Monday Monologue #333

An interior monologue from me (and sometimes the wife)

  • There have been several of outages in the data center our server is in; both scheduled and unscheduled recently. Thanks for sticking with us. Hopefully you are able to read this.
  • It was a bit chilly on Sunday afternoon; but we were able to row both days this weekend. That makes it seem more like spring even though the weather was too dark and rainy to do anything outside today.
  • We need to get new tires for our SUV. We’re use to below-average fuel economy, so, most of the time, we really like having a larger vehicle. Except when we need to replace the tires or do similar maintenance. Nothing that fits our vehicle is competitivity priced.
  • We are going to be offline for the rest of the week. We will see you in seven days.

Monday Monologue #331

An interior monologue from me (and sometimes the wife)

  • For some strange reason, the clock in our SUV didn’t update after the time change even though it gets the time automatically from the mobile phone network. I wonder if someone, somewhere forgot to put the system on daylight time.
  • The Wife and I are both definitely still missing the hour of sleep we lost on Saturday night. It usually takes us quite some time to adjust. The extra hour of light in the evening isn’t worth the disruption.
  • In the world of strange facts, I used to work with a guy who couldn’t grasp the difference between standard time and daylight time. He would arrange meetings on the phone for a global team in standard time (over the summer) and then wonder why not everyone called in.
  • My phone has been doing a supposedly “minor” system update for hours. Its not stuck. Its just going very, very slowly. Kinda frustrating when I have things I need it for. Of course, the alternative would be no updates which is even worse.

Traditional Thursday #330

The Husband and The Wife enjoying a moment togetherIt probably doesn’t matter to anyone besides me; but I spent a lot longer that you would expect correcting/removed an extra zero I accidentally included in the file name of several photos. With all the new features that have been added, WordPress still doesn’t natively include a way to rename a media item. So, you have to rename the file and update the database manually from outside WordPress; including all the generated thumbnails and their associated metadata that are never used. That’s a mistake I won’t be making again for a long, long time. I have no desire to repeat such a tedious process.

P.S. See my fitness tracker on my left wrist. I think I got more “steps” this time.

Monday Monologue #330

An interior monologue from me (and sometimes the wife)

  • I haven’t had it for very long; but I really like having a fitness tracker. It is very useful having quantitative information rather than guestimates. Of course, it tells me I eat too much which I already knew.
  • I think I was putting away my snowmobile suit was too optimistic. It snowed and the temperature is dropping into single digits. It was even too cold to take the dogs (who are visiting) for a walk.
  • With this weekend’s miserable weather, about all we could do was stay inside and watch a Blu-Ray. I think it was our last unwatched movie. We’ve had a lot of weekends like this past one this winter.
  • I decided to flush our hot-water heater over the weekend since I was stuck inside. There was relatively a lot of goo. It’s amazing how much stuff is suspended in the water we use even though we have municipal water. Glad the water we drink and cook with is filtered.

Monday Monologue #329

An interior monologue from me (and sometimes the wife)

  • Amazingly, we survived this weekend’s windstorm without a power failure. More often than not, we’re the unlucky ones who lose power, sometimes for days.
  • I’ve recently started using a fitness tracker. It will be interesting to see how I compare to The Wife. She’s had one for a while now.
  • Working downtown, I often see cars going the wrong way on one-way streets. Usually, they turn around or turn off once they realize. But for the first time, I saw a driver increase speed in an attempt to reach the two-way portion that is quite some distance away as quickly as possible.
  • The latest update of our smart phones’ mail app doesn’t always retrieve all the mail from the server. It’s a very unlikely scenario that probably most people never encounter. Unfortunately, it happens for us all the time. It took a while; but we’ve got a workaround which is good since the issue will probably never get fixed since it is so rare for everyone else.

Monday Monologue #327

An interior monologue from me (and sometimes the wife)

  • I’ve been getting a lot of spam calls recently on my mobile phone. I Know it must work or the spammers wouldn’t do it. But, wonder who answers numbers I don’t recognize. Especially on a mobile phone where almost everyone is a contact.
  • Except for the price, I really like the new eyeglasses I got recently. I’ve never worn contact lenses even though I am very near-sighted. So, it has always been somewhat of a challenge to find glasses that look good with my prescription.
  • One of the updates I did back in January broke something and I only just detected it. It took a forever to find it; because I was first focusing on more recent changes. Very frustrating.
  • It’s been hard; But I’ve been doing a pretty good job of not gaining weight this winter. I try and do a variety of workouts; but, after several months indoors at the gym, they all become pretty monotonous. Especially since there haven’t been very many days where we could get outside.

Monday Monologue #326

An interior monologue from me (and sometimes the wife)

  • I spent much of Saturday and Sunday updating our spam filter. What should have been a simple minor upgrade took hours and hours to get right. And its not the sort of thing that I could have left for later or my inbox would have been flooded with spam messages. Fortunately, I did get it right after a long night.
  • We had some gorgeous weather this weekend. We couldn’t row despite the spring-like temperatures since the there was still snow and ice on the river water. But it was still nice to be able to drive around with the sun roof open.
  • I washed my car on Sunday to clean off all of the salt that had accumulated during the recent snowstorms even though I know it was going to rain today. It’s annoying when it rains just after I’ve washed my car. But getting salt residue on everything whenever I’m getting into the vehicle is even more annoying.
  • The big game was as boring a championship game as I could remember. I’m glad I recorded it so that I could fast forward though the game itself. The half-time show was ordinary too. In fact, the only interesting thing was some of the commercials.
  • When I was walking to back my car today after my workout, I barely avoided a guy driving really fast through the alley splashing slushy water everywhere. Thankfully I was just far enough away or I would have been soaked. It’s only one vehicle wide, not a though street, and used as much by pedestrians as vehicles. But some inconsiderate people like him use it as a shortcut to bypass a few one-way streets.

Wednesday Weirdness #325

I disabled the nightly setback on our thermostat. When its cold like it is, the furnace takes a long, long time to warm the house back up to daytime temperatures. It’s probably more efficient to let the heat run off and on during at night and not so much later rather than running constantly for an extend period while warming the house back up to the schedule temperature. It’s definitely more comfortable. Our home is well insulated. But, it still loses a lot of heat overnight in extremely cold weather. Looking very forward to determining the optimum schedule for the air conditioner when its burning hot this summer.

Monday Monologue #325

An interior monologue from me (and sometimes the wife).
  • Winter is coming. Or more specifically the Polar Vortex will be pushing a cold front our way. We have cold winters generally so we have “big coats” and everything else we need; but, it’s still no fun. I’ll definitely be using the remote start in my car.
  • Out of curiosity, I looked up the current wind chill formula and discovered it was created and calibrated using human test subjects in freezing cold wind tunnel. I know that some people are accustomed to the cold; but, that’s definitely not the sort of thing I would ever volunteer for.
  • Today I ended up parking my car next to someone who parked very close to the line. It was the last space availed or I would have parked somewhere else. I wonder why people don’t park at least a little bit neater; especially in a crowded garage. I left them as much space as I could; but, I’m pretty sure they had to get in on the passenger side.
  • I looked at some tax stuff on Sunday. Not too much since I didn’t want to get annoyed or aggravated. But a least it was a start. I’m hoping if I do it in small chunks rather than in a few long sessions it won’t be quite so frustrating.

Monday Monologue #324

An interior monologue from me (and sometimes the wife).

  • We got less snow this weekend than was forecast. There was still a lot. Just not as much as predicted. But the high winds made huge piles that needed to be cleared which was not any fun. Especially since it was only a few degrees above zero and still windy.
  • Amazingly, we got to the gym and had our regular weekend workout before road conditions deteriorated. It was actually relatively crowded with other people doing the same thing.
  • The smart thermostat we have doesn’t properly account for extremely cold outside temperatures. It was still several degrees colder than scheduled when we woke up today. Tonight, I’m not going to let the temperate in the house go down so much overnight.
  • Unlike The Wife, I did not have the day off. Today was just another day. And, with the frigid temperatures, it really wasn’t a day for going outside. I was very glad our SUV has long range remote start capability form my smartphone.