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December 20 2013
things to do on a weekend on my own without Plans, a partial and non-binding list
- pick up parcels for papersky
from UPS on the way home
- finish current writing project this evening
- get celebratory icecream to celebrate success at above
- housecleaning as necessary
- fiddle with and probably post photos, including last lot of Montreal street art
- ring my mother
- ring my Evil Siamese Twin
- answer outstanding mail with possibly non-papersky
-suitable attached videos
- gchat with people as synchronisation happens to happen
- watch movies in which papersky
would not be interested, primarily on Netflix
- reread Problem Sleuth
- more Welcome to Night Vale
- reread The Unwritten
December 17 2013
slightly belated, to the wonderful ashbet
, wishing you all the best for the year to come.
December 10 2013
let's take a ride
$programmer's greeting to me this morning: "Everything is broken but it's not your fault." Nice to know we have a solid metric for what counts as a good day around here.
It was slushy enough yesterday evening that I passed on taking NorAm cards and things to the post office, will do that this evening. (Thing I do not like; when it is snowy and blowing or below freezing, people who sit in the seat in front of me in the bus and open the damned window anyway
Also, throwing this question open to a wider audience; am I the only person for whom Miley Cyrus' wrecking ball song solidly brings up the mental image of Mabel Pines in a human-sized hamster ball bursting through the wall of the studio ? (Well, after the initial reaction of "Hey, last time I remember noticing Miley Cyrus was in cinema trailers for a movie of some kind of Disney child-star property and now she appears to be an adult. I'm old.")
December 6 2013
Work is being really full. Really really full, to the extent that neither the Real Science project, nor the major project I inherited in spring and really don't like, have had much of my time over the past couple of weeks, because urgent things keep cropping up and taking a day or half a day to be dealt with. At least I appear to have headed off one of my colleagues' "why don't you rename everything through the whole database to make this thing of mine slightly easier" bright idea without starting an argument. We have a Real Science result which may be interestingly significant or may just represent some circular logic hidden in the conceptualisation, which is a recurrent fear with working on this level of abstraction.marylace
's visit continues lots of fun. We had belated birthday dinner for papersky
in Reuben's on Tuesday with Z and A, I got to share a hot spinach and cheese dip and a mushroom skillet and that was lovely, played Apples to Apples some with cyberneticnomad
and E Wednesday which was good for a more tired than usual rysmiel
(I slept poorly the previous night due to being anxious about being late for a supposedly important early morning meeting) and had dinner in Azuma yesterday evening with alixsin
which was as usual utterly excellent. Also I have done about half of my Christmas cards. Had an odd bad mood early yesterday, combination of feeling surrounded with stuff to do and fear that there's other stuff I should be doing if I knew what it was and I really should know what it is, but the soothing atmosphere of Azuma and the good company helped that lift pretty much entirely. Planning to write tonight should also help lift the feeling surrounded by stuff to do.
December 3 2013
inspired by oursin
, who is as usual wise;
Offering specific days during December would not really be a thing I could be sure enough of delivering on for it to be worth me doing. However, if there is anything in particular you would like me to post about, please comment with suggestions, and I will undertake to do so... soonish; happy to talk about pretty much anything, though anything involving identifying details of work or writing will be f-locked.
to the most excellent nineweaving
, wishing you all joy and fulsome revelry. *hug*
December 2 2013
dancing as if nobody is listening
My timing on getting the various little admin-type tasks and stuff out of the way this morning has been such that I was ready to grapple with the dread datamine at pretty much exactly the same time $programmer took it down for what was supposed to be a quick modification and is showing no signs of coming back up, but is certainly infuriating $programmer. Also I spent most of Friday in the expectation of $project_manager showing up with another meeting planned to happen imminently and he did not; he appears to be in today but I have not caught him to check this out yet.
This weekend came with beta-reading, with papersky
's birthday brunch being sufficiently indulgent that we passed on having any dinner and are doing that tomorrow instead, and with it being the time of year when there is lots of grit to regularly brush out of the front corridor, but also the time of year where bacon and mushrooms for breakfast can sometimes happen. Also went to see treasures of Venice in the M de BA with Z and A, which was fun, and Suite 88 had fleur de sel chocolate for once. And I have figured out how many cards I need for the holidays, and acquired a third of them or so which I shall almost certainly be doing tonight.
November 29 2013
something something oranges something
One side-effect of $project_manager being genuinely excited about my Real Science notion and seeing where to fit in data and people from elsewhere in the overall project is that I am spending notably more time in meetings this last couple of months and less at my desk, and I have been advised to expect another one at some unspecified point this afternoon. Other than that, I clean house and then retire with my book. I shall be more interesting again in a bit, I hope.
November 26 2013
" ...and that line is covered in jellyfish."
Wrestled a bit more with data for data mine, was interrupted by more urgent data for something else, loaded that, authentication server fell over in ways I could not fix, went and apologised to users, authentication server fixed itself about half an hour later. Head clearer but not clear, jaw less sore without being not-sore. $programmer is out today with a sinus infection which I fear I may have given him. We are warned of 10 cm of snow and possible freezing rain tonight. I am not, on the whole feeling like the nest stage of datamine wrestling is worth engaging with for the time left in the day today, as it's going to take quite a bit longer than that; maybe tomorrow if nothing else intervenes.
My 40th-birthday present coat really is very
good at warmth. If it can handle -18 windchill fine without the lining being zipped in, I'm probably set for any plausible winter extremes.
November 25 2013
Genesis of the Heffalumps
We have windchill to -18 this morning, so I dug out my winter gear, and in so doing turned up the old schoolbag I had been unable to find a couple of weeks ago when the strap on my current one broke; will clear that out and reload it sometime soonish.
I have a cold, and am ensuingly today a rysmiel
of relatively little brain. I also have a kind of sore jaw on one side, which I am hoping is just a feature of said cold; with luck it will go away in a couple of days.
It has been a weekend of reading and thorough housecleaning in preparation for marylace
's arrival on Friday, and pleasant puttering-about multi-tasking evening conversations with daharyn
, and today has been a day where it has seemed wisest to focus mostly on data loading of simple forms, which needs doing and is relatively hard to screw up. Also, mail from my Evil Siamese Twin yay.
Among my dreams last night was a conversation with papersky
about mooses, in which "moose" was one of those really useful shorthands for some writing-related thing for which there's not a specific good word; unfortunately, I have no idea precisely what
November 19 2013
when life gives you lemons, make GIANT ROBOTS
It seems that when life gives me people doing construction-type work in the alley out back who start work an hour before I need to be awake, my subconscious responds by incorporating all the various loud noises into a dream about getting very frustrated trying to watch a damaged and jumpy DVD of Pacific Rim
. This was not a win.
November 18 2013
a bit of organisation
Went out this morning, posted some stuff for papersky
, swung by $parent_university HR to get my new PR card into their system, called into the medical card place and didn't have to wait in line at all, should have my new medical card in the post in seven or ten days; had a burger for brunch in downstairs Reuben's and got into work in a reasonably timely fashion given all that. Feels like a pretty good start to the week; I was almost (but not quite) disappointed that nothing new has landed on my desk while I was out for me to resolve in further displays of organisational fervour.
November 14 2013
many things make a thing
is home safe and sound.
- Yesterday for a goodly chunk of the day I thought Real Science Project was demonstrating a real useful effect, but it turned out to be a bug causing the wrong two columns to be compared; the correct answer is much less exciting.
- I am planning to go downtown to ensure my new PR card is on record with $parent_university HR department and also get a medical card Monday morning. Hopefully this will not take too very long.
- Weather bouncing from -14 to +11 feh. At least it looks like serious rain will wait for the weekend.
- Call to Power
is remarkably fun, I think I will play this ludicrously fumbling first game out to the end anyway despite how much better I can see how to do next time already. Not sure how replayable it will then prove to be, though.
- Oh, and Krrish 3
in a mite more detail: Rathek Roshan continues excellent both as highly chiselled hunky male lead Krishna Mehta aka superhero Krrish, and as his endearingly geeky father Rohit, Priyanka Chopra continues excellent as his wife Priya, and it's very much a next chapter, with Krrish now a well-known and loved public figure, yet finding it impossible to hold down even an entry-level job owing to continually rushing off to help a plane make an emergency landing here and save a child dangling from a telephone wire there. The combination of how well the Bollywood-spectacle emotional palette fits the material, and oddly high and subtle levels of psychological realism for a superhero film, make familiar tropes very effective and fresh again (in this case a supervillain who fits organically with the story so far); it certainly gains from having seen the previous one, but I think it would stand OK on its own, and it is a sincerely uplifting experience. Highly recommended. (Also, between this, and the handful of Bollywood trailers we got with it, have I missed a sea-change in whether on-screen kissing is acceptable in Bollywood ?)
- Gosh, I am as tired as an ungrammatically captioned cute animal of tired.
November 12 2013
PR card successfully retrieved
A couple of hundred pages of sitting in a waiting room followed by a couple of minutes of utterly unremarkable interaction with the person behind the desk who was satisfied to look at current passport and passport from when I entered the country and take previous expired PR card. (I could probably have picked more relaxing reading than the second half of Dead Air
I am half extremely relieved, and half infuriated at how much of the last week I have spent searching for this document and stressing over it. And thoroughly exhausted from nervous tension; slept really very little indeed last night, and will probably be out cold very early tonight.
November 6 2013
no pain, summer rain
Got in nice and early for phone meeting to find it's had to be cancelled because one of the collaborators at the Cambridge end has been taken ill; have just sent a message wishing for a speedy recovery and suggesting rescheduling for two weeks from now.
I have just received a notice in the mail telling me to come pick up my new Permanent Residence card at the relevant downtown office Tuesday, which is a great relief. (Also some Martha Wells books that IIRC were a recommendation from hawkwing_lb
, thank you.) The selection of paperwork they want brought along to pick it up is slightly different from the selection of paperwork they wanted sent in to acquire it in the first place, and I can't help feeling it's something of a fail on the "competent adult" roll to have quite so little idea where some of that paperwork is.
Also, am still enjoying Hannibal
and Orphan Black
immensely, talking to people online is fun, the kitchen floor remains unwashed and the current plan is to do so and leave it to dry while out at the cinema at the weekend and -
OK, that plan may have changed mid-sentence. While poking cinemamontreal.com to see if it had showtimes for Thor 2
somewhere sensibly accessible and not in 3D, I have just discovered that Krrish 3
is showing in cinemas here this week. (Though it would appear that the numeral is counting Koi... Mil Gaya
as well so this is actually the direct sequel to the one I have seen.)
November 4 2013
weekend home alone
- fun friendly chats with several people
- films (low-key Scandinavian vampires ! Samuel L. Jackson with exploding sharks !)
- large pile of washing up
- lovely long hot bath Saturday early afternoon
- a bit of bookshopping
- most of the file-tidying up I wanted to do on my desktop
- walked to the post office and picked up the mail there
- got rained on because of leaving umbrella in work Friday
- unexpected seven hours of Civ 2
- remembered to water the plants and eat and all that good stuff. Including in Frites Alors! Saturday
- been moderately frustrated at reconfiguration of supermarket and at bus making all manner of loops on the way home from town
Have not achieved:
- mopping the kitchen floor
- other bits of incidental housecleaning
- some remaining bits of file-tidying up
- reading other than while out and about
- moving general work stuff into a bag with a shoulder strap
This evening I will pick up the whatever-it-is at UPS on the way home.
October 30 2013
"Does your species have kissing ?"
An annoying number of work things are taking excessive amounts of time to process. My eyes are tired and I am needing to ration time spent looking at screens more than is usual, so if anyone sees me in chat over the next bit, pray don't be offended if I apologetically terminate the interaction earlier than normal.
I have a Plan, which is to go to the bank tomorrow evening via the Australian pie shop, then write, relax and consume media on Friday, go up and out for brunch in the downtown Frites Alors! on Saturday (also wash the kitchen floor and breathe soothing air of bookshop, and possibly get my belt seen to, which is less immediate an issue than it was because the colder-weather trousers I am now wearing are a good bit tighter) then come back and write again, and spend Sunday doing soothing things and possibly also ringing my Evil Siamese Twin.
October 28 2013
I should know better than to mention cheery things
...the next of the Wednesday-every-2-to-6-weeks meetings is scheduled for next week, when thanks to the differences in when Daylight Saving Time kicks in here and in the UK, is going to be an hour earlier than Already Too Damned Early my time.
Friday I got Australian pies for writing supplies on the way home, but could not really focus to write. Saturday morning I woke up and felt actually well and well rested for the first time in a while, and it was really rather pleasant.
Since when I have:
- done furniture-moving and dusting under in the main bedroom
- done two lots of laundry
- not yet washed the kitchen floor
- unexpected chat with papersky
Saturday morning due to being awake earlier than expected
- changed into cooler-weather clothing such that the need for an extra hole in my good belt is less acute
- started wearing my long leather coat
- not got holes punched in my belt, moved stuff to a new schoolbag to make up for the strap on my current one going, or bought the books I want to buy soon
- been out to Casse Noisette, Maple Delight (the dark chocolate honey sorbet seems to be staying around) and Ming Dao Xuan with hatam_soferet
- got a memory card for additional backup and sorting out of photos
- talked to my mother and uncle J on the phone
- talked to daharyn
on the phone
- finished the first seasons of Gravity Falls
(thank you crotalus_atrox
) and Elementary
(thank you several people most notably kaberett
- had sushi for brunch
- watched another episode of Orphan Black
(thank you daharyn
- remembered to water the jasmine and the other tree
- finally engaged with the dreaded Chapter 7 and think I have emerged triumphant
- sensibly stopped writing at a reasonably early hour for a day before work
- set up a VM so I can play Civ II
- been unable to resist playing Civ II
for long enough that the virtue of stopping writing at a reasonably early hour went entirely to waste
- and this morning before work watched the first two episodes of Hannibal
(thank you rushthatspeaks
I am kind of earwormed with the Gravity Falls
theme tune, which is upbeat and cheering, and debating the relative merits of writing Thursday/Saturday or Wednesday/Friday/maybe-Sunday this coming week.
October 24 2013
a bit grumpy yet
- One thing that irritates me a lot is people on the bus opening the window wide to blow barely-above-freezing wind into the face of the huddling post-coldy person sitting immediately behind. (Mind you, wind in my face irks me even when it is quite a bit warmer out.)
is now on gigapause such that all that remains, probably on the scale of several months, is planned to be released in one fell swoop. This is a bit disorienting.
- Also, dreams that both convince me I have sold two novels, and convince me my Permanent Residence card renewal has arrived, the same night, is a bit mean of my subconscious.
- Is it just me or does the theme from Gravity Falls
morph way too easily into "Touch-a Touch-a Touch-a Touch Me" ?
October 23 2013
Tired and congested and not feeling great.
I think tuna and mushroom and meatballs in creamy garlic sauce is my new favourite comfort pizza topping, though I suspect not many other people would be drawn to it.
October 21 2013
a good weekend
from the train Friday. There was poutine. It was good.
Saturday we got up earlyish to go to what turns out not to be the last weekend of the Chihuly exhibition in the M de BA after all, it's been extended another week, which probably helped with not being too horribly crowded. then there were crepes and Juliette et Chocolat for lunch, en route to which we noticed there was a Blue Light burlesque that evening; to which we decided to go, and went, and much fun it was - highly theatrically skilled, inventive and with a pleasant range of somatypes and some very impressive acting skills, notably the couple doing Uma Thurman and John Travolta in Pulp Fiction
. And then there was supper in Frites Alors! and well-timed metro home. Yesterday we stayed in and relaxed and there were naps and hot baths and media; daharyn
has been taken with Gravity Falls
and Welcome to Night Vale
and I am what feels like the right shape of intrigued by the first episode of Orphan Black
, so yay cross-fertilisation of stuff.