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-- We seem to have two weather modes right now: grey and rainy and in the 60s-70s (F) or sunny but crazy-hot (as defined by Massachusetts standards of anything above 85). Today is the transition day, sunny and not too crazy hot, heading into the mid-80s this afternoon. Tomorrow is supposed to be the beginning of more crazy-hot.

-- I now have my beloved FrameMaker back. Unfortunately, I do not have the beloved arsenal of templates I had at my previous position. Anyone good at designing FrameMaker templates want to give me a quick-and-dirty tutorial (or point me to one) on building templates?

-- Summer has arrived and with it comes barbecue season. We went to one on Father's Day, and now we're off to one tonight and one next Wednesday. Mmmm, charred meat. Yummers. (Since we're mostly vegetarian at home, it's a particular treat to eat your feet in the Mississippi mud charred meat in other folks' homes.)

-- Speaking of next week, it is the annual Summer Week of No Childcare, so [personal profile] mabfan and I will be tag-teaming each other on Muffin and Squeaker wrangling. If anyone wants to come hang out with two not-quite-three-year-olds as we play in the park (or perhaps explore adventures in the area when I'm not in work meetings), please let me know.

-- Speaking of Squeaker and Muffin, they continue to be adorable. Challenging and frustrating at times, but adorable.
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-- We're having what I've termed "snizzle": could be snow, could be drizzle.

-- Due to the weather, many of my coworkers chose to work from home. Because of them and the coworkers traveling for various reasons, the office is really quiet today, to the point that I was the first one in the office today.

-- I have discovered some games for my phone that are addictive (Ticket to Ride, Where's My Water?). I am now looking for people to play Ticket to Ride with.

-- A fanfic project I've been pondering for a while just became both easier and harder due to a casting spoiler. ::ponders some more::

-- We have achieved Purim costumes for Muffin and Squeaker. Tried them on last night, and they were adorable.

-- Speaking of Purim, this year I thought ahead and got mishloach manot items at BJ's when I last went. I just need a couple of items and we can assemble them.

-- Speaking of assembling, check out the new Avengers trailer from Marvel UK. It's really cool.

-- Today's date makes me think I should be humming Sousa music all day. So does Sunday's date.

-- It's 1 March and already my grocery store has put out Passover food. This is ridiculous.

-- With the warmer-than-usual weather we've been having, the trees are confused and some of them are budding. So, of course, I'm having my annual Spring allergy attack. Spring allergy attacks should *not* start in February.

-- It's Thursday, and I have no clue what I'm making for Shabbat.
gnomi: (writer (celli))
In today's The Brookline Parent column, I discuss the impact that the weird weather has been having on Muffin and Squeaker. Click to read Now is the Winter of Our Discontent.
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-- Another "I"m not sure this is the labeling you want" photo:

Cider Vinegar: Ideal for Food!
Cider Vinegar: Ideal for Food!



-- A coworker of mine does rock climbing as a hobby. He did a presentation at a lunch-and-learn a while ago about the climbing, and in the midst of it he mentioned how wonderful merino wool is. Since I am currently working in merino (Debbie Bliss Merino Aran, for those who understand what that means) (I'm making gloves that I will post about as soon as I have more than just my one prototype glove), I showed him what merino looks like in ball form (rather than in clothing form). And it made me wonder how frequently people find the juncture between knitters and rock climbers, conversationwise. (It's probably pretty frequent, given the interest both have in quality fabric production.)

-- As discussion of this year's early (11 March 2012) Hugo nomination deadline heats up, I've been seeing a lot of references to "Hugo nom deadline." This made me wonder if it was the deadline for chomping on Hugos. (Om nom nom!)

-- Blechy, rainy weather today. Blech. Still beats snow.

-- Cool video seen on the ABE Books blog: Dancing Books (link to YouTube video)

-- Squeaker decided my outfit today, having rejected the outfit I'd originally laid out. Mind you, this was *my* clothing, not *hers*.

-- Muffin was ill earlier this week, but she's doing fine now. Moral of the story? Muffin should eat blueberries more deliberately and with forethought.

-- There are still two slots available in the handcrafts meme I posted a couple of days ago.
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-- I have Thinky Thoughts about last night's "Glee." Not all of them are charitable.

-- Are cranky questions "kvetchstions"? And are cranky messages "kvetchsages"?

-- How did it get to be a week before Chanukah already?

-- MP3s are the friend of the modern leiner. I'm just saying.

-- Happy Monkey Day!

-- It's gotten sufficiently colder that I've needed to dig out my leggings. Finally getting winterish weather is seasonally appropriate, but it means I need to look for such things as gloves and scarves and sweaters.

-- This past weekend, Muffin and Squeaker had play dates with the daughters of friends of ours on Friday night, then with the kids of the rabbi and rebbetzin on Shabbat, and then with their local cousin on Sunday. [personal profile] mabfan and I were pleased how well they interacted with all the other kids, many of whom are older than Muffin and Squeaker.
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-- Not that I'm complaining, but what's up with the weather? It's been in the 60s all week.

-- Food that identifies itself in quotation marks concerns me. (I took the picture below in my office a couple of weeks ago.)





-- [livejournal.com profile] mabfan typed something into a text message that was supposed to be an interjection. Autocorrect changed it to "Krasnodar!" I have now adopted this as a new interjection

-- Today I am murdering trees in the name of scienceaccuracy. I need to check old screen shots against new screen shots and replace the ones that need replacing. Since I already took a bunch of new ones for book A, and I need to replace the ones in book B, it's easiest if I print both books (each under 50 pages) and then go page by page and find the newer versions in book A. I feel bad about the tree deaths, but it's either that or make my eyesight even worse by peering closely at the screen all day.
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  • My phone's Home button ceased working on Friday afternoon. This does not make me happy.
  • Quiet Friday night, with girls going down to bed and then [personal profile] mabfan and I following suit not long thereafter.
  • Saturday morning at Minyan Kol Rinah.
  • Haftarah went smoothly. Note: the question, "Did you learn the right haftarah" should be asked earlier than while the Torah is being walked around the room before the Torah reading starts (I had); telling me that we're running late and therefore I should read quickly will *not* be appreciated when it's a long haftarah with complicated words and cantillation in parts.
  • Lunch for 14 (9 adults and 5 kids) became lunch for 15 with the last-minute invitation extended during kiddush to friend who was at the minyan.
  • Despite extra folks coming to eat, I still have tons of leftovers, again demonstrating that I default "cook for more than just the family" to "cook for a large army."
  • Weathered the odd weather fine. [profile] lcmlc and Abba lost power right before they did Havdalah and still don't have power (they're staying with a friend with power in the interim). Rain didn't start until right as we were starting lunch, and though our guests walked home in the rain, it still wasn't too disgusting.
  • Muffin and Squeaker woke us (well, Squeaker, followed by her waking Muffin) at 5:20 AM on Sunday morning. So we went into Sunday sleepy.
  • Spent part of Sunday at our shul's annual yard sale. Girlies came home with new stuffed friends.
  • [personal profile] mabfan ill in the evening after girls went to sleep.
  • I did some laundry Sunday night; clean socks are a Very Good Thing.
  • Nose decided life wasn't interesting enough and stuffed itself up. Throat colluded with nose, and now I am drinking many cups of warm drink.
gnomi: (writer (celli))
In this week's column, [personal profile] mabfan discusses how we handled the various recent natural disasters with Muffin and Squeaker and contemplates the man-made ones as well.
gnomi: (mousie_with_bear (lanning))
-- I like being able to use technical skills I haven't used in a while. In the course of one project, I used my knowledge of UNIX, Emacs, and HTML.

-- It's Wednesday, and I'm not sure at all what to make for Shabbat. I shall ponder, because it would be ideal if I could shop tonight and cook tomorrow night.

-- Still pondering the next knitting project. I'm thinking socks, mostly since I haven't done any in a while and they're a good portable project. Also, sock season is approaching (for some values of "approaching," inasmuch as it's mid-September and still in the 80s F).

-- Still no velociraptor attacks in the office since the last (purported) one.

-- Construction season continues apace, as they've torn up the area in front of the main entrance to my work building. For the next few weeks, I'll have to walk around the corner to enter the far entrance.

-- How is it possible that Rosh Hashannah starts two weeks from tonight? Wasn't it just Tisha b'Av?

-- I've started wearing tichels to work (I'd been wearing berets/a baseball cap previous). I'm not 100% sure why I waited until I'd been here almost two months; I'm much more comfortable in the tichels than I was in the hats.

-- Muffin and Squeaker have started attending a playgroup four days a week. From all reports, they're enjoying themselves. We're hoping they'll make some friends who are less than 20 years older than them.
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-- This morning, when [personal profile] mabfan and I headed out to work (the first time I'd been out in daylight since Saturday afternoon), we saw a large tree in front of one of our across-the-street neighbors had been felled quite impressively by the storm. It didn't look like there was any damage to the house itself, which is good.

-- We have the best friends. During our power outage yesterday, friends who had power offered us the use of their home if we needed to decamp due to an extended power outage. Later (before the power was back), they brought us a pizza for dinner, since they live closer to the kosher pizza source and were able to get to us (we have no car and the T was offline all day, so we were stranded even after the storm had abated).

-- To their credit, the T was up and running this morning and the commute was straightforward. Those on the Green Line D were more out of luck, but that's not atypical due to the abundance of trees lining the D line tracks.

-- This morning, coworkers were greeting each other with queries of how they had weathered the storm. Some are still without power, but mostly folks seem to have come through the storm pretty well.

-- After a brief walk to the post office, I'm pondering a "historical plaques" photo essay based just on what I find walking within a couple blocks of my office.

-- Years ago, [personal profile] osewalrus shared his chemistry-based explanation of the kosher laws, using "milchigons," "fleishigons," and "treifons." Today I learned about something that fits perfectly into the schema: lardons. (Yeah, most people probably already knew about this; I'm kosher-from-birth, so what do I know from pig fat?)
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10:47 AM: power dip

1:48 PM: power dip

2:42 PM: power dips three times then stays off

9:17 PM: power returns

9:31 PM: power gone again

11:37 PM: power back

After a while, NSTAR Electric was only taking reports of electrical emergencies, for which "we're the only block on the street that's still in the dark" doesn't qualify. The only estimate they were willing to make regarding power coming back was "contact us if your power has not been restored by Tuesday."
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This morning, I saw three guys advertising Men's Wearhouse's National Suit Drive. And how were they advertising this? By standing on the corner of State St. and Broad St. in boxers, shoes, and ties. As I said to them as I passed, this weather (it's currently 82 F with an anticipated high of 86) is at least conducive to this type of advertising. Much better than December, one of the guys agreed.
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-- Bad word choice or the AP making a subtle joke? Belgians continuing to "waffle" over their government.

-- Philosophy from my juice drink (courtesy of mishloach manot): "Don't worry if your tasks are small and rewards are few, remember that the mighty oak was once a nut like you."

-- Muffin and Squeaker are adding to their word list very quickly, though they don't always choose the right word. Our babysitter uses "woogie" as a term for what I call a ponytail holder/ponytail elastic, and when Muffin wants one, she asks for a "pengin." "Pengin" is also what she uses for "penguin."

-- This year's big Pesach cleaning related task? Hunt down all the Cheerios. it's the Great Cheerio Hunt, Charlie Brown!

-- And speaking of Pesach... Dear weather, today is Rosh Chodesh Nissan, the beginning of the month containing the "Holiday of Spring." D'you think maybe we can stop with the wintry weather? Thanks.

-- Hooray for sewing skills. For under $17, I made two sets of blackout curtains for the girls' room, whereas each set of curtains is "on sale" online for $38.

-- Last night I knit a banana. Pictures once I've taken them. Now looking for other food oddities to knit, since the girls now have a play kitchen but as yet limited food.
gnomi: (penguin_chevruta (rjcardinal))
-- Today we have snow. Again. Numbers I'm seeing right now indicate that we got somewhere around another 9 or so inches. Which is not such a large snowfall for our area, in general. Problem is, there's nowhere to *put* the snow when you clear it off roads/sidewalks/stairs/driveways due to the lingering snow from the last storm (and the storm before that... the storm before *that* melted when we had a couple of days in the low 40s).

-- We continued the flow of objects in the Great Clothing (and Stuff) Continuum by passing along a baby swing that has been, for Muffin and Squeaker, just an oddity in the living room/play room for about eight months. I have mixed feelings when we do this -- I feel good, knowing that I am letting another family get the enjoyment of the use of the item, but at the same time I feel nostalgic about when our girls used it.

-- Last night, thanks to the kindness of a friend willing to babysit, [livejournal.com profile] mabfan and I met Mike Brown, the discoverer of Eris (and killer of Pluto). [livejournal.com profile] mabfan has a write-up of our evening.

-- Earlier this week, when the low temperature in Boston was -2F, I knit myself a hat, because I decided it was silly that I had made warm hats for a number of people but did not have a good warm hat for myself. Now I am knitting another octopus, this one for the almost-six-month-old upstairs.

-- Still questing for good winter boots to replace my eight-year-old ones (the zippers have been through too much salt and sand and don't reliably zip any more). My requirements are relatively simple: waterproof, warm, not too expensive. I bought a pair that I was assured were waterproof, and they leaked like a sieve the first time I wore them in last week's wet-mush storm ("wet mush" in this case, was a combination of rain and show and slush that made crazy puddles all over Brookline).

-- I woke up this morning at about 3:20 to discover I was wearing my glasses. The bizarre thing about this is that I have a distinct memory of putting my glasses away and rolling onto my side to fall asleep, and that on-my-side position is not comfortable when I am still wearing my glasses. So sometime between when I fell asleep and 3:20, I must have woken up, opened my glasses case, put on my glasses, and gone back to sleep.
gnomi: (snow (lanning))
[livejournal.com profile] mabfan wrote this week's The Brookline Parent column, titled Snow Thanks, I'll Wait for Summer."

And now it's snowing again. More for Muffin and Squeaker to admire.
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[Poll #1659422]

*pareve: neither meat nor milk.

**cholent: explanation here.
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-- Sorry I've been kind of scarce around here recently. I'll try to be better about posting more regularly.

-- I've been knitting much more in recent months. Something about Muffin and Squeaker having a real, set schedule and an actual bed time makes my free time more free. I've made four winter hats for the girls, two pairs of mittens, part of a baby gift, and I have a couple of projects on needles. It feels good to get back to a hobby I love but didn't have brain space for.

-- Our most recent Patch column is up, this time written by [personal profile] mabfan about cars. Or, more precisely, about no car.

-- This is a weird winter so far (yeah, I know it's not yet actual winter; I'm using the colloquial sense): everywhere, it seems, has had snow except Boston. Though [profile] lcmlc reports a dusting of snow on the driveway this morning, and we're supposed to get something this week.

-- Muffin and Squeaker continue to expand their vocabularies. Beside "banana," "this," "that," "Mama," and "Daddy" (or, as Muffin says it, "dah-DEEEE!"), they now say "go," "done," "down," "baby," "beep," and many other words that we're still not 100% sure what they mean.

-- Chanukah is over, and this year -- like other years when the Jewish holidays fall early in relation to the Gregorian calendar -- I have again the dilemma of how to respond to greetings of "happy holidays." My default is "and to you as well."
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At 3:35 PM this afternoon, we bid a fond adieu to [personal profile] mabfan's brother, who was in from Oregon.

At just about 4:00, the skies absolutely opened.

At 4:08, the lights went off.

At approximately 4:30, NSTAR called to tell us that our power would be back around 6 PM.

It wasn't.

At 7:10, NSTAR called to tell us our power was back on.

It wasn't.

At 8:00, we went up the hill to chez [personal profile] arib and wife to borrow a cup of power to charge our cell phones.

At 9:15 or so, [personal profile] arib called our home number to see if our answering machine would answer, indicating the return of our power.

It didn't.

At 9:40, we headed home. The power was still off on our block, but we saw the crews working to restore our power and stopped to ask the crews about their progress. The tree that had taken out our power had been removed from the power line and the NSTAR guys were about to look for the damage.

At 9:50, we arrived home and [personal profile] mabfan started a very late bedtime process for Muffin and Squeaker, while I brought in the baby gear. And just as I was bringing in the last of the stuff, at 10:02, the power came on.
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The last week or so has been more than a little crazy:See what I mean? )

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