December 23rd, 2017


Face on Fire

Three days in  row coming back from work with my face on fire. Chicken soup & matzo balls for dinner, Zoe time (she unplugged the littlerbox again) then to bed.

Up at 10:30, applied Nyquil. and will be back to bed soon.
Morning showers felt surreal, but felt fine after.

Very light traffic, got to work in 10 minutes.

10:30, AG phoned, he wanted me to explain Hanukkah to his son. Not much to explain, it's a minor event which Marketing blew up to give the pagans something to go with winter solstice. Winter is not much of a thing in Israel.

Tuesday and Thursday Boss come over for sync. Word is my lab stays but my official desk and the rest of the team is moving down the block.

Wednesday the Chinese engineers told me they were gone for the rest of the week, but they weren't.

Got some smoke tests done Tues-Thurs, but today was spent watching the new season of The Magicians. Video quality was not acceptable.

Paused that for a 30-min call from a long time Seattle friend, who called to thank me for the calendar and tell me about their upcoming move. I forgot to ask about their rescue greyhound.

Got notes on GB and LJ that calendars were received locally, LA, Seattle, NYC

My $PATH disappeared again, a long chat with tech support got me the code to fix that.  So EOD I was able to start running the 40-hour test.

Lunch was PNB&J and vitamin water. Trail mix did not work for dessert.

Home, very light traffic.

Delivered was a pair of shoes from Zappos, which I'll open and wear around the house tomorrow. And a newsletter card from a long time friend in MD which was super-Jesusy. The things one does for the wife to keep the kids in line.

Face still on fire, I'm out of bed and hydrating, after some Nyquil.

Plans for tomorrow:
Depending on how I feel at 10 am, may drop off calendars at the photo studio
5 pm Starbucks in SVale with Janice (she gets her calendar hand-delivered)
Lock Spook in the bedroom and let Zoe out for the run of the house
Weird Dream

Weird fish dream channel

Woke up at about 3:30 am in a total panic. I knew I was going to have to clean up the mess, and pay thousands of dollars for a collection of exotic fish I had ordered from some educational supply house.

The dream starts with me opening a series of plastic sleeves, each one stapled shut on top with a paper tag describing the fish inside. The fish were alive. They were mostly the size of a large trout. I dumped each fish into a bucket on the kitchen floor, and threw away the sleeves. I was tired and not feeling too well so I went to bed, expecting to put the fish in the bathtub when I woke up.

But I woke up suddenly to a mess - there were dead fish all over the place - the bathroom, the cat's water tower, the kitchen floor.

They were all dead.

Total panic, because the agreement with the supplier said I would owe full retail price if the fish were not returned alive & well.

Woke up in a total panic, it took a few minutes to realize I have been dreaming. There were no fish.

However, my comforter, pillows and mattress were soaked.

Rotated the wet things so I could get back to sleep, but when I finally got out of bed around 10, I stripped the bed,  the comforter is in the wash, to be followed by sheets/pillowcases and MyPillow™. Took a well needed shower, and weighed myself. 256.3lbs. Down 2 lbs from yesterday. Mostly in sweat, I bet. Turned the ceiling fan on medium, hopefully the mattress will dry out.

A Very annoying day

Finally woke up around 10:30. Everything was soaked. My face was on fire, 102º temp. Dayquil helped, but it took an hour or more.

Stripped the bed, and one batch at a time washed the comforter, the sheets/pillowcases, MyPillow and my fuzzy calico cat pillow, finally my heavy robe. Turned on the ceiling fan up a notch to dry out the mattress. That took a few hours.

Got dressed. T-shirt and jeans, Royal socks from my UK cousins from some stately house gift shop. Tried on the new smaller shoes. They fit okay, I knew if I just kept them on without doing  lot of walking they would adjust (memory foam soles).

Spent a short time on LJ and FB, I may have had breakfast, but probably not because it was now after noon. Beef & broccoli steamer for lunch. Did take my morning meds, but not the afternoon ones because I was though leakng.

There were college football games to watch.

At about 3, messaged Janice that I was not showing up at 5. No response. odd. Finally after 6 she got around the messaging that she had left her phone at home.

Didn't feel hungry enough for dinner, but did take my evening meds, except insulin.

Watched a couple of episodes of The Magicians on Netflix. I should probably stop, they have been jumping sharks a lot.

Collected all the things from the laundry. made the bed with different microfiber sheets, & pillowcases. Spook "helped"

Stumbled out to the mailbox, the rent bill was there, and a calendar envelope with all the stamps crossed out and no address label. Probably fell off because I put the stamps on after the address label. Though I could have missed one. I didn't number the envelopes. All  can tell from the stamps is it was for someone in the USA who would appreciate sci fi.