Milk and cookies mix, milk and crackers mix, but milk and keyboards don’t mix. Yesterday I spilled about 16 oz. of milk all over my keyboard. I couldn’t move since it was running down the table and onto my lap. I used my hands and arms to block the flow. With Kathy’s help we dammed and soaked up the flood with paper towels. After changing my clothes then it was down to the kitchen to take everything apart and wash it all. The keyboard has never been cleaned so it was full of bits and hair. Ugh. Now today it’s dry and clean, but I don’t know if I’ll ever get it back together again. I gotta be more careful.
Archive for August, 2006
Katie’s friend, Kim, from Ohio arrived yesterday night and will be staying with us for the week. She and Katie left this morning for Schlitterbahn water park and San Antonio. They’ll return tomorrow after staying over night in San Antonio. Kathy and I went grocery shopping today and bought piles of stuff assuming that the youngsters will eat us out of house and home upon their return.
Katie wanted chocolate chip cookies today. We didn’t have any walnuts so first we had to buy some. We had all the other ingredients. After we returned from the store we made a double-batch. We were lazy so we made them into chocolate-chip-bars on a cookie sheet instead of individual cookies. After they cooled down I trimmed and cut them with a circular pizza cutter.
Yesterday Kathy and I had made chocolate-covered strawberries for today. Kathy was having a group of stitching friends over and she wanted a treat for them. We used fresh ripe strawberries, and Hersey’s chocolate. Well we made too many, and now I have the unenvious responsibility of getting rid of them. Yum!
Yesterday was running and recovery along with a bit of work. I fixed a thorny problem which felt good. During my unit testing at the end of this week I encountered a problem and since then I have been working on trying to fix. This problem was known and had been discussed earlier by the smart people on my team, but was not considered a significant problem. Well now that my unit testing had exposed it, I felt it was indeed a problem that needed to be solved. So after much thought and study, and with a few lines of carefully placed SPU assembler code here and there I got it working. Now the unit test is passing which is good. Naturally there is always more to do, but doing this change entirely by myself and fully understanding what I did further helps reduce the pressure that I have placed upon myself to contribute to this effort and become a full member of it.
So today I didn’t have anything pressing to do. Kathy asked if I wanted to make some shelves for her quilting room, which was once Matthew’s bedroom. I said sure. We talked about what she wanted. I sketched up some plans, and estimated that it would cost about $125. We drove over to Home Depot together and bought the materials: two 4 by 8 foot sheets of birch veneered plywood cut into eight 8 foot by 12 inch wide pieces (they were kind enough to cut them there for us); four mounting strips, and twenty-eight shelf brackets. After getting home I got out the tools in the garage while Kathy cleared out the closet upstairs. Afterwards she came down and helped me. Psst, have I ever told you that she hates me taking pictures of her, especially when she’s got her eye and ear protection on, well she does.