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more snow [Feb. 8th, 2016|08:49 pm]
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Second snow day of the year was today. Different storm, though, and most of Friday's had melted. Unfortunately I had planned to take Perry for a school visit day at Tremont School and now that has to be rescheduled. We think there won't be three in a row -- it'll still be snowing tomorrow but just a little.

Saturday Perry and I went to a board gaming event. Unfortunately it was held at a VFW post where they allowed smoking in the bar and the entire building reeked. Even though there were no active smokers at the time, we were there for so long that the residual seeped into my clothing and I had to do laundry when we got home. Smoking is so gross.

We couldn't get traction on the games we actually wanted to play, but managed to get into several different games, some of which were good. I particularly enjoyed Takenoko (and not just because I won :-)
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Guess the groundhog was right [Feb. 4th, 2016|10:51 pm]
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First school snow day of the year tomorrow.

Now watch, it'll be 2 degrees higher than they expected and we'll get half an inch with the rest falling as rain.

I got to kayak this morning, though... I was surprised at how many 50 degree days it took to melt and break up the not very safe ice. So, no skiing on the lake, unless we launch the boat :-)
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Bicycling has no season [Jan. 31st, 2016|02:26 pm]
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It's 50 degrees out today. I rode 12 miles. In fact, I've ridden 127 miles this year already.

We had one snowstorm, I managed to ski around the local youth camp land a couple times before it melted. Lake is deemed unsafe. Well, hugely unsafe NOW, but even before the heat wave I was underwhelmed.

While I was deeming the lake unsafe, I slipped and mangled my knee a bit. Seemed that biking and skiing weren't bad for it, nor running on the elliptical at work. Square dancing is a bit bad for it, as is getting in and out of the car. But it is improving; hopefully it will be better enough to dance all the time when I go to a square dance convention in DC in a couple weeks!
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Final mouse post [Jan. 31st, 2016|02:19 pm]
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We buried it in the backyard. I made a headstone out of Sculpey.



Chloe said goodbye too. She often sat there, which the mouse didn't seem to mind. I suspect she knew there wasn't a mouse in the cage this day.

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1519 days [Jan. 27th, 2016|11:12 pm]
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With the assumed birthday of 12/1/2011. (Researchers measure mouse lifespans in days.)

The mouse passed away sometime today. This morning she was panting kind of heavily, leaning against the glass, and I said "the mouse doesn't look very good". So I wasn't very surprised when she was not alive at dinnertime tonight. A good run for a little mouse; four years and two months.

Not sure what we're going to do for a burial. I kind of think it should be more than just toss in the trash, for such a little warrior.
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I am boring [Jan. 22nd, 2016|09:18 pm]
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Thus, no posting for two weeks. Work, exercise in front of TV, occasional bicycling, making cookies, square dancing. What else is there in life?

Well, I went to Arisia, actually. Lots of hotel lossage. Lots of buying crap for Jocelyn. Lots of playing games. Not a lot else, actually. Saw the masquerade, didn't stay for the awards. Went to the lightning talks, which I find interesting. I didn't buy any books, mostly because Ken buys them at Pandemonium when they come out and I have a fairly long queue, and I haven't been spending enough time reading. Some books in my queue I bought last Arisia.

Getting a crown on tooth #2, so have a plastic tooth there now. This'll complete the set on the upper right (all four back teeth). Completed the set on upper left a couple years ago, and on the lower right this past fall. Dunno what's going on with the lower left -- no crowns at all there!

My computer is vaguely sick. Its video card makes the image kind of wiggly. It's most annoying when the background is non-white, so often it is innocuous. But perhaps I should be replacing my 10-yr-old XP computer that also isn't very reliable about shutting down, sometimes I have to remove the battery. Don't want Windows 8 or 10, tho. Want Windows 7, with which I have made peace. Well, want XP, which IMHO was the apex of Windows systems in terms of usability, but figure 7 is the better part of valor. Guess I should poke around on ebay.

School search is on hold; we've applied and we'll find out in March. Couple small things left in the application process. Then agonizing.

Making plans for more trips; gonna go to Vegas again to visit my ailing aunt, my parents will come down while we're there. And we'll do vast tourist stuff. Spending money like water: I bought tickets for Cirque de Soleil.

The mouse is still alive.
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The year in books [Jan. 6th, 2016|10:59 pm]
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According to Goodreads, I read 21 books last year, slightly over half what I read the year before. This is probably related to the smaller amount of travel.

I must say, I much preferred the simpler 2014 format of "the year in books" -- this one is too fan-fare-y for my tastes.
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Mouse longevity [Jan. 6th, 2016|04:29 pm]
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Four years ago yesterday, I posted the first documentation of my now well-over-four year old mouse. Yet another milestone achieved. She's still got this growth on her chin, but she still manages to eat, and doesn't seem in distress (she sometimes pokes at it, so I think she knows something is amiss there).

I'm running out of food and cage bedding. Guess I have to buy more if she's gonna hang in there!
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Sleeping meme, 2015 [Jan. 4th, 2016|10:32 pm]
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Low travel year. Maybe this year will be more exciting. Or, maybe I'm becoming a homebody.

All: Sharon, MA (home)
January: Boston, MA (Arisia)
January: Denver, CO (business trip)
February: Silverthorne, CO (skiing)
March: Troy, NH (square dance)
May, December: Fairlee, VT (games and square dance)
August: Albany, NY and Long Lake, NY (fetching Jocelyn from camp)
October: Lenox, MA (square dance)
December: Florence, MA (visiting relatives)
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last bike ride of the year [Dec. 31st, 2015|04:14 pm]
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8.52 miles to the car shop. Not very exciting. Total for the year on the odometer is 2172.0; according to my notes on this blog there are about 5 missing miles, so ~2177 for the year.

Car was in the shop to get new tires mounted -- yesterday. One of the new tires was flat last night so we pumped it up, had it go flat overnight again, pumped it up again, managed to drive back to shop where they diagnosed an ill-fitting valve stem.

I am completely underwhelmed with the fact that the Leaf has NO SPARE. Instead it has this compressed goop you spray into the flat tire that's supposed to plug the hole and last you until you replace the tire. I am really skeptical. I want a real spare. But then we have to lug it around. Feh.
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