November 2012

Summary: Halloween in Mexico Cruise with Patrick, The Syndicate, and many others; An Event Apart SF; Thanksgiving feast at home with Mom Ryan, Sam, Fletcher, Stanley, and Patrick; bought a 4th-generation iPad

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Thu 1

Halloween in Mexico Cruise. Patrick sent laundry out. Breakfast with Patrick at The Gold Pearl. Puerto Vallarta with Nico and his mom. We took a taxi from the ship to an old church. We stopped at Starbucks for coffee and checked internet. We saw an arches monument or sculpture and walked along ? for a bit then took a taxi to Blue Chairs. It seemed to be the popular place to go. Very hot weather and hot guys. We had a round of weak drinks and some mediocre appetizers. Taxi back to the ship, about $25 after tip. Shower. Pool and rest on Lido deck. Small meal: turkey sandwich and small side salad. Shower. Rested. Unpacked laundry. Coffee bar, met with Nico. Held seats for the first Bernadette Peters show. Watched the show with Patrick, Nico, Nico's mom, Drew, and Phil. Dinner and impromptu karaoke at an en plein air Filipino restaurant with Nico, Nico's mom, Patrick, Drew, and Phil. Back to the ship. Freshened. Cabaret show with Lindsay Alley. Matt Yee's Outrageous Sing-Along Show. Room service: shrimp salad on french roll, mixed greens with blue cheese dressing, orange juice. Watched part of Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol on TV.

Fri 2

Halloween in Mexico Cruise. Slept in. Fruit salad left over from room service. Spa. Bingo with Miss Richfield 1981. Nap. Pam Ann show. Dinner at Black Pearl with Wayne, Rod, Tron, Mark. Lobster tail with grilled black toger prawns. Telly Leung show with Emil and Brian, met Russ and Zandro afterwards. Chatted with Drew and Phil.

Sat 3

Halloween in Mexico Cruise. Breakfast at Black Pearl with Peter and Dominic and Luke and Guy. Fruit platter, eggs benedict and zesty potatoes, coffee. Rested in the room. Late lunch room service: grilled cheese sandwich, potato salad, one small chocolate chip cookie, tomato juice. Rested in the room. Dinner with many from The Syndicate: JY, Adrian, Patrick R, Brendon, Galen, James K, Kenneth, Scott T, Andy M, Tim C, Ray F, Jeremy B, Rob C, Josh A, Mike P. Packed. Show: Miss Richfield 1981. Nico's Last Laugh.

Sun 4

Room service: cereal and 2% milk, a banana, orange juice, coffee with cream. Finished packing. Left the ship. Large shuttle bus from Port of Long Beach to LAX: about $52 for 2 people. Obtained boarding passes. Encountered difficulty getting to Encounter Restaurant. Nothing made this easy. One airport employee gave us obviously incorrect directions, and there are no signs to help pedestrians get there. Once we arrived, we found that it was closed, very disappointing. Back to the terminal. Stopped at Starbucks. Security checkpoint. Lunch at Gladstone's 4 Fish. Met Johnny and Rob, encountered Drew, Phil, and Laurence. Met Dean. Later we encountered Jeremy, Tim C, Andy, Scott, Andrew C. Virgin America flight from LAX to SFO. Taxi from SFO to home. Unpacked some, opened mail. Late meal: microwaved mixed vegetables from frozen.

Mon 5

Rode Muni to work. Breakfast at Moffitt Cafe: scrambled eggs, potatoes, english muffin, butter, water. UCSF shuttle from Parnassus to Mission Bay. Grad programs followup meeting. UCSF shuttle from Mission Bay to Parnassus. Timesheet work. Supp app work in Drupal: followup on reported problems. Rick's first day, some account setup business with Stephan's help. Caught up on email. Hootsuite training postponed. Quick lunch: Panda Express: mixed vegetables with chow mein and extra soy sauce. My fortune: Live for today, remember yesterday, plan for tomorrow. Supp app meeting following November 1 deadline and outage due to overwhelmed server. Supp app work in Drupal: followup on reported problems. Worked late. Dinner from Moffitt Cafe Express: egg salad sandwich. Ate half of the sandwich, ran to catch the 6 then the 66, ate the other half at home. Watched an excerpt from Ellen on Hulu: 6-year-old piano prodigy. Watched part of The Hunger Games (2011) on Netflix DVD with Patrick. Repaired my walled with Elmer's Glue.

Tue 6

Breakfast at home: plain yogurt, Grandma Goodie's super granola, diced pink lady apple; water. Rode my bike to work. Linkchecking, kiosk work. UCSF shuttle from Parnassus to Laurel Heights. Comm team lunch meeting. UCSF shuttle from Laurel Heights to Parnassus. Supp app cleanup. SSL cert setup discussion with John and Eric. Supp app: an import for Daliah. Supp app cleanup and status report. Listserv management. Handled miscellaneous requests. Followup on computer setup/config/training for Danielle. Rode my bike home. Web work for Drew for Recharge Spa: new homepage announcement. Dinner at home with Patrick: veggie Kashi pizza from frozen, side salad, hot water, pinot grigio. Finished watching The Hunger Games (2011) on Netflix DVD with Patrick. Also kept track of the election results via tweets from CNN, and we watched Romney's concession speech on live stream. Resolved problem on LLGH staging "sites/default/files is not writable" with "chmod -R 755 files" and "sudo chown -R _www:_www files". Removed Google Analytics module because I had previously inserted the code by hand. Site maintenance for LLGH.

Wed 7

Weight training: dumbbell row, dumbbell curl. Breakfast at home: oatmeal with diced cripps pink apple, cinnamon, unsweetened soy milk. Rode Muni to work. Linkchecking, kiosk work. Chatted briefly with Eric. Skipped the website core admins meeting due to supp app cleanup. 1-on-1 conf call with Michael. Supp app cleanup: had a difficult time resolving some errors but got it done after getting stuck a few times. I emailed Kevin K for help with FillPDF but ended up resolving things on my own. In case it helps others, the error "ERROR -32700: Parse error. Request not well formed." might be caused by special characters in the data. For example, in our case, I suspect that input sources for non-English languages caused certain characters to be included in the data that messes up the xmlrpc call. The resolution is to identify and remove these characters. In a different problem, I received an "access denied" error when attempting to generate a PDF. Only one node was inaccessible, and I identified it by copying the URL to generate the PDF, isolating the node numbers, then generating urls to view each node. I opened each node URL until I found the one that gave an "access denied" error. As admin I deleted this node and ensured that the data in that node was still present following the deletion. Quick lunch at the cafeteria: eggplant stir-fry with steamed white rice (they were out of brown rice). CLS data cleaning conf call with Nancy and Susie. Followup with John K and C3 about account creation for Brad E. Followup with Rodney and student AC about the Web Print feature in PaperCut. Followup with Lisa S and Susie about cleaning up references on the web to Mary Anne as dean. Confirmed that the credentials C3 issued me to our dev site are working, changed my password. Rode Muni to Embarcadero Center 1. Chatted with JCB along the way. Met Patrick at Fuzio for dinner: crab cakes to share, prawn pomodoro and iced tea for Patrick, tuna melt with seasoned matchstick fries and english breakfast tea for me. Landmark Theatres: The Perks of Being a Wallflower. Liked it. Logan Lerman is excellent. Rode Muni home. Did a little UCSF work on unit goals. Asked Erik W why there are no Apple desktops in the JACS configurations. Caught up on journaling. Web work for Recharge Spa: made table lines black and thicker on the new patient forms. Added adhesive padding to my Carolina boots to make them more comfortable to wear. Weight training: front raise. Late meal: veggie burger and matchstick fries, water.

Thu 8

Weight training: superslow bicycles. Breakfast at home: oatmeal with diced cripps pink apple, cinnamon, unsweetened soy milk. Rode Muni to work. Linkchecking, kiosk work. Supp app cleanup. Resolved OSACA calendar permissions for Lisa. C3 check-in meeting. WCWG lunch meeting: salmon panini. Uploaded the PDF for the new update from the dean. UCSF shuttle from Parnassus to Mission Bay. Comm team meeting. Starbucks: free birthday pumpkin spice latte grande. UCSF shuttle from Mission Bay to Parnassus. Supp app cleanup. Helped student JL with a request about email addresses. Followup with ITS about MyAccess account for Brad E. More supp app cleanup. Listserv management. Rode Muni home. Dinner at home with Patrick: tofu and vegetable stir-fry with short grain brown rice. Dessert: french vanilla instant pudding.

Fri 9

Breakfast at home: oatmeal with sliced banana, cinnamon, unsweetened soy milk. Began redesigning the cosmetic services page for Recharge Spa for Drew. Rode Muni to work. Encountered students C and T, class of 2016. The office staff surprised me with a birthday feast. I also received a Russell Stover sugar-free pecan delight from Lucia, a small pin picturing an anthropomorphized hot dog and the words "Let's be Frank" from Shirin, and a birthday card from everyone. Reopened the supp app. 1-on-1 with Rodney. Name change procedures meeting with Doug, Jina, Frances, Cindy, Kylie, and Rodney. Followup on account creation for Brad E. Purchased the typeface called Preface for our web redesign project. Responded to Monica about a question about listserv delays. A few more supp app cleanup items. Followup on removing references to Mary Anne. Lunch: quickly ate about 5 pieces of sushi from the birthday banquet. UCSF shuttle from Parnassus to Laurel Heights. Goals meeting. UCSF shuttle from Laurel Heights to Parnassus. Supp app work: an import for Daliah. Documentation work in the SOP IT wiki. Cleaned out more messages from my inbox. Posted winter draft schedules for Lucia. Linkchecking, kiosk work. Rode Muni to Duboce Park. Walked to the Castro. Drinks at Toad Hall with Will and Ace. Met or encountered Jason P, doorman Jerry, Eric. Someone recommended to me Howl (2010) with James Franco. Dinner at Fork Cafe with Will. Walked Will to his car so that he could give me a birthday card. Rode Muni home. Did some supp app work late from my laptop in bed: replaced the supp app button which had disappeared following the November 1 deadline.

Sat 10

Breakfast: two scrambled eggs, two hash browns, 8 ounces of orange juice, hot water. Installed a Glade Sense & Spray automatic air freshener in the bathroom (clean linen). Received two packages from USPS. Laundry. Picked up the car from the auto shop. Opened packages - Tina sent many delightful gifts: raw vanilla, cinnamon bark, cocoa nibs, handmade body scrub, dried porcini mushrooms, dried blueberries, dried hibiscus flowers, a NewMetro auto-vacuum storage dome. The storage dome seems really neat: for storing any kind of food that you want to keep longer by removing air, moisture, and humidity. Snack: Patrick made biscuits from nearly scratch, nonfat milk. Completed redesigning the cosmetic services page for Recharge Spa for Drew. Snack: pecan delight from Lucia. Folded laundry. Weekend planning. Dinner at Source with Patrick: peking quack spring roll to share; mushroom, onion, swiss burger for Patrick; fire pot with vietnamese-style slaw for me. Dessert: we shared a vegan Twinkee.

Sun 11

Accidentally bought tickets for the wrong theater, spent 25 minutes on the phone with Fandango getting a refund. Muni to downtown with Patrick. Watched Skyfall at AMC Metreon 16. Lunch at Inay Filipino Kitchen with Patrick: 2 plates of garlic rice with tofu with vegetables, one vegetarian lumpia: $22. Browsed at the new City Target in the Metreon, our first time. Visited the new UNIQLO store, our first time. I bought two underwears. Patrick took Muni home. I took the 38 Geary to Kaiser to pick up a prescription. Stopped at Walgreens but didn't buy anything. Caught a 31 Balboa and rode it until it stopped waiting for a new driver. I saw a 43 passing by and caught it instead, rode it to 9th and Judah. Bought fresh spring rolls to go at Sandy's. Muni bus 66 to home. Shared spring rolls with Patrick. Laundry. Amputagged UNIQLO underwear. More cosmetic services page edits for Drew. Archived documents. Laundry. Dinner at home with Patrick: cornmeal-crust vegetarian pizza, mystery squash, vanilla chai tea for me. Folded laundry. Patrick made a chocolate cake today, and after dinner we each had a slice. Yum! Uploaded images to Flickr. Supp app cleanup.

Mon 12

Pre-breakfast: granola with milk. Rode Muni to Palace Hotel. Registered, received a pretty cool lunch box for free. It contained a large piece of milk chocolate with the An Event Apart wreath logo made by The Chocolate Fetish in Asheville, North Carolina; a red mechanical pencil logoed with "fonts.com;" a cocktail napkin with an ad and discount offer from fonts.com; and a sporknife from vitamintalent.com made by Light My Fire. Breakfast: scrambled eggs, grilled potatoes, fresh fruit, coffee. Met Michelle from Automatic (a WordPress shop). An Event Apart day 1 of 2. Buffet lunch provided by the event. I had caesar salad, fresh fruit, shrimp scampi, and gemelli with broccoli rabe. Met Chudo from Lithium in Emeryville and Marek, neighbor of Eric D in Oakland. Desserts: tiramisu, cannoli. Snack: a banana. I briefly talked to sponsor and talent-matcher Vitamin T and received a free poster of A Brief History of Web Standards. (You can see a digital version on the web—search for it.) Apple Store. Home. Began setting up the vacuum dome. Dinner at home with Patrick: homemade vegetable soup, water, for me a biscuit. Archived documents. Wrote summaries of today's sessions. Washed dishes. Finished setting up the vacuum dome. Uploaded images to Flickr.

Tue 13

Pre-breakfast: granola with milk. Rode Muni to Palace Hotel. An Event Apart day 2 of 2. Breakfast: veggie breakfast burrito with spinach tortilla, fresh fruit, orange juice, grapefruit juice. I received a free book: Implementing Responsive Design by Tim Kadlec. Susie received a free Zeldman doll, then gave it to Ed. Lunch: side salad, asian noodles, grilled vegetables, fresh fruit. Met Craig and Russ from UC Davis in Marketing. Conference summary: all great talks, wireless was miserably unreliable, food and drink were excellent. For me, there was no one talk that was most useful. Each one had some of what I already knew or was already doing, and each one also had something new. The value for me is in the details: knowing what blog posts or books are foundational or inspiring, or learning very specific design choices such as progressively enhancing with media queries from small screens to large rather than the other way around. It's also in the big picture: knowing that others' challenges are the same as our own. Dessert: an almond cookie. Susie gave me a ride home. Dinner at home with Patrick: grilled halibut with marinade of meyer lemon and black vinegar, mashed potatoes with diced roasted garlic, leftover vegetable soup, hot water. Uploaded photos to Flickr. Uploaded An Event Apart slides to UCSF via VPN. Wrote summaries of today's sessions. Checked in on supp app closure: no new issues. I uninstalled iTerm from my MacBook Air. It's not that I didn't like it; I just never used it and was used to how Terminal works. Yoga: standing warmup practice. Weight training: crunch, reverse push-up.

Wed 14

Weight training: tricep kickback, leg lift. Breakfast at home: Grandma Goodie's super granola, sliced banana; unsweetened soy milk; 8 ounces of carrot juice; hot water. Rode Muni to work. Scheduled training meetings with C3 and our team. Helped Joel and Rick with PharmAdMIT issues. Followup with affiliate account creation for Brad E. ICRD work for Rodney. Added more web redesign items to TeamWork. Snacks: kale krunch, kaia foods garlic and sea salt sprouted sunflower seeds. Pre-sprint conference call with Eric, Rodney, Greg, and David. Followup on SSL cert install and CNAME requests with John K. Supp app cleanup. Listserv management for AMCP, student JR. Helped Rick with email and calendar setup on his smartphone. Followup with Erik W about JACS. Did some work in the SOP IT wiki. More supp app cleanup. Submitted the CNAME request after John reviewed and approved my draft. Late lunch at Carmelina's: prawn quesadilla, water from my klean kanteen. Errands: made a deposit at the bank, got money from the ATM, got a new ID card after losing mine a while back. Coded the new update from the dean, sent it to Susie and Sue for review. Linkchecking, kiosk work. John K stopped by and adjusted the CNAME request ticket in Service Now so that it was routed to the correct place. Patrick picked me up in the car, then we picked up his mom at her place. Dinner at Southern Pacific with Romy, Drew, Danny, Phil, Patrick, and Mom Ryan: about $170. Dropped off Mom Ryan. Drove home. Uploaded photos to Flickr. Tonight I ordered a Straight Talk prepaid phone SIM for about $50 using a $10-off promo code provided by Emery. I'll use it in my iPhone 3GS until the iPhone 5 is officially supported on a prepaid plan in my area, preferably with LTE. My cellular bill should drop from about $90/month to about $45/month. Yoga: standing warmup practice. Weight training: beat your boots, crunch, leg lift.

Thu 15

Rode Muni to work. Breakfast at Moffit Cafe: scrambled eggs, potatoes, wheat toast, butter, ketchup, water. Template work in the SOP IT wiki. C3 checkin conf call. Documented how to request an affiliate account, sent it out for review. Accidentally skipped lunch. Coded the new update from the dean, sent it to Sue and Susie for review. Web updates: CBW's new title. Supp app work in Drupal: an import for Daliah. Reviewed items in TeamWork, sent a bunch with comments back to C3. Followup with CNAME request. Linkchecking, kiosk work. Rode Muni home. Dinner at home with Patrick: large vegetarian salad, crackers, hot water. I submitted this feedback to Vitamin T about their Brief History of Web Standards poster via their blog, but the post didn't show up, so I think they didn't get it: I think this is a really nice work even if I’m not entirely pleased with exactly how everything is mentioned. I received this as a poster at An Event Apart SF 2012, and when presented as a poster I don’t mind that it’s not an interactive application. It’s a lot of information, and poster form is great for that. I found some small errors (or what I think are errors): 1997: An open double quotation mark is missing before the word Jscript. 1998: Change one occurrence of "open source" to "open-source." 1998: Remove one extra space character between the words Netscape and Navigator. 2004: This should say Macromedia Flash instead of Adobe Flash since Adobe purchased Macromedia in 2005. There are many straight quote marks that should be curly instead. Examples: "By year's end" in 2004, "Shea's" in 2004, "good design" in 2004, "it's not dead yet" in 2010-2011. Thanks, AEA and Vitamin T! It’s not perfect, but I appreciate the effort and could not have done a better job myself. Now to frame it for my wall at work...

Fri 16

Listserv management. Updated the new team member checklist. Web edits: OSACA staff listing. PharmD homepage images setup. Troubleshot a problem with the color printer: it needs a new transfer roller and we don't have one, so Lisa will order it. Lunch from the cafeteria: hummus and falafel plate. Prepped for purchasing a new MacBook Air for work, spent some time negotiating with the JACS team because the 5-month-old MacBook Air was not yet listed, spent about 30 minutes on the phone with BearBuy help because of problems encountered during purchasing. Lesson learned: if you want to buy something from Apple through BearBuy, you need to use Internet Explorer for Windows (!). UC Ready work. Created a new emergency contact list for Planning and Communications. Chatted with John K about SSL wildcard certs. Computer training for Rick. Updated the new team member checklist. Prepped a spare UPS for Cindy. Asked DLS to swap Cindy's UPS. Asked DLS to upgrade Rick from Win XP to Win 7. Organized mail folders in Outlook 2010 for Windows. Management activities. New sites review and work in TeamWork. Management activities. Dinner at home with Patrick: veggie pizza on cornmeal crust. Nap.

Sat 17

Woke at 3ish AM. Snack: butternut squash bisque from a can with crackers. Back to bed around 5:30 AM. Woke around 10:45 AM. Recharge work for Drew: new waxing consent form. Brunch with Will at Harvey's. Stopped at O'Reilly Auto Parts on the way home to buy air fresheners. When I got home I realized someone had sideswiped my car and left some minor scratches. Set up the iPhone mount in the lower-left corner of the windshield. Chores: removed dirt from car floor mats, brought in garbage bins, tidied the laundry room, prepped found toxics for disposal. Prepared a birthday gift. Created fridge magnets from Halloween in Mexico cruise souvenirs (the dog tag and the sign-and-sail ID card) using cuttable magnetic sheets with adhesive backing. Dinner at home with Patrick: veggie burgers, sweet potato crinkle fries from frozen. Patrick purchased an iPhone 5 today under contract and has been enjoying playing with it and having his iPhone be more responsive. I'm still on the 3GS since I don't want a new contract and since I want to switch to prepaid. I recently ordered a StraightTalk SIM but have not yet received it.

Sun 18

Uploaded photos to Flickr. Breakfast: hot Tazo Awake tea, oatmeal with sliced banana and brown rice syrup. Edited and uploaded photos to Flickr. Cut my hair, showered. Printed a photo of Will. Cleaned and dried a strangely dirty part of the trunk of the car which had somehow filled with water. Adjusted spray nozzles on the windshield. Laundry. Made labels on the labeller. Lunch at Jalapenos at Stonestown Galleria with Patrick: tres tacos plate with rice, beans, and chips for both, horchata for Patrick, hibiscus drink for me. Shopping. Patrick bought an extra cable for his iPhone 5 at the Apple Store. Home. Labeled. Dusted and vacuumed. Prepared a gift. Folded laundry. Edited three pairs of pants that I had purchased on September 9 but had never worn because they needed altering first. Dinner at home with Patrick: steamed vegetables, leftover brown rice, hot water. Watched about the first 20 minutes of The Lady on Netflix DVD. We walked out of the theatre. Which is to say that I leaned forward and selected Stop in the DVD Player application on my iMac. The film wasn't horrible, but the storytelling was very awkwardly, stiltedly forced. We watched the first two or three skits in season 1, episode 1 of Portlandia: Farm. Patrick thought it was funny. I mostly did not laugh. We watched season 1, episode 2 of Archer. Yoga: standing warmup practice. Weight training: crunch.

Mon 19

Breakfast at home: cinnamon-raisin granola with soy milk, one apple, 8 ounces of orange juice. Rode Muni to work. Linkchecking, kiosk work. Resolved a problem with Type 1 fonts not installing into Windows XP by downloading and installing an update from Adobe. Design review meeting with Susie. Purchased the web font of Bitstream Bodoni bold italic. Lunch at desk: leftovers from last night. Added more items for Chapter Three to TeamWork. Chatted briefly with Stephan about Cindy's UPS. Edited a document for Susie. Snacks from Panda Express (2 veggie spring rolls, no sauce) and Jamba Juice (warm parmesan pretzel). Rode Muni home. Recharge Spa work for Drew: uploaded new waxing consent form. Did a small amount of work: scheduling. Uploaded photos to Flickr. Some Apple trivia: I purchased my first iPhone--a 3GS--2 years, 5 months, and 13 days (895 days) from the date the iPhone was first introduced. I purchased my first MacBook Air 4 years, 5 months, and 5 days (1618 days) from the date it was first introduced. I purchased my first iMac 9 years, 6 months, and 28 days (3499 days) from the date it was first introduced (Bondi), and 3 months and 27 days (119 days) from the date the aluminum design was first introduced. I decided tonight that I will purchase a new iPad. Late meal: veggie burger with pea sprouts and smoky cheddar, tater tots, hot water. Dessert: one chocolate-covered cherry.

Tue 20

Breakfast at home: oatmeal, diced bosc pear, soy milk. Rode Muni to work. Linkchecking, kiosk work. Staff meeting. Lunch: leftovers. 1-on-1 with Cindy. Prepped images for the redesigned PharmD website homepage. Helped a student with laptop issues: Silverlight reinstall, anti-virus setup, lots of optimization. Rode Muni home. Weight training: various styles of advanced push-ups. Dinner at home with Patrick: veggie salad, hot water. Today I learned that on Hipmunk when you select Agony the list is sorted least to most agonizing. Weight training: various styles of advanced push-ups.

Wed 21

Rode Muni to work. Linkchecking, kiosk work. 1-on-1 with Michael. Funding page update for Susie. Archived website data to portable hard drives. Late lunch at Carmelina's: two veggie tacos, water from my klean kanteen. Maintenance on the shared office laptop. Office officially closed at 3 PM today. I left work around 4 PM. Rode Muni home. Dinner at home with Patrick: cornmeal-crust pizza (prepared), water. Did research on the Nexus 10.

Thu 22

Thanksgiving feast with Mom Ryan, Patrick, Sam, Fletcher, and Stanley. Patrick's menu: pumpkin and sage soup; Auvergne greens salad with Cantal cheese, smoked ham, and walnuts; garlic asiago dinner rolls; lemon and herb stuffing; Brazilian-spiced roasted turkey breasts; sweet corn pudding; chocolate-pecan pie with bourbon and cocoa nibs; pomegranate and tangerine Italian soda; Lagunitas Brown Shugga’ Ale; cranberry iced tea. The upstairs neighbors had visitors which included two dogs Missy and Charlie with whom we spent a few minutes playing in the back yard. Our meal went well. We started at noon and everyone had left by 2:30 PM. Rested. Scanned, edited, and uploaded photos to Flickr. Dinner at home with Patrick: leftover-turkey sandwiches, leftover salad, Lagunitas Brown Shugga’ Ale. Watched videos on YouTube. Watched Up on Netflix DVD with Patrick.

Fri 23

Breakfast at home: 2 eggs scrambled, 2 hash browns, hot water, 8 ounces of vegetable juice. Small lunch: leftover pumpkin sage soup. Shopping in Union Square. I bought a fourth-generation iPad today. (Not the iPad mini.) Dinner at home with Patrick: leftover stuffing, leftover pumpkin sage soup, pomegranate soda. Watched Office Space (1999) on Netflix instant watch with Patrick.

Sat 24

Breakfast at home: granola with diced bosc pear and cinnamon. Met Jonathan. Nap. Dinner at home with Patrick: poached shrimp, leftover stuffing.

Sun 25

Muni to Union Square. Checked in with AT&T about the end of my billing cycle. They won't prorate if you close your account in the middle of your billing cycle, so I'll switch to Straight Talk about a week or so before the end of my next billing cycle. Brunch at Cheesecake Factory with Danny. His tip for the day: you can seat yourself in the bar area at a high table and not have to wait to be seated at a regular dining table. Afterwards we did some shopping in Union Square and I shopped by myself as well after he had to return to work. Rode Muni home. Rested. Wrote a thank you card. Dinner at home with Patrick: I made a mostly vegetarian noodle soup using mostly leftovers. Prepared gift purchases. Late meal: leftover soup.

Mon 26

Weight training: crunch. Wrote a thank you card. Rode Muni to work. Linkchecking, kiosk work. Errands: batteries recycle, eyeglasses recycle. Breakfast at the cafeteria: grilled potatoes, scrambled eggs, water. Posted updated schedules for Lucia. Supp app work in Drupal: incident report draft. Chatted briefly with Susie. Chatted with Marquita B from FM about a patch-and-paint job in the student lounge. Lunch: a banana. IRC planning meeting with Rodney, Michael, Tina B, Cindy. Late afternoon meal from Panda Express: panda bowl with fried rice and mixed vegetables: about $4, water from my klean kanteen. Mailed two letters. Web edits for Cindy: course waivers and substitutions, pathway reqs. Followup with student SM about email address change. Rode Muni home. Dinner at home with Patrick: quinoa spaghetti with stir-fried tofu and vegetables. Played more with the iPad.

Tue 27

Weight training: crunch. Breakfast at home: cinnamon-raisin granola with soy milk and sliced banana. Rode Muni to work. Kiosk work. Listserv management. Followup for preferred first name change for Brad E. Followup with Kwong L for email address change for student SM. Pcard paperwork. UCSF shuttle from Parnassus to Laurel Heights. Bought a veggie summer roll from The View Cafe. Comm team sprint end and lunch meeting. UCSF shuttle from Laurel Heights to Mount Zion. Errands at Kaiser. UCSF shuttle from Mount Zion to Parnassus. Stopped at Starbucks for a granola-and-yogurt cup. Followup with student NN about an unresolved account problem reported last week. Finalized and sent the course waivers and subs proposed page to Cindy for review. UC Ready work. SOP IT wiki documentation work. A bit of supp app work in Drupal for Joel. Reviewed draft web content provided by Adam R. Linkchecking, Flickr work. Rode Muni home. Dinner at home with Patrick: veggie burgers with grilled onions, sliced avocado, and mixed greens; tater tots; and steamed coriander-infused carrots. Bought gifts. Brief Facetime chat with Tina. Today we had a problem with some cheese. Turns out that the previous advice I had was not correct for sliced cheese. I had stored some smoky sharp cheddar slices loosely in waxed paper. After about a week, the edges had dried out. Most of this cheese is a loss, and I'm at a loss as to finding a complete and scientifically accurate reference for cheese storage. Very frustrating. Donated $30 to Wikimedia Foundation, Inc. Installed HandyPrint (aka AirPrint Activator) so that I could print from my iPad to my AirPrint-disabled printers. It works! Amazing!

Wed 28

Breakfast at home: oatmeal with diced cripps pink apple, cinnamon, unsweetened soy milk. Rode Muni to work. Linkchecking, kiosk work. Alerted Frances' team to a recent email address change. Edited draft copy for the forthcoming Desai Lab website. Chatted with Rick T about the UCSF logo. Followup with preferred first name change in CLS and AD. 1-on-1 conf call with Michael: wiki taxonomy, wiki templates, IT service lifecycle, and other topics. Followup with Debbie, Julia, and Rebecca about the window for their website hosting change. Followup with Susie and Eric about ipqb and cbs. Lunch from the cafeteria: cheese quesadilla: about $4. Followup with Eric D about UC Ready work. Posted updated draft winter schedules for Lucia. Followup with David J about his Google account. UCSF shuttle from Parnassus to Laurel Heights. Comm team sprint start meeting. During the meeting, I received a notification on my phone of a bomb threat at the JCC across the street from UCSF Laurel Heights. After the meeting, I noticed in the lobby there were a lot of people from the JCC in the lobby, several wrapped in thin robes or thin, metallic blankets. Outside, there were even more people loitering in the parking lot and at the shuttle stop. The building evacuation took place at 2:30 PM, and many people were still waiting to return to the building to collect their belongings and go home. UCSF shuttle from Laurel Heights to Parnassus. Supp app: an import for Daliah. Sent Michael feedback on final C3 deliverables. Handed off the IRC minisite draft to Paula for an editing run. Rode Muni home. Dinner at home with Patrick: creamy carrot soup, tomato and goat cheese cornmeal-crust pizza, hot water. Dessert: Patrick made a sweet potato pie. Web work for Recharge Spa: new homepage promo. Late snack: mint tea, star pasta in tomato sauce from a can.

Thu 29

Weight training: crunch. Breakfast at home: cinnamon-raisin granola with soy milk and sliced banana, 8 ounces of vegetable juice. Rode Muni to work. Encountered Steaven C in the lobby, said hello. Linkchecking, kiosk work. C3 technical check-in meeting. UCSF shuttle from Parnassus to Laurel Heights. Chatted with John K over a small lunch from The View Cafe: half tuna sandwich with pickle, water from my klean kanteen. C3 theming and front-end training meeting. Susie gave Eric and me a ride to Mission Bay. Quick snack from Peasant Pies: moroccan lentil pie. We met with Jo, Brett, and Lili from the DeGrado lab about a lab website for them. Afterward we browsed in a new building on the Mission Bay campus. UCSF shuttle from Mission Bay to Parnassus. Rode Muni home, encountered Glen C and said hello, then later on a different bus chatted with Bill S about acetominophen and warfarin labeling. Recharge Spa work for Drew: added a new employee: TP. Dinner at home with Patrick: vegetable soup. Purchased my secret santa gift for the office. Late snack: three-fifths of a banana. Weight training: crunch.

Fri 30

Weight training: weighted leg lift, bench dip. Did some gathering of things we use infrequently so as to make more space. Many of these are gifts we have received from others, and our need for space to store the things we use more frequently outweighs our desire to keep things unnecessarily because it was a gift. In some cases, we're removing an infrequently used gift to make way for a newer gift from the same person. Since my early 20s I have preferred not receiving gifts during times when people might traditionally give me gifts, so if you're reading this and wondering what to get me, it's nothing. Breakfast at home: cinnamon-raisin granola with soy milk and sliced banana, 8 ounces of vegetable juice. Rode Muni to work. Timesheet activities. Purchased a book called The Where, the Why, and the How. Calendar management. Supp app work in Drupal: reported issues. Web edit for Cindy: course waivers and subs. Followup with student NN about account problem. Linkchecking, kiosk work. Supp app: an import. Followup with Brad E about preferred first name change. Chatted with Cindy about ordering a few new computers. Apple opened ordering for the new iMac, so I sent a reminder to myself to buy for home this weekend. Spent a lot of time speccing new hardware purchases for Cindy and Frances. JACS configurations don't include mice or keyboards or monitors, so I have to research all of those separately. Web updates for PLS: conferences. Sent Kevin L edits for the Desai Lab website. Prepped web updates for Susie: strategic plan milestones. Followup with Cindy, Tina, Michael, and Rodney about IRC planning next steps. Followup with Shirin about Student Inside Guide and posting to the kiosk. Chatted with Susie about a request from Jaime K about branding and e-learning. Rode Muni to Church Street. Walked to Church Street Station. Rode Muni to the Castro. Met Will and Ace at Toad Hall. Dinner at Slider Bar with Will. Will's Tom is coming to visit in a few weeks. Encountered David N, said hello. Will went home. Met with David N at Lookout. Met David's friend Abe. We went to 440. Good 80s music. Met another friend of David's named Jason. Rode Muni home.