December 6th, 2017



One of the engineers in the big building sent me a colorful note congratulating me on my "googleversity". It was bittersweet because I am not an employee, I'm a contractor, but today was the 1st anniversary of my contract. But not quite, because my unpaid vacation plus hospital time in theory makes that point about three weeks in the future. Boss hopes this will give her more me time when the contract end date approaches.
Up early, Spook left a present under the comforter - a little koala head which has a magnet in it and used to be on my whiteboard. She had been batting it around for months.

Took some Zoe time before my usual morning routine. Spook waits outside the door after I shoo her away. Zoe has the run of the guest bedroom, but she hasn't settled on a favorite parking place yet. She does like the chair which matches the ones in the kitchen, which I used to use for the electronic keyboard. But she will also curl up on the floor, resting her head on the base of the scratcher pole. When I come in she usually joins me on the futon.

Despite the early start I was just on time out the door. Took a BP reading, which was back to being too high.

Break room had Vitamin water, 2 rows of it, so I grabbed one. And a banana and an egg. No Kind bars. But I still had 2 in the cooler. And a small coconut water. On my way there, Doctor's office called, scheduled a phone appointment for tomorrow morning.

Finished the two 3-hour tests on the little unit from yesterday. Then Boss emailed asking if I had seen certain errors on the James Bond machine. Had to hook it up to see the logs. The answer was that those tests failed, but for different reasons.

Lunch was a tuna salad sandwich & grapes. No vitamin water - the person who does the stocking said she saw someone grab an armful of them.

Boss showed up for sync, a little late (she warned me) and now I have more explicit marching orders for the James Bond box. Two days of tests, probably, and maybe then two more on it's cousin box. Which will be interrupted Thursday when I take the car in for the two recalls.

Afternoon snack, PNB&J sandwich.

Home, traffic was slow and heavy and slow and stupid. Hit every red light, some of them two or three times because lights are not synchronized around here.

Delivered was one bottle of the drug I'm supposed to cut back on, and a pack of test strips. The tiny BP pills were just shipped today.

Denon sent me email on how to disable the center speaker, but when I tried it on the football game, it re-distributed that audio to the front speakers, which is not what I wanted. I have an audio switch & connectors on order, unfortunately nobody makes analog switch boxes with remote control. 6-foot cables cost less than 3-foot cables. Go figure.

Watched Lost Lives and the news. Then had another Zoe petting session. She has this adorable way of putting her front paws on my leg and pushing her face against mine. She likes beard rubs.

Dinner was another gourmet event. Sauteed red onions, garlic & mushrooms in olive oil and added fresh oregano, mint and Thai lime leaves. Poured that over a reheated turkey leg and added a side of quinoa. Mashed banana, walnuts and mango for dessert.

The Roomba started on schedule at 9 am, and cleaned for an hour and a quarter, then I lost track of it. At home, it was crying for help, it got caught between the sofa, coffee table and a stool. I set it down in the office and it cleaned for another half hour, when it ran out of battery about a foot from the charger. It's supposed to be smarter than that. It has done a good job, though, so I've set it to only clean on weekends. I am amazed at the places it gets to, and at the almost total lack of logic in choosing a direction.

Ran the dryer for a bit and pulled out the shirts, which are now spread out on the bed waiting to be hung up.

Plans for tomorrow:
Doctor call
Maybe home, maybe Siggraph meetup.


Up on time, weighed myself and went back to bed to read for half an hour. AG called when I was in the shower. Spent some Zoe time, forgot to take a BP reading. Called AG back. At work sort of on time. The bananas were small, but there was vitamin water and eggs. No Kind bars.

Set to work on the project Boss gave me, and filed lots of bugs but it was a struggle because the content provider was having issues all around, with the content and with their bug reporting system. So some tests did not run, and others I will have to run again because I don't know if the failures were because of the hardware being tested or the connection to the content provider.

Doc called a few minutes late, we agreed I overdid the exercise and underdid the hydration on Sunday, but now I'm back to needing the meds and some exercise.

Phoned Sunnyvale Ford, and sure enough, they did not have the modem repair on the work list. We fixed that.

Lunch was a PNB&J on wheat, an orange and some coconut water. Halfway through a group of about a dozen, half very attractive women, invaded and stuck around longer than I did.

Back in the hole, the connection issues got worse, so I looked at the news sites I follow, and watched a couple of segments of Thailand's The Voice but was disappointed that all the singers were doing Isan style, which was like tuning into The Voice USA and hearing Appalachian music. Grating.

Usually online there is something worth sharing, but not today.

Headed home on time.

Another Zoe session. I re-mounted the guest room camera so it can see the whole room. Re-did the presets. Caught this camo cat shot later:

Fired up the Netflix on the TV, which is the only way I get full 4K HDR, and watched The Last Unicorn. Because so many friends suggested it. Turns out one big reason they suggested it, is it was written (I had not known this) by local sci-fi/filk guy Peter S. Beagle. I've seen him in person at cons many times. It was okay, has a star studded voice-over cast, the art work is very basic, semi-anime style.

Also watched the very long final episode of Below Deck which had a very sad tag from the captain about how the places the ship goes were all wiped out in this season's hurricanes. There's nothing on their web site about how the ship fared in the storms.

And watched PTI which was not surprised that the NFL extended Goodell's contract 5 years. Or that Eli Manning is back to being starting QB, but they think he will walk away from the Giants after the season is over.

Dinner was HC beef & broccoli steamer bowl. Tiny pieces of broccoli I can handle. It's when they look like plastic trees that I gag. Mango chunks and blueberries for dessert.

Plans for tomorrow:
Ford at 9 am
wait for the car there, in case they have questions during the repairs, and then walk to Starbucks across the street if there is more waiting to be done.
To work if the car is done before 2. Ping the boss if not. We may have a sync at 3:30