I thought that I was finally “healthy” again on late Saturday night, that was until I started coughing sporadically and having some chest congestion on Sunday. This remains an experience I don’t wish to live again anytime soon.

On Saturday morning I walked around WLF a bit to see how after five days away, with rain occurring during most of them, it had held up. Unfortunately, it really didn’t. All of the seedlings I planted in the past few months were eaten by something. Normally I blame the squirrels, but one of the beds was covered with bird netting, so the culprits must have been much smaller, like mice, slugs, or snails. Ugh.

I spent a good number of hours yesterday working on my Wordle clone iOS app. Believe it or not, it mostly works, but is coded a bit crudely and is missing a lot of the entertaining characteristics like the flipping of the tiles to reveal their changes. These sort of tricks are but one of many things I still need to learn in order to interview for a job.

This week I need to do all of the adulting that was put on hold while I convalesced. And with any luck this week will also see the return of exercise to my life.

I solved today’s Wordle in three attempts; my starter today was PASTE. This is the my third consecutive three day. Woot!

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43 Responses to 2023-02-06

  1. Funny aside: On Saturday night I dreamed that I got Wordle in three yesterday, which I did, but when I texted my result to Betsy she turned around and got it in two. Sonnabitch if it didn’t happen exactly that way yesterday!

    I predict Steve will do the same today.

  2. It’s taken a week since I washed them, but I’m finally getting around to putting away my laundry from last week. Fucking flu…

  3. steve says:

    Wordle in 5 today (!!) but the deuce yesterday! I was dancing!!

    Saturday’s work was a slam dunk, outta the park, great job. The local folk were well prepared (cabling marked) and we were done with 4 switches by 1PM.

    Sunday opened rainy, but I chanced going to the bike ride anyway. By the time I arrived, the clouds were moving on and we had a nice little group gathered. I doubt the ride was 5 miles, but we’d ride a bit and the ranger would talk about the ecosystem around us. We saw bear scat which was really cool. And damn if it didn’t look fresh- considering the rain we had, he was really close by.

    I was pretty much a slug for the rest of the day, but finally got to dinner around 8 last night.

    Packed and already in the office (since 7). Cash is fat, dumb and happy- we really didn’t touch their part of the network, but you just never know sometimes.

    Ready to be home and meet our new son!


  4. Trying to get my Weedle keyboard to change colors based on the status changes made in the game. I thought I understood how to accomplish this in SwiftUI, but am having little luck. Ah, it feels as if I am employed again…

  5. Barb says:

    Nothing too exciting around here this weekend.
    Quick impromptu meet up at Red Hare for a beer friday night – we had jsut finished dinner so figured why not.
    Saturday got a walk in – it was sunny, so even thought it was cold, it wasn’t bad at all.
    60th birthday party for a friend Saturday evening – nice gathering.
    Sunday met Kevin for a walk & late lunch – good to catch up with him, it has been a while.

    We are thinking we will go to a hockey game Superbowl Sunday afternoon. If anyone is interested in going to Duluth Sunday.

  6. David says:

    I had a busy weekend, feels like a blur now. My presentation was well received at the accounting professor conference Saturday morning. I was bookended by professors that basically made the case for my product for me. So here’s hoping that there’s some follow-through on the productive conversations that I had.

    Swam at the Y on Saturday, and then went to the Imperial with Jamie afterwards. We’d paid our tab and were waiting to get the call from my daughter to pick her up from a mock trial competition (her team won and advances to the district level competition next month). A woman walked into the bar and asked us if we could help her get her car out of the mud. She tried to drive behind a dumpster in the dark and buried her front wheels. We managed to find some cardboard in the dumpster we could stand on, and maybe put behind the wheels. What we really needed was a shovel, and so Jamie walked back into the Imperial, saw one sitting in the corner, and asked if we could borrow it. I do not think I have *ever* seen a shovel laying around in a bar or restaurant, but man, kudos to Jamie to check. We also found some long, thin wooden slats to put behind the wheels. We got her unstuck, then she got stuck again 10 feet later, but that was minor and we had our system down by that point. Later we hung out with my friend David.

    Sunday was driving lessons with my daughter, and after a couple hours of downtime I got on my bike for a minute to meet Jamie at Park Grounds in Reynoldstown to help him make progress on a letter he needs to write and hasn’t wanted to. It was productive, and I made progress on an equally onerous data collection and presentation task that has a deadline of this Wednesday.

    • Barb says:

      which Y do you go to? did you join the Y, or just talking your lessons there? We’ve got a good price thru a deal with the City, but I think the Y is expensive for a membership otherwise.
      I wish I was a better swimmer, but I never really enjoyed swimming laps as a kid, so I don’t think I’d enjoy it now. I won’t drown, so that’s all I really worry about.

      • I’m with you, for me swimming is a chore. I am glad I can, but have no desire to do it for fun nor exercise.

      • David says:

        I joined the Y, it’s $70/month. I’ll start using the workout equipment at some point. Right now my friend Jamie is giving me lessons. I’ll probably transition to formal lessons, because we tend to meet up every other week at this point, but I’m getting more comfortable in the water, and I’m good with my pace for the moment, given everything else I have going on.

        • Barb says:

          our rate is $48/month I think (they jacked it up to $93, Allan went & talked to them & we haven’t gotten a new charge yet)- I really need to actually go use the workout eqpt – maybe that will be a goal for this week.
          Also need to start going to Spin class, since I can’t seem to get around to riding my bike outside, I need to remember how to pedal.

      • Jenka says:

        I love to swim, I am a total fish. But that is the reason why I never swim laps and I never did triathlons, because I don’t want to ruin swimming.

        • Barb says:

          I like water, I like floating, playing in waves – just don’t like actually swimming. Side stroke is my go to – I guess really I don’t like my ears under water, and with bad vision (& contacts as a teenager) not being ab le to see int eh water weas a big part of it.

        • steve says:

          I remember the 0800 swim lessons when I was a kid. We lived walking distance to the public pool and had an annual pass I wore out.

          When we got our diving certification, we started with a long swim.. I don’t remember how long, but it was several hundred meters. That reminded me how I don’t like to swim laps.

    • David says:

      Oh yeah, Wordle in 4 today starting with SLATE.

      And another oh yeah, tomorrow morning I get these goddamned braces off of my teeth. I have never been so happy to receive a doctor’s appointment reminder in my entire life. They’ve been on since August 2021. Popcorn and an Emerald City bagel are both on my horizon this week. And it will be nice to be able to eat cooked spinach again. And nice just to not to clean half of each meal out of my teeth every time. The list goes on and on. You can break a wire eating stuff like bagels.

      • Barb says:

        Whooo hooo on getting the braces off.
        I remember that day when I was 16 still pretty well. (maybe because the next day I got my wisdom teeth pulled, didn’t give me much time to eat all the things I’d missed out on)

        I have so many gum issues I still can barely eat popcorn, and the water pik has become my best friend for getting food out of all the nooks & crannies on my teeth. My teeth has shifted enough over the years, I have considered getting braces again, but its mainly just my bottom teeth that have shifted, so I doubt I ever will.

        • David says:

          Well, here’s the thing to keep in mind. I had to get braces because my teeth had shifted due to a shitty dentist pulling two of my permanent teeth when I was a teenager. When your teeth are in the wrong position they start wearing away. I know you’ve had a shit ton of dental work done, but it is definitely something to keep in mind. My braces were purely functional, I’m not in need of a “smile makeover”. My dentist showed me how much and fast my teeth were wearing away so I had to act, I couldn’t kick the can any more.

          That is *really* cruel timing to get your braces off one day and your wisdom teeth out the next. Good grief. Getting my wisdom teeth out was one of the most godawful experiences of my life, and it definitely stands out amidst the many.

          • Barb says:

            well – because my wisdom teeth wouldn’t “fit” (I have a very small jaw I”m told) all the work the ortho had done would have been messed up by the wisdom teeth coming in. Yes – it was an awful experience, as they also had to do some fiber cuts to my lower gums so my teeth wouldn’t start shifting back so fast. Stitches & a retainer – NEVER a good idea.

      • Debbie says:

        Awesome news to have the braces off after one more sleep! Celebrate by eating all the things! Apples were one of the things I missed the most. Cutting them up just wasn’t the same.

  7. Barb says:

    just so y’all know, the flu vaccine trial is paying me again – a 5 minute phone call – and I get $50 added to my card. Best paying “trial” I ever found out about.

  8. Debbie says:

    Wordle in 5 dangen!

    My whirlwind trip to Ocala resulted in purchasing a horse. We all saw that coming! I rode several, but ended up going with the first one I tried. I’ve got Harry on trial for a month. Hope he loved it here. So far, he’s very intimidated by his new herd mates. I put the baby and the donkey with him and they are bossing him around. It may be few days before he goes out with the resident asshole. Said asshole is digging holes at the fence line and body slamming the gate trying to get to him. Some time during the night a whole section of fence was pushed over about 18 inches – he bent the t-post!

    I met up with Katherine at the World Equestrian Center -the Taj Mahal for horses! The place is insanely over the top. There are more than 2,000 permanent stalls in 25 different barns. In the weirdest coincidence, my neighbor who was also down for the week, was stabled just 2 stalls down from Katherine. We were all blown away by the odds of that happening.

    I managed to get home without another chat with a nice officer. All signs point to Lenox being a speed trap. They are making bank on their little section of I-75. That’s my first ticket in 25 years, so I was due.

    Unfortunately, I woke up sick on Friday. Sore throat which developed into congestion and just feeling like crap. Still feeling puny, but being able to put the head of the bed up overnight was a godsend for getting some sleep.

  9. While I am trying hard not to spend money, it was an easy decision for me to buy a ticket to each of the two Dayroom reunion shows about which I was just notified. The shows are at Smith’s Olde Bar in June and as a longtime fan of this band I will enjoy each show much more than the $30 entrance fee.

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