October 6th, 2017


October 5--Laugh on Demand

I can't think of a good reason why I forgot to make an entry last night, so I'll blame it on the zombie apocalypse.

I had interesting dreams, that included a bit of the latest evaluation recommendations for sepsis (passive leg raise), and woke up refreshed at 5 am. The cats were waiting patiently, and were rewarded with treats. After the treats were done and coffee made, Mook followed me into the bathroom, while Chocko went back to sleep on top of Malida.

I might have mentioned that I wrote a letter of complaint to my credit union week before last, having to do with their inability to replace one of our ATM cards for at least three weeks. "Nothing we can do." I'm not much of a letter writer, but I hate "nothing we can do," so I wrote the CEO. She wrote back and very cleverly said "nothing we can do" in a way that made it sound like they were doing everything possible. She noted that although that probably wouldn't mollify me, she was throwing in some gift cards for iTunes and Starbucks, which actually did mollify me. Ok, we aren't changing credit unions. Yet.

And what a wonderful word is "mollify". I had to look it up to see where it came from. It is from the Latin, meaning to make soft or supple. "These gift cards should soften him up good, eh?"

I'm almost done with the seven day black and white challenge. One more day after this. One of the great things about participating in it, is that it got me to look at things with my photographic eye again. I recall when I was first interested in photography, I looked at everything as a potential photograph.


Not the first time I have photographed this pig. He sits in front of the fireplace, giving everyone the stink eye.

The other day I posted a picture of a slice of limoncello cake, in black and white. Someone said it looked creepy. I was going for sinister, so I was kind of pleased.
  • Current Music
    The gentle soothing sound of the water feature

October 6--In the land of giant face-attacking dragonflies

Ahhh the weekend is here. I never really appreciated the concept of the weekend until I took this job. Up until that point I had always worked at least two weekends a month, and had random days off during the week. I liked having days off in the middle of the week. It was as if it was my own little world. But weekends didn't mean that much to me. Just another couple days off.

Now, I count the days. I'd still trade them for two days off during the week though. I miss my own little world.


Last of the black and white challenge. Interestingly, the image in the computer was one that I was going to use for the challenge, but didn't for some reason. I took it last week in SF, and it was one of my favorites. I posted the color version here last Sunday. I like how I used it without actually using it. Sort of.

This evening I sorted out all of my doctoral papers. I tossed a bunch of stuff out, but saved my written papers, notes, and all the articles I collected. I put it all in a plastic tub. Now the table is clear, and I will take it out tomorrow to make room for an easy chair and an ottoman that someone across town is selling, hopefully to me.

My plan is to sleep in tomorrow, and go get that chair if they decide to sell it to me. In the afternoon I will stop by a friend's house to taste some of the wine he makes. I'll take some pictures.
  • Current Music
    Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers--Runnin' Down A Dream