In theory, Jaybird’s plane should arrive in the COS airport around 18:40 tonight. In honor of which, I am meant to be leaving work at 17:30. Suspect it will be more like 17:45, but that’s OK. The decrease in traffic will compensate for the later departure by the time I get halfway there.

I imagine we’ll spend most of the rest of the weekend collapsed in bed with the cats, except for the part on Sunday where Jaybird wakes up at 4AM because jetlag, and I don’t wake up until hours later because I spent the week physically moving shelves that are meant to move automagically.  (I wonder if Hogwarts ever had these problems?)

Saturday morning we’re going to meet up with the site’s very own Michael Cain at a fencing tournament, after which I suspect I will take a nap.

I may have to work somewhere between 4-10 hours this weekend, our student supervisors are very short-handed.

These are things which would normally be very exciting (MC) or very irritating (extra work when I’m sick of work, but the reasons are good enough that I shouldn’t be cranky about it), but neither are really making all that much of an impact compared to OMG JAYBIRD COULD BE HOME THIS VERY NIGHT.  (I say could because I don’t like to count my plane-arriving-on-time chickens before they hatch.)

I reckon once I’ve given him a hug and smelled his stinky travel-worn self (hurray for pheromones), I’ll be more interested in what possibilities the rest of the weekend has in store.


So……. what’s on your docket?

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14 thoughts on “Weekend!!!!!!!!!

  1. I am meeting with my best friend tonight to start planning a roadtrip for next year. We are vaguely planning to head out west, but really, the entire country is open for discussion. He and I haven’t done this in a very long time and with he being recently divorced and I having one of the most understanding wives ever…we’ve decided to hit the road. Should be a fun evening of staring at maps over beers and dreaming of all the fun we are going to have.

    Tomorrow we have a college football game. My beloved University of Louisville is having a very bad week, which comes on the end of a very bad couple of years. But the mayor declared today ‘Wear Red Day’ to support the university and we will show up tomorrow to help remind everyone that the university is bigger than a few misguided individuals.

    Sunday will be a quiet day of seclusion. We’re doing some deep cleaning to get the house ready for buttoning up for the winter. When you know you will be locking most of the air inside for 6 months, it’s best to have it as clean as possible.


  2. Down to the Springs to see parts of the fencing tournament at the Air Force Academy, and take Maribou and JB on the aforementioned tour (anyone’s first impression of a fencing tournament is the chaos, not the underlying order*). On Sunday, if the weather gives me a break — other than some occasional bits of sunshine, Denver’s been cool and gray and rainy for almost a week; everyone is ready to slit their wrists — back to work on the deck reconstruction project.

    * Two Saturdays ago I ran my club’s annual tournament for the fourth time. It’s the oldest still-running fencing event in Colorado. Chaos came closer to prevailing this year than I like. My concern must have shown — at one point one of the female veteran fencers hugged me and said, “It’s a cool event, Mike — and if you’re worrying, you’ve clearly never been to a badly run fencing tournament.”


  3. First weekend in a while where I don’t have work deliverables hanging over me, and it looks like there’ll good weather for walking the dogs and/or taking them to the dog park.

    And maybe I’ll finally be able to finish Bloodborne. Good game, but I’ve been beating my head against it for like three months.


  4. Some resting, I think. Maybe some house cleaning, i don’t know. Writing an exam for next week.

    But mostly resting. I don’t know what happened the first part of this week but I had several VERY bad days – days where I felt alternately (a) everything I am doing is futile (b) no one cares how hard I work or that I pay attention to detail (c) higher ed is doomed anyway and I’ll probably end up on the dole or starving (d) no one cares about me so why do I even bother.

    I mean, it wasn’t quite “Call the Hotline” bad, but, it was pretty bad.

    Then I had a massive outbreak of hives. (I have chronic idiopathic urticaria. Several doctors have fundamentally said, “This happens sometimes and we don’t know why, if you notice some food or some kind of soap makes them worse, stop using that” which I could figure out myself without paying a co-pay).

    I am….actually wondering if the two could be linked because this isn’t the first time that’s happened.

    So anyway. I need to rest and to do some of the low-level fun things (knitting, reading for my own entertainment) that I didn’t feel like doing earlier in the week.


  5. I am sitting in a hotel room in Tacoma, up here to meet with the owners of various antique stores. Mmmmm, business trips. Then I get to go home a see about dealing with the hot knob and tube electrics I found in the wall of my “new” house. Yay vintage home ownership.


  6. Well, I plan to void my PS4 warranty to clean the fan. (It’s not a huge gamble. The PS4 is like…three or four years old. There’s no warranty to void).

    I just find it amusing that opening the case to clean the dust-clogged fan is warranty voiding, but letting the dust build up until your CPU fries is okay.


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