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Yesterday: Nada. Sat on my ass and cleared hours of stuff off the DVR. Dirty Jobs (in one of the episodes I watched Mike spent the entire show at Fair Oaks Farms dairy a little over an hour north of here - they seem to run a very green and fairly humane operation), Mythbusters, Toughest Race on Earth: Iditarod, etc. I'd gotten up early and dropped Toni off at the Amtrak station at 8:00am for her trip to Chicago, and decided I needed a brain break. This coming week is a math test on Thursday, another math homework to start figuring out (on my own since I've gotten used to not learning from lectures or the text), a funding proposal to think about for my PhD, and I need to rework some code to do some calculations for my research.

Today: Vacuumed (probably should have dusted, too, but oh well). Put the shelves in all the bookcases in the library. Unpacked more of my office and got the remaining boxes at least opened so I know what's in them and sorted them (files, office supplies, magazines, and photos are all that are left in boxes in there). Hung calendars in our bedroom and the library after finding them in one of said boxes. Cleared out space at the top of the stairs by loading the game bookcase with the game boxes that we've uncovered so far. There must be other game boxes, most likely in the library, because there's still some space on that bookcase. Also replaced the battery in our weather radio and hooked it up in the library, and put my "Official Storm Spotter" bumper sticker on the Civic.

I can has no energy left. I may head out to AJ's Burgers and Beef for dinner, if I can manage that much energy, because I finished the leftover pizza for lunch. I also need enough energy to pick up Toni at the Amtrak station at 10:00pm.
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The gamble of putting off shoveling the driveway and then feeling crappy today paid off.

Thanks to my friend insolation, even though the average air temperature has been well below freezing today, the snow on the driveway is significantly thinner. Tomorrow should bring similar cloud cover and temps above 40 hopefully to take care of the rest.
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And I need to go shower. Four separate shifts to get the driveway shoveled. I'd go out for about 20-30 minutes, get tired, come in and rest for about the same, and go back and do it all again. But it's done. And I still don't have to go up to Purdue tomorrow, because my advisor and I agreed to cancel our meeting - besides, Tippecanoe County Schools are closed through Friday and this works out better for her situation, too.

Toni took some pictures of my progress with the driveway and walkway. Here they are in order:

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16

Sorry, but I just don't have enough of a brain to write captions at the moment.

Back at It

Jan. 10th, 2007 06:29 pm
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Semester/Holiday break wasn't quite what I planned, but isn't that life? Got a new sump pump installed and motivation to start tossing a lot of the basement clutter, thanks to a low but comprehensive flood over New Year's weekend. Got another estimate and go-ahead from the insurance adjuster for the roof replacement, including all our hail-damaged window screens and temporary roof patching (14 shingles) to hold us until winter is over. We think we're going to paint the kitchen and master bedroom water stains ourselves and save on our deductible. Chauffeured Toni a lot due to her shoulder issues. Thankfully, she worked from home a lot while I was home, so that usually just meant PT and various appointments. We did go with Toni's brother to see our niece at a gymnastics meet at the Convention Center last Saturday. She did okay, and it was fun to see. This is Toni's brother's middle child. I've been blamed for years by her brother for her advanced sarcasm, and boy is it coming out. She's only 11! :-)

Monday was the first day back to school. I have classes only Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, and I have all three classes each of those days. My advisor's husband teaches radar and dynamics, and in-between for atmospheric physics I have the first prof I met there back at the start of my application process, an older south Asian gentleman with one name who has much more of a sense of humor in class than I expected. And he gives open-book/open-notes exams.

I'll have to go up to campus on most Thursdays, too, because my advisor has scheduled weekly meetings this semester (she's not teaching and she's trying for tenure) beginning at the end of January (after much of the department gets back from the AMS conference in San Antonio next week). And she's already given me a lot more work for my research. By the time of my first meeting, I need to write up not only the brainstorming ideas for visualization I came up with over break, but she also requested a formal survey of meteorological visualization software, particularly for radar, currently in use. She's working on a paper for BAMS (Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society) for later this year, and this might possibly mean co-author credit for me. It will also be good foundation material for my thesis.

I can tell I need to readjust to the commute again - three weeks off was just long enough to get used to not doing it. Tomorrow is allergy shots, take Toni to PT, and start on some physics homework. Over the weekend, I still need to finish assembling our new stationary recumbent bicycle along with finishing some other minor household tasks. And no school Monday. :-)
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After I take care of the errands at Purdue, I have until Monday the 14th when I start my RA job (classes don't start until the 21st). I've a list of what I can and/or should do in that time. Not all of it will get done, and I'm having trouble prioritizing because of the overriding need to have a break:
  • (This one is already scheduled for Tuesday night) Go to The Melting Pot with Toni for a belated anniversary dinner.
  • (This one is also a priority because it's part of the belated anniversary thing) See Pirates of the Caribbean II with Toni.
  • Cut grass.
  • Trim grass.
  • Kill weeds.
  • Get some new pants.
  • Get a haircut.
  • Try to ride my bike at least once.
  • Dust & vacuum the house.
  • See An Inconvenient Truth. I just know I'm going to get into arguments debates about this, so I'd better be informed.[1]

We're not going to GenCon Indy next weekend after all. We were just going to wander the dealer room and pick up some games and look at shiny, pointy things, but we looked at the admission prices and really don't want to spend $45 each just for that. Besides, [livejournal.com profile] moominmuppet isn't coming to town for it, either, so that meet-up opportunity isn't a motivator anymore.

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[1] - On a related note, I saw where The Weather Channel's climatologist, Dr. Heidi Cullen, in [livejournal.com profile] twc_blog yesterday phrased something very well: We live in a world that has a mix of natural climate cycles at play - like a symphony orchestra. Global warming has joined that orchestra. It may not be the conductor yet - but it's playing along with all the other instruments.

That expresses the impression I have given what I know so far about global warming. I will learn more, but probably never as much as she has, and it's good to see and educated climatologist not screaming that OMG it's only people (or worse, it's Americans the worst) who are heating up the planet!! Yes, we're doing our share, but what about highly-populated third-world countries who are still burning coal much less cleanly than we do. Last time I checked, Sao Paulo and Mexico City had the worst air quality on the planet. Beijing and Chongqing aren't far behind. Better stop before I get into full-blown rant mode. :-)
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Pulled the fine crop of thistles, dandelions, and other weeds that had been fruitful in the small bed next to the garage since the petunias didn't come back after the winter (I didn't expect them to). After just about a year of having been cut down, rooted out as much as possible, covered with newspaper, mulch, and having petunias flourish on top of them all last summer, what else did I find growing rather well in that bed?

The frickin' privets that we (thought we) got rid of last year!

Sheesh.

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