Well. This was my first week at work in six months. It'll take a while
for me to get the hang of it, and for the stress to go away. It's
demanding, and promises to stay demanding, and I'd gotten very
used over the last 6 months to having lots of free time.
The whole week was mostly paperwork and setup. It's my first encounter
with development using Windows, Eclipse, and Maven. Plus Rally.
Confluence is familiar, at least, and along with the two other new guys
I've made a few edits to the "new developer setup" page. So... yeah.
Steep learning curve. I hope to be writing code next week. I'd better
I like commuting by bus. This is a good thing, because as a contractor I
don't get free parking. I don't get a lot of things. Like paid
vacations. Orycon is going to be a weekend blitz this year. Fortunately
it's only a 3-hour drive; we'll be able to drive down after work on Friday
and come back Sunday night.
My stupid body seems to have decided it wants at least 7 hours of sleep
every night. Do Not Have The Time! I especially miss having an extra
hour or two to myself in the morning. One hour (if I get up at 7 and
leave at 8) is barely enough for the usual round of drugs, nose-watering,
tooth-brushing, and a quick breakfast. A shower is pushing it. Well,
maybe I'll get into a stable schedule eventually.
Apropos of tooth-brushing, we went to Costco and I found a two-pack of
Sonicare teethbrush (that's the plural of toothbrush, isn't it?). They'd
been strongly recommended by my new hygienist. We did end up spending
quite a lot more there than I'd intended.
I also spent more than I'd intended at the Container Store, getting tracks
and standards for the living room. I finally decided not to try anything
fancy. I have one, 4' shelf up, for the guinea pig cage. It's a huge
improvement. I also got a pair of stacking bamboo shelves to go between
the chairs - the stack is low enough that it fits under the overhang of
the arms, and I've clipped a pair of drink holders onto the end. Big win.
Today I may have time to buy wood for the bookshelves.
Colleen had wanted to check out Bellevue Square, which is next door to
Lincoln Square (where the Container Store is), so we did that. Ghastly.
It's laid out so that you have to do a lot of backtracking if you're on a
scooter, plus it's noisy and crowded. We didn't even bother with the
first floor -- there was a long line for the elevators. If it wasn't for
having the only Container Store in the state I wouldn't go back there at
I did some cooking -- Polish sausage with beans, carnitas soft tacos,
... The really huge thing this week was that Colleen cooked
dinner on Friday! That's wonderful progress -- it's been a really long
time since she was able to do that. The fact that our kitchen is almost
an ideal layout for scoot-through cooking helps. She only needed help a
couple of times; getting a hot pot of pasta between the stove and sink for
draining is still well beyond what she's capable of. So far.
Some links. Watch out for the first one -- it's going to be very
triggery for some people. Harrowing and heartbreaking, but you need to
see Amamda Todd's video if you can handle it.
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