It's been a long month this last week.
- We are very close to buying the house on Whidbey Island. Just a couple of things we have to check.
- As of Friday, I am officially a Retired Person. (I've been a member of the AARP for 20 years. It's still weird.
- I had a couple of panic attacks. The fact that I know what they are, how they work, and how to deal with them is helpful, but they're still something of an ordeal.
I had a very nice send-off party from the team at work; another team member was moving to another team, so it was a combined affair, and of course combined with the weekly Friday "Beer 30". I will miss those people. Naomi was able to come up for the party, so we were able to do a little singing (set list in the notes). Damned good thing, too -- I had greatly underestimated the amount of stuff I would be bringing home. I would have had to call a cab.
For some reason I'm not seeing all that many events this week outside the house-related stuff. Oh, well. Maybe that's enough.
0423Su * awake 4ish % severe anxiety? panic? attack. Clung to Ticia. * up 7:30ish; W=197.8; @ FB review, which appears to be the only way of directly contaction $BMC 1. If your call center's response to a report of a broken elevator is "call the fire department", you have a problem. 2. If the company that does emergency maintenance has someone "on call" but you've never heard of an SLA, you have a problem. 3. If the only contact information you have on your website is a phone number and a facebook ID, then things like the way your call center handles a broken elevator that might otherwise result in an emailed suggestion are going to end up making you look very stupid in public. @ Rocket stove - Wikipedia Beverage-can stove Build a Rocket Stove for Home Heating | IWillTry.org @ 5 low-tech innovations making a difference in the developing world | MNN @ Stonekettle Station: A Few Thoughts on Religion (from 2014) : Call from Rick Weiss to Colleen - apparently it's only a short walk from their place. @ Google Maps link * Went to Doria - the Italian restaurant next door - for dinner. Excellent. But their door sill is so high that Colleen's scooter got stuck on it. Worth the inconvenience. We had their family-style "tasting menu" - some appetizers, four different pastas, and chicken marsala. Yum. : My phone almost certainly needs a new battery. An overnight charge doesn't make it to evening without a boost. -> ordered @ Senior Services of Island County @ eWheels 3-Wheel Scooter in Purple Colleen wants one. Because purple. % With the info from Rick and Tess, I'm suddenly feeling a lot more comfortable and less anxious. * Transfer enough money into the checking account to handle both the earnest money (which I have to wire tomorrow) and the estimated income tax (which I wrote a check for and hasn't cleared yet. 0424Mo * up 4:30; W=200; forgot to take morning meds. That seems to happen a lot when I get up before 6 @ siderea | [tech] Three Awesome Hacks (and a Bonus Awesome Hack) * wire earnest money to escrow agent * ensure enough in account to handle tax as well * marriage certificate ordered (for C's spousal social security payments) : call from someone at B-T. They're having a meeting tomorrow about this; they're apparently taking it seriously. * Accepted SewerFriendly's bid; signed 35R accepting offer for 37th Ave. Putting SF's bill on the Amex card -- won't have to paid until June. % 9ish sleepy. ! mood very volatile the last couple of days. @ What is pi? (and while we're at it, what is e?) - Affine Mess - Quora : Restrictions around the well on Whidbey. N. remains optimistic; I'm scared ! anxiety attack. 0425Tu * up 5:30ish; W=199; * Went to replace WLAN card on Raven, and found that the card I'd bought -- used -- had solder on it and wouldn't fit. Raven also doesn't have it in the place where the manual said it would be, but in the WAN slot. Hmm. -> works perfectly in Cygnus, however. But Cygnus's card doesn't work in Raven. :( @ How you could use GalliumOS to "penguinize" a Chromebook | Opensource.com Only problem with a chromebook is the keyboard. * 9:30 downstairs to meet Naomi for island cruise * pleasant visit with Rick and Tess. : The water restrictions are liveable - we'll just keep the tiny off the grid. : N suggested Skybird Nest as a possible name for the new house * Inspection. A couple of problems - garage roof, and gravel piled around the skirting, which isn't able to take the the load. : assuming we can get to agreement about the problems, this will work. : the buyers of RE have accepted our counter-offer, so that's on. The sewer work is scheduled for May 15th. * Pick up kids; get take-out from Snappy Dragon. * Practice with Naomi for Friday * Tried, unsuccessfully, to figure out why Colleen's gmail app doesn't have the tabbed categories that mine does. 0426We * Up 5:50; W=198; & discovered that I'd forgotten to load my drugs last night as I usually do. * finally found the problem with Colleen's gmail app: " Note: You won't see an option to change your "Inbox categories" if you only use the Primary category on your computer. " (Add or remove inbox categories & tabs in Gmail - Android - Gmail Help) That, or she has more than 250,000 messages in her inbox. % left side of my neck has been hurting all day. I'm guessing it's the shoulder bag I was wearing all day yesterday instead of my backpack. Trapezius, of course. Possibly chair arm. * Stock sale has hit my checking account. So has my first IRA distribution. Need to make sure to set up withholding on that! & Several good conversations: John and others. @ Making reliable distributed systems in the presence of software errors erlang and supervisor trees for fast-fail error handling. * Replaced the battery on my phone. We'll see whether that helps. % think I found the (or a) trigger point on my left trapezius. 0427Th * up 6:24; W=198.8; * 1200 dentist - bite guard & several good conversations. Notably Albert, Matt, and Shrey. Several people have said they will catch up with me at the party * Packed up a few things to take home % I will deeply miss being surrounded with brilliant people. @ mdlbear | Thankful Thursday % Trapezius not hurting noticably (0.5?) after naproxen yesterday evening and this am * entered new scripting for Rambling Silver Rose 0428Fr * up 6ish; W=198.8; % Bite guard seems to have done its thing! No tooth pain this morning. % waffled for altogether too long about whether to take the duffle or Rolly. Settled on Rolly, but that was probably a mistake in light of how much stuff I had to take home. The fact that I dragged along the entire LgF notebook contributed to the problem. Unimportant, since N. was there with Rosie. * set up autoload on my Orca card. Had been on one of the old credit cards. * Call to Whidbey Island Conservation District - spoke with Karen Bishop. Will get back to me Monday. * Retirement party shared with (principal engineer) Jason, who is moving to a new group. * retirement concert. N shortened it because people were leaving. The remaining audience was very attentive, though. Fox Rosie - new scripting The Bears World Inside the Crystal # October country # Lord of the Buffalo # Gentle Arms of Eden # Ship of Stone Lockkeeper & was encouraged to keep my bus pass. No telling whether it will still work on Monday. l-band radio, but it's not as pressing now. y % I am now officially a Retired Person. Weird. * N is staying the night, after going down to RE to feed the cats, pick up the kids, and take them to M+J's. I would *not* have been able to get everything home on the bus. % 8:30 Sleepy. N said "you've had an emotionally exhausting day." I really hadn't accounted for that being a thing. 0429Sa : Alarm went off at 7:00 as usual. I like having the mornings, but I should probably get rid of the 6:00 and 6:15. Ticia still woke me around 4, I think. * up 7:15; W=198.8; cuddle * parking for Rosie has to be paid at 8am : so apparently the reason Raven wasn't connecting to WiFi was that I had a typo in the password. :P Still want a dual-band radio, but it's not as pressing now. : N is leaving a change of clothes and a set of sheets up here. @ ysabetwordsmith | Three Weeks for Dreamwidth: "Party Monitor Kit" ~ family expedition to Whidbey for dinner -> Bremerton. an hour each way on the ferry, apparently. Very nice trip, though; whole family together, ferry, Anthony's (good fish), Coldstone, ferry back. Mostly phone, but there's a fair amount I can do here as well. % apparently just a couple of hours with my purse -- which isn't all that heavy -- on my shoulder instead of in a backpack are enough to make my trapezius complain. Fortunately I was sitting next to N. on the way home. She agrees. Backpack. Always. : On the way back N noticed the affirmations on my screen background. Do I need to expand that? @ Susan Cain Quiet Spaces - Steelcase (ysabetwordsmith | Workspace for Introverts) -> I can design my own work space now! Hmm. 0439Su & Awake 4:30 cleanup * up 7:30; W=200.6; breakfast, shower, walk @ ysabetwordsmith | Three Weeks for Dreamwidth: "Emotional First Aid" @ This is what protest sounds like - CNN.com f(filk) : Facebook doesn't seem to have any way of specifying "retired" as a workplace. * 10:05-10:40 walk up Roosevelt to 56th or so. Should start tracking again. * updated LinkedIn & FB profiles to Retired + HSX. Updated note to headhunters on LinkedIn. : The apartment seems to have acquired a couple of cardboard boxes that serve as temporary tables or other supports. -> Consider replacing the empty ones with boxes from the "to be podded" stack in the entryway; those are not going anywhere soon. & Wikipedia dive into fonts, starting from Imgur, cat macros, and the Impact typeface. : Washed Ticia's towel yesterday after it had been used to wipe up a spill; she is now curled up contenedly in her box. * Laundry done (two loads); * Trip to TJ's for feta, butter, a sourdough baguette, black+white cookies, etc. The feta and butter were the only items actually requested by Colleen.