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New purpose for programming : party planning [May. 20th, 2016|05:33 pm]
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The kids have been going through a program at our UU church called "Coming of Age". The finale is this weekend when they present their Credos, on which they've been working for a few months. It's kind of like a bar mitzvah. We decided we'd make up for all the years we didn't throw them birthday parties at $200 venues like Chuck-E-Cheez or Monster Mini-Golf and throw a big party at a restaurant with a DJ (mostly for Jocelyn, since Perry's not into that kind of thing). (It's costing about as much as we saved over the years...)

This caused Jocelyn to need to make a list of songs and dance games she likes for the DJ. She didn't want all her favorite songs all at the beginning, and I suggested that she not put all the slow songs together. So, what do we do? We have her make a note for each song about whether she likes it a lot, and whether it's fast or slow, and have Perry write a program to shuffle the songs!

The party is next weekend because there was another big dance party at Jocelyn's school, and she figured her friends wouldn't really want to come to her party as well as the school party on the same weekend. Our lives are really overscheduled this last few weeks of school -- lots of people throwing graduation parties, things for church, and her silks class performance.

Bad time for all my products to decide it's time for a release.
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long trip to gaming [May. 14th, 2016|11:10 pm]
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Drove the electric car 54 miles -- first to drop Jocelyn at a friend's house for a birthday party and then on to Matt Stone's games party with Perry. Had so much charge left when I got to Matt's that I didn't even bother to plug in as it's a bit of a hassle to do so there; ended the day with 35% charge left! A combination of it being warm and not going on the freeway.

Many games were played, some of which I hadn't ever played before (and failed to pay attention to the name once). One of these was Nations the Dice Game. It was pretty reasonable. Another game was some japanese thing with cards from 1-15 and really short rounds, with betting. I quite liked it, but I don't remember the name. Though it does seem like the person who wins the last round is going to win the whole game, because the bets are twice as high.

Other games I played were Las Vegas (twice, and tanked in both), Stone Age (which I won), and Finito. Perry got to play Smash Up, which he enjoys, but which I think is kind of on the munchkin level and am not excited about.
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103 miles [May. 13th, 2016|10:37 pm]
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Did a little more bicycling this week, and that plus the round trip and a couple short rides last weekend got me 103:

Saturday 7.5 to bank
Sunday 7.91 to grocery store
Monday 25.31 from work in 2:22:28 for an average 10.6 despite the tailwind.
Tuesday 25.7 to work in 2:28:27 for an average of 10.3 with a mild headwind.
Wednesday 9.15 to yoga
Thursday 14.97 to walpole for errand
Friday 13.01 to a different part of walpole for a different errand

This evening, shopping til dropping with Jocelyn, who has a million fancy-dude events to attend this spring associated with graduation and UU church stuff, and she wants party clothes and fancy clothes.
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capitalism bites - again! [May. 11th, 2016|10:32 pm]
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Perry flosses his teeth with those little plastic flosser gadgets. Perry does not like mint flavor. Over the years it has become more and more difficult to find non-mint flossers. One time the bag did not have the word "mint" on it ANYWHERE, in any fine print, I checked very carefully -- yet the product was mint. This week I went to two grocery stores. The first store had 7 types of flosser -- ALL MINT. Different kinds of mint, "icy mint", "mint blast", etc, but ALL MINT. The second grocery store had TEN types of flosser -- ALL MINT. I don't get it! Three months ago, one of these stores had at least one non-mint option.

I ordered online. Amazon had a review section in which one reviewer mentioned that their kid didn't like mint, and these were the way to go. I ordered several packs. Bah, capitalism.
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Round trip #2; semi-annual coronation [May. 10th, 2016|10:35 pm]
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Monday 25.31 from work in 2:22:28 for an average 10.6 despite the tailwind.
Tuesday 25.7 to work in 2:28:27 for an average of 10.3 with a mild headwind.

We'll see what I do the next 5 days. (I have two 7.5 mile rides on the weekend, if I get desperate.)

In annoying news, my new dentist poked her probe under the edge of one of my old crowns and it stuck. So I have ANOTHER crown with unknown quantities of decay beneath it. I used to think my old dentist walked on water, but I'm beginning to have my doubts. I can tell the new dentist isn't cheating, cuz the probes don't just stick like that on sound teeth.
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Happy mother's day [May. 8th, 2016|12:36 pm]
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Celebrating Mother's Day with Gaufres de Leige -- Belgian waffles in the style of Leige, which we very much enjoyed many years ago when in Brussels. The "normal" Belgian waffles you see are the style of Brussels. Add fruit and whipped cream and anything is delicious :-)

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Happy Star Wars Day [May. 4th, 2016|01:16 pm]
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May the 4th be with you. I loved this Sandra Boynton cartoon:

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cancer survivor? [May. 1st, 2016|11:27 am]
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I got a little note from my hospital inviting me to a cancer survivor day thing. I'm not interested in going, but it got me thinking. I don't feel like a cancer survivor. Yeah, I had cancer, but they caught it really early, chopped it all out, and I've been completely normal after that. I didn't go through chemo or radiation, I didn't lose my hair, my surgery recover was quick, and I never worried about things going wrong, so I don't really feel like a "survivor". What did I survive? Nothing worse than I'd had earlier in life. Other people had years-long ordeals and have lasting effects. I sort of feel like I'm cheating.
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skyzone trip [Apr. 29th, 2016|07:24 pm]
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The kids and I went to Skyzone the other day. I tried to take pictures. It was only moderately successful. I also took videos but they're kind of large and still on the wrong side of the DSL connection. Maybe I'll get Ken to help me trim them. They look good on the phone; not sure how they'll look on a computer. This computer is so lame it can't play them.

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First 100 mile week [Apr. 26th, 2016|08:18 pm]
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Starting out with the round trip to work, I figured I could do 50 more miles in 5 days. Actually 4 days because it was going to rain today (the 5th day). Which it did, but I kayaked anyway. Hey, speaking of the lake, we put the dock in last weekend, and launched the powerboat this weekend! So, we're getting ready for summer!

Thursday 25.69 to work
Wednesday 25.68 from work
Friday 9.18 Round Trip to yoga
Saturday 11.4 RT long way to post office
Sunday 17.6 RT to Home Depot
Monday 11.26 RT long way to bank

Total 100.81 (just barely!)
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