Busy week after finishing the final draft of my report. Part exhaustion, part fleeing the computer in relief.
Restrained from killing client at work on Wednesday when I discovered he had added tables & fields to the project database without making a backup. See Rule #2.
Shopped Wednesday & Thursday for costume stuff. Spent rather a lot on lingerie. Tee hee!
Friday went to work in costume as an iMac. Pushed the boundaries of appropriate work attire. Pictures coming soon, in the mean time, imagine a bad transporter accident between an iMac and Spice Girl. Had dinner with Sherman at Willow St. Pizza. Mmmm, yuppie chow.
Saturday, Halloween, ran errands with Sherman. Got malled out. Headachy and knee-achy. Recovered via a delicious dinner of Afghan food at Afgani on El Camino Real. Application of two shots of scotch also helped permit a cheerful appearance at Bill, Jessica & Kristin’s party. (Odd to drink before and not during a party, but it seemed to work well). Great, great costumes! I hope to get copies of pictures. Ian as a chair, Qarin as an innocent Catholic school girl (*cough cough*), Robert as the evil penguin from The Wrong Trousers, Fred as Mike (still laughing about that one), Sharon as The Black Widow (hotcha hotcha!), our hosts displaying their charms (ahem), and Lisa as such a cuddly lil’ teddy bear. Great fun!
Ah, the sad, bad news of the week: my car has finally died. It put in long and noble service and I take back any catty remarks I made about it. “Now what?” you say. Well, I’m going to try getting by without a car for a while. I only work 5 miles away and so bus or carpool seem workable, though I’m also considering getting a scooter. Considering my insurance rates (only having had a license since February of this year), a new car would cost me about $450 a month and I can think of better things to do with my cash… Hell, I can rent a car for a few days twice a month and still come out ahead of the game.
Great news from moveon.org:
“Last Thursday, thousands of volunteers across the nation responded to our invitation to deliver the MOVE ON message to their Congressional Representatives – in person. Volunteers delivered petitions in the majority of congressional districts, spanning 44 states. Representatives and their staffs were very impressed by the diversity, civility, and commitment of the meeting attendees. It was a class act. Thank you. Congressional Representatives and their aides were also shocked that these groups — so unified in purpose — had never met each other before. For many, it was their first glimpse of the power of the Internet as a medium for grassroots political discourse and expression. For a press release summarizing the day, see http://www.moveon.org/release1029after.htm
For some highlights from the day, see http://www.moveon.org/highlights.htm“
Didn’t make any progress on the revised final draft of my report/thesis thang, but did do laundry, tidy up, pay bills and restore my sense of stability. Oh, and I made soup. And I continued reading a really excellent book by Arturo Perez-Reverte: The Flanders Panel. Highly recommended.