It's been a week. Again. It was lovely having the entire household together for Christmas; We had roast beast and Yorkshire pudding. Instead of cooking the pudding under the roast I poured out the fat into muffin tins, then roasted a batch of Brussels sprouts and potatoes in the pan with the remaining drippings. Worked well -- I'm going to remember that.
For the last several months I've been scared about my budget shortfall. Yesterday I found a mistake in my spreadsheet that brought it down from nearly $2K to just under $600. Still problematic, and there's enough uncertainty that it could easily go higher. But...
siderea's post: The Vimes Boots Theory: Further Reflections applies here. I may be able to break even on a day-to-day basis, but I'm all out of savings, and some things are going to require money up front, including everything I need to make the apartment into something that we can use as a vacation rental. And if anything happens... there's no slack at all.
Speaking of slack, I spend too much time on social media. And yet, here I am. At least I've mostly dumped FB except for the occasional email notification that looks interesting enough to follow up. I stopped reading Twitter last year. Or the year before. I don't miss it.
I have a bad habit of letting things go until it's too late to do anything about them. Usually I end up regretting the missed opportunity, and too often for comfort it ends up being a disaster. See trainwreck.
Here: have a listen to Beethoven's Ode to Joy Played With 167 Theremins Placed Inside Matryoshka Dolls in Japan. Apparently a matryomin is a thing. A thing you can make, if you don't want to shell out $400 for one. You're welcome.
1223Su * up 6:30; S=7:42; * FIRST THING: re-record the vinyl. Check speed=45 => actually, it's a re-issue as an LP; the cover image I grabbed must be from an earlier version. So it's good. Won't hurt to have an extra copy, though. @ Earthrise: A Video Reconstruction (APOD) reconstructed from stills taken by the Apollo 8 crew 50 years ago today. : Apparently there are parts of the island that still don't have power. * printed CD inserts. Using thin cases for simplicity. -> delivered two to N after testing them in the living room. -> she seemed surprised by how well the inserts came out. % missed the bottom step from the deck in the dark. Tingles but doesn't hurt. -> N suggested applying cold, since it felt warm. Helped. : google drive is infuriating. Things like copying a directory full of files require tedious workarounds for things that would be one-liners in bash. You can copy the files, but selecting the copies apparently has to be done by hand. => apt-get install rclone & with N to pick up the kids at the ferry @ potofsoup | DW for tumblrites masterpost (minoanmiss) 1224Mo * up 6:30; W=198.8, S=5:47; @ Beethoven's Ode to Joy Played With 167 Theremins Placed Inside Matryoshka Dolls in Japan | Open Culture (via The Moonlight Sonata But the Bass Is a Bar Late, and the Melody Is a Bar Early) Open Source Theremin in Matryoshka: 4 Steps (with Pictures) Open.Theremin V3 * Kibble * mail YD's thumb drive & opened some mail. Not enough, obviously. % 3:40 very restless * tried, once again without success, to reset the troublesome router. * Welsh rabbit for dinner. quick and easy, and we didn't have any available meat. & more unsuccessful fighting with the router. It's simply not connecting to west5. 1225Tu Newton's Birthday * up 6ish; S=7:24; * get roast out first thing to let it come up to room temp. Rub. % morning thoughts: I've done everything wrong and have no idea why or what I can do to fix things. Ostrich. ~ another go at the router. ~ (G) if N and j aren't visible by 9, go after them. m should be left alone. * start twtytw and new-year posts * 10am roast in. Out at noon, a trifle underdone. : the goat I got N was a big hit, especially since L had sent her a picture of the very same goat last night as a virtual present. It really is the best goat. * Yorkshire pudding made by pouring drippings into the bottom of muffin cups; extra (with peanut oil) in a baking pan. Roasted veggies in the bottom of the roasting pan (I saw that L was having trouble finding a pan) -- worked brilliantly. @ 37 Self-Care Tips For Anyone Who Feels Sad At Christmas % how the fuck could I forget C's present? (Possibly related to how the fuck could I let myself run out of money?) It's too late to fix either of those now, and it's not clear which is the more stupid. ~ upload wedding pix shared with the group. No idea how to "upload" or what that even means in the google world. % left QL hurts like heck. 2 naproxen and heat. @ Dirty dealing in the $175 billion Amazon Marketplace - The Verge : Not going to beat my head against wap3 anymore. 2.4GHz band works just fine as client bridge, 5GHz band does not -- it simply won't connect. Did I ever have it working, or was I hallucinating? 1226We Boxing Day * up 5:30ish; W=198.2, S=3:29; shower * tried on the shirts I got at Good Cheer a couple of days ago. They mostly fit, but the arms are too long and the cuffs are tight when rolled over and practically impossible to button one-handed. * 11:40am C Dr. Rochier (V) * N and the kids left shortly after C got back from the Dr. -> never did do any music. * SL: tikka masala, tube biscuits, ground beef, 1ga ziplocks, farman's dill pickles, garlic, ginger, cran/blood orange juice, general tso's chicken, hash browns, vodka (because C got me a gin-brewing kit) C's magnesium, L's meds -> one won't be in until tomorrow. + B6, B12, 2 rolls of wrapping paper (solid foil) -> started gin brew 12/26. Should be ready to taste 1230Su (evening - 4 days); continue brewing until 0102We, at which point the botanicals should be removed. % 7:15 or so -- sleepy. Lower back hurts; mostly left QL as usual, but a lot of itching more toward the middle. Naproxen % waiting until it's too late to fix is what got me into trouble at $A, too. 1227Th * up 6ish; W=199.4, S=7:24; ... cat boxes * Job application at Pivotal & re-arrange plugs under the desk to make room for the mac. Damned if I know where the power brick for the Iomega backup drive went. I did, however, turn up my stereo pair of small condenser mics, underneath the sound baffle. * Download tax software. Good price expired the 21st, of course. -> required firing up (Mac mini) Whitewood. ssh with X forwarding on caused it to fire up my old Xapps configuration, because Honu's dotfiles include .xinitrc. Of course. Kind of impressive, actually, that that stuff still works. -> still able to find the laser printer in spite of it being behind the GL300. Nice. % I'm doing stuff I should have been doing three months ago. Or six. Or twelve. The later it gets the harder it is to get started. & tired of typing parts of my password into assorted windows; set screen to lock immediately when blanked. * Two job applications % Gracenote / Nielsen was my first experience with a "gamified" personality test. Hopefully also my last. Most of them required fast reflexes. Now I have to decide whether I'm annoyed enough at them to sound off in the interview, if I get one. I don't like what they did with CDDB, either. Slimy. @ jesse-the-k | Boost! great local-to-DW reading fandom on DW * Finally found the missing power brick, or at least I think so: 12V, right size plug. : I really got too wrapped up in downsizing; should have kept the kids' PC and Snowflake, at least. That stuff's going to be impossible to replace at this point. 1228Fr * Up 4:30ish; W=199.4, S=5:08; cuddle, cat cuddle, shower : widespread CenturyLink outage; 911 is down in western WA $ tax note: depreciate the boxes and the garage remodel @ The Shapley - Curtis Debate in 1920 A bit of a dive starting at today's APOD and the phrase "Island Universe". & dive into Twilio.com because of a job posting. Somewhat scary - exponential growth and 5 9's. Wants (but does not require) you to have actually built an application using T, so problematic at this point. Some of the projects in their blog look like fun, though. : C-link back up here. Here are the emergency numbers to use when 911 is down: if 911 down: call 360-679-9567 360-675-3418 360-320-5795 360-320-5735 (Whidbey Is.) @ FCC investigating major CenturyLink outage and 911 disruptions - The Verge FCC to investigate CenturyLink as [...] outage continues, 911 calls disrupted CenturyLink: Service outage that caused 911 failures not related to hacking | king5.com (auto-play with audio) has list of emergency #s by county -> 13:17 Still down in some places; Whidbey seems to be okay. CenturyLink Outage Map - Outage.Report $ re-req missing check from YD's college fund; request check to cover Jul and Dec % some cuddle before going to sleep ~ a little "work" (mostly staring at) phq. * re-req missing check from YD's college fund; request check to cover Jul and Dec * verified that the check I received a letter about from Vanguard _had_ been cashed. So no easy money there. & posted two PSAs: one about the outage, the other listing emergency numbers @ How Much of the Internet Is Fake? * paid car loan, builder. both out of household account With luck this will be the penultimate payment to the builder. : current budget shortfall is 1310/month, even with $1K from Mom. So I'm screwed. % some nice lap time with Desti on the bedroom recliner. She still insisted on trying to sit on the laptop afterward. Silly cat. $ 54.60 on HX to Philip Morgan Consulting for 2 books: The Positioning Manual and Specializing Without Failure. Would have been more useful a year ago. 1229Sa * Awake ~3am; ; cat cuddle; got a little more sleep 5:30-7 * up 7:30ish; ; shower % the aveeno soap bar seems to have taken care of the itching. so far. * organized/reformatted emergency numbers for use with PHQ * SL: probiotics, slow-rel niacin, C's prescription tabasco, dry-roasted low salt almonds, sandwich bread, (brand)Simply Limeade, multi-grain cheerios * tried some of the gin from the ginbrew kit that C gave me. Pretty good. * s4s * practice Bells of Norwich (lovely) in drop D, Ship of Stone, Riverheart (g) Not sure N and m can handle Bells in D, though. !?% There was an error in my budget spreadsheet -- I'm only $593/mo short! Computed total monthly total expenses wrong, somehow -- counting something twice in the month column. $600/month is manageable; it's close to annual/12. Noticed because the annual shortfall was a lot less than 12 times the monthly. ! I _hate_ spreadsheets. @ Getting Help | depression comix world-wide list of hotlines; curated links with descriptions. @ The Vanilla JS Toolkit I could do something like this with git : unemployment? " if you were fired due to misconduct, or *you voluntarily left your employment without providing a good reason for doing so*, your unemployment benefits application will be denied. " May also have waited too long. N qualifies, though. There may conceivably be sufficiently good reasons.