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11 December 2014 @ 11:41 pm
Battening Down The Hatches...  
I think the worst of the wind has passed, but we're in the middle of a major storm here. I'm working at home the next couple of days, because last week's adventure on I-80 (which flooded at a low spot, and I did not know that was even possible) was enough without adding hurricane winds to the mix. :O

Still have power. Still have all our trees.

Wet days mean biking in the garage, where I'm rewatching Pushing Daisies, S1. I defaulted on my Yuletide story, because I couldn't get anything going, but I still love the show. The wry humor, the art direction, the impatience of Emerson Cod. This is probably my most favorite of Swoosie Kurtz' roles. She usually plays brassy drunks, and that's kind of the case here as well... but every now and then, a little bit of wistfulness or sweetness escapes through the hard shell of her character. It's a really nice portrayal.

Still reading lots of Neal Shusterman. I finished The Dark Side Of Nowhere, which has a premise unlike almost any YA novel ever. Reread Unwind, though I'm about to start the 4th book in that series, and I'm also in the middle of Speeding Bullet. That last one is notable in that he often has smart or at least clever characters, and these kids are closer to average intelligence. It rankles them, but there's little they can do.

Last weekend: outside lights (but not indoor), got a tree (still not decorated!). The inside of the house needs to be decorated, and there's still shopping and now baking to do. So. Much. Work.

Actual work? Big deadlines tomorrow and Monday, some of them sooner than they should be given schedule drift due to late hardware delivery. WHY is software always the place where we make up schedule, as if it's all magic? Ugh.

 
 
 
ecosopherecosopher on December 12th, 2014 08:41 am (UTC)
I hope your trees stay standing and the power stays on!

Neal Shusterman sounds interesting. I will have to make a note to check out his books.

I know what you mean, so much to do before Christmas. I don't know how you manage with full time work and deadlines as well!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on December 12th, 2014 07:29 pm (UTC)
Shusterman is a fascinating author. He writes a lot of YA books, and he has a couple of series ("Everlost" and "Unwind" are the two biggest), but mainly he is incredibly imaginative and willing to stretch into all kinds of different directions. Plus, highly readable. ;)

All of your kids must be looking forward to Christmas! It's even harder to get things done with little people around-- you can't shop in secret very easily, and you have to do a lot when they're asleep. Many late nights are the only recourse. :O Mine, at least, are teenagers now.
Kizzyxo_kizzy_xo on December 12th, 2014 11:57 am (UTC)
Oh, UGH, storms! Thankfully you seem to be riding it out :) They just had a blurb about it on the morning news. I think here we're definitely stormed-out at the moment with last week's nor'easter (my basement took on water but that's not unusual when it rains that hard and fast). We had minor street flooding in my area but in some areas north of Boston entire streets flooded out and people had to be rescued because the water depth was deceptive.

I know, So Much Work. I don't have a tree. Just finding the time to get presents is my biggest bugbear.

:HUGS:

The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on December 12th, 2014 07:31 pm (UTC)
When we lived in Salem (Oregon), the house had a basement, and it flooded multiple times every winter. I'm sure my mother got very tired of bailing/mopping smelly water into the utility sink over and over. I think my parents' mistake was putting a rec room down there. The previous owners probably knew that nothing you really loved belonged down there. If it's all concrete, it's more of a pain than a source of property damage.

I'm hoping getting the cast off went well yesterday? Some good news would be nice!
angels3angels3 on December 12th, 2014 12:52 pm (UTC)
Wher are you at that you've got storms this time of year? Of course we had thunder not to long ago so I guess it's not that unusual. I like stormy weather if there's no severe weather or damaging wind.

I'm still behind on my tv, getting closer to catching up, but I have to get the house cleaned for Christmas company.

The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Xmas Penguinhalfshellvenus on December 12th, 2014 07:33 pm (UTC)
We're in Sacramento, so we get a lot of storms either down from Alaska or (this week) up from Hawaii. We could really use more rain and snow (the drought is years deep now), but the winds and all-the-rain-at-once... not so much!

Housecleaning is a pain, BUT... everything is going on hiatus, so during the holidays you'll probably be glad to cozy up on the sofa and get caught up. :)
Didn't want to beanyonesghost on December 12th, 2014 01:09 pm (UTC)
Schedule never pertains to reality; it pertains to political pressures or market needs. Not to say a formal sizing / scope mechanism doesn't help (whether you're waterfall or agile), but the entropy inherent in the universe makes all of that a moot point. ;-) Just think, though, about all those solution testers to the right of you who'll be even more crunched!

.... um, not sure where that came from. Maybe just ignore that. :-)
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on December 12th, 2014 07:38 pm (UTC)
Just think, though, about all those solution testers to the right of you who'll be even more crunched!
And they are. We've been increasing our insanity around here over the years, but the regularly-occurring parts of it are backing off a little. At some point, my division's management decided it would be really great to do 3-4 new releases of software (all platforms) a year, with bug fixes and features... and the same testing backlog as before. With no extra people. The coders and testers were all thrashed, all the time.

Then, a year later, came the cry of, "Our quality has gone down! What the hell happened?"

:\ Forseeable outcome, assholes, that's what happened. Geez.

Heh. As you can see, I have a lot of opinions on this too!
Didn't want to be: Anguishanyonesghost on December 12th, 2014 07:45 pm (UTC)
All this time, they thought they really could do more with less! And somehow they're surprised when the orange juice they squeeze from stones isn't Tropicana™-pure.
adoptedwriteradoptedwriter on December 12th, 2014 01:09 pm (UTC)
My sisters in Portland, OR said it was horrible up there. Hope YA don't have damage. I'm going low on decorating this year. Our tree is up. No small kids around = who cares as long as we have enough wine! LOL

AW
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on December 12th, 2014 07:41 pm (UTC)
:O My sisters are in Portland, too. Argh. One is in a more rural area, with lots of space and sloping property (they're at the top of the slope), so I hope any extra water went "around." There are a few big trees, though. The other is in a condo, second floor, and close to the freeway. I'm hoping she's better off. But I think I'll email them, just to be sure.

I'm going low on decorating this year. Our tree is up. No small kids around = who cares as long as we have enough wine! LOL
Ours are teenagers now, so I've been slower to decorate and less stuff goes up (I've given some of it away over time). The quantity that still remains, though? Quite a bit! Argh. Curse our sentimentality. All 4 of us. ;)
Peterpeterb on December 12th, 2014 07:39 pm (UTC)
Turbo trainer?
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on December 12th, 2014 07:45 pm (UTC)
:D One of those a-frame thingies that you lock the back wheel of the bike in. I don't thrill to biking in the garage, but that thing has been a godsend. This is my second one (I've had it for 8-10 years at least), and I've worn a groove in it.

I talk them up to people all the time-- folds almost flat, goes on your regular bike, so no extra stationary bike AND you are working the muscles that fit your regular bike. Plus, they're about the same cost.

Do you have one of those? Prior to some remodeling, I used to ride in the house. That's better in the summer, but in the winter the extra outdoor cold is really nice.
Peterpeterb on December 12th, 2014 08:23 pm (UTC)
Sounds like a turbo trainer :)

And no, I don't have one. Partly because I don't have the room for one (but it's something I'm looking for in the next place I call home), and partly because despite shedding some timber recently, the manufacturers of turbo trainers (and each of my three bicycles) didn't design them with a lump like me being on board.

Slightly ironic that a machine which will help me lose weight is not accessible to me by being too heavy...