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|Monday, December 9th, 2013|
|Friday, December 6th, 2013|
|Oven cleaning adventure
I have a potluck to go to at 6pm today, to which I planned to bring meatballs
. But, the ovens are all over horrible from Thanksgiving, and it's (relatively) warm out, so it's a good day to clean the ovens. (I like to open the windows cuz it's kind of stinky. It's kind of annoying for Thanksgiving to be so close to winter.) So, at 2pm, I started the cleaning process. This involves tricking the oven whose timer is b0rke into actually going, but eventually I cajoled it (by advancing the clock past the "start time"). The oven whose timer worked, well, we just let it work. At 3:30 the good oven clicked off, and about 4pm we cajoled the second oven into clicking off. Then you have to wait for it to cool down and unlock. So far so good, the food doesn't have to go into the oven til after 4:30, should be enough time.
Uh, hello? It's 4:30 and the oven is down to about 250 degrees according to the little clicks when I turn the dial, shouldn't you let me unlock the lever? No, apparently not.
4:45. Well, really, it'll be OK. But it's still not letting me in!
4:50. This is ridiculous. The temp's now down below 200. OK, so once upon a time the built-in microwave broke and we had to remove a bunch of the trim to get it out, and, well, like, the trim is still gone. Which means one oven has the locking mechanism open to meddling. I wiggled the latch. Let's see, this would have to move. What moves around here? Aha! This little gadget! And the latch was free. Wiped out the oven, put the racks back in, and turned it on to preheat for dinner! By this time it's 5pm. Well, a few minutes this way or that won't make a big difference at the potluck.
The other oven (with the broken clock mechanism) is STILL not letting me in, and it's way below 200 by now. We'll see when I get home and it's stone cold whether we are going to have to disassemble the entire stove.
Meantime, when we tried to close the windows we discovered a host of winter moths clinging to the screen (which is on the inside of the window). We trapped them, and hopefully will be able to escort them out tomorrow during the daytime.
|Thursday, December 5th, 2013|
Got in the Prius this morning. Stepped on the brake. Pushed the power button. A little icon with a key and an exclamation point lit up on the dash. Uh, crap? Called Valerie, had her come home, swapped keys with her. Hers works. Mine worked about 10 days ago -- that's the last time I drove the car alone. I've driven it a couple times since then but always with another key-bearer with me. Hope Valerie's key works this evening when I try to drive home from work. We're almost to the 15K mile checkup, so I guess I'll have them diagnose what's wrong with my key then.
|Monday, December 2nd, 2013|
|Like thieves in the night: adventures in shipping
Ken is tired of unsuitable bicycle parking at the train station. There's plenty of racks, but none of them are under cover, despite the conveniently located bridge to provide the roof. So the first "thief in the night" trick was simply to move one of the existing racks, since they are also not actually anchored to anything. This worked for a while, but then the MBTA decided it wanted to build a small fenced area, perhaps to store snow removal equipment, under cover. Of course they moved the bike rack back out into the elements.
Well, drat. But, you can just buy bike racks on the internet! For not even very much money. So, Ken figured he'd buy a couple of these racks, and put them on the far side of the enclosure (opposite from the gate so it won't annoy anyone), with a little sign "These racks provided by..." and hope that the T doesn't come and throw them out.
Thus we come to the adventures in shipping.
As I have mentioned before, we are having interminable road construction in front of our house. On the day that the racks were to be delivered there was a detour, and the UPS guy was too stupid to ask at both ends of the obstruction if he could get through to our house. Thus, the item went back to the shipping dock. Ken calls UPS and instructs them on how to get to our house even though both ends of the road say "road closed". The next day (Wednesday before Thanksgiving) we get box 1 of 2. Well, crap.
Ken gets an email saying that box 2 will be delivered Monday
, because of course UPS doesn't work Thanksgiving, and they turn out not to work Friday either -- and if you don't pay for Saturday delivery you can't get it even if it was UPS's fault
. Ken whined at them on the phone for a while but there wasn't anyone at the facility to put a "Saturday delivery" sticker on the box, and the office will be closed Saturday so only the delivery guys will come and they won't answer the phone and they won't take anything not labeled for Saturday delivery. Feh.
Today, once again we have road construction, but UPS prevails and we receive the second box. Uh, wait, no we don't! We receive HALF of the shipment -- because it should have been two boxes strapped together and the strapping has apparently broken (perhaps when it fell off the truck or whatever happened on Wednesday). Another call to UPS. Unfortunately, if it's like the first part (which also came as two boxes strapped together), the second box won't have any labeling other than the manufacturer's name and part number, so it will be hard for UPS to find the box for us. So likely they'll have to send it back to the manufacturer and they'll have to ship it back to us. Hopefully UPS will at least pick up the tab.
But, hey, we have one bike rack! It's kind of small and we'd hoped to lock the racks together to make them harder to steal, but we put it together and drive down to the train station and put it in place. Complete with tag. Ken will get to use it tomorrow! (Unless a bunch of other people jump on the idea and he's there too late.)
|Saturday, November 30th, 2013|
Thursday: Turkey with stuffing (some in the bird, some outside the bird for vegetarians), some green vegetable (this year two: broccoli and asparagus), candied sweet potatoes (milkig, unfortunately -- I tried it with vegetable oil and brown sugar one year, and what happened was I got oily potatoes with burned strands of sugar interlaced, ew, and it works so nicely with butter. But we only have one actual kosher person, and this is the only milkig dish), spinach quiche for the vegetarians (oops I lied about that milkig deal) with a potato crust because one of the veggies is gluten-free, butternut squash (because one of the people with allergies can't eat sweet potatoes), fresh bread from the bread machine, cranberry sauce (two kinds: cheap from the store and home-made chutney with whole berries, other fruits, and spices), various sparkling juices served in fancy heirloom colored cut-glass stemware. We just ignore the whole salad, soup, and mashed potato thing. It's a huge feast anyway.
Dessert is pumpkin pie and apple pie, with a little pumpkin pie filling in a ramekin for the gluten-free person, and in theory we make a little apple crisp thing without spices for the allergy sufferer, but this year we forgot! She forgave us, having stuffed herself with turkey, bread, broccoli, and butternut squash. We wait an hour before dessert for the meat/milk interface to disappear. This year we lit candles and sang hanukah songs in the hour. Usually we wash dishes (which we also did some of this year).
Friday: Scrounge for leftovers, both lunch and dinner.
Saturday: Scrounge for lunch, then turkey stirfry for dinner. (My basic stirfry with turkey chunks instead of tofu.)
Sunday: Turkey soup! We boiled the carcass yesterday, strained it, and skimmed off the fat, so we could have done soup today, but we felt like stirfry. I'll throw in the last of the uneaten broccoli as well as a bunch of new vegetables.
|Tuesday, November 26th, 2013|
My red hair had faded, but not entirely. In strong light there was still a purple cast, but also an uncolored stripe down the center of my head where an inch of hair had grown out! So, I decided to do something about this. We used up the rest of the bottle of Vampire Red. There wasn't as much, but it came out strong anyway -- though not red, really a magenta color. I expect it'll darken up as time passes. I wasn't very careful when I washed it out, and splashed a LOT of pink all over my shower curtain, which is cloth, so it's stained. Maybe bleach will take it out. Or maybe I'll have a Rorschach shower curtain.
Jocelyn's gotten into the act again too. This time with a single purple streak. This is Special Effects, rather than Manic Panic, which is what I've been using, and it's washing out already. My experience with Special Effects purple last winter was poor as well. Since Jocelyn cuts her hair regularly and so it's pretty short, she might do well to use Splat, which is non-fading. I don't want to use it because my hair takes so long to grow out. Unless I just put in a single streak, then I would be OK with it being there forever. But doing the whole head, I kind of want it to fade as the salt&pepper roots grow out so it's less obvious.
Huh, I don't seem to have a tag for "body art". Guess I should make one. (But then I'll have to go back and select them all...)
|Tuesday, November 12th, 2013|
|Happy [08:09:10] 11/12/13 [14:15:16]
I missed the first minute, but celebrated the second one.
The project manager for two projects I'm on is on vacation, and he designated me as his surrogate. Man does it take up a lot of time, tracking dozens of bugs and reassigning them to QA when they are fixed, and bugging people for status on the ones that are languishing, and keeping partner companies from demanding we fix a bunch of additional things before the beta release (which was supposed to be today, but there are still four open bugs with "fix for beta" labels -- two of which were redesignated as beta yesterday, despite having been in the "fix for release" list for weeks, bah). I never wanted to be a manager, and I'm reminded of why this week.
Anyway, I got to send the updated spreadsheet at 2:17 and titled it "happy 11/12/13 14:15:16" even though it was two minutes late. The partner company's in CA so they have three hours left to go.
|Saturday, November 9th, 2013|
|Programming prowess of progeny
Perry loves all things computer -- mostly games, but he enjoys looking over the shoulder of adults as they work and asking annoying questions (though sometimes they are helpful questions: "You didn't do it that way last time. Why?" "Um, because I'm screwing up this time, thanks!")
A couple years ago I started him on programming on LambdaMOO. Jocelyn too, but she mostly was interested in writing the descriptions of things, so they collaborated on projects. (Not that they've actually finished any project -- they keep throwing everything out and starting on something new.) Last spring, Perry found a website, codeacademy.com, and started doing their tutorials on various languages, mostly web scripting. He took a couple of programming classes at summer camp, in Java and C++, though he says the C++ class was way too elementary and boring, and that he already knew most of the stuff in the Java class from having watched me program and from codeacademy. This fall he got into Python, and wrote a Battleship game (it just lets you guess; you don't get a board for the computer to guess on), which ended up being pretty complex, complete with graphics and sound when you sunk a ship.
Then Ken handed him Land of Lisp
, and he's off to the races. First he was just doing the exercises in the book, but now Ken's giving him "homework" as well. Perry wrote an insertion sort from scratch without references. It was more like n3
, because he used system functions that were O(n), but still pretty good for an 11 year old's first attempt at sorting. Interesting that he thought to do that rather than bubble sort. But maybe bubble sort isn't the more intuitive.
We need to get him an algorithms and data structures book that's more tractable than Knuth. Any thoughts?
|Friday, November 8th, 2013|
|not exactly camping
At Jocelyn's school they have the concept of a "sleepunder" -- it's like a sleepover except you go home right before you would otherwise go to bed, already in your jammies and with your teeth brushed.
Tonight we had a "camp-under". The organizers of the Middle School Socials decided we should all go to a campground
and have s'mores and stuff, and they actually rented tent sites so we could sleep over if we wanted -- but the predicted low is going to be 30 and nobody was interested. Then someone who owns an RV decided to spring for an RV site with hookup and we all hung out at the RV site. Interestingly, at the end most of the kids hung out inside the RV watching TV and playing with their phones, while the grownups sat outside around the very warm fire. Though my rear end got cold sitting in a camp chair even though the fronts of my legs were overheated.
This campground is very posh in some ways, and has a huge rec center with an indoor pool and a movie theater, though we didn't end up watching the movie. What was really surprising was how full the campground was. There were rows upon rows of RV hookups and they were all full! The place does not really cater to tent campers, and there was only a small percentage devoted to tent sites. None of those were occupied, not surprising given the weather. But I was surprised by how many RVers were out for the weekend. The owner of the RV said the place was also very full on Halloween and the surrounding weekends, and you had to get reservations a year in advance! People trick-or-treat the RV's. A fascinating slice of life I didn't even know existed.
|Sunday, November 3rd, 2013|
|Saturday, November 2nd, 2013|
|Food yesterday; activities today
We did the usual halloween things, trick or treat and pumpkin carving. I bought one of those white pumpkins on a lark, and we ended up with a large-ish sugar pumpkin for the other carving one. Jocelyn carved the orange one, and I did the white.
Then, yesterday, we killed them.
Turns out the white ones don't have any flavor to speak of, so I ended up composting the whole thing. I made Pumpkin Rice Pudding
with some of the other one, and froze the rest in aliquots of 1.5 cups, which is conviently what both one pumpkin pie and one batch of pumpkin squares
takes. My goal is to have 20 such in the freezer at the end of the season, so we can make pumpkin pies well into summer.
Today was the end of the summer activities and the beginning of the winterizing activities.
It's been such a warm fall, that the water is still 55 degrees, and it being 60 degrees in the air, and dead calm, it was a perfect day to first waterski (a summer activity) and then haul the powerboat (a winterizing activity). I wore a wetsuit, but the neighbor didn't. He's insane. Ken demurred on the whole thing and just drove the boat. There was a bit of concern because the town has removed the buoys that mark the shallow spots in the lake, so we had to remember where they were. But, we didn't hit anything.
Unlike last year
, winterizing went smoothly. We had all the gear, it was lovely out, and it took only 2 hours, just like it should.
And then I got to go on a 16 mile bike ride. So, yay! And tonight's food adventure was banana bread
because dead bananas abounded in the kitchen.
|Tuesday, October 29th, 2013|
(Something strange is going on with LJ's posting software here; the screen is all screwy. Hope this works.)
First, the obligatory bicycle post: Had an opportunity to ride most of the way to work this morning. 35 degrees; I was mostly comfy except for my toes, which were blocks of ice by the time I was done. I find it difficult to breathe at that temperature, and so I am VERY SLOW, even for me. 23.48 miles in 2:14 for an average of 10.4.
This past weekend was the square dance in Western MA that I run (with a little help from my friends). Leading up to it there was a huge amount of stress, because one of the callers had a family emergency and had to cancel at the last minute. Well, not QUITE the last minute -- she gave us 6 or so weeks notice. But it's really difficult to prepare for this kind of dance, so getting someone who was qualified, and willing and able to step in was a struggle. In the end we had an excellent dance, and I had a great time.
There's gaming in the evenings (well, at this weekend, only Saturday evening), and I played Heavens of Olympus, in which I by surprise came in second, having been 4th or 5th (of 5) throughout the game. Then I played Kingdom Builder, which was a new game for me. I concentrated on one of the victory conditions too much and ignored others, which caused me to not win. I think I was 3rd of four.
The kids stayed home with Valerie, because there's only the one game night and so it's not worth the travel and other hassles.
The other thing I've been doing with my time is making Jocelyn's halloween costume. Hopefully we'll get some good pictures of the finished product; I have taken a few along the way for a potential photo-essay. Just need to buy base-layer now (new white tights, cuz she outgrew her old ones).
Perry is going to be Absolute Zero again, which means less work for me. I wore his volcano costume to the work halloween party a week ago. People were amused, especially by my story of the fact that Perry was a volcano for halloween five years running. I thought about bringing Jocelyn's jellyfish. Maybe next year.
|Monday, October 21st, 2013|
|Friday, October 18th, 2013|
|...and she gets the hundred.
So, the aforementioned 65 miles, plus on Wednesday I rode 10.5 miles to yoga and back. A little longer than normal because they are ripping up the street in front of our house to replace the water main, and I decided to take the detour on the way home rather than trying to wend my way between the large pieces of machinery and avoid falling in the deep hole. On the way there I did the obstacle course, and it wasn't very pleasant.
Then, yesterday, I rode to work. No more riding home, but I was able to acquire a car in Waltham in the afternoon for the drive home. I decided once again to take the detour even though it would be longer, but that was not the only construction project I found. No, there were THREE MORE on my way. Two of them I was able to dodge by riding on the sidewalk. (At home the sidewalk is covered in water pipes, so that wasn't a good option.) But at the third I was directed to take the detour! It probably only cost me an additional half mile. The detour at home is longer. So, a total of 29.69 miles in 2:31 for an average of 11.7, which is pretty good, for me. Then I had to go get the car in the afternoon, for another couple miles, bringing the daily total to 32.48.
The computer claimed I used 666.5 calories. (Evil and a half?) I don't really believe its calorie count. How does it know how efficient my bike is? Just some gosh-wow number to make you feel good about eating ice cream later.
107 miles in 6 days; 1950 miles since April. Pretty good!
|Monday, October 14th, 2013|
|Another good start
My mother came for a visit. Friday I shuttled her around to kids' schools, and just got a quick kayak in between shuttlings. Saturday we decided to go to the Fuller Craft Museum
to see the MIT Glass Lab exhibit (it is truly amazing) and whatever else they were showing (weird furniture, as it happened -- they often have weird furniture). Then we went to IKEA to have lunch and look at some stuff (bought it too -- organizing thingies for the shop and the cedar closet -- which we have yet to put together). My mother had never been to an IKEA so she was fascinated.
Since there were 6 of us on this excursion, we didn't fit in one car. Naturally our solution was to send some people on bicycles! It was about 10 miles to the museum, four to IKEA, and another 9 back to home. I went on the first two legs, and Ken went on the last leg.
Sunday I had a less successful shopping outing on my bicycle, with a total of 15 miles. I also took my mother to the airport, and on the way home got confused about the exit markings and ended up on the pike instead of 93 south. This is not a disaster; it just costs about 6 miles, and I didn't have the electric car so it just cost the gas the prius takes to go that far. But this is the second time I've been confused in the same way at the same place, so I'll have to try to get it right next time.
Today was the big bicycle adventure. Valerie and I had planned to take the kids to King Richard's Faire
, and during breakfast Ken (who wasn't planning to go) said, "Hey, want to bicycle one way?" I wanted to go to some things at 11ish, so I would have had to have left before breakfast, and since Ken hasn't invented time travel yet, that didn't work out so well.
KRF is pricey, $28 adult entrance (hey, next year the kids count as adults! What a pain!) and then they ding you for everything once you're in (well, the entertainment is free, but of course the entertainers also pass the hat -- I put a buck in). We saw a very lame swordplay show (mostly bad jokes, very little swordplay), a good magic show (he did very well with the linking rings trick, and EXTREMELY well with a balls-and-cups routine), a decent fire breather/juggler, the Tale of the Tiger (their Liger has retired, though, so we only saw tigers and a VERY CUTE chimpanzee), and some pretty good acrobats (the sort that balance on a board atop a bowling ball). I left at 3. I would have been happy to have stuck around and watched a little more stuff and also try to buy stuff (my garb needs some augmentation; maybe I'll try to address that at Arisia), but sunset was at 6:03, so I had to make tracks. Other people stuck around til 4:30, which was the end of a "learn to be a pirate" event Perry was interested in, and Ken's target arrival time on his bicycle.
I met Ken after the expected 45 minutes along the way, and we had a little chat. The chat didn't include enough details about the next turn I was to take, and I missed it. A little while after that I was reading street signs and wondering, gee, I don't remember those streets as being on the route... Get out the map and yep, I'm lost. Got myself re-found, with a little consternation caused by tiny residential streets NOT being on the map, and the streets that WERE on the map not having signs because this is fucking Massachusetts and if it's a big street they don't give it a sign because you should know what it is or you don't belong there! At least the streets I was lost on mostly had nice pavement. There were some bad bits on the planned route, but by and large it was reasonable. The car came via the biking route in case I had trouble, but when they caught up with me I decided I was making it before dark and so I'd do the whole thing.
34.85 miles in 2:41 (2:59 elapsed due to pit stops and map reading stops, so I got home at 6:02) for an average of 12.9, which is higher than normal for me, but the whole thing was quite flat. A little ups and downs of course, nothing is utterly flat (except Kansas and I bet that has little dips and rises too). Ken only rode 33.7, because he didn't get lost! His elapsed was 2:45; he didn't tell me the "moving time" from the computer, but he had similar pit stops to mine. I'm acutally surprised he didn't beat my time by more than he did.
So, I've got 65 miles towards a hundred for the week. Who knows? 35 miles in 4 days shouldn't be hard, though the predicted rain on Wednesday might put a damper on it.
|Sunday, October 6th, 2013|
|60 miles in 3 days
Thursday morning: 26.95 miles to work in 2:26 for an average of 11.0.
Thursday afternoon: 10.6 to Tufts from work to pick up the electric car where Ken had been charging it at the brand new charging station in the Tufts garage.
Friday: 9.5 to yoga, and home from yoga in the rain. Bah, my raingear leaks.
Saturday: 13.8 round trip to Walpole to give blood. I failed the iron test the first time, but they stuck me in a second finger and that time it barely passed so they let me give. I was slow and dawdly on the way home so as not to bust open the bandage or faint or something. The blood drive people were interested in my recumbent bicycle, but interestingly none of them were concerned about my biking home after giving blood.
It's looking like rain for the next 3-4 days so I'm unlikely to ride the 40 miles needed to get the 100 for the week. But it was a pretty good start.
On the electric car front, there's a guy with a Tesla at work, and he had it plugged in to the outlet in the garage. I found out who it was and inquired if he had permission (no), but he's a manager type and is going to bat for me (and himself of course) about plugging in. Yay! Probably it will happen, if only because he's a golf buddy of the president of Boston Properties. He's not giving his Tesla a full charge at work, but it wants to do battery temperature management for best performance.
|Monday, September 30th, 2013|
|stimulating the economy: part 2
My motorcycle jacket is done! I went and got it. (And paid the balance.) It will REALLY protect me in a crash. It is very thick leather, and because it is new, as a result it is very stiff. It kind of pokes me in the chin! I haven't decided if I want to try to do something about this. If it weren't an hour's drive away I might take it back and see if they can alter the neckline.
My next purchase is new lenses for my bifocals. The frames were still OK (I haven't sat on these) and so we're reusing them -- but that means I'm without bifocals for a couple days. So I'm using old distance glasses and carting around readers. It's a pain! They come in Wednesday.
At the eye doctor's they took laser scans of my retinas. It was very bright and very hard to not blink; they had to take three pictures of one eye before it came out. Apparently my macula is beautiful, which is good news -- my mother has macular degeneration. But she says that she can see the results of my mildly elevated blood pressure in the arteries in my retina. They are thick and shiny. So, hm, maybe I need to talk to my regular doctor about this. Probably time for a checkup soon anyway...
|Thursday, September 26th, 2013|
I got a zippyfast new computer at work a couple months ago with an SSD as primary drive. However, it has been crashing a lot lately and they suspected the ssd, and wanted to reimage a new one off of it (so I didn't have to deal with installing everything under the sun). This of course takes a while so I'm using my old laptop for the nonce (fortunately I'm doing work at the moment that is 90% Remote Desktop to Virtual Machines and thus I don't care about the zippyfastness or the particular files.) Unfortunately the keyboard on the laptop has a FLAKY "J" KEY. This makes logging in difficult...
In other woeful news, I contacted our building liaison about plugging in my electric car. He had bad news: The building management is not willing to consider a liability waiver. They ARE thinking about installing a real charging station in some of their locations (maybe we could be first?) which is cool, but the likeliest thing is it'll take them four years to get around to it, just in time for our lease to expire...
|Tuesday, September 24th, 2013|
|yadda yadda bicycling yadda yadda
Wednesday: 9 miles to yoga
Thursday: 8 mile exercise loop
Friday: 13 mile exercise loop
Saturday: 19 miles in two loops
Sunday: windsurfing instead
Monday: 26.33 from work
Tuesday: 27.65 to work
Total of 103 for the rolling week.
Monday's ride was 2:25 (elapsed 2:36) for an average was 10.8. There was hideous traffic which made things slow. This might need to be the last ride home. Sunset was at 6:39. I got home at 6:38. Or maybe I need a light. Tuesday I averaged 11.0 (not much better), taking 2:30, forgot to check the elapsed. There was a bit of a headwind, but really that didn't make a huge difference, I don't think. Maybe my engine just needs a tuneup.
I should post about some other topics. Y'all are getting bored.
|Saturday, September 14th, 2013|
|Missed the 100 for the week
But this was the week I didn't think I'd have any chance of riding 100 miles, so the fact that I rode 94 is surprising in itself. Mostly I rode 10's but the outlier was the ride on Thursday. I had a doctor's appointment in Cambridge at 10:30am, see, and there was a Patriot's game in the evening. (What is this Thursday night football crap, anyway?) Traditionally I hate driving home in the excessive traffic generated by games, so traditionally I work from home on a game day. But here I had the appointment in Cambridge, only 7 miles from work.
Hey, wait, 7 miles? What about bicycling? Uh, but getting the bike to Cambridge might be dicey, because you can't take a bike on a rush hour train, and so the first train I could take with it would be kind of hard to make the appointment. Aha! But I am square dancing at MIT the night before... So a little bike-stashing at MIT, a rush hour train and red line trip, and a 2 mile bike ride through Cambridge over to Mount Auburn, and voila! I make my appointment with 5 minutes to spare.
It turned out not to really be the most brilliant of ideas, however, as the doctor left me cooling my heels for 30 minutes in the waiting room and an additional 30 minutes in the exam room (with one of those lovely johnies and too much air conditioning, brrr.) At least I got a lot of my book read.
Anyway, I got out of there an hour later than I expected, and thus to work an hour later than I expected, and of course, with my bike I'd have to leave not too much later than 4 or it would get dark on me by the time I got home. (Maybe I should get a light.) So I worked less than I really wanted to. (I made up some of the time today, though, and maybe I'll get something useful done tomorrow too.)
I didn't even look at the average for the morning trip, because the first half was urban riding and the second half was uphill in Belmont and Waltham. The trip home wasn't any great shakes, either: 26.28 in 2:26 for a lame average of 10.7. There was a substantial headwind, plus I was a bit tired from the prior ride.
The other long ride of the week was this morning, to the Norwood library and Ace Hardware in Walpole, 19.57 in 1:44 for an average of 11.2.