WEEK 2 2014
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17 March 2002
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Saturday -Kind of an odd day, a big cold cloud over the valley, cooling down what would have been another 70F day.
Worked around the house a bit in the morning, went to lunch with friends.
- Warm and sunny again. Went by Home Depot, picked up the hardware to
use in the guest bath. Didn't start on it just yet. Went by Staples,
picked up a few items for the office, and a monthly receipts folder for
taxes are due next week, Wednesday. Bah, and humbug. Which reminds me:
I need to take down the Christmas lights. I turned them off on the 1st,
but I need to stash them away again.
Thursday 9 January
- Spent the morning working on the plumbing issues. I borrowed a big
fan from a friend, and it's making real progress on drying out the
carpet. She also loaned me a heater, but it has a tilt switch and I
can't pivot it far enough to get heat on the floor...
The borrowed squirrel
cage fan, and the little house fan I was using before....
Anyway, cut down the overflow tubes in both upstairs baths, fixed the
leaky feed line in the guest bath, turned the water on, made sure
everything was OK, and left. On going back to pick up the
tools...squish. A leak there, too. This time it seems to be the tank
bolts. Weary of plumbing I stopped for the day. I'll fix it on the
I had picked up the new laptop from S and played around with it a bit.
It's pretty nice. I installed GIMP and Libre Open Office. Then I
checked to see if it would support a high resolution external monitor:
yes. Both my 22" 1680 wide and the 27" 1920 wide ran fine, at 60Hz. You
have to run it in single (external) monitor or it defaults to the
laptop monitor specifications of 1388x768. It seems to be running an
Intel HD4000 graphics chip, so it may support 2048 or higher.
On a lark I plugged the TV's HDMI input into it - works fine:
The Toshiba C55 running
GIMP, output to the TV via HDMI.
S stopped by and picked it up in the early evening. Even
brought a couple of burritos! Since all of the above pretty much took
up the day I didn't make much progress on the app.
on the couch in the evening Suzy wormed her way behind me. I didn't
think much of it, cats and kittens like small tight dark spaces - until
I realized that she had found a way inside
the couch. For cryin-out-loud! So, I had to sit there, with the cushion
off, preventing Jimmy from going in, while waiting for her to come out,
until nearly 11pm.
Wednesday 8 January
The leak in the master bath repeated. I hadn't used the commode, but
apparently the tank overflowed anyway. So I have a couple of fans
going, trying to dry out the carpet there.
Other than that, not much going on.
- A bit warmer in the morning, some overcast keeping it hotter
overnight. But the daytime temperatures were cool - I didn't open the
garage door, since temperatures were maybe 50F outside.
was an average day, just working on the app for the most part.
Upstairs, hiding in the office from the playful attentions of the
My friend Can
stopped by with her kids, who wanted to play with the kittens. Who, for
some reason, decided to be shy. The shyness actually started a couple
of weeks ago - some sort of kitten development phase I guess. I
understand that human infants go through something similar a little
before their first birthday. Anyway, they couldn't resist toys and
playing in the end.
the fill valve on the upstairs master bath commode failed, and the tank
overflowed - a wet floor and a damp carpet. Discovered by foot in the
early evening. It turns out that the fill tube was too high, being well
above the hole for the tank handle, so rather than overflowing down the
drain it overflowed onto the floor.
I'll cut it down tomorrow, and see why the mechanism is sticking in the
first place. One more chore...
actually have the urge to go out and work in the yard on several
things, but am trying to be responsible about working on the app.
- A cool Sunday night. They were predicting mid-30's, which seemed
weird to me. What we actually got was 20F, which makes more sense for a
clear January night in the high desert.
been opening the garage door from about noon until 4pm. The temperature
was a frosty 48F in there at midday, and it's a bit like walking
through a freezer. Since it has a common wall to the living room and
the ceiling is the floor of the master bedroom this means my house
heater has to work more. Hopefully the afternoon temps in the 60's and
70's will help.
My gas bill was almost $100 this month. Yikes. I
collected some leftover branches from R&S, and they say there
more around the back, so maybe I'll use the fireplace a bit more.
I forgot to mention, S
wanted a copy of The
Gimp Bible for Christmas. I fouled up the order, or Amazon
did, but it finally
arrived on Saturday and she can return the (very overdue) library copy
she'd been using.
I'd given her a copy of Joel
instead. I got a call at about 11pm one night, blaming me for her
inability to put it down and go to sleep. Heh. The best kind of present
is the one that surprises!
Which reminds me, we saw a Post
Office truck delivering on Sunday before Christmas. I wanted to follow
it to see if it was doing Amazon deliveries, but was overruled by my
fellow travelers (we were on our way to lunch).
on Suzy's tail this morning, she was immediately behind me while I was
brushing my teeth. Kicked
her, by accident, this afternoon: she was asleep under the edge of the
beds coverlet. I feel bad, but she forgave me.
Both cats were being rather pesty around noon - I finally realized that
the midday bowl of dry food was empty!
- Warm and sunny. Continued cleaning up, I actually filled my trashcan.
Cleaned the bathrooms. Went out and bought various sundries.
49er's won. It was a close game, I think the 49ers usually had the
edge, but it wasn't a pushover for them by any means. I think they go
up against the Panthers next week. I sort of wish I still had HD on the
basic channels, but it isn't that big a deal.