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So the way the project went was this:

We had the roof redone early this summer. They were able to remove the old skylight in the bathroom and replace it with a light pipe, because we had discovered in the intervening 20 years since the house was built that a skylight over the shower is a magnet for condensation in cold weather and that is followed by all manner of beasties growing there that we did not want.

But the fellows doing the roof don't do interior work. So we hired a contractor through a friend who came in, did the necessary drywall work, and made sure that the light pipe lens was correctly affixed to the new drywall.

Cleverly, I told him that I could paint the ceiling myself.

Today, we finally painted the ceiling in the bathroom. This was a bit more of an adventure than I might have hoped, but the fact that Katie really wanted to help and is tall enough to stand on the vanity and do the edging work over the lights there was a great aid in getting this done.

We still need to remove the masking tape and put everything back, but -- for all practical purposes -- this project is finally done.

OS Wars

Sep. 1st, 2017 11:55 pm
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I may have gotten Katie's computer working again with a bare metal reinstall of Windows 10. The number of little glitches in this version is dismaying. The Wi-Fi kept cutting out on this box -- not on the identical one that Gretchen and Julie use -- for reasons that appear to be subject to any number of voodoo solutions. One of them seems to have worked.

Of course, I spent some time before applying a voodoo solution to get Windows 10 to stop thrashing my hard disk on my computer in the last two days, so...

I understand that there are some difficulties in getting an OS to run on a variety of hardware choices. Even so, this is just being exceptional.

And not in a good way.
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The last day of meetings down in the Loop was today. It was a good experience and we learned things and sorted out problems.

I am, however, really tired and looking forward to taking tomorrow off. :)
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This was Day Three down in the Loop and I am tired. But there is only one day of meetings left. :)

Today was a meeting to show our product to members of the sales force and help them with strategies to sell it. This was a good meeting for me to be at for at least two reasons. First, I can answer questions. Usually accurately.

Second, I find out what people are doing with the product and what they need.

It's a good thing.
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Day two of meetings went well. Forewarned (and four armed), I stopped at McDonald's and picked up a breakfast sandwich on the way to the office, thereby avoiding another carbfest for breakfast.

The problem with meetings in the Loop is that I am getting up an hour and a half earlier than usual, but no one in the house is managing to go to bed any earlier than they usually do. This way lies exhaustion...
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First day of meetings in the Loop today, this time over at the Willis Tower, the previous Loop office having closed. I will say that the breakfast situation there is dire enough that I am probably going to stop at the McDonald's in the Ogilvie Transportation Center to get a breakfast sandwich on the way. I need something with actual protein in it in the morning, not a muffin. :)

The meetings were productive (good!), but by lunch, I was pretty much ready to eat the table. It's a lovely granite table, so there would have been lots of minerals...
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Gretchen and I have been married for 23 years today. This is somewhat amazing, all things considered.

Katie's softball team delivered a lovely anniversary present, as they played their second game of the season (and the first that Katie was there for), and ended up winning by a score of 20-8. We were suitably impressed. So was the other coach who, after the game, thought that the girls were a travel team. They aren't. In fact, they're sort of the number two team in Des Plaines at this level. But, like Avis, they apparently try harder. :)

When we got home, I grilled some T-bone steaks for anniversary dinner. In a little while, there will be home-made key lime pie for dessert.

And then there will be sleep, because I have four days of meetings in the Loop starting tomorrow.

I guess it's good that we got married on this date and not any later.

I love you, Gretchen.
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We have meetings in the Loop next week and I want to be able to demo the Proof of Concept project that I figured would take about two days of work. Piece of cake.

Except that a Series of Unfortunate Events at work last week meant that I had spent about a day on it last week, not the two or more days that I had hoped to have available. Oops.

Well, I guess that's what Saturday is for (after softball practice and lunch). The Proof of Concept now works well enough to prove the concept, so I am going downstairs to rejoin the family.

In any case, I knew I could do it. :)
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After numerous failed efforts to fix Katie's computer without doing a bare metal reinstall of Windows 10, I finally gave up and did so. Tonight, I finally got around to configuring it, installing anti-virus software, and getting Katie set up to log back in.

Then Windows decided to install updates. Now, the computer is in the same Automatic Repair failure loop that it was before. There are two System Restore points, but neither of them will allow a restore to actually occur.

I am not happy.
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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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I got on a roll today at work and managed to write a lot of new code -- admittedly, code that leveraged old code, but stuff that is moving the pile in the right direction.

Of course, I haven't actually executed the code yet. That will be tomorrow's project. :)
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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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Well, the terrible mess continues to be a terrible mess, but -- in a complete surprise to me -- it doesn't seem to be fatal. I have cleaned up the mess and the debris appears to all be in the trash can.

Meanwhile, I am just about to fix my last bug for this release (I hope!) unless someone finds something else that I should be working on. We'll see how that goes.
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OK, in this case, it is a terrible mess that I have discovered.

I did not make it. I just get to figure out how to fix it.

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