Three sentences about 2017-03-23

Mar. 23rd, 2017 11:19 pm
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Ok day today, I woke up feeling spacey and out of it and was super late getting out the door with Junie to drop her off, and wasn't even really sure why, like all of a sudden it was 15 minutes later than I'd thought it was. I probably just didn't pay attention when I looked at the clock, but still, disconcerting. Work was pretty good, April Project progress, but still a lot of flailing -- maybe not "flailing" exactly, but two steps forward and one step back, and very quickly and over and over again, so it's easy to lose track of where the hell we even are and what we're doing. :^p But some very good progress after the kids were in bed tonight, and I'm optimistic for tomorrow.

I also finally sat down and called the IRS, from whom we had gotten a 5747C letter, and four 4310C letters, the former saying that they'd received our return but it looked fishy and I had to show up in person to prove it was me and get my refund; and the latter (four) saying that they'd detected a fraudulent return, and removed it from our account, and now we were all set and no further action was required. These seemed at odds, so I wanted to find out what to do; they said the 5747C thing, so now I have a date with them in a few weeks to show up in person to tell them which return is our real return. Blah; but I'm now in the IP PIN program, so in theory this should be harder for the criminals to do in future years unless they manage to intercept our snailmail. :^p

Three sentences about 2017-03-22

Mar. 22nd, 2017 09:35 pm
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Weird day today, Q slept in and so did Amy, but he got up in time to make it to school, so I dropped Junie off, then came home, then dropped Q off, and finally went to work. I didn't actually get there all that late, like 09:15 or something (my usual / target is more like 08:30), but it just felt like I'd done a lot more running around than usual. I wrote up my hasty incomplete notes from my mad container flailing yesterday into a somewhat more coherent form, and had another useful meeting about the bigger project that my project is a part of. Had a meeting with a new member of our team (mostly; we're Production Operations, he's a new Release Engineering position, he reports to my boss the head of prodops, but he'll be very focused on his own stuff, not part of our oncall rotation, etc -- same kind of thing as our DBA) about handing off some of the stuff I've been working on. Then a webinar about HashiCorp Vault, which sounds generally cool, but I was trying to multi-task and I'm sure missed some stuff. Home after that, played BRAWL with Q and Worm Adventures (a game Junie created) with both of them, had dinner, did baths, they're in bed and I will soon too.

One other note: A week and a day before his fifth birthday, Q got his first haircut. I found the whole thing very upsetting beforehand (for a variety of complicated reasons, which I may talk more about in public at some point, but not today), but the end result is all right, perhaps in part because he seems to have somehow gotten what I would perhaps describe as a pixie cut, so instead of looking like a girl with gorgeous long hair, he now kind of looks like a girl with cute short hair. I don't think he'll be mistaken for a girl (something he was definitely getting tired of), but if we told anyone he was a girl, I don't think they'd have much trouble believing it. I was amused, in any case; and he seems to like it, which is after all the main thing.

Three sentences about 2017-03-21

Mar. 21st, 2017 10:26 pm
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Whoo, deep into the April Project today, I am learning too many things too fast to remember them all, but taking notes that I should be able to coalesce into something comprehensible. Made orange chicken with broccoli and carrots for dinner; played Eco Fluxx with Q while he refused to go to the bathroom, despite clearly needing to, because having fun is way more important than pooping; argued through some arguments about whether anyone actually ever needed to go to bed ever; got the kids to bed; and worked a bit more. I can build a container image and upload it to our registry! I did it in sort of a stupid way, but I know I know much more about how to do it better next time, and also more things that will help inform some decisions about how we really want to do this once we start doing it for real and not just screwing around. More tomorrow!

Three sentences about 2017-03-20

Mar. 20th, 2017 09:18 pm
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Happy spring! At work, the April Project is underway. If anyone has any sage thoughts they'd enjoy sharing about Docker, Docker Swarm, Kubernetes, ECS, ECR, or any other such topics, feel free. :^) Shopped on the way home from work, made lemon pepper chicken & carrots for dinner, at the last of the maple cheesecake (yum), and now it's time to try to catch up more sleep.

Three sentences about 2017-03-19

Mar. 19th, 2017 10:39 pm
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Slept in a little again this morning, up at around 07:30, again avoiding a disastrous lack of sleep in favor of a merely problematic one. Made bacon to go with waffles, tragically burned one of the two batches, but everybody got at least a little, so hey. I did in fact finish with the last of yaks, and am ready to launch into the April Project at full speed tomorrow. We watched Return Of The Jedi in there, so Q has now seen episodes 1 - 6 including 2.5 (Clone Wars), and we'll doubtless do 7 and 3.9 (Rouge One) soon. The streets and sidewalks were clean enough for us to bike-and-scooter over to Hardy for a bit, just to get out of the house and get a little exercise, and we made it back in time to get our stuff together for the Isobel Cup final! The Pride fell behind 3 - 0, and made a dramatic comeback in the third, score their second goal six on five with ... 4.2 seconds remaining, so not enough time to tie it up. A bummer of an ending to a nearly perfect (16 - 1) season, but congrats to Buffalo, whose goalie had 56 saves to keep her team alive. Got home late, it's late now, must sleep.

Three sentences about 2017-03-18

Mar. 19th, 2017 12:16 am
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A Quentin-ful day today! I slept in a bit, and then got up to wrangle the kids off to futsal and shotokan. Q had a good time at futsal, and Junie read happily by herself; my enjoyment was tempered by my coffee thermos getting knocked over twice, to no great damage other than annoyance and slightly coffee-soaked clothes. At shotokan, Q and I played together on the tablet pretty much the whole time: Backgammon, where we switch sides after one of us (aka "me") bears off our first piece, often leading to a somewhat close game; chess, where he enjoys moving the pieces around but really has no idea what he's doing and sometimes gets frustrated when I capture all his guys; and Draw Something, which we hadn't played in months, but enjoyed, including Q doing a bit of the drawing, which is cool. Home for lunch after that, and then a friend (B) of Junie's came over for an afternoon playdate, while Q and I played Star Wars and maybe a game of BRAWL in here. Then he and I were off to a preschool friend's birthday party, at Exxcel Gymnastics And Climbing, where a staff of experienced kid wranglers wrangled the kids through various running, jumping, swinging, and otherwise cavorting type activities, followed by pizza and cake. Home after that, where Amy was still feeling quite under the weather, so I got the kids through baths and toothbrushing, and we then started Wee Free Men (me reading to them), which is probably a little advanced for Junie, and thus probably significantly too advanced for Q, but the first two scenes went well: They enjoyed listening, had some questions as I went, and I then did a recap summary type thing afterwards to help clarify what was going on. We'll see if that continues to work, but I'm hoping it will.

Finally, in humorous gaming news, my most lopsided result in solo Ticket To Ride (at least that I can remember): I beat the two computer players on the Nordic map by a score of 131 - 29 - 28.

...and then I stayed up way too late catching up on work, but I got some very good stuff done, and am very close to being done with the last of the yaks that have been keeping me from the April Project, so that's all right.

Three sentences about 2017-03-17

Mar. 18th, 2017 01:44 pm
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Had a nice birthday day, albeit with some stress, but what day is without some stress, really. :^) At work, I got very close to finishing the last of the things that are stopping me from focusing on the April Project, but not quite, so pretty good, but not good enough. :^p Hopefully over the weekend. After work, we'd planned to order takeout from Addis Red Sea, which Chaos had generously offered to pick up, but when I called (at 16:45, before they opened at 17:00), they first said they weren't open yet but could take an order and have food ready by 17:20 or so; but then they said actually hang on, consulted with the kitchen, and came back to say that since they were just re-opening after being closed for three weeks, they were still getting back up to speed and it'd be 18:15 or 18:30 before food was ready. That didn't work with our schedule, so we switched to backup plan Helmand, which was quite nice, although not as good in takeout form as in the restaurant. After dinner, I served up the maple cheesecake that I'd made for the canceled Pi Day party; it was ok, nice and maple-y (arguably too much so, but for me personally, ain't no such thing), but the consistency wasn't great -- it was too lumpy, the maple syrup and cream cheese didn't blend as well as granulated sugar and cream cheese do. If I were going to do it again, I'd use maple sugar instead. :^) Put some kids to bed, gave Chaos a ride home, and got a little more work done, staying up way too late in the process, thus the delayed posting here.

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Birthday truth and dare

Mar. 17th, 2017 07:55 am
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Happy birthday to me! I am now solidly into my late mid forties.

Towards the goal of promoting more truthful and daring communication in general, and with y'all reading this in particular: I dare you to ask me a question that you'd like to know the answer to, but are reluctant to ask, for whatever reason. Ask here in public if you like, or privately if you prefer.

If this turns out to be fun, I might make it an annual tradition.

Three sentences about 2017-03-16

Mar. 16th, 2017 09:39 pm
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Got a bit more sleep last night, but Q still woke me up too early, sigh. Surprisingly sluggish, but I also managed to get a bunch of good stuff done, but still mostly little things rather than real progress on the April Project. Came home and made Curry MacCheese for the kids, while Amy headed out to the Isobel Cup semifnal game between Boston and Connecticut; the kids and I watched on TV, an 8 - 2 drubbing from the Pride. (Q headed up to bed after the second period.) Cup final is Sunday! Bedtime is now.

Three sentences about 2017-03-15

Mar. 15th, 2017 09:46 pm
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Up at 04:45 this morning to register the kids for summer activities at the Arlington Boys & Girls Club the minute registration opened at 05:00, because some things (especially swimming lessons for the Q age people) fill very quickly. Success! But tired. Junie's school had a delayed opening today (two hours), Q's was open as usual, so I thawed out the cars and dropped him off on my way to work. (Yesterday's snow had turned to rain, and then back to snow, and then frozen solid, so everything was covered in ice with a light dusting of snow.) Our timely shoveling meant that the sidewalks weren't bad, but it took a while to knock the cars loose. Work was pretty good, more good progress on many things, still can't shake the last yak, still haven't done anything significant on the April Project. A typical evening, some more work, almost killed the last yak but was thwarted by tiredly forgetting to run one of the steps, boo. Now to bed.

Three sentences about 2017-03-14

Mar. 14th, 2017 11:02 pm
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A long day today, I woke up on my own since I'd turned my alarm off since school was canceled for the snowstorm, but still on the early side. Caught up on some non-work-related mail and other reading, then juggled the kids and work for a bit until Amy got up and launched the always-popular Mama School. The thing I had almost finished turned out to require a bit more yak, which turned out to require a medium-sized yak, which turned out to require a companion yak to keep it from getting lonely, so I spent the day shaving those. :^p But I finished the companion yak, and the second yak should be ready to roll tomorrow morning, and then I can try to remember why I was doing any of this in the first place, and get started on the April Project after all.

The snow wasn't too bad -- heavy and wet, but more like some inches than two feet. It warmed up enough to rain, and has now cooled off enough to freeze, so there'll probably be a lot of ice tomorrow, but I imagine we'll be all right. Junie's school is opening two hours late, and Q's seems at this point to be on its usual schedule, although I know some other neighboring towns have canceled altogether. We shoveled, but did not play, as it was wet and yicky.

Finally: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/lego-compatible-adhesive-tape-nimuno-loops/ is amazing and awesome. $11 for 2M of LEGO tape? Dang. They wanted $8K, and had gone from 1900% of that to 3400% of that in between when I first followed that link a few hours ago, and now.

Three sentences about 2017-03-13

Mar. 13th, 2017 09:06 pm
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So tired. Tied off lots of loose ends at work, started to ramp up on the April Project (containers! exciting). Shopped on the way home, TJ's was packed, the parking lot was full, but I made it and got most of what was on our list. Tomorrow, a hundred and twelve feet of snow, give or take 110. Tonight, sleeeeeep.

Oh, I keep forgetting to post about weight; it's been mostly heading down, 211 this morning. Definitely dropping more slowly than at first, but that's not surprising. I can jog up the stairs to the fourth floor at work, and arrive only a bit winded, which is nice. It'll be interesting to see if actual exercise messes with things when I start playing frisbee again.

Three sentences about 2017-03-12

Mar. 12th, 2017 10:32 pm
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Oof, I was up even later last night than I meant to be, what with one thing and another, and finally got to bed at around midnight, and now I don't even remember if that was midnight Standard or midnight Daylight, oof. I woke up without anyone waking me up, which was a nice change, but found that Q wasn't feeling well, he was really tired and droopy-eyed and out of it. :^( He perked up a bit after breakfast, but seemed to have a temperature of 97.5F in one armpit, but 99F in the other, and consistently when I checked each of them a second time, so that was sort of weird, but we figured the 99F reading was enough to call off his playdate, about which he was sad about. (He was scheduled to have a friend come over, a first for him and possibly for the friend as well! Super exciting, major bummer. :^( We'll reschedule, though.) Meanwhile, parents of a friend of Junie's replied to some old mail, apologizing for being slow to reply, but asking if Junie was free this afternoon, so suddenly Junie had a playdate and Q did not, rather than the expected vice versa... Junie and her friends ended up going to see the Batman LEGO movie (a second time for Junie), which she liked a great deal, while Q and Amy and I watched Revenge Of The Sith, which he liked a lot, and did not find scary at all, I suspect probably because he didn't understand some of the subtler scary parts, but hey, he enjoyed it and that is good and he can be scared by it when he's older if he wants. :^) We then watched the Pride tragically lose their final regular-season game, thus failing to finish a perfect 17 - 0, but that's ok, they'll come back and win the playoffs next weekend. I made yellow curry chicken and carrots and peas for dinner, we took some paths and went to some beds, did a bunch of catching up on e-mail and logistics (shit goddamn a lot of kids have birthday parties in March), and now it is past time for bed but it has been a productive evening so hey.

Three sentences about 2017-03-11

Mar. 11th, 2017 10:58 pm
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Quentin is great, but he has not been on my good side lately what with the waking me up in the morning. :^p This time it was to help put the arms back on a LEGO minifig, which I realize is a thing that he can't easily do by myself, but which I would like him to realize is a thing that he can wait until I wake up to help with. It was 07:30, so I don't have a whole lot of cause to complain, but it's the one day in like the past two weeks that I could sleep in, so, bah. Meanwhile, it seemed to have snowed an inch or two overnight, although it was so cold and windy that it hadn't accumulated much, and was pretty easy to clear. But, very cold and windy -- 11F said the car, worse with windchill. We made it to futsal ok, except for forgetting to bring his sneakers, but they said he could play in his boots, which I did my best to clean the snow and salt off of. This is in the middle school gym, and the floor is some highly artificial heavily sealed blue stuff, and not like gorgeous hardwood or anything, so I didn't feel too awful about it. He had fun, though, marred only by various bits of gender stupidity, including Coach John's "ladies first" rule, some of the other kids referring to Q as she, his fairly polite insistence that no he really is a boy (backed up by his preschool friend who's in the same class), and some comment from Coach Alex than he'd "never seen a boy with hair that long" or some similar ass-haberdashery, which I'm not sure if he was trying to kid around, or just being an asshole, or what. These guys are pretty good with the kids, but they're definitely from the bro-ish macho sports culture side of the world, and joke about stuff that these kids are IMHO too young for, like faking an injury to draw a penalty -- stuff that an eight-year-old would (probably) know they were kidding about, but a four-year-old might not. Anyway, he's running around and getting exercise and having fun, and will probably not be scared for life by bro-ish asshole preschool soccer coaches. Junie's shotokan was uneventful after that, shopping at TJ's was fine except for being cold as all fuck getting to and from the car, and I got a nice nap after getting everyone home and lunched. Got up to make Curry MacCheese for dinner, after which Q was super zonked, I think a combination of tired and sick, so he headed to bed with only a typical amount of "NO I'M NOT TI- TIRED!" protestation. Junie did a bit more LEGO and reading afterwards, and Amy and I then slogged through the somewhat tedious but relatively straightforward process of holy crap registering Q for kindergarten. Exciting times! Now it's late, and later than I think what with the time zone change, and time for bed.

Three sentences about 2017-03-10

Mar. 11th, 2017 07:55 am
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Q woke me up early (around 06:00) this morning, oof. It was snowing, not too heavily up here, but I dropped off both kids on the way to work so we wouldn't need to send both cars out. I finally managed to finish the thing I'd been trying to do all week, at the end of the day, but got home kind of late. Q fell asleep on the couch before dinner, so Amy dragged him through that and bedtime while a critical fix at work sucked me in. Junie and Amy and I played Enchanted Forest after Q was in bed, and it was cool to do something with both parents and just her, which we hadn't in, well, approximately five years. :^) Junie and I then staggered off to bed ourselves, and I didn't post this until the morning.