October 2012

Summary: Pacific Grove weekend getaway with Patrick, Danny, Romy, Drew, Phil, Quyen, Dave, and Tommy; Halloween in Mexico Cruise with Patrick, The Syndicate, and many others

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Mon 1

Rode Muni to work. Dropped off a battery at the battery recycling container in Millberry Union. Breakfast at the cafeteria: oatmeal with brown sugar and raisins. Got my flu shot, chatted briefly with My Hahn. Linkchecking, Flickr work, kiosk work. Archived website data to portable hard drives. Supp app project work in Drupal: followup on reported problems. Followup on new student mail issues. Followup with content migration to Communicators. Helped student MY with questions about email and encryption. Errands: bought a Muni pass for October. Lunch from Carmelina's: veggie taco. Bought a peanut butter cookie from Palio. Submitted a ticket for Monica to create a new email address for the residency program. Listserv management. Helped student CJ with email setup on iPhone. Followup on new student mail issues. Followup with Rich T on m.ucsf.edu trip planner. Followup with student SS about problems logging in to computers. Followup on new student mail issues. Followup with Rich T on tour ideas. Learned that videos in our curriculum require Microsoft Silverlight. Management activities. Patrick picked me up at work. Dinner at Danny, Drew, Romy, and Phil's. Recharge Spa form work.

Tue 2

Finally finished upgrading MAMP and MAMP PRO from 1.8.4 to 2.1.1, a difficult process because the very few instructions that exist do not seem to be current. Can't remember what I had for breakfast. Probably oatmeal with diced organic gala apple with organic soy milk. Rode Muni to work. Calendar management. OSACA Staff meeting. Danielle's first staff meeting. Sammie's last staff meeting. UCSF shuttle from Parnassus to Laurel Heights. Lunch to go from the cafeteria: packaged sushi. Comm team lunch meeting. UCSF shuttle from Laurel Heights to Parnassus. Followup with Cindy about Eric taking photos at the white coat ceremony. Calendar management. Management activities. Followup on new student mail issues. Calendar management. Supp app project work in Drupal: followup on reported problems. Followup on new student mail issues. Calendar management. Followup on new student mail issues. Linkchecking, Flickr work, kiosk work. Rode Muni home. Dinner at home with Patrick: small, organic heirloom tomato quesadillas with sour cream and guacamole; hot water. Late meal: spinach salad with sliced mushrooms, organic heirloom tomato, organic blue cheese dressing, boiled egg; hot water. Late snack: stovetop popcorn with sea salt.

Wed 3

Weight training: Ukranian military leg lifts. Breakfast at home: organic oatmeal with diced, organic gala apple; organic cinnamon; organic, unsweetened soy milk. Lately I've been having half the portion of oatmeal than I usually have. The usual amount is one full cup of oats before cooking, so I am cutting back to a half cup instead, feeling like my meals are too large lately. Rode Muni to work. Linkchecking, Flickr work, kiosk work. Followup on new student mail issues. Followup with Valerie S on push notifications for ActiveSync. Followup with Nancy Jane about the personnel website. Followup on new student mail issues. Calendar management. Listserv management. Submitted a ticket to ITS for Monica. Followup on new student mail issues. 1-on-1 conference call with Michael W. Followup on new student mail issues. Followup with C3 about AddThis. Supp app project work in Drupal: followup on reported problems. I think lunch today was from Subway: 6-inch veggie delight sandwich, cookie. ICRD work for Shirin: add Danielle. Lots of followup on new student mail issues. Kidney project website updates for Sara. Doctor appointment. Drinks at Cafe Flore "Best of the Bay" Beach Party! with David P and David C. Hawaiian theme. BeBe Sweetbriar and other performed. Free food: edamame, ham-and-pineapple skewers, pulled pork sliders, crostini, fortune cookies, more. All the food was good except the skewers—the pineapple wasn't fresh and the ham was thought by some to be from a can. My fortune: You tend to look at the practical side of things. Dinner and drinks at Easy Creole at Residence with Emery, Ray, Jeremy, Willkho, Patrick, David C, and David P. We had arrived just as the Romney-Obama debate ended. I encountered Jen C from work and said hello, met her (husband?). Patrick, David P, and I received the very last plates of food before they ran out. The menu claims that the dishes are spiced but not spicy, but the spinach and mushroom étouffé was too spicy for both Patrick and me. I was able to eat one of the specials: sweet vegetable gumbo. $10 for each plate. It wasn't true table service. I tipped perhaps a little more than I should have. Rode Muni home. Later on Facebook, Patrick said, "there wasn't much Creole about the food. Tasted like bland Cuban food. Doesn't get my Creole approval." Caught up on journaling.

Thu 4

Breakfast at home: small bowl of oatmeal with sliced banana, small bowl of yogurt with granola and sliced banana. Rode Muni to work. Calendar management. Linkchecking, Flickr work, kiosk work. Interview debrief meeting. Supp app project work in Drupal: followup on reported problems. Helped Joel with making PharmAdMIT work again. Lots of followup on reported student wireless issues. Small web update for Susie to Kidney Project news page. Reported that tiny.ucsf.edu is down to Brad D. Updated current students news: linked to Erin H's getting started guide. Lunch from the cafeteria: vegetable soup, small salad. Ate in Saunders Court but it was too cold so I moved indoors to Courtyard Cafe. IT staff conference call. Realized that I forgot my water bottle at Courtyard Cafe and found it exactly where I had left it—nice. More wireless problems followup. UCSF shuttle from Parnassus to Mission Center Building. Drupal Users Group meeting. UCSF shuttle from Mission Center Building to Parnassus. Snack from the cafeteria: a banana. Prepped a new listserv for Monica A for the residency preceptors. It was Sammie's last official day in the office, and she gave me a small gift to remember her by: a carefully selected assortment of four very small dishes from a (Japanese?) dollar store—so thoughtful and very Sammie. She tied them together with string, and these are a few of my favorite things. I love them! Rode Muni home. Dinner at home with Patrick: Whole Foods cream of tomato soup with toasted cheese bagel for dipping, hot water. Dessert: mudslides over ice from a bottled mix given to us by PDDR. Watched half of The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill on Netflix DVD with Patrick.

Fri 5

Breakfast at home: organic oatmeal with diced, organic bosc pear; organic cinnamon; organic, unsweetened soy milk. Rode Muni to work. Calendar management. Followup on an entering student's mail account migration. Linkchecking, Flickr work, kiosk work. Posted an updated pharm sci schedule for Lucia. Listserv management. UCSF shuttle from Parnassus to Laurel Heights. Web team meeting: C3 training with Lolita and Eric C. Lunch at Rigolo by myself: seitan sandwich, side salad with vinaigrette, iced water with slice of lemon. UCSF shuttle from Laurel Heights to Parnassus. Listserv management. Supp app project work in Drupal: an import and followup on reported problems. More followup on an entering student's mail account migration. Chatted with Eric D about honors and awards in salesforce.com, movi troubleshooting. More followup on an entering student's mail account migration. Helped an applicant by telephone. Followup with Doug C and Cindy about same-or-similar-name issues, the global address list, and student photos. Updated current student news regarding the extension of the UCSF Facebook photo contest that SCUR is running. Listserv management to preprocess a student's legal name change. Rode Muni home. Dinner at home with Patrick: hard and soft seitan tacos, hot water. Finished watching The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill on Netflix DVD with Patrick. My review: surprisingly interesting, less crazy than you might at first expect, newer than you might think, occasionally touching, watch out for the surprise ending, recommended for all lovers of San Francisco and all lovers of birds. Did some weeding of Twitter followings. Bicyclists of San Francisco, I am so disappointed in you. At different times on Friday, October 5, 2012, four of you rode your bicycle past me while I was walking on the sidewalk. In our city riding a bicycle on a sidewalk is illegal for persons 13 and older. #1 was riding in a bicycle lane in the wrong direction before coming on to the sidewalk in front of me and two other pedestrians. I told #1, "Don't ride on the sidewalk." #1 told me, "Fuck you!" and kept riding on the sidewalk. A few minutes later I encountered another bicyclist on the sidewalk. I told #2, "Please don't ride on the sidewalk—it's illegal." This one ignored me and kept riding on the sidewalk. I told #3, "it's illegal to ride on the sidewalk." #3 ignored me and kept riding on the sidewalk. #4 was a tandem bicycle and had two riders. I told #4, "it's illegal to ride on the sidewalk." To their credit, they biked another 100 feet and then dismounted, but then one of them—a woman—gave me the middle finger. They walked their bicycle from that point. I was not the only pedestrian at any of these encounters, but not a single other pedestrian spoke up about their right to a bicycle-free sidewalk. All these encounters took place on sidewalks between 9th and Judah and 513 Parnassus Avenue. The fine for riding a bicycle on the sidewalk is $100, but I've never seen or heard about someone cited for it.

Sat 6

Laundry. Added an "If found..." label to my Klean Kanteen using my Brother P-Touch labeler. Breakfast at home: cheese bagel sandwich with egg, daikon root sprouts, green onions; hot water. House chores: cleaning, folding laundry. Apple Notes, which I think is new with OS 10.8 Mountain Lion, is occasionally buggy and doesn't behave the way I expect with respect to deleting notes. Today text I pasted into it pasted a few lines above where the cursor was in my note. I can work around the problem by typing more text and/or moving the cursor to a new location, but I shouldn't have to. I'm not able to consistently reproduce the problem. When I select a note in the sidebar, I expect the Forward Delete key as well as Command+Delete to delete a note, but they don't. (The Backward Delete key deletes a note but is not intuitive to me because I find it less consistent than the other two. For example, Backward Delete doesn't delete a selection in Finder.) Just as an example, in iPhoto 8.1.2 you can use any of these three to delete a photo. Cut my hair, showered. Lunch: soft tacos with refried beans and seitan, hot water. Watched The Karate Kid (1984) on Netflix instant watch with Patrick. Snack: saucepan popcorn with salt. Dinner: roasted butternut squash with a little brown sugar, hot water. Dessert: chocolate tapioca pudding. Late meal: 8 ounces (before cooking) of organic quinoa spaghetti with tomato basil marinara sauce from a jar.

Sun 7

Breakfast at home: 2 eggs scrambled with mexican cheese blend, green onions, refried beans, and seitan. Recharge Spa form work for Drew: form testing. Lunch: fried rice with green onions and clamshell mushrooms. More form work. Nap. Dinner at home with Patrick: spinach salad, toasted pumpkin seeds, heirloom tomato. Dessert: Vietnamese-Irish decaf coffee: coffee with condensed milk and Bailey's Irish Cream. I decided today that in my journal I will no longer specify "organic" unless there is a specific need. You can assume that our meals at home from this point on are mostly if not entirely organic. Patrick has been grocery shopping at Whole Foods on Haight more than Trader Joe's or Safeway not just for the better quality of food but also for the better customer service and better overall experience. We also realize that just because something lacks the label "organic" doesn't mean that it's necessarily of lower quality. More Recharge Spa work. After finding some mold on a large block of parm-reg cheese today, then searching Google for how to deal with it and how to store cheese, Patrick and I realized that we've been buying and storing cheese incorrectly all our lives, due, I think, to lack of proper education. There is not clear agreement amongst sources available on the web. There are different opinions on wrapping methods for hard versus soft cheeses, containers, whether and how to wipe with oil or vinegar, whether one needs expensive, special "cheese paper," and so on. I consulted my copy of The Joy of Cooking, but it talked more about how to make cheeses than store them, and regarding storage it lacked specifics I needed. We're choosing a method that I think will work for us: 1. Buy in small quantities. 2. Store loosely in waxed paper in the refrigerator so that air can get to it. 3. Eat soon. 4. Upon discovery of mold, wipe or rinse the mold away, or cut the moldy part away using a clean knife and cutting surface. To avoid recontaminating the remaining cheese, use a new piece of waxed paper. And if mold gets on the knife or cutting surface during mold removal, clean it immediately before continuing. Late snack: tortilla chips and hummus. Ironing. Late meal: small bowl of corn off the cob from frozen, water.

Mon 8

Breakfast at home: oatmeal with fresh, diced bosc pear; cinnamon; soy milk. Rode Muni to work. Weight training: 8 flights of stairs taken 2 at a time. Helped student OU with wireless and anti-virus. Linkchecking, Flickr work, kiosk work. Supp app project work in Drupal: followup on reported problems. Followup on email migrations. Followup with SCUR about their Facebook photo contest. Reported wireless connectivity problems, learned a lot about our nearby WAPS while talking to Joe on the phone. Reported wired connectivity problems. Someone called me back to say try it now—they turned some ports back on. (Why'd they turn them off?) Followup with a student following a legal name change. Sent SCUR some edits for their big Nobel Prize story today: 5 missing space characters in different places, one misspelled word, and inconsistency in whether degrees are included in a link on a name. Supp app project work in Drupal: followup on reported problems. Followup with the pcard team about getting a new card. Submitted email alias request to ITS following Sammie's departure for Joel. Lunch at the cafeteria: mushroom enchiladas, spanish rice, black beans. Weight training: 7 flights of stairs taken 2 at a time. UC Ready IT disaster planning. Management activities. Rode Muni home. Small dinner at home with Patrick: I made two small bowls of fried rice with clamshell mushrooms and broccoli. Recharge Spa work for Drew. Patrick helped test the electronic entering of data in the intake form. Small edits to two other forms. Weight training: seated dumbbell curls, tricep kickback, 1-minute side plank, crunch. Late snack: a banana, small bowl of corn off the cob from frozen with salt, hot water.

Tue 9

Weight training: reverse crunch. Breakfast at home: oatmeal with diced bosc pear, cinnamon, soy milk; hot water, 8 ounces of carrot juice. Rode Muni to work. Linkchecking, Flickr work, kiosk work. Supp app project work in Drupal: followup on reported problems. UCSF shuttle from Parnassus to Laurel Heights. Comm team meeting. Lunch at the cafeteria: tofu and vegetables over rice: $4.69. UCSF shuttle from Laurel Heights to Parnassus, chatted with Marco S from DMM about photography, Instagram, iPhone. Supp app project work in Drupal: followup on reported problems. Listserv management. Followup on wireless problem reports. Sent the SCUR team another tiny problem report, this time with pull quotes. 1-on-1 with Cindy. UCSF shuttle from Parnassus to Mission Center Building. Met with Jackie G to pick up my renewed UCSF credit card. UCSF shuttle from Mission Center Building to Parnassus. Snack from Moffitt Express: toasted whole wheat bagel with lite cream cheese. Calendar management. Listserv management: populated Monica's new list then alerted her to its birth. Followup on various open ITS tickets. Followup on post-legal-name-change email change request with Doug C. Rode Muni home. Weight training: crunch. Dinner at home with Patrick: vegetable curry with trumpet mushrooms, japanese eggplant, bell pepper, seitan, and new potatoes; fresh, store-bought naan; hot water. Dessert: we split half of a cantaloupe, which turned out to be a small bowl each. Weight training: crunch it ups. Late snack: 3 roasted, salted cashews; a banana; one fig newton (generic).

Wed 10

Weight training: reverse crunch. Breakfast at home: plain lowfat yogurt with granola. Rode Muni to work. Linkchecking, Flickr work, kiosk work. Calendar management. Followup on a supp app issue that turned out to have been resolved. Redirected an image request to Susie. 1-on-1 with Rodney. Tried to meet with Michael but our schedules did not coincide. Listserv management. Followup on issues I had reported to ITS. Followup with a student following a legal name change. Followup on issues I had reported to ITS. Lunch at You See Sushi: lunch special #2 with seaweed salad. $12.84 after a $1.50 tip. Technology training with Danielle, which was lots of fun especially after we started talking about keyboard shortcuts. She picked up my instruction very quickly. Listserv management. Small web edit for Susie: faculty listing. Tested a residency program application in Jazzee for Monica. Rode Muni home, chatted with Bill S on the bus about New York City and Cyrano. Dinner at home with Patrick: large salad, hot water. Recharge Spa work for Drew. Weight training: crunch, calf raise, seated dumbbell curl, dumbbell row. Late meal: garden burger with cheddar, corn off the cobb from frozen with salt, a banana, hot water.

Thu 11

Weight training: reverse crunch. Breakfast at home: oatmeal with diced bosc pear, cinnamon, soy milk; hot water. Rode Muni to work. Linkchecking, Flickr work, kiosk work. Listserv management. Legal name change followup. WCWG lunch meeting: chicken sandwich. 1-on-1 with Michael. Supp app project work in Drupal: followup on reported problems. Submitted an ITS request on behalf of Danielle: Adobe Flash reinstall. Followup with Mark B for residency program email account creation for Monica and Frances. Updated the class officers photo sheet for Cindy. Kidney project news update for Sara and Susie: add source. Sent Rich T an idea about free food. Errands: Walgreens, Cole Hardware. Rode Muni home. Dinner at home with Patrick: miso soup with tofu and seaweed, hot water. Dessert: biscotti and cookie assortment. Weight training: crunch.

Fri 12

Weight training: reverse crunch, reverse push-up. Breakfast at home: oatmeal with diced gala apple, cinnamon, soy milk; hot water. This morning I tried to get to the UCSF Sharecase technology conference from my home in the Sunset, but it didn't happen. I waited 10 minutes at Taraval and 26th and caught an L train but all passengers were forced to alight at 22nd Avenue where several hundred people were already waiting for shuttle busses. One bus arrived, and perhaps a third of the crowd boarded and departed. Muni staff were directing people but they did not announce anything about what was happening except that shuttle busses were coming. The scene was very disorganized because there were so many people waiting. I overheard one of them tell another that many people had been waiting much longer than others who had just arrived, and that was my cue to start walking. I walked to 19th Avenue, waited about 7 minutes, and a 28 bus that was nearly full took on some of the crowd that had gathered that like me walked from Taraval and 22nd. I didn't want to be smashed in with other people because I was wearing my suit today, so I started walking up 19th. At Rivera I waited a few minutes for the next 28 bus. It was fully packed and didn't even stop. I started walking again, and at Quintara I thought maybe I could catch the 66 bus, so I turned right and walked 2 more blocks and the 66 bus arrived just as I arrived at the bus stop. I took it to 8th and Lawton where I immediately caught a 43 bus which took me to work. I learned later that a 4:40 AM fire at Squat & Gobble across the street from West Portal Station cause the station to close for about 6 hours, causing significant delays for thousands of commuters. Shuttle busses in place of missing trains were too few and NextBus would not track them, of course, so it was impossible to know how long you'd have to wait—safer to just give up on Muni where possible. Spent pretty much the whole morning working on a response to Chapter Three to an inquiry of theirs regarding the status of our project. Followup on email address change issues for entering students. Supp app project work in Drupal: followup on reported problems. Very quick lunch to go from the cafeteria: hummus with assorted vegetables. White Coat Ceremony. Light issues. Chatted briefly with Don K at the reception about Mexico safety. Dinner at home with Patrick: small pizza, coconut shrimp, hot water. We didn't have cocktail sauce, so we used marinara instead before I realized that for coconut shrimp you really need some kind of sauce made with a tropical fruit. Mango salsa, pineapple dipping sauce, papaya dipping sauce. Patrick also thought you could use peanut sauce, and I agreed. Dessert: small brownie wedge, Mudslides. Updated my journal entry for Friday, October 5. Weight training: crunch. Late meal: leftover portobella and cheese sandwich.

Sat 13

Weight training: reverse crunch. Patrick drove us to Pacific Grove where we met Danny, Drew, Romy, Phil, Quyen, Dave, and Tommy for a weekend getaway. No one was at the getaway house when we arrived, so Patrick and I ate lunch at Toasties Cafe then had excellent ice cream at Lappert's. We settled at the house for a bit, chatting with the others, some of who enjoyed the hot tub, then got groceries at Grove Market for a jambalaya dinner. After dinner, we watched Kung Faux on owned DVD then Cry Baby on the cable television's instant watch.

Sun 14

Pre-breakfast: super granola, lowfat plain yogurt, sliced banana. Checked out of the getaway house. Brunch at Red House Cafe with service by Sophia/Sylvia. We enjoyed both the food and the service. We said goodbye. Patrick and I bought a peach-banana smoothie at a nearby cafe only because we needed to use the restroom. (The one at the restaurant we left had a long line.) Patrick drove us home. We stopped at a Starbucks near Shoreline Amphitheatre along the way to use the restroom and get a beverage. Home. House chores: lots of long-needed ironing, praticed some stitch witchery. Dinner at home with Patrick: leftover jambalaya for him, mushroom soup for me. Watched 60 minutes of Star Trek: TNG "All Good Things..." Part 1 on Netflix instant watch with Patrick.

Mon 15

Breakfast at home: lowfat yogurt with super granola. Rode Muni to work. Linkchecking, Flickr work, kiosk work. Followup on email issues for entering students. Helped Rodney with connection issues to the IRC website. Supp app project work in Drupal: followup on reported problems. Followup on removal of the computer in the student lounge. Set up my TeamWork account. Calendar management. Supp app project work in Drupal: an import. Followup with Danielle about attachments larger than 4 MB sent to listservs. Listserv management. Lunch to go from Panda Express: chow mein with mixed vegetables, double soy sauce, water from my klean kanteen. My fortune: You have the attitude of a winner. C3 special technical check-in teleconference. Began adding tasks for C3 to TeamWork. Followup on wireless issues for entering students. Followup on legal name change issues. Made small edits of my own to the IRC website. Prepped a notice about wireless printing, sent it to Cindy and Michael for review. Built a short survey in Qualtrics. Rode Muni home. Dinner at home with Patrick: quinoa spaghetti in marinara sauce with vegetables. Finished watching Star Trek: TNG "All Good Things..." Parts 1 and 2 on Netflix instant watch with Patrick.

Tue 16

Breakfast at home: lowfat yogurt with granola. Chatted briefly with Michael by phone. C3 followup. Small update for the IRC website: web print. Supp app project work in Drupal: followup on reported problems. Followup on email account issues for entering students. Calendar management. Followup on a legal name change issue for a student. Followup on entering student wireless issues. Comm team meeting: style guide discussion. Helped Cindy with a question about Google Docs. Taught Joel how to combine PDF files in Adobe Acrobat. Scheduled removal of the student lounge computer and computer arm with CPFM, notified staff. Supp app project work in Drupal: an import. Chatted briefly with Ami J after sending feedback about the recent childcare center possible-bomb alert. Closed my ITS ticket on student wireless issues. Confirmed that three ethernet ports in my office are now working again. Rode Muni to the Castro. Dinner at Frances with Patrick: roasted almonds; bread and butter; celery root soup with shrimp and chanterelle mushrooms; applewood-smoked bacon beignets with maple chive crème fraîche; dinner bell farm chicken with kuri squash, chanterelle, kale, huckleberry, jonathan apple; shelling bean "cassoulet" with bodega queso fresco, lobster mushroom, zucchini; 1-dollar-per-ounce Frances red house wine; chocolate-almond clafouti with carmelized banana, salted caramel, toasted almond ice cream; blue bottle coffee. About $110 before a $16 tip. On the Muni ride home Patrick and I encountered Andrew C who was on his way to hot pot with coworkers from Square. Watched assorted Disney videos on YouTube and checked out the Atlantis website excursions and activities with Patrick. Accidentally installed Skitch 2.0, so I downloaded 1.0 and reinstalled it over 2.0. Weight training: crunch, reverse crunch, side plank, advanced one-legged push-ups. Late meal: leftover miso soup.

Wed 17

Breakfast at home: oatmeal with diced gala apple, cinnamon, unsweetened soy milk. Rode Muni to work. Updated about the students stats for Joel. Sent Ami J more feedback. Qualtrics on-site visit. Scheduled 1-on-1 with Michael did not happen. Pushed Communicators changes live. Followup on email address change following legal name change for a student. Followup with web team on the cleanliness of CLS data. Assisted an applicant with logging in to our supp app. UCSF shuttle from Parnassus to Laurel Heights. Comm team meeting: pre-sprint. UCSF shuttle from Laurel Heights to Parnassus. Followup on email account closure for Sammie. Followup on my pre-sprint task. Linkchecking, kiosk work. Rode Muni home. Chatted briefly with Tina. Dinner at home with Patrick: pizza delivery from Seniore's. Mushroom, green bell pepper, and garlic pizza; small chef's salad; iced green tea with mint and honey; hot water. To bed early.

Thu 18

Weight training: reverse crunch, side plank. Breakfast at home: oatmeal with raisins, California sage honey, cinnamon, soy milk. Rode Muni to work. Linkchecking, kiosk work. Kidney Project website news update. C3 check-in. Announced wireless printing for the IRC. Chatted briefly with Joe C and Sue A. BJG analytics meeting with Joe, Susie, and Eric. Quick lunch at Palio with Susie and Eric. Susie drove us to Mission Bay. Lab website kickoff meeting for Michelle A and Adam R. Susie gave Eric a ride to 16th and Mission BART then gave me a ride home. Dinner at home with Patrick: leftover pizza, corn on the cob, iced green tea with mint and honey. Organized photos. Ironing. Weight training: sitting and standing dumbbell curl, crunch, front raise.

Fri 19

Breakfast at home: oatmeal with diced fuji apple, California sage honey, cinnamon, soy milk. Linkchecking for home websites. Rode Muni to work. Linkchecking, kiosk work. Laurel Heights had a power outage, so there was some work this morning in dealing with that. Eric and Paula came to Parnassus and did some work. Lots of C3 followup. Supp app project work in Drupal: followup on reported problems. Filed a ticket with ITS on behalf of a student. Calendar management. Responded to a student asking about wireless printing in campus housing. Lunch to go from the cafeteria: cauliflower and pea curry; brown rice; mixed vegetables, water from my klean kanteen. Followup with Doug C about legal name change issues. Followup with Dan P about directory information for an entering student. Prepared a checklist of our C3 deliverables for Michael. Sent Cindy a suggestion for the white coat ceremony. Confirmed that wired ports that I reported as not working last week are now resolved. Updated the grad filing web page for Cindy. Fire drill. Asked Rodney to check on the student lounge computer. When I stopped in the lounge today it was off and the power button was broken. CLS data cleanup prep work. Email address change followup with Doug C. UC Ready work. Uploaded artwork to The Archive. Rode Muni home. Dinner at home with Patrick: veggie patties, grilled green bell pepper, side salad. Dessert: Patrick and I split a Costco peanut butter cup from Lucia. Weight training: wrist curl, crunch, reverse push-up.

Sat 20

Cut my hair, showered. Brunch at Noriega Teriyaki House: chasu ramen, green tea. Errands: Walgreen's, dropped the car at the auto repair shop. Walked home. Rested, nap. Picked up the car. Stopped at the auto parts store. Home. Car wash. We had planned to go to Remi and Jesse's going away party, but Patrick developed a sore throat only today, and we didn't want to potentially pass on his illness. Grocery shopping at Safeway on Taraval by myself. Dinner at home with Patrick: roast chicken, instant mashed potatoes, mixed vegetables from frozen. Dessert: instant pistachio pudding. Watched the first half of Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy on Netflix DVD with Patrick.

Sun 21

Breakfast at home: two sunny-side-up eggs, two hash browns, 12 ounces of carrot juice. Chatted with Tina on Facetime. Nap. Late lunch: leftover roast chicken on whole wheat hamburger bun, corn off the cob from frozen, water. Pantry organization. Finished watching Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy on Netflix DVD with Patrick. Late dinner: steamed white rice with Patrick's leftover Chinese food from lunch with Aaron. Archived documents.

Mon 22

Breakfast at home: oatmeal with diced sweetie apple, cinnamon, unsweetened soy milk. Calendar management. Supp app project work in Drupal: followup on reported problems. CLS data cleanup meeting. Lunch: leftover Chinese food with steamed white rice, water from my klean kanteen. UCSF shuttle from Parnassus to Mission Bay. Walked Debbie A through editing a web page. Web team meeting: England lab website pilot. UCSF shuttle from Mission Bay to Parnassus. I accidentally got on the wrong shuttle but it turned out to be the Gold shuttle, so it was okay. Supp app project work in Drupal: followup on reported problems. Listserv management. Updated PID for Shirin. Followup with Cole Hall lighting. Sent Rich T feedback on @ucsffreefood. Sent Cindy our UC Ready plan for review. Dinner at home with Patrick: black lentils with potatoes and leftover roasted chicken over steamed white rice, coconut-glazed sweet potato, hot water. Patrick and I prepared our vote-by-mail ballots. Late snack: microwaved corn on the cob. Weight training: crunch.

Tue 23

No breakfast. Rode Muni to work. Linkchecking, kiosk work. SCWG meeting. Staff meeting canceled at the last minute. Followup with Monica's request for folder permissions. UCSF shuttle from Parnassus to Laurel Heights. Lunch to go from the cafeteria: california veggie sandwich on roll. Comm team lunch meeting. UCSF shuttle from Laurel Heights to Parnassus. Supp app project work in Drupal: an import, followup on reported problems. Listserv management. More feedback for Rich T on @ucsffreefood. UC Ready followup. Edited the initial review form for Joel. Calendar management. TeamWork work and followup. Rode Muni to Cole Valley. Errand: Cole Hardware. Rode Muni home. Dinner at home by myself: microwaved steamed white rice; stir-fried kale with garlic, red wine vinegar, chicken broth, salt, pepper; microwaved corn on the cob; water; 2 ounces of Firelit (Blue Bottle). Weight training: dumbbell curl, wrist curl, reverse crunch.

Wed 24

Breakfast at home: oatmeal with diced sweetie apple, cinnamon, unsweetened soy milk. Rode Muni to work. Linkchecking, kiosk work. ICRD work for a student. Followup with accounting about a supp app applicant payment. Followup with a student about an email address change. Followup on RK's mailbox request. Reviewed the Ogilvy social media recommendations for The Kidney Project. Read the new UC brand guidelines website. They are reminiscent of the UCSF branding with which I am familiar, but the website presentation is so much slicker, and the branding is even better than UCSF's at the moment. Began editing the new update from the dean for Paula and Susie. 1-on-1 conf call with Michael W. Followup on conf call discussion items. Calendar management. Followup with Salesforce team on accounts creation. Followup with Susie on The Archive. Applied for a WebDAM account with UCOP. Lunch to go from the cafeteria: pinto bean mexican salad. More editing. Posted a notice warning students to not upgrade to Windows 8 until the university has had time to test compatibility with systems. Microsites and redirects vconf call with Eric D, John K, and Greg H. QA and workflow vconf call with Paula, Susie, Eric D, Michael W. Snack: a banana. CLS/EDS followup with Andrei M and others. Followup with a student's email address change. Listserv management. More editing, sent the update to Paula for review. Someone recommended Foyle's War to me today; I think it was Susie. Rode Muni to the Mission. Walked to Southern Pacific Brewery. No indoor empty tables, and no one was leaving because the first World Series game was playing on large-screen televisions throughout the restaurant-bar. Phil, Drew, and Romy showed up and after a few minutes realized what I already knew—we could not eat there. We walked to flour+water and ate there: I had tagliarini, Phil and Romy shared a pizza, Drew had (I think) a pasta dish, and we shared a cold kale salad. Lambrusco. Drew was impressed that they used the proper glasses to serve the lambrusco. No dessert. About $40 each. Walked to PDDR's. Assorted desserts. I requested and received a small glass of Firelit (batch #1). Rode Muni to the Castro. Found Andy and Emery on Find My Friends at Wasabi Bistro with Scott, Ray, and Tim C. Wasabi Bistro had opened only a few weeks ago. The guys say the sushi is really good and the staff is friendly and has been treating them really well. They had just finished dinner but needed to pay. I joined. We're all excited about the cruise and shared last-minute tips and plans. I met some of the staff: Vincent, Mario, and (I think) Sharon. After a while other friends of Andy walked in for dinner: Alvin (who works for some game company of which I missed the name), Matthew (who works at Apple). Rode Muni home.

Thu 25

Rode Muni to work. Linkchecking, kiosk work. C3 conf call. Supp app work in Drupal. Reviewed communications for Joel. Lunch at the cafeteria. Pre-sprint review conf call. Redirected a listserv request for a class to Frances. Resolved a chargeback issue with the Discover credit card company. Provided feedback on Lucas's instructions on how to request a MyAccess account for a contractor. Worked late. Rode Muni home. Dinner at home: sauteed kale and mushrooms, steamed white rice.

Fri 26

Breakfast at home: granola. Rode Muni to work. Chatted with John K about CLS, EDS, and addresses. Followup with Michael about webcams. 1-on-1 with Rodney. Followup with John G about closure of course.ucsf.edu. Management activities. EDS/CLS address issues followup. Key observation of mine today: "I believe that how to properly format a UCSF address is not well known, and consquently I am beginning to suspect that most, if not all, of our systems have not been built to meet these address requirements." Very late lunch at the cafeteria: a veggie burger, water from my klean kanteen. pcard paperwork. 1-on-1 with Eric. Supp app work in Drupal. Posted an updated electives schedule for Lucia. Helped a student who reported a wireless problem. Worked late. Barhopping and boilermakers with Will, Ace, and Doyle. Toad Hall, pizza slice at EFNY, Moby Dick. Drove Will home.

Sat 27

Finished packing. Today Patrick and I leave for the Atlantis Halloween in Mexico Cruise. It's the first cruise for each of us. Taxi from home to SFO, about $50. Light lunch at The Plant Organic Cafe (plantcafesfo@gmail.com): quinoa bowl: about $11. SFO to LAX via Virgin America. The woman seated next to me complimented me on my hands and told me that if you squeeze your pinky you can mitigate an urge to urinate. Taxi from LAX to La Montrose in West Hollywood: about $65. Emery and Chris O were waiting outside and introduced us to David. Checked in to Le Montrose. Our room is possibly the most expensive hotel room we've ever had. It's very, very nice. Walked to SMB to get some food and encountered Larry and Chris. Larry introduced us to Bob. We ate at a sidewalk table at Bite Cafe: mexicali wrap with grilled chicken and Corona for Patrick, zucchini and tomato something with juice and iced cappuchino for me. Service and food delivery is very leisurely. Shopping around SMB. Encountered Nico outside of CVS, chatted for a few minutes about his shows and about cruising. This will be his second cruise. LASC shopping event. Met Yves in line at the register who also bought flip-flops. Patrick and I returned to the hotel room. Washed flip-flops. Added Global Messaging 50 after some hassle with AT&T. Shower. Rooftop hot tub, chatted with a couple from Montreal. Shower. Walked to SMB. Lots of people dressed in Halloween costumes. Late dinner at Kitchen24 with service by Steven W: caesar salad with grilled salmon, orange juice for Patrick; tuna melt with fries, hot jasmine green tea for me. $34.15 before tip. Back to Le Montrose.

Sun 28

Woke around 7:30. Patrick was already up for an hour. Breakfast at The Abbey with Patrick with service by Kiki. Mushroom frittata for Patrick, breakfast burrito for me, coffee for both. Kiki was very personable and fun and made our meal special. Packed, checked out of Le Montrose. A very comfortable stay. Taxi from West Hollywood to Port of Long Beach, about $100 before a $20 tip. Checked in for the cruise. Unpacked. Took a walking tour of the ship, which included a tour of the gym and spa, where I met Jonah and Ken. Buffet lunch. Read the Fun Times daily schedule. Met our cabin steward Wayan. Attended the ship safety briefing, where I met Chris, Chris, and Erin. Sail away party. Singles party. Patrick and I stopped at the library. It was empty. We stopped at a free alcohol tasting and tried some interesting liqueurs. Attended the first-timers introduction meeting. Show: Dame Edna Experience with Jonathan Hellyer. This was my favorite show of the cruise. Jonathan Hellyer not only can sing amazingly well, but he also imitates famous singers with surprising accuracy. Dinner with Kenneth and James.

Mon 29

Had trouble sleeping due to motion sickness, took Dramamine. Back to bed. Quick, small breakfast: yogurt. Stopped at the gym. Breakfast: scrambled eggs, potatoes, oatmeal, a banana, water. Brought Patrick breakfast in the room. Watched ice carving. Changed into swimsuit. Watched Pool Party Project Runway. Judges Nico, Erin Foley, and Miss Richfield 1981. Small meal: salad, one small fried chicken leg. Spent some time in the sun. Rode the waterslide. Back to the room for a shower. Lunch: cheeseburger, fries, nachos, cole slaw. Dog Tag T-dance. Nap. Dinner at The Gold Pearl, met Guillermo, John, Jason, and others. Cream of broccoli soup and filet of sole for Patrick, corn chowder and half roast chicken with green beans for me. We didn't leave adequate time for dinner so at the end we ran to catch Nico's show with Erin Foley. Both were excellent, very funny. Back to the room. Patrick went to bed. I met with Drew H, someone with whom I had been corresponding with for a few months. Also met his friend Lawrence P. Game On! dance party with DJ Wayne G. The lights and lasers were amazing. Late snack: slice of veggie pizza, a banana, water. To bed.

Tue 30

Light continental breakfast in the hotel room: toast with butter; bagel with smoked salmon, tomato, red onion, and cream cheese. Went ashore to Cabo San Lucas with Patrick, walked around the port and downtown. We stopped at Plaza de San Lucas to rest and get our bearings. Lunch at Solomon's with Patrick with service by Israel: various tacos, Negro Modelo for Patrick, Corona for me. Encountered some from The Syndicate, said hello. Walked back to the place to catch the small tender boat. Returned to the ship. Went to the gym and spa. Stretches, weight training: leg extension, leg curl, fly. Spa rooms. I decided today that the spa lockers aren't to be trusted. Encountered Nico and his mom, chatted for a bit. While we chatted, Jonathan Hellyer stopped as well and we all chatted. Two pizza slices, water. Encountered Drew sunning on a top deck, chatted with him a few minutes. Watched the dating game show with many from The Syndicate. Dinner at the Gold Pearl accidentally with many from The Syndicate. Vroom! show. Tried meeting with Drew after the show but I couldn't find him. Nap. Drew called, and we met and chatted for a long time. I missed the 80s 90s party. Met Philip C (cabinmate of Drew). To bed late. Don't get confused—the cabinmates Phil and Drew are not the same as Phil N and Drew B.

Wed 31

Breakfast at Black Pearl with Patrick. Stopped at guest services to ask a question about tonight's show. Walked much of Empress deck 7 looking at decorated doors. What is numberedboys.com? Gym and spa. Mini golf with Rob C. Indian Summer T-dance. Dinner at Black Pearl with Drew and Phil and Patrick. Nap. Halloween Parade and dance party. Late meal.