January 25th, 2019


TurboTax Day

Once again, Spook climbed on my chest to tell me it's time to wake up. I'm sure she wanted treats right away, but not before I brush my teeth, take a shower, and get dressed. She leads me to the kitchen, but first I measure my Hgl, take pills (4 prescriptions and 4 OTC), and shoot up two kinds of insulin.

Then treats, and then I grab a banana and slice up a hard boiled egg and ambulate to the office and check email & FB & Twitch.

Nothing productive on email. There was an interesting QA job at the place which made my pacemaker, but I don't know the FDA protocols for testing, and from a long ago girlfriend who did work for them, it's not something to learn on the job.

Phone call from the agency which landed me the contract job at Netflix, and the conversation went like this:
Her: "We have a position at VMWare which matches your resume"
Me: "Great, as long as they don't need a coder"
Her: "They don't. All they want is someone with Python and Java"
Me: "Those are coding languages."
Her: "So you're not interested?"
Me: "Nope."

What kind of technical recruiter doesn't know what coding is? Or that Python and Java are programming languages? Sheesh.

Watched Below Deck in which two guys LJBFed the crew-mates they had been banging. We're on the last cruise of the season, and people are making plans to go home. One woman took it well, the other did not. There was Drama™.

12:30, drove to Pete's and had the usual sticky bun and once again their drinks machine was out of all the colas. You woud think they would mention that before handing you the cup. They do have canned cola. Finished the bun, set up the laptop, joined my favorite chat channel. Pete's had a lot of eye candy today, much better than sitting in my office at home. Blue eyed neighbor was not there.

Thought about plugging the car in, but it's at 63%, I want to get it below 50% first. Maybe tomorrow, definitely Saturday. (Orchid show in Redwood City & Karaoke in Cupertino)

Home, in the mailbox was the rent bill and the W2 from the Google job and my two mortgage interest statements. Fired up TurboTax and entered the W2 and interest info and also the property taxes, which were a bit off because the county spans 2 half-years, so I had to add the two 2018 payments and ignore the 2017 one. I also had a form from my IRA about the withdrawal I made, but Jan 29 all my brokerage stuff will be downloadable, so I'll wait on that. I was surprised my W2 wasn't downloadable, they used to be. Also need to look up my state tax refund from last year. If there was one. And have to wait for Social Security W2.

Watched 2 more Catfish episodes.

Ordered a cat hideaway online. Just a box, basically, with a hole in front and padding on top. Spook looks like she needs a hole to crawl into from time to time.

Plans for tomorrow:
Manicure at 10:30
ATM, deposit a refund for $27 from the DMV by way of my car dealer
Probably hang out at the downtown SVale Starbucks and/or Prolific Oven.

Dun Forgot

Last night's dinner was a bit of a production. Sauteed green bell pepper strip, sliced garlic, ginger slices in butter. Added trout, white wine and covered in mushrooms. I had previously cut the trout in half to fit into a freezer bag. Had half for dinner, put the other half in a storage tub --> freezer.

Mango chunks and one mochi for dessert.

Claws Trimmed

Wasn't thrilled to wake up at 7:30, Spook was asleep in the guest room under the keyboard stand. I do not see how that is a comfortable place for her, except it has the feel of a fortress.

Hgl was reasonable this morning but not as low as I had hoped. Spook was meowing for treats before I was ready. Took meds and shot up first, set aside the diuretics until after I get back from the nails appointment.

10 o'clock drove to the nails place, it only took 8 minutes. Sat in the parking lot till 15 minutes before, and took my time walking around the block from the parking lot. Kathy was waiting for me.

She's the owner/main artist and does a good job quickly. And she manages somehow to chat with me in English while maintaining a conversation with the staff in Vietnamese.

After the nails were done I moved the car to the underground lot across from the PO, put on my pack with the laptop and walked 3 blocks to Starbucks. It wasn't as crowded as usual, but the table I chose was broken, so I had to wait for a better one. Not a long wait, and the other table had power, so I was able to charge the laptop some. The Dell has a problem, always has had, of draining the battery when it is powered down. It loses about 10% overnight.

Checked email and FB, still had an hour to go before chat session so I went back to the car and home, and fired up the PC.

Lunch was moo dang - I washed it all off and sliced a few pieces and added it to some of the wide noodles. It tasted pretty good, actually.

In the mailbox was a couple of bottles of diuretic. None of my amazon stuff came today.

4:30 I was fading so I got undressed and took a nap. Spook curled up on the bed just close enough that I could pet her head.

Forgot to mention: Watched Roma yesterday on Netflix. After just over an hour I was so bored I switched it off. I do not see how it could be nominated for any awards, let alone 10 Oscars.  It takes forever to set up the plot and is scattered and fractured after that. Amazing how they made a forest fire look dull. The boyfriend's full frontal nudity lasted about 5 minutes. We got to see every part of his scrawny body. Way too many needless close-ups of every day stuff, like cleaning up dog poop and squeezing a too-big car into a too-small garage with some collateral damage.

Dinner was reheated strogonoff and noodles. Chocolate cake a la mode.

Wasted a lot of time FFing through MTV's beach house show, which starts with the fat blonde chick getting arrested for punching someone in a bar fight. The rest of the hour is mostly her jabbering about how it's expensive to go to court, and how she didn't punch the girl, and being an idiot. A shame because the last episode ended with a great date between the one hot chick and the not quite hot enough housemate who made a really good impression on her. Fat blonde chick derailed the follow-up. The producers need to re-think who the center of attention should be.

There was an amazing Nova this week, way in-depth recounting of the Hawaii eruptions a few months ago. Superb camera work and they interviewed a lot of articulate experts.

Plans for tomorrow:
Orchid show in Redwood City. Looking for catalayas to buy.
Charge the car at GO
Karaoke in Campbell