Somehow it feels as though I haven't been doing very much lately, and a
glance at my notes for the week tends to support this. There has,
nevertheless, been some progress cleaning up and organizing the house, and
I went out for a shopping expedition with Colleen yesterday. Six car
transfers, which is exhausting for both of us. (For me because they
involve getting the scooter in and out of the trunk.)
She had a blast, though -- our first stop was Metropolitan Market, a
high-end grocery store that she'd never been in before. Cheshire Cat
heaven. We also went to Staples, intending to buy her a chromebook to
replace her ageing Dell mini, but ended up with a Samsung Galaxy Tab III
instead. It's about 2/3 the weight, and with Android instead of Chrome OS
it has more apps available.
The only two downsides are that it was about $100 more expensive, and that
now I want one too. :P
This was Colleen's first shopping trip since she broke her ankle back in
May; it's a huge step for her.
My big news for the week is that my offer from Amazon came through on
Monday, just after I got back from a good morning of interviews at the
Seattle Times. It was high enough that I was able to give the Times a
definite "no". Tough choice -- that could have been a fun job. But it
could also have been a disaster: a job I was barely qualified for, at
comparatively low pay, in a dying industry, at a privately-held company
with a recent history of near-100% turnover. Did I mention that I'm
risk-averse and have low self-confidence? Right.
Meanwhile, of course, Google came out of the woodwork wanting to schedule
interviews, and Socrata pushed the possibility of interviews out far
enough into January that it wouldn't have been feasible. It never rains
but it pours, which seems like a particularly apt maxim for Seattle.
The intermittent scraping noise on the Honda finally became continuous
last Sunday. After a somewhat harrowing trip up to fetch Chaos I took a
look and found that a big plastic piece had come loose. Easy fix with the
Wolfling's aviation snips. It'll need to be replaced, but it's not
critical. The Honda's due for its 140K service soon.
The van's battery isn't holding a charge. So that needs to be
added to its growing repair list.
The YD passed her catering class, and has decided to set herself up as
specialist in gluten-free and related niche markets. Her gluten-free
Russian tea cakes last week were spectacular, and the sour cream
sugar cookies she made for N's work holiday party (today) included 2 dozen
GF ones. I can attest to their yumminess.
We are still missing about three boxes of Christmas lights and ornaments.
We did find our artificial tree, and a box of plastic ornaments
-- because cats. Tipping the thing over seems to have cured Curio of
perching in it, so it now seems comparatively cat-safe.
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