February 11th, 2018


Cow Pot Poo (aka Fruit Day)

Did the bedtime brownie plan, but fell into the rabbit hole of YouTube videos on the tablet (after reading a few chapters from the current kindle book) and did not get to sleep until almost 3 am. By then the THC had kicked in, but I was over-tired so it didn't put me to sleep as planned. It did help me stay asleep. Spook was up on the bed yelling at me at 10 am, I think I finally got up at 11. 

When I checked in on Zoe, Spook zoomed into the room, chased Zoe out, and launched a full on attack in the kitchen, fur flying, a little bit of pee on the floor, lots of noise. Spook snapped at me when I scruffed her, but she let me chase her into the guest room. Zoe hid on her perch in the laundry room, and wouldn't come out till I started making dinner.

Turned on KNBR and was surprised to hear that FanFest at AT&T Park was under way. Too late for me to get there, darn it. It's a fun time, and the weather was amazingly summer-like. I'm not a huge fan, but the people-watching is superb. And you get the run of the whole park.

So instead of CalTrain to SF, I drove to Milpitas, 99 Ranch Market, and spent way too much $$ on fresh rambutan and longans. Got two kinds of tangerines on sale, and a whole fried crab. Grapes, shrimp won tons. Also bought two fat bombs to go. Chinese New Year is upon us, and the place was packed. Which meant a lot of eye candy.

On the way home I detoured to Bayshore Park, where I was reminded that season passes go on sale next month (the park is free during winter). And was happy to find the restroom open, because I needed it.

Another detour to Grocery Outlet, because 99 doesn't carry dark chocolate. And outside the store was a brownie troop selling girl scout cookies, so I bought 4 boxes of thin mints. Traded them for a picture of a Broadway star.

Home, put stuff away. Checked on Spook, she is a little scared of me now. I really need to find a home for Zoe, who spent the evening jumping up on places she shouldn't, knocking a lot of stuff around.

Delivered in the morning was a replacement for the office lamp, but it is a FAIL. There is no way it puts out the 3,000 lumens advertised, and it doesn't play well with my remote control power switch. The on/off switch on the lamp is electronic, when the power is switched off, so is the lamp switch. I need one with a mechanical on/off switch so it comes back on when my office lamp sensor detects motion. Otherwise I'm groping my way into a dark room.

I have two low-light LED lamps which I've pressed into service, but they are too dim for night time. Tomorrow I'll go to Fry's and find a better replacement.

Turned on Tivo, and set up to crack the crab and extract the meat. Crab fried rice was the plan. I had the Olympics on, but mostly ignored it because they were doing ice dancing, not my idea of a sport. Way too subjective. There was some speed skating, but not enough. The gloves delivered yesterday were useful in not turning my fingers into prunes, but it took more than an hour to finish with the crab.

There was a packet of rice in the freezer which had just enough for what I was making, but when I took it out of the microwave half of it landed on the floor, so I had to drag out the rice cooker and make some more.

Chopped up garlic, bamboo shoots, celery, water chestnuts and threw that into the wok with peanut oil. Added some Thai lime leaves, and the crab. Next the rice, some red pepper flakes, turmeric (for no apparent reason). I wanted to add saffron, but couldn't get the container open. Stirred it all up, and that was dinner while watching the news.

And then XFiles. This episode was much more graphic and bloody than it had any need to be, and was very light on the X. It was your basic Vietnam vets PTSD story, with a bit of Agent Orange/anthrax-ishness. I am amazed at how little DD has aged, how much GA has, and just the mere fact that Mitch Pileggi said yes to returning to his role after all these years.

Zoe is asleep on the office cat tree, but not until she had jumped onto the microwave, walked across the kitchen island knocking things around as she went, and into the back of the ground level cabinet which I had opened for half a minute to put the peanut oil back. Earlier in the day when  she was fresh from the fight, I had to go outside a couple of times and she bolted, but ran back inside when I chased her.

Dessert was longans, of course.

Plans for tomorrow:
Fry's, buy a lamp
Photo shoot. This one will feature some experiments with color gels
Coffee with Janice


Day of No Rest

No brownies last night, slept well anyway. Woke up with some sciatica pain around 6, but was able to get pack to sleep.

Up at 9, eggs on rye for breakfast, out a little after 11, drove to Fry's, they only had two floor lamps, neither of them even close to what I was looking for. Back to Lowe's (which is on the way home from Fry's) and found a lamp I liked, but they were out of the attractive silver ones and only had the ugly brown ones. Customer service found 4 in stock in the Coleman Ave store, which happens to be convenient to the afternoon photo shoot.

Home, plugged in the car, Facebooked.

Photo shoot was scheduled to go from 1 to 3, with 4 photographers signed up, but 8 showed up, which seriously cut into shooting times. The host also took a lot of time setting up colored lights - he had bought some colored cellophane and taped combinations of them onto the lights. After a couple of rounds with standard lighting, we did several short rounds with colors which turned the gray background red, and then lights on the model which made her turn blue and orange. And finally colors which gave us a yellow background, and add in a fog machine.

The model, Alexis, I have shot twice before, she's very pretty, has a terrific figure, and my only criticism is she could smile more.

It will take me a while to crop and process the photos, but I'll put the work-safe ones on Flickr eventually.

I had a coffee date with Janice at 5 in Mountain View, and when the shoot ran an hour over, I was worried about being late, but somehow I made it to Lowe's, after too long a wait in line (only one cashier on duty and the two self-check stands were not working reliably) somehow I made it to MV with 5 minutes to spare.

This morning, Zoe was jumping all over everything, so I put her back in the guest room, and let Spook out. I think I'll keep it that way from now on.

Home, took out all the garbages, broke down a large pile of boxes and bundled them for curbside recycle. Unboxed the lamp and assembled it.  It is slightly defective, one of the built-in post screws is crooked, so the lamp has a kink in the middle, but it works and is bright enough. Pulled out the two desk lamps, and put the new lamp behind the computer desk, and all is well, except the CFLs which are in there will be replaced by 100W equivalent LEDs in a couple of days. Amazon had a 6-pack on sale for $23, Lowe's wanted $12 per.

Heated up the leftover ข้าวผัดปู (cow pot poo), made lime soda, and longans for dessert. Watched the news, and tried to watch the Olympics, but NBC coverage sucks, and high winds kept a lot of the ski races off the slopes.

Plans for tomorrow:
Maybe visit Boss and pick up a new STB to test.