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I'm on furlough from work this week (whole department is), which means I have lots of unstructured time.

Monday I woke up early (~0430), did a bit of housework (sorting DVDs), ate a snack and went to the pool. Wahhh, 25 yard lanes (hate, much prefer 50 meters). At least there were thirteen lanes open, because on Saturday there were only five. Oddly enough, I jumped in to lane 3, labelled "medium" (speed), did my swim, got out, and saw the lane speed had switched to "fast". I don't think it was me, because I'm not fast. Oh, and while I was in the pool, someone reset the (perpetually wrong) timer clock. I appreciate them resetting it, but couldn't they do it before anyone gets in? No matter, I had a timer going on my watch.

I got out of the shower and dressed, then hoofed it over to shrink. I had debated bringing my suit and towel with me, but I decided to go back to the Z Center afterwards, which I did. I then had to buzz home and hang up my towel before my 1000 yoga class. The class wasn't taught by my usual teacher, but by her usual sub, and was at my usual studio. The teacher is studying for one of her Iyengar yoga assessments (not sure at what level), so she wanted some students to teach while she practiced going through a sequence of six poses ahead of that assessment. The six poses had to be taught and completed (by the students) in 40 minutes. This seemed like a tall order, and indeed it was. The teacher had said the class would end by 1100, but it was 1130 by the time I got out the door.

Off to lunch, then home to do some housework. I filled up an entire recycling bin (not one of those puny blue bins, but a big wheeled toter. Junk mail, phone books, old newspapers, it all went in. And I'm not even done! I also put away board games and books. The sad things is, you can barely tell I touched the living room (aside from the toter sitting there).

I went to hide away in the bedroom to cool off, and soon found myself falling asleep. Zzzzz. Nap! Well, why not? After nap I had dinner, then looked at a couple of bookstores in Harvard Square, mostly to stay cool on someone else's nickel.

I slept through my alarm this morning, went to the pool, met up with a buddy and we split a lane (this is one of the pluses of 25 yard swimming, you can split the lane with one other person as long as nobody else hops in to disturb the setup). So yay for me for sleeping in, I wouldn't have met up with her if I'd shown up at 0600 as usual. Even worse, I might have had to swim with Mr Big Shot (grrr, he's a lousy lane mate).

Now home to meet landscaper, who is due here at 0930. Not sure what else I'm going to do today. It will be cooler, but just as sticky, so we'll see.


Jun. 11th, 2008 01:51 pm
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in addition to not having power at home, I'm having power trouble in my (new) work office. I plugged a power strip into the outlet under my desk only to have the built in surge protector blow. A nasty smell ensued. I got a second power strip and repeated, with the same symptoms.

So I had to call the electrician, who showed up here at about 1300. He took one look at the problem, muttered something like I'll be right back, and I haven't seen him since, almost an hour later. So I've been forced to haul a laptop out to get anything done, not to mention charge my iPhone

There's trouble in VoIP land as well, making outbound calls from on-campus (at least in this building). Oh boy, the news doesn't get any better than this!! (yes, that's sarcasm)
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day 0 (Monday 6/9): packed everything, left E19 at 9:15pm
day 1 (Tuesday 6/10): met the movers in E19. Freight elevator busted, movers had to use passenger elevators. Asked them to put all of the computers on the first truck. That was all well and good, but they didn't leave E19 until all of the trucks were full! Left for W98 ~10am after making stops along the way. Arrived W98 ~10:30am. Movers did not begin arriving from E19 until noon.

Crates for phones from one floor have gone AWOL. I have sat in my office exactly twice, once for lunch on Tuesday, once for afternoon snack on Tuesday. IS&T staff offered to buy us ice cream, but the ice cream truck never came so we bailed on them. It was too hot to stand outside & wait.

Spent the evening packing up three more buildings. The move coordinator told the staff in Building 4 to leave their doors unlocked. I don't care if (most of) the students have gone home for the summer. You don't leave the doors of an unoccupied office unlocked ever!!!! On my last walkthrough, I locked all of the doors, which means I shortly have to haul ass back up there to meet the movers, but at least I can be (fairly) confident that nothing was stolen overnight.

I forwarded my desk phone to my iPhone, but used it so much that it died (no battery) at about 8pm. It didn't help that my computer isn't set up so I hadn't been able to charge the iPhone. I stuck it on the charger when I got home.

Oh, and to add to the fun, we lost power at home on Tuesday twice, and then overnight again. Luckily for [ profile] ckd it came back on before his alarm went off, because he had to be awake at a certain time. I didn't, but I wake up early anyways. And there was enough power for my iPhone to charge fully.

day 2: to do: distribute phones for one floor, find the AWOL crate of phones for another floor, set up printers. Unfortunately the movers are not operating in parallel today. You think they'd send one truck to one building, one truck to another, and a third truck to the last building. Wouldn't that make more sense than sending three trucks to the first building, etc?

Everything else is going pretty smoothly, all told. I haven't gone crazy yet. Or perhaps I should rephrase & say I haven't gone more crazy than I was before this all started.
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on tap for the weekend:

  • BFAD event this morning, followed by lunch somewhere close to it
  • have to buy a pie, hopefully one of my two regular shops will have one
  • prescription refill time
  • TJs & WFM
  • treat my pelvic injury with as much kindness as possible. it is very sore
  • laundry laundry laundry

    I had hoped the television would be back from repair, but not yet. I did speak with the manufacturer last week and they authorized a replacement (with a "refurbished" unit of a different but equal-sized model). time frame: seven to ten days from Tuesday 3/25. low-def television at 4x3 format really bites the wax tadpole.
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    [ profile] ckd didn't get in from gaming until 0400 on Saturday, so I knew he'd be down for the count for most of the day. I got up at my usual time and had breakfast.

    Often on Saturday I'll read or watch television, but this week the latter was right out. Because the television is broken (again), I avoided the screen entirely. Come mid-morning, I was going stir crazy, so I went into Central Square and got myself a *$ for morning snack. The snow that fell overnight had melted somewhat, but some really impressively-sized flakes were still falling.

    cut for television description )

    After returning home from my mid-morning jaunt, I threw on some clothes and went into Boston (after a quick stop on campus). I had some lunch and stopped by the BPL. Thankfully, the weather wasn't too bad, and while it was sloppy (and slushy) at first, the slush soon went away and after a while, the rain even stopped. [ profile] ckd called at about 1300, and after a quick stop at The Dot of a Trader Joe's on Boylston Street, I hopped the #1 bus back to Cambridge.

    I spent the rest of the day fighting the laundry monster. In between loads, [ profile] ckd and I watched Sliding Doors (bonus points for a film set in London with lots of Tube shots). I also read Intern: A Doctor's Initiation and Dreaming in Code, the latter of which has a good analysis of the Chandler Project, which at the time was run by somebody that I Mostly Knew. I recognized alot of the interactions and behaviours.

    Sunday I hit WFM early (as always), then home to listen to Puzzlemaster. [ profile] ckd slept in again, so I went to Harvard Square by myself for lunch. He woke up later and we met up. After a quick run to Porter for him to pick up some Japanese snacks, we came home again. The weather was quite pleasant on Sunday: sunny and 40, albeit somewhat blowy at times.

    Spring is definitely on the way. Never mind the warmer temperatures, sunrise happens at about 0615, which means it won't be long before I am able to go to work in the light!

    on the horizon for this week: furniture shopping for The Move at Teknion down near the Children's Museum. I get to chaperone, er escort, er go with three boys (in maturity level, at least). Lucky me! Before that I have my first physical therapy appointment for my injured groin/quad/whatever. Double the fun!
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    our television is borked again. It first died in September of 2007 but was revivified, only to die again a month later.

    hr_macgirl: (Ski)
    So far tonight I've shovelled the sidewalk (a nice, wide 5' path).

    Afterwards I came in and put on my PJs and settled down to watch Peter's Friends, as recommended by the great god Mark Kermode.

    I knew it would be a good film when it started out with Orpheus on the Underground (YouTube video, ignore the Spanish subtitles). An entire song made up of London Underground tube station names, in proper order. The entire song could be a game of Mornington Crescent!

    I haven't (yet) finished the film; I need to sleep (again), and will watch the film's end tomorrow.
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    as is typical for a Saturday, [ profile] ckd slept late, and I went out in search of lunch on my own. After lunch I had a look in a couple of bookshops for some crossword puzzle books, but struck out. For my final stop of the afternoon, I went to a café not far from home to pick up some pizza for [ profile] ckd who had, by this point, finally woken up.

    The process seemed to take forever for the pizza preparation to finish. I finally took the boxes and trundled home, past the stream of people carrying pink bags. Is it really Halloween next week? Coulda fooled me... I was wearing my Leopard shirt, having "won" the right to wear it from standing in queue at the launch at the Apple store on Friday night. Why why why do they only give the shirts out, sized XL?

    I had too much to carry, so I actually called from my cellphone and asked [ profile] ckd to let me in, rather than struggle with my keys. He stood, looking out of the door, waiting patiently for me to walk the final few steps to the house. No sooner did I cross the threshhold than the power went out. I wondered if it was me, if I'd done something to cause the outage (it must be my fault). [ profile] ckd went down to the basement to check the circuit breakers while I went back outside to see if anyone else had obviously lost power.

    It took several minutes for me to ascertain that we weren't the only ones, so I went back inside and waited for [ profile] ckd to come back upstairs. I thought he was mucking with the circuit box for nothing, but actually he was shutting down our micro server farm (we do have an uninterruptible power supply, but since we had no idea how long the power outage would last, wanted to bring the machines down calmly).

    After he ate some pizza, we went upstairs. Rather than sit in front of the television, I picked up my book (Pushed by Jennifer Block) and he grabbed his (Ha'penny by Jo Walton). I wondered how we'd pass the time later, given the early arrival of darkness. After a while, I posited the question, and suggested perhaps we could see a film. Only at that point did [ profile] ckd note that the power had actually come back on, but we didn't notice. Later investigation found that it had been back for almost half an hour before either of us noticed.

    I went for a sleep after that, as is customary on Saturday afternoon, and "woke up" (somewhat physically, somewhat mentally) later. Messing more with Leopard and have come across one application (so far) that won't even launch under Leopard: XJournal! Hence I am using the built-in entry post.
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    The back pain from last week's TV haulage has abated, and been replaced by new pelvic pain. It hurts when I walk, and doesn't feel muscular. Not this again ....

    Was supposed to meet the TV repairman at home at 1400, but someone else from the company called to say that the original tech couldn't be there because his van had been broken into. The replacement tech (who arrived in a van with the company's logo and carrying proper paperwork) came to pick up the TV and take it back to the shop for repair (the original tech was supposed to do the repair at our house). I asked how long before the unit would be fixed, but he had no idea. They'll call you later in the week, he said. Hmf.
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    The TV, which I managed to revivify after the troubles of late September has died again. Same symptoms: power it on, it doesn't display anything. The Sharp tech support person I spoke with last time gave me a solution: power it off, remove all cables, let sit for an hour. I powered it off about 40 minutes ago. Regardless of whether it works or not, I think it's time to have someone in to look at it.
    edited to add: repair scheduled for Monday 15 Oct

    There's yardwork to be done, but right now it's absolutely pouring. Maybe I should get out there in my rainproof gear. The rain was so loud that it woke [ profile] ckd out of his deep slumber. The temperature, which was a friendly 83F on Saturday, has dropped to 57F as of this morning. Brrr.

    So for right now I'm cooped up inside waiting for the weather to clear. Hoping. Something.
    edited to add: managed to get out for lunch and run a couple of errands. Feel somewhat better for it.
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  • scrubbed bathtub, amazed at how white it looks!
  • got rid of about 12 bags of recycling plus one bin
  • Sharp LCD TV broke. :-( Power it on, it doesn't display anything. It's been flaking out a bit for the past few days, but last night I couldn't get it to show a single thing. Purchase date: early September 2006. Why why why?

    to do:
  • find contractors to discuss HVAC & furnace replacement
  • yard work
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    I went on my usual WFMI errand run this morning. Fourth week in a row (when I've been in town) that they've had no smoked turkey in the morning. Grump.

    Due to the humidity (a "mere" 55%, but felt higher) I was sweaty by the time I got back home, so I listened to NPR Puzzlemaster with Will Shortz while I took a quick and cold shower. Taking account of the weather forecast for the next couple of days(85-87F and humid), I put the whole house AC on. It's easier to keep the house cool than cool it down, and I was gratified to see that it was exactly 72F when I flipped the HVAC control from "off" to "cool".

    I trekked over to my yoga class only to find a sign up that said closed for operational reasons, along with the studio's website address. Hot & sweaty again, I went home to find that the reason for closing was "change in management" (!). In my mind, operational reasons is a flood or loss of power or somesuch. Y'know, day to day operations!

    Trying to catch up on household (etc) duties this weekend, as I was away last weekend and go away next Sunday on a business trip. At ~16K MQM, I'm inching closer (back) to elite status. Of course, lounge access gives access to everything but early boarding/premium seats and free upgrades, but those are two nice benefits I'd like to get back.

    I ordered my new iMac for home yesterday. My current home machine (G5) is almost four years old. I recently replaced the hard drive as the old one was, well, not just full but quite sick. Typical, I took the time to reinstall everything, and now I'll have to do it again on the new system. That's okay with me. 2.8GHz, 24" screen. Oh, and I clicked the "I would like to recycle my computer" checkbox, so Apple will send stickers for me to pay for shipping for my old system. Maybe I can get rid of some of the old crap around here!
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    I peeked outside the window this morning to see white stuff on the sidewalk. The radio announcer also mentioned that snow was falling. awesome!, I thought.

    After breakfast, I got myself all togged up with anti-snow gear. I put on my boots and gloves, grabbed the snow shovel, and stepped outside. I don't know what I was expecting, but this was a joke. It took me less than three minutes to "shovel" the 1/2 (or so) of snow that had fallen. The next door neighbour was out putting out her trash. She looked at me like I was crazy.

    I guess I'm über-sensitized to snow after my recent trip. I dealt with about sixteen inches there, which is obviously way more than 1/2 an inch.
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    I'm glad I had oatmeal for breakfast this morning. The heater in my office is blowing cool air even though the thermostat set all the way to warm. Oh, the joys of working in a building constructed in 1920 and last renovated in 1964. All the modern conveniences. The temperature outside is 23F with calm winds. Brrr. Long underwear helps, but not the back of my neck (which has cold air blowing on it from the heater). I hate to think how cold my office would be if I didn't share it with a mini rack full of equipment, not to mention a myriad of other hot air producing technology devices.

    I meet with my boss this morning, our first meeting in six plus months. I am nervous. Very nervous. Now if only I could start sweating...
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    our heat is out again at home. I suspect it's the same cause as last time, but I have to wait for sleepyhead [ profile] ckd to wake up before I know what part to get.

    So I'm at work, which I'd planned to do anyways. My fileserver is acting up, and it's going to feel the brunt of my foot if it doesn't behave (a threat that my machines, for the most part, heed). It's raining, so I've got my waterproof gear on to shield me from the (outdoor) elements. I even brought my "spare" backpack, not wanting to get my regular backpack all wet.

    Plans for the (rest of the) day: get a new thermocouple, library (pick up book on hold), lunch out, back home. Not sure of the order, except back home will be last (obviously).
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