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Moderately productive week. I am still not entirely confident about the project I'm on at work, but there's a chance we may pull it off. Some work on improving my websites. Some good progress (mostly on Colleen's part) at downsizing the household. Plans for the next year are firming up.

I have decided to retire next year. And many decades of shortsighted and stupid financial decisions mean that we won't be able to keep this house after I stop working. So... downsizing. It's sad, but also liberating: for the first time in years I am not terrified of losing my job. "The realisation that one is to be hanged in the morning concentrates the mind wonderfully," and it was the looming prospect of possibly having to flee a Nazi-occupied country within the next few years that made us decide to do it now rather than later.

Meanwhile, listen to Songs That Help Ease Anxiety, and go read Catherynne M. Valente's The Beasts Who Fought For Fairyland Until the Very End and Further Still --

We must say Yes to the story where, after a long battle, the dark lord is cast down into infinite nothingness or burnt to a crisp or at the very least sent to bed without supper, and everyone cheers and dances and has a party afterward. But most of all, we must say Yes to the truth and the speaking of it. We must say No to silence.

Notes & links:

1127Su
  * up 5:35; W=203.8; shower, dishes, laundry
  : The dwarves were apparently moving boxes around until after 1am.  Need to establish a
    quiet time; maybe 10pm, so that the downstairs people can get to sleep.
  : C says they took 11 boxes of fabric, mostly cotton.  Out of 37 boxes total.  Katy also
    got the AccuQuilt cutter -- we're going to get 5 quilts in return.
  * Updated CC licenses to 4.0; still need to do the index.html pages.
  * 15min:  re-lined GR catbox and litter genie
  * 2:30ish - family meeting -> every second Sunday
  ! hopeful.  Feeling hopeful about finances, in particular, for the first time in almost
    two years.  We have a plan for my retirement.  Next year.
  % Excited.  Restless.
  @ Songs That Help Ease Anxiety | The Mighty
  % sliced my left index finger reaching carelessly over my razor.  :P

1128Mo
  * up 5:30ish; W=203.6; laundry
  * room block for Conflikt is open -> reservation made
  @ San Francisco's Official Response to the Election of Trump-San Francisco Bay Times
  @ Catherynne M. Valente - THE BEASTS WHO FOUGHT FOR FAIRYLAND UNTIL THE VERY END AND
    FURTHER STILL
    " We must say Yes to the story where, after a long battle, the dark lord is cast down
      into infinite nothingness or burnt to a crisp or at the very least sent to bed
      without supper, and everyone cheers and dances and has a party afterward. But most
      of all, we must say Yes to the truth and the speaking of it. We must say No to
      silence. " 
  * called Mom; talked about the retirement plans, and the email I received from someone
    whose parents are at Galloway Ridge (and of course know Mom, because everyone does).

1129Tu
  * Up 6:45; W=204.8; laundry
  * s.net: cd git; find . -name \*.git -type d -exec chmod 750 {} \;
    cd ~/vv/web; find . -name .git -type d -exec chmod 750 {} \;
    cd ~/vv/users; find . -name .git -type d -exec chmod 750 {} \;
  * harden .htaccess files - worthwhile making that a script, and combining with the above
    .git hardening. -> actually two separate scripts, but done.
    
1130We
  * up 6:15; W=205.8; dishes
  : out of wet cat food -- using kibble tonight and tomorrow morning.

1201Th
  * up 5:45; W=206.2; dishes, ..., laundry
  @ Today, the FBI becomes the enemy of every computer user | OpSec Monkey
  @ The Areas America Could Abandon First - Bloomberg View

1202Fr
  * up 6:25; W=203.8, P=121/81, p=67; laundry, dishes
  * PAY amex, wells (from household account), SPU
  * 8pm dinner @ Old Spaghetti Factory -> Nice meeting Martin's family.
  @ We’re heading into dark times. This is how to be your own light in the Age of
    Trump (elf)

1203Sa
  * Up 6:30ish; W=205.2; laundry, dishes
  @ answer to What does it mean to be good at programming? - Quora 
  % 1pm restless, cold.  Looking at files under record, but not actually doing anything.
  * 2:30 realtor.  This one looks like the best so far.
  & hung out in the Rainbow Room all the rest of the afternoon and evening with N and C.
    Ordered Chinese for dinner.
  * my catfood order arrived from Petco -- the tracker had said Monday.  Great relief.

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