March 4, 2021

How Does This Thing Work Again?

Things have slowed down some at work, and I'm a bit burned out. Both of those combined = I am not working as much overtime. Yet somehow, I still can't seem to find time for the things I enjoy.

Part of this is because I switched guilds on World of Warcraft. We're trying to build the new guild, and I'm signed up to run something or other every weeknight. It wasn't supposed to be that way, but somehow right now it is. So I leave work either on time or half an hour past time, get home, take care of dishes and/or laundry, then hop on the game. My evening is officially shot.

The other end of the spectrum is before work. I've been doing pretty well lately with the hybrid workout schedule. Of course I can't stick to anything to save my life, so I've changed the schedule a bit. I'm no longer doing Jillian on Mondays, nor TurboFire on Fridays. I was not comfortable "showing my  moves" at the work gym, and I was not getting out of Jillian what I wanted. Also, I missed running.

The schedule now is Monday/Friday run, Tuesday P90X, Wednesday Insanity, Thursday core work of some sort, Saturday Yoga. I've only hit all 6 days once, this past week. This week I missed Monday's run because I decided Sunday's rest day was a good time to rake all the little acorns out of my yard. Not restful.

I've also been looking at my diet again. My auto-immune disease has flared up, and I am not at all interested in having my thyroid removed, so I'm trying to manage the situation with diet and exercise. I did not have to take my medication when I was running regularly, thus the increased runs in my schedule. I also have gone gluten free, and just this week sugar free. I did well on the sugar free diet last time. Now I just have to figure out how to maintain it for the long haul.

Obviously, another thing I missed was writing. I'm hoping to be back here somewhat regularly. As always, we'll see what happens.

February 12, 2021


Today I learned you can turn left on red, if you are turning onto a one-way street from a one-way street.

Taking Amy to surgery. Athena was very confused to wake up at 5am
It seems I still talk about Jeff, probably because I still think about him but haven't even talked about him much here. 

February 5, 2021


Successes: feedback from my first technical mock interview.

"It is a mistake to let Jan Cooper interview on the market as she might choose to become employed somewhere other than Tech Elevator. She is incredibly gifted technically and gave me unique and accurate answers to every question I asked her. Additionally, she was able to relate concepts to Java and C#. Everything about Jan screamed instant hire for me - except her demeanor. I saved my "Why do you want to do this?" question for last and only that brought a smile to her face. She means business and approaches life seriously, but she needs to learn to let that passion and joy and excitement shine through from the beginning of the interview because she's really gifted technically and she's absolutely 100% going to be amazing at whatever she chooses to do."

February 4, 2021


William had looked at my work from last night and edited it, so we had an hour-long conversation about how things should go. He keeps wanting to complicate things. I pushed back on having API in the URL path, because it breaks Abstraction by letting users know anything about the internal workings of the application, and because some people like to navigate by URL address instead of buttons. He was ok with that. Then we got into a conversation about what classes we'll need. I don't think he's read the README, nor looked at the database. He's going off projects he's seen and done himself, which are far more complicated than this needs to be. He definitely has an understanding of REST and websites, but he also has an ego. Not that I don't have an ego too. Again, I need to make sure he doesn't steamroll me. I will not be put in the same position I was at Rockwell!

February 3, 2021


We started our capstone today, and I got off on the wrong foot by suggesting we call ourselves the dream team. I'm frustrated with both teammates. William doesn't want to work with anyone, preferring we break off individually, while I want to try mob programming. I don't know where Dion is with the material, but William has been working on side projects on the weekends. I am concerned he'll try to bowl over me. I need to make sure I hold my own and not show weakness. 

I'm concerned about how much Dion will be around. He seems to travel with his family. I was a little annoyed he kept saying check-out was at 11, that he was at a vineyard, and wouldn't be near his computer all day. William had his mock technical interview at 2 and mine was at 4, so that meant we couldn't actually meet until the evening. Also, at one point in our initial meeting, William asked where Dion went and I didn't see him in Zoom because of the size of my zoom window, so I thought he dropped off. I had to apologize for saying something questioning about his being there for us.   

We did meet after dinner, but that meeting was not productive. I went through the code after and mapped out what I thought needed to happen, using Trello again. I didn't get into as much detail as the last project mapping, but I think I have a fair idea of what needs to happen. We won't be able to meet again until 11am tomorrow, because Dion's mock technical interview is at 10, and we have a short class meeting at 9.

February 2, 2021


I made the mistake of shoveling last night, which exacerbated my back stiffness. Now it's officially thrown out, spasming whenever I bend over.

I had to trudge through the snow walking Athena this morning, because the salt on the streets hurts her right hind foot. We only went around the block because my back was not happy. I finally got her to walk in the snow on the tree lawns while I walked in the street, so her foot didn't hurt and my back didn't hurt. 


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February 1, 2021


 My back is stiff and sore and cramping from singing while walking yesterday

Unemployment implemented the latest stimulus, and I have notification of payments in my Unemployment communications. They haven't hit my bank yet, though. 

Erin is doing fine. the frantic phone calls from the dr. were about changing her medication because she was experiencing nausea on the antibiotics she was taking. 

Apparently, Amazon doesn't allow one to look up a wishlist by email address any longer. The person must share their list, which means Craig has to go share his list with me. 

Pinged Nick because I saw a notification on my desktop that he was playing Settlers of Catan. Also, told him about singing while walking since he was interested in getting me singing again. 


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