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(Which is a lot like "Squirrel!!!!", but with a stripey back and smaller tail.)

This morning's entertainment: Katie went down and let Ruby out this morning, then settled in to watch a video. Because the weather is good, she left the back door open so Ruby could come and go as she pleases, which pleases Ruby a great deal.

Shortly thereafter, there was a chirping sound in the house which was eventually localized under the bench and bag of charcoal next to the back door. Ruby was greatly interested in this. There was chirping. And barking. And chaos as yelling up and down the stairs occurred.

Me? I was in the shower for all this.

Katie reported that there had been a little brown kitten there that Ruby had chased, apparently under the curio cabinet. Gretchen looked under the curio cabinet and came up empty, but there are little nooks under there where it is dark and hard to get an angle to see, so this was by no means dispositive. Julie started Googling for "animals that chirp".

No, dear. Not a cricket. Yes, maybe a chipmunk.

Fine. Ruby to kennel, girls to school, Gretchen and I off to breakfast.

When we got home, we let Ruby out of her kennel and she returned to the curio cabinet. I cleaned off the many items on top of the cabinet and moved it away from the wall.

Aha! Something brown with stripes down the back flashed out and ran behind the TV cart. As I had suspected, it was indeed a chipmunk that had decided this was an interesting place to investigate before encountering Ruby the Dog. Who is now, to make matters more entertaining, trying to crawl under the plant stand that is holding the Christmas cactus that came from Gretchen's mom and is well over 50 years old now.

I moved the Christmas cactus, the grape ivy on the other side of the TV, and the two plant stands to a safer place. Then I moved the TV stand. Chipmunk!

Ruby chased the chipmunk underneath the craft shelves on the other end of the dining room. I moved the shelf. Chipmunk! Back underneath the curio cabinet.

The back door is, of course, wide open and we are hoping that the chipmunk will get the idea.

Move the curio cabinet. Back under the TV. Move the TV again.

The chipmunk took a left turn at Albuquerque and headed for the back door with Ruby in hot pursuit.

All critters went outside, the chipmunk escaped, and there was peace in our time.

Except Ruby is still wandering around, wondering where the chipmunk has gone. Maybe under the curio cabinet...

No, Ruby.

*whine* *bark*

*sigh*
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On the good news front, I have slept much better since I starting sleeping on the new pillow I picked up on Saturday. Apparently, the old one was simply worn out, which would explain how hard I was having to work to find a comfortable position with it. The new pillow is actually providing support where I want it.

Yay!
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We had about 89% coverage of the sun here in the Chicago area which is, well, not really all that exciting. But with the eclipse falling on the first day of school, I had finally decided that we should just let this one go. Maybe in seven years or so...

Having seen totality once before, it wasn't as big a deal to miss it. :)

In the meantime, the girls had a good first day, so that made staying home more worthwhile.
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Today was the last day of the girls' summer vacation. I got up early to go coach Katie's softball team (in her absence). Then it was home and off to the park to wait for the Girl Scouts to return from camp. From there, we proceeded briskly to a late lunch. Then it was home, work on a few things around the house, and off to the big pool which will be open next weekend, but the forecast for next weekend is not favorable for swimming. Back home for dinner and cleaning up various things before school starts tomorrow, including starting a bare-metal reinstall of Windows 10 on Katie's computer, because nothing else has worked so far to try to get it running again. And then another half-chapter of Have Space Suit, Will Travel for Katie.

Bed. Bed is looking good. It was a busy day.

It should be. It was the last day of summer vacation. :)
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I got up early this morning for softball practice, despite Katie being off on a Girl Scout trip that is going to result in her missing the first game of the fall season on Sunday. (I think this is a good choice on her part; this trip was booked months ago.) It was a good thing that I did, because by the end of practice, there were only two of us running it for a variety of good reasons. :)

This was followed by joining Gretchen and Julie for lunch and a bit of shopping. I now have a new pillow, which I needed badly. Julie has claimed my old pillow for her own. Oh, dear. And some glove oil to help break in the new catcher's mitt and some scorebooks. And deli meat for dinner.

Late in the afternoon, we all went to the pool.

And now, I am really tired and have to get up early tomorrow morning for the game.

You know, the start of school on Monday may actually allow me to get more sleep... :)
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So Katie headed out on her Girl Scout camping trip late this afternoon. After we dropped her off, the rest of the family headed out to Schaumburg where we visited Play It Again Sports and acquired a softball catcher's mitt. Katie can use this when she is catching this fall. (We measured it against Gretchen's hand, which is approximately the same size.) The rest of the team is welcome to use it when they are catching. We'll see how this goes tomorrow during practice.

This was followed by dinner at Olive Garden, which was quite good, although Julie ate very little of her kids' meal, but substantially more of breadsticks and chocolate milk. Nothing goes together quite as well as a garlic breadstick and chocolate milk, I guess.

I went back to work to try to hunt down a bug that has -- in the absence of the person who has complained about it -- completely vanished. *sigh*

And I followed the end of the Cardinals game on the ESPN website. The Cards were leading 11-3 going to the bottom of the eighth. They were leading 11-8 going to the bottom of the ninth. Then they gave up two runs to the Pirates without the Pirates actually having to get a hit. Happily, the Pirates did not get a hit before the inning ended, and the Cards ended up winning 11-10.

I understand that there will be a new pitcher in the bullpen tomorrow, yesterday's call up (who was largely responsible for the five runs in the eighth) having been sent back to Memphis tonight. I feel rather sorry for him.

Camp!

Aug. 17th, 2017 11:42 pm
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Tomorrow, Katie is off for a two-night stay at Girl Scout camp. This will be an experience. :)

Sadly, she will miss the first softball game of the season on Sunday, but that's just the way some things sort out.
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I finally made it back to Wrigley Field for another game. It was running long and late, so I ducked out after the seventh inning stretch and ended up missing a lot of excitement, as the Cubs ended up blowing the lead and then winning on a wild pitch in the bottom of the ninth.

But there's something to be said for being home in time to read to Katie. :)
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Progress has been made. More progress will be made in a few minutes when I go upstairs with Gretchen and install the curtains in Katie's room on the Command brackets that we mounted earlier today.

In the meantime, Gretchen, Katie, and Julie put together an excellent lemon icebox pie based on a recipe from the Trib. This proved to be a fine dessert when Sam and Bonnie came by for dinner, which consisted of grilled hamburgers, chips, and sweet corn. And conversation. Lots and lots of conversation.

Back in the basement, I spent part of the early afternoon reinstalling plugins. Once everything was installed, it was time to fire up Cubase.

Oh, look! The menu is no longer vanishing. Projects open, close, and open again without crashing the system.

Of course, there were a few glitches. I had to manually point to the directories where some of the plugins were installed, but that was fairly easy once I figured out which plugin libraries were missing.

And then there was the X-Touch Extender, which was eventually persuaded to talk to Cubase and pick up all of the information that was being sent down the wire. The scribble strips were being particularly challenging.

But it appears that everything is working now.

And the weekend is over.

Maybe I'll mix something next weekend. :)
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In the top of the news, the Cardinals have won eight games in a row and find themselves in a virtual tie for first place in the NL Central with the Cubs.

In other news, no one on the North Side of Chicagoland is speaking to me. :)

I have backed up the critical files on the studio computer preparatory to reloading the OS. After doing that, I discovered that the Windows 10 Creators Update has a new feature that will reload the entire OS, boot out all of the installed non-Windows applications, and leave your files intact.

I am, nevertheless, happy to have spent the time backing up the files.

But think about it! An OS that is so wonderfully stable that it now comes with its own built-in option to reload itself to clean up the trash that it's left lying around while leaving your files intact.

It's sort of the neutron bomb of operating system functions.

Windows 10 -- what an OS!

Ah, and we had the first serious softball practice for fall ball today. It went very well. Yay!

And Katie got her hair cut much shorter today.

That's the news. Time for bed!
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Maybe not as much as I might have hoped, but there is progress.

  • We had softball practice this morning.
  • We picked up the rest of the school supplies for the girls.
  • Gretchen took Katie for a haircut, while I went home to throw the ball for Ruby.
  • While doing this, I read Previews, rearranged my plans for Cubs games, and checked the Internet.
  • I have now moved the laundry.
  • And I am backing up all of the data on the studio computer before I try a bare metal reinstall of Windows 10 to fix my Cubase problems.

    See, no one else is reporting Cubase problems, so I conclude that something here is corrupted. And it is likely to take less time to completely rebuild the machine and reinstall everything than continue to troubleshoot it. But this requires the data to leave this box and go off to the NAS.

    So here we are...

    *sigh*
  • How Odd

    Aug. 11th, 2017 11:33 pm
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    This weekend, the only firmly scheduled activity is Katie's softball practice on Saturday morning. The rest of the weekend has only a few loosely scheduled items.

    It is possible that I might get some things done around the house this weekend.

    We'll see.
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    Looking at the baseball standings for the NL Central, I am rather surprised to find that the Cardinals are in second place, only a game behind the Cubs -- two in the loss column. In fact, the Cubs, Cards, and the Brewers (who are in third, two games back) all have the same number of wins. This is to the Cubs advantage, since they could win the games that they have in hand, but the Cardinals are still much more in the race than I thought they would be at this point.

    I guess we'll see what happens.
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    Being up obscenely late the night before does nothing at all for your schedule the following morning. Happily, by afternoon, things were more or less on track. I even got to catch up with Gretchen, Katie, and Julie at the pool, although I arrived an hour and a half after they did, just a bit after 7 PM.

    Ah, well. The summer is winding down and there are only a limited number of days left for getting into the pool, so we'll take it as a victory.
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    And now I think it's done. I guess staying up late was worth it. :)

    I am going to mail this off now and call it quits.
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    The project that I'm working on (which, sadly, has nothing to do with filk) is very close to done. I'm now doing final data entry and checking spreadsheet entries to make sure that nothing has gone awry.

    But it's not going to be done tonight.

    Progress

    Aug. 7th, 2017 11:02 pm
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    I'm making progress on one of the things I need to get done here at home.

    However, I need to get past progress and to done.

    Maybe tomorrow.

    Plop

    Aug. 6th, 2017 10:38 pm
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    I got way less accomplished today after coming home from Musecon than I might have hoped, as I collapsed in bed exhausted for a nap. I conclude that I must have had fun. :)
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    The home recording panel went well this morning. The girls have had a good time playing with assorted other little girls.

    But it is pretty much time to go to bed now. :)

    Bemused

    Aug. 4th, 2017 02:26 pm
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    I have taken today as a vacation day and am making progress on moving the financial paperwork for ISFiC Press. Unfortunately, one of the websites I need to get into isn't letting me, so I have sent off an appropriate e-mail and am now pretty much ready to abandon ship here and go over to Musecon.

    See some of you there!

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