First 100 mile week in a while

Sep. 18th, 2017 10:25 pm
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I haven't had a chance to ride to or from work in ages, due a combination to meeting schedules, weather, and evening conflicts.

Jocelyn has a new circus class on Sunday mornings in Somerville, and needs to be driven there, because there's no train. So, this week I had the plan, drive her to Somerville, continue on to work, and then bicycle home! It was eerie at work -- I was the only car in the parking structure (thus scoring a parking place closest to the gym entrance), and there wasn't anyone in the building (I stopped in to use the restroom and put my lunch for Monday in the fridge).

It was cold and clammy at the start of the ride; wearing my fleece turned this into hot and muggy. Bleah. This may have contributed to my lame performance.

Today I rode in after an early morning meeting. (I'm kind of getting tired of all these morning meetings with Europe and Asia... Oh well. Gotta finish this before sleeping for tomorrow's early morning meeting!) More ordinary performance. I had a bit of a problem after a pit stop -- something I did in locking or unlocking the bike or moving it into or out of the bike rack disengaged the chain from the rear derailleur in a weird way that was really hard to disentangle. I was concerned at first that I'd completely broken the bike and would need to call for rescue, but I managed.

I added up my previous week's exercise mileage (with increasing size of error bar, since I hadn't recorded it, and had to just remember), and it got me to a hundred! Yay! Haven't had one of those in a while either. I'd wait and get accurate mileage for later, except we're getting a visit by the remnants of Jose and it'll rain all week.

Tuesday: 7 RT to bank
Wednesday: 13.8 RT to new yoga location
Thursday: 5.8 short exercise loop
Friday: 9.81 RT to other bank and store
Saturday: 14.48 RT to Mansfield library
Sunday: 25.64 in 2:28 for an average of 10.3
Sunday: 0.75 dorking around after adjusting front derailleur
Monday: 25.82 in 2:23 for an average of 10.8
Total: 103.1

Question thread #56

Sep. 16th, 2017 07:45 pm
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It's time for another question thread!

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- You may ask any dev-related question you have in a comment. (It doesn't even need to be about Dreamwidth, although if it involves a language/library/framework/database Dreamwidth doesn't use, you will probably get answers pointing that out and suggesting a better place to ask.)
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The free market fails me again

Sep. 15th, 2017 08:55 pm
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Perry does not like mint. Perry needs those little flosser things to get between his teeth, he's not competent with a length of floss.

Stores have only mint flossers. Ten different types of bags of flossers and ALL MINT. Several different flavors of mint, but, ALL MINT. Feh.

I bought them online before, and I had to do it again. This will no doubt happen again next year. Fortunately Amazon remembered which brand I bought so I didn't have to go through the searching again...

Next up: Canisters. We bought many klik-klak canisters 20 years ago and I love them. But, they have aged, kids left them by the stove and they melted a little, some are cracked, etc., and they are no longer air-tight. So we bought a couple of small klik-klak canisters to replace and augment the stash.

Uh oh. They changed the design! The old design had a little lip that the lid fit into, and it was just wide enough to get your thumb under, so you could pick up the canister with one hand. No more! Now instead the sides are completely smooth, and there's no place to stick your thumb. So, it needs two hands. This is less convenient! Especially since mine are on a lower shelf in the cabinet. Now I have to bend over twice! Feh.

I haven't done the web or visiting stores research to look for a new brand yet. So my sugar is a solid lump and my flour is kind of damp. At least so far the flour has not attracted bugs. When that happens I'll be forced into action.

Fun with soap!

Sep. 13th, 2017 05:31 pm
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A couple of years ago, the church had a kids activity that involved carving Ivory soap into shapes. This generated soap shiffles. When I picked up the kids, one of the organizers lamented that she was going to throw out all this soap. So I volunteered to take the bag.

Years pass. A few weeks ago, it was raining and we were bored, and I said, "I know! We can play with the soap shiffles!"

My idea was to put a little water with them, stir, and make into soap cakes. Well, it turned out to be soap cupcakes! I put a weight on one of them to compact it more, thinking that would make it work better.

Jocelyn decided to try heating hers in the microwave in hopes she could glue it together. This also worked, and she made a couple of balls. One time she left it in the microwave a few extra seconds, and it began expanding wildly. So, we tried more microwave experiments. One tiny chunk of soap turned into a HUGE confection. Which, naturally, weighed hardly anything.

So far we've tried the compacted cupcake and the largest melted ball. Both of them get our hands clean...

Pictures of the results, while we waited for them to dry out. I left them for a few days before trying any. Someone thought the cupcakes warranted an addendum...


New Grandson!

Sep. 9th, 2017 05:32 pm
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After much anticipation, Edwin Michael Howerton entered the world this morning.

He made it to 36 weeks, a little shy of the usual 40 weeks gestation, but not too early. As I type this, Edwin is in the neonatal intensive care unit, resting in an incubator to offer enriched oxygen and extra warmth to help him a long. Mom is recovering nicely and is, I'm sure, relieved that all has turned out well so far.

We expect mom & Edwin to be home before the middle of next week, once we're sure Edwin is fine without the extra environmental support. In the interim, with dad staying close to the hospital with mom & new baby, we're pretty much the full-time parents for Elodie. She & mom have been living with us for the past month anyway so they would never be unattended through the preeclampsia & gestational diabetes so this isn't a huge change, but Elodie does miss her parents and I think is a little confused by the changes.

When baby & mom are released from the hospital, they will continue living with us, albeit with a shuffle in sleeping arrangements so that mom & baby are together. We'll keep Elodie in her same bed & bedroom as we thought this continuity will help her adjust to the new family arrangement, but either Michael or I will be sleeping in that same room with her rather than mom.

Because of the c-section, mom will need about a week of bed rest and an additional five weeks of limited motion, especially limiting her use of stairs. This is all known to us: we did the same arrangement in 2015 when Elodie was born. This also gives us some time to finish renovations & updates to their new house near us: painting of the interior is still in progress. By the time mom & kids move back home, their new house will be ready for them all.

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