, the train I want leaves the station - as I watch from down the block.

Up early this morning. Spook was sprawled on the floor in front of the doggie bed. Go figure.

Out a little early. AG didn't call. I didn't call him because it was too early. Summer he leaves later because his kid is in summer school on a later schedule. And engineers rarely need to be at work before 10.

Work was a summer festival. After having nothing to do all morning, after lunch Boss gave me a project which I got completely wrong, so she gave me the same project, this time supplying a workable outline. That took up the center 1/3 of my workspace. The other 2/3 were activated a few minutes later when she sent a new version of pre-release app for me to test on two machines - the one on my left and the one on my right.

And then next door engineer brought in a new machine to test which he had promised months ago. And he also needed me to do a different test on the machine on the right, using the pre-release app. That will be tomorrow.

HVAC is finally working. 106° on the wall outside, 72 inside. Yay!

Lunch, BTW, was small turkey pot pie. Another winner. And cookies.

5:30, off to MV Caltrain. Easy to find parking after business hours. But as soon as I was parked, the train pulled in. The machine to buy a parking ticket was on the other end of the platform. Turns out the train had overshot the stop by about 4 car lengths, and had to back up before it could let people off. But as soon as I had my parking paid for, it left. I was on the other side of the tracks.

Luckily, the express was coming in 10 minutes. Two stops later I was in Redwood City. I could have had dinner, but wasn't hungry. I did stop in at my favorite pastry place, but they had no chocolate cakes. That was an excuse, I just wasn't hungry. There was chocolate-shelled tiramisu, chocolate dipped eclairs and mini cream puffs. And chocolate cupcakes.

It was a lovely afternoon, so I sat outside on the pedestrians-only street, watching an amazing array of eye candy going in and out of the cineplex. High school girls were wearing butt-revealing short shorts and shoulderless tops. Very sexy, very not interested. Luckily there were women of legal age wearing similar things. And stretch pants.

Did a Facebook Live session for about 4 minutes. I need to trim my nose hairs.

At 7:15 I was at the theater for the storytelling event, but I was the only one, so I went for a walk and came back at 7:25 and there still was no audience, so I walked back to the train station, just in time to see the train leaving from a block away. Next one was 45 minutes later. :-(

Found a Starbucks, got a small mocha and a slice of banana bread, walked to the train platform, had a seat, and knocked over the mocha after one sip.

Took the train back to MV, found my car, drove home.

Delivered was all the insulins, and a receipt for $1,553.24. $518 a month. Not so bad figured that way. It's about one 3-day-week's take-home pay, that way.

With Corporate coverage it would have been $40.

Also delivered was a mighty package of kitty meat stick treats. Just in time - I put out the last one from the previous pack tonight.

It was 10 pm before I made dinner - falafel and hummus with cole slaw and the last of the kosher dill spears. Lime soda. Ice cream.

Watched the news on Tivo, which was deleted early because there are just so many times I need to see the same clips from the same brush fire, and there are zero times I need a local yokel telling me the alleged significance of a campaign staff meeting with a pretty lawyer.

Except for the fires, the only actual news was a shooting in San Jose, for which they had no details except someone was shot.

Plans for tomorrow:
Work (it's going to be busy)
Nails (fingers only this time. I may get them colorized)
If there's time, show up at a photo meetup at Alviso Slough. I've taken all the photos there I need, but maybe I'll meet some people.

Slough Slew Slue

Up with the alarm, had some stuff to do on the tablet before getting up. Spook was miffed that I did not immediately get up & give her treats, and curled up in the doggie bed until I was dressed. It's a good size for her, and she prefers it to the cheap big ones I got at Grocery Outlet. Which also sells the doggie beds. But she has used them all.

On the road on time, called AG, but he has a cold and was going to take the day off to heal. He only got out of bed to take his son to school.

3-ring circus at work. Threatening to be 5 rings. Finished the long boring tests for Boss and put together a 3-slide summary. Will find out tomorrow how off it was. New pre-release app, proposed to be the final version. Some improvements, but not all.

Need to sync with Boss tomorrow, because I'm getting swamped. But with the new release she will probably run out of time. :-(

And I need to do some tests over there. Not thrilled about that.

Lunch was turkey tetrazini & cookies.

Break time I made a chocolate soda. Very cute Howard West girl in the house.

Aircon is almost where it should be, except when I close my door at break time it gets a little too warm. But I can hear the air coming in the vent.

5:30, straight to nail place, but they were booked.

Home, delivered was the paper plates, which were ordered 2 days after the paper bowls, which have not arrived. Guess which one I am running out of?

Need to change the litterbox soon.

7-ish, drove to Alviso slough, aka Marine Park. Lots of photographers for the meetup, all shooting into the sun.

I was not impressed. Some had sun filters. hand-held rectangular ones. Real photographers shell out the $90 for real on-lens filters. Most had tripods.

I've been there many times before. Got some spider web shots,

and the obligatory sunset shots. And an Amtrak train came through, I was close enough for a mediocre picture. I was hoping for another one, but it didn't come through until I was leaving.

Home, dinner was Boston Market beef & noodles with added swiss & parmesan. And ice cream.

Did I mention my A1C results came through? 7.1, my lowest reading in years. Maybe ever. It lies. I have not been doing that good a job at staying away from snacks.

But I'll take it.

Kind of disappointed that doc hasn't emailed to say yay.

Will process the photos and get the bunch online tomorrow.

Plans for tomorrow:
Nails (?)