Monday, December 20, 2004
Wednesday, December 15, 2004
Oh well, now I get to go to a "aren't we clever?" back-patting reception for my center here at work. Yay, free food! (Can you tell I'm not that far removed from college?)
Monday, December 13, 2004
Sunday, December 12, 2004
Friday, December 10, 2004
Monday, December 06, 2004
Thursday, December 02, 2004
Thursday, November 18, 2004
Monday, November 08, 2004
There is at least one group on the web that wants to end Daylight Saving Time. I'm in favor of it, although I know that it is unlikely to ever happen.
Daylight Savings Time doesn't save any daylight, it just shifts the clocks! If you want more light in the evening, wake up earlier! Duh! Are we such slaves to timepieces that we can't change our schedules without an act of Congress? How sad is that!
Tuesday, November 02, 2004
Monday, November 01, 2004
Thursday, October 28, 2004
Monday, October 25, 2004
Wednesday, October 20, 2004
Wednesday, October 13, 2004
Whee! I'm in a battleground state!
Monday, October 11, 2004
Thursday, October 07, 2004
Tuesday, October 05, 2004
Tuesday, September 28, 2004
Monday, September 27, 2004
Friday, September 24, 2004
No need to signal.
Why should you exert yourself?
I can read your mind.
Wednesday, September 22, 2004
Tuesday, September 21, 2004
Thursday, September 16, 2004
Wednesday, September 15, 2004
Of course, this means that the code is just about good enough to give to the guy who will actually use it, which is somewhat scary. It's sure to die in a horribly messy way as soon as someone is depending on it. I'll do some cleanup and try to reassure myself that all is well tomorrow.
Thursday, September 09, 2004
Wednesday, September 08, 2004
Monday, August 23, 2004
Thursday, August 19, 2004
Monday, August 16, 2004
Thursday, August 12, 2004
Tuesday, August 10, 2004
I need a bit of a stretch break, so I think I'll mosey on over to the post office and fill out a change of address card.
Wednesday, August 04, 2004
to go shopping for shoes tonight, but I'm not going to head out until the
rain ends. What we lack in quantity, we make up for in intensity. It's as if
the drops were being hurled down from the sky.
Friday, July 30, 2004
I also got a new pair of glasses and let myself be talked into buying a nice pair of sunglasses. They had a discount for the second frames, and sunglasses are ever so important out here. I do have to admit that they seem to fit better that the cheap pair I had been using. My old pair has now been downgraded to backup status.
So, I've taken advantage of my vision plan. Next up, find a dentist and use that dental coverage. Yay, job with good benefits!
Monday, July 26, 2004
Friday, July 16, 2004
Thursday, July 15, 2004
Wow, thunder! That was loud!
Hmm, I wonder if it is really a good idea for me to keep working on the computer right now. (Yes, I'm looking for an excuse to go home. *grin*)
Tuesday, July 13, 2004
Monday, July 12, 2004
Thursday, July 08, 2004
Wednesday, July 07, 2004
So far, I like it. The sound quality is good and it is nice to be able to talk on the phone while taking a walk down the recreation trail down the street. I think I won't really know how good it is until I've received a few bills, though.
Sunday, July 04, 2004
I just hope nothing big catches on fire tonight. We've had some rain, so it isn't as dry as it was, but I still worry that some idiot kids may decide to set off bottle rockets too close to the bosque or something.
I'm trying to decide if I want to bother taking tomorrow off or if it would be better to earn a day of flextime. I doubt I'd be able to get much of anything done on the home front, so maybe I should just go to work. I have a morning meeting on Tuesday, and I'm afraid I'll have a terrible time waking up for it after an extra-long weekend.
Thursday, July 01, 2004
I gave Dad some of this stuff for Father's Day. Unfortunately, I bought the bottle at my local Rudy's and mailed it to him, so it cost a lot more than it would have if we'd ordered off the website. Any future BBQ sauce needs he has will have to be taken care of that way. Ooh, they have the spice rubs there too!
Dang it, I shouldn't websurf like this when I'm hungry. I'm not always much of a fan of the "piles of meat" restaurant, but occasionally it is good.
Tuesday, June 29, 2004
I've talked to the people in the leasing office and they said that they had reports of a naked guy in the complex last summer. Needless to say, they weren't pleased to learn that he has returned. It's something of a relief to learn that this is more of a local nut than someone who is just targeting me. They said they hadn't had any reports of him knocking on doors before, but it is possible that no one else had been awake to hear him if he did.
Anyway, I'm definitely going to stay alert (as if I could do otherwise with this creepiness going on), but for now this guy seems more pathetic than scary. (Especially when contemplated in the light of day.) Apparently, in one of the sightings last summer he was riding a bicycle around the tennis courts. I would think a man would be living somewhat dangerously to ride a bike naked!
The leasing office is going to see if they can get APD to up their patrols in the area or something, so we'll see what happens.
Categories: creepy, naked
Monday, June 28, 2004
It's almost like a summer storm back home in the Midwest.
Tuesday, June 22, 2004
With getting married soon, it is probably a very good idea for us both to be more fiscally aware before we merge finances. I know we both live within our means, but how much within our means? At what point could we become financially independent? I should start tracking this stuff. (Well, first I'm going to finish the book. Then, I'll go back and start working through the steps it contains.)
Monday, June 21, 2004
It would be helpful to have a cell phone when I'm traveling. I've been looking at Verizon Wireless, since they got pretty good marks in Consumer Reports. I need to decide how many minutes I would need in a plan. I'll think about it later. Right now, I want to get something to eat!
My blog also has a poetic comment from a total stranger. Cool! I guess it has been up long enough to be noticed. I'll have to take a closer look at her blog sometime, too. I'll save that for at-home websurfing, though. It's too easy to be sucked into reading extensive webpages so I must avoid such activity at work.
Wednesday, June 16, 2004
Buttonmen is a fun dice game created by CheapAss Games. This online version is really fun to play, especially since it can be hard to find opponents in real life. (It's also hard to get enough dice in real life, but that is another matter entirely.)
Tuesday, June 15, 2004
Monday, June 14, 2004
I think I'm going to go bonkers with the wedding planning soon. My fiance will be going to a class out of town for a couple of weeks soon, so it would be really good to have most things nailed down before he is gone. Bleh! I can't believe some people actually enjoy planning these things.
Thursday, June 10, 2004
I'm not sure which is a creepier thought, that this nut might have been peeking past my bedroom blinds and watching me in some state of undress, or that he enjoyed watching me sit on the couch in my living room watching late-night television. Either thought is quite disturbing. I think I'll be keeping my blinds shut at night now.
I'm wondering where this guy came from. Does he live in my complex? Would I recognize him if I saw him in the mailroom? What would I do if I did?
*sigh* It's a strange world. I suppose that after enough time goes by, this will become one of those odd stories you tell at parties, but for now, I'm still a bit on edge.
Categories: creepy, naked
Wednesday, June 09, 2004
Tuesday, June 08, 2004
Monday, June 07, 2004
In other news, my fiance gave me the wonderful birthday present of a set of new bobbins for my spinning wheel! He used some nice, pretty wood for them. (Walnut, rosewood, and one other type that I can't remember.) Isn't he great? As soon as the finish is dry on them, I'm going to try them out spinning some more yarn for my mother's shawl.
Thursday, June 03, 2004
I'm about to move some functionality into a new class. I'm hoping that it doesn't break it all over again.
Unlike when I was trying to get some toy project to work for a class in school, I actually care about doing this stuff right. (Well, I cared about it in school, too, but didn't have as much time to devote to it.) Once I finish getting this framework set up, we should see some impressive progress. Unfortunately, while I set up the framework, it doesn't look like much is happening. Oh well.
The wind is from the east today, so the humidity is all the way up to 20% or so. I never thought I'd be saying "up to" 20%. There are actually some clouds in the sky today. It was almost overcast this morning. I'm glad I flew back to my hometown for my sister's wedding last week. I was starting to miss rain.
It was a lovely wedding. I think they'll be very happy. Unfortunately for me, I no longer can use my sister's wedding to distract my mother from my own plans (or lack thereof). I have to get my act together!
Wednesday, June 02, 2004
Today I managed to locate a bug in someone else's code without making much progress on my own. I spent some time tidying up a couple of files while waiting for the bugfix.
Now it looks like the bug isn't completely gone. Maybe I should just go home. I stayed a bit late yesterday, so I could probably justify leaving work a little on the early side today, especially since I can't do much on that project until the problem is fixed. I know it is probably a problem with the bugfix, because I hadn't changed my part of the code there. Knowing it is "somebody else's problem" is occasionally good, as long as the "somebody else" does something about it in a timely fashion.
Sometimes being a computer scientist can be rather frustrating.
My officemate is beating on some code with a metaphorical sledgehammer. I've
been there before.
Occasionally, I'd like to actually work with physical objects instead of
just manipulating a virtual world. I think that is part of the reason why I
enjoy knitting so much. There I actually can see what I have done, as
opposed to looking at an apparently unchanging computer.
Okay, grumbling break is over. Back to work!
Tuesday, June 01, 2004
Monday, May 24, 2004
Sunday, May 23, 2004
I'm going log on and check my work email in the small hope that tomorrow's meeting has been cancelled. Of course, even if it has been cancelled, I should go to bed and get up early. If I don't go to work early, I should get some clothing together for my trip. (My flight is early on Tuesday morning, so I have to make sure I pack the night before.
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Thursday, May 20, 2004
This morning there was a man with a jackhammer outside my office window. I'm not sure why he was tearing up the pavement, but it was nearly impossible to get any work done until he stopped. It was really loud and the floor was shaking. Why couldn't they have waited until people weren't working in here? Was it that urgent to dig a trench today?
Wednesday, May 19, 2004
Monday, May 17, 2004
I have a few avocado pits in water that are sending up shoots. I'm hoping to get a decent avocado plant or two from them.
I've been thinking I should dig out my sprouting jar and buy some seeds. I used to grow alfalfa sprouts all the time, but got out of the habit when the jar was boxed up for an apartment move. I was reminded of it when I saw a book on sprouting a the used book store yesterday.
Sunday, May 16, 2004
I'm thinking of going out to a plant nursery and picking up some herbs that I could grow in containers on my patio. The sunlight out here should be great for plants, provided I remember to water them enough.
I still need to come up with a gift for my sister. I'll be flying over a few days early, so I might put it off until I get there so I don't have to wrangle a package on the plane.
Friday, May 14, 2004
Engagement announcements? Anyone who doesn't know already isn't close enough to us to care.
Engagement party? Come on, who really has those?
Lots of expensive stuff that nobody notices or cares about? Ha!
Yes, planning this thing remotely will probably drive me nuts, but at least it isn't going to drag on forever. I refuse to let this take over my life!
Thursday, May 13, 2004
Hmm, what on earth would they like? They already have a well-equipped household between the two of them. (Actually, I think my sister alone was set up pretty well, so adding her fiance's stuff ensures it.)
Perhaps some sort of southwestern-themed item? (After all, I do live all the way out here, so I should take advantage of what is in this region.) I don't want to give them a useless dust-collector, though. I must think upon this.
Short break for a happy dance before getting back to work!
Wednesday, May 12, 2004
I've a meeting with my manager in the morning. I really hope this whole knitting controversy isn't going to get out of hand.
Tuesday, May 11, 2004
Anyway, just because of one anti-knitter in another department, I'll have to find something else to do if I'm ever in one of those interminable meetings with people from outside my department. Knitting was perfect. I could channel my fidgeting into something constructive, and I didn't have to look at my hands while I did it. *sigh* Oh, well. I guess I may just have to give up on paying attention in those things. I have a another long meeting in the morning, so I'd better come up with something quick.
I'm not feeling as light-headed now. I think drinking a bunch of water and just sitting in my office all afternoon helped my body recover a bit from the blood donation.
I think I'll have a hamburger or some other meat for supper tonight to make up for the lost iron and stuff. I also think I'd better not try to make any major design decisions on my code today, since I'm not exactly working at full capacity right now.
Time to get another drink of water and go back to work.
Monday, May 10, 2004
Thursday, May 06, 2004
Wednesday, May 05, 2004
No new knitting projects until I free up at least one set of needles!
It's springtime in the desert. I'm still trying to adapt to this climate. I drank a whole bottle of water on the drive to work this morning. I've found I get headaches if I'm dehydrated. On the plus side, my hair dried quite quickly after my shower.
Yay! The project compiled with no errors! Back to work for me.