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Wetsuit weather [Sep. 25th, 2016|03:03 pm]
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Windsurfing today. The wind was in the perfect direction such that I sailed to the yacht club across the lake. I was able to stop in the perfect place such that I drifted to the dock and was able to step off the board (well, it was a bit of a scramble, but I didn't get wet) onto the dock. No witnesses, but I knew. On the sail back I had an audience near our dock, but our dock is in too shallow water (at this season) to safely attempt that feat so I did my usual drop the sail and jump into the water.

Then I went to pick up Jocelyn, who has been on a three-day trip with her school to a camp in Maine. She got to go tubing on the one day it was warm, and says the boat was faster and more nimble than ours and it was more fun. She says there was a bunch of interpersonal teenage drama, but that otherwise she had a lot of fun.

Yesterday Perry and I went to Matt Stone's big games party where a good time was had by many. I played a couple games with Perry but other games without him. One game he got too emotional about picky details that he disagreed with the other players about, but mostly he behaved himself.
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Arr! [Sep. 19th, 2016|12:11 pm]
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So I'm wearing a bandana and large hoop earrings and occasionally emitting "arr". We have a tradition at work where someone cruises the department to collect a lunch crew. So I say in my best pirate accent, "Arr, I'm up for swill and grog!" The 20-something who's doing the lunch collecting today turns to another coworker and says (without any accent), "do we have to bring her? Er, I mean, can we make her walk the plank?"

I guess this is a 50-something tradition, because the 50-something coworker starts blithering about having brought his own grog today. He's better with the accent than I am.

Happy Talk Like A Pirate Day!
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vast bicycling [Sep. 16th, 2016|01:54 pm]
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YTD 1800.8 miles as of today.

This past week:

Saturday: 12.23 to store
Sunday: 20.74 around town
Monday: 9.08 loop
Tuesday: from work, recorded 24.26 in 2:24:38 for an average of 10.0. Missed about 1.5 miles. Maybe they were downhill and that accounts for the performance :-)
Wednesday: 9.21 to yoga
Thursday: 25.72 to work in 2:23:46 for an average of 10.7
Friday: 7.88 exercise loop

109.12 recorded for the week.

I shouldn't have done the round trip to work, though, because Thursday I had to leave early, which I'd forgotten about when I made this plan, so I hardly got any work done. Trying to make up for it today.
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Experimenting with food [Sep. 11th, 2016|10:15 pm]
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So I'm still playing with my diet. I tried following the food list for "irritable bowel syndrome low-FODMAPs foods" and the first results seemed promising. Then I added back in wheat and the results were bad, so I went back to the no-wheat plan, but now things are growling and horrible in my belly again. So maybe it's just completely random. Of course, I used different foods from the list in the different days, and mistakes were made (e.g. raisins are on the do-not-eat list, and I ate them thinking they were on the ok-to-eat list.)

So I went to the store and bought various non-wheat flours and made gluten-free cookies. They aren't bad. I made oatmeal cookies because I figured the oatmeal would hold them together better -- various sites on the web suggested that your cookies would spread out and become one big too-thin cookie on the pan.

At the very least I'm stimulating the economy by buying all this crap...
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Stilts [Sep. 10th, 2016|08:06 pm]
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I finished the stilts this morning. It didn't take all that long for her to be able to take steps without clinging to the garage door, though she's still a little wobbly.

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computer cat [Sep. 9th, 2016|05:34 pm]
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Kids are both in the school groove. Jocelyn is getting used to commuting on the train. Still some bumps and bobbles to be solved, but she'll get it together. Perry seems to be doing well at public high school, he's not complaining, and they're not complaining. So, maybe it's OK after all... We'll see what happens after they give him his first quizzes and such.

I'm still experimenting with my diet trying to fix my innards. Got an appt with a GI later on this month, so maybe we'll do some more medical tests as well.
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Rainy day activity [Sep. 5th, 2016|10:10 pm]
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I built Jocelyn some stilts! She's been asking for them since she got back from circus camp. I used this video. I didn't do it exactly as he did (in one place I think my design is better, because I used angle brackets in a place he'd used screws parallel to the grain of the wood). I still need to get the right kind of straps; I just grabbed some straps and clips we had lying about and they aren't really the right thing, not easily adjustable to get in/out of. The video recommended velcro, but I don't know where our velcro collection is.

She took three steps with me as a crutch. Since it's raining, it's not really possible to try them out properly. "No stilts in the house!" Well, just today, for the three steps.
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round trip [Aug. 31st, 2016|07:19 pm]
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Monday: 26.22 from work in 2:24 (elapsed 2:36) for an average of 10.8. Took a detour, which turned out to be up a very tall hill. Some tailwind, but was slow getting started so didn't take good advantage of it.

Tuesday: 26.17 to work in 2:23 (elapsed 2:32) for an average of 10.9. Took a different detour around the same construction.

Perry started school today! So far it's OK, he reports. We got a reply from the math dept and they think he's appropriately placed; they'll monitor him. I hope it doesn't end up like 2nd grade where he started goofing off because math was a waste of time because he knew it already and stopped bothering to write the correct answers on tests. He got homework in English ("write a letter of introduction"), due tomorrow, which he hasn't started and doesn't act like he's going to do. I'm not sure how well this bodes.

Jocelyn starts Tuesday.
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too tired to post [Aug. 27th, 2016|11:11 pm]
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Went on vacation. Need another one.

Work stress; people didn't do stuff I wanted them to while I was away so I have to do it now.

School stress; forms to fill out, books to buy, children to chivvy.

Perry's signed up for actual high school. We thought it would be OK, but now they've signed him up for Geometry. Erm, this is the boy who finished Calculus on Khan Academy last year. He took a placement test, but they never talked to us about the results. We asked once, and they said they'd get back to us in the fall. Sigh. I wrote a note to the head of the math dept (with whom we had spoken). I hope it doesn't suck. Regular English and History I'm OK with; Spanish 2 I'm OK with (since while he's been studying Spanish for a while, a lot of it never did really stick). But he needs something special for math.

Jocelyn's school issue is again aerial silks. They have a sports requirement and we asked them if she could do aerial silks instead of joining their volleyball team. They said yes, but there's a rather large time requirement -- 6 hours a week. She's going to a class at Esh in Somerville, but that will only account for 1.25 hours, leaving 4.75 hours of practice to do. Even counting all the fiddly bits like carrying out the mat and raising the silk, and stretching beforehand, this is going to be a lot of time. Especially in icky weather. Ken's got a hare-brained plan for making a tent inside the rig to keep out the cold wind, and putting a heater in there. But it would still be nice to have another place to practice -- and the place she used to go has stopped doing silks because their instructor quit and they don't have anyone else. I told them to hire Jocelyn. :-)

Managed to get in a bike ride most of the way to work last week. 23:48 in 2:10 (elapsed 2:13, I guess I had good luck with lights) for a somewhat ordinary average of 10.8.

And kind of annoyed that I still haven't really managed to figure out what's causing my digestive issues. It's not just milk. If it's milk at all. Now I'm wondering about soy. I have no idea. All my experiments end with the organism doing what it damn well pleases, and it damn well doesn't please me.
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Home [Aug. 18th, 2016|12:52 pm]
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Didn't leave quite enough time to get through the Calgary airport without stress. Most of the extra time I left was wasted driving in circles looking for a gas station, after the one we'd noticed on the way out turned out to be a truck stop, which, while it sold gasoline, only sold it to Petro-Pass cardholders. Rental car return was smooth, but then there were huge lines. And the kiosk for printing boarding passes wouldn't take my passport so I had to stand in the checkin line. They did the usual trick of grabbing people whose flight was soon and taking them to the front of the line, but it definitely added to the stress level. The security line was about 20-25 minutes. We made it to the gate before they called our zone, but only barely.

Change in Montreal: we followed signs to our gate, which was behind U.S. customs. Followed signs that said "U.S. Correspondences/Connections". We went down a long long hallway with many turns, well signed, but there was nobody else with us. It was eerie. I had been getting slightly nervous about whether we were going the right way, despite the signs. Humans as herd animals... Then we emerged into a huge customs lineup area, which was completely deserted except for a few customs agents and maybe one or two other passengers. Very bizarre! Needless to say, we made our connection with plenty of time to spare!
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