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Rough week. Especially yesterday, when N and I took a very sick Bronx to the emergency vet in Seattle. He had a fever of 106; apparently I can't tell at all from his nose and ears. He was also throwing up and not eating, and wasn't anywhere near his usual rambunctious self.

Note: apparently a virus. He's recovering well, and we'll be taking him home tomorrow.

The house seems very quiet and lonely without our Bronx boy. Brooklyn and even Ticia are rambuncting as best they can, but it isn't the same. Meanwhile, apparently cats really are liquids. Or should I say that cat is a liquid?

Thursday, one of our neighbor's cows got loose in our yard. One of those things that's very funny in retrospect. We've also been having a hard time finding a caregiver for Colleen.

As I said, rough week.

Two public service announcements:

  1. Breach at Equifax May Impact 143M Americans; How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Embrace the Security Freeze
  2. If you happen to be on Whidbey Island next Sunday (the 24th, a week from today), drop by our house for music and food. "The usual potluck bash", as we used to say of the Starport.

I'm trying to establish a schedule, so that I actually get things done, have some time for Colleen, and don't spend all my spare time online. 9-11 on Tuesdays and Thursdays are earmarked for "Unpleasant Chores" - unpacking, cleaning litter boxes, finishing up the taxes, taking out the garbage, and so on. Tag "UC:"

Notes & links:

0911Mo 9/11
  * up 5:45ish; W=196; 
  % I see I neglected to make my weekly post yesterday. :P
  @ Introduction to Computer Science and Programming in Python | Electrical Engineering
    and Computer Science | MIT OpenCourseWare (Andy Heninger) 
  @ Teaching Sept. 11 To Students Who Were Born After The Attacks Happened : NPR
  * Started teaching programming with j.  talk about programming languages (he's used
    Scratch); scheme and python; installed python; I sent him the book Teach Your
    Kids to Code with Python
  * heard from Good2Go - all tolls paid; penalties reversed; Felicity and Van off account
  * starting to establish a schedule
  * 15min:  puttering; cardboard recycling, organizing.
    I'm continuing to look for a couple of items that have seemingly vanished.
    Mostly from the Great Room, and some from Amazon via the apartment

0912Tu
  * up 6:30; W=206.6;
  * UC:  starting schedule, more or less.  9-10 = unpleasant chores 
    * Skagit Farmer's Supply
    $ UW 20.76 lab bill for C.  AX for record-keeping
    * call WSDoL - we no longer own Van or Felicity.  Van ok.
      -> still listed as owner of Felicity!  Submit report of sale online
  * install toll pass stickers.
  * plan on getting to senior center early to check the place out, sign up for stuff, etc.
  * 11:45 - 1:30 S. Whidbey senior center lunch and learn - resources for caregivers
    lunch was salad bar.  Met a few people; mostly just at the table I was sitting at.
    Family Caregiver Support Program part of ADR Adult Disability Resources
    Program can provide respite; nurse, lawyer consultation; etc.
    people:  Chastity - information assistance; Beth Rahi - FCSP program specialist
    Time Together day program 10-2 social time, but it's respite care and non-free.
    Resource library.
    SHIBA health care consultation on optimizing part D plan.  Schedule with reception.
    plan info for 2018 comes in late October; open enrollment November.
  ~ mail package - Sound Business Center *doesn't* do UPS.
  * shopping on the way back - see list
  ~ actually got back 3ish rather than in the 2-2:30 range I'd told Colleen.
  * reading, writing, and research time
  * 5pm walk.  Now 5:45, so maybe half an hour isn't quite enough.
    : back in CA we always wanted to live on Skyline Drive.  So, ...
  * finally finished weekly post
  % While taking out the garbage I happened to look up and see the stars - there was a
    hole in the clouds that was big enough for the Big Dipper, Polaris, and a bit more of
    the circumpolar sky -- I should have tried to identify more constellations, but didn't
  & major cleanup, chair to hall bathroom


0913We
  * up 6:30; W=197.6;
  @ Simon & Garfunkel’s ‘Sound of Silence’ Is Played on An 18 String Guitar, & It’s
    Absolutley Mesmerizing! | Society Of Rock f(filker) harp guitar - not the same
    Harp guitar - Wikipedia
  * programming: fibonacci sequence
    -> some problems because the default in Ubuntu 16.04 is 2.7, and he's using 3.
  : The caregiver we hired decided to take a counter-offer from her current employer.
    (It's not impossible that she was just using us as a way of getting a better offer.)
    % infuriating.  Better that C should get mad than get depressed, though.
  @ Quick: An Introduction to Racket with Pictures formerly DrScheme
  @ How to Design Programs
  : C's Humira arrived.
  * interview with a potential caregiver
    -> no.  N: "she doesn't want a job, she wants an audience."  More interested in
       telling her stories than in directly answering questions.  Also older than me, and
       probably would have trouble with the scooter.
  * made dinner: chicken/pasta salad.
  * finished "Scones & Bones" by Laura Childs
  : C asked me why I didn't seem to like conventions as much as I used to -- I thought for
    a while and said "They're getting to be too much work for too little fun" or something
    to that effect.  She largely agreed.  We'll skip Orycon and do other fun things with
    the $1K or so.  Orchard Kitchen, certainly.

0914Th
  * up 6:05; W=207;
  : Bronx was sitting on the chair next to the coffee grinder.  When I ran it, he watched
    it closely until it stopped, then jumped down as if to say "Yup!  Thought so!"  Or
    maybe "See, I knew I could make it stop!"
  @ declutter-and-organize-your-home-seniors-special-needs (via email; website
    suggestions)
    Home Changes - Wheelchair Accessible Remodeling - Adaptive Access
  : 7:30ish The kittens are using their crate (in the living room) in lieu of a cat tree
  % 8:45 realized that I am, in fact, feeling cold, despite long-sleeved shirt and socks.
    -> put on hoodie; that may not be enough but it's a start.
  @ Notes on Ekphrasis | Academy of American Poets (Diminished Expectations - PenUltimate Productions)
  * 9-11 unpleasant chores
    x post on Emerald Forest filk list for ride to Orycon - see draft in PJ
    * change address with Vanguard - didn't work on website, so called. 
    * set up account: wcicustomer.com (Island Disposal); pay bill.
    * set up account dol.wa.gov (license express)
    * still listed as owner of Felicity!  Submit report of sale online
      had to guess at date -- 0111 I think, but it wasn't in the 01.done
      used $1 as sale price.  Damned if I know what one is *supposed* to do
    . start on taxes - set up Whitewood (somewhere), find paperwork
  ~ 1130-2:30 Blooms and related things around Bayview
    -> actually heading out closer to noon
    Garden center - nice.  Attached cafe; had yummy hummus plates.
    Blooms Winery tasting room.  Picked up a bottle of their Ambrosia, which is a white
    wine partially based on rubarb.  They also have a very port-like Ruby.
  * mail return package (hdw store in Ken's Corner)
    also bagel factory, grocery, and the thrift store.
  : Call from N.  There's a very cranky cow loose in the yard.
    C and I are in Rite-Aid; she had to pick up a prescription anyway, and there are
    chairs in the pharmacy waiting area that I can sit on.
    -> Said bovine belongs to our neighbors immediately to our West (i.e. over the back
       fence).  It has been called home.  Its name is Cocoa.  How *now*, brown cow?
  @ For more information on the breach and establishing a credit freeze or alert, please
    visit each of the credit bureau websites directly.  (Jack Firestone) 
    www.equifax.com    www.experian.com    www.transunion.com  innovis.com
   @ Breach at Equifax May Impact 143M Americans — Krebs on Security (firecat)
     How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Embrace the Security Freeze
     Why you should get security freezes before your information is stolen 
  @ What are the security freeze fees in my state? WA:  $10; free if over 65.  I win.
  @ Annual Credit Report.com
  @ Consumers Union to Equifax CEO: Response to data breach “wholly inadequate,” critical
    changes needed | Consumers Union 
  @ OptOutPrescreen.com
  * down 10 -- both of us were really tired.
  * Humira - this puts us a week off.

0915Fr
  * up 5:30ish; ; cleanup
  * school:  planning for next 2 weeks; catch-up
  * noonish:  interview Deborah for caregiver position.  -> Would be good, but her
    schedule might not work.
  : Problems viewing flash videos on j's (Win7) computer -- works fine on (Ubuntu) mine.
    check for bungled/incomplete flash installs.
  * 15min:  The chair pads having arrived, I replaced the casters on Colleen's sewing
    chair with them and brought it up to the house.
    % several moments in the garage of "what have I done?" and other variations on that
      theme.  The garage is full of boxes, many of them inaccessible, and it's
      overwhelming.
  * Turned on heating; set thermostat to 68.
  & With N and some input from Colleen, looked at scooters.
    @ EWHEELS EW-36 road-worthy.  Clearly the best outdoor scooter.
    @ EWheels Speedy Folding Portable Scooter EW-01
    @ E-Wheels - EW-02 Folding Heavy Duty Bariatric Scooter close runner-up
      Carries two people or a lot of cargo.
    @ Golden BUZZAROUND EX Extreme 4-Wheel Heavy Duty Long Range Travel Scooter 
    There are a couple of other folding/travel scooters that are worth considering
    We should also consider C's power chair, and *lawn tractors*!
    There's a Ryobi electric, but it's not clear whether the mower deck is removable
    (i.e. whether it's a tractor or just a mower)
  * down 10:30
  
0916Sa
  * up 6:30; W=198;
  @ Rep. Ted Lieu on the massive Equifax data breach.
  @ DIY Electric Tractor | Home Power Magazine
  * (Unpleasant chores) UC: cleared two boxes (admittedly, mostly by sorting the contents
    onto assorted flat surfaces and a few other boxes)
  * 15min:  laundry
  * 15min:  out to garage; bring in empty plastic bin, bin of outlet extenders etc.,
    set of CPAP masks that N isn't using.
  * 15min:  change litter box * in kitten crate; * -check- _change_ Ticia's
  x 3pm interview Claire for caregiver position
  * 15min:  water in front and, for a change, in back.  Fetch mail.
  & Bronx is sick.  Coughing or throwing up something that looks like mucus.  N and I are
    taking him to the emergency vet in Seattle.  (Her cousin Beth is no longer running the
    place; she's been doing research for the last few years)
    % scared.  He has a fever of 106, which is dangerously high.
    * fixed LgF lyrics printing -- needed \makesongtitle line.
    -> upper respiratory infection; probably viral from the fever.  They'll keep him at
       least overnight.  Caught the 10pm ferry, by about 5 minutes.

Date: 2017-09-18 10:42 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] madfilkentist
The one good thing about the Equifax mess is that I've been getting paid to write about it. (Without a byline, though, so I can't give a link.)

Date: 2017-09-18 10:53 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] jcfiala
I hope your cat feels better soon!

Setting some time aside for unpleasant chores sounds like something I need to do.

Date: 2017-09-19 04:14 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] amaebi
Oh, my.:(

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