June 5th, 2018


June 5--Refreshingly Tasteful

The windows are open and there is a breeze coming in, refreshing after a few days of hot weather. The blinds are up and the early sunlight is filtering in through the trees we planted out front a few years ago, illuminating the red leaves of the japanese maple. I have the music on (as I most always do). I pulled the plain white mug out this morning, and it is filled with good coffee. I don't need the cinnamon roll I don't have.

I went in to work yesterday morning to get some stuff done, but found that my computer wouldn't connect to the network. I called the help desk, and Peter, the IT guy, was kind of snippy about it.

"Do you think you are the only one without a network connection?" he asked.

"I don't know--am I? I replied.

"I don't know," he responded glumly." I can't get hold of regional IT to check."

I just laughed. I waited around for a bit to see if it would come back, but it didn't. I think the IT guy was snippy with me because of the multiple emails I have sent to our Dean complaining about the lack of IT support for when we use the computer lab for testing.

Instead of working, I went out looking for a new office chair. I went to about four different places, before being worn down at the last place and getting a reasonably comfortable chair that was nothing like what I had in mind. I haven't gotten used to it, but I am sure I will. It's made by Beautyrest, the mattress people.

It's been a while since I had the time to just wander around stores on a weekday. I kind of liked it. I even ventured into the Wal Mart to get a new electric kettle to replace the one that stopped working for us the other day, and escaped unscathed.

I came home and took a nap, then got up and put the chair together. It was pretty straightforward, with all the parts clearly identified, and a nifty Allen wrench with a handle. I never realized that the "Allen" in Allen wrench was capitalized. Just like Kleenex.

I walked early yesterday, before my failed attempt to go to work, and I will do the same today. I have a meeting at 10:30, and will try to get other stuff done before and after, provided there is a network connection. I've run out of things to shop for, so I don't know what I will do if the computers are still down. Maybe come home and clean up this disaster of an office.


A leftover from one of our walks last week.
  • Current Music
    Leif Vollebekk--Elegy